Speaker Schedule

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Florida 2018 Speakers

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.

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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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Gary Sevounts

CMO, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

Gary Sevounts is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks, and is responsible for Aryaka’s global marketing efforts. Sevounts brings nearly 20 years of marketing executive expertise to Aryaka, as he has built multiple successful brands, award-winning products, and effective revenue generation models – from venture-backed startups to global corporations. He has extensive experience with software and SaaS products in the IT infrastructure and security space, as well as marketing and sales technology, having held marketing and product management leadership roles with a number of industry leaders.

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Oji Udezue

Head of Product, Atlassian

Atlassian

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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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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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Speaker TBA

, Comcast Business

Comcast Business

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Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Dialpad

Dialpad

Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice) and prior to that, ran Yahoo! Voice as the Senior Director of VoIP at Yahoo!

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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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John Macario

Vice President of Marketing, Edgewater

Edgewater

John Macario is an 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. Macarios 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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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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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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Eric Herzog

CMO - Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels, IBM

IBM

Eric’s responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBMs award-winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies.Prior to joining IBM, Herzog was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Alliances for allflash storage provider Violin Memory. Herzog was also Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for EMC’s Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division, where held global responsibility for product management, product marketing, evangelism, solutions marketing, communications, and technical marketing with a P&L over $10B. Before joining EMC, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Tarmin Technologies. Herzog has also held vice president business line management and vice president of marketing positions at IBMs Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for the over $300M OEM RAID and storage subsystems business, and Maxtor (acquired by Seagate). Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing, sales, operations, and acting-CFO roles at Asempra (acquired by BakBone Software), ArioData Networks (acquired by Xyratex), Topio (acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic.Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

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Duncan McAlynn

Principal Security Engineer & Evangelist, Ivanti

Ivanti

Duncan McAlynn is a 6x Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award recipient for significant contributions to the Microsoft System Center community. In recent years, he’s turned his focus to InfoSec with relentless passion to help protect & defend America’s corporations, government agencies & learning institutions against modern threats. He is a published author & technical editor for several books, media personality, public speaker and has obtained a number of certifications over his 20yr career, including MCITP, MCSE, Security+ & the coveted CISSP. Professional memberships include FBI InfraGard, ISSA, & ISACA.

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Samar Singla

Founder and CEO, Jugnoo

Jugnoo

Samar is a physicist turned entrepreneur. He founded Jugnoo to solve Indias hyperlocal commerce problem. Samar has previously worked at IBM and CERN and loves to travel.

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Franklyn Jones

Vice President, Security Marketing, Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Franklyn Jones is Vice President, Security Marketing at Juniper Networks. Franklyn has more than 25 years of marketing leadership experience in early stage and publicly held technology companies, including 15+ years in cybersecurity. He helped Blue Coat effectively target the Secure Web Gateway market, then joined Palo Alto Networks while it was in stealth mode and helped accelerate its growth for 5 years to a successful IPO. Franklyn also held CMO positions with Bromium (endpoint security), Spikes Security (web malware isolation), and Cyphort (advanced threat detection). Franklyn holds a BA from Michigan Tech University.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kira Makagon

EVP of Innovation, RingCentral

RingCentral

As RingCentral’s Executive Vice President of Innovation, Kira Makagon leads global product strategy, product management, engineering, operations and IT. Over her extensive tech sector career, she has built multiple breakthrough industry solutions and companies, garnering a reputation as a leader in both software development and business management.Before joining RingCentral, she founded and served as CEO and President of Red Aril, a pioneer in real-time audience and media optimization solutions that was acquired by Hearst. Prior to that, she co-founded and held key executive positions in flagship online marketing and CRM companies—including Octane Software, which was acquired by E.piphany, and Scopus Technology, where she brought multiple generations of CRM products to market.Makagon holds a bachelors degree in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters degree in business administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She enjoys working with entrepreneurs and serves as an advisor to early-stage companies, including Illuminate Ventures, Yozio, Qubell, News360, 1 World Online and Airframe, where she is also a member of the Board of Directors.Makagon is a sought after speaker for audiences interested in tech and entrepreneurism. Recently, she has been honored as one of the 2015 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times and 2015 Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, as well as part of the 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards.

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Nuno Diogo

, 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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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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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 is a leading networking architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He has published multiple Internet RFCs and over 15 patents to date. Before co-founding Sproute networks, Pradoshwas the technical lead for layer 3 protocols at CumulusNetworks. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and a key software architect of the industry-leading NCS-6000 platform.Pradosh has been an early engineer at a number of networking startups, including Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Tasman Networks(acquired by Nortel).Pradosh holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.

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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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Larry Cushing

Chief Technology Evangelist, TPX Communications

TPX Communications

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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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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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Speaker TBA

, Windstream

Mike Frane

VP SD-WAN, Windstream

Windstream

Mike Frane is VP SD-WAN at Windstream, leading the companys SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, hes 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. Prior to their merge with Windstream, Mike and his team launched EarthLinks SD-WAN service, which was the companys most significant product introduction in over a decade. Mike holds a bachelors degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota, and he 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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Steve ZoBell

Chief Product and Technology Officer, Workfront

Workfront

As Chief Product & Technology Officer for Workfront, Steve leads the Workfront engineering and platform hosting and operations organizations as they develop the company’s purpose-built solutions for IT and marketing teams. He also works closely with the Workfront product and services teams to ensure that the technology platform is evolving to meet customer and market needs.Steve brings more than 20 years of product development, software engineering and business management experience to the Workfront Team. Prior to Workfront, Steve was the Chief Product and Technology Officer at ADP AdvancedMD where his contributions included the launch of the AdvancedMD iPad and iPhone mobile solutions, and the development of the AdvancedInsight business intelligence tools. He also worked closely with the Implementation Services teams to dramatically increase first year satisfaction of customers. Steve also previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for inContact. Some of his other accomplishments include overseeing the development of three Microsoft franchises: Amped snowboarding, Top Spin tennis, and Links golf.During the course of his career, Steve has also been involved in the development of more than 25 critically acclaimed, award-winning, commercial software products.In Steve’s free time, he can be found spending time with his family where they are constantly looking for opportunities to venture to Southern Utah to go jeeping and boating or simply find an awesome beach anywhere in the world to play and relax on.

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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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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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