Michael E. Britt, President and CEO
Michael Britt serves as president and chief executive officer of Southern Telecom, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southern Company. Southern Telecom provides long-haul and metropolitan dark fiber connecting Atlanta with other cities throughout the Southeast.
In addition to leading the Southern Telecom business, Britt is also responsible for supporting the telecommunications strategy for Southern Company’s electric utilities. This includes helping to facilitate systemwide and individual operating company efforts to advance our telecommunications infrastructure for future digitization needs and for identifying opportunities to grow wireline telecom revenue.
Britt rejoined Southern Company in 2015 as vice president of the Energy Innovation Center to focus on developing and commercializing products and services that benefit system customers. While at Southern Company during the late 1990s, Britt served as assistant to the chief information officer, director of mass market strategy and vice president of Southern Telecom.
Outside of Southern Company, Britt served as Partner for Oliver Wyman Utilities Strategy practice responsible for the Southeastern US; COO of the North American Strategy practice for Accenture in San Francisco and Atlanta; as well as Manager of utility and telecom practices for PA Consulting in Atlanta. While at Accenture, Britt earned the company’s highest honor for strategic achievement, the Ken Ernst Worldwide Innovation Award.
Britt has served as vice president of Competitive Carriers of the South (CompSouth), a federal and state lobbying and joint regulatory organization, and is the author of numerous articles and papers on the continuing evolution of the electric utility industry.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Britt graduated with honors with a masters of business administration from the University of Notre Dame.
Carmine Reppucci, COO
As chief operating officer, vice president and treasurer for Southern Telecom, a Southern Company, Carmine Reppucci assesses and evaluates business risks facing the company and ensures the accuracy and timeliness of accounting records and financial projections. Reppucci leads the company's corporate operations organization, which includes information systems, real estate facilities and customer accounting.
Reppucci began his career with Southern Company in 1998 when he joined Southern Linc as comptroller and director of financial operations. He then moved into the position of director of change management, and project director-Oracle financials for Southern Company's Enterprise Solutions Project.
Reppucci earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Rider University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Emory University.
Wayne A. Ellis, General Manager
Wayne Ellis was selected in 1998 to lead Southern Telecom as its first general manager. Prior to joining Southern Telecom, Ellis held various positions within Southern Company in the areas of sales and marketing, market research and planning, distribution operations, and power generation project development.
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Ellis holds an MBA degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Alabama. As a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, he has over 30 years of experience as a Signal Officer.
Barry Navarre, Business Development Manager
In his role as Business Development Manager, Barry Navarre is responsible for generating, evaluating, negotiating, and fostering strategic relationships and bi-lateral contract agreements in the delivery of telecommunications and information-based services for Southern Telecom.
Navarre brings a wealth of telecom management experience to the Southern Telecom team. Before joining Southern Telecom, Navarre managed strategic carrier relationships with national and regional carriers, CLECs, ILECs, ISPs and third party integrators. He is experienced in evaluating customer communications needs and developing custom fiber-optic solutions for them. Navarre also has consulted on fiber-optic WAN, VoIP, Internet access, metro Ethernet, video conferencing and data storage solutions. His telecom experience broad, ranging from field testing of network trunks to technical sales support to development of transport networks and network migrations.
Navarre holds an MBA from The University of Alabama and a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also served in the U.S. Airforce. He resides in Chelsea, Alabama with his wife Angie, son Jackson, and daughter Brooklyn.
Michael Lamar, Carrier Account Executive
Michael Lamar serves as Carrier Account Executive with Southern Telecom. Lamar is responsible for new client acquisition and management of clients in the telecom carrier, content provider, and large enterprise categories.
Lamar is experienced in telecom sales. He brings a concentration of knowledge in the development of fiber service routes and fiber network expansion projects to his position. Lamar is also skilled in PON, VoIP and MPLS network solutions. He has expertise in serving government, healthcare and automotive sectors as well.
Lamar holds a B.S. degree in organizational management from Voorhees College. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Augusta and Leadership Columbia County programs. He resides in Augusta, Georgia. He is married with three children. Previously, he served as an Ambassador for Augusta and North Augusta Chambers of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army of Augusta and the Easter Seals Society of Augusta.
Steve Laufersweiler, Carrier Account Executive
Steve Laufersweiler serves as Carrier Account Executive with Southern Telecom. He is responsible for management of existing STI customers, identifying new business opportunities within the competitive telecom marketplace, closing sales transactions, analyzing the market, developing and managing new business development plans, all while building long term business relationships.
Laufersweiler is a telecom industry veteran, experienced in business development and revenue generation. He brings expertise in a broad range of services including, cloud, network and managed services, colocation, data center ops, data center connectivity and more.
Laufersweiler is a board member of Atlanta Telecom Professionals (ATP) and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG). He has also served as a Dale Carnergie Instructor for Public Speaking. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Lori Beth Morris, Senior Counsel
Lori Beth Morris joined Southern Company Services in May 2014. Prior to her time at Southern, she focused her practice on mergers and acquisitions in the media and communications sectors, specifically telecom, print and cable, and general corporate matters as associate at Dow Lohnes (now Cooley) in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta and McGuireWoods in Atlanta. As Senior Counsel for Southern Company Services, Morris advises Southern Telecom and Southern Linc Wireless on general business matters, commercial transactions and other contracts, and manages and coordinates the use of outside counsel.
A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Morris received her J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and was appointed to the Order of the Coif.
Rebecca Garcia, Comptroller and Director of Financial Operations
Rebecca Garcia joined Southern Linc in October 2018 to serve as Comptroller and Director of Financial Operations. In this role, Rebecca is responsible for the Accounting and Finance organizations of both Southern Linc and Southern Telecom. Rebecca began her career at Gulf Power Company, a previous subsidiary of Southern Company, in 1998 in Revenue Accounting and worked in various Accounting departments, including Materials Accounting, Corporate Accounting, Financial and Regulatory Reporting, Financial Planning, Enterprise Solutions Project Implementation, and Budgeting. She began her previous role as Assistant Comptroller of Gulf Power in August 2017 and assisted in the divestiture of Gulf Power to NextEra Energy through May 2019.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Accounting from Pensacola Christian College and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Virginia.