Executive Director – Security Policy and Compliance Technology Development /Chief Security Office

AT&T Services Inc.

Larry Abram is responsible for guiding AT&T; Security Policies, annual Compliance certifications and Compliance Strengthening programs across more than 3600 systems managed by AT&T;’s Technology Development organization.

Mr. Abram joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1980, as a payroll system programmer. Following assignments in Federal Regulatory, Strategic Planning and Financial/Budget Analysis, Mr. Abram returned to Information Technology, where he managed billing systems development organization, led billing system consolidation programs and established long-range Billing System plans.

In 2005, Mr. Abram moved into security-related assignments, starting with the development and implementation of a new Identity and Access Management system that today secures AT&T; consumer online account management services. He also led company-wide adoption of centralized User Access Management tools and frameworks, which delivered a Single Sign On experience and consistent user access control structures for thousands of internal-use systems. In 2009, he successfully launched and completed the first of several AT&T-wide; initiatives to encrypt customer and employee Sensitive Personal Information in AT&T; databases, with additional efforts to encryp document repositories underway.

Mr. Abram assumed his current assignment in 2010, where he guides Technology Development’s annual Payment Card (PCI), Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), Federal accessibility and other Compliance certifications. He picked up responsibility for AT&T; Security Policy and Requirements (ASPR) and Supplier Information Security Requirements (SISR) in December 2015. He proactive guides and supports external technical reviews and extensive internal system audit programs. His team also manages AT&T;’s vulnerability scanning, Bug Bounty and industry-leading e-discovery services supporting AT&T;’s, litigation, Federal and state regulatory activities.

Mr. Abram holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science and Accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City Missouri.

Vice President, Business Development and Partnerships


Rob Adams is a member of the CTO office in Infinera’s Metro Business Unit.  Rob  has over 25 years of experience in service provider and enterprise switching and transport networking having previously worked for IBM, CISCO, and then Ciena where he spent 10 years and ran product line management.  Just prior to Infinera, Rob was at Transmode (acquired by Infinera) where he was also a member of the CTO office.  Rob holds a masters of computer engineering from North Carolina State University.

Telecommunications Solutions Architect

Red Hat

Sanjay Aiyagari has spent two decades at leading companies in the networking, virtualization, and cloud computing spaces. Prior to Red Hat, he was head of product management and strategy at Siaras, an OpenStack startup. He spent six years at VMware, where he advised the world’s largest telcos and NEPs in virtualizing their critical real-time network functions, and co-created VMware's Cisco alliance to evangelize the VCE vBlock-based software-defined data center. Previously, he led key engineering projects in Cisco's access routing, application delivery, and network management products, and was one of the earliest key contributors to the OASIS AMQP specification, which is widely used in cloud management systems today. 

Mr. Aiyagari has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MS in Computer Science from Columbia University.
Chief Security Officer


Joe Albaugh is the Chief Security Officer at Vivint, the largest home automation services provider in North America. In this position, Joe is responsible for all security strategy and initiatives across the company.

Joe has more than twenty years of professional experience in security analysis, design, implementation and management, with a particularly strong background in technical vulnerability assessment and program development.

Before joining Vivint, Joe was the Chief Information Security Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation, overseeing the information assurance and cyber security efforts across all modes of transportation within the department. Prior to this role, Joe was the Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he led the redesign the organization’s cyber security program.

Before joining the FAA, Joe was the Chief Information Security Officer and acting Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he built and managed global information security and technology programs. He has also served as a senior manager in BearingPoint’s Public Services Solutions Group where he led the security practices for foreign affairs and federal healthcare.

Joe received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in information assurance from Norwich University. He completed executive education programs at the Yale School of Management and the Federal Executive Institute. He has also acquired several professional certifications in his career, including the CISSP, C|EH, MCSE, CCNA and PCLP, and was an advisory board member for the C|CISO certification.

Vice President, Product Line Management

Calient Technologies

David Altstaetter is Vice President of Product Line Management; his primary focus is delivering solutions for cost effective optical switching. In this role, David is responsible for creating and managing solutions for intra-data center and inter-data center physical layer switching fabrics. He is active in developing and promoting solutions and standards for converged physical and packet layer networks. Prior to joining CALIENT, David has spent almost 20 years in the telecom industry working for both network equipment providers and Tier 1 service providers. Most recently, he was Sr. Director of Applications & Solutions at ADVA Optical Networking. David has authored and co-authored dozens of technical papers and has given numerous national and international presentations in the area of optical switching. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Senior Manager, Product Line Management

Netscout Inc.

Sridhar Appakondu is a senior manager in the product line management organization with NETSCOUT’s Service Provider Business Unit. NETSCOUT is a market leader in real-time service assurance for today’s most demanding service provider networks. He is currently building the strategy for next generation of assurance platforms that can run in a NFV/SDN environment. Sridhar has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including a four year-stint in APAC, focused primarily on building network monitoring and assurance platforms for service providers all over the globe.

Sridhar has held management roles in engineering, product management and operations, working closely with service provider customers and spearheading strategic initiatives and product roadmaps for service assurance solutions.

Executive Managing Partner

Argyle Griffin Group

Robert “Bob” Azzi has over 35 years of experience leading network organizations for local, global and wireless networks.  Bob is currently an Executive Managing Partner at Argyle Griffin Group leading the Mobile and Telecommunications practice.  In this roles he is an advisor and consultant to innovative technology companies in the mobile and telecommunications industry.

Previously, Bob was the Chief Network Officer of Sprint.  In this role, he was accountable for network planning, development, engineering, deployment, access management and service assurance for the wireless and global IP network. During his tenure he led the Network Advantage outsourcing contract, Network Vision wireless network upgrade and the iDEN decommissioning programs.

Bob also has extensive network experience leading organizations in the Sprint Local Company Division and Long Distance Division.

Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Engineering


Satya Baddipudi is the CTO and EVP of Engineering for DartPoints and is responsible for Engineering IT, Network and Data Center Services, Security, Compliance and Operations.

Satya’s career started in the US Midwest and involves several years in Silicon Valley, working for startups, medium to large enterprises and service providers. He understands both the service provider and product vendor thought processes and spends significant amount of time in defining new products and solutions, services automation and operations management.

Prior to joining DartPoints, Satya managed global networks and operations for multi-national companies such as Logitech. He also worked as Principal Network Architect for Nokia's data center network design group and at Siemens supporting Data Center solutions for premium customers. He has worked on both the service provider and enterprise sides of the Networking and Data Center businesses, and built strategic and tactical solutions for next generation network and data center services.

Satya received a Master’s degree in Telecommunications from University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Business. Satya also earned highly regarded industry certifications like CCIE, VCP, CISSP and others.

Sr. Director, Strategic Field Engagement

Juniper Networks

Jack Barrett is the Senior Director for SP Field Marketing at Juniper Networks, where he and his team are responsible for executing executive level engagement and thought leadership programs. Additionally, he has held GTM Strategy and Planning, Campaign and Demand Generation Development, and Marketing Operations roles at Juniper.

Jack has more than 25 years of experience in Telecommunications. He began his career at AT&T; Bell Labs as a Member of the Technical Staff (MTS). He has held senior-level product management, marketing and managing director positions at AT&T;, Lucent Technologies, and Realtech Consulting prior to joining Juniper Networks.

Jack holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from Monmouth University. Additionally, he is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Senior Network Architect

XO Communications

Matt Bateman is a Senior Network Architect at XO Communications. With a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford and more than 25 years of experience in IT, Engineering, and Networking, Matt is uniquely positioned to lead cross-functional teams to develop road maps for new technologies.

In his current role, Matt is the team lead for technical architecture in the areas of NFV, SDN and Cloud. As an early champion for this new technology, Matt has used his diverse background to reach across traditional organizational boundaries to foster the cooperation and knowledge sharing that will be critical in the coming convergence of IT and Networking.

Principal Solutions Architect for Packet Optical Networking

Fujitsu Network Communications

Bill Beesley brings over 20 years of telecommunications industry experience to his current role as a principal solutions architect for packet optical networking at Fujitsu Network Communications. He is responsible for providing business development and product strategy for Fujitsu packet optical networking solutions, focusing on architecting solutions that support the Cable Telecommunications Industry.

Prior to joining Fujitsu in 2011, Bill worked at Cox Communications for 14 years, where he held a variety of executive engineering and leadership roles at both the corporate and system level.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska, and a Master of Applied Science in Telecommunications Management from the University of Denver.

Chief Executive Officer

Telecommunications Industry Association

Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

As the information and communications technology (ICT) industry experiences the most dramatic change seen in decades, Scott’s leadership of TIA fosters adaptation and growth to meet its members’ needs. He is responsible for managing TIA’s overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Before his tenure at ITS America, Scott held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, and worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands. Scott serves on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association, the U.S. Department of State International Communications and Information Policy Committee, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

Scott resides in Alexandria, VA and is married with two children.

Co-Chair, Security Working Group

prpl Foundation

Majid Bemanian is Director of Marketing for Imagination, responsible for driving the company’s strategic security initiatives and leading its market strategy for the networking and storage segments. He also co-chairs the prpl Foundation’s security working group, focused on developing open standards and APIs around next-generation embedded security solutions. Prior to joining Imagination in 2013, Mr. Bemanian was Director of Marketing for the Processor Business Unit at AppliedMicro. He has more than 30 years of high-tech industry experience with hands-on engineering, marketing and business management skills. Bemanian has held key management positions with Amdahl Communications, Ascom-Timeplex, Encore Video, Raytheon Semi, LSI Logic, AppliedMicro and many early-stage startups. He holds several patents and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Vice President, Solutions Marketing & Strategy


Serving as Vice President of Solutions Marketing and Strategy for GENBAND, Sanjay Bhatia oversees the company’s product marketing organization and alignmnent of GENBAND’s go-to-market strategy across different market segments including NFV, Cloud, Enterprise Unified Communications, MSO and Wireless.  Bhatia is an accomplished telecommunications professional with over 28 years of wide-ranging global experience.

Bhatia has held a variety of senior leadership roles in Product Marketing, Product Line Management, and Research & Development for leading technology companies. He possesses a strong track record of successfully introducing new technologies via innovative product and solutions launches.  Bhatia is an accomplished speaker who has presented at several global events.

Prior to joining GENBAND, Bhatia served in senior business unit and marketing roles at Tekelec and various leadership positions at Nortel Networks. Bhatia holds bachelors and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech University.

Chief Technology Officer

Pivotal Communications

Dr. Eric J. Black began his working career as an interior/exterior electrician in the United States Air Force. Following his honorable discharge, he studied electrical engineering at the University of Washington where he received his Bachelor of Science in 2003. He went on to get Masters and Doctoral degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University where he developed near field optical components for use in data storage.

After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Black joined Boeing’s Research and Technology division as part of the next gen phased array group. Dr. Black was co-author and key performer on two competitive bid programs funded by the DARPA Microsystems Technology Office. The first was the Micro Plasma Device program where he developed RF Plasma devices able to operate in austere environmental conditions. In the second program, Arrays at Commercial Timescales, he developed frequency selective DC control line structures that appear transparent in the microwave regime.

In 2014, he joined the Metamaterials Commercialization Center at Intellectual Ventures where his team developed techniques for the design and manufacture of Metamaterial Antennas suitable for modern wideband communications. These novel antennas offer phased-array-like beam steering and beam reconfiguration without the need for expensive and power hungry distributed phase shifters, active amplifiers or multiple RF chains.

In 2016, Dr. Black co-founded Pivotal Communications where he currently serves as Chief Technical Officer. Pivotal is bringing their Metamaterial Electronically Tuned Antennas to market as a cost effective alternative to phased arrays or massive MIMO systems in current 4G and future 5G deployments.

Optical Network Architect


Kevin Bourg is Optical Network Architect for Corning Optical Communications with over 20 years of industry experience in system engineering, software development and sales in the telecommunication industry.

He has been active for the past 15 years in the creation and deployment of solutions to promote FTTx networks architectures developing both commercial and technical expertise.  He currently sits on the FTTH Council NA Board of Directors and a Past Chairman.

Prior to working for Corning, Inc, Kevin worked for Aurora Networks, A Pace Company, World Access and Nortel Networks. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from the University of Southwestern Louisiana and a Master of Science in System Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy

AT&T Services Inc.

Chris Boyer is Assistant Vice President of Global Public Policy at AT&T Services, Inc., where he is responsible for developing and coordinating the company's strategic policy positions related to cybersecurity.   Boyer represents AT&T on cybersecurity policy matters on the Federal and State level, including before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the White House.

This includes serving as AT&T's Point of Contact to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC), a Federal advisory committee tasked with providing advice to the President on matters of National Security and Emergency Preparedness related to communications services, and was appointed in 2012 to the NIST Internet Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB), a Federal advisory committee responsible for identifying emerging managerial, technical, administrative, and physical safeguard issues related to information security and privacy for Federal agencies under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). 

Boyer is also the former vice-chair and a current member of the executive committee of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC). Since 2009, Boyer has served on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance, a public private partnership dedicated to promoting cybersecurity awareness and education for home users, small and medium size businesses, and primary and secondary education.  In addition, he is the co-chair for the public policy committee at the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group and serves on multiple FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) working groups involving cybersecurity including as co-chair of CSRIC V Working Group #5 focused on strategic information sharing in the communications industry. 

Boyer joined AT&T in 1993 and has held positions in various organizations including in the company's corporate public policy, network planning and engineering, product marketing and network services departments, including extensive experience working on a variety of technical matters including broadband access, VoIP and Internet Protocol (IP)-based television. Prior to his current position, he was AT&T's policy lead in California serving the high-tech community in Silicon Valley. Boyer received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Kansas and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.

Senior Vice President, Device and Network Services Marketing

AT&T Entertainment Group

As Senior Vice President, Device and Network Services Marketing, Jeff Bradley has responsibility to offer the industry’s leading portfolio of mobile devices and accessories, deliver advanced and emerging network services, and provide developers and content creators the tools, platforms and best practices to deliver great mobile experiences.

The device portfolio is designed to offer AT&T customers the most differentiated and compelling designs, along with the most intuitive user experience across a variety of operating systems, segments and form factors. His team leads the marketing efforts to launch next generation network, services, modern communication services and select value-add mobile apps. The AT&T Developer Program is tasked with accelerating innovation in the ecosystem and helping developers leverage AT&T’s strategic platforms to deliver impactful mobile apps, IOT systems, and video consumption services by offering industry leading APIs, training, tools, hackathons and other developer events.

He joined AT&T Wireless from Lante Corporation, a leading internet consulting firm, where he was Managing Director and a member of the senior leadership team. Mr. Bradley served in a similar capacity with MCI Systemhouse, the former information technology consulting division of MCI which was acquired by EDS.

Mr. Bradley began his career at IBM as an advisory sales representative. He later joined IBM’s Global Services division where he built and managed a series of consulting practices designed to help early adopter companies leverage emerging technologies, such as Client/Server and Object-Oriented Technology.

Mr. Bradley has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University where he was also a two-time Pac 10 champion wrestler. He is based in Redmond, Washington.

Managing Director

Berkeley Research Group

Tom Brown is a Managing Director and Global Leader of Berkeley Research Group’s Cyber Security and Investigations practice. Mr. Brown specializes in helping clients manage cyber risk, respond to and investigate cyber incidents, remediate vulnerabilities, and address, from a technical perspective, post-incident regulatory inquiries and litigation.

From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Brown served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where he supervised the Complex Frauds and Cyber Crime Unit.

As a federal prosecutor, Mr. Brown led a broad range of complex, cross-border cyber investigations, including some of the most technologically challenging cases ever pursued by the U.S. government. They include Silk Road, a $1.2 billion underground drug website; the prolific “hacktivist” groups Anonymous and LulzSec; the hack of NASDAQ; Liberty Reserve, an online digital currency used to launder more than $6 billion in criminal proceeds; the hack of Citibank; Rove Digital, a massive botnet that infected more than 4 million computers; and Samarth Agrawal, who was convicted after trial of stealing high-frequency trading code from Société Générale.

In addition to conducting 10 jury trials and arguing a number of appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Mr. Brown also won favorable judicial opinions with national impact on cyber-related issues, including an electronic surveillance matter and a case of first impression concerning the compelled production of data stored overseas by Internet service providers.

Mr. Brown is a recipient of the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Cyber Investigation and was named “Prosecutor of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation in 2011.

Mr. Brown is a graduate of Carlton College and received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar.


151 Advisors

Steve Brumer is a Partner with 151 Advisors, a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm that is working with the executive leadership team at wireless and technology companies from early to growth stage with talent, expertise and relationship connections. The strategic initiatives that 151 focuses on are around growth, expansion and increasing shareholder value by creating executable plans that drive revenue growth in existing or new markets organically or through acquisition. Steve merged 151 Advisors with Wireless Rain, a Wireless Channel Development strategy consulting organization specializing in complete design, implementation and deployment of a successful, profit-driven reseller and national dealer system which creates a program for manufacturers, software developers, and service providers. In addition, Steve co-founded & was President of Global Wireless Data, a National Value-added Distributor of wireless products and services. Steve also held various management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data & BellSouth Wireless. Steve is a Board Member of several technology firms and trade associations. In addition, Steve is a valued presenter at National Events including CTIA, CCA, GSMA, ITExpo, IOT Evolution, CIO Symposium, CES & Mobility Live, speaking about wireless technology, products, applications and future trends.

Vice President, Cyber Forensics and Investigation


Steven comes to Solutionary with over 25 years of leadership experience in law enforcement with a versatile skill-set in information technology, computer forensics investigations, Presidential protection, drug enforcement and explosive ordinance.  Prior to joining Solutionary, Steven served a 21 year term for the United States Secret Service where he held roles of increasing responsibility.  He most recently held the position of Supervisor of the Dallas Field Office North Texas Electronic Crimes Task Force.  In this role, Steven was responsible for overseeing all United States Secret Service cyber and criminal investigations throughout Northern Texas.  Prior, Steven held the position of Program Manager of the United States Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program where he was responsible for overseeing approximately 650 agents world-wide, specializing in the investigation of complex network intrusions and computer forensic investigation.

Steven earned his Master's Degree in Forensic Science Computer Fraud Investigation from George Washington University.  He was also awarded his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas. Steven's achievements include serving as Presidential Protection Detail to Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.  Additionally, Steven played an instrumental role in creating the National Computer Forensic Institute in Hoover, Alabama as well as the United States Secret Service's only Cell Phone Forensic Facility in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

As Solutionary's Vice President, Cyber Forensics and Investigation, Steven's responsibilities will include developing and expanding Solutionary partnerships with government, and law enforcement, as well as other cyber security and threat intelligence communities.  Steven will also provide insight and analysis to Solutionary clients and the public about critical security trends and defense techniques.

Vice President, Business Development


Derrick Calderon is a skilled business development executive with extensive experience in the wireless communications and IoT industries.  He currently serves as Ingenu’s Vice President of Business Development, overseeing the company’s domestic sales organization for the Machine Network™ as well as private network deployments.  Prior to joining Ingenu, Calderon served in various business development management roles at Raco Wireless, a provider of IoT/M2M wireless products and services, where he created and executed the strategy for the company’s Latin America region, which became the organization’s fastest growing division.  He was also Business Development Manager for T-Mobile, a national mobile communications carrier.  Calderon holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Utah Valley University.

Vice President, Marketing


Mike Capuano currently serves on Infinera’s leadership team as VP of Marketing has over 20 years of experience in service provider and enterprise routing and transport networking. Mike is a key leader for Infinera’s SDN and software programmability initiatives and speaks and writes frequently on the topic. Prior to Infinera Mike held executive positions at Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and Motorola. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Colgate University.

Chief Research Officer

ABI Research

Research Focus

As Chief Research Officer, Stuart Carlaw leads ABI Research’s analyst teams covering global technology markets. Stuart’s primary responsibility is the management of industry research content, technology and market focus, subject matter guidance, product portfolio mix, custom and consulting as well as client engagements and strategic advisory provisioning.

Past Experience, Memberships, Accolades and Media

He brings to the task a deep understanding of the critical issues and technologies, stemming from his immersion in these markets for over decade as both an analyst and an engineer.

Prior to joining ABI Research, Stuart was a Telecommunications Technician in the British Army, and then Senior Analyst and later Wireless Research Director at IMS Research. At IMS he was the primary Bluetooth analyst, and responsible for all short range wireless research.

He has been quoted and published in a variety of industry and general media, including CNBC, BBC TV, BBC Radio 5, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, EE Times and many more, and has spoken, moderated or participated in many industry events.


Stuart earned a B.Sc (Honours) in Physical Sciences and Business Management from De Montfort University. 

Vice President, Product Design & Strategy

Fjord Austin, Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive

Greg Carley is a design leader with two decades of combined entrepreneurial, agency, corporate in-house, and technology start-up experience. His diverse background has allowed him to specialize in an ‘art + technology’ approach to divergent thinking and unconventional problem solving, required to make successful products in an ever changing digital landscape.

