Speaker Schedule

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Combatting Cybersecurity Threats with Behavioral Analytics

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VP, Cloud, Security, Enterprise Marketing

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Session(s):
Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee
MSP Solutions

Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee

Vice President of Product Management, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Ritesh Mukherjee leads routing and technology strategy development at 128 Technology. His expertise includes SD-WAN, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV, and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Ritesh was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei leading the technical solutions team and Manager, Product Management at Cisco leading the software operating systems group. Ritesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.

Session(s):
Vik Verma
Keynote Presentation

Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.

Session(s):
John Trainor
SD-WAN Solutions

John Trainor

CIO, Aaron's

Aaron's

John Trainor is chief information officer and senior vice president of digital products at Aaron’s Inc. Since 1999, he has helped lead technology and innovation efforts at the Atlanta-based specialty retailer. John leads a team that’s creating the future for Aaron’s by connecting its products and services with the modern, digitally focused consumer. His team is injecting digital innovation practices into the way we all work to help accelerate the company’s transformation.

Session(s):
Rafael Torreblanca
Service Provider Solutions

Rafael Torreblanca

Vice President of Business Development, Acrobits

Acrobits

Rafael is the co-founder and Vice President of business development at the multi-award winning Acrobits, a major company that provides secure voice and data transmission services to some of the biggest telecommunications companies in the world. With over two decades of telecom and communications experience, he has worked with major companies in an effort to modernize existing networks, has experience working with 4G and 5G technologies, and understands how to keep your projects on point and on budget. He has actively managed the development of several major MVoiP apps, from initial concepts and prototypes all the way to end-to-end integration. Through Acrobit’s SIP SDK technology, Rafael has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for his clients. His extensive technical and marketing experience, combined with his deep understanding of the communications landscape, has positioned him to provide essential services that are used by hundreds of millions of users daily.His companies have worked with over 700 carriers, mobile network operators, UCaaS and CPaaS players providing service to 500 enterprises globally and over 140 million endpoints.

Session(s):
Bernard Breton
SD-WAN Solutions

Bernard Breton

CEO, Adaptiv Networks

Adaptiv Networks

Bernard is an experienced executive in the field of telecommunication software, with international experience in marketing, sales, product management, research & development, business operations and mergers and acquisitions. Bernard has led start-ups and spin-offs; and held leadership positions in large international companies including Ericsson and InfoVista. Bernard is an Electrical Engineer by education and a customer focused business executive by inclination.

Session(s):
Steve Hoeg
Future of Work

Steve Hoeg

Director of Engineering, Adobe Digital Voice & Video

Adobe Digital Voice & Video

Steve Hoeg is Director of Engineers responsible for Adobe’s audio and video products - Premiere Pro, Rush, After Effects and Audition. Personal big-screen Hollywood movie credits include Deadpool, Only the Brave, Hail Caesar and Gone Girl.

Session(s):
Chris Thompson
MSP Solutions

Chris Thompson

Director of Enterprise Solutions, ADTRAN

ADTRAN

Chris Thompson is the Director of Enterprise Solutions, which includes SD-WAN, Virtual Network Functions, uCPE, Carrier Ethernet Edge Devices, routers, enterprise switches, eSBCs and IP Business Gateways. With 24 years of experience in the communications and carrier managed services market, Thompson has led ADTRAN to the number one position in key product sectors across multiple technologies. Prior to his current role, Thompson served as senior product manager for ADTRAN’s voice over IP product lines and held software and hardware engineering positions with ADTRAN and Motorola.

Session(s):
Ashwath Nagaraj
SD-WAN Solutions

Ashwath Nagaraj

Co-founder, Chief Technology Officer, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

As part of the founding team, Ashwath has been responsible for building Aryaka’s vision and technology since its inception in 2009. Ashwath has previously been part of three successful San Francisco Bay Area companies. He was Founder, CTO and VP of Engineering at Allegro Systems, a security startup. Allegro Systems was acquired by Cisco Systems in September 2001 for $185M. At Cisco, Ashwath held senior management positions in the Security Technology Group, and the Internet Switching Business Unit. Prior to Allegro, Ashwath was part of the founding team at Assured Access Technologies, which developed WAN access and aggregation products. Assured Access was acquired by Alcatel in 1999 for $350M. Before Assured Access, Ashwath was one of the principal architects and Director (Engineering) at Mylex, a leading RAID/storage company in the SF Bay Area. He has also held management positions at Schlumberger, Tata Elxsi and PSI Data Systems. He holds 17 patents in storage, security, architecture and networking.Ashwath received his undergraduate degree in electronics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Session(s):
David Ginsburg
SD-WAN Solutions

David Ginsburg

VP of Product and Solutions Marketing, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

Dave Ginsburg is currently VP of Product and Solutions Marketing at Aryaka Networks. His background includes leading marketing and product management organizations spanning networking, the cloud, SaaS, security, and SDN, at companies including Teridion, Pluribus, Extreme, Riverstone Networks, Nortel, and Cisco. He is a published author and thought leader focusing on the convergence of these different technologies in driving business outcomes. Dave holds an electrical engineering degree from RPI.

Session(s):
Victor Obando
MSP Solutions

Victor Obando

Dir. Solutions Architecture, AT&T Cybersecurity, AT&T

Steven J. Forcum
Future of Work

Steven J. Forcum

Sr. Cloud Technologist, Avaya

Travis Hinton
Business Communications Solutions

Travis Hinton

Product Marketing Manager, Bandwidth

Bandwidth

Travis is on the Product Marketing team at Bandwidth, focused on developing and activating Bandwidth’s go-to-market strategy for the Voice product suite. He has worked in marketing and communications over the past 7 years, with a focus on the digital marketing space. His primary responsibility is to help businesses scale their communications services by engaging and collaborating with the Bandwidth team, ultimately delivering innovative, enterprise-grade voice, messaging and 911 solutions to the growing CPaaS market.

Session(s):
Aruna Ravichandran
Keynote Presentation

Aruna Ravichandran

VP/CMO, Webex Collaboration Marketing, Cisco

Cisco

Aruna Ravichandran is VP/Chief Marketing Officer for Webex Collaboration Marketing at Cisco and leads all aspects of global marketing, including brand management, product marketing, digital marketing, and demand generation. Aruna has a passion for helping customers transform their workplaces using todays powerful collaboration technologies. Prior to Cisco, Aruna held marketing and engineering leadership positions at CA Technologies (acquired by Broadcom), Juniper Networks, and Hewlett Packard. She holds an MS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Computer Science from Bangalore University. Aruna has also completed Northwestern Universitys Kellogg Chief Marketing Officer program. She has published two books on DevOps and is a contributing blogger for the Forbes Technology Council. Aruna is on the Advisory Board for Graphics Communications at California Polytechnic State University and the Advisory Board for Panzura, a leading provider of cloud file sharing solutions. Outside of work, Aruna helps guide students into technology-related majors and careers by mentoring students and giving talks at local high schools. She also practices martial arts and is a certified kickboxing instructor.

Session(s):
Kurt Rosenthal
SD-WAN Solutions

Kurt Rosenthal

Head of Product Management & Marketing, Cisco Cloud Managed Services Software, Cisco

Cisco

Kurt Rosenthal is the Global Head of Product Management and Marketing for Cisco Systems’ Managed Services software. In this role, Mr. Rosenthal is responsible for Cisco’s Managed Services Accelerator product, the industry’s leading platform for multi-tenant SD-WAN service delivery and management. Mr. Rosenthal has worked in a variety of technology management and marketing roles for over 20 years.

Session(s):
Chris Palermo
Business Communications Solutions

Chris Palermo

Strategy & Go-to-Market Lead for Team Collaboration, Cisco

Cisco

Chris Palermo is a Strategy & Go-to-Market Lead within Cisco’s Worldwide Collaboration organization where he drives the sales strategy and go-to-market for Team Collaboration. In this role, Palermo works with Cisco products like Webex Teams and Jabber as well as the other collaboration products on the periphery. This role revolves around helping collaboration sellers tell the enterprise story around meetings and team collaboration to their customers. An active social media evangelist in the enterprise collaboration space, Palermo was named one of the Top-50 Unified Comms Influencers by Mio in their 2019 list thanks to his active presence on Twitter (@chris_palermo) sharing thoughts and perspectives on unified communication, collaboration, remote work, artificial intelligence, workplace transformation, workforce experience. He is the #1 Social Media Amplifier of all time at Cisco on the LinkedIn Elevate platform for social sharing and engagement at Cisco as well as a top contributor to UC Advocates. As part of the UC Advocates program, Chris helps fly the banner for UC and Collaboration by sharing ideas and interacting with the broader community. Palermo is a frequent presenter on all things collaboration - at both Cisco conferences (Cisco Live US, Cisco Live Barcelona) as well as industry conferences (InfoComm, UC Expo, Enterprise Connect, Work Awesome, CloudEXPO, Disrupt, etc.). He is also an occasional blogger on both Cisco.com and Webex.com, sharing thoughts and perspectives on the collaboration space. Prior to joining Cisco, Palermo spent twelve years with global management consulting firm, Accenture, where he was an executive and one of the founding members of their Portals, Content, and Collaboration group. This deep expertise in the collaboration space continued at Cisco where Palermo continues to actively engage and interact with customers, helping them map out their collaboration journey.

Session(s):
Zack Taylor
Business Communications Solutions

Zack Taylor

Director Strategic Communications, Cisco Contact Center, Cisco

Cisco

Zack Taylor is the Director of Strategic Communications for Cisco’s Contact Center Business unit located in Iselin, New Jersey. In this role, he is responsible for communication the unit’s business-relevant solutions to key internal and external constituents. He is a published author on numerous Call Center technologies, discussing the value of technology in supporting customer relationships. Taylor is a featured Cisco blogger and his posts can be found at http://blogs.cisco.com/author/zacktaylor. He has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ashland University in OhioHe is also a Satmetrix-certified Net Promoter® practitioner and a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP). He is a frequent speaker in the Call Center and Collaboration marketplace at industry and customer events, and currently has authored seven approved and two pending US patents and four European patents on call center innovations.

Session(s):
Andres Mosquera
SD-WAN Solutions

Andres Mosquera

Vice President Corporate Strategy, Claro

Claro

Andres is a results-focused professional with extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, including +20 years leading international sales, product development and corporate strategy. His areas of expertise include managing challenging multicultural and multifunctional environments, building alliances and developing corporate strategies involving sales, product development and operations. Throughout his career, he has consistently executed initiatives that increase revenue share and market penetration. Andres is fluent in English and Spanish.

Session(s):
Dave Gilbert
MSP Solutions

Dave Gilbert

Chief Evangelist, Cloud Communications Alliance

Cloud Communications Alliance

Dave Gilbert is an accomplished Senior Executive, Founder, Advisor, Author and Cloud Evangelist with more than 20 years of success in cloud communications, UCaaS, software development and integration. Leveraging his extensive experience, he now works alongside business leaders from around the globe. He not only helps companies grow bigger but grow better by addressing team alignment, culture, strategy, vision, and CX while focusing on positive business outcomes. Throughout his executive career, Dave was CEO and founder of SimpleSignal until it was acquired by Vonage in 2015. Dave has since held leadership positions with Cloud Communications Alliance, UC Buyer, and Prodoscore. Dave resides in the sleepy little beach town of San Clemente California where he keeps his collection of cool hats.

Session(s):
Robert Sexton
SD-WAN Solutions

Robert Sexton

CRO, CloudGenix

CloudGenix

Session(s):
Nir Simionovich
Open Source Solutions

Nir Simionovich

CEO, Cloudonix

Cloudonix

Entrepreneur and CEO of Cloudonix, Nir leads the Cloudonix innovative Communications Infrastructure as a Service with the goal of helping companies enrich their mobile and web apps and products. Nir is a professional Asterisk application and platforms developer with a flair for platform development in various fields, as well as an Open Source integration expert and evangelist. Nir is highly involved within the Israeli Open Source community - as one of Israels longest Open Source Evangelists. Nirs Specialties Include: Asterisk Platform Guru, Telecom Fraud Specialist, VoIP Security Specialist, Code Hacker, Technology Coach, Author, Blogger, Lecturer, Business Mentor, and Start-up Mentor.

Session(s):
Eric Klein
Open Source Solutions

Eric Klein

COO, Cloudonix

Cloudonix

Mentor for technology-oriented startups and VoIP security and fraud specialist, Eric oversees the day-to-day operations at Cloudonix so the developers can focus on turning caffeine into code. Spanning 30 years experience in network and communication systems, having served as fraud prevention expert at Humbug Telecom, MCI Communications (Verizon) and Cellcom. Eric co-authored the RFC4864 Local Network Protection for IPv6. Eric has taught practical networking to undergraduate and graduate students at a number of Universities in Israel and the USA, including NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Academic College of Tel-Aviv Jaffa and Pace University, NY. Eric holds an MSc in Information Systems, majoring in Telecom, and a BBA in Management Information Systems from Pace University, New York. Eric has vast experience speaking at conferences around the globe on cyber fraud prevention, content security and many more topics. He has published a number of chapters in books on disaster recovery and telecom security, as well as a science fiction book.

Session(s):
Jeff Lewis
SD-WAN Solutions

Jeff Lewis

Vice President of Connectivity Solutions, Comcast Business

Comcast Business

Jeff Lewis is the Vice President of Connectivity Solutions for Comcast Business. He has responsibility for a wide range of Data Products and Services, spanning next generation Internet Access solutions, Ethernet based networking and Internet solutions, Wi-Fi, Data Center and Cloud access, and especially Comcast Business’s efforts in Software Defined Networking.Jeff has been with Comcast for 10 yrs, previously holding roles in the area of Product Development focused on delivering Comcast’s Broadband, Video, Voice and Home Security CPE.Jeff has over 27 years of experience in telecommunications, coming to Comcast after 12+ yrs at BellSouth/AT&T, where he worked in the Product Management team focused on Business Services Products and Solutions. Chief among his accomplishments included the development of both Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking solutions, as well as, a nationwide Layer 3 VPN and Metro Ethernet solutions.Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College, as well as, both an MS and BS in Engineering from Boston University. He is married to a wonderful (and understanding) wife Jennifer and has three children, Abigail, Cooper and Aubrey.

