2022 Speakers

Jason W. Adkins
CEO
Unite Private Networks


Jason W. Adkins is the CEO of Unite Private Networks, a leading regional provider of fiber-optic communications infrastructure. Jason joined UPN in 2012 and has been a key member of the management team that has grown Unite into a $100M+ yearly revenue company, with over 10,000 fiber route miles and 7,500 on-net buildings. Cox Communications invested in UPN in 2016 alongside then-current owners and management. Over the last 25 years, Jason has been a part of the management teams of several early-stage communications companies, backed by private equity and investors, with successful exits (KMC Telecom, Telcove, KDL and Conterra), as well as other larger established telecommunications companies (MCI, Windstream). Jason started his career in communications with two small, locally owned RLEC’s in Virginia (CFW Telephone, Roanoke & Botetourt Telephone). Well known in the communications industry, Jason has been published and is frequently interviewed by trade journals and industry analysts on communications infrastructure topics. He is a frequent guest on panels for industry groups and financial companies, and has provided input to both Congressional representatives and the FCC on important policy issues. 

Trey Allen
Head of Sales and Support 
Windstream Wholesale


Trey Allen is the head of Sales and Support for Windstream Wholesale with primary responsibility for the hyperscale, OTT, cloud providers and data center customer segments. Trey leads Windstream’s focus on long-haul fiber expansion, championing Wholesale’s growth vision as the leading U.S. fiber infrastructure development company. Trey has served with Windstream for 20+ years, leading various organizations, including sales, sales engineering, product development and project management.  

Seth Arndorfer
CEO
DCN


Seth Arndorfer is the CEO of Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), a North Dakota fiber optic network owned by the independent broadband service providers that serves more than 164,000 subscribers in nearly every community across the state. DCN also provides business technology solutions, including dedicated internet, private mesh networks, cybersecurity services, cloud computing, and co-location at its tier III data centers in Bismarck and Fargo. Seth was named CEO in August 2013 by DCN’s Board of Governors, which is comprised of CEOs from DCN’s 13 owner companies. His passion for the fast-paced telecommunications industry started in 1997 while working in the sales department at Consolidated Telcom in Dickinson, N.D. He joined DCN in 2002 and gained experience in nearly every aspect of the telecommunications business process, including business development, marketing, sales,and management, before taking the helm. Under Seth’s leadership, DCN extended its public-private partnership with North Dakota state government, making North Dakota the first in the nation to provide one-gigabit service to all K-12 schools and higher education institutions statewide. DCN has also constructed industry-leading, state-of-the-art tier III data centers in Fargo and Bismarck providing secure environments for co-location and cloud computing services; and collaborated with its 13 owner companies to bring fiber optic connectivity to more than 299 North Dakota communities. Seth serves on several national boards including INDATEL Services Board of Directors and serves as vice president, the NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association’s Futures Task Force and Mapcom Systems Client Advisory Board. In 2022, he was reappointed as a working group member on the Federal Communications Commission Precision Ag Connectivity Task Force, focusing on examining current and future connectivity demand for precision agriculture. He previously served on a working group focused on broadband mapping on agricultural lands.

Steve Augustino
Partner
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP


Steve Augustino is a partner in the Communications group at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.  For over 30 years, he has guided clients through the shifting policies, exponential growth, and extraordinary innovation in the telecommunications industry.  Steve’s practice ranges from regulatory, legislative, and administrative law counsel to transactional advice, advocacy, and litigation. His practice focuses on USF contributions, E-rate and Universal Service audits and investigations. He also is a leading practitioner in anti-robocall technologies and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) matters.  His clients include companies and organizations from around the world, including major wireless service providers, manufacturers, trade associations, and emerging telecom businesses.
 

