2017 Broadband Communities Summit
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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 >>
   
Dr. Olufemi (Femi) Adeyemi
Lead LTE Solutions Architect
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
Dr. Olufemi (Femi) Adeyemi is the Lead LTE Solutions Architect at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for engaging wireless operators and partners in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Nader Ali-Hassan
Executive Director for Social Marketing
XFINITY  Communities
Nader Ali-Hassan, Executive Director of Social Marketing at Comcast, has over ten years of leadership experience in social and digital experience/strategy, marketing strategy, online reputation ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joel Allen
Senior Vice President, Member Services
Cooperative Finance Corporation
Joel joined CFC in 1990. Throughout his career with CFC he has held various positions. In April 2014, Joel became Senior Vice President, Member Services leading CFC’s electric ... Complete Bio >>
   
James M. Anderson
Senior Vice President, Director
Municipal Capital Markets

Jim Anderson is Managing Director of the Denver, Colorado office. Mr. Anderson has been an investment banker in the Public Finance industry since 1971. During this time he has been employed in large regional and major national ... Complete Bio >>

   
Ghermay Araya
Founder and CEO
New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT)
Ghermay Araya is the founder and CEO of New Light Technologies, Inc. (NLT). NLT is an award-wining Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and IT consulting services firm based out of ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jackie Arbour
General Manager
AT&T Technical Support
Ms. Arbour is responsible for AT&T Connected Communities technical and network operations. Jackie has been with AT&T for nine years and held various positions in network operations, ... Complete Bio >>
   

Paul Avis
Superintendent of Telecommunications
Kitsap PUD, Washington State
Paul Avis has been working at the Kitsap Public Utility District in WA for 23 years.  He started out as a seasonal employee doing grounds maintenance and eventually became a full time ... 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 >>
   
Ed Balcerzak
Senior Vice President, Commercial and Connected Communities
AT&T
Ed Balcerzak is Senior Vice President, Commercial and Connected Communities for the Mobility and Consumer Operations (MCO) organization. In this role, Ed is responsible for Commercial video deployments, and AT&T’s national initiatives to ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jim Baller
President
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Jim Baller is the president of the Baller Stokes & Lide, PC in Washington, DC. He represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Baloga
Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Airwave Networks Inc.
As Senior Vice President of Strategic Development and Chief Investment Officer, Mr. Baloga was instrumental in initiating Airwave Networks’ business operations. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Perver Korça Baran, PhD
Teaching Associate Professor
North Carolina State University
Perver is a Research Associate Professor of GIS with the Center for Geospatial Analytics and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management with a joint appointment in the PhD in Design Program in the College of Design. Perver’s research improves our ... Complete Bio >>
   
Todd Barnes
Communications Director
Thornton, Colorado, CLIC-CO
Todd Barnes is the Communications Director for the City of Thornton, Colorado and was President of the Colorado Communications and Utility Alliance (CCUA) from ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jordana Barton, MPA
Senior Advisor
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Jordana Barton, Senior Advisor in Community Development for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting ... Complete Bio >>
   
Scott Behn
CEO
Mossaic Telecom
Scott Behn is the CEO of Chibardun Telephone Cooperative, Inc. dba Mosaic Telecom and has served in this capacity since June 2013.  In addition, he has also held various leadership ... Complete Bio >>
   
Alan Bertsch
President
QYPSYS
Mr. Bertsch serves as the President of Qypsys. He possesses over 20 years of experience in business development and management for technology companies. After attending the University of South Florida and serving in the US Army, he relocated to Los Angeles to perform sales, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Donovan Blackburn
City Manager
City of Pikeville, KY
Donovan’s business career started in 1982 while working as the Automotive Merchandising Manager with Kmart. Later he went to work as an Area Manager for a national hardware company. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jim Blasingame
President
Small Business Network, Inc.
Jim Blasingame is one of the world’s leading experts on small business and entrepreneurship. He is the creator and award-winning host of the world’s only syndicated ... Complete Bio >>
   
