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Speaker List

AAJ Technologies

Mir Majeed

Mir Majeed
Mobility Practice Director

Session(s):

Acme Packet

Rob Popovic

Rob Popovic
Director of Enterprise Marketing

Rob Popovic is Director of Enterprise Marketing at Acme Packet. In this role, Rob is responsible for worldwide solution strategy, aligning the ecosystem behind the Acme Packet value proposition, and raising awareness through thought leadership activities. Prior to joining Acme Packet, Rob was technical sales director for Global Accounts and Financial Services at Avaya. He has been in the Unified Communications & Collaboration space for 15 years both as a customer and vendor. He specializes in strategies and technologies in the financial services and insurance industries focused on customer experience, collaboration, and infrastructure optimization.
Session(s):

ADTRAN, Inc.

Chris Koeneman

Chris Koeneman
Vice President, Bluesocket Business Group

As Vice President of ADTRAN’s Bluesocket Business Group, Chris is responsible for the revenue success of ADTRAN’s virtual wireless LAN product line. Prior to ADTRAN’s acquisition of Bluesocket Inc., he was Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing, responsible for all market-facing functions including global sales, marketing, customer service and business development. He brings over twenty years of experience with leading technology and networking companies, and is an avid participant in many industry events, delivering charismatic sessions, panels and presentations. For the past ten years, Chris has held global leadership positions with a number of innovative technology companies including Avici Systems, Colubris Networks, and Redline Communications. He began his career with AT&T before joining Cisco Systems where he served as Director of Sales in EMEA. Chris holds a Masters of Business degree from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.
Session(s):

AireSpring

Mike Chase

Mike Chase
Senior VP, Technology

Mike was a co-founder and former CTO of several cloud ventures including dinCloud .com - one of the first Cloud Service providers to offer hosted virtual desktops worldwide (rated #1 by Network World Magazine in their DaaS shootout article of May 21, 2012) and brings experience across a vast portfolio of other cloud services. He is also a published author with the nickname “Dr. Cloud” and can be found in many print and online magazines such as Computer Technology Review (wwpi.com), SMB Nation’s “Cloud Speak” (smbnation.com) column for 2012, various blogs etc. In addition, Mike has over 20+ years experience with 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 and others. Mike holds 20+ industry certifications such as the prestigious Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE# 7226), VMware Certified Professional 3/4/5 (VCP #26676), Nexenta CNA (#3019566), Nexenta CNSP (#7031053) and has a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in law from California Southern University.
Session(s):

Alcatel-Lucent

Jason Collins

Jason Collins
Vice President of Emerging Technology and Innovation

Jason Collins is Vice President of Emerging Technology Commercialization at Alcatel-Lucent. This responsibility includes driving innovation by developing ecosystems and executing via agile prototyping of technology, service concepts, and business models. Jason pioneered the development of several working innovation centers in conjunction with partners. Jason’s career began in communications research at Georgia Tech and includes over 15 years of experience in telecom service providers from large traditional telecoms to startups where he headed up product management for innovative services such as programmable QoS based VPLS and MPLS networks, VoIP and early cloud-based managed business application services. He holds a patent for video over DSL as well as several patents pending for unique service delivery models and service diagnostic processes.
Session(s):

Alteva

Guy Yasika

Guy Yasika
Regional Sales Manager

Guy Yasika joined Alteva in 2007 and has been working in the VoIP space since 1999. Having a strong background in IT allows him to relate to IT companies that are struggling to enter the Unified Communications ( UC) market place. Guy has a track record of driving revenue growth. Introduced and train companies how to position new technologies. Guy has a passion for UC, the Cloud and helping companies keep up with the ever changing landscape of technology as it relates to business adaption.

Guy was responsible for developing a sales strategy. First task was to learn why companies buy Hosted VoIP. Next started a channel initiative to develop and teach a channel how to migrate to the cloud. As the market continued to evolve Alteva implemented a cloud based UC offering. Guy was instrumental in rolling this technology out to new customers and channel partners to continue Alteva success. During his tenure Guy has built a program to assist channel development that includes a UC certification program, written papers and articles on various topics, marketing toolkits, training programs, and helped many companies launch and transform their business. Guy is now a regional sales manager with 6 channel managers reporting to him.

Prior to joining Alteva in 2007, Guy was VP of sales for Atinav and solely launched aveComm, a VoIP collaborative tool for the desktop. In the Dotcom era Guy worked in the consulting service industry that provided Oracle Consulting working. He also served on the NY Oracle Users Group Steering Committee and restarted the Philadelphia Salesforce Users group. Additionally, he has taught at Columbia University as part of their CTA program.
Session(s):

Altitude Software

Teresa Botelho José

Teresa Botelho José
Product Marketing Manager

Teresa Botelho José leads Altitude Product Marketing. She focuses on strengthening and expanding Altitude’s routes to market, and increasing brand recognition and thought leadership within business areas and industries. Aimed at helping end-user and clients both strategically and tactically, she helps altitude partners and customers in building their business case and defining new processes for Social Customer Service and mobility. She was also involved in defining Altitude Cloud offer and positioning.

Mrs Botelho José has more than 12 years of experience in the contact center and customer relationship management industry. Before joining Altitude, she was a strategic consultant in Utilities, Retail and Telco’s in Portugal, having experience in business intelligent and decision support.

Botelho José is the author of several market studies and white-papers, most of them published on www.altitude.com.You can find her blog articles on www.altitude.com\blog, follow her at @teresa_jose or email her at tbj@altitude.com.
Session(s):

ANPI

David Byrd

David Byrd
Chief Marketing Officer

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Appcore

Brian  Donaghy

Brian Donaghy
CEO

Brian Patrick Donaghy is CEO of Appcore, llc. Appcore delivers local cloud infrastructure for Enterprise Private Clouds and Service Provider Public Clouds. Appcore Onsite™, a converged platform of architecture, automation, administration and an appstore is designed to be roll-in ready, accelerating the deployment and automating the operations of cloud environments. Prior to Appcore, Brian founded and was CTO of Computility, Inc, a pioneer in the precursor of Cloud Computing; Utility Computing. Having successfully developed several revolutionary products and services, Computility was sold and is now owned by CDC Software. Brian also served for ten years as Senior Partner and CTO of venture capital firm Growth Ventures Group, Inc. architecting and delivering business process technology products and companies. Notable market-driven, Software-as-a-Service products created by Mr. Donaghy include the Smart Online Sales Force Automation and CRM applications, Computility Business Management System, Utility Management System, Online Backup and Subscription Computing.

Philanthropy, Missions, and Social Enterprise are near to hearts of the Donaghys. Projects through their familys Broadhorn Foundation include social enterprise Patronae, United Ways Tocqueville Society Members, Social Venture Partners Central Iowa founding partners, and Broadhorn Church.
Session(s):

Aspect Software

Serge Hyppolite

Serge Hyppolite
Vice President, Product Management

As the vice president of product management, Serge Hyppolite leads the team that defines Aspect solutions and roadmap based on customer needs and the company’s vision. He is responsible for the Aspect product portfolio lifecycle and for managing product enhancements through research, analysis, customer engagement, competitive intelligence and field communication. Previously, Serge was director of product management at Aspect.

Prior to his roles at Aspect, Serge served as director of product management and marketing for CELLIT Technologies where he was responsible for defining CELLIT ContactPro’s development strategy and position in the marketplace. During his career, Serge also worked as technical marketing manager for Lucent Technologies’ Caribbean and Latin American region, sitting on the board of Lucent’s Fixed and Mobile Convergence team. Serge was also a network performance engineer for AT&T Wireless Services where he designed the company’s wireless network for the Southeastern United States and worked a systems engineer at Nortel Networks.Serge earned his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami in 1996 and currently serves on the University’s Engineering Advisory Board.
Session(s):

AudioCodes

Alan Percy

Alan Percy
Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for North America

Alan Percy is Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for North America at AudioCodes, a leading provider of Voice over IP networking products and enabling technology. In this role, Alan manages the planning and execution of the North American market communications, social media and community development for AudioCodes. Alan is also responsible for developing and managing a number of strategic industry, consultant and analyst relationships. Alan is a frequent industry speaker and contributes to a number of industry journals, podcasts, webcasts and blogs.
Session(s):

AVer

Karl Dahlin

Karl Dahlin
VP Business Development

Karl is responsible for all sales and business development activities within the USA, Canada and Latin America for AVers Video Conferencing division, including sales strategy and strategic partnerships.

Prior to joining AVer, Karl worked at Hewlett-Packard Company where he was responsible for Channel Development within their Visual Collaboration business. Karl has held Executive Management positions in sales and business development with several leading communications and collaboration companies including Polycom, where he spent 5 years as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships managing relationships with Cisco and HP to drive over $200M in revenue. Karl also spent 10 years with Ericsson as Director of Business Development where he led teams of up to 50 account managers and engineers on projects from $30M to $3B and developed new markets for IP communications products and services.
Session(s):

Badgeville

Omar Divina

Omar Divina
Regional Vice President, East

Omar Divina is Regional Vice President at Badgeville, The Behavior Platform. Founded in 2010 to help world-class companies measure and influence user behavior, Badgeville is the global gamification leader, with nearly 200 customers including Deloitte, Bell Media, EMC, Samsung, Dell, NBC, Universal Music, Recyclebank, The Active Network, Everyday Health, and more. Omar has previously held a variety of senior positions in sales, business development and operations, most recently focusing on growing SaaS companies. Omar has a B.A. in Philosophy from Yale University. Follow @odivina and visit www.badgeville.com.
Session(s):

Bandwidth.com

Earl Wright

Earl Wright
VP Operations

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Batchbook

Raymond  Bonachea

Raymond Bonachea
VP of Marketing

Ray leads Batchbooks overall marketing efforts to drive brand development and customer acquisition. In English, that means hes always focused on educating small businesses about how Batchbook can help them grow, perform more efficiently and better manage their customer relationships. Ray loves to talk which is why we suspect hes so good at building lasting relationships and helping us define deeper partnerships.

A father of two, Ray is a Miami native whos still All about THE U. Ray began his marketing career all the way back in 1994 at The CarMichael Ad Agency working primarily on brand development. His branding experience continued to grow via a plethora of posts at nationally known companies like Crystal Springs Water and soon turned to customer acquisitions with his position at The Creative Group, and iFloor.com. Hes joining the Batchbook team fresh off positions as the Director of Marketing for Red Ventures, a customer acquisition firm in Charlotte, NC, and most recently as the Director of Partnership Marketing at iContact, both of which helped him hone his partnership development skills. We like to think were working with the best-of-all-Rays, the one whos tying together everything hes learned through years of working within various facets of the marketing realm.

