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KEYNOTE ANNOUNCED

Combatting Cybersecurity Threats with Behavioral Analytics

Jennifer Blatnik
VP, Cloud, Security, Enterprise Marketing

Florida 2021 Speakers

Allen Proithis
Service Provider Solutions

Allen Proithis

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients interested in Digital Transformation enabled by mobile, IoT, software and managed solutions. Capstone is the 5G application provider for one of the largest private 5G network deployments in the US. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, North America, where he created a high-performance team that built an Internet of Things business with top enterprise companies while providing US wireless coverage for over 70M people in the U.S. Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony & InterDigital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15M to launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video content management solutions. Previously, Allen led Strategy & Business Development for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division. Here he drove all strategic initiatives for devices, software & services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.

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Mitch Welin
Service Provider Solutions

Mitch Welin

CEO, ComRes Inc.

ComRes Inc.

Mitch Welin started ComRes as a telecom consulting company 31 years ago in Dallas, and eventually moved to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. He has grown ComRes into a company of 15 people that services nationwide customers for VoIP, phone systems, low voltage cabling, access control and surveillance. ComRes has been a SkySwitch dealer for 3 years. Most recently ComRes announced its integration between SkySwitch VoIP and Zoho One CRM. Mitch has been in telecommunications for 35 years and owns other companies in the web marketing and real estate industries. He uses EOS Traction to run his companies and Zoho CRM as a business operating system.

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Eric Burger
Keynote Presentation

Eric Burger

Professor, Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Dr. Burger is a Professor at Georgetown University. He was on detail to the White House as the Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and prior to that on detail to Federal Communications Commission as its CTO. Dr. Burger contributed to the Secure 5G and Beyond Act Implementation Plan, as well as ensured funding and support for the R&D and scaling of 5G IoT, smart city, and mobile applications. His research and teaching covers cybersecurity, distributed computing, DLT, systems economics and risk, policy, and network governance. He serves as an advisor to numerous companies and prior to his government service served on corporate boards. Prior to Georgetown he was CTO of several public and private network equipment and enterprise software companies. Dr. Burger holds over 20 patents and has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C standards. He served on numerous industry association boards. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Naina Raisinghani
Keynote Presentation

Naina Raisinghani

Product Manager, Google

Google

Naina Raisinghani is a Product Manager on the AMP Project. She focuses on helping developers be more productive with AMP. She previously spent 2 years as a Software Engineer on the Chrome team working on making the rendering engine pixel perfect.

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Mark  Palmer
SD-WAN EXPO

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.

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Brian O'Connor
SD-WAN EXPO

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.

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Joe Ward
Service Provider Solutions

Joe Ward

CEO and President, IKIN

IKIN

Joe Ward serves as chief executive officer and president of IKIN, and oversees the company’s strategy, business development, sales, and marketing initiatives. Joe joined IKIN after spending much of his career as a highly respected executive in the telecommunications sector. In his three-decades-long career, he has held management positions with leading providers including Inter-Tel, Mitel, and other large channel providers. Joe is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and resides in Austin.

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David Duffett
OPEN SOURCE

David Duffett

Founder and Lead Trainer, Let the Geek Speak

Let the Geek Speak

David is a Telephony Geek that has been publicly speaking and teaching for more than 25 years, from London to Los Angeles, Berlin to Beirut, Kingston to Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai to Melbourne, and Mexico City! He loves communications technology and served as the Worldwide Community Director for the Asterisk® project for nearly 7 years, and also as the Worldwide Community Advocate at SignalWire, Inc., the company behind the FreeSWITCH project.David has always been grateful to the Geeks that build the various technologies he speaks about, and now he wants to give back – by helping Geeks to Speak!

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Tirza Hollenhorst
FUTURE OF WORK

Tirza Hollenhorst

CEO, LUMAN

LUMAN

Tirza is an entrepreneur and a futurist. Trained as a biologist and engineer who previously built a technology company and facilitated international, cross-sector collaboration around corporate responsibility and environmental resource management. Tirza is the founder and CEO of LUMAN where she brings her experience in business, neuroscience, and innovation together to transform organizations and prepare them for the future of work. Tirza believes creation thrives when people are motivated by their internal sense of purpose, connected to their team, and held in a container of psychological safety. An engaging and embodied presence, she can quickly conjure connectedness and creativity amongst large groups. Tirza is a frequent speaker on the Future of Work, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Session(s):
Daniel Quant
Service Provider Solutions

Daniel Quant

Vice President of Strategic Development, MultiTech

MultiTech

Daniel Quant is Vice President of Strategic Development responsible for developing corporate strategies that grow market share and brand within high growth markets. Identifying new business trends and incubating innovation internally and within industrial market segments, creating partner ecosystems that accelerate enterprise digital transformation and revenue growth. He works closely with international customers and organizations, representing MultiTech at standardization groups, leading committees within technology and vertical industrial associations. Daniel has more than 25 years of wireless and telecom experience, including twenty leading global product teams.

Session(s):
Dave Beagle
MSP Technology Solutions

Dave Beagle

Sr. Director of Channels, Ooma

Ooma

David Beagle is the head of channels at Ooma, with the unique opportunity to develop a go-to-market program that can fit with any type of partner.? Previously, he was a leader in building out a channel at Office Depot with a managed services offering.?Recognized as a three-time Channel Chief by CRN at two other companies, he is an established leader in the channel, having led efforts to build, expand, and grow opportunity engagements and revenue.?Currently, David also serves on the CompTIA Channel Advisory Board.?With his 15-plus years of experience in UCaaS/hosted VoIP at companies like ShoreTel, Fonality, and M5 Networks, he has helped partners identify and take advantage of revenue opportunities.

