Sharon Thomas, President and Consultant, joined Inteserra in May 2004 as a Consultant. Sharon aids Inteserra clients with their regulatory obligations, including entry requirements, general regulatory compliance and strategies, and rates and tariffs. She brings to Inteserra a wealth of experience and expertise in the telecommunications industry. Her experience includes assignments at Talk America Inc., Advanced Telecom Group, Inc. and with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada.
As Director of Regulatory and Public Policy for Advanced Telecom Group, Inc. of Reno, Nevada, Sharon provided all regulatory support to ATG's local operations in multiple states. She negotiated interconnection agreements, lobbied state legislators regarding policy issues, and participated in state regulatory proceedings involving a variety of issues.Prior to joining Inteserra, Sharon served as Director of Regulatory Affairs at Talk America Inc. At Talk America Sharon managed the regulatory staff responsible for the company's compliance with state and federal regulations. In addition to her compliance duties, she prepared comments before the Federal Communications Commission on various regulatory issues and was responsible for the development of a comprehensive complaint management system.
Sharon's career with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada uniquely prepared her for these later assignments with regulated companies. As Director of Regulatory Operations, and earlier as Manager of Rates and Regulatory Analysis at the PUC, Sharon applied her economics background and negotiation skills in directing Staff in developing and presenting testimony, comments, analyses and recommendations regarding all PUC matters. While serving at the Nevada PUC, Sharon supervised Staff economists, auditors, and rates and tariff analysts. She was responsible for developing Staff policy regarding telecommunications and power issues and drafted revisions to Nevada Administrative Code to implement policies and practices.
Sharon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics.