Featured Speakers - Summit 2018

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Chris Acker
Director, Community Technology Services
Lennar Multifamily Communities, LLC

With more than 17 years’ experience, Acker directs Community Technology Services for Lennar Multifamily Communities. He works with development teams and ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Andersen
VP of Business Development

Scott Andersen is the VP of Business Development for Latch, a manufacturer of smart access hardware and software for multi-family communities. With Latch, residents open all doors with their smartphones, building operators manage all doors digitally from the web. ... Complete Bio >>
Kathleen Austin
Assistant Vice President
Equity Residential

Kathleen Austin leads a team responsible for negotiating, implementing and managing initiatives to increase Equity Residential’s ancillary revenue. Areas of responsibility include ... Complete Bio >>
Will Aycock
General Manager,
Greenlight Community Broadband Wilson, North Carolina
The Greenlight General Manager is responsible for the management and oversight of all Greenlight and Information Technology operations. This position also supervises the management of the Unified Communications Center. ... Complete Bio >>
Ed Balcerzak
Senior Vice President, Connected Communities (Dallas, TX)
Ed Balcerzak is Senior Vice President, Connected Communities for the AT&T Mobility and Entertainment organization. In this role, Ed is responsible for AT&T’s national initiatives to serve multi-dwelling units (MDU’s) with data, video and voice services. ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Baller
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Baller represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 35 states. He was the founder and president of the ... Complete Bio >>
Clayton Banks
CEO & Co-Founder
Silicon Harlem

Clayton Banks is the CEO & Co-Founder of Silicon Harlem. The mission of Silicon Harlem is to transform Harlem and other urban markets into Innovation and Technology Hubs. Under his leadership, Silicon Harlem has been focused on building smart city corridors in upper Manhattan and collaborating with stakeholders to provide affordable broadband to all citizens. ... Complete Bio >>
Jordana Barton
Senior Adviser, Community Development
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Jordana supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community and economic development and fair and impartial access to credit. Her focus areas include the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), ... Complete Bio >>
Aaron Bean
Operations Manager
Westfield Gas + Electric Light Department (WG+E) and Whip City Fiber
Aaron Bean has spent over 28 years in the natural gas and electric industry, focusing on engineering and operations. He has served as Operations Manager of Westfield Gas + Electric Light Department’s gas, electric, ... Complete Bio >>
Anthony Bednarczyk
Broadband Engagement Leader
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.
As a broadband engagement leader at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., Anthony works with customers and manages internal teams to win network services business, then serves as the primary point of contact with new customers. ... Complete Bio >>
Bob Bennett
Chief Innovation Officer
City of Kansas City, Missouri
Bob Bennett became the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, in January 2016 after a 25-year career in the US Army.. ... Complete Bio >>
Angela Bennink
Telecommunications Business Manager
Kitsap Public Utility District
Angela Bennink has supported rural communities in getting access to broadband for the last 10 years with a focus in Washington State working with the not-for-profit telecommunications company NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network). ... Complete Bio >>
Myra Best
Executive Director
Myra Best currently works as project director for DigiLEARN: Digital Learning Institute. She served as special advisor to Governor Bev Perdue on e-learning and education innovation (2009-2012). In her role, she led policy and budget initiatives for education innovation and ... Complete Bio >>
Scot Bohaychyk
Sr. Applications Engineering, Carrier Group
Scot Bohaychyk, Clearfield Senior Application Engineer, has nearly 30 years in the Telecommunications industry. Scot’s background includes serving in The White House Communications Agency, providing communications infrastructure support for then President Ronald Reagan and his White House staff. ... Complete Bio >>
Gary A. Bolles
Co-Founder, eParachute
Partner, Charrette LLC
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. ... 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 >>
Ryan Buchert
Ryan Buchert, serial entrepreneur, technologist, and mentor, has over twenty-five years of technology experience and numerous patents. He has earned an international reputation as the wireless industry expert for innovation in multiple protocols, including Z-Wave, ... Complete Bio >>
Leo Carlson
Director Customer Service, Sales, Marketing and IT
Leo Carlson is the Director of Customer service, Sales, Marketing, and IT at Norvado, a telephone co-op that serves rural Northwest Wisconsin. Within his 12-year tenure, Norvado, has established themselves as a ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Casey
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Casey joined EdR in 2006, advancing to his current position in July 2013. He oversees external technology related to housing, development and construction initiatives, including ... Complete Bio >>
Gordon Caverly, RCDD, CWNA
Regional Vice-President
Mid-State Consultants
Gordon is the Regional Vice-President for Mid-State Consultants for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. Mid-States is a full service telecommunications engineering company ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan Chambers

