October 4-6, 2010 - Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

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Kevin Mitchell
Acme Packet
Director, Solutions Marketing

Giving Voice to 4G over LTE

Kevin leads wireless solution marketing at Acme Packet, focusing on wireless access, interconnect and core session routing applications of Acme Packet’s Net-Net product family. In addition to developing marketing and event strategy, Kevin serves as the chief spokesperson for Acme Packets solutions for femtocells, fixed mobile convergence, RCS, 4G voice, VoIP peering and core session routing. Kevin joined Acme Packet in 2005 after 8 years with Infonetics Research where he was most recently a Principal Analyst, serving as an overall company director and product manager and lead analyst responsible for consulting, analysis, product development and overall strategic direction of multiple technology coverage areas. In that role, he authored numerous in-depth reports, articles and presented research and analysis at industry conferences. He obtained his bachelor degree in marketing and philosophy from Boston College.

Jean-Pierre Lartigue
CTO and Vice President, Marketing and Strategy, Wireless Division

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "The Paths to LTE Deployment"

Jean-Pierre Lartigue leads the Marketing and Strategy Global Function within Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireless Division. In this role he is responsible for the global division strategy definition, market intelligence analysis and communication, pricing strategy, product positioning, internal communications, portfolio messaging, and knowledge transfer to regions/sales, customers, and media/analysts.

Prior to this, Jean-Pierre was the Vice President of Fixed Access Marketing and Communication. Here his responsibility was to oversee the market strategies, marketing and communications for Alcatel-Lucent’s broadband access, Digital Home and IPTV activities worldwide. For more than four years, he was closely involved in defining Alcatel-Lucent’s FTTH strategy, board member of the FTTH Council Europe and a strong proponent of deep fiber development in Europe.

Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent in 2002, Jean-Pierre was with the management consulting firm, Boston Consulting Group (Paris and Dallas offices), and served as Deputy Director General of Vision 1250, the European group for the development of high-definition and digital television.

Jean-Pierre holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from the French School of Telecommunication Engineers and is a published author of several papers and articles prepared as contributions to international conferences and symposiums.

He has more recently been the editor of the book “Breaking the Barriers”, gathering testimonies of experts about the global evolution of services and very high-speed broadband.

Michael Cooper
Vice President, Marketing and Business Strategy

Connecting the Apps: Application Program Interfaces

Michael Cooper is Vice President, Marketing and Business Strategy, of Alcatel-Lucent’s Wireline Division. The division includes a broad portfolio of products and solutions, including fixed broadband access, multi-service access, and IP Multimedia Systems (IMS). Michael is responsible for global marketing, business strategy and analyst relations programs for the division.

Michael has more than 30 years of telecommunications industry. He began his career as a software feature engineer for AT&T Bell Laboratories where he was involved in the design of the next-generation operator system, OSPS, for which he was awarded a design patent. He also led teams that contributed to the redesign of the 5ESS switch and cross business unit strategies and marketing of Next Generation Networks, IMS, and network transformation. He was awarded his second patent in the area of supporting voice services over a data network.

Raja Gopal
Senior Director of Product Marketing

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "4G broadband services for differentiated market segments"

Raja is a Senior Director of Product Marketing at Alvarion Inc, worldwide leader in 4G solutions. Raja is responsible for Marketing and product strategy for the N. America market with focus on Rural 4G solutions and Smart Power grid applications. Previously, Raja has held senior level marketing & product management positions in telecom companies like Sylantro systems & Motorola launching various 3G solutions and VoIP based products to customer like ATT, Qwest, Verizon, KDDI, France Telecom and many others around the world. Raja has successfully led teams to create products and services from inception to launch. Raja has a Masters degree in Computer Science and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Hank Hultquist
VP Federal Regulatory

National Broadband Policy Review

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.

Brian Daly
AT&T Mobility Services LLC
Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards

Giving Voice to 4G over LTE

Brian K. Daly – Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards , is responsible for the strategic standards engineering for the 3GPP evolved packet system, the IP multimedia subsystem, femto cells, the commercial mobile alert system, regulatory aspects including emergency services and CALEA, homeland security, and wireless-wireline convergence. He has significant accomplishments in the telecommunications industry that include the development of new network architectures and features, including wireline central office switching systems and wireless networks. Brian is recognized both as an active contributor and technical expert in various industry standards organizations, from the development of the first standards for wireless Personal Communication Services, early TDMA digital cellular standards, ANSI-41 intersystem operations, GSM/UMTS, the IMS, and the Evolved Packet System which includes LTE. He has a working knowledge of wireless security standards, as well as homeland security impacts to wireless including citizen-to-citizen, citizen-to-authority, and authority-to-citizen communications, and regulatory aspects including public safety/law enforcement requirements. Brian was appointed by FCC Chairman Martin to the Commercial Mobile Alert Service Advisory Committee where he led the Communications Technology Group, and is currently the Chair of the North American Fraud Forum and Security Group and Wireless Alerts Task Force under the GSM Association’s North American Regional Interest Group.

Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University with an emphasis in electromagnetic engineering (antennas and microwaves) and communication systems.

Amir Makleff
BridgeWave Communications
President & Chief Executive Officer

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "Enabling 4G Backhaul without Breaking the Bank"

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.

Dow Draper
Vice President

4G Devices:  Perspective from the Operator, Device Manufacturer and Component vendor

Dow Draper recently joined Clearwire as Vice President of Product Development and Innovation where he is responsible for strategy and development of WiMAX-based devices and services. Dow spent the past four years at Alltel Corporation where he held both marketing and finance roles: Most recently as Senior Vice President of Voice and Data Solutions and prior to that as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis where he played a key role in several acquisitions and in Alltel’s sale to Goldman Sachs and TPG. Prior to joining Alltel, Dow spent several years in the Seattle area, first as a consultant with McKinsey and Company working in the aerospace, automotive and wireless telecommunications industries, and second working for Western Wireless (prior to its acquisition by Alltel) as Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. Dow has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Patrick Scannell
Director, Market Development

The New Age of Consumers

Pat Scannell is one of the top handful of leading executives in the growing field of “connected devices”. He has spent the last seven years working on wireless strategies with most of the world’s leading technology firms and many leading consumer products companies, and has played key roles in 4 national wireless launches.

Currently Pat is Director of Market Development for Clearwire, responsible for strategies and business development activities that drive WiMAX product ecosystem development in several portfolios: WiMAX chipset and modules; Commercial devices – including B2B, M2M, Smart Grid, FFA and business CPE; Automotive; Strategic Alliances; Connected Home.

Previously, Patrick was responsible for Sprint’s 3G embedded notebook pc program. He has also had several other roles in his years with Sprint, including product line manager for Sprint’s Managed Wireless Services, and Principal Consultant to Sprint Mobile Computing Services.

Prior to joining Sprint, he spent almost a decade on Internet and wireline connected strategies, products and services.

Shawn Molodow
Director, Market Development

The New Age of Consumers

Shawn Molodow has been on the forefront of technology adoption with companies like the Gemalto and Clearwire. At 4GWE he has shown the opportunities to develop an ecosystem of devices that goes beyond the phone and into the heart of future communications. At Clearwire he works on business development with device manufacturers around the world.

Todd Carothers
Senior Vice President of Marketing and Products

4G in the Enterprise

As Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Todd is responsible for CounterPaths Sales, Product Management and Marketing organizations. He is focused on developing and executing the product, go-to-market and selling strategies of the companys industry leading desktop and mobile softphones and end-to-end whole product solutions that drive Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), Fixed Mobile Substitution (FMS) and Over the Top (OTT) services for enterprises, operators and channel partners across the world. During Todds tenure at CounterPath he has brought to market several key new products that have created new revenue streams for the company, including the Bria mobile and tablet applications. Todd brings over 18 years of experience in sales, marketing, product management and business development to CounterPath, driving success with some of its largest enterprise, operator and channel partner customers including Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Avaya, Black & Decker, BroadSoft, GENBAND, FT/Orange, KDDI, Metaswitch Networks, NEC, Prudential, Rogers, Telefonica, Toys R Us and Vodafone. Prior to joining CounterPath, Todd served as VP, Marketing and Business Development at BridgePort Networks (acquired by CounterPath in 2008). Prior to BridgePort Networks, Todd held marketing, product management, business development and sales management positions at Malibu Networks, Adaptive Broadband (formerly California Microwave) and Sciforma Corporation. Todd holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Chico with a minor in Computer Technology.

Doug Makishima (Moderator)
D2 Technologies, Inc.