Rays experience in branding, customer acquisition and partnership building are part of what make him a valuable asset here at Batchbook. His ability to overdress for every occasion and the knowledge to always, always know the best Cuban restaurant in any town dont hurt, either.
Session(s):

BlackBerry

John Cash

John Cash
Senior Manager, Enterprise Accounts

John Cash  is a Senior Sales Manager for the BlackBerry Enterprise Platform and is based in Dallas, TX.  In his role, Mr. Cash and his team promote the vision and value proposition behind BlackBerry’s award winning portfolio of Enterprise Mobility Solutions among RIM’s largest Enterprise customers. Mr. Cash has over 20 years of product management, sales, and enterprise IT leadership experience spanning multiple industry segments including manufacturing, financial services and government/military.  Prior to joining RIM in 2009, Mr. Cash worked for Nokia, overseeing early market sales of Nokia’s enterprise voice and mobility solution for the U.S.  Other previous career assignments were with Capital One and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and the U.S. Army.    Mr. Cash has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Liberty University
Session(s):

BroadSoft

Leslie Ferry

Leslie Ferry
Vice President of Marketing

Leslie Ferry is a seasoned speaker and panelist possessing more than 20 years of experience spanning telecommunications, Internet and cloud technologies. Ms. Ferry has spoken frequently at industry events, developer Conferences and at BroadSoft’s annual users conference. Her brand management and technology product marketing expertise have been on display as BroadSoft has, over the past several years, launched unified communications, mobile and cloud-based products and services leveraged by telecom service providers and enterprises. Before coming to BroadSoft, Leslie was vice president of marketing at online recruiting companies SnagAJob and JobFox. As director/vice president of marketing at domain name registration company, Network Solutions, she helped revamp the companys brand and position it as a respected leader of web services. Leslie helped to build one of the best-known Internet brands as director of marketing for online jobs site CareerBuilder.com. Before moving to companies with web-based products, she spent eight years at MCI, where she held revenue and branding responsibilities.
Session(s):

CA Technologies

Michelle Accardi

Michelle Accardi
VP, Internet Marketing

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Calabrio

Tom Goodmanson

Tom Goodmanson
President & CEO

Tom Goodmanson has more than 15 years of senior leadership experience in the technology community, and is currently the President and CEO of Calabrio, Inc. Prior to this position, Tom was Chief Financial Officer for Calabrio, working closely with his predecessor on strategy and execution of the plan to establish and grow the company following the spin-off from Spanlink in 2007. Additionally, Tom serves as Chairman of the Board of Winland Electronics, guiding strategy and direction of the public provider of electronic manufacturing services.
Session(s):

CEO Space International

Berny Dohrmann

Berny Dohrmann
Founder and Chairman

An internationally recognized capital strategist, revenue accelerator, and the inventor of patented Super Teaching, a title 1 technology for public schools that greatly accelerates retention. An economic innovator, Berny Dohrmann is the Founder and Chairman of CEO Space International, the world’s leading business incubator touching over 300,000 business owners in more than 100 countries.

Best known for its cooperative marketplace, training and trade show segments for executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, investors, development and hyper-growth companies, CEO Space International utilizes proprietary networking and teaching techniques that accelerate members’ abilities to grow their business through capital raising strategies, business growth intensives, and the power of collaboration.

In addition to being a successful business leader, Berny Dohrmann also finds time to mentor peers. Luminaries like Sharon Lechter, Greg Reid, Bob Proctor, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown, Bob Circosta, the original host of HSN and the ‘Billion Dollar Man’, stand among those who have benefited from his deep business insights.

Mr. Dohrmann operated for many years as Chairman of publically traded investment banking firms conducting billions of dollars of business in over fourteen countries. He is the author of several books, the most current, “Redemption: The Cooperation Revolution.”
Session(s):

CGI

Rene Sotola

Rene Sotola
Vice-President, Global Communications Sector, Mobility & IoT

Rene Sotola is the industry lead in CGIs Global Communications Sector and a practice lead in IoT (Internet of Things) and Mobility. He leads CGI’s Global Communications Council, Global Mobility and IoT Councils and is a vice-chairman of CGI’s Global Technology Council. He is a visionary with international senior-level management, technology, consulting and product development expertise. His background includes strategic and tactical planning, business turnaround experience, visionary use of technology to maximize business benefits and full lifecycle project and program management. Prior to joining CGI, Mr. Sotola was employed by U.S. and European consultancies and product companies in both technical and management roles. He is a frequent speaker at US and international conferences, an author of numerous white papers, a US patent holder, a Chartered Engineer in IEEE, and a Fellow and Chartered IT Professional in the British Computer Society. He holds two M.S. degrees.
Session(s):

Cisco Systems

Akhil Behl

Akhil Behl
Solutions Architect

Akhil Behl is a Solutions Architect with Cisco Advanced Services, focusing on Cisco Collaboration and Security architectures. He leads Collaboration and Security projects worldwide for Cisco Services and the Collaborative Professional Services (CPS) portfolio for the commercial segment. Prior to his current role, he spent 10 years working in various roles at Linksys, Cisco TAC, and Cisco AS. He holds CCIE (Voice and Security), PMP, ITIL, VMware VCP, and MCP certifications.

He has several research papers published to his credit in international journals including IEEE Xplore.

He is a prolific speaker and has contributed at prominent industry forums such as Interop, Enterprise Connect, Cloud Connect, Cloud Summit, Cisco SecCon, IT Expo, and Cisco Networkers.

He is the author of title ‘Securing Cisco IP Telephony Networks’ by Cisco Press
http://www.ciscopress.com/title/1587142953
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1587142953

http://in.linkedin.com/pub/akhil-behl/25/447/176
http://www.twitter.com/akhilbehl10
http://ucsecurity.wordpress.com
Session(s):

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Roberto D. De La Mora

Roberto D. De La Mora
Sr. Director, Unified Communications

Roberto De La Mora marketing responsibilities include the solutions related to Unified Voice and Video Communications and Infrastructure, Unified Communications Endpoints, Cloud Collaboration and Collaboration-enabled Desktop Virtualization.

In this capacity Mr. De La Mora provides guidance and strategic direction for WW field marketing teams and business units, and supports the sales organization by defining the value proposition of the solutions under his charter, as well as the competitive and market positioning for them. His team develops the programs and initiatives required to successfully execute on the strategy, ensure the alignment of the channels, sales, technical operations and support teams, serves as a liaison between Cisco’s Business Units and customers and sales teams.

Frequently Mr. De La Mora participates in industry events and user forums as a speaker on business value of technologies such as Unified Communications, Collaboration, Conferencing, Desktop Virtualization, Video, Mobility and Cloud. He also interacts frequently with key customers as one of Cisco’s business technology experts.

Mr. De La Mora is an experienced international executive with a 22-year career distinguished by achievements in sales growth, channel management, business and market development, marketing and product management, with a track record of rapid promotion and delivery of measurable results. He worked for companies such as Siemens, Lucent Technologies, Avaya, and he joined Cisco at the end of 2003 as the responsible for Unified Communications for Latin America.

Mr. De La Mora holds an MBA from the Instituto Mexico-Aleman de Capacitacion Industrial y Comercial in Mexico City, Mexico, with post-graduate diplomas in Production & Materials Management, Sales Management and Industrial Finance and Accounting. He graduated with honors as a BS in Computer Systems Engineering from the UNIVA, in Guadalajara, Mexico
Session(s):

Citrix

Peder Ulander

Peder Ulander
VP of Product Marketing

Peder Ulander is vice president of product marketing for the Cloud Platforms group at Citrix, overseeing the company’s marketing strategy for its cloud infrastructure and server virtualization products. Ulander joined Citrix in 2011 when the company acquired Cloud.com, where he was chief marketing officer. Ulander has more than 15 years of marketing and sales strategy experience and has been named “The Most Interesting Man in the Cloud” by Cloudcast.net.

Prior to Cloud.com, he was head of strategy for Pure Networks and helped drive its acquisition by Cisco, where he then went on to oversee the Seattle-based Consumer Networking Software group. Ulander served as senior vice president of marketing at Sun Microsystems, where he managed the Solaris OS team and was responsible for launching Java into the open source market by re-licensing, building a community and launching the open source Java platform. Ulander has also held a number of management positions at software companies such as MontaVista Software and Cobalt Networks. He studied economics at Santa Clara University.
Session(s):

Clear2there

Tom Shafron

Tom Shafron
CTO

Tom Shafron serves as the chief technology officer of Clear2there. In this capacity, he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction for innovation and technology, as well as product development and management. Tom is the creator, and continues to lead the enhancement of the Clear2there’s Viewbiquity platform, which forms the operational foundation for the company’s highly successful smart-premise solution offering. Before joining Clear2there, Tom was a founder of USAG, a video security and surveillance provider located in the Florida. As a result of his stewardship, USAG evolved into a multi-million dollar provider of advanced video technology solutions for enterprise customers around the world. Before working with USAG, he and his brother David founded Log-Me-On.com, a toolbar overlay service that they subsequently sold to Yahoo!. While with Yahoo!, Tom started and led the Yahoo! Toolbar development group, growing it to 40 million active connected users. The Yahoo! Toolbar grew to drive traffic representing more than $100 million in annual revenue.
Session(s):

COMMfusion LLC

Blair Pleasant

Blair Pleasant
President & Principal Analyst

Blair Pleasant is President & Principal Analyst of COMMfusion LLC and a co-founder of ucstrategies.com, an industry resource on the growing UC arena. She provides consulting and market research analysis on voice/data convergence markets, applications, and technologies, aimed at helping end-user and vendor clients both strategically and tactically. Prior to COMMfusion, Ms. Pleasant was Director of Communications Analysis for The PELORUS Group, a market research and consulting firm, and President of Lower Falls Consulting.

With 20 years experience, her primary areas of focus are convergence applications, including Unified Communications, Unified Messaging, the contact center, social software, collaboration, and voice processing. Blair has authored many highly acclaimed multi-client market studies and white papers, as well as custom research reports, and provides market research analysis and consulting services to both end user and vendor clients.

Blair’s blogs and articles can be found on www.ucstrategies.com and www.commfusion.com. She also tweets on Twitter as blairplez, and you can find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Ms. Pleasant received a BA degree in Communications from Albany State University, and an MBA in marketing and an MS in Broadcast Administration from Boston University.

She can be contacted at bpleasant@commfusion.com
Session(s):

Connect2 Communications, Inc.

Richard M. Williams

Richard M. Williams
President

Rich founded Connect2 Communications, Inc. in 2003 to address a fundamental flaw in the agency model - the lack of the understanding and appreciation of a companys business and corporate objectives as they relate to communications and public relations strategies. Since founding Connect2, Rich has helped companies develop PR and marketing strategies that help his clients achieve corporate, business and sales objectives. Before starting Connect2, Rich served as director of marketing and business development for Hatteras Networks, directing their brand and go-to-market strategy for their last-mile Ethernet platform encompassing direction of all PR and marketing communications activities. Prior to this, Rich was director of corporate communications at Sycamore Networks, leading Sycamores communications efforts from Initial Public Offering through the development of an integrated global public relations program, including secondary offering, acquisition, investments, regional launches and impact-of-market contraction. Rich began his career at the American Plastics Council, an industry group focused on environmental issues in Washington DC.
Session(s):

Crossfire Media

Carl Ford

Carl Ford
Partner and Community Developer

Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people (and, thus, businesses); be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of Costing, Operations, Marketing, Regulatory, and Product Management. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building a relevant, thought provoking conference program, makes him an invaluable asset to Crossfire Media. As CEO of the company, Carl directs the programs and services offered by Crossfire Media. As Community Developer he looks to facilitate discussions about advances in technology, market drivers and business obstacles.
Session(s):

CSMG Global

Ed Naef

Ed Naef
Vice President

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D2 Technologies, Inc.

