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Accedian Networks

Craig Easley

Craig Easley
V.P. Marketing & Product Management

Craig Easley has over 20 years of experience in the information technology and telecommunications industries with such notable companies as Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Extreme Networks, and Actelis Networks. Craig has experience designing and launching telecommunications equipment and element management solutions for access, aggregation and core transport networks designed to meet the needs of both enterprise and service provider markets. This broad range of experience provides him with unique insight into the requirements for successfully building networking equipment that is deployed in a variety of networks and applications.

Through his participation with the Metro Ethernet Forum and IEEE 802 standards organizations he is recognized as one of the pioneers of the Carrier Ethernet industry. Craig has served 7 terms on the Metro Ethernet Forum’s (MEF) Board of Directors and is currently the Co-Chair of the Marketing Committee and is leading the MEF’s new Professional Certification initiative. He has also been a long-time participant in the IEEE and has contributed to the development of numerous telecommunications standards including Ethernet in the First Mile.

He earned a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.
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Accel Networks

Mark Gianinni

Mark Gianinni
CEO

Beginning 25 years ago, Mr. Gianinni co-founded Home Cinema, Inc. With proprietary software system and processes as its core, Home Cinema was the first to bring to market a “video store within a store” concept which was deployed by top supermarket chains like Albertsons and Kroger, Later in his career he founded Strand Communications, Inc. which provided a single gateway for multiple disparate systems within hospital environments.Immediately after selling SCI to Telco, Inc. in 1989, Gianinni founded Datalinc to pursue using satellite as a broad medium for communications applications. Datalinc was the first independent shared VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) hub in the U.S, providing a VSAT platform to Fortune 500 companies that included Ashland Oil, Standard Register, Providian Insurance and US Bancorp. In 1994, Mr. Gianinni recognized that an online data communication network as a natural and necessary progression for retail, where the use of multiple dial-up lines for various countertop point-of-sale devices and back office applications is the rule. In April 1998, Datalinc changed its name to ThruComm and began to pursue the market for an end-to-end managed network solution for retail and EFT businesses. Mr. Gianinni went on to develop the concept for Accel Networks that he co-founded in 2002.
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American Tower

Piyush Raj

Piyush Raj
Manager RF Engineering- Outdoor DAS Solutions

As Senior Manager RF Engineering I am responsible for Engineering, Design, Deployment and Optimization for Outdoor DAS Networks. We provide our Customer who are the Major Wireless Carriers with a Neutral Host DAS Solution to alleviate there Coverage & Capacity needs. I look after all the Engineering aspects of Outdoor DAS Networks and customize them accordingly to meet the Needs of all the Carriers, technologies and Frequency bands making it a true Neutral Host DAS. This involves some R&D work on defining Engineering guidelines for all the equipment we use on the Outdoor DAS Deployment.
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AT&T

Hank Hultquist

Hank Hultquist
VP Federal Regulatory

Hank joined AT&T (then SBC) in 2004. He represents AT&T at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a number of issues including broadband and Internet policy, video and media policy, intercarrier compensation, and universal service. He is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) and serves on the North American Numbering Council (NANC). Prior to joining AT&T, he was with MCI for eight years. Hank is a graduate of the George Mason University School of Law and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He resides in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and two children.
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Aviat Networks

Errol Binda

Errol Binda
Senior Solutions Marketing Manager

Errol Binda is a Sr. Solutions Marketing Manager with Aviat Networks (formerly Harris Stratex Networks), a wireless leader in advanced IP network migration. Errol joined Aviat in early 2010, and has been responsible for partner solutions development, product marketing, and mobile backhaul solutions marketing. Prior to joining Aviat, Errol led Nortel Networks’ mobile backhaul solutions marketing efforts which spanned various ATM, Carrier Ethernet, and Optical networking technologies for over five years.

