Multifamily Educational Series

Property owners, developers, managers, investors and more will find sessions on the latest shiny new technology driving everything from building management to building amenities and even building marketing -- all put into sharp business perspective with an agenda developed by industry leaders.

Monday, April 8

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Best Broadband Infrastructure for Each Building Type

A 2-hour special pre-conference workshop that will explore all standard designs for broadband networking in MDUs – high-rise, mid-rise and cottage layouts.

Tom Stender – President & CEO, InfiniSys

Robert Grosz
– Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Boingo Wireless
Cory Douglas – Executive Vice President, Pavlov Media
Shawn Cullingford – MDU/CRE Systems Architect, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company
Kara Mullaley – Global FTTx Marketing Manager, Corning Optical Communications

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm


IoT and the MDU


Henry Pye – Vice President, Residential Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.


Tuesday, April 9

8:30 am – 8:40 am

Welcome to Our City: What’s Hot in Austin


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

8:45 am – 9:45 am

General Session

The Big Picture

Hear what's on the minds of the experts Broadband Communities turns to when we want to know about multifamily, economic development and rural broadband issues.

Steve Ross – Editor-at-Large, Broadband Communities Magazine

Jim Baller – President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC  
Bryan Rader – President, UpStream Network 
Drew Clark – Chairman and Publisher,, President, Rural Telecommunications Congress

9:55 am – 11:25 am

General Session

A Conversation with the Big Carriers on Where They're Going

Kathleen Austin – Asst. Vice President, Revenue Partnerships, Equity Residential

Daniel O’Connell – Senior Director of Consumer Markets, CenturyLink
Dan Terheggen – CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems
Michael Weston – Senior Leader, Verizon Enhanced Communities
Jackie Arbour – General Manager, National Sales and Mixed-Use, AT&T  Connected Communities
Mike Slovin – Vice President of National Field Sales, Xfinity Communities 

11:35 am – 12:35 am

General Session

Great Communities

Check out the stunning examples we’ve found where forward thinking property owners and developers have created great communities in which broadband plays an essential role. You just may want to move by the time these panelists finish describing what it means to live the vida broadband in a great community.

Jeff Reiman – Principal, The Broadband Group

Wisper Valley
Kara Weinstein – Home Owners Association and Lifestyle Director, Whisper Valley
Ben Waltzer – National Real Estate Partnerships, Google Fiber

Walsh Ranch
Michael Voll – CEO, Frog

12:45 pm – 1:40 pm

General Session/Working Lunch

Building the Case for a Housing Revolution 

Plant Prefab CEO Steve Glenn guides the production of high design, low impact single and multifamily homes – and gets them to his clients faster (50% reduction in construction time), cheaper (10-25% in major cities) and greener (many are LEED certified) than typical on-site construction. And you’d better believe these aren’t your weird relatives’ mobile homes. The AIA, Green Builder Magazine, Business 2.0 and Business Week have all given the company awards. Plant Prefab’s backers include Amazon’s Alexa Fund – so it’s no surprise the homes are also smart.

Mike Smith – President, White Space Building Technology Advisors

Steve Glenn – CEO, Plant Prefab

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Track Session

Deployers: What's Your Winning Strategy?

5G? Fiber/coax? GFast? Wireless? MDU broadband deployers have a range of strategies to choose from. This session focuses on the go-to choice that several major deployers are associated with – and why each made that choice.

Alan Bertsch – President, QYPSYS

Gino Villarini – President, AeroNet Wireless, Gigabit1 (Solution – Hybrid Fiber and Microwave) 
Michael Weston – Senior Leader, Verizon Enhanced Communities (Solution – 5G) 
Mike Mancini – Director, Sales Engineering, Xfinity Communities (Solution – Coax/Fiber)
Jeff Johnson – Director of MDU Enablement, CenturyLink (Solution – GFast)

4:10 pm – 5:00 pm

Track Session

Owning Your Own Broadband System

Hey, Mr./Ms. MDU Developer. You don’t have to go with the big guys… or even a smaller ISP. Come find out what you need to know before you strike out on your own. Our experienced, entrepreneurial panelists will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of owning your own broadband infrastructure; what you need to know to build future-proof infrastructure; how to choose – and work with – an operator; how to use the system to market the property to prospective residents – and a whole lot more!

