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Ryan Yahrmatter

Sr. Director, North American Strategic Accounts & Solutions Engineering, Aeris

Aeris

Ryan Yahrmatter leads the Account Management and Solutions Engineering divisions of Aeris Communications. I have a passion for understanding connected solutions across multiple business segments from large enterprise, to small business and government - how to transform, grow and ultimately maintain a competitive advantage. At Aeris, I get to tap into this passion daily through our unique position as a leader in the connected IoT space, where I build partnerships with our customers to deliver transformational outcomes. Prior to joining Aeris I spent 23 years at Sprint/T-Mobile in a number of leadership roles most recently leading their Strategic Alliance & Partner Program organizations. I have the “street cred” and experience to get business done by addressing opportunities in operating models, sales channels, product innovation, and digital transformation. I operate with a strong commitment to building diverse and inclusive teams. The best, most creative teams are the ones that incorporate diversity in all dimensions — diversity of thought, gender, culture, and background.

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Drew Johnson

EVP Product and Technology, Aeris

Aeris

Drew Johnson is an engineering leader and technologist with more than 30 years of experience at both large and small companies. Currently, Drew is EVP of Product and Technology at IoT leader, Aeris. Before that, he was VP of Engineering at mobile and messaging software company, Openwave, and Director of Engineering at Austin mobile start-up, SoloMio. Drew started his career at Compaq Computer working on the first generations of mobile computing devices and under his product and engineering leadership, he has assisted corporations in winning numerous product awards including the 2015 IoT Evolution Product of the Year Award, 2015 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award, and the TU-Automotive Award 2020 - MSP of the Year award. He holds a Master of Artificial Intelligence degree from the University of Illinois and holds more than 25 patents.

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Matt Bretoi

Senior Director, ITS and Smart Cities, Aeye

Aeye

Matt Bretoi Matt Bretoi serves as Senior Director, ITS and Smart Cities, for AEye, Inc. Matt has been involved in ITS applications for more than 20 years, with experience in video monitoring and surveillance, incident detection, traffic management and data platforms. Prior to joining AEye, he worked with FLIR Systems, which specializes in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras and sensors, for 15 years, including serving as Vice President of Sales. While there, he was instrumental in bringing new technology to the ITS and Security markets. Matt earned his degree in Business Administration, Sales and Management from the University of Florida’s Warrington College of Business.

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Jeff Van Dyke

Senior Director of Technology, Akamai

Akamai

Jeff joined Akamai in 2011 as a Senior Product Architect in the newly formed Carrier Products group and moved into his current role in 2015. He is responsible for designing and evaluating new approaches for security products, focusing on carrier use cases. Jeff also leads a small team of experienced architects that connect product development teams with carrier customers, technology partners and industry and standards organizations. Prior to Akamai, he held senior leadership roles in several venture funded tech startups in the Boston, MA area. Jeff has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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David Gustafson

Senior Sales Specialist, Amazon

Amazon

Dave Gustafson is an IoT Go To Market Specialist at AWS helping launch a new family of IoT-enabledradio modules. Prior to AWS, Dave spent 20 years working with embedded computing and wirelesstechnologies to enable a wide range of IoT applications such as chemical processing plants, firetrucks,and hearing aids. Dave has an electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota.

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Eric Sineath

Chief Architect and Practice Director, AT&T

AT&T

Eric is a visionary leader and trusted advisor to executive teams, having founded AT&T’s global voice, data, UC and IoT consulting practices which has delivered hundreds of consulting engagements around the world. Recognized as a strong communicator and influencer with the ability to drive organizations towards strategic vision, Eric combines deep functional knowledge and a collaborative approach to business challenges with steady focus and engaging personal style to deliver results in key performance areas. His expertise and experience provide him with the business and technical acumen to assist AT&T customers through complex transformational challenges. Eric was promoted to a Senior Director-level position of Chief Architect in 2011. In this role, he works with key AT&T clients in the creation and alignment of their technology strategies with critical business imperatives. Eric has worked with clients in both Public and Private sectors, across all vertical markets and global regions. Eric’s work in Business and Information Technology, coupled with his advanced technical certifications and broad industry experience, make him one of AT&T’s most senior business and technology transformation advisors. Eric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Master’s degree in Innovation Management and Technology Entrepreneurship from the University of Maryland. He is a frequent speaker at AT&T and various industry conferences and is based in Florida.

