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ITEXPO - January 29 - February 1, 2019

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Florida 2018 Speakers

Pesach Goldman

CEO, 010 Cloud Computing Ltd.

010 Cloud Computing Ltd.

Pesach has more than 20 years of technology experience and an MBA degree. Pesach combines diversified business skills with strong technical background. Pesach has been active In the Cloud business since 2009. Pesach specializes in working with channel partners to grow their mutual business.

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Don Troshynski

CTO, Global Sales, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Don Troshynski is CTO, Global Sales with 128 Technology. Mr. Troshynski works with the world’s premier enterprises and service providers to securely and reliably deploy service-oriented networks.  Mr. Troshynski joined 128 Technology from Versa Networks, further broadening his experience with real-world network technologies. Mr. Troshynski has over 25 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry with companies such as FORE/Marconi Communications (now Ericsson), Avici Systems, and SRA International.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MS in Computer Science from George Washington University.

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Jiri Kral

CEO, Head of Development, Acrobits

Acrobits

Jiri Kral is Acrobits’ CEO and head of development. He has been involved in the development of hundreds of MVoIP apps including end-to-end integration worldwide. After graduating with an MSC in computer science from Charles University in 2001, he founded Acrobits with a core group of colleagues to help digital telecommunications providers enrich their mobile services offering.

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Meggin Sawyer

VP of Business and Cloud Sales, ADTRAN

ADTRAN

As Vice President of Business and Cloud Sales for ADTRAN, Meggin Sawyer leads a team of sales and engineering experts dedicated to creating value through cloud and network solutions for end users around the world. Prior to her current role, she was Vice President of Carrier Sales at ADTRAN, where she was led a team of sales and engineering experts responsible for supporting the build-out and sale of business network services with the largest US based Service Providers.Sawyer joined ADTRAN in 1999 as a territory manager, and since that time she has served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility within the company, ranging from business development manager to national account manager. Prior to joining ADTRAN, Sawyer served in computer telephony and integration sales with Ingram Micro and regional sales with Sprint.Sawyer holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Kansas. She resides with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Parker Smith

Director of Business Development, ProCloud Services and Solutions, ADTRAN Inc.

ADTRAN Inc.

Parker Smith is Director of Business Development, ProCloud Services and Solutions at ADTRAN, Inc., a leading global provider of networking and communications equipment. Parker brings to the table a rich, 25-year history in wired and wireless telecommunications and data networking. Smith leads a specialized team of Wi-Fi focused Systems Engineers with worldwide responsibility, overseeing successful, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi deployments. Business Development is focused on key technology partnerships that augment the Bluesocket Wi-Fi solution in retail, education and hospitality vertical markets. Business Development is focused on key technology partnerships that complement the Bluesocket Wi-Fi solution in retail, education, hospitality and other vertical markets.

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Mike Chase

Senior VP, Solutions Engineering, AireSpring

AireSpring

Mike is the SVP of Solutions Engineering for AireSpring, Inc., and is a telecom veteran with deep expertise in SD-WAN and related technologies. He previously co-founded and was former CTO of several cloud ventures, including one of the first Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to offer hosted virtual desktops worldwide (rated #1 by Network World Magazine in their DaaS shootout article of May 21, 2012, top 100 of Talkin’ Cloud rankings). Mike brings experience across a vast portfolio of other telecom/VoIP, networking, datacenter & cloud services. He is also a published author of many online magazine articles, columns and blogs found online at Computer Technology Review (wwpi.com), SMB Nation, TechTarget.com and others. In addition, Mike has over 25+ years of experience designing complex datacenters worldwide during his work with such firms as Wells Fargo Bank, IBM, Mobil Oil Corporation, Union Oil, LA Cellular, Capitol Records, Equant, AT&T, Broadcom, Experian, tamCloud, dinCloud and others.

Session(s):

Jeff Pulver

Vice Chairman, Alchemist

Alchemist

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Paul Roth

Director of Product Management, Alfresco

Will Briggs

Director of Channel Sales, Arctic Wolf

John Morgan

Director, Security Ops and Development, Area 1 Security

Dave Bailey

Head of Marketing, Americas, Arkadin

Arkadin

Dave has nearly 20 years of experience marketing communication services, SaaS platforms and other technologies. He previously led the Direct Marketing unit at ISP Earthlink, as well as commercial global marketing for GSMA, a trade association representing 1,000 companies worldwide in the mobile industry. At Arkadin, Dave leads a team focused on driving positive business outcomes for global clients through Unified Communications, Digital Meeting Spaces and Virtual Events. These efforts contributed to Arkadin recently winning the Frost and Sullivan New Product Innovation Award for their Unified Communications solutions in Latin America.

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Mike Thompson

Consulting Systems Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Mike Thompson is a Professional Systems Engineer with over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex networks. Over the course of his career, Mike has held several engineering, consulting, and executive leadership positions with technology leaders, including FORE Systems, Marconi Communications, Bay Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and most recently Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. As a Consulting Systems Engineer, Mike provides technical leadership for the Systems Engineers in the Florida and Alabama region. In his current role, his responsibilities include business development, solutions architecture, field updates, driving feature development, and direct engineering engagements with existing and new customers. Mike served in the US Marine Corps for 10 years. He is a Desert Storm Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant before exiting active duty. Mike volunteers his time with several organizations, including the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp’s Thomas Norris Battalion in Central Florida, where he acts as the Executive Office. The USNSCC is a congressionally-chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals about the sea-going military services, U.S. naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork.

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Mouli Radhakrishnan

Sr Director, Product Management, Aryaka

Aryaka

Mouli Radhakrishnan heads product management at Aryaka and is responsible for product strategy, roadmap and technology partnerships. He has been in the networking industry for 20+ years with experience in product development, sales, and business development. Prior to Aryaka, he had been instrumental in architecting products for Enterprise solutions at Cisco and IBM. He is a technology enthusiast and holds more than 10 patents in areas of security, WAN and LAN technologies.

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Oji Udezue

Head of Product, Atlassian

Atlassian

Oji Udezue is the head of product for Atlassians communications products, which just launched its first new product since IPO: Atlassian Stride. A product veteran with past roles at Microsoft, Bridgewater Associates, Spiceworks and his own startup, InterMingl, Oji is passionate about bringing new scalable products and ideas into the world. He mentors startups with a focus on companies with diverse founders, and drives startup investments in Africa as a passion project. His ultimate goal is productizing functional telepathy but for now will settle for transforming how teams and the people in them, communicate and process social data at work.

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Eric Bauer

VP Marketing & Business Development, AudioCodes

AudioCodes

Eric Bauer, AudioCodes VP of Marketing and Business Development, is a resonating voice in the telecommunications industry. In this role, He oversees corporate marketing and communications for AudioCodes while managing strategic partnerships in North America. In his career he has held titles of Global Head of Product Marketing, Director of Unified Communications and Consulting Director. He also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree from Juniata College in Computer Science. His background, giving insight to the architecture behind various solutions, has catapulted his positioning as a leading industry voice through blogging, online presentations, and contributions to analyst and press interviews. Eric resides in Colorado with his wife and children where he can be found hiking or enjoying a Mets game in his free time. If you’d like to connect with Eric he’s happy to hear from readers on his blog at www.blog.audiocodes.com

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Brad Blanken

VP, Strategic Alliances, Bandwidth

Bandwidth

As VP, Strategic Alliances at Bandwidth, Brad Blanken is helping to set the direction for Bandwidth’s messaging offerings. He also manages relationships with key partners, Industry trade groups and Standards organizations. Throughout his career, Brad Blanken has been a driving force behind industry-shaping initiatives and business development efforts. He has led wireless industry inter-carrier efforts including creation of the US Common Shortcode program, wireless AMBER alerts, and a partnership with the American Red Cross which resulted in more than $40 million raised for Haiti earthquake relief efforts in less than 6 weeks, and changed the face of nonprofit fundraising strategy forever.He is a recognized thought leader in the digital and mobile marketing space, leveraging exceptional strengths in defining business development, product development, and partnership alliance strategies that strengthen revenue, profit and market presence in a fast-evolving, highly competitive industry.Prior to joining Bandwidth, Brad has served as the SVP, Industry Development, for the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), COO of Mobile Accord, and Vice President of Carrier Business Development at Thumbplay, an innovative mobile music provider, which was acquired by Clear Channel. Earlier in his career he worked at Syniverse Technologies and the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA). Brad began his career in technology as a Computer Specialist in the United States Marine Corps.

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Darius Goodall

Director, Product Marketing - Security Products, Barracuda

Barracuda

Darius is a veteran of the network industry, with more than 21 years of experience in networking products, enterprise marketing and business development. He is currently Director of product marketing for security at Barracuda Networks. Before joining Barracuda, he served as head of Networking Alliances and DevOps at Dell Networking and prior to that he was Director of Solutions Architecture and Innovation at Extreme Networks.

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Joel Mulkey

CEO, BigLeaf Networks

BigLeaf Networks

Joel Mulkey is the founder and CEO of Bigleaf Networks. Joel led the creation of Bigleafs unique Cloud-first SD-WAN technology and service, simplifying and improving connectivity to the Cloud for businesses. Prior to Bigleaf, Joel was the CIO and network architect of a fixed-wireless internet and data services provider. Joels telecom industry perspective continues to drive Bigleaf in creating innovative network technology and delivering unparalleled service.

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Nick Spanos

Founder, Bitcoin Center NY

Bitcoin Center NY

Nick Spanos, one of the earliest adopters of bitcoin and blockchain, founded the Bitcoin Center NYC and serves as CEO of Blockchain Technologies Corp. as well as co-creator of the Zap Project, which works to solve one of the biggest challenges in the blockchain industry by providing an open marketplace for oracles that can provide smart contracts with access to off-chain data. The Zap Project includes the Zap technology stack and the Zap.Store. Spanos was featured in the recent documentary Banking on Bitcoin and has been part of many conferences on blockchain technology.

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Eric Weiss

Founder & Chief Investment Officer , Blockchain Investment Group

Blockchain Investment Group

Eric Weiss heads the team at Blockchain Investment Group. Mr. Weiss’ background is uniquely suited to evaluate and make investments in hedge funds with a focus on blockchain-assets. Prior to forming BIG, Mr. Weiss had careers as a proprietary bond trader; a technology venture capitalist and an internet entrepreneur. Mr. Weiss started his career as a US Government bond trader at Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. After earning his MBA from Columbia Business School, Mr. Weiss was a Director in the Private Equity & Venture Capital arm of GE Capital and focused on making investments in internet related companies. While with GE Capital Mr. Weiss made an investment in Internet Capital Group (ICG), and thereafter joined ICG were he made investments in business to business internet companies. Mr. Weiss served as ICG’s board representative for number of companies. Subsequent to ICG, Mr. Weiss was a founding Principal at Stripes Group where he identified and lead investments in the online direct marketing space. Mr. Weiss left Stripes Group to form a number of technology based online direct marketing companies focused on lead-generation, search engine marketing and social media.Mr. Weiss has personally been an active investor in hedge funds and hedge fund of funds for over twenty years.

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Roger Valdovinos

Managing Director, Blue Beacon Capital

Blue Beacon Capital

Roger Valdovinos has over 20 years of investment banking experience in the telecommunications and technology industries. He has originated, structured and closed more than 100 transactions totaling over $12 billion of transaction value. Roger is founder of Blue Beacon Capital, a boutique investment bank that provides M&A and capital raising services to telecommunications and technology companies. Previously, Mr. Valdovinos co-led the Emerging Telecommunications Group of Credit Suisse First Boston, and was a Vice President in the Telecommunications Group of Bear Stearns where he contributed to building one of the top investment banking franchises on Wall Street. Roger holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University.

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Miguel Valdes Faura

CEO, Bonitasoft

Bonitasoft

Miguel Valdes Faura is the CEO and co-founder of Bonitasoft, a global provider of BPM, low-code and digital transformation solutions. Miguel leads the charge for Bonitasoft’s mission: to unleash the full potential of development teams to create applications with seamless, engaging and personalized user experiences.Miguel is a recognized thought leader in the BPM and digital transformation fields and is passionate about open source community building. He is a regular speaker at international conferences sponsored by O’Reilly, Global Expansion Summit and Web Summit and has been featured in media such as Forbes, CNN and Mashable. Miguel received a prestigious CEO World Award in 2014.

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Joe White

CTO, Brightlink IP

Brightlink IP

Joe White is the Chief Technology Officer and has been with Brightlink IP since inception in 2009. Joe built the original network and his organization is responsible for sales and network engineering, product design and development and product marketing. Prior to joining Brightlink IP, Joe spent 10 years in other lead technology roles including Commvault where he led the team of sales engineers in the Southeast designing complex data protection solutions, CTS/Agilysis where he was a lead sales and service engineer for storage and data retention solutions for Dell EMC customers and also Troutman Sanders where he was a senior systems engineer and a Microsoft certified consultant.