Doug Makishima

Doug Makishima
COO

Doug Makishima has more than 20 years of marketing and engineering experience in the communications and networking industry. Prior to joining D2 Technologies in 2006, he was vice president of marketing at Intoto, a provider of network gateway and security software platforms. Before joining Intoto, Makishima served as vice president of marketing for Hifn, a leading provider of security and network processors. Makishima has held senior management positions with Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, AMD, Auspex and Adaptec, where he managed the marketing and development of advanced networking, wireless communications and storage products. He was also involved in the acquisition of WLAN startup Netwave Technologies by Bay Networks/Nortel, and during his engineering career, developed patented storage IC technology. Makishima has actively contributed to several IEEE and ANSI committees focused on networking, communications and storage standards. He holds a B.S.E.E. from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.
Session(s):

Digium

Billy Chia

Billy Chia
Training Specialist

Billy is a Product Marketing Manger for Digium, Inc. Responsible for Asterisk, the worlds most popular open source communications platform, Digium IP Phones and Custom Communications Solutions including VoIP Gateways and Telephony Cards. You can find Billy on twitter:http://twitter.com/billychia
Session(s):

dinCloud

Joseph Barnas

Joseph Barnas
Director Channels

Joseph Barnas has over 30+ years of proven success in sales and sales management. Throughout his career, Joseph has obtained a comprehensive knowledge of the communications and IT industry, including protocols, DWDM, TCP/IP, Voice over Data, as well as leasing and financing techniques such as facility structures. Currently, he is the director of channels at dinCloud. In his last role, Joseph was Director of Strategic Initiatives at Allied Digital where he signed on vendors including Westcon, and Xeta Technologies, Inc. (Windstream). Prior roles include President of Broad Horizons Capital, Inc.; Joseph started and operated the small, privately held business, focusing on the IT and communications consulting area, as well as the financing of those projects. There, he provided successful communications and infrasture solutions, and financial facilities in some cases to medium sized businesses and Fortune 1000 customers.Prior to starting his company, Joseph worked for Nortel Networks initially as a senior account manager, working his way up to Director of Global Signature Accounts, and later the Director of ESP Optical Networks and Access. Joseph also has experience in interfacing, presenting and raising venture funding.
Session(s):

Divide

Andy Zmolek

Andy Zmolek
Director of Technology Partnerships

Andy leads technology partner development for the Divide ecosystem at Google-funded startup Divide, formerly Enterproid. Blending a product development background in unified communications, security and mobility with a direct IT operational experience, his focus on mobile identity and multi-persona mobility solutions for smartphones and tablets is informed by real-world deployment experience within leading global technology firms. Previously, Andy was responsible for technology and business development of enterprise mobility solutions with best-of-breed partners while developing dual-persona strategies for LG Electronics in conjunction with early technology partners in that space.
Session(s):

Embrase

Larry Lisser

Larry Lisser
Principal

Larry brings 15 years of sales, marketing and business development leadership experience in emerging communication technologies. Through a variety of engagements, Larry has gained a deep understanding of distribution strategy and implemented channel models that have succeeded in markets ranging from small business through to large enterprise. Based in San Francisco, Larry has filled business-critical roles and provided direction to technology companies ranging from telecom to web-based B2B services. Larry is a native of Montreal, Canada and has been based in the Bay Area for the last 10 years.
Session(s):

Enghouse Interactive

John Cray

John Cray
Vice President of Product Management

John Cray is the Director of Marketing and Product Management for Zeacom, with responsibility for defining and marketing the company’s contact center communications products. For over 15 years, he has delivered numerous contact center and CRM products to market, driving over $300 million in software revenue. Prior to this, he directed consulting projects for several years, delivering successful software solutions for telecommunications, publishing, health care, engineering, transportation, and systems security.John has published articles and papers on topics ranging from the future of contact centers and customer service to optimizing operating system security. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Notre Dame and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
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Ericsson

Ken Durand

Ken Durand
VP, Innovation & Business Development

With a wide and varied background of business experience, Ken has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology solutions that complement the Enterprise business vision. An insightful strategist with a wide range of experiences, Ken engages some of Ericsson’s highest profile clients and works within its largest implementations. In his current role within the Business and Support Solutions (BUSS) organization, Ken leads the Innovation and Business Development function; defining market strategies for the full range of solutions in the Media and Service Enablement portfolio. Through facilitation of interactions around the world with current and potential customers as well as the partner ecosystem community, Ken gains keen insight into the needs and desires of both the consumer marketplace and the providers who serve it. By offering extensive working experience in both large scale enterprises and start-up companies alike, Ken is uniquely qualified to drive strategic activities focusing on thedevelopment of customers, the expansion of markets, and the construction of innovative solutions.
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EventGo

Danny Beydoun

Danny Beydoun
Founder & CEO

Danny Beydoun, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EventGo, a HighSocial property, brings over 25 years of experience in originating and developing start-ups or new businesses in multiple industries. In January 2012, after comprehensive economic research and market analysis, Mr. Beydoun recognized the need for a streamlined solution for conventions and meetings. He assembled a team of industry experts to create a 360° solution for the event planning and management industry. In 2008, he co-founded Merchant Hub to encompass the growing trends of merchant services. By developing a go-to market strategy, a solid team and businesses processes, he was able to successfully expand internationally in a short period of time. With keen business acumen of evaluating and leveraging new opportunities, Mr. Beydoun, driven by his entrepreneurial spirit, capitalized on the real estate bubble and in 2005, he Co-founded Premier Mortgage Funding with a turn-key solution servicing clients nationwide. Mr. Beydoun began working with Siemens PLM Solutions in 2000, formerly known as EDS PLM, selling Enterprise level software. Earning the Presidents’ Club Award three years consecutively over six year tenure, he grew the total PLM solutions from $25k to $2.5M in enterprise level offerings over the course of 2 years.
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FaxCore, Inc.

Max Schroeder

Max Schroeder
Senior VP

Max Schroeder is the Senior VP at FaxCore Inc. and is responsible for defining and managing the worldwide marketing and channel strategy for the award-winning FaxCore portfolio of products. Max has over 20 years of experience in the fax messaging, managed services and telecommunications industries. An ardent support of the fax server industry, he has been active almost since its conception in many telecommunications and fax industry associations. He was a founding member and past president of the International Computer Fax Association which was instrumental in promoting the fax server industry and the T.37 and T.38 ITU fax standards. Mr. Schroeder continues supporting the fax server industry as the Task Group Whip for the SIP Forum FoIP Interoperability Task Group. Max is a TMC Contributing Editor and has been a frequent industry speaker at domestic and international conferences including many ITEXPO events.
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Firespotter Labs/UberConference

Craig Walker

Craig Walker
Founder & CEO

Craig brings 15 years of experience as a serial entrepreneur in the communications space to Firespotter Labs, a start-up focused on making complex telephony products easy to use. Products in the Firespotter family include TechCrunch award-winning ÜberConference, Nosh, NoshList and Jotly. Firespotter is funded by Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures. In past lives, Craig was CEO of Dialpad Communications, which was acquired by Yahoo! in 2005 (now Yahoo! Voice), co-founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications, acquired by Google in July 2007 (now Google Voice), and Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures. He was also a technology venture investor at Sterling Payot Capital and TeleSoft Partners and a corporate attorney at top-tier law firms in Silicon Valley, where he represented companies ranging from early stage start-ups to Cisco Systems. Craig is a graduate of UC Berkeley (BA), Georgetown University (MBA) and Boalt Hall School of Law (JD).
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Five9

Lance  Fried

Lance Fried
Senior Vice President of Social & Mobile Applications

Lance Fried is a business entrepreneur, thought leader and cloud evangelist in the contact center market. He joined the Five9 executive management team upon the acquisition of his cloud-based social & mobile customer care company, SoCoCare, where he served as CEO and Co-Founder. Previously, Fried held executive positions pioneering cloud contact center solutions at Telephony@Work (Oracle), Syntellect (Enghouse Interactive), and MCI (Verizon Business). He also previously founded, secured funding, developed, and facilitated exits for three startups. Fried received an Economics degree from Columbia University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
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Fraunhofer USA

HP Baumeister

HP Baumeister
Director

Hans-Peter (“HP”) Baumeister, Director at Fraunhofer Digital Media Technologies based in San Jose, CA, is responsible for strategy, business and market development for several major markets, including communications. Fraunhofer is a not-for-profit applied research organization with about 22,000 employees. One of its institutes, the IIS, invented mp3, an internet-industry-changing development, and is a major contributor to AAC. Both are open MPEG standards and licensed in over 6 Billion products each. HP has broad management, business and technical experience acquired in multiple industries, continents and countries and in companies ranging from global leaders to startups. Prior to Fraunhofer, he shaped the IPTV and cable strategies of Tellabs. At Philips, in The Netherlands as well as in Si-Valley, HP re-engineered the companies’ global TV business, was General Manager of DVD-Authoring and Video Conferencing businesses, and was co-founder and VP Strategic Alliances of the internal startup MP4Net, a pioneer in streaming media. He was also in charge of strategic investments (i.e. Packet Video, Envivio and Veon), and co-founder and long time Director of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA). Prior to Philips, Mr. Baumeister worked at Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, N.Y.), as well as their subsidiary Kodak AG (Stuttgart, Germany) in a variety of functions ranging from R&D to marketing, sales management and strategy; he was a major contributor to Kodak’s electronic imaging businesses. HP was instrumental in startups in the online media as well as renewable energy industries. HP is convinced that the “always connected” revolution is just beginning and that it will continue to shake up many industries, among them a major, seemingly mature technology industry: Telephony. At the same time, this will provide major new opportunities for those who see the signs of the times. He has a degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Electrical Engineering, and has generated over 25 lifetime patents.
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Gartner

Bill Menezes

Bill Menezes
Principal Research Analyst

Bill Menezes has covered the wireless business for nearly two decades, as a business and technology journalist and an industry analyst. Bill is a principal research analyst with Gartner Research. He is responsible for conducting research and supporting clients in areas that include mobile services for the enterprise, including legacy and emerging technologies, pricing trends, and advanced mobile applications. He works with corporate clients to identify areas of significant cost savings in their mobile wireless services and advise them on how best to leverage current and emerging mobile technologies.

Before joining Gartner, Bill conducted competitive intelligence research for clients concentrated in the cable system operator sector, covering such areas as mobile and wireline broadband, B2B services, home automation and security. Mr. Menezes also has significant experience as writer and editor at Associated Press Business News, Wireless Week and Broadband Week magazines.
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Gartner

Lisa Pierce

Lisa Pierce
Managing VP, Unified Communications, Network Systems and Services Research Team

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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Genband

Charlie Vogt

Charlie Vogt
CEO

Charlie Vogt is President and CEO of GENBAND. Since joining the Company in 2004, Vogt has been instrumental in GENBANDs growth from $5 million to an estimated $750 million in 2010.

Vogt directs one of the most exciting and dynamic telecom equipment suppliers in the communications market. Vogt successfully steered GENBAND through one of the most difficult market environments ever encountered in the telecom industry, while achieving 130% percent compound annual growth and growing from a single product company into a global market-share leader. GENBANDs growth and strategic acquisitions, including Tekelecs IP switching division, NextPoint Networks and Nortels IP switching division, have transformed the company’s product and service portfolio, customer profile, global footprint and financial performance.