Gary A. Bolles
Partner, Charrette LLC
Co-founder, eParachute; Partner, Charrette LLC
Gary A. Bolles is a San Francisco-based consultant and entrepreneur focused on initiatives with impact, who writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning. Bolles is a member of the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Elizabeth Bowles
President and Chairman
Aristotle ISP, Little Rock, AR 
Elizabeth Bowles is President and Chair of the Board of Aristotle Inc., an Internet Service Provider, Digital Product Development Lab, and Digital Marketing Agency with corporate offices in Little Rock, Arkansas. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lauren Brown
Assistant General Counsel
Comcast Cable
Lauren Brown is Assistant General Counsel for Comcast Cable, where she has worked since 2006.  Lauren supports Comcast’s XFINITY Communities team, working with property owners, colleges and universities, developers and homeowners’ ... Complete Bio >>
   
John Burchett
Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
Google
John Burchett is the Head of Public Policy for Google Access and Google Fiber. Before moving to Access/Fiber, Mr. Burchett led the public policy for Google in the US States, Latin America and Canada since. He is based in Google’s Washington, DC office. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Edward Burk
Director of Operations
Kadirnet
Edward Burk has been in the telecommunications field for over 25 years. He has worked in a wide range of roles from field technician to project manager and now serves as the Director of Operations at Kadirnet, a managed ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tim Bryan
Chief Executive Officer
National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC)
Mr. Bryan serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), an organization focused on providing commercial technology solutions to the nation’s rural electric and telephone ... Complete Bio >>
   
Stacy Cantrell
Vice President, Engineering
Huntsville Utilities
Stacy Cantrell has been working in the utility industry since 1989.  Starting at Florida Power and Light, she served in several engineering roles over seven years.  In 1995 she relocated ... Complete Bio >>
   
Leo Carlson
Business & Technology Manager
Norvado
Dr. Leo Carlson is the Business / Technology Manager at Norvado, a telephone co-op that serves rural Northwest Wisconsin. Norvado has established themselves as the area’s ... Complete Bio >>
   
Scott Casey
Sr. VP & Chief Technology Officer
EdR
Scott joined EdR in 2006, advancing to his current position in July 2013. He oversees external technology related to housing, development and construction initiatives including internet services, cable television, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Drew Clark
Editor and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com
President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

As the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Drew Clark tracks the development of smart cities, infrastructure, and broadband's impact at BroadbandBreakfast.com. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Thomas W. Cohen
Partner, Washington, D.C.
Kelley Drye
Thomas Cohen is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on providing legal counsel to further the business interests of entities engaged in the provision of wireline and ... 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. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kelleigh Cole
Director, Utah Broadband Outreach Center
FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Vice Chair
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 >>
   
Craig Cowden
SVP, Wireless Technology
Spectrum Community Solutions
Craig Cowden currently serves as SVP, Wireless Technology at Charter Communications. In his current role, Cowden leads the network architecture and engineering of all wireless ... Complete Bio >>
   
Catherine Crago Blanton
Head of Strategic Initiatives & Resource Development
Housing Authority City of Austin/Austin Pathways
Catherine Crago Blanton is Head of Strategic Initiatives and Resource Development at the Housing Authority City of Austin and its non-profit subsidiary Austin Pathways. She has been ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Cramer
President and CEO
Wilkes Communications and RiverSteet Networks, Wilkesboro, NC.
Mr. Cramer has over 20 year of industry experience. He began his career as a consultant with John Staurulakis, Inc. where he spent eight years working with numerous rural ILECs ... Complete Bio >>
   
Gene Crick
Rural Telecommunications Congress
Gene Crick, Metropolitan Austin Interactive Network executive director, is among the nation’s most experienced community telecom experts. Professional highlights and service include: ... 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
Director of Sales & Marketing, Mid-Atlantic Region
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Christopher Curtin, Director of Sales & Marketing, Mid-Atlantic region, leads the team responsible for the business-to-business relationships with multi-family and multi-tenant property owners, developers, property management ... 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 technology transactions. He counsels and represents residential and commercial ... Complete Bio >>
   
