2018 Speakers


Mark Boxer
Applications Engineering Manager
OFS
Keynote Panel: Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 


Mark Boxer is the applications engineering manager for OFS.  In this role, he assists customers deploying fiber in a wide variety of network design scenarios around the world and analyzes trends in telecommunications markets that drive new product innovation. Boxer earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and has spent his 30+ year career in the fiber industry. His experience includes varied roles in manufacturing and applications engineering for fiber-based products and markets. He also is the inventor of four U.S. patents, a member and past secretary of the IEEE Power Engineering Society Fiber Optic Working Group, and contributing member to the Fiber Broadband Association (formerly FTTH Council) Technology Committee.
  



Bill Cook
CEO
SummitIG
Keynote Panel: Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 


With 30 years of experience in the telecommunications infrastructure industry, Bill Cook is a proven leader with strategic vision and operational expertise. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated his commitment to delivering effective results and creating value for investors, customers and employees. Prior to founding SummitIG, he was instrumental in launching Intellifiber Networks, serving as its vice president of Service Delivery and Operations, and leading network integration during/after the sale to PAETEC. As director of Project Management at OnFiber, Cook not only successfully managed the implementation of network augments, but also demonstrated his unique ability to create effective customer solutions. This skill was also recognized during his years as senior director of Network Development for Metromedia Fiber Networks, constructing and operating most of their west coast and central U.S. markets. Cook began his career at MCI, acquiring rights-of-way for its national network build-out and ultimately leading the program management organization. Additionally, his career has included serving in leadership roles with FiberNet, KDL and Zayo. Cook earned a B.A. from the University of Mississippi and is an active member with the National Eagle Scout Association.

 

Makan Delrahim
Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Keynote Address
Tuesday, October 30 – 8:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Makan Delrahim was confirmed on September 27, 2017, as assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division. He previously served as deputy assistant to the President and deputy White House counsel. Delrahim’s rich antitrust background covers the full range of industries, issues and institutions touched upon by the work of the Antitrust Division. He is a former partner in the Los Angeles office of a national law firm. He served in the Antitrust Division from 2003 to 2005 as a deputy assistant attorney general, overseeing the Appellate, International and Policy sections. During that time, he played an integral role in building the Antitrust Division’s engagement with its international counterparts and was involved in civil and criminal matters. He has served on the Attorney General’s Task Force on Intellectual Property and as chairman of the Merger Working Group of the International Competition Network. Delrahim also served as a commissioner on the Antitrust Modernization Commission from 2004 to 2007. Earlier in his career, he served as antitrust counsel, and later as the staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

 

Markham Erickson
Partner
Steptoe

Keynote Address
Tuesday, October 30 – 8:45 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Markham Erickson is chair of Steptoe’s Internet, Telecom and Technology practice group, where he counsels clients in some of the most highly visible, complex legal matters in these sectors. Erickson has represented Internet companies since the beginning of the commercial Internet, and has been the lead counsel for Internet firms in the so-called network neutrality debate since its inception. He regularly engages the FCC and the Department of Justice (DOJ) on investigations, complaints, rulemaking and proposed mergers in the communications sector, and represents technology companies on questions relating to copyright and technology. He serves as co-chair to the annual Broadband and Cable Law Seminar at the Practising Law Institute in New York City. In recognition of his authority in the field, Erickson was appointed by the White House to represent the U.S. before the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on Internet speech and regulatory matters. In addition to leading the firm’s practice group, Markham is co-chair of the Steptoe’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He also is a member of the firm’s Professional Advancement Committee and its Hiring Committee

 

Michele Farquhar
Partner
Hogan Lovells

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Michele Farquhar is the leader of Hogan Lovells Communications Practice and co-chair of the global industry sector team, where she helps clients with a range of global and U.S. communications policy initiatives, spectrum auctions, licensing and compliance matters, and regulatory strategy involving M&A transactions, as well as litigation. Farquhar joined the firm in 1997, after serving as chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where she led the agency’s new spectrum auction initiative and held primary responsibility over several major auctions and spectrum policy initiatives, as well as the bureau’s implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Previously, Farquhar served as acting deputy assistant secretary and chief of staff for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce and was vice president for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association. Farquhar also served as senior legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Ervin Duggan and as the mass media advisor to two FCC general counsels. 