Jonathan has worked for over thirty years at start-up telecommunications companies and in the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Conexon, Jonathan served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. ... Complete Bio >>
Emily Chin
Assistant Vice President
Connected Communities

Emily Chin is the Assistant Vice President of Connected Communities and leads the National Sales team, the Dealer Management team as well as the Mixed Use Business Development team. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Christensen
EntryPoint, Salt Lake City, Utah

Jeff Christensen is the President/CEO of EntryPoint Networks and oversees ongoing Research & Development, manages strategic partnerships, oversees manufacturing collaboration, client relationships and deployments, business development, customer support, ... Complete Bio >>
Cyrus Claffey

Cyrus Claffey started his career in banking and quickly found he was interested in buildings so started a Geek-squad for the real estate industry that quickly morphed into a technology strategy company for new developments. ... Complete Bio >>
Drew Clark
Chairman and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com
President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

Clark works with cities, special districts and private companies on planning, financing and coordinating efforts to construct broadband infrastructure and deploy smart city applications. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Coco
Choice Property Resources

Mike Coco is the President of Choice Property Resources, a leading advisor to the multifamily industry. With over 17 years of experience in MDU telecommunications technologies, Mike recognizes the impact that broadband services have on residents and communities. ... Complete Bio >>
Peter Cohen
Partner Engagement Manager

Peter Cohen is a 20+ year industry veteran with Internet peering, transit and colocation experience on 6 continents. His experience comes from working for ISPs, international carriers, datacenters and content providers. ... Complete Bio >>
Rollie Cole
Senior Fellow
Sagamore Institute for Policy Research

Rollie Cole, Ph.D., J.D. 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
CommunityTechnologyAdvisors.com Consultant
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 that communities ... Complete Bio >>
Gail Corder
National Ancillary Services Manager
Fairfield Residential

Gail joined Fairfield Residential in 1998 and has served the company in a variety of roles over the years. Along with being involved in numerous property acquisitions and dispositions, she played an instrumental role in developing and implementing Fairfield’s 3rd party vendor compliance program.. ... Complete Bio >>
Terry Cox
Executive Director
Gaston Innovation Group, Inc

Terry is President and CEO of Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) Council, a high-growth entrepreneurial support organization for the Charlotte region serving over 500 companies since 2006, and Executive Director of Gaston GIG, ... Complete Bio >>
Jody Craft
Managing Partner
Ronin Technology Advisors

Jody is the Managing Partner at Ronin Technology Advisors a consulting engineering firm dedicated to enabling broadband services and providers across rural America. ... Complete Bio >>
Eric Cramer
President and CEO
Wilkes Communications and RiverSteet Networks, Wilkesboro, NC.
Cramer has more than 20 years’ industry experience. He began his career as a consultant with John Staurulakis, Inc., where he spent eight years working with numerous rural ILECs on ... Complete Bio >>
Russ Cranston
New Construction Sales Leader
Russ has been leading US sales efforts for new construction for 15 years. His career spans 30 years with sales and marketing roles in Texas, New Mexico, Minnesota and California. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Curri
Founder and President
Strategic Networks Group Inc.

