TIA 2015 Speaker Biographies
Lead LTE Solutions Architect
In his role as Lead LTE Solutions Architect at Fujitsu, Dr. Adeyemi is responsible for engaging wireless operators and partners in the Wireless and Small Cells Ecosystem. He is a 3GPP expert with design, development and deployment experience.
Prior to working with Fujitsu, he led technology and product strategy for LTE and Voice in 3G/4G Macro and Femto product lines at Airvana Inc. He has also held various senior technical and management roles at Motorola, Engim and Elbera (a company he founded). Femi holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Field CTO, Cloud Computing
Gurvinder Ahluwalia is the "Field" CTO for Cloud Computing across IBM's Hardware, Software, Service business for the U.S. market. In this role he has architecture solutioning duties to customers around 70% of IBM's cloud portfolio and other open and modern development technologies.
Guri has deployed customer solutions spanning three computing generations of our times. During Distributed Computing generation, Guri deployed the 2nd largest commercial TCP/IP network in the world. During the Internet/Mobile generation, he led various web commerce implementations; and he charted seminal direction for the industry on Internet of Things which culminated into the MIT AutoID initiative. Gurvinder led the architecture program to land Embedded Linux on a handheld device for the first time by a U.S. OEM. During the current cloud generation, Guri provides architecture leadership to solution, migrate, and integrate applications and edge devices for business enabled by cloud.
Gurvinder is engaged in standards-related, open-source movements and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He is a Member of The IBM Academy of Technology.
Director of Spectrum Strategy
Reza Arefi leads spectrum strategies and global radiocommunication standards at Intel’s Standards & Advanced Technology group of Intel Mobile Communications. He develops market-driven spectrum strategies for Intel’s wireless products and assists with global public policy efforts.
Reza has been actively contributing to standards and various industry groups on wireless systems for the past fourteen years, often in leadership positions (ITU-R, IEEE, WiGig Alliance, etc.). Since 2004, Reza has regularly represented Intel in regional and inter-national regulatory standards organizations. His current focus is on enabling spectrum for 5G cellular systems.
He holds several patents in various areas of wireless communications in-cluding mm-wave technologies and spectrum sharing. Reza holds a bachelor’s degree from Sharif University of Technology and a Master’s degree from West Virginia University.
Chief Executive Officer
Compass Intelligence, LLC
Stephanie Atkinson is founder and CEO of Compass Intelligence. She specializes in vertical markets, technology segmentation, and overall market intelligence and consulting services within the telecommunications, IT, network infrastructure, and other high tech industries.
Prior to founding Compass Intelligence, she held a position as Senior Analyst with In-Stat. There she managed the Vertical Market Deep Dive services, as well as drove many large initiatives around business intelligence and new market research services. Prior to In-Stat, Ms Atkinson was employed with Frost & Sullivan as an Industry Analyst and Program Leader within the Telecom Services Division. Ms. Atkinson also held a position as an Information Services Manager with a Texas-based CLEC, Tex-link Communications (Formerly Taylor Communications Group, Inc). Prior to Tex-Link, she worked for Alcatel USA, where she served as an Engineering and Production Planner in the Lightwave Products Division.
Ms. Atkinson holds a B.S. in Industrial Distribution from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University, and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management of Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Senior Network Architect
With a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and more than 25 years of experience in IT, engineering and networking, Matt Bateman is uniquely positioned to lead cross-functional teams to develop roadmaps for new technologies.
In his current role, Matt is the team lead for technical architecture in the areas of NFV, SDN and Cloud. As an early champion for this new technology, Matt has used his diverse background to reach across traditional organizational boundaries to foster the cooperation and knowledge sharing that will be critical in the coming convergence of IT and Networking.
Chief Executive Officer
Telecommunications Industry Association
Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).
As the information and communications technology (ICT) industry experiences the most dramatic change seen in decades, Scott’s leadership of TIA fosters adaptation and growth to meet its members’ needs. He is responsible for managing TIA’s overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC.
Prior to becoming President and CEO of ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Before his tenure at ITS America, Scott held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, and worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands. Scott serves on the Boards of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the University of Redlands Alumni Association. He serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.
Scott resides in Alexandria, VA and is married with two children.
Mónica Aspe Bernal
Undersecretary of Communications
Secretariat of Communications and Transportation
Estados Unidos Mexicanos
Mónica Aspe Bernal was appointed the Undersecretary of Communications of the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) by the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto on April 28th, 2015.
From May, 2011 until her appointment she was the head of the Coordination of Information Society (CSIC) for the Secretariat. Throughout her management, Mónica Aspe promoted projects to help achieve universal broadband access in Mexico such as Mexico Conectado, a social connectivity program of the Mexican government whose aim is to bring broadband Internet to schools, health centers, libraries, parks, and all other public sites and spaces in Mexico. During her leadership at the CSIC, the number of sites and public areas with Internet access provided by the SCT increased from 5,000 to more than 65,000.
Additionally, from the SCT, Mónica Aspe has carried out the project for the expansion of the Federal Electricity Commission`s fiber optic network and participated in the project design of the Open Access Mobile Network (Red Compartida). She is also responsible for the implementation of a national network of digital inclusion centers.
Mónica Aspe graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and a master’s degree from Columbia University, New York. She was the General Director of the National Chamber of the Radio and Television Industry (CIRT). She has been a consultant in public policy in the infrastructure, telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, as well as in the evaluation of social programs. Mónica was also an adviser to the General Council of the Federal Electoral Institute where she contributed in the control of resources and access to media by political parties.
Director of Sustainability
Aaron Binkley is an expert on sustainability topics including energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable construction and corporate responsibility reporting. He participates on sustainability matters for industry groups such as NAREIT and the Green Grid, and has written widely about sustainability in real estate. He is the author of the Real Estate Solar Investment Handbook: A Commercial Property Guide to Managing Risks and Maximizing Returns.
Aaron Binkley is a Registered Architect and a LEED™ Accredited Professional. He has an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree from MIT.
Co-Founder and Principal Software Architect
Chuck Black has over 30 years of experience in the computer networking industry and is a recognized innovator and developer of products in the areas of network management, network security, and data center network connectivity.
Chuck has authored multiple patents in the network technology arena. While at HP he won top honors for excellence in presentations given to technical audiences at worldwide symposiums. He is co-author of the book SDN: A Comprehensive Approach.
Chuck received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.
Josef J. Blanz
Principal Engineer, Standards and Industry Organizations Group
Josef J. Blanz coordinates Qualcomm's participation in M2M and IoT related standards and industry fora, conducts related internal design work and serves as an interface to business development, product management and engineering teams.
From 1990–1993 Josef worked on custom-designed integrated circuits for mobile radio systems at the Centre for Microelectronics at the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1993 he joined the university's Research Group for RF Communications where he investigated baseband processing techniques in multi-antenna receivers for 3rd Generation mobile radio systems.
He joined Qualcomm in 1998 focusing initially on smart antenna processing for CDMA. From 1999 to 2009 he participated in 3GPP as Qualcomm’s lead for radio and baseband performance requirements. During that phase, he led internal R&D projects with a main focus on HSPA physical layer enhancements, such as MIMO for HSDPA. In 2009 he started to coordinate Qualcomm's activities in M2M and IoT standards and industry organizations with technical focus on M2M service layers. He was actively involved in the creation of the global initiative oneM2M and serves as Qualcomm’s lead in oneM2M.
Dr. Blanz has 25 years of experience in communication systems design and more than 15 years of experience in standardization. He holds a Master's degree (Dipl-Ing.) and a Ph.D. degree (Dr-Ing.) in electrical engineering, both from Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Sean joined the FierceTelecom staff in July 2009 and is responsible for covering news and trends in the wireline section of the telecom industry.
Before joining the FierceTelecom staff, Sean most recently served as the Editor-in-Chief for Telecom Engine from 2006 to 2009 overseeing both the former print publication Telecommunications Magazine Americas and its transition to a web-based publication. Sean returned to telecommunications in July 2006 after a brief one-year stint covering the public sector IT and mobile network infrastructure trends as a senior analyst at Current Analysis.
In addition to writing about wireline industry trends, Sean enjoys playing with his two sons, reading history books, watching the Celtics, and listening to Grateful Dead concerts on Sirius Satellite Radio.
Vice President, Design and Construction
Tamara Budec is responsible for development and execution of the firm’s service offering in support of retail and wholesale data center environments including raised floor product development, service delivery and development and implementation of enterprise software platforms including proprietary DCIM and other business analytics enterprise class software platforms.
Ms. Budec joined Digital Realty in April, 2013. Prior to Digital Realty, Ms. Budec was a Vice President, Critical Systems and Engineering Americas with Goldman Sachs and Company, where she was responsible for risk management of the firm’s business critical environments and has managed the firm’s global portfolio of colocation hosted facilities.
Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Budec held various positions in data center and financial services industry with CB Richard Ellis, Jones Lang LaSalle and Citigroup. Ms. Budec received the BS (Dipl. Eng.) degree from Zagreb University, Croatia and Masters AAP from Cornell University.
Director, Equipment Research and Development
Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping
Blake Burnette began his career developing some of the first CNC machine tools. He then moved into developing gas chromatographs including one that flew on the Space Shuttle. In 1988 Blake joined Baker Hughes, developing equipment for the oil and gas industry.
He holds several patents and has invented many products that lead the industry. Blake has worked in 21 countries installing and troubleshooting oilfield equipment.
Area Manager of Construction and Engineering
AT&T Antenna Solutions Group (ASG)
ASG is responsible for implementation of distributed antenna systems (DAS) across the United States in venues such as airports, universities, convention centers, health care facilities, hotels, shopping malls, business offices, and stadiums.
Angela has enjoyed a variety of assignments during her 16 year career with AT&T- from troubleshooting voice and data circuits as a communications technician, to the launch of the AT&T U-verse network as an implementation manager. Her latest venture afforded her the opportunity to construct several distributed antenna systems in the North Texas market before moving into a Chief of Staff role for the ASG Construction and Engineering Team.
She is a Texas native with a degree in Management Technology from Amberton University and an M.B.A. from Texas Woman’s University.
Senior Director - Product Marketing
Chris has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to both consumers and businesses, and for competitive and incumbent carriers. In his current role, Chris leads product marketing for Metaswitch's business services products and oversees its global marketing support program and consultancy for its service provider customers.