Errol has previously held various Technical Marketing, Product Management, and Systems Engineering positions over his 20 years in Telecommunications. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada.
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BeamSpeed

Philip Merrill

Philip Merrill
Owner

Philip C Merrill was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance in 1972. Mr. Merrill is a member of the Cable Television Pioneers Club. Mr. Merrill cofounded, with several others, the first Wireless Cable Television industry association in 1979. He served for 20 years on the board of the association, now WCAI, including 3 years as its chairman in the early days. In 1983, he was one of the larger successful applicants for BRS licenses. His current projects are BeamSpeed, LLC and CommSpeed, LLC; both are high speed wireless Internet Access Companies based in Arizona. BeamSpeed has BRS and EBS channel rights for all of Yuma and Imperial counties and has agreements with Multivision and the Arvizu family for shared use of frequencies on both sides of the border with Mexico. CommSpeed does the same thing in central Arizona. Mr. Merrill has extensive experience in all aspects of the wired and wireless communications business. This includes lobbying state legislatures, the U.S. Congress and the FCC; channel acquisition, site development, FCC applications and filings, and business development and operation.
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BelAir Networks

Greg Williams

Greg Williams
Sr. VP of Corporate & Business Development

With more than 20 years of senior management experience with leading wireless, telecom and internet service providers, Greg focuses on BelAir Networks Tier 1 service provider customers worldwide, helping them integrate industry-leading Wi-Fi solutions into their networks and businesses. Previously, as executive vice president, business development at AT&Ts Wi-Fi subsidiary, Gregs responsibilities included deploying new Wi-Fi networks for 3G offload. Gregs service provider career spans more than two decades and includes senior management positions focussed on wireless and internet services, technology, operations, and business development at AT&T, Wayport, SBC and Prodigy. Greg has also served as Chairman of two key wireless industry associations: UWCC (now 3G Americas) and the WAP Forum (now the Open Mobile Alliance). He holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a BSc from University of Missouri.
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BridgeWave Communications

Amir Makleff

Amir Makleff
President & Chief Executive Officer

Amir Makleff co-founded BridgeWave Communications in 1999. Previously Amir served as COO and Senior VP of Engineering at Netro for three years. Prior to Netro, he was General Manager and VP of Engineering at Telco Systems and Nortel.Amirs proven ability to conceive and manage new, interdisciplinary products is complemented by his leadership and market vision.
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Cambium Networks

Derek Underwood

Derek Underwood
Sr Market Development Manager

Derek Underwood is a Sr. Market Development Manager for Cambium Networks. Underwood was with Orthogon Systems prior to the Motorola acquisition, and joined Cambium Networks at inception. He has over 10 years of experience in licensed and license-exempt technologies holding numerous positions, primarily in System Engineering. His current role at Cambium Networks is focused on Market Development in the Public Safety, Carrier, and the Defense sectors including development of a professional a services program to support the demands of the public safety market. He combines deep technical understanding with the ability to explain complicated concepts to varying levels of individuals. Underwood holds a B.S. from the University of Texas.
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Crossfire Media

Carl Ford

Carl Ford
CEO, Fog Computing Conference Chairman

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.
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Federal Communications Commission

Julius Knapp

Julius Knapp
Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology

Julius P. Knapp II is the chief of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) Office of Engineering Technology (OET). OET is the Commission’s primary resource for engineering expertise and provides technical support to the Chairman, Commissioners and FCC Bureaus and Offices.

Mr. Knapp was named Chief of OET in October 2006, succeeding Ed Thomas who left the previous year, although he was the acting chief for some time before that. He became the Deputy Chief of OET in May 2001. Prior to that he was the Chief of the Policy & Rules Division where he was responsible for FCC frequency allocation proceedings and for proceedings amending the FCC rules for radio frequency devices. Mr. Knapp was Chief of the FCC Laboratory from 1994–1997 where he was responsible for the FCC’s equipment authorization program and technical analyses.

Mr. Knapp received a Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from the City College of New York in 1974. He is a member of the IEEE EMC Society and is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He was the 2001 recipient of the Eugene C. Bowler award for exceptional professionalism and dedication to public service and received the FCC’s Silver and Gold medal awards for distinguished service at the Commission.
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Google

