Summit 2020 Speakers

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Christopher Ali, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies
University of Virginia

Dr. Christopher Ali is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia and a Faculty Fellow with the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. ... Complete Bio >>
Abhay Ambati

Senior Vice President, Technology Services
Logical Buildings

Ambati has more than a decade of experience working on 400-plus high- and mid-rise apartment buildings, commercial and institutional properties in the United States. ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Ames

Attorney
Hubacher, Ames & Taylor

Matt Ames is a member of the law firm of Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC. Mr. Ames specializes in cable and telecommunications law, representing private property owners ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Robert Ballance

Founder
The Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC

Dr. Robert Ballance is the founder of the Center for Internet as Infrastructure, LLC. The Center’s purpose is to help accelerate the transition of internet connectivity from a desirable innovation to essential infrastructure. ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Baller

President
Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Baller represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 35 states. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Bertholdi

Director
SpringNet

Jeff Bertholdi is a grass-roots executive with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Charlotte Bewersdorff

Vice President for Community Engagement
Merit Network

Charlotte Bewersdorff serves as Merit’s Vice President for Community Engagement. ... Complete Bio >>
Beni Blell, RCDD

Vice President of Business Development
Hexatronic North America

In his current role as VP of Business Development, Beni is responsible for anticipating the needs of customers, leading sales and marketing activities, and developing new business. ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Blink

Policy Advisor – Transportation and Technology Innovation
Office of Governor Doug Ducey

Ben Blink is the policy advisor for transportation and technology innovation for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. Ben works to develop and implement the Governor's policy agenda related to infrastructure, ... Complete Bio >>
Gary A. Bolles

Co-Founder, eParachute
Partner, Charrette LLC

Gary A. Bolles is the Chair for the Future of Work for Singularity University, a global learning platform based in Silicon Valley. ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Bradshaw

President
SiFi Networks

Scott is a structured and driven individual that has successfully created and delivered P3 investment models, IP licensing and Channel partnerships throughout emerging markets in North America, Europe and ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Buckley

Associate Editor
Broadband Communities

Buckley comes to Broadband Communities after nine years as senior editor at FierceTelecom, a daily online newsletter. He also oversaw FierceInstaller, a weekly publication chronicling trends ... Complete Bio >>
John Burchett

Director, Public Policy and 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. ... Complete Bio >>
Ed Christmas

Founder & Managing Principal
Sology Solutions

Ed Christmas is the founder of Sology Solutions, a leading integrated technology firm which helps its customers leverage intelligent and connected technologies to capture relevant data, ... Complete Bio >>
Mircea Ciocan

Business Development Manager
Nokia

Mircea Ciocan is Director of Business Development for Nokia Fixed Networks – in his current role leads Nokia’s efforts to develop Broadband Communities Infrastructure in North America. ... Complete Bio >>
Drew Clark

President, Rural Telecommunications Congress, Broadband Breakfast
Of Counsel, The CommLaw Group

Drew 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 >>
Andrew Cohill, Ph.D.

President and CEO
WideOpen Networks

Dr. Andrew Cohill is the President and CEO of WideOpen Networks. Cohill has an extensive background in broadband network design, broadband planning, and ... 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. ... 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 at the University of Washington, ... Complete Bio >>
David Daugherty

Founder
Korcett and Clarus Broadband

Daugherty has more than 20 years of experience in the IT marketplace. ... 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. ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Dawson

President
CCG Consulting

Dawson has worked in the telecom industry since 1978 and has both a consulting and an operational background. ... Complete Bio >>
Graham Dodge

Executive Director
Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, Inc.

Graham Dodge is the new Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in the City of Westminster, Maryland ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Donnelly

Vice President for Government Affairs
National Multifamily Housing Council

Kevin Donnelly is vice president for government affairs of NMHC, with responsibility for representing the interests of the multifamily industry before Congress and federal agencies. ... Complete Bio >>
Eric Fichtner

Chief Operating Officer
Symphony Technology Solutions

Fichtner has served as an executive in the communications and building systems technology fields for more than 30 years. ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Fineman

President
Michigan Broadband Cooperative

Ben is an advanced networking professional and community broadband activist. Some years ago, ... Complete Bio >>
Isak Finér

Chief Marketing Officer & VP North America
COS Systems

Isak Finer is Chief Marketing Officer & VP North America at COS Systems. After launching the COS Business Engine platform in 2008, ... Complete Bio >>
John George

Senior Director, Solutions and Professional Services
OFS

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

Partner
Holland and Hart LLP

For more than 25 years, Glivar has counseled small, mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies on their technology and telecommunications needs. ... Complete Bio >>
Heather Burnett Gold

CEO
HBG Strategies, LLC

Burnett Gold previously served as president/CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly the Fiber to the Home Council North America), a nonprofit organization that helps members plan, ... 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. ... Complete Bio >>
Kenrick Gordon, P.E.