Sarah Bleau
Middle Mile Program Director
U.S. Department of Commerce, NTIA


Sarah Bleau joined the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in February 2021 as the Middle Mile Program Director. She took on this leadership role for the Broadband Infrastructure Program in Fall 2021 and saw the program through to the award recommendations and announcements made in February 2022. Sarah has extensive industry experience from spending the better part of her career buying, building and selling fiber networks

Joshua Broder
CEO
Tilson


Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, a national leader in telecom consulting, design and build services, which under his leadership, has grown from less than 10 employees to over 800, earning a top spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the past 12 years. He is also the founder of Tilson Infrastructure, which develops, owns and leases back 5G infrastructure including poles, towers and fiber to carriers 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 U.S. forces. Josh is on the boards of Versant Power, an investor-owned T&D electric utility; VETRO FiberMap, a fiber network mapping software tool; Kleinschmidt Associates, a multi-national engineering firm; The Jackson Laboratory, a global biotech firm; Skowhegan Savings Bank; and INCOMPAS.

Randy Brogle
CEO
LS Networks


Randy Brogle is a seasoned telecommunication professional with three decades of deep industry experience leading teams across engineering, construction, marketing and general management. As CEO at LS Networks, Randy leads and oversees the buildout of the company’s fiber network to provide high-capacity connectivity solutions to underserved communities across the region. Over his career, Randy has held leadership roles at Meta, Hargray Communications (acquired by CableOne) and Zayo Group, leading operations, sales, finance and network development for fiber deployments including intercity, FTTH and metro networks.
 

Walter Cannon
Vice President, Business Development
ZenFi Networks


As the vice president of Business Development for ZenFi Networks, Walter leverages over 30 years of technology sales and executive management experience in the wireless, wholesale and enterprise markets to lead sales teams in efficient delivery of network solutions that enable customers to grow their businesses more effectively. Prior to ZenFi, Walter served as the vice president of Sales and Marketing at Metro|NS, where he effectively developed sales strategies that delivered results. 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 focused on start-ups and emerging technologies. 

Nancy Casados
Co-Founder and CEO 
2210Cortez


Nancy Casados one of the co-founders and CEO of 2210Cortez, a Data center located in the Four Corners region serving Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah for companies looking for co-location, data storage, disaster recovery and points of presence in Cortez, Colo. 2210Cortez is working with the tribal community, local governments, telecommunication providers and other communities to develop a strong infrastructure that will provide regional economic development opportunities in this region. Nancy has experience in telecommunication design planning, infrastructure builds, fiber management, data center and carrier hotel connectivity. Previously, Nancy was the executive manager for 16 years at 910Telecom in Denver, a carrier-neutral facility and was responsible for developing major meet-me-rooms, offering massive and diverse connectivity to all the major carriers, internet services providers, internet backbones and exchange. Prior to joining 910Telecom, Nancy worked for MCI Telecom, ICG Telecom and IBM Corporation and held positions, in management, data center operations, sales, operations, human resource and system analyst.

Tom Cullen
Executive Vice President of Corporate Development
DISH


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. 

Brett Diamond
CEO & Chairman of the Board
11:11 Systems


Brett Diamond is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of 11:11 Systems, Inc. He brings 20+ years of telecommunications operations, management, and M&A experience to the firm. Brett previously was the co-founder, CEO and Board Member of Hudson Fiber Network (HFN). After spearheading a partnership with private equity sponsor Tiger Infrastructure Partners in 2014, he led the company’s successful sale to ExteNet Systems in August of 2018, where he continued to act as a Senior Consultant with the company until 2020. Prior to HFN, Brett was the Co-Founder and President of Interactive Telecom Solutions (ITS), a telecom brokerage and consulting firm where he continues to act as a Board Member today. He also sits on the Board of Directors for AQUABLUE Networks, a communications provider headquartered in Ramsey, New Jersey .Brett began his telecommunications career with Atlantic Communications of Tampa, a provider of Lucent Technology PBX hardware in the late 90’s and later worked at the carrier levels with wireless network provider Teligent as well as Net2000 Communications. He also served as Managing Director of Sales for Business Communications Management (now BCMOne) from 2001 through 2005. 

Ben Edmond
CEO & Founder 
Connectbase 


Ben Edmond is the CEO and founder of Connectbase, where he is responsible for leading the company's strategy, culture and operations. Prior to founding Connectbase, Ben served as the chief revenue officer at Global Capacity, where he was responsible for all aspects of the company’s customer go-to-market strategy and execution. Ben has 25 years of experience in the fiber, telecom and networking industries, encompassing broad expertise in the areas of executive leadership, strategy, product, customer experience, sales, marketing and operations.