Session(s):
Marc Haskelson
MSP Solutions

Marc Haskelson

President/CEO, Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group

Session(s):
Paul Redding
MSP Solutions

Paul Redding

VP of Channel Engagement & Cybersecurity, Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group

Session(s):
Craig Fulton
MSP Solutions

Craig Fulton

Chief Customer Officer, ConnectWise

ConnectWise

As Chief Customer Officer, Craig Fulton oversees the support, consulting and onboarding teams as a unified function to empower ConnectWise’s customers to succeed in growing their businesses and exceeding their goals. He credits his 20+ years in the technology sector, including time spent as a support desk and field technician, for helping him understand what partners want and need from their business management software. The 12-year ConnectWise veteran has held a number of positions during his tenure with the company, including Chief Product Officer, senior product manager, business consultant, and system engineer. He also co-created ConnectWise CloudConsole and authored Path to Success, a ConnectWise best practices guide about how to run a successful technology solutions provider business. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Accenture as a technology consultant, and served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Craig is widely recognized for his contributions to the technology industry. He was named a Channel Partners Top Gun 51 channel executive in 2019, a CRN Channel Chief in 2015 and 2017, and a member of the MSPMentor 250 list in 2014. Craig also holds a number of patents related to chat program and cloud management technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Florida.The Ohio native now lives in Clearwater, Fla. with his wife Jillian and three sons. When he’s not at work, Craig is spending time with his family, traveling, or working on his cars.

Session(s):
Beat Kramer
MSP Cybersecurity Theatre

Beat Kramer

CEO, Contronex

Contronex

computer assembly, software project management and hardware sales. In 1990 he moved to the U.S. and started Contronex. After trading globally in computer products, he transitioned the company to become a Distributor of IT Security Solutions. Through his knowledge and background in the industry, he built a vast network of global resources in the pursuit to make Contronex a leader in IT Security.

Session(s):
Daniel Deneke
MSP Cybersecurity Theatre

Daniel Deneke

Channel Manager, Contronex

Contronex

Daniel started back in Germany in the car industry working for several brands, including Volvo for 12 year. He then became head of sales fora major motorcycle dealership. He also filled the position of press officer for the Team Yamaha Kurz World Championship Racing Teams in both Motocross and Road Racing. In 2003 he moved to the U.S. and worked as the purchase department manager for a globally operating dietary supplement company. For the past 6 years, Daniel has been working at Contronex and as the channel manager focuses on partner acquisition, retention and growth.

Session(s):
Richard Gray
Business Communications Solutions

Richard Gray

Director, Business Development IBM MaaS360 Plus Watson, Contronex

Contronex

Richard is steering Contronex’ s expansion into the IBM Security Solutions product lines of business; starting with the IBM MaaS360+Watson. While rejoining the team in 2019, today, he is working with CSP and MSP Business Partners and the Executive Team. Richard assists in directing and evolving Contronex’ s vision, mission, and strategic plan, and its world-class culture. He is responsible for recruiting and building on strategic, partnership growth goals – business expansion that extends to healthy, repeatable, and sustainable partnership success– and ensuring that the company achieves their commitments to each and every partner-no false promises. With over twenty-five years of technology-integration experience, primarily security software and services organizations, Richard brings to Contronex seasoned experience in sales, business development and client services expertise that will continue to bring innovative changes and ideas to impact company growth by serving their partners with value and integrity. Richard holds a BA Degree from Texas Tech University. He is in the process of completing a Master Degree in Leadership Management at Liberty University. After serving in the USN, he moved to Miami, FL and recently celebrated thirty years of marriage with his wife, Martha, and they have a son, Christian, studying at FIU. Enjoys sharing with others-sports, travel, and reading.

Session(s):
Ken Lienemann
Business Communications Solutions

Ken Lienemann

Chief Revenue Officer, CoreDial

CoreDial

Ken Lienemann is chief revenue officer at CoreDial, responsible for leading channel recruitment initiatives as well as channel on-boarding, training, support, and success. With a deep background in sales and service, Ken brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, having worked previously for telecom and software companies ranging from startups and early-stage IPOs to Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to joining CoreDial, Ken served as senior vice president of global marketing at Tangoe, a $200M+ public SaaS company. There he built a global marketing organization including product marketing, demand generation, and marketing communications teams. Before Tangoe, he was executive vice president of global sales and service at Rivermine, a telecom expense management and managed mobility services company that specializes in managing voice, data, and wireless telecom expenses and equipment. Ken drove the company’s global sales efforts, leading to its lucrative acquisition by Emptoris and subsequently by IBM, where Ken served as general manager and senior vice president of global sales. Ken holds a BS in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Session(s):
Domenick Gandolfo
MSP Solutions

Domenick Gandolfo

Chief Security Strategist, Cybersafe Solutions

Cybersafe Solutions

Domenick is a seasoned cybersecurity veteran with over 20 years of hands on enterprise level experience leading technical initiatives that secure data, ensure compliance and support business productivity.Domenick began his career as a Network Specialist for a regional educational service agency that provided programs and opportunities within 18 school districts. During his support role at the educational institution, Domenick attained certifications from both CompTIA and Cisco. He eventually moved on to join a global leader in mission-critical service parts logistics supporting Fortune 500 clients including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi, Avaya and Dell, holding leadership roles as both a Senior Network Security Engineer and Network Manager. During his tenure at the logistics organization, he was responsible for designing, securing, implementing, and ensuring optimal uptime of critical systems and infrastructure. He spearheaded the build out of an enterprise class business continuity and disaster recovery solution and was responsible for the overall security infrastructure. Domenick was recruited to drive the build out of the IT department and define the technology strategy and roadmap while strengthening the overall security posture for the largest urology practice in the United States. Domenick was eventually appointed Chief Security Officer and was responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing an enterprise information security program. He developed and oversaw the adoption of security policies and procedures, and created a company-wide security awareness training program. Domenick drove a complete redesign of both server and network infrastructure while supporting 1000 employees across 62 locations. He identified risks and vulnerabilities, implemented controls and led the deployment of new security hardware and software in order to achieve compliance with government regulations. Domenick is an expert in identifying risks, defining appropriate mitigation controls, and deploying fully integrated data systems and network security solutions to ensure safe computing and achieve regulatory compliance. Domenick has participated in numerous cyber challenges for both the Red and Blue Team battling with and against United States Military personnel in simulated cyber espionage type of attacks. Domenick holds the prestigious and globally recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. He also holds the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) information security certifications. Domenick has also held previous certifications as a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA). Domenick received his B.S. cum laude from Long Island University.

Session(s):
Lenny Chesal
Business Communications Solutions

Lenny Chesal

Evangelist, Cybraics

Andy Thurai
AIOps Solutions

Andy Thurai

Head of US Operations, Deepsense.AI

Deepsense.AI

Andy Thurai is a digital transformation catalyst, and an emerging technology strategist with a passion for telling stories to C level executives. He has helped numerous enterprise customers successfully reinvent themselves in the digital economy to discover and unlock new potential. Legacy enterprise customers particularly, often weighed down by siloed data segmentation, can be slow to get to market, and thus can rapidly lose market share to digital-native upstarts. He helps them strategize, plan and execute successfully to stay ahead of the competition. Drawing on his experience with large-scale digital transformations, Andy can help your company scale up in the digital economy. Work he has published can be seen at www.thurai.us. His LinkedIn profile is https://www.linkedin.com/in/andythurai/ and Twitter is https://twitter.com/andythurai. Andy has expertise in numerous leading-edge technologies, including Digital Innovation, Cloud, IoT, Edge computing, Artificial Intelligence (ML/DL), Data Management, Analytics, MarTech.

Session(s):
Marc Ganzi
Keynote Presentation

Marc Ganzi

CEO, Digital Colony

Cameron Weeks
Future of Work

Cameron Weeks

co-founder & CEO, Edify

Edify

Cameron Weeks is the driving force behind Edify Labs. He guides the team to think and act differently when it comes to changing the way companies connect with their customers and employees interact with each other. Under his leadership, Edify is developing new business in existing and emerging markets, and pushing the boundaries of the business communications sector with its new cloud-native, unified, omnichannel platform.

Session(s):
Steve Salmon
MSP Solutions

Steve Salmon

VP of Enterprise and Channel Sales, Field Nation

Field Nation

Steve Salmon brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the IT services industry. Steve has held senior roles in both startups and large enterprises, even co-founding a technology services company in 1992, which was later purchased. Currently, Steve is the VP of Enterprise and Channel Sales at Field Nation, a marketplace that connects businesses with skilled technicians. Previously, he served as SVP of Global Managed Services Solutions at CompuCom, where the services revenue grew from $200M to more than $1B. Steve’s expertise and strategic prowess have landed him on numerous radio shows as a technology and business specialist. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison University.

Session(s):
Erin Wilson
Business Communications Solutions

Erin Wilson

Dir, Solution Consulting, Five9

Lisa Lankford
Future of Work

Lisa Lankford

Senior Solutions Consultant, Five9

Xingqua Zhu
Future of Work

Xingqua Zhu

Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Florida Atlantic University

Xingquan Zhu is a Full Professor in the Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University. His research interests mainly include artificial intelligence, machine learning, and bioinformatics. Since 2000, he has published over 260 refereed journal and conference papers in these fields, and these publications have received over 13,000 citations. Dr. Zhu is an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Knowledge Discovery from Data (2017-date) and an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2008-2012, 2014-date). He is currently serving on the Editor Board of International Journal of Social Network Analysis and Mining SNAM (2010-date), Journal of Big Data (2013-date), and Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics Journal (2014-date). He has served (or is serving) as Program Committee Co-Chairs and Program Committee Vice Chair (Senior PC) for many international conferences including ACM SIGKDD-2020, AAAI-2019, ACM SIGKDD-2019, IEEE ICDM-2019, etc. He also served as a conference co-chair for IEEE ICMLA-2012.

Session(s):
Steve Smith
Business Communications Solutions

Steve Smith

Founder & CEO, Fonative

Fonative

Steve Smith is the founder and CEO of Fonative, Inc., a provider of secure, scalable enterprise-grade CPaaS solutions. Fonative’s CPaaS API offers a rich set of sophisticated features and stringent security to meet the needs of the contact center industry.Previously, Steve was CTO of Lavalife, where he architected and managed a hosted VoIP IVR product for 600,000 paying subscribers generating 50 million MOU/month. Steve also serves as a Managing Director for Boston investment bank Dunn Rush & Co, where he advises on transactions of privately-held mid-market technology companies.

Session(s):
Kelly Brazil
SD-WAN Solutions

Kelly Brazil

Sr. Director of Systems Engineering - GSI, Fortinet

Fortinet

Kelly Brazil is Sr. Director of Systems Engineering, GSI Group at Fortinet. Kelly has dedicated his career to enterprise security and has spent the last twenty years introducing F500 and G2000 customers world-wide to emerging security technologies. He has held positions at startups, top-tier networking vendors, and service providers including UUNET, Juniper Networks, and Palo Alto Networks.

Session(s):
Scott Irwin
SD-WAN Solutions

Scott Irwin

Sr Director, Product Management, Frontier

Frontier

Scott has over twenty years of telecom experience across companies in IT and Telecom. He joins Frontier most recently from Nuage Networks, an SDN Division within Nokia where he operated as a Director of Business Development for North America. Prior to Nuage, Scott led the Solution Architects over Enterprise and Carrier Networks for US West at IBM. Scott brings a wealth of knowledge in Datacenter and Cloud Virtualization, Networking and Software-Defined Environments. Currently, Scott leads the SD-WAN Product Team at Frontier Communications providing insight and leadership around next-generation integration with Frontier’s Managed SD-WAN offering. Scott served eight years in the Marines early on as a leader over port operations before moving into Telecom. When he is not spending time with his wife and two children, he enjoys running, sports and the art of Music. Scott is based in Dallas, TX.

Session(s):
Marcelo Oliveira
Business Communications Solutions

Marcelo Oliveira

Vice President, Commercial Integrated Solutions, Frontier Communications

Frontier Communications

Marcelo Oliveira graduated with a business degree from AEUDF University in Brazil and obtained his MBA in Finance MBA from California State University, Hayward. For over 17 years, Marcelo has been focused on developing cloud-managed solutions that contribute to business continuity and disaster recovery applications. During his time in Brazil, Marcelo industrialized Brasil Telecom datacenter solutions before moving to Canada to help drive commercial hosting solutions for Bell Canada. He then developed cloud solutions from scratch for Cable and Wireless in the Caribbean and Latin America and is currently transforming Frontier Communications into a Cloud Managed Solutions provider.

Session(s):
Carol Brayton
MSP Solutions

Carol Brayton

Senior Product Manager, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Carol Brayton is senior product manager for managed services at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Her product responsibilities include managed network services, SD-WAN-as-a-Service, cybersecurity solutions and maintenance services. In this capacity, Carol is responsible for new product introductions, on-going lifecycle management, market analysis, and business planning. Carol has more than 30 years of experience in software engineering and product management/marketing. She has developed, introduced and managed core network switches and interfaces, OSS and BSS products, unified communications-as a-service and data analytics. Carol holds a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics from The University of Texas at Dallas and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

Session(s):
Angela Abbot
MSP Solutions

Angela Abbot

Strategy & Capability Owner for Automation and Analytics, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Angela Abbot is an experienced IT Architect of over 25 years. She is a creative thinker and problem solver who has spent the last 14 years working with a Managed Service Provider who has customers in retail, financial services, banking, private and government sectors. Angela is currently working in the Live Services within Fujitsu EMEIA region, where she is responsible for designing and deploying Automation & Analytics capabilities. These capabilities are consumed by Fujitsu Service Delivery teams delivering services to customers. Angela is also responsible for driving innovation and defining new strategies for Automation & Analytics, aiming to drive out manual repetitive tasks, increase operational efficiencies, standardize processes using Automation and data driven insights.

Session(s):
Arshad Khan
SD-WAN Solutions

Arshad Khan

Manager, Solution Architecture & Software Integration, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Arshad Khan is manager of solution architects for SDN/NFV/SD-WAN/XaaS at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. His team is responsible for new service introductions, operationalizing new services, pre-sale support initiatives and working with customers to design custom software solutions. During his 20 year tenure at Fujitsu, Arshad has held several positions in product planning working with EMS, NFV, NMS, SDN controllers, MANO, SD-WAN and XaaS. He has more than 25 years of experience developing and supporting network optimization software and products. Arshad received his degree in computer science from the University of North Texas.