Trained in an unique combination of Journalism (Mass Communication) and Graphic Design (Visual Communication), Greg’s holistic and pragmatic approach to the creative process consistently delivers solutions that are on-target, compelling and thoughtfully executed. Passionate about design & technology, tirelessly enthusiastic, and recognized for effectively motivating and driving cross-disciplinary teams to produce provocative solutions for Fortune 500 clients… and delivering new products to the market we love.

President and Co-Founder

USA Fiber

Judd Carothers is a co-founder of USA FIBER and serves as its President. Judd is responsible for helping craft and execute the strategic vision of USA Fiber and implementation across the USA Fiber markets. Judd has over 20 years of industry experience focused on physical and optical network design, implementation, operations, and optimization.

Prior to the creation of USA FIBER, Judd served on the Sr. Management Team at KCI Inc., a multi-disciplined engineering, consulting and construction firm, and on the Executive Team at FiberLight LLC one of the leading providers of high capacity data transport services. Under Judd’s leadership at KCI, he was responsible for the creation of the wholly owned subsidiary Harbor Metro Networks, which successfully deployed the single most fiber rich dark fiber network in Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor. During his tenure at FiberLight, which spanned 17 years, Judd was responsible for all network operations, engineering, new construction, the NOC, customer service and service delivery. Judd and his team deployed and managed all of the mission critical networks for the premier Carrier, Enterprise and Government clients utilizing existing and new fiber network footprints spanning over 10,000 route miles across 20 Tier 1, 2 and 3 markets in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Southwest regions of the United States. Judd also Chairs the Development Committee for the Aledo Education Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the enrichment of children’s lives through advances in education.

Principal Analyst

Machina Research

Andy has worked as an analyst, advisor and consultant to the mobile industry for over 15 years. With local experience in Latin America and North America, Andy has worked extensively with service providers, device manufacturers, technology vendors, and financial institutions in both mature and growth markets. Currently, Andy is a Principal Analyst at Machina Research focused on the rapidly evolving M2M ecosystems in the Americas with particular focus on mobile health solutions and the M2M devices space.

Prior to joining Machina Research, Andy was a Principal Analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media with focus on mobile devices, application platforms and M2M solutions. During his tenure at the Yankee Group, Andy was Director of mobile devices research, Director of the North American consumer practice and Program Manager for the Latin American mobile services group. During his 7-year stint in Brazil, Andy also worked as a senior consultant at Telefinance, a financial services group, focused on mergers & acquisitions activity, strategic consulting, infrastructure & device financing deals and due diligence projects in the telecommunications industry. Prior to that, Castonguay headed Pyramid Research’s Brazil telecoms practice. Before his work in telecoms, Andy worked as researcher at the Health Care Advisory Board in the US focused on the US healthcare industry systems. A frequent speaker and panel moderator at industry conferences and events, Andy is fluent in English and Portuguese.



Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is currently co-founder and board member of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

She sits on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman


Jack’s passion has always been about mobile technology. As co-inventor of the idea for Loud-Hailer, he is involved in all aspects of the company, supervising designers and developers, working closely with every member of the team and benefiting from his experience of working with networks, systems and data on Wall Street. Jack started his professional career as a corporate lawyer at Willkie Farr then Sullivan & Cromwell before moving to the business side where he worked as a Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investors Service. At Moody's he led the effort to redesign the firm's primary workflow software, providing feedback on the designs, drafting and submitting budget proposals, working with database analysts and educating the IT staff on the business. Jack also has experience building new platforms and managing businesses when he worked as a Chief Operating Officer in the asset management industry. For the past few years Jack has provided management consulting services where he earned a reputation for being an expert of the financial markets. He has appeared on the CBS Evening News and been quoted or cited in a number of newspapers and trade journals, including Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek.com, Bloomberg News, and Market Watch News Hub. Jack received his BA from

Columbia College in NYC and his legal degree with honors from Fordham Law School.

Director, Product Marketing

Juniper Networks

Wayne Cheung has 25+ years of experience in telecom and networking. His roles have ranged from software development, technical and product marketing to solution architect and business development. He has developed cloud-based services around voice, video collaboration, security and web conferencing, while partnering with global service providers to define services, develop ROI models, translate to solution architectures and execute on implementation plans. Wayne has also worked on vertical solutions targeting healthcare, government, and retail.

Vice President Public Policy & Government Affairs

Verizon Communications

Nneka Chiazor is Vice President Public Policy & Government Affairs at Verizon Communications.  She is the corporation’s leading advocate before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other government agencies on cybersecurity and public safety policy.  She is also Chair of the Department of Homeland Security’s Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) – a public-private partnership tasked with driving the security and resiliency of the communications sector.

Nneka has close to 20 years of telecommunications experience, and a broad policy and technical background in wireless, wireline and other technology areas.  She represented the company on the FCC’s Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), and was on the Board of Trustees of the Next Generation 911 Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate members of the United States Congress on policy issues pertaining to 9-1-1 and related emergency communication services.

She has been active in numerous civic and business organizations.  This includes, the Federal Communications Bar Association, where she co-chaired the Bar’s committee on Homeland Security and Emergency Communications; and the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) – a U.S. State Department initiative that seeks to dismantle the obstacles to business opportunities and economic participation that African women face.

She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, and earned a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from the University of Maryland.  Nneka is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at Harvard Business School. 

Senior Executive Vice President


JIM CICCONI became Senior Executive Vice President-External and Legislative Affairs, with responsibility for AT&T’s global public policy organization and the AT&T Foundation, in November 2005 after the merger between SBC Communications and AT&T Corp.  Previously, he was General Counsel and Executive Vice President-Law and Government Affairs at AT&T Corp.

Jim served in the White House under two presidents, including two years as Deputy to the Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush.  In that position he served as one of the President’s closest aides, overseeing the decision-making process in the White House as well as the President’s schedule.  Jim also served for four years as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, where he was responsible for assisting White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker, III on policy matters ranging from judicial selections to national security.  Prior to that, he was Administrative Assistant to the Governor of Texas and General Counsel to the Texas Secretary of State.

Mr. Cicconi is currently a director of the El Paso Electric Company, the Foundation for the National Archives, the American Council on Germany, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the USTelecom executive committee, the University of Texas at Austin Development Board and the Advisory Committee on the Presidential Library - Foundation Partnerships; and has been vice president of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation from its inception.  He recently chaired the Finance Committee for the Navy’s commissioning of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77). 

Previously in his career, Jim was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, an appointee of President Reagan to the Review Advisory Committee for UNESCO and of President Bush to the Administrative Conference of the United States.  Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas, and received the 2008 Legends in the Law Award from the Burton Foundation for his previous work as General Counsel of AT&T.

Jim is married and has three daughters.

Senior Executive Vice President


David L. Cohen is Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast Corporation and is the Company's Chief Diversity Officer. David has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration, and community investment.  He also serves as senior counselor to the CEO. Before joining Comcast, David served as a partner in and Chairman of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, one of the 100 largest law firms in the country.

A native of New York, David graduated from Swarthmore College in 1977 with a B.A. and with a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (summa cum laude) in 1981. From January 1992 to April 1997, David served as Chief of Staff to the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, the Mayor of the City of Philadelphia. As detailed in the book A Prayer for the City, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, David played a critical coordinating role in significant budgetary and financial issues, in economic development activities, in collective bargaining negotiations, and in a wide variety of other policy and operational issues relating to the city.

David serves as Chairman of the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and its Executive Committee. David also serves as a member of the Trustee Board and the Executive Committee of Penn Medicine. In addition, David serves on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Chamber's CEO Council for Growth. David serves as a national trustee of City Year and is Chair of its Governance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. He also serves on the national board of the National Urban League and is Chair of its Audit Committee and is Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board of the National Council of La Raza.

David has received numerous awards for his civic and charitable activities, including the Americanism Award of the Anti-Defamation League (1993), the American Red Cross Citizen of the Year Award (1999), the National Cable Television Association Vanguard Award for Leadership and Impact in the Cable Industry (2005), the President’s Volunteer Service Award (2007), the MS Society Hope Award (2007), the Drexel University Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), the National Urban League of Philadelphia Business Leader of the Year Award (2008), The William Way Community Center Amicus in Res Award (2009), the William Penn Award from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (2012), the Spirit of Asian American Award (2012) and the Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award (2012). David also was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Drexel University in 1997 and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rider University in 2010. 

David lives in Philadelphia with his wife and their two sons.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Silent Circle

Bill Conner currently  serves as President and CEO of Silent Circle. Within the first 90 days of his tenure, he raised more than $50M in a private, common equity round to buy out the joint venture with Blackphone, the company’s privacy-first smartphone. He consolidated Silent Circle’s leadership position by unveiling the world’s first Enterprise  Privacy Platform,  a unique combination  of devices, software and services.

Conner served as the President and CEO of Entrust for more than 12 years. During that time, he led the innovation, creation and delivery of software security products to help public and private organizations thwart advanced  threats  and securely enable business. By the end of 2013, Entrust exceeded each year’s revenue and EBITDA goals first set with private equity owner Thomas Bravo in 2009, which ultimately delivered  a 6.5x return on original investment. Conner has held leadership positions  as Chairman of Entrust’s Board of Directors, Nortel’s first CMO and President of Enterprise Data Networks and Enterprise Networks  and e-Business Solutions.

Conner is among the most experienced security, data and infrastructure  executives worldwide, with a career spanning more than 30 years across numerous high-tech industries. He has received the Tech Titan Corporate CEO of the Year award and Telly Award. From leading key divisions of AT&T, to taking Nortel into data with the $9 billion acquisition  of Bay Networks, to leading cybersecurity thought and global initiatives with Entrust and now Silent Circle, Conner continues to define enterprise security.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Universal Mind

Brett Cortese is the President and CEO of Universal Mind. He is responsible for the company’s strategic business priorities and technical investments to ensure Universal Mind meets the needs of its clients in the competitive digital landscape. Brett oversees all the core areas of the company including technology development, user experience, and solutions delivery. As the solutions strategy expert at Universal Mind, he provides strategic insights for customers across all vertical markets as they undertake new mobile initiatives.

Brett co-founded Universal Mind in 2003 as a systems integrator for large companies. As enterprises began exploring ways to offer mobile and digital experiences at the onset of the mobile revolution, Brett saw a new opportunity for the company. He hired the industry’s most creative talent to form a new breed of agency, offering the stellar design services of a leading interactive agency combined with the deep technical expertise the firm has provided since inception. It is Brett’s vision to help clients extend their brands through consistent digital experiences that span multiple touch points by leveraging their existing technical investments on the back end.

Previously, Brett was a senior level consultant at Macromedia where he helped Fortune 500 companies overcome legacy system and implementation issues to realize the benefits of new innovative technologies. His success in this role laid the groundwork for creating Universal Mind.

Under Brett’s leadership, Universal Mind realized extraordinary growth and twice earned the distinction of being included in Inc. Magazine’s 500 Fastest Growing Companies.

Senior Vice President, Product Security and Privacy


Noopur Davis is Senior Vice President, Product Security and Privacy, for Comcast Technology & Product.  In this role, Noopur’s main responsibility is to ensure that security and privacy are built into all Comcast products.

Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality ISecG. In that role, Noopur was responsible for product security, product quality, enterprise agility, project management center of excellence, interoperability and content validation, leading these initiatives for Intel Security’s entire product line to ensure the company consistently developed secure hardware and software products.

Previously, Noopur served as a Principal for management consulting firm Davis Systems in Pittsburgh, Pa. working with clients such as Intuit, Adobe, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. She has previously held roles with Intergraph Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Mississippi Power Company, and served as a Visiting Scientist with Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.

Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. She recently relocated from Silicon Valley to Center City Philadelphia.

Co-Founder and Principal Solutions Architect

Tallac Networks

Matt Davy is Co-Founder and Principal Solutions Architect for Tallac Networks. He has 20 years of experience in the networking industry as a lead network architect and engineer for some of the largest and most advanced carrier and enterprise networks.

Matt is widely regarded as a thought leader in the area of Software Defined Networking and worked closely with many startups and industry leaders during the early days of SDN from 2009 to 2013. He founded a center for network research at Indiana University, started the industry's first SDN testing lab and led two of the earliest deployments of SDN in production networks.


Acommence Advisors

Peter L. DeNagy is the President at Acommence Advisors, Inc., a technology industry consultancy focused on business acceleration and market velocity for start-up and mature organizations. With deep roots in the Mobile, IoT, Network, Communications and Systems Integration arenas, Acommence Advisors is focused on Sales, Strategy, Research and Analysis, Innovation and Ideation, Business Development, Strategic Alliance growth and driving business acceleration and velocity. The firm’s foremost goals are helping organizations and businesses develop strategic plans around Utilization, Compliance, ROI and TCO calculations, revenue generation, sales rationalization and deployment strategies with services including; sales strategy, market analysis, organizational and product design and ideation, systems provisioning, cost containment, program construction, deployment and operation plans to introduce Social, Mobility, IT, Communication platforms that forward the organization’s business mission and value proposition.

With new technologies impacting the enterprise, Acommence Advisors staff has driven initiatives such as: mHealth, mEducation, mBusiness as well as Mobile Payment/Commerce, Mobile Security, Social Media and Internet of Things (IoT)/M2M strategies for Smart Devices, (Smartphones & Tablets), and Wearable Computing platforms, (Glassed, Watches, Biometric Sensors, and Internet of Things (IoT) the value chain including Sensors, Gateways, Communications methodologies (Cellular, LPWAN…), Structured and Unstructured data schema, Analytic and Visualization strategies as well as Workflow / BPM Rules Engines all of which enabling the IoT promise of efficiency and productivity. We are dedicated to the integration aspects of the ecosystem including technologies such as IoT and Mobile platforms and middleware, backend integration and security schema as well as API, SDK, and integration management. Additionally Acommence Advisors has been focused on the API, Device On-boarding, Security Platform integrations between dissimilar networks and back-end compute systems allowing BPM and Analytics rendering of the unstructured data generated by next generation IoT platforms.

Acting as strategic business coaches for startup companies and reinvented mature organizations alike, Acommence Advisors, Inc. works with Device OEMs, Carriers, ISV's, Platform providers, TEMS providers, Consulting Organizations and System integrators regarding go to market strategies, market position, market dynamics, alliance integration and market penetration solutions.

Additionally Peter is Co-Chair of the IoT Forum for the Technology Association of North Texas, Tech Titans (formerly named the Metroplex Business Technology Council (MTBC)). The Tech Titans IoT Forum’s goal, along with that of Tech Titans leadership is to help position North Texas as a global hub for IoT innovation. Our goal is to serve the business, technology and academic communities through the IoT Forum’s goal to grow and influence deep understandings of IoT business value, applications, use cases and market opportunities for enterprise through education, technology integration and the recruitment of business stakeholders subsequently positioning North Texas as a global leader in IoT. Tech Titans currently has initiatives working in North Texas for Smart Cities/Smart Buildings, a partnership with the White House called US Ignite, a monthly speaker series and annual IoT Conference and innovation in Industrial IoT. Peter was Tech Titans 2015 volunteer of the year.

Senior Vice President, Consumer Premise Engineering

AT&T Entertainment Group

Henry Derovanessian is Senior Vice President of Consumer Premise Engineering (CPE) for the AT&T Entertainment Group. Henry oversees the team responsible for design and development of home platforms including set-top box, broadband gateway, wired and wireless network devices, accessories and out-door Antenna units. The CPE organization accountability extends from the conceptual design of a new product through the field support of all consumer products with focus on quality and reliability.

Prior to joining AT&T, Henry held executive positions at Conexant Systems as Vice President of Strategic Marketing and at Sony Electronics as Vice President of Engineering. Henry is based at AT&T’s El Segundo, Calif. headquarters.

Account Executive

Henkels & McCoy

Allen Dixon is a 25-year veteran of the telecommunication industry. Allen joined Henkels & McCoy, Inc., (H&M) in May 2015 as an account executive within the H&M NetWorks division, a premier national integrator of DAS, small cell, and WiFi solutions. As an account executive, Allen works with national enterprise corporations, integrators, and low-voltage contractors on DAS, infrastructure, wireless, professional services, voice, and data center projects.

Prior to joining H&M, Allen held and led a number of significant management positions such as; National Channel Development Manager at Corning MobileAccess, and Global Business Development Manager at Corning Cable Systems.

Allen is a strong advocate of the role of standards in telecom and has participated in the ATM Forum, Fibre Channel, IEEE, and TIA. Allen is the Chairman of the HetNet Forum, and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. Additional credits include Anitsubmarine Warfare Office/Combat Information Center Officer, United States Navy. Allen served on the USS Semmes (DDG-18), Charleston, South Carolina, and completed two tours of duty in Persian Gulf (1986, 1988).

Chief Strategy Officer & Group President

AT&T Technology and Operations

John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer & Group President—AT&T Technology and Operations (ATO), is responsible for AT&T’s global network and its best-in-class mobile broadband network along with creating a modern, software-defined, and cloud-based technology ecosystem to support them. In addition to leading the Technology and Operations organization, John oversees Corporate Strategy.

John is driving AT&T’s global leadership position in the technological transition to separate hardware and software and virtualizing network elements to the cloud. His responsibilities also include oversight of the company’s global information, software development, network technology, and Big Data strategy; AT&T Intellectual Property, Labs and Foundry innovation; IT and digital planning, engineering, implementation and operations; network planning, construction and operations including security; field operations, installation and maintenance; global supply chain; and corporate fleet operations.

John previously served as Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, overseeing the company's global technology direction and innovation road map, including product development, network and engineering operations, AT&T Labs and the security and intellectual property organizations.

Under John's leadership, AT&T has turbo-charged its innovation programs and now is recognized as an industry leader in working with application developers and others to make AT&T's network open to collaboration and innovation.

John previously was Executive Vice President of product, sales, marketing and operations at VeriSign Inc., a technology company that provides Internet infrastructure services. At VeriSign, John was responsible for leading its global sales organization, driving the expansion of broad solutions offerings, and integrating a global professional services capability.

Before that, he was Chairman and CEO of inCode Telecom Group Inc., where he helped shape strategic direction and positioning for wireless network operators around the globe. Previously, John was a partner with Deloitte Consulting, where he was the Americas Industry Practice Director for Telecom.

John serves on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Networks. He has authored two books, The Value Enterprise, published in January 1998, and Value Creating Growth, published in 1999. John received a B.S.Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and earned his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Minnesota.

Director, IP Network and Systems


Tim Doolittle is an industry veteran with background in all aspects of data network operations and network design.  As Director of the IP Backbone Network Reliability Center, Tim is responsible for the reliability and stability of CenturyLink’s IP infrastructure.  This network consists of over 200 POPs across the globe supporting over 6M consumers,  200K business customer circuits, and 55 Data Centers. Tim also has experience in hardware, software, and system design of network communication equipment.   

Project Director

Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy

Larry Downes is a best-selling author on developing business strategies in an age of accelerating technological disruption.

He is the co-author, with Paul F. Nunes, of Big Bang Disruption:  Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation (Portfolio 2014), now a bestseller.  Based on extensive research, the book describes a new kind of disruptive innovation and teaches executives across industries how to adjust their strategies to survive it.

His previous book, The Laws of Disruption:  Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age explored the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation. 

Downes is the author of the New York Times and Business Week bestseller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.

He writes regularly for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post and CNET, and is frequently quoted in media stories in both mainstream and trade outlets.

He is currently Project Director at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy and a Research Fellow with the Accenture Institute for High Performance.

He has previously held faculty appointments at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University School of Law, and the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was Associate Dean of the School of Information.

Chairman of the Board

OpenTechWorks, Inc.

Adam is currently Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc., which develops open source software for large complex applications, and CEO of IoXWorks, Inc. a company whose mission is the acceleration of solutions and adoption of the Internet-of-Things. He is on the board or an advisor to multiple companies and start-ups in Information and Telecommunications Technology. These include: 5 Screens Media, Inc., DataMi, Stealth Software Technologies, Advanced Green Computing Machines, and Berkshire Bridge Capital. He was previously with 2M Capital as a Managing Director and CTO. Prior he was, President of Applied Solutions and CTO of Telcordia Technologies, Inc. At SAIC, now Leidos, he held positions with increasing responsibilities which included: Senior Vice President for Technology and CTO of the Advanced Technology and Services Sector and co-chair of the SAIC Engineering Science and Technology Council.

Adam is on the Board of the Telecommunications Industry Association, where he chairs the Technology Committee and co-chairs the CTO Council. He is also a member of the FCC Technical Advisory Council and currently co-chairs the “Future Game Changing Technologies” Working Group for 2016. 

Datacom Standards Manager

Harger Inc.

Ray Emplit serves as Datacom Standards Representative for Harger Lightning and Grounding.  Ray was a co-founder of Interlink Technologies, a manufacturer of connecting hardware.  Following acquisition of Interlink by Wiremold, Ray served as Vice President and later as President of the division until Wiremold was itself acquired by Legrand and the Interlink division closed.  Ray next served as Engineering Manager with OBO Bettermann before accepting his current position with Harger in 2013.