Michele C. Farquhar
Office Managing Partner 
Hogan Lovells 


Michele Farquhar serves as the managing partner of Hogan Lovells' Washington, D.C. office. 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. Michele obtains regulatory approvals, waivers, and other licenses for many new and cutting-edge technologies. And she leads teams advising major global companies on regulatory strategy issues involving a range of international jurisdictions. Michele joined the firm in 1997, after serving as chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. While at the FCC, 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 Michele served as acting deputy assistant secretary and chief of staff for the NTIA, was vice president for Law and Regulatory Policy at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.

Tamar E. Finn
Partner
Morgan Lewis


Tamar Finn has 25 years of experience representing clients on telecommunications issues before the FCC, state public utility commissions, courts and Congress. She also advises carriers, private equity firms and venture capital funds with respect to investments in the telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) sectors. Tamar advises clients with respect to telecommunications rulemakings, regulatory compliance, audits and investigations, transactional diligence and regulatory approvals. Her clients include competitive fiber providers, communications infrastructure providers, Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) providers, a Telecommunications Relay Service provider, and private equity firms investing in the TMT sector. Tamar represents communications companies in key proceedings before the FCC regarding universal service, broadband, local competition, intercarrier compensation, and Telecommunications Relay Services. Tamar regularly counsels clients in the day-to-day management of incorporating regulatory compliance into their business. Tamar advises clients on all aspects of universal service, including contributions to the universal service fund (USF) and distributions from federal USF and other broadband funding programs, including E-rate. She assists clients with developing basic regulatory 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 laws and regulations. In her transactional practice, Tamar advises a broad range of companies and investors on the regulatory aspects of mergers, acquisitions, and investments. In particular, Tamar advises clients on regulatory diligence issues and FCC, state commission and local authority regulatory approvals.

Daniel Friesen
Managing Member and Innovation Officer​
IdeaTek Telcom, LLC


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. 

Michael B. Galvin
Chief Administrative Officer
Granite Telecommunications, LLC


Michael Galvin serves as Granite's chief administrative officer, reporting directly to Granite's CEO and founder, Robert T. Hale and serving on Granite's Steering Committee. As CAO, Mike is responsible for strategic initiatives and corporate matters at Granite. Mike initiates the development of company policies and procedures, including on major sales, large vendor relations, government contracting, information technology, employment policies and matters, public relations, sales enablement and marketing and legal matters. Prior to his role as CAO, Mike served as executive vice president and general counsel, responsible for legal and regulatory matters and as a corporate officer. Mike also serves as chair of 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.

Curtis Heffelfinger
Vice President, Wholesale 
Brightspeed 

Curtis Heffelfinger, vice president of Wholesale at Brightspeed, has 20+ years of telecommunication experience in a variety of sectors such as wholesale, carrier, MSP, mid-market, enterprise, gov-ed and small business. Throughout his career, Curtis has proven his worth by exhibiting expert capabilities in building sales organizations from the ground up, driving revenue streams, and developing and executing business plans. He kickstarted his executive level career with Sprint Nextel, then Clear, before professionally exceling within his former company, Spectrum Business. At Spectrum, Curtis achieved the role of vice president of Direct SMB Sales for their Northeastern division then later earning his most recent position as director of Wholesale VAR and Carrier Sales. Now at Brightspeed, Curtis has the rare opportunity to manage a startup telecommunication company from ground zero.
 