Chris joined Metaswitch in 2007 after having served as director of marketing for Broadview Networks, where he steered the company’s branding and channel management and supported the successful market introductions of its converged IP product portfolio.
Previously, Carabello served in senior marketing positions at AT&T where he launched its E-commerce initiative and led distribution of its IP products to small businesses. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Rutgers University.
Andy Castonguay has worked as an analyst, advisor and consultant to the mobile industry for over 15 years. With local experience in Latin America and North America, Andy has worked extensively with service providers, device manufacturers, technology vendors and financial institutions in both mature and growth markets. As a Principal Analyst at Machina Research he is focused on the rapidly evolving M2M ecosystems in the Americas with particular focus on mobile health solutions and the M2M devices space.
Prior to joining Machina Research, Andy was a Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media with focus on mobile devices, application platforms and M2M solutions. During his tenure at the Yankee Group, Andy was Director of mobile devices research, Director of the North American consumer practice and Program Manager for the Latin American mobile services group. During his seven-year stint in Brazil, Andy also worked as a senior consultant at Telefinance, a financial services group, focused on mergers and acquisitions activity, strategic consulting, infrastructure and device financing deals and due diligence projects in the telecommunications industry.
Senior Engineer, Google Cloud Platform
James Chittenden is a solutions engineer on the Google Cloud Platform team. James comes from a strong development background, focusing on a broad set of areas including open source, Microsoft stack as well as wide variety of big data solutions.
He has over 15 years of deep IT enterprise experience, including a strong focus on Business Intelligence, UX as well as an evangelist promoting developer technologies.
Mignon L. Clyburn
Federal Communications Commission
Mignon Clyburn served as Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, following her appointment by President Barack Obama on May 20, 2013. As Commissioner, she is serving a second term as a Democrat on the Commission, for which she was sworn in on February 19, 2013 following her re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Clyburn began her service at the FCC in August, 2009, after spending 11 years as a member of the sixth district on the Public Service Commission (PSC) of South Carolina. She served as its chair from July 2002 through June 2004. Prior to her service on the PSC, Clyburn was the publisher and general manager of The Coastal Times, a Charleston-based weekly newspaper that focused primarily on issues affecting the African American community. She co-owned and operated the family-founded newspaper for 14 years.
A longtime champion of consumers and a defender of the public interest, Commissioner Clyburn considers every Commission proceeding with an eye toward how it will affect each and every American. She is a strong advocate for enhanced accessibility in communications for disabled citizens, and works closely with representative groups for the deaf and hard of hearing. She has fought to promote strong competition across all communications platforms, believing that the more robust and competitive the marketplace, the less need there is for regulation. However, when the market is not adequately addressing consumer concerns, Clyburn is an outspoken champion for smart, targeted regulatory action.
She has pushed for media ownership rules that reflect the demographics of America, affordable universal telephone and high-speed internet access, greater broadband deployment and adoption throughout the nation, and transparency in regulation. Commissioner Clyburn is a member of the Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service, Federal-State Joint Board on Separations, and the Federal-State Joint Conference on Advanced Services, all of which she chaired for three years during her first term at the FCC.
Ms. Clyburn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Banking, Finance and Economics.
Director of Coverage Solutions
As a long time technology industry veteran, Della Conley has more than 20 years of marketing and product management experience. Last year, she led the product team that delivered T-Mobile’s UnCarrier 7.0 move, “Wi-Fi Unleashed”. Before T-Mobile, she worked for over 10 years at dotcoms such as Expedia, Classmates, and drugstore.com.
Della Conley holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Puget Sound and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Strategic Client Engagement Partner, Service Enablement and M2M
Ericsson North America
Brenda Connor has been with Ericsson since 1994 and is a Strategic Client Engagement Partner providing thought leadership in M2M, IOT and Business Enablement.
Brenda provides leadership in multi-network service architectures, telecom cloud, service orchestration and end-to-end policy and identity management in IMS, Web 2.0, and Telco 2.0 environments. She has 29 years experience in business development, product development and systems engineering with recent focus in M2M and traditional services ecosystem including SLAs, authentication and authorization concerns and in cloud and SaaS deployment models.
Dr. Connor holds a B.S. and a M.S in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a PhD in Engineering Management.
Vice President of Sales Engineering
NTT America, Inc.
In is position as Vice President of Sales Engineering at NTT America, Joe Corvaia is responsible for leading the technical pre-sales teams for NTT America and is actively involved with product direction and strategy.
Mr. Corvaia brings more than 19 years of experience in cloud computing, infrastructure outsourcing, managed services, and systems integration to NTT America. His cross-functional experience spans several facets of business management including sales, marketing, product direction and strategy, sales engineering, and operations.
Prior to joining NTT America, Mr. Corvaia held several senior-level and executive leadership positions including Chief Revenue Officer for Cloudamize, an early stage Cloud Infrastructure Analytics SaaS provider; Vice President of Cloud Computing for Evolve IP; Vice President of Solution Engineering for Broadview Networks; and co-founder of Convergent, a regional Systems Integration and Unified Communications technology provider.
He is a frequent speaker at national industry events, specializing in cloud computing, cloud enablement and strategies, and IT transformation. Mr. Corvaia has also served as an advisor and mentor to early stage technology companies with a focus on public cloud computing, cloud modeling and analytics, and SaaS.
Mr. Corvaia is a Six Sigma Green Belt and holds numerous industry-recognized technical certifications in network design, network security, and engineering.
Margaret E. Crahan
Senior Research Scholar and Director, Cuba Program
Columbia University Institute for Latin American Studies
Dr. Crahan was previously the Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University. From 1994-2008 she was the Dorothy Epstein Professor of the City University of New York.
She is Vice President of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights and a member of the Boards of St. Edward’s University and the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In 2013 she was recognized by the government of Brazil for her work on human rights. Dr. Crahan has received grants from the Fulbright Program, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, Open Society Foundations, the Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities among others.
She has participated in international missions to Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; and has visited Cuba over 50 times since 1973 for research. Dr. Crahan has published over 100 articles and books.
Luke is working to bring the about the Internet of Things by building a dedicated wireless network for low bandwidth devices. The SIGFOX network will allow device makers to add always on wireless connectivity to their products for less than a dollar per year.
Previously Luke co-founded Neul, a VC backed start-up company using white space radio spectrum for broadband delivery and communications for the IoT.
As an early employee of CSR, he was a pioneer in Bluetooth technology, creating the chips and software that are still used in more than 80% of all Bluetooth audio devices.
Senior Manager for Business and Innovation Development
Nicolas Damour holds a telecommunications engineering degree and a master degree in innovation management. Before Sierra Wireless, he worked in the IT and telecommunications industry in North America and in Europe, notably for Nortel Networks in Germany and for the Kapsch group in Austria.
At Sierra Wireless, he is responsible for M2M standardization activities and for advanced projects with partners and prospective customers to keep exploring new ideas and solutions in the M2M industry. He is also very active in the oneM2M partnership project, where he is vice-chairman of the architecture working group, and attends other standardization for a such as the 3GPP, the GSM Association or the European Smart Metering Industry Group. He is currently based in Toulouse, France.
Vice President of Marketing
Kelly Davis-Felner oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing and public relations for the Wi-Fi Alliance. In addition, she oversees Wi-Fi Alliance program management, including its certification operations. Kelly also holds responsibility for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy.
Kelly speaks worldwide about Wi-Fi's impact on applications, devices, and users. She is charged with promoting the technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance collaboration forum worldwide, and is one of its leading ambassadors, working with Wi-Fi Alliance's 600+ member companies.
Before joining Wi-Fi Alliance in 2004, Kelly enjoyed roles in consumer and business marketing, as well as in non-profit management. Kelly holds a BA in Communications from Loyola University of New Orleans, a Masters in Social Work from Tulane University, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin. She lives with her family in Austin, Texas.
Chief Revenue Officer
Ben Edmond has responsibility for all aspects of Global Capacity’s customer operations, including sales, marketing, service delivery, field operations and customer NOC. He has more than 17 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.
Before joining Global Capacity in 2012, he was President of Sales and Marketing at FiberLight, where he led a national carrier and enterprise sales team in 15 metro markets and conducted daily operations in customer and account development and service as well as implementation of product development and all marketing activities.
Prior to joining FiberLight, he owned Telecom Inventory, a consulting firm focusing on services for large enterprises. His telecom experience also includes eight years with Xspedius Communications (formerly ACSI), where he held several leadership positions. Ben holds a M.S. in International Business from St. Louis University and a B.S. in International Business and Finance from Northeastern University.
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs (ATIS)
Technical Plenary Chair
Omar Elloumi is head of M2M and Smart Grid standards within Alcatel-Lucent CTO. He is the recently elected chair of oneM2M Technical Plenary after having led the oneM2M Architecture group delivering the first release of specifications.
Dr. Elloumi joined Alcatel-Lucent in 1999 and held several positions including research, strategy and system architecture. He holds a Ph.D. degree in computer science and served on the ATM Forum and IPSphere Forum Board of Directors. He is coeditor of books on M2M communications and Internet of Things published in 2012. He is also involved in program committees of several international conferences on M2M and IoT.
Manager of Systems Engineering
Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office
Department of Transportation
At the Department of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation System Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), Walt Fehr leads research into a complete connected intelligent transportation system architecture which will support applications for safety, mobility, and sustainability for all modes including passenger vehicles, transit, and heavy trucks.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he earned master’s degrees in electrical engineering and in business administration, as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, a certified Project Management Professional, named inventor on 22 U.S. patents, and author of many papers.
Timothy C. Finton
Senior Counselor for International Communications and Information Policy
U. S. Department of State
Timothy Finton covers a range of communications and information policy issues, including telecommunications trade and Internet policy. He is senior advisor to the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy. He represents the State Department in telecommunications negotiations before the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as bilaterally with countries of the Western Hemisphere.
He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the Committee on Information, Computer and Communications Policy of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and has represented the U.S. Government before meetings of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva.
Prior to the State Department, Mr. Finton served with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. There he was Policy Advisor to the Offices of Telecommunications and European Community Affairs, as well as serving as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for International Trade.