 

Tamar Finn
Partner
Morgan Lewis

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3 p.m.


Tamar Finn has more than 20 years of experience representing clients on telecommunications, enhanced services and Internet regulatory issues before the courts, FCC, state public utility commissions, the Department of Justice and Congress. She advises competitive providers on regulatory compliance and enforcement, contract, and business issues. She also advises communications companies, investors and lenders on regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate transactions. Finn regularly counsels clients in the day-to-day management of incorporating regulatory compliance into their business. She assists clients with developing basic regulatory USF compliance programs, prosecuting appeals before both the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) and the FCC, advocating policy changes, and defending companies under audits and investigations for possible violations of USF laws and regulations. 


Michael B Galvin
General Counsel

Granite Telecommunications, LLC
USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Michael Galvin leads Granite’s strategic and tactical legal initiatives. He initiates the development of corporate policies and assists with major sales, large vendor relations, employment matters, public relations and marketing and is responsible for the work of in-house and outside counsel. Before Granite, Galvin was a partner at a prominent Boston-based law firm that specialized in business and commercial disputes, and also worked as a state prosecutor. He serves on the Board of Directors of INCOMPAS, the largest association of competitive carriers and services providers in the U.S., and is active in several bar and civic organizations, including the Federal Communications Bar Association and the YMCA


Daniel P. Friesen
Managing Member & Chief Innovation Officer
IdeaTek Systems Inc.

USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Daniel P. Friesen formed IdeaTek Systems Inc. in 1999 with only $250. He initially built the company by working as its sole employee while earning an A.A. in Computer Systems Support and a B.A. in Business Administration with a major in Management Information Systems from Wichita State University. By 2014, Friesen had grown the company to over 65 employees in rural Buhler, Kansas, with a population of only 1,250 residents (Buhler), at which time it focused on rural fiber optic transport services consisting of over 2,200 miles of fiber optic routes and mobile wireless small cells. He led the company as its CEO and President for nearly 15 years and personally managed most of the fiber optic deployments. He also managed the sales and engineering relationships for IdeaTek’s biggest customer, Verizon Wireless. Through IdeaTek’s ever-changing technology business, Friesen has gained unique experiences in rural markets, emerging technology, government policy, telecommunications law, business strategy, and business acquisitions. Friesen was instrumental in the negotiation of some of the first agreements in the nation with municipalities and electric utilities to utilize public right of way for the installation of small cell towers and poles for a Fortune 100 wireless carrier. Friesen also led the engineering and design processes associated with the small cell deployments. Simultaneous to these projects, Friesen garnered significant experience in telecommunications M&A by leading one of his companies through a complex stock purchase agreement with Zayo Group, LLC. Friesen currently holds the position of Chief Innovation Officer at IdeaTek Telcom and IdeaTek Equity Group, IdeaTek’s private investment arm. Friesen continues to be actively involved in his local and regional community: mayor of the City of Buhler, Kansas, serving a third four-year term; he serves on the boards of the Hutchinson/ Reno County Community Foundation, Buhler Community Foundation, Trustees of Buhler MB Church, Quest Center For Entrepreneurs, and FISPA, a national internet service provider consortium (board chair). Friesen also was a recipient of the Hutchinson 20 under 40 award in 2012. He also serves on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Commission (BDAC) Competitive Infrastructure Working Group and the Kansas Broadband Expansion Taskforce recently formed by the Kansas legislature. 