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Romvadee Overbey

Sr. Director IoT, AT&T Business

AT&T Business

Romvadee has over 30 years of business experience in Strategy, Business Development, Project/Program Management and Customer Experience. Her experience spans across multiple industries with special expertise in Telecommunications and IoT. Romvadee is currently a Senior Director of Business Development supporting IoT for AT&T’s Integrated and Partner Solutions organization. She has worked across multiple industry verticals and across both consumer and industrial use cases. She has supported a variety of AT&Ts larger customers in the Connected Car and Reseller/Wholesale space. In this capacity, she has developed a strong knowledge base of emerging business models and the business desires of the Indirect channel. She is adept at helping companies develop innovative business models to support emerging business trends utilizing new technologies. She embraces new business models and technical and operational innovations to drive greater value for her customers and the business. She is an alumna of Pathbuilders, a program for top women leaders in Atlanta, and AT&T’s Women of Color program. She has recently been recognized by several industry organizations including CRN (2021 Women of the Channel List), WOC STEM Technology All Star, and Channel Futures Inaugural DE&I 101 List.

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Arturo Maria

Director, Chief Architect, AT&T Consulting

AT&T Consulting

Art Maria (CISSP) is Director of Technology and Chief Architect for AT&T Consulting. He has been awarded 79 patents with several more pending. He is responsible for Enterprise Architecture, IoT and Specialized Networks consulting engagements. During his career, Art has been the leader of many teams focusing on Enterprise Architecture, Systems Engineering, Product Development, Mobility Network Engineering and Logical Security. As the Director responsible for AT&T’s mobility consulting support for global customers he has consulted for most of the Fortune 100 companies. He is a graduate of the Naval War College (College of Continuing Education), National Defense University National Security Management Program, Air Command and Staff College (Cyber Seminar) and Air War College. He completed the Wharton Certificate in Business Analytics and the Yale School of Management Accelerated Management Program. In 2021 he graduated from the Corporate Executive Development Program (CEDP) at Southern Methodist University. He is a retired Naval senior officer and has been awarded graduate degrees from Eastern Washington University, The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, and Colorado State University (Global Campus). In addition, he attended Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School, Cornell, Columbia University, Wharton, Yale School of Management and SMU.

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Jeffrey DeCoux

Chairman, Autonomy Institute

Autonomy Institute

As Chairman of the Autonomy Institute, Jeffrey DeCoux is pioneering Autonomous Mobility Corridors and Infrastructure Labs to foster social and economic transformation in cities. Jeff also runs ATRIUS Industries, Autonomous Infrastructure enabling the Robotic Edge. Prior, Jeff was CEO and Co-founder of Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform. Hangar was used by over 90,000 users in 195 countries and performed over 600,000 autonomously executed missions using the software.

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Ali Hassan

Global/Cities/IoT marketing Partnerships, AWS

John Hubler

Partner and Co-founder, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

With over 30 years+ industry experience, John Hubler is a Partner at BH IoT Group – a consultancy firmproviding companies across all industries and verticals with IoT go-to-market strategy and executionservices. Hubler’s specialty is working with Executives & Entrepreneurs to define and rapidly executetheir IoT products, services and solutions.

