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BroadbandVision is recruiting the best minds in broadband to discuss and outline best practices for broadband network monetization success. Our growing speaker community is listed below… Keynote Speakers

Jeff Gardiner Jeff Gardner – President & CEO, Windstream
Jeff Gardner is President & Chief Executive Officer for Windstream. Gardner has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than 25 years and is executing a focused strategy to transform Windstream and create value for shareholders. Windstream has completed nine acquisitions since its 2006 spinoff from Alltel Corp., adding more than $4 billion in revenue and creating approximately $300 million in operating and capital synergies. Gardner was appointed to the position in December 2005. He previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alltel Corp. He joined Alltel in 1998 when the company merged with 360° Communications.
Chetan-Sharma-cropped-300x248 Chetan Sharma – President, Chetan Sharma Consulting
Chetan Sharma is President of Chetan Sharma Consulting and is one of the leading strategists in the mobile industry. Executives from wireless companies around the world seek his accurate predictions, independent insights, and actionable recommendations. He has served as an advisor to senior executive management of several Fortune 100 companies in the wireless space and is probably the only industry strategist who has advised each of the top 6 global mobile data operators. Chetan is the author or co-author of twelve best-selling books on wireless including Mobile Advertising: Supercharge your brand in the exploding wireless market and Wireless Broadband: Conflict and Convergence. He has Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University and Bachelor of Science degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.
Steve Shannon Steve Shannon – General Manager, Content and Services, Roku
Steve Shannon heads Roku’s content and services group which is responsible for establishing new content relationships, acquiring entertainment and growing services on the Roku platform. Steve has co-founded and led many successful companies that have shaped the digital living room. Prior to Roku, Steve held senior executive roles at digital media companies, RealD and Gemstar-TV Guide. Steve also has deep experience growing digital media start-ups from the ground up. He co-founded iband and sold it to Macromedia after developing what is now Adobe’s Dreamweaver product line. Steve also co-founded and Akimbo Systems, the first Internet video-on-demand service for television. Prior to Akimbo, Steve launched ReplayTV, the first digital video recorder and drove product, marketing, and sales strategies. Steve holds a bachelor’s degree from University of California at Los Angeles and an MBA from University of California at Berkeley.

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Bernie Arnason Bernie Arnason – Chair, BroadbandVision
Bernie brings over 18 years of telecom experience to Pivot Media, where he provides strategic direction and leadership. Bernie follows the telecom industry closely and conducts industry research and analysis, provides strategic consulting for clients, and cultivates insightful telecom mindshare. Bernie is also the editor-in-chief of Telecompetitor, a leading telecom industry blog. Prior to Pivot, Bernie spent seven years with the NTCA as the vice president of business development. Prior to his work with NTCA, Bernie worked for Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in network operations. Bernie holds a M.S. in Telecommunications from the Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of the District of Columbia.
Jared Baumann Jared Baumann – Manager, Market Development and Deployment for Fiber, C Spire
Jared Baumann, a 17 year telecommunications industry veteran, is manager of Market Development and Deployment for C Spire’s next-generation 1 Gbps consumer broadband fiber optic Internet initiative.  Since joining C Spire in 2012, Baumann has played a key role in company efforts to forge unique public-private partnerships with 10 Mississippi cities and bring 100 times faster Internet and related digital HD TV and phone service to consumers across the state.  An Ole Miss graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Baumann resides in Clinton, Mississippi.  C Spire is a Ridgeland, Mississippi-based telecommunications and technology services company.
ntca091010 Shirley Bloomfield – CEO, NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. Under Bloomfield’s leadership, in March 2013 NTCA (previously the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association) launched as a unified organization representing both commercial and cooperative telecommunications providers, initiating a new era for rural telecommunications. Bloomfield is a veteran of the telecommunications industry, having served in a variety of leadership roles since 1985. In addition to her more than 20 years of service to NTCA, Bloomfield also served for a brief time as senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest and vice president of federal relations for Verizon. Bloomfield serves as a board member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and GlobanWin, an organization of women leaders in the high-tech industry.
Steven Cochran Steve Cochran – President & CEO, WOW! Internet, Cable & Phone
Prior to joining WOW!, Steven served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Millennium Digital Media, the nation’s 19th largest cable operator. In this role, Steven was responsible for all of the company’s accounting, finance, and treasury related functions. During his tenure at Millennium, Steven also served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Vice President/Controller. Prior to Millennium, Steven was with Arthur Andersen where the majority of his time was focused on serving clients in the telecommunications industry. Steven received his undergraduate degree in Economics and holds a Master’s of Accounting Science from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign. Steven is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Jason_Chan Jason Chan – Market Development Manager, CenturyLink
Jason Chan is the Market Development Manager for CenturyLink, the country’s 3rd largest telecommunications company.  In this role, Chan develops and executes marketing strategies, product expansion rollouts, community relations and public relations. Most recently, Chan spearheaded the Company’s recent 1 Gigabit consumer launch. Prior to CenturyLink, Chan nurtured his entrepreneurial spirit, owning several businesses including car washes, an energy drink company, and a real estate investment group. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College.