 

Josh Guyan
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Josh Guyan advises providers of wireline, wireless, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and satellite services on domestic and international experimental compliance and licensing, as well as Universal Service Fund (USF) requirements. Guyan advocates on behalf of clients at the FCC, before state commissions and on Capitol Hill. He provides comprehensive telecommunications due diligence reviews, as well as advises on technical and regulatory compliance, including new voice and data services for compliance with FCC and state regulations. Guyan has advised multiple domestic and international Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) with federal and state regulatory obligations and market entry strategies. 

 

John Hoehne 
Chief Operating Officer 
Access One

USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


John Hoehne is the chief operating officer of Access One. Founded in 1993, Access One provides telecom, UCaaS and managed IT services to business customers. The company grew substantially after the Telecom Act of 1996 on the strength of its CLEC network and focus on providing voice and data with unrivaled client focus to multi-location businesses.  Prior to joining Access One in 2009, Hoehne worked at Deloitte Consulting, TEOCO and Allegiance Telecom. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from DePaul University, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina.


Dane Jasper
CEO and Founder
Sonic 
USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


 Dane Jasper is the co-founder and CEO of Sonic, one of the fastest growing fiber optic, Gigabit internet service providers in California and is ranked by Consumer Reports as one of the best ISPs and top-scoring phone company in the nation. Sonic known for its award-winning customer service is established as a consumer-friendly local internet access alternative. Jasper has a long history and strong commitment to both net neutrality and customer privacy policies. Sonic is recognized as an industry leader for its privacy protection, receiving perfect scores from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jasper brings extensive experience and expertise in wireline network deployments, serves on the INCOMPAS and CALTEL board of directors, and is an active participant in regulatory issues surrounding the telecom industry
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Mark Jeary
Senior Vice President, Access Management and Vendor Relations 
Windstream
C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

Mark Jeary has 18 years’ experience managing access cost and access operations for Global Crossing, XO Communications, EarthLink and currently holds the position of senior vice president of Access Management and Vendor Relations at Windstream. His expertise resides within the access groom process, which drives the elimination of cost and infrastructure. Jeary earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Marist College and an M.S. in Management from Nazareth College.


Dimitri Kioukis
Director of Wholesale
Sprint
C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


Dimitri Kioukis is the director of Wholesale for Sprint, a global network provider of wireline and wireless solutions. He has 32 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and has led teams in Engineering, Sales, Product Development and Marketing. Kioukis has In-depth expertise in the areas of converged network services, unified communications, data networking (MPLS, IP, Ethernet, VoIP, SIPT, security, managed network services), wireless technologies (4G LTE, IoT, 5G), mobile business application solutions (field force management and automation, fleet management). Currently his team works with North America service providers that utilize Sprint’s global network to expand their network access reach in the U.S. and 155 other countries.  Sprint is one of the first carriers to begin to migrate away from traditional TDM access and provide network services over an Ethernet only platform. Kioukis earned a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Business Management from the University of South Florida.


Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel
INCOMPAS

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Negotiating for Success, presented by the Alliance for Channel Women
Monday, October 29 – 3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.


Angie Kronenberg joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel, managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. Before joining INCOMPAS, Kronenberg was legal advisor to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, where she was primarily responsible for the Commissioner’s wireline and broadband agenda, including the Commissioner’s work as chair of three federal-state joint boards. Prior to that, Kronenberg was a special counsel in the Spectrum and Competition Policy Division of the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. She also practiced telecommunications and media law in the Washington, D.C., office of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP for more than a decade. Kronenberg is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and has been involved in its leadership as a former Executive Committee and Nominations Committee member. She earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, where she also earned a certification from The Institute for Communications Law Studies, and she earned a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University. 

 

Victoria Lamberth
Chief Revenue Officer
ZenFi Networks

Fiber First - The Foundation for 5G
Wednesday, October 31 – 10 a.m.-11 a.m.