Under Vogt’s leadership, GENBAND has successfully secured business with two-thirds of the world’s largest service providers in the broad markets of fixed, mobile and cable. Today, GENBAND arguably possesses the most enviable IP switching and networking portfolio and employs 2,200 employees spanning 50 countries.

Vogt has received numerous awards for his leadership and corporate growth, including: Global Telecoms Business Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful People, Dallas Metroplex Technology Business Councils Corporate CEO of the Year and “Fast 50”, Collin County 60 “#1 Fastest-Growing Company”, INC 500 America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies”, Deloitte’s “Technology Fast 500”, Saint Louis Universitys Entrepreneurial Alumni Hall of Fame and Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year. In addition, Vogt has been recognized for his philanthropic efforts in both the corporate and educational sectors.

Vogt serves on the Board of Directors of Kentrox (Chairman), Procera Networks (PKT) and Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). He is also an active member of Young Presidents Organization.

Prior to joining GENBAND, Vogt was instrumental in the operational and financial growth of five standard-setting technology companies that either became public companies or were acquired. Vogt was President and CEO of Taqua, which was acquired by Tekelec in March 2004. Before joining Taqua, Vogt held executive leadership positions at Santera Systems which was acquired by Tekelec in 2005; Accelerated Networks which executed an IPO in 2000 and Ascend Communications which was acquired by Lucent Technologies in 1999. Earlier in Vogt’s career, he held sales leadership positions at ADTRAN, Motorola and IBM.

Vogt holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Saint Louis University, where he also played Division I baseball. He is married and has three children.
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Genesys

Lisa Abbott

Lisa Abbott
Sr. Director Global Product Marketing

With more than twenty years of experience as a senior software and SaaS marketing executive, Lisa Abbott has a long track record of successfully driving B2B marketing strategies for products that harness web, social media, mobile and voice channels. Lisa has worked with Global 2000 brands including Charles Schwab, Autodesk, Informix Software and Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to drive adoption of innovative web-based and mobile products and services, as well as increase collaboration across the organization.Lisa is currently the Product Marketing Director at Genesys and was instrumental in founding the company’s SaaS business unit. As a core member of this leadership team, Lisa defines the worldwide marketing strategy and execution for the Genesys Cloud Virtual Contact Center offering. Lisa is recognized as a thought-leader in customer experience and service, and contact center technologies, and regularly speaks at forms and industry events worldwide. She is best known for driving the early adoption of Social Media for use within the Contact Center, and successfully launched Genesys Social Engagement. Through her work with major enterprises across all major industries, Lisa helps companies improve the customer interaction experience beyond voice – to a true cross channel strategy.
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GroSocial

Cameron Kirby

Cameron Kirby
Director of Social Strategy

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GroSocial

Jon Walker

Jon Walker
VP, Business Development

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HP

Kiran Bellare

Kiran Bellare
Director – Product Marketing

Kiran is Director of Product Marketing at HP Cloud Services. He has had over 15 years experience covering cloud, enterprise software and mobile platforms. Prior to this, Kiran was Sr Director for Yahoo’s instant messaging and mobile products. He was also Director for Oracle’s enterprise CRM products and led marketing at a couple of small companies in cloud, mobile and security. He has an Engg degree and an MBA from Wharton School of Business. He spends his free time with his wife and 2 daughters in kids sports leagues, and enjoys travel.
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IBM

Rick Qualman

Rick Qualman

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IBM

Naguib Attia

Naguib Attia

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IBM

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy
Vice President of Cloud Computing Services

In his current position, Mike has responsibility for the portfolio of cloud services and for development of IBMs strategic cloud delivery platform. He joined IBM in 1986 as a software engineer for IBM network management software. He has held a variety of positions with IBM, including: Manager of Channels for IBM Networking Software in Asia Pacific, market strategist for IBM Retail Store Solutions, Director of Market Management for IBM TotalStorage Open Software, and Director of Strategy for IBM Tivoli Software. He also worked for Medic Computer Systems, a healthcare software company, where he was responsible for marketing strategy and analyst relations. Mike has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.
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IBM

Hector Hernandez

Hector Hernandez
North America Cloud Solutions Development Executive

Hector Hernandez is a North America Cloud Solutions Business Development Executive. He has traveled worldwide working with customers on their strategies for the implementation of Business Process Management and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Today he is responsible for helping customers understand the value of business process integration, helping clients develop flexible business processes that can dynamically adapt to meet new business opportunities on the Cloud.

He’s held numerous technical support responsibilities and has worked with the Fortune 1000 and midmarket companies relating to their business and IT strategies. He has been a frequent presenter at many customer conferences relating to business process management and technologies such as; SOA, Cloud Computing, Web 3.0, Virtual Worlds, Social Networking, Middleware and Industry trends.

He was Information Systems Manager supporting Worldwide Manufacturing and Laboratories.

Early in his career he worked in Human Resources as a professional and college recruiter and then manager during his 32-years with IBM. Hes been a guest instructor at Florida Atlantic University, Florida State University, and University of Nebraska. He is an Author of a Personal Growth Book Titled: “You don’t need Talent to Succeed, but Everything else Counts”

Hector received his Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Barry University and Executive MBA in Patent Commercialization from Florida Atlantic University.
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Ingate Systems

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson
President

Steven Johnson has 15 years senior management experience with Sanders Associates, Telco Systems, and Lockheed Martin. Most recently he served as CEO 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 CEO of Transcept Inc, a telecommunications infrastructure company. Mr. 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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Integrated Research

Edward Brooks

Edward Brooks
Business Development Manager - Service Providers

Ed manages strategic Service Provider relationships in North America for Integrated Research (IR). IR is the company behind Prognosis, the market-leading service delivery platform for outsourced and cloud Unified Communications (UC) operations. Ed works with IRs Service Provider partners to increase revenue through new service delivery capabilities, optimize operational efficiency and help ensure the success of partner service offerings through a strong technology alliance. Before IR, Ed was focused on VoIP-related business development and Service Provider enablement at several software and managed services companies, such as NetIQ and NTT America.

Ed graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Finance. He lives in Boston and is an avid golfer and supporter of Maryland Terrapins athletics.
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IntelePeer

Fred Watkins

Fred Watkins
Senior Director, Channels Sales and Partner Programs

Fred is a leading expert in development and execution of Channel Sales strategies in the field of telecommunications. Over the past 25 years, Fred has developed channel plans for GeoTel, Cisco, BroadSoft, Comdial and IntelePeer. His channel model for GeoTel has been hailed as one of the early “eco-system” strategies that are very prevalent today.

IntelePeer is a leader in IP Carrier market, specializing in SIP trunk solutions. We have developed a strong channel market & strategy to expand the go to market effectiveness of our solution through a variety of partners and alliances focused on SIP solutions for the CPE and hosted, on-demand rich media marketplace.

Fred joined IntelePeer three years ago to begin the development of the channel partner program. Today Fred leads the channel sales team within IntelePeer, developing the channel business strategy, partner management and agent programs. His expertise in the industry is formulating and executing on strategies that create a channel based “go to market” strategy. He has held a variety of executive positions, building teams, managing P&L and successfully executing on strategies.

Fred is a graduate of the Woltemade School of Economics at the Ohio Wesleyan University. He and his wife live in Clearwater Florida.
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Interactive Intelligence

Brent Morgan

Brent Morgan
Solutions Engineer

Brent Morgan is a Solutions Engineer at Interactive Intelligence, specializing in custom solutions. His 16 year communications career is well rounded, holding positions with VARs, international telecommunication carriers, and direct product vendors. Presently his time and energy is focused on solving business problems for customers.Interactive Intelligence provides Call Center, Process Automation, and Unified Communications solutions, that help solve these business problems. Brent resides in Atlanta, GA and can be contacted at brent.morgan@inin.com.
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InterCall

Scott Kutos

Scott Kutos
Director of Video and Virtual Technologies

Scott Kutos is Director of Video & Virtual Technologies at InterCall. His focus is working with customers to implement webcasting, virtual events, and video-on-demand with organizations like Fidelity, General Motors, McDonalds, and Capgemini to name just a few. He has been in the webcasting and streaming video space for more than six years and has worked in hi-tech for more than 25 years. Scott holds a BA from the University of Maryland and lives with his wife and two daughters in Bethesda, MD.
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Intercede

Peter Cattaneo

Peter Cattaneo
Vice President, Business Development

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Jive Software

Melissa Barker

Melissa Barker
Social Media Manager

Melissa Barker is the Social Media Manager at Jive Software. She has coauthored the first college textbook on social media marketing, entitled Social Media Marketing: A Strategic Approach. Melissa has headed up the social media programs and strategy for a variety of high-tech companies. Additionally, Melissa was also instrumental in creating the first accredited social media marketing certificate in Washington State. She developed and teaches the certificate’s core courses for Spokane Falls Community College online. In her spare time, Melissa is on the board of two Portland-based nonprofits and works on their social strategy.
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LiveOps

Ann Ruckstuhl

Ann Ruckstuhl
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Ann Sung Ruckstuhl is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at LiveOps. In her role, Ruckstuhl drives LiveOps overall marketing and lead generation strategies across the customer lifecycle. Her responsibilities include corporate, product, field and partner marketing, public relations, analyst relations, social media, demand creation, lead nurturing and customer retention.

Ruckstuhl has over 15 years of executive management experience in building successful software and service businesses at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies including Symantec, Sybase (an SAP company), Billpoint (acquired by eBay), and Hewlett-Packard. As an executive at Symantec and HP, Ruckstuhl drove steep revenue and profit growth in consumer tech support and network support services. She worked closely with a number of Symantec BPO partners to market services in 15 languages, provisioned by 14 contact centers with local access numbers in 25 countries. As a part of the core executive teams at Billpoint/eBay and Sybase, Ruckstuhl pioneered the person-to-person online payment technology and transformed Sybase from a database software company to a global leader in enterprise mobility.

Ruckstuhl received her bachelors degree in electrical engineering and her masters degree in business administration from the University of Florida.
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Magor

Paul Rusheleau

Paul Rusheleau
Strategic Marketing Manager

Paul Rusheleau holds the title of Strategic Marketing Manager at Ottawa-based Magor Communications, but that doesn’t really do justice to the range and depth of the many roles he performs for the innovative software technology startup that’s defining the exciting new space called “Visual Collaboration” as it disrupts the traditional bridged-based video conferencing market.

With Magor since mid 2009 and reporting directly to the Chief Marketing Officer, Rusheleau has deep insight from both technical and positional perspectives into where the company has been and where Magor intends to go. His primary roles are driving strategic marketing programs and being a spokesperson for a range of audiences. He also manages other key activities, such as lead generation programs, product knowledge, sales training and key product demonstrations.

Rusheleau holds a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Ottawa.
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Metaswitch Networks

Chris Carabello

Chris Carabello
Senior Director of Product Marketing

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 companys 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 Bachelors degree from Villanova University and an MBA from Rutgers University
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Microsoft

Skip Chilcott

Skip Chilcott
Senior Product Marketing Manager

Skip Chilcott is responsible for US midmarket sales and marketing for Lync and Unified Communications at Microsoft. A 20 year veteran of the communications and collaboration technology, spending the last 10 years at Microsoft involved with the Unified Communications, Cloud Services, Real-time Collaboration, Productivity, and more for products including Lync, Office 365, Office, Office Live, OCS, Live Meeting, Exchange, and BPOS to name a few. He has a passion for helping businesses both large and small to maximize success, productivity effectiveness, and growth through the use of innovative technology.
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nGenx

Robert A. Bye

Robert A. Bye
President/CEO

Robert A. Bye is the President and CEO of nGenx, a market leader in desktop and application virtualization. Since its founding in 2000, nGenx has been a pioneer in cloud computing, working with strategic alliances such as Microsoft, Citrix, Google and Intuit. The nGenx cloud solutions are offered through its industry leading channel partner program. As an Entrepreneur and visionary, his mission is to keep nGenx at the forefront of technology and he continues to be thrilled by its ever-changing nature.