Session(s):
Matthew Fredrickson
OPEN SOURCE

Matthew Fredrickson

Director of Software Development - Open Source, Sangoma

Sangoma

Named The Nicest Guy in VoIP, Ever! by SimCon, Matthew is the Director of Software Development - Open Source, Sangoma (covering both the Asterisk and FreePBX projects) and is always willing to help and talk. And hes a really, really nice guy. Smart, humble, down to earth, and incredibly bright.And just as importantly as all of the above, Matthew has been involved in Asterisk for a very, very long time, having authored many parts, including chan_SS7!

Session(s):
Maxim Sobolev
OPEN SOURCE

Maxim Sobolev

Founder and CEO, Sippy Software, Inc.

Sippy Software, Inc.

Long term OpenSIPS contributor, Open Source aficionado. Author and maintainer of few open source projects, Max is very Community focussed and is often to be found participating in various Open Source events.

Session(s):
Alan Percy
OPEN SOURCE

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 role.

Session(s):
Mark Elliott
MSP Business Development

Mark Elliott

CRO, The 20

The 20

Mark Elliott has been helping businesses develop strategies to analyze, manage, and overcome the ever-changing technology challenges they face for over 25 years. A central focus has been security and HIPAA compliance. His experience includes preventing, detecting and responding to hackers and threats. Thus, ensuring that your organization is safe from invasions while simultaneously meeting regulatory compliance.During his career, Mark has advised clients on effective – and cost-effective – approaches to developing infrastructure that fosters productivity and profitability. His work has provided him with a broad-based knowledge of business from the inside, with an expertise in areas that go beyond IT alone, ranging from strategic planning to cloud computing to workflow automation solutions.As an entrepreneur who has worked successfully with startups to Fortune 500, Mark is also well aware of the unique hurdles that small and medium-sized enterprises face in assembling their business technologies.

Session(s):
Andrea M. Robel
Service Provider Solutions

Andrea M. Robel

President & CEO, Vistanet Telecommunications, Inc.

Vistanet Telecommunications, Inc.

Andrea M. Robel has more than 40 years of experience in financing and working with rural telephone and cellular companies and long-distance fiber networks and private businesses of all sizes throughout the United States. Growing up in a family-owned business, she has experienced firsthand the challenges of a small business. As a business consultant, Andrea has successfully worked with start-ups to international enterprise in many industries to develop strategic plans, financing options, and perform overall management consulting and business turnarounds. Working for a start-up private lender, Andrea designed, developed, and implemented full life cycle loan processing procedures for lending to the independent telecommunications industry to ensure adequate loan security and financial viability. She has developed, written, presented, negotiated, and closed loan proposals to telephone companies, cable television companies, long distance fiber carriers, cellular telephone companies and other businesses. Along with undergraduate studies at University of Maryland in Administration and Management and post graduate studies in public utility economics, Andrea has completed many professional seminars in Management, Real Estate, Finance, Contract Law and Telecommunications Engineering. Currently, she owns a North Carolina HUB certified telecommunications company that helps businesses enhance communications between their employees and their customers.

Session(s):
Joseph Montes
OPEN SOURCE

Joseph Montes

Channel Manager, VitalPBX LLC

VitalPBX LLC

Networking Engineer with 10 years of experience in Networking, Security, and Unified Communications. Joseph Montes has been in the communications industry all of his life. Growing in a world full of technology, he has a firm grasp of current and up and coming technologies.

Session(s):
Diego Gosmar
OPEN SOURCE

Diego Gosmar

Vice President International Operations, XCALLY

XCALLY

Successful international speaker, Diego Gosmar is a manager with over 20 years of experience in the ICT sector and a writer with passion for innovation. He is author of the new book “Machine Learning - The sixth chakra of Artificial Intelligence” Published on August 2020 - ISBN: 979-8674459958:https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GHF3PPX/ In 2010 Diego and his partners were rewarded for having founded Xenialab: best innovative start-up at the I3P incubator of the Turin Polytechnic University.Diego has led the international expansion of the XCALLY omni-channel software solution, reaching over 50 countries worldwide, managing partners and hundreds of customers scattered from Singapore to the Middle East, Europe, South Africa, the United States, Brazil and others. Since December 2019 Xenialab has become part of the INGO Spa group and Diego has been focusing on the growth of international operations. Diegos experience is linked to Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) with particular attention to speech analysis, sentiment analysis and customer service applications through advanced forecasting and IVR models.

Session(s):
Harry Moseley
Keynote Presentation

Harry Moseley

Global CIO, Zoom

Zoom

Harry D. Moseley brings to Zoom a blend of transformational leadership, disruptive innovation, and corporate growth strategies. As the former CIO & Managing Director for KPMG, Harry was responsible for technology and innovation to support the firms competitive growth. Over five years he identified and replaced legacy technology to dramatically improve productivity, security, and reliability. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director - Partner for Blackstone, where he led the companys transformation to the worlds best digital alternative asset manager. Prior to Blackstone, Harry was a Managing Director for Credit Suisse, where he served as the CIO of Global Investment Banking, and Global Co-Head of Application Development / Co-CIO of the firm. Before Credit Suisse, Harry served as CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.

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Moderator List

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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Communications RE-IMAGINED - Where Digital Transformation Happens

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