Victoria Lamberth co-founded ZenFi Networks in 2013 and currently serves as chief revenue officer, overseeing the company’s regional sales and marketing organization. Prior to ZenFi’s merger with Cross River Fiber, Lamberth served as the company’s chief operating officer. She has 10+ years of building, managing and selling fiber infrastructure companies in the New York metro market. She relies on her proven array of experience in the telecommunications industry to drive growth and profitability at ZenFi. In addition to Lamberth’s role at ZenFi, she is a founding partner of Metro Network Services LLC, an integration company focused on planning, engineering, deployment and maintenance solutions for companies throughout the New York metro market. She is also a partner and board member at Hugh O’Kane Electric Co., a New York City telecommunications and electrical contracting firm dating back to 1946. Lamberth worked as director of Carrier Sales and Marketing for Lexent Metro Connect until it was sold to Lightower Fiber Networks in December 2010.  Lamberth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Boston College, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
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Peter Lock
Senior Director, Business Development
Nitel
C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


Peter Lock has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, previously serving as senior director of Procurement & Contract Management at Nitel.  In that role he was instrumental in the expansion of the Nitel Network to include more than 200 carrier NNIs in seven core U.S. POP locations. Lock has negotiated over 500 telecommunications supplier and pricing contracts globally. Prior to joining Nitel, he held vice president of Carrier Relations positions at Global Capacity, Vanco and Universal Access. His telecommunications career began as a regulatory consultant to various CLEC companies having issues related to the 1996 Telecommunications Act, specifically Articles 251 and 271. During that time, Lock advised companies on OSS design, implementation and upgrades in order to compete in the modernizing competitive telecom industry. 


David McCall
Vice President, Innovation
QTS Data Centers
Keynote Panel: Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

David McCall, vice president of Innovation at QTS Data Centers, believes good relationships and purpose affects one's life at every moment. He has been able to realize his calling to create teams that simplify and enhance people’s interactions within the world of technology. In the industry since 1997, his career has been anything but typical, leading IT and technical teams in hyperscale, xloud, hybrid IT and colocation. In his spare time, McCall enjoys boardgames with friends, family time with his wife and three teenage daughters, and working tirelessly towards discovering the perfect burger flip.


Ilissa Miller
Founder & CEO, iMiller Public Relations 
President, Northeast DAS & Small Cell Association

Fiber First - The Foundation for 5G
Wednesday, October 31 – 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
 


As founder and CEO of iMiller Public Relations, Ilissa Miller brings nearly two decades of experience in sales, marketing and product development in an effort to help her clients differentiate their messages and achieve notoriety within an ever expanding and evolving industry. With a wealth of experience and knowledge in the emerging global telecoms and technology industries, her expertise and practical skill set have allowed her to spearhead, implement and launch many companies, as well as global product and marketing campaigns. Since 2013, Miller has also served as the president of the Northeast DAS and Small Cell Association, where she functions as the driving force for the association’s annual programs including conferences, training sessions and networking socials. Prior to founding iMPR,. Miller was the managing partner at a PR firm serving the telecom industry. She also served as the director of Marketing Communications and Public Relations for Telx, and as product marketing manager and channel marketing manager for Telstra. Earlier in her career, Miller worked with Band-X, Inc., where she held roles including director of IP Services and director of Business Development and Marketing. 

 

Katherine K. Mudge
Partner
Enoch Keever

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Katherine Mudge’s law practice covers regulatory, legislative and business issues facing providers of telecommunications, broadband, cable, wireless, and electric utility services. She primarily advises businesses in Texas and other states regarding government and administrative law and policy, competitive issues, right-of-way disputes and litigation at both state agency and trial court levels. She also works with clients on business risk management in regulated environments to enable clients to minimize potential risk exposure while continuing to provide effective, efficient, and economical services. Prior to joining the Enoch Keever, Mudge was executive vice president and general counsel of a national telecommunications company where she was responsible for all legal matters, advocacy, and business strategy for the company. Earlier in her career, Mudge was in private practice primarily focuses on the implementation of the federal Telecommunications Act, including litigation, arbitration, contract negotiation, and business strategy.  Mudge served as an assistant general counsel and an administrative law judge at the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and was a senior hearings examiner and assistant special counsel for the Railroad Commission of Texas. In private practice, after attending Texas Tech School of Law, Katherine started out as a commercial business litigator at McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore. 


