Summit 2021 Speakers

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Michael Abensour

Director of Policy and Advocacy

Michael Abensour has spent over two decades in leadership roles in the political and nonprofit sector, having served as an executive director, campaign manager, political consultant and ... Complete Bio >>
Jonathan S. Adelstein

President and CEO
Wireless Industry Association

Jonathan S. Adelstein has headed the Wireless Industry Association since 2012, representing the businesses that build, develop, own, and ... Complete Bio >>
Lisa Alvarenga

San Antonio Project Coordinator
Libraries Without Borders, US

Lisa Alvarenga (she/her) is an almost lifelong San Antonio resident, a graduate of the University of The Incarnate Word, and the project coordinator of the Wash and Learn Initiative in San Antonio. ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Ames

Hubacher, Ames & Taylor

Matt Ames is a member of the law firm of Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC. He specializes in cable and telecommunications law, representing private property owners and ... Complete Bio >>
Charles “Doc” Anderson

State Representative District 56
McLennan County

A graduate of the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, Doc Anderson has served as a small animal veterinarian in Waco since 1981. After over 20 years of advocacy work for ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick Bailey

Owner/Senior Vice President
ICS Advanced Technologies

Patrick Bailey is co-founder and senior vice president of ICS Advanced Technologies. He oversees the sales and marketing departments and ... Complete Bio >>
Jim Baller

Keller and Heckman LLP

Jim Baller represents clients in a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 40 states, including more than a hundred community broadband initiatives and ... Complete Bio >>
Demetrios Barnes

Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder

Demetrios Barnes is the co-founder and chief operating officer of SmartRent, where he leads the client engagement, supply chain and field operations teams. ... Complete Bio >>
Ben Bawtree-Jobson

SiFi Networks

Bawtree-Jobson was involved in the formation of SiFi Networks and continues to direct all aspects of its public-private partnership offering in the fiber to the premise sector. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeremy Billings

General Manager, Regional Engineering

Jeremy Billings, who started in the cable industry as a field tech 16 years ago, has been working in engineering for the past 14 years. He currently manages all ... Complete Bio >>
Beni Blell

Vice President of Sales
Hexatronic USA

Beni Blell, RCDD, is the vice president of sales for Hexatronic USA. He has over 25 years’ experience in the Information communications technology (ICT) industry, ... Complete Bio >>
Douglas Blue

Business Development – North America

Doug Blue, who is responsible for business development for Nokia’s Network Infrastructure Division, has over 20 years of leadership experience in sales, marketing and ... Complete Bio >>
Gary Bolton

President and CEO
Fiber Broadband Association

Gary Bolton serves as president and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association — the largest trade association in the Americas dedicated to all-fiber-optic broadband. ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Boozer

Market Development Strategy, Utility and Municipal Sector
ETI Software

Jeff Boozer focuses on digital transformation outcomes for utility and municipal broadband providers. He helps companies plan and deploy new software technologies that enable the ... Complete Bio >>
Russ Brethower

Senior Manager, Wholesale Fiber
Grand PUD

Russ Brethower has over 35 years of experience working for publicly owned electric utilities. He has been with Grant PUD since 2001 and has extensive experience dealing with ... Complete Bio >>
Bill Bryant

Saddleback Communications

Bill Bryant, a 30-year telecommunications industry veteran, has served as president and general manager of Saddleback Communications Inc., a fully owned enterprise of the ... Complete Bio >>
Katelyn Buckley

Director of MDU Sales
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Katelyn Buckley joined Verizon in 2012 and currently serves as sales director for Verizon Enhanced Communities. In that capacity, she is responsible for bringing the best of ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Buckley

Broadband Communities

Sean Buckley came to Broadband Communities after nine years as senior editor at FierceTelecom, a daily online newsletter. He also oversaw FierceInstaller, ... Complete Bio >>
John Burchett

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

John Burchett is the head of communications, government and community relations for Google Access and Google Fiber and is based in Google’s Washington, D.C., office. ... Complete Bio >>
Casey Bush

Vice President
KeyBanc Capital Markets

Casey Bush is a vice president in the KeyBanc Capital Markets infrastructure group focused on project finance and public-private partnerships. Over his eight-plus year career there, ... Complete Bio >>
Ryan Carr

M/C Partners

Ryan Carr leads origination, deal diligence and portfolio company support for investments for broadband infrastructure and technology services segments at private equity firm M/C Partners. ... Complete Bio >>
Scott Casey