Adrienne Biddings

Adrienne Biddings
Counsel

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Huawei Technologies

Manuel Vexler

Manuel Vexler
Chief Marketing Officer IMS/NGN

Manuel Vexler is the Chief Marketing Officer for IMS and NGN at Huawei Technologies. Having been recognized as one of the Top 100 Voices of IP Communications, Vexler has established himself as a leading international expert on converged networks, NGN and IMS. As the current Vice President and Chair of the Technical Working Group at the IMS/NGN Forum, an international mobile and fixed broadband services forum, he manages all technical and business development activities for the forum. Prior to joining Huawei, Vexler was Chief Technologist Officer at CopperCom, a softswitch company, and managing partner of Integra100, a business and technology consultancy for post-merger integration. Vexler has held various management and executive positions at Cisco Systems, AMD, Newbridge (now Alcatel-Lucent) and Nortel. As co-founder of, and advisor to, high-tech start-ups and consultancies, Vexler has experience in a wide range of technologies and markets, managed non-profits, cofounded and managed three start-up companies, and has presented at more than 100 conferences worldwide. Vexler earned a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from the University of Iasi, a network engineering and management certificate from the University of Toronto, and an executive marketing certificate from Queens University.
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JAB Wireless

Jeff Kohler

Jeff Kohler
Co-Founder, Director and Chief Development Officer

Jeff Kohler is Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer and a Director of JAB Wireless, Inc. JAB is the largest fixed wireless service provider in the United States providing data and voice services to residential and commercial subscribers across 14 states. Jeff is responsible for all merger and acquisition and corporate development activities and JAB has acquired 97 wireless ISP’s under Jeff’s oversight. Jeff has over 18 years of experience in the wireless industry. Previous to starting JAB, he was an investment banker with GVC Capital where he focused on mergers and acquisitions and capital formation within the wireless industry; he was the founder & CEO of a venture-funded wireless software company, and spent a number of years with AT&T Wireless & McCaw Cellular. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Wireless Communications Association in Washington D.C.
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Meeami Tech

Doug Makishima

Doug Makishima

Doug Makishima has more than 20 years of marketing and engineering experience in the communications and networking industry.
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Motorola Mobility LLC

Rick Whitt

Rick Whitt
Global Head for Public Policy and Government Relations

Richard S. Whitt is the new Global Head for Public Policy and Government Relations at Motorola Mobility LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Google Inc. In that capacity Rick oversees all aspects of MMI’s interactions with government policymakers around the world. Rick moves over to MMI after spending five and a half years with Google, covering a variety of public policy issues in its D.C. office. In his most recent stint he served as director and managing counsel for federal policy, overseeing strategic thinking on privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, Internet governance, free expression, international trade, and telecom and media issues. From January 2007 to December 2011, Rick was Google’s chief telecom and media counsel, developing and implementing strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and international bodies. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Rick founded and headed NetsEdge Consulting, a public policy consulting firm that provided legal analysis, regulatory strategy, and advocacy counsel to Google and other Web companies.From 1994 to 2006, Rick worked in the legal department at MCI Communications, where he most recently served as vice president for federal law and policy. Rick previously spent over five years as an associate attorney in the communications practices of two large Washington, D.C.-based law firms.Rick is a 1988 cum laude graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and a 1984 magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University. He is a resident of Washington, D.C. with his wife Cathy and three well-maintained felines.
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Nsight Telservices

Rob Riordan

Rob Riordan
EVP

Rob Riordan, executive vice president and director of corporate development for Nsight, is a dynamic speaker and lively commentator on emerging technologies in the telecommunications world. In his role he looks six months to six years ahead of where the company is today. When Rob is not working on mergers, acquiring new markets and spectrum or interfacing with investment bankers, he spends much time researching potential technologies and their role at Nsight. Through his studies of Mobile IP, for example, Nsight became the first company in the US to provide the service. This knowledge combined with his 30 years of telecom experience allows Rob to speak on a number of subjects. As a Competent Toastmaster, he has traveled the globe through speaking engagements during the last ten years. Past topics include Wireless: Friend or Foe, Wireless Internet Futures, and National Issues from a Small Company Perspective. In addition to various state telecommunications meetings, Rob has spoken on behalf of the Wireless Communications Association, Broadband Wireless Forum, OPASTCO, Telecoms and IT Brand Building and Development Forum in London, UK the Broadband Fixed Wireless Access World Congress in Rome, Italy, Femtocells Asia and Femtocells World Summit just to name a few.
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One Economy

Kelley Dunne

Kelley Dunne
CEO

Kelley Dunne, Chief Executive Officer of One Economy has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is recognized as an industry pioneer in deploying some of the first 4G broadband wireless capacities across the country. Kelley’s career journey has always been grounded in his deep sense of purpose. His unique combination of telecommunications expertise, business acumen and commitment to service will allow One Economy to expand its impact in underserved communities around the world.
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Pillsbury Law

Glenn Richards

Glenn Richards
Partner

Glenn is a partner in Pillsbury’s communications practice group. He represents VoIP providers, wireline and wireless carriers, satellite companies and equipment manufacturers in regulatory matters before the FCC, state public utility commissions and international regulatory agencies. He also represents large corporate clients in the acquisition of telecommunications services.