Mike Coco – President, Choice Property Resources

Robert Grosz – Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Boingo Wireless  
Dave Daugherty – Founder, Korcett and Clarus Broadband  
Stephen Milton – CEO, GigabitNow  


Wednesday, April 10

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Track Session

Owner / Legal Roundtable

Closed forum for owners and owner lawyers only.
This exclusive, closed forum for owners and owner lawyers will have as one of its major objectives the generating of key issues for airing in a subsequent open session.

Art Hubacher – Managing Member, Hubacher & Ames PLLC   
Ian Davis – Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner, Davis Craig PLLC

8:00 am – 8:50 am

Track Session

Manufacturer/Provider Roundtable

In this session, these manufacturers will be able to present to the providers on their products and why they need to consider them.

Sean Buckley
– Associate Editor, Broadband Communities

John George
– Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services, OFS  
Pierre Trudeau – President and CTO, Positron Access Solutions  
David Sumi – Vice President of Marketing, Siklu  

9:00 am – 9:50 am

Track Session

Wanna Better Way to Boost In-Building Signal Strength? Think CBRS (Citizens Band Radio Service)

The demographics for in-building signal strength are poor – it’s a problem for 70% of all buildings. The costs to deploy DAS in-building architectures are high! If you’re looking for a solution, we’ve assembled a panel of BYOD (bring your own device) experts who advocate for making sure CBRS is a tool in your network arsenal. It’s not just coverage economies that will be realized, CBRS provides an opportunity to off-load mission-critical data applications from struggling Wi-Fi networks with the superior security and reliability of LTE.

Gordon Caverly – Regional Vice President, Mid-State Consultants  

Shawn Cullingford
– MDU/CRE Systems Architect, Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS Company  
Dean Mischke – Vice President, Finley Engineering  
Jeff Clark – Chief Innovation Officer, RF Connect LLC
Eric Fichtner – CEO, Symphony Technology Solutions
Robert Grosz – Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Boingo WIreless

10:00 am – 11:20 am

Track Session

MDU Legal Leaders

The top lawyers representing both MDU owners and providers will engage one another in spirited debate on both sides of key industry issues.

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

Sue Weiske – Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Charter Communications 
Ian Davis – Telecommunications Attorney: Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC 
Art Hubacher – Managing Member, Hubacher & Ames PLLC 
Dan Glivar – Partner, Holland and Hart LLP 
Lauren Brown – Assistant General Counsel, Comcast Cable
Jarius Treadway – Senior Attorney, CenturyLink
Gregory Remus – Attorney, Verizon Enhanced Communities

12:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Cornerstone Awards Luncheon

Sponsored by Verizon

Keynote Address by:
Jannine Miller
– Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, USDA

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Track Session

Small Internet Providers: What MDUs Need to Know 

When it comes to choosing an internet provider for your MDU, forgoing the big guys for a small internet provider may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But every MDU does need to know the options. Find out the pros – and cons – for making the switch.

Steve Sadler – Director, Resident Technology Services, RealPage, Inc.

Dan Terheggen – CEO, Consolidated Smart Systems 
Nathan Stooke – CEO, Wisper Internet
Matt Paschick – Principal, National Wi-Fi

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Track Session

MDUs and WISPs: We Can Work It Out

Wireless ISPs have a great technology solution. MDU property owners have a great customer base. What’s not to like about putting together two verticals that have historically thought of themselves as very different? They may have traditionally served different markets – urban MDUs vs. rural and small-town Wisps – but today’s technology helps open the door to a great new business opportunity that promises to benefit both. Come get the details on making it happen.

Valerie M. Sargent – Executive Director, Multifamily Broadband Council

Bryan Rader – President, UpStream Network
Nathan Stooke – CEO, Wisper Internet
David Sumi – Vice President of Marketing, Siklu  


Thursday, April 11

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Track Session

IoT: Living up to the Buzz with New Technologies

There are plenty of cool new technologies out there to consider for your building – everything from package lockers to new leasing options like 24- hour, self-guided apartment tours. Come get your bells and whistles fix.