Mr. Finton is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University. He also has received a Master of Arts degree in jurisprudence from Oxford University and a Juris Doctor from The American University Law School. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.
Chief Technology Officer
Telecommunications Industry Association
Franklin Flint joined TIA in March 2015 as Chief Technology Officer leading the technology, standards, and numbering activities in the association. He also creates thought leadership, technical strategy and industry insights.
Franklin previously helped develop the telecommunications vertical strategy at Dell Inc., and has extensive experience in Enterprise, Data Center, Networking, Storage, and Server technologies after spending 20 years in the commercial sector working with the world’s largest enterprises to develop ICT strategies and solutions. He has had dozens of thought leadership pieces published, developed standards based solutions for multiple vertical markets, and created an extensive collection of speaking pieces focused on the future of the technology market.
With an extensive history in developing global alliances, joint initiatives, ecosystems, and industry visions which improved the overall ICT community, Franklin delivers his industrious and unique skill set to the TIA.
Senior Vice President of Architecture & Design
Andre Fuetsch is responsible for delivering the architecture and design of AT&T’s future networking evolution. This transformation will utilize software-defined networking and network function virtualization to deliver products and services to the customer with greatly reduced time to market and significant operational efficiencies. He leads a team of over 2,000 engineers and computer scientists working on programs emcompassing both the business and mass market customer segments.
Since joining AT&T in 1995, he has supported and led several organizations responsible for information technology, systems and network architecture, planning and engineering, and software systems development, where he holds six patents in network traffic optimization and relational database design.
Andre earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at U.C. Berkeley and completed his graduate coursework in Computer Science at Stanford University.
The HetNet Forum is a membership group of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, dedicated to the advancement of the heterogeneous network. The HetNet is a wireless ecosystem, comprised of a variety of mobile and wireless technologies and infrastructure, interoperable with the macro-cellular network providing harmonious voice and data communications.
As Director of the HetNet Forum, Tracy Ford works with its members on strategies and programs to continue to advance DAS and other small-cell solutions as a viable complement to traditional macro cell sites and a solution to the deployment of wireless services in challenging environments. She is responsible for outreach to important DAS target markets and organizes HetNet Forum conference programming.
Tracy started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.
Chief Executive Officer
Dave Fraser brings 30 years of experience in designing, building, marketing, and managing software to his role as CEO of Devicescape. He helped initiate the concept of the Curated Virtual Network that lies at the heart of the company’s service platform and enables integration of devices with exciting cloud-based applications and services.
Before joining Devicescape, Dave worked for Wind River (acquired by Intel), which grew to become the predominant software platform inside many of the devices powering and accessing the Internet. Over a 13-year period he held a variety of executive positions including chief marketing officer, senior VP product business, general manager of networking and consumer, and VP of engineering. Earlier in his career he managed product line marketing at Convergent Technologies (acquired by Unisys) and developed consumer applications at Hewlett-Packard.
Dave holds a bachelor’s degree (honors) in computer science from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Global Head, Telco Industry & Mobility Solutions Business Unit
Stephan Gatien is responsible for the portfolio and go-to-market strategy for the SAP Telco & Mobility Solutions portfolios. He oversees solution management activities and leads the industry go-to-market initiatives globally.
Stephan has a broad background both in the communications industry including assignments for wireless carriers and in the global SAP ecosystem including assignments in Corporate Strategy, Sales and Solution Management and Operations.
Associate Director, US Equity Research
Macquarie Securities Group
Mr. Ghai has more than 13 years of tech industry and sell-side experience. He has established a highly successful track record – ranking third and first in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” for Computers & Office Equipment in 2013 and 2011 respectively, and first in 2010 and 2011 by Starmine/FT in Computers and Peripherals – in addition to strong sales force and client feedback for his stock calls.
Mr. Ghai joined us from Craig-Hallum, where he was a Senior Research Analyst covering the data center infrastructure sector and held a similar position at boutique investment bank ThinkEquity. He received a BS degree from IIT Kanpur and an MBA from Duke University. Macquarie’s data center coverage forms part of its US telecommunications, media and technology coverage.
Vice President and Chief Information Officer
As Plantronics’ Vice President of Information Technology and CIO, Tom Gill leads a global IT team with a core focus on top line growth and business transformation through innovation. During his tenure as CIO, revenues have grown from $200M to $865M and offices have expanded to more than 30 countries.
Before joining Plantronics, Tom held senior IT management positions at Bay Networks, Tandem Computers and TRW. He is a member of the Sutter/PAMF Community Board, a frequent lecturer in the Information Systems Management Program at UCSC, a Cabrillo College CABT and CS/CIS Advisory Committee member, and he serves on the board of the Santa Cruz County Business Council.
Tom has been recognized for his efforts by top industry publications, including spots on both the ComputerWorld Top 100 Premier IT Leaders list and the InformationWeek 500 list. He holds a BS in Business Information Systems from San Diego State University.
Senior Engagement Manager
Akhil Gokul is responsible for driving cloud engagement for North America at Ericsson. In his role as Senior Engagement Manager, he is involved in creating and selling holistic cloud solutions, specializing in galvanizing some of Ericsson's major customers to adopt and modernize their cloud infrastructure using next generation technologies.
Prior to championing Cloud initiatives, Mr. Gokul worked with IMS & VoLTE technologies in a strategic and consultative role at Ericsson. He also is a graduate of the Ericsson Leadership Development Program.
Mr. Gokul has previously held positions at EchoStar Corporation and CenturyLink (formerly Qwest Communications). He holds a Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College, and a Bachelors of Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore.
Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory and Legal Affairs
Kathleen Grillo is responsible for directing Verizon’s legal and public policy positions before federal government agencies on a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum policy, Internet governance, and related federal appellate court proceedings.
She previously served as the head of Verizon’s Federal Regulatory Affairs organization, where she was responsible for Verizon’s policy initiatives before the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Grillo joined the company in June 2002 as legal counsel in the legal department’s federal regulatory group.
In addition to her work at Verizon, Ms. Grillo serves on the Board of Trustees for the Media Institute, a nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy issues. She is a former Chair of the Computer and Telecommunications Law Section of the D.C. Bar. She is also a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.
Prior to joining the company, Ms. Grillo was in private practice at Williams & Connolly LLP, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm. She was a law clerk to Judge Harold H. Greene of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Ms. Grillo earned a B.A. in English, with distinction, from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as the Essays Editor for the Virginia Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif.
VP Government & Industry Affairs, North America
Bruce Gustafson is responsible for Ericsson’s relationship with regulators, government officials and industry associations in the U.S. and Canada. He is based in Washington, DC.
With 25 years in the industry, Gustafson was most recently Head of Brand and Internal Communications for Ericsson in North America, and Head of Marketing for Ericsson’s CDMA business unit. Ericsson acquired the CDMA business from Nortel Networks in 2009. Bruce was part of the team that led the integration of the global unit into Ericsson. He previously held leadership roles in marketing, operations, strategy and communications during his 20 years at Nortel Networks.
Bruce holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Calgary, both in Canada. He also holds a Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas. He serves on the board for several industry organizations in the D.C. area.
Deputy Chief, Policy and Rules Division
Office of Engineering and Technology
Federal Communications Commission
Since joining the FCC in 2010, Michael Ha has led various technical analyses for spectrum allocations in advanced wireless services, mobile satellite services, and public safety services. He has also been engaged in federal/non-federal spectrum sharing activities and the Commission's efforts to explore the use of innovative technologies in upper microwave and millimeter wave bands.
Michael is the FCC's official liaison to the Interdepartment Radio Advisory Committee (IRAC). His other areas of interests include innovative technologies to enhance spectrum efficiency and enable spectrum sharing.
During his 17 years of private sector experience, Michael held various technical and management positions in R&D, technology development, corporate strategy and product management, mostly with Verizon and Sprint-Nextel. Before joining the FCC, he was Director of 4G Device Management at XOHM (4G business unit of Sprint-Nextel), where his team was responsible for overall 4G device portfolio strategy and development.
Michael received a Sc.B degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and Masters of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University.
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Security Business Group
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Bret Hartman is responsible for defining the corporate security technology strategy for Cisco, as implemented by the Security Business Group. Bret has over 30 years of experience building information security infrastructure including cloud, virtualization, SOA, Web Services, policy development and management, and security modeling and analysis.
Prior to Cisco he held senior management roles at EMC, IBM, DataPower, Hitachi, and Concept Five. Bret started his career as a U.S. Air Force officer assigned to the U.S. National Security Agency. He has co-authored security industry specifications, security technology books, and a patent for enterprise application security integration.
Bret holds a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from MIT and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.
Chief Commercial Officer
Prior to joining EdgeConneX in 2013, Heiden was President of Sidera Networks, where he was responsible for all go-to-market efforts including sales and marketing. Clint left Sidera after its successful sale to Berkshire Partners, which merged the business with Lightower Networks. Prior to joining Sidera Networks, he was President of PAETEC Fiber Services and National Accounts, where he led all efforts related to the company’s fiber operations and strategy for retaining and growing its largest accounts.
Mr. Heiden brings an entrepreneurial approach to business that is backed by over twenty years of executive experience within the telecom and Internet industries. Mr. Heiden has held executive positions for companies such as Cable & Wireless America, Qwest, UUNET, Intellifiber and InterCon Systems. Mr. Heiden holds a B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems from James Madison University.
Chief Product Officer
Radius Networks is the leading provider of proximity services to major retailers, restaurant chains, sports complexes and other brick-and-mortar operations. These clients use geofencing and proximity beacon technology to generate invaluable business intelligence and drive innovative customer engagement opportunities.
David Helms leads the company's new product initiatives and develops strategic partner and customer relationships.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer
Olivier is a recognized telecom and technology expert. He founded NetCentrex, a leading provider of VoIP infrastructure for service providers, then became CTO of Comverse after the acquisition of NetCentrex in 2006.
He is a recognized thought leader in telecommunications and energy markets. He is the author of several books on networking technology, VoIP, M2M, Internet of Things (IoT) and the Smart Grid. Olivier graduated from Ecole Polytechnique.
Vice President of Network Planning
Brian Higgins has responsibility for the planning and implementation of Verizon's software defined networking (SDN) strategy across wireless and wireline technologies.