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Walt Shaw

Director of Product, Boingo Wireless

Boingo Wireless

Walt Shaw is Director of Product for Private Networks at Boingo Wireless, delivering a turnkey solution to design, build and manage private cellular networks for the enterprise. Walt’s experience spans a wide range of technologies including wireless, routing, security, IoT, mobile apps and cloud. Prior to joining Boingo, Walt drove product management for the Aironet/Catalyst Wi-Fi access point portfolio at Cisco and spearheaded strategies for its emerging Private LTE/CBRS/5G business. He has held roles in engineering, product management, marketing and business development at Good, Netscreen and Juniper. Walt received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

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Brian Bielawski

VP of Sales, Cal - Chip Connected Devices

Cal - Chip Connected Devices

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Scott Williamson

CEO, Capstone Metering

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, Capstone Metering

Jim Williamson

CTO, Capstone Metering

Jeff Martin

Co-founder and President, Cocoflo Innovations

Cocoflo Innovations

Jeff’s passion for community building and transformative technology have found a worthy partner in the Smart City movement. Through his work with Cocoflo Innovations he aims to help cities facilitate their shift to Smart City solutions that are transformative for their citizens. In his role as President, Jeff oversees Cocoflos operations and finance functions and ensures the Company fulfills its strategic vision through robust planning and performance-based management. Jeff is a builder that intrinsically understands how to position companies for maximum scalability. His extensive background in Private Equity, Capital Markets (Debt and Equity), and Start-up spans various industries including SaaS, infrastructure, telecommunications and construction. Jeff is active in community service and serves on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Burlington.

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Nicolette Reyhani

Director, Sales and Marketing, Cocoflo Innovations

Cocoflo Innovations

As the leader of Cocoflos sales team, Nicolette is driven to identify and cultivate strong partnerships that foster Cocoflo’s long term vision. One of Nicolette’s many strengths is working with municipalities to identify their needs and providing customized Cocoflo solutions. Nicolette has spent her career in tech sector sales and has vast experience with building and growing a sales function. She leverages strategic market research, customer need identification, and product evolution to ensure Cocoflo remains at the forefront of Smart City solutions.

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, Coris Life Sciences

Marc Josephson

CEO, CORIS Monitoring

CORIS Monitoring

Over 35 years management experience in leading edge technology companies? Founded and sold several technology companies? Raised over $150MM in venture capital, built companies valued at over $4B? Advisor to various federal, state and local governmental agencies (NYC, FCC,U.S. Congress, FBI, others)? Ernst & Young U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year finalist 2000? Implemented trading network for NY Stock Exchange? Consultant to IBM, Nortel, AT&T, Verizon, Siemens, Citibank, Chase Bank,PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gartner Group? Implemented remote video surveillance for Homeland Security (CORIS was spinoff of that project)? Granted two patents on IOT network security, used by CORIS? Speaker at technology industry conferences

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Carl Ford

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.

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Jerred Pauwels

VP of Excavators, Strategy & Business Development, Deere & Company

Tony Sammarco

Director, Product Technology Strategy, Device Solutions Inc

Device Solutions Inc

Tony is the Director of Technology Strategy for Device Solutions and has over 3 decades of experience in wireless / cellular product development and IIOT product architecture design for wireless devices and handheld mobile devices and applications. Tony drives product and technical strategy for Device Solutions, finding solutions and identifying partners in the IIOT ecosystem with whom to partner to meet the needs of our customers. Before Device Solutions, Tony spent 19+ years with Ericsson / Sony Ericsson. Having authored or co-authored 19 US Patents in the wireless industry, Tony is recognized as a long-time expert in wireless / cellular systems engineering and working with customers and potential partners to understand requirements and translate to product definition requirement specifications. Tony is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and Systems Analysis.

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Rhett Gustafson

EVP, EDJX

EDJX

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James Thomason

CTO and Co-founder, EDJX

EDJX

James Thomason is the CTO and co-founder of EDJX, the intelligent edge computing platform that makes it easy to write edge and IoT applications using serverless computing, accelerate content delivery, increase the responsiveness of edge applications, and secure edge data at the source. His diverse technology expertise includes distributed systems, large-scale infrastructures, and IoT. Previously, James was the CTO of Dell Cloud Marketplace and Dell Active System Manager. A Silicon Valley entrepreneur for over 20 years, James has served in technical, product, and executive leadership roles at over a dozen startups.