Aaron Deacon
Managing Director
KC Digital Drive
Aaron Deacon is the founder and managing director of KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit civic organization with a mission to make Kansas City a digital leader. He works with mayors, entrepreneurs and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Cheryl DeBerry
Director, Community Technology Services
Lennar Multifamily Communities, LLC
Cheryl DeBerry serves as the rural broadband project coordinator for Garrett County Economic Development in the Appalachian mountains of far western Maryland. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Robert DeBroux
Director, Federal Affairs & Public Policy
TDS Telecom
Bob DeBroux is Director of Federal Affairs and Public Policy at TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS). He joined TDS in 1992 as Manager of Regulatory Policy, was promoted to Director of Federal Affairs in 1999, ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bill Dodd
President
GigaMonster
Bill Dodd currently serves as Founder, Chairman and CEO of GigaMonster, one of the nation’s leading fiber-based gigabit Internet providers to residents of multifamily communities.  ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dennis Donohue
Lead, Center for Innovation & Technology
Western Growers
Dennis Donohue, former mayor of Salinas, will work with Western Growers to further develop the Western Growers’ Center for Innovation & Technology® (WGCIT) into a premier agtech startup incubator. In this role, Donohue will drive agtech ... Complete Bio >>
   
Elwood Downing
VP Business Development & Community Networks
Merit Network
Elwood Downing has over 15 years of providing project management and leadership with fiber-optic network builds. He and his team led the communication and outreach efforts for the ARRA NTIA/BTOP funded REACH-3MC project, which encompassed over 2,300 miles ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jennifer Eddy
Chief Strategist
Eddy Communications
Jennifer Eddy is an experienced marketing strategist specialized in global Government, IT, Consulting, and Healthcare Markets. In 2011, she established Eddy Communications to bring ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bing Edwards
Partner
E+Law
Bing Edwards is a lawyer at E+Law in Birmingham, Alabama, a firm he founded in early 2017.  Prior to founding the new firm, Bing was a partner at the Birmingham firm Balch & Bingham for 18 years.  These days, Bing spends most ... 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 >>
   
Deborah Fallows
Writer and Linguist
The author of “Dreaming in Chinese,” Deborah Fallows has spent the last few years absorbing the culture, the politics, and the people of China to offer talks that give a refreshingly different take of the world’s next superpower. ... Complete Bio >>
   
James Fallows
National Correspondent
The Atlantic Monthly
A national correspondent for “The Atlantic,” James Fallows is one of America’s most respected journalists. Today, he’s reporting on how the country is putting itself back together in the wake of recession and division. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Fichtner
Chief Operating Officer
Symphony Technology Solutions, Inc.
Eric Fichtner has served as an executive in the communications and building systems technology fields for over thirty years. He currently holds the position of COO and executive ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kristi Fickert
Vice President of Marketing and Training
30 Lines
Kristi Fickert is the Vice President of Marketing and Training at 30 Lines, a full service digital agency. In her role, she drives all sales, marketing and training initiatives and acts as ... Complete Bio >>
   
Matthew FitzGerald
Director Systems Engineering –  Global Hospitality Solutions
Ruckus Wireless
Matthew FitzGerald is an IT Professional who has focused on Wi-Fi for the past 15 years, most of that time with a focus on the Hospitality Industry.  He continues to work with ... Complete Bio >>
   

Richard E. Foor
Information Technology Director
Givens Communities, Asheville, NC 
Mr. Foor Serves as Information Technology Director for Givens Communities in Asheville, NC.  Mr. Foor has served as Technology Director at Givens Communities since 2014.  ... Complete Bio >>

   
Brit Fontenot
Director of Economic Development
City of Bozeman
Brit Fontenot is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Bozeman, Montana.  He has worked for the Bozeman community for about 10 years.  ... Complete Bio >>
   
  Justin Foster
Manager -Community Technology Services
LMC/A Lennar Multifamily
Justin Foster serves as the Manager of Community Technology Services with Lennar Multifamily Communities. In this role, he works with the development teams and consulting firms on service provider selection as well as infrastructure ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jascha Franklin-Hodge
Chief Information Officer
City of Boston
Mayor Martin J. Walsh appointed Jascha Franklin-Hodge as the City’s Chief Information Officer in June 2014. As Chief Information Officer, Franklin-Hodge leads the City’s efforts to enhance online service delivery,  ... 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 >>
   