Prior to being named to his current position (Sept. 2014), Higgins was Vice President of Mobile and Internet Services for Verizon Wireless. In that role, he had responsibility for defining, building, and managing Verizon Wireless' mobile product portfolio. He oversaw the portfolio's transition into new Internet services focused on advertising, analytics and commerce.
During his twenty-year career in the telecommunications industry, Higgins has focused on delivering innovative solutions for customers through a wide range of collaborative projects. He has taken a leading role in the Verizon's Innovation Centers development; spectrum acquisition and planning; nationwide wireless in-building deployment strategy; and large business custom software and solution development.
Higgins holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Rutgers University. He earned an additional Master's degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania.
Oppenheimer & Co.
Tim is a Managing Director heading Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.’s Communications and Internet Infrastructure research team. He joined Oppenheimer (former known as CIBC World Markets) in 1998, and has been covering the sector since 1994. Tim researches a broad range of communications and Internet companies with a focus on the convergence of communications and computing. This new cloud computing industry is in turn driving a realignment of the industry from vertical integration to horizontal segmentation.
Prior to 1998, Tim was a research analyst at Smith Barney, a group that was ranked number two among wireline services teams in the 1997 Greenwich Associates Institutional Survey, and a perennial winner of the Institutional Investor analyst survey. Prior to becoming an equity analyst, Tim worked as a civil engineer on various construction projects in the New York area. Tim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers University and an MBA degree in Finance, with Beta Gamma Sigma Honors, from Columbia Business School in 1994.
His list of direct coverage includes AT&T, Comcast, Sprint Nextel, Verizon, Rackspace, Equinix, Akamai, Interxion, American Tower, Crown Castle International, Level 3, TW Telecom, City Telecom, Leap Wireless, MetroPCS Communication, Centurylink, Neutral Tandem, Alaska Communication, Otelco and Windstream.
Technical Solutions Manager
Ed Hightower's expertise in wireless, networks, software, engineering sales and most recently IoT/M2M, including the Weightless standard, has led to multiple opportunities to work with enterprise customers in advancing their technology offerings. Ed has worked at AT&T, Nortel, Ericsson, Lynx Real-Time Operating Systems and Motorola.
As an active member of the tech community, Ed volunteers his time with the Metroplex Technology Business Council promoting the Telecom Corridor and has spoken at several IEEE luncheons. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Associate Professor of Marketing and Mays Teaching Fellow
Texas A&M University Mays Business School
Dr. Janakiraman's research interests are primarily in the domain of econometric modeling of firm and consumer decision making. His research encompasses digital marketing, social media marketing, multichannel customer behavior, pharmaceutical marketing and health care, and marketing and public policy.
He has a PhD in Business Administration (Marketing) from the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA. He received his BTech (Honors) in Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (India) and a MS in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Susan A. Johnson
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
AT&T Services Inc.
Susan Johnson is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain for AT&T. She is responsible for all Supply Chain functions within AT&T including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, supply chain logistics and distribution. Susan and the Supply Chain team are actively engaged in AT&T's initiative to move towards a new operating model that is based on software-defined networks.
Ms. Johnson began working for AT&T in Corporate Development and over her nearly 20-year career has served in a variety of positions within the AT&T portfolio of companies. She served as the head of AT&T’s Corporate Strategy group and Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for developing new revenue opportunities through the application of emerging technologies, and served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Information Services. Most recently Susan served as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations where she was the primary contact with the investment community on behalf of AT&T including Wall Street research analysts and institutional investors.
Before joining the AT&T family of companies, Ms. Johnson was an Investment Banker at Smith Barney, Inc. in the San Francisco Technology Group, where she provided a range of financial advisory services to communications and technology clients. Ms. Johnson directed several growth companies through an initial public offering of stock and served as an advisor on merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to business school, she also worked in Smith Barney’s New York office as an analyst in the LBO/High Yield Debt area.
Ms. Johnson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised on the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Senior VP, FTT Product Group
At Zayo, Dave Jones is responsible for developing and implementing bandwidth infrastructure solutions for the wireless industry. Dave has over 20 years of experience in the wireless and broadband industries. His responsibilities have included network design, implementation, operations, technology assessment, business development and overall P&L responsibility.
Prior to joining Zayo, Dave was Senior VP of Network Services at FiberTower Corporation. Dave has also held senior management and technical positions with International Mobile Communications, Formus Communications Europe, Sprint PCS, USWEST and the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).
Mr. Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications, both from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Manager, Business Solutions
Chris manages the team responsible for all of EP Energy’s applications in the drilling, completions, facilities, production operations, production and revenue accounting, SCADA, measurement, SCM, asset management and HSER areas.
He is also the IT lead on EPE’s ongoing Oilfield of the Future project focused on driving step change in value of assets through process improvement, management systems implementation, and development of personnel and cost efficient use of technology and data systems.
Prior to this role, Chris held several positions at El Paso Corporation and EP Energy all focused primarily on the operational side of the upstream E&P business. He previously worked at United Space Alliance/NASA focused on Space Shuttle ascent/descent flight design simulations.
Chris has a BS in Computer Science from Baylor University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Chairman, Home Gateway Initiative, Services and Business Insight Group
Senior Manager, Product Marketing
Pramod Kaluskar has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, He has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, and marketing. He has spearheaded products and projects targeting a wide range of applications and technologies and holds a number of related patents. He is currently involved in various Product Development and Marketing activities at Ikanos.
Pramod has also been involved with a number of telecom standards organizations. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of the HGI, a worldwide non-profit industry alliance defining service provider requirements for Internet services, home gateways and other home-located hardware and software. He is also the Chair of the Services and Business Insight Working Group and is coordinating work on smart home use-cases, hybrid access, over-the-top home gateways, and processor virtualization support for the home gateways.
Pramod has an MBA from Cornell, a Masters in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the MS University, Vadorara, India.
Chief Information Security Officer
The Brink's Company
Jack Key is a seasoned IT and Information/Cyber Security senior executive with extensive knowledge and experience in managing large and complex information technology infrastructures. He has over 33 years’ experience in information security, privacy, risk management and associated information technologies.
As Brink's Chief Information Security Officer, he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Information Security and Risk Management for all of Brink's different companies globally. In this role, Jack is responsible for ensuring internal compliance with all information security and risk management related concerns, overseeing and ensuring information security controls, auditing and compliance testing Brink's environment for vulnerabilities and potential threats, and overseeing information security policies, standards, and guidelines.
From January 1982 until his retirement in August 2014, he served in a number of different leadership and technology roles with USAA. When he retired, he was serving as USAA’s Chief Privacy and Information Security officer. Jack has a BBA in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and an MBA in Business Management from Incarnate Word University also in San Antonio, Texas.
M. Mobeen Khan
Assistant Vice President - Product & Strategy
Industrial IoT Solutions
AT&T Mobility Business Solutions
Mobeen Khan joined AT&T with more than 15 years of progressive experience in technology marketing, business development, operations and strategy.
In his current role, Mobeen is developing and executing on the Industrial IoT business plan and product strategy in Mobility Business Solutions at AT&T. Previously, he was the marketing head for all of AT&T enterprise mobility solutions, leading marketing communications, channel development and product branding.
Prior to that, he worked as a strategy consultant focusing on telecommunication and E-commerce industries and at CRM and mobile startup software companies, leading marketing and business development. He began his career with RAM Mobile Data, which later became part of Cingular Wireless (now AT&T), holding several positions in strategy, technology and product management groups.
Mobeen holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, a BS in Computer Engineering and MS in Communications Engineering from Rutgers University.
Embedded Software Convergence Research Center
Korea Electronics Technology Institute (KETI)
Jaeho Kim is leading the research team for IoT and M2M Platform in KETI. His expertise covers wireless sensor networks, medium access protocols, and Internet of Things platforms. He is now serving as IoT Convergence Project Group chair of TTA (Telecommunications Technology Association) and Device Working Group chair of Korea IoT Association.
Mr. Kim received the BS and MS degrees in computer science and engineering from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, South Korea, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical and electronic engineering from the Yonsei University, South Korea.
Director of Sales Engineering
Al King has over 30 years of communications experience in SCADA and data communications. His current responsibilities at Infrastructure Networks include delivering private LTE wireless communications solutions that meet customer requirements, working with the engineering team on product development and managing the customer support team.
Al received his technical education in the U.S. Air Force, the Community College of the Air Force and the University of La Verne. He is a Cisco Certified Network Associate.
Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies
Art King leads the development of enterprise services definitions and business case propositions for customers and partners of SpiderCloud Wireless. He is a Small Cell Forum Board member and a Vice Chair of the Services Working Group. Mr. King was formerly the Mobility/Collaboration lead in Global Architecture for Nike Inc. where he held various global roles over 10 years.
Prior to Nike, he led the build-out of two multinational engineering and consulting organizations for an IP Services network vendor in the service provider industry. Mr. King holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Portland State University.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Joseph Kopser is CEO at RideScout, which was acquired in September 2014 by Moovel GmbH, a unit of Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz).
In addition to his position at RideScout, Joseph is Chair and Professor, Leadership and Strategy at The University of Texas at Austin. He served in the Army for almost 20 years since graduating from West Point in 1993 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering. He also received an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002.
Currently, he is a Next Generation Project Texas Fellow at the Strauss Center at UT-Austin with a focus on energy policy as well as a Leadership Austin alumnus. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the CleanTX Foundation.
VP Content and Group Publisher
Control / Control Design
Keith Larson is vice president of content for Putman Media, organizer of Smart Industry, a conference focused on the accelerating transformation of the manufacturing and process industries through the application of digital technology.
As writer and editor, Larson has covered the industrial automation and networking space for more than 25 years. Keith holds a BS degree in chemical engineering and worked as a research engineer for the chemicals arm of BP (then Amoco) before joining the staff of Putman Media's Control magazine.
Nearshore Americas is the respected media and research group which examines the emergence of Latin America and the Caribbean as a global leader for technology services and knowledge-based industries.
Kirk Laughlin has emerged as one of the foremost thought-leaders on the expansion of cross-border trade and ICT investment in the Americas. He speaks regularly at conferences throughout the Americas and consults with both corporate and vendor organizations in developing and executing transformational and strategic objectives in the Latin America region.