Glenn has been active with the Voice on the Net Coalition since its inception, serving as outside counsel from 1997-2006 and Executive Director since September 2009.

Glenn received a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 982 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC.

He can be reached at 202-663-8215 or glenn.richards@pillsburylaw.com.
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PureWave

Ronen Vengosh

Ronen Vengosh
Vice President Marketing and Business Development

Ronen Vengosh is VP of Marketing and Business Development at PureWave Networks, a rapidly growing supplier of high-performance compact LTE and WiMAX base stations. In this capacity he is responsible for the company’s strategic relationships and marketing activities and works closely with operators and business partners around the globe. Prior to joining PureWave, Ronen served at Alvarion, Inc., where he led the company’s North America marketing and market development team. Ronen started his career as a corporate attorney specializing in technology and M&A work. He holds a law degree from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.
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Radish Systems, LLC

Theresa Szczurek

Theresa Szczurek
CEO and Co-Founder

Dr. Theresa M. Szczurek is co-founder and CEO of Radish Systems (www.RadishSystems.com) . Previously, as co-founder and Chief Planning Officer of RCS (aka Radish 1.0), Szczurek was key in transforming the start-up into a thriving firm that sold for over $40 million. Recently as CEO of Technology and Management Solutions, LLC she helped clients grow exponentially through strategic planning/execution, market/sales development, and organization/leadership development. She wrote the Amazon-bestseller, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose, which provides her proven, step-by-step formula for success. She began her career with eight years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and AT&T International, first designing and greatly improving performance of business information systems and then producing large-scale revenue growth by managing their delivery into world markets.

She holds an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA and Ph.D. in Business Administration (with a focus in Marketing and Organization Development) from the University of Colorado. Szczurek lives in Boulder with her husband and 15-year-old daughter. For fun, she is a Girl Scout leader. Follow @RadishSystems and @TheresaSzczurek on Twitter and read the www.RadishSystems.com/blog/
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Samsung Telecommunications

Tim Wagner

Tim Wagner
Vice President & General Manager

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SenseAware powered by FedEX

Chris Swearingen

Chris Swearingen
Manager Marketing - Vertical Market Development

With more than 25 years experience in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Global Marketing, Chris Swearingen is currently leading the SenseAware effort for FedEx. In his role, Chris oversees the US domestic and global rollout of SenseAware. He has spent the last ten years at FedEx fulfilling a multitude of marketing, product and selling roles. Chris was hired by FedEx to launch its entry into NASCAR in 2004. In 2007, he was asked to move to the FedEx Innovation Department to utilize his start-up experience on the SensAware project. He was responsible for prototyping various business models, customer deployment and the day-to-day business operations of SenseAware. Chris’ duties were expanded to include overseeing the SenseAware strategic direction including product development, customer experience, market expansion and managing the selling efforts of SenseAware. His career has been eclectic with a mix of entrepreneurial, corporate and agency experience. He has worked in advertising with McDonald’s and various other Fortune 100 companies. He owned multiple Play It Again Sports franchises and was the President of 360¬¬? Sports Marketing until Roush Racing in NASCAR acquired it.
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Sling Broadband