Chief Executive Officer and President

As CEO of ROVR, Scott Casey is responsible for strategic oversight, innovation and planning along with inspiring the team to achieve the company’s long and short-term goals. ... Complete Bio >>
Liz Cedillo-Pereira

Chief of Equity & Inclusion
City of Dallas

An attorney and local government official, Liz Cedillo-Pereira serves as the chief of equity and inclusion for the city of Dallas. She has executive leadership oversight of the office of ... Complete Bio >>
Drew Clark

Of Counsel, The CommLaw Group
Editor and Publisher,

Drew Clark, the editor and publisher of Breakfast Media LLC, is a widely respected U.S.-based telecommunications attorney. Broadband Breakfast is a leading source of U.S. news and ... Complete Bio >>
Ryan Coates

Marketing Manager
Desert Color

Ryan Coates leads the marketing effort for Desert Color — a 3,400-acre master-planned community in St. George, UT. He brings a passion for growing and ... Complete Bio >>
Tom Coverick

Managing Director, Government, Illinois, Colorado, Utah, Municipal Broadband

Tom Coverick serves as the managing director for Keybanc Capital Markets, working with their public sector division. He has extensive experience in municipal broadband and ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Cowley

Relationship Manager, Electric Distribution Group

Mike Cowley is a relationship manager in the electric distribution group at CoBank, based out of Texas. He covers the state of Arkansas as well as parts of Oklahoma and Texas. ... Complete Bio >>
Mark Cunningham

Director ISP, MDU and PIP Sales

Mark Cunningham is the director of MDU sales for DIRECTV, which currently provides bulk and retail DIRECTV video services to multi-family communities in all 50 states through ... Complete Bio >>
Ian Davis

Telecommunications Attorney, Founding Partner
Davis Craig, PLLC

Ian Davis counsels and represents residential and commercial developers in various telecommunications and technology related matters, including agreements for ... Complete Bio >>
Sarah Davis

Senior Director Government Affairs and Wholesale Strategies
Consolidated Communications

Sarah Davis is senior director of government affairs and wholesale strategies at Consolidated Communications. She has a law degree from the University of Maine School of ... Complete Bio >>
Leo Delgado

Founder and President
Converged Services

Leo Delgado is the founder and president of Converged Services, the nation’s largest and most experienced telecommunications and technology advisory firm. ... Complete Bio >>
Angie Dickison

Executive Director, Office of Broadband Development, Department of Employment and Economic Development
State of Minnesota

Angie Dickison is the executive director for Minnesota’s Office of Broadband Development, where she leads broadband strategy and program development efforts for the state. ... Complete Bio >>
Bill Dodd

Gigamonster Networks

Bill Dodd serves as co-founder and CEO of GigaMonster Networks, a Barings and Blackstone company. GigaMonster is one of the nation’s leading and ... 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 >>
Ryan Dulaney

Senior Director, Community Solutions Product & Technology
Spectrum Community Solutions

Ryan Dulaney is the senior director of the Spectrum Community Solutions Product and Technology team. Since joining Charter Communications (Spectrum) in 2016, ... Complete Bio >>
Joshua Edmonds

Director of Digital Inclusion
City of Detroit, Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT)

Joshua Edmonds is the City of Detroit’s inaugural director of digital inclusion and is America’s first municipal director of digital inclusion. He is responsible for the ... Complete Bio >>
Joan Engebretson

Executive Editor

Joan Engebretson has served as the executive editor of Telecompetitor since 2009 and is a co-owner of Slayton Solutions. She received her BA and MBA in ... Complete Bio >>
Ernesto Falcon

Senior Legislative Counsel
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Ernesto Falcon is senior legislative counsel at the Electronic Frontier Foundation with a primary focus on intellectual property, open internet issues, broadband access, and competition policy. ... Complete Bio >>
Bruce Forey

BroadMax Group

Bruce Forey is recognized as a results-focused marketing and communications leader with a long career in the broadband industry. He established GVTC Communication’s first ... Complete Bio >>
Keith Gabbard

Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative

Keith Gabbard, CEO of Peoples Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) in McKee, KY, has nearly 45 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, having served in ... Complete Bio >>
Jeffrey Gavlinsky