Ray has been an active member of TIA TR-42 since 1995 and attends meetings of TR-42.1 (former chair), TR-42.3 (former chair), TR-42.5 (former vice chair), TR-42.9, TR-42.10 (former secretary) and TR-42.16.  He has served as Chair of TR-42 since 2014. Ray has served as the editor for numerous TIA standards including TIA-568-0-D, TIA-568.1-D, TIA-569-D, TIA-607-C, TIA-4966, and TSB-162-A; and is an active member of the US TAG to ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3. In addition to his work with TIA, Ray is a BICSI member, serving on the BICSI Standards Committee (current vice chair) and TI&M Committee (former secretary); and is a member of IEEE and NFPA.

Ray received his bachelor and masters degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his involvement in telecommunications cabling Ray had 20 years experience in industrial instrumentation.

Revenue and Business Development


John Estiva who is responsible for Revenue and Business Development at Loud-Hailer, is a strategic global channel and enterprise leader with experience in driving market penetration and expansion, elevating businesses to market leadership, contributing to revenue growth and bottom-line profitability. John has held various responsibilities like Global, National and Directorship position for Verizon, PCCW, NTT-Verio and Sprint. John brings 15 years of telecommunication experience and was responsible for execution of sales strategies across North and South America, Asia and EMEA.

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer


Manny Fernandez One of Inc. Magazines 33 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2016 Manny Fernandez is the co-founder / CEO of DreamFunded.com. In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been an angel investor with TiE Angels since 2012. Manny was just listed in this years Inc. magazine’s list of 33 entrepreneurs & thought leaders to watch. He was named 2014 SF Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. Fernandez recently became the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter. He is a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Bay Area corporations, startup demo days, and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Harvard University, University of San Francisco (USF), PayPal, Yahoo!, Plug and Play, USAWeek in Europe, Intel Global Challenge, Startup Grind, AngelHack Global Demo, Startup Weekend, SXSW, CNBC Squawk Box and many more. Manny Fernandez is the co-author of How to make money investing in pre-IPO Stocks.

Partner, Public Policy Practice

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Brian Finch is a partner in the Washington, DC office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He has been named by Law360 as one of its “Rising Stars” in Privacy Law, and he focuses his practice on providing proactive risk management counseling to clients.

As part of that Brian is a leading authority on the SAFETY Act, a federal statute that can provide liability protection to companies following a terrorist or cyber-attack.

Brian is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School, and also is a Senior Fellow at GW’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.

Brian regularly speaks and writes on security issues, and has written articles for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, and other publications.

Senior Cloud Architect


Ken joined Nokia (via Alcatel-Lucent) in August 2013 as a Global Solution Architect with the CloudBand Business Unit.  He works on all stages of activity (requirements to deployment) of commercial NFV deployments, consulting on hardware, infrastructure software, and virtual network function architecture.  Previously, Ken was a Principal Network Architect at British Telecom for where he was responsible for End-to-End Network Architecture for BT’s Global Network and was involved in early work at BT that lead to the formation of ETSI-NFV.  Before BT, Ken was Level3’s Chief Architect for Voice and also led the Softswitch Development Team.  Before Level3, Ken worked at MCI Telecommunications where his jobs ranged from software developer to Director of Next Generation Architecture.

Ken holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Chief Technology Officer


Franklin Flint joined TIA in April 2015 as Chief Technology Officer, leading the technology, standards, and numbering activities in the association. He also creates thought leadership, technical strategy and industry insights.

Franklin previously helped develop the telecommunications vertical strategy at Dell Inc., and has extensive experience in Enterprise, Data Center, Networking, Storage, and Server technologies after spending 20 years in the commercial sector working with the world’s largest enterprises to develop ICT strategies and solutions. He has had dozens of thought leadership pieces published, developed standards based solutions for multiple vertical markets, and created an extensive collection of speaking pieces focused on the future of the technology market.

With an extensive history in developing global alliances, joint initiatives, ecosystems, and industry visions which improved the overall ICT community, Franklin delivers his industrious and unique skill set to the TIA.

Managing Partner

Trailblazer Capital

As Managing Partner of Trailblazer Capital, Joel Fontenot leverages unique insights gained from his experience in banking, investing and operating early-stage companies to make and manage venture investments. 

Previously, Mr. Fontenot worked for Cisco Systems, Inc.  He joined Cisco through the acquisition of Metreos Corporation where Joel served as Founder and CEO.

Mr. Fontenot holds a B.A. Economics from The University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University.

National Solution Specialist


Henry Franc RCDD OSP CDCDP is the National Solution Specialist for Belden responsible for professional support acting as a trusted advisor to end-users as well as the professional community.  As a solution specialist it is his role to act as a ‘trusted advisor’ to provide technical, operational and planning support from a premises and enterprise perspective; focusing not just on products but on business drivers across industry verticals and around the world; with particular emphasis on data centers and complex projects.

Henry is also an active member of various Standards Development Organizations (SDOs).  Currently he is working with BICSI, The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), and ISO/IEC (through the Standards Council of Canada).  Henry participates in standards development across technologies and industry verticals.  He is the current Chair of the TIA TR-42.1 Commercial Buildings Cabling and Vice-Chair of the TR42.10 Sustainable Information Communications Technology engineering sub-committees. 

His contributions within international standards include “ANSI/TIA-942-A Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers”, Sustainable Information Communications Technology, Pathways & Spaces, Grounding & Bonding, as well as Infrastructure Administration.   Currently he is involved with SDO initiatives for new standards in Security, Education, Places of Assembly as well as the continued evolution of the performance based media, premises, topology documents.

Henry has been involved with standards development and industry best practices for more than 20 years and has been involved with data center development and other projects in all industry verticals and across the globe.

Director of Telecom Solutions


Randy Frantz is the Director of Telecom Solutions at Esri. He has more than 33 years of experience in telecommunications engineering and operations, including: senior vice president of product marketing for Axient Communications, vice president for Cox Communications™ new product operations in the Arizona market, where he launched its telephone, digital television and DOCSIS cable modem services, and director of network design for Bell Atlantic International, where he was responsible for business development in central Asia, Europe and Russia.
Business Development Manager


Nicholas is responsible for business development in Data center market segment, worldwide, accountable for profit & loss of the product portfolio for this market segment. Prior to joining EXFO, he held the position of Sales Director - International & Canada and Senior Product Manager at Handyem inc for flow cytometry (Biophotonics) and has been Business Development Manager and Product Line Manager at TeraXion (remote sensing and fiber lasers). 

Head of Network and Technology Strategy for IoT

Ericsson North America

Bob Gessel has 30+ years of experience in the Telecom, Communications and Software industries. He has been with Ericsson for 20 years and currently is the Head of Technology and Strategy Development for Ericsson North America. He is responsible for driving vision, innovation, strategic planning, and technology evolution for new areas of Ericsson’s portfolio in the North American market.  He currently is focused in the areas of Cloud, NFV/SDN, M2M, Internet of Things (IoT) and Ericsson’s solutions for Telecoms and newer targeted industries of Utilities and Transportation.

Gessel’s previous roles at Ericsson include Principal Consultant, Senior Director of Business Development/Sales, Senior Solution Architect and 11 years in software R&D with responsibilities in   Business Innovation, Operational Management, Principal Engineer and Inventor.

As an entrepreneur in 2003, Gessel founded SceneScape, Inc. to deliver WiFi based localized interactive and multimedia services for users of Wi-Fi hot spots.  In 2001 he founded MobileStream Wireless, Inc. targeting the mobile entertainment market for delivery of multimedia content and interactive services for large sports and entertainment venues.

Gessel has also worked as a senior business and technology consultant in areas of IMS, Multimedia Applications, Mobile Networks, RFID, and Strategic Marketing.  He also has a combined 7 years in software R&D with Siemens and Northern Telecom.

Gessel holds a B.S.E.E from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


Mercury Fund

Aziz Gilani  has spent the past 15 years focused on software and the internet.  Prior to joining Mercury Fund, Aziz was a Senior Engagement Leader with Infosys Consulting, an early executive at ABB Performance Services, a Senior Consultant at Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and an Analyst at Lotus Development Corp.  Aziz received his BBA from the University of Texas where he was a TILF Scholar, and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he was an FC Austin Scholar, Kellogg Board Fellow, and Chairman of the Kellogg Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference.  In addition, Aziz is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program through the Center for Venture Education, where he completed industry-defining field work in Seed Accelerators.  Aziz is a recognized expert in Seed Accelerators, and has been quoted in several national publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, ReadWriteWeb, TechCocktail, and The Business Journals.

Outside of Mercury, Aziz serves in advisory roles for TechStars, the Kellogg School of Management’s Seed Accelerator Rankings, the Knight Foundation, and TIE Houston.  He is also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business where he teaches a course on venture capital.

Partner, Communications Practice

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

John represents service providers, technology vendors and investors in the telecommunications, media and technology sectors.  Before joining Pillsbury John served in a variety of senior executive business development and legal positions at NBC, Lockheed Martin, Pegasus Communications and New World Communications Group, and he founded a digital advertising startup. John holds four patents for satellite, wireless and digital video distribution technologies.

Satellite, wireless and broadcast clients turn to John for help in spectrum policy matters in the U.S. and abroad, and in complex spectrum licensing proceedings and spectrum auctions. 

John writes and speaks often on spectrum, technology and television distribution issues, and is frequently quoted in communications and technology industry trade press.  He has appeared on all major business television networks (including CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business) and is frequently quoted in major newspapers on communications policy matters.  

President and Chief Executive Officer

T6 Enterprises

Was responsible for all Supply Chain functions within AT&T including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, supply chain logistics, distribution, and fleet management through 2014.

Prior to this assignment, I was president and CEO of AT&T West, an $18B operation of nearly 40,000 employees. I previously served as president of network services for AT&T Southwest, President of Data and Network Services for SBC Operations. I gained broad telecommunications experience from a series of executive assignments within AT&T’s predecessor companies SBC and Pacific Telesis, including president of SBC Telecom, Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Telesis Business Systems, Chief Operating Officer of Pacific Bell’s Advanced Communications Network, and Senior VP – Network Engineering and Planning of SBC Data Services.

I started my career in the Telecommunication Industry for Pacific Bell in San Francisco. Prior to that Caterpillar Tractor Company and the US Navy. I was also an Associate Professor at the University of Utah and a retired Captain in the US Navy.

I am active in organizations that promote economic development, educational and youth activities. I am currently Chairman Emeritus of the QuEST Forum Executive Board managing the worldwide quality standard TL 9000. This is his second term as Chairman of the Board. I am a member of Supply Chain 50 which represents a group of the top 50 Fortune 500 Supply Chain professionals from around the world.

I am an inductee in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as a scholar athlete, and was named in 2007 as a Distinguished American by the San Francisco Chapter of this organization for his efforts in support of the mission to promote and develop the qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, competitive zeal and the drive for academic excellence in America’s young people. This honor was only the 9th award given by this organization in the 60 years history of the organization.

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Office

Eunomic, Inc

James E. Harris, Jr. is the co-founder of cybersecurity startup company Eunomic, Inc., and a former Senior Management Official from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cyber Division. Jim began his career in the 1990s designing motherboards and graphics cards for PC systems for IBM, and was one of the authors of the DVI interface standard. After IBM, he worked as a Senior Field Applications Engineer for Silicon Image, helping to create systems based on ultra-high-speed serial links, such as DVI and HDMI, as well as Fibre Channel and Serial ATA.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Kevin Hart is Founder and CEO of Aireal, a geospatial augmented reality platform that is compatible with mobile and wearable devices. Prior to founding Aireal, Kevin leveraged his background in business, cognitive psychology and neuroscience to excel as a National User Experience Lead for a large IT consulting organization where he created the UX strategies for multiple Fortune 500 companies. As founder & CEO of Aireal, Kevin has created all intellectual property, leads business operations and leverages his background on user experience design and human sciences to help Aireal become the standard for the future of UX/UI design.

President, Data Center Solutions

Emerson Network Power

Steve Hassell is president of Emerson Network Power’s Data Center Solutions business in North America, where he is responsible for combining the Liebert North America and Avocent organizations into a single organization focused on delivering integrated solutions across facilities and IT in the data center.\

Previously Steve was the president of the Avocent® business of Emerson Network Power after Emerson acquired Avocent Corporation in January 2010.  He successfully integrated Avocent into Emerson Network Power, commercialized the TrellisTM platform for real-time, dynamic optimization of the data center infrastructure and positioned Emerson Network Power as the No.1 Data Center Infrastructure Management global solution provider.

Steve joined Emerson in February 2004 as vice president and chief information officer.  He was responsible for all information technology hardware, software, services and telecommunications across Emerson.  Steve came to Emerson from Invensys, where he served as chief information officer.

Prior to Invensys, Steve was at Northrop Grumman-Newport News where he rose through several positions in strategic planning and operations, ultimately becoming both vice president and chief information officer, and president and CEO of Naptheon, a wholly owned information technology subsidiary of Newport News.  Additionally, Steve spent seven years as a surface line officer in the United States Navy.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the United States Naval Academy and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Director of Standards and Chief Representative for Greater China

Wi-SUN Alliance

Bob is a 35+ year veteran in the field of data communications and wireless data with many articles and workshops to his credit. He is currently the Director of Standards and Chief Representative for Greater China for the Wi-SUN Alliance, Chair and founding member of the IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Specialty Networks, Chair of the IEEE 2030.5 Smart Energy Profile 2 Standards Group, and is a founding member of IEEE 802.11(Wi-Fi). Bob is also the founder and former Chairman/CEO of the ZigBee Alliance. Currently, Bob is closely involved in many Global Internet of Things (IoT) and Smartgrid standards and deployment efforts in the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, China, and Australia, and is a regularly called upon as both an expert and public speaker in these areas. In his prior role as Chairman and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance, Bob was instrumental in guiding the organization to a position of global leadership for IoT and Smart Grid standards, and in establishing a new paradigm for cooperation in standards and among industry organizations. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and Master of Arts and Doctorate degrees in Physics from The Johns Hopkins University.

Vice President, Green Tower Solutions

Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company

Philip Herman currently serves as the Vice President – Green Tower Solutions for PESCO.  In this role, Phil is responsible for managing the Green Tower solutions business including all financial, technical, and business requirements to develop and deploy comprehensive energy solutions for on-grid, weak-grid, and off-grid communication sites.

Phil has over 25 years of experience in the engineering, construction and energy fields as a design engineer, project developer, entrepreneur, and senior manager, and is considered by his peers to be an energy expert.  He has a long track record of developing and implementing a broad range of successful alternative energy projects, and has held senior positions in both large national utility-independent and large regional utility-owned energy service companies.  Phil has spent the last 5 years focusing on energy systems across the ICT sector and brings a unique perspective to Panasonic with respect to energy and the environment.

Phil earned his BS Mechanical Engineering in 1982 from Washington University, St. Louis, MO, is a Licensed Professional Engineer and LEED AP.  He Currently resides in Florida.

Chief Technology Officer


David Herr is the Chief Technology Officer of Opus-3 and serves as the Chairman of its Technical Advisory Board. Opus-3 is a cloud and breakthrough technologies center leading advancements in Cloud and IoT, including Smart city initiatives to make communities across the globe smarter and more sustainable.

In this role, Mr. Herr is leads Opus-3’s long-term technology vision, and is responsible for the NEX IoT labs applied research initiative, university collaboration, industry thought leadership, product development and launch of the new community fiber and Smart city initiatives, and advanced technology incubations. Mr. Herr also facilitates and has oversight of the technical community within Opus-3 and the Ellum.Net fiber networks.

Prior to founding Opus-3 in 2011, Mr. Herr served in varies technical leadership roles within Data Centers including founder of the Westlin Bunker conceived in 2001. The bunker was a former corporate nuclear fallout shelter located 50 feet underground and was originally designed for human habitation. Mr. Herr led the redesign and repurpose to a data center, with clients that included: Harris and Montgomery County’s offices of Emergency Management, FEMA, Continental Airlines, ExpressJet, Anadarko, Kerr-McGee, and Aker Solutions to name a few.

Prior to Westlin Bunker, Mr. Herr dedicated his career to public service, emergency and crisis management, as well as disaster recovery serving as the CIS director for Montgomery County, Texas. During his tenure at Montgomery County he led major projects including one of the first satellite-based tenprint terminals for near real-time fugitive identification, the first GPS-based simulcast 800MHz trunked public safety radio system, and conversion of all County departments to IP-based communications from legacy serial terminals. Prior to his role with Montgomery County, Mr. Herr served as IT Director and also as a law enforcement officer for the City of Conroe, Texas.

Global OEM Solutions and IoT Marketing Executive Director


Amanda Hodges serves as Global OEM Solutions and Internet of Things Marketing Executive Director for Dell.   She is responsible for development and execution of end-to-end integrated marketing campaigns.  She is a leader in driving marketing transformation across Dell, shifting from traditional to digital and new media B2B marketing.

Prior to this role, Ms. Hodges was Chief of Staff for Dell’s Chief Marketing Officer and was responsible for enabling the CMO and her team to achieve business performance, brand, marketing transformation and people goals. 

Previously, Ms. Hodges resided in Australia where she served as Director for Australia & New Zealand Marketing.  Then she served as Worldwide Healthcare and Life Sciences Marketing Director and held several strategy and business analytics roles across Dell’s Relationship Business and for the CEO office.

Ms. Hodges joined Dell in 2005 from McKinsey & Company, where she served as an Engagement Manager focused on Healthcare and Life Sciences and Technology business segments.  She also spent five years at GE Plastics, where she served in multiple roles in Operations and Technical Sales.  While at GE, she led both Six Sigma and Lean operations teams.

Ms. Hodges holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech.  She serves on the Board of Austin CityUp, a consortium dedicated to improving Austin City Life through use of technology and supporting smart city initiatives.  She also serves on the board of SAFE, a non-profit supporting Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.  She resides in Austin, Texas, with her husband and three children.


Chief Architect - Service Provider

Red Hat

Ian is Chief Architect, Global Service Provider for Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of in open source technologies. Ian brings more than 30 years of engineering and telecommunications technology leadership to Red Hat. Acting as a catalyst and trusted advisor, Ian brings together a wealth of industry and open source community insight to help our customers flourish in the digital transformation era.

More recently, Ian was responsible for global service provider architecture at Cisco, leading their SDN/NFV vision and business transformation strategy. With his extensive background in systems engineering, product management, and business, Ian has proven expertise in helping organizations navigate and succeed in today’s fast-paced competitive environment.

Ian is a very active and sought after speaker for engagements at many emerging technology, industry, and customer forums. Ian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, and holds an Honours B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.



Larry is a CTO in Intel’s Communication Service Provider vertical focusing on accelerating the NFV transformation in the global network. His work at Intel covers all aspects of this virtualization from innovation to scale deployment from the enterprise premise equipment into the core.

Larry holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and specialized on information and communication theory beyond the Masters level. He holds two U.S patents relating to fundamental changes in the communication processes transitioning to the all IP network. He has held various senior level positions in the Network Equipment Provider community in design, operations, test, support and influencer roles. He has been a key technical and management contributor to the IP transformation of the communications community for over 18 years. Larry has designed, developed and supported critical systems for the CSP network that have gone into over 300 networks world-wide. Larry also has direct experience with a U.S based Tier 1 carrier where he was both a Principal Member of Technical Staff and Area Manager of Advanced Technical Support for their business and mobile VoIP network that carried over 100B VoIP calls per year. In this role he was part of a team introducing large scale EPC and IMS solutions and beginning the transformation to the virtualized network envisioned for 2020. As a Senior Member of the IEEE he is a member of the board of the local Communication Society. A consummate builder; in his spare time he volunteers building homes both locally and internationally with Habitat for Humanity and has been known to produce quality furniture from time to time.

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer

David Huntley leads AT&T;’s compliance organization. He was appointed to this position in December 2014. In this role, he is responsible for developing policies to safeguard the privacy of customer and employee information, and verifying compliance with legal and regulatory requirements of every country and jurisdiction in which AT&T; operates, as well as AT&T; internal compliance requirements. David has more than 20 years of business and legal experience with the company.

Previously, David served as senior vice president and assistant general counsel for AT&T; Services. In this role, he led a team of attorneys and managers who were responsible for providing legal support to the Home Solutions organization and the Global Marketing organization. Additionally, he was responsible for Legal Department administration.