Kirk is also co-founder of a newly established consultancy, Cuba Interconnect, which will partner and guide international investors in participating in Cuba’s emergence in the ICT sector. Earlier, Kirk was a VP and Managing Director at Ziff Davis Enterprise, based in New York City. Nearshore Americas has offices in Connecticut, Mexico City and Costa Rica.
Mr. Lawson-Shanks has been at the forefront of designing and deploying industry leading solutions in both the UK and the US for over 25 years. Prior to joining EdgeConneX, Phill was CTO of Virtacore responsible for datacenter build-out, network core architecture and systems to accommodate the migration and consolidation of thousands of clients and infrastructure. Phill’s team also designed and deployed the world’s largest VMware based Public Cloud.
At Alcatel-Lucent, Phill served as Chief Strategy Officer were he led their effective transition to the cloud, virtualizing many of their programs and creating meaningful time and cost savings. Phill later joined SAVVIS as VP and GM of Hosting to re-establish the Managed Hosting business as well as introduce the ‘virtual server’ product.
As VP and GM of Digital Media at MCI, Phill founded the CDN division and received several related patents in the process. He holds eight active Technology Patents secured worldwide.
Director of Product Management
Developer Tools Business Unit
As Director of Product Management for the Developer Tools Business Unit (DTBU) at Spirent Communications, Anatoli Levine is responsible for the portfolio of enabling technology products (VoLTE/RCS, SIP, IMS and many others) for developers of Unified Communications solutions. He is responsible for developing strategy and product roadmap for the new M2M and IoT segment for DTBU products.
Prior to that, he was a Director of Product Management for Radvision, an Avaya company, leading the technical team providing engineering services and support for Radvision Technology products.
Since 2006, he has held the post of President, International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) – an organization facilitating interoperable implementations of multimedia communication technologies based on open standards.
Manager, Global Colocation Product Management
Prior to joining CenturyLink as manager of its global colocation product, Michael Levy served as senior data center analyst for 451 Research, the leading emerging enterprise IT market research firm. At 451, he produced syndicated reports, led consulting engagements, and delivered presentations leveraging his expertise and executive connections in the multi-tenant datacenter sector.
Michael was introduced to the Internet infrastructure space working for the U.S. Department of State’s Information and Communications Policy office. He received a Bachelor of Science in economics from American University in Washington, D.C.
Chief Operating Officer
Amador Lucero is responsible for leading XO's technology team, product and service innovation, service delivery, field operations and repair. His career spans more than 40 years in the telecommunications industry where he has developed leadership expertise in network operations, outage management, disaster recovery, human resources, information technology, and sales and support. Before assuming his current role, he led his own telecommunications consulting firm, Adaptonomix, LLC.
At CenturyLink, Lucero served as vice president of the network reliability operations center (NROC) and national field operations, and was responsible for the reliability, stability and performance of the network operations centers. He was also responsible for the operational excellence of the CenturyLink products, voice and data network, hosting centers, hosted customer IVR platforms, and internal data and voice/call center network support.
Prior to CenturyLink, Lucero was vice president, network operations and engineering at Qwest, where he was responsible for the NROC. At US West, he implemented local number portability and served as chairman of the Western Region Local Number Portability Committee, which consisted of all local exchange carriers in 14 states. Prior to US West, Lucero held many positions for Mountain Bell and Mountain States Telephone Company.
Amador holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University
Warren Communications News
Jonathan Make has covered mass-media regulation since 2005. Make that year received a masters in media and public affairs from George Washington University, where he studied the FCC and media ownership for two years. Before that, he covered the media and other industries for Bloomberg News. He graduated from Reed College with an international studies degree.
Vice President, Research and Innovation
Dr. Jai Menon joined Dell in July 2012 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Dell Enterprise Solutions Group (ESG). As CTO, Jai guided the development of technical strategy, worked with VCs and start-ups, developed an emerging technology evaluation process, developed alliances with industry partners, and created the ESG Technology Council which brought together technical leaders from across ESG to solve business problems.
In May 2013, Jai took on a new role as Vice President, Chief Research Officer and Head of Research for Dell. The goals of the new Dell Research Division are to deliver organic, long-range, disruptive innovation, work on collaborative research with leading universities, create a long-range technology outlook to help inform Dell’s strategy and product roadmaps, facilitate innovation across Dell’s technical community and manage and guide Dell’s patent portfolio.
Prior to Dell, Jai was CTO and Vice President of Technical Strategy for the Systems and Technology Group at IBM. Joining IBM Research in 1983, he directed IBM's storage systems research and was one of the pioneers of RAID technology, now a $20B industry. He also initiated the project that became the industry’s leading storage virtualization product.
Jai was an IBM Fellow, which is IBM’s highest technical honor, and one of only about 20 people in IBM to be both an IBM Fellow and a Vice President. He holds 53 patents, has published 78 papers and reports, and is the contributing author to three books on database and storage systems. He is an IEEE Fellow and an IBM Master Inventor.
Jai holds a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and M.S. and Ph.D degrees in Computer Science from Ohio State University.
President, CEO and Founder
Green House Data
Shawn Mills is the President of Green House Data. Deeply experienced in technology and communications, he started his entrepreneurial career with the founding of a Voice Over Internet Protocol company that raised $4.5 million in venture capital and was acquired during the Internet boom.
Since that venture, Shawn has filled varied roles including Senior Vice President of Product Development and Product Marketing for iDial Networks (now GlobalNet Technologies), founding member of the management team at Cerento, Inc, and Director of Marketing at www.wyoming.com. Prior to founding Green House Data, he launched the Wyoming Technology Association, the first technology based advocacy association in the state.
Shawn has been chosen to speak at industry events and locations like Data Center World and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. His writing has appeared in EdTech Magazine, Data Center Knowledge, and Manufacturing Digital. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas.
Fredrick Moorefield, Jr.
Director of Spectrum Policy & Programs
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Mr. Moorefield's primary duty is the development and oversight of the DoD’s spectrum policy and its strategic plans, which ensure efficient and effective use of the electromagnetic spectrum. He leads the development and representation of DoD positions in national and international forums and provides program oversight for spectrum resource management programs. He has served in this position since October 2012.
Mr. Moorefield joined Federal service in 1989, starting in the Air Force as a civil servant where he served for 19 years doing Research, Development and Acquisition. Later, he also served in DISA at the Joint Spectrum Center for four years where he was first introduced to spectrum management.
Mr. Moorefield's education includes a Bachelor's degree in mathematics from Wilberforce University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio and a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.
Michael Morris, P.E.
Director of Transportation
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Michael Morris has been on staff in the Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, since 1979. The Metropolitan Planning Organization serves the region by developing transportation plans and programs that address the transportation needs of a rapidly growing metropolitan area. Mr. Morris became the Director in 1990. As the Director of Transportation, Michael is also responsible for coordinating plans, programs, and projects to improve mobility and reduce vehicle emissions.
Mr. Morris received his Masters in Civil Engineering from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1979 and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas. Several groups including the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and the Texas Transportation Commission have recognized him. He previously served as the Chairman of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee and as a National Associate of the National Academies. Mr. Morris has served on several TRB study committees and currently a member of the Research and Technology Coordinating Committee.
CEO and Editorial Director
RCR Wireless News
Jeff Mucci is CEO and Editorial Director of RCR Wireless News. He is also the Managing Partner, Arden Operating Company, owner of RCR Wireless News and Telecomcareers, a leading industry job board founded in 1999.
Over the past 20 years Jeff has been involved in many facets of running day-to-day operations for telecom, wireless, commercial real estate and energy services companies and has raised over $300 million of debt and equity for companies in which he has been involved. His previous roles include Chairman and CEO of ConnectSouth, a regional DSL company, President of a facilities based CLEC; and SVP Sales and Marketing for Clearwire.
Vice President and General Manager
Dell OEM Solutions
Dell OEM Solutions serves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that resell Dell technology and services as part of their own branded solutions. Dell supports over 3,000 OEM customers around the world in more than 40 industry verticals.
As Vice President and General Manager of Dell OEM Solutions, Joyce Mullen leads the global sales, services, product development, marketing, operations and telecommunications teams. Joyce also leads Dell’s go-to-market strategy for Internet of Things solutions.
She has over 16 years experience as a Dell executive in operations, supply chain, partner strategy, services delivery and logistics. In her previous role as vice president and general manager for Dell Global Alliances & Software, Joyce was responsible for developing and executing strategic global partner strategies and built a software business for Dell solutions optimizing third-party software. Previously, she was responsible for strategy development and operational excellence for Dell’s Large Enterprise business unit, which delivers technology and services to the world’s largest corporate IT users.
Prior to joining Dell she had a nine-year career at Cummins Engine Company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. In addition to very active service on community boards, Joyce is a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association.
Director, Carrier Relations
DuPont Fabros Technology
Vinay is responsible for day-to-day management of Carrier Relations and building strategic relationships across all of DuPont Fabros Technology’s carrier-neutral data centers. Vinay also actively works with the DFT customers on all aspects related to their Telecommunications and Networking requirements.
Vinay has extensive experience in the telecommunications, IT infrastructure and data center outsourcing industry in various corporate and consulting roles. Most recently, Vinay was the Director of Product Management for the Hosting and Data Center Services product line at Tata Communications. In his role, Vinay was responsible for global product management and product development of colocation, managed hosting, storage, business continuity and disaster recovery services. Prior to that, Vinay held several positions in colocation, managed hosting, and IT solutions at UUNET/MCI/Verizon.
Vinay has an MBA in Information Systems and a Bachelor in Computer Science. Vinay has obtained a Higher Diploma in Software Engineer and ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) certification.
CTO & SVP, Solutions, Planning and Portfolio Management
Fujitsu Network Communications
Rod Naphan is the architect of the Fujitsu packet optical networking vision and product portfolio. Rod leads the organization that is spearheading and defining the next generation of optical networking equipment and software.
Rod has broad experience in the design and planning of optical networking platforms. Over his 20-plus years in the telecommunications industry, he has held various leadership roles in software and systems engineering, and was program manager for FLASHWAVE® 4000 MSPP series product development in North America. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Rod worked as a software engineer at Bell Northern Research.