Michael Curri leads a team of experienced specialists to help clients create measurable economic impacts and jobs by using broadband as a platform for innovation and community ... Complete Bio >>
Christopher Curtin
Director of Sales & Marketing, Mid-Atlantic Region
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Curtin leads the team responsible for business-to-business relationships with multi-family and multi-tenant property owners, developers, property management companies and real estate investment trusts. ... Complete Bio >>
Ian Davis
Telecommunications Attorney
Founding Partner: Davis Craig, PLLC
Ian Davis is a partner with the law firm Davis Craig, PLLC. Davis Craig represents clients in telecommunications and technology transactions throughout the United States. Ian has participated in thousands of telecom and technology transactions in 48 states and ... Complete Bio >>
Commissioner Nathan Davis
Ferry County, Vice Chairman and County Commissioner
State of Washington
Nathan Davis is a longstanding resident and current commissioner in Ferry County, located in remote corner of Northeast Washington. Commissioner Davis was elected at the same time as the local goldmine was closing and the local economy was in decline. ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Dawson
CCG Consulting
Doug Dawson is the President of CCG Consulting, the largest telecom consulting company with over 800 clients. Doug has worked in the industry since 1978 and has both a consulting and an operational background. ... Complete Bio >>
Jose DeLeon
General Field Representative
Rural Development, Rural Utilities Services, USDA
Joe De Leon is an electrical engineer, and began his career with RUS almost 28 years ago. He worked at the Washington, DC national office just over 11 years, and has been a general field representative, in Texas, to the present time. ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Denzin
Vice President – Field Sales
As Vice President, Consumer Field Sales and Marketing, Chris Denzin is responsible for single-family and multi-family developments, retail, outside sales referral partnerships and local marketing. ... Complete Bio >>
John Donner
Vice President, Electric Distribution Banking Division
Co-Bank/ACB, Minneapolis, MN
John Donner is a lead relationship manager in CoBank’s Electric Distribution Banking Division. Based in CoBank’s Minneapolis office, he is responsible for the loan portfolio management of electric distribution cooperatives in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. ... Complete Bio >>
Adam Eisner
VP of Networks
Ting Internet
Adam Eisner is VP of Networks at Ting Internet, and leads the team that evaluates, builds and operates fiber to the home markets across the United States for Ting. A division of Tucows, Ting is bringing fiber Internet to multiple markets across the United States, using a variety of business models. ... Complete Bio >>
Phil Emer
Director of Technology Planning and Policy
The William & Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation, NC State University
Phil has spent over 25 years working at the intersections of information technology, research, academia and business – splitting time between the public and private sectors. In the private sector Phil worked as an engineer with IBM, ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Faloon
Chief Strategy Officer, CFA, FRM
Neighborly and OurKatahdin.com, Maine
Michael is Chief Strategy Officer at Neighborly responsible for working with CEO to develop and deliver on the firm's vision and mission. Michael joined Neighborly from Standish Mellon Asset Management where he served as Chief Operating Officer of the $150 billion investment firm. ... Complete Bio >>
Enrique Farfan
As COO, Enrique is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Fon, whose products and services are used by Communications Service Providers to deliver Wi-Fi services in more than 20 million hotspots ... Complete Bio >>
Seth Feder
Director of Information Management and Technology
Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

Seth Feder is the Director of Technology and Information Management at the Dell Medical School at UT Austin, joining the team in February of 2016. He oversaw all IT operations during the start-up of the school including the launch of UT Health Austin, the school’s outpatient clinical service line ... 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 vice president ... 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 where he is responsible for the sales and marketing of COS Service Zones ... Complete Bio >>
Alan Fitzpatrick
Open Broadband, LLC
Alan Fitzpatrick is a technology entrepreneur and a strong advocate of broadband infrastructure. He co-founded the not-for-profit organization Charlotte Hearts Gigabit, helping attract Google Fiber to Charlotte, NC. ... Complete Bio >>
Hugh Forrest
Chief Programming Officer
South by Southwest Conference
Hugh Forrest serves as the Chief Programming Officer for the annual South by Southwest Conference. Scheduled March 13-17, 2015 in Austin, Texas, this event brings together more than 70,000 digital creatives ... Complete Bio >>
Rebecca Frost Davis
Director, Instructional and Emerging Technology
St. Edward’s University
Rebecca Frost Davis is the Director for Instructional and Emerging Technology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX whose works focuses on the intersections of digital pedagogy and liberal education. ... 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 >>
Gabriel Garcia
Director, Senior Counsel
CPS Energy
Mr. Garcia serves as Director & Senior Counsel for CPS Energy, the largest combined electricity and gas municipally-owned utility in the United States, where he focuses on utility regulation matters and advises internal business units on ... Complete Bio >>
Trey Gaskins
President of IoT Division
Symphony Technology Solutions, Inc.
An accomplished leader in the telecom space, Trey has successfully started and managed industry-leading firms as CEO of Advanced TeleMedia and Ygnition Networks. ... Complete Bio >>
The Hon. Jim Geringer
Former Governor, State of Wyoming
Vice Chairman, digiLEARN
Jim Geringer, the director of policy and public sector strategy of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), was governor of Wyoming (1995-2003) and in the Wyoming Legislature (1983-1994). . ... Complete Bio >>
Alex Glazebrook
Director of Technology and Learning
Older Adults Technology Services (OATS)
As Director of Technology & Training, Alex Glazebrook is responsible for ensuring an outstanding experience for the older adults who participate in the many training and support programs that OATS offers. ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Glivar
Holland and Hart LLP

For more than 25 years, Mr. Glivar has counseled small, mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies on their technology and telecommunications needs. He focuses on two main areas: (1) drafting and negotiating day-to-day operations contracts required ... Complete Bio >>
Lev Gonick
Chief Information Officer
Arizona State University

Lev Gonick is an educator, technologist, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years. On November 1, Lev became the Chief Information Officer at Arizona State University. ... Complete Bio >>
John Graham, PhD
Senior Investigator – North Carolina Institute for Public Health;
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Public Health Leadership Program – University of North Carolina
Dr. Graham is a Senior Investigator at the UNC-CH Gillings School for Global Public Health. In this role and formerly as the Deputy Director for the NC Institute for Public Health, Dr. Graham has initiated and coordinated the work of many health-related projects, ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Gray
Station Manager
Austin Public

