2015 Broadband Communities Summit
2015 Summit Speakers
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Featured Keynote:
Tom Wheeler
Chairman
Federal Communications Commission

Tom Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed ... Complete Bio >>
   

   
Deborah Acosta
Chief Innovation Officer
City of San Leandro

As the City of San Leandro’s first Chief Innovation Officer, Ms. Acosta’s task is twofold: (1) develop the Lit San Leandro fiber optic network as a unique infrastructure ... Complete Bio >>
   
Doug Adams
Director Marketing & Communications
Strategic Networks Group Inc.

Doug Adams oversees SNG’s Communications efforts, which includes serving as the editor for our monthly Bandwidth newsletter. Located in Boulder, CO, Doug joins SNG after serving as ... Complete Bio >>
   
Andrew Afflerbach, Ph.D., P.E.
CEO / Director of Engineering
CTC Technology & Energy
Andrew Afflerbach specializes in planning, design, and implementation of communications infrastructure and networks. His expertise includes emerging fiber and wireless technologies and state-of-the-art ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jerine Ahmed
Senior Engineer Design & Engineering Services
Southern California Edison Company (SCE)
Jerine Ahmed is a Senior Engineer with Southern California Edison’s Design and Engineering Services group where he works with a group of technical professionals responsible for providing comprehensive ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sheila Allgood
Manager
BOLT Fiber Optic Services
Sheila Allgood is the Manager of BOLT Fiber Optic Services, a division of Northeast Rural Services (NRS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. She has 16 years ... Complete Bio >>
   
Maria Alvarez-Stroud
Director
Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center University of Wisonsin

Maria Alvarez Stroud is the director of University of Wisconsin-Extensions’ Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center. From 2010-’13 she successfully led the NTIA federally funded ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kathleen Austin
Assistant Vice President
Equity Residential

Kathleen Austin is an Assistant Vice President - Revenue Strategy at Equity Residential, a position she has held since 2007. She leads a team responsible ... Complete Bio >>
   
Will Aycock
General Manager, Greenlight Community Broadband
City of Wilson
Will Aycock is currently the General Manager for Greenlight Community Broadband in Wilson, NC. Mr. Aycock has served in this position for 3 years. Prior to taking this position, Mr. Aycock has ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jim Baller
President
The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC

Jim Baller is the president of the Baller Herbst Law Group in Washington, DC. He represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Cheryl Barraco
Sr. Director, Strategic Business Services
AvalonBay Communities

Cheryl joined AvalonBay Communities in 1997 bringing over fifteen years of sales and marketing management experience to the multifamily industry ... Complete Bio >>
   
Matt Beattie
Executive Director
Fiber to the Building Program, AT&T

Matt Beattie manages AT&T's Fiber to the Building Program, a component of the company's multi-year IP transformation effort. In this position, Matt oversees the marketing, sales, and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Fawzi Behmann
President
TelNet Management Consulting, Inc.
Fawzi Behmann is the President of TelNet Management Consulting, Inc. His focus is on the development of global strategic initiatives, products, solutions, training and support in the areas of IoT, wireless, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steve Bernard
Director, Customer Service and Business Development
Cedar Falls Utilities
Steve Bernard is the Director of Customer Service and Business Development at Cedar Falls Utilities. CFU provides electric, natural gas, water, cable TV and broadband services to the community of ... Complete Bio >>
   
Myra Best
Executive Director
DigiLEARN

Myra Best currently works as Executive Director for DigiLEARN: Digital Learning Institute which is chaired by former NC Governor Bev Perdue. She served as special advisor to Governor Perdue on... Complete Bio >>
   
Sameer Bhatti
Vice President, XFINITY Communities Distriibution and Service
Comcast
Sameer Bhatti is Vice President, XFINITY Communities Distribution and Service at Comcast where he is focused on driving improved service and delivering products that best meet the needs of ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steve Biggerstaff
Founding President, Director and Advisor
Metronet

Steve Biggerstaff has devoted his professional career to developing large-scale infrastructure projects to sustain and grow economic development in communities. As a co-founder of Metronet, a fiber ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sylvia Blanco
Executive Vice President
Housing Authority of the City of Austin

Sylvia Blanco is currently Executive Vice President of the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA). She oversees various facets within the high performer agency, including its Operations, MIS, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jay Borer
3M Communication Markets Division
Austin, TX
Jay Borer is the Global FTTH Business Manager for 3M Communication Markets Division and is based in Austin, Texas. Jay has 25 years experience within the fiber optic communications industry ... Complete Bio >>
   
Todd Brandenburg
President & Founder
PocketiNet Communications, Inc.
Todd Brandenburg is President & Founder of PocketiNet Communications, Inc., where he has served in that role for over 14 years. PocketiNet is a full service Communication Service Provider in the state of ... Complete Bio >>
   
William Branham
Founder/Chairman/CEO
21st Century Telecommunications, Inc.
21st Century Telecommunications, Inc. is developing and implementing a Smart Grid Zero Energy V2G Incubator and Laboratory Hub. The Company aims to create a “Regional Solar Market ... Complete Bio >>
   
Phillip K. Brown
Director of State/Federal Policy & Broadband Planning
Connected Nation, Inc.
Phillip K. Brown serves as Connected Nation’s Director of State/Federal Policy & Broadband Planning, responsible for leading the major activities associated with broadband policy and planning for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Roman Budek
Product Marketing for Smart Home and Energy
ZigBee Alliance
Roman Budek has been working with various wireless technologies for over 10 years, including ZigBee since 2007. He is currently working on wireless technology at NXP Semiconductors for the smart ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jonathan Chambers
Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning
Federal Communications Commission

Marshall Cherry is a native of rural northeastern North Carolina. He has served the members of Roanoke Electric Cooperative for 22 years and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Marshall Cherry
Chief Operating Officer
Roanoke Electric Cooperative

Marshall Cherry is a native of rural northeastern North Carolina. He has served the members of Roanoke Electric Cooperative for 22 years and currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Rahul Chopra
Corporate Development for Energy Technologies
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
Rahul Chopra is a serial entrepreneur and a partner at Ventus Partners and advises leading Venture Capital Funds, technology incubators, and new startups in the fields of energy and telecom ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Chowdhury
Utility Practice Director
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
John Chowdhury is the utility practice director at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. He develops unique network integration solutions, modernization programs and network operations ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jonathan P. Claffey
Policy Advisor
Office of the Assistant Administrator | Electric Programs
USDA Rural Utilities Service
Jon has been with the Rural Utilities Service for 27 years, beginning his career as a loan specialist and financial analyst. Jon became Deputy Assistant Administrator for Telecommunications in November ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Claridge
Director, Energy Systems Laboratory
Texas A&M University
Dr. Claridge is Director of the Energy Systems Laboratory and the Leland Jordan Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is internationally known for his work on energy ... Complete Bio >>
   