4G Devices:  Perspective from the Operator, Device Manufacturer and Component vendor

Doug Makishima has more than 20 years of marketing and engineering experience in the communications and networking industry. Prior to joining D2 Technologies in 2006, he was vice president of marketing at Intoto, a provider of network gateway and security software platforms. Before joining Intoto, Makishima served as vice president of marketing for Hifn, a leading provider of security and network processors. Makishima has held senior management positions with Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, AMD, Auspex and Adaptec, where he managed the marketing and development of advanced networking, wireless communications and storage products. He was also involved in the acquisition of WLAN startup Netwave Technologies by Bay Networks/Nortel, and during his engineering career, developed patented storage IC technology. Makishima has actively contributed to several IEEE and ANSI committees focused on networking, communications and storage standards. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Catharine Trebnick
Dougherty & Company
Sr. Vice President Technology

4G Mobile Ventures

Catharine Trebnick serves as Vice President, Senior Research Analyst within the Equity Capital Markets division at Dougherty & Company. Her coverage focuses on Data and IP Networking. Prior to joining Dougherty in January 2014, Ms. Trebnick was a Senior Technology Research Analyst specializing in the IP Networking/ Information Security sector. She began the Wall Street segment of her career as a Sr. Research Analyst at Avian Securities in 2008. Catharine’s expertise stems from her understanding of the communications industry, accumulated through 15 years of success as a senior-level business development and product management executive for industry icons Time Warner Telecom, ICG Communications, Lucent Technologies, and AT&T. Her channel development role with over 100 partners, including EMC, Cisco, Juniper and Ciena, adds a point of view on the telecom supply chain that is unique among her peers. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Catharine was ranked in the top 10 of the 58 communication analysts for return to investors in StarMine.

Ms. Trebnick earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland. She also earned a Master’s Degree from University of Chicago.

Peter Allen
President and CEO

KEYNOTE LUNCH "Supporting the Next Generation of Backhaul"

Peter Allen brings 21 years of industry experience in Broadband Telecommunications. Prior to joining DragonWave, Peter was founder, President and CEO Innovance Networks. Prior to Innovance, Peter was the Vice-President of Business Development and General Manager of the Optoelectronics organization within Nortel Networks Optical Networks division, where he had responsibilities for both the system and component businesses. Peters experience in business leadership includes heading up a 5000-employee global operation spanning R&D, manufacturing as well as Sales & Marketing. Peter has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and has been involved in numerous multi-billion dollar transactions, as well as establishing business partnerships in North America, Europe and Japan. Peter has also held managerial positions at Ford Motor Company and Rothmans International, and has lived and worked in North America, Europe and Africa.

Dan Warren
Director of Technology

Giving Voice to 4G over LTE

Dan Warren joined the GSM Association (GSMA) in 2007 as Director of Technology. He currently leads the GSMA Voice over LTE (VoLTE) initiative, as well as helping the Association drive forward and promote technologies including High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) mobile broadband, Long Term Evolution (LTE) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). He acts as a technology subject matter expert across all of GSMA’s Projects and Working Groups. Prior to joining the GSMA, Dan worked for Vodafone and Nortel. Dan has a degree in Mathematics and a PhD in Applied Mathematics.

Brent Kelly
Principal Analyst

Build, buy or rent?- Strategic Network Planning for Wireless Backhaul

As the Principal analyst at KelCor, Inc., Brent focuses on the intersection of business technologies comprising unified communications, social networking, video, cloud services and mobility. He provides strategy and counsel to key client types: Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, investment analysts, VCs, technology policy executives, sell side firms and technology buyers. Dr. Kelly has been an independent consultant and analyst since 2001, writing hundreds of articles and presenting at numerous public and private events.

Jim Johnston
Mindspeed Technologies Inc.

4G Synergies in Silicon

Jim Johnston is the chief technical officer (CTO) of the communications convergence processing (CCP) business unit at Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. where he oversees Mindspeeds media (VoIP) and wireless (4G/LTE) technology initiatives.

Mr. Johnston has been in the semiconductor and systems sector for over 25 years and has held a number of technical and executive level positions including vice president of engineering in the multiservice access business at Mindspeed and executive director of the Media Signal Processing Center of Excellence in the personal computing division at Conexant Systems. He previously served as a Rockwell Engineering Fellow in the digital communications division of Rockwell International.

Mr. Johnston received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine and a master’s degree in international business administration from California State University, Fullerton.