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Mark C. Straton

Vice President, Product Marketing and Media Relations, Broadsoft

Broadsoft

Mark has held numerous product marketing leadership roles for technology and telecom companies, including serving in various marketing roles at Siemens for 18 years. In his role at BroadSoft, Mr. Straton is responsible for content and product marketing and media relations including analyst, press and social. Previously, Mr. Straton was Vice President, Market Intelligence and Media Relations with responsibility for digital marketing, strategic messaging, market research and analyst, press and social media.

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Brian Babich

VP, Channel Sales, BullsEye Telecom

BullsEye Telecom

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Adam Hofman

Product Manager, CallRail

CallRail

Adam Hofman is Product Manager at CallRail who specializes in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing. Adam is passionate about the future of voice technology and how voice recognition can be used to change how we interact with businesses and their products. CallRail is a leading call tracking and analytics company based in Atlanta and trusted by more than 70,000 businesses around the world.

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Jay Ryerse

CEO, CARVIR

CARVIR

Jay Ryerse is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with more than 20 years of experience providing Information Technology and security solutions to businesses of all sizes. Today he works closely with IT service providers and MSPs to provide insight and best practices for securing business networks; especially regarding the latest in vulnerability scanning, security monitoring and advanced endpoint security solutions. Jay is the CEO of CARVIR, a global cyber security firm. Mr. Ryerse lives in Atlanta, GA. He’s the author of “Technology 101 For Business Owners” and was named to “The World’s TOP MSP Executives, Entrepreneurs & Experts” in 2014 by MSPmentor.net.

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James Tagg

CEO, Cen

Cen

James Tagg is a serial entrepreneur and award winning author. He was one of the original inventors of the touchscreen and has founded several companies that specialize in man machine interfaces and communications. He founded Truphone, the world’s first global mobile network, sending the first SMS over the Internet, making the first mobile phone call over the Internet and developing the eSIM for mobile communications. He holds over 200 patents and his first book, Are the Androids Dreaming Yet? explores the limits of Artificial Intelligence and the differences between humans and computers. He studied Physics and Computer Science at Manchester University and Engineering at Cambridge University and is Director of The Roger Penrose Institute.

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Anand Gonuguntla

Co-founder and CEO, Centina Systems

Centina Systems

Anand Gonuguntla, Co-founder and CEO of Centina Systems, has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecom and software industry. As CEO, Anand oversees all strategic planning and execution of the company’s corporate, sales and product initiatives. Under Anand’s leadership, in just 10 years, the company underwent global expansion and has been recognized by leading analyst firms such as Gartner and Frost & Sullivan. The company was also ranked by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in America and has achieved 314% growth from 2009 through 2013. These accolades are a validation of Centina’s enterprising spirit and its commitment to its core values.Prior to Centina Systems, Anand held leadership positions at Xtera Communications and Fujitsu Network Communications. Anand also holds patents in the area of network management and is well published in the communications industry. He received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.

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Donna Johnson

Director of Product Marketing, Citrix

Citrix

Donna Johnson is currently Director of Product Marketing for NetScaler SD-WAN at Citrix. Throughout her career, Donna has worked with network management and network infrastructure products, holding positions of engineering management, product management and product marketing at companies such as Objective Systems Integrators and Dorado Software. Most recently, she was Director of Products with Talari Networks where she helped define the emerging category of software defined WANs. Donna graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.

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Muthusamy Selvaraj

Vice President, Product Management & Development, Cloudbreak

Cloudbreak

Muthusamy Selvaraj is currently the VP of Product management and development, at Cloudbreak Health, pursuing his lifelong passion to enable access to healthcare from anywhere, anytime. He spearheads the development of next generation Cloudbreak telehealth platform and is responsible for platform roadmap, development and delivery. Cloudbreak’s mission to #humanizehealthcare is carried out through over 700 healthcare facilities leveraging our services for consults spanning Tele-Psych, Tele-neuro, Tele-stroke and more on our HIPPA compliant network specifically tuned for delivering Telehealth services. Prior to joining Cloudbreak Mr. Selvaraj spent several years with Polycom Inc., where he was leading the Global advanced services, focusing on building custom business solutions. His team consulted and advised enterprise customers on CEBP - Collaboration Enable Business Process) - to make Unified Collaboration as a part of the normal business flow. He spearheaded the launch and delivery of Custom App development services in 18 countries and under his guidance the group continuously delivered triple digits growth year over year.Muthu has over 20 years of experience in the communication technology industry in various leadership roles at Bell Labs ( Alcatel-Lucent), 3COM ( Now HP) and NEC C&C (Japan) . He was trained as an engineer with a bachelor’s and master’s in computer science and honed his business skills with an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Evanston IL. Muthu is a regular speaker at industry forums such as ITEXPO, TSIA and others. He serves as an Adjunct faculty with the Department of Business, Elmhurst college, a 150 years old institution based in Elmhurst, IL. He also volunteers in the Board of Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago and the Chicago Marathon. Muthu was born with a bit of a wanderlust and now a recovering travel addict. As an avid traveler and motorcycle enthusiast, he has visited over 50 countries.

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Steve Conner

Vice President, Sales, Cloudistics

Cloudistics

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Nir Simionovich

CEO, Cloudonix

Cloudonix

Open Source VoIP Guru and Evangelist, Author and VoIP Security Fanatic. Nir has been involved with the Asterisk Open Source community since 2002, serving as the Israeli community focal point and maintainer since 2003. Since 2009, Nir has been increasingly involved in Asterisk Security and Asterisk Forensics. Nir is currently best known for his work with High Scale Open Source VoIP platforms - combining Kamailio, Asterisk and other open source projects to create highly scalable telephony services for the mobile market and the emerging M2M market. Nir is currently involved in building a “Pure Open Source” switching and services fabric for a mobile network in the UK and Africa

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Eric Klein

COO, Cloudonix

Cloudonix

Eric has more than 25 years of experience in the Telecom industry. In addition to his experience in VoIP security at Greenfield Tech and fraud prevention at Humbug Telecom, he has worked for carriers MCI Communications (now part of Verizon) and Cellcom. Eric co-authored RFC4864 - Local Network Protection for IPv6 and served as a grant reviewer for the US Department of Commerce Broadband Initiatives (BIP) Program and Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). Eric has taught practical networking at a number of Universities and schools to both undergraduate and graduate students including: NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Tel-Aviv Jaffa Academic and Pace University.

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Jeff Adams

Founder, Cobalt Speech & Language

Cobalt Speech & Language

Jeff Adams is a leading figure in the world of commercial speech technology. He has been managing top-level speech & language technology research for more than 20 years, at Kurzweil AI, Nuance / Dragon, Yap, and Amazon, before founding Cobalt Speech & Language. He led the teams that developed the core technology for Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Yap Voicemail, and Amazon Echo. At Cobalt, Jeff has assembled a team of elite speech scientists & engineers to build custom applications to meet the needs of their clients. Jeff is the author of 25 patents and several published research papers and serves on the board of several companies.

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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.

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Matthew Waters

VP, North American Sales, Continuum Managed Services

Continuum Managed Services

As Vice President of North American Sales at Continuum Managed Services, Matthew Waters has spent the last eight plus years in the MSP Channel working in Business Development, Account Management as well as Management roles. Matt specializes in Managed IT Services sales, including pricing and packaging strategies. He enjoys spending time with his family and is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan and fisherman in his spare time.

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Rob Rae

VP, Business Development, Datto

Datto

As Vice President of Business Development, Rob Rae is instrumental in developing Datto’s Managed Service Provider ecosystem and building Datto’s partner led go-to-market strategy. In his role, Rob oversees many different aspects of Datto’s partner programs including Community, Events, Marketing Development Funds, Vendor Management and the Partner Advisory Board, all with the goal of helping our partners grow. With over 25 years of sales and B2B activities, Rob has extensive experience in IT hardware, software and services sales. All of Rob’s industry experience has been working with 100% channel focused organizations and working directly with Channel VAR’s, Solution Providers and Managed Service Providers in achieving their goals. Prior to working with Datto, Rob built successful sales and channel teams in a variety of industries including Level Platforms (acquired by AVG) and Compaq (acquired by HP).Rob has received extensive awards and recognition within the channel including being Datto’s CRN Channel Chief every year since joining Datto. Rob has also been recognized on many industry top executive, influencer and mid-market executive lists. Rob also sits on a number of industry advisory boards, including a Chair of CompTIA’s Vendor Advisory Council, and xChange Vendor Advisory Board.

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Ernest Chrappah

Director, Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Ernest Chrappah is an experienced government executive as well as a successful entrepreneur with a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges. He has been the Director for the Washington D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles since November 2016. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Child and Family Services Agency where he implemented innovative technology solutions leveraging analytics, mobility, cloud, APIs, and user oriented design for an 800+ workforce to improve child welfare outcomes. In addition, he created an IT governance framework and project portfolio management system to enhance fiscal management, transparency and accountability. Mr. Chrappah earned his MBA in Strategy & Marketing from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University.

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Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Dialpad

Dialpad

Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad, the modern communications platform that’s killing the desk phone—making it one of North America’s fastest growing tech companies. Craig is a leader in disrupting the communications space, previously founding two companies: the first was acquired by Yahoo to become Yahoo! Voice, and the second was acquired by Google to become Google Voice. Craig was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures, and has a wealth of knowledge on growing companies, transforming communications systems, and building disruptive technology. Today, Dialpad has 50,000+ customers, including 60 percent of the Fortune 500 and just launched the worlds first free business phone system. Dialpad is funded by some of the worlds best recognized investors including Amasia, Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Section32, Softbank, and Work-Bench.

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Andrey Voronkov

CEO, cryptocurrency angel investor, DigitalBioPharm, Ltd.

DigitalBioPharm, Ltd.

As a founder of Voronkov Ventures, Andrey Voronkov works on several projects, which are based on a principle of decentralization and use blockchain technology. One of those projects is DrugDiscovery@home; it is a distributed computing project, which uses the power of different computing devices worldwide to solve global health problems. Andrey Voronkov was participating in SONM (Supercomputer Organized by Network mining) as one of two main co-founders of the project. Recently, Andrey Voronkov has taken part in the development of the bill concerning regulation of decentralized virtual property in Russian Federation, and this bill is now under consideration in the State Duma of Russian Federation.Andrey Voronkov has PhD degree in bioorganic chemistry and biochemistry and he is still working in the field of computational chemistry, chemoinformatics and medicinal chemistry. He is also a cryptocurrency angel investor.

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Matthew Hilton

Switchvox Product Marketing Manager, Digium

Digium

Matthew is the Switchvox Product Marketing Manager for Digium. Matthew has spent the last 15 years in various IT roles working for multiple Fortune 500 companies and Value-Added Resellers. Not one to sit idly by, his job titles have included, Business Analyst, Systems & Network Engineer, VOIP Engineer, Programmer and Marketing Specialist. He graduated from the Eastern Connecticut State University with a BA in English and a focus on Business Information Systems.

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Chris Howard

Developer Products Training Manager, Digium

Digium

Chris Howard is Digium’s Developer Products Training Manager. Chris has over twenty years of telecommunication experience with unique blend of operation support systems integration, software development, project management, and technical training,. As Digium’s Training Manager Chris is responsible for planning training courses, developing and delivering training curriculum, and managing training operations. Before joining Digium, Chris spent twelve years as the Director of Software Development for Asteria Solutions Group a company founded in 2004 to provide technical services, support and development for Asterisk based solutions. As a Senior Consultant at Nortel Networks, Chris implemented service activation, network provisioning and network inventory management systems for Tier 1 telecommunication companies . Chris holds a BS from the University of North Alabama.

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Ali Din

CMO, dinCloud

dinCloud

Ali’s IT industry career in the last 20 years has spanned product development, finance, and most recently, marketing and brand management. Currently, he is general manager and chief marketing officer at dinCloud where he oversees all operations of the company – from product engineering to sales to marketing.Prior to this role, Ali was the VP of Marketing and Product Development for En Pointe Technologies (recently acquired by PCM), where he managed key lines of business including HP, Microsoft, and e-business. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and obtained his MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California.Other experiences include implementation manager at SupplyAccess, a B2B e-procurement software company that received $36M in funding from SAP Ventures, Tech Data, Peregrine, and others, and working in finance at Firstsource, a B2B e-tailer, which was later purchased by Office Depot.Ali graduated with a B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles and obtained his MBA in Marketing from the University of Southern California. He is also a 2013 SMB 150 Award Winner and 2013 MSPMentor 250 Honoree.