Addiel Lopez

Addiel Lopez
CEO

Addiel Lopez has led Sling Broadband since its inception in 2007, transforming the company into a premier broadband company, deploying high-speed broadband direct to businesses, and expanding its Internet backbone network to all major U.S Cities. Under his leadership, Sling Broadband has stayed at the cusp of technology innovation with its industry-leading network, and its planned deployment of fixed Wimax technologies to every major U.S Market. Sling Broadband’s leadership in network innovation has earned the company numerous citations and awards. Before becoming Sling Broadband’s CEO, Mr. Lopez served as Vice President of Investment Management at Meryl Lynch, where he managed several Commodity and Derivative portfolios. Mr. Lopez shifted his carrier to strategy and hedge fund sales between 2007 and 2009 working in exchange options trading concentrating not only with derivatives, but also with systematized trade and technical trading methodologies. Mr. Lopez also served as Vice President, of Midwest Broadband (now part of Comcast), in this role he was responsible for seven million customers, more than $1 billion in revenue, and led a team of 5,000 employees. In addition to serving as a member on the SFTA (South Florida Technology Alliance), Mr. Lopez is a member of the Board and an officer of CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. Mr. Lopez is a Michigan State University Graduate, holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Michigan State University. The University presented Mr. Lopez with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award, the highest honor given to a graduate by MSU.
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SNR Denton

Todd Daubert

Todd Daubert
Partner

Mr. Daubert is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications matters. Leveraging his dual backgrounds in engineering and the law, Mr. Daubert helps domestic and international companies, particularly in Latin America and Europe, to overcome complicated challenges by implementing creative solutions. Focusing on representing companies in regulatory, appellate, litigation, and transactional matters, Mr. Dauberts practice involves a broad range of technology and communications law issues.
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SpeedConnect

John Ogren

John Ogren
CEO & Founder

John Ogren is the founder and managing partner of SpeedConnect, a SpeedNet, LLC company. After a successful career in the cable television industry, Mr. Ogren and his business partner Robert Liggett, Jr. purchased the rights to the 2.5GHz spectrum in Alpena, Michigan and began offering wireless broadband service in Northern Michigan. Subsequent spectrum acquisitions in Saginaw, Mt. Pleasant, Bad Axe, and Traverse City led to SpeedConnects expansion into the mid Michigan area. In May of 2010, Mr. Ogren purchased the spectrum rights of CommSpeed in Eastern Iowa leading to the further expansion of SpeedConnects spectrum holdings. Mr. Ogren earned a BA in Telecommunication, and an MBA from Michigan State University.
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Spirent Communications

Anatoli Levine

Anatoli Levine
Director, Product Management – DTBU

Anatoli Levine is Director of Product Management for Developer Tools Business Unit (DTBU) at Spirent Communications, responsible for developing strategy and product roadmap for the new M2M and IoT segment for enabling products for developers. Anatoli is also responsible for the portfolio of enabling technology products (WebRTC, VoLTE/RCS, SIP, IMS and many others) for developers of Unified Communications solutions. Since 2006, Anatoli is a President of International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) – an organization facilitating interoperable implementations of multimedia communication technologies based on the open standards. Anatoli is a frequent speaker at various IoT and IP communication industry events and conferences, covering subjects of M2M, IoT, WebRTC, VoLTE, RCS, standards and interoperability. He contributes to the Spirent and IMTC blogs.Prior to Spirent Communications, Anatoli was Director of Product Management for Radvision, an Avaya company and prior to that, he lead the technical team providing engineering services and support for Radvision Technology products.
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Sprint

Paget Alves

Paget Alves
Chief Sales Officer

Paget L. Alves is the President of the Business Markets Group (BMG) for Sprint Nextel. He is responsible for all of Sprints sales and marketing to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. The Business Markets Groups portfolio of services includes IP, international wireless and wireline and domestic 3G and 4G wireless. As part of his BMG responsibilities, Paget also oversees the development of strategic alliances for Sprint.

Prior to his current position, Alves was the President of Sales & Distribution for Sprint Nextel. Previously, he served as President - South Region for Sprint, with responsibility for managing the P&L, all sales and distribution channels and local marketing programs in an 11-state region.

Alves has more than 20 years of experience with technology companies. In addition to his Sprint career, he has served as President & Chief Executive Officer of the Internet telephony services provider PointOne Telecommunications, Inc., President & Chief Operating Officer of Centennial Communications and Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Murata Business Systems, Inc. He began his career as an attorney with IBM.

His business and professional affiliations include his current role as a member of the Board of Directors of Herman Miller, Inc., a global provider of office furniture.

In November of 2008, Alves was recognized for his leadership and success in business and community endeavors with the CareerFOCUS Eagle Award, presented by the National Eagle Leadership Institute.

Alves holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School.
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Telcordia Technologies, Inc.