Sudhakar Ramakrishna
Vice President

4G Devices:  Perspective from the Operator, Device Manufacturer and Component vendor

Brough Turner


Brough Turner is a communications industry engineer and entrepreneur. He is currently founder of netBlazr.com, a startup working to change the landscape for broadband Internet access in the US urban areas. Previously Brough was co-founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications. While his leading interests are technology and innovation, his career has included roles in engineering, operations, finance, marketing and customer support. He writes and is quoted widely on telecommunications topics in trade and general business publications and he is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events around the world. Since 2001, Brough has focused on the wireless infrastructure and mobile applications. His 3G and 4G tutorials are widely popular (Google 3G Tutorial for more info). Brough blogs at http://blogs.broughturner.com on the technology, economic and social issues of communications at the intersection of telecom, mobility and the Internet.

Brough Turner

BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

Brough Turner is a communications industry engineer and entrepreneur. He is currently founder of netBlazr.com, a startup working to change the landscape for broadband Internet access in the US urban areas. Previously Brough was co-founder and CTO of Natural MicroSystems and NMS Communications. While his leading interests are technology and innovation, his career has included roles in engineering, operations, finance, marketing and customer support. He writes and is quoted widely on telecommunications topics in trade and general business publications and he is a frequent speaker at telecom industry events around the world. Since 2001, Brough has focused on the wireless infrastructure and mobile applications. His 3G and 4G tutorials are widely popular (Google 3G Tutorial for more info). Brough blogs at http://blogs.broughturner.com on the technology, economic and social issues of communications at the intersection of telecom, mobility and the Internet.

Carl Silva
Chief Scientist / Vice President Technology

4G in the Enterprise

Mr. Silva has more than twenty years of diversified experience in telecommunications, networking and high technology. As Senior Managing Partner and Founder with Anza Borrego Partners from 2004-2006, he designed a new VoIP Information Security (INFOSEC) practice for NextiraOne, a $500M privately-held firm specializing in PBX and VoIP. Carl was also one of the founding members of VOIPSA.org. In July 2006, Carl Founded Cognigen Business Systems, Inc. (CBSi), a managed services provider for VoIP, broadband wireless, DSL and video surveillance systems for the Small to Mid-Size Retail Marketplace. At CBSi, Carl designed a VoIP and broadband strategy and architecture to provide VoIP, broadband and Point of Sale backup services for Subway franchise locations. CBSi was acquired by Anza Borrego Partners, Inc. in September 2007.

From 1996-2003, Carl held the position of Senior Vice President (reporting directly to the CEO) at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where he managed SAIC’s converged network business, formulating investment strategy and venture capital expenditures. Carl served on the Boards of seven companies, managed over 300 professionals, including engineers, sales people, program managers, project managers and subcontractors and was responsible for Converged Network Deployment and Applications. He also had full P&L responsibilities for $42M a year in systems integration projects. Carl developed and implemented SAICs VoIP and converged networks technology systems integration business, serving a broad range of clients, including: the White House Communications Agency, Clark County School District and Brown Brothers Harriman. Carl directed SAICs investment in several startup companies including Solect, a successful IP billing company which was acquired by AMDOCS for $1.3B (netting a $425M profit for SAIC). Carl is fluent in English, French, Spanish and conversational Portuguese.

Fanny Mlinarsky

BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

Fanny Mlinarsky is President of octoScope, a wireless technology company offering test solutions and consulting services. Fanny has 29 years of experience developing data communication products and managing engineering teams. As VP of Engineering at Scope Communications (now Agilent), Fanny managed a team of engineers developing network test equipment. In 2001 she founded Azimuth Systems, a wireless test equipment provider. Her expertise spans RF, PHY, MAC, transport and application layers. Fanny frequently publishes articles on wireless communications and participates in industry standards development and conferences. Fanny has a BS/EE and a BA in computer science from Columbia University with some graduate work at MIT. She holds 5 patents.

Glenn Richards
Pillsbury Law

National Broadband Policy Review

Glenn Richards is a partner and chair of the communications practice group at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. He represents a wide range of communications service providers and investors, including voice over internet protocol (VoIP) providers, wireline and wireless telecommunications carriers, television broadcasters, equipment manufacturers, satellite operators, banks and private equity firms in transactional and litigation matters, and before the Federal Communications Commission, state public utility commissions and the International Telecommunication Union. Glenn also represents large corporate users of communications services in contract negotiations with their suppliers.

Glenn is also Executive Director of the Voice on the Net Coalition (www.von.org). Since 1997, VON has been educating state and federal policymakers about the benefits of Internet communications and the impact of regulation on this emerging technology. VON members include AT&T, Broadvox, Google, Microsoft/Skype, Nextiva, RingCentral and Vonage.

Glenn received a journalism degree from West Virginia University in 1982 and a law degree from New York Law School in 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York and Washington, DC.