Session(s):
Ralph Santitoro
SD-WAN Solutions

Ralph Santitoro

Head of Digital Services, Fujitsu

Fujitsu

Ralph Santitoro created and leads the Digital Services Practice at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. The practice assesses, advises, designs, develops, integrates, and manages multi-vendor Cloud, SD-WAN, Edge Computing and open source products to create agile, on-demand virtual network services that facilitate the enterprise digital transformation. Ralph and his team developed and is delivering Fujitsu’s SD-WAN-as-a-Service (SD-WANaaS), a subscription-based SD-WAN managed service, and Fujitsu’s Edge Computing managed service.Ralph has developed B2B and B2C technology products and services at Nortel Networks, IBM and four technology startups – three of which he was a founder. Ralph has published over 30 papers and regularly lectures at industry events covering SD-WAN, Edge Computing, Virtual Network Services, XaaS, NFV, SDN, Network Virtualization, and Application Security.Ralph is also a founding member, distinguished fellow and director at MEF Forum. He co-developed MEF 70, the industry’s first SD-WAN Service standard, and is currently co-developing the next version of MEF 70 plus new MEF standards on Application Security and Service Activation Testing/SOAM for SD-WAN Services.

Session(s):
Sameer Hutheesing
AIOps Solutions

Sameer Hutheesing

AVP – Business Development, GAVS

Mathi Ganesan
AIOps Solutions

Mathi Ganesan

VP, Sales, GAVS

Jeff Dworkin
Future of Work

Jeff Dworkin

Principal, Ghostpoint

Ghostpoint

Jeffrey Dworkin is a proven B2B marketing executive with a strong track record of delivering growth through multiple environments, including electronic, social, and traditional marketing programs. By combining elements of both content and product marketing, carefully tracked and refined with a deep understanding of analytics, Jeff has created proven marketing initiatives that have driven double digit growth in web traffic, as well as substantially increased prospect acquisition and lead conversion. Most recently Jeff was the Director of Marketing for Sangoma Technologies where he led the selection and implementation of a Marketing Automation Platform, and used a variety methods including Content Marketing, SEO and SEM techniques to increase web traffic by over 55% and unique visits by over 70%. Relevancy of the website was increased by over 60%. This resulted in over 100,000 net new prospects, over 100% growth in Visitors, over 85% growth in prospects and 140% growth in Marketing Qualified Leads. Prior to Sangoma, Jeff was enterprise marketing manager with Dialogic. In that role, he was responsible for creating and managing the market strategy for Dialogic’s Open Source, Fax, Fax-Over-IP and IVVR Markets. Prior to Dialogic, Jeff held executive product management and business development positions with a number of technology firms, and was a founder of iFace.com, which was eventually acquired by Rare Medium (Nasdaq:RRRR). Jeff holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and started in the technology sector nearly 25 years ago as an IVR developer, and has an extensive background in technology, product management and marketing. He is a regular speaker on various communications topics, including TDM-to-IP Migration Strategies, Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, Open Source Telephony, Business Enabled Communication Process and Interactive Voice Response System Design.

Session(s):
Tom Martin
Business Communications Solutions

Tom Martin

CEO, Glance Networks

Glance Networks

Tom Martin is a CX and contact center strategist, product lifecycle expert, and partnership builder. Tom has led Glance through a successful “pivot,” transitioning from a small business screen share tool to a provider of omnichannel visual engagement solutions for some of the largest enterprises in the world. Since that pivot, Glance has experienced multiple years of 70% YoY growth. Prior to joining Glance in 2013, Tom spent over a decade at Verizon building and managing strategic partnerships. Outside of the office, Tom is an avid backcountry skier, mountaineer, and competitive cyclist.

Session(s):
Whitley Talmadge
Future of Work

Whitley Talmadge

Customer Engineer, Google Cloud, Google

Google

Whitley is a Customer Engineer for Google Cloud based in Atlanta, where she helps current and future Google Cloud customers get started with Google or continue to grow. She specializes in all things serverless and app dev (anything to stay close to writing code) and is a developer at heart, having been a software engineer for several years prior to joining Google. Since joining Google two and a half years ago, she has become very interested in seeing the democratization of machine learning unfold and ML become more accessible to everyone.

Session(s):
Kate Matsudaira
Keynote Presentation

Kate Matsudaira

Director, Google Tech Engineering, Google

Google

Kate Matsudaira joined Google just over a year ago and is a Director in Google Tech Engineering. Her teams help build the infrastructure that powers Google. Prior to coming to Google, Kate helped build several successful startups that have gone on to get acquired by companies like eBay, O’Reilly Media and Limelight. Kate started her career as a software engineer and lead at Microsoft, and Amazon. She is a keynote speaker, published author, and has been honored with recognition like NCWIT Symons Innovator Award and Seattles Top 40 under 40.

Session(s):
Mark  Palmer
SD-WAN Solutions

Mark Palmer

Director Strategic Development, Granite Telecommunications

Granite Telecommunications

Mark Palmer is Senior Director of Relationship Development at Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team promoting non-POTS service to partners nationwide. Mark previously worked at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1995 - 1996 as a service splice technician upgrading phone services at older facilities. In 1999, Mark moved his career to direct sales, working for Network Plus. By 2001, Mark was helped launch a new Network Plus office in Philadelphia, PA. Mark joined the Granite Telecommunications team shortly after its founding in 2002, selling analog phone lines. In 2011, he was asked to help start the data team at Granite to sell non-POTS service to our customer base. In 2015 Mark was named one of the first directors in the Relationship Development team, which was more proactive in understanding customer goals and ensuring that we were helping to meet them. In 2017, Mark hit his 15th year with Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team continuing to work and develop programs introducing current clients and agents to next generation products Granite delivers today. Mark lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children. He is currently the Vice President of the non-profit, Burrillville Junior Hockey League and very much enjoys coaching his children’s’ hockey teams.

Session(s):
Brian O'Connor
SD-WAN Solutions

Brian O'Connor

Director of Solutions Engineering, Granite Telecommunications

Granite Telecommunications

Brian OConnor is the Director of Solutions Engineering at Granite Telecommunications, a leading telecom provider in voice, data and other related communications products and services to multi-location businesses and governmental agencies throughout the United States and Canada. Brian currently works with Granite’s largest customers engineering teams, creating network designs while assisting in design implementation. Brian joined the Granite Telecommunications team in 2009, becoming the first Director of Solutions Engineering. With a background in broadband repair and escalations, his expanding telecom expertise allowed him to assist in the creation of a new team of solution engineers, whose goal was to help Granite branch into advanced data services. Brian has built, a nationwide team of over 30 engineers and support staff from the ground up. In 2019, Brian celebrated his 10th year with Granite, continuing to work closely with sales and clients to customize and design networks specific to their needs. Brian lives in Massachusetts, with his wife and three children. He is a family man, who enjoys traveling, soccer matches, and spending time with his kids.

Session(s):
Mark Porter
MSP Cybersecurity Theatre

Mark Porter

CEO & President, High Wire Networks

Philip Burnett
MSP Solutions

Philip Burnett

CISO, High Wire Networks

High Wire Networks

Philip Burnett is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at High Wire Networks and brings two decades of executive security experience and credentials to the High Wire Networks team. Most recently, he was CISO and director of IT Security at R1 RCM Inc. and a Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager at Sentinel Technologies. Also, during his career he spent five years as HIPAA Chief Security Officer and DIACAP Information Assurance Officer for Delta Dental. Burnett is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He also has certifications in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Essentials (GSEC).

Session(s):
Nick Coval
SD-WAN Solutions

Nick Coval

Sr Network Architect, HughesON

HughesON

Nick is an seasoned Enterprise Architect who has, for over 17 years, been building complex enterprise-class network solutions for large organizations with distributed locations and workforces. He is a passionate technologist with a progressive vision for developing solutions with the customer and end-user objectives in mind. Throughout his career, he has held a variety of roles, including engineering management, product line management, marketing and business development. In his current role at Hughes, he is the Chief Architect for the Enterprise Solutions division focusing on emerging technologies in Cloud, SDN, SD-WAN, Application Assurance, NFV, WAN Optimization and network security. Nick also leads the product and service development for the HughesON™ Managed SD-WAN solution.

Session(s):
Seejo Sebastine
SD-WAN Solutions

Seejo Sebastine

Head of Enterprise Product & Partnerships, HughesON

HughesON

Seejo leads Enterprise Product and Partnerships at Hughes. He helms the technology strategy and execution that drives Hughes’ leadership position as a Global Managed Service Provider for Secure SD-WAN. He was instrumental in the growth of the SD-WAN portfolio at Hughes from its inception a few years ago to its ranking as the #2 Carrier Managed SDWAN provider. He heads the market-facing teams that help Hughes “deliver the right connection everywhere” for its customers’ 450,000+ global endpoints. Through a combination of strategically sourced partner solutions and in-house value-added development spearheaded by these teams in Global SD-WAN, Analytics, Wireless, RPA, IoT, Wi-Fi, Voice, Digital Media and Corporate Communications, Hughes has established market leadership across its Retail, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Restaurants & Federal practices. Seejo started his career at the turn of the century as a software engineer and has held several positions bridging the intersection of technology and business across engineering, product marketing & strategic sourcing to achieve total cost of ownership reduction goals and reconcile make vs. buy decisions.

Session(s):
Marie Douglas
Keynote Presentation

Marie Douglas

Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers, IBM

IBM

As Vice President of IBMs Global Technology Service Providers (TSPs), Marie leads the sales strategy, working directly with clients, business partners and IBM markets around the world. Under Maries leadership, IBM has expanded their global TSP ecosystem of Cloud Service Providers, Managed Service Providers, Independent Software Vendors by building a focused GTM plan for these NextGen Partners.In her 20-year tenure with IBM Marie has spent 15 years working directly with TSPs. As such she is an expert in building teams, guiding clients and partners to the right technology solution, and championing programs such as the CSP Growth Initiative. She is also a frequent guest-speaker and thought-leader at IT Conferences. Join us Wednesday at 11 as Marie will deliver the IBM keynote address here at ITEXPO. Marie comes from a Systems Engineering background and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire, U.S.

Session(s):
Josh Stegall
MSP Solutions

Josh Stegall

Worldwide MSP Channels Leader, IBM

IBM

Joshua Stegall is the Global MSSP Channels Leader for the IBM Security business unit at IBM. In this role Josh has increased service provider revenue by 50% and partner recruitment by 40% in the past year. Josh drives the business strategy with insights from partners, sales, marketing, product management to ensure solutions exceed market expectations. In a past role as Channel Leader for IBM Endpoint Security Solutions he positioned IBM BigFix, which grew to 90% market share for Continuous Monitoring, in the US Federal Civilian market. Josh has over 20 years’ experience in information security sales, product management and operations. He has collaborated with business partners including HCL, Sirius, Optiv and Reliquest. Josh brings his experiences from clients, partners and past positions at Verizon, MCI and UUNet to the MSP market. Josh currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Katie and two sons Samuel and Quinn. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Session(s):
Jorge Ros
MSP Solutions

Jorge Ros

Director, Global Platform Sales, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

David Spofford
MSP Solutions

David Spofford

Chief Digital Officer - Comms/CSI Market, IBM

IBM

David Spofford is a Chief Digital Officer at IBM who optimizes and accelerates digital, low-touch, not-touch routes to market. After spending nearly 20 years working with various client verticals, including Federal, SMB, and large enterprises, David is now is dedicated to MSP, CSP and SIs. David brings a unique view of how larger enterprises can leverage scale to improve reach across the client spectrum through use of managed service providers and cloud service providers. In addition to his extensive business experience, he enjoys learning history and training German Shepherd Dogs. David holds a BA in economics from Salem State University.

Session(s):
Gary Richenaker
Service Provider Solutions

Gary Richenaker

Principal Solutions Architect, iconectiv

iconectiv

Gary Richenaker has been in Telecommunications for over 38 years and his most recent assignment is Principal Solutions Architect at iconectiv. His role is to monitor and understand new technologies, to assess its impact on the existing products and services as well as identify how that technology can be used in the formulation of new products and services.Prior to the iconectiv assignment, Gary served as Sr. Director – Strategic Technical Initiatives at Neustar and prior to that as Chief Architect at Telcordia’s Interconnection Solutions. His career with iconectiv, NeuStar, Telcordia, Bellcore, and Bell Laboratories has included responsibilities in technical analysis, strategic planning, marketing, planning and forecasting.Gary has been involved in domestic and international standards since 1991 and presently holds a number of industry leadership positions including Board of Director of the SIP Forum, Co-Chair of the ATIS Test bed Landscape Team (TLT) and editor the ATIS/SIP Forum IP NNI Routing Document. Gary has also been Rapporteur of the ITU-T Numbering Question (SG2/1), Chairman of the US ENUM Forum, and Chairman of the US Study Group A Ad-Hoc on Numbering, Routing and Services. He is also Past-Chairman of the US IMSI Oversight Council (IOC), and the US Study Group A Ad-Hoc on ENUM.Gary holds an MBA and a BS in Economics.

Session(s):
Joe Ward
Service Provider Solutions

Joe Ward

CEO and President, IKIN

IKIN

Joe Ward is an accomplished, self-directed Executive with an uninterrupted record of success in developing and leading high performance organizations. As chief executive officer for IKIN, he leads strategic market and product initiatives. With a reputation as a forward thinker, Joe has been on the front edge of numerous technologies such as VOIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and is now positioning IKIN as the first company to bring holographic technology and applications to the personal use market. As an executive, Joe has assisted in the growth and ultimate sale of multiple public companies resulting in significant increase in shareholder value.

Session(s):
Steven Johnson
Business Communications Solutions

Steven Johnson

General Manager, Ingate Systems

Ingate Systems

Steven Johnson has 20 years of senior management experience, working with companies including Sanders Associates, Telco Systems, and Lockheed Martin as well as Ingate Systems. Prior to Ingate, he served as CEO of Abrena, Inc, a business development consulting firm focused on assisting European and North American firms to expand in the United States. Previous to that, he was President and CEO of Transcept Inc., a telecommunications infrastructure company. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University.

