Grainger Named VP for New Telecommunications Division

  • By Josh Borst
  • August 27, 2019

Cheri Grainger has been named vice president of Ayres’ new telecommunications division, bringing a two-decade track record of successfully leading fiber optic and communications organizations. She has a reputation for building top-talent teams and cultivating a culture of teamwork, success, and individual accountability.

Grainger, based in our Waukesha office, is responsible for the operation of this new division, including achieving client satisfaction and design quality standards with utility locate crews, outside plant (OSP) engineers, and utility designers in our Waukesha, Green Bay, and Eau Claire offices in Wisconsin and the Cape Coral and Tampa offices in Florida.

Grainger will develop an organizational structure for the division, with an initial emphasis on new business development in an industry where she is well-connected. The goal is market expansion in the telecommunications, natural gas, and cable TV sectors.

“Cheri has managed complex organizations and raised what can be commodity-level services to high-value communication solutions for businesses,” says Rich Schoenthaler, executive vice president and chief financial officer. “That’s helped her deliver growth in a highly competitive market, and we look forward to deploying her passion and expertise at Ayres.”

Grainger holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.