Director, Industry Organizations

Jeffrey Gavlinski, director, industry organizations for Calix, is also the owner and CEO of Mountain Connect LLC, a company facilitating broadband development conferences in Colorado and ... 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. He has published and ... Complete Bio >>
Tabinda Ghani

Portfolio Officer
Humana Foundation

Tabinda Ghani serves the Humana Foundation as a portfolio officer. She has served in the nonprofit sector for over a decade in refugee resettlement, senior services and financial capability. ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Glivar

Holland and Hart LLP

For more than 25 years, Dan Glivar has counseled small, mid-sized and Fortune 100 companies on their technology and telecommunications needs. At Holland & Hart LLP, ... Complete Bio >>
Ethan Gnepp

Director, Sales
Stratis IoT, a RealPage Company

Ethan Gnepp brings 12 years of managed services sales and engineering experience to his position as director of sales for Stratis IoT at RealPage. ... Complete Bio >>
Heather Burnett Gold

Chief Executive O­fficer
HBG Strategies, LLC

Heather Gold has more than 30 years of experience in the broadband industry. She served as president/CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Gonsalves

Senior Reporter, Editor, Researcher
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Sean Gonsalves is an award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist and former reporter, columnist and news editor with the Cape Cod Times. He is also a former ... Complete Bio >>
Julianne Goodfellow

Vice President, Government Affairs
National Multifamily Housing Council

Julianne Goodfellow represents the apartment industry on legislative and regulatory policy on Capitol Hill and with the federal government. ... Complete Bio >>
Debra J. Hall

Chair, Midcoast Internet Coalition
President, Midcoast Internet Development Corporation

Debra Hall has 40 years of experience as an international corporate, regulatory and technology attorney. She co-founded and is the co-owner of a technology company that holds a ... Complete Bio >>
Jennifer Harris

State Program Director
Connected Nation Texas

Jennifer Harris is the state program director for Texas for Connected Nation, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve lives by providing innovative ... Complete Bio >>
Rick Haughey

Vice President, Industry Technology Initiatives

Rick Haughey is vice president, industry technology initiatives, at the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), where he expands strategic business and ... Complete Bio >>
Christine Havey

Senior Director, People Services

Christine Havey is the senior director of people services at Congruex, a broadband network design and build operator. She oversees global marketing and communications to drive ... Complete Bio >>
Art Hubacher

Managing Member
Hubacher & Ames, PLLC

Art Hubacher assists developers, owners and managers of residential and commercial multi-unit properties, condominium developers and HOAs on a wide range of technology and ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Janssen

Sr. Manager Sales Engineering
Quantum Fiber

As a senior manager of sales engineering for Quantum Fiber, Mike Janssen manages a nationwide team of sales engineers who evaluate and design broadband technology solutions ... Complete Bio >>
Alison Johnson

Associate Vice President of Content and Program Strategy
National Multihousing Housing Council

Alison Johnson is responsible for designing and managing executive-level knowledge programs of strategic importance to NMHC’s mission and industry advocacy. ... Complete Bio >>
Don Johnson

President, Partner
Inspire Wi-Fi

Don Johnson is an Industry-leading broadband solutions consultant, asset broker, and investor who has specialized in cable, internet, voice, and security services and ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Johnson

Director of Consumer Sales
Quantum Fiber

Jeff Johnson has been with Quantum Fiber for 18 years in its consumer and small business organizations. Over the last 10 years, he has held leadership positions in the field sales and ... Complete Bio >>
Taylor P. Jones

President and CTO
Elauwit Connection Inc.

Taylor Jones holds a B.S. in business administration from the Moore School of Business and graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College. He is president and ... Complete Bio >>
Cheryl Jordan

Senior Director, Strategic Business Services
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.

Cheryl Jordan joined AvalonBay Communities in 1997, bringing more than 15 years of sales and marketing management experience to the multifamily industry. She is responsible for ... Complete Bio >>
Brett Kilbourne

Senior VP Policy and General Counsel Utilities Technology Council
Utilities Technology Council

Brett Kilbourne is currently senior vice president of policy and general counsel at the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) where he provides legal guidance to utilities on ... Complete Bio >>
Doug Kinkoph

Associate Administrator
Office of Internet Connectivity and Growth

Doug Kinkoph is associate administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) office of internet connectivity and growth, ... Complete Bio >>
Deborah Kish

VP, Research and Marketing
Fiber Broadband Association

Deborah Kish is the VP, research and marketing for the Fiber Broadband Association. She is also part of the FBA’s workforce development program, which includes ... Complete Bio >>
Bob Knight

CEO and Managing Partner
Harrison Edwards Strategic Communications, Inc.