Glenn is based in Washington, DC and can be reached at 202-663-8215 or [email protected].

Rasmus Hellberg, PhD
Director of Technical Marketing

How to meet the ever increasing demand for data

Rasmus Hellberg is part of Qualcomms technical marketing team wherehe focuses on the wireless evolution and emerging technologies. He hasspent almost 15 years in the wireless infrastructure industry and heldseveral product management positions in Sweden and San Diego coveringPDC, WCDMA CDMA2000 and 1xEV-DO, mainly focusing on the Radio Accessnetwork product. Rasmus started his telecom career in productmanagement working on the Japanese PDC system and later on the firstcommercial WCDMA product.

Dr. Hellberg holds a Ph.D. in Electromagnetic Wave Propagation and aMaster degree in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute ofTechnology in Stockholm Sweden. He also received a Bachelor degree inBusiness Administration and Finance from the University of Stockholm,Sweden.

Beth Halvorson
VP, Wholesale Services

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "Providing Value as a Carriers Carrier: Wireless Backhaul Services"

Introducing Ms. Beth Ann Halvorson, Vice President of Wholesale Sales, Qwest Communications. Beth Halvorson is a seasoned professional with nearly three decades of experience in the telecommunications industry. She serves as the Vice President of Wholesale Sales at Qwest Communications, handling a broad scope of responsibility in various territories and environments. Currently headquartered in Minneapolis Minnesota, Beth maintains responsibility for Wholesale data sales for all wireless, ISP, reseller, CLEC, IXC and cable accounts, in addition to AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

Israel Koffman
Runcom Technologies
VP Sales & Marketing

4G Solutions for Universal Service in America

With more than 20 years of managerial experience in leading positions in the high-tech industry, Israel is leading the Sales and Marketing team at Runcom to achieve leadership in Global Markets for the Company products including Developed countries such as US, Japan and Korea growing economies like China, Brazil, India and Russia and many Developing countries in South East Asia and Africa.

Prior to Runcom Mr. Koffman was the Chief Technology Officer of Gilat Communications Ltd. Prior to Gilat, Mr. Koffman spent 18 years at Orbit-Alchut technologies Ltd., first as R&D engineer, then at various senior positions in R&D and marketing, and finally as President of Orbit Communication, Ltd., a subsidiary of Orbit Alchut. In addition Mr. Koffman was one of the founders and the active Chairman of the ISIS Consortium for the development of advanced satellite communication terminals.

Mr Koffman holds an MSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) from Drexel University in Philadelphia US.

Asokan Thiyagarajan
Samsung Telecommunications America
Director - Platforms & Technology Strategy

4G Devices:  Perspective from the Operator, Device Manufacturer and Component vendor

Asokan Thiyagarajan serves as the Director of Platforms and Technology Strategy at Samsung Telecommunications America, responsible for recommending strategies to address technology and market trends as well as strategic alliances. He is a respected speaker at international conferences on technology. He authors technology and visionary articles for leading magazines around the world.

Asokan has over 21 years of international experience in high technology sectors, developing software and communication systems. Asokan has skills blended in technology, business, engineering and management, and is very effective in Technology Management. Highly analytical and an industry visionary, Asokan is a sought after global high-tech industry thought leader and trusted strategic advisor by companies.

Prior to Samsung, Asokan held a variety of senior technology management positions in brand name high-tech companies like Motorola, Nokia, Ericsson, Compaq (HP) and some for start-ups as well. He is a serial entrepreneur and pioneering high tech inventor. He presently serves on the board of directors/advisors of some technology start-ups.

Asokan holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, from Madurai University, India.

Craig Miller
Sequans Communications
Vice President of Worldwide Marketing

4G Devices:  Perspective from the Operator, Device Manufacturer and Component vendor

Craig Miller is responsible for driving Sequans’ global product and corporate marketing strategies. He is a technology industry veteran with an excellent track record in product management, marketing, strategic planning and business development over the course of his twenty-plus year career. He has successfully championed numerous silicon, system and software products targeting the wireless, computing, consumer electronics, and networking market segments. Prior to joining Sequans, Craig was vice president of product management and marketing at NextWave Wireless, where he was responsible for strategic marketing, product planning, product management, applications engineering and marketing communications for a portfolio of WiMAX and LTE chipsets. Prior to NextWave, he held numerous positions in product marketing, strategy, business development and product engineering at Intel Corporation and was director of marketing for the Wireless Networking Group, where he championed the first of several generations of wireless LAN silicon and modules at the core of Intel’s Centrino mobile technology platform.