J. Kirk Taylor
– Attorney, J. Kirk Taylor Law, PLLC

Sarah Wattick
– Vice President of Sustainable Technology Solutions
Regan Hartley – National Director of Sales, Package Concierge
Dave Jones – Director, National Engineering, Radiant  
Georgianna W. Oliver – Founder and CEO, Tour24

9:10 am – 10:00 am

Track Session

Owner Roundtable

Closed forum for property owners and managers only.

Open to Owners and Owner Representatives Only.  During this session, owners will be able to openly discuss trends within the industry as well as challenges faced.

Cheryl Jordan – Sr. Director Telecommunications, Operations & Investment Services, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

10:10 am – 11:00 am

Track Session

IoT Systems: Who Maintains Them?

Who does the tenant go to for help? Who actually maintains the system – and what are the ways that work best? Let’s hear what the experts say.

Ian Davis – Telecommunications Attorney and Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC

Norman Roe – CEO,Synergy Fiber  
Richard Sherwin – CEO, Spot On Networks, LLC
Carl Meyerhoefer – Sr. Director, Strategic & Solutions Marketing, Calix
Stuart Ashley – Director of Sales, Zego


11:10 am – 12:00 pm

Track Session

The ABCs of BMS (Building Management Systems)

Interested in operational savings your owners will really care about? Then get interested in – and informed about -- BMS. When it comes to managing a property for efficiency, comfort and longevity, a building management system works for multifamily as well as commercial buildings. Find out what a BMS is, how it works, how it relates to multifamily construction, its value and its infrastructure. Welcome to BMS.

Mary Nitschke – Director of Ancillary Services, Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Abhay Ambati – SVP Technology Services, Logical Buildings 
Alan Pong – President & CEO, Comfort International Inc.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

General Session

Exhibit Hall Luncheon, Keynote Presentation and the “Must be Present to Win” $5,000 Drawing

Big Cash Drawing During Thursday’s Exhibit Hall Lunch: To qualify, players must visit each participating drawing sponsor to obtain their signature or stamp. Once all boxes are filled, please turn in to the registration desk where your entry will be verified. This drawing is only for attendees. Vendors cannot participate. Only one submission per person. Must be present to win.

Jim Baller – President, Baller, Stokes & Lide, PC

Susan Crawford
 – John A. Reilly Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

The Coming Tech Revolution – And Why America Might Miss It 

That’s the title of fiber broadband champion and Harvard Law School professor Susan Crawford’s new book – and what you’ll hear her address at Thursday’s working lunch. The great promise of cheap, ultra-fast fiber-optic connectivity is limitless communications capacity that will radically transform everything from business, education and medical care to urban and rural problem-solving. Why might America miss out? Crawford notes that 84 percent of homes here are still connected to the internet through far more limited copper wire. China, on the other hand, is installing some 20,000 FTTH connections daily. Crawford has lots to say about the whys of America’s sluggish and haphazard efforts to switch to fiber and about the ways we can fix it. She’ll share them and follow up with a Q&A and book signing.

Book signing immediately following.

Sponsored by CTC

1:10 pm – 2:10 pm

General Session

San Francisco's MDU Open Access Ordinance: Here We Come... Again 

We debated the many concerns and questions of property owners and broadband providers before the ordinance took effect. Let's do it again now that there's been time to evaluate what's happening on the front lines.

Carl Kandutsch – Attorney, Law Office of Carl E. Kandutsch

Ian Davis – Telecommunications Attorney: Founding Partner, Davis Craig, PLLC
Angie Kroneberg – Chief Advocate and General Counsel, INCOMPAS
Doug Woods – VP Multifamily Access, Wave Broadband
Brian Regan – Starry Internet
Alex Menendez – Founder & Partner, MonkeyBrains
Kevin Donnelly – Vice President, Government Affairs, National Multifamily Housing Council


April 8-11, 2019

Renaissance Hotel in Austin, Texas

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  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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