Bob Knight is both a broadband industry professional and public official. He is a partner at Harrison Edwards PR+Marketing in Armonk, New York, and is ... Complete Bio >>
Kenneth Kuchno

Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy and Outreach
USDA Rural Utilities Services

Kenneth Kuchno is a 1980 graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. He began his career with the Rural Electrification Administration ... Complete Bio >>
Sara Kyle

Founder and Principal
LE3 Solutions

Sara Kyle, Ph.D. has spent the last 13 years researching, designing, writing, and implementing resident well-being programs across the continuum of care. From leading and ... Complete Bio >>
Virginia Lam Abrams

Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Strategic Advancement

Virginia Lam Abrams is a seasoned communications and public affairs executive with two decades of experience working in technology, media and politics. ... Complete Bio >>
Gerry Lawlor


After many years working on Wall Street in New York City and in finance around the globe, Gerry Lawlor moved to a remote island community in Washington State in 2011. ... Complete Bio >>
Martin Lee

The Light Brigade

Martin Lee was appointed CEO of Light Brigade, the leading fiber optic skills training company, in August 2020. He has held leadership positions in mobile telecommunication installations and ... Complete Bio >>
Hilda Legg

Rural Economic Development Consultant
Legg Strategies

Hilda Legg has dedicated her 40+-year career to rural economic development, with an emphasis on the build out of true broadband and on economic opportunities and ... Complete Bio >>
Casey Lide

Keller and Heckman LLP

Casey Lide advises and represents public- and private-sector clients on contract drafting and negotiation matters, including fiber optic IRUs and leases, easements, franchises, ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Lippold

Casco Bay Advisors, LLC

Brian Lippold is president of Casco Bay Advisors, LLC, a telecommunications and broadband consulting firm located in Gardiner, Maine. Lippold specializes in developing broadband ... Complete Bio >>
Jack Lynch

Chief Operating Officer

Jack Lynch is the chief operating officer at EducationSuperHighway, a nonprofit focused on closing the digital divide in America’s most unconnected communities. ... Complete Bio >>
Tracy Marshall

Keller and Heckman LLP

Tracy Marshall advises clients on a range of regulatory matters, including privacy and data security, advertising and promotions, telemarketing, and intellectual property matters, ... Complete Bio >>
Alfonso Martinez

Director of Access Construction and Engineering

Alfonso Martinez, the director of access construction and engineering for the Houston/Beaumont area, has been with AT&T for 24 years. He has held various roles within ... Complete Bio >>
Dewayne McDonald

President & CEO
Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation

Dewayne McDonald, the president and CEO of Warren Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation in Bowling Green, KY, has over 30 years of experience in the electric industry. ... Complete Bio >>
Kim McKinley

Chief Marketing Officer

Kim McKinley, UTOPIA Fiber’s chief marketing officer, joined the company in 2010. She has been a driving force in making UTOPIA Fiber the fastest growing and highest rated ... Complete Bio >>
Brian Mefford

Vice President, Broadband
VETRO FiberMap

Brian Mefford will lead the state broadband office+VETRO project team. He is a broadband leader and strategist with 20+ years of experience helping states, communities and ... Complete Bio >>
Douglas Duncan Meredith

Director, Economics and Policy

As JSI’s director of economics and policy, Douglas Meredith evaluates industry and regulatory issues that affect independent and rural telephone companies. He assists clients with ... Complete Bio >>
Chris T. Merrell

Founder/Owner, Communications Consulting Group (CCG)

Chris Merrell has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He has held executive positions at Adelphia Cable, TCI Cable, Primestar Satellite and at AT&T Broadband. ... Complete Bio >>
Carl Meyerhoefer

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Carl Meyerhoefer has been working in the telecommunications industry for over 25 years, helping service providers successfully deploy fiber-to-the-home networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Lee Miller

Vice President of Sales
Stratis IoT, a RealPage Company

Lee Miller is currently serving as the vice president of sales for WhiteSky and Stratis, both RealPage companies, and is responsible for oversight and ... Complete Bio >>
Lindsay Miller

