Nick Akers became the president and new owner of STL Communications in May 2023 after a successful 20+ year career in C-Level and ownership roles at multiple high-tech companies. His vision for the company is to cultivate an environment of excellence, growth, and unparalleled customer service. Mr. Akers possesses a passion for leading teams to overcome complex challenges and deliver solutions that meet and exceed customer expectations.
Beyond his professional endeavors, Mr. Akers enjoys time spent with his young children, embracing the great outdoors and engaging in recreational activities. Additionally, he actively coaches both of their soccer teams, fostering their personal growth and teaching them the value of teamwork and dedication.
Mr. Akers is always eager to connect with fellow business owners and entrepreneurs. He wholeheartedly offers his expertise, assistance, and valuable connections to those seeking guidance in their ventures.
We welcome Mr. Akers as the driving force behind STL Communications, guiding our company towards a future of continued success, innovation, and unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction. Read more about Mr. Aker’s background!
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Heading up such strategic areas as systems installations, warehousing, purchasing and IT, Greg Bell possesses an in-depth understanding of the role STL Communications, Inc. plays in the success of its customers – and with twenty plus years of logistics experience and top notch people, he ensures the resources are in place to meet these demands.
Greg has built an excellent installations and services group, recruiting some of the most talented technical people in the St. Louis area. From project managers and software specialists, to technicians specializing in upgrades and new system implementations, the STL Communications, Inc. services group has the technical skills and work ethic to ensure success on projects of any size.
Beginning his career more than two decades ago in the grocery business, his relocation to the St. Louis area in 1996 opened new opportunities to demonstrate his dedicated work ethic and keen problem-solving abilities.
Dave Leidholdt is STL Communication’s Vice President of Sales and comes to the position with many years of industry experience.
Dave graduated from Southern Illinois University with degrees in Avionics and Advanced Technical Studies and began his work career with McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems as a member of the Quality Engineering team.
After 3 years of employment with them, he took a leap of faith and accepted a position with a very new and small (at the time) STL Communications as their ninth employee. He initially was STL’s first office manager, then purchasing manager and later moved to a full-time sales position in 1993.
Dave decided to pursue other ventures in technology for several years outside STL including a stint with a data focused company and a managed services organization.
In 2015, Dave reunited with STL Communications; first as a senior salesperson and now as Vice President of Sales. His 27 years of industry experience provide him with the extensive knowledge and expertise required to lead STL’s sales team.
Ellen Gore has over 30 years of experience in the world of accounting and human resources. She spent her first 10 years with STL Communications as a senior accounts receivable specialist. For the past 14 years, Ellen has been head of accounting and oversees the rest of the financial staff.
Ellen has two children, Jeremy and Jennifer, as well as adorable grandbabies and granddogs. Ellen’s responsibilities include all of accounting and finance, in addition to onboarding new employees, managing our 401k and employee benefits.
Throughout his tenure at STL Communications, Patrick Shain has consistently displayed a deep understanding of voice and data services, making him an indispensable resource for the sales staff. He works closely with them to provide presales engineering support, leveraging his technical knowledge to assist in solution design and implementation strategies.
When he’s not hard at work, Patrick enjoys spending time with his son, who is currently attending college. He’s an avid reader and technophile, but he’s also excited to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer through camping, canoeing and exploring caves.