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Victor Shilo

Director of Engineering, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

An accomplished developer, Victor Shilo leads EastBanc Technologies engineering department where he’s been seamlessly integrating technologies from diverse vendors and legacy systems. He is also highly skilled at driving automation, and developing innovative, scalable mobile, IoT, and enterprise applications that translate into true business value. Victor holds a Master in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from Novosibirsk State University. An AWS Architect Associate, he is also Java, Microsoft, .Net, and Oracle-certified.

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John Macario

Vice President of Marketing, Edgewater

Edgewater

John Macario is a 14-year industry veteran, currently serving as Edgewater Networks’ Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Edgewater, Mr. Macario was President of Savatar, a consulting and research firm focused on helping clients bring innovative VoIP communications solutions to market. Under Mr. Macario’s leadership, Savatar grew to be widely regarded as an industry vanguard in the business community for IP Communications. Prior to founding Savatar, Mr. Macario held senior positions with Digitas, a Boston-based direct marketing company where he worked on numerous projects in the telecommunications industry. He has worked as a technical architect and brand manager for multinational corporations and has consulted to the Governments of Canada, Ireland and Scotland on a broad range of technical and marketing issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree in physics from Dartmouth College.

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Pete Manca

CEO, Egenera

Egenera

Pete Manca leads Egenera as President and CEO. Manca brings over 25 years of experience in enterprise computing and business development, and has expertise in a wide range of mission critical enterprise datacenter solutions.As CEO, Manca led the strategy to successfully transition Egenera from its focus on enterprise hardware and software to subscription cloud services, and spearheaded the company’s acquisition of Fort Technologies to create the concept of a wholesale cloud service.Mr. Manca joined Egenera as CTO and EVP of Engineering, where he worked directly with customers to understand their most difficult challenges and guided the company’s engineering teams to translate those requirements into solutions.Prior to Egenera, Manca served as Vice President of Engineering at Hitachi Computer Products America, where he had responsibility for operating systems and enterprise middleware products—contributing to the development of the world’s then-fastest commercial supercomputer.Manca holds bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), where he has taught operating systems and networking at the graduate level.

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Ernie Wallerstein

President for the Americas, Enghouse Interactive

Steven Nerayoff

ICO Architect, Ethereum

Ethereum

Steven Nerayoff, Esq. LL.M. is a prolific serial entrepreneur, attorney and inventor of 20 international patents, having founded seven companies in Silicon Valley and New York City. Steven is a blockchain pioneer with his involvement in top projects including: Ethereum, Lisk, Bancor, tZERO, ZenCash, ZCash, Ripio, Aion and Storm. Steven is also the Chairman of the publicly listed company Global Blockchain Technologies (OTCMKTS:BLKCF) (TSXV:BLOC).Stevens innovative work as the legal architect of Ethereums record setting token sale continues to be the basic structure used throughout the world today. Steven innovated the concept of utility, specifically using the concept of gas” or “fuel” for legal purposes. Steven continues to be instrumental in defining the industry standards.In 2017, Steven founded Alchemist specializing in blockchain project development and investment. Steven has assembled a team of industry leaders having advised and invested in over 25 projects.Steven has had involvement as either a founder, advisor or investor in following projects: Aion, Bancor, Basic Attention Token, Blocktix, Civic, Enjin, Ethereum, Factom, GlobalBlockchain, Investfeed, Kudos, Lisk, Metrosage, Po.et, Polymath, Ripio, Shopin, Sirin, Status, Steemit, Storm, Stox, Streetwire, tZERO, Veridium Labs, Vezt, ZCash, ZencashHe is the Founder & CEO of Maple Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on emerging technologies including blockchain-based payment systems, consumer internet companies, and socially conscious enterprises. He is also the Founder & Executive Chairman of CloudParc, a patented next-generation artificial intelligence smart city platform that has groundbreaking technology for the city of the future.

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Sohrob Farudi

Co-Founder & CEO, Fan Controlled Football League

Fan Controlled Football League

Sohrob is an accomplished international C-level executive and venture-backed entrepreneur. He’s held the CEO role at multiple startups, spent two years overseas working in Europe, raised more than twenty million dollars in angel and venture financing, and served as an investor and advisor to numerous companies over the last decade. He has spoken at events including SXSW, Hashtag Sports, MIT Sloan Sports & Analytics Conference, and Block-Con. He is currently the CEO of the FCFL, responsible for strategic direction, partnerships, and financing.Prior to the FCFL, Sohrob founded Fanchise in 2015, the company that built the real-time play calling and fan engagement application with the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles that lead to the creation of the FCFL. In his time with Fanchise, he secured millions of dollars in angel funding, led product design for the mobile play calling app, negotiated partnerships with Sports Illustrated and Twitch, and attracted notable executives from the worlds of entertainment and professional sports to help push the league forward.Before disrupting the world of sports and entertainment, Sohrob led companies across sectors in analytics (SeeVolution), digital marketing (ActBold), and mobile (Flipswap). As co-founder and CEO of Flipswap, Sohrob led the company from “garage startup” to venture-backed company, securing $14M from RRE Ventures and NGEN Partners. Under Sohrob’s guidance, Flipswap secured the #81 ranking on Inc Magazine’s list of 500 fastest-growing companies, and in 2011, Sohrob led the merger/sale of Flipswap to HYLA Mobile in a transaction that included a $35M investment from Kleiner Perkins.Sohrob started his career as a consultant at Accenture. He holds a MS in Information Systems from the George Washington University School of Business and a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland, where he graduated in just three years. He currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA with his wife and two young daughters.

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Kostas Sfakiotakis

Team Lead, Systems Engineering, Fortinet

Fortinet

Kostas Sfakiotakis is a Senior Systems Engineer and Team Lead at Fortinet covering North Florida. He has been with Fortinet for over 12 years and has over 25 years of networking and security experience. He continues to work with enterprise customers helping them identify networking and security solutions that make their businesses more secure, efficient and easier to manage.

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David Erickson

Founder & CEO, FreeConferenceCall.com & CarrierX

FreeConferenceCall.com & CarrierX

David Erickson is the Founder and CEO of FreeConferenceCall.com. Dave founded FreeConferenceCall.com on the simple principle that collaborative communication should be available to everyone, both affordably and efficiently. He purchased a $10 URL, which sparked the first viral movement in the telecommunications industry to support free conferencing around the globe. Today, FreeConferenceCall.com offers HD audio conferencing, screen sharing and video conferencing with up to 1,000 participants for free. The company has become the largest and most recognized conferencing and collaboration brand on the planet - boasting roughly 40 million users across 60+ countries each month.Since launching the company in 2001, Dave has stayed focused on technological development and change. He was named “Innovator of the Year” by VON for pioneering high definition conference bridges at FreeConferenceCall.com. Under his leadership, the global company has won numerous awards, including the national “Best & Brightest Best Companies to Work For” and a Gold Stevie Award® for Customer Service Department of the Year in Telecommunications category. Dave is a frequent speaker at leadership conferences around the U.S. and has appeared on national radio, television and such business news publications, including Entrepreneur, Inc., Forbes, Fox News and USA Today.

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Russell P. Markman

President - Business Services, Fusion

Fusion

With thirty five years of experience in sales, management and operations in the communications industry, Russell is responsible for managing all aspects of Fusions day to day Business Services activities. Russell came to Fusion from the RCN Corporation, where he established an alternate channel distribution program for commercial sales. Prior to RCN, Russell was the President of National Calling Plan, Inc. and Associated Telephone Design, as well as EVP of Galaxy Communications, a manufacturer and distributor of commercial telephone systems. Russell received his J.D. from Pace University School of Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

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Stacy Conrad

VP, Channel Sales, Fusion

Fusion

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Amit Bukhariya

Director of Engineering, Galaxy Weblinks

Galaxy Weblinks

Amit is the co-founder at RTCweb.in. He holds 12+ years of experience of crafting and building Enterprise IT solutions. He has successfully converted Start-up ideas into stable businesses using WebRTC, Java, J2EE and React technologies. Being a certified Scrum Master he firmly believes in utilizing processes to improve productivity. Amit is loved by his clients for his proven record of figuring out feasible solutions amidst multiple variables and confusing choices. In his personal time, he loves to read autobiographies or spend time with his family.

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Lisa Pierce

Managing Vice President, Enterprise Network Systems and Services, Gartner

Gartner

Lisa Pierce is the Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where she leads the Unified Communications, Network Systems and Services team. Ms. Pierce’s team addresses all the major network-related infrastructure, applications and operations issues that confront enterprises across the world.

Prior to joining Gartner, Lisa was the President of Strategic Networks Group, a company dedicated to improving the quality of emerging telecommunications and IT services, and the service experience, that enterprise customers receive from key network suppliers.

She is an expert on emerging enterprise-class telecom/network services, including telecom cloud (IaaS, PaaS and select SaaS applications), next generation network and performance management, SIP Trunking and Unified Communications services (particularly hosted UC, collaboration/conferencing and FMC services), broadband access, 3G and 4G services, managed network services, switched Ethernet (VPLS) and MPLS services. In addition to strategic architectural considerations, her work has extended to sourcing, performance assurance, and customer satisfaction.

Previously, Lisa was the Vice President of Telecommunications Services Research at Forrester Research/Giga Information Group for over ten years, and served in several leadership capacities, including as a Technology Practice Director and as the first elected Chair of the Giga Research Fellows. During her tenure, she was twice named as one of the Top 10 most influential IT analysts. Prior experience includes four years’ consulting on network signaling protocols for a boutique network engineering firm.

Lisa’s career in network communications began at AT&T, where her work focused on developing and introducing entirely new classes of business services – in product development, product management, new services market research, statistical modeling and forecasting. Across the globe, these services still generate billions of dollars of revenue today. The development teams she led were awarded 6 patents.

A member of the IEEE, Ms. Pierce is a frequent industry speaker and media commentator. She has also served a Contributor to Saugatuck Technology, UC Strategies, GigaOM Pro, No Jitter/Enterprise Connect, and DM Radio. Lisa holds an MBA in marketing and statistical modeling from Willamette University, and a B.A. with Honors from Gordon College.

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Alex Eissler

Product manager, SDN/NFV Solutions, GCI, Inc.

GCI, Inc.

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Shannon Hogan

Director, Cloud and Managed Services, GCI, Inc.

Justin Burgess

Vice President, New Markets, GCI, Inc.

Franklyn Peart

Co-Founder and President, Business Development and Sales, Gladinet CentreStack

Gladinet CentreStack

Franklyn Peart received a bachelor of science degree with honors in computer science and mathematics from Florida International University. At 19, he was the university’s youngest graduate and is currently on leave from their Ph.D. program in computer science. In 1998, he joined Citrix Systems where he met Haikun and Jerry.As a Citrix visionary, Franklyn added several patents to their war chest while leading the XenApp team responsible for the Independent Management Architecture and was directly responsible for the formation and leadership of the platform elements group, a team of over 40 engineers, that was designed to unify the architecture and development of all products in the Citrix access suite.Franklyn joined Gladinet’s founding team as the point man for business development and sales, working to build strategic relationships with HP, ConnectWise, Microsoft, AT&T, Citrix and many other companies, while gaining mutually beneficial access to their sales channels. He has kept his fingers on the pulse of Gladinet’s partners and customers to help drive the product roadmap.

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Shidan Gouran

President, Global Blockchain

Global Blockchain

Shidan Gouran is a cofounder and president of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp., the largest listed private equity firm in the Blockchain sector. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel Corp., one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga Inc., developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni Inc., developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is a seed investor and advisor to a number of the leading financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since.Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.

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Mark Palmer

Vice President of Relationship 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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Thomas Burns

Founding Member & VP Business Development, Green House Data

Green House Data

Thomas Burns VP of Business Development and a founding member of Green House Data. Under his leadership, the company has expanded their channel practice helping MSPs of all sizes bring cloud adoption to their clients. In addition, Thomas’s work focuses on driving DevOps adoption, hybrid cloud enablement, and cloud evolution inside of the channel.

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Bill Rumancik

Sr. Marketing Director, Enterprise Solutions, Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems

Bill Rumancik, a Senior Director with Enterprise Solutions at Hughes Network Systems, is focused on helping distributed enterprises safely network their remote locations to connect with the employees and customers. Since joining Hughes, a global technology and managed services company, in 1996 Bill has assisted customers to validate and deploy a variety of services (Broadband, Security, Wi-Fi, Signage, VoIP, other) across their remote locations spanning 10’s to 10,000’s of sites. Leveraging over 20 years of wide-area network (WAN) experience, he is presently concentrating on disruptors and emerging technologies driving industry trends in cloud services, SD-WAN, and the evolving branch security landscape.

