J. Sherman Henderson III has nearly four decades of business experience, including roles spanning company ownership, sales, marketing and management. He began his career in the telecom industry in 1986 when he oversaw Charter Network, a long-distance carrier serving the Midwestern United States. He founded UniDial, which today is known as Lightyear Network Solutions, in 1993 in Louisville, KY growing that business from a start-up to more than $220M annually with its groundbreaking Agent Equity program. To date, UniDial is the only Agent Program that has delivered a financial payout as it distributed nearly $8M to its nationwide Equity Agents in 1998. Henderson served six terms as chairman of COMPTEL, the leading telecom trade association and was voted Channel Partners Executive of the Year in 2009.