 Vern Dosch Vern Dosch – President & CEO, NISC
Vern Dosch is NISC’s President & CEO.  NISC provides billing, accounting and engineering software solutions to more than 700 rural utilities and telephone companies and 8,200,000 end customers in 48 states, American Samoa, Palau and Canada. With offices in Mandan, N.D., Lake Saint Louis, Mo., Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Shawano, Wis., NISC employs more than 1,000 highly-skilled employees. Dosch, a life-long resident of Bismarck-Mandan, holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Management degree from the University of Mary.
Rich Fickle Rich Fickle – President & CEO, NCTC
Rich Fickle is the President & CEO of the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) since July 2011. He is a 30-year industry veteran who has worked extensively with a broad array of cable operators, programmers, studios and technology providers. Previously, Rich worked for Ascent Media, and served in several executive leadership positions, most recently as Senior Vice President of Cable/Telco VOD and TVE Services for Deluxe Entertainment, which acquired Ascent in January 2011. Ascent was a Liberty Media company. Prior to joining Ascent in 2001, he was Senior Vice President/General Manager of Headend in the Sky (HITS) and Interactive TV for AT&T Broadband, with significant focus on the independent cable operators who became loyal customers of the service. Rich has enjoyed being part of the senior leadership team in growing many new business units that were driven by changes in technology along with the consumer demand for greater choice, convenience and control.
Rob Gessner Robert Gessner – President, MCTV
Bob Gessner is President of MCTV, a family-owned company with a mission to “go the extra smile” for more than 47,000 homes and businesses in five counties. Bob earned a Bachelors of Business Administration from the College of William in Virginia in 1976. He began his cable career in 1979 when he returned to his hometown to be Massillon Cable TV’s Marketing Manager.
Randy Klindt Randy Klindt – General Manager, Co-Mo Connect, A Subsidiary of Co-Mo Electric Coop
Randy served as the project manager for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative for a 100 mile fiber to the home pilot to determine feasibility.  After exceeding the assumptions of the pilot project, the cooperative in 2012 announced its plan to construct fiber on all 4,000 miles of electrical distribution plant to serve 100% of the cooperative’s members with fiber to the home service. Randy was then promoted to general manager of Co-Mo Comm Inc., the electric cooperative’s new telecommunications subsidiary.  Co-Mo recently announced gigabit residential and business service available earlier this year.
Cullen_McCarty Cullen McCarty – Executive Vice President, Smithville Communications
Cullen McCarty is Executive Vice President of Smithville Communications. He has nearly two decades of experience working in the telecommunications industry, all of it with Smithville Communications and its sister companies. In 2003, Cullen was named President of Smithville Telecom which is a full service competitive carrier serving businesses and institutions throughout Indiana. Cullen is the fifth generation owner of Smithville Communications. He has a BA in History from Indiana University.
kevin morgan Kevin Morgan – Vice Chair, FTTH Council
Kevin is a seasoned telecom professional with more than 23 years of experience in the industry. He joined ADTRAN in 1996 as a product manager and since that time has held assignments of increasing responsibility in product management, product marketing, international marketing and customer advocacy. Prior to joining ADTRAN, he worked for Bell South as the technical liaison with the North Carolina State Government in the deployment of the company’s first ATM fiber network. Over the past two years, Kevin Morgan has served in leadership positions with the FTTH Council as the 2009 Marketing Committee chair and the 2010 Government Affairs Committee chair.
Matt_Polka Matt Polka – President & CEO, The American Cable Association
Matthew M. Polka is president and CEO of the American Cable Association (ACA). In this role, Polka is responsible for ensuring the organization fulfills its mission to support independent cable operators, their communities and their customers by promoting a legislative and regulatory environment that allows for a fair and competitive marketplace. Polka provides a strong voice for ACA’s 1,100 member companies, testifying on Capitol Hill and at the FCC, writing articles for industry trade publications and speaking at numerous events. Polka graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from West Virginia University and was named Outstanding Graduate in Journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists. He is also a graduate of Pittsburgh’s Duquesne University School of Law, where he was editor of the law school newsmagazine, JURIS, a member of the Order of the Barrister, and recipient of the Law School’s Most Distinguished Graduate award.