Drew Clark
Chairman and Publisher
BroadbandBreakfast.com; Of Counsel, Kirton McConkie

Drew Clark is Of Counsel at the law firm of Kirton McConkie, which is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is a member of the firm's Corporate section and the Government and Utilities industry ... Complete Bio >>
   
Andrew Cohill
President and CEO
Design Nine Inc.
Dr. Andrew Michael Cohill is the President and CEO of Design Nine. He is a broadband architect with an extensive background in broadband network design and broadband planning. Design Nine has ... Complete Bio >>
   
Rollie Cole
Senior Fellow
Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

Rollie Cole, PhD, JD is a policy analyst and lawyer who has worked for several think tanks and several law firms and taught in Schools of Public Policy, Business, and Law ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bill Coleman
Founder
Community Technology Advisors

Bill Coleman assists communities develop and implement broadband infrastructure and market development programs as the key strategy for economic vitality. As an accomplished community planner and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Coleman
Managing Director – Fiber and Telecommunications
Chelan County Public Utility District
Mike is a 30-plus year veteran of the telecom industry with a background in sales, engineering, operations and consulting. He has broad background and experience in central office switching, transmission ... Complete Bio >>
   
Fred Cornwall
President, Director
Muncipal Capital Markets Group, Inc.

Fred Cornwall began his investment banking career in the public finance industry in 1975, in Denver, Colorado. In 1989 Mr. Cornwall was one of the founders of Municipal ... Complete Bio >>
   
James Crane
Public Safety SME
CTC Technology & Energy
James O. Crane served as a sworn member with the Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia from 1988 to 2013, retiring at the rank of Commander. From 2003 to 2005 he managed ... Complete Bio >>
   
Craig Creason
Business Development and Sales Manager
M2M / IoT Emerging Solutions
Sprint
Craig has over fifteen years of wireless strategy, business development, sales, and product development experience in emerging markets and technologies at Sprint. He currently manages a business development team ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael Curri
Founder and President
Strategic Networks Group, Inc.

Michael Curri founded Strategic Network Group, Inc. (SNG) in 1998 and as President he leads an experienced team of specialists on a wide range ... Complete Bio >>
   
Christopher Curtin
National Sales Director
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Christopher Curtin, National Sales Director, leads the team responsible for the business-to-business relationships with multi-family and multi-tenant property owners, developers, property management ... Complete Bio >>
   
Geoff Daily
Lafayette (LA) Community Organizer
Geoff Daily is a long-time advocate for full fiber networks starting with time living in Washington DC working as a guerilla lobbyist for pro-fiber policies and writing the blog App-Rising.com, ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Daugherty
CEO & Founder
Korcett Holdings
David is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Korcett Holdings, Inc. David is a serial entrepreneur who has more than 20 years of experience within the IT marketplace. Over the years David has ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ian Davis
Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner
Davis, Craig & Taylor, PLLC
Ian is a founding partner of Davis Craig & Taylor and a leader in the field of telecommunications transactions. Ian has spent the last 10 years handling only telecommunications and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Aaron Deacon
Managing Director
KC Digital Drive
Aaron Deacon is the managing director for KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit startup that builds technology solutions for a better Kansas City. Working closely with the Kansas City mayors' offices ... Complete Bio >>
   
Anita Dear
Director of Product Development and Management for Broadband Access
Cox Communications
Anita Dear is Director of Product Development and Management for Broadband Access at Cox Communications. Over the past five years Anita has provided leadership for Cox’s High Speed Internet product ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark DeFalco
Manager
Appalachian Regional Commission

Mark DeFalco has worked in the Telecommunications Industry for over 30 years. He has worked for a regional Bell company, a rural telephone holding company, a large inter-exchange carrier and several competitive ... Complete Bio >>
   
Raj Devasigamani
Director, Planning and Development
iPhotonix
Raj Devasigamani serves as the Director of Planning and Development at iPhotonix. His distinguished career in the global telecommunications industry spans more than 25 years of product management, development, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lesia Dickson
Coordinator
Texas Public Safety Broadband Program Outreach and Education Coordinator
Lesia Dickson is Coordinator for the Outreach and Education Program on behalf of the Texas Public Safety Broadband Program. Lesia was chosen for this role based on her long association with Texas ... Complete Bio >>
   
Randy Dickson
Program Liaison/Outreach and Education
Texas Public Safety Broadband Program
Randy Dickson is a trainer, consultant and author with more than 20 years of experience in the area of critical communications and critical incident response and management. A former law enforcement ... Complete Bio >>
   
L.J. “Joey” Durel, Jr.
City –Parish President
Lafayette City
Joey Durel took office in January 2004 and is in his third and final term as Lafayette’s City-Parish President. Lafayette’s strong local economy, unique cultural heritage, and innovative technology have ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Dzwonczyk
President & CEO,
Nicholville Telephone Company

Mark Dzwonczyk lives in Mountain View, CA, and serves as president and CEO of the Nicholville Telephone Company in the rural North Country of New York State. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Erica Eaton
Director of Business Development
Building Robotics, Inc
Erica Eaton is part of the business development team at Building Robotics whose product, Comfy, is the world’s first intelligent software for personalized temperature in the workplace. Helping drive and ... Complete Bio >>
   
John M. Eger
Director of the Creative Economy Initiative, San Diego State University
Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy, Lionel Van Deerlin

John M. Eger, Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University (SDSU) is the Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of Communications and Public Policy. He teaches in the School of Journalism ... Complete Bio >>

   
Paul Elswick
Owner/ President and CEO
Sunset Digital
Paul Elswick is co-founder and CEO of Sunset Digital Communications, Inc. Mr. Elswick is responsible for the conception and design of the Sunset Network - one of the first projects to promote ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Erickson
EDA Director
City of Winthrop, MN

Mark Erickson is the EDA Director for the city of Winthrop, Minnesota and has been helping organize and promote the RS Fiber project in West Central Minnesota since 2009. Prior to Winthrop he was ... Complete Bio >>

   
Bob Faitz
Vice President
Ancillary Services Management, LLC (ASM)

Bob Faitz is Vice President at Ancillary Services Management, LLC (AMS). One area of responsibility is to focus on multi-family property owners ensuring they understand the dynamics of today’s broadband ... Complete Bio >>

