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KEYNOTE - Open Source Telephony Revolution, the billion dollar game changer.

Tuesday, August 12: 12:15pm

Mark Spencer

Chairman, CTO
Digium, Inc.

Allison Smith

Owner, Professional Voice Talent
The IVR Voice

Philippe Lindheimer

Vice President
Schmooze Com Inc.


Open source communications platforms powered by FreePBX® and Asterisk® have been under continuous development for over 10 years. Today they account for millions of installations worldwide, contributing billions of dollars in hardware, software and services sales.

During this Keynote Presentation, Asterisk creator Mark Spencer, FreePBX Project Lead Philippe Lindheimer and The IVR Voice's Allison Smith will tell the tale of how open source telephony grew from the "necessity of a cash strapped young entrepreneur's need for a phone system" to today's billion dollar game changer that was once a vendor locked PBX market place.

FreePBX offers a rich, reliable, and well-supported EcoSystem that gives software application vendors, device manufacturers and service providers the freedom, power and choice to build and deliver revolutionary communications solutions --- faster, better and at lower costs.

Wednesday, August 13: 12:00pm

Wei Tang

VP Business Development & Key Account Sales - Yealink

Wei Tang is a highly-experienced and acknowledged expert in the international telecommunications industry and is now Yealink Network Technology's VP Business Development & Key Account Sales for North America. He began his career with a BSc degree from Beijing University, followed by an MSc from the University of Virginia - both in Electrical Engineering.

He has accumulated more than 15 years of varied telecommunication industry experience. This ranges from UC&C applications to 4G wireless infrastructure, mobility and security software and telecom OSS/BSS systems. Moreover, he has also worked extensively for startups and multinational companies in US, China and Korea in engineering, marketing, business development and sales positions.

Among his achievements, Wei Tang led the development of the world's first P2P Mobile-IP secure communication system. He was also at the helm during the design of a small cell product for MSO and throughout successful trials with major cable operators, such as Comcast and TWC. He currently leads key projects and manages strategic partnerships in the US.

Wednesday, August 13: 1:30pm

Jay Ferro

CIO - American Cancer Society

Jay is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Cancer Society (ACS), a nationwide, community---based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society has more than 900 local offices nationwide and a presence in more than 5,100 communities. Jay is responsible for the people, strategy and operations of the Global Information Technology organization. Prior to joining ACS in 2012, Jay served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for AdCare Health Systems, a rapidly growing and recognized innovator in health care facility management. Jay spent the previous 7 years at AIG (American International Group), most recently as VP and CIO for AIG Aerospace, a leading global aerospace insurer. At AIG, Jay implemented numerous improvements that have delivered substantial value to the organization while managing significant organizational change in a turbulent market environment. In addition to his role as AVP of Information Technology with AIG Personal Lines, Jay was selected as CFO for Operations and Systems in 2006 and led multiple global IT Finance and Governance Standards initiatives that resulted in millions of dollars in savings for the organization. Jay continues to be a thought leader in the Information Technology arena and is a frequent guest speaker and panelist, both in Atlanta and Nationwide. He's been featured in multiple publications, including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, and CIO Magazine. In recognition of his accomplishments, Jay was selected as Georgia CIO of the Year in 2011, and is currently serving as Chair for the Georgia CIO Leadership Association. His commitment and dedication to community involvement is evidenced by the time and energy he contributes. In 2007, he founded the non---profit group, Priscilla's Promise, in honor of his late wife, which raises funds for cervical cancer education and research. In 2011 he was elected to the Board of Directors for TechBridge, an Atlanta---based nonprofit organization that helps other nonprofits use technology to improve their capability to serve the community, and in 2013 was named Board Chair. Jay earned both his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and his Masters of Business Administration from The University of Georgia. Jay continues to be involved with his alma mater, both as a mentor for young alumni and as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Terry College of Business. Jay lives in the Metro Atlanta Area with his 3 sons: Trey, Connor and Alex.

Wednesday, August 13: 1:00pm

Hollis "Terry" Bradwell III

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer - AARP

Terry Bradwell is a 10 year veteran of AARP, now serving as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, focusing on innovation, technology and business strategy. In this role, Bradwell, a visionary, is "running IT as a business" - fundamentally transforming the IT organization from being a "cost center" to a "value center." He leverages technology to drive business optimization, enabling high performance from the workforce.

Bradwell has held a number of senior leadership positions and has more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in information technology development, delivery and management. Prior to joining AARP, he worked as a Principle for IBM's Media and Entertainment practice, with a primary focus of turning around troubled IT projects & corporate change management initiatives. 


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Erik Linask speaks with Terry Bradwell, the EVP & CIO of AARP about his Keynote at ITEXPO Las Vegas 2014

Thursday, August 14: 9:00am

Michael Troiano

Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions - AT&T Business Solutions

Michael Troiano leads the development and implementation of holistic mobility strategies, encompassing mobile device management, application creation, bring-your-own-device solutions and Machine-to-Machine communications. His responsibilities include overseeing AMS strategy and product management to help equip businesses with the right mobile applications and services that can untether employees from their offices. Mr. Troiano aims to position AT&T as the leader in helping people to work virtually anywhere and anytime, while giving them the tools to accomplish tasks faster and more effectively.

Thursday, August 14: 9:30am

Karl Dahlin

Director of Business Development Commercial Robots iRobot

It's 10am and you're walking the manufacturing floor in Brazil with the local team to inspect the new drive assemblies. At noon you join the operations managers at a plant in Mexico for a tour of the packaging facility. At 3pm you roam through the executive offices in San Jose to catch up with colleagues, and at 4pm you jump to Tokyo to review production statistics with supervisors along the line. Is this science fiction, or a really fast corporate jet? Today, Video Collaboration Robots allow employees to instantly teleport to locations anywhere in the world and move around the space and collaborate with co-workers as if they were actually there. This presentation explores the new business models and competitive advantages created when Telepresence extends beyond the meeting room to connect the entire business.

Karl Dahlin drives sales and business development for iRobot's commercial products division, developing and implementing strategies to grow the market and leading sales of video collaboration robots. In this role, Karl works closely with partners like Cisco Systems to help industry leading companies transform their business by leveraging technology to enable new ways of working in the modern enterprise. To help iRobot and its customers succeed, Karl draws from 25 years of senior leadership experience with global technology companies including Ericsson, Polycom and Hewlett-Packard.

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