bbv speaker headshot GS Sickland – Principal Solutions Consultant, Ericsson
Carol Wilson Carol Wilson -Editor-at-Large, Light Reading
Carol Wilson serves as Editor-At-Large at Light Reading, Inc. and served as its Chief Editor of Events. Wilson served as Editor-in-Chief of Telephony® Magazine of Penton Media Inc., since July 16, 2007. She is responsible for the editorial direction of Telephony Magazine and its supplements, Wireless Review® and The Independent(TM), as well as e-media content and events for the publication group. She joined Light Reading after 24 years of covering telecom technology and services for other publications, including Telephony, Inter@ctive Week, and The Net Economy, and also previously founded a telecom news Website, BroadbandEdge. Wilson received a BA degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Luc_Absillis pic Dr. Luc Absillis – CTO Wireline, Alcatel-Lucent North American
Luc is CTO Wireline accounts for the Alcatel-Lucent North American sales organization.  Luc’s career includes over 25 years of experience in different telecommunication sub domains such as core routing, wireline access, enterprise networking, IPTV and multimedia. In these domains Luc was active in a multitude of roles spanning from product line management to strategy and technology evangelism. He started his career with fundamental research on protocol analysis and was a part time professor. Luc holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the “Vrije Universiteit Brussel”, Belgium and has multiple telecom patents.
bbv speaker headshot Kris Apfelbacher – Director of Video Solutions, Dascom Systems Group
Greg Borowski Greg Borowski – Senior Director of Product Management TV Everywhere, Synacor
Borowski brings more than a decade of broadcast and multiscreen experience to his leadership role as Senior Director, Product Management, TV Everywhere, where his expertise in analysis, monetization modeling, product development, team management and strategic partnerships are vital assets. Author of  “TVE 101: a Guide for MVPDs and Programmers” and a sought-after speaker and industry thought leader, Borowski regularly presents at NCTA Cable Show, CableLabs, BMMA, CTAM, and NAB events, as well as represents Synacor among numerous industry organizations, gatherings in addition to his regular briefings with media and analysts.
Peter_Busschbach Peter Busschbach – Senior Director of IP Routing and Transport BU, Alcatel-Lucent
Peter is Senior Director in Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Routing and Transport BU, where he is responsible for Business Strategy with a strong focus on NFV and SDN. Before assuming this role, Peter held several senior positions in the corporate CTO office and in product units where he was responsible for strategy, standardization and solution development in a wide range of technologies, including IP/MPLS, LTE, Ethernet, Optical Networking, Policy Management and Network Management. His standardization work included active participation in IETF, MPLS Forum, ITU-T and TM Forum. Mr Busschbach began his 28-year career in telecommunications as a software developer with AT&T. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mathematics of the Eindhoven Technical University, the Netherlands.
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Kent Conwell – Business Development Manager, Motive
Kent is a Business Development Manager for Motive products. Kent’s career includes over 25 years of experience in telecommunication and technology systems. Kent has been involved with several internet based technologies from analytics to peer to peer optimization to device based authentication. He started his career with an organization that invented PC based facsimile systems. Kent is a Commercial/Instrument rated pilot and a technology graduate from Purdue University.
bbv speaker headshot Ed Cushing – General Manager, KPU
Concentrated in Alaska, Montana, and Washington, Ed has over 30 years of senior telecommunications leadership experience in some of the most competitive ILEC environments in the Pacific Northwest. Ed’s previous roles include serving as General Manager, President/CEO, and Regulatory & Legal Administrator for Pacific Telecom, CenturyTel, Alaska Network Systems and Alascom. In his present capacity as Division Manager of KPU – Ed’s created a successful sales-driven culture that beats the competition via an all-IP FTTH network offering IPTV, Internet, Voice, 4G/LTE, Data Hosting and cloud services.
Craig Drinkhall Craig Drinkhall – CTO, Lumos Networks
Mr. Drinkhall was appointed Chief Technology Officer of Lumos Networks in January of 2014. In this role Craig is responsible for Product Management, Program Management, Engineering and Network Planning, Service Delivery, Outside Plant, Operations and Network Operations. Prior to joining Lumos Networks, he was an independent consultant specializing in business development, product development, marketing strategy and information technology from 2007 to 2012. Prior to that, he served as the President and CEO of BurbNet, Inc. from 1996 to 2000.
HomeGrid_John_Egan John Egan – President, HomeGrid Forum
John Egan became president of HomeGrid Forum in January 2013, after serving for two years as vice president. He is a prolific contributor on in articles and at major telecommunication standards bodies, including ITU-T, IEEE and Broadband Forum. He works closely with Service Providers world-wide, helping with their deployment planning and ensuring that HomeGrid understands their current home networking needs. John has worked within the whole telecom eco-system including AT&T, Bell Labs, large telecom system  and silicon companies. Previous roles include engineering, product management, marketing and sales, so he brings a knowledgeable, broad vision to his role as chief evangelist and leader for HomeGrid.
bbv speaker headshot Franz Elizondo – VP of Business Development, RelayTV
With more than 15 years of wireless and high tech experience, Franz has witnessed how mobile technology has helped reshape the world. Mr. Elizondo has held a variety of roles in operations, engineering, and strategic planning. He has worked for Qualcomm, Kyocera Wireless, and several successful start-ups. During his career, Mr. Elizondo planned, executed and developed business relationships that resulted in the launch of scores of high tech products throughout two decades. Holding four degrees from MIT, he has the heart of an entrepreneur and leads business development at LiveRelay. Mr. Elizondo commits his talents and expertise in business & technology alliances to help redefine the way TV and content is watched throughout the world.
