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Wednesday, Feb 8 - 11:00 AM

Jonathan Adelstein

President and CEO
The Wireless Infrastructure Association

The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Wednesday, February 8 11:00 AM

Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & Chief Executive Officer of WIA–The Wireless Infrastructure Association. WIA represents over 200 companies devoted to building wireless broadband facilities that connect every corner of America. Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched. WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world. Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion.

Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. At the FCC he achieved bipartisan progress on issues including broadband expansion, widening access to the Internet and media diversity.

In 2009, following the FCC, Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service. There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans. He spearheaded the strategic investment of nearly $7 billion under the Recovery Act into rural broadband and water infrastructure, as part of annual budgets of up to $15 billion.

As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America.

Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader.

Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University. He attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and served as a Teaching Fellow in history at Harvard University and a Teaching Assistant at Stanford University. He is a graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover. He was born and raised in Rapid City, South Dakota. An avid musician, he has performed with artists from local garage bands to members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He currently lives with his wife and two children in the Washington, D.C. area.

Wednesday, Feb 8 - 11:30 AM

Curtis Peterson

SVP of Cloud Operations
RingCentral

RingCentral

Wednesday, February 8 11:30 AM

Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years' experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from start-ups 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 operations. Peterson has built world-class teams that can develop highly scalable networks while directing systems with ever-increasing compliance and security requirements in heavily regulated industries. 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. Currently, he serves as the Senior VP of Cloud Operations at RingCentral, a leading cloud communications platform for businesses in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.

Wednesday, Feb 8 - 12:00 PM

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.

Wednesday, Feb 8 - 4:00 PM

Chris Drake

Chief Technology Officer, iconectiv

iconectiv

Chris Drake, Chief Technology Officer at iconectiv, is responsible for internal and external technology initiatives at iconectiv including emerging opportunities in mobile content, CyberSecurity, mobile identity, virtualization and M2M/IoT. ). As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, iconectiv's market-leading solutions enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications for more than one billion people every day. A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, Inc., doing business as iconectiv, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson.

Drake began his career at Bell Northern Research and has over 25 years in the Telecommunications industry. Prior to iconectiv, Chris held executive positions at Aricent Group, Neustar, Sonus Networks, Telcordia Technologies and Advanced Switching Communications.Drake also serves as an advisor to a number of technology startups and the Canadian Consulate Tech Accelerator @ NYC. Drake is also on the board and executive committee of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) and has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Security and Software Engineering Research Center (S2ERC IAB) through Georgetown University and the National Science Foundation.Drake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa.

Session(s):

Wednesday, Feb 8 - 4:30 PM

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.

Session(s):

Thursday, Feb 9 - 10:00am

Fritz Hendricks

CEO
Onvoy, Inc

Onvoy

Thursday, Feb 9 - 10:00am

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.

Session(s):

Thursday, Feb 9 - 10:30am

Sumit Dhawan

Senior Vice President and General Manager, End User Computing
VMware

VMware

Thursday, Feb 9 - 10:30am

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.

Thursday, Feb 9 - 4:15pm

Jeff Pulver

Founder, PulverHWC

PulverHWC

Jeff Pulver is a Futurist and American Internet entrepreneur known for his work as founder of pulver.com, Free World Dialup and Vonage. Jeff is an Internet Pioneer whose work helped popularize the use and adoption of VoIP worldwide. He helped change the way the world communicates. The communication law issued by the Federal Communications Commission named after him known as The Pulver Order is the reason Internet based services like: FaceTime, Skype and Messenger are offered for free. Since 1997 he has invested in over 400 startups and has served as founder, co-founder and chairman of numerous startups. His most recent set of conferences started in 2016 is called MoNage, where he explores the future of communications.

Session(s):

Special General Session: Cloud UC - Innovation Awaits

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 9:00 AM

Curtis Peterson

SVP of Cloud Operations, RingCentral

RingCentral

Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from start-ups 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. Peterson has built world-class teams that can develop highly scalable networks while directing systems with ever-increasing compliance and security requirements in heavily regulated industries. 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. Currently, he serves as the SVP of Cloud Operations at RingCentral, a leading cloud communications platform for businesses in the U.S.

Session(s):

Matt McGinnis

VP, Product Marketing, 8x8

8x8

Matt McGinnis is 8x8's Vice President of Product Marketing. Matt is responsible for the strategy, planning, and execution for 8x8's award winning Virtual Office and Virtual Contact Center products targeting small, medium, and enterprise business segments.Prior to joining 8x8, Matt served as AVP of Product Marketing at RingCentral where he drove the company's cloud communications, collaboration, and team messaging products into enterprise and global markets. Prior to RingCentral, he served as Director of Product Marketing and Product Management at Ditech Networks, a company focused on enhancing VoIP quality in business communications.Matt holds a MBA from the University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business as well as a Finance and Marketing bachelor's degree from the University of Oregon.

Session(s):

Mark C. Straton

VP, Product Marketing & Media Relations, Broadsoft

Rich Tehrani

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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