Session(s):
Glenn Longley
SD-WAN Solutions

Glenn Longley

VP IoT Product Management, Inseego

Inseego

Glenn has been solving problems in Wireless, Machine Control, and Industrial Automation for more than twenty years. He has worked in a variety of roles including Product Management, Software Engineering, Engineering Management, and Sales across the Wireless, Oil & Gas and Semiconductor industries. He graduated from Texas A&M University in Computer Engineering, followed by a MS in Software Engineering from Portland State and an MBA from the University of Colorado Boulder. His current focus is bringing market leading 4G LTE and 5G IoT solutions to Enterprise and Industrial applications at Inseego.

Session(s):
Michael Wistock
Service Provider Solutions

Michael Wistock

VP of Sales, Inteliquent

Inteliquent

With more than 25 years of telecom experience that covers sales, business development, engineering and operations management in both the carrier wholesale and enterprise retail space Michael has a unique perspective on many aspects of the telecommunications industry. From traditional telecommunications services to VoIP telephony products, messaging, emergency services, API and platform service creation services along with infrastructure and operations, Michael has an extensive commercial understanding of the industry as well.In his current role Michael is responsible for leading the Communication Service Provider market segment at Inteliquent developing and maintaining strategic relationships. He is also responsible for effectively communicating and selling advanced value propositions to include Inteliquent ’s current range products as well as potential future service offerings.

Session(s):
Ivan Paynter
MSP Solutions

Ivan Paynter

National Cyber Security Specialist, Intelisys

Intelisys

Ivan has 25 plus years of Cyber Security experience spanning, MCI / UUNet, WorldCom, Verizon Business, Verizon and Masergy Communications. He is a Certified Internet Security Specialist Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). He has a passion for network & wireless security and all things IoT. Currently he is focusing on partners and suppliers; evaluating the efficacy of the various cyber security solutions and their overarching value-added managed services and risk mitigation programs. Enabling cyber technologies within various verticals with consideration towards regulatory standards and compliances. White-boarding, solutions development, problem-solving and assisting origination with proper systems selection and implementation. Ivan is a techie a heart, but also enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cooking, skiing, and boating.

Session(s):
Andrew Rustad
Future of Work

Andrew Rustad

Solutions Engineer, Intelisys

Intelisys

Andrew Rustad joined Intelisys in 2019, bringing 25 years of telecom experience to his role as Solutions Engineer. Previous to his tenure with Intelisys, he held sales, technical and solutions engineering positions with leading channel companies such as Verizon Enterprise Solutions, NICE InContact and Windstream Enterprise. Andrew specializes in a multitude of technologies, including CCaaS, UCaaS, PaaS, SD-WAN, Network Security and many other cloud-based SaaS technologies. As Solutions Engineer, Andrew provides strategic support, guidance, and education to Intelisys Sales Partners and their customers.

Session(s):
Mary A. Boyd, ENP
Service Provider Solutions

Mary A. Boyd, ENP

Vice President, Regulatory, Policy, External Affairs, Intrado

Intrado

Mary Boyd is Vice President of Regulatory, Policy and External Affairs for West Safety Services and has over 30 years of Public Safety experience. Her career has ranged from PSAP Operations, to Statewide 911 Authority, and in the late 90’s she moved into the Private Sector. While serving in a state leadership role she was involved with 9-1-1 system design, implementation, funding and regulatory issues associated with deployment of the service at both the State and Federal Government levels. Since that time she her private sector roles have allowed her to remain and dedicated to ensuring the policies, products and services of 9-1-1 are aligned with the needs of public safety. Most recently, the FCC asked her to serve on CSRIC VII as the Working Group 4 Chair focused on Interoperability and Cyber issues related to 911. Beyond the statewide planning and deployment of 9-1-1 in Texas, Ms. Boyd’s numerous contributions to public safety communications include the advancement of the historical FCC Docket 94-102, which established the requirements for wireless 9-1-1 functionality. Since the early 1990s she has served as a subject matter expert on 9-1-1 issues with Congress, the FCC and State 911 Authorities and Regulatory Boards. She serves on many national forums, has co-authored publications, is a frequent speaker at public safety association events and has been recognized nationally for her accomplishments. Ms. Boyd has held many voluntary board positions with public safety associations. She is a former President of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) and currently serves of on the NG9-1-1 Institute Board of Directors. Ms. Boyd has also received the William E. Stanton Award for lifetime achievement from the National Emergency Number Association. She currently holds a board seat with the Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologoies (iCERT). She is also an active participants in the Network Reliability Steering Council. When she’s not working on her public safety efforts, Ms. Boyd is Mayor for the City of Comanche, and a co-founder of Gateway of Hope, Comanche. She holds an undergraduate degree from St. Edwards University and has completed advanced studies at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Session(s):
Frank Puranik
SD-WAN Solutions

Frank Puranik

Product Director, iTrinegy

iTrinegy

Frank Puranik is a co-founder of iTrinegy, whose virtual test networks enable users to conduct realistic proof-of-concept testing before deploying applications into new network environments. In his role as one of the company’s Senior Technical Specialists, Frank regularly provides expertise to both vendor and end-user organizations, across all industry sectors, helping them to understand and assess the potential impact of networks on application deployments & migrations including transitions to SD-WAN, NFV and virtualized environments. A graduate in Pure Mathematics, Frank has worked in IT for over 25 years in roles as diverse as software development, systems design, sales and technical support.

Session(s):
Susan Elder
Business Communications Solutions

Susan Elder

Sr. Director of Marketing, Jenne, Inc.

Jenne, Inc.

Susan Elder joined Jenne, Inc., a value-added distributor of technology products and solutions focusing on unified communications and collaboration, data networking, video conferencing, physical security, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud, in 2012 after 20+ years of experience in marketing and corporate communications positions for leading companies and organizations. At Jenne, Inc., Elder leads the company’s marketing function which provides marketing programs and services to the 180 technology manufacturers for which Jenne distributes products, as well as to its customers who are value-added resellers. Under her leadership, the company developed and launched Jenne Marketing Pro, a consultative marketing approach providing the company’s customers with marketing campaigns and consultation designed to help build their pipeline.Prior to joining Jenne, Elder served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland where she drove major marketing and communications initiatives that enhanced the organization’s visibility and reputation in the region resulting in increased revenue and support. She was responsible for the delivery of the Red Cross’ health and safety services programs across the region, including sales, customer service, logistics and certified instructors. Prior to the Red Cross, Elder spent 10 years with Invacare Corporation, a publicly-held International Fortune 500 company that manufactures and distributes medical products. She was responsible for building Invacare’s corporate marketing function, including advertising, brand reputation management, co-op programs, graphic design, merchandising, public relations, trade shows and special events, and the website. She also served as the company’s chief spokesperson during her entire tenure.Elder’s expertise extends to branding, media relations, inbound marketing, inbound sales, investor relations, market research and social media. She has received numerous marketing and communications awards, including the SoMe Impact Award at the Midwest Social Media Summit for the social media program she developed for Jenne, as well as the Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland. She has been named numerous times to the Women of the Channel list published by The Channel Company’s CRN publication, including most recently for 2018. She has served on CompTIA’s Distributor Advisory Council and currently serves on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County.

Session(s):
Frank Yue
AIOps Solutions

Frank Yue

Solutions Architect, Kemp Technologies

Kemp Technologies

Frank Yue is a technology evangelist that translates products and technologies into business needs and values. Mr. Yue looks at the evolving technology landscape and how it impacts IT architectures and organizations. He writes blogs, produces white papers, and speaks at conferences and events related to application networking technologies. Mr. Yue has over 25 years of experience building large-scale networks and working with high performance application technologies focusing on optimizing end-to-end application access. Mr. Yue is currently a Solutions Architect for Kemp Technologies and has had various technical and marketing roles for application networking and security companies. Mr. Yue is a scuba diving instructor and background actor when he is not discussing technology.

Session(s):
Fred Posner
Open Source Solutions

Fred Posner

Consultant, LOD.com

LOD.com

After working with solutions such as Acme Packet, Broadsoft, Cisco, and others, Fred discovered Asterisk and quickly embraced open source software in telecommunication. A large (yes, its a fat joke) proponent of open source software, Fred currently provides Kamailio / VoIP consultation services for businesses, enterprises, and carriers. In 2010, Fred and his wife opened a bakery in Florida. When not working on SIP, hes baking bread.

Session(s):
Don Ochoa
Service Provider Solutions

Don Ochoa

Founder & CEO, Mach Networks

Mach Networks

Don Ochoa founded MACH Networks (originally Wireless Services Center) in 2008. Starting with a single round of seed funding, MACH Networks achieved profitability on 2012 and now provides fully managed LTE connectivity solutions to thousands of enterprise customers across the nation. MACH’s mission is to make it quick, easy and profitable for Service Providers, Agents and VARs to add LTE connectivity solutions to their portfolio. Our fully managed solutions are designed to provide reliable and cost-effective connectivity using enterprise class 4G LTE routers combined with service on the best available 4G LTE network and industry leading remote monitoring, management and ongoing technical support. Don is a veteran of the high performance computing industry and has served in key leadership roles at Cray Research, Intel Corporation, and 3Com Corporation where he successfully led business units with sites located in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Don holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of California San Diego.

Session(s):
Chris Miller
SD-WAN Solutions

Chris Miller

Head of Product Management, Martello Technologies

Martello Technologies

Chris Miller has been in telecommunications for the past 28 years. During that time period Chris spent many years working for carriers supporting voice and data networks including MPLS, SIP trunking, data center and cloud services, security products and for the last five years has focused on SDN, link balancing, and SD-WAN technologies. Chris holds a Master’s in Business Administration with an Information Technology and Project Management concentrations and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management. Chris specializes in customer needing high availability and customers that are wanting to improve their user empierce using application optimization tools.

Session(s):
Sébastien Tellier
MSP Solutions

Sébastien Tellier

Head of Product Marketing, Martello Technologies

Martello Technologies

Sébastien Tellier is responsible for defining the company’s products and services being offered, including managing the pricing strategy and coordinating between the different services for development, sales and marketing purposes. His expertise helps to identify business development opportunities for the company and leads the team to the next phase of innovation to fill market gaps as they present themselves. Prior to joining Martello, Sébastien worked at Elfiq Networks, a pioneer in the field of SD-WAN technologies, until it was acquired by Martello in January 2018. Moving into the role of Head of Product Marketing at Martello, Sébastien was able to use his experience to bring fresh ideas for organic growth to the company. Sébastien is savvy in policy and market analysis, with an expertise in fieldwork. Sébastien holds a Master of Science in Marketing from HEC Montreal.

Session(s):
Chris Carabello
Business Communications Solutions

Chris Carabello

Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, Metaswitch Networks

Metaswitch Networks

Chris has 20 years of experience in sales and marketing to both consumers and businesses, and for competitive and incumbent carriers. In his current role, Chris leads product marketing for Metaswitchs business services products and oversees its global marketing support program and consultancy for its service provider customers.Chris joined Metaswitch in 2007 after having served as director of marketing for Broadview Networks, where he steered the company’s branding and channel management and supported the successful market introductions of its converged IP product portfolio. Previously, Carabello served in senior marketing positions at AT&T where he launched its e-commerce initiative and led distribution of its IP products to small businesses. Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Rutgers University.

Session(s):
Tom Millitzer
MSP Solutions

Tom Millitzer

President, Millitzer Capital

Millitzer Capital

Tom Millitzer is President of Millitzer Capital, a company he formed in 1994. Millitzer Capital is a business brokerage firm that has focuses on the MSP, Telecom and Internet sectors. His firm has been engaged by Fortune 100 firms and small independent family-owned companies. He has closed over 200 transactions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. He began his career in the cable television industry. He managed systems, and was Director of Franchises tor GroupW Broadcasting and Cable. At age 36 he raised $74 million and started his own cable company, Charter Cablesystems, Inc. and eventually acquired over forty cable firms building that business. His depth of experience in the M&A arena will assist ITExpo attendees to make critical decisions and provide a roadmap focusing on strategic planning. Over the past two decades, Millitzer has been a regular speaker at industry events. He has written over 200 articles on mergers, acquisitions, and valuations. He graduated from Parsons Colledge and conducted graduate studies at the University of Iowa.

Session(s):
Angela Leavitt
Business Communications Solutions

Angela Leavitt

CEO, Mojo Marketing

Mojo Marketing

Angela Leavitt is the founder of Mojo Marketing, a full-service marketing agency that has served more than 150 tech companies. With 15 years of experience in sales and marketing, Leavitt creates targeted and effective marketing strategies for companies of all sizes in telecom, IT, and cloud. She has been a regular presenter at ITExpo, COMPTEL, Channel Partners, and Cloud Partners conferences, as well as numerous corporate meetings and events. She is a champion for small business, and a consistent supporter of women in business and technology through organizing and participating in Women in the Channel industry events. Leavitt was a top three finalist for the Tempe Chamber’s Business Woman of the Year Award in 2009, and was named to the San Diego Business Journals Most Admired CEO list in 2016 and 2017.

Session(s):
Jason Byrne
Service Provider Solutions

Jason Byrne

SVP, Products & Marketing, netsapiens

netsapiens

Jason Byrne brings more than 20+ years of telecom product experience to netsapiens a leading UCaaS platform for Service Providers, where he leads the product & marketing teams. Previously, he held various product leadership positions spanning wireline & wireless solutions at Greenlee Communications (acquired by Emerson) & JDSU (Viavi). Jason has an MBA from University of San Diego, and has a BSEE from Trinity College, Dublin.

Session(s):
Kevin Selkowitz
Future of Work

Kevin Selkowitz

Senior Director of Solutions Engineering, netsapiens

Mick Moss
Service Provider Solutions

Mick Moss

Senior Product Manager, Neustar

Neustar

Mick Moss is a Senior Product Manager in Neustar’s Communications Solutions organization with product management responsibility for Neustar’s Trusted Call Solutions. During the last several years, Mick has placed a special focus on helping businesses overcome the impacts of the robocalling epidemic and restoring trust in phone calls. Most recently, Mick production launched Caller Name Optimization to deliver a trusted call experience to increase enterprise customer engagement through consistent caller naming and brand reputation management. Prior to joining Neustar, Mick held technical and managerial positions with Sprint and Transaction Network Services. With over 20 years’ experience in the Communications industry, Mick has launched several large-scale wireless network platforms and voice authentication services projects.

