Meet our executive team

Paul Mahler

Paul Mahler


Paul has worked in the computer and telecommunications industries for over 45 years creating business systems and businesses.

Paul worked as an engineer and manager for companies including Cisco, Google, Charles Schwab, Verizon, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Foundation, Visa, PacBell, Informix, Oracle, DHL, Lawrence Labs and venture capital startups. Early in his career, Paul was a rocket scientist for NASA using the Navier–Stokes equations for computational modeling and computer animation of hypersonic fluid flows through de laval nozzles.

He is the author of the first comprehensive guide to Asterisk – as well as computer languages, relational database theory and practice, programming environments, and client-server technology.

Paul has a B.A. at honors from the University of California-Berkeley in Philosophy of Science. He completed three years in the Ph.D. program of Biophysics at Berkeley and the graduate program of Medical Information Sciences at the University of California-San Francisco.

Paul is an avid horseman. He is a member of the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol.

Steve Futrell

Steve Futrell

Executive Vice President of Engineering

Steve has over 30 years of experience developing and delivering communication technology solutions, specifically on-premise and cloud-based PBX design, wired and wireless HSIA (high-speed internet access) solutions, video over IP, DSL, and IPTV (internet protocol television) solutions.

Steve is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and has a broad background in engineering management, telecommunications, and system design. Prior to joining Voice Carrier, he was the co-founder of Blue Mountain Software where they pioneered new hosted telecom systems for the hospitality industry. The company filed patents on a new system with a variable-cost model in which hotels only pay for phone service on a per-room basis when occupied. The company also developed a Find-Me Follow-Me system that provides hotel guests “VoIP to the room” service from any hotel room in the world. Blue Mountain built a base of 800+ hotels and was sold in 2005.

During his eleven years as design engineer at Hitachi America’s PBX Division, Steve was responsible for developing hardware and software, as well as writing PMS interface code. His specialties include converged network design and internet protocol television (IPTV) implementation.

Steve is an avid boater.

Rick Cording

Rick Cording

Chief Financial Officer

Rick is an avid motorcyclist.