Doug Gray is the Station Manager of Austin Public, the City of Austin’s community media center and one of the Austin Film Society’s three locations. Doug is a self-taught videographer, graphic-designer and editor whose work mainly involved ... Complete Bio >>
Alex Goge
National Director of Sales
Illuminati Labs

Alex Goge is the National Director of Sales for Illuminati Labs, a solutions integrator defined by their unique approach to cell coverage. As director of sales, Alex consults with companies to visually map ... 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 >>
Rondella Hawkins
Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer
City of Austin, Texas

Rondella Hawkins is the City’s Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer and has over 25 years of experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements with ... Complete Bio >>
Mitsuko R. Herrera
Cable Communications Administrator
Montgomery County (Maryland) Office of Cable and Communication Services

Herrera manages a $20-million cable fund; enforces cable franchise agreements with Comcast, RCN and Verizon; coordinates public, education and government cable access television production outcomes through ... 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 development outreach, training, and ... Complete Bio >>


Peter Hirshberg
Maker Cities
Peter Hirshberg serves as an innovation advisor to cities and companies. He has created two centers of urban innovation from scratch: Maker City Project and Gray Area Foundation for the Arts. ... Complete Bio >>

Kyle Hollifield
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development
Magellan Advisors

Kyle is senior vice president at Magellan Advisors, a top broadband planning, consulting, design, and network implementation firm, managing scores of broadband projects worldwide. He joined Magellan after retiring from a successful tenure ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Holtz

InfniSys is a multifamily technology consulting and electronic architecture frm founded in 1989 and a leading designer of innovative technology amenity systems for today’s fnest ... Complete Bio >>
The Hon. D. Craig Horn
State Representative, District 68, North Carolina
Chairman of the Education Policy Committee and the Education Appropriations Subcommittee of the North Carolina House of Representatives

D. Craig Horn, a former Russian linguist with the United States Air Force Security Service, is a retired food broker and businessman. Elected in 2010, Craig is now in his fourth term in the North Carolina General Assembly representing District 68, ... Complete Bio >>
Joanne Hovis
CTC Technology & Energy

Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology & Energy, where she directs the firm’s work in network business planning; market analysis; financial modeling, policy, and strategy; and management consulting. ... Complete Bio >>
Art Hubacher
Managing Member
Hubacher & Ames, PLLC

Mr. Hubacher assists developers, owners and managers of residential and commercial multi-unit properties, condominium developers, and HOAs in a wide range of technology and telecommunications matters. ... Complete Bio >>
Peter Hubbard
Manager of Sales Engineering, Major Accounts
Spectrum Community Solutions (SCS)

Peter Hubbard serves as the Manager of Sales Engineering for Charter’s Spectrum Community Solutions’ major accounts. In this role, he ensures the sound foundations for engineering design of SCS Managed WiFi networks for MDU properties by ... Complete Bio >>
Rebecca Hunter
Government Relations Manager
Crown Castle

Rebecca Hunter works within Crown Castle’s Corporate Development & Strategy group focusing on External Affairs and Strategic Communications. In this role, Rebecca focuses on leveraging Crown’s extensive infrastructure resources and deployment experience ... Complete Bio >>
Gail Huycke
Connected Aging Communities Director
BEEC – University of Wisconsin

Gail Huycke is a Professor with the University of Wisconsin Extension where she serves as a Community Development Outreach Specialist in the Broadband & E-Commerce Education Center. She has 34 years of experience in delivering community outreach programs in family and community economic development. ... Complete Bio >>
Cheryl Jordan
Senior Director, Strategic Business Services
AvalonBay Communities

Jordan joined AvalonBay Communities in 1997, bringing more than 15 years of sales and marketing management experience to the multifamily industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Bernadine Joselyn
Director, Public Policy & Engagement Program
Blandin Foundation
Bernadine Joselyn has served as director of Blandin Foundation’s Public Policy & Engagement Program since 2001. Beginning in 2003 she has led the foundation’s broadband programming in rural communities across the state. ... Complete Bio >>

Carl Kandutsch
Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

Carl Kandutsch was born and raised in Bar Harbor, Maine. He holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. e ... Complete Bio >>

Jamie Kellahan
VP, Project Management
Elauwit Networks, LLC

Jamie has been with Elauwit since 2009 and oversees our Project Management Office, which focuses primarily on infrastructure build out, network deployment and integration. This team works closely with ... Complete Bio >>
Bob Knight
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Harrison Edwards Strategic, Inc.