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Tadeh Hakopian

Program Manager, Energy Vault

Energy Vault

With a background in Architecture Tadeh has nearly a decade of experience in the Building Design and Construction field. Throughout the years a common interest was using data and coding to influence design and operations in his profession. Now with the accessibility of new technologies and frameworks the possibility of using code for design has never been better. Tadeh has always been interested in pushing the limits of data and coding in Architecture field and continues to be active part of the design community. He enjoys speaking at conferences and training others in the methods of using data and technology to make the most of the built environment.

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Ryan Naylor

Head of Channel Sales, Everynet

Evaldo Horn de Oliveira

Director of Business Development, FairCom

FairCom

Evaldo Horn de Oliveira, Director of Business Development @FairCom Evaldo is the Director of Business Development for FairCom Corporation, a highperformance database technology company which provides a complete line of data management tools and an engineering-level solution for high-speed data indexing and extraction. Evaldo focuses heavily on the company’s competitive market strategies. He has more than 18 years of experience in leading strategic sales in the IT industry, with a focus on Software. Evaldo joined FairCom from Fujitsu, where during his tenure had advanced from Project Manager to Fujitsu’s Business Development and Alliances Manager. One particular area of interest is in the area of automata, which is where he first became interested in the IoT and Edge landscape, as sensors and connectivity are swiftly changing the possibilities of what can be achieved. He has extensive experience in international business relations, particularly in the UK, Brazilian and Japanese markets. Although his career has evolved him more towards the business world, Evaldo came up from the technology side of things, which is where his heart remains. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil. When he’s not playing around with a new line of code or working on a new strategic opportunity, Evaldo is most likely enjoying time with his family, exploring nature and national parks of the American West.

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David Smith

VP IoT Solutions, GetWireless

GetWireless

Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.

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Mike Anderson

Director of Product Management, GetWireless

GetWireless

Mike Anderson is Director of Product Management supporting the Peplink line, Get Wireless. Mike comes to Get Wireless after spending 19 years at Verizon. He had several positions there focusing on IoT implementation, Partner development, and Network Solution design. He will be focusing the Peplink knowledge and development.

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David Haight

VP of IoT, GlobalStar

GlobalStar

David Haight Vice President, IoT As Vice President of IoT, David Haight will oversee the Company’s satellite based IoT business. Haight is a prominent telecom and IoT industry leader, with extensive experience driving network connectivity growth and developing impactful strategies to build partner channels and relationships in IoT. Prior to Globalstar, Haight developed the IoT business at AT&T as well as other companies. He served as Vice President of Business Development for AT&Ts Mobility Emerging Devices Organization, where he initiated and grew the organization into AT&Ts current IoT business. David’s focus at Globalstar is augmenting our customer base to include large-scale customers, in addition to building unique enterprise partnerships with large-scale VARs, system integrators, carriers and others looking to extend their business models with satellite connectivity, leveraging mid-frequency spectrum across borders.

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Sid Sharma

Global Leader, IoT, IOM, and Aftermarket Services, Hitachi Vantara

Amir Khoshniyati

General Manager and Vice President, Identiv

Identiv

Amir Khoshniyati was appointed General Manager and Vice President of the Transponder Business at Identiv in October 2021. Mr. Khoshniyati has produced a track record of success and exceeding results in high-volume hardware manufacturing, deployment of advanced technology, and facilitating fast-paced growth. Prior to Identiv, he held senior level positions at multiple RFID Manufacturing Organizations driving global RFID Growth, SaaS adoption and trailblazing the acceptance of NFC/HF technologies. He is a leading stakeholder for NFC technology globally and sits on the NFC Forum Board defining standards, processes and leads the adoption of the technology in this IoT era. Mr. Khoshniyati was recognized for the design of four value-add solutions that are key modules within the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Product Stack. Mr. Khoshniyati has a strong passion in assisting the youth in the Southern California Community and frequently gives back through his organization; Gentlemen of Orange County.Mr. Khoshniyati holds an MBA from Cal State Fullerton, Degrees in Business Management, Operations, International Communications and Finance from the University of Arizona, Nanjing University and Harvard Business School.

