Speakers – Summit 2019

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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 >>
Barry Adair

EVP/GM/CEO, Wabash Communications CO-OP/Wabash Communications/Illinois Fiber Connect
Louisville, IL
NTCA Board of Director, Northeast Region Cooperative

Barry Adair is currently the EVP/GM/CEO for Wabash Communications CO-OP/Wabash Communications/Illinois Fiber Connect located in Louisville, IL. Mr. Adair has served in this position for 3 years. ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Christopher Ali, PhD

Assistant Professor – Department of Media Studies
University of Virginia

Dr. Christopher Ali is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He holds a PhD from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. ... Complete Bio >>
Abhay Ambati

Senior VP of Technology Services
Logical Buildings

Abhay Ambati, currently working as senior VP of Technology Services at Logical Buildings has over a decade of experience working on 300+ high and mid-rise apartment buildings, commercial and ... Complete Bio >>
Jackie Arbour

General Manager, National Sales & Mixed-Use
AT&T Connected Communities

Jackie Arbour is the Director of National Sales & Mixed-Use for the AT&T Connected Communities organization and has been with AT&T for eleven years. Prior to this role she was the General Manager of Technical Support for AT&T Connected Communities ... Complete Bio >>
Stuart Ashley

Director of Sales

Stuart Ashley is a seasoned executive with thirteen years of experience in the technology and real estate industry. Stuart currently oversees partnerships and sales for Zego, a platform for smarter apartment living. Built by real estate experts and backed by artificial intelligence, Zego enhances multifamily communities by integrating smart home devices with ... Complete Bio >>
Kathleen Austin

Assistant Vice President
Equity Residential

Austin leads a team responsible for negotiating, implementing and managing initiatives to increase Equity Residential’s ancillary revenue. Areas of responsibility include revenue partnerships with cable and telephone companies, ... 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 >>
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 >>
Mark Batman

President and CEO
Marshall County REMC, Indiana

Mark Batman is the President/CEO of Marshall County REMC, a member focused rural electric cooperative, serving 7,500-meters, located in north central Indiana. ... Complete Bio >>
Alan Bertsch


Mr. Bertsch is the President and one of the founders of Qypsys, a leading integrator of access networks. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association for Passive Optical LAN as well as co-chair for its marketing committee. ... Complete Bio >>
Scot Bohaychyk

Product Marketing Manager

Bohaychyk has worked nearly 30 years in the telecommunications industry. His background includes serving in the White House Communications Agency, providing communications infrastructure support for President Ronald Reagan and his White House staff. ... Complete Bio >>
Gary A. Bolles

Co-Founder, eParachute
Partner, Charrette LLC

Bolles, a San Francisco–based consultant and entrepreneur focused on initiatives with impact, writes and lectures frequently on the future of work and learning. He is a member of the steering committee for the People Centered Internet coalition, a collaboration with ... Complete Bio >>

William Bradford

President & Chief Executive Officer
United Communications

William Bradford is the President & CEO of United Communications, an entity he formed in partnership with Gene Johnson, providing telecommunications services to over 11,000 residential and business customers in Middle Tennessee, utilizing both fiber and fixed wireless deployments. ... Complete Bio >>

Lindsey Brannon

Head of Finance

Lindsey is the Head of Finance at Neighborly. She joined Neighborly in August 2017 and has over ten years of banking and financial experience. During her six years in J.P. Morgan's Investment Bank, Lindsey was a banker ... Complete Bio >>
Jasen Bronec

CEO, Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA);
President, Elevate Fiber

Jasen Bronec is the CEO of the Delta-Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and the President of Elevate Fiber, both located in Montrose, CO. Prior to his position at DMEA/Elevate, Jasen was ... Complete Bio >>
Eric Brown

President, California Telehealth Network
President, OCHIN Broadband Network Services (OBNS)

Eric Brown is the President of OCHIN Broadband Network Services (OBNS) which is one of the largest consortia of safety net clinics and hospitals in the nation that participate in the FCC Healthcare Connect Fund broadband subsidy program. ... Complete Bio >>
Lauren Brown

Assistant General Counsel
Comcast Cable

Brown has worked for Comcast Cable since 2006. She supports Comcast’s Communities team, working with property owners, colleges and universities, developers and homeowners’ associations to provide MDU residents access to the best entertainment products and services. ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Buckley

Associate Editor
Broadband Communities

Sean Buckley is the Associate Editor of Broadband Communities. Buckley comes to the magazine publishing and conference company after serving nine years as Senior Editor at FierceTelecom, a daily online newsletter. ... Complete Bio >>
John Burchett

Director, Public Policy & Government Relations
Google Access and Google Fiber

Before moving to Access/Fiber, Burchett led public policy for Google in the United States, Latin America and Canada. Prior to joining Google, he was chief of staff for Governor Jennifer Granholm, acting as COO for the state of Michigan. ... Complete Bio >>
Timothy J. Burke

Vice President, Strategic Technology
Liberty Global, Inc.