Ice Miller LLP

Lindsay Miller is a partner at Ice Miller LLP, where she is a member of the law firm’s public affairs and government law groups. With nearly 15 years of experience in broadband and ... Complete Bio >>
Christopher Mitchell

Director, Community Broadband Networks
Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Chris Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and internet access. He runs, a comprehensive online clearinghouse of ... Complete Bio >>
Adam Moore

VP of Customer Operations and Product
Spectrum Community Solutions

Adam Moore is VP of customer operations and product for Spectrum Community Solutions. Since joining Charter Communications (Spectrum) in 2009, his primary focus has been ... Complete Bio >>
Felicite Moorman

Technologist, Entrepreneur, Speaker & Attorney

Felicite Moorman is an attorney turned multi-exit technology entrepreneur. She’s received EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year® Award and has earned an international reputation ... Complete Bio >>
Melissa Morales

Vice President of Operations
WhiteSky Communications

Melissa Morales serves as vice president of operations at WhiteSky Communications (a RealPage company), a leading provider of connectivity solutions for multifamily communities. ... Complete Bio >>
Patrick Moreno

Product Marketing Manager
Zyxel Communications, Inc.

Patrick Moreno works as product marketing manager for Zyxel Communications, Inc. He handles product line related marketing, supporting nationwide and regional ... Complete Bio >>
Kevin Morgan

Chief Marketing Officer
Clearfield, Inc.

Kevin Morgan, who joined the company in 2016, leads the marketing efforts for Clearfield as chief marketing officer. He also currently serves as vice chair of the ... Complete Bio >>
Kara Mullaley

Global FTTx Marketing Manager
Corning Optical Communications

Kara Mullaley is the community broadband market development manager supporting the North American Tier 2/3 needs at Corning Optical Communications. With over 20 years in ... Complete Bio >>
Linh Nguyen

Customer Success Director
COS Systems

Linh Nguyen, the customer success director at COS Systems, joined the company earlier this year in response to the surge in demand in the North America broadband market. ... Complete Bio >>
Mark Niehus, RCDD

Area Vice President – Sales
Connectivity Sales

Mark Niehus brings more than 25 years of ICT experience in wired and wireless telecom to the CWS sales team, with a proven ability to gain access and build trust at the executive level. ... Complete Bio >>
Michelle Norris

Vice President of MDU Sales

Michelle Norris leads a national team focused on growing premium revenue and enhancing the B2B experience for clients, while driving sales strategy and market development, ... Complete Bio >>
Dan O’Connell

Vice President, Consumer Sales
Quantum Fiber, A Lumen Technology Brand

Dan O’Connell joined the Quantum Fiber(SM) Connected Communities’ organization in 2018, with more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications and cable industries. ... Complete Bio >>
Carter Old

Co-founder, President and Chief Growth Officer
Tachus LLC

Carter Old serves as president of Tachus LLC, one of the fastest-growing privately held FTTH companies in Texas. He has a background as a co-founder in tech-focused startups, ... Complete Bio >>
Nicole Page

Vice President of Sales, Senior Living Division
Touchtown Inc.

Nicole Page, the vice president of sales for the senior living division of Touchtown, a Uniguest company, has over 11 years of experience in senior living. Her passion for seniors, ... Complete Bio >>
Elizabeth Parks

Parks Associates

Elizabeth Parks supports all teams within Parks Associates, a woman- and family-owned market research and consulting firm. She oversees research topics and coverage areas for ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Passalacqua

Regional Business Development Manager, MDU

Matt Passalacqua, a senior enterprise and market development executive, has led nationwide direct and indirect multifamily market development teams with dedicated vertical focus on ... Complete Bio >>
Theodore Pietz

Principal, Aquidneck Light
Contracting Officer's Representative, United States Navy

Ted Pietz has over 15 years of computer networking experience supporting the communications networks of the United States Navy at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I. ... Complete Bio >>
Mary Ellen Player

Vice President Market Management
Consolidated Communications

Mary Ellen R. Player is the vice president for market management and expansion at Consolidated Communications, where she is responsible for all public/private partnership ... Complete Bio >>
Richard Price

Broadband Planning

Dick Price has made a significant contribution to the development of cable TV and broadband technologies in highdensity communities over the past 40 years. During his career he has ... Complete Bio >>
Bryan Rader

Single Digits

Bryan Rader has more than two decades of experience in the multi-family broadband industry. He was the founder of MediaWorks, one of the most successful private cable operators in ... Complete Bio >>
Jeff Reiman

The Broadband Group

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

CEO and Principal Analyst
RVA LLC Market Research and Consulting

Michael 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 >>
Nathan W. Robertson

Senior Analyst
Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham, Inc.

