E-Band Communications Wireless Backhaul

Senior Management

Sam Smookler, Co-Founder, President & CEO

Sam Smookler, co-founder of E-Band Communications, LLC has over 30 years of proven leadership in technology businesses, most recently as CEO of P-Com, Inc and shortly before that as CEO of DMC Stratex (NASDAQ: STXN), an industry leader in medium and high capacity point to point wireless transmission systems. He has international experience managing new product development, operations, sales channels and customer relations and has dealt with the financial and investment communities. While at DMC Stratex, Smookler led the development and introduction of the industry's first 155Mbps wireless access and backhaul product combining ultra-high capacity, high bandwidth efficiency and fiber-level performance in a single radio platform. Previously Mr. Smookler served as president and COO of Signal Technology Corp., Danvers, MA, vice president and general manager of the Interconnection Productions Division of Augat Corp., North Attleboro, MA, and vice president and general manager of the RF Components and Millimeter Wave Systems group for M/A COM Corp., Lowell, MA. His career has included senior management positions in product management, marketing, sales and engineering. He holds an engineering degree from C.W. Post College, Long Island University.


Saul Umbrasas, Co-Founder, SVP, Sales & Marketing

Saul Umbrasas is a co-founder of E-Band Communications, LLC and SVP of Sales and Marketing. Saul is responsible for product management, marketing, sales, business development and customer support activities at E-Band. He has 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry in both service and infrastructure fields. Formerly, Saul held executive and senior management positions at AirFiber, BellSouth, Braxton Associates/Deloitte & Touche, the Cambridge Strategic Management Group (CSMG). Saul holds a BS degree in physics and an M.B.A.


Andrew Pavelchek, Vice President, Engineering

Andrew has over 28 years experience in the field of communication systems. He co-founded AirFiber, a broadband wireless optical equipment manufacturer and has managed firmware and hardware development teams. Andrew has done modem and systems development at Linkabit Corporation and Primary Access (which was acquired by 3Com). He has a Masters Degree in Information Science from the University of California, San Diego and a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.