2021 Speakers

John Baker
Senior Vice President, Business Development

John Baker is the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Mavenir. A veteran of the mobile industry, board member for 5G Americas, and sought-after industry speaker, John Baker leads the 5G team at Mavenir, intent on disrupting the market by transforming operator network economics. A visionary and driving force behind Mavenir’s business strategy, John is at the forefront of the company’s drive to change operator views on wireless infrastructure deployment—promoting a software-focused approach to innovation, with no ties to supporting legacy hardware. Prior to joining Mavenir, John held senior positions with leading wireless companies, including: GM Mobility Infrastructure at Spirent Communications; VP & GM Network Solutions at CommScope; VP & GM Base Stations at Nokia; and VP of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Pacific Bell Mobile Services. John also contributed significantly to the development of the GSM standards. He graduated with an Honors Degree in Electrical Electronic Engineering from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, U.K. John is frequently quoted in major wireless industry publications including Wireless Week, Fierce Wireless, Light Reading, SDX Central, RCR Wireless and Mobile World Live.

Joshua Broder

Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, which is on a mission to build America’s information infrastructure. Under his leadership, Tilson grown from less than 10 employees to 600 in 20 locations. He is also the founder of Tilson’s public utility affiliate, which owns 5G infrastructure including poles, towers, dark fiber and neutral host networks nationwide. Josh cut his teeth in leadership as an Army Signal Officer on missions in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan designing, building and operating the communications network for US forces. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and is a graduate of AT&T’s Operation Hand Salute at JFK University with a certificate in entrepreneurial studies. Josh serves on the boards of several private companies in the utility, tech, energy and banking industries, as well as the Jackson Labs, a global biotech and research organization.

V. Noah Campbell
Co-Founder and CEO
RS Access, LLC    

V. Noah Campbell is the Co-Founder and CEO of RS Access, LLC, which he formed in partnership with MSD Capital in 2018. RS Access acquired eighty (80) licenses in the 12.2-12.7GHz band (MVDDS) covering approximately 15% of the US population, and operates a wireless data network across sixty (60) markets. Prior to creating RS Acces he was the Founder and Managing Member of Radio Spectrum Group, LLC, a mobile data consultancy specializing in wireless spectrum assets, which he founded in 2011. A recognized expert in the spectrum space, Mr. Campbell has 15+ years of experience in the valuation of wireless spectrum assets and development of successful wireless ventures. He frequently engages with a wide variety of participants in the wireless frequency market and has developed an expertise around emerging spectrum and data business models. He has successfully managed or participated in several FCC auctions and has advised private equity, hedge funds and private investors on the US wireless industry, technology and frequency valuation. Mr. Campbell holds a BA from the University of Vermont and a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. 

Walter Cannon
Vice President, Business Development
ZenFi Networks

As the Vice President of Business Development for ZenFi Networks, Walter leverages more than 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience. Walter’s expertise, which spans the wireless, wholesale and enterprise markets, has led sales teams in the efficient delivery of network solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses more effectively. Prior to ZenFi Networks, Walter served as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Metro|NS, where he effectively developed sales strategies and helped to forge strong relationships with both vendors and clients. Before Metro|NS, Walter was the Director of Enterprise Sales for Lexent Metro Connect, where he was responsible for growing Lexent’s core business. Walter has held senior management positions in sales, marketing and business development, focusing on start-ups and emerging technologies. He received a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Engineering and Mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Sheba Chacko
Chief Regulatory Counsel

Sheba Chacko is chief regulatory counsel for BT in the Americas. She advises BT business units on telecoms, antitrust, national security and law enforcement/cyberlaw-related regulatory issues in the Americas region. She advocates on behalf of BT before regulators in the Americas, and is tasked with telecoms regulatory compliance for the region. Prior to joining BT, Sheba practiced communications law with U.S. law firms, advising and assisting fixed telephony, wireless, Internet and satellite clients with their regulatory needs. Sheba has a Juris Doctor degree from Duke Law School, and a Master of Laws degree in International Law from Georgetown University Law Center. She served as a board member of Duke Law School’s Alumni Board and is an IAPP- certified privacy professional. Sheba has lived in Malaysia, India and the U.K., but has made her home in the USA since the early 1980s.