Prior to serving as senior vice president and assistant general counsel, David served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for all legal functions of Advertising Solutions and Interactive operations. He has also served as senior vice president of Mobility Customer Service Centers where he led a team of more than 30,000 employees dedicated to delivering outstanding customer service to our wireless and wireline consumers. In addition, David has served as senior vice president of e-commerce and Direct Mail, Customer Information Services and has held significant positions in external affairs, wireless operations, mergers and acquisitions, data operations and other areas within AT&T.;

David takes pride in giving back to his community. He has served on the executive committee of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, and at the Greater Houston Partnership, where he chaired the Government Relations Advisory Committee. In addition, he was a board member of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau and served on the 2004 Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing acclaim to Houston and the NFL. David was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation, the San Antonio Zoological Society and the San Antonio YMCA. He currently serves on the SMU Alumni Board, the Baylor Health Care System Foundation, the Texas Business Hall of Fame and the Executive Leadership Council.

A native Texan, David holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law in New York and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He and his wife, Tracey, have two sons, Calhoun and Porter.

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

Silent Circle

Vic Hyder is a founding member and Chief Strategy Officer of Silent Circle, delivering privacy to businesses and governments in over 130 countries via software, services, and devices. Leveraging his experience as a retired U.S. Navy SEAL Commander with 20 years leading, planning and conducting special operations around the world, Hyder is also the owner and CEO of the Blue Coral Advisory Group, a highly specialized security services provider and risk mitigation consultancy headquartered in Miami, Florida.

Vice President, Product Management & Marketing

SpiderCloud Wireless

Mr. Jain joined SpiderCloud Wireless, a MulteFire Alliance member company, in September 2011 and he is an active participant in the Alliance. Prior to SpiderCloud, Mr. Jain was the vice president of marketing, sales and service for Airvana’s CDMA femtocell business. Mr. Jain’s tenure at Airvana spanned ten years, including the company’s inception. At Airvana, Mr. Jain held several leadership roles in marketing, business development and sales for 3G EVDO macro cellular products and femtocells. Prior to Airvana, Mr. Jain held both technical and business positions at Qualcomm, Ericsson and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Jain holds an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, an MS in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Irvine and a Bachelor Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.


30th District of Texas

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson is in her twelfth term in Congress representing the 30th Congressional District of Texas.

In December of 2010, Congresswoman Johnson was elected as the first African-American and the first female Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. From 2000 to 2002, she was the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. Within these roles, Congresswoman Johnson continues to emphasize the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

In addition to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, she is also a current member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She has served on this panel since being elected to Congress in 1992 making her the highest ranking Texas on the committee. She also serves on the Aviation Subcommittee, the Highways and Transit Subcommittee and Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee.

 In 2007, Congresswoman Johnson was appointed by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) to serve as Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment during the 110th and 111th sessions of Congress. She was the first African-American and first female to chair the Subcommittee. While holding this position, Congresswoman Johnson co-authored and introduced the Water Resources Development Act. She successfully secured necessary votes, and led Congress in overriding President Bush’s veto of the legislation. The veto override was one of only three experienced by President Bush during the eight years of his presidency. The Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment has jurisdiction over water conservation, pollution control, infrastructure, and hazardous waste cleanup among other items. 

Congresswoman Johnson has previously served on the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. She also served in roles as the Senior Democratic Deputy Whip; Chair of the House Metro Congestion Coalition; Co-Chair for the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness; and Co-Chair for the TEX-21 Congressional Caucus. A forum which addresses transportation needs in Texas through the reauthorization of TEA-21.

Congresswoman Johnson is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Innovation Caucus and of the House Historical Black Colleges and Universities Caucus. She has also had the honor of serving as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus during the 107th Congress, and currently co-chairs the Technology and Infrastructure Development Taskforce within the Congressional Black Caucus. In addition to these roles, she is a current member of the Congressional Task Force on Seniors.

Since joining Congress, Congresswoman Johnson has earned the reputation of being a stateswoman dedicated to the improvement of U.S. foreign relations and policies, working tirelessly towards improving human rights throughout the globe.  Congresswoman Johnson’s acclaimed initiative, “A World of Women for World Peace,” has won national and international recognition.

Congresswoman Johnson is widely recognized as one of the most effective legislators in Congress.  She is credited with originally authoring and co-authoring more than 150 bills that were passed by the House and Senate and signed into law by the President. She also has a long-standing reputation for providing excellent constituent services to the people who elected her.

Congresswoman Johnson distinguished herself as a dynamic scholar soon after beginning her studies in nursing at Notre Dame University’s St. Mary’s College, School of Nursing. She passed the National Board Examination ahead of her scheduled graduation date and immediately started her career as a registered nurse in 1955. She later took advantage of expanded educational opportunities by enrolling in Texas Christian University, where she completed her studies for a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Congresswoman Johnson went on to become the Chief Psychiatric Nurse at the V.A. Hospital in Dallas.  In 1972, she became the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State House; and eventually, the first nurse ever elected to the Texas State Senate and the United States Congress.

While serving in the Texas State House, Congresswoman Johnson remained committed to her educational goals and received her master’s degree in Public Administration from Southern Methodist University in 1976. Because of her commitment to public service and her passion for public health, she was appointed by President Carter to serve as the Regional Director of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. However, her commitment to the residents of Texas never wavered. In 1986, Congresswoman Johnson was elected to the Texas State Senate, becoming the first female and first African-American from North Texas to hold the office.

Congresswoman Johnson is the proud mother of one son, Kirk, and grandmother to three grandsons, Kirk Jr., David, and James.

Of Counsel

Jones Day

Jay Johnson is an authority on data privacy, cybersecurity, and related corporate compliance issues. Having previously tried 10 cases to verdict as a federal prosecutor, he now represents corporate clients in privacy- and cybersecurity-related investigations and litigation, advises on corporate data practices through counseling and compliance reviews, and manages incident response for clients facing data breaches and other cybersecurity incidents. Jay also co-founded and edits the Firm's bi-monthly Global Privacy & Cybersecurity Update.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Jay was an Assistant U.S. Attorney and coordinator for computer hacking and intellectual property issues in the Eastern District of Texas. In that capacity, he guided the district's preparation for and response to cyber and IP crime, and he counseled prosecutors on collecting electronic evidence. Jay led federal investigations involving identity theft, white collar fraud, and other crimes, and he traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Croatia to train local law enforcement on investigation techniques. He also represented the United States in federal jury trials, receiving the Justice Department's Director's Award for Superior Performance as lead trial counsel in the prosecution of a large-scale mortgage fraud scheme.

Jay is an adjunct faculty member of the SMU Dedman School of Law, where he teaches Information Privacy and Security Law. He is vice chair of the American Bar Association's Privacy and Computer Crime Committee and an officer in the Dallas Bar Association's Computer Law Section.

Jay also serves on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas.


Senior Project Manager

HNTB Corporation

Mr. Johnson began his career as a communications security specialist for the U.S. Army. After serving in this capacity for 11 years, he transitioned to a federal consultant role and managed large scale projects for Department of Defense, Veterans Health Affairs, U.S. Navy and FBI. Projects of note include replacing the Secure Army Emergency Operations Center Network in the Pentagon; deploying a secure medical records network at 182 military hospitals in CONUS, Asia and Europe; and serving as NCOIC of the Research and Development Lab for Information Security at ARMY Materiel Command, Ft Monmouth NJ. In 2001, Mr. Johnson transitioned to a primary focus on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) design and implementation. He has managed large scale design and integration projects for state departments of transportation in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Nevada, and authored a white paper on integrating telematics information in real time with Regional Traffic Management Centers’ decision support software to aid in emergency dispatch of proper resources. For the last 2 years Steve has specialized in Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (AV/CV). He was the lead author of a federal grant application for client, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA). This successful application resulted in this small agency being selected as one of three awardees by USDOT to participate in national research on CV applications deployment. He is currently the Program Management Lead and Principal Investigator for this CV Test Bed Deployment which includes: concept development and IRB approval; design-build of the system and then an 18 month O&M; phase during which the performance measures data will be analyzed and shared with the USDOT Research Data Exchange. Steve oversees device certification, the Security Certificate Management System (SCMS) interface, and ensures compliance in processing Personal Identifying Information (PII).
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain

AT&T Services, Inc.

Susan Johnson is currently the Senior Vice President of Global Supply Chain for AT&T. She is responsible for all Supply Chain functions within AT&T including strategic sourcing, purchasing, supplier diversity, supply chain logistics and distribution. Susan and the Supply Chain team are actively engaged in AT&T's initiative to move towards a new operating model that is based on software-defined networks.

Ms. Johnson began working for AT&T in Corporate Development and over her nearly 20-year career has served in a variety of positions within the AT&T portfolio of companies. She served as the head of AT&T’s Corporate Strategy group and Senior Vice President of Business Development, responsible for developing new revenue opportunities through the application of emerging technologies, and served as the Senior Vice President of Customer Information Services. Most recently Susan served as the Senior Vice President of Investor Relations where she was the primary contact with the investment community on behalf of AT&T including Wall Street research analysts and institutional investors.

Before joining the AT&T family of companies, Ms. Johnson was an Investment Banker at Smith Barney, Inc. in the San Francisco Technology Group, where she provided a range of financial advisory services to communications and technology clients. Ms. Johnson directed several growth companies through an initial public offering of stock and served as an advisor on merger and acquisition transactions. Prior to business school, she also worked in Smith Barney’s New York office as an analyst in the LBO/High Yield Debt area.

Ms. Johnson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and raised on the East Coast. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Northwestern University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Senior Vice President/General Manager, Service Provider Business


In March 2016, Yvette Kanouff was named the Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Service Provider Business. Kanouff leads the development strategy for Cisco’s Service Provider segment, including core routing, switching and optical networking, network and service virtualization, service provider access networks for mobility, cable, wireless, cloud, and video software and solutions. She leads a global team of engineers, architects, product line managers, technical marketing engineers, and business development managers delivering innovation for the service provider customer segment.

Previously, Kanouff was the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Cloud Solutions, where she led teams focused on cloud virtualization, cloud infrastructure services, and service provider video. She joined Cisco in 2014 as the Senior Vice President/General Manager of Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software and Solutions Group.

Kanouff brings more than 20 years of service provider, media, and software experience to Cisco. Prior to joining Cisco, she was Executive Vice President, Corporate Engineering and Technology at Cablevision, where she was responsible for the company’s strategic technology and critical engineering objectives, as well as identifying emerging technology opportunities. Previously she served as President of SeaChange, where she spearheaded its transition from a hardware company to a software company. Kanouff helped move the industry toward webcentric, open standards–based solutions and architectures. In the role of Chief Strategy Officer for SeaChange, she secured the company’s position as a leader in video on demand (VOD) and established the company’s software division. She also was Time Warner Cable’s Director of Interactive Technologies. Kanouff has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. She began her career in digital signal processing technologies.

Kanouff received the National Cable and Television Association’s 2014 Vanguard Award for Leadership in Science and Technology and was named an industry Pioneer at the 2016 Internet and Television Expo. She won an Emmy for her work on video on demand with SeaChange and holds several patents on VOD-related digital technologies. Broadcasting & Cable has named her one of the 11 most influential women in the television industry. CableFAX included her numerous times on its Top 100 Women list, named her the industry’s “Top Techie” for 2011, and included her in its CableFAX “Digital Hot List” for each year from 2012 through 2015. Other accolades include the 2001 Multichannel News Wonder Woman award and the Woman in Technology award from the SCTE and Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT).

Outside of her responsibilities at Cisco, Kanouff is an executive member of WICT, a senior member of the SCTE, and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), including participation on various IEEE award and medal selection committees. She is active in speaking, moderating, and industry technology efforts.

CityNOW Lead


George Karayannis has over 25 years of emerging technology and sustainable solutions sales, business development and marketing leadership at Fortune 100 firms & high-tech startups.   Mr. Karayannis currently leads Panasonic’s CityNOW team in North America.

Previously, Mr. Karayannis served as VP US Smart City Solutions for Schneider Electric, led Smart Grid Business Development at Lockheed Martin and Trimble, managed New Service Strategy at AT&T, helped launch several wireless startups, co-founded a grassroots non-profit organization developing sustainable national energy policy, and served as a town councilman. 

Mr. Karayannis has authored a book on the new ISO 37120 standard for Smart City indicators, has published articles on wireless sensor networks, and is restoring a 100-year old opera house to LEED Gold and Net Zero Energy.  Mr. Karayannis has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, a BA from the University of Dayton and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Founder and President


Sylvia Karmanoff is founder and president of KEMSI, a professional services firm specializing in Product and Program Management. KEMSI helps clients throughout their business cycle, from developing successful product and technology strategies through engineering and development of products and services. Since 2005, KEMSI has served a global client base in the medical device, connected vehicle, machine-to-machine communications (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) industries.

As an inventor and problem solver, Karmanoff helps organizations understand and apply new technologies to expand product offerings and to improve business operations.  She developed and uses a unique product development methodology in her practice, named Accelerated Development Methods™, to move products from concepts into production in less time than when using traditional methods. Examples of new technology introductions include: Work Cell Visualization for automotive manufacturing, remote diagnostics and prognostics (patent awarded), technology transformations for cellular industry products and services, conversion of stationary devices to wearable size, and conversion from product line to platform.

Karmanoff is an invited speaker at industry meetings and conferences. She has held executive positions at Aeris Communications, General Motors Corporation, and Rockwell International. Her higher education degrees include an M.S. in Computer Science and an M.B.A. Throughout her career, Karmanoff has served as a Board Member and Director for a number of professional associations and community organizations.

Executive Director

Innovation Intelligence Institute

Robert Katz, a global technology innovator, cyber security trailblazer, entrepreneurial business builder, and real rocket scientist, pioneered many of the early game-changing connectivity capabilities we find commonplace today.

He drove ground-breaking design and deployment of the world’s first systems for the IoT, GPS tracking, vehicle geo-location, wireless messaging, Internet email, connected cars, chem-bio sensing, machine learning AI tools, as well as unmanned autonomous platforms for land, sea, air, space, and cyber-space.

Later, he led numerous cyber and homeland security-related C5ISR initiatives for the Pentagon, and its civilian, industry, laboratory, and academic partners.  These include MIT, NRL, NASA, JHU/APL, CIA, NGA, FBI, DEA, DHS, NIST, NOAA, plus Departments of State, Transportation, Justice, and Treasury, along with major integrators, such as Booz, Northrop, SAIC, and Lockheed.

His early cyber work pre-dates the moniker “cyber.”  These include revolutionary contributions to Star Wars.  Additional cyber-space engagements involved architecting and securing the Hubble, Trident missiles, Patriot, Iron Dome, and an array of additional space-based platforms for NASA, NOAA, Intelsat, Inmarsat, and the Pentagon.

Once he secured his undergraduate degrees in Physics, Mathematic, and Computer Science degrees, he continued with graduate studies in Engineering at RPI. There he merged AI, machine learning, and neural networks into robotics and automated systems by helping to create what become the galaxy’s first autonomous vehicle, the Mars Rover.

After hours, Robert protects his community as a volunteer firefighter-paramedic, as a dive and swiftwater rescuer, and as an emergency medicine adjunct professor.  He stepped in to coordinate IC GEOINT during the disasters in Haiti, Japan, and Nepal.

His forthcoming Innovation Nation™ book series invokes neuro-science to infuse his unique SOLUTIONeering™ methodologies to spur People-Powered-Innovation™.  For nearly 30 years, Robert’s international non-profit think tank, the Innovation Intelligence Institute, remains at the forefront of forging his own hyper-collaborative consortium: P8s - Public-Private-Pupil-Platform-Passion-Pride-People Partnerships.

Chief Architect


Herb Kelsey has over 20 years of experience deploying technology for commercial and government customers. He has provided engineering support for graphical simulation, radar, sonar and imagery analysis, as well as architecture definitions for large scale commercial and government enterprises.  Since 2002 Herb has focused his efforts on the needs of the DOD and Intelligence Community, working on a variety of technical efforts to include a DOD agency’s infrastructure transformation, the NextView commercial imagery program, The TTIC, now NCTC operational watch and serving as the Chief Architect for a DOD agency’s Lead System Integrator program. The focus: protecting the United States against nation state level cyber threats and terrorist activity. Additionally, Herb authored a cyber security concept of operation for the intelligence community and developed a secure cloud computing environment for the DoD. He has advised the Executive and Legislative branches of government, IBM’s corporate Smarter Planet initiative and commercial companies on cyber security. Herb holds a government security clearance.

Chief Executive Officer

Cohesive Networks

Patrick Kerpan, CEO of Cohesive Networks, is responsible for directing product, technology and sales strategy. Prior to Chris Swan joining the team in 2013 Mr. Kerpan also held the role of CTO, where directed product development and product delivery teams. As a co-founder, Mr. Kerpan has been delivering Cloud Container solutions since 2008 and recently helped launch the 3.5 version of VNS3. Mr. Kerpan has more than 20 years of software experience and is one of Cohesive Networks' founders. Previously, he was the CTO of Borland Software Corp which he joined in 2000 through the acquisition of Bedouin, Inc., a company that he founded. Mr. Kerpan was also the VP and general manager of the Developer Services Platform group at Borland, where he was instrumental in leading the Borland acquisition of StarBase in 2003. Before founding Bedouin, Inc., Mr. Kerpan was a managing director responsible for derivatives technology at multiple global investment banks. Patrick Kerpan is a recognized Cloud and networking thought leader. Along with the Cohesive Networks team, he regularly organizes and co-hosts CloudCamp events in Chicago and London. Mr. Kerpan recently spoke at the ACG investor forum, SDN Central Conference, Cloud Expo Europe, and Cloud Expo NY. He has contributed content published in Wired Innovation Insights, SDN Central, and IBM Partner World, as well several technical white papers and an eBook.
Assistant Vice President, IoT Solutions


Mobeen Khan joined AT&T with more than 15 years of progressive experience in technology marketing, business development, operations and strategy. 

In his current role, Mr. Khan is developing and executing on the Industrial IoT business plan and formulating product strategy in Mobility Business Solutions at AT&T.  His responsibilities include positioning AT&T as a leader in providing enterprise IoT solutions, delivering on the business plan and product portfolio roadmaps, as well as to build the technology and operational infrastructure to grow the IoT business.

Previously, Mr. Khan was the marketing head for all of AT&T enterprise mobility solutions leading marketing communications, channel development and product branding.

Prior to that, Mr. Khan worked as a strategy consultant focusing on telecommunication and e-commerce industries and at CRM and mobile start-up software companies leading marketing and business development.  Mr. Khan began his career with RAM Mobile Data, which later became part of Cingular Wireless (now AT&T), holding several positions in strategy, technology and product management groups.

Mobeen holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.  He also earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Communications Engineering from Rutgers University.

Mobeen lives in Dallas and works out of AT&T’s downtown offices and the Plano IoT Foundry

Vice President, Network for the South Area

Verizon Wireless

Aparna Khurjekar is Vice President, Verizon Wireless – Network for the South Area. In this role, Aparna is responsible for the wireless network in the South including the build out of the 4G LTE network.

Prior to her current role, Aparna was Vice President in the Global Strategy Organization.  She was responsible for identifying new growth opportunities for Verizon and building new businesses in target verticals that leverage Verizon’s portfolios, platforms & capabilities across all VZ business units, while also connecting synergies between other concurrent strategic initiatives.

Earlier in her Verizon Wireless career, Aparna was Executive Director for VzW’s Machine to Machine (M2M) organization where she successfully led the establishment of VzW’s M2M practice from product, channels and sales support.  Immediately after joining the company in 2008, she was instrumental in establishing the early direction and roadmap for this entrepreneurial group, organization alignment for Wholesale inclusion in Open Development, company-wide emerging devices strategy including the investment in nPhase, Verizon Wireless’ joint venture with Qualcomm, while enabling other eco-system partners and enablers in this space.  Aparna led the Verizon M2M strategy and product organization and was responsible for the internal enablement and partnerships to spearhead Verizon’s leadership in this space.

Previously at Motorola until 2008, Aparna was Director, Technology Strategy in the company’s mobile device business.  In her 12 years at Motorola, she did pioneering work on some of the marquee handsets that defined the evolution of the mobile experience worldwide – the first flip-phone, the first color-phone, the iconic RAZR, the first open OS phone, the cross-OS UI platform – in addition to productizing a number of new enabling technologies such as WiFi, NFC, VoIP, etc.

At Motorola, Aparna was recognized for her hands-on leadership in building and managing global development teams.  She was an integral member of the company’s famed Six Sigma quality initiative, and established industry-leading quality and performance practices at the company’s new R&D site in New Jersey.  In her last responsibility at Motorola, Aparna managed the company’s new markets and services roadmap, to enable value creation from newer emerging ecosystems.

Aparna joined Motorola as part of its acquisition of Philips Consumer Communications, a Joint Venture between Philips and Lucent Technologies.  At PCC, Aparna did some seminal work in wireless signal processing, which ultimately resulted in the definition of next generation standards in handset architectures.  Her wireless journey started as part of her Master’s thesis in CDMA, which was completed as a summer intern at Bell Laboratories in 1996.

In addition to her passion for wireless, Aparna has been a leading voice for women and young talent at Verizon and Motorola, and takes pride in her work ethic, which she encourages young new employees to adopt as the only way to grow the business and their career at the same time.  An academic over-achiever since a young age, Aparna holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications, several national awards, a fellowship and a patent.  Aparna was awarded the “Woman in Business – Leadership” award at Motorola for her lead in navigating her business through critical business project.  She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and 2 boys.