Grant Lenahan

Grant Lenahan

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TheStreet.com

Anton Wahlman

Anton Wahlman
Contributor

Anton Wahlman was a sell-side equity research analyst covering the communications technology industries from 1996 to 2008: UBS 1996-2002, Needham & Company 2002-2006, and ThinkEquity 2006-2008.
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Towerstream

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson
President

Mr. Thompson co-founded Towerstream in December 1999 with Philip Urso. Mr. Thompson has served as a director since inception and as chief operating officer from inception until November 2005 when Mr. Thompson became president and chief executive officer. In 1995, Mr. Thompson co-founded and was vice president of operations of EdgeNet Inc., a privately held Internet service provider (which was sold to Citadel Broadcasting Corporation in 1997 and became eFortress (eFortress)) through 1999. Mr. Thompson holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts. \
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Transwitch Corporation

Majid Foodeei, PhD

Majid Foodeei, PhD
VP of Telecom Marketing

Dr. Majid Foodeei has 18 years of experience in voice, video, and wireless signal processing and telecommunication. In Transwitch Corp, Dr.Foodeei is responsible for the fixed-mobile infrastructure Multicore IP signal processors product line and the system architecture of the company’s award-winning Entropia VoIP IMS-on-chip SoC products, globally deployed in many fixed and mobile service providers.

Prior to joining TranSwitch Corp, Dr. Foodeei Majid worked at N.E.T. responsible for architectural design of a new Multiservice TDM/ATM/IP product. Dr.Foodeei was also a Member of Scientific Staff at the Wireless R&D group at BNR and Nortel Networks, Canada. His work included development of algorithm and product features for the GSM/CDMA MSC platform. He participated and contributed to the ETSI standardization of GSM AMR and also took part in France-Telecom/CCETT MPEG4 video standardization. Dr. Foodeei has been awarded four patents and has many publications.

Dr. Foodeei holds a Ph.D. in EE and Telecommunication from McGill University, Canada.
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Truphone

James Tagg

James Tagg
CTO

Both an inventor and an entrepreneur, James has over 20 years of experience bringing new mobile telephony and other technologies to market. In 1989 James founded Moonstone Technology, which developed touchscreen technology now found in products throughout the world. Following this successful venture, he founded Truphone to address the issues which limit international communication. James studied Engineering and Management at Cambridge University, and has a BSc in Physics and Computer Science from Manchester University.
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TSG - Global

Noah Rafalko

Noah Rafalko
CEO

As a Co-Founder in 2006 of TSG Global, Inc., an aggregator of VOIP services which provides carrier level texting solutions to both service providers and the SME, SMB communities, Mr. Rafalko, CEO of TSG Global, has applied his telecomm veteran status of 25 years consulting in the Carrier Operator Space, Enterprise Solutions and Auditing Solutions towards being an integral part of the education, adoption and enablement of text messaging services on fixed line operators current telephone numbers. Rafalko, labeled as a visionary by his telecomm peers, was an early adopter of the next generations preferred communications vehicle, the SMS Long Code. His efforts have been a major contributor to the successful adoption and rollout of the technology for hundreds of companies, making TSG a respected leader and successful model
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tw telecom

Michael A. Rouleau

Michael A. Rouleau
Senior Vice President - Business Development and Strategy

Michael A. Rouleau serves as Senior Vice President – Business Development and Strategy and has been with tw telecom since November 1999. His extensive experience in the telecom and data communications industries resulted in the successful implementation and delivery of many advanced and innovative products. In his current position, Mr. Rouleau is responsible for developing tw telecom’s strategic direction and integrating new services and technologies over the next several years. Prior to joining the company, he spent 15 years with US WEST where he was responsible for the development, deployment and management of data, Internet, and DSL businesses.
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Unified Office Inc.

Ray Pasquale

Ray Pasquale
CEO

Ray is recognized as a visionary who has used his creativity, technical acumen, business development skills and extensive professional network to recruit key staff, develop partnerships and help position start-ups as well as early and mid-stage companies as market leaders.