James Childs
Senior Vice President, Spectrum Strategy 

James Childs is senior vice president, Spectrum Strategy for GeoLinks. In 1998, he co-founded Light Link Broadband, one of the first wireless Internet Service Provider’s in the Western U.S. He and his team built the network from the ground up and grew the subscriber base to over 30,000 businesses, MDU properties and residences using early 2.4GHz and 900MHz edge broadband access systems. This business was sold to what later became Rise Broadband. He later founded Velowave, a fixed wireless ISP serving Southern Florida and sold that company with over 25,000 customers to Sling Broadband in 2010. Mr. Childs has held senior management roles with Alianza (pioneering VoIP over WISP Networks), MSTAR, (a FTTH ISP in Utah) and Broadcast International. From July 2014 to May of 2021, James was vice president of Corporate Strategy for Cambridge Broadband Networks, providing the hardware platform and assisting in the building of 12-40GHz PtMP licensed spectrum networks with over 50 carriers and ISPs in the U.S. James is a 2018 MIT Sloan School of Management Executive Education participant in IoT, 5G innovation and implementation strategy, and received a BSc in Applied Analysis from Utah Valley University. He remains an executive advisor to Komodo Systems and principal of mmWave.Tech, a consultancy composed of fixed wireless access pioneers. He resides in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be found fishing in Wyoming or Alaska, or tinkering with amateur radio (station KE7GPS) in his spare time.

Tom Cullen
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development

Tom Cullen serves as executive vice president of Corporate Development for DISH, overseeing the company's long-term strategic interests including new ventures, partner development and spectrum strategy. Tom has more than 39 years of experience in the telecom, cable, satellite and wireless sectors. Previously, he served in senior leadership roles at Charter Communications and MediaOne, as well as two privately funded firms. Tom graduated from the University of Colorado with a Master's degree in Business Administration and received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Greg Guice
Director of Government Affairs
Public Knowledge

Greg is the director of Public Knowledge's Government Affairs team, where he focuses on outreach on the full complement of Public Knowledge’s issues and policy recommendations to promote technological innovation. Greg has more than 20 years of experience working on legislative and regulatory issues affecting today’s technology market. Prior to joining Public Knowledge, Greg was Senior Counsel at McGuirewoods and Akin Gump and served 14 years with the Federal Communications Commission as director of Legislative Affairs and Counsel on a range of issues including broadband deployment and affordability, spectrum access, competition, net neutrality, privacy, and public safety. Greg is a licensed attorney in Virginia and D.C. Greg received his J.D. from the George Mason University School of Law and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Greg enjoys cooking and travel and has competed in 10 international distance triathlons.

Jim Horsburgh 
Chief Strategy Officer 
Dobson Fiber

Jim Horsburgh serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Dobson Fiber. In his role, Jim is responsible for the evaluation of capital deployment, strategic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions. Jim has been with the Dobson companies for more than 25 years and brings more than 20 years of telecom experience to Dobson Fiber. Previously, Jim served as the corporate development officer for the Dobson Partnership and the chief operations officer for the AT&T/Dobson Divestiture Trust. Jim also served as vice president of business development for Dobson Communications Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance and an MBA from Oklahoma State University.

Bill Hunt
Of Counsel
Technology & Communications Law PLLC

Bill Hunt has been toiling in the telecommunications trenches since the passage of the ’96 Act. He was most recently SVP, General Counsel and Secretary for TPx Communication. He has also held positions with Level 3 Communications, Dish and MCI as well as stints with Kelley Drye & Warren and Wilkinson, Barker and Knauer. He is currently “Of Counsel” with Technology & Communications Law PLLC.

Laura Johns
Founder and CEO 
The Business Growers

Laura Johns is Founder and CEO of The Business Growers, a results-driven marketing firm based in Jackson, Mississippi. For nearly 20 years, Laura has led and managed marketing efforts for companies from technology startups and global, multi-billion dollar businesses. She spent nearly half her career serving as a corporate marketing executive in the telecommunications industry before starting The Business Growers. Her career focus is built around driving marketing ROI and developing strategies that lead to tangible success. At The Business Growers, Laura developed a proven, three-step framework to monitor business growth, evaluate marketing effectiveness and ensure businesses have the right components in place to grow and scale. Laura has been honored as one of Mississippi’s Top 50 under 40” and “Top 50 Leading Women in Business.” Johns graduated cum laude with from Mississippi College. She earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Alabama. Learn more about The Business Growers at thebusinessgrowers.com.

