Leadership Team

  • Wesley McDougal

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    Wesley McDougal

    Wesley founded FirstDigital in 2000 and has overseen the growth of the company from a small startup to one of the largest fiber networks in the state of Utah. Under his leadership, the company has grown significantly and has become a leading technology innovator. Prior to FirstDigital, he worked for Chicago Venture Partners, a venture capital fund focused on early stage companies in Telecommunications and Internet Infrastructure. He continues to remain active on community and civic boards. While in college, he was elected as Student Body President. Wesley holds a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University, Masters of Public Policy from Brigham Young University and Bachelors of Science in Economics, Brigham Young University.

  • Alex Jackson

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    Alex Jackson

    Alex Jackson has been the Director of Operations at FirstDigital for over 10 years.  He leads and directs all administration, customer service, service delivery, procurement and technical field operations. Alex has worked in the Telecom industry for over 15 years, including previous management positions with Nextlink and XO Communications. He is also a recognized leader in contact center operations where he has 20 years of experience. Alex graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business.

  • Craig DeMordaunt

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    Craig DeMordaunt

    Craig conducts financials analysis and P&L support for FirstDigital. Prior, Craig worked at GE Capital for over 20 years, providing financial services to middle market companies throughout the U.S. He has held several senior leadership and origination roles within GE Capital and was responsible for sourcing and providing risk assessments of over $1.0 billion annually in new assets. Craig holds an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree of Arts from Brigham Young University.

  • Brandon Balmforth

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    Brandon Balmforth

    Brandon Balmforth has been the Director of Project Management for over 10 years and brings over 20 years of Telecommunications experience to FirstDigital. Brandon’s industry experience includes all facets of outside plant engineering and management, from frontline technician work to designing and implementing outside fiber optic networks. His responsibilities include: designing fiber routes to new customers from existing fiber infrastructure, managing fiber drops to customer buildings from the property line, maintaining records for each fiber span installed, coordinating and overseeing the construction process between contractors and cities/entities, and designing and supervising tenant DMARC extensions.

  • Darin Larsen

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    Darin Larsen

    Darin Larsen is the Director of Voice Engineering for FirstDigital Telecom. He has over 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications industry and joined FirstDigital in 2001. Darin oversees all engineering and installation within FirstDigital’s central offices, transmission and fiber networks. Before joining FirstDigital, Darin held engineering and managerial positions with MCI, Centracom and CenturyLink. Darin holds an Associate of Science degree in Electronic Technology.

  • Dustin Hone

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    Dustin Hone

    Dustin Hone is the Director of Data Engineering for FirstDigital Telecom. Dustin leads the design and development of a highly available, tightly integrated, secure, flexible and fault-tolerant data and cloud services network. He has designed and implemented FirstDigital’s MPLS and Carrier Ethernet network and has extensive experience in network automation, Ethernet services, software designed networking, data center design. Prior to joining FirstDigital, Dustin gained expertise in the fixed wireless space, having worked for the largest fixed wireless provider in North America for 5 years.

  • Ryan Finch

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    Ryan Finch

    Ryan Finch is the Director of Infrastructure and manages FirstDigital’s fiber backbone. Ryan has over 16 years of experience with Project management, Mapping, Permitting, OSP Engineering, Contractor Management, Fiber Splicing, and underground and aerial telecom installations. He has designed and managed several multimillion-dollar projects that stretch across multiple cities and states for Telecommunications providers such as Zayo and XO. Ryan has a great understanding of construction standards and methods. He has a current E100 General Engineering contractor’s license and manages over First Digitals construction crews as well as the production and progress of multiple contractors working across the state of Utah.

  • Tony Zaelit

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    Tony Zaelit

    Tony Zaelit is the Residential Plant Manager for FirstDigital and has over 20 years of experience in design, installation and maintenance of residential utilities. Tony leads a team of residential field technicians responsible for multiple areas of networking; multi-media structured cabling, satellite services, high-end home automation and customer service. Tony also served 10 years in the Utah Air National Guard, as a Ground Radar Electronic Technician, where he learned important skills that have led to a successful professional career in the private sector.