FEATURED SPEAKERS

Peter Bailey

President & CEO
Vertical Communications

Vertical Communications

Wednesday, February 8 12:00 PM

As a co-founder of Vertical Communications in 2004 (along with Mr. Tauscher), Peter Bailey has led a talented team to the Company's current incarnation as a market and thought leader in the enterprise communications technology sector. With over 20 years of experience in technology, operations, finance and executive management, Peter is responsible for Vertical's overall strategic direction, and is intimately involved in its day-to-day operations. Prior to his current role as President and CEO, he served as President and COO with responsibility for the Company's sales, marketing and operations organizations.

In 2011, Peter was appointed CEO and joined the Board of Directors for Vertical. Since that time he has led the company through a period of significant growth and market share expansion. He credits Vertical's talented, dedicated and "extremely stubborn" staff for all the Company's ongoing success, noting, "Business is the ultimate team sport, and we have a fantastic team."

Peter started his career with Salomon Brothers, Inc. in New York, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

Fritz Hendricks

CEO Onvoy, Inc

Onvoy

10- 10:30am | Thursday, February 9

Fritz Hendricks has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Fritz was COO prior to becoming the president of Onvoy, Inc. As COO of Onvoy he was responsible for Engineering, Operations, Information Technology, Product Innovations, Product Management, Market Development and Customer Service.

Fritz started his career working at Cox Communications delivering competitive telecom services using a hybrid fiber coax system. After Cox, he had a 17 year career with US WEST (now CenturyLink) where he held leadership positions in center and field operations, next generation business and technology planning, engineering, and systems automation culminating as the Vice President of Operations for Qwest Global Services.

Fritz has served as the Chairman of the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Technology and Engineering Board and on the Best Prep Tech Corp Board of Directors, a non-profit organization that supports the advancement of technology education in public schools. Fritz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bellevue and is a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon Information Networking Institute for Advance Telecommunication Innovation.

Sumit Dhawan

Senior Vice President and General Manager, End User Computing VMware

VMware

10:30am | Thursday, February 9

Sumit Dhawan is Senior Vice President and General Manager of VMware's End User Computing desktop business. He leads product development, product management, strategy and delivery for enterprise, cloud services, personal desktop, and application delivery and management products.

Prior to his current role, he was Group Vice President & General Manager of the mobile products for Citrix. At Citrix, he drove Citrix's entry into the mobile management market, including the acquisition of Zenprise. Dhawan was one of the key leaders in driving product, marketing and Go-To-Market strategy for several end user computing products at Citrix, including Citrix's entry into the desktop virtualization market. Dhawan was instrumental in getting Citrix to build a $1B+ business in desktop virtualization.

Dhawan has nearly 20 years of experience within enterprise software industry. Dhawan holds degrees in both business and science, with a master's degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a master's degree in computer science from the University of Minnesota. Dhawan graduated with a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Jamie Thomas

General Manager, Strategy & Development, IBM

IBM

Ms. Thomas is responsible for Strategy, Development and Client Experience for IBM's POWER, Mainframe and Storage Offerings. In this role, she is responsible for setting and executing the innovation plans required to support clients worldwide. In addition, Ms. Thomas owns IBM's WW Supply Chain Operations supporting all manufacturing. Recently she was General Manager of Storage and set the strategic direction of storage solutions focused on traditional data center and cloud deployment models. She played a central role in establishing IBM's software defined storage Spectrum brand and enabling the growth of the Flash storage business.During her tenure at IBM, Ms. Thomas has held various product development and brand leadership roles. Prior Ms. Thomas was the Vice President of IBM Tivoli Strategy and Development where she focused on strategic solutions in support of Internet of Things and Cloud. From 2007 to 2009, she was the Vice President of Rational Development and Client Support responsible for worldwide development and support of the IBM Rational Software Brand, spanning enterprise and complex systems solutions. She served as Vice President of WebSphere Server Development, responsible for the expansion of the WebSphere Java business from 2004 to 2006.She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