John T. Nakahata
Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP 
The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3 p.m.

John Nakahata is a partner and leader of the telecommunications practice in the Washington, D.C., law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP. His practice focuses on both wired and wireless telecommunications, cable and Internet regulation before the courts, FCC, state public utility commissions, Congress and the Administration. He has a top ranking (Band 1) from Chambers and Partners among Washington, DC telecommunications lawyers.  He advises clients with respect to communications policies and rulemakings, enforcement actions, regulatory compliance and transactional diligence and regulatory approvals.  He has had substantial involvement with, and helped to lead, the major FCC intercarrier compensation, access reform and universal service proceedings since 1996. During his tenure at the FCC from 1995-1998, Nakahata was one of the principal staff involved in the FCC’s implementation of the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, including the FCC’s “competition trilogy” of interconnection, universal service and interstate access charge orders, and for helping to shape the FCC’s approach to Bell applications to provide long distance telephone service. After leaving the FCC in 1999-2000, Nakahata successfully spearheaded the creation and FCC adoption of the Coalition for Affordable Local and Long Distance Services (CALLS) Plan. From November 1997 until November 1998, Nakahata was the Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission, overseeing all agency operations and policy development, and was the principal strategic and policy adviser to FCC Chairman William E. Kennard.  Prior to becoming FCC Chief of Staff, he served as Senior Legal Adviser to FCC Chairman, Reed E. Hundt, Acting Deputy Chief of the Common Carrier Bureau, and Associate General Counsel for Competition. Prior to joining the FCC in 1995, he was a subcommittee staff director and legislative counsel to Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.). Nakahata earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Janet Obrock
Director of Access Planning, Optimization, & Quoting 
Zayo Group

C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.


Janet Obrock is the director of Access Planning, Optimization, & Quoting at Zayo Group, a telecom company headquartered in Boulder, Colo. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received a B.S. in Political Science and Masters in Public Administration. After graduation, Obrock started her career in the telecom industry at Worldcom, working her way through various roles in access management, including access planning, data integrity and optimization. During this time, she developed her optimization skillset and talent for finding savings. Obrock’s career at Zayo began in 2010, and has grown from an individual contributor role, to managing her own team, and now as a director of the Access Management organization. Undoubtedly, she is part of the formula of Zayo’s success. Throughout her 18-year telecom career, she has saved millions of dollars using her holistic optimization approach. She enjoys building teams from the ground up, sharing her knowledge, and is passionate about driving costs out of the business.


Greg Ortyl
Senior Vice President, Wholesale & Wireless Sales
Uniti Fiber
Fiber First - The Foundation for 5G
Wednesday, October 31 – 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Greg Ortyl is a seasoned sales executive with a distinguished history of building long-lasting, trusting relationships in the wholesale and wireless telecommunications space. Ortyl co-founded PEG Bandwidth in early 2009 and was responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing until its successful sale to Uniti Group (formerly known as Communications Sales & Leasing) in May 2016. Today, Ortyl serves as senior vice president of Wholesale & Wireless Sales for Uniti Fiber. Prior to founding PEG Bandwidth, Ortyl served as a vice president and a director within Level 3’s Wireless Backhaul Sales group, leading a team focused on selling cell site backhaul services directly and indirectly, through partners, to the major U.S. wireless operators. Prior to Level 3, he was an early sales leader at FiberTower, a start-up providing alternative cell site backhaul solutions where he served as national account director. 