Tim Burke has worked for a variety of Cable TV, Broadband, Wireless and TelCo operators over the last thirty-eight years. He has been with Liberty Global for the last fourteen years where he is currently the Vice President of Strategic Technology. ... Complete Bio >>
Antonia Castro-Graham

Assistant to the City Manager; Energy and Sustainability Manager
City of Huntington Beach, California

Antonia has 18 years of experience working for local government. Currently she is the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach where she oversees a variety of administrative programs including leading the City’s Citizen Academy, ... Complete Bio >>
Gordon Caverly, RCDD, CWNA

Regional Vice-President
Mid-State Consultants

Mid-State is a full-service telecommunications engineering company with eight regional offices throughout the United States. Caverly has more than 30 years in the telecommunications field and has presented at ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Milton Chen

Founder and CEO
VSee and This American Doc

Dr. Milton Chen is the founder and CEO of VSee and This American Doc, the only video telehealth software good enough for the NASA International Space Station, how astronauts see their doctors everyday. ... Complete Bio >>
KJ Chugh

Smart City Business Development Leader

KJ leads Nokia’s Smart Cities Business Development practice. He and his team are relentlessly focused on efforts across the globe helping clients with smart city strategies; integrating technologies to benefit users and service providers; ... 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 >>
Jeff Clark

Chief Innovation Officer
RF Connect

Jeff Clark is an industry veteran with more than 15 years of leadership positions at technology firms, where he introduced innovative technologies and growth initiatives. He has pioneered technologies in such diverse fields as terrestrial wireless broadband, multi-spectral scene simulation, night vision, and military flight training. ... 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 15 years of experience in MDU telecommunications technologies, Mike recognizes the impact that broadband services have on real estate owners, residents and communities. ... Complete Bio >>

Peter Cohen

Partner Engagement Manager

Peter Cohen has worked with ISPs around the globe for the last 20+ years in various roles including carriers, colocation and content. For the past 7 years he has focused on Canadian and USA network connectivity for Netflix, ... Complete Bio >>

James Cowan

CEO and Founder
Docity Health

James Cowan is CEO and founder of Docity Health, a telehealth company that bundles healthcare access onto existing Internet bills in partnership with ISPs, municipalities, and community broadband companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan Crawford

Manager, Business Development & Strategic Relationships
Mapcom Systems

Jonathan Crawford joined Mapcom Systems in 2015. He leads the company’s strategic alliances, using his extensive industry knowledge to guide Mapcom’s overall business development efforts. ... Complete Bio >>
Susan Crawford

John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law
Harvard University

Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, author of FIBER: The Coming Tech Revolution—and Why America Might Miss It, and a contributor to WIRED.com. ... Complete Bio >>
Shawn Cullingford

MDU/CRE Systems Architect
Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company

Shawn Cullingford is a Systems Engineer with Ruckus Networks (an ARRIS Company) who specializes in MDU and commercial real estate WiFi deployments across North America. ... Complete Bio >>
David Daugherty


David founded Clarus in 2013. He is a serial entrepreneur who has more than 20 years of experience within the IT marketplace. Over the years David has established considerable expertise in solutions selling and closing very large deals. ... Complete Bio >>
Ian Davis

Telecommunications Attorney
Founding Partner: Davis Craig, PLLC

Davis counsels and represents residential and commercial developers in various telecommunications and technology related matters, including agreements for telephone, video, internet, and wireless services. He has participated in thousands of telecom and technology transactions in 48 states and... 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 >>
Curtis Dean

President, SmartSource Consulting
Broadband Services Coordinator, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities

Curtis Dean has been working in the telecommunications industry for the past 18 years. In his role as president of SmartSource Consulting, Curtis provides administrative support, marketing support, and strategic direction for small broadband companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Mark DeFalco

Appalachian Regional Commission

Mark DeFalco has worked in the telecommunications Industry for more than 30 years. He has worked for a regional Bell company, a rural telephone holding company, a large inter-exchange carrier and several competitive local exchange carriers. ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Donnelly

Vice President for Government Affairs
National Multifamily Housing Council

Kevin Donnelly is Vice President for Government Affairs, with responsibility for representing the interests of the multifamily industry before Congress and federal agencies. Prior to joining the Council, Kevin served as a Legislative Representative for the National Association of Realtors. ... Complete Bio >>
Cory Douglas