Session(s):
Dan Jenkins
Open Source Solutions

Dan Jenkins

Director | CEO, Nimble Ape

Nimble Ape

Dan is a Google Developer Expert in Web Technologies, runs a RTC consultancy called Nimble Ape in the UK and loves open source software and everything we can do with it.

Session(s):
Sandro Tavares
Service Provider Solutions

Sandro Tavares

Global Head of Mobile Networks Marketing, Nokia

Nokia

Sandro Tavares has more than 20 years of international experience in the telecoms industry, with the past 18 working within the Nokia family of companies. Sandro has held key roles that have been integral in shaping the latest evolution steps in the mobile industry and communicating these advances to Nokia service provider customers. At Nokia, Sandro has served in sales and marketing positions, working in Brazil, Argentina, Finland and the U.S. He is currently Head of Mobile Networks Marketing, a position in which he leads a global team focused on promoting Nokia’s solutions for mobile networks, including 5G. His team monitors the market engage with customers and provides content for campaigns to position Nokia as the partner of choice for 5G, Cloud Computing and Digital Transformation, among others. Previously, he served as Head of Business Development for Telco Cloud in the Americas, overseeing Nokia’s sales and business development activities for Telco Cloud and Data Center infrastructure in the region. Sandro is a sought-after industry speaker, presenting on such industry developments as NFV, Cloud and 5G. He has also published opinion articles in several specialized media outlets. His current topics of technical interest include 5G, NFV, Subscriber Data Management, Data Center Infrastructure and VoLTE/VoWiFi. Sandro holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from Universidade de Brasilia and an Executive MBA from Fundacao Dom Cabral in Brazil.

Session(s):
Narayana Indukuri
SD-WAN Solutions

Narayana Indukuri

Architect, Northforge Innovations Inc.

Northforge Innovations Inc.

Narayana is an Architect at Northforge Innovations and has 18 years of experience in design and development of carrier grade routers and switches. Narayanas area of expertise is on routing and switching protocols, MPLS, SDN, NFV, 1588v2 PTP, and SyncE. He also worked on cable networking products including DOCSIS 3.1 DAA Switch and R-PHY / R-MACPHY. In his current role at Northforge, he is the solution architect for uCPE and Cell site gateway router design and development. Prior to Northforge, Narayana worked with Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia). Narayana holds a Master of Computer Applications degree from the Osmania University.

Session(s):
Ciaran Byrne
AIOps Solutions

Ciaran Byrne

Product Strategy, OpsRamp

OpsRamp

Hands on leader with a background in SRE positions at companies such as Yahoo! Practical experience evaluating and implementing AIOps systems at scale. Led product development at Moogsoft (one of the early innovators in the AIOps space). Responsible for Product Strategy at OpsRamp the modern ITOM platform.

Session(s):
Rajat Gopal
SD-WAN Solutions

Rajat Gopal

Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

Oracle

Rajat is Senior Director of product management and strategy at the Oracle Communications Global Business Unit, with focus on enterprise networking, security and data analytics. He has 20 years of industry experience in the networking and communications applications in both the enterprise and the service provider space. Prior to joining Oracle, Rajat has held various engineering and product management leadership roles at Radisys, Avaya, Tatara Systems and Lucent. He is currently based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Session(s):
Brian Kracik
SD-WAN Solutions

Brian Kracik

Senior Director, Product Marketing Enterprise Solutions, Oracle

Oracle

As senior director of product marketing for enterprise and cloud solutions at Oracle, Brian Kracik is responsible for establishing and executing cross industry strategies. He serves as the lead for developing and delivering network solutions which help enterprises and government: deploy failsafe SD-WAN, create new and interesting customer engagements, secure and manage IP Networks, enable employees to collaborate more effectively, and transform and monetize their digital business. With more than 25 years of technology experience, Mr. Kracik has exhibited great business acumen in developing new products and solutions to meet customer needs. He has driven adoption of communications infrastructure, SD-WAN, collaboration services, customer experience solutions, IoT, M2M, Smart City, public cloud deployments, and order management systems.Mr. Kracik holds an MBA from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois.Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Kracik held various lead positions focused on business development and marketing for BEA Systems and Sun Microsystems. He also held director roles with wireless and wireline operators including McLeod USA, Sprint Cellular, 360 Communications and Alltel managing teams of engineers in the financial planning, design, build-out and optimization of the operators’ markets. Mr. Kracik holds an MBA from DePaul University, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Illinois and a Bachelor of General Studies from Armstrong State University.

Session(s):
Ryan Walsh
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Ryan Walsh

Chief Channel Officer, Pax8

Pax8

Ryan has more 17 years of experience helping channel partners build successful cloud practices by enabling them to easily sell, bill, and support cloud subscription services. Under his direction, Pax8 is redefining how distribution works for the channel in a cloud-centric world. Prior to Pax8, Ryan served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfee’s portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the company’s web security product lines. Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling businesses with Internet–based, IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division. Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.He is an award-winning speaker and currently serves as a member of Channel Futures’ Think Tank, Co-Chair of CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board, and a CRN Channel Chief. Ryan served as vice president of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfees portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions for the Content and Cloud Security division, and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the companys web security product lines.Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling business improvements with Internet or IT-based solutions and startups. He started his career building a reengineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division.Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Session(s):
Andrew Pritchard
MSP Solutions

Andrew Pritchard

Director of Marketing, Perspectium

Perspectium

Andrew Pritchard is Director of Marketing for Perspectium, a leading provider of SaaS-based automation and integration solutions for managed service providers and enterprise IT organizations. In this role, he is responsible for demand generation, partner marketing, and technology alliances that help create awareness and pipeline for Perspectium solutions. Andrew has spent more than 30 years in sales and marketing roles, helping customers realize business value from technology solutions with companies like NetApp, Polycom, Oracle, and BMC Software. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland and long-time resident of California, Andrew is passionate about his family, his two dogs, and anyone who might one day let him live his dream as a race car driver.

Session(s):
Alon Cohen
Future of Work

Alon Cohen

EVP/CTO, Phone.com

Phone.com

Entrepreneur, inventor and widely recognized as one of the creators of the Voice over IP industry. Cohen was the co-founder of VocalTec Communications (1996 NASDAQ: VOCL), the first company to provide Internet voice technology worldwide and one of the earliest successful Internet IPOs. Cohen joined Phone.com after founding and managing a series of business ventures.As an innovator, Alon Cohen authored 5 US patents on different communications technologies, including the “Audio Transceiver” (US Patent 5,825,771) which is the basis for Voice over the Internet (VoIP) technology. Being one of first two inductees to the VoIP Hall of Fame (ITEXPO 2015) in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of VoIP, Alon Cohen is also the recipient of many awards and accolades for his innovative work including the “VoIP Visionary Award” (2005) from Pulvermedia.Cohen represented the State of Israel in the United Nations negotiations of the ITU Study Group 16 for the development and ratification of global VoIP standards.Cohen was named, by “The Marker”, a leading Israeli Business Newspaper, as one of the “100 Most Influential Israelis” in Israel’s High Technology history in September 2005.Cohen holds an MBA and BSC.EE from Tel Aviv University.

Session(s):
Joel Maloff
Business Communications Solutions

Joel Maloff

SVP- Strategic Alliances/Chief Compliance Officer, Phone.com

Phone.com

Mr. Maloff is a globally recognized expert and author on Internet, its uses for business purposes, and the convergence with traditional telephony. He currently serves as Senior Vice President – Strategic Alliances and Chief Compliance Officer for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for the Channel Partner Program, large scale business development, inside sales, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. Since 2011, he has served as a course developer for The SIP School, focusing on helping sales and marketing professionals learn about SIP, hosted PBX, unified communications, and SIP trunking. In addition, Mr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University for more than eight years, and has taught introductory classes, information technology (such as Disaster Recovery and Network Design and Implementation), Introduction to Marketing, and created a course on Digital Marketing. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, and written numerous articles. Among his more notable accomplishments, Maloff acted as a consultant to then Senator Al Gore in the drafting of the High-Performance Computing Act which went on to become the basis of the commercial Internet as we know it today. He was further involved in the commercialization of the Internet as part of Advanced Network & Services which managed the backbone for the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNet) in the late 1980’s/early 1990s.

Session(s):
Ari Rabban
Future of Work

Ari Rabban

CEO, Phone.com

Phone.com

Ari is a veteran of the IP-communications industry. He served as president and advisor for two VoIP companies that were acquired. Also as senior executive at VocalTec Communications, the VoIP industry pioneer, and a strategy manager for Lucent Technologies. Ari currently serves on the boards at the NJ Technology Council and the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a law degree and BA in Economics, both from Tel Aviv University.

Session(s):
Brent Barbara
Business Communications Solutions

Brent Barbara

SVP of Business Development, Phone.com

Nate Reynolds
Business Communications Solutions

Nate Reynolds

Co-Founder, PhoneSentry

Tim Root
Keynote Presentation

Tim Root

Vice President of Products, Poly

Poly

Tim Root has a long history in the Unified Communications industry, starting with PictureTel where he held many engineering roles. Tim was the CTO of Picturetel when it was acquired by Polycom. At Polycom, Tim held several roles including the CTO of the Video Division working on technology that started the HD product lines. For the next 13 years Tim worked at several different startups. He founded VGo Communications (acquired by Vecna) and then served as CTO of Revolabs (acquired by Yamaha). Tim is now the VP & General Manager of the Video & Audio Conferencing Group at Poly (the recent combination Plantronics and Polycom), responsible for the full engineering strategy for the conference room family of products. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a dual master’s degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Sloan School of Management.

Session(s):
Jeff Kubick
MSP Solutions

Jeff Kubick

Head of Global Voice Service Provider Marketing, Poly

Poly

Session(s):
Mike Moncivais
Future of Work

Mike Moncivais

Director, Solution Architects, Global Cloud & SP Group, Poly

Poly

Mike Moncivais leads the Sales Engineering specialists that create and deploy innovative solutions thru Poly’s SP partners. With over 15 years of Unified Communication experience he has advised, implemented and operationalized many purpose-specific solutions for Tier 1 global providers. He participates in SP Technology forums that set the direction of the UC technology going forward. Not content in delivering the UC solutions of yesterday Mike and Poly are “developing technology that connects people and then steps out of the way.”

Session(s):
Stephanie Plante
MSP Solutions

Stephanie Plante

Sales & Marketing Specialist, QuestBlue

QuestBlue

Stephanie Plante is a marketing and sales specialist. A skilled VoIP consultant, she has a history of working in the computer software industry, including sales and marketing roles VoIP, Origination and Termination abd other telecom services such as DIDs, e911, CNAM, LIDB, and International SIP trunking. Stephanie will be focusing on new ways MSPs can grow revenue and generate new leads for their businesses.

Session(s):
Iago Soto Mata
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Iago Soto Mata

Founder, QUOBIS

QUOBIS

Iago (1978) is the co-founder and CMO of Quobis, a leading real-time communications technology company based in Galicia, Spain.Computers and coding became an obsession at the age of 8 years old, when personal computer were affordable for home economies. After the graduation with a degree in Computer Science in the University of Vigo (Galicia, Spain), he soon started as an entrepreneur with some startups.Quobis was founded in 2006, to fill the gap of creating real-time communication solutions based on open standards for telecommunication operators and large companies Since then, he has been in the cutting edge of VoIP technology, growing Quobis into a leading company with hundreds of well-known customer worldwide. In 2013, his 10+ years of experience and his extensive knowledge of RTC vertical, has helped to the latest launch of the company, Sippo Collaborator, the first corporate fully-interoperable WebRTC endpoint.

Session(s):
Lorenzo Mangani
Open Source Solutions

Lorenzo Mangani

CEO, QXIP

QXIP

Lorenzo is founder of Amsterdam based QXIP BV, Co-Founder and Developer of HOMER and SIPCAPTURE Projects. Formerly a Sound Engineer, Lorenzo has been deeply involved with telecommunications and VoIP for well over a decade and has contributed ideas, design concepts and code to many voice-related Open-Source and designed active and passive monitoring solutions for some of the largest Operators and Enterprises worldwide.

Session(s):
Chiranjoy Das
Future of Work

Chiranjoy Das

Chief Information Officer, RandallReilly

RandallReilly

CJ Das is the CIO of RandallReilly. CJ has played various roles, including Chief Digital Officer, that required him to provide technical leadership to local, national, and international sites and services by serving as a technologist, and a business leader. CJ has demonstrated exceptional skills in various innovative initiatives, and leadership in all aspects of information technology. He is the recipient of CIO100 award in 2017 & 2019. He also received DigitalEdge50 awards in 2018, & 2019. He was an Advisor to Gartner, & often seen delivering speeches in various conferences across the country on Technology. He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, & an MBA in Finance.

Session(s):
Julie Albright
MSP Solutions

Julie Albright

SVP, Global Marketing, Resolve Systems

Resolve Systems

Julie Albright runs global marketing for Resolve Systems, a leader in IT Automation and AIOps. She is a seasoned marketing executive who combines creativity with data-driven decision making to transform the way companies market their products. Over the last 20 years, she’s worked with a variety of leading B2B tech companies and investors, including Asana, SolarWinds, Insight Partners, Gartner, Alteryx, AlienVault (now AT&T Cybersecurity), Syncsort, and Campaign Monitor, among others. She has a proven track record for meeting aggressive growth targets, evolving marketing organizations into revenue generators, building strong, engaging brands, and improving customer success.

Session(s):
Evan Rice
MSP Solutions

Evan Rice

EVP Sales & Marketing, rev.io

rev.io

Evan has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications, software and cloud computing industries. At Rev.io, Evan is responsible for managing brand awareness and sales, as well as influencing the product roadmap. Prior to joining Rev.io in 2013, Evan was part of VMware, where he was a trusted advisor to his customers in the areas of Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and End User technologies. Prior to VMware, Evan was part of VoIP and Managed Service Provider, Cbeyond, where he managed sales and operations for their San Diego and Bay Area branches.