Chip Pickering
CEO
INCOMPAS

Keynote Panel: Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 


 Chip Pickering has been CEO of INCOMPAS since January 2014. During that time, INCOMPAS has achieved significant growth with leading internet, backbone, business broadband, wireless, and international companies. Under his leadership, INCOMPAS has led numerous public policy campaigns promoting competition through an open internet and in the business broadband market. Pickering was a six-term Congressman representing Mississippi’s Third District. During his time in the House, he served on the Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee. He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Previously, Chip worked for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and served as a staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he helped shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996. While in Congress, Chip served as chair of the subcommittee overseeing the transition to the commercial internet, the establishment of domain names, registries, and internet governance. He also successfully led a bipartisan legislative effort to codify net neutrality principles through the House in 2006. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Chip was a partner with Capitol Resources LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm, where he represented an array of telecom clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as non-profits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense. 


Karen Reidy
Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
INCOMPAS
USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 -– 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Karen Reidy joined INCOMPAS in 2006 as vice president of Regulatory Affairs, where she represents the association on issues such as business data services, technology transitions and network build issues. She also represents INCOMPAS on the North American Numbering Council (NANC). Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Reidy spent nine years as an attorney in MCI Communications' Federal Law and Public Policy department, representing the company before the FCC and the Department of Justice on a wide range of telecommunication issues. Earlier in her career, Reidy was corporate counsel and assistant project manager at a consulting firm, working mostly on a project that dealt with regulations associated with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. She earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. 


Nancy Ridge
Executive Vice President, Telecom Brokers
Founder and Past President, Alliance of Channel Women

Negotiating for Success, presented by the Alliance for Channel Women
Monday, October 29 – 3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

With more than 20 years of experience as a professional sales person, consultant and hands-on executive at a telecommunications reseller (an "Inc. 500" winner), Nancy Ridge’s passion is delivering the best solutions in terms of technology, cost, contract flexibility and quality to her customers. Since 2005, Ridge has built a partner program at national technology distributor Telecom Brokers that is focused on helping partners take a strategic approach to grow their businesses. Nancy has focused on business plan modeling, breakthrough sales strategies, ongoing training and competitive commissions in a personalized, committed partner collaboration environment. Previously, she was vice president of sales for ATI, where she was responsible for creating and managing the indirect sales channel. In the mid- to late nineties Ridge was vice president for a consulting firm and pioneered the TEM concept. She also was a principal in a demand-side energy service company for 10 years. Ridge is the founder and past president of the Alliance of Channel Women (formerly Women in the Channel), a non-profit where women collaborate to grow their businesses, support each other as women and mentor each other and young women into tech. She also is chair of Alliance of Channel Women Business to Business Outreach. 


Carey Roesel
Vice President and Consultant
Inteserra Consulting Group Inc.
The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Carey Roesel’s telecommunications consulting expertise involves a broad range of services, including state and federal regulatory strategies, M&A, market entry/certification, advocacy, compliance, and pricing. Carey also spends much of his time guiding intercarrier agreements and resolving intercarrier compensation disputes. Roesel has provided expert testimony in numerous telecom cases including subjects such as intercarrier compensation, tariff compliance, and call completion. He enjoys borrowing from these experiences to deliver lively presentations to clients and industry groups. Roesel has been a Consultant at Inteserra since the early days of competition in telecommunications resulting from the 1996 Telecom Act. His initial perspective on telecom regulatory matters was formed during his tenure with the ILEC now known as CenturyLink, where he held various regulatory and business planning positions. Since that time, Roesel has guided many clients through constantly changing regulatory policies and technological innovations which have characterized the telecommunications industry over the last 20 years. His clients include large and small companies from both developing and established telecom markets, and include intermediate carriers, cable providers, wireless resellers, and application service providers. 