Bob Knight is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Harrison Edwards Strategic Communications in Armonk, New York. Bob oversees the firm’s strategic planning and ... Complete Bio >>
Diane Kruse
NEO Connect

Kruse is a thought leader in the ever-changing broadband industry. At NEO Connect, she consults with electric companies and local governments on feasibility, strategy, design and financial impacts of gigabit broadband networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Trevor C. Lane
Assistant Professor of Community & Economic Development
Washington State University, Ferry County Extension Office
Trevor C Lane is an Assistant Professor of Community & Economic Development at Washington State University (WSU) Extension located in Ferry County, a remote rural location. ... Complete Bio >>
Mark Latham
City Manager
City of Highland
Mark Latham was born and raised in Streator, Illinois. Mark graduated from John Brown University with a BSE and acquired a Master Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University. Mark has served in Municipal government for over 41 years. ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Leaf
President and CEO
Leaf Communication Consulting
Leaf began his career in the first responder/public safety wireless space, starting a company in Washington State in 2003. He grew it to support the western half of the United States with five regional offices and 29 employees. ... Complete Bio >>
Ted Lehr, Ph.D.
IT Data Architect
City of Austin, TX
Dr. Ted Lehr is a Data Architect with the City of Austin, Texas. He is part of Austin’s Smart City team, advising on technology, business partnerships and the use of data for better services, ... 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 >>
Ben Lewis-Ramirez
Business Development Leader
Foresite Group

Ben is the Business Development Manager at Foresite Group, Inc. He has worked in almost every facet of the OSP engineering world, from field work, to design engineering, to permitting and ... Complete Bio >>
Casey Lide
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Lide represents local governments and public power utilities in matters involving telecommunications, cable television, high-speed data communications, internet access, ... Complete Bio >>

Jim Loter
Director of Digital Engagement
City of Seattle

Jim Loter is the Director of Digital Engagement for The City of Seattle, which supports technology, programs, and policies that connect the public with their government and helps ensure digital equity in Seattle. ... Complete Bio >>

Ken Lucas
Council Member/ Fiber Commission Chair
City of Centennial

Served on Centennial’s City Council for six years and is currently Mayor Pro Tem. Council Member Lucas has previously served as President, Vice President of Corporate Finance, ... 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 >>
Tim Marema
Daily Yonder

Tim Marema is editor of the Daily Yonder (www.dailyyonder.com), a national news platform covering rural America. With a paid and volunteer staff of correspondents around the country, the Daily Yonder provides rural perspectives on national news and explores the nation’s diverse rural cultures, economies, politics, and more. ... Complete Bio >>
Stephen Mayo
Inteleconnect, Inc.

Stephen Mayo is one of the leading technology consultants focusing on design and implementation of fiber based technology strategies for master-planned communities, municipalities, and universities. Over the past 30 years, he has designed and managed the installation of multiple fiber networks and implemented and managed large-scale networks for ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick McKenna
High Ridge Venture Partners

Patrick McKenna is Founding Partner at High Ridge Venture Partners, an investment firm that believes ‘Talent is Everywhere’ and actively seeks opportunities outside Silicon Valley with investments in seven states. ... Complete Bio >>
Kim McKinley
Chief Marketing Officer

UTOPIA Fiber is the country’s largest open-access network with over twenty-five ISP’s offering business and residential services throughout Utah. Kim McKinley is UTOPIA Fiber’s Chief Marketing Officer and ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Meyer
Director of Virtual Care
Marshfield Clinic

Chris Meyer is the Director of Virtual Care and Telehealth at Marshfield Clinic Health System. Chris spent most of his career working in the Information Technology industry, primarily in higher education, before moving to Healthcare in 2016. In his role at MCHS, he is responsible for . ... Complete Bio >>
Benjamin Miller
Director, Business Development & Strategy
St. Joe Valley Metronet

Ben Miller has educated property owners, local business, and service providers on the benefits of open access fiber networks. He works with national and regional carriers to provide services along St. Joe Valley Metronet's network. ... Complete Bio >>
Christopher Mitchell
Director, Community Broadband Networks
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and internet access. At ILSR, he serves as policy director for Next Century Cities, a national collaboration of mayors and CIOs seeking universal access ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Moebes
Director, MDU/Housing
Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company