Joel Z. Futterman, EE, MBA
Chief Technology Officer/ Chief Operating Officer
iPhotonix

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 >>
   
Gabriel Garcia
Director & Senior Counsel
CPS Energy
Gabriel Garcia has extensive legal experience in utility and communications regulation and transactional law.  He began his regulatory legal career working with the Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel ... Complete Bio >>
   
John George
Director, Solutions and Professional Services
OFS

John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and OFS in systems engineering, applications engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for 33 years.  He currently directs the Solutions and Professional Services group for OFS’s optical fiber, ... Complete Bio >>

   
Dan Glivar
Partner
Holland and Hart LLP

For 25 years, Daniel Glivar has counseled small, mid-sized, and Fortune 100 companies in their technology and telecommunications needs.  His practice focuses on two main areas: ... Complete Bio >>

   
Heather Burnett Gold
President and CEO
Fiber Broadband Association

Heather Burnett Gold is the President of the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly, the Fiber-to-the-Home Council North America), a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage ... 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 >>

   
Craig Greenfield
Senior Divisional Sales Manager
XFINITY Communities On Campus
Craig Greenfield has worked in the telecommunications industry for 18 years.  He helped develop a market for point to point fixed wireless internet service in 1998.  He was part of an organization that launched one of the first residential VOIP ... Complete Bio >>
   
Robert Grosz
Chief Revenue Officer,
Elauwit
Robert has been a leader in the institutional real estate and telecommunications industries for over 20 years.  He is committed to helping real estate owners create value from investments in technology by ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bob Hance
CEO
Midwest Energy Cooperative
Bob Hance started his electric cooperative career in 1974 as the facilities mapping coordinator and later the assistant general manager at the O&A Electric Cooperative in Newaygo, Michigan, where ... 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 >>
   
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 >>
   

Lynn Hodges
CEO
Ralls County Electric, New London, MO
Lynn Hodges received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Hannibal LaGrange College, and received his MBA from William Woods University in 2003. ... Complete Bio >>

   
Pete Hoffswell
Broadband Services Manager
Holland Board of Public Works
Pete Hoffswell has over 20 years of Network Engineering experience including design, deployment and management. He manages over 150 miles of municipally-owned fiber for the Holland (Michigan) Board of Public Works (HBPW). HBPW has a 20+ year history in ... 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 >>
   
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 Honker
President
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 >>
   
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 assists developers, owners and managers of residential and commercial ... Complete Bio >>
   
Sue Inches
Principal Consultant
Community Broadband Partners
Sue Inches has worked in public policy and community development for almost thirty years. She served as Deputy Director of the Maine State Planning Office where she took the lead ... Complete Bio >>
   
Douglas Jarrett
Partner
Keller and Heckman

Douglas Jarrett represents associations, corporations and entrepreneurs before the FCC on policy making, licensing and enforcement matters. He is expert in domestic telecommunications regulation and wireless matters, representing ... 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 >>
   
William F. Johnson
GIS Director
Universal Service Administrative Company

Bill is GIS Director at the Universal Service Administrative Company.  In this role he is designing and deploying GIS capabilities across all of the business units at USAC as part of ... Complete Bio >>

   

Richard Jones
Chief Commercial Officer
VenturaNext
Richard is the Chief Commercial Officer and draws on experience from leading projects from across the globe. He has built/helped a number of businesses from start-up, delivering ... 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 >>
   

Carl Kandutsch
Attorney
Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

Carl E. Kandutsch, educated at Johns Hopkins University (BA), Yale University (Ph.D.) and the University of Washington School of Law (J.D.), owns and operates the ... Complete Bio >>

   

Mitchell Klein
Executive Director
Z-Wave Alliance

Mitchell Klein is the Executive Director of the Z-Wave Alliance, a rapidly growing technology alliance focused on the smart home / IoT.  The Z-Wave Alliance is a consortium of global ... Complete Bio >>

