About Us

About Us

Founded in 1991, Watch Communications is a wireless communications company specializing in Wireless Broadband Internet, Fiber Internet, TV, Hosting and VoIP Phone Services to both residential and business customers in the rural Midwest. Watch Communications began as a Cable TV Provider and expanded service offerings at the beginning of the Broadband Internet Revolution in 1998 to include Internet. Watch focuses on under- and unserved small and rural markets throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. The company has grown from its roots in Lima, OH, to service homes and businesses throughout the Midwest.

Watch Communications Broadband Internet service has been engineered to provide services via radio signal. Watch Communications has an experienced management team with extensive wireless broadband/ISP expertise to bring to you the best possible product. Our network utilizes the most recent technologies, always-on connections and high-speed connectivity. Our customers are provided with an advanced reception antenna, affixed to their home or property. Watch Communications is equipped to provide service to almost any home in our service area, and we pledge to do whatever it takes to provide our clients with quality services.

Watch Communications is proud to partner with Dish TV to offer satellite television service. Our services have grown to offer our customers a local quality and affordable alternative to standard Cable Television systems and packages that fit into any budget.

Watch Communications is a subsidiary of Benton Ridge Telephone (BRT), an Ohio corporation founded in 1902 to provide telephone services in rural Ohio communities.

Executive Team

Chris Daniels

CEO, President

Chris Daniels is President and CEO of Watch Communications, a 27-year-old broadband service provider with ILEC roots dating back to 1902. Over the last 27 years, Chris has served in technical, sales, and executive roles with both wireline and wireless telecommunications companies. Chris joined Watch Communications as CEO in 2019 and is working toward establishing the company as a leading provider of rural broadband in the Midwest.

Before joining Watch, Chris served as President of Telrad’s Broadband Wireless Access division. In this role, he led the charge in establishing Telrad as a worldwide leader in fixed-focused LTE solutions. Chris joined Telrad after their acquisition of the Alvarion BWA division in 2013, where he served as VP of Sales and later as General Manager of the Americas. Previously, Chris served as an AVP of Product Strategy for Zhone Technologies, where he focused on meeting the technology needs of global wireline carriers.

Chris studied Computer Science at Purdue University from 1988-1992 and earned a BS in International Business Administration from Liberty University.

Randy Marksberry

Chief Financial Officer

Randy Marksberry is the Chief Financial Officer for Watch Communications. He was most recently a controller and valuation consultant, advising clients throughout the Greater Cincinnati area on optimizing their finance, accounting, and IT operations. Randy managed the end-to-end accounting and financial reporting functions across a broad spectrum of companies and environments, including manufacturing, construction, health care, and professional services industries. The companies he advised ranged in total gross revenue from $10 million to $250 million.

Randy and his family live in Crescent Springs, KY.

Tommy Della Rocco

Chief Revenue & Strategy Officer

Tommy Della Rocco is the Vice President/General Manager of Watch Communications’ Wireless Division. He has more than 35 years’ experience in building and delivering Telecom Networks domestically and internationally to more than 30 million people and delivering services to more than 2.5 million households throughout his career.

He joined Watch in early 2020, having come from his own consulting firm where he worked with start-ups, small- and medium Telecom/Internet of Things organizations on business direction, technology review, architecture, system planning, business planning, organizational planning and implementation, and the effective use of KPIs and metrics. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer at ConVergence where he helped deliver Fixed broadband services, VoIP, Merchant Processing and Network Hardware for the North American Wireless Internet Service Providers. Tommy was also employed with OMGFast a subsidiary of Cablevision; Charles Street Partners, LLC (CSP); CoreComm, Inc.; United Kingdom-based NTL; Cellular Communications of Puerto Rico and Cellular Communications, and other telecom- and telecom-focused companies.

Joel Dunifon

Chief Technology Officer

Joel Dunifon is responsible for making technology decisions that align with the business and strategy goals of Watch Communications. He works closely with the IT Department to make sure technologies adapt to innovations.

Joel previously was Chief Information Officer and oversaw all Data, Information Technology, and Network functions of the company, which includes Data Center and Server Infrastructure, Network Operations (Core, Access, and Edge), IT Helpdesk, Cyber Security, Software Development, and Data Analysis.

Joel has been with Watch Communications for nearly 20 years. He developed many of the software platforms used to provision and monitor the company’s customers and systems, and spent more than 10 years directly managing much of the Western Ohio network and helped grow the Internet subscriber base from just few hundred to the nearly 20,000 customers Watch serves today. Through the years, Joel oversaw the establishment of our Internet Technical Support, Network Operations, and IT Helpdesk departments.