   
Isak Finér
Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems
Isak Finér holds a position as Chief Marketing Officer at the strongly expansive company COS Systems. Among other exciting tasks, he is responsible for the sales and marketing of COS’s new innovative ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tim L. Fisher
Senior Vice President
ZTE USA
Mr. Tim Fisher is a Senior Vice President at ZTE USA, Inc. and is responsible for Sales and Business Development for Wireline Infrastructure systems. Mr. Fisher joined ZTE in 2010 and is credited for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Todd Flack
Assistant Vice President
AT&T Connected Communities
Todd Flack is currently the Assistant Vice President - AT&T’s Connected Communities. Flack leads the ACC team responsible for creating AT&T Marketing Alliances within select Multiple Dwelling ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bruce Forey, APR
Communications Manager
GVTC
Bruce Forey, APR, is communications manager with GVTC, a full service communications provider, located in Smithson Valley, serving areas of North San Antonio, the Texas Hill Country ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric M. Free
Vice President of the Internet of Things Group
General Manager, Smart Home and Buildings Division, Intel Corporation
Eric M. Free is vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Smart Home and Buildings Division at Intel Corporation. In these roles, he is responsible for defining Intel's vision for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Freesmeier
President and CEO
Pulse Broadband LLC
Eric Freesmeier is the President and CEO of Pulse Broadband LLC, a past Broadband Communities Fiber-to-the-Home Top 100 company proudly partnering with rural America to design, build and. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kevin Fuller
Executive Vice President
Interval Data Systems, Inc.
Kevin is responsible for marketing, product development, and leads customer implementations at IDS. He brings 30 years of technical and marketing experience in data management, analytics, and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eddie Fulton
Mayor
City of Quitman, MS
I retired in 1995 from Sears and my wife (Judy) and I traveled extensively before moving back to Quitman. I missed being involved in a business and we moved to Mishawaka, IN to become Vice President of a Signature Electronics Corporation, a Sign Company. Judy did not really enjoy the area and we sold our interest in the company, which . ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brian G. Garcia
Managing Director – Municipal/Debt Financings
Aegis Capital Corp
Mr. Brian Garcia, Managing Director of Aegis’ Municipal Finance department and member of Aegis’ Debt Capital Markets team, has over a decade of experience serving both public and private entities ... Complete Bio >>
   
Roberta Gamble
Partner, Energy and Environment
Frost & Sullivan
Functional Expertise: Over a decade of consulting energy and environment equipment and solution providers, including: • Market entry and expansion strategy • Acquisition target research and due diligence ... Complete Bio >>
   
Larry Gates
Utilities Director
City of Chanute, KS

Larry Gates was named the City’s Utility Director in 2006. The City of Chanute is unique in the fact that it owns and operates its own utilities. Larry has worked for the City of Chanute since 2001. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sam Gill
Vice President
Freedman Consulting, LLC
As Vice President at Freedman Consulting, LLC, Sam Gill directs many of the firm’s projects, including strategic evaluations and planning, policy development and communications, and helps oversee ... Complete Bio >>

   
John Glicksman
Executive Vice President & General Counsel
Access Media 3

John Glicksman has more than 25 years of legal and business experience, as lawyer, officer, and Board member, working with publicly-traded and privately-held companies. He has worked, both ... Complete Bio >>

   
Dan Glivar
Lawyer
Holland and Hart/Time Warner Cable

Daniel J. Glivar has been an intellectual property and telecommunications transactional lawyer with Holland & Hart LLP since 1992. His practice focuses on two main areas: (1) negotiating telecommunications ... Complete Bio >>

   
Grant Goings
City Manager
City of Wilson, NC
Grant Goings has served as City Manager of The City of Wilson since January of 2005. Prior experience includes serving as City Manager for the City of Shelby, N.C., Town Manager for the Town of ... Complete Bio >>

   
Noah Goldstein
Research Director
Navigant Research
Dr. Noah Goldstein, PhD, LEED AP, is research director within Navigant Research’s Custom Research group, with a focus on cleantech and building technologies innovation in the market. He focuses on ... Complete Bio >>
   
Debra Gondeck-Becker
Construction Industry Leader Americas
Honeywell International Inc.
Debra Gondeck-Becker is the Americas Construction Industry Leader for Honeywell Building Solutions (HBS). Debra's primary responsibility is to lead the strategic direction, business development, and sales ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lev Gonick
CEO
One Community

Lev is co-founder of OneCommunity and became CEO July 1, 2013. In 2011 Government Technology awarded Lev one of their “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers ... Complete Bio >>

   
Sabrina Gosnell
Staff Analyst / Technical Writer
CTC Technology and Energy

An analyst and technical writer at CTC, Sabrina Gosnell has a background in journalism, project management, website and database management. In her role at CTC, she is responsible for feasibility study ... Complete Bio >>

   
Robert Grosz
Vice President of Commercial Sales
DISH

Robert has been a leader in both the commercial real estate and telecommunications industries for 20 years. Operating in the seam between technology and real estate, Robert provides a unique perspective and insight ... Complete Bio >>

   
Walter W. Haase, P.E.
General Manager
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority
Walter W. Haase, P.E., is the General Manager of the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. In 2008, he took over the helm of the multi-utility owned and operated by the Navajo Nation, the largest land-based Native ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jennifer Haig
General Manager, West Program
AT&T Connected Communities
Jennifer Haig is the General Manager for West program of Connected Communities. She has been with at&t for 24 years and in the multifamily industry for 9 years. Previously she led and managed ... Complete Bio >>
   
Nicholas Hann
Senior Managing Director
Macquarie Capital/Macquarie Group Limited

Nicholas co-heads Macquarie's North American public infrastructure and PPP advisory team. As Senior Managing Director of Macquarie, Nicholas is involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s infrastructure and public private ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lone Hansen
Senior Manager IT Networks and Convergence
BSRIA
Lone is the Senior Manager of the I.T. Cabling and Associated Technologies section of BSRIA's Worldwide Market Intelligence Division. She has an MA in Business and Marketing. She has more ... Complete Bio >>

   
Rondella Hawkins
Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer
City of Austin, Texas

Rondella Hawkins is the City’s Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer and has over 25 years of experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mary Jan Hedman
CEO
St. Joe Valley Metronet
In seven years at the helm, CEO Mary Jan Hedman has grown St. Joe Valley Metronet into a network extending more than 150 miles serving more than 170 subscribers, and most recently completed construction ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jason Hill
Managing Director
Media Venture Partners
Jason Hill co-founded the telecom group at Media Venture Partners (MVP). While with MVP, Mr. Hill has advised on over 50 M&A and capital raising transactions for wireless service, tower and communications ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kunal Hinduja
President and Chief Executive Officer
ARQ

As one of the primary founders of ARQ, Kunal Hinduja serves as president and chief executive officer for the company. With more than a decade of experience in the radio frequency (RF) engineering ... Complete Bio >>
   