Executive Vice President Deployment and Construction
Pavlov Media

Cory Douglas is the Executive Vice President of Field Service and Construction at Pavlov Media. Pavlov Media is the leading Internet, Wireless and Television provider specializing in private networks designed, constructed and operated by our team of dedicated professionals from the multifamily real estate industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Dundon

Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Kevin is responsible for overall revenue growth at Alianza, including partner development and strategic customer relationship management. Kevin has over 25 years of telecom and IT management experience. ... Complete Bio >>
Isak Finér

Chief Marketing Officer
COS Systems

Finér is responsible for the sales and marketing of COS Service Zones, an innovative cloud-based solution for demand aggregation and analysis of the expected costs and revenues of fiber rollout in different zones.... Complete Bio >>
Eric Fichtner

Symphony Technology Solutions, Inc.

Fichtner has served as an executive in the communications and building systems technology fields for more than 30 years. Before joining Symphony, he served at Connexion Technologies as COO, CEO of Fusion Broadband, and ... Complete Bio >>
Brad Finstad

State Director of Minnesota

A fourth generation resident of the New Ulm, MN area, Brad Finstad is no stranger to rural America and the importance of continuing its prosperity. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Agriculture Education with emphasis in Rural Leadership Development, ... Complete Bio >>
John Flanagan

Policy Advisor, Economic Development, Office of the Governor
State of Washington

John is one of Governor Jay Inslee’s policy advisors working on economic development and transportation. His focuses include rural economic development, broadband, rural infrastructure, land use, planning, growth management, and housing. ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Flemming

Render Networks

As the former Head of Construction at nbn Co., Dan has deep operational and leadership experience spanning construction and telecommunications giving him a unique perspective on deployment management. ... Complete Bio >>
Dave Frigen

Chief Operating Officer
Wabash Communications

My career grew from an initial role as hands-on Combination Technician to current role as a profit-driven, future-focused executive. Resourceful and analytical business professional, ... Complete Bio >>
Keith Gabbard

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative

Keith Gabbard is CEO of Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative in McKee, KY. Keith has nearly 43 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having served in numerous positions within PRTC. ... Complete Bio >>
John George

Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services

John George has served with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and OFS in systems engineering, applications engineering, marketing, and manufacturing for 35 years. ... Complete Bio >>
Brad Gibson

Chief Cooperatives Business Officer
Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation

Brad has 15+ years of experience with various electric distribution cooperatives domestically and internationally, currently serving as the Chief Cooperative Business Officer at Middle Tennessee Electric. ... Complete Bio >>
Steve Glenn

Plant Prefab

Steve Glenn is the founder and CEO of Plant Prefab. Plant is the first prefabricated home factory in the nation dedicated to sustainable construction, materials, processes, and operations. ... 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. As the Intellectual Property practice group leader for Holland & Hart LLP, Mr. Glivar manages and provides ... Complete Bio >>
Heather Burnett Gold

HBG Strategies, LLC

Heather Burnett Gold is the CEO of HBG Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm designed to connect people and communities with solutions for deployment of high capacity, future proof broadband networks. Previously, Gold served as the President/CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, ... Complete Bio >>
Kenrick Gordon, P.E.

Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband, State of Maryland

Kenrick (Rick) Gordon, P.E. has over 30 years in engineering design and construction administration experience. His career began as a civil engineer working with municipalities on public works projects. He then moved into commercial, industrial development, ... Complete Bio >>
Kami Griffiths

Co-Founder and Executive Director
Community Tech Network

Kami Griffiths is the executive director and co-founder of Community Tech Network, a nonprofit with the mission to transform lives through digital literacy. With over 15 years of experience working in the public sector, ... Complete Bio >>
Robert Grosz

Vice President, Strategic Alliances
Boingo Wireless

Robert Grosz has been a leader in the 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 >>
Karen Hanson

Manager, Partnerships, Interagency Affairs
BroadbandUSA, NTIA, U.S. Department of Commerce

As Manager of Partnerships and Interagency Affairs, Karen Hanson promotes the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) BroadbandUSA program among government stakeholders and the philanthropic community, ... Complete Bio >>
Regan Hartley

National Sales Director
Package Concierge

Regan Hartley is the National Sales Director for Package Concierge®, the multifamily industry’s preeminent supplier and innovator of digital locker solutions. ... Complete Bio >>
Rondella Hawkins

Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs Officer
City of Austin, Texas

Hawkins has more than 25 years of experience in local government. Her office has direct responsibility over utility rights-of-way franchise agreements and license agreements with telecommunications and wireless providers, and she is the city’s single point of contact for the Google Fiber and AT&T Fiber projects. ... Complete Bio >>
Nelson Holmberg