Nathan Robertson joined Lewis Young Robertson & Burningham in 2006. As a member of the firm’s production team, he works closely with relationship managers to ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Robertson

Senior Manager of Channel Partner Marketing
Plume Design, Inc.

Sean Robertson, the senior manager of channel partner marketing at Plume, helps empower partners and communications service providers around the world to manage and ... Complete Bio >>
Angel Rogers

Director of Learning & Development
National CORE

Angel Rogers, ARM, CAM, CCRM, started her career with National Community Renaissance in 1996 as a community manager and is now their director of learning and development. ... Complete Bio >>
Bryan Ruth

Sr. Director of Development

Bryan brings 20 years of civil engineering and development experience to McCord where he currently oversees the design and construction of horizontal improvements at Generation Park. ... Complete Bio >>
Stephen J. Sadler

Vice President, Multifamily Development
RealPage, Resident Technology Services

Steve Sadler brings 36 years of telecommunications design, specification and project management experience. Currently, he is senior director of multifamily development of the ... Complete Bio >>
Valerie M. Sargent

Executive Consultant
Broadband Communities

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 ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Sayre

Managing Director
Onward Eugene

Matt Sayre is the managing director at Onward Eugene. In recent years he has focused on building the infrastructure necessary to support the region’s transition to a knowledge based economy. ... Complete Bio >>
Peggy Schaffer

Executive Director

Peggy Schaffer has been the executive director of the ConnectME Authority, Maine’s program to expand broadband to unserved areas of the state, for the past three years. ... Complete Bio >>
Matt Schmit

Illinois Office of Broadband

Matt Schmit serves as the director of the Illinois Office of Broadband. In this capacity, he is responsible for facilitating the deployment of the Connect Illinois broadband infrastructure grant program. ... Complete Bio >>
Nancy J. Shemwell

Trilogy Networks

Nancy Shemwell serves as COO of Trilogy Networks, the leading provider of distributed cloud infrastructure across the United States. She is responsible for guiding the ... Complete Bio >>
Richard J. Sherwin

Spot On Networks, LLC

Richard Sherwin has been involved in wireless communications and radio frequency transmission for the past 30 years. With a number of telecommunications veterans, he founded and ... Complete Bio >>
Mari Silbey

Senior Director of Partnerships and Outreach
US Ignite

Mari Silbey is senior director of partnerships and outreach for US Ignite, and program director for the platforms for advanced wireless research (PAWR) program, ... Complete Bio >>
Deborah Simpier

Co-founder and CEO
Althea Networks

Deborah Simpier is CEO of Althea – an innovative routing and billing platform utilizing the blockchain, which empowers open access and multi-stakeholder networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Taft Singletary

Senior Sales Engineer, Dish Business
Dish Network

Taft Singletary is a senior sales engineer at Dish Business, a commercial services division at Dish Network that provides instantly available, secure, gig-enabled Managed Wi-Fi and ... Complete Bio >>
Mike Smith

Owner and President
White Space Building Technology Advisors

Mike 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 ... 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, Tennessee, with the goal of connecting people to resources and ... Complete Bio >>
David Spiller

Director of State and Local Operations
VETRO FiberMap

David Spiller is the director of state and local operations for VETRO, coordinating customer implementation and product delivery with state and local communities. He is a product leader with ... Complete Bio >>
Sean Stokes

Keller and Heckman LLP

Sean Stokes represents clients on a wide range of communications matters including broadband, cable television, wireless communications, right-of-way management, pole attachments, ... Complete Bio >>
Kelly Stranburg

LE3 Solutions

Kelly Stranburg, M.Ed., has worked with aging adults for over 20 years, with 13 of those specific to the senior living industry. She has worked in or supported CCRCs and ... Complete Bio >>
Paul Sulisz

Biarri Networks

Biarri Networks CEO Paul Sulisz’s career within the telecommunications industry spans 18 years. He has spent 7+ years in the fiber/fixed access networks area and ... Complete Bio >>
J. Kirk Taylor

Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC

J. Kirk Taylor is an attorney with the law firm of Hubacher Ames & Taylor, PLLC. He is an experienced telecom, technology and real estate operations attorney, licensed since 1997, ... Complete Bio >>
Dan Terheggen