   
Diane Kruse
CEO
NEO Connect

Diane is a thought-leader in the ever-changing broadband industry.  As the CEO of NEO Connect, she consults with electric companies and local governments on feasibility, strategy, design and financial impacts of Gigabit broadband networks. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Dan Leaf
President and CEO
Leaf Communications
In May of 2013, Dan Leaf founded Leaf Communications Consulting, where he currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Leaf Communications is a Professional Services organization specializing in Project Management, ... 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 >>
   
Mark Lemon
Chair, Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnerships Group
Polsinelli

Drawing on more than 20 years of public and private sector experience in project finance, his previous role as the Presidentially-appointed Chief Counsel to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and as the lead advisor to the  ... Complete Bio >>
   
Blair Levin
Communications & Society Fellow
Brookings Institute

Blair Levin serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institute.  He also serves as the Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project,  ... Complete Bio >>
   
Casey Lide
Principal
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Casey Lide is a Principal with Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in representing local governments ... Complete Bio >>
   

Michael Liimatta
Professor, City Vision University;
Former Manager of ConnectHome at HUD
Michael Liimatta is curently serving as Executive Director of Footprints, Inc. in Kansas City, MO where he is bringing digital innovation to its programs serving homeless veterans and people overcoming substance use disorder. ... Complete Bio >>

   
Bento Lobo, Ph.D., CFA
First Tennessee Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Dr. Lobo is the First Tennessee Bank Distinguished Professor of Finance in the College of Business at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga where he teaches courses at the senior undergraduate, MBA and ... Complete Bio >>
   

Jason Longenecker
Project Manager,
New Light Technologies
Jason Longenecker has spent over 15 years supporting the telecommunications industry. He enjoys using his talents in information technologies, geographic information systems, and business process improvements to develop solutions that benefit community broadband providers. ... Complete Bio >>

   

Jim Loter
Director
Digital Engagement, City of Seattle, WA

Jim Loter is the Director of Digital Engagement for The City of Seattle. His team leverages technology resources to connect the public with their government and helps educate departments across the City on the latest technology tools ... Complete Bio >>

   
Kevin Loux
Director of Strategic Partnerships
SOAR – Shaping Our Appalachian Region
Kevin Loux is a young professional with a background in technology, economics, and law. In June of 2015, as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, he became the third staff member of Shaping our Appalachian Region ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Mancini
Director, Sales Engineering
XFINITY Communities
Mike is the Director of Sales Engineering at XFINITY Communities™, Comcast’s business unit focused on bringing premier entertainment, high-speed data, WiFi, and valued services to Multi-Family, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Elaina Mango
Director, Northeast, Marketing & Sales, Business Development & MDU
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Elaina Mango has 25+ years of leadership experience with Verizon in Executive Director and Director roles, leading successful, large teams in the areas of Public Relations & Media Relations, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael Manfred
Vice President of Marketing
Forest City Enterprises
16+ years of multifamily real estate industry experience working for two large, publicly traded REITs, owner/operators/developers. Currently with Forest City Reality Trust, a NYSE-listed national real estate ... 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 communities, ... Complete Bio >>
   

Boris Maysel 
Director of Business Development
Siklu
Boris Maysel is an accomplished executive and opinion leader with 15 years’ experience in the field of telecommunication. Boris went all the way in Siklu from the ... Complete Bio >>

   
Stephen Milton
CEO
GigabitNow, Inc.
At GigabitNow, Stephen works with small cities, counties, townships, villages, and owner associations (homes, condo, etc.) to develop strategic and tactical plans to design, build, and operate fiber networks in underserved communities across ... Complete Bio >>
   
Christopher Mitchell
Director, Community Broadband Networks,
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. Mitchell is a leading national expert ... Complete Bio >>
   
Blake Mobley
IT Director
Rio Blanco, Colorado
Rio Blanco County IT Director, Blake Mobley, is the project manager of the Rio Blanco Broadband project. The RBC Broadband project provides an FTTH solution in Meeker and Rangely and a fixed wireless solution for rural Rio Blanco. Prior, Blake served as Meeker School District’s IT Director for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brad Moline
President
ALLO-Nelnet
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 including ... Complete Bio >>
   
Felicite Moorman
CEO
StratIS EMS
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 >>
   

Carole D. Monroe
CEO
ValleyNet, Inc.