Henry T. Kelly
Kelley Drye

Hank Kelly is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Chicago office. His practice is focused exclusively on communications, energy and public utility law and regulation, where he provides clients with a deep bench of legal and business experience that is specific to the ongoing challenges they face. Representing a broad range of public and private companies, Hank works closely with businesses that range in size from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. With more than three decades of specialized telecom and energy industry experience, Hank advises clients on compliance with state and federal regulations, and how to structure business transactions, mergers and acquisitions to conform to legal and regulatory requirements. He is personally committed to working with each client to enhance asset value, solidify return on investment and protect market share.

Fletcher Kittredge

Fletcher Kittredge started his career in the early 1980s in the Cambridge environment that spawned the Internet. In 1994 he founded an internet service provider (ISP) in Maine, GWI. While serving Maine, NH, and VT, GWI has led several innovations including construction and operation of open access fiber networks and becoming the first broadband carrier in the nation to achieve B- Corporation certification.

Jason Koenders

Jason Koenders joined Fatbeam in 2021 as the company's first combined COO and CTO. He most recently consulted with multiple regional service providers in the western United States to increase scale, reliability and improve network efficiency while at Ciena. This followed several technology- and operations-oriented roles at Integra, the largest regional communications service provider in the Western United States, where he served as its senior vice president, CTO. Jason's leadership roles have spanned sales, operations, network operations, engineering and network planning, with a history of unifying teams and functions that traditionally operate independently, to create bonds and form a cohesive unit to best support our customers. Following his own non-traditional path in the telecom industry, Jason was drawn to Fatbeam given the vision of the company's and its Board leadership, and Fatbeam's unique approach to its business, serving customers more nimbly and effectively than the competition.

Hadass Kogan 
Director and Senior Counsel, Regulatory Affairs

Hadass Kogan serves as director and senior counsel, Regulatory Affairs for DISH.  She is responsible for advancing DISH’s position on a variety of telecommunications issues before federal agencies.  She has been with the company since 2012.

Amy Kohl
Founder and CEO
AK Operations

Based out of St. Louis, Amy is the Founder and CEO of AK Operations where her team serves clients with content marketing, lead generation, sales operations and funnel automation. With a decade of building start-ups and a successful exit, Amy pioneered an effective way to lean on automation to assist sales teams with lean headcount or limited resources. This is how the mission of AK Operations was born. Founded in 2018, AK Ops has proudly served over 60 clients globally to help automate the top-of-funnel activities to enable sales teams to focus on winning deals. In lieu of being famous for their hustle and collaboration, Amy has re-invented fractional services by aligning client revenue goals to the performance and focus of the AK Ops team. Companies seek Amy and the AK Ops team for better operating sales system, pipeline automation and visibility, lead nurturing campaigns and sales team alignment. Learn more about Amy and AK Operations at amykohloperations.com.

Matt Kohly
Director, Business Development
Socket Telecom

Matt Kohly is the director of Business Development at Socket Telecom, based in Columbia, Mo. With over 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Matt leads market expansion efforts including Socket’s applications for Federal and State Broadband Funding. In addition to his role in business expansion, he also leads Socket’s Carrier Relations and Government Affairs Department. This role provides the opportunity to regularly testify on competitive issues before numerous state regulatory and legislative entities as well as the FCC. Prior to joining Socket, Matt was the State Director with AT&T’s CLEC and Long-Distance Government Affairs Department and was previously an economist and advisor to the Missouri Public Service Commission. Matt completed his graduate work at the University of Missouri with a Master of Science degree in Economics.

Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel

Angie joined INCOMPAS in 2013 as its chief advocate and general counsel, managing the INCOMPAS policy team and its work before the federal government. FierceTelecom  named Angie a "Rising Star in Wireline" in 2014 and one of the Top Women in Wireline in 2015 for her advocacy work on behalf of INCOMPAS members. Angie 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. Before joining INCOMPAS, Angie 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, Angie 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. Angie earned a Juris Doctor, 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 Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Carol Mattey
Mattey Consulting LLC 

Carol Mattey is the Principal of Mattey Consulting LLC, based in the Washington, DC metro area. Ms. Mattey is one of the nation's leading experts on universal service, drawing on more than a decade of experience as Deputy Chief of the FCC's Wireline Competition Bureau overseeing the FCC's universal service programs. Among other accomplishments, she led efforts to modernize the FCC’s universal service programs, including the creation of the Connect America Fund and transition to award support through competitive auctions. In her current position, she advises broadband providers and others active in the telecommunications industry, with a particular focus on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund and other government broadband funding programs.

Bob McCausland
Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs
Intrado Communications, LLC

Bob McCausland is Vice President of Regulatory and Government Affairs at Intrado Communications, LLC, and an FCC-Chairman appointee to the North American Numbering Council, as well as the Call Authentication Trust Anchor Working Group of the NANC. He also co-chairs the NANC’s Numbering Administration Oversight Working Group. Prior to all of this, Bob held executive-level industry positions at Sage Telecom, Inc., Allegiance Telecom, MFS Communications and Bell Atlantic.

Andrew Mincheff
Goverment Relations Director

Andrew joined INCOMPAS in 2020 as government relations director to help represent members before state and local bodies, including legislatures, public utility commissions and municipalities on technology and communications issues. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Andrew worked as a government affairs associate at G2G Consulting in Washington, D.C., assisting with the firm’s federal lobbying efforts, preparing clients for meetings on Capitol Hill and at federal agencies, and submitting appropriations requests to Congress. He had previously worked on Capitol Hill for U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) as a legislative correspondent, handling writing and research on policy issues including education, defense, homeland security and healthcare. Following his years as a legislative staffer on the Hill, Andrew worked as a management consultant in Deloitte’s federal practice. His main responsibilities focused on supporting case workers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky on systems integration for their health benefits exchange program, coordinating project plans for allocating grants services within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and leading communications outreach for the New Products and Innovation group at the U.S Postal Service. Andrew graduated with his International Masters of Business Administration (IMBA) from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University.

Greg Ortyl
President, Wholesale & Strategic Accounts

Greg Ortyl is a seasoned sales executive with a distinguished history of building long-lasting, trusting relationships in the communications infrastructure space.  Greg co-founded PEG Bandwidth, a provider of communications infrastructure, in early 2009 and was responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing until its acquisition by Uniti Group, Inc. (formerly known as Communications Sales & Leasing) in May 2016.  Today, Greg serves as President, Wholesale & Strategic Accounts for Uniti, where his team is responsible for the acquisition and management of all direct customer relationships across the wholesale telecom, wireless service provider and hyperscale segments. Prior to founding PEG Bandwidth, Greg served as a Vice President and a Director within Level 3’s Wireless Backhaul Sales group, leading a team focused on selling fiber infrastructure to the wireless service providers. Prior to Level 3, Greg was an early sales leader at various start-up telecoms such as FiberTower, a pioneer in the alternative cell site backhaul space, LightCore, a central US regional fiber provider acquired by CenturyLink and Gabriel Communications, an integrated communications provider.  Greg is also co-founder of Mighty Oakes Heart Foundation (MOHF), a non-profit he and his wife started in 2011 when their son Oakes was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). MOHF’s mission is to support families of children born with CHDs financially, emotionally and in ways unique to their needs.  Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Masters of Business Administration degree from St. Louis University.  Greg and his wife, Becky, live in Webster Groves, Missouri with their daughters Isla and Esme.

Douglas Patterson
Region Director – West​
Crown Castle​

Douglas Patterson is the West Region Director of Design, Construction and Operations for Crown Castle. Crown Castle is the nation’s largest provider of shared communications infrastructure (large towers, small cells and fiber) connecting cities, businesses and people to data, new technologies and wireless services. Doug has over 21 years of experience in the telecom industry, most of which was with CenturyLink where Doug lead in multiple capacities within Operations, Construction & Engineering.  In four years with Crown Castle, Doug has overseen 8,000 new route miles of fiber and 4,000 Small Cells constructed.  Doug has extensive experience in fiber optic networks, previously responsible for over 6 million homes passed with CenturyLink’s Fiber to the Home(FTTH) & Fiber to the Node(FTTN) deployments throughout Washington State, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona.  Doug has had responsibility for Capital budgets in excess of $1 billion.  Doug offers a commitment to success, through accountability and transparency.  Doug strives to partner with internal organizations (Sales), ensuring his team is aligned for customer & shareholder success.  Doug has been on several Chamber of Commerce and Regional Economic Development Boards in his career, while also serving as a Rotarian.