Ben has been in the wireless and data networking industry for over 20 years. During that time, he has worked in both the carrier and enterprise markets helping customers design and build high performance networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Keith Montgomery
Chief Financial Officer
Declaration Networks Group, Inc.
Montgomery is an experienced COO, CFO and CIO with more than 33 years’ experience in telecommunications, high tech and broadband consulting for domestic and international companies. He worked in Fortune 50 companies to startups, including Perdue Farms, MCI, Concert Communications, and ICF International before joining Declaration Networks Group. ... Complete Bio >>
James Motley
VP of Engineering
James Motley is the VP of Engineering at IOTAS, where he manages a team focused on solving the myriad of problems related to IoT and home automation. James is a skilled technologist with more than 20 years of experience at both large and small companies (Intel, Nike, Cigna), and has worked on ... Complete Bio >>
Monet Munoz
Program Director
YWCA Greater Austin
Monét Muñoz received her B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and her M.A. in Latin American History with a focus on the Cold War in Central America from the University of Texas at El Paso. ... Complete Bio >>
Diana J. Nucera
Detroit Community Technology Project
Diana Nucera, media maven and accomplished cellist, has worked in media arts for sixteen years. She attended her first Allied Media Conference in 1999 as a 17 year-old. She joined AMP’s staff in 2008 and in 2011, Diana led the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition in ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Haruo Okamura
Global Plan, Inc.

Dr. Haruo Okamura is a high-speed optical transmission and standards expert. He is currently the president of Global Plan Inc. and the developer of the "Okamura Model," a low-cost optical ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Paschick
National WiFi
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. Drawing on an engineering background at Michigan State University and experience gained as a U.S. Marine specializing in wireless communications, he brings ... Complete Bio >>
Jane Smith Patterson
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 >>
Hon. Beverly Perdue
Former Governor, State of North Carolina
Chairman, digiLEARN

Bev Perdue was elected North Carolina’s 73rd governor in 2008, the first woman to serve as chief executive of the state. Her trailblazing administration was dedicated to creating jobs, protecting and strengthening education, accountability and transparency, and shepherding the state through the worst economic climate since the Great Depression. ... Complete Bio >>
Brad Petersen
Vice President,

Brad is the Vice President of Ditaro.com a multi-family broadband solution provider serving almost 10,000 units nationwide. He actively promotes the benefits of installing high-speed managed Wi-Fi networks, ... Complete Bio >>
Henry Pye
Vice President, Residential Technology Services
RealPage, Inc.

Pye’s Resident Technology Services team helps owners, managers, developers and general contractors negotiate and design the best possible resident-facing services and technologies. Prior to joining RealPage, ... Complete Bio >>
Kurt Raaflaub
Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing

Kurt Raaflaub leads ADTRAN’s strategic solutions marketing, and has more than 20 years’ experience in telecom, mobile and cable. He has global product marketing ... 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 >>
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, enhance resident services, and optimize revenues. ... Complete Bio >>
Gregory Remus
Verizon Enhanced Communities
At Verizon, Remus provides legal support for the Enhanced Communities division. He has supported Verizon for more than eight years, serving in a variety of roles in Verizon’s Consumer and Mass Business and ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Render
CEO and Principal Analyst,
RVA, LLC Market Research and Consulting

Michael Render is CEO and Principal Analyst at RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting, a nationally and internationally known firm with a thirty-year history of service to a wide range of organizations. ... Complete Bio >>
Will Rhinehart
Director of Technology and Innovation Policy
American Action Forum

Will Rinehart runs the tech policy program at the American Action Forum, which analyzes federal and state policy related to broadband deployment., privacy, artificial intelligence, innovation, and emerging technologies. ... Complete Bio >>
Catharine Rice
Project Director, Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)
Consultant, Broadband Matters

For more than a decade, Rice has helped North Carolina communities plan and deploy local broadband systems and close the digital divide, focusing particularly on communities in the Research Triangle area and surrounding rural counties. ... Complete Bio >>
Tim Riley
Service Provider Partnership Manager
Education Super Highway

Tim leads the service provider work stream at EducationSuperHighway. He is responsible for building and managing relationships with service providers across the country, and to encourage winning solutions that help schools meet their bandwidth goals. ... Complete Bio >>
Norman Roe
Synergy Fiber

Is the CEO of Synergy Fiber, oversees the global entities of Synergy in three countries. With 30 years of experience, Norm is a recognized expert in large venue technology. He founded a global brand focusing on high-end BLEC ... Complete Bio >>
Vickie Rodgers
Vice President, MDU Strategy and Sales
Cox Communications

As part of the Residential Sales and Operations leadership team, Vickie is responsible for MDU strategy, Sales and Operations driving revenue growth in our $2.1B MDU segment. ... Complete Bio >>
Steven S. Ross
Broadband Communities Magazine

Ross is a long-time technology writer, a former full-time professor at Columbia University and the founding editor of Broadband Communities Magazine, a national publication and ... Complete Bio >>
Amy Rupp
Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory

Amy Rupp is the Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, a nonprofit focused on fully realizing the economic development potential of the Westminster Fiber Network. ... Complete Bio >>
Kelly Ryan
CEO & President
iFiber Communications Corp.

