SOURCE: The Conference Depot

March 06, 2008 07:00 ET

Copper Conferencing Adds New Board Member

Conferencing Technology Veteran William P. Ernstrom to Join Board of Managers

BROOMFIELD, CO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Copper Conferencing, a leading provider of teleconferencing services, announced today the addition of William P. Ernstrom to its board of managers. Ernstrom brings over 14 years of conferencing technology experience within the teleconferencing industry.

"Very few companies offer the breadth of conferencing services and support that Copper Conferencing brings to small and medium-sized businesses (SMB)," said Ernstrom. "I look forward to working with Copper Conferencing's board members to help shape the direction of the company as it continues to realize its goal of providing unparalleled customer service and comprehensive group communications offerings to the underserved SMB market segment."

Ernstrom founded Voyant Technologies through the MBO/LBO purchase of Confertech Systems, Inc. from Frontier Communications in 1999. During his tenure he grew revenues from about $13M to over $50M and achieved profitability for 17 consecutive quarters. In 2004 he led the successful sale of Voyant to Polycom, Inc., returning over 20 times the initial investment. Prior to founding Voyant Technologies Ernstrom served as President of Confertech Systems.

"We are very pleased to have someone with Bill Ernstrom's industry background and track record join Copper Conferencing's Board of Managers," said Brad Dupee, Chairman and CEO of Copper Conferencing. "We have aggressive plans in place to grow and deliver cost-effective conferencing services to the SMB market segment for the upcoming year, and Bill's leadership, industry knowledge and insights will be important as we pursue our growth objectives."

"In an era when most come to the conferencing party with 'Wal-Mart thinking,' Copper Conferencing comes with 'Nordstrom thinking' -- care is what customers want," said Elliot M. Gold, President TeleSpan Publishing Corporation ( "This is now enhanced with the addition of Bill Ernstrom, who has helped pioneer the hardware which is core to such offerings." TeleSpan has been tracking and analyzing the teleconferencing industry for over a quarter of a century.

About Copper Conferencing:

Based in Broomfield, Colorado, Copper Conferencing's Conference Coaches™ provide expert guidance of enhanced conference calling services to small and medium-sized businesses. From on-demand reservationless audio conference calls, to highly-interactive web conferences and special event calls, Copper helps businesses improve the speed and effectiveness of remote business decision making. These services are backed by fully managed, carrier-class platforms to power communication for thousands of customers. Copper's leadership team brings over 50 years of industry experience and has created a successful channel-centric sales approach which includes wholesale partners and authorized agents and internet sales programs. The company is privately-held. For more information about Copper Conferencing, visit the company's website at

Copper Conferencing recently acquired The Conference Depot, a leading provider of audio conferencing, web conferencing, and video conferencing services. With this most recent acquisition, Copper Conferencing is now able to provide customers with unprecedented access to industry-leading audio and web conferencing tools.