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Jason Kelley

General Manager, IBM Blockchain Services , IBM

IBM

Jason Kelley leads IBM’s Global Blockchain Services, partnering with client organizations and consortia to unleash the exponential business value of blockchain technologies and reinvented business process. His teams provide the thought leadership and consultive capabilities needed to design, develop and rapidly adopt digital ledgers, digital identity, trust and transparency with IBM Blockchain offerings and solutions.Prior to this role, Mr. Kelley led IBM Global Business Services Solutions, Design, &Innovation, helping clients transform to differentiate and lead in the market through digital reinvention, applying IBM Design Thinking and the application of Agile, DevOps and innovative technology. His teams bring endless energy, creativity, and outcomes for IBM clients around the world, delivering unique business capability with the marriage of analytics, automation/robotics, Watson, and cloud technologies. Mr. Kelley also served as IBM CTO and design leader for IBM Business Process Outsourcing, and previously managed IBM’s Analytics business in North America, China and Asia Pacific. He has also led initiatives in IBM’s Software, Global Technology Services, and Sales and Distribution units across industries.With 13 with years of military service as an Army Airborne Ranger, Mr. Kelley values integrity, leadership, and loyalty, and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Corporate America Supports You (CASY) organization and the Military Spouse Corporate Career Network, both national nonprofitsoffering employment assistance for current and former military personnel and their spouses. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Kelley also earned an MBA from the Cox School of business at Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Kelley contributes to IBM’s ongoing leadership in patents as the holder of three U.S. Patents with others pending.

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Jeff Eckard

VP, Cloud Data Solutions, IBM

IBM

Jeff Eckard is vice president of cloud data solutions for IBM. He leads cross-portfolio and partner solution strategy, development, offering models and go-to-market activities with a focus on multicloud and analytics capabilities for the enterprise. Prior to joining IBM in 2017, Jeff led product, solution and engineering teams for NetApp focused on edge data cloud and OpenStack-based private cloud storage, virtual storage appliances, Hadoop analytics, storage area networks, and customer services operations. Jeff holds JD and BA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Washington.

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Steven Johnson

President, Ingate Systems

Ingate Systems

Johnson has 15 years of senior management experience with Sanders Associates, Telco Systems, and Lockheed Martin. Most recently he served as chief executive officer of Abrena, Inc, a business development consulting firm focused on assisting European and North American firms to expand in the United States. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Transcept Inc, a telecommunications infrastructure company. Johnson is a member of the Board of Directors for the SIP Forum, an industry organization with members from the leading SIP technology companies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University.

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Michael Wistock

VP President 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.

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Stu Kolinsky

Vice President, Sales, IPfone

Nick Bilogorskiy

Cybersecurity Strategist, Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Nick Bilogorskiy drives cybersecurity strategy at Juniper Networks. As a founding member at Cyphort, which was recently acquired by Juniper Networks, Nick created and led the Cyphort Labs Threat Research team. He also played a critical role designing Cyphort’s malware detection logic and product user experience. Prior to Cyphort, Nick was chief malware expert at Facebook and also held security research leadership positions at Fortinet and Sonicwall.Nick is fluent in reverse engineering, analysis, pattern writing and malware tracking. He has presented and published research papers at major security conferences including Virus Bulletin, ISACA and SecureWorld. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) certification, as well as multiple patents in computer security.

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Bruce Wirt

VP, Channel Sales, Telesystem, Line Systems

Line Systems

Bruce Wirt is a passionate speaker that is able to connect with audiences of varying demographics by way of energy and enthusiasm, carrying over 16 years of telecommunications experience, holding various management and Senior Level positions across the industry. Bruce’s expertise is in building and growing sales distribution channels, maximizing productivity minimal overhead. During his tenure at NetCarrier, Wirt has achieved exponential sales growth, seeing annual revenues nearly triple during the seven year period. Notable accomplishments during that span include retaining more than 85% of the acquired customer base following the acquisition of SniP Communications’ assets in 2010, the successful creation and launch of NetCarrier’s unique VAR program, and most recently leading the expansion of NetCarrier from a regional CLEC into a national solutions provider.Wirt’s channel sales philosophy is consistent and unwavering. He has been outspoken about active engagement in the channel, carriers and master agents abandoning smaller partners over failed revenue commitments, and the need for the master agent community to focus on partner education to prevent further commoditization of the telecommunications industry. In 2010, Wirt parlayed his sales and public speaking skills into a successful radio and emcee career. After 3 years in the Philadelphia radio market as an on air talent, he started his own network of live programming and podcasts utilizing digital media technology. In 2012 Wirt started the VOC Nation Radio Network, providing live, daily, original programming in the genres of sports, entertainment, politics, and professional wrestling. The VOC Nation Radio Network is in the top 1% of the most listened to online radio networks in the world, as ranked by Podomatic.

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Warren Reyburn

Chief Revenue Officer, Telesystem, Line Systems

Fred Posner

VoIP Engineer, LOD Communications/The Palner Group

LOD Communications/The Palner Group

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, it’s a fat joke) proponent of Asterisk and Kamailio, Fred currently provides Kamailio / VoIP consultation services through LOD.com and The Palner Group, Inc. In 2010, Fred and his wife opened a bakery in Florida. When not working on SIP, hes baking bread.

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Clifford Gross

CEO & Commercialization Lead, Lucyd ltd

Lucyd ltd

Cliff is an executive with leadership experience in academia and commercial enterprises. He is passionate about bringing university intellectual property to the public. He is an author of four books and is a named inventor on 19 issued patents. Cliff has founded three listed companies, in which he served as CEO and Chairman. Currently he is CEO of Tekcapital plc. Previously, he served as CEO of Innovacorp, a provincial venture capital fund in Nova Scotia, was a Director of the graduate program in biomechanics and ergonomics at New York University, Chairman of the Nelson Rockefeller Department of Biomechanics at the New York Institute of Technology, and research professor at the University of South Florida.

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Bruce Parkman

CEO, MainNerve

Jonathan Marashlian

Managing Partner, Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group

Marashlian & Donahue, PLLC, The CommLaw Group

Mr. Marashlian is the Managing Partner of Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group. He is also the founder and CEO of The Commpliance Group, the firm’s affiliated regulatory compliance and consulting services firm. Mr. Marashlian is a nationally-recognized expert in the areas of communications taxes, regulatory fees, regulatory litigation, audits and defense. Mr. Marashlian also counsels regulated communications enterprises with respect to customer privacy and data security issues, licensing, mergers & acquisitions and commercial transactions.Mr. Marashlian boasts a vibrant and diverse telecom law practice serving U.S. and international clients operating in every sector of the communications industry, including traditional domestic and international telecommunications, wireless, “Cloud Communications,” VoIP, SaaS, UCaaS, broadband (fixed & wireless), Internet of Things (“IoT”) and other advanced communications service providers. He is responsible for managing a team of highly-skilled professionals and guiding the firms clientele through the rapidly evolving and byzantine maze of state, federal and international communications laws, regulations and policies. Mr. Marashlian has comprehensively advised several Fortune 500 companies on regulatory issues and assisted with their entry into the telecom marketplace, thereafter managing all aspects of post-entry regulatory and tax compliance through The Commpliance Group.

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Terry Hedden

CEO, Marketopia

Marketopia

Terry Hedden is a veteran MSP business owner. He transformed Infinity Technology Solutions from a $24,500 investment into one of the nation’s fastest growing, most successful Managed IT firms before selling Infinity in 2012 to focus full-time on helping technology firms succeed and grow. Terry now operates a leading marketing and sales-enablement firm that’s 100% focused on helping technology companies across the channel generate leads, close sales and increase profits. He’s a family man that runs his life based on Christian principles. Terry has a Bachelor’s in Management Information Systems (MIS) and an MBA from the University of Florida.

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Paul Mako

CEO & CTO, Massive Networks

Massive Networks

Paul Mako, born and raised in Minnesota, is the CEO & CTO of Massive Networks (massivenetworks.com).Graduating at the top of his class in computer science and literature from the University of Colorado, Paul began his journey in custom network engineering back in 1996 as an internet service provider with Rockynet. Utilizing his extraordinary skill set, paul designed a proprietary t1 and security service system that went unchallenged until the advent of true VLAN’s in 2000.Even more important than the innovations in technology, Paul was also able to expand the infrastructure within a building on a success-based build-out. This allowed paul to light up both large and small buildings at a very low cost. While the security technologies have since been replaced, the inexpensive model for lighting small buildings continues to thrive and go unchallenged.Today, Paul oversees the network customization for massive networks where he is able to help streamline enterprise class data transport services across the entire us domestic carrier system and to 181 countries worldwide equating to over 1.7 million buildings.With Paul’s prior activity within the mergers and acquisitions field, he is actively pursuing expansions that can benefit the enterprise sector. To learn more about Paul Mako, you can connect with him on linkedin or email him directly at pmako@massivenetworks.com.

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Susan Akbarpour

CEO-Cofounder, Mavatar Technologies

Mavatar Technologies

As a media guru, product designer, entrepreneur and investor Susan Akbarpour has over 30 years of hands-on experience in building innovative products and businesses in technology and media. She is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Mavatar, the company she founded in 2011 based on her research in graduate school, soon after receiving her MS in Management from Stanford University in 2010.Mavatar’s “360 marketplace and shoppable content publishing” solutions provide retailers and media companies with a new way to measure IMPACT at the convergence of data intelligence, content and consumer-centric commerce .Susan’s recent mission is leading her world class team to create a “ Decentralized Attribution Protocol that combines advanced blockchain technology and a fresh approach to Basket Shopping and Influence Marketing to address the lack of transparency and trust in the retail marketing value chain. Throughout her journey as an entrepreneur, journalist, publisher, investor, board member, community advocate and political fundraiser, Susan has received multiple media, community and business awards, spoken at various conferences and is frequently featured in mainstream media. Susan is also a general partner at Monjeri Investments, member of the board of directors at IMA International Executive Council and VOMax Corporation, member of Stanford Business School Alumni Association, Stanford Women On Boards, a prestige member of Watermark (a nonprofit organization that is a community of executive women) and an official Member of Forbes Agency Council.

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Debendra (Dave) Modi

Founder & CEO, MCL

MCL

Debendra has over 30 years experience on telephony and other software development, maintenance and support. At MCL, Debendra oversees all development activities and is involved in strategic planning. Debendra obtained his Engineering Masters from Drexel University, Philadelphia in 1984. He worked with Singer Corporation, Link Simulation Systems Division, Cherry Hill, NJ for 3 years before starting this company in 1988.

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Dan Foster

President & COO, MegaPath

MegaPath

Dan Foster is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MegaPath, responsible for day-to-day management and leadership of the company with full P&L responsibility. Foster has served in key leadership roles since joining MegaPath in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and data communications industry. Foster has a strong background in growing successful companies and channel organizations. Before joining MegaPath, he was the CEO and President at Phoenix Networks. He also served as Vice President of Consumer Markets at Rhythms Net Connections. Foster received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s executive PMD program.

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Michael Farthing

Senior Sales Engineer, MegaPath

Vladimir Beloborodov

Senior Solutions Manager, Mera Software Services

Mera Software Services

Vladimir Beloborodov is Senior Solutions Manager at Mera Software Services, Inc. He is leading local and remote teams of technical experts responsible for Unified Communications and Telecom, mobile and desktop apps, IoT, and other technical domains. Vladimir joined Mera in 1998, and since then was working as sustain engineer, senior designer, project manager, technology prime, and CTO. He has rich experience and knowledge in the UC / Telecom area. In the last five years, Vladimir is an often invited speaker at major international events, covering topics related to WebRTC, mobile technologies, and IoT. His professional interests and passion also include such areas as user experience and accessibility of software, engineering of hybrid cross-platform applications, wearables. Vladimir graduated from the State Technical University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and he holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer and Information Sciences.

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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.

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Bernard Aboba

Principal Architect, Microsoft

Microsoft

Dr. Bernard Aboba is a Principal Architect at Microsoft. As co-editor of both the ORTC and WebRTC 1.0 specifications within the W3C, Bernard works closely with Microsoft teams developing WebRTC/ORTC implementations and applications. This includes the Edge team, which natively supports both the WebRTC and ORTC APIs, the Skype team, which offers plugin-free support on multiple browsers, and the Windows team, which supports development of Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications with the WebRTC and ORTC APIs. In addition to his work within the W3C, Bernard has served as the Chair of the Internet Architecture Board, is the author of 60+ IETF RFCs and co-author of the IEEE 802.1X, 802.11i and 802.11k standards.

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Lucky Lidhar

Sr Partner Dev Manager, Hosting & Cloud Services, Microsoft

Microsoft

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Ryan Smith

Cloud Advocate, Mitel

Mitel

Award-winning speaker and Podcast host, Ryan Smith, is a seasoned marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience in high-tech enterprise marketing and product management, Smith is currently responsible for leading Mitels Cloud product marketing team and representing Mitel as a Cloud Advocate. With previous experience at Alcatel-Lucent (now Nokia), Novation, and ACTIVE Network, Smith excels in identifying and championing new market and product opportunities, developing positioning and messaging, and executing on business strategy.