Vice President

Nelson Holmberg is the vice president, innovation at the Port of Ridgefield. His career spans nearly 30 years, mostly working in public and media relations and port administration. Nelson was executive director at the Port of Woodland (2010-14) and ... Complete Bio >>
David Hoover

The Ferguson Group

David Hoover is a Principal at The Ferguson Group (TFG), providing strategic counsel on technology and telecommunications policy issues. The firm specializes in securing policy and regulatory changes, federal funding, grants, and ... Complete Bio >>
Joanne Hovis

President, CTC Technology & Energy CEO
Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)

Hovis, an attorney with a background in communications and commercial litigation, directs CTC’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

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. On behalf of his clients, he ... Complete Bio >>
Angela Imming

Director of Technology and Innovation
City of Highland, IL

Angela Imming is the Director of Technology and Innovation and GM of Highland Communication Services at the City of Highland. What began with certifications in the entire suite of Nortel Networks voice and ... Complete Bio >>
Crystal Ivey

Broadband Grant Program Manager
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Crystal serves as the Broadband Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. She is responsible for overseeing implementation of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act including $25M in infrastructure grants, digital literacy grants, and the Broadband Ready Community designation program. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Johnson

Director of MDU Enablement

Jeff has been with CenturyLink for 18 years and has held several jobs with CenturyLink in both the consumer and small business organizations. Over the last 10 years he has been in leadership positions within the Field Sales and MDU organizations. ... Complete Bio >>
Becky Jones

Program Manager
Texas/Louisiana Telehealth Resource Center

Becky Jones is Program Manager for TexLa Telehealth Resource Center, a division of Rural and Community Health at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. ... Complete Bio >>
David Jones

National Sales Engineer
Radiant Communications Corporation

David Jones serves as the National Sales Engineer for Radiant Communications, who designs and manufacturers audio and video equipment for all high-speed communications needs solutions. ... Complete Bio >>
Taylor P. Jones

VP, Technology Solutions
Boingo Wireless

Taylor Jones is vice president, technology solutions for Boingo’s multifamily business, where he is focused on bringing leading-edge wireless connectivity to housing communities. In this role, he is responsible for solving client’s infrastructure needs with ... 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 >>
Graham Kaiser

Vice President, Electric Distribution

Graham Kaiser is a vice president within CoBank’s Electric Distribution Banking Division. In this role, Mr. Kaiser is responsible for managing the relationships with electric distribution cooperatives in Arizona, California, and Missouri. ... Complete Bio >>
Carl Kandutsch

Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

Kandutsch operates a solo law practice in Plano, Texas, representing MDU property owners and managers and broadband service providers at the intersection of real estate and telecommunications law. ... Complete Bio >>
Fabion Kauker

Product Architect

Kauker brings to 3-GIS experience that includes design analysis for the NBN Australia backbone, mid mile and access networks and software design for Chorus and the New Zealand UFB project. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Keyser

Chief Executive Officer
BARC Electric Cooperative

Mike Keyser is the Chief Executive Officer of BARC Electric Cooperative, a rural Virginia electric cooperative located three hours southwest of Washington DC, serving 13,000 members. ... Complete Bio >>
Bob Knight

Executive Vice President and COO
Harrison Edwards Strategic Communications, Inc.

Bob Knight is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Harrison Edwards Strategic Communications in Armonk, New York and is heavily involved in the company's key sectors including broadband/small cell, economic development, government, ... Complete Bio >>
Angie Kronenberg

Chief Advocate and General Counsel

Angie Kronenberg is the chief advocate and general counsel of INCOMPAS, the internet and competitive networks association. Angie joined INCOMPAS in 2013, and she manages the association’s policy team and its work before the federal government. ... Complete Bio >>
Hilda Legg

State Director of Kentucky, Rural Development

Hilda Legg, an experienced professional with proven leadership skills and extensive knowledge of the challenges of rural broadband, was appointed by the Trump administration as state director for Kentucky in November 2017. ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Lewis-Ramirez

Business Development Leader
Foresite Group

Lewis-Ramirez has worked in almost every facet of the OSP engineering world, from fieldwork to design engineering to permitting and project management, giving him a holistic view of large-scale network deployments. ... 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, wireless telecommunications, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to the public-sector entry into telecommunications. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Mancini

Director, Sales Engineering
Xfinity Communities

Mancini lends consultative guidance in business-to-business solution sales and development of the advanced technology/product road map. He has more than 30 years of networking/integration expertise, spanning tenures at Sprint, Siemens and Raytheon. ... Complete Bio >>
Tim Marema

Daily Yonder

The Daily Yonder (www.dailyyonder.com) is a national news platform covering rural America. Marema’s paid and volunteer correspondents around the country provide rural perspectives on national news and explore the nation’s diverse rural cultures, economies, politics and more. ... Complete Bio >>
Carly McCord, Ph.D.