Rod holds a BSc. in Honors Computing and Computer Electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
Executive Director, CTO and Applications Delivery Global Connected Customer Experience
Tim Nixon is the chief technology officer of Global Connected Customer Experience, a business unit of General Motors Company. He was named to the position in October 2012. In his role, Nixon leads the incubation and development of new technologies, platforms, and services supporting connected products for GM vehicles globally, including the 4G LTE OnStar platform. He also leads the development of vehicle-connected app ecosystems.
In his prior role, he was the global functional leader of infotainment and OnStar Engineering within GM’s Global Product Development team, responsible for vehicle cockpit electrical products, including Cadillac CUE, Chevrolet MyLink, and Buick/GMC/Opel IntelliLink radios, instrument clusters, switches, displays, acoustics, embedded OnStar connectivity and rear seat entertainment across GM’s six regional engineering centers.
Tim began his career in 1984 as a design engineer of various cockpit-based automotive products with Nartron Corporation. In 1986 he joined Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, where he was a design engineer for electronic instrument clusters and display products. In 1992 he was named supervisor of Ford’s newly established Voice Recognition development team. Nixon went on to an international assignment at Ford’s Markham, Ontario electronics facility where he was the area manager of the airbag electronics manufacturing operations. He joined OnStar in 1997 where he held positions in quality and vehicle hardware and technology development.
In 1999, Nixon returned to Ford where he was assigned as the site director of the Wingcast Telematics venture created between Ford and Qualcomm, where he was responsible for the venture’s Michigan operations. In 2002, he assumed responsibility for Ford’s Infotainment, Cockpit Electronics Systems, and Technology Development activities, where he led the advanced development and launch support of various products including in-vehicle navigation, satellite radio, rear seat entertainment, and the 1st Generation Ford Sync connectivity platform. Nixon rejoined General Motors in 2007 where he worked in several technical leadership positions, and appointed to lead OnStar’s Engineering, Systems and Network Operations team in 2009.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology from Ohio Institute of Technology. He has been awarded five patents and has several pending.
Tim is active in a variety of non-profit organizations and sits on the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) board of directors.
Research & Development Manager, Data & Democracy Initiative
Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)
University of California, Berkeley
Brandie Nonnecke's research focuses on how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used as tools to support civic participation, to improve governance and accountability, and to foster economic and social development. Her research has included investigating the use of ICT within low-income communities in the United States and in developing countries.
In the United States, she studied the use of federally funded public computer centers by low-income, urban community members, including how Internet access is used to obtain social services, education/skills training, and employment. She has conducted research in Uganda on how subsistence farmers use basic, factory-installed mobile telephone features to access and deliver agricultural extension and health care services.
Dr. Nonnecke enjoys studying the emergence, evolution, and impacts of telecommunications and information policies. In this capacity, she has studied the influence of non-binding, multi-stakeholder policy networks on stakeholder participation in ICT policymaking in developing country regions.
She received her M.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from Pennsylvania State University.
Chief Executive Officer / Co-founder
Michael drives the strategic direction of drchrono. He has worked as a software engineer since 2000. He has implemented components of the Bloomberg Terminal, used by customers worldwide. Michael has a B.E. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Stony Brook University. He attended Columbia University in Information Systems.
Francis (Fran) E. O’Brien, Jr., Ph.D.
Mobility CTO Team, Wireless Standards
Dr. O’Brien is currently a member of the Mobility CTO team at Cisco Systems. He is active in a variety of standards bodies and fora throughout the world including 3GPP, 4GAmercias, ATIS, ETSI, GSMA, NGMN, oneM2M, and TIA. He is a regular participant in GSC (Global Standards Collaboration). Dr. O’Brien received the “CDMA Development Group (CDG) 2009 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Industry Leadership”. He has recently been active in global 5G activities and Chairs the oneM2M Steering Committee.
Dr. O’Brien was the Senior Director of the Wireless Standards and Intellectual Property Department at Alcatel-Lucent. His Department was responsible for the development of global standards, industry relations, global spectrum policy, and the development of wireless secure communications and fraud analysis algorithms. Dr. O’Brien’s Department was awarded the “2004 3G (third-generation) CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Network Technology Innovation”.
Dr. O’Brien has served on the OMA Board of Directors, where he also the Finance Vice-Chair and was a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors. He was appointed to the IEEE Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies (WCET) Advisory Board. He has also served on the IPSphere Board for Lucent Technologies.
Prior to becoming a Director, Dr. O'Brien was a Technical Manager responsible for Government, Industry and International Affairs. His areas of focus involved standards activities within the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL), and other International Standards Bodies (e.g. ARIB, TTA, TTC). Dr. O’Brien has held various leadership positions including Vice-Chair of TIA TR45.5, Co-Chair of TIA TR45.5 IMT-2000 Coordination Ad-hoc and Treasurer WCNC’02. He was active in the development of the IMT-2000 standards and in the creation of 3GPP2 and oneM2M.
Dr. O’Brien joined Lucent Technologies Network Wireless Systems in 1993 as a Wireless Base Station Systems Engineer, supporting GSM and PDC for the Japanese market. After moving to the Wireless Technology Laboratory, Dr. O’Brien began working on U.S. PCS (Personal Communications Systems) standards. This included work on the development of the PCS CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) air-interface standard, the PCS CDMA Minimum Performance Standards and Mobility Management Application Protocol (MMAP) standards.
Prior to joining Network Wireless, Dr. O’Brien worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, Undersea Systems Development Laboratory. While at Bell Laboratories he was responsible for a variety of design and performance studies of Undersea Surveillance Systems utilizing fiber optic hardware.
Dr. O’Brien received both his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Physics from Boston University and his B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Vice President, Service Provider Marketing
At Juniper Networks, Paul Obsitnik is responsible for the marketing of high performance routing, switching, security and data center fabric products to service providers globally. He has served in senior marketing and sales management positions at several companies including BridgeWave Communications, ONI Systems, NorthPoint Communications and 3Com.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is based in Sunnyvale, California.
Federal Communications Commission
Michael O'Rielly was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn in for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.
Before joining the FCC, Commissioner O'Rielly served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip's Office since 2010, as an advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for Senator Jon Kyl.
He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the Senate as a policy analyst for banking, technology, transportation, trade and commerce issues. Prior to this, Commissioner O'Rielly worked for Senator John Sununu as Legislative Director and Senior Legislative Assistant. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a professional staff member and telecommunications policy analyst in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Commissioner O'Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.
John Osborne II
Chairman of the Board, ZigBee Alliance
General Manager R&D, Operations Research
The Kroger Company
John Osborne’s expertise is in computer sciences combined with business management, negotiation and purchasing disciplines. He has been responsible for enterprise wide operational and technical projects budgets worth millions of dollars. He holds a number of patents and co-authored a global technical specification for ZigBee.
John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Ohio University. Currently he is also a member of the Advisory Boards of Ohio University School of Communications the University of Cincinnati school of Computer Science.
Senior Key Account Manager
Google Cloud Platform
Chris Palmisano is head of Google Cloud Platform in the US Central and Rocky Mountain regions. He and his team work with global accounts ranging from startups to large enterprises ensuring their success leveraging Google Cloud Platform solutions in compute, storage, big data, mobile, and application services.
Previously, he held a leadership role in postsale operations for Google Apps & Gmail. Before Google, he led business and partner development for Humana Inc.’s Innovation Center.
Chris is a former marine officer and is an Iraq War veteran. he holds an MBA in Finance, Beta Gamma Sigma, from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, the MS in Information Systems from Boston University's Department of Computer Science and a BS in Information Systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a US patent in mobile computing and several Google Developer qualifications.
Chris is a Social Venture Partner with Greenlights.org, a nonprofit strengthening and supporting Central Texas nonprofits. He lives and works in Austin.
Senior Vice President, Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions
Chris leads a team that is responsible for connecting AT&T’s wireless network to devices in the connected car, wearables, mHealth, smart cities, and tracking/monitoring devices in many different industries such as transportation, manufacturing, energy and healthcare, which are part of the Industrial Internet.
With nearly 25 years of experience with AT&T and its predecessor companies, Chris has expertise in strategic planning, new product development, sales, marketing, distribution planning and customer service.
Prior to this role, Chris was Vice President/General Manager of AT&T’s South Texas Market, where he had complete P&L responsibility for both wireline and wireless products. He held a similar position with AT&T in Virginia and West Virginia.
Chris earned a Bachelor in Science in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration from Indiana University. Chris currently sits on the CEA Wireless Division Board, the Kelley School of Business Advisory Board, and the Chair of the Connected Living Board for GSMA. He is active in the community, serving on the board for Curing Kid’s Cancer.
Lead Data Architect
Adolfo Perez-Duran received the B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 1990 and the M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 2004. From 1998 to 2013, he held a position with Lucent and Avaya Communications where he led the development of autonomous artificial intelligence applications. He became a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff and Lead Software Architect.
Adolfo joined CableLabs in 2014. He is currently performing research in the area of architecture and data models for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). He is a member of the Data Science Association and the IEEE Communications Society.
Consultant and Researcher
MJ Petroni is a cyborg anthropologist based in San Francisco, California. He is the owner and founder of Causeit, Inc., a firm which helps companies and individuals discover authentic narratives around which their teams, customers and industry partners can rally - facilitating cultures of innovation, real listening, straight talk and shared success.
In addition, MJ is the Cyborg Anthropologist in Residence for NTT, the world's largest telecom, and also serves as a founding advisor of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Digital Financial Services Platform for poverty alleviation. He has offered future advisory, startup support, digital brand strategy, ethnographic research, product creation and coaching services to over 350 clients ranging from global financial and education companies to individual thought leaders.
MJ is an alumnus of Lewis and Clark College, where he focused on the emerging field of Cyborg Anthropology, with minors in English, Latin American Studies and Gender. He is a total nerd for exploring the intersection of authentic human connections, business and technology - and it is this passion which inspires him to fly all over the planet having mind-stretching conversations and attending thought leadership summits.
MJ has presented at SIBOS, the world's largest financial conference, and is a co-producer of TEDxBellevue and the people-innovation focused PurpleBeach gathering in London. He is authoring the living book Field Guide to Creating Cultures of Innovation and is beginning work on an interactive multimedia experience exploring the intersection of cyborgs and and natural biomes.