 

Richard Rosmarin
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer 
LOGIX Fiber Networks

Keynote Panel - Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 


Richard Rosmarin joined LOGIX Fiber Networks in June 2017 as chief strategy and marketing officer. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in the cable/fiber and media industries, Rosmarin has held senior executive positions at large enterprises, including Cablevision and Charter. Most recently, Rosmarin was managing director at inCode Consulting, a strategy consulting firm owned by Ericsson, where he also served as CMO and co-lead of their Cable and Private Equity practices. Rosmarin has worked with Astra Capital, LOGIX’s private equity partner, during the past three years on all of their M&A activities in the cable/fiber sector. He has successfully managed and advised on numerous M&A transactions resulting in more than $1 billion in acquisitions in the last three years alone. Rosmarin also led the development of strategic growth plans for several private-equity owned client companies. He also helped lead several corporate turnarounds, creating over $1 billion in enterprise value. Rosmarin earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, and attended the Executive Management program at Babson University. 

Margi Shaw

President

First Communications

Negotiating for Success, presented by the Alliance for Channel Women

Monday, October 29 – 3:45 p.m.-5:15 p.m.


Margi Shaw serves as President of First Communications, which is a competitive technology and communications provider focused in the Midwest. With broad insight across the information technology, cloud computing and CLEC arenas, Shaw continues to diversify and grow the First Communications business. With a strong focus on the customer experience and operational excellence, Shaw bridges technology with world class customer service. Prior to joining First Communications, Shaw successfully led CIMCO Communications serving as the COO with responsibility for all aspects of CIMCO Communications’ products and services, increasing both revenue and margin. Shaw assumed cradle-to-grave accountability with responsibility ranging from Business Planning, Product Development, Engineering, Network Operations, and Service Delivery within CIMCO. Through the transformative stages of CIMCO, Shaw has been particularly skilled at building organizational capabilities enabling the business to progress into new categories. CIMCO’s success in the enterprise customer segment resulted in a strategic acquisition by Comcast Business Services in 2010.


Chris Shipley
Attorney and Policy Adviser
INCOMPAS
The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change
Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.
Chris Shipley joined INCOMPAS in 2015 as attorney and policy adviser and is responsible for representing INCOMPAS on wireless, universal service, disabilities access, media, and competition issues. Before joining INCOMPAS, Shipley was an associate with LMI Advisors, advising clients in the satellite and wireless industries on regulatory issues related to experimental licensing and international market access. Earlier in his career, Shipley completed a legal internship with Harris Corp., a telecommunications equipment manufacturer, and served as the legal fellow for Rep. Anna Eshoo, the Ranking Member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. Shipley graduated from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America with a J.D. and also earned a certification from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. After graduating with a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, Shipley served for three administrations as a policy analyst and grant administrator at the Arizona Governor’s Office. 


Tommy Siniard 
CTO and Co-Founder
3-GIS

Fiber First - The Foundation for 5G
Wednesday, October 31 – 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 

Tommy Siniard is the CTO and co-founder of 3-GIS, where he oversees the strategy and development of the company's telecom solutions. These applications are focused on improving the efficiency in the design, construction and management of fiber networks. His responsibilities extend to working with engineering service customers to deploy fiber densification projects in 14 metropolitan cities in North America, which have a combined 4 million homes with many areas already in service and generating revenue for their owners. In his role leading the technology direction, which includes products to address all stages of the outside fiber plant, Siniard has worked with 150+ telecommunication companies in 30+ countries. Previously, Siniard co-founded Mesa, a pioneer in the fiber network management technologies, and he has served in telecom systems development and business management for Intergraph, Mesa and Telcordia.

Mary Stanhope
Founder
iMarket2

Winning Story Workshop: Using Storytelling in Sales and Marketing to Grow Business
Monday, October 29 – 9 a.m.-Noon


Mary Stanhope is the founder of iMarket2, empowering business leaders frustrated with disappointing sales and marketing results to tell their story in a way that people pay attention, engage and buy. She spent the last 25 years working for start-ups and global enterprises, including Connected2Fiber, Netrolix, ARMdcs, CloudScale365, NEDAS, Global Capacity, Sidera/RCN Metro, Teleport, Sema Group, Atos Origin and Schlumberger refining the best practices to understand what customers want and craft clear messaging and winning stories that grow business. Stanhope is recognized by CRN’s Top Women in the Channel, Global Telecom Business’s 50 Women to Watch in Communication and Fierce Telecom’s Top 10 Wired Women. She earned a B.A. from Syracuse University and professional graduate certificate from Harvard.