Carole Monroe is the CEO of ValleyNet, the operations company of ECFiber. ECFiber is a community-owned, fiber-optic network in East Central Vermont. ECFiber delivers high-speed internet access to the homes, businesses, and civic institutions of 24 member towns. ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ian Mooers
Economic and Entrepreneur Liaison
Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Programs, Inc.
Ian Mooers is the Economic and Entrepreneur Liaison for Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) in Hazard, KY.  Ian's role is to work directly with companies and entrepreneurs to address business growth issues to help ... Complete Bio >>
   

Patrick Moreno
Product Marketing Manager
Zyxel Communications, Inc.

Patrick Moreno is Product Marketing Manager for Zyxel Communications, Inc. Moreno supports nationwide and regional telecommunications vendors to the benefit of both Zyxel and its customers. ... Complete Bio >>

   
Kevin Morgan
Chief Marketing Officer
Clearfield
Kevin Morgan is the chief marketing officer of Clearfield, Inc., the preferred supplier specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communication service providers. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joel Mulder
Vice President of Sales
ex2 Technology
Joel is a seasoned communications and security industry professional with more than 35 years of experience. He has worked with public and private entities to design, construct, maintain and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jeff Mulqueen
Deputy CEO and VP Sales & Business Development
iPhotonix
Jeff brings over 20 years of executive management experience to iPhotonix and is recognized for successful Market Strategies for multiple technology companies though out various stages of their growth.  He has a proven track record in ... Complete Bio >>
   
Todd O'Boyle
Deputy Director
Next Century Cities
Todd O’Boyle serves as Deputy Director of Next Century Cities, where he is overseeing the launch of our Next Generation Engagement Awards initiative to promote innovative citizen ... 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 >>
   
Angelina Panettieri
Principal Associate, Technology and Communications
Federal Advocacy, National League of Cities
Angelina Panettieri is Principal Associate, Technology and Communications for the National League of Cities, which represents the nation’s 19,000 cities, towns, and villages. ... 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 >>
   
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 Idaho.  Bruce started with the City in 2004 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jane Smith Patterson
Partner
Broadband Catalysts
Jane Patterson, Brian Rathbone and Deborah Watts have created a new LLP, called Broadband Catalysts to promote broadband in rural areas and lower income urban areas. Jane has previously served as executive director of the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Christopher Perlitz
Director of Business Development
Municipal Capital Markets
Christopher Perlitz serves as an investment banker with extensive experience funding projects straddling both the public/private sectors.  He has a thorough knowledge of the Capital Markets, ... Complete Bio >>
   
George Plisinski, II
Telecom Operations Manager
NineStar Connect
George Plisinski, II is the Telecom Operations Manager at NineStar Connect, with responsibility for the engineering, construction, and installation of predominately fiber-based ... Complete Bio >>
   
Michael R. Purdy
Corporate Counsel
Google Fiber
Michael R. Purdy is Corporate Counsel at Google Fiber, where he handles commercial, policy and regulatory matters. Prior to Google, he was Assistant General Counsel at Intelsat, an international satellite service provider, and a corporate associate at ... Complete Bio >>
   
Henry Pye
Vice President, Residential Technology Services
RealPage, Inc.