Bye routinely speaks to audiences at conferences including Citrix Synergy, Microsoft Hosting Summit, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, ITEXPO and Channel Partners. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University and a JD from Washburn University School of Law.
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Nokia Siemens Networks

Chris Ebert

Chris Ebert
Head of 4G Strategic Marketing

Chris Ebert is responsible for strategic product marketing for LTE, WiMAX and 4G for Nokia Siemens Networks in North America. With more than 20 years of international experience in product marketing, product development and sales in the wireless industry, he has a proven track record in defining, marketing and bringing new technologies to market. Additionally, he brings a broad based perspective from experience working at a Tier 1 networking vendor, notable industry start-ups and wireless carriers.

Prior to joining Nokia Siemens Networks, he held senior positions at Tatara Systems, Tahoe Networks, Openwave (originally joining pre-launch as part of Unwired Planet/Phone.com, the birthplace of the Mobile Internet), Southern Company and Ameritech Cellular.
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Nuance Communications

Pam Kostka

Pam Kostka
VP of Web Virtual Assistant Marketing

Pamela is a proven marketing executive with 19+ years of experience in defining and executing successful product strategies and go-to-market plans for SaaS and enterprise software companies. As CMO of VirtuOz, she oversees all product management, product marketing, field marketing and partner development activities for the company. Pamela has an established track record growing early stage companies to a successful exit strategy. Prior to VirtuOz, she served as SVP, Marketing and Managed Tax Service Sales for Sabrix where she was instrumental in defining and launching the SaaS offering as well as driving over 300% bookings growth in 2 years. Prior to Sabrix, she served as VP, Marketing for Arena Solutions and CEO and founder of Visiline. She also held senior marketing positions with Extensity and Connect where she was a key contributor to successful IPOs for both companies. Pamela has a B.A. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross and a MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Obihai Technology, Inc.

Sherman Scholten

Sherman Scholten
VP Marketing

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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OpenText

Pam Bernardino

Pam Bernardino
Vice President Product Management

Pamela Bernardino is the Vice President of Product Management for OpenText’s Fax and Document Distribution Group & EasyLink. As Vice President of Product Management, Ms. Bernardino is responsible for the product strategy for all Fax and Document Distribution and EasyLink offerings, which include both cloud and premise-based Fax services, EDI services, and Notifications services. In her role as Vice President of Product Management, Ms. Bernardino is responsible for increasing the profitability of existing products, planning and developing go-to-market strategies, and well as contributing to the development of innovative new products for the company. Ms. Bernardino has been with the company for 13 years, previously holding the titles of Vice President of Marketing and Director of Product Management. She brings over 20 years of marketing, product management, sales, and business development experience within the software and telecommunications industries to her role. Prior to joining OpenText, Ms. Bernardino worked for AT&T where she held various product and marketing positions in the company’s messaging and e-commerce divisions. Ms. Bernardino holds a degree in marketing from St. Peter’s College in New Jersey.
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OPNET Technologies

Gurmeet Lamba

Gurmeet Lamba
Vice President of R&D and Chief Architect, Unified Communications Management

Gurmeet is the Vice President of R&D and Chief Architect of Unified Communications Management at OPNET Technologies. Earlier he lead product development at Clarus Systems - a Silicon Valley based startup specializing in VoIP management, and facilitated a successful acquisition by OPNET. Prior to Clarus Systems, Gurmeet was at Avaya heading R&D for its Unified Communications Business Unit, and before that, at Bell Labs where he was awarded the Bell Labs Presidents award. Gurmeet received his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology - Delhi, M.S. in Electrical Engineering / Robotics from the University of Florida and is an alumni of the Executive Management Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
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Partnerpedia

Mark Sochan

Mark Sochan
CEO

As CEO of Partnerpedia, Mark is responsible for driving overall corporate strategy and building key strategic partnerships. Mark has a long career in channel enablement and management, with a commitment to growth and profitability, and fostering collaboration on all levels. Before joining Partnerpedia, Mark was VP of Business Development for one of world’s largest software companies, SAP, where he made a bold commitment to its partners and developers by creating its first software developer network (SDN). Mark launched several initiatives to focus on specific technology opportunities and bundling options that brought together packages that reached across the traditionally segmented business units to include hardware, software, services and financing. Mark holds a BASc of Computer Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo.
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Phone.com

Ari Rabban

Ari Rabban
CEO

Ari Rabban is a VoIP industry veteran and has been widely quoted and interviewed in publications globally.

He co- founded Phone.com in 2007 after moving from Pulver Ventures, an IP Communications business incubator where he served as managing director.

Previously, Rabban served as VP of corporate development and marketing for VocalTec Communications, Inc., the VoIP market pioneer. He also served as president of Surf&Call (sold to Cosmocom) and TrulyGlobal, Inc., both were among the first VoIP web based viral services.

Rabban was a co-founding advisor of NJ based iPeerX, a VoIP peering pioneer and facilitated its sale to Xconnect.net.

Rabban also worked as a strategy manager at Lucent Technologies and prior to his telecom career was a practicing attorney.

Rabban is a member of the board of directors of the NJTC (the New Jersey Technology council) and is a mentor at the tech accelerators: TechlaunchNJ, ffVC.com and ERANYC.com.

Rabban was recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Influential People in VoIP of 2012 by GetVoip.com and is also an Ernst&Young Entrepreneur of The Year 2013 Finalist in New Jersey.

Rabban has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and degrees in Law and Economics from Tel-Aviv University.
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PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com

Phil Edholm

Phil Edholm
President and Principal

Phil Edholm is the President of PKE Consulting. PKE consults to end users and vendors in the communications and networking markets. Phil is the organizer of WebRTC World Conf & Expo, the global eco-system event for WebRTC. Phil Edholm has over 30 years experience in creating innovation and transformation in networking and communications. In his career, Phil has worked with all of the major vendors and with hundreds of large customers around the world. He is recognized as an industry expert in VoIP, networking for real-time usage, Unified Communications, and business models for technology adoption. 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 for dreating the VoIP industry. 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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PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com

Phil Edholm

Phil Edholm
President and Principal

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 ommunications. 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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Radish Systems, LLC

Theresa Szczurek

Theresa Szczurek
CEO and Co-Founder

Theresa Szczurek, a serial technology entrepreneur, serves as CEO of Radish 2.0 (www.RadishSystems.com), a mobile and enterprise software firm, which offers ChoiceView™ so firms can seamlessly share visual information during a phone call with smart mobile device users using ANY phone, ANY network. ChoiceView transforms dreaded interactive voice response (IVR) systems into Visual IVRs which can easily bridge to “voice with visuals” live assistance.

Previously as co-founder and Chief Planning Officer of Radish 1.0, Szczurek was key in transforming the start-up into a thriving firm that sold for over $40 million. Prior as CEO of Technology and Management Solutions, LLC she, as a Certified Management Consultant®, helped clients grow exponentially. She wrote the Amazon-bestseller, Pursuit of Passionate Purpose, which provides her proven, step-by-step formula for success. She began her career with eight years at AT&T Bell Laboratories and AT&T International, first designing and greatly improving performance of business information systems and then producing large-scale revenue growth by managing their delivery into world markets.

She holds an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University and an MBA and Ph.D. in Business Administration (with a focus in Marketing and Organization Development) from the University of Colorado. She lives in Boulder, CO with her husband and 16-year-old daughter. For fun, she is a Girl Scout leader. On Twitter follow @TheresaSzczurek and @RadishSystems.
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Radvision, an Avaya Company

Mark Kolar

Mark Kolar

Session(s):

RingCentral

Jose Pastor

Jose Pastor
Director of Product Management

Jose Pastor is the director of product management at RingCentral, a leading cloud business phone system provider, where he drives the overall customer experience. Prior to RingCentral, Pastor worked at Corrigo, a cloud-based facilities maintenance and work dispatch solutions provider, where he served for eight years as the VP of product management and marketing. Pastor started his career as a specialist engineer for Boeing where he worked for three years on system dynamic analysis, math modeling, and flight-testing for new airplane design.

Pastor holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan.
Session(s):

RLH Telecom Solutioons, LLC

RIchard Hathaway

RIchard Hathaway
Principal Consultant

Richard L. Hathaway: Mr. Hathaway in an independent consultant with over 35 years of information technology and telecommunications industry experience. Ricks career also includes 21 years in the USAF including 14 years as the operations director for the White House Communications Agency transmission systems division. He has served many roles as a consultant, end user and provider of telecommunications services. This includes duties as consulting practice director for two technology consulting firms, Manager of MCI’s 800 Network Service Center and as the telecommunications manager for a national finance company. He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars/conferences. Rick has also been a member of the Society of Telecommunications Consultants (STC) since 2001 and an STC Past President (2008-2010).
Session(s):

Sage

Greg Tirico

Greg Tirico
Senior Social Media Manager

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Sangoma

Jeff Dworkin

Jeff Dworkin
Director of Marketing

Jeff Dworkin serves as director of marketing for Sangoma Technologies, a leading provider of hardware and software components that enable or enhance IP Communications Systems for both telecom and datacom applications.A recognized pioneer in the Voice Processing and Internet Telephony industries, Dworkin co-founded Interface Alternative in 1992, which implemented some of the first commercial grade IVR systems to include speech recognition, speaker verification and text-to-speech systems. Dworkin has a successful record of leading product marketing teams. Prior to joining Sangoma, he served as enterprise marketing manager for Dialogic, and was responsible for developing go-to-market strategies for the company’s open source, fax and IVVR solutions.
Session(s):

Sansay

David Walters

David Walters
VP Marketing

Dave is VP of Business Development for Sansay and brings more than 15 years experience working with next-generation service providers with roles in marketing and business development. At Sansay, Dave is responsible for new initiatives, strategic partnerships, and channel development activities. Prior to Sansay, Dave served in a variety of roles over 10 years at BroadSoft including the strategic partnerships, the launch of BroadCloud, and product marketing. Dave worked for service providers in roles at NextWave Wireless and with Evincio, leading go-to-market for VoIP over wireless broadband and managed IT applications. Dave has also worked as a management consultant with the consulting firm of PRTM (now part of PwC) with a focus on innovation management and operational excellence. Dave has an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and BA/BS degrees in Economics/Chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Session(s):

Siemens Enterprise

Randy Roberts

Randy Roberts
Vice President of the Mobility Product Portfolio

Randy Roberts is Vice President of the Mobility Product Portfolio and is responsible for the vision and strategy of Siemens Enterprise Communications’ Mobility Portfolio. He is also responsible for the integration of mobility into the Siemens product offerings as well as the respective marketing of this portfolio. Randy has spent over 18 years in the communications industry holding leadership positions in Product Management, Strategy and Development. Prior to joining SEN, Roberts served in leadership roles at RIM, AT&T, Motorola and Nokia.
Session(s):