Zenita Henderson
Chief Marketing Officer
Segra


Zenita Henderson has a deep passion for technology and has over three decades in the cable industry with Jerrold/General Instrument, Motorola, ARRIS (now Commscope) and most recently as vice president of Marketing and Business Development at the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE®), a subsidiary of CableLabs®. Zenita currently serves as chief marketing officer at Segra, one of the nation’s largest fiber networks that provides best in class broadband and data security solutions throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Zenita is an award-winning community and industry relations activist supporting education, arts, science, technology and math (STEM/STEAM) initiatives, healthcare, diversity and inclusion programs in the cable industry. In her spare time, Zenita puts her expert marketing and relationship building skills to work with several organizations including Women in Cable Telecommunications Greater Philadelphia as Executive Champion and past President, New Media and Technology Committee Member with Emma Bowen Foundation and Board Member/Vice President with One Day Immersion in Media, Entertainment & Technology conference, designed to encourage college students to pursue creative and technical careers in the cable industry. Zenita also serves on the boards of the Blind Institute of Technology and Inner Explorer. In 2014, Zenita was inducted into the Cable TV Pioneers. WICT Greater Philadelphia honored Zenita with the 2015 Inspire Award. Zenita has been recognized each year since 2016 as one of Cablefax Most Powerful Women in Cable and Most Influential Minorities in Cable each year since 2014. In 2019, sehe was recognized as SCTE/WICT Woman in Technology, an annual award that lauds the achievements of one woman who demonstrates outstanding professional achievement and significantly contributes to the advancement of the cable telecommunications industry. Also that year she was recognized by WICT as a Woman to Watch in Technology, and one of the top 50 marketers in the world by Marketo, an Adobe Company as part of the #Fearless50, driving bold, fearless marketing and digital transformation. In 2020 Zenita was recognized by Cablefax as a Diversity Trailblazer. In 2021, Zenita’s team at SCTE was recognized by Cablefax as the 2021 First place winner for best Online Event, and third place winner for Best Media Relations to raise visibility of the SCTE brand.

James H. Henry
Senior Managing Director
Bank Street


James Henry has been actively involved in the internet and telecom industry for more than two decades. His extensive and multi-disciplined knowledge of the industry is the product of his roles as an equity research analyst following the telecom and internet services sectors, as a portfolio manager responsible for investing in the telecom and media sectors, and as an investment banker executing capital markets and strategic transactions. James co-founded Bank Street Holdings LLC and has been a driving force in the growth and development of the firm's investment banking practice. Prior to Bank Street, James was a senior managing director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. where he served as the senior research analyst responsible for following the telecommunications and internet service and infrastructure sectors. James led a team of five dedicated associates and he was named the youngest senior managing director in the history of Bear Stearns in 1999. James' work and industry expertise has been broadly recognized. He was ranked 2nd by Institutional Investor Magazine's All American Research Team Survey in 1999 and 2000.

Jeff Hulse  
Vice President 
Verizon Partner Solutions


Jeffrey Hulse is vice president of North America Sales, Global Solutions Engineering and New Business Development for Verizon Partner Solutions. In this role, Jeff builds strategic relationships and provides complex wireless and wireline wholesale solutions to top carriers, major telecom providers, wireless carriers, internet service providers, cable companies, content delivery networks, cloud companies, data centers and system integrators. Most recently, Jeff served as leader of Strategy Development & Execution for Verizon Partner Solutions (VPS) and was responsible for determining future areas of investment and driving cross-functional programs that deliver on capabilities critical to the execution of strategic imperatives for VPS. Over the past 25 years, Jeff has held leadership roles across sales, marketing, strategy, product, process engineering and operations, and is passionate about solving customer and partner pain points with innovative product and commercial solutions. 

Dane Jasper
CEO and Co-Founder
Sonic Telecom


Dane Jasper co-founded Sonic, an internet and telecommunications company, in 1994, at a time when many people hadn’t yet heard the terms internet, email address or World Wide Web. Today, Sonic is the largest independent Internet service provider in Northern California. From its Fusion phone and data service to its recent roll-out of Gigabit fiber Internet, Sonic is breaking new ground in broadband access. Under Dane’s guidance, Sonic established privacy policies that have become the industry’s gold standard, and Sonic has received a perfect 6-point privacy score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation since the EFF’s inception. Sonic is hailed for taking exceptional care of its customers; something that is rare within the industry. Jasper is an industrywide key influencer with a devout following, expressing his opinions on topics such as Net Neutrality, security and regulatory policy.