Session(s):
Jeff Singman
Business Communications Solutions

Jeff Singman

VP of Products, Kandy, Ribbon

Ribbon

Jeff Singman has been the VP, CSP Product & Connected Experiences at Kandy since January 2016. A serial entrepreneur, he previously founded Vizicom to bring end-to-end next generation, real time communications products and services to businesses after having worked for and served many Fortune 500 companies in the areas of media, software, technology, web, mobile and e-commerce. Jeff is expert at connecting people and ideas with the resources, processes and ecosystems that accelerate success as change itself accelerates. His experience includes IT, security, telecom and software, with depth in industries including media, entertainment, financial, and healthcare verticals.

Session(s):
Curtis Peterson
Future of Work

Curtis Peterson

SVP, Cloud Operations, RingCentral

RingCentral

Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years of experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 firms, Curtis has managed teams responsible for engineering, project management, operations, data security, network security, data center, carrier operations, and internet backbone design and operation. Curtis has been a pioneer in VoIP services in the business communications space and has been developing, launching, and operating Class 4 VoIP and customer-facing hosted PBX systems since 2002.

Session(s):
John Finch
Future of Work

John Finch

AVP, Customer Engagement, RingCentral

RingCentral

As Assistant Vice President of Customer Engagement at RingCentral, John Finch is responsible for the strategy and execution of the company’s global customer engagement marketing efforts. John has held leadership roles in product marketing, product management, and sales with leading technology companies. Prior to RingCentral, John was Head of Product Marketing at Dialpad, where he was responsible for product and content marketing. John has held leadership positions at Avaya and AT&T, led product marketing at Serenova and Genesys, and spent time as an entrepreneur working to disrupt the fine-art market with a technology platform that brings artists and collectors together directly.

Session(s):
Nishit Rao
Future of Work

Nishit Rao

AVP of Product Marketing, RingCentral

RingCentral

Nishit Rao is AVP of Product Marketing at RingCentral for its flagship UCaaS product RingCentral Office. He is responsible for Product Strategy, Go-To-Market, Pricing and Competitive. Prior to RingCentral he held leadership roles in Product Marketing, Product Management and Engineering. He was Senior Director of Product GTM at Oracle for multiple cloud services such as Data Integration Cloud, Cloud Industry Solutions and Private Cloud. Prior to that he led product management at Cisco and BEA. Nishit holds a MBA from UC Berkeley and a B.Engg from Univ of Mysore India.

Session(s):
John Gilbert
Keynote Presentation

John Gilbert

COO/CTO, Rudin Management

Jared Smith
Open Source Solutions

Jared Smith

Vice President of Open Source Community Development, Sangoma

Sangoma

I’m a computer geek with a strong background in open source. My key strengths include: Open Source community outreach and evangelism, bridging between technical and marketing teams, Linux systems architecture and administration, Modern VoIP development and deployment, training and public speaking, data centers and web application development and relational databases.

Session(s):
Jim Machi
Business Communications Solutions

Jim Machi

VP of Marketing, Sangoma

Sangoma

Jim Machi is the Vice President of Marketing for Sangoma. He is responsible for developing and executing the global marketing plan including digital strategy, partner marketing, content generation, lead generation activities, and launch planning. Prior to Sangoma, Jim spent time at Dialogic and Intel in various roles, including business unit general manager and SVP of product management and marketing. Jim has a BSEE from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in finance from NYU.

Session(s):
Dumitru Borsan
Service Provider Solutions

Dumitru Borsan

Director of Systems Engineering, Sansay

Mark Morgan
Keynote Presentation

Mark Morgan

EVP of Strategy, ScanSource

ScanSource

Mark Morgan is Executive Vice President of Strategy at ScanSource, a $4B leading provider of technology products and solutions. A Transformational Leader, Mark serves as an expert in delivering growth through innovation, technology and new business models. Throughout his career, he has held senior leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Sales, Marketing, and Technology. Mark managed P&L and led growth transformations for multiple technology businesses ranging from $500M-$1B. He has extensive experience in POS, mobility, telcom, UCaaS, CCaaS, connectivity and cloud services.

Session(s):
Anthony Minessale II
Business Communications Solutions

Anthony Minessale II

Founder and CEO, SIGNALWIRE INC

SIGNALWIRE INC

Anthony has been involved in the telecom industry since the early 2000s first as an Asterisk contributor then as the founder of FreeSWITCH in 2005. After nearly 20 years of innovation in Software Defined Telecom, Anthony has joined forces with the best of the best to create SignalWire. leveraging the combined knowledge of telecom pioneers, SignalWire aims to bring developers and users alike a common platform where powerful features and services can be developed to bring communications to the next level.

Session(s):
Kevin Lau
SD-WAN Solutions

Kevin Lau

Solutions Manager, Singtel

Singtel

Kevin Lau has more than 15 years’ experience as an IT professional in networks and IT infrastructure for multinational companies. He is currently a Solutions Manager at Singtel USA in the heart of Silicon Valley. Singtel is Asia’s leading communication group, which is headquartered in Singapore. In his current role, Kevin develops and reviews technical designs and architecture proposals with clients, in the areas of WAN and integrated infocomm solutions that covers voice and data infrastructure, SD-WAN, managed services and cloud computing.

Session(s):
Andy Abramson
MSP Solutions

Andy Abramson

CMO, SkySwitch

SkySwitch

Andy Abramson is the Chief Marketing Officer for SkySwitch. He joined the company in June 2019 and he guides the company in strategy and implementation of marketing, demand generation, special events, corporate communications, public relations, influencer development, social media and reputation management. Andy has been involved in telecom and the digital world through his marketing services agency, Comunicano, which operates globally as an all virtual agency. Since 2000, Andy and his company have propelled 47 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom, media, financial services and IT infrastructure sectors, generating more than $5.25 billion for the investors, founders and employees via M&A or IPO. Some companies that have been acquired include StubHub, GrandCentral, Telesphere, GIPS, SimpleSignal, SightSpeed, Dynamicsoft, WebDialogs, HiDef Conferencing, BridgePort Networks and Comgates. He has previously served as Senior Advisor to Counterpath, Dialpad, AT&T, Nokia, AOL, and many other companies on a global basis on matters related to the telecom industry, marketing and communications. Prior to entering the technology arena Andy was an Account Manager with Los Angeles based FCB/Impact. There he supervised sports marketing and sponsorship, as well as client account management for leading brands including Spalding and Dr. Scholls’. He joined the agency world after guiding sports marketing and public relations for The Upper Deck Company. In addition to his side work with clients, Andy has spent over 25 years in sports marketing and management in a series of executive and managerial positions with The Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Wings and Denver Nuggets, as well as serving as General Manager of The Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team. He is credited with establishing the Flyers youth hockey program and over 25 other programs that established a future fan base. He began his career in sports at age 14 in the Public Relations Department of The Philadelphia Wings Pro Lacrosse Club. An avid wine collector, accidental winemaker, and global traveler, Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Temple University. He is a member of the board of directors of More Too Life, a leading anti-human trafficking organization, and a Director Emeritus of The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, where he is also an honored inductee in their Hall of Fame.

Session(s):
Harlan Hamlin
Service Provider Solutions

Harlan Hamlin

VP of Business Development, SkySwitch

SkySwitch

Harlan Hamlin currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for SkySwitch. Hamlin brings more than 25 years of successes, driving profitability and productivity in the telecommunications, satellite, wireless and technology industries.Hamlin joined SkySwitch after serving as Vice President of Business Development and General Manager of Datacenter operations for JMF Solutions. Previously he was President and Founder of Syncpoint Technology Group where he began his relationship with SkySwitch as a SkySwitch Reseller.With an extensive career in aviation, wireless and satellite communications, Hamlin has worked for AT&T, in their Wireless Data Division, serving as the National Public Safety Manager, before joining Verizon Wireless. There he served as the Associate Director of Telematics. He went on to lead Satellink Technologies as Vice President and General Manager, where he focused on aviation-related communications developing, testing, and marketing global satellite direct broadcast information service, offering real-time weather and safety, and operational data to in-flight aircraft as well as mobile users. A licensed multi-engine, instrument-rated pilot, Hamlin has more than 6,000 hours in the sky. A father of two grown children, Hamlin resides in Peachtree City, GA with his wife Janine of 28 years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Trinity College and University in Dover, DE.

Session(s):
Eric Hernaez
MSP Solutions

Eric Hernaez

President, SkySwitch

SkySwitch

Eric Hernaez began his career in telecom in 1996 as corporate counsel for Sequel Communications, a New Jersey company that was the first commercial Internet Service Provider in the Philippines. In 1997, he became Sequel’s COO and orchestrated the company’s launch of the first trans-Pacific SS7-enabled VoIP network in the world. From 1999 through 2011, Eric was founder and CEO of telic.net (later renamed Solegy and Netmobo), which was an early iteration of his vision for SkySwitch. From 2011 through 2013, Eric served as VP of Marketing for Netsapiens, the softswitch vendor that SkySwitch now uses as part of its service offering. Eric is a graduate of Temple University (BBA Marketing 1990, JD 1993).

Session(s):
Maddy Martin
Future of Work

Maddy Martin

Head of Growth and Education, Smith.ai

Smith.ai

Maddy Martin is the head of growth and education at Smith.ai, which provides integrated virtual receptionist and web chat services for solo and small businesses, including call answering & intake services, live website chat, AI chatbots, and SMS text answering. She has spent the last decade growing tech startups from New York to California, and draws from her expertise in digital marketing, small business communications, lead conversion, content marketing, advertising, and affiliate programs to teach small businesses nationwide how to leverage tech and human resources for sustainable growth. Connect with Maddy by email at maddy@smith.ai or on LinkedIn.

Session(s):
Ryan Yahrmatter
Service Provider Solutions

Ryan Yahrmatter

Head of Mobility Channel Sales, Sprint Business

Sprint Business

Ryan is the Head of Mobility Channel Sales at Sprint Business and has been with Sprint over 20 years. After spending nearly a decade in Sprint’s direct Enterprise division he now leads the field execution for Sprint’s channel programs. He is passionate about mobile connectivity, and its evolving role in the channel ecosystem. A relentless leader and advocate for his partners, Ryan understands that success starts and ends with how well you connect with the heart-beat of your channel.

Session(s):
Joris De Winne
AIOps Solutions

Joris De Winne

Solutions Architect, StackState

StackState

Joris De Winne is a Solution Architect at StackState, the worlds leading monitoring and AIOps platform for Hybrid IT. He has a long history with DevOps, SecOps and AIOps. He started his career making software for Control Rooms, transitioned to a Software Consultant and Architect and has been a Solution Architect for over 5 years now. He helped several Fortune 500 companies transitioning from traditional delivery models into Continuous Delivery and incorporating Security in their tool chains. When he is not talking about technology youll find him on a soccer field or drinking coffee as a real coffee snob.

Session(s):
Mick Miralis
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Mick Miralis

EVP Channel Sales, Star2Star Communications

Star2Star Communications

Mick has over 20+ years of IT industry experience in Channels, Enterprise, Cloud, and SaaS sales. His diverse experience spans the US and international markets with a successful track record in developing and leading world-class sales teams to deliver double digit growth. More recently as the EVP Channels, Mick has been working with Enterprise Customers and Channel Partners in developing their Digital Transformation strategies focusing particularly on the evolving Workspace and End User Productivity.

Session(s):
Russell Castagnaro
Business Communications Solutions

Russell Castagnaro

Digital Transformation Director, State of Colorado: Gov's Office of Information Technology

State of Colorado: Gov's Office of Information Technology

Russell Castagnaro is the State of Colorados Director of Digital Transformation. He champions solutions, processes, and technologies that make the government more accessible, useable, and responsible to the public, business, and internal agencies. The net of which is to delight our customers and users. The Colorado Digital ID™, a fully electronic alternative to a polycarbonate driver license/ ID, of which Russell is the executive sponsor, is positioned to enable a new level of digital trust and proof of identity.Previously he was the CEO of Wampei, Inc, a company dedicated to bringing electronic peer-to-peer payments to any business, regardless of credit, race, religion, age, origin, and with or without a bank or third-party. His experience ranges from one of the first US eCommerce sites in the 1990s to EIS and ePhilanthropy solutions to eGovernment solution portals to cryptocurrency payment systems. From 2003 through 2016, Russell headed the team that ran eHawaii.gov. His team implemented over 120 services for Hawaii State and County government, which process over $2 billion per year, launched hundreds of state government websites, and won more than 42 national and international awards.

Session(s):
Ed Dryer
MSP Solutions

Ed Dryer

Sr Technology Strategist, Steadfast

Steadfast

With more than 20 years of experience in the technology world, Ed’s specialty is turning the impossible into the new standard. When hes not building solutions for you and your clients, he spends his time geeking out over games of all types and teaching his three kids the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.

Session(s):
Steve Garrison
Business Communications Solutions

Steve Garrison

VP Marketing, Stellar Cyber

Steve Bock
Service Provider Solutions

Steve Bock

President, Subsentio

Subsentio

With over 30 years of experience, Steve has held various senior positions at telecommunications companies including Qwest, Convergent Communications, IP Services and ADC. In 2001 Steve lead separate teams at SS8 Networks to win CALEA contracts for 2.5G, 3G, and GPRS networks at Sprint PCS, Verizon Wireless, and ATT Wireless. In 2004, Steve formed Subsentio, a Trusted Third Party focusing on Lawful Intercept solutions for telecommunication service providers. From its inception Subsentio’s mission was to help law enforcement catch the bad guy and as a result the business was built around former high ranking Law Enforcement officials at the FBI, DEA, ATF and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At the request of the Department of Justice, Subsentio was the only company to publicly provide cost estimates to the FCC for CALEA compliance for VoIP and Broadband Services during the comments period prior to the Second Report and Order and has often been quoted by the FCC, Industry Associations, and Analysts. In 2015 Subsentio acquired the Neustar Legal compliance Services Division making it the largest Trusted Third Party in the world with nearly 300 customers in 22 countries.