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Joe Ward

CEO, IKIN

IKIN

Joe Ward serves as chief executive officer of IKIN, and oversees the company’s strategy, business development, sales, and marketing initiatives. Joe joined IKIN after spending much of his career as a highly respected executive in the telecommunications sector. In his three-decades-long career, he has held management positions with leading providers including Inter-Tel, Mitel, and other large channel providers.Joe is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and resides in Austin.

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Taylor Scott

CTO/Co-Founder, IKIN

IKIN

Taylor Scott is founder and chief technology officer of IKIN, where he oversees the company’s initiatives for creating holographic solutions for consumer and industrial applications. His diverse background spans a broad range of disciplines that includes biochemical engineering, organic chemistry, holographic technology, electronics engineering, and artificial intelligence. He has worked in the field of holography for years and participated in iconic large stage events. Taylor resides in San Diego.

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Samir Sherif

Chief Information Security Officer, Imperva

Imperva

Samir is a transformational leader with over 20 years of development, risk, and IT security program leadership. Prior to joining Imperva, Samir led multiple information security programs at Citi, including fraud, IT risk and security architecture solutions, impacting over 50,000 technology staff globally.Samir holds an Executive MBA from Williams College of Business and a BA in Liberal Arts from Xavier University.

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Charles Byers

CTO, Industrial IoT Consortium

Industrial IoT Consortium

CHARLES C. BYERS is Associate Chief Technology Officer of the Industry IoT Consortium, and CTO of Valqari, LLC. He works on the architecture and implementation of edge computing systems, common platforms, media processing systems, drone delivery infrastructure, and the Internet of Things. Previously, he was a Principal Engineer and Platform Architect with Cisco, and a Bell Labs Fellow at Alcatel-Lucent. During his three decades in the telecommunications networking industry, he has made significant contributions in areas including voice switching, broadband access, converged networks, VoIP, multimedia, video, modular platforms, edge-fog computing, drone ground support and IoT. He has also been a leader in several standards bodies, including serving as CTO for the Industrial Internet Consortium and OpenFog Consortium, and was a founding member of PICMGs AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA subcommittees. Mr. Byers received his B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In his spare time, he likes travel, cooking, bicycling, and tinkering in his workshop. He holds over 120 US patents.

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Bill Brown

President / CEO, Ingress Software

John DeLozier

President, Intelisys

Intelisys

John DeLozier serves as President of Intelisys, a ScanSource company. In this role, John oversees all aspects of the business, including sales, supplier services, operations and marketing, with a focus on growing partner and supplier relationships. He is also responsible for the development and evolution of Intelisys’ strategy, as well as innovative programs and tools to allow for enhanced partner insights and growth opportunities. John has worked with ScanSource for more than 20 years as both a partner and a supplier. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Channel Sales for 8X8. Prior to that, he served in leadership positions at CenturyLink, Unify and Virsae. He also spent nearly 20 years at Arrow System Integration, after selling the system integration company he co-founded, ACT, to Cross Telecom, which was later acquired by Arrow Electronics.

