About Us

PeakNet offers wireless macro site collocations, small cell attachments and Build-To-Suit monopoles to help carriers build robust, connected networks for their customers and our communities. With access to Duke Energy’s utility structures and real estate holdings, we help find the best solutions to the toughest siting challenges. Our experienced, dedicated team actively manages every step from site acquisition through construction to ensure adherence to our strict safety and quality standards. Learn More

Our History

PeakNet originated in 1995 as a wholly owned subsidiary offering wireless collocation within Florida Power Corporation (FPC). FPC and Carolina Power and Light merged to form Progress Energy, and between 1995-1998 built over 100 sites for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint PCS. In 1999, Progress Telecom, a wholly owned subsidiary, was developed to focus on building fiber and wireless sites; serving as a single point of contact for the wireless industry’s infrastructure needs within its geographic area. In 2000, CP&L and Florida Progress merged and the new company, Progress Energy, capitalized on its market advantage by offering 100,000 collocations to wireless carriers. Changing the name to PT Access Networks in 2006, its services included engineering design, architecture, site acquisition, project management, and construction. Progress Energy was purchased by Duke Energy in 2013 and PT Access changed its name to PeakNet in 2018.

Our Mission and Values

To build connected communities with innovative and pragmatic wireless infrastructure solutions to meet today’s needs and support tomorrow’s emerging technologies.

We put safety first in all we do.

Safety is paramount for Duke Energy and its subsidiaries. We are diligent in creating safe working conditions, helping to ensure the safety of each and every person working on our sites—and of the people in the communities we serve.

We take care of our people and our customers.

That means we make sure our staff and subcontractors are safe and that we maintain a work environment that is fair and respectful. And it means we constantly look out for the best interests of our customers, advocating for them, working together as a team, and building long-term relationships.

We value creative thinking.

We believe in thinking outside of the box and being proactive to develop innovative solutions for our customers. We are passionate about what we are doing, and it shows.

Our People Make the Difference

With decades of experience in the wireless and utility industries, our dedicated team has the specialized knowledge and insights to find the right solution for even the toughest siting challenges. We put our expertise in local permitting, infrastructure construction, and project management to work every day to meet our customers’ highest expectations.

ALLAN BAKALAR, Vice President and General Manager

Allan Bakalar is responsible for the daily operations of the company’s wireless collocation business throughout Duke Energy’s six state footprint. Allan has been with PeakNet and its predecessor companies for twenty years, holding various management positions in carrier relations, product development, business development, marketing, contract management, and operations.

Allan is a founding member of Florida Wireless Association, and currently serves as their Treasurer. Also, a founding member of UtiliSite, a division of Utilities Technologies Counsel (UTC), Allan served as their Chairman and continues to hold roles in many of their committees.

TONYA SWINDELL, Vice President Finance

Tonya R. Swindell directs all financial planning, budgeting, and reporting for the company. She develops pricing models for new and existing products for the organization and supervises the finance team.

Prior to joining PeakNet, Tonya served as Financial Reporting Manager with Cunningham Lindsey, consolidating 52 international and domestic entities. Before joining Cunningham Lindsey, Tonya served as the Manager of Asset Management for American Airlines, IT division. She was responsible for buying, tracking and negotiating contracts related to IT hardware and software assets.

Tonya is a Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

MICHAEL WHITLEY, Vice President Business Development

Michael Whitley leads growth initiatives and expansion of wireless collocation solutions on Duke Energy utility infrastructure. Michael is a dynamic business development executive with an extensive and diverse background in sales, real estate, construction, and program management.

Prior to joining PeakNet, Michael served as Executive Director for the East Region & Government with ExteNet Systems, Inc. directing the development of innovative network solutions for wireless service providers in both outdoor and indoor environments. In addition, Michael is U.S. Armed Forces decorated veteran and Licensed Real Estate Broker.

MIKE HAKIMI, Treasurer

Mike Hakimi serves as Treasurer, as well as on PeakNet’s Board of Managers. He is responsible for overseeing business development and finance functions. In addition, Mike has been a principal at Odyssey Management Capital since 2003, where he has been responsible for managing, and leading the disposition of, several wireless infrastructure investments.

Mike was a founder of Osprey Management Services, LLC, an investment and management company focused on “edge of network” infrastructure investments related to wireless telecommunications providers. Mike also

served as a board member and as the strategic financial advisor, holding numerous executive positions, within Osprey’s various portfolio companies.

An industry veteran, Mike founded Chicago-based American Information Systems (AIS) in 1994. AIS focused on delivering Internet broadband infrastructure to enterprise customers. Mike’s operational experience spans software development, data centers, fiber infrastructure, telecom and wireless infrastructure, leases and related services.

RICH SAFFIR, Corporate Secretary and Vice President Legal, Tax & HR

Rich Saffir, a founder of PeakNet and currently serving as Corporate Secretary and Vice President – Legal, Tax & HR, supports finance, sales, operational functions and is responsible for assisting the senior management team with strategic initiatives.

In addition, Rich serves as the Managing Member of Osprey Management Services, LLC, an investment and management company focused on “edge of network” infrastructure investments related to wireless telecommunications providers (e.g., cell towers, utility focused telecom attachments and fiber optic systems).

Previously, Rich worked with Handspring on the Treo smartphone, served as the associate general counsel of Imagine Media, and was a general partner with Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, LLP – a large full-service law firm located in San Francisco. While at Bronson, Rich co-chaired the Business and Tax Department, and spent his time representing closely held technology companies and their founders, with an emphasis on M&A, private placements, executive compensation, estate planning, and the ownership, licensing and the protection of intellectual property.

JOE STOCKWELL, President

Joe Stockwell leads PeakNet’s efforts to provide customers with safe and effective access to the breadth of Duke Energy’s utility structure and real estate assets. He is also the Principal at Odyssey Management Capital (www.ody.com), where he has overseen operations at the group’s infrastructure-focused companies since 2002.

Joe has served as a Board member and President of EPIK Communications (fiber services, merged into Progress Telecom 2004) and Progress Telecom, LLC (fiber services, sold to Level3 2006). Together with his Odyssey partners, Joe co-founded Tower Cloud—a tower backhaul services provider sold to Uniti Group in 2016.

During the early 2000s, Joe served as CEO of the reorganized Exodus Communications and led the sale of the majority of Exodus’ assets to Cable & Wireless. As CEO, Joe managed $500M+ in assets, identifying strategic buyers for various parts of Exodus’ hosting operations in the U.S. and abroad. Joe previously served as Exodus’ Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, completing 9 acquisitions valued over $7B. Before joining Exodus, Joe was senior director of corporate development at Apple Computer Inc.

Coverage Areas

With access to Duke Energy’s utility structures and real estate holdings across the entire Duke Energy customer service territory, we offer hundreds of thousands of potential sites— many in the toughest areas to zone.