Scott Hinson
Lab Director
Pecan Street
Scott Hinson leads the development of the Pike Powers Commercialization Lab. He worked at a thin film CIGS solar module manufacturer where he led module packaging, performance, certification and ... Complete Bio >>

   
Richard Holtz
CEO
InfiniSys

Richard Holtz is the CEO of InfiniSys, a multifamily technology consulting and Electronic Architecture firm founded in 1989. He strongly advocates for the standards ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Hoover
John Hoover
Tellabs Access
John Hoover is a senior product manager for access products at Tellabs Access. In this role, John has influenced industry milestones such as early PON deployments, video implementations, and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kyle Hollifield
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Magellan Advisors

Kyle Hollifield, is SVP at Magellan Advisors, a top broadband planning and consulting firm, managing scores of broadband projects worldwide. Kyle joined Magellan after retiring from a successful ... Complete Bio >>
   
Duke Horan
Telecom Program Management
Henkels & McCoy – Western Region

Duke Horan has been in telecommunications construction for over 16 years, and has worked with all types of providers, carriers, municipalities, and other network ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Honker
President
Magellan Advisors

Mr. Honker is a seasoned executive with 18 years experience in management within the broadband telecommunications sector. He has been instrumental ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joanne Hovis
President
CTC Technology & Energy

Joanne Hovis is President of CTC Technology & Energy and a recognized expert in communications policy at the federal, state, and local levels. She has extensive experience ... Complete Bio >>
   
Art Hubacher
Managing Member
Hubacher & Ames, PLLC

Arthur S. Hubacher is the managing member and co-founder of Hubacher & Ames, PLLC, a law firm established to focus on telecommunications and technology issues for the real estate industry. Mr. Hubacher ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lawrence T. Humphrey
Partner
Wargo & French, LLP
Practice Areas:Mr. Humphrey practices in the following areas: General Corporate and Contract Matters; Intellectual Property, Media Information Technologies; Commercial Real Estate. Representative Matters: ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dan Hunter
Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs
Texas Department of Agriculture
Dan Hunter was appointed as Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs as one of the State’s top advisors for water conservation and safety. Texas Agriculture, the largest user of water in. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Elizabeth Jacobs
Vice President, Marketing
Intermatic, Inc.

Liz Jacobs is VP of Marketing at Intermatic, Inc. located in the Chicago area. She is a senior member of Intermatic’s global leadership team, responsible for Strategic Marketing and Product Marketing in the Americas ... Complete Bio >>
   
C. Douglas Jarrett
Partner, Washington D.C. Office
Keller and Heckman LLP

Douglas Jarrett joined Keller and Heckman in 1979. Mr. Jarrett specializes in telecommunications law, policy and procurement matters. Mr. Jarrett is a recognized expert in representing ... Complete Bio >>
   
Larry Johnson
Director and Founder
The Light Brigade

Larry Johnson, founder of The Light Brigade, has been at the forefront of fiber optics since 1977. Over his three-plus-decade career, Mr. Johnson has built a reputation as an expert ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Johnson
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Data Architecture, MCNC
Mark Johnson’s career encompasses over 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering, and operations of Internet technologies. He is currently the Chief Technology Officer and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Taylor Jones
CTO
Elauwit Network
Taylor holds BS in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College. He is CTO of Elauwit. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bernadine Joselyn
Director, Public Policy & Engagement Program
Blandin Foundation
Bernadine Joselyn represents the voice of rural Minnesota communities on the Minnesota Governor’s Task Force on Broadband. She has served as director of Blandin Foundation’s Public Policy & ... Complete Bio >>
   

Carl Kandutsch
Attorney
Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

Carl Kandutsch earned a Ph.D. from Yale University and is a former attorney in the FCC’s Cable Bureau, where he had a lead role in drafting amendments to the Commission’s inside wiring rules. ... Complete Bio >>

   

Mary Kane
Senior Counsel
Comcast

Mary Kane is Senior Counsel for Comcast. She is responsible for advising Comcast personnel on MDU/SFU related matters, customer communications and other matters. Prior to joining ... Complete Bio >>

   

Elin Swanson Katz
CONSUMER COUNSEL, STATE OF CONNECTICUT
Elin Swanson Katz was appointed Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in October 2011, and confirmed by the Connecticut House of Representatives on ... Complete Bio >>

   

Michael C. Keeling, Esq., PE
Partner, Keeling Law Offices, PC
President, Data Site Consortium, Inc.

Mr. Keeling is a partner at Keeling Law Offices, PC and president of Data Site Consortium, Inc. Mike primarily researches, practices, and advocates in the areas of broadband, telecommunications regulatory ... Complete Bio >>

   

Hans Keller
VP of IT Operations
Erickson Living

"As the Vice President of IT Operations at Erickson Living I am responsible for creating, implementing and supporting the strategy for application delivery, infrastructure provisioning and optimization, ... Complete Bio >>

   
Mandeep Khera
Vice President of Marketing and Channels
Daintree Networks, Inc.
Mandeep is responsible for marketing and channel sales functions at Daintree Networks. He brings over two decades of experience in Marketing, Sales, General Management, and other functions in Enterprise ... Complete Bio >>
   

Douglas Kinkoph
Acting Associate Administrator, Office of Telecommunications and Information (OTIA)
NTIA, U.S. Dept of Commerce

Mr. Kinkoph is the Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA) for the National Telecommunications and ... Complete Bio >>

   

Robin Fields Kinney
Deputy Secretary
Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet

Robin Kinney was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet (FAC) in January of 2013. In this position, she provides management and strategic guidance to FAC... Complete Bio >>

   
Dave Kirby
Kirby Information Management Consulting LLC
Mr. Kirby has spent over 35 years in various roles involving innovation in the use of information technology in healthcare. He provides consulting in information security and privacy and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Max R. Kipfer
Executive Vice President / Regional Manager
Hotwire Communications
Max R. Kipfer is one of America’s pioneers in the development of Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) broadband networks having been directly involved in the development of several of the nation’s first residential. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Fletcher Kittredge
CEO
GWI

Fletcher is the CEO and founder of GWI. Fletcher grew up in Arundel, Maine and went to Colby College, where he majored in English. He graduated in 1984 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Randy Klindt
General Manager
Co-Mo Comm
Randy served as the project manager for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative for a 100 mile fiber to the home pilot to determine feasibility. After exceeding the assumptions of the pilot project, the cooperative in 2012 announced its plan to construct fiber on all 4,000 miles of electrical distribution plant to serve 100 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Chris Koverman
Vice President, Engineering and Operations
Support.com
Chris Koverman is Vice President of Engineering for Support.com (NASDAQ: SPRT). In addition to directing internal software and external SaaS product development, he leads the company’s pioneering ... Complete Bio >>
   
