Our Team

Get to know Leverage Broadband Strategies’ team of well-rounded telecom experts.

Cheryl Summers, Founder & CEO

A fierce negotiator who loves to fight for the underdog, Cheryl’s passion for the telecom industry was sparked while working at a cable startup when she was just out of college.

Prior to founding Leverage Broadband Strategies (formerly Leverage Cable Consulting) in 2011, Cheryl worked as Vice President of Programming for Cobridge Communications and Director of Programming for Broadstripe (formerly Millennium Digital Media), the 20th largest cable operator in the United States at the time. In her nearly twenty years of experience, Cheryl has become an expert in the telecom industry, gaining a deep understanding of programming cost reduction, packaging strategies, contract management and compliance, subscriber analytics, new market penetration, and consumer marketing. Cheryl has performed due diligence and participated in transition planning on behalf of client companies ranging in size from rural family-owned operations to Fortune 500 companies working through both acquisitions and sales of assets. She is a television content expert for national research firms such as Coleman Research and Beta Research Corporation, serves on the Board of Directors for Christians in Communications, and is active in the Mid-America Cable Association.

When she saw the problems that smaller telecom companies were facing in the shifting modern media landscape, Cheryl saw an opportunity to help. At Leverage Broadband Strategies, she brings her decades’ worth of accumulated expertise to each and every client, acting not just as a consultant but as a true partner.

In 2020, Cheryl was invited to contribute to The Anatomy of Accomplishment: Your Guide to Bigger, Better, Bolder Business Results, a best-selling anthology of stories and advice from female entrepreneurs and business leaders around the country. In her chapter, Cheryl dives into what it means to be an entrepreneur and lead with heart. Download Cheryl’s chapter of the anthology here.

Doug Maglothin,Chief Strategy Officer

Doug joined the Leverage Broadband Strategies team as Chief Strategy Officer in 2018 after nearly two decades of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry. He now heads up Leverage’s Strategic Growth service consulting, providing clients around the world with services including M&A Leadership, SubLogic Analytics, and Outsourced Management functions. His balance of business and technical savvy, along with his creativity, make Doug an invaluable resource for our clients, giving them the tools to innovate, adapt, and connect with consumers along productive growth pathways.

Prior to Leverage, Doug led the Product Development and Management teams as well as the Cloud Solutions business for Ritter Communications. Prior to Ritter, he served in product roles at both Verizon Wireless and Alltel Wireless. Throughout his career in telecom, Doug has participated in numerous due diligence initiatives and transactions generating billions of dollars in valuations.

Doug holds both an Executive MBA and a Master of Information Systems from the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, where he was a Beta Gamma Sigma Scholar Award recipient. While at the University of Arkansas, he also completed a Graduate Certification in Enterprise Analytics. He holds a B.S. in Marketing Management from Western Governor’s University and numerous vendor and telecommunications technology certifications. Doug is active in local philanthropic initiatives in his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas, where he serves on the board of multiple non-profit organizations including the Northeast Arkansas Foundation of Arts.

Interested in making us a part of your team? Just reach out.

The Leverage Council

Comprised of curated and carefully vetted industry experts, The Leverage Council provides our clients with access to insiders who can offer insights and advice on anything and everything in the telecom industry. For a complete list of all Leverage Council members, please contact us.

Feedback from our clients:

“Leverage has its own fan club inside the company at all levels and departments.”
– Robert Haulbrook, Former CEO, GTA Teleguam
“The folks at Leverage have a wealth of experience of understanding the nuances of programming contracts, especially NCTC Agreements. They are able to help members navigate the complicated terms of programming agreements as well.”
– Frank Hughes, NCTC
“The complexity and intensity of video content negotiation has become a battlefield of sorts in recent years. There is a great amount at stake on both sides of the table. And ‘leverage’ is the perfect word to describe the environment. In getting to know and work with Cheryl, I’m confident that all medium to small cable companies and video providers should work with her. She knows how to negotiate contracts and ensure that her customers are getting the best deals possible. I’m not sure why a smaller company or emerging company without fully dedicated resources wouldn’t want to have that assurance. Her company, Leverage, is uniquely positioned in their segment.”
– Dave Beasley, Telecommunications Consultant
“The longer we have our relationship with Leverage, the more valuable the relationship has proven to become. We are now at year 8+ of our time working with Leverage and they are unquestionably one of our most valuable strategic partnerships.”
– Jane Marie Woodruff, Director of Marketing, Ritter Communications
“The Leverage Broadband Strategies team is conscientious, proactive, and knowledgeable. They are our strategic partners and consultants—and by outsourcing specific functions to them, our team has time to focus on mission-critical objectives.”
– James Campbell, CFO of Inter Mountain Cable and Gearheart Broadband

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