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Florida 2020 Speakers

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):
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):
SPEAKER TBA
MSP Solutions

SPEAKER TBA

, AT&T

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):
Sri Srinivasan
Keynote Presentation

Sri Srinivasan

SVP & GM, Team Collaboration Group, Cisco

Cisco

Sri Srinivasan is Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Team Collaboration Group at Cisco. Sri is responsible for the Cisco Webex that includes Meetings, Teams, Calling and Devices, as well as a portfolio of on-premises and hybrid collaboration tools. Under Sris leadership, Cisco is creating a collaboration canvas to empower teams to perform at their best. This open canvas brings collaboration tools together with productivity tools and business processes for a simple, unified experience.Sri joined Cisco from Microsoft where he was GM for the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Enterprise Apps business in the C+E/Azure Group. Throughout his tenure at Microsoft, Sri primarily focused on the business solutions division, bringing thought leadership to help build a partner-based business model for an upper mid-market on-premises ERP and eventually its transition to Hybrid and Cloud SaaS.Sri was responsible for Research & Development of the ERP Enterprise Edition for Microsoft Dynamics 365 (formerly known as AX) and Common Data Service (CDS), the data substrate for the Azure Business Application Platform. Sri drove the successful transformation of an on-premises business to Cloud SaaS, a first of its kind on Azure, with an industry acclaimed offering as part of Dynamics 365. Previously Sri was the Engineering Director for Microsoft Dynamics AX through 2013. Prior to that, Sri was the General Manager for the Dynamics AX Customer Success Team where he built the team for the division, enabling the Solution Architect role, and the incubation of Life Cycle Services (SaaS Service for customer/partner driven ALM), which is now a mainstream offering for Dynamics implementations and rollouts.Prior to Microsoft, Sri was one of eleven Distinguished Engineers at Peoplesoft. Sri worked on the initial web transformation of business applications, with focus on performance and scale. Sri also worked on acquisition diligence, specifically on the merger of JD Edwards into Peoplesoft.Sri has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology, India.

Session(s):
Zack Taylor
Future of Work

Zack Taylor

Director of Strategic Communications, Customer Journey, 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 planning, development, and communication the unit’s business-relevant solutions to key internal and external constituents. Prior accountabilities include roles in AT&T’s Sales Channel, where he was a Global Account Manager in the Financial Services and Banking Industry and Integrated Solutions Organizations. He was a founding member of Avaya’s Global Strategic Solutions team and also the General Manager for Avaya’s Contact Center portfolio.He is a published author on numerous Call Center technologies and has appeared on National Public Radio, 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/zacktaylorHe has an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Ashland University in Ohio. He has participated in programs at The London School of Business, University of Michigan’s Executive Education Program, Six Sigma University, and the Alexander Hamilton Institute. He 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.He resides in Bedminster, New Jersey, USA.

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):
Ken Lienemann
Business Communications Solutions

Ken Lienemann

Chief Revenue Officer, CoreDial

CoreDial

As chief revenue officer at CoreDial, Ken is responsible for leading channel recruitment initiatives as well as channel on-boarding, training, support, and success. With a deep background in marketing, sales, and service, Ken brings more than 20 years of experience to the position having previously worked for telecom and software companies ranging from start-ups and early stage IPOs to Fortune 500 enterprises. He has helped establish CoreDial as a leading provider of cloud communications services that drives channel success through a unique business model, empowering partners to deliver high-value, margin-rich communications solutions to more than 23,000 businesses with 320,000 seats nationwide. 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 company that specializes in managing voice, data, and wireless telecom expenses. Ken holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors 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):
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):
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):
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):
Speaker TBA
SD-WAN Solutions

Speaker TBA

, Hughes ON

Hughes ON

Session(s):
Marie Douglas
Keynote Presentation

Marie Douglas

Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers Sales, IBM

IBM

Marie Douglas is Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers (CSPs, MSPs, ISVs) Sales for IBM. She is responsible for and leads her team to work with Technology Service Providers, a NextGen segment that builds solutions for Customers based on solving a business problem with technology which include one or more IBM offerings.