Diane Kruse
CEO and Lead Consultant
NEO Fiber

Diane Kruse, the CEO and Lead Consultant for NEO Fiber, has been involved in many projects that fall under the NTIA’s BTOP Program. This year, Kruse has written ... Complete Bio >>
   
Yann Kulp
V.P. Strategy & Business Development - LifeSpace
Schneider Electric
Yann Kulp is VP Residential Energy Solutions USA at Schneider Electric, a $30 Billion global leader in energy management solutions. Prior to this role, Yann was based in Paris as Director Communications ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dennis Kyle
Dennis has over 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries. Most recently, Dennis served as Vice President/General Manager, Connected Systems at Arrayent. ... Complete Bio >>
   
George Land
Business Director, Connected Home Solutions
Nexia (Division of Ingersoll Rand)
George leads the Nexia Intelligence business for Ingersoll Rand, world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. In this role, George oversees Nexia’s full suite of cloud-based automation... Complete Bio >>
   
J. Christopher Larry
PE, CXA, CEM, CEP, CIPE, LEED AP
Director of Energy Engineering
exp US services
Director of Energy Engineering for exp US Services, located in the Richmond, VA office Graduate of Pennsylvania State University (PSU) Bachelors of Architectural Engineering (BAE) program.... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Latham
City Manager
City of Highland
Mark Latham was born and raised in Streator, Illinois. Mark graduated from John Brown University with a BSE and acquired a Master Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dan Leaf
President and CEO
Leaf Communications
Dan Leaf is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Leaf Communication Consulting. Dan’s career began in the First Responder/Public Safety wireless space where he started a company in Washington ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lisa Leahy
Associate Executive Director
ConnectME

Lisa Leahy has 16 years of experience managing a diverse portfolio of state government service requirements and 20 years of information technology expertise. Since 2009 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Hilda Legg
Former RUS Administrator and Vice Chair
Broadband Communities Magazine

A prominent broadband advocate and champion, Hilda Gay Legg served as the 15th Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Ms. Legg recently assumed ... Complete Bio >>
   
Laurel Leverrier
Operations Branch Chief Policy and Outreach Division Telecommunications Programs
Rural Utilities Service

Laurel has served as the Operations Branch Chief for the Policy and Outreach Division of the Rural Utilities Service since July of 2014. Laurel works with the RUS telecommunications loan and ... Complete Bio >>

   
Ira Levy
Chief Operating Officer
Affiniti
Ira Levy is the Chief Operating Officer of Affiniti and was named to that position in 2014. Mr. Levy led the creation of the One Maryland Inter-County Broadband Network consortium which received ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Lewellen
Manager Spectrum Advocacy
John Deere & Company
Mr. Lewellen’ s position as Manager of Spectrum Advocacy serves the needs of the company as it relates to regulatory, technical and government affairs, issues concerning the electromagnetic spectrum ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Licosati
Resident, Community Leader
Rancho Santa Fe
Michael Licosati moved to Rancho Santa Fe with his wife Janie and his son from New York in 2001. He is the co-founder and Managing Partner of a San Diego-based investment firm, Alder Capital. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Casey Lide
Principal
The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC

Casey Lide is a Principal with The Baller Herbst Law Group, PC (www.baller.com), a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brett Lindsey
Chief Operating Officer, OneCommunity
Brett joined OneCommunity in 2010, as Chief Operating Officer, to oversee the planned $100 million network expansion investment. This expansion would grow the network across 22 counties, ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Lippke
President
Korcett Holdings Inc.
David Lippke is the President of Korcett Managed Services. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company and is the central core of the management team. He brings almost 20 years of ... Complete Bio >>
   
Danna MacKenzie
Executive Director
Broadband Development, MN

Danna MacKenzie joined the State of Minnesota in January 2014 to head up their new Office of Broadband Development, which is housed within the Department of Employment and Economic Development. ... Complete Bio >>
   
William Maiman
Marketing Manager
MechoSystems
William L. Maiman is the Marketing Manager for MechoSystems and has worked to inform the architectural, lighting, and interior design communities of the benefits of increasing the usage of natural daylight and ... Complete Bio >>

   
Mike Mancini
Director, Sales Engineering
XFINITY Communities, Comcast
Mike Mancini is the Director of Sales Engineering at XFINITY Communities™, Comcast’s business unit that brings premier entertainment, high-speed data, Wi-Fi, and valued services to Multi-Family, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Annie Manfredi
President & CEO
RealtyCom Partners, LLC

As President of RealtyCom Partners, Ms. Manfredi spearheads business development as well as maintains responsibility for marketing and Client management activities. In addition, she advocates the importance of telecommunications asset management through ... Complete Bio >>
   
Aaron Mathis
Director of Training
Gefen
Gefen is a solutions provider for a wide selection of audio/video switchers, splitters, extenders, scalers, converters, digital signage and home theater accessories. Aaron Mathis is the Gefen Director of Training and has ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Maxwell
Broadband Program Director; Senior Member, FirstNet Project Team
State of Maine
David Maxwell is currently the Broadband Program Director and a senior member of the FirstNet project team at the State of Maine ConnectME Authority, an agency whose purpose is, in part, to facilitate the expansio ... Complete Bio >>
   
Stephen Mayo
President and Owner
Inteleconnect, Inc.

Stephen Mayo is one of the leading technology consultants focusing on "last mile" strategies for residential and campus environments including education, commercial, retail, and mixed use, master-planned ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kevin McConnell
Senior Technical Staff Member
IBM
Kevin McConnell, is a Senior Technical Staff Member, IBM Master Inventor and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He works on the Global Technology Services Mobile First Team. He has 40 patents ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kathleen McMahon
Founder
Applied Communications

Kathleen McMahon founded Applied Communications in 1994. Her consulting practice has focused on helping rural areas develop strategies for broadband infrastructure. She worked with the Montana ... Complete Bio >>
   
Don Means
Founder and Principal
Digital Village Associates

With over 20 years experience in the IT industry, Means is co-founder and principal of Digital Village Associates, a 13-year old consulting enterprise that focuses on information /communications ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brian Mefford
Founder and CEO
CNX - Connected Nation Exchange
Brian Mefford is recognized as a leading resource among global corporations, policy makers, and associations interested in designing and executing digital inclusion strategies and programs around the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sean Middleton, P.E.
Manager of Engineering
Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative
Sean Middleton, P.E. is the Manager of Engineering at Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative. He is currently responsible for all new technology applications at the cooperative including engineering, IT, and Internet ... Complete Bio >>
   
Christopher Mitchell
Director of Telecommunications Commons Initiative, New Rules Project
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Telecommunications as Commons Initiative with the New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance ... Complete Bio >>
   