SkySwitch

Eric Hernaez

Eric Hernaez
Managing Director

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snom Technologies

Mike Storella

Mike Storella
COO

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Sonus

Mohan Palat

Mohan Palat
Product Marketing

Mohan Palat is a senior product marketing manager at Sonus Networks. Mohan Palat has extensive experience in the wireless and networking market for 20 years in areas such as IMS, DPI, Security, RCS, mobile networks, mobile devices, and Policy. He worked on the GSMA RCS specifications and, earlier, the GSMA Video Share specifications. Mohan was a senior member of the original iDEN project team at Motorola, and participated in the development of the GSM system at Motorola. His work experience includes companies such as Motorola, Motorola Mobility, Bytemobile (now part of Citrix), Aylus Networks, and CarrierIQ.
Session(s):

Sonus Networks

David Tipping

David Tipping
Vice President and General Manager, SBC Business Unit

David Tipping is the vice president and general manager of the SBC Business at Sonus Networks, Inc. Prior to this role, Tipping served as Sonus’ vice president of product marketing and product management. Tipping has served in several executive and management roles during his tenure with Sonus, including vice president of Sonus Worldwide Systems Engineering, vice president of Sonus’ Service Providers for the Americas division and as technical director of Sonus’ Eastern region. Previously, Tipping spent four years at Enterasys/Cabletron Systems – a Siemens enterprise communications company – as a senior systems engineer supporting customers in the Midwest and New England. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Session(s):

Speech Mobility

Bachir Halimi

Bachir Halimi
President & CEO

Bachir Halimi is the president and founder of Speech Mobility, a telecom software company offering a new cloud-based VoIP platform featuring a built-in virtual assistant that combines user data and speech to provide intelligent telephony and safer mobility. The product targets service providers and hosted PBX vendors looking for value added services to upsell existing customers and differentiate themselves when recruiting new customers. The services appeal particularly to business people who want productivity on the road without compromising their safety. Bachir acts as the product architect and technology officer of the company.

He also started Excendia in 2001 to build the speech-enabled personal assistant used in Speech Mobilitys products. In 1987, he founded MediaSoft Telecom, a computer telephony toolkit vendor which had Intel as an investor before getting acquired by Bell Canada in 2004.

Prior to that, in 1981, Bachir started his first company Alis, a pioneer in multilingual computing technology that enabled people in Asia and the Middle east to use computers in languages such as Arabic, Chinese and Hebrew. Microsoft acquired Alis in 1987.

Mr Halimi gave speeches on computer linguistics, voice communications and cryptography in many international conferences.

Mr Halimi holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Montreal.
Session(s):

SpiderCloud Wireless

Russell Agle

Russell Agle
Director of Business Development

Mr. Agle joined SpiderCloud Wireless, Inc. in July, 2008 as the director of business development. Mr. Agle has 12 years of experience in the field of wireless broadband and software applications. Most recently, Mr. Agle was the vice president of corporate development at IAG Research where he doubled revenue from wireless network operators in one year. He was also director of business development with Flarion Technologies, responsible for partnering discussions with network operators and equipment vendors. Prior to Flarion, Mr. Agle was a manager at PWC Consulting, where he worked with wireline and wireless network operators. Mr. Agle holds an MBA in corporate finance from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Session(s):

Spirent Communications

Anatoli Levine

Anatoli Levine
Director, Product Management – DTBU

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StartMeeting

Greg Plum

Greg Plum
VP - Channel Development

Greg Plum is the Vice President of Channel Development for StartMeeting, a screen sharing service with a fully integrated high-definition audio bridge. Greg has been involved in channel development since 2001 and has enjoyed building channel sales operations from scratch.In his newest role, Greg is responsible for overseeing all aspects of channel operations, from policy development and implementation, pricing, and partner education and development. He works daily with traditional telecommunications agents and consultants, as well as non-traditional sales partners who are interested in leveraging StartMeeting’s service to increase their revenue and enhance customer relationships.Greg’s passion for the channel, as well as his desire to form long-term relationships with his channel partners, has results in his being named a Channel Executive of the Year Finalist in 2009, 2010, and 2011.
Session(s):

Surf Solutions

Avi Fisher

Avi Fisher
CTO

Avi Fisher co-founded SURF in 1996. Since then, he held the roles of CTO, VP R&D and VP Marketing of SURF and is a member of the current Board of Directors. An industry veteran, Avi has a rich experienced with multimedia networks and protocols. Avis expertise is in Digital Signal Processing, Embedded Software and System Architecture. He issued several patents and was the first contributor to the ITU V.150 standard for the relay of modem signals over the IP.
Session(s):

Tadiran

Lindsay Kintner

Lindsay Kintner
Vice President of Engineering and Field Support

Lindsay manages strategic, OEM relationships, and Composit sales in the Americas. Lindsay served in the U.S. Air Force after graduating high school. He began his career in the telecommunications industry in 1980, working through the ranks from cable puller to sales engineer. His first exposure to Tadiran was in 1986 while working for a long-time Tadiran reseller. He joined Tadiran Telecom in 1994 as a Regional Sales Manager. He moved to Director of Product Management at Tadiran in 2000 and was promoted to Sr. Director of Product Marketing in 2002. Lindsay holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.
Session(s):

Tango Networks

Noah Sessions

Noah Sessions
Director of Market Development

Noah Sessions has over 20 years of high-tech experience with the last 15 focused on telecommunications. As the Director of Market Development at Tango Networks, Sessions is instrumental in the company’s go-to-market strategy, and spearheads the development key messaging and materials to highlight Tango’s capabilities in the market. Before joining Tango Networks, Sessions was a director of Marketing for GENBAND, a global leader of IP infrastructure solutions. Prior to GENBAND, Sessions held a range of marketing, training, and technical publication management roles at Tekelec, Taqua (acquired by Tekelec), and InterVoice. Sessions holds a BA in English from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Session(s):

Taqua

SPEAKER TBA

SPEAKER TBA

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TELES Communications Corp.

Kevin Edwards

Kevin Edwards
Director Wireless Carrier Channels

Kevin has a diverse telecommunications sales, marketing and business development background, including experience with legacy telephony, VoIP, UC and wireless products. He has experience developing new sales channels, business models and strategic partnerships for business and consumer products. Kevin also has product and business development experience at both wireline and wireless carriers. This diverse background, an innovative mindset and a strong customer focus give Kevin a unique perspective on emerging communication solutions. Kevin is currently responsible for developing and managing the North America carrier channel for TELES’ CellX fixed wireless gateway product line.
Session(s):

Thrupoint

David Jodoin

David Jodoin
Chief Innovation Officer

David Jodoin joined Thrupoint in May of 2010 and is responsible for Thrupoint’s CaféX Innovation Lab. The mandate of CaféX is to accelerate innovation within the Fortune 500 community by leveraging emerging high value collaboration technologies to create differentiated solutions across market segments. Mr. Jodoin has been working in high tech for over two decades helping companies deliver world-class software solutions for the global 2000 marketplace across multiple industries such as accounting, manufacturing, customer relationship management, field service and logistics, unified communications, telecommunications and e-commerce. David has a degree from Dean College with emphasis on computer science engineering.
Session(s):

TMC

Rich Tehrani

Rich Tehrani
CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief

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 40th 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, Machine-to-Machine communications, 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. Among the most recent launches Rich has initiated are three new products focused on the cloud computing space. The events Cloud Communications Expo and Cloud4SMB Expo, and the newest print magazine in TMC’s portfolio, Cloud Computing Magazine, were each brought to market by Tehrani to serve a specific segment of the massive cloud computing market. Rich launched and oversees the ITEXPO Franchise (which is in its 29th installment) – and is constantly adding collocated events by using his creativity and ability to launch synergistic conferences. Various collocated events include: CVx (ChannelVision Expo), Cloud4SMB Expo, LatinComm Conference and Expo, M2M Evolution Conference & Expo, StartupCamp, and Super Wi-Fi Summit. 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.
Session(s):

TMC

Erik Linask

Erik Linask
Group Editorial Director

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Truphone

Adam Linford

Adam Linford
Head of Labs & Mobile Applications Development

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TSG Global

David Vaughan

David Vaughan
Director of Projects

David Vaughan is a director, a brand manager and a pirate with TSG Global, a business solutions company for communications using SMS and voice as tools to help companies engage and interact smarter, and demonstrate how to connect better with everyone. His favorite quote Its better to be a pirate than to join the Navy -Steve Jobs fuels his mission to constantly teach why its OK to be brave to not do the same thing as everyone else. He is an active blogger and contributor to various online publications...and he is also a professional impersonator, Jack Sparrow being his favorite.
Session(s):

UnboundID

Nick Crown

Nick Crown
Director of Products

Nick Crown leads the product marketing efforts for UnboundID. He is an expert in delivering and marketing enterprise software products and has a decade of experience working specifically in the software security industry. Prior to UnboundID, Nick served in leadership positions at technology companies including Sun Microsystems, SailPoint Technologies, Waveset Technologies, and Trilogy Software. He has a diverse background with experience ranging from architecting and delivering software solutions to software product line management.
Session(s):

UnboundID

Steve Shoaff

Steve Shoaff
CEO

Steve Shoaff defines the vision and overall business strategy for UnboundID. He is internationally recognized as a trusted adviser on identity and security issues for Global 100 companies. Prior to founding UnboundID, he served as Technical Director and Chief of Staff for Sun Microsystems’ Identity Management product division, as well as Director of Global Engineering and Support for the Directory Server Product Family. At Netscape Communications, he was Senior Product Manager for Directory and Security. He co-founded the OpenDS and SLAMD open source projects and performs technical due-diligence for venture capital firms. He has also been a key technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Session(s):

UNSi

Allan Schwartz

Allan Schwartz
Senior Vice President, Business Development, Marketing & Product Development

Allan Schwartz is the Senior Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Product Development. A seasoned telecom professional, Allan is responsible for positioning UNSi in the marketplace, product development, product training, strategic vendor assessment and management.

Allan previously served as CEO at IPNetZone Communications, a nationwide MPLS network provider, where he spearheaded optimization in several areas, from sales engineering to service delivery -- ensuring a personal touch atmosphere permeated all aspects of the business. Overseeing 800%+ growth for almost three years, Allan was instrumental in seeking out and joining forces with UNSi.

Allan’s background in telecom began as a cable puller in a traditional PBX interconnect, AMP Telephone Systems, and grew over twenty years to include positions throughout the ranks from installations and field operations, to technical support and eventually into sales and management. He earned certifications from Telrad, Cisco, Nortel, Carrier Access and Avaya. Initially a self-taught VoIP expert, Allan was building voice over IP over frame relay, integrating multi-site PBXs using E&M technology as early as 1998. Over the years, he handled numerous project management implementations for several nation-wide retail clients, owning the design, implementation and delivery of all their telecom services, including wiring, traditional voice, POTS, VoIP, Internet and MPLS.

Allan and his father successfully founded and ran PressOne, an early adopter and Hosted VoIP provider based in New York City. Allan served as Executive Vice President of PressOne and was instrumental in company growth, driving sales and business development for the company.