Director of TeleBehavioral Health
Texas A&M Health Science Center and Clinical Services of the Telehealth Counseling Clinic (TCC)

Carly E. McCord, Ph.D. is the Director of TeleBehavioral Health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center and Clinical Services of the Telehealth Counseling Clinic (TCC, http://telehealthcounseling.org). ... Complete Bio >>
Alex Menendez

Co-Founder and Partner

Alex Menendez is co-founder of Monkeybrains.net, a San Francisco ISP servicing over 10,000 properties across Northern California’s Bay Area with low cost, high speed Internet since 1996. ... Complete Bio >>
Carl Meyerhoefer

Solutions Marketing Senior Director

Carl Meyerhoefer works for Calix and has global responsibility for the marketing and positioning of Calix solutions into the Fiber Innovators segment. This segment includes Municipalities, Electric Cooperatives and Fiber Overbuilders. ... Complete Bio >>
Jannine Miller, MPA, MBA

Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure

Jannine Miller is honored to serve as Senior Advisor for Rural Development in the office of U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. She leads comprehensive, data-driven analysis to optimize effectiveness of Federal economic development policies, programs, regulations, and budgets. ... Complete Bio >>
Dean L. Mischke, P.E.

Vice President
Finely Engineering Company, Inc.

Dean has been with Finley Engineering for more than 28 years. Dean is a BSEEE graduate of California State University, Sacramento, and earned his Professional Engineer License in 1994, maintaining active licenses in ten states where he provides consulting and engineering services. ... Complete Bio >>
Stephen Milton

GigabitNow, Inc.

Milton works with small cities, counties, townships, villages and owner associations (homes, condos, etc.) to develop strategic and tactical plans to design, build and operate fiber networks in underserved communities across the United States. ... 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 chief information officers seeking universal access to fast, affordable, reliable internet connections. ... Complete Bio >>
Will Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
VETRO FiberMap™

Will holds a Master of Science degree in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, and has been a full time GIS practitioner and consultant since 1993. ... Complete Bio >>
Margaret (Peg) Molloy

VistaLifeSciences, Inc.

Peg Molloy is President and CEO of VistaLifeSciences and leads the Numbers4Health Initiative. Applying experience working with managed care, pharmaceuticals and insurers, Molloy founded VistaLifeSciences in 2007 to improve healthcare delivery at point-of-care globally. ... Complete Bio >>
Keith Montgomery

Chief Financial Officer
Declaration Networks Group, Inc.

Montgomery is an experienced COO, CFO and chief information officer with more than 33 years of experience in telecommunications, high tech and broadband consulting for domestic and international companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Kara Mullaley

Global FTTx Marketing Manager
Corning Optical Communications

Kara Mullaley is the Global FTTx Marketing Manager with Corning Optical Communications. Kara has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, primarily supporting major network operators in the deployment of broadband networks worldwide. ... Complete Bio >>
Chris D. Neaves CISSP | PMP | CISM | CRISC | GICSP

Principal Cyber Systems Architect
K2Share LLC

Mr. Neaves has over 28 years of experience in Information Technology including Information Assurance, Security Engineering, Risk Assessment, WAN/LAN Design and Management, Enterprise Architecture, Data Center Operations and voice/data convergence. ... Complete Bio >>
Mary Nitschke

Director of Ancillary Services
Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Mary Nitschke is passionate about utilities, and should perhaps switch to decaf. She is the first president of the Utility Management Advisory board, possesses an Energy Resource Management Certificate from UC Davis, and two Bachelors of Art from UC Berkeley ... Complete Bio >>
Daniel O’Connell

Vice President, Consumer Sales

Daniel O’Connell is Vice President, Consumer Sales for CenturyLink. He leads a nationwide team of sales and engineering professionals in designing technology solutions and securing bulk and marketing agreements with residential real estate developers, owners and property management companies. ... Complete Bio >>
Eric Ogle

Project Manager
Magellan Advisors

Eric has spent most of his career involved in planning and policy with focus on technology-driven economic development for Appalachian communities. Prior to joining Magellan, Eric spent 13 years as ... Complete Bio >>
Brian O'Hara

Senior Director Regulatory Issues, Broadband & Telecommunications
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Brian O'Hara joined NRECA in October 2017 as Senior Director Regulatory Issues focusing on telecommunications and broadband issues. In this position, he will develop and direct association regulatory policy on ... Complete Bio >>
Nathan Ohle

Executive Director
RCAP, Inc.