Director of Marketing, RF Communications and SDR Initiatives

National Instruments

James Kimery, director of marketing for RF Communications and Software Defined Radio (SDR) initiatives at National Instruments, is responsible for the company’s communication system design and SDR strategies. He also manages NI’s advanced research RF/Communications Lead User program. Prior to joining NI, Kimery was the director of marketing for Silicon Laboratories’ wireless division, which later became a subsidiary of ST-Ericsson. He has authored more than 26 technical papers and articles covering a variety of wireless and test-and-measurement topics.

Chief Strategy Officer


Ron Kormos is a founding member of FiberLight and has been with the organization since 2000.  After serving as FiberLight's Chief Development Officer for five years, Mr. Kormos was promoted to President of Texas Operations in 2013 and named FiberLight's Chief Strategy Officer in 2014. Mr. Kormos began his FiberLight career as Vice President of Construction with FiberLight's predecessor ACSI NT, in 2000. With ACSI NT and Xspedius Communications, he also served as Vice President of Operations.

Mr. Kormos is a 30 year veteran of the utility construction industry, with a specialized background in the placing, splicing and testing of fiber optics. He also has 20 years of experience in operational budgeting and contract management.

Senior Manager, Operations, Emerging Technology Office

Zebra Technologies Corporation

Matt manages business operations and marketing communications for the Emerging Technology Office at Zebra Technologies.

Matt has a diverse background leading global marketing teams and advertising agencies, and has led market research and competitive intelligence for a number of tech and CPG companies.  Matt’s launched a myriad of advanced technology devices and managed global multi-million dollar technology product lines.

Matt experience expands across various marketing disciplines and functions – spanning product management, competitive intelligence, business development, market research, business operations, innovation and invention, GTM strategy, PLM, VOC, P&L – and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt.

Prior to joining Zebra, Matt held several managerial roles at Motorola Solutions, Cablevision and Altria.

Matt holds a BA from NYU, and an MBA from Fordham.

Senior Policy Advisor, Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Privacy Team

Holland & Knight

Norma Krayem is Senior Policy Advisor and Co-Chair of Holland & Knight’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Team.  Ms. Krayem has a distinguished career in WDC holding executive positions at the U.S. Departments of Commerce, State and Transportation. She focuses her practice on the impacts of cyber risks and privacy issues on critical infrastructure helping clients forecast and understand how these risks impact the core or their business and works with key industries including energy, banking and financial services, transportation and automotive, health, communications, chemicals, insurance, manufacturing to name a few.

Distinguished Engineer, Chief Technology Officer NFV

Dell Networking

Ram (Ramki) Krishnan is an industry expert in the area of Networking. He combines deep technology understanding with strategic thinking to bring customer-winning products and solutions to reality. His expertise includes a wide range of technologies and market trends, including: Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Public and Private Cloud services, Network Virtualization, Overlay and Underlay Networking, OpenFlow, Data Center, Mobile Networking and MPLS etc. He has previous startup experience. He is a recognized innovator with over 19 US patents and 8 IEEE conference papers. He is a thought leadership speaker in key conferences such as OpenStack, OpenDaylight, OPNFV and ONS etc. He holds a leadership role in the NFV Research Group at IRTF. He is also an active participant in several research and standards organizations such as IRTF, IETF and ETSI NFV etc.

President and Chief Executive Officer

MKA Cyber

Mischel Kwon is an IT executive with more than 32 years of experience ranging from application design and development, network architecture and deployment, Information Assurance policy, audit and management, technical defensive security, large wireless system security, to building organizational and national level Computer Emergency/Incident Response/Readiness Teams.


Ms. Kwon currently serves as the President and CEO of MKA Cyber, a security consulting firm specializing in Technical Defensive Security, Security Operations and Information Assurance.


Formerly Vice President of Public Sector Security for RSA Security, Ms. Kwon was responsible for leading RSA in assisting the public sector security solutions, strategies, technologies and policy.


Ms. Kwon was named the Director for the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) in June 2008 where she spearheaded the organization responsible for analyzing and reducing cyber threats and vulnerabilities in federal networks, disseminating cyber threat warning information and coordinating national incident response activities.


Ms. Kwon brings a unique blend of hands on experience, academic research and training, and a seasoned understanding of how to build operational organizations from inception. Among her successes at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), where she was Deputy Director for IT Security Staff; she built and deployed the Justice Security Operations Center (JSOC) to monitor and defend the DOJ network against cyber threats.


Ms. Kwon holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a graduate certificate in Computer Security and Information Assurance. In addition, she serves as an adjunct professor at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where Ms. Kwon also runs the GW Cyber Defense Lab.

President and Chief Executive Officer


As President and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi, Ray applies proven industry management expertise to deliver cutting-edge communication network solutions to the market.  Ray oversees all aspects of business operations, effectively leading a team of experts to solve industry challenges created by the proliferation of mobile data.  In addition to Ray’s role at ZenFi, he is also a Founding Partner of Metro Network Services, LLC, a company focused on network planning, engineering, deployment and maintenance.

Ray is an Information Technology industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience managing teams to design, build and operate complex, high-capacity networks for large enterprises, financial firms and telecommunications service providers.  Prior to ZenFi and Metro|NS, Ray served as President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2007 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks.  Ray was also the Co-Founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm, where he served as President and CEO.  Ray received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany in 1985.


Widelity, Inc

Michael Lasky is a Principal with Widelity, a communications consulting firm. He has over 30 years of business management and consulting experience in the technology and communications industries.

Mike works with clients across a number of platforms examining issues regarding spectrum policy, next generation networks, mobile and satellite services, and consumer and IoT applications.  He was the lead author on the Widelity Report for the FCC examining issues impacting the TV Incentive Auction.  He is currently working with clients on 5G services and spectrum planning in the upper microwave bands.

Prior to joining Widelity, he was the Managing Director of the Stargazer Foundation developing products and services for emergency responders.  He developed and launched PropertyChannel.com, a joint venture of Cox Newspapers, Tribune Company, Knight-Ridder and Advance Publications. Mike also spent a number of years in television and satellite communications including time with Bell Atlantic Video Services overseeing the creation of interactive services, and managing the programming acquisition. He was Vice President of Programming at SKYPIX as well as the Director of Film Acquisition at Showtime/The Movie Channel.

He has an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University.

Product Marketing Manager, Embedded Computing


Daniel Leih is a Product Marketing Manager for the Embedded Computing business of Artesyn Embedded Technologies. In his current role he is responsible for helping the company develop acceleration technologies which support the convergence of telecom and networking infrastructure while still meeting the unique performance needs of specific net-com applications.

Daniel has 20 years of experience in technology marketing preceded by eight years of product engineering and operations experience. His experience spans from semiconductors to boards to systems in wireless, automotive, industrial and telecom markets. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, medical, military, aerospace and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, customers have trusted Artesyn to help them accelerate time-to- market and reduce risk with cost-effective advanced network computing and power conversion solutions. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Artesyn has over 20,000 employees worldwide across ten engineering centers of excellence, four world-class manufacturing facilities, and global sales and support offices.

North America Wireless Solution Director

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd

Liu Weihua is Huawei North America Wireless solution director, concentrates on 5G wireless solution and Network architecture toward 2020 commercial deployment. He is currently leading 5G wireless end to end solution planning and management for North America Marketing.

Prior to taking this position, he was in charge of Huawei Mobile Broad Band Solution management team in China. Those achievements includes FDD/TDD LTE commercial deployment globally, CRAN SDN architecture consolidation, and Real time data analysis to leverage network optimization and enable various applications.

Program Manager


Loreana Marciante is the Project Manager for Smart City Challenge Initiative, a cooperative effort between Vulcan's Climate & Energy philanthropic initiatives and the USDOT.  Over the last 15 years she has worked on multiple urban transportation infrastructure projects such as the Juan Santamaria International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica and the Sound Transit Light Rail System in Seattle, WA, as well as several commercial real estate development projects in the Seattle region. Loreana holds a Licenciatura in Industrial Engineering from the University of Costa Rica, a M.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University with emphasis in urban sustainability and transit oriented development, and several professional certificates from the University of Washington.

Executive Editor

Warren Communications News

Jonathan Make is executive editor at Warren Communications News (http://www.warren-news.com/), publisher of Communications Daily and other trade publications (http://www.communicationsdaily.com/). He occasionally organizes and /or moderates technology and telecommunications panels, including at TIA 2015, sometimes covers mass media and telecom and runs a newsroom in Washington. He is an active volunteer and member in a number of organizations, including serving on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists DC Pro chapter (http://spjdc.org/). Follow Make at https://twitter.com/makejdm and https://medium.com/@makejdm. He has a BA in international studies from Reed College and an MA in media and public affairs from George Washington University, and has previously worked for media organizations including Bloomberg News.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Argent Associates, Inc

Beatriz (Betty) Manetta founded Argent Associates as a technology solutions company in 1998.  Argent Associates, Inc. is an award-winning systems integrator that provides innovative technology, products, services, and supply chain solutions to enterprise and government customers. In addition, she owns and operates, Asociar, founded in 2012, and is providing an eco-system that includes multi-vendor pre-conditioned integration to meet the demands for 2020 and beyond.  Through Betty’s leadership Argent began its Internet of Things journey in 2007 by offering RSMS service.  In 2009 Argent was one of the first companies to develop and use cloud-based logistics applications. In 2010 Argent Virtualized its infrastructure using open source virtualization software and integrating it with its cloud applications.  In 2015 she initiated and NFV lab to develop COTS technologies for carrier customers. 

Prior to Argent, Betty worked for 20 years in the Telecommunications Industry both nationally and internationally handling sales in the Middle East, Africa and CALA region.   Betty serves on the Board of Directors for the following institutions:  TIA, QuEST Forum, US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), D/FW Minority Development Council (D/FW MSDC), Women’s Business Council Southwest, Seton Hall University Board of Regents, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC), and in an advisory capacity role at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Supply Chain Management Masters Program. 

Betty has a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in International Studies from Seton Hall University.  

Enterprise Cybersecurity Director

The AES Corporation

Over 30+ years in the IT, telecommunications, and energy industries, I’ve worn many hats—Cyber Security Director, Cyber Security Group Manager, Network and IT Security Group Manager, and more. This experience provides me with the unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges, with a focused specialization in securing industrial control systems (ICS). Above all, I’m passionate about critical infrastructure cybersecurity, particularly the convergence of Information Technology and ICS. After 16 years in the Army and working for HP, I joined the global energy company AES in 1999, embracing the challenge of integrating and securing 124 facilities spread over 27 countries. Over the past 17 years, I have observed the sophistication of the cyber threat continue to evolve and am constantly reenergized by the dynamic challenge of combatting the threat and securing our infrastructure. My actual experience has taught me that my professional values boil down to the following:
  • Lots of people have Big Ideas. Execution is what matters, and I do execution.
  • I embrace the challenge of solving business problems and navigating through complex challenges.
  • I am always looking to improve the "Status Quo”; there is a better way to do things
Outside of work, my second passion is skydiving (but I haven’t jumped since the arrival of my first daughter ten years ago).
Industry Solutions Director, Telecommunications

Red Hat

Leader in the world of high impact, transformational technologies and Industry expert in Agile and DevOps, Pierre Mathys, Director, Telco ICT Global Sales Solutions is responsible for guiding RedHat’s Open Source Telco solutions and strategy.

Pierre Manages with a contagious passion and collaborative style that draws others into the vision and mission and has 20+ years of IT experience in sectors ranging from Telecommunications, Financials and Bid Data. A noted thought leader in Agile and Cloud transformation to OpenStack, Pierre came to RedHat from the acquisition of eNovance, an innovator in OpenStack & DevOps transformation.

As Sr. Director of Sales Solutions North America at eNovance, Pierre is known as a trusted advisor and thought leader with a direct, honest style, provided insight to Telco, Oil & Gas and Financials with a focus on integrating Openstack and cloud transformation. Prior to eNovance, Pierre spent 9+ years fostering new cloud solutions for the OEM Telco market including Ericsson, Nortel, ALU, Nokia, and Amdocs.

Pierre started his career in Montreal launching the first commercial hosting service in Canada for Teleglobe (previously owned by Bell Canada International). Since then, his IT roles have taken him across the globe, including leadership positions with Computer Associates and Radianz (a Reuters Company) where he started the first High-Frequency Trading Hosting platform on Wall Street.

Vice President, Industry and State Affairs


Robert Mayer is Vice-President of Industry and State Affairs with the United States Telecom Association (USTelecom) with responsibility for leading cyber and national security policy, State relations and coordinating various regulatory initiatives for the wireline broadband industry.  He is past chair of the Communications Sector Coordinating Council (CSCC) and currently chairs the CSCC Cybersecurity Committee.  Mayer currently co-leads the Multi-Association Framework Development Initiative that represents 30 major U.S trade associations on cybersecurity risk management policy issues.  In June 2015, Mayer was appointed to the FCC Communications Security Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC V) after having led a 100 person team of cybersecurity professionals who produced a landmark report to adapt the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to five industry segments within the sector.  Mayer serves as a “senior” industry official on the U.S Government’s Unified Cyber Coordination Group (UCG) which coordinates national incident responses for major cyber events.

Mayer served as a top telecommunications official for New York State as the Director of Telecommunications for the New York Public Service Commission from 2003 to 2007.  In that capacity, he led several major initiatives including regulatory reform efforts and he created a new agency department that focused exclusively on network reliability and public safety matters.  Prior to this appointment, Mayer was the lead regulatory practitioner in the Telecommunications and Cable Group at KPMG Consulting and before that Mayer was an attorney with the New York City Corporation Counsel where he led a team that rewrote municipal rules for all City agencies.  He served in the US Air Force overseeing intelligence and communications operations at NATO Headquarters, Southern Europe Command in Italy.  He received his B.A from Albany State University, his MA in Information Management from Central Michigan University, his MBA from Boston University, and his J.D from New York Law School. 

Chief Network Operations Officer


Graham McGonigal joined Vonage in February 2012 as Senior Vice President of Network Operations, and was promoted to Chief Network Operations Officer in 2015. With more than 30 years of technical experience, Graham has held senior leadership roles within AT&T;, Cingular Wireless and Bellsouth. At AT&T; Mobility, Graham led the national data and service delivery networks and created highly competitive wireless data networks. He has successfully launched many data products and services, including the iPhone. Graham possesses a broad engineering, operations and quality background. Most recently, Graham was the Chief Operations Officer at nsoroMasTec LLC., a professional services company serving the telecommunications industry. Graham holds a B.S. from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia and serves on the Board for the American Red Cross South Jersey Chapter
Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Arts and Technology

University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Ryan P. McMahan is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and of Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. He directs the Future Immersive Virtual Environments (FIVE) Lab, which focuses on using immersive virtual reality (VR) technologies to promote learning, education, and training. His other research areas include augmented reality, wearable technologies, multimodal sensory displays, and natural 3D interaction techniques. His research has been widely published, including articles in the Communications of the ACM and IEEE Computer. In February, Dr. McMahan received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his research and educational activities. Additionally this year, he received The University of Texas at Dallas Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring, an Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, and a Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award.


Centerline Solutions

Dan is an original founder of Centerline Solutions, having helped oversee the merger creating the company in 2011. A strategic thinker and thought leader, Dan has more than two decades of leadership experience in wireless communications. At Centerline, Dan oversees all business development, corporate strategy and marketing functions. Leveraging his strong grasp of the wireless network business and the technology that underpins these networks, Dan provides expertise and guidance in identifying acquisition and partnership opportunities.

Prior to Centerline, Dan was founder and co-owner of ATECS, a Colorado-based provider of wireless engineering and business consulting services to the telecommunications and data networking industries. Dan was with ATECS from its launch in 2000 until 2011, when ATECS evolved into what is now Centerline Solutions. Dan’s project work at ATECS was extensive – among other things, he oversaw the growth planning analysis for a major GSM operator’s seven-state territory. He also wrote financial models, business plans, and technology strategies for several startup wireless operators and developed unique strategies for operating and maintaining large nationwide wireless networks.

Before starting his own business, Dan was director of the wireless broadband division at Qwest Wireless and US West Wireless, helping to determine how wireless communications could be used for data transmission and wireless connectivity. As part of that, Dan managed the strategic and product development effort to use wireless broadband data communications to extend the US West/Qwest DSL network to suburban and residential areas.

In the early days of the wireless industry, Dan was with Sprint Spectrum (Sprint PCS) where he oversaw deployment of the company’s wireless network in Colorado. There he spearheaded the wireless engineering strategies behind the creation of Sprint PCS and its nationwide wireless deployment.

Dan holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis in RF fields and waves, from the University of Colorado-Boulder. A Colorado native, Dan enjoys hunting, fishing and snowboarding. Married with two children, he’s an active volunteer in youth-related programs, including Colorado Youth at Risk.

Vice President of Software and Innovation, Global Connected Car eXperience

General Motors

Dr. Alan Messer is Vice President of Software and Innovation, Global Connected Car eXperience at General Motors where he leads GM’s work on products, platforms and future technologies for the Connected Car and Services. Alan has been a worldwide leader in advanced software and intelligent services for connected consumers for 20+ years. Before joining General Motors, Alan was Vice President of Advanced Software Technology at Samsung Electronics covering Internet of Things, Intelligence, Privacy, Mobile Social/Media, Content Delivery, and Cloud Services. Alan has also worked at a variety of other consumer electronics companies including HP, Sony Electronics and startups. Alan also serves on numerous industry organizations, industry organization board of directors and with analysts/media.

Vice President, Marketing


Linsey Miller is vice president of marketing for embedded computing solutions at Artesyn Embedded Technologies, leading a team that includes global product marketing, technical marketing and marketing communications. Linsey drives solutions and partnerships that enable Artesyn’s customers to succeed as their business models change by improving the

performance, efficiency and capability of their critical computing infrastructure. She has previously held senior sales and marketing positions with Emerson Network Power, Interphase and Verizon.

Building on the acquired heritage of industry leaders such as Motorola Computer Group and Force Computers, Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a recognized leading provider of advanced embedded computing solutions for communications, broadcast, networking, security, military, automation and industrial OEMs and service providers.

Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, medical, military, aerospace and industrial automation. For more than 40 years, customers have trusted Artesyn to help them accelerate time-to- market and reduce risk with cost-effective advanced network computing and power conversion solutions. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Artesyn has over 20,000 employees worldwide across ten engineering centers of excellence, four world-class manufacturing facilities, and global sales and support offices.



Charlie Mitchell is editor at InsideCybersecurity.com, an exclusive news service covering cybersecurity policy from Inside Washington Publishers. In addition to cyber policy, Mitchell has extensive experience covering Congress, energy and the environment, health care and other policy areas. Previously, Mitchell served as editor-in-chief of Roll Call Newspaper and RollCall.com, and as managing editor of National Journal's CongressDaily. Charlie is author of "Hacked: The inside story of America's struggle to secure cyberspace," which will be published this spring by Rowman and Littlfield.

Partner and Senior Research Analyst

U.S. Cable and Satellite Broadcasting and U.S. Telecommunications

Craig Moffett has been elected to Institutional Investor Magazine’s All-American Research Team in the U.S. Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite sectors on fifteen separate occasions, including nine separate appearance as the #1 analyst in America in either U.S. Telecom and/or Cable & Satellite. He has also been rated the #1 analyst in the U.S. Telecommunications sector by Bloomberg Markets, and he has consistently ranked #1 in Research Quality in Greenwich Research’s annual survey in both Telecommunications and U.S. Cable and Satellite sectors.

Prior to founding MoffettNathanson, Mr. Moffett spent more than ten years at Sanford Bernstein & Co., LLC as a senior research analyst. In 2011 he became the first analyst in the firm’s history to be ranked #1 in two sectors simultaneously by Institutional Investor.

He was previously the President and founder of the e-commerce business at Sotheby’s Holdings, the venerable auction house. In 1999, he led Sothebys.com to what was then the highest first year sales of any consumer website ever launched.

Mr. Moffett spent more than eleven years at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a Partner and Vice President specializing in telecommunications. He was the leader of BCG’s global Telecommunications practice from 1996 to 1999. While at BCG, he led client initiatives in the U.S. local, long distance, and wireless sectors, in both consumer and commercial services, and advised companies outside the U.S. in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His relationship with a U.S. RBOC spanned more than a decade, and he was the author of more than 20 articles about the telecommunications industry during the 1990s. He published analyses and forecasts of the overcapacity and pending collapse of the U.S. long distance business as early as 1998. Mr. Moffett graduated from Harvard Business School with Honors in 1989. He received a BA from Brown University phi beta kappa in 1984.

Vice-President, Technology and Standards


Stephanie Montgomery has more than 20 years of experience managing voluntary standards development and international partnerships within the Information and Communications Technology industry.