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Todd Abbott

Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Mitel

Mitel

A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the computing, networking, and business communications industries, Todd Abbott is a customer-focused leader with a keen ability to develop go-to-market strategies, sales models, and channel programs and to drive an execution-focused culture. In his role as Mitel’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Services, Todd oversees Mitel’s global sales operations, including cloud and enterprise sales, professional and support services, and channel programs. Prior to joining Mitel, Todd was Chief Revenue Officer at Spireon, a private company focused on the vehicle telematics market. Todd has also held senior executive positions at several business communications companies, including leading the sales and marketing programs at Symbol Technologies, Seagate Technology, Avaya, and Sonus Networks. He also has significant start-up experience, as CEO of Tely Labs, focused on the cloud-based video conference market. Earlier in his career, Todd spent eight years at Cisco Systems where he assumed a series of progressively more senior positions around the world, including sales management responsibilities in New York, Sales Vice President in Singapore, and Group Vice President in Paris, and leading the service provider business in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Todd began his career in 1982 at IBM Corporation. Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).

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Daryl Reva

VP, Product Marketing, Mitel

Angela Leavitt

Chief Mojo-Making Officer, 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.

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Jay Akin

CEO, Mushroom Networks

Mushroom Networks

Dr. Jay Akin, Chief Executive Officer, Mushroom Networks, Inc.Before founding Mushroom Networks, an industry leading SD-WAN company, Dr. Jay Akin was a venture partner at ITU Ventures for 7 years, the venture capital arm of Brownstein Schnel Holdings which has invested in over 50 companies. Previously, Dr. Akin has worked as a senior marketing consultant at Princeton Brand Econometrics - a boutique marketing consultancy firm on Wall Street – New York. Dr. Akin has managed the Adaptive Systems Laboratory within Qualcomm Institute, a $12 million project which spun off 2 venture backed startup companies. Dr. Akin received his Ph.D. and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Masters degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Dr. Akin has worked on technical and research aspects of communications for over 20 years including several patents and many publications. Dr. Akin was a nominee for the Most Admired CEO award by San Diego Business Journal.

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John Burke

Principal Research Analyst & CIO, Nemertes Research

Nemertes Research

John Burke is a Principal Research Analyst with Nemertes Research, where he advises key enterprise and vendor clients, conducts and analyzes primary research, and writes thought-leadership pieces across a wide variety of topics. John leads research on private and public cloud; private cloud infrastructure; private and hybrid cloud management and security; network, server and storage virtualization; and software-defined networking (SDN), SDWAN, and network functions virtualization (NFV).He also leads coverage of IT service management and ITIL, big data (especially with application to IT operations management and security), data management and information lifecycle management, analytics and visualization.John’s experience centers around high-level IT management positions in higher education. He directed the staff in the voice and data network, desktop support, and systems management groups at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul). John also worked in IT management and systems and network administration posts at The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul). He has experience in the application of technology at The Johns Hopkins University, where he supported the engineering faculty in its use of IT in research and teaching.John holds a masters degree in the history of science and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. He devotes his spare time to family, urban gardening, bird watching, and wild mushroom hunting.

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Dave George

Sr. Vice President & General Manager, Netsapiens

Netsapiens

Dave brings over two decades of leadership and enterprise management experience to netsapiens. Client acquisition and mutually beneficial relationships, as well as values-based leadership and team development, have been a consistent factor in all of Dave’s professional endeavors. Dave has founded several successful companies, all of which enjoyed significant growth and success with him at the helm.Today Dave proudly serves the netsapiens leadership and staff in fostering an energetic and collaborative culture, designed to create purpose for all within the company and an open ecosystem for our clients, thus enhancing the customer experience and increasing the netsapiens value proposition.

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Akshay Sharma

Principal Analyst and Consultant, neXt Curve

neXt Curve

Former Gartner analyst, prolific speaker/author over 280+ published research notes in a decade at Gartner, moderated the best TMCNet SD-WAN event in Feb 2017...now VP at Beesion in the BSS arena.

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Dan Jenkins

Director | CEO, Nimble Ape Ltd

Nimble Ape Ltd

Based in Kent, Dan is the founder of Nimble Ape Ltd, which he founded at the beginning of 2014. Dan loves working with Node.js and with its community, along with his passion for building great architecture for Web Applications. For the past few years Dans been building RESTful Hypermedia APIs but recently, hes been working with the exciting WebRTC technology. As a Google Developer Expert in WebRTC his mission is to get more developers looking at and using the technology.

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Sherman Scholten

VP Marketing, Obihai Technology, Inc.

Obihai Technology, Inc.

As vice president, marketing at Obihai, Sherman works with world-class technology, design & engineering teams to develop next-generation voice endpoints comprised of mass-deployable, voice over IP endpoints. Sherman has directly worked with many of the worlds leading telecommunications service providers & has spoken at numerous IP telephony & communications networking industry events including, Voice on the Net (VON), CommunicAsia, CeBIT, InternetWorld & Networld+Interop.

Sherman Scholten came to Obihai Technology from Ciscos Small Business Technology Group & the Linksys consumer networking divisions via Ciscos acquisition of Sipura Technology. In all roles Sherman helped to design, develop, market & sell products used by millions of service provider, small business & residential customers. Prior to working for Cisco & Sipura, Sherman held various VoIP-focused product management and marketing positions with Lucent Technologies (Now Alcatel-Lucent) & PictureTel (now Polycom) Corporation.

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Tom Plunkett

Consulting Solutions Director, Oracle

Oracle

Tom has written books on big data and cloud computing and is the author of a forthcoming book on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. Tom is a Consulting Solutions Director with Oracle and also volunteers for AtrocityWatch, a non-profit organization which uses Big Data to detect early warning signs of atrocities. Tom has given presentations at over sixty conferences and has taught computer science courses for Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Oracle, Tom practiced patent law with Fliesler Meyer in San Francisco, representing Oracle and other Silicon Valley companies. Tom has a B.A. and J.D. from George Mason University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Virginia Tech, and has completed graduate coursework in Cybersecurity and Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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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.

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Alon Cohen

Chief Technology Officer, Phone.com

Phone.com

Alon is an entrepreneur, inventor and is widely recognized as one of the creators of the Voice over IP industry. He joins Phone.com after founding and managing a successful series of recent business ventures, including BitWine and RemoteAbility. Alon was the co-founder of VocalTec Communications (NASDAQ:VOCL), the first company to provide Internet voice technology worldwide, which in 1996 was one of the earliest successful Internet IPOs.

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Joel Maloff

SVP- Strategic Alliances and Partnerships, 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 Partnerships for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for the Channel Partner Program, Inside Sales organization, large scale business development, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. In addition, Mr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University for more than four 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. With forty years of experience, he has served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for one of the first SIP trunking service providers, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for an international VoIP carrier, the CTO of a network security authentication device manufacturer, General Manager of a broadband wireless Internet provider, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for an Internet professional services company, and as Executive Director of the Big Ten universities research network (CICNet). Mr. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, written numerous articles, and was a regular columnist for VON Magazine (now defunct). As a consultant, he provided services to the most senior people at Nationwide Insurance, MetLife, Borders Books and Music, Discovery Channel, The Toro Company, Worldcom, Sprint, Frontier Telecom, Siemens, Telenor (Norway), France Telecom, and many others.Among his more notable accomplishments, Mr. 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.

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Brian Finch

Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Based in Washington, DC, Brian provides strategic legal counsel to companies from nearly every industry regarding regulatory issues, cyberattacks, national defense and intelligence policies, and homeland security concerns. He has helped more than 100 clients take advantage of SAFETY Act liability protections following terrorist or cyberattacks and has testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the Acts provisions. Brian advises on risk mitigation tactics, minimizing post-event negative consequences, and litigation strategies.

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Phil Edholm

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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Marlon Williams

Founder and CEO, PodOne

PodOne

Marlon manages the day-to-day operations of Fenero and PodOne. His expertise in contact center technology began during his tenure as a Software Developer for a large contact center based out of Miami, FL, where he was eventually tapped to lead all of the organization’s technology initiatives. This included application development, network and systems administration, and telecommunications.Marlon has served as Treasurer for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools S.T.E.M. Advisory Board; President of the South Florida Chapter of the Society for Information Management; and is a current Board Member for the South Florida Digital Alliance.

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Brent Baker

Manager, Network Services, Powernet

Powernet

Brent delivers cutting-edge communication solutions quickly and efficiently to businesses, as well as, designs solutions foragents. He has driven the expansion of Powernet’s VoIP offerings from purely minutes based to a full suite of business VoIPofferings. As Manager of Network Services, Brent is responsible for overseeing Powernet’s Voice engineering, Wi-Fi andNetwork operations teams. Since starting at Powernet, 8 years ago, he has been a vocal proponent of the growth potentialavailable with hosted business services and smart Wi-Fi solutions.

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Alyssa Nicoll

Angular Developer and Google Developer Expert, Progress, Google

Progress, Google

Alyssa is an Angular Developer Advocate & GDE. My two degrees (Web Design & Development and Psychology) feed my speaking career. She has spoken at over 20 conferences Internationally, specializing in motivational soft talks. She is also a weekly panelist on Adventures in Angular and Angular Air, which have a combined following of over 16,000 listeners. Alyssa enjoys gaming, scuba diving, and have a toothless dog named Gummy, and her DM is always open, come talk sometime.

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Peter Radizeski

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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Robert Oswald

Evangelist, Recurly

Chris Van Tuin

Chief Technologist, West, Red Hat

Red Hat

Chris Van Tuin, Chief Technologist for the Western US at Red Hat, has over 20 years of experience in IT and Software. Since joining Red Hat in 2005, Chris has been architecting solutions for strategic customers and partners with a focus on emerging technologies including IaaS, PaaS, and DevOps. He started his career at Intel in IT and Managed Hosting followed by leadership roles in services and sales engineering at Loudcloud and Linux startups. Chris holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Brett Lancaster

Global Account Director for IBM, Ricoh USA

Ricoh USA

Brett Lancaster is Ricoh’s Global Account Director for IBM, responsible for all sales, alliance and co-development activities. With a twenty-year background in international IT services and consulting-based sales, Brett has a unique perspective on technology and business trends through his role as a strategic IBM partner. Since 2015, Brett and his team have been developing new solutions and services combining Ricoh’s expertise in the information management market with the power of cognitive computing and IoT platforms.

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David Lee

VP of Platform, RingCentral

RingCentral

David Lee, VP of Platform Products at RingCentral, drives the product vision and roadmap strategy and oversees the engineering and developer teams. Prior to RingCentral, David was VP of Product Management at Box driving platform strategy and leading the Product Development team responsible for desktop, mobile, partner and enterprise integrations. Before Box, David was a Senior Product Manager in Yahoo’s video advertising division, securing partnerships with ISPs and responsible for development of Yahoo’s creative management platform and applications. At WebEx, Lee launched their MeetMeNow service and led UI design across the WebEx product line. Earlier in his career, David worked as a systems engineer at Boeing and Universal Avionics.Lee received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and his MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

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Richard Townhill

VP of Product Management, Collaboration Products, RingCentral

RingCentral

Richard Townhill is the VP of Product Management, Collaboration Products at RingCentral. Prior to RingCentral he was the senior director of product management for Cisco leading the Spark, WebEx and Jabber teams. Before Cisco, Townhill spent a decade at Apple running the applications product marketing team (iLife, iWork and Pro Apps). He graduated with a degree in computer science from Lincoln University in the UK.

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Nuno Diogo

Manager, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, Riverbed

Riverbed

After spending a decade in the military, Nuno began his IT career 13 years ago and has held various technical roles including Systems Administrator, Network and TAC Engineer and Solutions Engineer. Within these roles he has focused on key industry areas including Federal environments, Healthcare and Fortune 100 enterprise organizations. Nuno joined Riverbed in 2010, and leads the Systems Engineering team for the Southeast.

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Brad Wood

Chief Technology Officer, Riverbed

Riverbed

Brad Wood is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Riverbed Technology. He is responsible for Application Performance strategy around optimization and SD-WAN technologies working directly with the CTO. He has an extensive background in protocol analysis and Riverbed’s integration with alliance partners such as Microsoft. Brad started as a Sales Engineer at Riverbed and has worked in the Global Consulting Engineering Team and Advanced Technology Group. Wood brings 23 years of enterprise ecosystems engineering experience with him with senior leadership roles across multiple sectors.