Nathan Ohle is a leading expert in economic mobility, and was recently selected as one of 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in economic development internationally. ... Complete Bio >>
Georgianna W. Oliver

Founder and CEO

Georgianna W. Oliver is the founder of Tour24, the exciting new product that offers self-guided tours for apartments. She is a serial entrepreneur and a corporate executive that has built several businesses in the apartment space. ... Complete Bio >>
Ted B. Osborn

SVP Strategy & Regulatory Affairs
Nextlink Internet

Ted Osborn leads Strategy and Regulatory Affairs for Nextlink, an Internet Service Provider to commercial, enterprise, and rural residential markets in Texas and Oklahoma. Founded in 2012, Nextlink has a dedicated staff of 250 people serving 30,000 accounts ... 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

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 >>
Don M. Patten

General Manager

With more than 25 years of experience in the technology and telecommunications industry, Don Patten joined Monmouth – Independence Networks, MINET, as General Manger in late 2013. ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Pedersen

Vice President, Development & Planning
Connected Nation

Chris Pedersen serves as Vice President of Development and Planning for Connected Nation, a national non-profit focused on improving lives through technology. Chris leads nationwide development and planning efforts related to initiating community development, workforce, broadband expansion, and digital inclusion programs. ... Complete Bio >>
Alan Pong

President & CEO
Comfort International Inc.

Alan has been in the HVAC and Energy Management industry since 1989 and recognized as a leading expert in energy management. He has helped clients achieve the lowest metrics in energy for their medium to large commercial facilities. ... Complete Bio >>
David Post

Mayor Pro Tem
City of Salisbury, NC; Attorney, David Post Law Firm

With more than 30 years as an attorney, David has gained valuable experience in multiple areas of law. He has enjoyed careers such as a college professor, CPA, businessman, and lawyer. ... 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. ... Complete Bio >>
Bryan Rader

UpStream Network

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 Regan

Vice President – Legal, Policy, and Strategy
Starry Internet

Brian is a seasoned communications and technology attorney with more than 10 years of experience working within government and the private sector. Brian is currently the Vice President for Legal, Policy, and Strategy at Starry, Inc. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Reiman

The Broadband Group

Jeff brings a comprehensive understanding of technology, capital market structure, and entrepreneurial leadership to assist clients in building structures that advance broadband network deployments ... 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 online marketing groups. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Render

CEO and Principal Analyst
RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting

Render is a recognized expert in North American fiber broadband rollout and a regular presenter at national and international broadband and smart cities conferences as well as a consultant to numerous public and private organizations in the fiber optic industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Catharine Rice

Project Director, Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)
Consultant, Broadband-Matters

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 consultant serving North Carolina communities in planning and ... Complete Bio >>
Graham Richard

Graham Richard Associates, LLC

Graham Richard is the Managing Partner of Graham Richard Associates LLC. His firm provides services to companies and communities as they work to invest in the Clean Economy in Opportunity Zones. ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Riley

Vice President, Engineering, ISP Engineering
Mid-State Consultants, Inc.

Mike Riley is a licensed professional engineer and the Vice President of Engineering for Mid-State Consultants. Mike has 30 years experience in the industry and has worked on telecom projects in more than 30 States. ... Complete Bio >>
David Robertson

Vice President
Lewis, Young, Robertson & Burningham, Inc.

David Robertson has served in the municipal bond industry since 2000 having structured over $2 billion in bonds for general obligation, revenue bonds and other debt structures. ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 telecommunications design and specification experience. ... Complete Bio >>
Valerie M. Sargent

Executive Director
Multifamily Broadband Council

Valerie M. Sargent has a passion for bringing vitality to individuals and organizations. From her start as a leasing consultant over 25 years ago, she has guided her multifamily career through the years to become a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and consultant. ... Complete Bio >>
McKenzie Schnell

Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

McKenzie is an Associate at Baller Stokes & Lide, PC where she is involved in a broad range of communications matters. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. private-sector. ... Complete Bio >>
Gene Scott

General Manager, Outside Plant
Greenlight Community Broadband Wilson, North Carolina

Gene Scott is currently the General Manager OSP for Greenlight Community Broadband in Wilson, NC. Mr. Scott has served in this position for 12 years. His duties include overseeing the design, material specifications / selection and maintenance ... Complete Bio >>
Craig Settles

CJ Speaks

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 >>
Scott Shapiro

Consultant, MetroNet
Former Chief Innovation Officer, City of Lexington

Scott consults with MetroNet, the fiber-to-the-home company that provides gigabit internet services to more than 40 cities in three states. Prior to working with MetroNet, Scott served two terms with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray as the city’s Chief Innovation Officer. ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Sherwin