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):
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):
Sébastien Tellier
SD-WAN 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):
Jonjie Sena
Service Provider Solutions

Jonjie Sena

Senior Product Marketing Director, Communications Solutions, Neustar

Neustar

Jonjie Sena is Senior Director of Product Marketing at Neustar, responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for Neustar’s portfolio of trusted communications solutions. During the last several years, Jonjie and his team have placed a special focus on helping businesses overcome the impacts of the robocalling epidemic and restoring trust in phone calls. Jonjie has more than two decades of experience in driving the development and launch of innova-tive solutions for communications service providers and enterprises around the world. Prior to joining Neustar, Jonjie held senior positions at TEOCO, Ventraq, and ACE*COMM.Jonjie received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from State University of New York at Albany and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of the Philippines Computer Science.

Session(s):
Ryan Walsh
MSP Solutions

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):
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):
Jim Machi
Business Communications Solutions

Jim Machi

VP of Marketing, Sangoma

Sangoma

Jim is responsible for developing and executing the global marketing plan including digital strategy, partner marketing, content generation, branding and lead generation activities. 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 New York University.

Session(s):
Anthony Minessale
Business Communications Solutions

Anthony Minessale

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):
Chiranjoy Das
Future of Work

Chiranjoy Das

Chief Information Officer, SimpleTire

SimpleTire

CJ has played roles, including Chief Data Officer, & Chief Digital Officer that required him to provide technical leadership to local, national, and international sites and services by serving as a ‘hands-on’ 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. He also received the Analytics50, and the DigitalEdge50 awards in 2017. He was an Advisor to Gartner, & often seen delivering speeches in various conferences across the country on Technology.CJ believes that we live in a world that is being transformed by technology, but with this power to change lives comes the responsibility. He takes this responsibility very seriously by applying innovative technologies for the greater good, and be a good citizen.He has a Master’s degree in Computer Science, & an MBA in Finance.

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):
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

Session(s):
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.

Session(s):
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.

Session(s):
Dan Rosenrauch
Business Communications Solutions

Dan Rosenrauch

CTO, Viirtue

Viirtue

Session(s):
Sanjay Srinivasan, PHD
SD-WAN Solutions

Sanjay Srinivasan, PHD

Chief Architect, Business Services, 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.Business cloud communications, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’sengineering and product development. With more than 20 years of experience in data networks,voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s expertise includes network design,VoIP, software architecture, service provider process engineering, product marketing, andnetwork and service operations.Sanjay joined Vonage upon the Company’s acquisition of Telesphere in 2015, where he servedas Chief Technology Officer.Sanjay holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is amember of Engineering Honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

Session(s):
Omar Javaid
Future of Work

Omar Javaid

President, API Platform Group, Vonage

Vonage

Omar Javaid joined Vonage in July 2015 as Chief Product Officer, responsible for the Companys overall product strategy. In 2019, he was named President of the API Platform Group. Mr. Javaid oversees all aspects of the Company’s product strategy in addition to the sales, operations and developer relations functions of the API Platform.Mr. Javaid has more than 20 years of experience creating award-winning products in the technology industry with a focus on telecommunications, media and web product development. Prior to joining Vonage, he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Discovery and Cloud Platforms for Rovi Corporation, a cloud-based entertainment discovery company.Prior to Rovi, Mr. Javaid held positions as Vice President and General Manager of Commercial Mobility, and Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Hewlett-Packard. He has also held executive positions at Motorola Mobility and Qualcomm, Inc. An entrepreneur, Mr. Javaid founded and led two successful technology startups. He earned a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan.

Session(s):
Matt Brown
Business Communications Solutions

Matt Brown

VP Product, Voxbone

Voxbone

Matt Brown serves as VP of Product at Voxbone. He is a master of innovation and brings this expertise to the communications space after working in the fintech and cybersecurity industries with senior positions at Payfone and Tengo. Matt oversees Voxbone’s range of cloud-based communications services that allow businesses to easily establish a local, compliant, cost-effective presence and effectively reach new markets across more than 65 countries.

Session(s):
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.

Session(s):
Himanshu  Verma
MSP Solutions

Himanshu Verma

Director, Global Business Development, WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Technologies

Himanshu Verma joined WatchGuard in 2016 as director of product management, with a primary focus on delivering WatchGuard products and solutions to the Managed Service Provider (MSP) market. Himanshu is now WatchGuard’s Director of Business Development, expanding our ecosystem to better support MSPs and how they do business. Himanshu has also held various roles in Engineering and research and development, working on various information security and data protection technologies. He holds a Bachelors Technology degree in Computer Science and Engineering.

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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





Moderator List

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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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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