CJC Hall of Fame

Rick Stern

B.S. Telecommunication, 1990

CEO and founder of Nitel

Hall of Fame 2021

Rick Stern, B.S. Telecommunication 1990, is the CEO and founder of Nitel, an Inc. 500/5000 technology company that offers a suite of fully managed, cloud-based security services and software-defined networks for enterprises and service providers globally. He founded the business in 1997 as a telecommunications consultancy, which transitioned into a full-service data network provider in 2003. After graduating in 1990, Stern served six years in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is a 2009 graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program in Owner/President Management. In 2010, he was named a Midwest finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award and in 2011 he was named to the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. He has served as a member of the Channel Partners Advisory Board. He currently sits on the Ambassador Board for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Stern is a former member of the Dean’s Leadership Council.