Laura Johns
Founder & CEO
The Business Growers


Laura Johns is the founder and CEO of The Business Growers, a marketing firm serving the B2B telecom, SaaS, IT and cloud-services industries. For 18 years, Laura managed marketing efforts for companies ranging from tech startups to 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 developing marketing strategies for technology companies that lead to tangible success. Today, The Business Growers serves over 50 clients in 15 states. Laura has been honored as “Top 50 under 40” and “Top 50 Leading Women in Business” in her home state of Mississippi. Today, she is a member of the Leadership Mississippi program, an honor bestowed on a select group by the Mississippi Economic Council. She also is the co-founder and host of The Home and The Hustle podcast for working moms and The Know, Grow and Scale videocast and podcast for entrepreneurs.

Hank Kelly
Partner 
Kelley Drye & Warren


Hank Kelly is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren. His practice is exclusively focused 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. Hank is personally committed to working with each client to enhance asset value, solidify return on investment and protect market share. In the area of dispute resolution, traditional litigation and public agency advocacy, Hank draws upon his proven expertise and practical know-how in dealing with the nuances and complexity of telecom and energy regulations. Hank has successfully advocated his client’s positon in litigation claims and other matters involving intellectual property, class action defense, state and federal preemption, and actions to enforce state and federal telecom and energy laws. Hank’s advocacy and actual trial experience is notable; he has successfully argued cases before more than 10 state public service commissions, as well as separately litigated enforcement actions in over 14 federal court jurisdictions.

Amy Kohl
Founder and CEO
AK Operations


After a decade of running sales and marketing operations in pursuit of grabbing market share as quickly as possible, Amy pioneered a strategy to effectively leverage automation to enable reps and maximize the conversion of the funnel. A utility player in all her start-ups, she quickly fell in love with mastering lead-to-pipeline generation. In the summer of 2018, AK Operations went from a “someday” idea to a “let’s do it” plan. Since founding the company in 2018, Amy has rapidly earned a proven track record for developing aggressive programs that have generated millions of dollars in incremental revenue for their 100+ customers. She has since added 10 women to join her team and coined Sharp Chicks due to their extreme level of hustle, smarts and competitive nature. The mission to support sales teams with meaningful campaigns, enablement, and revenue-centric insights has made AK Ops a marketing and sales powerhouse.

Angie Kronenberg
Chief Advocate and General Counsel
INCOMPAS


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.

Francisco Maella 
CEO
Dobson Fiber


Francisco Maella serves as CEO for Dobson Fiber, where he directs all aspects of Dobson’s operations and is responsible for setting and achieving overall company objectives. He joined Dobson in 2018 as chief technical officer and brings over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry. Before Dobson, Francisco served as COO for Texas-based Alpheus Communications.  

Maura Mahoney
Chief Marketing Officer
FirstLight Fiber


Maura Mahoney is responsible for leading all aspects of marketing and product management at FirstLight Fiber, including public relations, marketing communications, brand management, product management and development as well as event planning. Maura has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry holding sales, marketing and business development roles of increasing responsibility with companies such as Conterra Broadband Services, Sidera Networks, RCN Communications, NEON Communications, Bell Atlantic and its various predecessors.

Kelly McGriff
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Uniti Group


Kelly McGriff is vice president and deputy general counsel of the Uniti Group. In that capacity, he leads the local regulatory effort across all Uniti entities. Kelly is also head of the Litigation Department for the Uniti Group. Kelly previously served as general counsel of Southern Light from 2005 until its acquisition by Uniti Group in 2017. Kelly has spent more than 15 years working in virtually every aspect of communications law and related fields, including regulatory, transactional, litigation, legislative and land use in both the private and public sectors, including Internet services and technologies; conventional and emerging wireless services; telecommunications equipment development; and other high-technology applications. In the spring of 2017, Kelly was appointed to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee at the Federal Communications Commission by Chairman Ajit Pai, and presently serves as chairman of the Committee’s State Model Code Working Group.

Andrew Mincheff
Government Relations Director
INCOMPAS


Andrew Mincheff 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. Sen. 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.

