Experienced Leaders

Gordon Day, President & Owner

Gordon Day

Gordon is the second generation of family leadership for the company. He literally grew up in the family telephone company business in Estacada Oregon, starting as an outside plant installer in his teens. After his business studies at Oregon State University, he moved to the wireless side of the business as the shop manager for the Portland operation and has been a hands-on leader in all aspects of the business.

Over the years Gordon has developed great relationships throughout the local community and wireless industry. He sits on various civic and industry boards, including a current stint as a board member of the Enterprise Wireless Association, and is a respected friend of the senior leadership at Motorola.

Gordon’s three children are active in the company. He is an avid outdoorsman enjoying fishing and hunting all over the world.

Mackenzie Day, Chief Operating Officer

Mackenzie Day

Mackenzie Day is our Chief Operations Officer and oversees tower construction, electrical, sites and systems, sales, service, and rentals. Mackenzie is fifth-generation family member and has spent fifteen years working in many areas of the organization, embracing roles in office administration, service, tower construction, sales and most recently served as Director of Business Development before stepping into this new role.

Mackenzie received her Business Administration and Management degree from Oregon State University and spent time outside the company at Toyota Motor Sales and a prestigious Portland law firm, experience she credits to helping provide balance and perspective to her work at the family firm.

Personally, Day is married with two young girls and a stepson, and although she finds parenting very rewarding, she is also looking forward to resuming personal hobbies such as rock climbing and competitive running.

Shane Bridges, Chief Financial Officer

Shane Bridges

Shane Bridges is our Chief Financial Officer, creating the visionary goals for our financial future as well as managing the day-to-day accounting at Day Wireless. Shane is a certified public accountant (CPA), with a financial leadership background. He most recently served as the Vice President of Treasury at Consumer Cellular.

Shane received his MBA, with an accounting emphasis, from Strayer University and completed his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Vanguard University. Shane has been a successful contributor to businesses for over 20 years in both operations and financial management.

Outside of work, Shane likes to stay active and participates in cycling, wake-surfing, and playing soccer. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years and 3 children. He is passionate about giving back to the community and is an avid volunteer.

Mike Ishida, Vice President of Sales

Mike Ishida

Mike Ishida is our Vice President of Sales at Day Wireless Systems, with over 25 years of industry experience. During his tenure at Day Wireless Systems, Mike has held roles of responsibility in both Sales and Service Operations. He has lead our sales team to be recognized as Motorola Solutions largest partner in North America. "The ability to sustain our market leadership position is a tribute to our sales managers and salespeople, they are the best in this business."

Prior to Day Wireless Systems, Mike worked for Motorola Solutions as a Radio Communications Representative in Seattle, after graduating from Oregon State University's School of Business in 1988.

As a member of the Motorola Solutions North America Partner Advisory Council, and previously with the Motorola Solutions National Service Advisory Council, he provides input to Motorola Solutions Senior Management to ensure their success with channel relationships.

While enjoying time with his wife and two teenage children is his first priority, in his spare time he is an avid fly fisherman, skier, golfer, and kite boarder.

Dean Ballew, Vice President of Rentals

Dean Ballew

Dean began his journey with Day Wireless over 20 years ago as an Office Administrator in the Service Department. In 1999, Dean moved into the Tower Sites Systems Department and, over the years, came to manage the entire department. During his time at the company, he also established their regulatory FCC Licensing Division. Then in 2019, he became the Vice President of Rentals, overseeing the regulatory team, as well as the purchasing and warehouse departments.

Dean is a board member of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance regulatory board, an FCC coordinating committee, and is involved in other various FCC activities.

In his free time, Dean likes to spend his summers camping with his wife and teenage daughter in their travel trailer. Dean's favorite camping destinations are either the coast or La Pine, OR.

Kerm McPherson, Vice President of Operations

Kerm McPherson

Kerm McPherson is our Vice President of Operations and oversees our Service, Project Management, Strategic, Pre-Sale, Contracting, Engineering and IT teams. He has amassed over 30 years of business leadership experience. Kerm tries to find the fun in everything he does and believes that success lies in the "incredibly hard-working and talented" team of people that he works with.

After his studies at Arizona State University, he spent 17 years in the petroleum retail industry where he held positions at a local, regional, and National level prior to joining Day Wireless Systems. He has served on several industry boards and is currently Chair of the National Motorola Service Advisory Council.