Chief Information Officer
Arizona State University

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. ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Higgins

Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Aditum

Brian Higgins is founder and CEO of Aditum, a Norwalk, Connecticut-based technology company focused on revolutionizing how the real estate industry connects to the Internet. ... Complete Bio >>
Todd Holt

CEO
Point Broadband

Todd currently serves as the CEO for ITC Capital Partners (2014 – present) and Point Broadband (2016 – present), an ITC portfolio company. Todd’s prior employment includes: ... 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; ... 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. ... 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 >>
Elin Katz

Managing Director, Utilities & Associate General Counsel
Tilson Technology Management

Elin Swanson Katz is the Managing Director of Utilities and Associate General Counsel for Tilson. Elin works with clients in both the public and private sectors on broadband deployment strategies and ... Complete Bio >>
Bob Knight

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

Knight is heavily involved in Harrison Edwards’ key sectors, including broadband/small cell, economic development, government, biotech, and health care. ... Complete Bio >>
Joe Kochan

Chief Executive Officer
US Ignite

Joe Kochan is the Chief Executive Officer of US Ignite, a national non-profit organization advancing smart cities and the communications networks that enable them. ... Complete Bio >>
John Leary

Information Technology Manager
Westfield Gas + Electric

John Leary is the Information Technology Manager for Westfield Gas + Electric dba Whip City Fiber in Westfield, Massachusetts. ... Complete Bio >>
John D. Lester

General Manager
Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU)

John D. Lester, General Manager of Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU), is an accomplished leader in municipal utilities with over 20 years’ experience in managing Electric, Natural Gas, ... Complete Bio >>
Casey Lide

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies
University of Virginia

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

Director of State Engagements
EducationSuperHighway

Jack Lynch is the Director of State Engagements at EducationSuperHighway, the leading non-profit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. ... Complete Bio >>
Carol Mattey

Principal
Mattey Consulting, LLC

Carol Mattey is the Principal of Mattey Consulting LLC, based in the Washington, DC metro area. Mattey Consulting provides regulatory, ... Complete Bio >>
Ted Maulucci

President
SmartONE Solutions Inc.

Ted Maulucci is the President of SmartONE Solutions Inc., a company committed to advancing the digital living experience in communities. ... Complete Bio >>
Stephen Mayo

President
Inteleconnect, Inc.

Stephen Mayo is one of the leading technology consultants focusing on the design and implementation of fiber networks and telecommunication strategies for master-planned communities, ... Complete Bio >>
Matt McCullough

Associate Director
Utah Telehealth Network

Mr. McCullough recently became the new Associate Director of the Utah Telehealth Network, where he is responsible for UTN operations, strategic planning, ... Complete Bio >>
Mike McGannon

Vice President, Wireless Engineering
Engineering Associates, LLC

Mike McGannon is currently a Vice President at Engineering Associates, LLC focused on improving broadband, communications and processes for communities across the United States. ... Complete Bio >>
Christopher Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Christopher Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and internet access. At ILSR, he serves as policy director for Next Century Cities, ... Complete Bio >>
Carole D. Monroe

Board Chair, Community Outreach
ValleyNet, Inc.

Carole Monroe is the Chair of the Board of ValleyNet, Inc. the operations company of ECFiber and LymeFiber. She works with communities in New Hampshire and ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick Moreno

Product Marketing Manager
Zyxel Communications, Inc.

Patrick Moreno works as Product Marketing Manager for Zyxel Communications, Inc. Moreno handles product line related marketing supporting nationwide and ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Morgan

Chief Marketing Officer
Clearfield, Inc.

