2016 Broadband Communities Summit
2016 Summit Speakers
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Bruce Abraham
Senior Broadband Consultant,
ECC Technologies

With over 30 years in rural and urban economic development as well as real estate development, Bruce Abraham started and organized the North Georgia Network (NGN) which built ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Acker
Director, Community Technology Services
Lennar Multifamily Communities, LLC

Chris Acker serves as the Director of Community Technology Services with Lennar Multifamily Communities. In this role, he works with the development teams and consulting firms on ... 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 >>
Guillermo Alvarez-Rivas
Multi Family Communities Director
Cox Communications
As the Director of Multi-Family Sales for Cox Communications, Guillermo Alvarez-Rivas manages the team responsible for building strategic relationships with Multi-Family ... Complete Bio >>
Maria Alvarez-Stroud
Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center, University of Wisconsin Extension; Member, RTC Board

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 >>
Chris Amilcare
Field Sales Engineer, East Region
D-Link Systems

Chris Amilcare has worked in the technical field for more than 20 years, beginning as an Air Force communications technician. He has since served in various roles in IT field support, ... Complete Bio >>

Monica Babine
Senior Associate
Washington State University
Monica Babine is a Senior Associate at Washington State University (WSU) Extension’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services where she leads the Program for ... Complete Bio >>
Danna Bailey
Vice President, Corporate Communications,
EPB, Chattanooga, TN
Danna Bailey joined EPB in 2005, bringing experience in communications strategy and brand development from an advertising agency background. As an advertising professional, ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Baller
Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C.

Jim Baller is the president of the Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C. in Washington, DC. He represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and ... Complete Bio >>
Bill Bates
EVP and Chief of Staff
Council on Competitiveness
William Bates is Executive Vice President of the Council on Competitiveness and was the founding Executive Director of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Bill is a recognized ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Bawtree-Jobson
SiFi Networks
As CEO of SiFi Networks, Ben Bawtree-Jobson was involved in the formation of the company and continues to direct all aspects of its public-private-partnership offering in the fiber to ... Complete Bio >>
Paul Belk
President and Chief Executive Officer
Paul Belk is the President and CEO of NGN, a fiber optic network spanning over 1,600 miles throughout western North Carolina and northeast Georgia. Specializing in the “Utility Broadband” ... Complete Bio >>
James Benham
JBKnowledge, Inc.

While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, James Benham began writing code at the age of 11 and by 14 had developed his first application. Three years later, he co-managed an internet ... Complete Bio >>
Debra Berlyn
Executive Director
Project GOAL

Debra Berlyn is the President of Consumer Policy Solutions and serves as the Executive Director of the Project to Get Older Adults onLine (Project GOAL). Prior to launching Consumer ... Complete Bio >>
Steve Biggerstaff
Founding President, Director and Advisor
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, ... Complete Bio >>
Rush Blakely
Vice President
RealtyCom Parners
As Vice President, Rush negotiates with telecommunications providers on behalf of RealtyCom clients to provide the most attractive level of services and compensation available. ... Complete Bio >>
John W. Blinkiewicz
Executive Director – Product Management
John is the Executive Director of product management for AT&T’s Entertainment division. John has been with AT&T for 20 years, beginning his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1996. ... Complete Bio >>
Tim Bobrowski, Ed.D
Superintendent of Schools
Owsley County Board of Education
Mr. Tim Bobrowski has been Superintendent of Owsley County schools since 2011, but he has worked in the district in varying capacities all but five of his twenty five years in public ... Complete Bio >>
Scot Bohaychyk
Market Manager
Scot Bohaychyk, Clearfield market manager, has nearly 30 years in the Telecommunications industry. Scot’s background includes serving in The White House Communications Agency, providing ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Bowles
Director of Multifamily Sales
Schlage Lock – A Division of Allegion Brands