Allan pursued a BA in Physics at Yeshiva University and an MS in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University, with a concentration in Telecommunications Engineering. Allan previously served as the President of the Broadsoft M6 Application Server User Group.
Session(s):

Venyu

Brian Vandergrift

Brian Vandergrift
Vice President

Brian Vandegrift is EVP of Innovation and Sales at Venyu, where he leads and manages the R&D, development, and sales teams. Brian has over 15 years in technology consulting which allows him the ability to play an integral role in the product development process for Venyu. With certifications from Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware Brian has the expertise necessary to architect data protection, disaster recovery, and hosting solutions for just about every challenging scenario a business could face. Prior to joining Venyu, Brian worked for PPI in Baton Rouge, where he was the area General Manager responsible for sales and product delivery. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Rhodes College.
Session(s):

Verizon Enterprise Solutions

Jeff Neikirk

Jeff Neikirk
Manager of Global Unified Communications and Collaboration

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VidTel Inc.

Scott Wharton

Scott Wharton
CEO

Scott Wharton, founder and CEO of Vidtel, Inc. has been recognized as a leader in the VoIP andvideo industry for nearly two decades.From 1999 to early 2008, he was the VP of Marketing at BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT), theleading developer and marketer of VoIP application servers, which also handle video IP calling.Scott made significant and enduring contributions leading to: the dominance of the BroadSoftbrand in the voice application space, the company’s acquisition of 9 of the world’s 10 largesttelecom service providers as customers, and the expansion of the company’s presence in over 60countries. Scott also defined a new product category for the telecom industry, a next-generationapplications layer, establishing BroadSofts global leadership in the VoIP applications market.In 2003, Scott was honored with the Frost & Sullivan IP Telephony Executive of the Year Award.It is presented each year to the individual who has excelled in developing and executing abusiness strategy allowing his or her company to gain market leadership. Scott has also beenrecognized as a “Top 100 Voice” in the IP Communications Industry by Internet Telephonymagazine.Prior to BroadSoft, Scott was Vice President of Marketing at VocalTec Communications(NASDAQ: CALL), the pioneer and a leading developer of VoIP software solutions. From 1995 to1999, Scott spearheaded numerous groundbreaking initiatives, including the development of thefirst commercial VoIP product and the creation of the VoIP service provider industry. Scott holdsan MBA from Yale University.
Session(s):

Virtual Hold

Eric Camulli

Eric Camulli
VP of Marketing

Eric is responsible for building a world-class brand focused on delivering multichannel interaction solutions that bridge the customer service gap between all self-service applications and highly skilled representatives in the customer service center. A visionary and passionate customer advocate, Eric has been at the forefront of the customer experience management movement as a public speaker and published writer for the past ten years. With over fifteen years of experience in the communications and contact center industries, Eric combines technical know-how with an understanding of the challenges facing todays customer service professionals. Eric received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and will complete his MBA from Baldwin Wallace University in the spring of 2013.
Session(s):

Vitelity Communications

Kerry Garrison

Kerry Garrison
Vice President Strategic Initiatives

Kerry Garrison has been in the IT industry for over 25 years and first got into the new IP PBX platforms in 2004 and eventually was installing systems as a primary function of his IT business. Kerry has written two books on the open-source IP PBX project, trixbox CE and worked at Fonality as the trixbox Community Director and trixbox CE project manager for several years. Kerry has also written several books on 3CX, the IP PBX for Windows.Kerry is currently the VP of Strategic Initiatives at Vitelity Communications where he develops ongoing initiatives for the education, support, sales, promotion and marketing of Vitelitys services and products.
Session(s):

Voice4Net

Rick McFarland

Rick McFarland
President and CEO

As president and chief executive officer of Dallas-based Voice4net, Richard is responsible for the strategic direction, growth and overall success of the company. Prior to founding Voice4net in 1996, he helped to pioneer one of the first IVR banking application solutions in the market. As an entrepreneur, Richard applied his extensive background in telecommunications and software development to form several enterprise-focused businesses. He also sold one of these businesses to a large public company where he served as chief information officer.
Session(s):

Vyatta, Inc.

Daniel Schrader

Daniel Schrader
Director of Product Management

Mr. Schrader helps manage Vyatta’s line of software-based networking devices. Mr. Schrader has over 15 years of experience in computer networking and information security. Previously, Mr. Schrader worked for Symantec, Nortel and Trend Micro. While employed by Trend Micro he was the Chief Security Analyst as well as the corporate spokesperson. In that role he spoke numerous technology events including the Gartner Security/IVPC 99, SANS 98 and 99, ISSA Summit 99, InfoSec 2000 and the Virus Bulletin Conference. In Europe, Schrader gave the Keynote address at Internet World Europe in Helsinki in 2000. He has also appeared on the McNeal Lear News hour, ABC, NBC, CNBC and CBS as well as in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal discussing networking and computer security issues.
Session(s):

Wavelink

Mikkel Storm

Mikkel Storm
Principal Product Manager

As Principal Product Manager, Mikkel Storm is responsible for the overall strategic direction of Wavelink’s mobile computing product lines, including Wavelink Terminal Emulation, Wavelink Industrial Browser, Wavelink Speakeasy, Wavelink Studio and Wavelink Velocity. He works closely with Wavelink’s customers, distributors and resellers to understand market problems and to find innovative solutions to those problems in Wavelink’s products.

Mr. Storm has more than 10 years of software product management experience including overseeing the strategic product suite of Accela where his responsibilities included the product development lifecycle, and overseeing the products from concept to development and release. He successfully deployed Accela Wireless along with Accela Automation as a rapid disaster recovery solution to the City of New Orleans in the wave of the Katrina hurricane disaster. This allowed 25 inspection teams to conduct over 125,000 damage assessment inspections in five weeks.

Mr. Storm is Pragmatic Marketing Certified and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
Session(s):

West IP Communications

James Whitemore

James Whitemore
Executive Vice President

James Whitemore, Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, brings a wealth of experience in marketing, sales and general management to West IP Communications, where he is responsible for all aspects of product management and corporate marketing. Prior to West IP Communications, James was the Chief Marketing Officer at Savvis, a leading provider of IT Infrastructure Services and Cloud based computing, network and security services. James started his career in Europe, with Standard Telephones and Cables (STC), and has held a variety of sales and marketing positions in Europe, Asia and the US with Sun Microsystems, IBM and StorageTek. James holds a B.A. (Hons) degree in Business from Newcastle University in the U.K.
Session(s):

Yealink

Alexandre Hebra

Alexandre Hebra
Commlogik VP for Branding

Alexandre Hebra received a MS.EE. from the University of Wisconsin in 1983 and then moved on to the University of South Carolina to join the PhD program in Computer Engineering. After a brief stint in the electronics industry in the U.S. he started looking for opportunities overseas, and thus became active in the Telecom space in Latin America in the early 1980s, by first manufacturing networking and telecom hardware products and then switching to value added distribution and professional services. Alexandre merged his company with Commlogik Corp. in 2000 and joined the executive board along with top professionals in the telecommunication distribution market in Latin America. Commlogik has headquarters in Miami/FL and is present in 5 countries and provides products and services in most of the Latin American region. Commlogik and Yealink, the global TOP 5 SIP Phone Supplier and a leading provider of VoIP Phone and IP communication solutions, started their partnership in 2008 with an effective and aggressive branding strategy, rapidly turning Commlogik into Yealink’s largest distribution partner in the Americas, with coverage across the US and LATAM markets.
Session(s):

Yorktel

Vishal Brown

Vishal Brown
Vice President of Professional Services

Vishal is Vice President of Professional Services at Yorktel. He is focused on delivering video communications expertise by leveraging Yorktel’s industry leading knowledge & experience to help organizations analyze & enable video for Unified Communications platforms. This includes not just implementing unified communication solutions, but also thought leadership and strategic planning, policies and procedures to make the initiative effective. He has 15 years of experience in technologies that improve the way people communicate, collaborate, and connect - enterprise unified communications, voice and video telephony, corporate AV and consumer video.

His experience includes
•McKinsey & Co: Development of global unified communication strategy for video communications
•IAC: Project management and design engineering of AV installations including the world’s largest high-resolution video wall.
•Morgan Stanley/Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel, LLP. Worked on videoconferencing architecture design and cable TV distribution infrastructure

Vishal holds a Masters degree in Management of Technology from NYU and a BS in Computer Science(Telecommunications concentration) at Pace University. He resides in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

Contact Info:
Vishal Brown
vbrown@yorktel.com
www.linkedin.com/in/vishalbrown/
Session(s):

ZOHO

Eric Wegner

Eric Wegner
Business Development Manager

Eric Wegner is a 25-year veteran of the software industry and has 12 years of experience with ZOHO Corp. working on large and complex network and application management infrastructures for equipment manufacturers, service providers, military contractors and large enterprises.
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Moderator List

Blair Pleasant (Moderator)

Blair Pleasant (Moderator)

COMMfusion LLC & UCStrategies.com
President & Principal Analyst

Blair Pleasant is President & Principal Analyst of COMMfusion LLC and a co-founder of ucstrategies.com, an industry resource on the growing UC arena. She provides consulting and market research analysis on voice/data convergence markets, applications, and technologies, aimed at helping end-user and vendor clients both strategically and tactically. Prior to COMMfusion, Ms. Pleasant was Director of Communications Analysis for The PELORUS Group, a market research and consulting firm, and President of Lower Falls Consulting.

With 20 years experience, her primary areas of focus are convergence applications, including Unified Communications, Unified Messaging, the contact center, social software, collaboration, and voice processing. Blair has authored many highly acclaimed multi-client market studies and white papers, as well as custom research reports, and provides market research analysis and consulting services to both end user and vendor clients.

Blair’s blogs and articles can be found on www.ucstrategies.com and www.commfusion.com. She also tweets on Twitter as blairplez, and you can find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.

Ms. Pleasant received a BA degree in Communications from Albany State University, and an MBA in marketing and an MS in Broadcast Administration from Boston University.

She can be contacted at bpleasant@commfusion.com
Session(s):

Andy Abramson (Moderator)

Andy Abramson (Moderator)

Comunicano, Inc.
CEO

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.

Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, with its headquarters in Del Mar, CA. Founded in 1992, since 2000 the company has participated in the exit or IPO’s of 32 companies in the mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors or related industries. The acquiring parties of some of the companies include Google, Yahoo, Nokia, Cisco, Symantec, Computer Associates, IBM, Citrix, Fidelity Investments and Logitech as well as supporting Accredited Home Lenders, Magor, Boingo and Vringo up to their public offerings.