Session(s):
Paul Congdon
SD-WAN Solutions

Paul Congdon

CTO, PhD, Tallac Networks

Tallac Networks

Paul Congdon is a co-founder and is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Tallac Networks. He has over 34 years of experience in the networking industry and has become a widely esteemed inventor and leader in the networking industry. Prior to Tallac Networks, Paul was a Fellow at Hewlett Packard Networking and Communications Labs with responsibility for HP’s research for mobility, wireless and SDN network infrastructure. Paul has led, chaired, and is currently contributing widely to industry standards in the IEEE and IETF. Paul has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

Session(s):
Micah Singer
Business Communications Solutions

Micah Singer

Managing Director, TeamMate Technology

TeamMate Technology

Micah is the Managing Director of TeamMate Technology. TeamMate builds the TeamMate Connector - software that links any PBX to Microsoft Teams. Micah loves building businesses and technologies that promote efficiency in telecommunications. He was previously founder/CEO of VoIP Logic until its sale to BroadSoft in 2016 (NASDAQ: BSFT). Prior to that he served as VP Business Development at Justice Technology and founder Omni Access. Micah is a graduate of Williams College and he likes to suffer on long painful bike rides.

Session(s):
Erich Kaiser
MSP Solutions

Erich Kaiser

Director of Sales, TechNoir

TechNoir

Erich Kaiser is the Director of Sales and an accomplished technical sales professional at Technoir CIO Solutions. His responsibilities include the sales and marketing of bespoke designed and deployed proactively managed services for cybersecurity solutions, internet access, network monitoring, and maintenance, wireless and wifi networks, on-prem and cloud server environments, Cytracom VoIP systems, building access and camera monitoring systems, A/V systems, mobile device management, and IT-related equipment. Erich has 30 years of experience selling and marketing IT related products and services at all levels within Fortune 500 companies, government, and educational institutions. Erich has a BS in Economics from Illinois State University and holds a board seat at 7x24 Exchange Lake Michigan Region and Digitech at Metropolitan Club.

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Alan Percy
Open Source Solutions

Alan Percy

CMO, TelcoBridges

TelcoBridges

Mr Percy is the Chief Marketing Officer at TelcoBridges, with responsibility for the global marketing efforts for the company, including market analysis, industry analyst relations, public relations, marketing communications and product marketing. With experience in product marketing, business development, sales engineering and software development, he brings many years of telecommunications industry expertise to his new role. Mr. Percy is also a frequent industry speaker and contributes to several industry blogs, podcasts, webinars and educational YouTube videos, covering a range of communications and technology adoption topics.

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David Duffett
Open Source Solutions

David Duffett

Chair and MC of Open Source World 2020, TeleSpeak Ltd.

TeleSpeak Ltd.

David has been involved in Open Source Comms in one way or another for many years, and working with TMC is editorially responsible for Open Source World. He has delivered countless telecoms related conference speeches and Asterisk classes around the world (including all the first train the trainer classes for Digium - now a Sangoma company) and served as the Worldwide Community Director for the Asterisk project for nearly 7 years. Now the Worldwide Community Advocate at SignalWire Inc., the company behind the FreeSWITCH project, David continues to be an enthusiastic voice in the Community as we enter the era of Software Defined Telecom.

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James Body
Open Source Solutions

James Body

CEO, Telet Research

Telet Research

James is a veteran of the communications industry, having started his career in the days of thermionic valves and rotary dial telephones. James has used SIP Express Router, OpenSER and Kamailio in a variety of roles over the years and is an energetic advocate for Open Source Software. Today he is CEO of Telet Research, a Northern Ireland based company who build mobile network infrastructure to facilitate Multi Operator Neutral Host (MONeH) operation for anyone who wishes to run their own mobile Radio Access Network. James is also one of the founders of the CH4LKE Mobile network – a Community Interest Company located in the beautiful Chalke Valley in South West England.

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Mattias Fridstrom
SD-WAN Solutions

Mattias Fridstrom

Chief Evangelist, Telia

Allison Smith
Future of Work

Allison Smith

CEO/ Telephone Voice Talent, The IVR Voice.com

The IVR Voice.com

Allison Smith is an internationally-recognized professional voice talent, and one of the top telephone voices working today. Allison has voiced platforms for Cisco, Mitel, Vonage, Bell Canada, Cincinnati Bell, Sprint, Cingular, Verizon, and is voice of the Asterisk Open Source PBX, FreeSWITCH, and Sangoma. Clients include Marriot Hotels, 3M, Pfizer, Toyota, Victoria’s Secret, Bank of America and EBay among many others. www.theivrvoice.com, @voicegal

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Lance Fried
Business Communications Solutions

Lance Fried

CMO, Thrio, Inc.

Thrio, Inc.

Lance Fried is the Chief Marketing Officer at Thrio, a leading CCaaS provider. He is a recognized cloud software evangelist focused on marketing, strategy, product, team building and driving revenue growth for emerging high-technology companies. Lance has spent the majority of his career in the hosted contact center space and has enjoyed success everywhere he has been. Lance is a well-known blogger, speaker, and panelist at various technology and customer care industry conferences. Lance received an Economics degree from Columbia University and an MBA from The University of Michigan.

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SPEAKER TBA
MSP Solutions

SPEAKER TBA

, Tigerpaw

Tigerpaw

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Jim Dalton
Service Provider Solutions

Jim Dalton

CEO, TransNexus

TransNexus

Jim Dalton began his telecom career at BellSouth in 1988 in roles that included financial analysis and market planning for their GSM wireless and mobile data businesses. Recognizing the promise of Voice over IP, Jim founded TransNexus in 1997 to develop software solutions for VoIP carriers. Over the following years, TransNexus has developed applications for Least Cost Routing, billing support, quality of service monitoring, analytics, and prevention of telecom fraud and unwanted robocalls. During this time, TransNexus has obtained 27 patents for various software innovations. Recent innovations include the development of software that uses the SHAKEN/STIR framework to authenticate, sign and validate caller ID information for prevention of unwanted robocalls, which often use caller ID spoofing to lure subscribers into answering robocalls.

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Tom Phelan
Business Communications Solutions

Tom Phelan

CTO & VP of Technology, Unified Office

Unified Office

Tom Phelan, CTO of Unified Office, has nearly 24 years experience developing embedded systems and network management products for the data and telecommunications industries. He has held leadership roles in several companies, including VP of Engineering, CTO, VP of Marketing and VP of Advanced Development. Tom has also held leadership positions in the general industry, including co-chair of the DCCP working group at the IETF, the lead developer of Proxy Admission Control at the MPLS Forum, and has made significant contributions to security standards for VoIP networks and emergency telecommunications for ATIS. For the past 10 years Tom has been Principal Architect at Sonus Networks, working in the Office of the CTO and other groups to architect VoIP products for the telecommunications carriers.

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Rakendu Devdhar
SD-WAN Solutions

Rakendu Devdhar

Sr. Product Manager, SDWAN and MNS, Verizon, Verizon

Verizon

Sr. Product Manager, SDWAN and MNS, is responsible for product strategy and roadmap for Verizon Business Group’s SDWAN, SDWLAN, SDN/NFV product portfolio targeted towards enterprise and SMB market. He has extensive experience in virtualization, SaaS, Openstack and related technologies having successfully led transformation of hardware-based networking product portfolio into a cloud-centric and subscription-based business model. Prior to Verizon he was the Sr. Director of Product Management at Dialogic responsible for software based media and load balancer family of products. He has also held product management and technical leadership positions at several leading telecom vendors including: Siemens, Cisco Systems and GENBAND/Ribbon. Over the years he has developed expertise in product strategy, Networking, Real Time voice and video communications, building end to end connectivity and communication solutions for leading enterprise and service providers around the world. He has 4 patents to his name in the areas of media processing, call routing and network security.

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Dan Rosenrauch
Business Communications Solutions

Dan Rosenrauch

CTO, Viirtue

Viirtue

Dan Rosenrauch is the CTO and co-founder at Viirtue. The son of IT entrepreneurs, Dan was building computers since he was barely old enough to ride a bike. Originally joining the Air Force to pursue a career in law enforcement, Dan found himself at an internship with former telecom giant Nortel after the military. After quickly progressing and achieving some of the highest-level industry certifications, Dan has become a known innovator within the VoIP industry. After some time learning the ins and outs of telecom and teaming up with some other notable members of our leadership team, Viirtue was born.

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Rodrigo Cuadra
Open Source Solutions

Rodrigo Cuadra

CEO, VitalPBX

VitalPBX

Rodrigo Cuadra is a DCAP-certified Electronics Engineer with over 20 years of experience in telecommunications and software development. He has been an Asterisk enthusiast for over 15 years. Over the years Rodrigo gained a lot of knowledge and experience with different types of IP-PBX systems, enabling him to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each brand.He is currently the Founder and CEO of the VitalPBX project, which has been growing and becoming the favorite platform to manage an Asterisk-based PBX in recent years.-----------------------------------------Jose A. Montes is a Networking Engineer with specialization in Routing, Switching, and Networking Security. A future-technology enthusiast with 7 years of experience in Networking Security and Open-Source.

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Jose Antonio Montes
Open Source Solutions

Jose Antonio Montes

Networking Engineer, VitalPBX

VitalPBX

Jose A. Montes is a Networking Engineer with specialization in Routing, Switching, and Networking Security. A future-technology enthusiast with 7 years of experience in Networking Security and Open-Source.

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Sanjay Srinivasan
Future of Work

Sanjay Srinivasan

Vice President & Chief Architect, Vonage

Vonage

As Vice President and Chief Architect for Vonage, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’s sales engineering and product research. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of data networks, voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s areas of expertise include network design, SD-WAN, VoIP, software architecture and development, service provider process engineering, product marketing and development, and network and service operations. Sanjay joined Vonage upon the Company’s acquisition of Telesphere in 2015, where he served as Chief Technology Officer. Prior to Telesphere, he served in various capacities with leading telecommunications companies such as Hughes Network Systems, AT&T Wireless, Lightedge Solutions and Terabeam Corporation. At AT&T Wireless, Sanjay was one of the leading members of the team that successfully rolled out a fixed wireless residential product and integrated it successfully into AT&Ts operations. With Terabeam, he was a leading member of the team responsible for launching of one of the first, native Ethernet/MPLS backbone networks in the country offering high-bandwidth metro-ethernet services to corporations. With the emergence of VoIP as a disruptive technology in the business communications sector, Sanjay was also instrumental in developing and operating to scale one of the countrys leading Hosted VoIP PBX services.

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Corey McFadden
Open Source Solutions

Corey McFadden

President, Voneto

Voneto

Corey McFadden is the founder and President of Voneto LLC, a communication solutions firm that ranks among the top national IP telephony integrators. He brings over 20 years of industry experience to Voneto with a unique background that includes experience in call center operations, field-consulting, project management, IP telephony, and software development. Corey has been a featured lecturer at numerous business conferences, published articles on business and technology, and been the subject of a television program profiling visionary businesspeople in Pennsylvania.

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Monnan Miah
Business Communications Solutions

Monnan Miah

Product Manager, Voxbone

Voxbone

After nearly 20 years working with global telco carriers, Mon is a black belt in voice services. He helps customers improve their contact centers and conferencing platforms, specializing in bringing them into the cloud.

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Justin Nelson
Service Provider Solutions

Justin Nelson

President, Voyant

Voyant

In 2017, Justin joined Voyant as President to drive the company’s roadmap to become a market leader as premier provider of business communication services while strengthening the commitment to customer service excellence. Justin brings a wealth of experience from his past senior leadership roles at Inteliquent, Layered, MapVine and Dash Carrier Services, and with his unique blend of technical and business experience, he’s successfully taken companies like Voyant to the next level. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mammoth Networks. Justin leads the delivery of customer-centric, innovative voice, messaging and mobility services to meet the evolving needs of our business customers and increase the value of Voyant to our customers and partners.

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Matt Wilson
Business Communications Solutions

Matt Wilson

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Voyant

Voyant

Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Matt has over 20 years of diverse experience in building technology solutions with a strong focus on sales, marketing, product management, and channel management. He’s been successfully guiding strategy and managing the indirect sales channel for 10+ years where he’s been able to develop and build successful partner programs that have been recognized by industry experts as best in class. Matt held senior positions at Comcast, where he was a founding member of Comcast Solutions Provider Program and at Cologix where he was responsible for channel sales, partner enablement, channel marketing, and ongoing interaction with partners in the U.S. and Canada. His in-depth knowledge and experience with the indirect sales channel make him an invaluable asset to both Voyant’s Partner Program and our partners.

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Jason Gintert
SD-WAN Solutions

Jason Gintert

CTO & Co-founder, WAN Dynamics

WAN Dynamics

Having managed IP/MPLS networks and service provider products for nearly 20 years, Jason co-founded WAN Dynamics based on the belief that SD-WAN will be the way we build wide area networks from now on. Working with networking technologies is not only his profession, but something of a hobby as well. Jasons education consists of hacking on Linux since 97 and surviving the late 90s/early 00s ISP world. He now lives in the woods outside of Cleveland Ohio with his wife, 2 girls, 2 dogs and a rabbit.

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Marc Laliberte
MSP Cybersecurity Theatre

Marc Laliberte

Senior Security Analyst, WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Technologies

Marc Laliberte is a Sr. Security Analyst at WatchGuard Technologies. Marc joined the WatchGuard team in 2012. Specializing in networking security technologies, Marc’s responsibilities include researching and reporting on modern information security trends. With speaking appearances and regular contributions to online IT publications, Marc is a thought leader providing security guidance to all levels of IT personnel. Twitter: @XORRO_

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Darlene Pope
Keynote Presentation

Darlene Pope

VP, Global Head, Smart Buildings & Digital Workplace Experience, WeWork

WeWork

Darlene Pope is Vice President and Global Lead for Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace at WeWork. Ms. Pope is a smart building industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building consulting. Prior to WeWork, Ms. Pope served as EVP and Global Practice Lead for JLLs Smart Building Program. She expanded the program into a global service line, focusing on driving value to clients through the integration of intelligent building systems and smart workplace applications. Ms. Pope has developed and delivered smart building master plans for numerous global clients, and led groundbreaking smart building projects, including the McDonalds HQ project in Chicago, and MetLifes District Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Pope was the founder and CEO of CoR Advisors, a woman-owned smart building consulting business, which she sold to JLL in 2015. She has a long career history of executive level positions at leading CRE technology firms such as Broadband Office, OnSite Access, and Realcomm. Ms. Pope was awarded Visionary of the Year in DC for her work advancing smart building solutions, the Presidents Award for Excellence at JLL, the DaVinci Award for innovation at JLL, Bisnows Power Woman in CRE award, and is among the Top 10 Women to Watch in Connectivity and Technology for 2020.