Member, Wireless Hall of Fame
Spot On Networks, LLC

Richard J. (“Dick”) Sherwin has been involved in wireless communications and radio frequency transmission for the past 30 years. Together with a number of telecommunications veterans, he founded and funded Spot On Networks, LLC, a provider of ... Complete Bio >>
Deborah Simpier


Deborah Simpier is the COO and organizer of the Althea network in rural Oregon, Clatskanie Co-op. She has also been active in the Pacific Northwest mesh networking and net neutrality scene for several years. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Slovin

Vice President, National Field Sales
Xfinity Communities

Slovin has more than 20 years of sales, operations and marketing leadership experience in the telecommunications and cable industries. He manages Comcast’s direct sales and XFINITY Communities sales channels and ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Smith

Owner and President
WhiteSpace Building Technology Advisors

Smith 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 they relate to the real estate industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Snider

Senior Broadband Consultant

Brian Snider leads the broadband group at Neighborly, the financial technology company connecting communities with the capital they need to fund vital public infrastructure. ... Complete Bio >>
Deb Socia

Executive Director
Next Century 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 people have access to fast, affordable, reliable internet. ... Complete Bio >>
Angela Stacy

Vice President of Marketing and Communications
SmartWorks Partners

As Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Angela is responsible for running all facets of the Marketing organization and serves on the FCC's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. ... 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’s clients include the American Public Power Association, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, regional and state utility associations and municipal leagues, and public and private entities in more than 35 states, including most publicly owned FTTH networks in the country. ... Complete Bio >>
Nathan Stooke

Wisper Internet

In the last 15 years, Nathan Stooke went from programming PCs to building Wisper into a successful multi-million-dollar Internet service provider. With headquarters in local Mascoutah, IL, Wisper now services Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. ... Complete Bio >>
Dave Sumi

VP of Marketing

Dave posses a powerful combination of technical knowledge, International marketing savvy, expertise in strategic marketing and business development, as well as wide ranging experience in wireless from WiFi to Small Cells to 5G. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeffrey (Jeff) Sural

Director, Broadband Infrastructure Office
North Carolina Department of Information Technology

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 all North Carolinians, ... Complete Bio >>
Kristy Szabo

Director of Consulting
Vantage Point

Kristy Szabo has more than 20 years of experience in business finance. Kristy has performed several valuations on ILEC and CLEC operations, wireless operations and CATV systems. ... Complete Bio >>
J. 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Terheggen

Consolidated Smart Systems

Dan Terheggen is the CEO of Consolidated Smart Systems, one of the leading MDU broadband providers in the United States. Consolidated offers high speed internet, digital satellite video and VoIP to its MDU and ... Complete Bio >>
Dwight Thomas

Director of IT and Broadband
Mont Belvieu, Texas

Dwight Thomas, Jr. is the Broadband Networks Engineer for the City of Mont Belvieu. Over the past 20+ years, Dwight has accumulated extensive experience planning, engineering, constructing and operating mission-critical networks for various industries such as ... Complete Bio >>
Roger Timmerman

Executive Director and CEO

Roger is a technology management professional with over 17 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology. Roger is the Executive Director of the 13 city UTOPIA Fiber project in Utah. ... Complete Bio >>
Jarius Treadway

Senior Attorney

Jarius is a Senior Attorney at CenturyLink, supporting the Consumer Special Acquisitions (MDU) group. Working with the MDU group, he participates in the contractual review and negotiation of sales and access agreements. ... Complete Bio >>
Pierre Trudeau

President and CTO
Positron Access Solutions

Pierre is a seasoned Networking and Technology Executive and Board Member with over 35 years of experience. Prior to joining Positron in 2013, Pierre founded Colubris Networks, a leader in advanced Wi-Fi solutions for Wireless ISP, Carriers and Enterprises in March 2000. ... 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 >>
William Vallée

Connecticut Broadband Policy & Programs Coordinator
Connecticut Broadband Office

Vallée 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 federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. ... Complete Bio >>
Gino Villarini

Founder and CEO

Gino Villarini, Founder and CEO of AeroNet, is a tech entrepreneur that's always thinking of innovative ways to accomplish challenging goals. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Voll


Michael is an innovator in the connected infrastructure space. As CEO of Frog, a boutique fiber optic 10Gbps internet provider, he also provides large scale master planned communities, developments, and municipalities with Information Communication Technology (ICT) advisory services, ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Wachtmann

Technology Solutions Manager
RTC Fiber Communications, Indiana

Michael Wachtmann is the Technology Solutions Manager at RTC Communications Corp, a division of Rochester Telephone Company which has been serving Fulton County Indiana since 1896. ... Complete Bio >>
Nate Walowitz

Regional Broadband Program Director
Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Nate Walowitz is an innovative telecommunications and technology program executive and serves as the Regional Broadband Program Director for the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG). ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Waltzer