Michael C. Morey
President & CEO
Bluebird Network


Michael Morey has been serving as president and CEO of Bluebird Network since 2012. With more than 38 years of telecommunications experience, Michael has served as president and CEO of Voxitas (which received Inc. 5000 honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009), senior vice president at NuVox, regional vice president of Electric Lightwave, Inc. and held various management positions within his 13 years at AT&T. During his tenure at Bluebird Network, the company has more than doubled in size and tripled in annual revenue. Michael’s experience and strong management skills proved successful when Bluebird Network received Inc. 5000 honors in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 as one of the fastest growing private companies nationally. Because of this success, the company was acquired in 2019, expanding Bluebird’s offerings and setting the stage for further growth.

Jim Morozzi
President and CEO
DQE Communications


Jim Morozzi is President and CEO of DQE Communications, based in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he has overall responsibility for customer fulfillment, operations, strategy and business growth. Prior to joining DQE Communications, Jim was president and CEO with D&E Communications, Inc. in Lancaster County, Pa., a publicly traded provider of local, long distance, internet, video and system integration services. While at D&E, Jim focused on product development and expanded the company’s enterprise-wide data services as well as broadband deployment. Prior to his time with D&E, Jim led Exelon Communications, an operating division of Exelon Enterprises, which provided wireless and competitive local exchange carrier telecom services in the Greater Philadelphia area. In this role, Jim launched a wireless PCS business in partnership with AT&T Wireless. Jim’s career has encompassed the electric utility industry, as well as telecommunications. During his early career, Jim was a transmission and distribution engineer in Electric Operations and an analyst in Corporate Planning and Development with PECO Energy Company, now part of Exelon Corporation.

Carlee Parker 
Strategy and Intelligence Coordinator
IdeaTek


Carlee Parker joined IdeaTek in 2021 as an administrative assistant for the business development team. Embracing the IdeaTek mission and culture, Carlee stepped into the role of Strategy and Intelligence Coordinator in spring 2022. In this role, she is able to utilize skills from her previous experience as a Crime Analyst in order to research and manage grant opportunities and industry news. She is passionate about IdeaTek’s mission and enjoys working with a talented team who all support the goal of bringing internet freedom to Kansas. 

Tom Payne
Vice President of Carrier Relations 
Uniti


Tom Payne is the Vice President of Carrier Relations at Uniti, a premier provider of telecommunications infrastructure and network services spanning more than 38 States.  Tom’s responsibilities include all purchasing of dark fiber, lit services, and high-availability space for Uniti accounting for more than $38 million annually in off-net expense. Before joining Uniti, Tom held senior positions in carrier relations or network planning at PEG Bandwidth, Zayo Group, Citynet Fiber Network, AFN Communications, Williams Communications, EDS and Nortel Networks. Tom is a recognized industry expert in the areas of dark fiber purchasing and construction, colo selection and planning, and buy vs build network analysis with extensive knowledge in telecom real estate planning and acquisition. Tom frequently speaks at industry events and has been featured in industry journals including Capacity Magazine, Light Reading, and Fat Pipe. He has been an invited speaker at Oklahoma State University and Arkansas State business schools  and  has been featured in marketing research journals and text books.

Chip Pickering
CEO
INCOMPAS


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. Chip 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.

Jade Piros de Carvalho
Director, Broadband Development
State of Kansas 


Jade Piros de Carvalho was appointed Director of Broadband Development for the state of Kansas in June. Prior to joining the state, she spent seven years with rural broadband provider IdeaTek, where she managed government and public affairs, including advocacy efforts for broadband expansion policy. She also spearheaded digital equity efforts for the company. Additionally, Jade has been in local government as an elected official for 9.5 years. She is currently serving a third term as mayor for the city of Hutchinson, Kansas. Passionate about community service, Jade is the recipient of multiple public service awards for her volunteer work with civic and nonprofit organizations.