Member – Chairman’s EAC Advisory Group; NMCH
Eric Boyer
Senior Vice President
Commercial & Connected Communities, AT&T
Eric Boyer, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Connected Communities is responsible for commercial video deployments as well as AT&T’s national initiatives to serve multi-dwelling units with ... Complete Bio >>
Jennifer Bullard
Chairman and CEO
International Game Developers Association, Austin, Tx
Jennifer Bullard is an 18-year project/product management professional. Her primary industry has been consumer entertainment software, (video games) with over 20 shipped ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Butler
Manager, Creative Industries Development, Economic Development
City of Austin, TX
Jim Butler is Manager of Creative Industries Development in the Economic Development Department of the city government of Austin. He has worked on economic development projects since ... Complete Bio >>
Sam Carbine
Chief Operating Officer
Crystal Clear
As chief operating officer for Middle Tennessee’s premier fiber-to-the-home technology company, Sam Carbine has guided Crystal Clear in providing a coordinated and creative ... Complete Bio >>
Drew Clark
Chairman and Publisher
BroadbandBreakfast.com; Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger

Drew Clark is Of Counsel at the law firm of Best Best & Krieger, which is based in Washington, DC. He works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and ... Complete Bio >>
Austin Cochren
IT Project Manager
Monogram Residential Trust
Austin Cochren is an IT Project Manager for Monogram Residential Trust. He oversees technology projects for New Developments, Acquisitions, New Implementations at Existing Properties, ... Complete Bio >>
Kelleigh Cole
Utah Broadband Outreach Center
Kelleigh Cole is the Director of the Utah Broadband Outreach Center in the Governor's Office of Economic Development. In her current position, she leads an effort to work with ... 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
Consultant to Blandin Foundation
Bill Coleman assists communities develop and implement broadband infrastructure and market development programs. As an accomplished community planner and technology consultant, Bill ensures ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Craig
Founding Partner,
Davis Craig & Taylor, PLLC
A founding partner of Davis Craig & Taylor, Scott represents commercial and multi-family residential owners and developers in a variety of telecommunications related transactions, ... 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 >>
Ron Daley
Strategic Partner Lead
KY Valley Educational Cooperative
Ron Daley is Strategic Partner Lead for the KY Valley Educational Cooperative. He has served as the director of external education programs at Hazard Community and Technical College. ... 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 >>
Doug Dawson
CCG Consulting
Doug Dawson is the President and founder of CCG Consulting. CCG Consulting is the largest telecom consulting firm in the country in terms of clients, and has helped over 750 carriers ... 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 >>
Mark DeFalco
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 ... Complete Bio >>
Ken Demlow
National Business Development Manager
NewCom Technologies
Ken Demlow has worked in the fiber industry for many years, starting with fiber construction. He serves as the National Business Development Manager for NewCom Technologies ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Denzin
Vice President Consumer and Small Business Field Sales
Chris Denzin, Vice President Consumer and Small Business Field Sales at CenturyLink, has national responsibility for outside sales, partner sales and new development partnerships. ... Complete Bio >>
Angie Dickison
State Broadband Director-Public Service Commission
The State of Wisconsin
Angie Dickison joined the State of Wisconsin in 2015 to head up the State Broadband Office, which is housed within the Public Service Commission. As the State Broadband Director, Angie leads ... Complete Bio >>
Mitch Drake
Executive Engagement Leader
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
Mitch Drake is a 40-year telecom industry veteran. As executive engagement leader at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., Mitch works with the sales team to win network services ... Complete Bio >>
Eric Einhorn
Senior Vice President – Government Affairs
Eric Einhorn is senior vice president – government affairs for Windstream. Einhorn is responsible for managing the company’s regulatory and legislative initiatives and strategies at the federal ... 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. ... 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 >>
Mike Finley
Cautela Solutions, Ltd.
With over 20 years experience, providing design, implementation and deployment for the on and off campus student housing, and retrofits. ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Hugh Forrest
SXSW Interactive Festival
Hugh Forrest serves as the Director of the annual South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Scheduled March 11-15, 2016 in Austin, this event brings together more than 30,000 digital creatives ... Complete Bio >>
Ed Frazier
Board of Directors
Rural Media Group
Ed Frazier is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Rural Media Group. Prior to his role as Vice Chairman, Mr. Frazier was the CEO of Rural Media Group, where he guided the growth ... 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 >>
Nate Fuentes
Business Development Manager –North America
Nate Fuentes is business development manager, North America, for CommScope’s Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions team, responsible for technical sales and strategic partnerships ... Complete Bio >>
Andrew Fuller
Fuller Apartment Homes
As a principal or contributing member of Santa Barbara Securities, Presidio Capital Partners, and Fuller Apartment Homes, Inc., Andrew has acquired, built, developed, and/or rehabilitated ... Complete Bio >>
Joel Z. Futterman, EE, MBA
Chief Technology Officer/ Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Futterman has a long history in telecommunications product development. Before joining iPhotonix, he was Director of R&D for Siemens Communications. His 30 plus years of development ... Complete Bio >>
Keith Gabbard
Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC)
Keith Gabbard is CEO of Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) in McKee, KY. Keith has nearly 40 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having served in ... Complete Bio >>
Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D.
Associate Extension Professor & Leader, The Intelligent Community Institute,
Mississippi State University Extension