She currently leads TIA’s technology and standards division, which boasts more than 1,000 standards developed by TIA’s engineering committees. In this role, Stephanie oversees the establishment of committee procedures; the implementation, development and advancement of new programs; and overall promotion of TIA standards programs. In addition, she specializes in overseeing the development of standards in the areas of M2M and mobile and point-to-point communications.

Stephanie joined TIA in 1994 and has worked in various positions with a wide range of increasing responsibilities in standards development. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in history and is a member of the Standards Engineering Society.

Cloud & Service Marketing


Kevin works for ADTRAN and is responsible for Cloud & Service Marketing and has spent his career gaining experience in advanced communications technology, fiber optic systems, and business product marketing. He joined ADTRAN after working in the Science & Technology department for several years at BellSouth. Kevin also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the FTTH Council Americas and is the immediate past Chairman.  He was first elected to the Board in 2010 and is past Chair of the Government Affairs committee and Marketing committee for the FTTH Council.

Kevin holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University and an MBA from the University of Alabama.

Chief Technology Officer


Rod Naphan, CTO & SVP Solutions, Planning and Portfolio Management at Fujitsu Network Communications, is the architect of the Fujitsu packet optical networking vision and product portfolio. Rod leads the organization that is spearheading and defining the next generation of optical networking equipment and software.

Rod has broad experience in the design and planning of optical networking platforms. Over his 20-plus years in the telecommunications industry, he has held various leadership roles in software and systems engineering, and was program manager for FLASHWAVE® 4000 MSPP series product development in North America. Prior to joining Fujitsu, Rod worked as a software engineer at Bell Northern Research.

Rod holds a BSc. in Honors Computing and Computer Electronics from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario.


Chief Technology Officer


Tim Naramore has served as Masergy's Chief Technology Officer since March 2008. Mr. Naramore is responsible for the Information Technology, Network Engineering and Software Engineering groups at Masergy.

Prior to joining Masergy, Mr. Naramore served as Chief Information Officer and Group Vice President of IT at McLeodUSA. He previously held Chief Information Officer positions at Broadwing Communications and Allegiance Telecom, Inc., was Director of Product Development at Netcom/ICG, and held a variety of technical positions at Frito-Lay, Inc., Boeing Computer Services and Texas Instruments. Mr. Naramore holds a bachelor's of science in information systems from Pittsburg State University.


Director, Spectrum Solutions

Alion Science and Technology

Karl Nebbia is the Director of Spectrum Policy at Alion Science and Technology, where he leads the wireless spectrum services unit. Prior to joining Alion, Mr. Nebbia was the associate administrator for the Office of Spectrum Management at the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a post he held between 2007 and 2014.

As the associate administrator for the Office of Spectrum Management, Mr. Nebbia led spectrum management for the executive branch agencies, engineering, IT policy, and strategic planning functions. His efforts in this role have focused on updating federal spectrum management and moving forward key initiatives on relocation of federal systems, including the spectrum sharing testbed pilot program.

In his more than 30-year career with NTIA, Mr. Nebbia focused on developing policies and processes to manage the ever-growing issues surrounding the use of wireless frequencies by civilian government, the Department of Defense, commercial firms, municipalities, and private users.

Mr. Nebbia is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. 

Chief Technology Officer, Wireless Standards Mobility Group

Cisco Systems

Dr. O’Brien is currently a member of the Mobility CTO team at Cisco Systems. He is active in a variety of standards bodies and fora throughout the world including 3GPP, 5GAmericas, ATIS, ETSI, GSMA, NGMN, oneM2M, and TIA. He is a regular participant in GSC (Global Standards Collaboration). Dr. O’Brien received the “CDMA Development Group (CDG) 2009 3G CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Industry Leadership”. He has recently been active in global 5G and IoT activities.

Dr. O’Brien was the Senior Director of the Wireless Standards and Intellectual Property Department at Alcatel-Lucent. His Department was responsible for the development of global standards, industry relations, global spectrum policy, and the development of wireless secure communications and fraud analysis algorithms.  Dr. O’Brien’s Department was awarded the 2004 3G (third-generation) CDMA Industry Achievement Award for Network Technology Innovation.

Dr. O’Brien worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, Undersea Systems Development Laboratory. While at Bell Laboratories he was responsible for a variety of design and performance studies of Undersea Surveillance Systems utilizing fiber optic hardware.

Dr. O’Brien has served on the OMA Board of Directors, where he also the Finance Vice-Chair and was a member of the IEEE-SA Board of Governors.  He was appointed to the IEEE Wireless Communications Engineering Technologies (WCET) Advisory Board and has also served on the IPSphere Board for Lucent Technologies. Currently he is the Steering Committee Chair of oneM2M.

Dr. O’Brien received both his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Physics from Boston University and his B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Distinguished Systems Engineer

Cisco Systems

Keith holds the position of Distinguished Systems Engineer at Cisco Systems where he specializes in secure network design, network forensics and incident response.  He works with both service provider, enterprise and federal agencies on developing best practices in network security.  Prior to Keith joining Cisco in 1996 he worked at MCI Telecommunications where he designed global data and voice networks for large enterprise customers.

In addition to his duties at Cisco, Keith is also an Adjunct Professor in the computer science department at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University where he teaches graduate courses in network security.

Keith is also a Visiting Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT.  There he has provided leadership and consulting in the Annual National CyberDefense Exercise lead by the National Security Agency with participation from all of the nation's military academies.

He holds a bachelor of science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and a Masters of Science in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology.   Keith holds CCIE, CISSP and SANS GCIH certifications.    

Keith maintains a website at:  http://www.keithobrien.org

Director, Systems

InterDigital Canada Ltée

Ulises is responsible for the development of 5G 3GPP Core Network technology and 3GPP System Architecture Evolution Standards at InterDigital. Prior to joining InterDigital, Ulises spend 15 year at Ericsson in Mexico, Canada, Sweden and Ireland developing Cellular Systems and supporting Ericsson products in International markets.

Ulises holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and he has extensive experience in the Research and Development of Cellular Systems with direct involvement in the development of the 3GPP 5G Next Generation Network, 3GPP LTE, 3GPP GSM/WCDMA, CDMA2000 and IS-136(TDMA) standards.

Ulises possesses more than 27 year of experience in the Cellular Communications industry, holding responsibilities ranging from System Research, System Requirements definition, System Design, System Testing and Product Management.

Chief Executive Officer

QuEST Forum

Fraser Pajak is the CEO of QuEST Forum, a non-profit organization with a vision to “be the global force for improving quality of products and services delivered to customers of information and communication technologies (ICT)”. QuEST Forum’s membership is comprised of companies from around the world, collaborating around a common passion for quality and administering the highly respected industry standard known as TL 9000.

Fraser, a QuEST Forum board member since 2007, has over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Previously Fraser was the VP of National Service Infrastructure Support for TELUS Communications where he directed a team of approximately 1200 of the most highly skilled technical people in Canada. Fraser’s team took care of incident management, escalation, resolution, root cause analysis, change management and service performance for the wireline, wireless, internet and TV networks and data centers across Canada.

In his spare time Fraser likes spending time with his wife Maggie and their four children as well as flying his airplane, snowboarding and waterskiing.

Global Lead, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Beyond Limits

Charles (Chuck) Parker is Global Lead of the Healthcare and Life Sciences division of Beyond Limits. Beyond Limits is a portfolio company of ILA Group and is a spin-off entity of the California Institute of Technology (CalTech).  It currently focuses on technologies originally developed for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the U.S. Department of Defense.

With more than 20 years of Healthcare IT experience, he has led several research and for-profit initiatives.  Most recently as a lead for bringing forward application of NASA developed Artificial Intelligence for the application in healthcare and assisting small start-ups to reach funding rounds.  Also prior, he served as the Executive Director of the Continua Health Alliance – a membership-driven company focused on developing an eco-system of interoperable personal health devices – Chuck has been active in leading the industry in the Personal Connected Health area for the past 6 years.

Mr. Parker has collaborated internationally with governments, payers, providers and vendors. Through working with Standards bodies and industry experts, he has worked to instill standards built upon international criteria from IEEE, HL7, Bluetooth, USB, and others. In 2012, Denmark and Singapore began collaborating with Continua to require all personal connected health devices used in their national telemedicine programs were Continua Certified to ensure convenient and secure collection, communication and access to personal health data for its citizens.  

Mr. Parker’s experiences include healthcare technology, policy, regulation, and the strategic design of evaluation and measurement strategies. He has led national programs for practice transformation and has served on national and international committees for assessing adoption requirements. 

Mr. Parker holds a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Informatics from Northeastern University. He earned his BA in Communication Studies and Business Management at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.

Chief Technology Officer for Ensemble

ADVA Optical Networking

Prayson Pate is Chief Technology Officer for Ensemble, a division ADVA Optical Networking. He is charged with helping ADVA anticipate and lead through major industry transitions and market shifts and with conveying ADVA’s message to its customers and the larger industry. He is an evangelist for network functions virtualization (NFV), helping communication service providers and mobile operators create virtual environments optimized for agility and profit. Prayson has contributed to standards bodies such as the MEF and IETF, and is a named inventor on nine patents.

Managing Director

NexStar Partners

Ketan Patel is the managing director of NexStar Partners, an early-growth VC fund focused on mobile and wireless innovations. NexStar Partners focuses on investments in the IoT/Connected Devices, Next Generation Wireless Networking, Mobile Media, and Mobile/IT Security.

Between 2006 and 2015, Ketan worked at New Venture Partners where he focused on mobile and cloud computing investments across the value chain.

Previously, he worked in a variety of operating roles encompassing startups and large multinational corporations such as Cavium Networks (IT Security), eMpowerTel Networks (VoIP), Tiara Networks (edge-aggregations routers), MIPS Technologies, and SGI.

Ketan holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Current investments include: Cohere Technologies, Vasona Networks

Prior investments include: GainSpan, Neohapsis (acquired by CSCO), Aetherpal, Intelleflex, Shopwell (acquired by Yottamark), SiPort (acquired by INTC)

Managing Director

Stroz Friedberg

Chad Pinson, Managing Director and Head of Stroz Friedberg's Dallas office, serves as a trusted advisor to corporate, law firm, and individual clients in civil, internal corporate, board advisory, regulatory, and criminaI matters. Mr. Pinson brings over 17 years of legal and investigatory experience, along with subject matter expertise related to data breach, data theft, data security, risk management, identity theft, infringement and trade secret theft, cybercrime, privacy, embezzlement, and other fraudulent financial transactions. Clients leverage his invaluable experience and knowledge to better manage information and physical security risks, internal and external fraud and misconduct, com piiance, and due diligence, plus the challenges of handling electronically stored information and big data.

Mr. Pinson also regularly works, conducts research, writes, speaks, and participates in thought leadership on energy industry security and risk management, SCADA/ICS networks, gaming security, insider threat detection, and  virtual currencies.

Prior to joining Stroz Friedberg, Mr. Pinson was a partner at Baker Botts LLP in Dallas where he developed a national practice litigating and advising clients in privacy, data security, data breach, data access, identity theft, e-commerce, class action, class arbitration, consumer, credit, deceptive trade practices, fraud, and banking and  financial transaction matters. Mr. Pinson handled a variety of complex matters in courts across the country, appearing in federal or state courts in 25 different states, as well as multiple arbitration forums. During that time, he was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas and was also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth, and Tenth Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas, and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Mr. Pinson received special acknowledgement in 2012, appearing in the Best Lawyers in America. From 2004-2011, he was continuously recognized by Law Politics as a "Texas Rising Star."

Mr. Pinson is the  Former Chairman of the State Bar of Texas Privacy Data Security Committee. As a thought leader, he regularly speaks and publishes on privacy, data breach, cyber security, and class actions.

Chad Pinson received his B.B.A. with honors from the University of Texas and his J.D. with honors from

Duke University School of Law where he was; President of the Moot Court Board.

President AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer


As President of AT&T Labs and Chief Technology Officer for AT&T, Krish Prabhu oversees the company’s global technology direction which includes network innovation, product development and research, the intellectual property organization and the global supply chain organization.

Krish started his career in 1980 as a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories where he was engaged in research on video coding and image processing. He joined Rockwell International in 1984 and led a team of engineers developing fiber optic telecom products that were deployed by companies such as MCI, Ameritech and Southwestern Bell. Later, at Alcatel, he led a team that was the first to launch DSL products for broadband Internet access; these were widely deployed all over the world.

Krish has extensive background in innovation and widespread industry experience from executive roles at Tekelec, Tellabs, and Alcatel. He also served as a partner at Morgenthaler Ventures, where he assisted in developing information technology and communications start-ups. He has advised industry-leading telecommunications and semiconductor companies and has also served on several public and private company boards.

Krish earned a B.S. in physics from Bangalore University, an M.S. in physics from the Indian Institute of Technology and an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, where he is a member of the Board of Visitors at the School of Engineering. Krish has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus at both the Indian Institute of Technology and the University of Pittsburgh.

Co-Founder and CEO

Astrapi Corporation

Jerrold is a Co-Founder and CEO of Astrapi Corporation, a telecommunications company with offices in Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C. focused on addressing the spectrum crisis through dramatic improvements in bandwidth efficiency.  Dr. Prothero is the world thought leader on Spiral Modulation (SM), which for the first time bases signal transmission on sinusoidals with continuously-varying amplitude. He introduced the mathematics, communication theory, software tools and foundational issued patents associated with Spiral Modulation.

Spiral Modulation confronts a key assumption of the sampling theorem, that the spectrum is stationary over the period of evaluation. Consequently, mathematics and MATLAB simulations have shown that SM allows for much higher spectral efficiency than has previously been possible. Using a new mathematical technique called Instantaneous Spectral Analysis (ISA), research led by Dr. Prothero has shown that a time-domain sequence can be transmitted in dramatically less bandwidth by constructing it using SM, rather than the sinusoidals with constant amplitude generated by a Fourier Transform (FT).

Dr. Prothero invented Spiral Modulation based upon his generalization of Euler’s formula, the underlying mathematics for the telecommunications industry. Dr. Prothero recently introduced “Spiral Polynomial Division Multiplexing” (SPDM) a technique for orthogonal decomposition of polynomials in their coefficient space which supports very precise and low-overhead synchronization, effective rejection of coherent interference, and high spectral efficiency.

Dr. Prothero leads Astrapi’s R&D and commercialization projects. While Spiral Modulation has transformative implications for possible new radio architecture designs, it is also open to incremental implementations that fit into standard signal processing techniques while providing significant performance benefits.

Dr. Prothero has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, and also holds degrees in physics, computer science, and inter-disciplinary engineering. He has worked extensively with both commercial and government sector projects, and as part of an industrial consortium.

Head of IoT Practice

Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC

Ronald E. Quirk, Jr., Head of Marashlian & Donahue PLLC’s  Internet of Things and Connected Devices Practice Group  focuses his practice primarily on federal, state, and international telecommunications regulation and policy, with particular expertise in assisting clients in navigating the complex labyrinths of spectrum allocation, and radiofrequency (“RF”) equipment authorization, marketing, compliance, and enforcement proceedings in the U.S. and around the world.   

Mr. Quirk brings extensive legal experience to his current client representation.   His career spans more than 20 years, including several years at AMLAW 100 firms and the Federal Communications Commission.  Mr. Quirk has successfully represented clients ranging from solo proprietorships to Fortune 500 corporations, in matters before the Federal Communications Commission, Department of Justice, Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation, Food and Drug Administration, state public utility commissions, international regulatory entities, and state and federal courts.       

In addition to spectrum allocation and RF Equipment compliance, Mr. Quirk currently counsels clients on a variety of legal and regulatory matters, including: experimental licensing, privacy, public safety communications, wireless communications, spectrum leasing, VoIP, satellite regulation, Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, license modification, transfer and assignment, number portability, CALEA, U.S. Customs, and frequency refarming and rebanding.    

 Mr. Quirk has written extensively on matters pertaining to the Internet of Things, including standards, spectrum allocation, privacy, and RF equipment compliance.   He recently authored a comprehensive Global Guide to RF Equipment Regulation and a companion US Guide to RF Equipment Regulation.   He is a graduate of The Catholic University School of Law, with a Certificate from the Law and Technology Institute.

Head of Strategic Solutions Marketing


Kurt Raaflaub has more than 20 years’ experience in telecom and currently leads ADTRAN’s strategic solutions marketing group, He has global solutions marketing responsibility for the areas of SDN/NFV, Gigabit Broadband, and Customer Connectivity directed at the residential, enterprise and mobile access markets. Prior to his current position, Raaflaub was responsible for directing ADTRAN’s Broadband, Carrier Ethernet and Packet Optical solutions marketing activities within ADTRAN’s Carrier Networks Division. In 2006, he joined ADTRAN from Nortel where for over a decade, he held various roles focused on marketing and managing new disruptive market opportunities.

Executive Partner

Siris Capital

Mr. Randall has spent over 25 years in the networking industry as an entrepreneur, senior executive and venture capitalist.  He is currently an Executive Partner at private equity firm Siris Capital, prior to that was a founding partner at Vesbridge Partners, and a general partner at St. Paul Venture Capital, where he led the mobile investment practice.  His venture investments have included YMAX (magicJackVocaltec NASDAQ: CALL), Dynamicsoft (sold to Cisco Systems), Bitfone (sold to Hewlett-Packard Company), Snowshore (sold to Broktrout/Cantata), FusionOne (sold to Synchronoss), ProQuent Systems (sold to Bytemobile/Citrix) and Visage Mobile. 

Previously, Mr. Randall was CMO of Lucent Technologies, and had been vice president of Marketing at Ascend Communications, which was acquired by Lucent ($24B in 1999).  Before that, Mr. Randall was vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Stratus Computer and general manager of its SS7 business, which was acquired by Ascend ($833M in 1998).  Mr. Randall was vice president of Strategic Market Development at Madge Networks, as an ex-pat in Paris, following its 1996 acquisition of Teleos Communications ($165M).  Mr. Randall had co-founded Teleos in 1987 and served many roles includingEVP and CTO, vice president of Marketing and Business Development and vice president of WAN Access Technology. 

Mr. Randall began his career at AT&T Bell Labs and holds several U.S. patents.  Mr. Randall earned a BEE with Highest Honors from Georgia Institute of Technology and an MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from UC Berkeley.  Mr. Randall is a director of TNS and Airvana, and member of the Board of Overseers at PBS TV producer/broadcaster WGBH.  He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of Tekelec, Bytemobile, Bitfone, Snowshore, Teltier Technologies, ProQuent, FusionOne, Dynamicsoft, andVisageMobile.

Vice President, Integrated Command and Control Solutions

Motorola Solutions

Christine Rapala has more than 30 years of experience with Motorola Solutions. She is currently Vice President, Integrated Command and Control Solutions within the Products & Services organization. Her team designs and delivers the PremierOne suite of command center products. Over the course of her tenure with Motorola, Christine has developed solutions for LMR, private LTE, GSM and CDMA system offerings. She has worked on Professional Commercial Radio and P25 subscribers and P25 infrastructure. Early in her career, she designed and developed the call processing subsystem that was deployed in the first Motorola commercial GSM systems. Her current position holds the responsibility for integrating the dispatch centers of LMR and public safety LTE with CAD workflow operations.

Investment Director

Intel Capital

Vibhor Rastogi is a Director at Intel Capital and focuses on enterprise software investments. Vibhor has invested in companies in multiple high-growth sectors including Cloud, Big Data, Mobile, Wearables, IoT, Cybersecurity and Software-as-a-Service. Vibhor’s investments and board representation include Basis (Wearables, acquired by Intel in 8 months for a triple digit IRR), TOA technologies (Vertical SaaS, acquired by Oracle), CafeX (Mobile customer engagement), Venafi (Cybersecurity), RIFT.IO (NFV platform), Striim (Real-time streaming analytics), CareCloud (SaaS), IPCommerce (SaaS), izettle (SaaS). Vibhor is passionate about helping management teams with their growth strategy, mergers and acquisitions plans, financial planning, recruiting of top management and business development activities. Prior to his investing career, Vibhor was a top-ranked management consultant with Deloitte where he led teams on a number of high-profile, award winning engagements at F500 clients in industries including Healthcare, Financial Services, Telecom. Vibhor has an MBA with High Honors from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur where he won a Dean's award for academic excellence.

Director of Planning, Network Support Systems


Andy has 24 years of telecommunications experience and started his career as a mobile switching operator in the US Army.  Following his time in the military, he joined Verizon and has held numerous positions in planning, engineering and operations and is currently the Director of Planning for the Network Support Systems Organization.  Andy also holds a BS in Management Science and Information Systems from Penn State University, a diploma from the US Army Signal School and is also a certified Lean Six Sigma Black belt.