Alan G. Poole
Partner
Troutman Pepper


Alan is a partner of Troutman Pepper’s communications infrastructure practice, part of the larger corporate group of the firm. Alan is an experienced, results-driven legal and business advisor in the communications and electric utility infrastructure spaces. He has extensive, hands-on experience in all aspects of infrastructure deployment with a focus in linear fiber optic networks. Alan’s client base includes all classes of entities in the communications infrastructure space, including internet service providers, telecommunications providers, middle-mile providers, construction companies, utilities, and others. Clients seek Alan’s guidance in corporate and commercial transactions, regulatory strategy and mission critical problems in need of a creative and cost-effective solution. 

Michael Quinn
Managing Partner
Q Advisors 


Michael Quinn, founding partner of Q Advisors, brings a unique and highly valuable background to telecom, media, and technology (TMT) investment banking that combines finance, hands on M&A experience, and law. With more than 25 years of international operations and investment banking experience in the telecommunications industry, Michael has originated, structured, and executed more than 150 deals totaling more than $5 billion in transaction value. Michael’s deep industry expertise and extensive transaction experience has enabled him to lead M&A and debt and equity financings in a variety of TMT sectors including cloud and managed services, competitive wireline telecom, wireless, digital media, social networking, mobile content, satellite and mobile infrastructure and solutions. He has led transactions for Q Advisors' clients including: Arkadin, Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., Destiny, Grande Communications, Hudson Fiber, Masergy Communications, Neverblue, One Source Networks, NuVox, Inc., TPx, Voz TeleCom and WildBlue Communications. Michael brings to the table a reputation as a creative problem solver; passionately committed to obtaining the optimal results for the firm’s clients.

Carey Roesel
Vice President and Consultant
Inteserra


Carey’s goal is to partner with clients to facilitate execution of their business plans – particularly within the context of a changing regulatory environment and often contentious intercarrier relationships. 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. Carey also spends much of his time guiding intercarrier agreements and resolving intercarrier compensation disputes. Carey 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. Carey 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, Carey has guided many clients through constantly changing regulatory policies and technological innovations which have characterized the telecommunications industry over the last 25 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. 

Christopher L. Shipley
Attorney and Policy Advisor
INCOMPAS


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.

Steve Smith
CEO
Zayo


Steve M. Smith is CEO at Zayo. Steve has over 30 years of expertise as a global leader in the technology sector and a deep background in managing and scaling market-leading technology businesses. Prior to joining Zayo, Steve was a managing director at GI Partners, a leading private investment firm. From 2007 to 2018, he served as CEO and President of Equinix, the largest data center company globally. Under his leadership, Equinix grew from $2 billion to $34 billion in market value, while revenue increased from $400 million to $4.4 billion. Equinix also successfully integrated 21 acquisitions over 10 years representing over $25 billion in organic and inorganic investments during his tenure. Steve has also held senior leadership roles with HP Services, Lucent Technologies and Electronic Data Systems Corporation.  Steve currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zayo and NextDC, a publicly traded data center company in Australia. Steve had a successful eight-year career in the U.S. Army where, among other roles, he was aide-de-camp to the office of the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific.

Tom Spackman 
CEO 
Gigabit Fiber


Tom Spackman is owner and CEO of Gigabit Fiber, a Dallas metro optical transport provider.  He is also managing director of Mexcap LLC, a Dallas based private equity firm. Previously, Tom was the founder and former CEO of XC Networks, an international telecommunications firm specializing in fiber and wireless networks, data centers and towers that was sold to Transtelco. Tom is a subject matter expert in the areas of network security, utility regulation, spectrum management, rights of way and large-scale capital projects. He also is a licensed attorney in the state of Texas specializing in federal and state communication law. He was a delegate representing the Republic of Mexico at the ITU World Radio Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and has owned and operated network assets throughout North America.

Lindsay Stern
Attorney and Policy Advisor
INCOMPAS


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.

Sean Sullivan
Vice President, Product Management and Regulatory Affairs 
MetTel


Sean Sullivan is vice president of Product Management and Regulatory Affairs at MetTel, a leading global provider of integrated digital communications solutions for enterprise customers. Prior to joining MetTel, Sean spent more than 20 years in executive positions at Verizon in product marketing, sales, operations and channel strategy. At Verizon, he helped drive strong business results while managing product development for the company’s $4 billion wholesale data services portfolio. He previously served as director of Systems & Infrastructure at Bell Atlantic and director of Resale Services with NYNEX.