Chad Pinson, Managing Director and Head of Office in Stroz Friedberg’s Dallas office, serves as a trusted advisor to corporate, law firm, government, and individual clients in criminal, civil, regulatory, expert testimony, and internal corporate matters. He brings well over a decade of legal and investigatory experience, along with subject matter expertise related to identity theft, cybercrime, privacy and data security issues, embezzlement and other fraudulent financial transactions.
Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Chad was a partner at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas where he developed a national practice litigating and advising clients in privacy, data security, data breach, data access, identity theft, e-commerce, class action, class arbitration, consumer, credit, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and banking and financial transaction matters. He received special acknowledgement in 2012, appearing in the Best Lawyers in America list. From 2004-2011, he was continuously recognized by Law & Politics as a Texas Rising Star.
Chad is the Former Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Privacy and Data Security Committee. He received his B.B.A. with honors from the University of Texas and his J.D. with honors from Duke University School of Law where he was President of the Moot Court Board.
Nicholas J. Podias
Senior Manager, Platform & IP Development Group
As a member of the M2M/IoT development group, Nick has been involved in the development of InterDigital's Service Delivery Platform (SDP), initially compliant with the ETSI M2M standard and now with the oneM2M standard. In addition to supporting design, implementation, and testing activities for the SDP, Nick is the lead for all M2M/IoT partner collaborations with the SDP and has been involved with interoperability and demonstration activities at a number of standards based and general trade events over the years.
Prior to joining the M2M/IoT group, Nick held a number of positions in the organization including Engineering Manager for our Product Derivatives Program, Department Manager of the Software Group (NY), and a number of roles in the development of 3G/4G cellular technology, protocols, and products.
Robert W. Quinn, Jr.
Senior Vice President - Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer
AT&T Services, Inc.
Robert W. Quinn, Jr. leads AT&T’s Federal Regulatory group which is responsible for all regulatory matters affecting AT&T and its affiliates before the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Quinn is also responsible for customer privacy policies at the international, federal and state level across all lines of business.
Prior to being appointed to his current position in 2006, Mr. Quinn served as Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs for AT&T Corp. in Washington, DC where he represented AT&T before the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Quinn spent five years as a trial attorney with the Chicago, Illinois firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown). A Chicago native, Mr. Quinn graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in English. He received his J.D. with Honor from DePaul University in Chicago, where he served as Managing Editor of Lead Articles for the DePaul Law Review.
IHS Technology is the premier provider of global industry, market and technical information and expertise. Lee Ratliff's coverage includes low-power wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart, ZigBee, Z-Wave, and many others. His research spans numerous low-power applications in the Internet of Things (IoT) including industrial automation, commercial building systems, the smart home and retail electronics.
inCode Consulting, part of the Ericsson Group
Sangit is a Managing Director with inCode's Business Strategy Group, and leads the West region. He has over 17 years of experience in consulting in the telecommunication, media and technology sector.
Sangit's main areas of expertise include strategy formulation, go-to-market approach, acquisition due diligence, and product management. At inCode, Sangit’s responsibilities include managing client relationships, driving readouts and decision points, and formulating business, product and market development strategies.
Managing Director, CTO Systems Engineering and Architectures, Americas Service and Web Providers
Chris Rivera brings a wealth of experience to his role at Cisco, having led Product Management, Marketing, and Sale Engineering teams across a multitude of networking infrastructure technologies to include Access, Optical, Routing, Data Center, Cloud and Mobility.
While a member of the leadership team in the Service Provider Routing Technology Group, Chris led high performance teams in the definition, funding and product introduction for some of Cisco’s most successful next generation platform technologies, to include Cisco’s ONS Optical product Line, Cisco’s Services Router Product Line (ASR), and the Ethernet Access Product Lines.
Chris has managed Cisco’s Edge Routing and Optical Product Lines through some of their largest growth phases over the past 12 years, and established credibility and market share with significant global Service Provider and Enterprise customers.
Prior to Cisco, Chris Lead Product Management and Marketing teams at DSC in their Access and DSL divisions, and Cerent Corporation, an optical startup acquired by Cisco. Chris also sits on the Advisory Board for Joyent Inc., a leading cloud computing and hosting startup, and is a board member for BOSS Controls, a leading energy efficiency startup.
Donough J. Roche
Vice President, Sales Engineering
Donough Roche is responsible for leading Digital Realty's global sales engineering team. He joined Digital Realty in May of 2008 and is based in New York City.
Donough has 20 years of U.S. and international data center experience, including positions as Vice President of Data Center Construction Management for Citigroup and Director of Business Development for Lee Technologies. He has also completed numerous critical projects with MCI/WorldCom as Facilities Project Engineer, and worked in NY performing multiple data center construction projects. Donough started his technical career at Electricity Supply Board in Dublin, Ireland.
Vice President and Head of IT, Multi-Region Americas
Based in Plano, Texas, Michael Rothey is responsible for the enterprise IT environment covering existing infrastructure, as well as driving innovation and cutting edge technologies. Working for one of the largest enterprise businesses in the world, he is executing the internal implementations of Ericsson’s analytics, cloud and networked society strategies.
Prior to his current role, he was a sales and technology solutions leader at Ericsson, AT&T and HP where he supported channels and direct clients across the U.S., Latin America and Europe.
Michael studied Business Administration at LeTourneau University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Portuguese from Canterbury University in the United Kingdom.
Vice President, Product Marketing and Co-founder
Dan drives product marketing and go-to-market activities for Qwilt, bringing more than 15 years of marketing and product management experience at high technology companies. Prior to co-founding Qwilt, Dan was Director of Product Marketing at Crescendo Networks (acquired by F5), a leading provider of data center application delivery products. At Crescendo Dan was responsible for leading the company’s overall marketing and product direction.
Earlier in his career Dan held product management roles at Juniper Networks and Kagoor Networks (acquired by Juniper) as well as engineering management positions at Kagoor Networks and Seabridge (Nokia Siemens Networks). Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Business from Tel Aviv University Magna Cum Laude and an MBA (Marketing) from the Leon Recanati School in Tel Aviv University.
Director of Marketing and Operations
Dilip Sarangan is a seasoned consultant and strategist, specializing in physical and logical security, building technologies, convergence and systems integration. In 2012, Dilip joined Compass Intelligence, a research-driven strategic consulting company specializing in the optimization of go-to-market strategies for businesses in a variety of industries as a senior strategist and consultant.
Dilip supports Compass Intelligence's Mobility, M2M, and other emerging technology markets, as well as physical security. In addition to research and consulting, Dilip runs marketing and operations for Compass Intelligence and is in charge of all outreach and communications for the company.
Before joining Compass Intelligence, Dilip was Research Team Leader for Frost & Sullivan's security practice. There he managed the security group, as well as drove many large initiatives around business intelligence, business development, consulting projects, and new market research services.
Dilip holds a Bachelor in Commerce degree from the University of Mumbai (India), and an MBA in International Business with a concentration in International Marketing and Brand Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale AZ.
Kevin W. Schneider
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Dr. Kevin Schneider leads ADTRAN’s advanced development technical staff, which is responsible for the company’s new technology development efforts. Dr. Schneider has been involved with the development of technologies and standards involving access networks, such as ADSL, HDSL, SHDSL and wireline spectrum management.
He serves on the board of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solution (ATIS), where he has led focus groups on IPTV and optical access networks. He and his team have been focused primarily on optical access research and access architecture evolution over the last several years.
Dr. Schneider holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla, now Missouri University of Science and Technology, and serves in the Missouri S&T Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Engineering Dean’s Advisory Board at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and on the advisory board for Auburn University’s Wireless Engineering program. He has been at ADTRAN for 22 years, and is an inventor on over 30 patents granted during that time.
Vice President, Cloud Platform
David Shacochis currently leads the Cloud Ecosystem team at CenturyLink, responsible for partner integration, technology evangelism, and platform metrics for one of the major cloud computing platforms in the world.
He has been in the Information Technology industry for over 15 years, with experience in many of the major divisions of a technology organization including global operations, customer service, software integration, strategic marketing, product management, corporate development and systems integration. Over the past seven years Mr. Shacochis has been a focused on the product lifecycle at CenturyLink since taking responsibility for the Utility Computing platform and supporting its transition to the industry-leading CenturyLink Cloud platform in place today.
A former engineering professor at George Mason University, his professional experience with firms at the heart of the cloud computing revolution - such as UUNET, Exodus Communications, Digital Island, Cable & Wireless, Fusepoint, Qwest, Savvis, and Tier 3 - has built a wealth of IT infrastructure experience with a variety of clients across diverse industries in both the public and private sector.
Verizon Unified Collaboration
Laurie Shook's current focus is development and product management of Verizon unified communications and collaboration service (UCCaaS), which is a globally available enterprise-grade solution hosted in Verizon data centers. Her other passion is Social Business.
Prior to her role with the former MCI, she was the director of marketing for VocalData, where she oversaw marketing activities for IP telephony application software development. She was director of Global Marketing for Lucent Technology from 1997 to 2001 and spent 10 years at Sprint.
Laurie holds a bachelor's degree from Murray State University in journalism, and a master's degree in marketing from Vanderbilt University.
Vishnu Shukla has more than 25 years experience in optical network design and development, technology transfer and overall technology planning. His current responsibilities include development of the next generation network architecture, analyzing current state-of-the-art technology trends and developments and evaluation of their strategic impact on Verizon.
Vishnu contributes to Verizon’s participation in multi-disciplined standards concerning leading edge technologies. He holds a PhD from the University of Wales, U.K. and an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston.
He is a member of the IEEE and OSA and currently serves as the President and Carrier Working Group Chair of the OIF.
Director, Business Development
Phil Silver is responsible for managing industry engagement around Urban Insights' transportation-focused big data tools and deep analytics consulting services. He brings nearly 25 years experience of new market development in both the public and private sectors, and speaks regularly on developing new multi-modal urban mobility models that combine traveler convenience with real-time predictive demand management tools for operators and authorities.
Phil is a graduate of Fordham University (MBA) and University of Florida (BS Chemistry/BA History), and retired from the U.S. Navy in 2008. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Chief Executive Officer
Power & Tel
In addition to her position as CEO at Power & Telephone Supply Co. (Power & Tel), Jennifer Sims is also honored to serve on the TIA's Board of Directors as Treasurer, providing TIA and its members her expertise in building strong supply chain relationships and a career-long involvement in the telecom industry.