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Frederic Dickey

VP Customer Services and Product Management, Sangoma Technologies

Sangoma Technologies

Frederic Dickey is in charge of Professional Services and Product Management at Sangoma. Prior to Sangoma, he was at Paraxip – acquired by Sangoma in July 2008 – to lead Marketing and Business Development efforts. Prior to joining Paraxip, Frederic was General Manager at Kallastra Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Octasic Semiconductors. In his role at Kallastra, Frederic gained significant experience in worldwide Sales and Marketing (including Europe and Asia) while managing operations. Prior to Kallastra, Frederic spent 4 years at NMS Communications as a Product Management Director with responsibility for product lines generating significant revenues annually. Before NMS Communications, Frederic held several Sales Engineering and Project Management roles at both Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks. Frederic brings, with its 20+ years of experience in the telecommunications industry, a comprehensive technical and business background to Sangoma Technologies. Frederic holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Honours) from McGill University in Montreal.

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Felix Shipkevich

Principal and Founder, Shipkevich PLLC

Shipkevich PLLC

Felix Shipkevich is a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University and principal and founder of forward-thinking law firm Shipkevich PLLC., a law firm head quartered in New York City with offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and London. Mr. Shipkevich maintains an active financial derivatives practice providing legal and regulatory counsel to FinTech and money service business, and he also has extensive experience with ICOs regulations since their inception. His practice also includes enforcement defense litigation and regulatory investigations of electronic payments business by federal and state authorities. He has represented money services business as well as technology companies in the money transmitter space in connection with mergers and acquisitions, cross-border purchase and sale negotiations and agreements, and general money service business company arrangements. Mr. Shipkevich regularly represents some of the largest non-bank foreign exchange dealers and money transmitters.Felix Shipkevich is regularly involved with both national and cross-border financial services regulatory issues including representing clients investigated by regulatory bodies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Mr. Shipkevich is also a special professor of law at Hofstra University teaching corporate finance law. Mr. Shipkevich is Editor-in-Chief of Money Transmitter Law, a resource benefiting business owners and compliance practitioners, and has spoken nationally on panels for the money transfer community on various legal and regulatory topics.From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Shipkevich served as the Chair of Futures and Derivatives Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. Also, from 2012 to 2015 Mr. Shipkevich was on the Board of Directors of the New York County Association.He received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science, from SUNY Binghamton and his J.D. from Hofstra University.

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David Silver

Partner, Silver Miller

Silver Miller

As described in Reuters, The Financial Times, Bloomberg BNA and other media outlets, Silver Miller is one of the preeminent plaintiffs’ law firms in cryptocurrency litigation, with numerous cases, including class actions, successfully being prosecuted against wayward cryptocurrency exchanges and misleadingly presented crypto-investment offerings. David Silver has become a nationally-featured speaker on the subject, and his presentations have been called engaging, brutally honest, and entertaining. Our judgments and recoveries are valued at more than $150 million in the past five years alone. We are not only engaged in cutting-edge litigation, we are at the forefront of shaping the law in this emerging field.

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Derek Granath

VP, Product Marketing, Silver Peak

Silver Peak

Derek has more than 20 years of technology product marketing, product management and business development experience with a focus on high-performance enterprise and service provider networking systems. At Silver Peak, he leads product positioning and messaging for service provider and enterprise SD-WAN offerings. Before joining Silver Peak, Derek held a number of senior management positions in marketing and product management at networking companies including Extreme Networks, ConSentry Networks, Woven Systems, Brocade, and Cisco Systems via the Stratacom acquisition. Derek holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

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Simon Woodhead

CEO, Simwood Group PLC

Simwood Group PLC

Simons early career was in finance as a fund manager, within what became Deutsche Bank and Barclays Wealth. Simon had discretion to manage over £40m+ of funds before age 21, becoming the youngest qualified member of the Securities Institute. He had a reputation and track record for stock-picking, particularly of technology companies but found his career focussing on senior roles in business recovery and technology troubleshooting.Simwood (https://simwood.com) was founded in 1996 (as eSMS: the worlds first global gateway between the Internet and Mobile Phones) and Simon left finance in 1999 to focus on it and a number of other start-ups. He was usually co-founder and occupied roles from CEO to CTO, exiting all of them except Simwood by 2005. As CEO and architect, he shaped the current business of Simwood to be the wholesale voice and mobile operator it is today.In 2016 he was elected a Director of the London Internet Exchange (http://www.linx.net), the world’s largest member-owned peering exchange operator. LINX operates peering exchanges across the UK and in North Virginia USA.In that role he speaks widely at industry events, often around the companys extensive research on voice fraud and infrastructure.

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Eric Hernaez

President & Founder, SkySwitch

SkySwitch

Eric Hernaez is the founder and Managing Partner of SkySwitch, a company that provides Infrastructure as a Service to white label hosted UC service providers. His experience in the UC and telephony space dates back to 1999 when he founded telic.net, one of the first service providers to offer communications infrastructure as a service. Since then he has worked with several pioneering companies in the converged communications space including Solegy, Netmobo and NetSapiens.

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Labinot Bytyqi

Founder and CEO, Solaborate

Solaborate

Solaborate founder and CEO, Labinot Bytyqi, is a successful business executive with over a decade in the Tech industry. Prior to Solaborate, Labinot was an account executive with SAP in its Premier Customer Network, where he managed the 28 largest accounts in the Western Region of the United States, including Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Google, Linkedin and Facebook. Labinot also held a Global Field Services Product Management Strategy and Application Lifecycle Management Practice Lead role at SAP. Before joining SAP, he was an independent consultant.

He received bachelor’s degrees in both Computer and Information Science and Business Management with a minor in Economics from George Fox University.

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Avi Aisenberg

CEO, South Florida Distillers

South Florida Distillers

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Joshua Feinberg

Vice President and Co-Founder, SP Home Run Inc.

SP Home Run Inc.

Joshua Feinberg helps telecom, managed services, cloud, and hosting providers grow their leads, client base, revenue, and profitability. As a HubSpot Certified Partner, HubSpot Accredited Trainer, former Microsoft content provider, and IBM sales rep with over two decades in technology marketing and sales enablement, Joshua’s clients are able to differentiate, get found early on in the sales cycle, achieve trusted advisor status, and command premium pricing power to drive sustained, profitable revenue growth. If your company faces challenges competing in today’s vastly different buyer’s journey, you’ll definitely want to get some time on Joshua’s calendar to help you build a plan to reach your goals.

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John Hooks

President and CEO, Spectramesh

Spectramesh

John Hooks is President and CEO of Spectramesh, Inc. Spectramesh combines wireless advances with the emerging technology of blockchain in a core router capable of communicating across a mixed spectrum of wireless TCP/IP, Bluetooth, and IoT spectra – a first for router devices. Additionally, each unit has a built-in functional web server and data store that can host edge computing applications and support backless server support. Mr. Hooks is also a Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) Technologist and Venture Capital/Private Equity Advisor and Council Member in the Technology and Telecommunications Practice of the Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG), and an Advisory Board Member to several emerging Blockchain, and Big Data/IoT and AI companies.His past experience includes executive positions at Accenture, LLP, Anderson Consulting, and IBM Corporation.

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Ross Artale

President & COO, Spectrotel

Spectrotel

Mr. Artale had over 16 years of telecommunications experience when he joined Spectrotel as Vice President of Operations in 2007. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2012 and was named President in December 2013. He began his career at Mobile Comm, a Bell South Company, and then later took management positions at two start-up companies, Geotek and Prism Communications. In 2000, Mr. Artale moved into the role of Vice President, Customer Care for InfoHighway Communications, formerly known as Eureka Broadband Corporation, where over the next seven years he was part of the management team that grew the company from a small start up to a $100 million corporation. At Spectrotel, he is responsible for managing and leading all day to day operations, including, sales, marketing, product management, engineering, provisioning, customer care, quality assurance, and regulatory functions.

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Bachir Halimi

President & CEO, Speech Mobility

Speech Mobility

Bachir Halimi started Speech Mobility in 2012 to build telecom products that make business communications smart, mobile and safe on the road. He also founded Excendia, the company that developed the virtual assistant powering the Evatel cloud phone system. Bachirs life as a serial entrepreneur started in 1981 with Alis Technologies, the company that made computers usable in non-Latin languages (sold to Microsoft in 1986), then MediaSoft Telecom in 1987, a voice toolkit vendor sold to Bell Canada in 2004 after receiving investment from Intel in 2000.

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Pradosh Mohapatra

Cofounder, Sproute Networks

Sproute Networks

Pradosh Mohapatra is a founder of Sproute Networks, a leading provider of SD-WAN and networking software solutions. Pradosh is a software architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He haspublished multiple Internet RFCs and holds over 15 patents to date. Before co-founding Sproute networks, Pradosh was leading routing development at Cumulus Networks. Previously, he was a DistinguishedEngineer at Cisco Systems and a key software architect of the industry-leading NCS-6000 platform. Pradosh graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a masters degree in Computer Science.

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Brian Cooper

Visionary Leader and Technology Strategist, Stillwaters Technologies

Stillwaters Technologies

Brian has worked for nearly twenty years as a technology leader, responsible for building high-performing software development teams, identifying technology trends and driving technology strategy and innovation.Brian brings deep experience of software design and architectural principles as well as consultant expertise where he partnered with clients to rapidly build and deliver their products to market.

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Ankur Srivastava

Cofounder and CEO, SwarmSales, Inc

SwarmSales, Inc

Ankur is the CEO and CoFounder of SwarmSales. A marketplace that allows companies to activate sales professionals on demand. Ankur raised 1.2M from the founder of eBay Pierre Omidyar, and has worked as a seasoned sales professional with companies like Oracle, EMC and various startup.

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Deborah Hoffman

CEO, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Debbie Hoffman is Co-Founder of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors where she works with clients in their blockchain development and initial coin offerings utilizing her expertise in law, finance, blockchain, cryptocurrency and technology innovation. Debbie serves as the 2017-18 Chairperson of the Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Committee. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Digital Risk, LLC, where she was responsible for the regulatory compliance and legal functions of the company. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2017, Debbie was named as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the MReport’s Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 “Hot 100” in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.

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Miguel Sanchez

Miguel, TBI

Tim Basa

President, Telegration

Telegration

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Anthony Stiso

Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Telinta

Telinta

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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Mclain Roth

Director of Sales, Telnyx

Telnyx

Mclain Roth is the Director of Sales at Telnyx, a real-time communications provider headquartered in Chicago. As a member of an agile organization, Mclain spends his day solving business communications needs, developing innovative and scalable strategies for application developers and enterprise accounts alike. His sales engineering background and technical sales consultant experience at AT&T position him as an expert in the field. He majored in Philosophy at Colgate University in New York.

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Todd Davis

Director of Marketing, TELoIP

TELoIP

Todd brings over 17 years of experience working in the telecom/networking industry. In his eight years with TELoIP, he has been evangelizing software-defined overlay networks in various roles including marketing, sales, business development, and product management. Todd has collaborated with channel partners, customers and industry analysts to form unique perspectives and insights shared through his blog posts covering multiple SD-WAN related topics.

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Michael Gagnon

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, TELoIP

TELoIP

Michael has helped businesses succeed through technology innovation for over 30 years. Alignment of customer expectations to the enterprise is at the core of his systems approach. Michael has taken the reins of TELoIP’s sales organization where he works with our customers and partners to assure outstanding business outcomes. Michael joined TELoIP from leading Virtual Mobile Infrastructure technology vendor Nubo Software, where he managed North American sales and channel efforts. Previously, Gagnon held senior sales roles with Talend, Coveo, Verint, Aspect Communications and AT&T Canada. Michael’s diverse technology background and varied industry experience provides a trusted platform to deliver solutions tailored for customer success.

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Rick Huffman

Data Center – Cloud Sales Specialist, Telstra

Telstra

Rick has over 20 years of experience with telecommunications and technology companies such as Verizon Business/MCI, Pacnet and Telstra, that encompassed sales and engineering roles for data center, cloud, network architecture, security and managed services. Currently Rick oversees support for Telstra USA Enterprise, Wholesale and Channel teams. Responsible for US sales efforts of Telstra Data Center, Private/Public Cloud Infrastructure, Telstra Programmable Network (SDN platform), SD-WAN and Cloud Management Platform powered by RightScale.

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Anthony Clark

VP Business Development, Thinix

Nelson Petracek

CTO, TIBCO Software Inc.

TIBCO Software Inc.

As CTO of TIBCO Software, Nelson Petracek brings close to 20 years of experience to his customers. A strong technology evangelist, Nelson specializes in the areas of messaging, microservices, cloud and on-premise integration, event-driven architectures, operational intelligence, and event processing. Able to bridge the gap between business and IT, Nelson works with his customers to identify and define the appropriate use of various technologies and architectures – delivering solutions for the next stage of digital business.

