Frank Bulk is the CTO for Premier Communications. Previously he was a contributing editor for Network Computing Magazine and InformationWeek covering mobility and wireless technologies and specializing in enterprise wireless infrastructure systems, VoWLAN, and wireless IDS/IPS. He has also been a Network Administrator for his alma mater and a Systems Analyst for Aruba Digital Systems, N.V.
Leo Carlson is the Business / Technology Manager at Norvado which serves rural Northwest Wisconsin and is considered the area’s premier provider of broadband and broadband services with nearly all of their serving area built on fiber to the home technology. Carlson has been with Norvado for 11 years, manages the customer service, sales, marketing, and information technology teams for Norvado and holds a Doctorate in Business and a Masters in Information Security.
Mark Chambers has served as the director of sales at NRTC since 2007. His career includes roles with a wide range of business development, sales and marketing experience with companies such as AT&T, CAVU/e-xpedient and Teligent. For the past 14 years he has worked with NRTC and FairPoint Communications in the rural ILEC market. His background in video, both linear and OTT, includes working with companies to business model, launch and market services.
Ben Chan is a senior product marketing and management roles with more than 20 years of experience in communication industry ( Entropic Communications, Atheros, Conexant, i-Link/Mibridge, and Lucent / AT&T Bell Labs)
Shannon Clark is the CEO and Manager of Richland Electric Cooperative. Mr. Clark and Richland are dedicated to bringing telecommunications solutions to rural members. Through telephone access, satellite services, economic development and electric services, Clark has shown that electrics and telcos can work together and benefit from combining services. Providing service to over 3,500 members, Richland provides services to Richland County and the surrounding areas.
John Curran is the President and CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), responsible for leading the organization in its mission of managing the distribution of Internet number resources in its geographic region. He was also a founder of ARIN and served as its Chairman from inception through early 2009.
Curran’s experience in the Internet industry includes serving as CTO and COO for ServerVault, which provides highly secure, fully managed infrastructure solutions for sensitive federal government and commercial applications. Prior to this, he was CTO for XO Communications, and was integral in leading the organization’s technical initiatives, network architecture, and design of leading-edge capabilities built into the company’s nationwide network.
Curran also served as CTO for BBN/GTE Internetworking, where he was responsible for the organization’s strategic technology direction. He led BBN’s technical evolution from one of the earliest Internet Service Providers through its growth and eventual acquisition by GTE. He has also been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.
Doug Dawson is the President and founder of CCG Consulting. CCG Consulting is the largest telecom consulting firm in the country in terms of clients, and has helped over 800 carriers in the last decade. CCG offers a full range of telecom services including engineering, regulatory, business planning, strategic planning and implementation services. CCG’s newest service is new product development and CCG can turn-key new products for carriers.
Doug has worked in the telecom industry since 1978 at several different companies. He has both a consulting and an operational background. CCG currently works for a wide range of telecom providers including ILECS, CLECs, ISPs, municipalities and wireless carriers. Doug has helped put together a number of successful PPPs between carriers and municipalities.
Peter L. DeNagy is the Managing Principal / President of Acommence Advisors, Inc., a technology consultancy focused on Innovation, Business Advisory Services for start-up and mature organizations. He Chairs the IoT Forum for the Technology Association of North Texas, Tech Titans while sitting on the Tech Titans Board. Additionally, he is a General Partner and Founder of FutureCities, LLC a technology event and media company based in Dallas.
Formerly, Peter was the US General Manager for Enterprise Mobility at Samsung. He developed Samsung’s GTM enterprise strategy and managed for the enterprise division sales, sales engineering, marketing, product planning and Samsung’s strategic alliances organization. His teams developed the vision for Samsung SAFETM and the initial framework for Samsung KNOXTM. Prior to Samsung, Peter was the GTM and Alliances Leader for the Americas at Accenture in the Mobile Solutions Practice. After Samsung, Peter lead GTM and solution development in the North American Mobility Practice at Capgemini. He has also held executive positions at major firms such as Harris, GTE/Verizon, Sprint, Global Crossing, EDS and BearingPoint.
Peter collaborated on the book, “Managing the Mobile Workforce” by David Clemons and Michael Kroth, Ph.D. He was a member of Microsoft’s Global Mobility Partner Engagement Board, (MPEB), from 2008 through 2011. He also sits on the technical and business boards of organizations and companies such as TIA, Atom Nanoelectronics, Connect2.me, Opus-3, and others.
Colin Dixon is chief analyst and founder of nScreenMedia, which focuses on enhanced TV applications including over-the-top services, multi-screen video, second-screen apps and on the emerging broadband media economy.
Previously, he was an analyst with The Diffusion Group (TDG) for seven years and authored reports on subjects in new media. As part of nScreenMedia, he provides consulting services focused on business alignment (strategy, organization and process), business development, market strategy, company evangelism and contract negotiation. Dixon has extensive experience in the rich media, communications, networking and network management industries where he has a proven record of developing and delivering top quality products and services on time to meet market needs.