Her commitment to both the Power & Tel family and TIA members is built upon effort, service and uncompromising ethics. In addition, Jennifer is a 2015 Executive Board Contributor for the QuEST Forum, helping suppliers, service providers and other organizations develop and implement quality and performance practices that unite and improve the ICT industry.
Jennifer has an MBA with concentrations in finance and management of information systems from University of Tennessee in addition to her BA in Communications from Vanderbilt University. She completed both the Telecom and Mobile Crash Courses by Stephen Shepard thereby receiving the University of Southern California (USC) CTM Certification.
In 2012, she was active with the University of Tennessee Apprentice Program. Previous work experience includes Northwest/KLM Airlines, IBM and HP. She lives in Memphis, TN with her husband and their two children. When not working, Jennifer likes to spend time with her family and friends.
Ashish Singh (A.K)
Vice President, Products
In his current role at the leading global telecommunication services provider, A.K leads the product management, market strategy and network services practices in the areas of next generation 5g networks, Cloud computing, IoT, NFV & SDN.
His areas of interest are focused on building products, leveraging new software architectures and reorganizing the current operational processes to enable telco and broadband service providers to transition from an Average Revenue Per User focused organization to an Average Revenue Per Experience business model.
In over 20 years of his career in software and telecommunications industry, A.K has led multiple product management, engineering and market strategy efforts to introduce cutting edge Cloud Computing, Big Data, next generation networks, IoT services, MVNO, broadband services and OTT solutions in the US and global markets. As a clear strategic thinker, he has an excellent track record of creating and launching new products and services from concept to launch and experienced in thinking and executing global go-to market strategies.
A.K holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Marketing and Strategy from Ohio State University.
Senior Research Scientist
Accelerate Texas Initiative
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
At the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, David Sparks is helping to lead activities involving connected and automated vehicles, and related ITS and infrastructure technology.
He has extensive leadership experience in the transportation industry, most notably as Executive Vice President, Managing Director and as a co-founder of TransCore where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide ITS and toll business. Dave also served as a Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of ITS America.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Wayne is an experienced technology executive. A specialist in M2M, he has a strong background in applications, system solutions and technologies, systems engineering and design of wireless data solutions.
His experience with M2M solutions span a wide range of vertical industries, including energy management, security, asset tracking and supply chain management, healthcare monitoring and remote equipment management.
Director of Engineering and Services
Troy Suddith is a 20 year veteran of the wireless industry. Over his career, Troy has designed, field tested, deployed and optimized wireless networks for major carriers and wireless infrastructure providers.
With broad implementation experience in large, multi-operator, multi-service public venues, Troy has been active at multiple conferences and panels contributing content and expertise in design considerations and best practices for passive and active DAS networks. He also has significant experience with wireless data applications and solutions for commercial and government entities.
Troy graduated from the University of Maryland and is based in the Washington DC area.
Head of Marketing for Mobile Core
Sandro Tavares has more than 15 years of international experience in the telecom industry, holding positions in sales and marketing, and participating in industry breakthroughs such as the launch of the One Voice Initiative for VoLTE.
He has worked with the Nokia family of companies for more than 10 years, and currently oversees strategic and product marketing activities for Nokia Networks’ Mobile Core and Telco Cloud portfolios. Sandro has an influential role in the definition of Nokia’s Cloud strategy and is constantly engaged in discussions with operators and industry analysts about the steps the industry will have to take to generate the most value from the cloud transformation.
Sandro holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Universidade de Brasilia, a corporate MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral and a post-MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Rikin Thakker is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP). He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States.
Before joining the university full time, he was working for CommScope as an Engineering Manager for their Active Wireless Products group. He also serves as a Senior Advisor and an Instructor for RF Academics – an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to industry's need of quality education at corporate speed.
Dr. Thakker earned his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMCP and his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University. His research tried to validate the "spectrum scarcity" notion by modeling the wireless ecosystem using System Dynamics techniques. His research interests include efficient spectrum management techniques, interference analysis and optimal allocation of spectrum, design of cell sites by employing co-siting techniques, in-building wireless capacity and coverage optimization, and system dynamics.
Dr. Thakker has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies and DAS/Small Cells for the Masters in Telecommunication program at UMCP. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA).
President and Chairman
Green Grid president and chairman of the board Roger Tipley is also the vice president for industry and government alliances in Schneider Electric's IT Business, with global responsibilities to drive improvements in industry standards and government regulations. As a founding director of The Green Grid Association, Roger has spent many years as a board officer and Green Grid content contributor.
Mr. Tipley also participates in industry influencing associations such as the Information Technology Industry Council and DigitalEurope. He has contributed to the development of ENERGY STAR and EPEAT environmental programs. He also served as president and chairman of the board for the non-profit PCI-SIG. He holds 22 U.S. patents
Director, Technology Standards
Gus Vos serves as the Sierra Wireless 3GPP representative and is actively involved in developing and directing the required changes to the LTE standard to optimize it for the Internet of Things. Gus has 25 years’ experience in wide-area wireless communications, having started his career working with proprietary protocols before moving to his current role in advocating for standardized cellular protocols.
Gus holds a B.Eng. from the University of Victoria and a M.Eng. from Simon Fraser University.
Pipeline Architecture Lead
Danny Williams has 17 years of experience in software design, architecture and engineering. Being involved in all phases of software engineering has helped him gain valuable perspective into how key decisions made throughout the software development lifecycle can impact the product and user experience.
Danny now leads the Pipeline Architecture team at Monsanto. He and his team have created a cloud enabled global IoT platform handling thousands of connected devices and millions of messages a day. His team includes the Smart Device Platform, Big Data, Analytics, API, and Solutions Architects. This team consists of architects, software and hardware engineers who are responsible for R&D, product development and production deployment for devices and software for a global platform.
Vice President of Marketing and Product Management
A telecommunications veteran, Angela previously served Product Management and Marketing Vice President at Iron Mountain, Marketing Director at Starent Networks, Director of Nortel’s Municipal Wireless Solutions and worked in Nortel’s Chief Technology Office in Asia, providing next generation wireless networks to emerging markets.
Angela holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University.
Staff Vice President of Product Management
At Interop Technologies, Josh Wigginton leads the product management team in defining new products and services based on market, industry and customer demand. His team is responsible for managing all aspects of the product lifecycle - from the initial business case to product delivery and ongoing support and roadmaps.
Prior to joining Interop, Josh worked in Product Marketing at SmartDisk Corporation and held positions at Sony Corporation and NuGenesis Advertising.
Area Manager, Construction and Engineering
Artecia Wilson is responsible for construction and engineering functions for AT&T's Antenna Solutions Group. She manages a multi-million dollar network capital budget and is charged with delivering customized solutions to large public venues and enterprise buildings. Artecia was appointed to this position in June 2012.
Artecia has enjoyed a variety of assignments during her 17 year career including an assignment responsible for the creation of the architecture for alarming and monitoring of DAS installations across the country. She also has held various technical and leadership roles in U-verse and Operations supporting AT&T’s Signature large business client base.
Vice President and CTO of Applications and Analytics
Dr. Sameh Yamany is the Vice President and CTO of Applications and Analytics at JDSU where he drives technology innovation and execution for the Real-Time Intelligence and Analytics portfolio. He is the former CEO and President of Trendium, where he led innovations in service assurance and analytics and the creation of a new paradigm in customer experience assurance.
Dr. Yamany's experience includes his senior executive role at Tektronix Communications where he set the vision and development of the Iris wireless and wireline monitoring and troubleshooting suite of applications. He was an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia and has a PhD in computer science from University of Louisville. He has authored several patents, and more than 50 journal, conference publications, and book chapters in artificial intelligence, telecommunications and systems engineering.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Fred Yentz joined ILS Technology in 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years of experience in the technology solution market.
Previously, Fred Yentz was Vice President and General Manager of RadiSys Corporation, a leading provider of embedded solutions. Fred also worked for IBM where he held various positions with responsibility for Engineering, New Business Development and Management.
He is named as an inventor on two U.S. patents and has received IBM’s First Level Plateau Invention Achievement Award. He is a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), National Science and Technology Education Program (NSTEP), and is chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering.
Fred holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1988), a Master of Business Administration (1996) from the University of Miami, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (1997) from the University of Miami.
Mr. Jiaxin (Jason) Yin, the vice-chair of the oneM2M TST WG, is well experienced in standardization, innovation research work and service enablement technologies. He joined Huawei four years ago with a focus on M2M/IoT related standards. He has rich experience in participating and implementing standards including ETSI M2M, IETF CoAP and oneM2M etc. He is also in charge of the system implementation design and integration as well as interoperability test with third-party systems.
Jason has a computer science and telecommunication background with B.S. from Tsinghua University and M.S. from Chinese Academy of Science. He is now mainly focusing on service layer common service enablement of the M2M platform.
Project Leader, Software R&D
Yongjing Zhang has worked for Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. over seven years since his Ph.D. graduation from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications (BUPT). Currently he is the Standard Research Project Lead of Carrier Software Business Unit at Huawei, responsible for telco service related standard activities, innovation research, architecture design as well as product planning and prototyping. His professional areas include SIP/IMS, Messaging, Personal Network, Device Management, and most recently NFV and M2M/Internet of Things.
Dr. Zhang is well experienced and active in standardization work including OMA, ETSI M2M, CCSA TC10, oneM2M, etc. Among that, he was the chairman of ETSI M2M WG5 (Management), and now he is serving as the chairman of oneM2M MAS (Management, Abstraction & Semantics) Working Group.
Director of Solutions Marketing
At Genband, Greg Zweig is focused on Unified Communications and UCaaS. Greg has been involved in enterprise telephony for over two decades and UC since the late 1990s. Prior to GENBAND, Greg was a Director of Product Management and Marketing at video encoder maker VBrick Systems and at communications infrastructure provider Sonus Networks.
Greg Started his career at AT&T/Lucent Technologies before joining one of the IP-PBX pioneers, NBX Corp. NBX was acquired by 3Com where Greg held a number of roles, eventually becoming Director of Product Management for the 3Com’s UC portfolio. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington, DC.