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Thomas Daniel

Senior Principal, Product Management, Windstream

Windstream

Tom Daniel, Senior Principal – Product Management, has overall Product Management responsibility for Windstream's UCaaS & CCaaS service offerings, setting the direction of the product portfolio and ensuring the services continue to meet the ever-changing demands of customers. Tom joined Windstream in April 2016, bringing with him over twenty years of experience in the technology services industry. Most recently, Tom spent 11 years at Verizon where held various Product Management/Development and Marketing roles with responsibility for several of their Advanced Communications service offerings including Managed UC&C and UCCaaS. Prior to Verizon, Tom was President of a regional VAR which specialized in providing network integration and remote monitoring services to customers in the SMB market.

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Vishal Brown

Vice President, professional services, Yorktel

Yorktel

With nearly 20 years of experience helping large enterprises adopt next-generation unified communication and collaboration (UC&C) solutions, Vishal Brown is charged with leading Yorktel's Professional Services Division, the company's strategic consulting practice that provides expertise, thought leadership, strategy, and tactical guidance on video communications to its Federal, Public Sector & Fortune 500 clientele. He joined Yorktel in September of 2011 as the Vice President of Professional Services, where he is responsible for delivering high-level advisory services that guide businesses and government agencies develop, implement and managed effective video communications. Prior to joining Yorktel, Vishal directed a team within McKinsey & Company from April 2008 – October 2011 that developed global UC strategy for its clients, consultants and corporate executives. Under his governance as McKinsey's lead developer for unified communications, VoIP and HDVC integration, Vishal's team excelled at taking innovations from concept to implementation. From May 2006 – April 2008, as Senior Audio and Video Engineer for IAC/InterActiveCorp, Vishal created industry-leading interactive business solutions and steered evaluation and implementation of conference room management applications for more than 20 rooms and meeting spaces within the company. Vishal is recognized worldwide as an expert in utilizing advanced technologies, including enterprise UC, voice and video telephony, corporate AV and consumer video, which improve the way people communicate, collaborate, and connect. As a highly sough after thought leader, Vishal has accepted number speaking invitations to present executive industry forums, such as the WebRTC EXPO, ITEXPO, and Frost & Sullivan. In addition, Vishal has published several whitepapers and extensive articles examining best practices and advancements in video communications, which have appeared in Wired, No Jitter, Homeland Security Today, IMCCA, Smart Business and other leadership journals.

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Darrell Long

VP of Products, Versa Networks

Versa Networks

Darrell is responsible for Product Strategy & Product Management. Darrell brings a strong background in guiding teams in the delivery of industry leading solutions in high growth technology markets. Prior to Versa, he led Aerohive Network's Cloud & Applications products. Darrell was also the GM for Blue Coat Systems Security and Carrier Infrastructure Products, where he led the definition, development, and delivery of the company's main revenue generating enterprise security solutions and carrier/service provider web caching products. Before Blue Coat, Darrell held management positions in Systems Engineering and Business Development with Novell and was a senior consultant/analyst for Accenture. Darrell has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Jennifer Adams

Head of Global Collaboration Markets, Plantronics

Plantronics

Jennifer Adams serves as the director, Enterprise Solutions Marketing. In this role she directs strategic marketing for enterprise business products and solutions globally, including traditional office headset solutions, unified communications and collaboration solutions. She also manages the Alliance Marketing team which works with the company's major strategic alliance partners. Jennifer joined Plantronics in 2006, working in the home office division for three years until it was integrated into the enterprise division and her focus shifted to global enterprise product marketing. While at Plantronics, Jennifer launched the Plantronics Unified Communications Portfolio in 2010, which continues to be the largest growth segment for the company, and spearheaded strategic marketing initiatives including the globalization of a Virtual Collaboration sales and marketing program designed to provide richer engagement with customers in order to ease transitions around communication evolution.Prior to Plantronics Jennifer managed marketing at Celestron, a leading consumer optics manufacturer.Jennifer holds a BA, Public Relations from the Annenberg School of Journalism at University of Southern California.

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