He has also served as vice president of applications and content at Liberate Technologies and as general manager of digital cable services for the web TV division of Microsoft Corporation, managing engineering, business development, deployments, operations and sales. Dixon was instrumental in broadening Microsoft’s interactive television solution to include widely deployed low-end set-tops and led the effort to create Microsoft’s Interactive Program Guide.
Robert Dowling is the product manager for Cyber RiskScope, a portfolio of cyber risk management solutions. As product manager, Dowling is responsible for product development, sales and marketing. His background includes systems and software engineering development for NASA and Department of Defense, as well as managing federal government sales and marketing activities for companies such as Northrop Grumman, SAIC and Dynetics. Dowling has a computer engineering degree from Auburn University.
Jefferson H. England is the chief financial officer at Silver Star Communications.
His professional experience includes working as an auditor for a large multi-national accounting firm representing audit clients in a variety of industries. Additionally, he spent twelve years in executive leadership at a technology firm that specialized in providing professional services to variety of departments within the federal government, including cyber security audits for the Department of Homeland Security. Jeff has been actively involved in cybersecurity initiatives within the telecommunications industry, including testimony before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and a number of speaking engagements at the FCC, NIST, and various industry association meetings. In addition to his role as chief financial officer at Silver Star Communications, he serves as the vice president of the Wyoming Telecommunications Association and as a member of the National Security and Public Safety Committee at USTelecom.
Brian Ford has served as NTCA’s regulatory counsel since March 2013. He advocates on behalf of NTCA’s RLEC members at the FCC, with a primary focus on a variety of issues such as Universal Service, intercarrier compensation, the ongoing IP-transition, E-rate, net neutrality, and other rulemaking proceedings. He previously held the same position for eight years at OPASTCO, a trade association also representing RLECs.
Eric Freesmeier is the CEO of Pulse Broadband, an NRTC company. Pulse designs, builds and operates fiber broadband networks for rural electric utility and telecommunication purposes. Prior to Pulse, Freemeier was the Chief Administrative Officer for Broadstripe, Founder of Deepwater Enterprises, which advised startup and emerging businesses, and SVP Administration for Charter Communications.
William “Bill” Gerski is currently VP of Sales at Huawei Technologies USA, where he leads Huawei’s sales initiative focused on rural telcos, wireless Internet service providers and rural electric co-ops. He pioneered the formation of the Huawei Wireline Advisory Board, whose purpose is to better understand the obstacles the rural telecommunications industry is facing and how Huawei can provide solutions to overcome these challenges. Bill has devoted much of his career to sales and strategic business development including positions with companies including the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, Dish Network, Time Warner, Viacom, Adelphia, TCI, Bell Atlantic and Sirius. He was instrumental in the start-up of Golden Sky Systems (the exclusive provider of DirecTV) and served as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Kurt Gruendling joined Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom (WCVT) in June of 1996, bringing a great deal of experience in marketing research and quantitative methods, telecommunications, and Internet technologies. While at WCVT, he has been responsible for all facets of marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and business development activities.
He is a past president and Board member of the Mad River Valley Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Kurt is also former Chairman of the Marketing Committee for the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and former Chairman of NTCA’s Marketing Committee. He is a past board member and president of the Vermont Telecom Advancement Center, and has taught business courses at the Community College of Vermont for more than 10-years.
Andy Heins is a veteran of the telecommunications industry and began his career at Finley in early 2009. Prior to joining Finley, he was the General Manager of Alma Communications Company in Missouri. While with Alma, Heins assumed various management and operations roles, and in 2006 deployed the first 100% Fiber To The Home (FTTH) network in the state of Missouri. He brings valuable insight in the areas of telephone company operations, FTTH network design and operation, industry revenue practices, and industry regulation. Andy has drawn from this experience to assist in Continuing Property Record (CPR) development, FTTH network design, cost study assistance to cost consultants, FTTH cutover assistance, and Broadband Stimulus grant/loan program assistance.
With over 15 years’ experience in marketing, retail and wireless, Michelle James is no stranger to building things from the ground up – in fact, it might be what she’s best at. After 9 years spent creating innovative sales solutions and in-store campaigns as Marketing Director for Levi Strauss & Co., James lived “a marketer’s dream” as an essential part of the team that helped mobile phone company Nokia climb to #1 global market share. Since then, Michelle has supported wireless retailers nationwide in publishing, event production, brand management and now, for the past three years has rallied the entire wireless repair community together to build the Wireless Repair EXPO from the ground up.
Clare Leidquist is an experienced with telecommunication site acquisition and regulation issues. On the site acquisition side, she was recently involved in negotiating real estate and telecom leases, petitioning for zoning and permitting approvals and securing regulatory approval for new wireless site builds.
Prior to this experience, she was associated with a boutique telecom firm where she focused on spectrum acquisition and licensing compliance. Clare also served as General Counsel for a health insurance consulting firm.