Joan Engebretson Joan Engebretson – Executive Editor, Telecompetitor
Joan Engebretson is Executive Editor of Telecompetitor. Joan has been writing about telecommunications since 1992. She has been editor-in-chief of two telecom industry publications—Telephony Magazine. Under Engebretson’s leadership, America’s Network won several awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, including a 2001 national gold award for her commentary. In 2009, she won best on-line column in min’s Editorial and Design Awards. Engebretson has a BA in journalism and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Mileend Gadkari Mileend Gadkari – Vice President, North American Business Development, Sckipio
Mileend is a semiconductor industry veteran with 15 years creating and helping service providers deploy networking technologies. Prior to Sckipio, Mileend was a business development director for FiberZone, Sigma Designs and CopperGate Communications. Before that, he designed network processor chipsets for residential gateways at PMC Sierra and BRECIS Communications.
Bill Gerski Bill Gerski – Vice President of Sales, Huawei Technologies, USA
William “Bill” Gerski has devoted much of his career to sales and strategic business development. He is currently VP of Sales at Huawei Technologies USA, where he works with rural Telco’s, Wireless Internet Service Providers and rural Electric Coop’s. Prior to this, he has worked with Dish Network, the NRTC (National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative), Sirius Satellite Radio, Golden Sky Systems, Time Warner, Viacom, Adelphia and Bell Atlantic, among others.
Bob Gessel Bob Gessel – Head of Technology and Network Strategy, Ericsson
Bob Gessel has 30+ years of experience in the Telecom, Communications and Software industries. He has been with Ericsson for 20 years and currently is the Head of Technology and Strategy Development for Ericsson North America. He is responsible for technology and portfolio strategy development driving vision, innovation, strategic planning, and technology evolution for Ericsson in the North American market. In 2003, Gessel founded SceneScape, Inc. to deliver WiFi based localized interactive and multimedia services for users of internet hot spots. In 2001 he founded MobileStream Wireless, Inc. targeting the mobile entertainment market focused on delivery of multimedia content and interactive services for large sports and entertainment venues. Gessel holds a B.S.E.E from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Jeremy-300x300 Jeremy Graves – Principal, Pivot Group
Joining the Pivot Group in October 2012 as one of its four Principals, Jeremy brings more than 15 years of telecom experience. He leads Pivot’s Telecom and Training Divisions. Prior to joining Pivot, Jeremy was Chief Operating Officer for Valley Telecom Group. His responsibilities included supervising all of the customer service, marketing and sales activities as well as new product development. Jeremy began his telecom career with North Central Telephone in Tennessee as the cooperative’s Director of Marketing and Customer Service. Jeremy has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from Missouri State University.
Sam Harlan Sam Harlan – Vice President of Engineering, CHR Solutions
Mr. Harlan is responsible for engineering design, plans and specifications, contracts, and implementation of projects for CHR Solutions. This includes wireless design, electronic equipment designs, RUS Loan Designs and coordination with RUS to receive funding for both traditional and broadband loans. Mr. Harlan is responsible for the staff of Professional Engineers who perform design, consultation, quality control, and client satisfaction. Mr. Harlan also is responsible for video services, team leader of the Broadband Evolution Plan (BEP) activities and engineering coordinator of ARRA Stimulus Grant/Loan applications at CHR Solutions with a focus on network and video strategic planning. Mr. Harlan assists CHR clients with Market Driven Strategic Planning for client’s distribution, transport access, and switching systems using high level cost algorithms. These activities have resulted in multiple ARRA applications, network plans, and RDUP loan designs.
Brent Heilman Brent Heilman – Director of Programs, Frontier Secure
Joining Frontier Secure in April of 2012 as Director of Programs to lead the project and product offices, Brent leverages lean methodologies to a variety of organization knowledge including program office vision & strategic/operational planning, joint mission & partnerships, acquisitions/assimilation management, marketing, cost-center to profit-center transformation, contract compliance and budgeting.  After 6 years serving in the US Army 101st Airborne, Brent completed his AS in computer Science and BA in Business Management. Brent originates from Cleveland Ohio and was raised in south and central Florida where he lives today with his 5 children and wife Patricia.