Kerm enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports (Go Steelers!), listening to great music, and off-roading; where he can enjoy all of the incredible beauty that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Lane Falkner, Vice President of Towers, Systems and Construction

Lane Falkner

Lane Falkner is our Vice President of Towers, Systems, and Construction. He leads Tower Site Assets, Tower Construction group, along with our various carrier systems - including our main carrier system TRBOWest digital radio network. Lane values persistent improvement and service to his team.

Lane first started his career in the telecommunications while serving in the Marine Corps working in communication and encryption. He started at Day in 2006 as a Tower Climber and excelled in various positions within the Company before accepting his current role.

Lane is Oregon born and raised and enjoys camping with his family. Lane and his son also participate in competitive downhill mountain biking events.

Laila Brady, Director of Talent Management

Laila Brady

Laila Brady is our Director of Talent Management and currently oversees our HR and Payroll department. She has 20 years of talent management experience and has been at Day Wireless since 2014. Laila is passionate about recruitment and employee relations and has a strong desire to constantly improve the employee experience at Day.

She received her bachelor’s degree from University of Reno Nevada and is certified by AIRS in Recruitment. Laila is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Portland Human Resources Management Association (PHRMA).

Laila enjoys humor, from tv to movies and stand-up. She is a foodie who loves to travel and has explored many different parts of the world and has a bucket list of ones still to visit. Along those travels, she receives the opportunity to taste a broad range of international & domestic cuisines, from fine dining to food carts. Laila has also attended over 20 music and film festivals.

Josh Eck, Director of Commercial Sales

Josh Eck is our Director of Commercial Sales and manages our Commercial Sales team. Before accepting this position, Josh was an Area Sales Manager at Day Wireless. He believes in empowering his team and leading from a position of humility.

Josh has over 2 decades of telecommunications sales and sales management experience and received his bachelor's degree in Business from Southern New Hampshire University. He also has training and certifications in a variety of sales disciplines, along with certifications in Lean 6 Sigma.

In Josh's free time he enjoys day trips with his wife, entertaining, and smoking and grilling meats. He stays active by participating in softball leagues. Josh is an avid reader of books on leadership, sales, and personal development, and can usually be found listening to a good audiobook or a podcast, if he's not listening to music.

Justin Sterrett, Director of Government Sales

Justin Sterrett is Director of Government Sales and oversees all Government sales efforts. His background is in sales and marketing has spanned over 2 decades, working specifically within the RF and public safety communications space. He is most passionate about public safety and doing the right thing for our first responder community.

Justin studied Business Management at Axia College and Boise State and has been certified in web design and digital marketing. He is also a certified Motorola 25 Systems Sales Professional and Motorola PCR Sales Master.

Justin grew up in rural Oregon and has lived in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. Personally, he enjoys spending time with family, learning, and travel. When Justin can find the time, he also enjoys playing the guitar and fishing.

Steve DiMatteo, Director of Strategic Business

Steve DiMatteo is our Director of Strategic Business and oversees our global operations. He started at Day Wireless over a decade ago as a project manager. Prior to this, Steve was an Officer and Pilot in the Air Force. He believes in teamwork and that at Day "people are our greatest asset and our number one resource".

Steve has an MBA from Webster College and received his bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Penn State University. He also received and maintains a PMP certification from The Project Management Institute.

Personally, Steve prioritizes family, fitness and having a healthy lifestyle. Some of his favorite activities include attending his families events, running, lifting, and swimming.

Scott Umemoto, Director of DAS Solutions

Scott Umemoto

Scott has been the in the wireless communications industry since 1985 and has a BA in Management and Marketing from Eastern WA University. Scott started his leadership career with Day Wireless Systems in 1999 as an Area Sales Manager in Western Washington and has since held a few different management roles within DWS. In 2017 he took over a new business division as Director of Strategic Technology. The main focus of the division was to grow the fast paced In-Building-Wireless market, which was predominately Public Safety and Enterprise Cellular DAS. Part of the strategy was to build a corporate account business, which he successfully accomplished, then in early 2022, Day Wireless split Strategic Business and DAS business into separate divisions. Scott is now the Director of DAS Solutions. The Strategic Business serves our customers on a worldwide basis. In 2021, he was elected to the Safer Building Coalition Board and is currently serving his second year.

In his free time Scott enjoys spending time with his family, his first grandchild, and playing golf with family and friends. At home, he enjoys doing DIY projects and cooking.