Jim Tyrrell
Vice President, Product Management
TNS


Jim Tyrrell is vice president of Enterprise Product Management at TNS, with specific responsibility for the organization’s enterprise solutions in the communications market. In this role, Jim takes the lead on TNS’ enterprise product management activities, working closely with the wider product team and colleagues in sales, marketing and operations, among others. He is responsible for the product management of TNS Telephone Number Reputation Monitoring and TNS Enterprise Branded Calling solutions.
 

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, he was president and CEO of FiberTower Corporation from 2008 until 2012. From 2001 to 2007, Kurt 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. Kurt 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. 

Dan Watts
COO
Segra


Dan Watts is chief operating officer at Segra, one of the largest independent fiber infrastructure bandwidth companies in the Eastern U.S. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Segra delivers security, cloud, data, voice and connectivity services to commercial enterprise and carrier customers. As COO, Dan leads Segra’s service delivery, network operations, security operations, customer service, outside plant and field operations organizations. Preceding his role as COO, Dan served Segra as vice president of Product and Business Development with oversight for company-wide product strategy and business development. Prior to joining Segra, Dan was president of TSAChoice, an IT managed service provider headquartered in Asheville, N.C. He started his telecom career at USLEC/PAETEC/Windstream, where he served in a variety of positions in both operations and sales. Starting as an entry level technician, Dan now leverages his deep cross-functional experience to lead and scale technology companies in fast paced, high-growth environments. His focus on market strategy, product innovation and operational excellence combined with his passion for business, gives him unique insight into how organizations are shaped into industry leaders.

David Wuensch
Vice President of Business Development
Axcent Networks


David Wuensch joined Axcent Networks with 34 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.

Scott Widham 
CEO 
Ezee Fiber 


Scott Widham is the CEO of Ezee Fiber, where he leads a team of experienced executives to build and invest in fiber networks serving Texas government, education, medical and residential sectors. Prior to Ezee Fiber, Scott served as CEO of Alpheus Communications, providing telecommunications and data center services to Texas businesses and carriers. Earlier in his career, Scott served as CEO of Cobridge Communications, a cable television, high-speed internet and digital telephone service provider in the central United States. Scott’s industry experience includes his time as CEO of Broadwing Communications, a billion dollar fiber and data center company offering voice, data and video services to enterprise and wholesale customers. Broadwing was acquired by Level 3 in 2008 for $1.6B. As CEO, Scott founded and helmed Capital Cable, a multi-system operator that owned cable systems across the U.S. and in Latin America before its acquisition by Charter Communications. He also served as executive vice president of Corecomm and was a director at MTV Networks. 

Chip Yorkgitis
Partner
Kelley Drye & Warren


Chip Yorkgitis is a partner in Kelley Drye’s Communication group and co-chair of the firm's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) practice. Chip represents a wide range of service providers, such as advanced communications service providers, domestic competitive telecommunications carriers, international carriers, and submarine cable operators, in all aspects of federal and state communications laws.  He regularly represents these clients in entry and licensing matters; development and interpretation of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) and state implementing regulations; national security and law enforcement reviews before Team telecom and CFIUS; negotiation, arbitration and enforcement of interconnection agreements and service contracts; regulatory compliance; agency investigations and enforcement in matters as diverse as universal service contribution obligations, outage reporting, access charges, equipment authorization; private adjudications; and regulatory matters related to mergers, acquisitions and other transactions in today’s fast changing environment.  He represents a number of providers and utilities in matters related to pole attachments, conduit occupancy rights, local franchises and public rights-of-way in numerous municipalities, counties, and localities around the United States. Chip also represents clients with interests and concerns related to spectrum management. He advises numerous equipment manufacturers, importers, and retailers with regard to equipment radiofrequency emission testing, equipment authorization, limits on human exposure to radiofrequency emissions, and other electromagnetic compatibility matters, covering both licensed and unlicensed devices.  He has represented satellite carriers and their customers in negotiating transponder, capacity and other commercial arrangements, as well as complying with all facets of federal regulation.

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