Chief Executive Officer


Michelle Reese is the Chief Executive Officer of Opus-3 and serves on its Board of Directors. Opus-3 is a breakthrough technologies company leading a fundamental shift in how businesses embrace and employ key technology innovations. In this role, Ms. Reese has overall responsibility for the company’s business operations, ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace and overseeing expansion across a robust portfolio redefining the digital experience of millions around the world.
Ms. Reese joined Opus-3 from Mitel, where she served as the business development executive for Mitel AMERICAS region through a period of outstanding growth, successfully leading targeted acquisition and continued development of large strategic relationships. Prior to Mitel, Ms. Reese served as Vice President, Business Development for Nexius providing technology strategy, planning, and management consulting to senior executives at leading global communication service providers.

Prior to Nexius, Ms. Reese served as the Chief Executive Officer of Cloudmasons, a Cloud Identity & Access Management enterprise software company acquired in 2012 by SailPoint Technologies, Inc.
Prior to Cloudmasons, Ms. Reese served on the senior leadership team of Adaptive Engineering as Global Vice-President of Sales and Marketing where she was responsible for leading sales, joint ventures, marketing strategy, and product management of the company’s industry recognized, award-winning software product to Fortune 1000 enterprises and global communication service providers. Prior to Adaptive Engineering, she successfully drove revenues in various roles for early-stage enterprise software companies: one IPO, one acquired by Intel, and two acquired by Oracle.
Ms. Reese holds a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from McCombs Business School, The University of Texas at Austin.

Senior Product Development Manager

Panduit Corporation

Mr. Reid is the Sr. Product Development Manager for Panduit Network Connectivity Group, Orland Park, Illinois. He currently defines product development direction for Panduit’s fiber optic structured cabling product line. He has been active in the fiber optics industry for almost twenty-five years, in the development of passive optical components, optoelectronic and specialty optics and systems.

Mr. Reid has presented at many industry symposia (Optical Fiber Conference, OE/Fibers, IMAPS - International Microelectronics And Packaging Society & ISHM Hybrid Microelectronics Symposium). He has also participated in the development many of the standard EIA/TIA Fiber Optic Test Procedures and has served as membership chair to EIA/TIA FOLS (Fiber Optic LAN Section). Mr. Reid has an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and a graduate degree in Statistics from the University of Hartford.

Deputy Associate Administrator

U.S. Department of Commerce

Evelyn Remaley is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Development and Analysis, National Telecommunications and Information Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Since landing at NTIA last September, Remaley is helping to lead NTIA’s efforts to promote openness and innovation on the Internet as deputy associate administrator for the Office of Policy Analysis and Development. OPAD deals with a wide range of issues from promoting consumer choice through cell phone unlocking to protecting online privacy. In addition to helping to manage the office’s activities and staff, Remaley has been tasked with leading NTIA’s cybersecurity efforts, which will likely include reaching out to stakeholders on the best way to help them address cybersecurity challenges.

Prior to working with NTIA, Remaley spent nine years at Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant working with federal agencies such as the Defense Department and Department of Homeland Security on cybersecurity issues. She also worked at MCI Worldcom where she focused on Internet security and privacy issues. 

Between college and law school, she was a researcher with the Pittsburgh public library system, where she  worked on the organization’s efforts to challenge the Communications Decency Act, a federal law that aimed to limit access to pornographic material on the Internet.  It was struck down by the Supreme Court in 1997.

Remaley earned a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and a bachelor’s in history from the Carnegie Mellon University.  

Executive Director

Mobile Future

Allison Remsen is the Executive Director of Mobile Future and joined the organization in 2008. Prior to Mobile Future, she led media relations efforts for the United States Telecom Association. Earlier in her career, Remsen worked for House Democratic Whip David Bonior serving as his Press Secretary as well as assisting Members of Congress on policy issues on the House floor, helping to coordinate legislative and messaging efforts for House Democrats and advising Congressman Bonior on telecom issues. She began her career working in the government relations shop for the National Cable Television Association where she closely monitored the progress and passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Remsen serves on the Board of Directors for Horton’s Kids and volunteers for the nonprofit group that provides tutoring, mentoring and other critical services to children in Washington DC.


Chief Executive Officer

LifeWIRE Corp.

Howard invented and developed LifeWIRE’s patented population management    communication platform that humanizes digital communication through personalized, responsive interactions between parties such as health care providers and patients.

A Schulich MBA with over two decades of experience as a film & television producer, Howard had a unique perspective from which to approach the issue of adherence and patient engagement from which LifeWIRE evolved.

Over the past 10 years, Howard has parlayed that experience as an health thought leader having been named one of the top 100 Innovators of the Next Century (Rockefeller Foundation) and one of the Top 30 mHealth Innovators by the mHealth Alliance (United Nations Foundation). Howard has authored a number of articles, written policy guidance for the sector on behalf of the Province of Ontario, regularly represents the Government of Canada on the subject in international symposiums, is an industry reviewer for the U.S. department of Health and Human Services, has addressed the Congressional subcommittee’s on the subject and is a member of the working task force for mHIMSS as well as one of their conference speakers.

Howard speaks regularly at graduate schools at leading Universities and conferences discussing innovation,  Health IT, analytics, as well as his work with active duty military, veterans, and mental health issues such as Post Traumatic Stress, Substance Use and High Rick suicide.


Federal Communications Commission

Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Commissioner Rosenworcel is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.

UX Director

Universal Mind

Brad comes to Universal Mind with more than 15 years experience in web and mobile development, and R&D in mobile and embedded spaces.
Brad’s experience in working with organizations like Adobe, Sony Music, Houghton Mifflin and Meijer has provided him a unique lens on user experience and the complexities with connecting users with the business.  Ranging from large scale visualization architecture, experience strategy and business innovation, Brad has a unique ability to connect the dots between organizational strategy and experiences that enable users to effectively encounter a business.


Co-founder & Executive Director

Dallas Innovation Alliance

In September 2015, Jennifer Sanders co-founded the Dallas Innovation Alliance (DIA) a public-private partnership dedicated to the design and execution of a smart cities plan for Dallas. In March 2016, she joined the organization as Executive Director, bringing over 12 years of expertise across a broad array of industries, including energy, technology, economic development, nonprofit and finance, serving in functions including communications, stakeholder and community relations, strategic counsel and operations. DIA brings together the City of Dallas, nonprofit and civic organizations, academic institutions and leading corporations to take a best-minds approach to creating a smarter, more connected Dallas. It will develop a scalable smart cities model that leverages the region’s distinctive strengths and leaves a legacy of innovation, sustainability and collaboration for future generations. DIA’s goal is to elevate Dallas as a city that is not only prepared for – but a driving force in shaping – the future of cities, and provide opportunities for prosperity for its citizens.

Prior to joining the DIA, Jen worked at Perry Street Communications as Managing Director, joining in 2011, and utilized her experience counseling clients in a variety of strategic capacities including financial communications, integrated media and public affairs campaigns, crisis communications and executive thought leadership. She brings expertise in the energy, technology, financial, economic development and real estate sectors, with representative clients including Duff & Phelps, TXU Energy, Crow Holdings, Shell Oil, SAP, Austin Chamber of Commerce and Tuesday Morning Corporation.

She is actively involved with numerous civic organizations in Dallas, currently serving as President of the Mayor’s Star Council, on the Board of the Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas, an Ambassador for the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) and the Advisory Board for Dallas-based retail and lifestyle startup, Need Edition, among others.

She graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology with a minor concentration in Economics.



Sundeep is a highly accomplished Data junkie, innovator and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in using Data as the currency to perform advanced analytics. Known for his what-if mindset, he co-founded DataRPM with the goal of providing a platform that delivers hyper-fast data products to organizations challenged by the volume, velocity and variety of their big data and machine learning. Throughout his career, Sundeep has learned to operationalize data into day-to-day business workflow, which has led to multi-billion dollars in savings. Prior to DataRPM, Sundeep founded Razorsight, a leading provider of cloud-based analytics solutions for communications service providers. Under his leadership, Razorsight experienced eleven consecutive years of growth and raised more than $30 million in venture capital and was acquired by Synchronos.  Prior to Razorsight, Sundeep served in management roles at industry leaders including Cable &Wireless and Arthur Andersen.

Senior Director of Research

Parks Associates

As a director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

Industry Expertise: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

Director, Product Management


Ms. Sastry heads the Product and Strategy efforts at Midokura. She has over 17 years of experience in the networking industry, and has worked in the areas of software development, customer advocacy and technical marketing. She started her career as a software developer at Cisco, focusing on embedded systems, VPN technologies, and Network Management. She also worked in Cisco’s Customer Advocacy group in Europe, before transitioning to a technical marketing role. Prior to joining Midokura, Shashi worked at Aruba Networks, Vyatta/Brocade and Nuage Networks. Her main areas of focus are Cloud technologies, network monitoring, Data Center architectures, Network Function Virtualization, and Software Defined Networking.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Akbar M. Sayeed is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he leads the Wireless Communication and Sensing Laboratory (http://dune.ece.wisc.edu). He received the B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University before joining Wisconsin. Dr. Sayeed is a Fellow of the IEEE, and has served the IEEE in a number of capacities, including: as a technical program co-chair for the 2007 IEEE Statistical Signal Processing Workshop, the 2008 IEEE Communication Theory Workshop, and the 2014 IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances for Wireless Communications; as an elected member of the Signal Processing for Communications and Networking technical committee of the Signal Processing Society; as an Associate Editor, and as a Guest Editor for special journal issues. His research interests include wireless communication, statistical signal processing, communication and information theory, wireless channel modeling, time-frequency analysis, and applications. A focus of current research is the development of basic theory, system architectures, and prototypes and testbeds for new wireless technologies and applications at centimeter-wave and millimeter-wave (10-300GHz) frequencies. In particular, Dr. Sayeed’s group has pioneered the concept of a new patented transceiver architecture for realizing the full potential of mm-wave technology with the lowest hardware and computational complexity.
Creative Director

Universal Mind


Christian Saylor bridges the gap between functionality and aesthetics, delivering beautiful and effective digital experiences to clients. With 15 years experience in the interactive design community, he sees the user experience as the touchstone of interaction—the connection point through which a message is heard, a purchase is made, or a thought inspired. His goal is to engage users on a personal level independent of medium, using design to meet them where they are and in ways they’re comfortable with, whether that’s via a mobile or embedded device, a car, a website, or even a well-designed t-shirt.

In order to lead a balanced life, in his spare time, Christian likes to disconnect with things digital and crack open a good book, spend time with his family, and give back to the design community by teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design.

Chief Technology Officer

Federated Wireless

Kurt brings 25 years of wireless industry experience to Federated Wireless, where he plays a key role in developing technologies and new business strategies to create the next-generation architecture of broadband wireless. Kurt was most recently Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) where he was responsible for the company’s wireless and broadband technology strategy and product development.

Previously, Kurt served in various engineering roles at NextWave Wireless, LCC International, and Southwestern Bell and has also served as a technology consultant to wireless network operators, equipment manufacturers, and semiconductor suppliers.  He was a founding member of a publicly traded wireless broadband and multimedia software company and led the acquisition and integration of two wireless infrastructure companies.

Kurt has been active in spectrum development, management, and policy matters throughout his career.  He currently serves on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC).  He received his BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Senior Information Technology Policy Advisor


Adam Sedgewick is the senior information technology policy advisor at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this position, he serves as a member of the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force, coordinates information technology projects with NIST's critical partners in the federal arena and advises leadership on cybersecurity issues. He was one of the key members of the NIST team involved with the creation of the Cybersecurity Framework as detailed in President Obama's 2013 Executive Order on “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” and continues to spearhead efforts on behalf of the framework’s development and long-term goals. Prior to joining NIST, Sedgewick worked as a senior advisor to the Federal Chief Information Officer Council, coordinating cross-agency initiatives and assisting in the implementation of the Office of Management and Budget policy and directives. Previously, he handled cybersecurity and federal information technology policy for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. In 2008 and 2013, Sedgewick received the Fed 100 award for his contributions to the federal information technology community.

Vice President, Strategy for Network Systems


Alok Shah is vice president of networks strategy for Samsung Electronics America where he steers strategy, marketing and new business development for Samsung’s North American Networks division. Previously, Alok led technical marketing, including consumer messaging, market requirements, and regulatory impact, for Samsung’s US mobile division.

Alok, who joined Samsung in 2011, has nearly 20 years of strategy, technical marketing, product management and engineering experience in the wireless industry. Prior to Samsung, Alok served as senior product marketing manager at Freescale and principal technology analyst at Vanu, Inc., where he was responsible for developing technology strategies, partner ecosystems, competitive intelligence and wireless industry market research. Alok previously worked in engineering and product management roles at Vanu and Motorola where he was involved in the design, development and testing of wireless systems software and devices.

Alok holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Senior Engineer Principal

CommScope Network Solutions

Masood Shariff works as an Engineer Senior Principal in the Systems Engineering R&D group of CommScope. He represents CommScope in IEEE 802.3 standards,  ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25/WG 3 committee, TIA TR42 Engineering Committee developing premises cabling standards, including the TIA-568 series, TIA-569, TIA-570, TIA-758, TIA-606,  TIA-607, TIA-862, TIA-942, TIA-1005, TIA-4966 and related standards working groups. Masood served as chair of TIA TR42.7 for many years and was responsible for copper cabling systems specifications including category 5e, category 6, category 6A, and TSB-162 on WLAN cabling. Masood chaired the TIA-5017 physical network security project and the TIA TSB-5018 DAS cabling project.

Masood has a Bachelor of Technology degree from IIT India and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Delaware.

President and Chief Executive Officer

SmartMark Communications

Juliet Shavit is Head of the SmartMark Group, a family of companies that including SmartMark Communications, SmartEnergy IP™, SmartShows, and SmartHoldings.

Juliet has an expansive career in helping bring to market industry shaping thought leadership and dialogue. She is a pioneer in using communications strategy – whether it is through the media or industry events – to help drive technology change and industry collaboration around critical business and technology topics.

Her companies work with a number of highly visible public and private companies as well as leading global industry organizations and governments. Juliet is also the founder of The Homeland Security for Networked Industries (HSNI) Conference, GridComms, and The Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium series.

Juliet is a world-renowned expert on smart grid and the impact of customer experience on smart grid deployments. She enjoys applying lessons in communications convergence to help drive new business revenue models across multiple industries. Juliet has been published both in the U.S. and abroad, and was feature on the cover of Mobile Europe as a “Woman of Power” and on the cover of European Communications as the “Smart Grid Queen.”


Astrapi Corporation

David is a Co-Founder of Astrapi Corporation, a telecommunications company with offices in Dallas, TX and Washington, D.C.  David has over thirty years of experience validating technologies and introducing new products addressing a wide range of markets. Among them are companies such as Global Uni-Docs, Forbis Energy, and Sanijet. David had successful exits with Capital Group and Nail Express. He has formulated strategy, executed business plans, prepared financial statements, raised capital, validated markets, developed early customers, and sold product. These products ranged from the introduction of one of the first desktop memory devices, as a General Partner of a $30 million office tower, the creation of a retail concept, commercialization of a both novel authentication method and a green “cool roof” system. David led the Astrapi I-Corp team and has reviewed over one hundred National Science Foundation SBIR proposals. He has served as a McCombs School of Business Moot Corp judge, World’s Best Technology Showcase mentor, and sometime Angel investor. He has been an invited guest speaker to conferences such as the INFOSEC Research Council, the Air Force Cyberspace Symposium and the Modification and Replacement Parts Association conference. And David currently serves on the advisory board for the International Center for Decision and Risk Analysis at U.T. Dallas. He is a former Committee Chairman for Boy Scout Troop 35 and Division Chair for the Park Cities YMCA Youth Sponsorship Campaign. He won the prestigious Xerox President’s Club award four times. David is married with three children and resides in Dallas. David has a BBA in finance and MS in technology commercialization from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded the George Kozmetsky Award for Academic Excellence through the IC² Institute.

Chief Executive Officer

Tarana Wireless

As Tarana’s President and CEO, Steve is guiding the company’s evolution from its successful first phase of technology development into broad commercialization and growth, applying more than 20 years of executive and engineering management experience in wireless communications. Prior roles include leading the Advanced Radio Systems business unit at Powerwave Technologies, delivering integrated RF and small-cell system solutions for 4G networks. Steve also held senior development and management positions at ArrayComm, including three years as president.  Steve holds a BA in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University, with an emphasis in signal processing. He is a member of the board of directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA).

Executive Vice President, Public Policy and General Counsel


Craig Silliman is Executive Vice President – Public Policy and General Counsel, responsible for leading Verizon’s public policy, legal, regulatory, government affairs and security groups.

Before assuming his current position in January 2015, Craig was Senior Vice President for public policy and government affairs, with responsibility for the company’s global public policy, federal and state legislative affairs, federal regulatory affairs, strategic alliances, national security, privacy and corporate citizenship.

Craig has served in a number of other senior management roles at Verizon. He was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Verizon’s wireline consumer, business and wholesale groups globally, and Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, with responsibility for antitrust, intellectual property, national security, privacy and strategic product support.

Prior to joining a Verizon predecessor company in 1997, Craig was an attorney in the international trade practice at Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott in Washington, D.C.  He has also taught international telecommunications regulation as an adjunct professor at the American University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Bureau Chief, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau


Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson was appointed Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau in November 2013. As Bureau Chief, he oversees public safety, homeland security, emergency management, cybersecurity, and disaster preparedness activities at the FCC. He works with public and private partners and through the rulemaking process to deliver state-of-the-art communications that are accessible, reliable, resilient, and secure, and to help ensure that communications networks meet the public safety needs of Americans during emergencies. He brings to this role more than 20 years of Information and Communications Technology experience supporting the Department of Defense, working closely with other agencies to provide secure communication services and improve cyberdefense readiness. Admiral Simpson served previously as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT). From 2009 through 2010, as Director for Communications and Information Services for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and operational-level communications for U.S. Forces and assisted the Government of Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology sector. Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Vice President, SDN & NFV Product Management

Tech Mahindra

Manish is a well-respected industry leader with over 20 years of experience and specializes in Wireless Networks. He currently leads the SDN and NFV business initiatives at Tech Mahindra. For three consecutive years, he served on the Executive Board of Small Cell Forum. Manish is a Thought Leader with an excellent mix of technology depth and business acumen.

Before joining Tech Mahindra, Manish served as Radisys’ CTO where he spearheaded the company’s strategic initiatives in SDN, NFV and VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE). Prior to Radisys, Manish was the VP of Product Management at Continuous Computing, where he led the startup’s spectacular growth in Small Cells and DPI. During the course of his career Manish held various Management and Architect positions at Intel, Trillium Digital Systems and C-DOT.

Manish holds an MS degree from I.I.Sc. Bangalore.

Chief Information Officer

Mission Secure

Carlos Solari has an intriguing background. In his own words… “a passion for the work of security – with a rather interesting set of experiences serving in government; first as a US Army Officer (1979-1992), followed by senior IT executive in the FBI (1992-1999) and as CIO for the White House (2002-2005). The progression from purely IT to a focus on security was a natural – I went to where the problems led. In private industry I worked for the famous Bell Labs of Lucent, then Alcatel-Lucent, and later for CSC leading 1400+ people dedicated to the different missions of information and cyber security. While at Bell Labs I wrote a book (with colleagues) called Security In a Web 2.0+ World. Several years later I wrote two works of fiction. There is so much that took place in these years; experiences that now lead me to this place – this opportunity to serve in another capacity as CIO for a startup called Mission Secure Inc. Like these past roles, there is a consistent thread – a passion for security and being where I see the next big problem: the challenge of securing cyber physical systems embedded in the nation’s critical infrastructures.


Mobile Future

Jonathan Spalter has a long track record building innovative technology, mobile, Internet, and research companies in the U.S, Asia/Pacific, and Europe.  He founded the independent investment research company, Public Insight, and was CEO of Snocap, the digital music technology company founded by the creators of Napster. He has held senior management roles at the Paris headquarters of Vivendi Universal, the global media and telecommunications group, where he was group senior vice president in charge of the company’s public policy and external affairs teams, served as executive vice president of business development and strategy for Vivendi Universal Net, and CEO of company affiliate Atmedica Worldwide.

During the Clinton Administration, Spalter was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate for the position of associate director at the US Information Agency, where he was also appointed chief information officer. He also served in the White House as director of public affairs for the National Security Council, and chief international affairs spokesperson and speech writer for Vice President Al Gore.  He also co-founded and chaired the non-profit animation studio Climate Cartoons, which produced media content about global warming. One of its productions recently won the Emmy Award for National Public Service Announcements/Broadband.  Early in his career, Spalter held various productions and editorial roles in broadcast and cable – among them, foreign affairs reporter for PBS’ MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.  He graduated from Harvard College and Cambridge University.

Senior Research Scientist, Transportation Operations Group

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

David Sparks, is a senior research scientist with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, helping lead activities involving connected and automated vehicles and related transportation infrastructure technology. He currently participates on the TIA’s TR-48 Vehicular Telematics standards committee, is a member of Infragard, and has extensive leadership experience in the transportation industry, most notably as Executive Vice President, Managing Director and as a co-founder of TransCore where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide intelligent transportation systems business. Dave previously served as a Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the leading advocate for the multi-billion dollar market for deployment of technology solutions to improve the nation’s surface transportation network. 