Roberto Gallardo is an Associate Extension Professor of the Mississippi State University Extension (MSUE). He holds an engineering degree from the University of the Americas in ... Complete Bio >>
Jon Gant

Dr. Jon Gant is a national leader in the areas of digital inclusion and broadband adoption. Jon is currently a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the ... Complete Bio >>

Steven Garbrecht
GE Digital
Steve Garbrecht recently joined the GE Digital as the Director of Product Marketing for Brilliant Manufacturing software. Steve has 26 years of experience in the industrial automation, control ... Complete Bio >>
Gabriel Garcia
Senior Counsel, General Counsel, Legal Services
CPS Energy, San Antonio, Tx
Mr. Garcia has extensive legal experience in utility and telecommunications regulation and transactional law. He began his regulatory legal career working for the Texas Office of Public Utility ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Gaul
Assistant General Counsel
Brian Gaul is an Assistant General Counsel at Verizon where he provides legal support for the Enhanced Communities division. He has been an attorney with Verizon for over 20 years ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Gatzke
Vice President, Video Subscription Services
Comcast Cable
Michael Gatzke serves as Vice President of Video Subscription Services for Comcast Cable. In this role he manages the Xfinity TV subscription business including product planning, ... Complete Bio >>
Jeffrey Gavlinski
Co-Chair, Mountain Connect
Executive Consultant, Fujitsu
Jeffrey Gavlinski is currently President of Red Aspen Professional Services, a Telecommunications consulting firm providing retained Government Business Development Services to Fujitsu ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>

Dan Glivar
Holland and Hart

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 ... Complete Bio >>

Heather Burnett Gold
President and CEO,
FTTH Council Americas

Heather Burnett Gold is the President and CEO of the FTTH (Fiber to the Home) Council Americas, a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage ... Complete Bio >>

Lev Gonick
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 >>

Robert Grosz
Chief Revenue Officer,
Elauwit Networks
Robert has been a leader in the commercial real estate and telecommunications industries for over 20 years. Operating in the seam between technology and real estate, Robert provides a unique ... Complete Bio >>

J Guevara
Economic Development Manager
City of Santa Cruz, CA
J. Guevara has honed economic development for over seven years, specializing in broadband policy, redevelopment, and business recruitment and retention especially in tech and ... Complete Bio >>


James Hackett
Director of Business Operations & Development
Cruzio Internet
James Hackett is Director of Business Operations & Development at Cruzio Internet, one of the largest independent Internet service providers in California. Cruzio is currently ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Sam G. Harlan, P.E.
Vice President Engineering
Business Consulting
Sam is responsible for interfacing with clients to develop plans to address individual requirements including engineering design, network upgrade plans, broadband evolution plans, ... Complete Bio >>
Roy Haverkamp
Senior Counsel –
Commercial CenturyLink
Roy Haverkamp has practiced in house for the past 15 years representing large telecommunications companies, including Sprint, Qwest and currently CenturyLink. His experiences include ... Complete Bio >>
Rondella Hawkins
Telecommunications and Regulatory Affairs Officer
City of Austin, Texas

