Nathan Wallace - President
My great pleasure as owner and president is working with our team as part of the solution we provide our clients and friends. We take great pleasure in helping our clients’ businesses grow through their communications and technology. My background in technology began with Aircraft mechanics and expanded into various roles in the technology industry over my career. I took over ownership of CommWest in 2005. Since then, I have continued to see our team grow and relationships strengthen in our community.
My wife and I moved to Colorado in 1983 and raised our three daughters on the Western Slope. We enjoy all the outdoor opportunities and activities the Western Slope offers. You will find my wife and I often in the woods camping and hunting or frequenting the numerous trails on our bikes. Make sure to wave when you see us.
Hobby: Hunting has been part of my life since I got married. It has been something I have shared and passed along to my daughters and friends.
Did You Know: Have you heard I am color blind? I get a lot of ribbing about it.
"Fantastic people. Service is top-notch, they are always there for us rain, snow, or shine. Highly recommend them. We use them for our business phones and IT services. Best decision ever."
Jo Ellyn Bradley - Castle Valley Children’s Clinic, New Castle
Thomas Carlin - Network Engineer
Attending Colorado Mesa University here in Grand Junction, I graduated with a BAS in Computer Information Systems. My expertise is in computer systems and networks with an ever-expanding knowledge base of telecommunications solutions. I enjoy the diversity and wide range of systems I have the opportunity to work with at CommWest.
I am a Colorado Native, originally from Eagle. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking and biking, and restoring my first car, a 1972 Porsche. I will never turn down food, especially breakfast burritos. If you have any recommendations for my weekly Friday Date Night with my family, let me know.
Hobby: I would not say I go to the extremes when working on my cars, but I have driven on a highway without a windshield and in a full helmet before.
Did You Know: It costs three times as much to replace a windshield in Eagle as it does in Grand Junction. (Hence the highway trip in a full helmet)
"Nate and the CommWest team provide the highest level of customer service as well as product quality all at the best price! CommWest has helped us with more than our business phone systems over the years. Always a great experience with this extremely professional and knowledgeable team. CommWest is the best!"
Matt Fowler - Atlasta Solar, Grand Junction
Ken Hill - Technician
With my career solely being in the technology field, I have extensive experience troubleshooting and fixing the problem for our clients. Diagnosing the technology problem and providing the solution is a highlight of my job at CommWest. My expertise is in telecommunications, but I have knowledge of all aspects of business technology.
Outside of work, I like music and riding motorcycles - not necessarily in that order. Occasionally, there must be food involved.
Hobby: I do not own the pictured motorcycle anymore; I had it back in 2007. Now I own a 2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000.
Did You Know: There isn’t a backroad I haven’t explored on the Western Slope if you ever need a suggestion on a drive to take.
Christopher Schaefer - Engineer
Having spent most of my life working with technology, I knew it would be a good career choice. My focus has been on telephones and network installations. At CommWest, I am excited to work with a quality team and provide solutions to our clients.
Outside of work, I spend most of my time glued to technology, whether it be PC, gaming console, or a phone with my wife and two sons.
Hobby: I love to ride my motorcycle everywhere, any chance I get. Even in the winter when I freeze.
Did You Know: Our family dog, Ezio, is very needy. He cannot stand to be away from my wife or me for very long.
Steven Strickler - Customer Service & Operations
Originally from Georgia, I came to Colorado after my wife and I finished our service in the U.S Army. At CommWest, I serve as the "handshake" to our clients. My role includes ensuring our customer experience is unmatched and our team has the necessary tools to get our clients back to their business. My military career allows me to bring a broad-based background in all aspects of interpersonal communication, public relations and management.
My wife's hometown is Grand Junction and I am enjoying making it home to our family. I am a diehard UGA (go Dawgs!) football fan and music has been a lifelong hobby for me.
Hobby: I play and record music, and have a collection over 1000 Vinyl records. You can’t beat the old school sound.
Did You Know: I have traveled to 13 different countries, but actually only toured one of them.
Chris Tesch - Engineer
Since 1992, I have been in the telecommunications field, making my way from sales to technical support, where I found my niche: technology engineer. I primarily work remotely from Montrose, where I bring technology solutions to our clients. Being remote, I have the benefit of an excellent team to work with at CommWest.
When not working, I enjoy the outdoors, my small farm, and time in the mountains hiking or cross-country skiing.