Kevin leads the marketing efforts for Clearfield as Chief Marketing Officer and joined the company in 2016. He also currently serves as an officer of the Fiber Broadband Association’s Board and ... Complete Bio >>
Mary Nitschke

Director of Ancillary Services
Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Mary Nitschke Director of Ancillary Services Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc. Mary Nitschke is passionate about utilities and should perhaps switch to decaf. ... Complete Bio >>
Leslie Nulty

Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mansfield Community Fiber, Inc.

At present Leslie Nulty serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Mansfield Community Fiber Inc., Jericho, Vermont. A privately held firm founded in 2016, ... Complete Bio >>
Sid Nurkin

Former President
Cullasaja HOA

Sid Nurkin received his degree in electrical engineering in 1963 and his law degree in 1966, both from Duke University. He practiced corporate law in Atlanta, Georgia for forty years, ... Complete Bio >>
Daniel O’Connell

Vice President, Consumer Sales
CenturyLink

O’Connell joined CenturyLink in 2018, with more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries. ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Paschick

Principal
National WiFi

Matt Paschick is the Sole Principal of National Wi-Fi Inc. A provider of Bulk, Subscription, and Common Area Internet services focused on the MDU space. ... Complete Bio >>
Jane Smith Patterson

Partner
Broadband Catalysts

Patterson, Brian Rathbone and Deborah Watts have created a new LLP, Broadband Catalysts, to promote broadband in rural and low-income urban areas. ... Complete Bio >>
Vanetta Pledger

Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology Services
City of Alexandria

Vanetta Pledger is the Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology Services for the City of Alexandria. ... Complete Bio >>
Sam Pratt

CEO
Render Networks

Passionate about innovation and harnessing the power of technology for global impact; Sam is focused on scaling Render’s unique Digital Network Construction approach ... Complete Bio >>
Henry Pye

Vice President, Resident Technology Services
RealPage

Pye and the RTS team have collectively assisted thousands of developments and communities in 42 states and multiple countries. ... Complete Bio >>
Bryan Rader

President
UpStream Network

Rader has extensive experience in real estate as an ancillary services manager for two national property owners, as a private cable operator and as a consultant to both property owners and private cable operators. ... Complete Bio >>
Anna Read

Officer, Broadband Research Initiative
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Anna Read is the research officer for the Pew Charitable Trusts’ broadband research initiative. Before joining Pew, she was a senior research associate at the American Planning Association. ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Regan

Vice President – Legal, Policy, and Strategy
Starry

Brian is a seasoned communications and technology law and policy expert with more than a decade of experience in government and the private sector. ... Complete Bio >>
Gregory Remus

Attorney
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

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 ... Complete Bio >>
Catharine Rice

Project Director
Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC)

Catharine Rice is Project Director for the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC), and consultant with Broadband-Matters. For more than a decade, Catharine has been ... 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 >>
Steve Ross

Editor-at-Large
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, ... Complete Bio >>
Jon Sallet

Senior Fellow
Benton Institute for Broadband & Society

Jon's work focuses on policies to preserve and protect internet openness, to advance competition more broadly, including through antitrust, and to support FCC actions to protect privacy, ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Sayre

Managing Director
Onward Eugene

Matt Sayre is Managing Director at Onward Eugene. In 2015, he and other local partners helped Eugene secure a ‘Top 10 up and coming tech cities in the Nation’ title from Fast Company Magazine. ... Complete Bio >>
Roberta Levy Schwartz, Ph.D., FACHE

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer
Houston Methodist Hospital

Roberta L. Schwartz is the executive vice president and chief innovation officer of Houston Methodist Hospital, which has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 hospital in Texas ... Complete Bio >>
Craig Settles

President
CJ Speaks

For more than 30 years, Settles’ workshops, consulting services and books have helped public, private and nonprofit organizations worldwide use technology to cut costs, ... Complete Bio >>
Richard J. Sherwin

CEO
Spot On Networks, LLC

Sherwin has been involved in wireless communications and radio frequency transmission for the past 30 years. With a number of telecommunications veterans, ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Smith

Owner and President
White Space 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Deb Socia

President and CEO
The Enterprise Center

Deb Socia is President and CEO of The Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that nurtures innovation in Chattanooga with the goal of connecting people to resources and building an inclusive community. ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan Solomon

Sr Partner Solutions Architect, Telecommunicators, Media & Entertainment
Amazon Web Services