A veteran of the marketing and public relations industry with over 39 years of experience in all facets of marketing and corporate communications, Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. Since then he has held a series of front line marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional teams including the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, followed by 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 both in the consumer and technology industry press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and over the top technology while also serving as the technology correspondent for the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, whose flagship station is KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, CA while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.
Session(s):

Carl Ford (Moderator)

Carl Ford (Moderator)

Crossfire Media
Partner and Community Developer

Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people (and, thus, businesses); be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of Costing, Operations, Marketing, Regulatory, and Product Management. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building a relevant, thought provoking conference program, makes him an invaluable asset to Crossfire Media. As CEO of the company, Carl directs the programs and services offered by Crossfire Media. As Community Developer he looks to facilitate discussions about advances in technology, market drivers and business obstacles.
Session(s):

Ken Landoline (Moderator)

Ken Landoline (Moderator)

Current Analysis
Principal Analyst, Unified Communications and Contact Center

As Principal Analyst within the Business Technology and Software group Ken Landoline tracks the enterprise unified communications and contact center (UCCC) markets. Prior to joining Current Analysis Ken held research, consulting and analyst positions at Synergy Research Group and Yankee Group. Before becoming an industry analyst Ken spent 20 years in a variety of management positions within the telecommunications industry. At Siemens Business Communications he managed business development and joint venture activities in the business telephone systems, wireless and call center areas. At Pacific Bell Information Services, he was the director of sales operations for a sales team that was instrumental in Pacific Bell’s successful venture into the voice mail and IVR service bureau businesses. At AT&T Large Business Systems (now Avaya) and Fujitsu America, he held positions in market and product management, focusing on strategic planning, distribution and market segmentation strategies for the business telephone systems divisions of these global telecommunication companies. Ken is an often-quoted analyst in business and telecommunications journals and a frequent speaker at telecommunications industry events. Ken earned a B.A. degree in business/economics from Rutgers College and an M.B.A. from Seton Hall University.
Session(s):

Tony Rizzo (Moderator)

Tony Rizzo (Moderator)

Editor, Wearable Tech, and Wearable Tech Conference Director
Senior TMCnet Editor, Wearable Tech Conference Director

Tony Rizzo joined TMC following a stint as the Editor in Chief of Mobile Enterprise, which he took on following an almost two year stretch on the mobile vendor side of the world. As Tony puts it, “Sometimes you have to cross the line and get your hands dirty in order to effectively and knowledgably communicate to end users and the enterprise what’s going on in the vendor community.” Before crossing the vendor line Tony spent five years as the Director of Mobile Research for research analyst firm The 451 Group. There he lived through both the early stages of enterprise mobility and the first steps of the enterprise mobility consumerization phenomenon following the release of the original iPhone. Prior to his jump into mobility Tony served as the Editor in Chief of Internet World, as the Editorial Director of an Ernst & Young Financial Services Web Advisory project, as a publishing consultant for CMP Media, as the Editor in Chief of NetGuide (the first Internet magazine), as a founding editor and Editor of Network Computing Magazine, and as the founding Technical Editor of Microsoft Systems Journal (as a very early employee of Microsoft back in the days of OS/2). Prior to his business technology publishing adventures Tony was at New York University, where he developed extensive technology training programs ranging from mainframes to the early years of C, Unix and PCs. He has owned an original IBM PC, an Apple II and a BlackBerry circa 2000, and wonders to this day why he didn’t hold on to any of them. He is also proud to admit that he was a pioneering user of email back when the Internet was known as Arpanet during his NYU days.
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Larry Lisser (Moderator)

Larry Lisser (Moderator)

Embrase
Principal

Larry brings 15 years of sales, marketing and business development leadership experience in emerging communication technologies. Through a variety of engagements, Larry has gained a deep understanding of distribution strategy and implemented channel models that have succeeded in markets ranging from small business through to large enterprise. Based in San Francisco, Larry has filled business-critical roles and provided direction to technology companies ranging from telecom to web-based B2B services. Larry is a native of Montreal, Canada and has been based in the Bay Area for the last 10 years.
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Doug Mohney (Moderator)

Doug Mohney (Moderator)

HD Voice News
Editor-in-Chief

Doug Mohney has clocked more than 20 years of experience in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) arena between working in real world businesses and writing about them.

His resume includes Editor in Chief, Telecom and Digital Media Group for a B2B emedia company and Editor-in-Chief at VON Magazine (the pulvermedia incarnation, not the Virgo one). Publications he’s written for over the past dozen years include Boardwatch, Mobile Radio Technology/Urgent Communications, The Inquirer, and VON Magazine, covering telecommunications, the Internet, and online video.

His hands-on/real-world experience includes stints at two high-tech start-up companies, one that went public (DIGEX) and one that didn’t (SkyCache/Cidera). Joining DIGEX as employee number 10 in 1993, Doug had a ring-side seat to the trials and tribulations of a fast growing, VC-funded startup doing the boom growth years of the Internet.
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Mark Ricca (Moderator)

Mark Ricca (Moderator)

IntelliCom Analytics
Partner

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Frank Stinson (Moderator)

Frank Stinson (Moderator)

IntelliCom Analytics
Partner

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)

Jon Arnold (Moderator)

J Arnold & Associates
Principal

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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Howard Freidman (Moderator)

Howard Freidman (Moderator)

Leonid Systems
CEO

Howard Freidmans pioneering experience in cloud communications, VoIP and SaaS has been gained over 10+ years of running Enterprise, SMB and residential business lines world-wide. Currently he is CEO of Leonid Systems, a leading B/OSS provider serving 60 service providers around the world, which gives him a unique perspective on what’s working and the challenges service providers face as VoIP heats up and converges with the cloud. Previously he was VP Commercial for ACN, a $500M global service provider ; at ACN he also served as COO of Europe and managed its residential VoIP and IP video deployment across 16 countries. Before than he founded ran Aptela, recently merged with Vocalocity, during which time Aptela was one of the fastest growing hosted communications firms in the US. Howard was ranked 20 on VoIPNews list of the 50 people and companies with the most significant influence on the evolving world of IP Telephony. Prior experience included VP of Sales for Proxicom, one of the world’s leading web developers, and VP of the Federal division of an Enterprise software vendor. Howard studied Information Systems Technology at George Washington University.
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Mike Sapien (Moderator)

Mike Sapien (Moderator)

Ovum
Principal Analyst: Enterprise Practice: US

Mike Sapien is responsible for Ovum’s US Enterprise Practice. Based in southern California, Mike is focused on North American and global enterprise telecom markets and related trends. This includes WAN, managed, and advanced voice, video and data services to address Global MNC, large enterprise, and SMB customers. His focus areas also include data center services, emerging cloud and hosted services, enterprise mobility services and related product development, market launch, and channel programs of enterprise services. Recent work includes SIP trunking, IPv6 migration, SDN, data center services, telco healthcare solutions and managed security.Mike leads the design, development, and implementation of Ovum’s research and advisory services on enterprise network services and managed solutions in North America with a major emphasis on the global, tier 1 carriers, infrastructure vendors and providers. Mike works directly with clients to help them understand and implement recommended strategies from Ovum research, his consulting experience and extensive enterprise services expertise. He is a regular contributor to Ovum’s enterprise research, provides analysis of industry, vendor, and product trends including emerging managed services such as SIP trunking, unified communications, VoIP, SDN, video and security services.Mike has over 30 years in the telecoms and internet services industry including executive positions at large carriers, CLEC, and a data center provider. Before joining Ovum, Mike was a consultant advising carriers, vendors, and enterprise customers on business development, marketing and go-to-market strategies. This included the development, introduction, marketing and sales of data, voice and video enterprise services including advanced managed services. Mike was one of the first published authors to write about ISDN applications for IT personnel (Mastering ISDN by Sybex – 1997).Mike is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BBA & MBA) and Columbia University executive management program.
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Phil Edholm (Moderator)

Phil Edholm (Moderator)

PKE Consulting LLC & UC Strategies.com
President and Principal

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)

Peter Radizeski (Moderator)

RAD-INFO, Inc.
Consultant

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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Marc Robins (Moderator)

Marc Robins (Moderator)

SIP Forum
President and Managing Director

Marc Robins serves as President and Managing Director of the SIP Forum.Marc has been involved in the telecommunications industry as a reporter and analyst, editor and author, trade show producer and publisher, and marketing executive and consultant for more than 33 years. With a perspective honed by decades of consistent industry analysis and coverage, Marc is an internationally recognized authority in the field of IP telephony and new IP communications technologies and their commercial applications.Marc is also founder and Chief Technology Evangelism Officer of Robins Consulting Group (RCG), an IP Communications industry consultancy founded in 2003 that offers market intelligence and strategy; comprehensive marketing, communications and promotional services; online and offline messaging and content development; PR support services; and special event, educational and training services for companies in the IP communications industry. RCG has also served as a producer of a number of special workshops and industry conferences.
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Erik Linask (Moderator)

Erik Linask (Moderator)

TMC
Group Editorial Director

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC. During his tenure at TMC, he has supported the production and development of TMCs print publications and, most recently, managed the day-to-day operations of the industry’s leading Web site, TMCnet, which currently serves more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Currently, he oversees TMC’s four print publications as well as TMCnet, and covers a wide range of topics in the IP Communications and Information Technology arenas, including his blog, Convergence Corner, on TMCnet. Erik also develops to conference programming for ITEXPO, and TMCs other communications and technology events, including Software Telco Congress. Prior to joining TMC, Erik was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.
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Tom Keating (Moderator)

Tom Keating (Moderator)

TMC
VP of TMC/CTO/Executive Technology Editor

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Paula Bernier (Moderator)

Paula Bernier (Moderator)

TMC
Executive Editor

Paula has been a reporter and editor in the telecom/IT space for more than 20 years. She handles the day-to-day management of editorial for three TMC magazines (CUSTOMER, INTERNET TELEPHONY and M2M Evolution); writes for TMCnet; moderates and presents on TMC webinars; and organizes TMC’s SDN Precon event. Paula 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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Peter Bernstein (Moderator)

Peter Bernstein (Moderator)

TMC
Senior Editor

Peter Bernstein is a seasoned writer and professional with deep experience in the communications and IT industries. As a top-level industry analyst, Peter has keynoted major technology events and has been cited numerous times by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Business Week, Fortune Magazine, ComputerWorld, NetworkWorld, Communications Week, among other publications. Bernstein has authored or co-authored market research studies, CEO speeches, white papers, articles, and other content for major companies in the technology markets. His experience includes work with Alcatel-Lucent, Avaya, Equant, France Telecom, HP, Siemens, Verizon, Nortel, Wave Systems, and many more. He held the position of director of global marketing and communications at Telcordia. Having been on Advisory Boards for 15 technology start-up firms, Bernstein most recently worked as a consultant to C-level executives on all aspects of marketing communications strategy and tactics – from concept to cash, crisis management, brand stewardship, and helping establish metrics, manage processes and leadership practices.
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Rich Steeves (Moderator)

Rich Steeves (Moderator)

TMCnet
Web Editor

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Hugh Goldstein (Moderator)

Hugh Goldstein (Moderator)

Voxbone
VP, Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

Hugh Goldstein serves as VP, Strategic Alliances for Voxbone, the market leader in providing worldwide geographical, toll-free and geographically independent telephone numbers, enabling cloud communications, global carriers, national operators and enterprises to extend the reach of their voice services internationally. The company delivers high-quality inbound communications from more than 50 countries and more than 4,000 cities around the world, as well as the first emergency-calling service accessible in multiple European countries from a single IP-based interconnection.In addition to strategic alliances and partnerships, Hugh also manages Voxbones iNum Initiative: a free global e.164 numbering and peering system within the +883 Country Code for IP Communications. Voxbones iNum Initiative also provides interconnection to the United Nations OCHA +888 Country Code for emergency and disaster relief telecommunications coordination. Hugh has more than fifteen years of marketing, product and business development experience focused on the Contact Center, Carrier and Cloud Communications markets including roles with XConnect, Arbinet, VocalTec, Surf&Call Network Services and Belgacom.
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