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Dimitris Horiatis

Sr Mgr - Innovation, Invest Hong Kong

Invest Hong Kong

Dan Croft is an accomplished senior executive with a long track record of achievement dating back to the launch of the cellular industry. He has repeatedly delivered results for digital technology companies as well as wireless carriers. . Following successful senior management roles with companies such as Centel (Verizon), US Cellular, Motorola and American Mobile Satellite, Dan founded and ran his own company—Mission Critical Wireless LLC, grew it from a startup into a multimillion-dollar entity, and then oversaw its acquisition by Digital Management Inc. He then founded Internet of Things America LLC, which currently is partnering with Ready Wireless to bring the benefits of IoT technology to rural America. Today Dan is announcing a joint venture with Ready Wireless known as “Mission Critical IoT LLC”. The company is dedicated to serving IoT solution developers to ensure a great customer user experience. Dan has been a featured speaker at numerous high-profile technology industry events. Dan has been quoted frequently in the media including publications such as The Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune and was featured in Entrepreneur magazine. He has appeared as a guest on CNBC’s Squawk Box. Dan holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana, IL.

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Arun Vellingiri

AVP, Global Head, Product Management, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Arun is business and technology leader in IT industry with over 28 years of industry experience acrossengineering, business development and sales focusing on Hi-Tech and Communication ServiceProviders (CSP). As an SME for Hi-Tech and CSPs, he focuses on IoT solutions using 4G, 5G and Wi-Fitechnologies and other access technologies, with an experience in solution engineering and sales toTelecom OEM’s and CSPs building wireline and wireless networks. At HCL his role is to drive solutionsales to Hi-Tech and CSPs and their end customers. HCL IoT WoRKSTM solutions enable CSPs to cater totheir connectivity and platform solution customers across industry verticals. Intelligent Secure Edge(ISE) for smart cities is a collaborative platform that brings together citizens, communities, andauthorities as a virtual network, powered by Artificial Intelligence, Edge, Wi-Fi 6, 5G, and other nextgen technologies – to drive proactive responses powered by real-time insights.

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Sukant Acharya

SVP, Chief Growth Officer, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Sukant Acharya heads the IoT WoRKSTM growth charter for HCL globally. IoT WoRKSTM helps global 2000 organizations on their digital transformation journey leveraging new age capabilities. It focuses on enabling clients maximize value from their IoT and Industry 4.0 led initiatives thorough scaled and accelerated transformation. Sukant has led and established the business as a dominant player in the market through industry leading growth, innovative IP enabled products and solutions, and a thriving ecosystems of partners. As a thought leader and speaker with 25+ years of experience in management consulting, outsourcing, and several core industry verticals, Sukant brings a 360-degree perspective to help global organizations navigate and lead the digital wave and transcend the Industry NeXT. HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. HCL’s technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risktaking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.

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Justin Beltramo

VP, Global Head Manufacturing, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Justin leads both local and global transformations by shaping IoT strategy and solutions for IoT WoRKSTM. A strategist and an experienced leader with more than 28 years of experience, he has been creating value-based business solutions through vision, leadership, and technology for manufacturing customers.

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Raj Jayaraman

Global Head, Product Management & GTM, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

With 20+ years of industry experience, Raj is an experienced senior executive with proven success developing solutions, driving market strategy, market adoption of emerging lines of business, and leading cross-functional teams in complex matrix environments. At HCL IoTWoRKS, Raj is responsible for prioritizing IoT-led product investments based on market trends, voice of customer and competitive advantage across Manufacturing, Healthcare, Retail and Transportation industries and executing go-to market strategy of the offerings globally. An eminent speaker at various industry conferences, Raj excels at articulating solutions to complex problems, in a coherent manner, to a diverse set of audiences and is also a part of standards organization and industry bodies to drive industry standards and its broader adoption.

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Bhavani Shenoy

Senior Director, Business Development, MFG, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Bhavani Shenoy is a seasoned industry and IT professional in the engineering and manufacturingoperations management space, with about 29 years of experience. His decades of experience hasevolved alongside the technological advances across industries verticals including Manufacturing, O&G,Utilities, Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace etc. wherein he has brought transformational changes inorganizations leading to operational efficiencies, business optimization and innovation. He leads theManufacturing and Aerospace industries under IoT WoRKSTM for HCL America.