Rondella Hawkins has more than 25 years of experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements ... Complete Bio >>
Rob Henry
Chief Technology Officer
City of Davenport, Iowa
Rob is the CIO for the City of Davenport, Iowa. He oversees all technology projects designed to support all departments and transform business processes with a focus on improved ... Complete Bio >>
Mitsuko R. Herrera
Cable Communications Administrator
Montgomery County Office of Cable and Communication Services

Manage $20 million Cable Fund; enforce cable franchise agreements with Comcast, RCN and Verizon; coordinate public, education, and government cable access television production ... Complete Bio >>

Timothy Herwig
District Community Affairs Officer
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Tim Herwig is a District Community Affairs Officer in the Central District of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, located in Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity he provides community ... 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 ... 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 >>
Jennifer Holtz
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Jennifer Holtz is an associate in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington D.C. office. Her practice focuses on communications matters with expertise in broadband infrastructure deployment, ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Holtz

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 Honker
Magellan Advisors

Founder, President & CEO of Magellan Advisors. John founded Magellan Advisors in 2004 as he realized that the expansion of disruptive Internet technologies would change the way ... Complete Bio >>
John Hoover
Senior Product Manager, Access Products,
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, ... Complete Bio >>
Joanne Hovis
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 >>
Florence D. Hudson
Senior Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer

Florence D. Hudson serves as the primary focal point to activate the tremendous innovative capacity of the entire Internet2 community. Through technology-driven initiatives ... Complete Bio >>
Lawrence T. Humphrey
Barnes & Thornburg LLP / Cox Communications
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 >>
Steven C. Hunt
CEO and President
Lumbee River Electrical Membership Cooperative, LREMC
Steven C. Hunt is the CEO and President for Lumbee River Electrical Membership Cooperative, LREMC, located in Red Springs, NC. Prior to joining LREMC on May 13, 2013 he ... Complete Bio >>
Terry Huval
Utility Director
Lafayette Utilities System, Lafayette, LA

Terry Huval has served as Director of Lafayette Utilities System (LUS) since 1994. With more than 37 years of industry experience, Huval oversees the management and operations of the ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Ingraham
VP Strategic Research
EPB - Chattanooga

Jim Ingraham serves the community as EPB’s Vice President of Strategic Research. After joining EPB in 2005, Ingraham led the development of a business plan to build a fiber-to-the-home network ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Janson
Industry Marketing, Nokia;
Board member, OpenCape; Board member, RTC
For over 25 years Chris Janson has helped companies develop and deliver network solutions in the fiber optics, microwave, telecommunications and defense sectors. In his current role with Nokia ... Complete Bio >>

Kristi Johnson
Americas Market Development Manager
Corning Optical Communications LLC
Kristi Johnson, Market Development Manager at Corning Optical Communications, has 11 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. As a Market Development Manager, she ... Complete Bio >>

Larry Johnson
Director and Founder
The Light Brigade

Larry Johnson, director and founder of The Light Brigade, has been at the forefront of fiber optics since 1977 and has built a reputation as an expert in all aspects of fiber optic technology. ... 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 >>
Rusty Johnson
Business Development Manager
Kaba ADS – Multihousing
Rusty Johnson is the Business Development Manager for Kaba Access & Data Systems, Multihousing Division for the south central region of the US. He is a 30 year veteran of the high-technology, ... Complete Bio >>
Taylor Jones
Chief Technology Officer
Elauwit Networks, LLC
Taylor holds BS in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College. He is the Chief Technology Officer ... Complete Bio >>
Cheryl Jordan
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 >>
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 >>
Thomas Kamber, Ph.D.
OATS (Older Adults Technology Services)
Tom Kamber is an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator and activist who has created new initiatives in aging, technology, affordable housing and the arts. As founder and executive director of ... Complete Bio >>

Mary Kane
Senior Counsel

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, Office of Consumer Counsel
State of Connecticut, New Britain, CT

Elin Swanson Katz has served as Connecticut’s Consumer Counsel since 2011. She heads the Office of Consumer Counsel, an independent state agency established in 1975 that advocates ... Complete Bio >>