Keith Montgomery
Chief Financial Officer
Declaration Networks Group, Inc.
Declaration Networks Group, Inc. which designs and operates high speed broadband access networks in rural communities. He is an experienced COO, CFO, & CIO with over 33 years of experience in tele ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dr. Sayten Mukherjee
Chief Scientist, Senior Director, Research Strategy North America
Philips
Dr. Satyen Mukherjee is currently a chief scientist and senior director for research strategy in North America. In this position he drives the development of a Philips Research Strategy in North America and identifies ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joel Mulder
Senior Director of Business Development
G4S Technology LLC

Mr. Joel Mulder is the Senior Director of Business Development for G4S Technology LLC. Joel has been in the communications industry for over 30 years having worked at Motorola, NEC America and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Murphy
General Manager, Technical
AT&T Connected Communities

Mark leads the national technical support team for the AT&T Connected Communities organization. His team supports the sales force that is responsible for creating AT&T Marketing Alliances ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steve Mustard, BEng CEng FIET CAP
President & CEO
National Automation, Inc.
Steve works with companies to improve their performance through the identification of process bottlenecks and the intelligent introduction of technology to remove them. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tom Napoli
Vice President
Noovis

Tom Napoli has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years. His first job out of college was in long-distance sales at MCI “Before MCI was anything,” he recalled. He then worked in various customer ... Complete Bio >>
   
Anne Neville
Director, State Broadband Initiative, NTIA
U.S. Department of Commerce

Anne Neville currently directs the State Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications & Information Administration at the US Department of Commerce. In this capacity, she is responsible for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Hunter Newby
Chief Executive Officer
Allied Fiber

Hunter Newby is one of today’s top innovators and entrepreneurs with a track record of success in communications network infrastructure. As an advocate of new solutions for a modern, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Elliot Noss
CEO
Ting Internet
Elliot is CEO of Tucows. Tucows challenged how software was distributed in the 1990s and how domain names were offered and managed in the 2000s and is challenging how mobile ... Complete Bio >>
   
Leslie Nulty
Principal and owner
Focal Point Advisory Services, and consultant to ValleyNet

Ms. Nulty is the principal of Focal Point Advisory Services, a financial and strategic consultancy for small businesses, and a consultant to the Vermont nonprofit ValleyNet. Valleynet provides planning and operational .... Complete Bio >>
   
Tim Nulty
Chairman of the Board,
ValleyNet

Dr. Timothy Nulty is the chairman of ValleyNet, the Vermont nonprofit that provides planning and operational services to ECFiber, a joint venture of 23 Vermont towns building an FTTH network. Until 2014, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Ockenga
Manager – IP Service
Finley Engineering Company
Mike Ockenga brings exceptional skills to the Finley IP Department with over 15 years of designing and operating complex networks and services. Mr. Ockenga leads the Services group in project ... Complete Bio >>
   
Frank Odasz
President
Lone Eagle Consulting
Frank Odasz is secretary the Rural Telecommunications Congress, and is president of Lone Eagle Consulting, which has specialized in rural, remote and indigenous Internet learning since 1997 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Ogle
RTC Treasurer
The Howard Baker Center for Public Policy

Eric Ogle is research associate for the University of Tennessee’s Howard H. Baker, Jr. Center for Public Policy, and has served in a community outreach and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Leo O’Loughlin
SVP Energy & Sustainability
Jones Lang LaSalle
Mr. O’Loughlin’s priority is to expand energy services and optimization by developing and implementing energy programs for JLL clients internationally. He assists clients successfully incorporate energy and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dereck Orr
Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Division
NIST Communications Technology Lab (CTL)

Dereck Orr is the Division Chief for the Public Safety Communications Research Division at NIST’s Communication Technology Laboratory. In that role, he leads the Public Safety Communications Research ... Complete Bio >>
   
Matt Paschick
Principal
National WiFi
Matt Paschick is the Sole Principal of National Wi-Fi Inc. A provider of Bulk, Subscription, and Common Area Internet services focused on the MDU space. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brian T. Patterson
President
Emerge Alliance
Brian T. Patterson is currently Managing Director of B. L. Coliker Associates, a technology and marketing consulting firm. He also holds the position as President of the EMerge Alliance, is the US Representative to. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jane Patterson
President
The View Forward – Go Forward

At the beginning of 2012, Jane Patterson launched a new organization, The Way Forward, to promote broadband in rural areas. Until the end of 2011 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Rob Paver
President
CampusConnect

Rob is a skilled technology professional with 10 years of project management and construction experience in the student housing industry. As CampusConnect’s president, he directs company ... Complete Bio >>
   
Chad Peace
Director of Operations
IVC Media, LLC

S. Chad Peace is a licensed attorney in California and President of IVC Media LLC, a San Diego-based digital media and non-partisan public relations firm. ... Complete Bio >>

   
Matthew Pemberton
Director, Building Technology Services
Forest City Enterprises
Matthew Pemberton is the Director of the Building Technology Services ("BTS") Group for Forest City Enterprises, Inc., which is a Cleveland, Ohio, based Real Estate Company. The BTS Group ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tony Perez
NATOA President & Director, Office of Cable and Broadband
Seattle, WA
Tony Perez is the director of the Seattle Office of Cable and Broadband and NATOA President. Mr. Perez has worked with local governments for over 25 years, concentrating on technology policy and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jeremy Pietzold
City Council President
Sandy, OR
Jeremy Pietzold lives in Sandy, Oregon, with his wife and three young children. His professional background is in Network Engineering and designing fiber connectivity for schools, cities, libraries and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brian Proffit
Director Research & Education Solutions
Zayo Group
Brian Proffit is Director of Research & Education for Zayo Group, and in seven years with Zayo he has served as lead in many of Zayo’s efforts in developing Public Private Partnerships for Broadband ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steven Puckett
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Pavlov Media
Mr. Puckett has over 22 years experience in bringing technology to the marketplace with a diverse background in many industries and technologies. As an author and adjunct professor, Mr. Puckett has ... Complete Bio >>
   
Henry Pye
VP, Residential Technology
Velocity Advisory Services, RealPage Inc.