Joel holds an Associate’s degree in Information Systems, majoring in Computer Programming, from Rhodes State College. He also holds an FAA commercial drone pilot certification, enjoys building and flying FPV drones, following developments in astronomy and space flight, and plays the guitar and sings on the worship team at his church. He lives in Bluffton, OH, with his wife and 5 sons.

Joel Dunifon

Chief Technology Officer

Joel Dunifon is responsible for making technology decisions that align with the business and strategy goals of Watch Communications. He works closely with the IT Department to make sure technologies adapt to innovations.

Joel previously was Chief Information Officer and oversaw all Data, Information Technology, and Network functions of the company, which includes Data Center and Server Infrastructure, Network Operations (Core, Access, and Edge), IT Helpdesk, Cyber Security, Software Development, and Data Analysis.

Joel has been with Watch Communications for nearly 20 years. He developed many of the software platforms used to provision and monitor the company’s customers and systems, and spent more than 10 years directly managing much of the Western Ohio network and helped grow the Internet subscriber base from just few hundred to the nearly 20,000 customers Watch serves today. Through the years, Joel oversaw the establishment of our Internet Technical Support, Network Operations, and IT Helpdesk departments.

Joel holds an Associate’s degree in Information Systems, majoring in Computer Programming, from Rhodes State College. He also holds an FAA commercial drone pilot certification, enjoys building and flying FPV drones, following developments in astronomy and space flight, and plays the guitar and sings on the worship team at his church. He lives in Bluffton, OH, with his wife and 5 sons.

Conrad D’Souza

Chief Operation Officer

Conrad D’Souza is the Chief Operating Officer at Watch Communications and is responsible for day-to-day operations, including program management, tower services, customer and technical support, and facilities management.

Prior to joining Watch, Conrad led the Network Services business at Tech Mahindra as Vice President, Communications, Media & Entertainment where he was responsible for Tier 1 Data, Media and Telecommunication Service Providers. Before joining Tech Mahindra, Conrad was the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Cima Group, a Cloud-based PaaS/SaaS company focused on monetizing the back office (BSS) for any digital transaction, where he led the acquisition of Knetik, a Contextual Analytics, Business Intelligence and Revenue Optimization Digital transaction management company.

Conrad has more than 20 years of technology-leadership and executive experience in Operations, Strategy, P&L Management, Product Management, Mergers and Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances, Business Development and Sales. He has held leadership and individual contributor positions at Telcordia, Nortel and Ericsson. At Telcordia, he was responsible for their acquisition of Granite Systems. At Nortel, in his capacity of Director of Business Operations in Strategic Alliances, he managed a $400M P&L.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, is an avid fan of Mixed Martial Arts and lives in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Lindsey Gardner

Chief of Staff

Lindsey Gardner is the Chief of Staff at Watch Communications. She oversees strategic initiatives and projects within the Executive Team. She also oversees Marketing & Communications efforts and manages Administrative Staff while serving as a proxy for the CEO to the Executive and Management teams. Prior to joining Watch, Lindsey was the Regional Administrator for North and South America at Telrad Networks where she managed the North America office and oversaw marketing events supporting growth within the region. She began her career over 15 years ago serving as Executive Assistant to a number of CEOs in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Lindsey and her family live in Northern Kentucky. She enjoys traveling and many outdoor activities, while also volunteering her time in ministry work and with local animal rescues.

Lindsey Gardner

Chief of Staff

Lindsey Gardner is the Chief of Staff at Watch Communications. She oversees strategic initiatives and projects within the Executive Team. She also oversees Marketing & Communications efforts and manages Administrative Staff while serving as a proxy for the CEO to the Executive and Management teams. Prior to joining Watch, Lindsey was the Regional Administrator for North and South America at Telrad Networks where she managed the North America office and oversaw marketing events supporting growth within the region. She began her career over 15 years ago serving as Executive Assistant to a number of CEOs in the Greater Cincinnati Area.

Lindsey and her family live in Northern Kentucky. She enjoys traveling and many outdoor activities, while also volunteering her time in ministry work and with local animal rescues.

Dennis Roell

Director of IT

Dennis Roell is the Director of IT for Watch Communications. He joined the company in February 2021 but had previously been an IT and Business Systems consultant for the company helping streamline processes and business applications. Dennis has extensive experience working with high-speed and high-volume manufacturing, warehousing, and logistics companies where he built and managed IT departments and helped streamline business process, revamp and connect core business systems, and improve user proficiency to accelerate the company’s ability to scale.

Dennis is a life-long resident of the Cincinnati, OH, area where he raised his daughter, learned and taught ballroom dance, and earned his Second Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.