Jason McGinnis has more than 20 years of experience in operations, with a commitment to quality customer support, efficient IT operations, and effective security management. Prior to NeoNova, he worked for Perimeter E-Security in an operations role preceded by operations roles at IBM, American Express, and Wal-Mart.
Kevin McGuire is the chief operating officer for Enhanced Telecommunications Corp, a diverse telecommunications provider headquartered in Sunman, Indiana. In his role, Kevin is charged with planning and coordinating ETC’s day-to-day operations, including organizational development, technological direction, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining ETC, Kevin was the vice president of business and technology for the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) and was responsible for keeping members updated on technological trends, as well as seeking out new revenue generating products and services.
Carl Meyerhoefer is a strategic global marketing professional with a unique blend of analytical and business expertise. He has extensive marketing and business experience helping companies create and communicate an executable vision, set strategic direction, motivate teams and deliver results. He’s held executive positions in Marketing, Product Line Management, Business/Market Development for a Fortune 500 company. Transformed organizations, developed markets, grew businesses, owned P&L and led M&A activities.
Todd Murphy has been in the communications/IT industry for 30 years. He has fulfilled numerous leadership roles in several prominent companies including Ciena, Calix, NEC and Cerent. His career has been centric to service providers. He was formerly a central office engineering manager and lab director at U.S. West (now CenturyLink). His current role at Cisco calls on him to support account teams nationwide. His mission is to assist small and regional service providers in enhancing their security knowledge, which allows them to develop their own advanced protection strategies. The end goal is to plug the holes in his customer’s cybersecurity coverage, in order to safeguard their networks and data.
Steve Pastorkovich is vice president of technology and business development at NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. He follows regulatory, competitive, and technical issues and business trends, working with members and other groups to examine new technologies and applications that can enhance revenues and reduce costs for rural telecommunications carriers. Pastorkovich has extensive experience working video and broadband policy issues, and has addressed these and other topics at both the FCC and on Capitol Hill. He has also worked for industry and political media outlets, and began his Washington career with positions in national political organizations.
Dr. Henning Schulzrinne, Levi Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. He was an MTS at AT&T Bell Laboratories and an associate department head at GMD-Fokus (Berlin), before joining the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments at Columbia University. He served as chair of the Department of Computer Science from 2004 to 2009, as Engineering Fellow at the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 2010 and 2011, and as Chief Technology Officer and Technical Advisor at the FCC from 2012.
He has published more than 250 journal and conference papers, and more than 70 Internet RFCs. Protocols co-developed by him, such as RTP, RTSP and SIP, are now Internet standards, used by almost all Internet telephony and multimedia applications. His research interests include Internet multimedia systems, ubiquitous computing, and mobile systems.
He is a Fellow of the ACM and IEEE, has received the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, the VON Pioneer Award, TCCC service award, IEEE Region 1 William Terry Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service to IEEE, the UMass Computer Science Outstanding Alumni recognition and is a member of the Internet Hall of Fame.
Jeff Smith has 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, all of which have been devoted to the advocacy of rural carrier issues. Smith is the principal author of GVNW’s federal regulatory filings, and is a frequent speaker at seminars. His projects for clients encompass the entire spectrum of regulatory and legislative support, including federal advocacy, FCC compliance support and regulatory and legislative testimony, cost studies, costing analysis, cost allocation methods, and business case analysis.
Smith joined GVNW’s Western Region office in 1996 with prior consulting and industry experience. He has served on the USTA Board of Directors and Small Company Committee, and is currently a member of NTCA’s Industry Committee. He was a charter member of both the Portland Group and Expanded Portland Groups, predecessor groups to the Rural Alliance and was a participating observer on the Rural Alliance Steering Committee. During the Rural Task Force (RTF) effort in 2000-2001, Jeff served in a staff capacity to the RTF. In the first half of 2007, Smith was heavily involved in the development of the Wireless Carrier Actual Cost (WiCAC) proposal to replace identical support for CETCs.
Rick Snelling is VP, Marketing and Sales at AirSonics where he leverages 32 years in the IPTV, wireless, home networking, OTT and broadband access arenas to assist service providers with the adoption of innovative, disruptive, and profitable technologies.
After serving in a variety of roles spanning 14 years at Nortel, he most notably consulted for Roku, Ruckus Wireless, Celeno and Skitter TV and worked at a Acatel-Lucent-funded home networking start-up which introduced one of the first Wi-Fi Access Points in 2001.
Larry Thompson is a registered professional engineer and CEO of Vantage Point Solutions and has been working in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years. He is focused on helping rural telecommunications companies be successful in this rapidly changing technical and regulatory environment. Thompson is familiar with the challenges of deploying both wireless and wireline technologies to meet rural customer’s broadband needs and has assisted many companies in their transition from legacy networks to broadband IP networks.
Mel Wagner, Jr. is the vice president of business and sales development for INDATEL Services, LLC. Wagner has 24 years of executive and management telecom experience in a wide array of roles with AT&T, Birch Telecom, Comcast Cable, AVID Communications and presently INDATEL Services.