Kelly Ryan, age 55, is the founder and CEO/President of iFIBER Communications Corporation and iFIBERONE News and Sports LLC. His journey started in the early 1990’s when he founded Intervision Communications and built it into ... Complete Bio >>
Stephen J. Sadler
Director, Resident Technology Services
RealPage, Inc.
Sadler manages all resident technology services’ efforts related to new developments, including negotiations and design. He joined RealPage in 2014, bringing 29 years of ... Complete Bio >>
Sophia Schneckloth
National Sales Manager
Connected Communities
Sophia Schneckloth is the National Sales Manager of AT&T’s Connected Communities and leads a National Sales team responsible for 40 National MDU and SFU portfolios. ... Complete Bio >>
Shauna Serdahl, CMCA®
National Program Manager
Associa Direct Connect
Associa® – Delivering unsurpassed management and lifestyle services to communities worldwide.

Shauna Serdahl currently works as a National Program Manager for Associa Direct Connect. The National Program Manager is responsible for program development and management, contract management, program analysis, employee training, and project/event management throughout California and Nevada. . ... Complete Bio >>
Craig Settles
Gigabit Nation

For over 30 years Craig Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books have helped public, private and nonprofit organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, improve business operations and increase revenue. . ... Complete Bio >>
Tommy Siniard

Tommy Siniard is the chief technology officer and co-founder of 3-GIS. Siniard oversees the strategy and development of the company's telecom solutions. ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Sivils
Chief Operating Officer

Dan Sivils is Chief Operating Officer of GigabitNow a developer and operator of fiber to the home networks for communities and municipalities of all sizes. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Slovin
Vice President of National Field Sales
Xfinity Communities

Michael Slovin is the Vice President of National Field Sales. In this role he manages the Direct Sales and Xfinity Communities sales channels. Michael is responsible for national sales, field operations, marketing and. ... Complete Bio >>
Joel Smith
Accelerant BSP
Joel Smith is the CEO of Accelerant BSP, which provides an all-inclusive workforce development solution including people, places and platforms focusing on bridging the divide between urban and rural (urbal) needs and demands by leveraging technology and relationships. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Smith
Owner & President
WhiteSpace Building Technology Advisors
Smith is a real estate technology expert with more than 15 years’ experience focused on technology, operations, infrastructure, innovation and energy-saving solutions specifically as they relate to the real estate industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Nick Smoot
Innovation Collective
Nick Smoot co-founded and sold 3 tech companies. Now as the founder of Innovation Collective and Mountain Man Ventures (VC fund) he is focused on redefining how communities ... Complete Bio >>
Deb Socia
Executive Director,
Next Century Cities

Before joining Next Century Cities, which supports community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, reliable internet, Socia was executive director of Tech Goes Home, whose mission is ensuring digital equity. ... Complete Bio >>
Rep. Albert Sommers
2017-2018 House Majority Whip
Wyoming House of Representatives