Ray has spent the last 20+ years as an entrepreneurial technology professional and has extensive business development, sales and customer engineering experience in dynamic, emerging technology companies. Recently Ray played key executive leadership roles in business development, professional and customer services, sales, and technical marketing while at Aylus Networks, a leader in mobile video solutions. Ray was an early employee at Sonus Networks in 1999, a market leader in Voice over IP technologies. Sonus had a successful IPO in May of 2000 and grew to nearly 1000 employees worldwide by 2008. Ray played key leadership roles in professional and customer services, business development, presales and technical marketing. Ray was a founding member of Sonuss services organization, recruiting many of its most senior members.

From 1996 until 1999 Ray was a key technical leader and sales consultant for Cascade Communications worldwide sales organization. During his tenure Cascade was purchased by Ascend Communications. Ascend, a leader in remote access technologies for the Internet market, was subsequently absorbed by Lucent in a merger. Prior to 1996, Ray’s tenure with Digital Equipment Company included positions as Senior Consultant for Worldwide Network Operations, and Technical Leader and Senior Consultant for the Network Products Group. Ray’s commitments to excellence and ideas were recognized by Digital’s. Mr. Pasquale received multiple Customer Satisfaction Awards, Storage Systems Excellence Award, and Delta Ideas Recognition Award.

Ray was also a board member and Vice Chair of Strategy of the IMS Forum from 2005-2008, a telecommunications industry organization dedicated to the advancement of next generation core networking technologies. Ray was also a key member of the proposal team for the Massachusetts Broadband Initiative in 2008. He attended the University of Maine.
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Vonage

Brendan Kasper

Brendan Kasper
Senior Regulatory Counsel

Serving as company representative on North American Numbering Council, an advisory council to the FCC on numbering issues and the Emergency Access Advisory Committee, an advisory committee to the FCC on ensuring equal access to 911 systems for persons with disabilities; also serve as a board member and treasurer of the Voice on the Net (VON) Coalition, a trade group for VoIP industry.
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VPI Systems

Russ Green

Russ Green
Senior Vice President of Marketing

Russ has 15 years of enterprise software experience in large-scale, high availability systems, working with globally-distributed development groups and customers. Before joining VPIsystems, Russ was the Vice President of Development for 724 Solutions, based in Switzerland, where he was responsible for engineering, product management and support. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Development at TANTAU Software, based in Germany and the U.K., and acquired by 724 Solutions, where he also held positions in product management. Previously, he worked as a consulting engineer at Tandem Computers, and was the Technical Director of DECs European Operating Systems Group in Scotland, U.K. Russ has a BSc. Eng from the University of Cape Town, and an MSc. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh. He holds three patents.
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W.A.T.C.H. TV

Thomas Knippen

Thomas Knippen
Vice President and General Manager

Thomas Knippen (Tom) serves as Vice President and General Manager to Benton Ridge Telephone Company and W.A.T.C.H. TV. The company serves 18,000 subscribers offering Video, Internet and Phone. Tom has been with the company and working in the wireless industry since 1991. Tom serves as a director of the WCAI and is a member of the Technology Committee of Connect Ohio.
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WCAI

Fred Campbell

Fred Campbell
President

Fred Campbell has been President and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International since August 2008. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska College of Law where he teaches spectrum law and policy. Mr. Campbell previously served as Wireless Bureau Chief at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2006-2008. In that position he developed and implemented the 700 MHz auction, the largest and most successful auction in the history of the FCC, and many other innovative wireless broadband policies, including open platform requirements, anonymous and combinatorial bidding in spectrum auctions, a power spectral density approach to power limits, non-exclusive licensing using a contention-based protocol in the 3.65 GHz band, the classification of wireless broadband as an information service, and a revised initial spectrum aggregation screen. Prior to heading the Wireless Bureau, Mr. Campbell spent two years as Wireless Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Before joining the FCC, Campbell was an attorney with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis, where he advised on a broad range of legal issues associated with the provision of domestic and international telecommunications services. Campbell previously practiced commercial litigation with the law firm of Wolfe Snowden and clerked for Justice William M. Connolly of the Nebraska Supreme Court. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York and his J.D., with high distinction, from the University of Nebraska College of Law.
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Wesley Clover

Terry Matthews

Terry Matthews
Founder and Chairman

Sir Terence Matthews is the founder and Chairman of Wesley Clover, an investment vehicle and holding company. Terry has either founded or funded over 80 companies since 1972 including Newbridge Networks, a company he founded in 1986 and which became a leader in the worldwide data networking industry. In 1972, before launching Newbridge, Terry co-founded Mitel, a world leader in the design and manufacture of enterprise communications solutions. Wesley Clover now has interests in a broad range of next-generation technology companies, real estate, hotels and resorts.