Philip A. Keithahn
Chairman and CEO
ProGrowth Bank
Phil Keithahn is a founding investor and Chief Financial Officer for the proposed Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine. Phil is Chairman of ProGrowth Bank, which is located ... Complete Bio >>

Sean P. Kelly
Application Engineer, Fiber Optic Products/Optical LAN Solutions

Sean P. Kelly, RCDD, is an Application Engineer for Fiber Optic Products and Optical LAN Solutions at CommScope (TE-BNS). He has over 17 years of global fiber optic connectivity ... Complete Bio >>

John Kemp
Chairman and CEO
The Viscardi Center
John D. Kemp is the President & CEO of The Viscardi Center, a network of non-profit organizations that provide a lifespan of services that educate, employ and empower children and ... Complete Bio >>
Mark Kerschner
Manager of product for the Distributed Coverage and Capacity Solutions
During his more than 18-year tenure with CommScope, Mark Kerschner has held a variety of business development and product management positions with the company including ... Complete Bio >>
Rawlson O’Neil King
Communications Director
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
Rawlson O’Neil King is an expert on green buildings, smart homes and smart communities, who has spoken on these topics in China, Russia, Singapore and throughout the United States and ... Complete Bio >>
Dana Kirkham
City of Ammon, ID
Dana Kirkham serves as the Mayor of Ammon. She is a contributing member of the Eastern Idaho Medical Center Internal Review Board, Eastern Idaho Regional Wastewater ... Complete Bio >>
Izik Kirshenbaum
Co-Founder, Chairman and President
Siklu Inc.
Izik Kirshenbaum is a serial entrepreneur who has been involved in the wireless communication business and technology for the past 30 years. Together with a number of telecommunications ... 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 >>

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 >>
Eric Lampland
Lookout Point Communications
Eric Lampland founded Lookout Point Communications, an independent consultancy, in 1997. A network architect for over thirty-five years, Lookout Point focused initially ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Larson
CEO, General Manager
Consolidated Telephone Co.
Kevin Larson has been the CEO/General Manager for Consolidated Telephone Co. (CTC) for the past 15 years. Kevin has over 30 years of combined experience within all aspects of ... Complete Bio >>
David Lary
University of Texas, Dallas
Prof. David Lary received a First Class Double Honors B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry from King’s College London (1987) with the Sambrooke Exhibition Prize in Natural Science, and ... Complete Bio >>
Lonnie Lawson
President & CEO
The Center for Rural Development
In 1977, Lonnie entered the coal industry as a Purchasing Agent for Ikerd-Bandy Co. he continued his education while working the full-time job. Lonnie was soon transferred into the ... 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 >>
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 >>
Casey Lide
Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C.