Chip Pickering

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. Because of his role in drafting the 1996 Act, he became well known as a Congressional leader on telecommunications issues.  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.

Michael Pryor 
Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Outside Counsel, Cloud Communications Alliance

Michael Pryor represents organizations that provide telecommunications services and those that rely on telecommunications technology for business operations. Drawing on more than two decades of work in the telecommunications industry, he helps clients navigate complex federal and state regulatory proceedings, litigation and transactions. Michael’s substantive background ranges from the arcane regulation of intercarrier compensation to the legal underpinnings of agency decision-making. Extremely knowledgeable about the nuances and intricacies of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Michael is sought out for his counsel on robocalling and telemarketing issues. He is committed to helping his clients achieve optimal outcomes working to advance their position in complex rulemakings and regulatory adjudications. 

Carey Roesel
Vice President and Consultant

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. 

Greg Rogers
Head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Bandwidth Inc.

Greg Rogers is head of Global Policy and Regulatory Affairs for Bandwidth Inc., where he leads Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy matters. Bandwidth’s software-enabled communications platform (CPaaS) powers a wide-range of innovative VoIP and Messaging services. Bandwidth is also a leading industry provider of VoIP 9-1-1 routing services across the country.  Bandwidth’s nationwide Internet Protocol-based network incorporates its wholly owned facilities-based CLEC with an interconnection footprint that spans the 48 continental states. Greg has been leading Bandwidth’s regulatory and public policy efforts since 2010.  Prior to joining Bandwidth, he managed state and federal regulatory matters at Level 3 Communications. Greg is an alumnus of The Colorado College and the University of Colorado School of Law.

Dale Schmick
COO (ret.)
Terracom Wireless

Dale is retired COO of Terracom Wireless, which was founded in 1995 to supply core city residents with low-cost telecommunication services. Dale began his telecommunications career working for PageNet in the New York City, selling wireless products. He was then promoted to manager of reseller distribution – Kansas in 1993. He has been with YourTel America since 1997 in various leadership positions, leading the migration of the company from a reseller of paging products to a full-fledged switch-based CLEC, ISP and wireless carrier. Dale is also the COO of TerraCom Inc. and previously served as the chairman of INCOMPAS’ Board of Directors. In addition, he is a former member of the Kansas City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, serves on the advisory board of Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey and is a fire captain with the Southern Platte Fire Protection District.

Christopher L. Shipley
Attorney and Policy Advisor

Chris joined INCOMPAS in 2015 as attorney and policy advisor and is responsible for representing INCOMPAS on wireless, universal service, disabilities access, media, and competition issues. Before joining INCOMPAS, Chris 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, Chris completed a legal internship with Harris Corporation, 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. Chris graduated from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America with a Juris Doctor in 2013 and also earned a certification from the Institute for Communications Law Studies. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000, Chris served for three administrations as a policy analyst and grant administrator at the Arizona Governor’s Office.

Roger Simpson
Director, Underlying Rights & Government Relations - West Region

Roger leads the Underlying Rights (ULR) and government relations efforts within the legal department for Zayo, with a particular concentration on Zayo’s Western Region.  He develops and executes the strategy to obtain and maintain ULR required for Zayo's network deployments [metro and long haul fiber, fiber-to-the-tower and small cell deployments] from municipal, state and federal agencies, utility companies, private landowners, ILECs, RRs and others.  He is also responsible for regulatory advocacy at all levels of government and for driving cost efficiency and strategic solutions to deployment impediments.