Consolidated Smart Systems

Dan Terheggen is the CEO of Consolidated Smart Systems, one of the leading MDU broadband deployers in the United States. He also served as president of the Multifamily Broadband Council (MBC), which ... Complete Bio >>
June Tierney

Commission of Public Service
State of Vermont

June E. Tierney was sworn in as the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service by Governor Phil Scott on January 5, 2017. Prior to her appointment, ... Complete Bio >>
Roger Timmerman

Executive Director and CEO

Roger Timmerman is a technology management professional with over 17 years of experience in telecommunications and information technology. He is the executive director of ... Complete Bio >>
Michael M. Turbes

Assistant Vice President, Senior Legal Counsel

Michael M. Turbes, assistant vice president - senior legal counsel, is the lead attorney providing transactional and legal subject matter expertise for AT&T’s Connected Communities business. ... Complete Bio >>
Joe Varello

VP National Sales
Spectrum Community Solutions

Joe Varello heads up the national sales organization and is accountable for sales, revenue, margin and overall growth of product and customer relationships. ... Complete Bio >>
Carl Vassia

Vice President of Product Management

Carl Vassia is vice president, product line management, home networks segment, for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. ... Complete Bio >>
Christa Wagner Vinson, MCRP

Program Officer, Rural Broadband & Infrastructure
Local Initiatives Support Corporation ( LISC)

With a diverse background in community, workforce, and economic development, Christa Vinson joined Rural LISC from NC Broadband Matters, an education and ... Complete Bio >>
James Wagar

Frontbridge Capital

James Wagar has over 20 years of experience in private capital markets, including buyouts, venture capital, growth equity, and private credit. In addition to being a co-founder and ... Complete Bio >>
Chris Walker

Senior Executive Director, Infrastructure Strategy

Chris Walker's work at NoaNet includes the management of network growth and expansion, strategic planning, capital development of the outside plant program, and ... Complete Bio >>
Nate Walowitz

Regional Broadband Director
Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Nate Walowitz, an innovative telecommunications and technology program executive, serves as the regional broadband program director for the ... Complete Bio >>
Craig R. Walton

Lead Product Manager

Craig Walton, who has been with AT&T for 25 years, is the lead product marketing manager for the AT&T Wi-Fi for Apartment Communities in the AT&T consumer organization. ... Complete Bio >>
Monica Webb

Head of Market Development & Strategic Partnerships
Ting Internet

Monica Webb, the head of market development and strategic partnerships at Ting Internet, works with local stakeholders in existing Ting towns and evaluates existing and ... Complete Bio >>
Sue Weiske

Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Charter Communications

Sue Weiske has more than 20 years of in-house counsel experience for large communications and software companies, including Charter Communications, ... Complete Bio >>
Michael Weston

Senior Leader
Verizon Enhanced Communities

Mike Weston leads the Verizon Enhanced Communities group within Verizon. His team has been dedicated to serving the multifamily market for more than a dozen years. ... Complete Bio >>
Julie Wheeler

President Commissioner
York County, PA

Julie Wheeler was elected to her first term on the York County Board of Commissioners in 2019, bringing extensive business acumen. She started her career at Adhesives Research and ... Complete Bio >>
Nancy White

Vice President, Business Development

Nancy White is vice president, business development, with RTFC. She brings more than 30 years’ experience in the telecom industry. Prior to joining RTFC she was ... Complete Bio >>
Linda Willey

Vice President – Business Services
Camden Property Trust

Linda Willey serves as vice president of business services for Camden Property Trust, an S&P 400 company that is one of the largest publicly traded multifamily companies in the United States. ... Complete Bio >>
Dean Wolfe

Vice President of Technology and Vendor Relations
Choice Property Resources, Inc.

As vice president, technology & vendor services, for Choice Property Resources, Dean Wolfe negotiates and implements national vendor contracts for Choice’s multifamily operators. ... Complete Bio >>
Scott D. Woods

Senior Broadband Program Specialist
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department Commerce

As a senior broadband program specialist with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) BroadbandUSA Initiative, Scott Woods serves as ... Complete Bio >>
Wes Wright

Keller and Heckman LLP

Wes Wright counsels and represents clients on compliance issues related to telecommunications service provider and VoIP regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, ... Complete Bio >>


September 27-30, 2021

Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas

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