Pat Herron Patrick Herron – Vice President of Product Management, ANPI
Patrick Herron is Vice President – Product Management at ANPI; the leading provider of Hosted Unified Communications solutions for small and medium business.  Pat drives the product strategy, roadmap, and execution for ANPI’s award winning Hosted Unified Communications product portfolio; supporting both the retail and wholesale lines of business.  He has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry in product, marketing, sales, operations, and general management.  Pat earned his MBA from the Booth School of Management at the University of Chicago, and a B.S. General Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Ed Hinson Edward Hinson – Executive Director of Competitive Operations, SkyLine Membership Corp
Edward Hinson is a communications and broadband solutions executive for SkyLine Membership Corporation. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Competitive Operations and is responsible for sales, marketing, public relations, economic development and security. Prior, he served in executive sales and leadership roles for TruVista, USA Mobility, and Verizon engaging heavily in both the public and private sector. He has served on a variety of advisory committees and board of directors during his tenure earning a multitude of awards including Business Person of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina.  Edward holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has more than 20 years of service in the telecom industry.
Rod Imbriani Rod Imbriani – Vice President-Product, Frontier Communications
Rod Imbriani is Vice President, Data Products for Frontier Communications. In this role he has responsibility for the company’s development and management of core data products.
Rod has a deep background in all facets of marketing, channel, and product management. Prior to joining Frontier, Rod served within Marketing at other Telecommunications companies such as FairPoint Communications, CenturyTel, Qwest and MCI. Rod started his telecommunications career at AT&T Bell Labs and US WEST Advanced Technologies as a developer of telecommunications services, working on PBXs. Rod is a graduate of The University of Colorado, graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Mathematics as well as a Masters of Business Administration. Rod lives in the Dallas area with his wife of 22 years and their two children.
DavidIsenberg Dave Isenberg – Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer, Atlantic Broadband
Atlantic Broadband’s Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer Dave Isenberg leads the company’s product, marketing and strategy planning and implementation efforts.  Dave’s vision led to the groundbreaking partnerships with both TiVo and Netflix, putting Atlantic Broadband at the forefront of the next generation of TV services. Dave has a history of pioneering service innovations over the past 20 years within the cable industry.  While at MediaOne in the 1990s, he was responsible for product strategy and development of one of the industry’s first Broadband Internet services. Prior to Atlantic Broadband, Dave held product and business development roles in two different startups in the Boston area. Dave has a BA in History from Yale University as well as an MBA from Harvard University.
 Jeff Kohler Jeff Kohler – Co-Founder & Chief Development Officer, JAB Wireless
Jeff Kohler co-founded JAB Broadband, the largest fixed wireless Internet service provider in the United States. He serves on the Board of Directors and is the company’s Chief Development Officer; responsible for all merger, acquisition and corporate development activities. Under his leadership, JAB has acquired over 100 companies during the past eight years. With 20+ years of wireless industry experience, Mr. Kohler previously served as Director of Corporate Finance and M&A with GVC Capital LLC, where he focused on mergers, acquisitions and capital formation within the wireless industry. Mr. Kohler was also CEO and Founder of Reason, Inc., a wireless management services company which was acquired by InPhonic (formerly NASDAQ:INPC) in 2002. Furthermore, he held senior positions with AT&T Wireless and McCaw Cellular Communications. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) and the FCC Committee for the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA). Mr. Kohler received his MBA from Regis University (Denver), a BS/BA from the University of Denver, and is a licensed General Securities Registered Representative.
John Koppin John Koppin – President, Indiana Telecommunications Associations
John Koppin has been president of the Indiana Telecommunications Association (ITA) for 20 years, will soon celebrate his 29th anniversary with the organization. Prior to his selection as president he served as vice president of the Association. As ITA president, Koppin advocates on behalf of the combined telecom industry in legislative, regulatory and public policy discussions. He regularly testifies before legislative committees on telecom matters. He has also participated in Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission forums, workshops, and committees. Prior to joining the ITA, he held positions in state government including Chief Deputy Director of the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Assistant to the Indiana Secretary of State and Staff to the Indiana House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee. Koppin holds a BA in Political Science and English from Wheaton College and a Masters Degree in Public Affairs-Finance from Indiana University. He also holds the professional designation Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.
Todd Lattanzi Todd Lattanzi – Director of Product Management, ADTRAN
As Director of Product Management for ADTRAN’s Enterprise Communications product lines, Todd Lattanzi is responsible for developing and executing product strategy for ADTRAN’s Bluesocket virtual wireless LAN family, NetVanta Ethernet switches, enterprise network management systems, as well as ADTRAN’s complete portfolio of enterprise services. Previously, Todd has held several positions in product management where he was responsible for launching ADTRAN’s first internetworking products. His background also includes design engineering for the company’s ISDN terminal adapters, where he was awarded three patents for ISDN technology development.