National Real Estate Partnerships
Google Fiber

Ben Waltzer currently leads Google Fiber's Real Estate partnerships team bringing next generation broadband and connected home capabilities to some of the largest multifamily owners, operators and developers across the U.S. ... Complete Bio >>
Nathan Watkins

City Manager
Mont Belvieu, Texas

Nathan is currently the City Manager for the City of Mont Belvieu and has served the community for 8 years. Prior to working for the City, Nathan served in the United States Navy for 6 years as a member of Naval Special Warfare and ... Complete Bio >>
Sarah Wattick

Vice President of Sustainable Technology Solutions
Converged Services

Sarah Wattick is the Vice President of Sustainable Technology Solutions at Converged Services. Sarah graduated with a BSBA in Marketing and began her career at Comcast on the Marketing and Operations team for the Florida Region and joined Converged Services in 2016. ... Complete Bio >>
Monica Webb

Government Relations
Ting Internet/Tucows

Webb 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 >>
Kara Weinstein

Home Owners Association and Lifestyle Director
Whisper Valley

Kara Weinstein is the Community Director at Whisper Valley, managing the HOA and Life Style Programming, as well as working closely with the development team. She has been in the real estate industry for over 15 years, ... 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 >>
Nancy Werner

General Counsel
National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)

Nancy Werner is General Counsel of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. Prior to joining NATOA, Nancy was Of Counsel at the law firm of Beery, Elsner & Hammond, LLP in Portland, Oregon, ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan West

Foursight Communications

Jonathan L. West serves as the Chairman of Foursight Communications located in Cookeville Tennessee. Foursight Communications is a partnership of three communications cooperatives established to help rural electric cooperatives and municipalities successfully bring broadband services to their communities in an expedited manner. ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Weston

Senior Leader
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Weston has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, serving in key roles in sales, marketing, operations and planning. His Verizon team has served the multifamily market for more than a dozen years and are responsible for bringing the best of Verizon to ... Complete Bio >>
Greg Williams

Executive Vice President and General Manager
Appalachian Electric Cooperative

A graduate of Carson Newman University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Greg Williams began his career at Appalachian Electric Cooperative in 1982, when he joined the Co-op as an Electrical Engineer. ... Complete Bio >>
Jory Wolf

Vice President, Digital Innovation
Magellan Advisors

Wolf joined Magellan after 22 years as chief information officer of the City of Santa Monica, California, where he launched Santa Monica City Wi-Fi, which provides free internet services to the public through a network of 32 hot zones ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Woods

Vice President, Residential Access
Wave Broadband

Mr. Woods has had the unique opportunity to be involved as an early pioneer in the multifamily Internet service from its very beginning; starting with launching high-speed Internet service in one of the very first U.S. apartment communities to go online, ... Complete Bio >>
Curtis Wynn

President and CEO
Roanoke Electric Cooperative & Affiliate Organizations

Curtis Wynn is president & CEO of Roanoke Electric Cooperative & Affiliate Organizations. He has nearly 38 years’ experience in the electric utility industry. He formerly held a number of management positions at West Florida Electric Cooperative. ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Wynne

Manager, Americas

Wynne, who has more than ten years of experience in strategic technical roles, currently leads Comsof’s commercial business in the North American market. Comsof’s innovative FiberPlanIT software enables its users to automate and optimize the design of their fiber networks. ... Complete Bio >>


Lisa R. Youngers

President & CEO
Fiber Broadband Association

Lisa R. Youngers is the President & CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) - the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Ms. Youngers oversees all aspects of the association including operations, finance, advocacy and ensuring member value. ... Complete Bio >>
Masha Zager

Broadband Communities Magazine

Zager is editor of Broadband Communities magazine. She has contributed to many technology and telecommunications publications, including Rural Telecommunications, REALTOR Association Executive Magazine, NewsFactor Network and Call Center Magazine. ... Complete Bio >>
Jameson Zimmer

Head of Product and Senior Analyst

Jameson Zimmer is Head of Product and Senior Analyst at BroadbandNow. Jameson’s team is responsible for building the most comprehensive and accurate consumer guide to internet service, and he has written extensively on government policy and broadband issues. ... Complete Bio >>

April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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Here's a glance at last year's Summit.

Look who you'll meet at the Summit

  Unique Opportunity to Network with Broadband Systems Operators*
*Includes Telcos - Private, CLECs, ILECs; Cable Operators; Wireless Broadband Operators, Property Managers, Developers, Owners, REITs, Universities, Colleges
  Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, Distributors 17%
  Government/Legal 12%
  Consultants, Contractors 10%
  System Installers, Service Providers 8%
  Financial Advisers, Institutions, Investors 3%

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