Leadership Team

ABcom’s success is a direct result of our service excellence and best-in-class system installations. It’s our team’s number one goal to provide our customers with innovative solutions for their specific business needs. We take pride in consistently providing our customers with the highest-quality network infrastructure solutions at a competitive price, while exceeding their service expectations. Our growth and leadership position in our industry depends largely on the energy and efforts of all of our employees serving our customers across the United States. Their expertise continues to set us above the competition.
John J. Karel
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John J. Karel
CEO
John J. Karel became ABcom’s President and CEO in 2004. Previous to this, John held the position of Vice President of Operations. As one of the founding members of ABcom, John was instrumental in setting the business direction and defining the core values that continue at ABcom today. “Service excellence is our mission because we believe that you, our customer, deserve nothing less. Our philosophy is providing customer satisfaction that meets or exceeds your expectations each and every time you do business with us. You have my personal guarantee.”

Ben Karel
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Benjamin Karel
National Vice President

Laurie McEachran
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Laurie McEachran
CFO
I was born in IA. I lived in a few different states prior to starting first grade here in MN. My dad was an Iowan farmer’s kid who grew up to be a teacher and a patent attorney. My mom was a teacher with many years spent as the CEO of various Chamber of Commerce’s. I graduated early from Eden Prairie High School to attend Normandale College, where I earned an AA. From there I went to Augsburg College and received my BA in Business Administration. At that point I co owned and worked at a deli in Eden Prairie. While I was working at the deli, My Cheese Shop, I started going to school for my MBA from the University of St Thomas. I went to school one or two nights a week and did homework on the weekend. I received my MBA with a finance influence the day after my oldest son turned 1 years old. I have spent most of my career in finance and accounting in the construction industry, both in the commercial and residential realm. I fell into accounting early in my working life and have loved it every day since. I look forward to having a positive impact on ABcom LLC, our vendors, employees, customers and the world around us. “When you love what you do, you never work a day in your life” – Mark Twain

Greg Murphy
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Greg Murphy
Senior Vice President of Operations Arizona
Greg Murphy joined ABcom in 2007 and has served as a Foreman, Superintendent, Safety Director, and Project Manager. He currently manages operations in our Phoenix, AZ office. Greg holds many certifications More in the industry, including Commscope, Panduit, Leviton, Corning and BICSI ITS. Greg has worked with many of ABcom’s largest clients and projects: Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots Stadiums, Boeing, and McKesson, to name a few. “Providing our clients not just an excellent installation, but a full understanding of the technology available to them, and the solution they have purchased. ABcom’s Technicians, Project Managers, and Engineers are ready to meet Client needs in the ever-changing world of communications.”
Janelle Gates
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Janelle Gates
Vice President of Operations Minnesota

Troy Johnson
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Troy Johnson
Vice President of Operations Washington

Blair Studer
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Blair Studer
IT Director
Blair Studer joined ABcom as IT Director in 2019. He oversees IT operations for all ABcom offices. Blair has held many IT roles from helpdesk, Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer, and IT Manager in his career since starting in IT in 1998.

Karyn Hardwick
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Karyn Hardwick
Office Manager Arizona

Jacob Chilson
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Jacob Chilson
Staff Accountant
I originally grew up in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I have always been business oriented as my family ran a set of car dealerships around the Eau Claire area for 65 years, which was recently sold. I spent my first two years of college at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN where I played power forward for the basketball team there. I then transferred to the University of St Thomas and graduated from there with the bachelor’s degree in May 2022. My hobbies include fishing, ATV riding, basketball, and traveling. I began full time with ABcom in June of 2022 and have learned an immense amount from my team here and am excited to continue that growth and see what the future holds.