Tony Thomas
President & CEO
Windstream

Keynote Address
Wednesday, October 31 – 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m. 


Tony Thomas is president and CEO of Windstream. He was appointed to the position in December 2014. Thomas has more than 20 years’ experience in the communications industry. He was instrumental in the development of Windstream’s REIT spinoff and served as president of real estate investment trust operations at Windstream from October to December 2014. Thomas served as the chief financial officer for Windstream from August 2009 through September 2014. During his five-year tenure as CFO, Thomas played an integral role in Windstream's expansion by completing seven acquisitions totaling more than $5.6 billion in transaction value. In addition, Thomas has deep capital market expertise, having led almost $10 billion in debt transactions. Thomas joined Windstream as controller following the spinoff from Alltel Corp. He held a variety of financial and operational leadership roles at Alltel after joining the company when it merged with 360 Communications in 1998. Before entering the communications industry, he was with Ernst & Young in the telecom practice. Thomas earned an MBA from Wake Forest University and a Bachelor Degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois. 


Kurt Van Wagenen
President & CEO
FirstLight Fiber

Keynote Panel: Leading the Bandwidth Revolution
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. 


Kurt Van Wagenen has been the president and CEO of FirstLight Fiber since October 2013 and serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to FirstLight, Van Wagenen was president and CEO of FiberTower Corporation from 2008 until 2012. From 2001 to 2007, he held executive positions at NEON Communications, including president and CEO from January 2007 until NEON was acquired by RCN Corporation. He also served as president and COO of Globix Corporation. Van Wagenen began his career at Verizon Communications and its various predecessors, holding positions of increasing responsibility. Van Wagenen earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves on Boards of Directors of INCOMPAS (vice chair), A Better Chance (national board chair) and Pathways to College. He also is a member of the School of Engineering Leadership Council for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 


Julie Veach
Partner
Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
USTelecom Forbearance Petition Workshop: What's at Stake
Tuesday, October 30 - 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Julie Veach is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where her practice focuses on telecommunications regulation, universal service, Internet communications and communications industry transactions. Prior to joining HWG, Veach served as chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, where she led efforts to modify and implement universal service policy for the broadband era, redefine broadband to reflect modern technology and usage, and prepare and implement dozens of other orders. During her more than 14 year tenure at the FCC, Veach held numerous positions that provided her with extensive experience across the industry. At the FCC, she also served as deputy general counsel, providing legal advice across the agency on wireline, wireless, consumer and public safety issues. In addition, she served in a variety of positions in the Wireline Competition Bureau, building a deep understanding of broadband and VoIP issues. Veach earned her law degree magna cum laude from Indiana University-Bloomington and a B.A. from Purdue University.  Before moving to Washington, D.C., she clerked for the Hon. Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


David Wuensch
Vice President, Business Development
Axcent Networks

C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:15 a.m.-8:30 a.m.

David Wuensch joined Axcent Networks with 33 years of experience in sales & marketing, having lead sales teams for more than 13 years. He was consistently selected for high visibility special projects because of his expertise in breaking new ground and achieving results. Throughout his career, Wuensch has built a reputation for innovative strategic thinking, problem solving and ability to provide focus. He leveraged his key talents at Siecor Optical Cable (now Corning Cable Systems), Fujitsu Network Communications, TrustPoint Management Group and MRV Optical Communications Systems. Wuensch earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., after which he served as an Artillery Officer with the 1st Armored Division in Zirndorf, Germany, and with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division at Ft. Campbell, Ky. 





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