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Tristan Barnum
Service Provider Solutions

Tristan Barnum

Director of Marketing, Wildfire

Wildfire

Tristan has a deep love of learning and is passionate about technology startups. She heads up marketing at Wildfire, a social commerce platform that uses machine learning and natural language processing to monetize word-of-mouth recommendations. She previously co-founded IoT Analytics company, Tellient and was CMO at Telcentris. In 2004 Tristan co-founded IP PBX maker, Switchvox, now part of Sangoma. Before founding Switchvox, she led UX for special projects at MP3.com, acquired by Vivendi Universal.

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Robert Cooper
Business Communications Solutions

Robert Cooper

Managing Director for North America, Wildix

Wildix

Robert Cooper, General Manager of Wildix North America, has over 30 years of Executive experience in the UC&C and Telecommunications Industry, He has held Senior positions and led Sales and Business Development for organizations such as eZuce Aastra, Ameritech and MCI. Mr. Cooper has sat on the advisory boards of several hi-tech startups and was on the Governors Advisory Board for small business in the state of Alabama. He was also appointed and served as a State Chair for the White House Conference on Small Business (Minority Delegates Caucus) focused on IT development.

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Mike Frane
SD-WAN Solutions

Mike Frane

VP SD-WAN, Windstream

Windstream

Mike Frane is VP Product Management at Windstream, with responsibility for the company’s SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, he’s overseen the launch and lifecycle of products including LTE wireless, Ethernet and MPLS IPsec access elements, Secure WiFi & Analytics, Application Performance Optimization, IPsec VPN and Unified Communications services and led the company’s Portal and Hybrid Networking strategy. Most recently, Mike and his team launched EarthLink SD-WAN, their most significant such product introduction in over a decade. Mike has a BS in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota and was involved in gene therapy research at the Institute of Human Genetics before entering the telecommunications industry as a business analyst for an investment firm based in the Pacific Northwest.

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Rick Beckers
MSP Solutions

Rick Beckers

CEO, Xaas1

Diego Gosmar
Open Source Solutions

Diego Gosmar

CEO, XCALLY

XCALLY

Diego is a Passionate Visionary Innovator with almost 20 years of experience in the ICT and Telco industry. He started to work on the early Voice over Internet technologies at Telecom Italia Labs in 1997, when he was finishing his University studiesIn 2005 he decided to explore the entrepreneurship experience in Wildix, a leading Voice over IP vendor, where he drove the company growth and business development, overtaken 5 Million revenues in a couple of years and opening subsidiaries in France (Paris) and Ukraine (Odessa).In 2007 Diego and his current partners were awarded for the best business plan in the Telecommunication industry at the I3P Polytechnic University of Turin Innovative Enterprises , therefore he decided to join Xenialab as co-Founder. The company was initially specializing in ICT services, and starting from 2012 Diego has been driving the XCALLY international expansion, covering now more than 60 countries worldwide all over the continents, managing key partners and hundreds of customers spread from Singapore to Middle East, Europe, South Africa, US, Brazil and more.XCALLY provides one of the best Omni Channel software along with effective User Experience for any customer care industry.Diego is a serial international speaker, providing several educational presentations about innovation in the omni-channel space, and recently involved in the Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence applications around the customer care market.See please here for some Diego’s speeches:https://www.gosmar.eu/index.html#video

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Moderator List

Dr. Ray Mota (Moderator)

CEO and Principal Analyst, ACG Research

ACG Research

Ray brings a talent for complex technical and critical thinking and provides strategic direction, sharp analysis, and expert advice on networking issues, specializing in design, implementation, and troubleshooting. As a former CTO, he designed, implemented and supported complex trading floor systems and large WAN Frame Relay, ATM, MPLS SD-WAN networks. He also provided training on Sniffer, HP Advisor protocol analysis tools, and MPLS, 2G, 3G, and 4G architectures. Ray has also developed cloud applications and has a software patent attributed to him.

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Hugh Goldstein (Moderator)

President, AU24

AU24

Hugh Goldstein is president of AU24, a management consultancy focused on IP communications technologies. AU24 supports clients implementing new solutions for improving voice, video, and messaging and advises software companies and services providers on their strategy, product marketing, and business development. Hugh’s background includes twenty years of experience with telecommunications and Internet companies and an M.S. in Management and Business Administration from Boston University and Ben Gurion University.

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Doug Mohney (Moderator)

Principal, Cidera Analytics

Cidera Analytics

A principal at Cidera Analytics, Doug has been working and writing about IT and satellite industries for over 20 years. His real world experience including stints at two start-ups, a commercial internet service provider that went public in 1997 for $150 million and a satellite internet broadband company.

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Frank Stinson (Moderator)

Partner, IntelliCom Analytics

IntelliCom Analytics

Frank Stinson is a Partner and Senior Analyst with IntelliCom Analytics and leads the firm’s IntelliCom Market Dashboard and Market Performance Dashboard programs. In this role, Stinson provides clients with strategic analysis of Business Communications provider market positioning, business model evolution, technology direction, applications enablement, and market performance.

Mr. Stinson’s research and analysis focuses particularly on technology and business model transformation and its impact on both individual provider positioning and broader industry evolution. Key areas of emphasis within that include software transformation of communication architectures, cloud-based and hybrid delivery alternatives, and the impact of disruptive end user technologies and applications.

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Jon Arnold (Moderator)

Principal, J Arnold & Associates

J Arnold & Associates

Jon Arnold is Principal of J Arnold & Associates, an independent analyst providing thought leadership and go-to-market counsel with a focus on the business-level impact of digital transformation in the workplace. Core areas of expertise include unified communications, cloud services, collaboration, Internet of Things, future of work, contact centers, customer experience, video, VoIP, and social media.He has been consulting in many of these areas since 2001, and his independent practice was founded in 2005. JAA is based in Toronto, Ontario, and serves clients across North America as well as in Europe. Jon’s thought leadership can be followed on his widely-read JAA’s Analyst Blog, along with daily commentary on Twitter and Linked in. His thought leadership is also regularly published across the communications industry, including BCStrategies, Ziff Davis, No Jitter, TechTarget and Internet Telephony Magazine. In both March 2017 and January 2016, Jon was cited among the Top Analysts Covering the Contact Center Industry, and also in 2017, Jon has been cited as a Top 10 Telecom Expert, and Six Business Communications Thought Leaders to Follow. Previously, GetVoIP.com named Jon a Top 50 UC Experts to Follow in 2015, as well as a Top 100 Tech Podcaster in 2014. For JAA’s blog, it was recognized as a Top Tech Blog in 2016 and 2015, and has had other similar accolades going back to 2008.Additionally, Jon is a UC Expert with BCStrategies, a long-serving Council Member with the Gerson Lehrman Group, speaks regularly at industry events and accepts public speaking invitations. He is frequently cited in both the trade press and mainstream business press, serves as an Advisor to emerging technology/telecom companies, and is a member of the U.S.-based SCTC.

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Gerry Purdy (Moderator)

Principal Analyst, Mobilocity LLC

Mobilocity LLC

J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D. is the Principal Analyst with Mobilocity LLC. He is a nationally recognized industry authority and thought leader who focuses on monitoring and analyzing emerging market trends, technologies, and behaviors in mobile computing and wireless data communications devices, software, and services. Dr. Purdy is an ‘edge of network’ analyst with a passion for the analysis of devices, applications and services; as well as wireless connectivity to those devices. His reputation in the industry, and passion in the mobile niche, led to the inception of the Mobilocity newsletter, an email publication with a syndicated readership of over 100,000. His informative column is on a wide range of mobile and wireless topics. Dr. Purdy has been a member of the Program Advisory Board of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) that produces the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the largest trade shows in the world. He has been a moderator GSMA conferences. He is also a sought-after speaker and moderator at major mobile and wireless conferences and has appeared in national news broadcasts including MSNBC and Fox Business.

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Akshay Sharma (Moderator)

Principal Analyst, neXt Curve

neXt Curve

Former Gartner Analyst having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, IoT, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms. Currently a VP/principal analyst at neXt Curve, and on the advisory board for 5G Lamp-post startup LB-N, as well as Kovair in DevOps, and Unified Office in the UC/IoT space.

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Phil Edholm (Moderator)

President and Principal, PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com

PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com

Phil Edholm is the President and Principal of PKE Consulting. PKE consults to end users and vendors in the communications and networking markets. PKE works with our clients to deliver the value of the integration of information and interaction. Whether with Unified Communications or integration of communications and business processes, PKE has the experience and knowledge to transform your organization. Phil is also the organizer of WebRTC World Expo and Conference, the global eco-system event for WebRTC, the next major transformation in technology.Phil Edholm has over 30 years experience in creating innovation and transformation in networking and communications. Prior to founding PKE , he was Vice President of Technology Strategy and Innovation for Avaya. In this role, he was responsible for defining vision and strategic technology and the integration of the Nortel product portfolio into Avaya. He was responsible for portfolio architecture, standards activities, and User Experience. Prior to Avaya, he was CTO/CSO for the Nortel Enterprise business for 9 years. At Nortel, he led the development of VoIP solutions and multimedia communications as well as IP transport technology. His background includes extensive LAN and data communications experience, including 13 years with Silicon Valley start-ups.Phil is recognized as an industry leader and visionary. In 2007, he was recognized by Frost and Sullivan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Growth, Innovation and Leadership in Telecommunications. Phil is a widely sought speaker and has been in the VoiceCon/Enterprise Connect Great Debate three times. He has been recognized by the IEEE as the originator of “Edholm’s Law of Bandwidth” as published in July 2004 IEEE Spectrum magazine and as one of the “Top 100 Voices of IP Communications by Internet Telephony magazine. Phil was a member of the IEEE 802.3 standards committee, developed the first multi-protocol network interfaces, and was a founder of the Frame Relay Forum. Phil has 16 patents and holds a BSME/EE from Kettering University.

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Peter Radizeski (Moderator)

President, RAD-INFO, Inc.

RAD-INFO, Inc.

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

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Doug Green (Moderator)

Publisher, Telecom Reseller

Gary Audin (Moderator)

Senior Technology Analyst & EDUcast Host, Telecom Reseller

Telecom Reseller

Gary Audin has more than 40+ years of computer, communications and security consulting and implementation experience. He has planned, designed, specified, implemented, and operated data, LAN, and telephone networks. These have included local area, national and international networks as well as VoIP and IP convergent networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and Asia. He has advised domestic and international venture capital and investment bankers in communications, VoIP, and microprocessor technologies.

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Anthony Stiso (Moderator)

Vice President – Marketing and Sales, Telinta, Inc.

Telinta, Inc.

Anthony Stiso leads Telinta’s marketing, sales and partner channels for the company’s cloud-based Switching and Billing solutions offered to both new and established VoIP service providers around the world. This includes solutions for offering Hosted PBX, Mobile VoIP, MVNO, Calling Card, Wholesale and more.He brings over two decades of experience with technology leaders such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telmex, Deutsche Telekom, SAP, HP, Lucent and others. Anthony holds a Bachelors degree in Communications from Rowan University and a Masters degree in Business from the State University of New York. He resides in Miami, and has been part of the ITEXPO community for over a decade.

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Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Managing Editor & SD-WAN Conference Chair, TMC

TMC

Growing up a gamer, the love of tech started for Maurice at a young age. This passion evolved over time and today includes interest in the IoT, UC, digital services, SD-WAN and more. With TMC, Maurice stays at the tip of the innovation spear by reporting on cutting edge solutions extending from the data center to the end user. Maurice is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Communications. He previously interned and worked for ESPN Radio where he wrote on-air material, produced programming and covered the Miami area teams (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers). Maurice has been published on cbssports.com and Bleacher Report.

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Erik Linask (Moderator)

Group Editorial Director, TMC

TMC

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC. During his tenure at TMC, he has supported the production and development of TMCs print publications and, most recently, managed the day-to-day operations of the industry’s leading Web site, TMCnet, which currently serves more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Currently, he oversees TMC’s four print publications as well as TMCnet, and covers a wide range of topics in the IP Communications and Information Technology arenas, including his blog, Convergence Corner, on TMCnet. Erik also develops to conference programming for ITEXPO, and TMCs other communications and technology events, including Software Telco Congress. Prior to joining TMC, Erik was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.

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Rich Tehrani (Moderator)

CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC

TMC

Rich Tehrani is the CEO and group Editor-In-Chief of TMC, as well as the Founder and Conference Chairman of ITEXPO, a leading technology trade show held twice each year. Rich oversees a diverse portfolio of successful technology magazines, web sites and trade events at TMC, which recently celebrated its 44th anniversary. Rich has guided TMC’s ascension and evolution from a print publishing and trade show company focused exclusively on voice/data convergence and computer telephony integration (CTI) markets, into a media powerhouse covering all of today’s most important technologies – Wireless/Mobile, Cloud Computing, IP Communications, IoT, and more. Rich is TMC’s driving force in the creation and implementation of pioneering publications and events. Since launching TMCnet in 1995, Rich has pioneered the development of more than 300 online communities of interest, revolutionizing the online world and changing the way companies leverage their brands online. Rich is a media icon, maintaining an active role as an Editor-In-Chief and a very prominent technology blogger/social media participant. TMC’s event and online platforms serve as an incubator for new concepts from the leading minds in the technology space. Rich launched and oversees the ITEXPO Franchise (which is in its 34th installment) – and is constantly adding collocated events by using his creativity and ability to launch synergistic conferences. Various collocated events include: CVx (ChannelVision Expo), IoT Evolution Conference & Expo, IDEA Showcase, and MSP Expo. Aside from his contributions to the online media world, Rich is an active and engaged philanthropist. He a member of the local JCC, a Board Member of the UCONN Engineering Department, and the engineer behind the future TMC Technology Center at a local Boys & Girls Club. This is all in addition to being an active and involved father and member of the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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