Henry Pye serves as the vice president of Resident Technology Services for RealPage, Inc. The Resident Technology Services team assists owners, managers, developers and general contractors to negotiate and design the best possible resident-facing ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bryan Rader
President
Access Media 3

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 >>
   
Brian Rathbone
Broadband Planner
Broadband Catalysts
Brian Rathbone spent most of his 25-year technology career in the private sector consulting for mid-sized companies, manufacturers, dot coms, and NASCAR teams. In 2010, while working ... Complete Bio >>
   
Adam Ray
GVP, Direct Sales
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 management roles in Field Operations, Sales, and Sales Operations for Charter and Comcast ... Complete Bio >>
   
Lori Reeves
Director of Operations Services
Rose Community Management

As Vice President, CIO for Forest City Residential Group, Ms. Reeves focuses on the adaptive use of technology to streamline business operations ... Complete Bio >>
   
Gregory Remus
Attorney
Verizon Enhanced Communities 
Gregory Remus is an Attorney with Verizon where he provides legal support for the Enhanced Communities division. He has been an attorney supporting Verizon for over 8 years, serving ... 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 >>
   
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 >>
   
Will Rinehart
Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
American Action Forum
Will Rinehart is Director of Technology and Innovation Policy at the American Action Forum, where he specializes in telecommunication, Internet, and data policy, with a focus on emerging technologies and innovation. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Steven Rosenberg
Chief Data Officer
Federal Communications Commission
Steve Rosenberg has been the Chief Data Officer for the Wireline Competition Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission since the spring of 2010.  His focus is on improving the collection, analysis and dissemination of data to inform policy-making in ... 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 >>
   
Michael Rovito
CEO
Dwelo
Mike Rovito is CEO of Dwelo, a leading provider of smart apartment solutions. As CEO, Mike oversees all aspects of the business, including engineering, sales, and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Scott Russell
VP, Ancillary Services and Business Development
Cottonwood Residential

Scott Russell is the Vice President of ancillary services and business development for Cottonwood Residential. He has lead the development of multiple wholly owned subsidiaries including Resident Indemnity Management, ... 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 >>
   
Eric Schaefer
SVP, Data & Mobility Services
XFINITY Communities
Eric Schaefer brings more than 20 years of experience in the cable and telecommunication industries to his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Communications, Data and ... Complete Bio >>
   
David Schweizer
Vice President – Student Housing Technologies
Hotwire Communications
As Vice President of Student Housing Technologies, David Schweizer brings over 23 years of telecommunications industry experience to the Fision U division at Hotwire ... Complete Bio >>
   
Joshua Seidemann
Vice President of Policy
NTCA
Joshua Seidemann is vice president of NTCA's policy division.  He focuses on federal telecommunications advocacy on the regulatory side. He has represented small and mid-size carriers in private practice and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Chris Seidt
IT Manager
Metro Louisville, Kentucky
Chris Seidt (@chrisseidt) is a Civic Technology Manager for the Department of Information Technology at Louisville Metro Government. His work revolves around broadband and technologies that affect the daily lives of citizens, including Louisville’s efforts around ... Complete Bio >>
   
Kristin Sharp
Executive Director
SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology
Kristin Sharp is the executive director of New America and Bloomberg's joint initiative, SHIFT: The Commission on Work, Workers, and Technology. ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ron K. Siegel
General Manager/ Network Manager
Allband Communications Cooperative
Ron K. Siegel has over 12 years of telecommunication experience in executive, operational and technological management. He has managed Allband Communications Cooperative, Michigan’s first non-profit fiber to the home (FTTH) telephone cooperative since 2004.  ... Complete Bio >>
   
Habib Simab
Director of Operation-High Cost Program
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Habib Simab is Director of Operation- High cost Program at the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), managing High Cost program oversight of data collection, ... Complete Bio >>
   
Derek Slater
Head of Policy Strategy & Campaigns
Google Fiber

Derek Slater is the head of policy strategy and campaigns for Google Fiber and Alphabet's Access initiatives. He works with the business to develop, advocate for, and implement public policies that can help bring ultrafast ... Complete Bio >>
   
Eric Small
Vice President Commercial and MDU Solutions
AT&T
In Eric’s current role as the vice president of AT&T’s Commercial and Connected Communities Solutions, he is responsible for engineering and marketing Internet and TV services for hotels, apartments and condos. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Frank Smith
President and CEO
Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority
Frank Smith is the President and CEO of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority. He has worked in telecommunications for nearly 30 years serving both the commercial and public sector. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Mike Smith
Vice President,
WhiteSpace
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 as it relates to the real estate industry. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Rick Smith
General Services Director
City of Cortez
Rick Smith, General Services Director, City of Cortez. Rick has over 29 yrs. experience in procurement, materials management, Fiber networks, fiber optic outside plant construction, information technology and project management for ... Complete Bio >>
   
