Ayres names VP for new telecommunications division

Freeman Staff

Sept. 3, 2019

WAUKESHA — Cheri Grainger has been named vice president of Ayres Associates’ new telecommunications division, bringing a two-decade track record of successfully leading fiber optic and communications organizations. Grainger is responsible for the operation of this new division at the Eau Claire-based engineering and architecture firm, including achieving client satisfaction and design quality standards with utility locate crews, outside plant engineers, and utility designers.

Grainger will be based in Ayres’ Waukesha office and oversee staff in the Waukesha, Green Bay, and Eau Claire offices in Wisconsin and the Cape Coral and Tampa offices
in Florida.

Grainger will develop an organizational structure for the division, with an initial emphasis on new business development in an industry where she is well-connected. The goal is market expansion in the telecommunications, natural gas, and cable TV sectors.

“Cheri has managed complex organizations and raised what can be commodity- level services to high-value communication solutions for businesses,” said Rich Schoenthaler, executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Grainger holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Ayres Associates is a multidiscipline consulting firm with more than 300 professionals in offices in Wisconsin, Florida, Colorado, and Wyoming.