Henry Pye serves as the vice president of Resident Technology Solutions for RealPage, Inc. Resident technology encompasses the business, legal, and technical aspects of voice, video, and data ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tim Race
Sr. Systems Engineer, Hospitality Solutions,
Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
Tim Race is a Senior Sales Engineer with Ruckus Wireless. Focusing on Hospitality, he focuses on leading providers of hotel wireless to design, deploy and deepen the integration of wireless within ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bryan Rader
CEO
Bandwidth Consulting LLC

Bryan J. Rader has been an active leader in the cable TV industry for the past fifteen years. He has extensive experience on both the real estate side ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael Render
President & Leading FTTH Researcher
RVA LLC

Michael Render is president of Render, Vanderslice & Associates, the premier U.S. market research firm in the area of fiber-to-the-home and fiber-to-the-premises ... Complete Bio >>
   
Luis Reyes
Chief Executive Officer & General Manager
Kit Carson Electric
Mr. Luis Reyes, Jr. has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager at Kit Carson Electric since 1993. Mr. Reyes began his work with Kit Carson Electric in 1984 as a System Engineer. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Stephen Rhody, Ph.D.
Founding Principal
ASR Analytics, LLC
Stephen Rhody is a principal with ASR Analytics, LLC. His focus is in the application of quantitative techniques to practical problems of business and government. As lead quantitative researcher for the Evaluation Study ... Complete Bio >>
   
Catharine Rice
Project Director
Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)

Catharine Rice is Project Director for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), and consultant with Broadband-Matters. For more than a decade, Catharine has been a cable and broadband ... Complete Bio >>
   
Keith Robinson
Senior Strategist and Consultant
Compass Intelligence

Mr. Robinson is a Sr. Strategist & Consultant and the M2M/IoT Practice Lead at Compass Intelligence. Mr. Robinson directs the syndicated and consulting content for the M2M/IoT practice. He brings a. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Vickie Rodgers
Executive Director/General Manager MDU Strategy & Operations
Cox Communications

Vickie’s career has been distinguished by developing innovative growth strategies, her cross- functional team-building, and her commitment to meeting customer and market demands. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jay Romero
Sr. Director, IT Operations
Erickson Living
Jay Romero is the IT Operations Senior Director at Erickson Living. In this capacity, Jay oversees the technology infrastructure strategy and operations. Reporting directly to the Vice President ... Complete Bio >>
   
Gail M. Roper
Chief Information & Community Relations Officer
City of Raleigh, North Carolina
Gail M. Roper has built her entire career around her belief that technology can enable the community. Gail believes the ability to use technology effectively brings communities together, empowers individuals ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steven S. Ross
Editor-at-Large
Broadband Communities Magazine

Steven S. Ross is a long-time technology writer and former Columbia University professor and is also the Editor-at-Large of Broadband Communities Magazine ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Russell
Senior Marketing Director
Calix

David is responsible for marketing Calix’ fiber access solutions. David has spent over twenty years in business development and marketing of broadband access systems. He was actively involved with ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Ryan
Technology Committee
Rancho Santa Fe
Over the previous twenty years from 1987 to 2007, John was one of three partners in Lake Shore Homes, LLC, a luxury residential waterfront development company headquartered in southeastern Wisconsin. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Stephen J. Sadler (Steve)
Director
Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.
Steve is responsible for managing all of the resident technology services’ efforts related to new developments, including negotiations and design. Steve joined RealPage in April of 2014, bringing 29 ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Salway
Executive Director
New York State Broadband Program

David Salway serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Broadband Program, with a focus on initiatives to increase broadband access and adoption throughout New York State. As the chief ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bruce A. Sanders
Executive Vice President
Elauwit Networks
Bruce lives and works in historic Charleston, South Carolina where he is Executive Vice President focused on leading the marketing and sales efforts for Elauwit Networks, one of the fastest growing MDU telecom ... Complete Bio >>
   
Craig Settles
President
Gigabit Nation

For over 25 years Craig Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books have helped public, private and nonprofit organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve business operations and... Complete Bio >>
   
Kashif Shakil
Head of Small Cells and WiFi Solutions
Ericsson North America
Kashif Shakil is the head of small cells and WiFi solutions for Ericsson’s North American region. He is responsible for heterogeneous network strategies for North America, end-to-end operator solutions, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dave Shaw
Partner
Kirton McConkie
Mr. Shaw is Chair of the Kirton McConkie's Government & Utilities industry section, a member of the Corporate section and on the firm's Information Technology Committee. His practice specializes in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Richard Sherwin
CEO
Spot On Networks
Richard J. (“Dick”) Sherwin has been involved in wireless communications and radio frequency transmission for the past 30 years. Together with a number of telecommunications veterans, he founded and funded Spot On ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lori Sherwood
Director of Business Development
Advantage Engineers
Lori Sherwood is currently the Director of Business Development for Advantage Engineers - a full service telecommunications, environmental, and geotechnical engineering and consulting firm ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bill Shilito
President & Partner
North Carolina Wireless, LLC
Bill is the President and Partner in North Carolina Wireless, LLC. NCW serves his home county and six surrounding counties in the foothills of NC, with wireless broadband offerings. NCW was created ... Complete Bio >>
   
Melissa Simpler
CEO
Affinegy
Melissa Simpler is CEO of Affinegy, a leading software provider of the CHARIOT stack that is unleashing Internet of Things services and customer engagement opportunities for Connected Appliance/Device Manufacturers ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dr. Rajendra Singh
D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
and Director of Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics
Clemson University
Rajendra Singh is D. Houser Banks Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of Center for Silicon Nanoelectronics at Clemson University, Clemson, USA. During the energy crisis of ... Complete Bio >>
   
Derek Slater
Senior Policy Manager
Google, Inc.

Derek Slater is a Senior Policy Manager at Google. Based at the company's headquarters, he works closely with product teams -- including Google Fiber -- to help them navigate public policy, and he supports... Complete Bio >>
   
Mickey Slimp
Executive Director Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities
UT Health Northeast

As the executive director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities, Dr. Mickey Slimp leads a group of eight public two-year colleges, four universities and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael Slovin
Vice President
XFinity Communities

Michael Slovin is the Vice President of XFINITY Communities, Comcast’s channel focused on bringing Xfinity services to the Multi-Family, Healthcare and University markets ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Small
Vice President – Lightgig, Home Solutions
AT&T
In Eric’s current role as the vice president of AT&T’s Project LightGig, he is responsible for AT&T’s fiber-to-the-premises deployments. Prior to this, Eric was vice president of AT&T Corporate Strategy and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jeffrey O. Smith, Ph.D.
Chief Innovation & Technology Officer
Numerex Corp
Jeff is currently Chief Technology Officer of Numerex (NASDAQ:NMRX) a leading Provider of Machine to Machine Solutions. He has served as the Convener of the Global Standards Collaboration ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Smith
Vice President, Building Technology Services
Forest City Enterprises

Mike Smith is the Vice President of the Building Technology Services ("BTS") Group for Forest City Enterprises, Inc.,which is a Cleveland, Ohio, based Real Estate Company ... Complete Bio >>
   
Deb Socia
Executive Director
NextCentury Cities
Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a new initiative that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Paul Soglin
Mayor
Madison, WI
Mayor Paul Soglin is the 51st, 54th and 57th Mayor of Madison, elected for tenures in 1973, again in 1989, and 2011. He is now serving in his 17th year. Soglin was raised in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joe Starks
Founder & President
ECC Technologies Inc.