Jeff Leslie Jeff Leslie – President &CEO , ITS Telecom
Jeff Leslie has served as the CEO of ITS Telecom (An Indiantown, Florida Based Rural ILEC) and Indiantown Company, Inc (a water, sewer and land holding company) since 1996 and he purchased the companies in 2010. In 2012 he started ITS Fiber, LLC a non-regulated communication company that provides Fiber based communication services, Cloud Voice systems and services, IT consulting services and Data Center Services. Recently, the NTCA recognized Indiantown as one of only seven communities nationally to receive their Smart Rural Community Award. Jeff’s previous work experience lies in the field of accounting and banking and as a Florida Certified Public Accountant. Jeff presently serves on the NTCA Marketing Committee, The NECA Rate Development Task Force, the TECO PAC, the Northern Palm Beach County Fiber Development Committee and is also very active in his church and community.
 Adam_Lippman Adam Lippman – Manager, Business Development & Strategic Alliances, Verizon
Adam Lippman is a senior member of Verizon Wireless’ Business Development and Strategic Alliances team and has extensive experience designing and launching complex, collaboration-based partnerships that deliver lasting business results. Prior to developing and launching the LTE in Rural America program, Mr. Lippman spent five years in Marketing where he was responsible for roadmap planning and bringing Verizon Wireless’ most strategic products and services to market. Mr. Lippman resides in New Jersey, has his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, MBA, and holds both domestic and international certifications in project and program management.
Martin Lowery Martin Lowery – Executive Vice President, NRECA
Dr. Martin Lowery is Executive Vice President, Member and Association Relations, of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He is an inductee to the U.S. Cooperative Hall of Fame, the highest honor bestowed on individuals who have made heroic contributions to the cooperative community. He serves on the boards of the Ralph K. Morris Foundation, the National Cooperative Business Association and the National Cooperative Bank and is the U.S. representative to the board of the International Cooperative Alliance headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Dr. Lowery is a graduate of DePaul University and holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Duke University.
Doug Mohney Doug Mohney – Contributing Editor, TMCNetDoug Mohney has clocked over 20 years in the ICT arena between working in real-world businesses and writing about them. He has written for a diverse group of publications, including TMCNet, Boardwatch, Mobile Radio Technology/Urgent Communications, The Inquirer, and VON Magazine, covering telecommunications, the Internet, consumer technology, spaceflight and online video. Doug’s real-world experience includes stints at Internet start-up companies. 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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Scott McCloud – CTO, Bluegass Cellular
Scott McCloud is the Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer of Bluegrass Cellular. He has been with Bluegrass since 1998, beginning his tenure with the company as Wireless Operations Manager. A member of Bluegrass Cellular’s executive staff, Scott plays an integral role in shaping the company’s technological advancement. He has guided a number of the company’s notable achievements, including Bluegrass’s industry-leading partnership with Verizon Wireless’s LTE in Rural America program, the launch of a second 4G LTE network, and the creation of GetSetGo™ – a wireless Internet service available to customers outside Bluegrass’s core markets.
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Rex Miller – CFO, Education Networks of America

Rex is responsible for all financial aspects of ENA including assisting customers with the E-rate funding program. Rex joined ENA in 1998 and has over 27 years’ experience in financial management in healthcare, manufacturing and public accounting. Rex holds several professional certifications including Certified Public Accountant.
Steve Pastorkovich, Vice President – Training and Development, NTCA

Steve Pastorkovich is Vice President of Training and Development at NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. He oversees programming and education offered at NTCA events, and works with members and other groups to examine new technologies and applications that can enhance revenues and reduce costs for rural telecommunications carriers. He previously served at the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) as Business Development Director and Senior Policy Analyst. Steve has extensive experience working video and broadband policy issues, and has addressed these and other topics at both the Federal Communications Commission 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.
Alan Plott Alan Plott – Senior Vice President of Operations, NetAmerica Alliance
Ken Pyle Ken Pyle – President, Viodi
Since 2002 Pyle has published the Viodi View newsletter and since 2007 has produced over 1,000 videos that are on the ViodiTV video web site, as well as vendor, operator and association web sites. Pyle has built his company, Viodi, into a trusted source for information about the convergence of broadband, technology and applications and their impact on rural independent broadband operators. Since 2004, he has led workshops on the topic of local content with attendence from people representing over 100 operators. His telecommunications and content industry experience includes, sales, marketing and engineering roles at companies such as ZillionTV, DemandVideo, E/O Networks, Raynet and C-Cor.
Maggie Quinn Maggie Quinn – Director, Strategic Partnerships, Frontier Secure
As director of strategic partnerships for Frontier Secure, Maggie Quinn leads our efforts to build strong business-to-business relationships. She researches potential partners to understand their business needs, initiates contact and guides subsequent conversations. Based on what we learn, Maggie leads the team in crafting a Frontier Secure solution that meets the customer’s goals. Maggie joined Frontier Communications in May of 2003 as vice president of commercial sales for the eastern region. During her career with the company, she helped launch wireless data services, served as corporate director of wireless data for the eastern U.S. and as director of commercial strategy. She assumed her current role in November 2013. Before joining Frontier, Maggie was a consultant with Gotham City Partners and worked for 13 years for MCI Corp., where she held numerous leadership positions. She began her telecommunications career with RCI Corp. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communications from State University of New York Geneseo.
