2018 Speakers


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

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

 

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.  


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
 


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.

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


Andrew D. Lipman
Partner
Morgan Lewis

The State of Competition Policy Workshop: On the Front Lines of Regulatory Change

Monday, October 29 – Noon-3:00 p.m.

Andrew D. Lipman practices in most aspects of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative, and land use. Andy’s clients in the private and public sectors include those in the areas of local, long distance, and international telephone common carriage; Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; satellite services; broadcasting; competitive video services; telecommunications equipment manufacturing; and other high-technology applications. Additionally, he manages privatizations of telecommunications carriers in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Lipman has been involved in most new legal and regulatory policies at the FCC, at state public service commissions, in Congress, and before courts. He helped shape crucial provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and used similar approaches to promote the opening of foreign markets. Lipman's practice includes strategic analysis of companies’ telecom user agreements, renegotiating existing agreements, and negotiating new, more favorable telecom user agreements. For nearly a decade, Lipman served as senior vice president, legal and regulatory affairs for MFS Communications. Lipman also served as general counsel to the International Teleconferencing Association and as legislative/regulatory counsel to the International Satellite Users Association. Additionally, he co-founded the Association of Local Telecommunication Services (ALTS)—the national trade association for competitive telecommunications carriers—and served as its first chairman. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Lipman was a partner in the corporate practice of another international law firm, where he was also a member of the executive board and leader of the telecommunications, media and technology practice. 


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. 


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 - The State of Competition:  A View from the C-Suite
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.

In his position as vice president and consultant, Carey Roesel’s goal is to partner with clients and facilitate execution of their business plans – particularly within the context of a changing regulatory environment and often contentious intercarrier relationships. 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.  His telecommunications consulting expertise involves a broad range of services, including state and federal regulatory strategies, M&A, market entry/certification, advocacy, compliance and pricing. Roesel also spends much of his time guiding intercarrier agreements and resolving intercarrier compensation disputes. He has provided expert testimony in numerous telecom cases, including subjects such as intercarrier compensation, tariff compliance and call completion. 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. 

 

Richard Rosmarin
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer 
LOGIX Fiber Networks

Keynote Panel - The State of Competition:  A View from the C-Suite
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. 


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. 


Kurt Van Wagenen
President & CEO
FirstLight Fiber

Keynote Panel - The State of Competition:  A View from the C-Suite
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. 


Deborah Ward
CEO
Televergence Solutions Inc. (TSI)

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


Deb Ward is a well-respected leader in the telecom industry, providing strategic direction to various telecom companies since the early 1980s, when she initially founded TMS, a California Pacific Bell Joint User that resold local and long distance services. In 1999, she founded Televergence Solutions Inc., a nationwide switchless reseller of local and long distance services. Today, Televergence is a facilities-based provider of competitively priced, high performance and capacity toll-free and long distance service to call centers and other business customers. VoIP and TDM connectivity is offered, including a legacy TDM to VoIP system conversion program and sold via contracted strategic agent partners and an inside sales team. Ward is one of the few female CEOs in a male-dominated and highly competitive telecom space, with expertise in all aspects of the business, from sales and marketing to network and product development. She is a regular contributor at a high level to various organizations devoted to the regulatory oversight and integrity of the industry and the promotion of females in executive leadershipvpositions. Ward is currently serving her fifth term as the first chairwoman of the Board of Directors of INCOMPAS, is the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Competition & Innovation Institute, and oversaw Televergence’s recent WBE (Women Business Enterprise) accreditation by the WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council). Memberships are maintained with the Alliance of Channel Women (fna Women in the Channel), American Marketing Association (AMA), the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Federation of Internet Solution Providers of the Americas (FISPA), INCOMPAS, Insights Association, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Nashville Technology Council, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), the Professional Association for Customer Engagement (PACE), the Receivable Management Association (RMA), Telecom Association, Women in Technology of Tennessee (WITT), and serves on the Alliance of Channel Women Board Advisory Council.

David Wuensch
Vice President, Business Development
Axcent Networks

C-Suite Networking Breakfast Program
Tuesday, October 30 – 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.







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