Hobby: We live in a beautiful place, making it easy to find a mountain top to enjoy.
Did You Know: I have one feisty old cat that will be 17 soon, and many other animals that come and go. Deer, elk (for the first time in 2021), raccoons, skunks, ground squirrels, chipmunks, mice/moles and many species of birds, including quail.
"They are so very helpful and accommodating. We appreciate everything they have done to help us get our practice up and running. Great people, amazing service and awesome products."
Miranda Schroeder - Monument View Veterinary Hospital, Grand Junction
Tarah Wallace - Business Development
After graduating from Colorado State University with a BS in Business Administration, concentration in Marketing, I stayed in Fort Collins, working in marketing roles. At CommWest, I coordinate a wide range of marketing functions and assist in the creation of strategies concentrated on enhancing our client experience. My job is to make sure our client partners are appreciated and valued by our team.
As a Colorado native, I enjoyed growing up on the Western Slope with my sisters. When I am not at the office, I enjoy exploring our Colorado mountains, drawing/painting, and watching TV/movies. I am close to my family in town; you may have guessed that Nathan is my father from the shared last name.
Hobby: Painting and drawing is a self-taught hobby. I always seem to find myself sketching or painting trees.
Did You Know: I appreciate a good movie pun, my favorite being “Welcome to the Planet” at the end of Man of Steel.
Brandon Walton - Engineer
With over five years of business technology experience, I enjoy troubleshooting and fixing systems. I look forward to assisting our clients with their technology needs, whether it be network, computer, or voice related. My expertise is in computer systems and networks with an ever-expanding knowledge base of telecommunications solutions.
When I am not working, I spend most of my time chasing after my young daughter. When we are able, we love to be outdoors. I enjoy wildlife photography, camping, and fishing.
Hobby: Playing with my daughter is an exhausting hobby, but one of my favorites. At least I get to be Kristoff when we play.
Did You Know: I have a cat that likes to groom my daughter and I, but we are working on boundaries.
"GREAT Service! Very helpful! The office was under a lot of pressure but, Brandon came out and was very thorough. He evaluated the problem, fixed it, and gave us recommendations for better cybersecurity and problem solving for the future. Made our day much better!! Highly recommend this company and staff!!"
- Monument Ridge Property Management, Grand Junction
Tiffany Welch - Account Executive
Since 1998, I have been in the telecommunications field, expanding my knowledge to full business technology as the industry continues to change. I love working with such a qualified and fun team at CommWest! I enjoy consulting and partnering with our clients to find the right office technology solutions for their business.
I am a Colorado native and relocated from Denver to Grand Junction in 2011 with my husband and two children. Our family enjoys the active Western Slope lifestyle and the small-town atmosphere. I am also a small business owner of a photography studio, Native Roots Photography. Between my family, photography, and other sports, my calendar stays busy.
Hobby: Mountain biking is a new hobby I am proud to add to my list. There are so many great trails on the Western Slope to explore for any skill level.
Did You Know: Before coming to CommWest, I was terrified of networking and talking to new people! I now consider myself an extroverted introvert.
"I am a small business owner and really needed a more robust business telephone solution for my office as a first step to hiring a staff member. Tiffany and Nathan with CommWest attended my ribbon cutting with the Grand Junction Chamber and came highly recommended by my colleagues. We scheduled the upgrade, and everything went according to plan. I am now ready to hire. I appreciate Tiffany's professional care and knowledge of our industry, and Brandon for coming in and making the change with ease and grace."
Charles Wallis - Shelter Insurance, Grand Junction
Mobie - Chief Canine Officer
Joining the CommWest team, I self-assigned the task of keeping everyone focused. I ensure they focus on giving me a steady supply of cuddles and fetching throughout the day. I am proud of the work we do and am glad I get a ride to work every day.
Hobby: Greeting everyone with a paw-shake and gently forcing you to pet me. (I am hard to ignore!)
Did You Know: The conference table is tall enough for me to walk under, which I do frequently during meetings.
"Nice to know there is still customer service out there. CommWest brought in a new business phone system structured to our needs like they said they would. The team that worked on our project from beginning to end were great! I would recommend CommWest without any hesitation. Thanks to: Nate, Tiffany, Thomas, Tarah, Brandon and Ken. Thank you for thinking of all the little things that make my job easier!"
Rochelle Fleck - Global Nitrogen, Grand Junction