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Marc Lesnick

President, Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc

Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc

Marc Lesnick has been involved in the internet and technology industry since 1998. He currently runs UTail.com. Mr. Lesnick has been involved in crypto since 2014. As the President of Ticonderoga Ventures, Inc., he is a speaker at numerous conferences and writes for several publications. He is an expert on SEO. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Barrons Magazine, National Public Radio, Business Week Magazine, Time Magazine as well as others.

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James Foxall

President & CEO, Tigerpaw

Tigerpaw

James Foxall is a recognized leader in the world of business automation, team building, leadership and rock ‘n’ roll trivia. He prides himself on creating genuine and lasting relationships with customers and his team of tigers. With more than 30 years’ experience in commercial software development, a BS in Management Information Systems, a Master of Business Administration and more than a dozen books on technology written, James is a speaker in high demand. He’s given keynote speeches underwater, written rock songs and solved a Rubix cube in 52 seconds. A passionate contributor and collaborator, James is a member of the CompTIA Technology Lifecycle Services Executive Council and Entrepreneurs’ Organization. If not in his office filled with assorted sci-fi memorabilia, James can be found with a guitar in his hands or discussing the newest videogames in the bullpen.

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Larry Cushing

Chief Technology Evangelist, TPX Communications

TPX Communications

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Jonathan Fanville

VP of Sales Engineering, TPx Communications

Ryan Delany

Global Solutions Marketing Manager – MSP, Trend Micro

Trend Micro

Ryan Delany has more than 15 years of experience planning, designing and implementing security products in a variety of enterprises. In his current role, he is responsible for global strategy for the managed service provider space. He works with MSPs to develop tools and programs to support customer engagement. Ryan has been with Trend Micro since 2002, responsible for planning and carrying out global marketing strategy for the managed service provider. He was awarded Sales Engineer of the Year in 2008, has published multiple white papers highlighting deployment and configuration best practices and has represented the company at industry events and trade shows to educate and inform customers about Trend Micro solutions.

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Matthew Donovan

Founder, txtsignal

Tom Phelan

CTO & VP of Technology, Unified Office

Unified Office

Tom 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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Ray Pasquale

CEO, Unified Office Inc.

Unified Office Inc.

Ray has spent the last 20+ years as an entrepreneurial technology professional, he has extensive sales and customer engineering experience along with proven management team leadership in dynamic, emerging technology companies. Recently Ray played a key leadership role in professional and customer services, business development, pre-sales and technical marketing while at Sonus Networks, a market leader in Voice over IP technologies. Ray was a founding member of Sonus’s services organization, recruiting many of its most senior members. From 1996 until 1999 Ray was a key technical leader and sales consultant for Cascade Communications’ worldwide sales organization. During his tenure Cascade was purchased by Ascend Communications. Ascend, a leader in remote access technologies for the Internet market, was subsequently absorbed by Lucent in a merger. Prior to 1996, Ray’s tenure with Digital Equipment Corp. included positions as Senior Consultant for Worldwide Network Operations, and Technical Leader and Senior Consultant for the Network Products Group. Ray’s commitments to excellence and ideas were recognized by Digital. Mr. Pasquale received a Customer Satisfaction Award, Storage Systems Excellence Award, and Delta Ideas Recognition Award. He attended the University of Maine.

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Rob McBride

Head of Product Marketing, Versa Networks

Versa Networks

Rob McBride is the Head of Product Marketing at Versa Networks, responsible for Versa’s software-defined solutions portfolio – SD-WAN, SD-Security and SD-Branch. Rob has spent the last 15+ years designing, marketing and bringing to market a wide range of solutions and products covering SDN/NFV, SD-WAN, Voice (TDM/VoIP), and DC virtualization. He brings a wide range of experience from senior roles in sales engineering, field support, product management and marketing. Prior to Versa Networks, Rob held senior positions at Brocade Communications, Enterasys Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Enterprise Data Solutions (EDS).

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Cara Daly

Director of Product Marketing, Vidyo

Vidyo

With over a decade in UC&C industry, Cara Daly has covered a diverse cross-section of technologies, including video collaboration, embedded video, video content management, and immersive telepresence. As the Director of Product Marketing at Vidyo, Cara leads the ongoing evolution and go-to-market for Vidyo’s collaboration and customer engagement solutions. Cara holds an MBA from Emory University.

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Rakhi Jain

Senior QA Analyst, Village Health

Village Health

Rakhi Jain is a seasoned professional with over a decade of experience in the Software industry with extensive experience and expertise in SQA, Automation, Agile methodology, QA policy, processes, strategy. Rakhi currently leads QA function at Village health, a Davita company, as the Senior QA analyst, pursuing her passion for problem solving and penchant for attention to detail. Her responsibilities include leading the Test automation, QA processes, release management, test strategy, system migration, and business rules design. Prior to Village health, Rakhi spent several years at RR Donnelley. Her quest for efficiency helped improve workflows, establish QA process, merger legacy systems and push towards more QA automation. Rakhi was trained as an engineer with a degree in Production engineering. Rakhi’s areas of interest include, AI, machine learning, Automation, efficient Test coverage and adaptation. Rakhi is an avid reader, trained classical dancer and motorcycle enthusiast.

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Rick McFarland

CEO, Voice4Net

Voice4Net

Rick McFarland serves as CEO of Voice4net, a company he founded over 25 years ago. Rick is considered one of the true visionaries in the contact center space, and has guided the company through numerous technology shifts and changing customer demands. He is considered a foremost authority on RTC technology in the contact center, and has spoken at numerous conferences on the subject.

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David Walsh

President, VoIP Innovations

VoIP Innovations

A serial entrepreneur at heart, David Walsh has founded, productized, and scaled four successful companies from inception to exit.He began in 2001 with Global Capacity, a company that aggregated large bandwidth providers and enabled them to buy wholesale access and provision services online. Not content with just one project, David then launched Net Source Communications, which grew into an award-winning master-channel partner for AT&T/SBC in less than two years. Both companies were successfully sold.In 2008 David established Starview, an award-winning software and VOIP platform. In two years he took the company from an annual revenue of $0 to $14m, and then oversaw the successful sale of Starview into two business units. One of these became Shango, an API-driven platform that enabled communications service providers to rapidly onboard third-party applications and IoT services.Currently, David is the CEO of VoIP Innovations and co-founder of Vocaly.io. He sits on several boards and serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs at Capital Factory and Galvanize in Austin, Texas. He is also the Tech Lead for Austin’s Smart City Initiative.

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Sanjay Srinivasan, PhD

Vice President & Chief Technology Architect, Business Engineering, Vonage

Vonage

As Vice President and Chief Technology Architect Business Engineering for Vonage, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’s engineering and product development. 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, VoIP, software architecture and development, service provider process engineering, product marketing and development, and network and service operations.Sanjay has led educational seminars on the concept of Hosted IP PBX based services in various cities across the country and has presented at conferences on the subject of VoIP. He has also been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.In 2015, Sanjay received the Top CTO AZ Top Tech Exec Award, an annual recognition honoring Phoenixs finest leaders in technology. He was also instrumental in efforts leading to Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of Telesphere for its 2015 CIO Impact Award in Enterprise Architecture. Sanjay holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a member of Engineering Honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.

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Corey McFadden

Founder & 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 19 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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Lyle Pratt

VP, Enhanced Application Development, Voyant

Ross Warrington

Regional VP, Operations, vXchnge

vXchnge

Ross Warrington is a Regional Vice President, Operations at vXchnge and is responsible for managing all 14 data center locations. With more than 30 years of experience, Ross has managed data center construction, engineering, repair and maintenance, leading him to the emerging business of Colocation. Throughout this career, Ross has participated in Colocation design, construction, engineering and operations in his various roles at Switch and Data, Equinix and 365 Data Center. Ross is a Vietnam Era Veteran, having served four years in the United States Marine Corp from 1969 to 1973. He attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and resides in the greater St. Louis area.

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John Christly

CISO and Chief of Compliance, WHOA.com

WHOA.com

Mr. Christly leads cybersecurity and compliance efforts which provide support to in-house corporate teams, as well as customers and partners. He has over 27 years of industry experience including general management, revenue growth and retention, go-to-market strategy, product development, business operations, and cybersecurity strategy. He brings extensive cybersecurity expertise in both cyber attack detection, prevention, and response as well as computer, mobile, cloud, and social forensic analysis.John formerly served as the Global CISO for Netsurion and EventTracker, where he was responsible for corporate information security and compliance and he oversaw a compliance portfolio of over 13,000 customers. Previous to that he served as the CISO and HIPAA Security Officer for Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He also has served as the HIPAA Security Officer for Memorial Healthcare System, a multi-hospital public healthcare system. As Chief of Security, he also created and led the computer forensics division for eTERA Consulting, a firm located in Washington, D.C. that served AMLAW 100 clients.He is an MSI Senior Fellow™ and holds various certifications including the ISC2 CISSP, PMP, Certified Fraud Examiner, AccessData Certified Examiner, HIPAA Security Specialist, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Certified Kaizen Facilitator, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist, and is a Florida Licensed Private Investigator. His experience includes several industry regulations and standards including HIPAA, HITECH, GLBA, FERPA, FCPA, FIPA, ISO, 23 NYCRR Part 500, and PCI DSS.As an accomplished author and blogger, his articles have appeared in publications such as Security Magazine, Executive Insight Magazine, 24/7 Magazine, and the ISSA Journal. He is frequently quoted in industry news sources, and is often a keynote and panel speaker at international, national, and regional events.

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Stefano Osler

CEO, Wildix

Wildix

When his parents bought him his first computer at age 11, he quickly became an information technology enthusiast. It was no surprise then, when he later received a degree in Computer Science from Padua University. He started out working on software development and analysis in the field of human-machine interaction, and later co-founded StarSystem, which offered software services to businesses, in 1998. In 2005, along with his brother, he started to work on the development of a new communication system and dedicated himself to the project management activities, for what is now a multi-national company, with offices in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US.

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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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Layne Levine

President, Enterprise Business Unit, Windstream

Windstream

Layne Levine is president of Windstream’s Enterprise business unit. He is responsible for overseeing sales, financial performance, marketing, field technicians, service delivery and customer care and repair for the enterprise segment.Levine has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years, most recently as chief revenue officer at GTT, which provides cloud networking services to multinational customers. In that role, Levine led the company’s revenue growth initiatives worldwide, targeting global carriers and multinational enterprises and developing its emerging channel strategy. Previously he was the executive vice president for GTT’s Americas division, managing the sales efforts for North and South America.Prior to joining GTT, Levine was senior vice president of sales at Alpheus Communications. Before that he was senior vice president of retail sales for Deltacom/EarthLink. Levine also has held leadership positions at Airband Communications, Level 3 Communications and Broadwing Communications.Levine has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.

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Joseph Harding

EVP & CMO, Windstream

Windstream

Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream’s Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.

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Chris O'Neal

Product Manager, Workfront

Workfront

As product manager at Workfront, a SaaS company at the forefront of modern work management. Chris helps shape and share Workfronts vision for automating knowledge work and collaboration across the modern enterprise. Chris enterprise software experience spans product development, business management, marketing, and strategic advisement for all sizes of organizations, from startups to large enterprises. In his free time Chris can be found reading, hiking, traveling, and making vain attempts to learn how to cook.

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Marc Cohen

CEO & Co-Founder, Wrinkl

Wrinkl

Marc Cohen is co-founder and CEO of Wrinkl, an actionable group messaging platform that brings clarity and productivity back to collaboration. Marc is a serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience founding, growing and transitioning successful communication companies. Since 1984, he has founded and sold five of his companies to publicly traded entities. Most recently, he was the founder and CEO of Teleperformance Interactive, an automated technologies company that he sold to French multinational Teleperformance in 2008. Prior to Teleperformance Interactive, Marc founded Campus Direct (sold to National Student Clearinghouse in 2004), Voice FX Corporation (sold to Student Advantage, Inc. in 1999), FX Direct, Inc. (sold to Telespectrum Worldwide, Inc. in 1997) and Advanced Voice Systems, Inc. (sold to Async/MCI Communications in 1989).Marc was twice named one of the “40 under 40” by the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has given talks at The Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), Temple University (Philadelphia), and St. Petersburg University (Russia). Marc holds multiple patents in the areas of interactive voice response, targeted Internet advertising, and group messaging communication.