Shahbaz Rahmanian Shahbaz Rahmanian – Senior Solution Architect , Ericsson
Shahbaz Rahmanian is a Senior IP Video Architect at Ericsson and responsible for defining network and IP Video architecture utilizing the TV Everywhere, OTT, Multiscreen and Mediaroom Middleware. Prior to Ericsson, Shahbaz served as director of Video Technologies at CHR Solutions and before that he was Sr. Technical Solution Manager at Huawei Technologies USA responsible for marketing the IPTV, CDN, and IMS solutions. Shahbaz Rahmanian has also served as senior member of Architecture team at Alcatel-Lucent and he was responsible for defining the architecture and requirements for the AT&T U-Verse IPTV network. Shahbaz received his Master of Sciences in Computer Engineering from Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences department of University of Illinois.
rob_ranck Rob Ranck – President, HomePlug Alliance
Since 2002, Rob Ranck has supported the HomePlug Alliance as its Executive Director, becoming President in 2008. In addition to his in-depth knowledge of technology consortia and the development of industry standards, he has over 25 years of experience in the technology sector in marketing, business development, product engineering and business operations at Intel, AT&T, and NCR as well as several start-up companies.
bbv speaker headshot Kurt Schauback – VP & CTO, NRTC
Al_Servati Al Servati – Vice President, Entropic and MoCA
Mr. Al Servati is Entropic’s vice president of Satellite and CE/Retail MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) Marketing. He brings nearly 30 years of semiconductor marketing and engineering experience to Entropic, and is responsible for developing and communicating the Company’s vision, strategy and product roadmap around its satellite set-top box system-on-a-chip (STB SoC), Direct Broadcast Satellite Outdoor Unit (DBS ODU) and CE/Retail MoCA businesses. Al joined Entropic in 2007. Prior, he served as Division Director of Marketing at Conexant Systems, a provider of imaging, audio, embedded modem, and video surveillance applications. Before that, Al was Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing at Syntricity, a semiconductor yield and monitoring software developer. He has also held senior engineering and marketing positions with Brooktree Corporation, and started his career as a design engineer at Unisys. Al received a Master of Science degree, a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering degree, and master of business administration from San Diego State University.
MShepard Merry Shepard – Director of Marketing, Canby Telcom
Merry Shepard currently serves as the Manager of Product and Marketing at Canby Telcom and has product and marketing responsibility for all lines of the business. She has delivered numerous new products to market, been instrumental in increasing overall revenue and customer acquisition through a variety of unique marketing campaigns, and successfully overhauled the companies brand and image. Merry has held various roles in the product marketing division of the telecommunications industry and has over 16 years of experience with Voice, Video and Data products and services.  She holds an Information Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and an AAS in Accounting.
Staurulakis_Leo Leo Staurulakis – Executive Vice President, John Staurulakis, Inc.
Leo Staurulakis is the Executive Vice President of John Staurulakis, Inc. and Chairman and Principal of JSI Capital Advisors, LLC and JSI Transaction Services, LLC and is located the Greenbelt, Maryland headquarters of JSI. Since joining JSI on a full time basis in 1983, Mr. Staurulakis has been actively involved in assisting the firms’ clients with various management and operational issues. Mr. Staurulakis has a B.S. in Finance and an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the American University in Washington, D.C. Mr. Staurulakis is also a registered principal and broker and a member of the FINRA.
Slayton S Stewart Slayton Stewart – CEO, Carolina West
Slayton S. Stewart is a wireless industry executive with more than 18 years of senior management experience. Since 2005, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer for Carolina West Wireless, Inc. a North Carolina company. At Carolina West he is responsible for all strategic and tactical endeavors. From 2001 through 2004, he served as Regional Vice President for Dobson Communications Corporation, previously the seventh largest wireless communications company in the United States. Slayton has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wake Forest University. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Finance and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting from The University of Kentucky. He also has a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation from Kentucky.