Casey Lide is a Principal with Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C., a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in representing local governments ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Lowenberg
Founding Director
1st –Mile Institute
Richard has had over 40 years experience as a nonprofit organizations director, broadband networking planner, environmental designer, architect, rural community planner, ... Complete Bio >>
Amanda Martin
Special Projects Director
Tennessee Economic and Community Development
Amanda is the Special Projects Director with Tennessee Department of Economic Development and Community Development (TNECD). Amanda has oversight of TNECD’s ... Complete Bio >>
Robert Martin
Chief Information Officer
Robert Martin is a seasoned operations executive with over 20 years experience in business. Combining a mix of servant leadership, vision, and business strategy, Robert works to build strong teams ... Complete Bio >>
Carol Mattey
Deputy Bureau Chief, Wireline Division
Federal Communications Commission
Carol Mattey has served as Deputy Bureau Chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau since March 2010, working on all aspects of universal service. In recent years, she has ... Complete Bio >>
Bill MacNamara
Managing Partner
WISPer Ventures, LLC
Bill MacNamara is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Wisper Ventures, LLC. Bill's responsibilities include Overall Management of the Company as well as Business Development, Sales ... Complete Bio >>
Brandon McBride
USDA Rural Utilities Services
In March of 2015, Brandon McBride was appointed by President Obama to serve as the 19th Administrator of USDA’s Rural Utilities Service. Mr. McBride’s appointment follows his role as ... 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 >>
Jerry Meier, RCDD
Product Manager,
Jerry Meier, RCDD, is a Product Manager at Opterna with 21 years of telecom experience. He works with customers to design, develop and deliver fiber optic connectivity solutions for ... 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 >>
Brad Moline
ALLO Communications
Brad Moline serves as ALLO Communications president and chief executive officer. Formed in 2003, ALLO Communications is a telecommunications company offering a full suite of services ... Complete Bio >>
Felicite Moorman
StratIS & BuLogics
Felicite Moorman is an award-winning parallel entrepreneur, attorney, and community activist with over twenty-five years of experience founding, running, and exiting companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Joel Mulder
Vice President of Sales
ex2 Technology
Mr. Joel Mulder is the Vice President of Sales for eX2 Technology LLC. Over the years he has worked with multiple entities to design, construct, operate and maintain both wireless and ... Complete Bio >>
Elliot Noss
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 >>
Bob Nichols
Declaration Networks Group, Inc
Declaration Networks Group, Inc (www.declarationnetworks.com) is building state-of-the art broadband wireless networks and offering NeuBeam broadband services (www.neubeam.com) to ... Complete Bio >>
Frank Odasz
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 >>
John C. Padalino
Former Administrator
RUS (Rural Utilities Service)
John Charles Padalino is a partner in the Public and Environmental Law Department. Mr. Padalino is a public finance and utilities expert working primarily with water and wastewater systems, ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin D. Padrick
Chairman and Co-Founder
Symmetrical Networks
Kevin Padrick is the Chairman and co-founder of Symmetrical Networks. Kevin founded Symmetrical Networks to help municipalities design, build, finance and operate fiber ... Complete Bio >>
Bruce Patterson
Technology Director
City of Ammon, Idaho
Bruce Patterson serves as the Technology Director for the City of Ammon. Ammon is a small residential community with a population of just over 14,000 in the southeast corner of ... Complete Bio >>
Jane Patterson
The View Forward-Go Forward, CLIC Board of Advisors, Chapel Hill, NC

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 >>
John Paul
Spiral Internet
John has been a geek for most of his adult life. In the early 1980s, he worked at Teleguide (a San Francisco Chronicle company) designing interactive digital pages for transmission to ... Complete Bio >>
Rob Paver

Rob is a skilled technology professional with 12 years of project management and construction experience in the student housing industry. As CampusConnect’s president, he directs company ... Complete Bio >>
Karen Perry
Broadband Specialists
BroadbandUSA, NTIA
Karen Archer Perry is a Broadband Program Specialist with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA program where she is responsible for working ... Complete Bio >>
Dale Phillips
President and Designated Broker
Mark-Taylor Residential
Dale Phillips encourages innovation and creativity at Mark-Taylor Residential, which under his leadership has become the premier provider of management services to luxury apartment ... Complete Bio >>
Marcy Phillips
Vice President Development
AMLI Residential
Ms. Phillips is Vice President - Development and started with AMLI in 2001. She is responsible for development activities in Austin and previously participated in AMLI development ... Complete Bio >>
Jeremy Pietzold
City Council President
City of Sandy
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 ... Complete Bio >>
Julia Pulidindi
Broadband Analyst
Advantage Engineers
Julia Pulidindi is a Broadband Analyst at Advantage Engineers with over 10 years of experience in governmental affairs specializing in policy development, advocacy, ... Complete Bio >>
Henry Pye
VP, Residential Technology
Velocity Advisory Services, RealPage Inc.