In addition to being the Chairman of Wesley Clover, Terry is also Chairman or Director of a number of private and publicly traded companies.

Terry holds an honours degree in electronics from the University of Wales and is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical Engineers and of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 1994, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, and in the 2001 Queens Birthday Honours, he was awarded a Knighthood. In 2011, he was appointed Patron of the European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute.
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Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Paul Sinderbrand

Paul Sinderbrand
WCAI Counsel

Paul J. Sinderbrand has been practicing communications law since 1978, specializing in issues involving emerging spectrum-based technologies. Mr. Sinderbrand has represented wireless broadband system operators, FCC licensees, cable systems, telecommunications equipment manufacturers, financing sources, and domestic and foreign investors in American communications companies. He leads the firms attorneys assisting clients that have secured economic stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
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Xirrus

Dirk Gates

Dirk Gates
Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Gates currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Xirrus. He brings more than 15 years of executive management experience to Xirrus as well as a track record of success evolving a high-tech startup into a world class, publicly traded company. Having founded Xircom, Inc. in 1988 on the premise of delivering Ethernet connectivity to mobile computers, he attracted venture funding from Greylock, grew the company to 2,000 employees, and achieved revenues of $500M and a market cap in excess of $2B.

During his tenure as Chairman and CEO, Mr. Gates led Xircom into the wireless arena through partnerships and acquisitions that positioned the company to deliver mobility solutions based on IEEE 802.11, GPRS and BlueTooth technologies. He subsequently negotiated the sale of Xircom to Intel Corp. in March of 2001.

Mr. Gates holds a BSEE from California State University at Northridge and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
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Moderator List

Paul Barbagallo (Moderator)

Paul Barbagallo (Moderator)

Bloomberg BNA
Reporter

Paul Barbagallo has covered communications policy issues for the Bureau of National Affairs’ Daily Report for Executives since December 2009. Prior to that, he served as a reporter and senior editor of Telecommunications Reports’ State Newswire, where he covered state legislative and regulatory policy issues, while contributing to TR’s flagship publication, TR Daily. Previously, he covered business and politics for newspapers and magazines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including The Times of Trenton and The Trentonian.He is an alumnus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.
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Chris Horne (Moderator)

Chris Horne (Moderator)

LBA Group
CTO

Horne, a registered professional engineer, comes to LBA after 5 years as wireless communications manager at North State Communications in his native High Point, N.C. Horne actually is returning to LBA, having been a project engineer in the company’s radio frequency safety program 15 years ago shortly after earning his bachelor of mathematics degree from N.C. State University.

The 43-year-old Horne went on to earn a master of electrical engineering degree from N.C. State and to become RF senior engineer at AT&T Wireless in Greensboro. He was senior applications engineer at another Greensboro company, RF Micro Devices, a position that required frequent travel to the Far East for consultation with clients and industry specialists. At North State Communications, Horne managed a multi-million-dollar advanced cellular network, including supervising site construction and overseeing subsequent technical work at new installations.
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Peter Radizeski (Moderator)

Peter Radizeski (Moderator)

RAD-INFO, Inc.
President

Peter Radizeski is an accomplished blogger, author, agent and consultant in the telecom industry. He has helped many telecommunications companies with sales training, marketing, channel development and business strategy. He is a trusted source of knowledge about the telecom sector.
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Joel Brick (Moderator)

Joel Brick (Moderator)

Sioux Valley Wireless
Wireless Technical Director

Joel Brick serves as Technical Director for Sioux Valley Wireless at Colman, SD. Joel has an Electronics Technology Degree and currently serves as Chair of the Regional Operators Group for the Wireless Communications Association International. Joel is past Chair of Utilities Telecommunications Council Region 5.Joel has over 35 years of electronics and telecommunications experience, and throughout his career has gained much Industry experience and worked through multiple FCC rulemakings and issues regarding the broadband industry.In his time off, Joel enjoys fiddling, fishing, and roaring around in his Monster Miata.
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