Dave is also the Vice-Chairman of the Wyoming Infrastructure Authority (WIA), an instrumentality of the State of Wyoming.  The WIA is charged with diversifying and expanding the state’s economy by adding value to Wyoming’s energy resources and infrastructure for the benefit of Wyoming and the region.  The Authority has $1 billion in bonding authority to finance transmission and generation infrastructure, and is the lead agency for the Wyoming Integrated Test Center, one of the host test locations for the Carbon XPrize.

Lead Technology and Spectrum Policy Strategist


Dr. Rangam Subramanian is a technology strategy, spectrum policy, business development and general management professional, with over 25 years of experience in Telecommunications and Information Technology. He is currently serving the Strategic Planning Division, Office of Spectrum Management, National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) within the United States Department of Commerce, as a Lead Technology and Spectrum Policy strategist. Dr. Subramanian is focused on wireless spectrum strategy and the related rulemaking to enable collaborative next generation technology innovation, development and implementation that is critical to national economic development and security.  He is also co-leading the current Model City effort. Prior to joining the NTIA, Dr. Subramanian served the Idaho National Laboratory, as a Chief of wireless Technology and Business strategy. In his previous work with the industry, he has made significant contributions to business development, mergers & acquisitions, operations management leading large teams, telecom network services and global customer management.  In 2012, Dr. Subramanian delivered his testimony to the United States Congress on, "Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch: Growing the Wireless Economy through Innovation". He is a serving co-chair for the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)/ National Information Technology R&D (NITRD) initiated Wireless Spectrum Sharing R&D (WSRD), Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG).  Dr. Subramanian holds a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL and a PhD in Computer Science & Systems Engineering from the Oakland University, Rochester, MI.

Director, Global Cyber-Security Advisory and Consulting Services


Robert N. Sutton is a Solutions-focused Global Cyber-Security Director who mitigates risk by aligning business and IT Security initiatives to build and manage infrastructure and systems that protect critical assets and intellectual property across multiple industries. Articulates complex technological needs in a straightforward manner, developing logical business cases and strategic roadmaps that ensure collaboration across business and technology functions at all levels. A high energy, passionate leader who develops top performing teams who understand the criticality of effective execution of change processes and leading edge security solutions.

Principal Solutions Manager, 5G

Ericsson North America

Anders Svensson, Principal Solution Manager for Ericsson North America, works in Ericsson’s practice for Mobile Broadband. Based in Plano, Texas, he is responsible for driving 5G and Network Evolution in North America.

Prior to his current role, Svensson worked as CTO and Principal Solution Manager in one of Ericsson’s Tier 1 Customer Units. Svensson has also served as Product Line Manager for Ericsson CDMA solutions. Before moving to the U.S., he worked in Sweden in System Management of Ericsson’s packet core products.

Svensson holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Physics from the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.



David Sym-Smith, is the CEO at IndoTraq who has developed the fastest and most precise wireless indoor tracking system and Venture Partner at Mobility Ventures. David is a 25 year mobile industry veteran and has a solid record of building multimillion dollar operations from scratch along with profitable exits.

David has served as senior executive of global corporations as well as a several startups. He has a proven record of success in launching new markets, starting new business groups, building sales channels, introducing new products and services, winning market share and exceeding revenue and sales goals.

David has also held senior management positions at T-Mobile, Sprint, CellularOne (AT&T), GTE, St. Gobain (France) and The Hay Group. He holds an M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University – Smeal College of Business.

President and Co-Founder

RF Academics

Dr. Rikin Thakker is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the United States. He is also the president and co-founder of RF Academics - an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to industry's need of quality education and consulting services at corporate speed. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States.

Dr. Thakker earned his Ph.D. in Mobile Systems Engineering from the George Washington University (GWU) and his M.S. in Telecommunications from University of Maryland. His Ph.D. research was focused on validating the "spectrum scarcity" notion by modeling the wireless ecosystem using System Dynamics techniques. His research interests include efficient spectrum management techniques, interference analysis and optimal allocation of spectrum, design of cell sites by employing co-siting techniques, in-building wireless capacity and coverage optimization, and system dynamics.

Dr. Thakker has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies and DAS/Small Cells for the Master’s in Telecommunication program at UMD. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014. He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at GWU’s Ph.D. program for the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) department.

Dr. Thakker chairs the Education and Training Working Group at the Innovation and Technology Council of PCIA (Wireless Infrastructure Association). He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA).

CTO, Wireless Network

Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

Dr. Wen Tong is the Huawei Fellow, Head of Huawei Wireless Research, CTO, Huawei Wireless

Prior to joining Huawei in March 2009, Dr. Tong was the Nortel Fellow and global head of the Network Technology Labs at Nortel. He joined the Wireless Technology Labs at Bell Northern Research in 1995. He had pioneered fundamental technologies from 1G to 4G wireless with 350 granted US patents.

Since 2010, Dr. Tong is the vice president of Huawei wireless research. In 2011, He was appointed the Head of Communications Technologies Labs of Huawei, he spearhead to lead Huawei’s 5G wireless research and development.

Dr. Tong was elected as a Huawei Fellow and an IEEE Fellow. In 2014, he was the recipient of IEEE Communications Society Industry Innovation Award for “the leadership and contributions in development of 3G and 4G wireless systems”.

Dr. Tong serves as Board of Director of WiFi Alliance and he is the fellow of Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Managing Partner

Wilkinson Barker and Knauer

Bryan Tramont offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. Given the breadth of his work in the industry, he is regularly called on to advise companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Prior to joining Wilkinson Barker Knauer, Mr. Tramont served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under Chairman Michael Powell. As FCC Chief of Staff, Mr. Tramont managed all aspects of the agency’s operations and directed the FCC staff in implementing all components of the agency’s broad policy portfolio including media, broadband, mobility and traditional telephone services. Before being elevated to the Chief of Staff post, Mr. Tramont was Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, advising him generally on strategic policy matters and specifically on wireless, international, technology, satellite, and consumer issues. Mr. Tramont also served as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy and, before that, to Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth. Before joining the FCC in 1999, Mr. Tramont practiced communications law at Wiley Rein and Fielding in Washington, DC. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Duane Benton on the Supreme Court for his home state of Missouri.

The Secretary of Commerce recently re-appointed Mr. Tramont to the Spectrum Management Advisory Committee to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) on which he serves as Co-Chairman. Mr. Tramont also is active in the Federal Communications Bar Association, where he serves as President Elect on the Executive Committee and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Tramont serves on the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law. He also serves as a member of the Federalist Society’s Telecommunications Practice Group Executive Committee. Mr. Tramont is currently an adjunct law professor at The Catholic University of America as part of the Communications Law Institute, is a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and served as the Syracuse University Law School’s Practitioner in Residence.


Director, Technical Account Management


Jason Truppi is a career technologist turned FBI agent and now tech entrepreneur. Jason has many years of experience working in information systems and security. More recently, Jason was an FBI Cyber Agent in New York City where he worked some of the Nation's largest national security and criminal cyber intrusions. He was later promoted as Supervisory Special Agent in Washington D.C. where he was responsible for major data breaches, hactivism and cyber extortion cases across the country. As a Director at Tanium, Jason is helping to advance its security products to enable corporate network defenders on an even larger scale. He is applying his skills and experience in incident response, investigations, penetration testing, analysis and threat intelligence to help solve the cybercrime epidemic of today.
Group Vice President and General Manager, Networking Platforms & Virtualized Applications

Comtech Telecommunications Corp.

Sameer Vuyyuru brings twenty years’ experience in cutting edge communications and related services across carrier and enterprise verticals to his role as group vice president and general manager of Comtech Telecommunication Corp.’s Networking Platforms and Virtualized Applications division.  The company’s Platforms and Applications team is dedicated to enabling location-based services for the Internet of Things (IoT) platforms and precise location for high-growth markets, including financial services, connected car, mobile commerce and MDM applications. With the move to SDN and NFV, the team also leads cloud-based deployments of multiple traditional networking and telecommunications services.

Mr. Vuyyuru has a history of driving solutions from concept to successful launch on a worldwide basis. He developed and led global multi-technology, multi-functional teams that garnered numerous successful customer design wins and product releases, including dominant positions in network timing, the creation of a worldwide terrestrial beacon system and IoT location and management platforms. He maintained full P&L responsibility for $100M+ revenue businesses with consistent best-in-class operating margins and gross margins.

Prior to Comtech Telecommunication Corp., Mr. Vuyyuru was senior vice president and general manager of Semtech Corporation’s Advanced Communications Product Group. He also served as vice president of marketing for Semtech and assumed the role of CEO of acquired-company Sierra Monolithics. Before joining Semtech, he was the product line director for Intersil Corporation’s High Speed Communications division. Mr. Vuyyuru’s other relevant experiences include product line manager and design engineer for Texas Instruments.

Mr. Vuyyuru is a contributing member of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) Working Group 4B on Alternate Timing Technologies. He also serves as an advisor to multiple early stage network function virtualization (NFV) and security companies.

Global Vice President, IoT Business Innovation


Josh Waddell is Global Vice President for SAP’s Internet of Things Business Innovation team.  In this role, he works with SAP customers, partners, and prospects to test and prove out new IoT applications in the market, and then implement these in standard SAP IoT offerings.  Josh and his team work across SAP’s worldwide technology and solution portfolio, helping SAP customers and partners to become better-run mobile enterprises. 

Josh joined SAP in 2003, as a mobile technology consultant, and has since held key positions with SAP in pre-sales, operations, and mobile EcoSystem and Channels.  During his tenure, Josh established SAP¹s first three co-innovation partnerships with BlackBerry, Sybase, and Syclo. Prior to joining SAP, Josh worked for several mobile start-ups, where he led an impressive series of successful product launches, acquisitions, and integrations.

Senior Director, Product Marketing

BroadSoft Inc

Dave Walters is Sr. Director of Product Marketing and has worked at BroadSoft for over 10 years.  Dave’s 20 years in the industry includes experience in management consulting, wireless service product management, and marketing session control infrastructure.  Dave holds an MBA from the University of Michigan along with a BA and BS from the University of Maryland.

Vice President, Global Technology


Ray Watson is Vice President of Global Technology for Masergy. He brings over 17 years of expertise in IT strategy, application solution design and next-generation network architectures. Ray has enabled numerous global enterprises in transforming their IT infrastructures to guarantee business outcomes. Ray is an industry thought leader in IT transformation and is a frequent speaker on topics such as hybrid networking, SDN, NFV, cloud connectivity and advanced security. Prior to joining Masergy, Ray worked at Airband Communications and Broadwing Communications. He holds a B.S. from Purdue University.
Managing Director

Applied Control Solutions, LLC and ISA99

Joseph Weiss is an industry expert on electronic security of control systems, with more than 40 years of experience. Mr. Weiss serves as a member of numerous organizations related to control system security. He has provided oral and written testimony to three House subcommittees, one Senate Committee, and a formal statement for the record to another House Committee. He is an invited speaker at many industry and vendor user group security conferences, has chaired numerous panel sessions on control system security, and is often quoted throughout the industry. He has published over 80 papers on instrumentation, controls, and diagnostics and authored Protecting Industrial Control Systems from Electronic Threats. In February 2016, Mr. Weiss gave the keynote to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine on control system cyber security.

Mr. Weiss has conducted SCADA, substation, plant control system, and water systems vulnerability and risk assessments and conducted short courses on control system security. He has amassed a database of more than 800 actual control system cyber incidents. He also established the annual Industrial Control System (ICS) Cyber Security Conference.

Mr. Weiss has received numerous industry awards, including the EPRI Presidents Award (2002) is an ISA Fellow, Managing Director of ISA Fossil Plant Standards, ISA Nuclear Plant Standards, ISA Industrial Automation and Control System Security (ISA99), a Ponemon Institute Fellow, and an IEEE Senior Member. He has been identified as a Smart Grid Pioneer by Smart Grid Today.

He is a US Expert to TC65 WG10, Security for industrial process measurement and control and IEC TC45A Nuclear Plant Cyber Security. He has two patents on instrumentation and control systems, is a registered professional engineer in the State of California, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC).


District 23, Texas

Texas Insider named Senator West to its 2009 "Best Legislators" list.

On April 17, 2006, Senator West> was sworn in by his fellow state senators to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate until January 2007. As President Pro Tempore, Senator West was second in the line of succession to be Governor of Texas, and assumed the top leadership position whenever Governor Rick Perry and Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst were out of the state.

Senator West is Vice Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and is a member of Senate committees on Administration, Education and Finance. Senator West recently joined the exclusive World Travel & Tourism Council Dallas Host Committee for the 2016 Global Summit to be held April 5-7, 2016. Senator West has been appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth, and Families and also serves on the following national and regional organizations:

  • Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC);
  • Education Commission of the States;
  • Southern Regional Education Board Commission on Career and Technical Education

Senator West's key initiatives include the creation of college admission opportunities for all students, including the establishment of the University of North Texas at Dallas and a new law school in downtown Dallas. His legislation created the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center at Prairie View A&M University; increased funding for at-risk youth programs, awarded greater compensation to victims of violent crime, established new standards for child care, enhanced enforcement of protective orders and instituted more efficient uses of criminal justice resources through legislation that created a system of progressive sanctions. During the 2009 Legislative Session, Senator West passed legislation that created a kinship care program whereby qualified relatives can receive state support to help raise children who could otherwise become part of the foster care system.

Since 1993, Senator West has sponsored the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program. The program has provided college students from Senatorial District 23 with paid employment in their respective fields of study. In 1996, Senator West established a Student Advisory Committee (SAC) to obtain the perspectives of junior high and high school students on legislative and community issues and to expose them to volunteer opportunities in the community.

To promote inclusiveness in the procurement practices of state agencies in working with Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), Senator West created the "Doing Business Texas Style - Spot Bid Contract Fair" and regularly sponsors procurement workshops and seminars.

In addition to his senatorial duties, Senator West is a partner in the law firm of West & Associates, L.L.P. He is also a caring father to his children and devoted husband to Carol R. West, CPA, as well as an active deacon of Good Street Baptist Church.


Greywale Insights

Greg Whelan is a thought leader in the future of the service provider ecosystem. He focuses on broadband access including Virtual Access Networks and the role of the SP in IoT. Mr. Whelan has been a pioneer in broadband for over 20 years and was a primary influencer in early DSL and cable modem standards and he was an original founder and vice president of the Broadband Forum. Currently, he’s an active member in the ONOS Community and the SCTE Energy 2020 Initiative He has worked in technical marketing roles for large technology firms including Cisco Systems (San Jose, CA) where he lead award winning global marketing campaigns in the service provider markets and Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) where he created and lead their entrance into the broadband telecommunication market. He’s also spearheaded marketing for a number of early stage venture-backed start-ups in the Boston area, three of which were acquired by larger tech companies.

Greg has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and a MBA in Innovation, with honors from Northeastern University. He has also studied Digital Video Networking at the MIT MediaLab.

Managing Director

Accenture Digital

David Wolf is a Managing Director in Accenture Digital where he is responsible for Accenture’s Communication, Media and Technology Digital Practice in North American. He has over 24 years experience leading and delivering large innovative technology programs. David has deep digital expertise and has been on the forefront of technology changes, including Digital Transformation, Digital Content Services and eCommerce.

David has been instrumental in helping define and build Accenture’s digital practice, including authoring points of view, developing capabilities, establishing and managing relationships with emerging technology companies and delivering strategic engagements.

David has been responsible for leading engagements that pioneered new technologies or applied existing technologies in new and innovative ways, including helping a leading global entertainment company define its vision for becoming a high performance media company in the new digital age, deliver leading edge digital content services capabilities for content creation through distribution, helping a leading interactive entertainment company launch a new interactive gaming business, and helping a startup technology company pioneer eCommerce.

David graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science.

Sr. Staff Technologist


Henry ML Wong is a senior staff technologist at Intel Corporation, enabling and evangelizing energy efficient power/thermal technologies and techniques. Mr. Wong is a 30+ year Intel veteran, with over 20 years of industry experience in digital and mixed signal processor and systems development including the first mobile Intel® Pentium® Processor (P54LM/P55C),  advanced mobile package technologies, and system clocking networks for the Intel® Itanium® and Intel® Xeon® processor platforms. For the past 10+ years, Mr. Wong has been leading Intel’s support of data centre industry resource-efficiency initiatives, technologies, and policies with organizations such as the US EPA, US DOE, ISO/IEC, Lawrence Berkley National Labs, and The Green Grid. Mr. Wong is a 1984 graduate of Yale University with a degree in semiconductor physics.

Chief Technology Officer

Viavi Solutions

Dr. Sameh Yamany is the CTO of Viavi where he drives technology innovation and execution for the company’s new platform for analytics and visibility. He is the former CEO and President of Trendium, where he led innovations in service assurance and analytics and the creation of a new paradigm in Customer Experience Assurance (CEA). Dr. Yamany's industry experience also includes his senior executive role at Tektronix Communications where he set the vision and development of the Iris wireless and wireline monitoring and troubleshooting suite of applications. Dr. Yamany worked as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University in Virginia and has a PhD in computer science from University of Louisville. He has authored several patents, and more than 50 journals, conference publications, and book chapters in artificial intelligence, telecommunications and systems engineering.

Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Business Group

Red Hat

Tim Yeaton rejoined Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) in January of 2014 and is currently Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Business Group. Red Hat is the leading provider of open source software solutions in the industry. Tim is currently responsible for Red Hat’s infrastructure and cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) businesses, including Linux and container Platforms, Virtualization, OpenStack, Cloud Management, and Cloud Suites product lines. In fiscal 2015, the Infrastructure Business Group generated more than $1.3B in annual revenues.

Tim currently serves on the Board of Directors of publicly traded Monotype (Nasdaq: TYPE), headquartered in Woburn, Massachusetts. He is also a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Previously, Tim served on the Board of Directors at Actuate Corporation (Nasdaq: BIRT), until its acquisition by Open Text (Nasdaq: OTEX) in January 2015. Tim was previously on the Board of the N.H. High Technology Council – where he is currently a Trustee, and the Boards of Avaki Corporation, The Open Group, and the Open Software Foundation. Tim is also past President of the Roger Williams University Alumni Association.

Tim is co-owner of Stonebridge Country Club in Goffstown, N.H., a Top 10 N.H. Golf Course in both 2014 and 2015 according to annual surveys by WMUR television. Stonebridge played host to both the 2014 New Hampshire Stat-Am Championship, and the 2014 LPGA Symetra Tour New England Charity Classic professional event.

Tim holds an M.B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and a B.S., summa cum laude, from Roger Williams University.

Chief Executive Officer

Telit IoT Platforms

Fred Yentz is currently CEO of IoT Platforms at Telit. Yentz joined Telit, through an acquisition of ILS Technology, as senior vice president and chief operating officer in January 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years industry experience in the technology solution market. Prior to ILS Technology, Fred Yentz served as Vice President and General Manager of RadiSys Corporation, a leading provider of embedded solutions for the telecommunications, enterprise data, medical equipment and the industrial automation marketplaces. While at RadiSys Corporation, Fred served in many capacities including the oversight of World Wide Sales, Marketing, Professional Service, Business Development in addition to General Manager of Enterprise, Communication and Commercial operating divisions.

Fred also worked for IBM where he held various positions with responsibility for Engineering, New Business Development and Management. Mr. Yentz is named as an inventor on two U.S. patents and has received IBM’s First Level Plateau Invention Achievement Award.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), National Science and Technology Education Program (NSTEP), and is chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering.

Mr. Yentz holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1988), a Master of Business Administration (1996) from the University of Miami, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (1997) from the University of Miami.

General Manager and Executive Director, Smart Cities


Michael Zeto is General Manager and Executive Director of Smart Cities, a business unit inside of AT&T Business Solutions. Michael is responsible for the teams that drive the product development, business development and go-to-market strategy for AT&T’s Smart Cities initiatives.

Michael previously served as a Director of Strategy in AT&T’s Mobile & Business Solutions organization, focusing on emerging growth opportunities in the areas of IoT, Big Data, Consumer Engagement and Cloud technologies.

Prior to joining AT&T, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Proximus Mobility, a location-based consumer engagement software company. Throughout his career, he has successfully served in various general management, corporate development and enterprise sales roles with various technology companies.

Michael is an Industry Fellow with the Georgia Research Alliance, an organization that makes investments in University professor-led research projects that generate IP that can be commercialized.  He is also an active participant in the Atlanta-based technology startup community, serving as a mentor and advisor to early-stage entrepreneurs. To this end, Michael regularly speaks at events throughout the country to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

Currently, Michael co-chairs both the Mobility Task Force and the Mobility Leadership Council for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He also is very active in supporting local and national charities, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Boys and Girls Club of America, the American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society.


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