4GWE Keynote Speakers

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 9:00am

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.

Amir Makleff

Amir Makleff

President & Chief Executive Officer
BridgeWave Communications

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 12:00pm

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.

Rick Whitt

Rick Whitt
Director / Managing Counsel

Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:00am

Richard S. Whitt is Director and Managing Counsel for Telecom and Media Policy for Google Inc. In that capacity, Rick is responsible for Google’s strategy and advocacy on all wireline, wireless, and media matters before the Federal Communications Commission, other Federal agencies, and the U.S. Congress. Most recently he has been representing the company’s interests on a variety of broadband policy issues, spectrum policy matters, and “unregulation” of VoIP and other Web-based applications.

Prior to joining Google in January 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 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.

Rick Whitt

Chris Swearingen
Manager Marketing - Vertical Market Development
SenseAware powered by Fed Ex

Thursday, February 2, 2012 9:30am


ITEXPO Keynote Speakers

Paget Alves
President, Sprint Business

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 3:30pm

Paget L. Alves is the President of the Business Markets Group (BMG) for Sprint Nextel. He is responsible for all of Sprint's sales and marketing to enterprise, general business and public sector customers. The Business Markets Group's 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.

Timothy Wagner
Vice President & General Manager
Samsung Telecommunications America

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 4:00pm

Tim Wagner joined Samsung Mobile in 2010 as Vice President and General Manager of Business to Business (B2B) Sales. Mr. Wagner’s responsibilities include the management and growth of Carrier, Channel and Direct Sales of Samsung’s Enterprise Solution Portfolio (Smartphones, Tablets, Accessories and Vertical Applications) in the United States. He is also responsible for the evaluation, evolution and marketing of Samsung’s Enterprise Solutions, now called SAFE (Samsung Approved For Enterprise), with both internal Samsung Development Organizations as well as Strategic Partners.

Mr. Wagner joined Samsung from Research In Motion (RIM), where he was responsible for Business Solution Sales in North America. During his tenure at RIM, he was responsible for creating, managing and growing overlay solution sales and support teams for RIM’s Carrier Business Units, Direct Sales Organization and Channels Organization. Prior to his work at RIM, Mr. Wagner was responsible for Sales at Ascendent Systems which was acquired by RIM in March of 2006. Mr. Wagner has held senior leadership positions at several other high-tech companies such as Watch Hill Partners (acquired by MasterCard Advisors) and GreenPages Technology Solutions.

Mr. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont’s Kalkin School of Business with a double concentration of International Business and Management Information Systems (MIS).

Dirk Gates
Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:00am

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.

Julius Knapp
Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology
Federal Communications Commission

Thursday, February 2, 2012 10:30am

Julius P. Knapp II is the chief of the Federal Communications Commission's (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 Bachelor's 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.

Terry Matthews
Founder and Chairman
Wesley Clover

Thursday, February 2, 2012 4:45pm

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 Queen's 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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