Henry Pye serves as the vice president of Resident Technology Services for RealPage where he is responsible for managing the team’s efforts for all communities and developments. ... 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
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 >>
Rey Ramsey
President of Business Development
Mr. Rey Ramsey is an entrepreneur, executive, producer, author and activist. He currently serves as President of Opterna, a US based opto-electronic global product company ... Complete Bio >>
Adam Ray
Vice President
Spectrum Community Solutions

Adam Ray is the Vice President of Direct Sales & Spectrum Community Solutions for Charter Communications. He is a 15+ year veteran of the Telecom Industry and has held ... Complete Bio >>
Matthew R. Rantanen (Cree, Finnish & Norwegian)
Director of Technology
Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association (SCTCA)
Assists tribes with technology development, ranging from broadband network design, radio station applications, tribal administration technologies, to technology policy development. ... Complete Bio >>
Thomas A. Reiman
The Broadband Group
Thomas A. Reiman, founder and President of The Broadband Group (TBG), has been active in the field of telecommunications and land development since 1979. Through his combination ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Render
President & Leading FTTH Researcher

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 >>
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 >>
Mike Roddy
CEO & Co-Founder
NuTEQ Solutions
Mike is Co-Founder and CEO of NuTEQ Solutions – a SaaS provider of advanced solutions to the broadband industry. NuTEQ delivers tier 1 solutions to small and mid-size ... Complete Bio >>
Gail M. Roper
St. Joe Company
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
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 >>
Marcia Rubensohn
Deputy of Government Relations
Georgia Municipal Association
Marcia Rubensohn is the Deputy Director of Government Relations for the Georgia Municipal Association. She is responsible for lobbying the state legislature on behalf of GMA, Electric Cities ... Complete Bio >>
Geoff Ruscoe
Business Development Manger- U.S.A. South West Region
Mircom Group of Companies
Geoff Ruscoe holds a position as Regional Business Development Manager for the Mircom Group of Companies, a global designer and manufacturer of intelligent building systems. ... Complete Bio >>
David Russell
Senior Marketing Director

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 >>
Stephen J. Sadler (Steve)
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 >>
Ellen Satterwhite
GlenEcho Group
Ellen Satterwhite is a Director with the Glen Echo Group, a public affairs firm in Washington, DC. She helps clients formulate policy positions and tell their stories with good one liners ... Complete Bio >>
Hossam Salib
Vice President of Access Technology Strategy
XFINITY Communities
Hossam Salib is Vice President of Access Technology Strategy on the Next Generation Access Team at Comcast. This team develops architectures, products, and technologies ... Complete Bio >>
Anne Schwieger
Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate
City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology
Anne Schwieger works for the City of Boston Department of Innovation & Technology as Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate. In this role she supports the City in creating a ... Complete Bio >>
Mark Scifres
Pavlov Media
Mark Scifres is Founder and CEO of Pavlov Media, which he started while working on his engineering degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Mark comes from a family with a ... Complete Bio >>
Frank Shap
Senior Analyst and Economic Development SME
CTC Technology & Energy Kensington, MD

Frank Shap has multiple decades of experience in economic development, technology deployment, sales/marketing, business development and program management spanning both public ... Complete Bio >>
Karen Sheek
City of Cortez, CO
Raised and educated in Arizona, Karen moved to Colorado when her husband, a National Park Service Ranger, was transferred to Mesa Verde NP. They lived in the Park for five years ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Sherwin
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 ... Complete Bio >>
Lori Sherwood
Director of Broadband Development
Vantage Point Solutions
Lori Sherwood has actively worked in broadband and telecommunications in the municipal space for more than 13 years. She is also an attorney who served as Of Counsel with the Denver law firm ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Shih
Senior Network Consultant
Brian Shih is a Senior Network Consultant for EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit organization working to upgrade the Internet access in every public school in America so that all students ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick J. Sims
Lightcore Group, Inc
Patrick is a Subject Matter Expert responsible for the strategic development of technical solutions in Fiber-To-The-Home, Wireless Development, and Smart Grid Technologies. His 35-years ... 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 >>
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 >>
Jennifer Smith
Communications/Online Research & Training
Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center, UW-Extension
Jennifer has been working in communications and technology at the local, regional, state and national levels since the mid-1990s, with roles ranging from technology adoption training to ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Smith
Vice President, Building Energy & Technology Services Group
Panzica Construction
Mike is a real estate technology expert with more than 15 years of experience focused on technology, operations, infrastructure, innovation and energy saving solutions specifically ... Complete Bio >>
Deb Socia
Executive Director,
NextCentury Cities

Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, an initiative that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, ... Complete Bio >>
Ernie Staten
Deputy Director of Public Service
City of Fairlawn Department of Public Service
Ernie Staten, Deputy Director of Public Service, has been working in local government for more than twenty three years at the City of Fairlawn located in Northeastern Ohio. He is responsible ... Complete Bio >>
Ashley Stelfox
Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C.