Albert Sommers has lived on a Sublette County ranch all of his life. His four grandparents were early homesteaders in the Green River Valley. Sommers graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Stender
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Stender has been with InfiniSys for nearly two decades. He oversees product development to ensure that InfiniSys designs meet the latest standards. He also closely monitors the telecommunications industry as ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Stokes
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC
Stokes’ clients include the American Public Power Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, regional and state utility associations ... Complete Bio >>
Kyle Strang
With a diverse background that includes business development, product management, system implementation and consulting for utilities and municipalities, Kyle brings an eclectic mix of experience to his role as Principal at SpryPoint. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeffrey (Jeff) Sural
Broadband Infrastructure Office
Jeff joined the Department of Information Technology in January 2015 as the Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO). With the stated mission of creating the nation’s first giga-state by 2021, BIO leads the statewide initiative to expand high-speed internet access for ... Complete Bio >>
Pamela Swisher
Contracts Administrator
Pavlov Media
Swisher brings 30 years’ experience in corporate litigation, issues-of-fact investigative training and high-level training for corporate executive discovery, trial and deposition preparation to Pavlov Media. She previously worked at Davis and Morgan, which ... Complete Bio >>
Kirk Taylor
J. Kirk Taylor Law, PLLC
J. Kirk Taylor is an experienced telecom, technology, and real estate operations attorney, licensed since 1997 with extensive in-house and law firm experience. After co-founding and practicing as a partner in a boutique law firm that focused on telecommunications matters, ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Teeples
Vice-President, Partner
Mike has worked as the Controller for a rural telephone cooperative and for a CPA firm that specializes in auditing independent telephone companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Ann Treacy
Member of the Broadband Team
Blandin Foundation
Ann Treacy covers rural Broadband, especially in Minnesota, for the Blandin on Broadband blog. She has been helping communities to get broadband, helping community members. ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Turner
Ridgecrest Partners
Tom grew up in La Jolla and graduated from UCSB. He went on to restaurant ownership and saw how cable TV could affect the success of the business. Remember the Advent projector TVs in the 1970s? He purchased his first MDU property in 1993 in Fort Worth, Texas. Since then he has owned and operated some 2000 MDUs. ... Complete Bio >>
Nicol Turner-Lee
Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Brookings Institution
Turner-Lee comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, ... Complete Bio >>
Joel Tyus
Senior Product Manager
Evolution Digital
As Senior Product Manager in the product development group at Evolution Digital, Joel Tyus defines the company product portfolio and overall device strategy. Additionally, Tyus identifies and delivers new business development opportunities to the executive team. ... 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 >>
Roger Vaughn
Solutions Engineer
Roger Vaughn has over 22 years in fiber optic cabling, connectivity, and hardware and in the past several years consulted with dozens of customers deploying FTTx throughout North America. ... Complete Bio >>
Phil Veletzos
Vice President
RealtyCom Partners
As Vice President of New Construction, Phil manages the RealtyCom new construction team including low voltage design review services, on-site field engineering support and new construction project management.. ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Robert Wack
City Council President,
Westminster, MD

Robert Wack is the President of the Westminster City Council, as well as the Chair of the Board of MAGIC, the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, an economic development non-profit with the mission of ... Complete Bio >>
Barry Walton
Telecom Solution Architect, Optical Commercial Operations
Barry Walton serves as Solutions Architect for Corning Optical Communications. Barry joined Corning after 37 years at Bell Aliant where he championed the deployment of FTTH, ... Complete Bio >>
Jon Walton
San Mateo County, California
As Chief Information Officer, Jon Walton is responsible for setting the technology vision and creating an innovative environment for the County of San Mateo. He brings 23 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, ... Complete Bio >>
Nathaniel Watkins
Garrett County Maryland
Watkins has led the county Department of Technology and Communications for the past 14 years. DoTCom is a for-profit arm of the county government that allows the county to operate as an ISP ... Complete Bio >>
Roosevelt Weeks
Director of Libraries
City of Austin

Roosevelt Weeks is the Director of the Austin Public Library where he leads a dynamic team and library system. His responsibility includes 20 branch locations, the History Center and a new Central Library. Weeks joined the Austin Public Library team in September of 2017. ... Complete Bio >>
Bobby Welliver
National & Strategic Accounts Manager

Bobby Welliver serves as the National & Strategic Accounts Manager for dormakaba’s multihousing access solutions group. Bobby is a 25 year access control veteran, owning his own systems integration firm as well as ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Weston
Senior Leader
Verizon Enhanced Communities
Mike leads the Verizon Enhanced Communities group within Verizon. His team has been dedicated to serving the multifamily market now for more than a dozen years. In that capacity Mike is responsible for ... Complete Bio >>
Scott T. Wilkinson, PHD
Product Management & Technical Marketing Executive
ECI Telecom

Dr. Wilkinson has been involved in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, working with technologies and solutions ranging from fiber to the premises to long haul transport, Carrier Ethernet to MPLS, and traditional to modern SDN/NFV-enabled networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Tim Will

There is nothing like working nights under the dense tree cover of the Bavarian Black Forest in a the trailer of a 1954, 18-wheeler that served as the war room for a mobile nuclear missile battalion to help one understand ... Complete Bio >>
John Windhausen
Executive Director
Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition

In addition to the SHLB Coalition, a diverse coalition of community anchor institutions, broadband companies (forprofit and nonprofit), foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) and public interest groups, Windhausen represents a variety of nonprofit and ... Complete Bio >>
Jory Wolf
VP of Digital Innovation
Magellan Advisors
Jory joined Magellan after 22 years as CIO of the City if Santa Monica, CA where he launched Santa Monica City Wi-Fi, which provides free internet services to the public through a network of 32 hot zones and ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Wynne
Manager, Americas
Comsof's innovative FiberPlanIT software enables its users to automate and optimize the design of their fiber networks. Whether it is a FTTH or 5G deployment, FiberPlanIT ensures an economical and ... Complete Bio >>

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