Brian Thomason Brian Thomason – CEO & General Manager, Blue Valley Tele-Communications
Mr. Brian Thomason is the CEO/General Manager of Blue Valley Tele-Communications in Home, Kansas. He also serves as CEO of One Point Technologies and Blue Valley Tele-Marketing. In addition, Mr. Thomason is on the Board of Directors of Kansas Fiber Network. With 32 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Thomason has a strong background in technology and business. Before joining Blue Valley, he worked for companies including Verizon, TW Telecom, and Endeavor Communications. Mr. Thomason holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Peter Tonti Peter Tonti – Vice President of Enterprise Marketing , Windstream
Peter Tonti is Vice President of Enterprise Product Marketing for Windstream and is responsible for Product Management and Marketing for Enterprise, Small Business and Data Centers. He is also responsible for managing Windstream’s Net Promoter System designed to measure and continuously improve the customers experience. Previous to this, Peter held roles at Windstream in marketing strategy and analytics, carrier marketing, and small business marketing. Peter has 22 years of experience in telecommunications with Windstream, Cavalier Telephone, Mpower, and MCI.
Walt Tustin Walt Tustin – Vice President for Strategic Sales, Sunesys, LLC
Mr. Tustin is the Vice President for Strategic Sales for Sunesys. In this role, he is responsible for strategic customers and oversees E-rate compliance. Mr. Tustin has 15 years of experience with Sunesys within the telecom industry and has been instrumental in formulating the strategic direction for developing vertical and geographic markets. Mr. Tustin holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Spring Garden College.
Mark_Wallitsch pic Mark Wallitsch – Americas Video Transformation Leader, Alcatel-Lucent
Mark is currently the Americas Video Transformation Leader at Alcatel-Lucent. Mark has 31 years experience in the software industry, focusing on helping service providers plan their transition from current generation to next generation technology. IP and IP Video have been the most challenging and rewarding having been involved in the IPTV and IP Video since its inception. Mark has worked in the Asia/Pacific, Latin America and for the last 10 years in North America as a Multimedia Services Integration consultant and most recently as the leader of Alcatel-Lucent’s IP Video technical marketing group for the Velocix and Velocix EVE, cloud DVR, Systems Integration and Software Modules business.
Eric_West Eric West – Director of Marketing, DuoCounty Telecom
Eric West is the Director of Marketing for Duo County Telecom in Jamestown Kentucky and has served in that position for over fifteen years. Previous work experience includes holding the position of Indirect Distribution Manger for Bluegrass Cellular Inc. for over seven years and various positions as well as co-ownership in two local newspapers for over nine years prior to Bluegrass Cellular. He studied at Western Kentucky University in the sports medicine field. Eric resides with his wife, Sherri along with his two sons, Zack and Matt in Russell Springs Kentucky where he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Wallace G. Wilkerson in 1991 and enjoys playing golf anytime its possible
Valerie Wimer Valerie Wimer – Vice President, John Staurulakis, Inc.
JSI Vice President Valerie Wimer joined JSI in 1997. Her business development group assists clients with strategic and tactical plans for growing their businesses in a competitive environment. Valerie evaluates strategies and business plans for video, VoIP, service bundling, data, CLEC, DSL, LNP and other new product lines. She also assists with interconnection agreements, retransmission negotiations and tariff development. Prior to joining JSI, Valerie served as a director for SNET, where she had a long history of setting direction for and implementing new businesses, products and technologies, including filing one of the first unbundled tariffs in the U.S.
George Wyatt George Wyatt – President & CEO, Palmetto Engineering & Consulting
A Clemson graduate, George holds a BS in electrical engineering along with an MBA. A licensed professional engineer in eighteen states, George is a Founder and Principal of Palmetto Engineering & Consulting where he serves as President and Chief Executive. PEC serves the industrial manufacturing, electric utility, Esri-based telecom GIS, petroleum production support, and telecommunications markets. George has been practicing engineering for 32 years, 22 of which are in private practice consulting. He enjoys speaking to various groups and organizations on a variety of telecommunications and technology related topics which address the future of our industry.
Yassini Rouzbeh Rouzbeh Yassini_ Executive Director, University of New Hampshire Broadband Center of Excellence
Dr. Rouzbeh Yassini is the Executive Director of the University of New Hampshire’s Broadband Center of Excellence (BCoE) located in Durham, N.H. In this capacity he oversees the center’s efforts to make broadband technology ubiquitous around the world. Yassini has worked for more than 30 years in broadband, achieving major accomplishments such as inventing the broadband cable modem and leading the process to standardize the workings of those modems to make them affordable. He holds an Honorary Ph.D. in Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, an Honorary Ph.D. from Merrimack College, as well as an equivalent MBA from General Electric’s Financial Management Program.
Brandon Zupancic Brandon Zupancic – Business Development Manager – Ecosystem Partners, ELEMENTAL
Brandon Zupancic has worked in telecommunications and technology since 1997.  Until earlier this year, he was Vice President of Network Operations at Canby Telcom, where he and his team led the development of the nation’s first broadband video service using the Roku streaming media player and featuring each of the local network affiliates.  Brandon currently leads global business development for ecosystem partners at Elemental Technologies.  Elemental is the leading supplier of software-based video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, empowering pay TV operators, content programmers, broadcasters and enterprise customers to perfect the media experience.

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