Ashley Stelfox is an associate at Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C., a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in representing local governments and ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Stender
Tom Stender has been with InfiSys for nearly two decades. As a partner and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Tom oversees product development to ensure that InfiniSys designs ... Complete Bio >>
T.J. Stewart
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 ... Complete Bio >>
Henry Stokes
Texas State E-Rate Coordinator
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Henry Stokes is a Library Technology Consultant at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. He provides training and consulting for library staff across the state with a focus ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Stokes
Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C.
Sean Stokes is a Principal of Baller Herbst Stokes & Lide, P.C., 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Sandeep Taxali
Senior Policy Analyst and Broadband Development Specialist –
NTIA/US 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 >>
Steve Traylor
Director of iSc.EDI
Indianola Development
Steve Traylor is the Executive Director/General Counsel for the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). He advocates for local government interests ... Complete Bio >>
Jackie Tromner, CPP, CPPM
Director, Strategic Business Services
AMLI Residential
Jackie oversees AMLI’s Ancillary Programs and Resident Utility Billing and provides direction and oversight to the Contact Administrator role. She manages relationships and increases other ... Complete Bio >>
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D.
Vice President and Chief Research & Policy Officer,
Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC)
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is Vice President and Chief Research and Policy Officer for the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a 29-year old minority media advocacy ... Complete Bio >>
William Vallee
Connecticut Broadband Policy & Programs Coordinator
Connecticut Broadband Office
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,
Westminster, MD

As an elected official of a small town in Maryland, Dr. Robert Wack advocated for, planned, and led the implementation of the first community-wide gigabit fiber network in the Mid-Atlantic ... Complete Bio >>
William Wallace
Executive Director
US Ignite

William Wallace is Executive Director of US Ignite and brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently as co-founder of DigitalBridge ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Warren
Application Engineer

For over ten years, Tom Warren has worked with Clearfield in the engineering world of telecommunications. As a Clearfield Application Engineer, Tom provides customer support ... Complete Bio >>
Todd Way
Douglas Fast Net
Since 2007, Todd Way has been the Manager for Douglas Fast Net, a subsidiary of Douglas Electric Cooperative, in southwest Oregon. Todd is a 1995 graduate of Oregon State ... Complete Bio >>
Sue Weiske
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Charter Communications
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 >>
Jason Whittet
GE’s Intelligent Cities

Jason Whittet is a Director with GE’s Intelligent Cities team deploying smart, connected LED lighting with sensors and data analytics. Most recently, Jason worked with the ... Complete Bio >>
Marty Wold
Vice President, Business Development
Korcett Holdings
Marty Wold serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Korcett Holdings where he is responsible for managing new business endeavors across the ... Complete Bio >>
Rodney Wolters
COE Tech
Dakota Central Telecom

Rod Wolters is a COE tech for Dakota Central Telecommunications, a position he has held since 2004. Located in Jamestown, N.D., Daktel provides voice, video, data and security ... Complete Bio >>
John Woods
City of Davidson, NC
John Woods is serving his fifth term as Mayor of Davidson, NC, his hometown. Previously, John served five terms as a Commissioner on the Davidson Board of Commissioners. ... Complete Bio >>
Yiaway Yeh
Strategic Initiatives Lead
Google Fiber National Expansion Team

Yiaway Yeh is the Strategic Initiatives Lead on the national Expansion team for Google Fiber, where he focuses on new partnership and program models. Prior to joining Google, Yiaway had ... Complete Bio >>

Masha Zager
Broadband Communities Magazine

Masha Zager is the editor of Broadband Communities. She has contributed to many technology and telecommunications publications, including Rural ... Complete Bio >>

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