Jonathan Solomon, Sr Partner Solutions Architect, joined Amazon Web Services in late 2019 where he works with telecommunications partners to create scalable media and ... Complete Bio >>
Dave Spence

Senior Director of National Accounts
XFINITY Communities

Dave Spence is Senior Director of National Accounts for Comcast's XFINITY Communities business unit. In this role Dave and his team manages the strategic relationships with key national property owners. ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Stender

President and CEO
InfiniSys

Tom has been with InfiniSys for over two decades. As President, he oversees product development and design to ensure that all InfiniSys designs meet the most current standards. ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Stokes

Principal
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 ... Complete Bio >>
Nathan Stooke

CEO
Wisper Internet

In the last 17 years, Stooke went from programming PCs to building Wisper into a successful multimillion-dollar internet service provider serving Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. ... Complete Bio >>
Paul Sulisz

President of Engineering
Biarri Networks

Paul Sulisz’s career within the telecommunications industry spans 18 years. He has spent 7+ years in the fiber/fixed access networks and 11 years in wireless networks including cellular & ... Complete Bio >>
Christen Sullivan

Senior Budget Analyst
Harford County Government, Maryland

Christen Sullivan is Senior Budget Analyst in Harford County’s Office of Budget and Efficiency. In this role she works with the Chief of Budget and Efficiency to develop, manage and ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Terheggen

CEO
Consolidated Smart Systems

Terheggen is president of the Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC), which is the only national organization representing private and independent MDU broadband service providers in the country. ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick Thibeault

Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
The Broadband Group

As Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Patrick Thibeault brings advanced design, engineering, and planning acumen to the TBG portfolio. ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Townson

CEO
DTC Communications, Tennessee

Chris Townson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DTC Communications and its subsidiaries. DTC Communications is a member-owned provider of telecommunications services ... Complete Bio >>
Jarius Treadway

Senior Attorney
CenturyLink Legal Department

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 ... Complete Bio >>
Pierre Trudeau

President and CTO
Positron Access Solutions

Trudeau is a seasoned networking and technology executive and board member with more than 35 years of experience. Prior to joining Positron in 2013, ... Complete Bio >>
Nicol Turner-Lee

Fellow, Governance Studies, Center for Technology Innovation
Brookings Institution

Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a fellow in the Brookings Institution Center for Technology Innovation, where she addresses the regulatory and legislative policies of telecommunications, current and ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Urban

COO
Corbel Communications Industries, LLC.

Dan Urban has been on the forefront of Microtrenching for many years. He is well versed in all facets of the telecommunications industry as well as many others. ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Vargas

Director, Business Development
Boingo Wireless

Chris Vargas is director of business development at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), a leading provider of connectivity solutions for multifamily communities. ... Complete Bio >>
Dr. Robert Wack

City Council President
Westminster, MD

Robert Wack served 16 years on the Westminster City Council, the last six as President, where he led the planning and construction of the Westminster Fiber Network; ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Walker

Telecommunications Director
NoaNet

Chris has been providing operational and leadership experience to NoaNet since it was founded in 2001. Hired as the Operations Manager, he was quickly promoted to Operations and ... Complete Bio >>
Sue Weiske

Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Charter Communications

Weiske has more than 20 years of in-house counsel experience for large communications and software companies, including Charter Communications, Level 3, Time Warner Cable, Intrado and ... Complete Bio >>
Nancy Werner

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

Nancy Werner is General Counsel of NATOA, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. NATOA is the premier local government professional association that ... Complete Bio >>
Dave Williams

Technology Services Director
Ponca City, Oklahoma

Dave Williams has 35 years experience in technology in a wide breadth of business settings: education, legal, journalism, telecommunication, medical center, and municipal government. ... 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 ... Complete Bio >>
Jory Wolf

Vice President, Digital Innovation
Magellan Advisors

Wolf joined Magellan after 22 years as chief information officer for Santa Monica, California, where he launched Santa Monica City Wi-Fi, which provides free internet services to the public ... Complete Bio >>
Robert Worden

Executive Engagement Leader, Smart Cities and IoT
Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

Robert Worden leads Fujitsu’s Smart Cities/Internet of Things (IoT) efforts in North America. Bringing 25 years of telecom leadership to this role, Robert’s charter is to digitally transform the ... Complete Bio >>

 

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