Todd Daubert
SNR Denton

National Broadband Policy Review

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.

Kamal Garg
Sprint Nextel
Business Development, Converged Network Solutions (CNS)

4G in the Enterprise

Kamal Garg is the leader of the Business Development, Converged Network Solutions (CNS) at Sprint Nextel. In this position he is responsible for the development and launch of next generation solutions providing in-building wireless and advanced campus solutions for Sprint’s largest and most important customers. By implementing successful strategies and selling wireless and converged solutions to enterprise, public sector and general business customers, Mr. Garg and his team enables Sprint to maintain a one billion dollar annual billed revenue stream while also growing new contracted revenues at over $2 million a monthly.

From 2003 until currently, Mr. Garg oversaw the development of several strategies and solutions within CNS catapulting Sprint into being the number one provider of in-building and campus solutions for business customers among all wireless carriers in the United States. Prior to joining Sprint in 2003, he held multiple positions in marketing and strategy in wireless business services. Mr. Garg earned his BS in Economics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and holds a certificate in the “Privatization of Public Economies” from Vysoka Skola Ekonmicka in the Prague, Czech Republic.

Jeff Thompson

KEYNOTE LUNCH "So much Demand, so Little Time"

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. \

Bill Goodman
Director - Technology

The Carriers Perspective: Making the Network Smart for Smart Phones

Bill Goodman is Director of the Converged Services Architecture group in Verizon’s Network & Technology organization. His group takes a lead role in architecting and realizing the platform solutions that enable Verizon to offer innovative, integrated, rich media experiences over its broadband networks.

Bill was a lead member of the design team that successfully deployed the first commercial IP telephony service by an ILEC in 1999. He led the development and early implementation of Verizon’s IMS-based convergence strategy, including architecture of a common IMS serving both wireless and wireline customers. Bill and his team are currently leading the technology strategy and implementation in support of Verizon’s open development and media delivery initiatives.

Bill has 27 years of experience with Verizon and its predecessors, and is an inventor on 25 patents covering various aspects of VoIP, video, and mobile networks and services. He holds a BSEE and MBA, both from Villanova University, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Chris Neisinger
Verizon Wireless
Executive Director Network Planning

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "Changing Tires on the Go: Bringing LTE to the Network and Building for Mobility"

Chris Neisinger is the Executive Director of Network Planning at Verizon Wireless. In this role, Mr Neisinger and his organization are responsible for planning of the nationwide CDMA/EvDO and LTE architecture including; basestation configurations, backhaul, switching and adjunct services, data newtork architecture, signaling systems, transport, and IMS.

Chris has held various Engineering and Operational roles during his 19 years in the wireless industry. Chris’ previous industry experience includes leadership positions in joint ventures in Hungary and Malaysia.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Washington State University.

Andy Huckridge
VSS Monitoring
Director of Marketing

Monitoring 4G/LTE Technologies: The Pitfalls and Problems

Andy Huckridge is Director of Marketing at VSS Monitoring, a manufacturer of traffic capture systems and network taps providing network access for monitoring and security tools. Formerly Director of NGN Solutions for Spirent Communications, Huckridge has an M.Sc. in Advanced Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Surrey, UK, and a B. Eng (Hons) EE & Telecommunication Engineering from the University of Glamorgan, Wales, UK.

Jack Unger
Committee Chair

BOF: The New 4G: the FCC decision and use of White Spaces

Jim Baker
Managing Partner

4G Mobile Ventures

Jim Baker is a technology entrepreneur and seasoned C-level veteran of the wireless broadband industry as both a service provider and hardware vendor, having founded and served as CEO at Telabria (a UK-based wireless ISP) and Moovera Networks (a manufacturer of cellular gateways for vehicular connectivity). Most recently he was Chief Marketing Officer at Icomera following its acquisition of Moovera in 2008, where he developed the product and marketing strategy for connecting trains, buses and ferries to the Internet for passenger Wi-Fi, CCTV and onboard systems control. He is currently a partner at Xenventure, a market strategy and private equity company based in London and San Francisco, and a non-executive director of several technology companies. Jim is an active member of the Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications (www.transitwireless.org), a US non-profit that is developing a strategic plan for implementation of wireless broadband technologies in public transportation.

Dirk Gates
Chief Executive Officer

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION "What’s Next for Enterprise Wi-Fi"

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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