Joe Starks is the founder and President of ECC Technologies, Inc. In addition, Joe is a founder and partner of several successful for-profit and municipally based not-for-profit Broadband technology companies. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ashley Stelfox
Associate
The Baller Herbst Law Group, P.C.

Ashley Stelfox is an associate at Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC, a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in representing local governments and public power ... Complete Bio >>
   
T.J. Stewart
Principal
MDU Network Technologies, LLC
T.J. Stewart is a principal of MDU Network Technologies, LLC (MDU Netech). The company designs, funds, installs, and manages fiber optic networks and ancillary IP services for property owners across the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sean Stokes
Principal
Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide
Sean Stokes is a Principal of Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, PC, a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN. The only law firm in the United States to be named to ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mark Strama
Director of Business Operations
Google Fiber, Austin

Mark is the head of Google Fiber in Austin. Previously, he represented the north Austin area in the Texas House of Representatives. Mark received Honorable Mentions on Texas Monthly's Ten Best Legislators ... Complete Bio >>
   
Casey Talon
Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research
Casey Talon is a senior research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Building Innovations program. With a background in economics, environmental science, and policy ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sandeep Taxali
Senior Policy Analyst, Broadband Development Officer
NTIA, Department of Commerce
Sandeep Taxali serves as a senior policy analyst and broadband development officer at the NTIA. He played an integral role to start-up the BTOP program, and led a team to review over $1 billion in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Amy Thompson
Director of Product Management, Residential
CondoInternet
In her current role, Amy heads up product management for residential products, including Wave’s residential fiber service, CondoInternet, which is transitioning to the name Wave G. Amy has played a key part ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jeremy Towler
Senior Manager Energy & Smart Technologies
BSRIA
Jeremy leads BSRIA’s consultancy and market research activities for smart technologies, energy management, cloud, big data, internet of things, and works with clients to help them to identify market trends, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Galen Updike
Former President
Rural Telecommunications Congress

Prior to his retirement from state government in June of 2013, Galen Updike was Broadband Development Manager for the State of Arizona, within the Arizona Dept ... Complete Bio >>
   
William Vallee
State Broadband Policy Coordinator
Connecticut
Bill has been active since 1993 as an telecommunications attorney with the state of Connecticut public utility consumer advocate's agency, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), where he has ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dr. Robert Wack
City Council President
Dr. Robert Wack was appointed to a vacant seat on the Council in January 2003, and was elected to a four year term in May 2003. He was reelected to a second term in May 2007, and a third in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dr. Kenneth Wacks
President
Ken Wacks Associates
Dr. Kenneth Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor since 1985 to clients worldwide, ranging from startups to large companies. His business focus ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ron Walters
Executive Director
PANGAEA Internet
Ron is a 32 year veteran of the telecommunications and internet industries and is currently Executive Director of PANGAEA Internet. Ron joined PANGAEA in 2007 as a consultant and wrote ... Complete Bio >>
   
Art Ware, Sr.
General Manager, Public Finance/Technology Funding
DASNY.ORG
As general manager for the Technology Funding Division of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, Arthur Ware specializes in developing technology and energy project financings and visionary e ... Complete Bio >>
   
Paul Weischselbaum
Executive Vice President
Plum Choice, Inc.

Paul Weischselbaum is a Harvard-educated business strategist who advises Fortune 500 companies on penetration, expansion, growth and turnaround strategies in new and existing markets. He is a thought leader ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sue Weiske
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Sue E. Weiske has over twenty years of in house counsel experience for large communications and software companies including Charter, Time Warner Cable, Intrado, Level 3 and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael Weston
Executive Director
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Mike Weston is Senior Executive of Verizon Enhanced Communities, the group within Verizon Communications dedicated to serving the multifamily market. In that capacity, Weston is responsib ... Complete Bio >>
   
Allen Corey White
Chief Technology Officer
WhiteSky Communications, LLC
WhiteSky Communications, LLC is an up and coming Telecommunication Company that was established in 2005 as an Alabama based ISP/MSO. Allen Cory White founded the company ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jason Whittet
Program Officer
IDC Research

Jason Whittet leads public sector business development for IDC Research. Previously, he served as the Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Broadband Institute ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kristina J. Wilde
Outreach Coordinator – FirstNet, An Independent Authority Within NTIA
U.S. Department of Commerce

Kristi has been working as an advocate for public safety communications and coordination for more than 33 years. She is passionate about collaboration on all levels, working to maximize experience and resources ... Complete Bio >>

   
Chris Wildfoerster
President
CJW Consulting
Chris Wildfoerster is an industry veteran in the commercial and residential controls and communications markets. His most recent experience was with ClearOne where he was Vice President of Sales for Unified ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tony Wilhelm
Vice President of Government-Supported Programs
AFFINITI

Tony Wilhelm works with AFFINITI customers to maximize their E-rate and Telehealth experience through strong public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AFFINITI in 2014, Tony was Chief of Staff of the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Linda Willey
Director of Ancillary Services
Camden

Linda Willey serves as Director of Ancillary Services for Camden Property Trust, an S&P 400 company. Camden is one of the largest publicly traded multifamily companies in the United States ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Windhausen
Executive Director
Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

John Windhausen, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse coalition of community anchor institutions ... Complete Bio >>
   
Doug Woods
Vice President Corporate Development
WAVE/ CondoInternet **

Wave** is a next-generation FTTH/FTTP Gigabit Internet service provider for the multifamily industry. Consistently ranked as one of the top ISP’s in the nation by Ookla’s “NetIndex”, it owns and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dr. Kwok Wu
Head of Embedded Software and Systems Solutions
Freescale Semiconductor
Dr. Kwok Wu, an award-winning industry veteran and sought after speaker, has been awarded 2012 Innovator of the Year by ECD – Embedded Computing Design Magazine for his platform approach to . ... Complete Bio >>
   
Pook-Ping Yao
CEO
Optigo Networks
Pook-Ping Yao is CEO of Optigo Networks (www.optigo.net), a company making smart buildings smarter with an integrated networking solution for connecting the smart building and protecting it from network ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jim Young
Co-Founder & Producer
Realcomm
Jim Young is the co-founder of Realcomm Conference Group which produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world’s leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings ... Complete Bio >>
   
Masha Zager
Editor
Broadband Communities Magazine

Masha Zager is the editor of Broadband Communities. She has contributed to many technology and telecommunications publications, including Rural ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ronald J. Zimmer
President & CEO
Continental Automated Buildings Association
Ron Zimmer is President & CEO of Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), and is committed to achieving CABA's mission ... Complete Bio >>
   

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