2021 Speakers

John Baker
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Mavenir


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
CEO
Tilson
 
 

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 Chako
Chief Regulatory Counsel
BT


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.

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. 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.

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.

Fletcher Kittredge
CEO
GWI


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.

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.

Carol Mattey
Principal
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
INCOMPAS



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.

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. 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. 

Brandon Reed
Vice President of Underlying Rights and Government Relations
Zayo



Brandon Reed is vice president of Underlying Rights and Government Relations at Zayo. He is responsible for building advocacy campaigns and establishing strategic relationships for the company across the United States, Canada and Europe. Brandon has more than 17 years of hybrid legal and lobbying experience, advocating before federal, state and local governments. Prior to joining Zayo, Brandon was a senior advocacy manager at T-Mobile. Within his first year, he was named a T-Mobile Winners Circle and PEAK Award nominee, an award chosen out of 53,000+ employees and represents the top 1% at the company. Prior to T-Mobile, Brandon was an executive manager of federal, state and local government relations for Collier County, Florida. He also served as the chief counsel’s clerk within the U.S. Coast Guard (JAG), overseeing Macondo oil exploration following Deepwater Horizon. Brandon has held other Washington, D.C.-based positions, including with NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association, Russ Reid Firm, the Republican National Committee and the U.S. House of Representatives. Brandon received his Bachelor’s of Arts & Science from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center.

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.

Karen Rohrkemper
Senior Vice President of Project Delivery, Design, Construction and Operations
Crown Castle



Karen Rohrkemper is the Senior Vice President of Project Delivery, 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. Her team is responsible for implementation of new as well as ongoing operations of over 80k small cell nodes and 80k miles of fiber. Karen has over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, most of which was with Cincinnati Bell. Her exposure has been widely diverse, including sales, product management, product development, wireless services, data analytics, planning, engineering and construction. After moving through several functions at Cincinnati Bell, her learning was further accelerated as vice president of Product and Strategy, which included responsibility for a $1.1 billion revenue budget coupled with a $200 million expense budget. Her team oversaw the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) strategy and implementation in both the Cincinnati and Hawaii markets. In addition, she led the comprehensive turn down of Cincinnati Bell Wireless in 2014 after the decision was made to sell the spectrum to Verizon. Karen offers a unique combination of strategic and tactical thinking, along with creative vision and practical effectiveness. She is highly committed to building a culture of commitment through transparency, accountability, high-powered teams and leader excellence.

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
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.

Paul St. Clair
Director, Federal Government Affairs 
Windstream


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
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. 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.

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.

Brian Worthen
CEO
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.
 

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