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Diego Gosmar

CEO, XCALLY

XCALLY

Diego Gosmar, a Telco-Innovation passionate, has more than 18 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry. He started to work on one of the first Voice over IP H.323 technologies in the early 1997 Telecom Italia Labs when he was completing the University studies. In 1998 he moved in Omnitel (now Vodafone) where he lead some strategic projects for the early GPRS and UMTS vendor selection. He worked in Atlanet (Telefonica Data company) from 1999 to 2004, where he managed the IP Network planning.In 2007 Diego joined Xenialab as co-Founder. Together with a team of passionate VoIP experts, he worked on Asterisk to launch a flagship software solution for the global Contact (Call) Center market called xCALLY. Starting from 2013 Diego has been driving the XCALLY international expansion as Xenialab CEO, covering now more than 45 countries worldwide.Diego is dCAP and ITIL certified: he is involved in the Astricon conferences since many years. He is also co-authors of the first Italian book about Asterisk, and passionate evangelists about Open Source VoIP technologies:http://www.apogeonline.com/libri/9788850327423/schedaDiego’s leitmotiv is: “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.”

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Giuseppe Innamorato

CTO, XCALLY

XCALLY

Giuseppe started to work in the Telecommunication market as a technician of telephone exchanges in Telecom Italia in 1980, following the digital evolution until 1984.Subsequently, he participated in the first Unix network deployment (1984-1988).In 1988 he was hired as a manager at the Olivetti training center. After a few years, Giuseppe moved to the Olivetti Ambrasoft subsidiary, following research projects in the international arena from the Brussels HQ.After the Ambrasoft experience, Giuseppe founded Archesis (1994) and made his first CRM systems within the WEB and CTI.In 2000 he was involved in the creation of the first Italian VoIP operator.In 2005 he founded, along with Diego Gosmar, Wildix, a VoIP hardware manufacturer which soon reached many distributors and resellers all across Europe.Giuseppe has been actively working in the Open Source Asterisk community, contributing in many topics, ranging from WebRTC Respoke GitHub updates and special asterisk optimization for customer care environments.He is also co-authors of the first Italian book about Asterisk, and passionate evangelists about Open Source VoIP technologies:http://www.apogeonline.com/libri/9788850327423/schedaIn 2007 returns to the origins and Telecommunications software, thus - after winning a prize for the best business plan in the field of telecommunications - he founded (always with Diego Gosmar) Xenialab SrL, start up within the Polytechnic of Turin with the roles of CTO and senior strategic partner.The passion for technology, skills and company management are the basis for determining the development and success of the XCALLY product.

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Daren French

VP Business Development, XRoads Networks

XRoads Networks

Mr. French has been in the telecom industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining XRoads Networks, the parent company of ZeroOutages, Mr. French had worked as the network architect for Flashcom where he rolled out the first nation-wide DSL network in the late 1990s. Mr. French is currently the Vice President of Operations for ZeroOutages and has overseen the companys growth to over 4000 SD-WAN deployments across 50+ countries. Mr. French has a degree in Business, Informational Systems, is Cisco certified and is a co-inventor on multiple SD-WAN related patents.

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Jeh Daruvala

Founder and CEO, Yactraq

Yactraq

Jeh Daruvala has been an IT entrepreneur for most of his working life and particularly enjoy product management, systems analysis & business development. Industry experience includes enterprise software, telecoms/networking and investment banking.Before migrating to Canada in 2002, he played a key role in incubating Customer Asset, an India based IT infrastructure services venture that evolved into the $300 million, Firstsource Solutions. While working on Delsys, his first startup, he sold the first-ever ethernet switch in India (Cisco). He’s been passionately interested in spaceships and robots since boyhood and am a believer in the evolutionary impact of scientific discovery & technology innovation as the key drivers of corporate / economic growth & human welfare.

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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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Alex Quilici

CEO, YouMail, Inc

YouMail, Inc

Alex Quilici, is the CEO of YouMail, Inc, the leading provider of intelligent telecommunication services and creator of the popular YouMail app. Priior to YouMail, Alex co-founded and was the CEO of Quack.com, which provided a consumer voice portal service that was essentially SIRI over a 1-800 number back before there were smart phones. AOL acquired Quack for $200 million in August, 2000, just 18 months after it was founded. At AOL, Alex was a Vice President of Voice Services, where he helped drive the division to multiple product launches and over 1 million paying subscribers and over $50 million in annual revenue. Alex holds a PhD in Computer Science from UCLA, and is the co-inventor on 5 patents., with multiple others pending.

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Michael Graves

Project Manager, ZipDX

ZipDX

Michael Graves has spent his career helping people find and implement practical, technical solutions addressing issues of communications in business. His sphere of activity has included all manner of digital media, including; corporate video, broadcasting, streaming media production, voice and video conferencing solutions. He’s a fierce advocate for anything that helps people communicate more effectively.

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David Frankel

CEO, ZipDX® LLC

ZipDX® LLC

David Frankel is the CEO of ZipDX, a provider of specialty communication services that he founded in 2007. The ZipDX telemeeting platform solves problems that cannot be addressed with conventional solutions, usually in “high-value” situations that involve research, training, sensitive conversations, and decision-makers speaking different languages. The more-recently introduced TxtDID service enables business telephone numbers to fully participate in the text messaging (SMS) ecosystem. David has worked in high-performance computer and networking technology since 1974. He was the founder in 1994 of Jetstream Communications, Inc. which supplied voice-over-packet technology to telecommunications carriers.

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Moderator List

Evan Kirstel (Moderator)

Digital Social Influencer and Business Strategist,

With 25+ years of sales, alliances and biz dev experience in Telecom and IT, I bring a unique perspective on opportunities in the Unified Communications & Collaboration landscape, including deep knowledge of social, mobile, and the voice/video/web collaboration market and cloud technology.I am a member of Influencer Marketing programs at Huawei, IBM and Dell EMC. My clients include CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Xactly, 128 Technology, Qualcomm, Panasonic and many others.

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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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Andy Abramson (Moderator)

CEO, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.Founded in 1992, Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, since 2000 the company has participated in the 40 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors. Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. He has held a series of marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional sports teams - Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, with roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.Often quoted in the consumer and technology press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and OTT technology. He is also heard on the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.

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Gerald Baldino (Moderator)

Senior Managing Editor, Content Boost, TMC's Custom Publishing Division

Content Boost, TMC's Custom Publishing Division

Gerald Baldino is Senior Managing Editor for Content Boost, TMCs Custom Publishing Division, and disaster recovery and cybersecurity columnist for TMCnet - one of the foremost technology sites on the Web. Geralds expertise spans ransomware, phishing attacks, email spoofing, data breaches and network vulnerability. A prolific writer, Gerald often pens 6-8 articles per day on topics from weather-related disaster recovery to hacking government networks and corporate network attacks. Gerald received his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.

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Jeff Dworkin (Moderator)

, 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 lead 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 eventual 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.

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Doug Mohney (Moderator)

Editor-in-Chief, HD Voice News

HD Voice News

Doug Mohney, a principal at Cidera Analytics, 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. Follow him on Twitter at DougonIPComm or contact him at dmohney139@gmail.com

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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 firms 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, technology approach, applications enablement, and market performance.

Mr. Stinsons 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.

Prior to joining IntelliCom Analytics, Mr. Stinson was a Vice President at InfoTech Consulting where he was instrumental in the development and growth of the InfoTrack brand of market intelligence services.Mr. Stinson earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Rutgers College, and an MBA in Marketing from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

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Jon Arnold (Moderator)

Principal, J Arnold & Associates

J Arnold & Associates

Jon Arnold is Principal of J Arnold & Associates, an independent telecom analyst and strategy consultancy based in Toronto, Ontario. The consultancy’s primary focus is providing thought leadership and go-to-market counsel regarding IP communications and disruptive technologies, such as VoIP, mobile broadband, contact centers, telepresence/video, unified communications, SIP trunking, cloud communications, session border controllers, and social media.He has been consulting about thse technologies since 2001, and can be followed on his widely-read Analyst 2.0 Blog, along with regular commentary on Twitter and Linked in. Jon also contributes to other publishers and portals, such as UCStrategies, ADTRAN, Exony, and Focus.com; 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 several emerging tech/telecom companies, and also works with companies of all sizes to help monetize their patents and intellectual property.

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Joel Maloff (Moderator)

SVP, 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 Partnerships for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for the Channel Partner Program, Inside Sales organization, large scale business development, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. In addition, Mr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University for more than four 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. With forty years of experience, he has served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for one of the first SIP trunking service providers, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for an international VoIP carrier, the CTO of a network security authentication device manufacturer, General Manager of a broadband wireless Internet provider, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for an Internet professional services company, and as Executive Director of the Big Ten universities research network (CICNet). Mr. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, written numerous articles, and was a regular columnist for VON Magazine (now defunct). As a consultant, he provided services to the most senior people at Nationwide Insurance, MetLife, Borders Books and Music, Discovery Channel, The Toro Company, Worldcom, Sprint, Frontier Telecom, Siemens, Telenor (Norway), France Telecom, and many others.Among his more notable accomplishments, Mr. 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.

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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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Dave Michels (Moderator)

Blogolyst, TalkingPointz

TalkingPointz

Dave Michels is a well-known and respected researcher, analyst, and writer in the B2B communications space, with extensive experience at all levels of the communications industry. Dave started out in the technical organizations of end user companies including Coors, IBM, General Electric, and others. He left the end user side of the business to start his own Value-Added Reseller (VAR) company, Buffalo Communications, headquartered in Denver. Dave sold this firm in 2010 to concentrate on his independent consulting business, Verge1, which he founded in 2007. The experience of working on both sides of the transaction–buyer and seller–helped Dave understand what works and what doesn’t when it comes to technology and the strategies behind the positioning, selling, marketing, procurement, and implementation of communications products and services. In addition to his private consulting engagements, Dave created and writes the blog PinDropSoup, which focuses on research and writing about telecommunication market trends. The site has grown in readership steadily since its launch; with its irreverent, incisive take on the industry, PinDropSoup has become one of the most influential and often-quoted/linked blogs in the enterprise communications industry. Besides maintaining PinDropSoup, Dave has also become one of the most popular contributors to the enterprise communications industry’s leading independent websites, including NoJitter.com and UCStrategies.com. He is also an occasional contributor to the GigaOm Pro, TechTarget, CloudAve and Voice Report websites. Dave is the Community Manager of the IDG collaboration website CIOCollaborationNetwork run in conjunction with CIO Magazine. Finally, Dave is key participant in the enterprise communications industry’s leading conference, Enterprise Connect. In addition to delivering presentations on major topics, Dave also oversees Enterprise Connect’s Innovation Showcase, which spotlights new and innovative vendor companies within the industry. In this role, he establishes selection criteria, convenes and guides a selection committee, screens applicant companies,and presents the winners at Enterprise Connect. Dave is also a frequent presenter at other industry events, and routinely attends and covers vendor conferences for analysts and consultants. Dave holds a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications from University of Colorado. He lives in Boulder, CO, with his family.

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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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Paula Bernier (Moderator)

Executive Editor, TMC

TMC

Paula Bernier is Executive Editor at TMC where she writes, edits and manages editorial content for INTERNET TELEPHONY, CUSTOMER, Cloud Computing, and IoT Evolution magazine. Shes also a regular contributor to Content Boost, and TMCnet and its various channels and communities. And she speaks and moderates TMC webinars. Bernier was formerly editor in chief of xchange magazine, where she worked for more than 11 years. She’s also acted as a senior writer for Inter@ctive Week. Bernier got her start in telecom at Telephony magazine, where she spent nearly five years, leaving as the news director. Bernier also has been on the reporting staffs of various mainstream daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina.

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Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Editor, TMCnet

TMCnet

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 and network transformation. 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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Alan Percy (Moderator)

Senior Tech Marketing Director, UC

Judges

Evan Kirstel (Judge)

Digital Social Influencer and Business Strategist,

With 25+ years of sales, alliances and biz dev experience in Telecom and IT, I bring a unique perspective on opportunities in the Unified Communications & Collaboration landscape, including deep knowledge of social, mobile, and the voice/video/web collaboration market and cloud technology.I am a member of Influencer Marketing programs at Huawei, IBM and Dell EMC. My clients include CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Xactly, 128 Technology, Qualcomm, Panasonic and many others.

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Shidan Gouran (Judge)

President, Global Blockchain

Global Blockchain

Shidan Gouran is a cofounder and president of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp., the largest listed private equity firm in the Blockchain sector. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel Corp., one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga Inc., developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni Inc., developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is a seed investor and advisor to a number of the leading financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since.Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.

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Deborah Hoffman (Judge)

CEO, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Debbie Hoffman is Co-Founder of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors where she works with clients in their blockchain development and initial coin offerings utilizing her expertise in law, finance, blockchain, cryptocurrency and technology innovation. Debbie serves as the 2017-18 Chairperson of the Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Committee. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Digital Risk, LLC, where she was responsible for the regulatory compliance and legal functions of the company. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2017, Debbie was named as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the Mreport’s Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 “Hot 100” in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.

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Joseph Harding (Judge)

EVP & CMO, Windstream

Windstream

Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream’s Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.

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