who is vast?
Meet the people behind the network.
James M. Gleason
President & Chief Executive Officer
James M. Gleason has built his career around developing quality telecommunications networks for smaller and mid-sized communities. He co-founded Clarity Telecom, which then purchased WOW! to become Vast Broadband. Prior to that, Mr. Gleason worked as CEO of NewWave Communications until the sale of the company in May 2013.
During Mr. Gleason’s tenure at NewWave, the company acquired more than 160,000 customers and successfully divested 70,000 customers in Kentucky and Tennessee to Time Warner Cable and ultimately the entire company to Rural Broadband Investments. Previously, Mr. Gleason served as President and COO of various Galaxy Cablevision groups of companies from 1986 until 2002.
In 1992, Mr. Gleason served as chairman of the board of the National Cable Television Cooperative. He now serves on the board of the American Cable Association and was formerly the chairman of the association from 2002 until 2006. He is also a member of the Cable TV Pioneers and was inducted into the Mid-America Cable Television Pathfinders. Mr. Gleason holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He has over 25 years of experience in the cable industry and is excited and proud to build on this through his work with Vast Broadband.