Deb Socia
Executive Director,
NextCentury Cities

Deb Socia is the Executive Director of Next Century Cities, a nonprofit that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Ashley Stelfox
Associate
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Ashley Stelfox is an associate at Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, a national law firm based in Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, MN, that specializes in representing local governments and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Tom Stender
CTO/VP
InfiniSys
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 >>
   
Sean Stokes
Principal
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Sean Stokes is a Principal of Baller 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 Sweeney
COO
Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC)
Mark Sweeney is Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Mark has a 30 year track record of successful operational leadership and business transformation in the telecom industry. ... Complete Bio >>
   
Pamela Swisher
Contracts Administrator
Pavlov Media
Pam Swisher is the Contracts Administrator for Pavlov Media.  Pam has been with the firm since March, 2012.  Pam brings 30 years of experience in corporate litigation, issues of fact ... Complete Bio >>
   
Brian Thomason
CEO
Blue Valley Network Companies
Mr. Brian Thomason is the CEO of the Blue Valley Network of Companies, which includes Kansas-based companies, Blue Valley Tele-Communications, Inc. and Networks Plus.  ... Complete Bio >>
   
Larry D. Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
Vantage Point Solutions
Larry is a licensed professional engineer and has been designing satellite, wireless, and broadband wireline networks for more than 30 years.  Larry received his bachelor’s degree in physic from ... Complete Bio >>
   
Nicol Turner-Lee, Ph.D.
Fellow-Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Brookings Institutions
Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee is a fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank.  She comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), ... Complete Bio >>
   
Julie Veach
Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Julie Veach is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. Her practice focuses on telecommunications regulation, universal service, and Internet communications. ... 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 Vallee
Connecticut Broadband Policy & Programs Coordinator
Connecticut Broadband Office
Vallee is a telecommunications attorney with the Connecticut Office of Consumer Counsel, where he has represented utility consumers before administrative utility regulatory bodies, the FCC and state and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Christa Wagner Vinson
Principal
Wagner Vinson Consulting
Sustainable economic developer Christa Wagner Vinson has more than a decade of experience helping regional and national nonprofits and state and local governments create innovative, community-led ... Complete Bio >>
   
Jesse Walker
Senior Director, Sales Engineering
Spectrum Community Solutions
Jesse Walker is Director of Sales Engineering for Spectrum Community Solutions, Charter Communication’s division that provides customized WiFi, TV and ... Complete Bio >>
   
Bjorn Wannman
Manager Partnerships and Strategic Accounts
COS Systems 
Bjorn Wannman has more than 10 years of experience from open access and solution selling. Today he is the Manager of Partnerships and Strategic Accounts at the expansive software ... Complete Bio >>
   
Nathaniel Watkins
CIO
Garrett County Maryland
Garrett County CIO, Nathaniel Watkins has lead the county's DoTCom agency (Department of Technology and Communications) for the past 14 years.  DoTCom is a for-profit arm of the ... Complete Bio >>
   
Monica Webb
Government Relations
Ting Internet
Monica spent her early career working in the financial services industry in Toronto, in marketing and management, where she launched channel marketing platforms that continue to dominate channel strategy in the mutual fund industry today. ... 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 Communications, Level 3, Time Warner Cable, Intrado, and MCI Telecommunications. Currently, Sue is a Vice President ... Complete Bio >>
   
Stan Williams
CFO
ValleyNet, Inc.
Stan Williams is CFO, board member, and former CEO and Chairman of ValleyNet, the non-profit operating partner of the East Central VT Community Fiber-Optic Network (“ECFiber”.) ECFiber is a VT Telecommunications District formed by 24 towns with a mission ... 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, broadband companies (for-profit and non-profit), foundations ... 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 >>
   

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