Paul St. Clair
Director, Federal Government Affairs 

Paul St. Clair is the director of Federal Government Affairs for Windstream where he leads the company’s advocacy on issues including public safety, robocalls, and affordability programs. Prior to Windstream, Paul served in the telecom practice of a large international law firm and in the government affairs department of Microsoft. Paul has also held internships with the FCC and at NTIA. Paul received his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University and J.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Lindsay Stern
Attorney and Policy Advisor

Lindsay Stern is an attorney and policy advisor at INCOMPAS. Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Lindsay was a policy fellow at Public Knowledge, where she focused on issues of broadband deployment, affordability and net neutrality, and advocated for consumers at the FCC, FTC and Congress. During law school, Lindsay was a legal intern at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in the office of Sen. Richard Durbin, as well as at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Street Law, Inc. Lindsay graduated with Honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she was a member and published author of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal. Lindsay graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Franklin & Marshall College, where she received her B.A. in Government. She also spent a semester studying at the University of Edinburgh. Lindsay is a member of the New York State Bar.

Arpan Sura
Hogan Lovells

Arpan represents telecommunications and tech pioneers in deals, appeals, and everything in between. Arpan’s work at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) covers the full stack of issues facing the agency. In the wireless space, he is actively involved in spectrum policy proceedings, broadband infrastructure matters, and industry-changing deals. Arpan has most recently represented key stakeholders in the FCC’s 600 MHz, 3.7-4.2 GHz, 6 GHz, 12 GHz, and the millimeter-wave rulemakings. He also guides clients through the maze of federal and state regulations that often pose as barriers to broadband deployment. Arpan also plays in the space where consumer protection and telecommunications intersect. He regularly guides companies through compliance challenges and regulatory opportunities involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), STIR/SHAKEN, E911, the federal Universal Service Fund (USF), 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), federal broadcast regulation, and more.  And beyond his FCC practice, Arpan regularly provides practical, actionable guidance to leading Internet companies on broader cyber-law issues involving the Stored Communications Act, the Wiretap Act, the CLOUD Act, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, including the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) and Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA). Arpan previously served as in-house counsel at Sprint, where he oversaw a portfolio of high-stakes litigation and enforcement matters. Before joining Sprint, Arpan tried cases to verdict, briefed appeals, and defended government investigations at a leading international law firm.

Kurt Van Wagenen
President and CEO
FirstLight Fiber 

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, holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He serves on Boards of Directors as follows: INCOMPAS as Board Chair, A Better Chance as National Board Chair, and Pathways to College. He is also a member of the School of Engineering Leadership Council for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Deborah Ward
Founder and CEO
Televergence Solutions Inc.

Deb is a seasoned and respected veteran in the telecom industry, providing leadership and strategic direction to various companies since the early 1980s, when she initially founded TMS, a Pacific Bell Joint User in California that resold local and long distance services. In 1999, she founded Televergence Solutions Inc., a nationwide switchless reseller, reselling local and long distance services. Deb is well versed in all aspects of the business, from sales and marketing to network and product development. Today, TSI is a facilities-based carrier providing long distance, international and toll-free services to carriers, resellers, agents and retail end users via traditional TDM and/or VoIP interconnections. Deb is one of the few female CEOs in a male-dominated and highly competitive telecom space. She is a regular contributor to various groups devoted to the promotion of females in executive leadership positions.

Scott Widham
Chief Executive Officer
Ezee Fiber

Scott Widham brings 40 years of experience as an owner/operator of competitive telecom infrastructure companies to Ezee Fiber. He has served as CEO of Broadwing, CoBridge and Alpheus, all Texas based fiber businesses. Scott is highly focused on providing a quality customer service experience enabling Ezee Fiber to successfully compete against more established industry competitors. Scott also sits on the Board of Directors of DQE Communications, GigNet and XPDI. He earned a BBA from The University of Texas at Austin.

Brian Worthen
Mammoth Networks

Brian Worthen graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor's degree in Small Business Management, with an emphasis on Finance. He purchased ownership in Visionary Communications in 2001 and worked to develop the company’s broadband portfolio in the Rocky Mountain region. Seeing an opportunity in the telecom marketplace, Worthen and his management team formed Mammoth Networks in 2005 to provide wholesale telecommunications services to ISPs and regional carriers. Mammoth quickly evolved into a Layer 2 Aggregator of disparate technologies and services onto a single, managed platform. Today, Worthen oversees strategic direction for the company’s operations from Seattle, Wash., to Minneapolis, Minn., to Albuquerque, N.M.

David Wuensch
Vice President of Business Development
Axcent Networks

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.