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Sridhar Negamanthan

VP, Global Head, Business Innovation, IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Sridhar Negamanthan is a business leader in our IoT WoRKSTM BU responsible for driving business innovation across oil and gas, mining, energy and utilities vertical value chain. He is also responsible for Intelligent Secure Edge (ISE) suite of solutions and developing a cohesive ecosystem of partners to deliver end-to-end IoT/IIoT capabilities as needed by its clients. With 30+ years of industry and technology experience in leading major transformational projects for regional and global enterprises across strategic industries, Sridhar has helped clients re-engineer their businesses, adopt best business practices and leverage technology to improve human-machine interfaces.

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James Brehm

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.

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Frederick Akpoghene

CEO/Founder, JeGO Technologies Inc.

JeGO Technologies Inc.

Frederick Akpoghene is a 4X Founder, Serial Entrepreneur Technologist, Software Engineer, and a NASDAQ Milestone Maker (Fall 2020)Frederick commenced his tech career at the early age of 16 at the Microsoft IT Academy, where he learned Computer programming. He furthered his Computer Programming education in University with a degree focused on Global Business and providing Software development solutions to local businesses while attending College full-time. This led to him building a very profitable, Multi-million dollar Technology company, Abovav Technologies. Abovav is a trusted Technology partner to 100s of businesses, NBA/NFL Champions and start-ups around the World. He is also the mastermind behind 2 other multi-million dollar companies, Scizzrs Inc, and Oddio Tribe Holdings. As an immigrant, he believes in creating Community-centered experiences that connect communities, in order to create long-term impact. He is also the son of an Architect/Sculptor and Property Developer, Frederick got an early start in business by shadowing his Father every day at the Office, starting as early as 5. Learning how to successfully Operate a National business with a large Furniture factory with hundreds of Employees. Frederick is also a seasoned Growth hacker, Author, Startup Advisor, and Angel Investor.

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Dominic Marcellino

Sr Director of Strategy and Business Development, Kajeet

Greg Jones

CTO, Kajeet

Mark Volchek

Founding Partner, Las Olas Ventures

Dan Croft

CEO, Mission Critical IoT

Mission Critical IoT

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Esteve Hassan

Canada Industrial Research Chair Holder, Mohawk College

Mohawk College

Dr. Esteve Hassan, Ph.D., PEng, is Professor and Industrial Applied Research Chair in Interoperability Sensor Systems for IIoT Applications at Mohawk College. He has over 10 years of applied research experience in the design, development, and implementation of wireless sensor devices and smart embedded real-time systems. Dr. Hassan’s work includes designing and developing new miniaturized low-power, multi-sensor devices with actuation and energy harvesting features. They are anticipated to include Bluetooth Low Energy, Wi-Fi, LoRAWAN wireless connectivity, and conventional wired technologies. Working with industrial partners such as Stelco, CareGo, and IBM, Dr. Hassan’s research will focus on creating self-tuned low-power, versatile IoT devices for a large range of manufacturing, healthcare, and wearable applications and a wide spectrum of real-time processing capabilities. His significant areas of research include, the development of energy harvesting solutions to extend battery lifetimes, deploying IIoT sensor applications to support the management of large inventory, IIoT integration into connected trucks to ensure road safety, and, the creation of configurable industrial sensor platforms that can perform on a wide variety of wireless systems without hardware changes.

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Tim Lewis

VP Channel of Sales, Nextivity

Nextivity

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Mike McCamon

Executive Director, NFC Forum

NFC Forum

McCamon has over 30 years of experience leading technology initiatives and global teams focused on improving people’s lives. Demonstrating a wide range of skills and passions he has been both the inaugural executive director of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group and later on the executive team that launched Water.org. He also led high growth teams at Apple, Iomega, Intel and a number of startups. The NFC Forum is the global standards and advocacy association for Near Field Communication (NFC) technology.

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Mahesh Patel

Senior Principal Solution Consultant, Nokia

Brad Lane

President/CEO, OnEdgeIoT

OnEdgeIoT

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James Hymel

Senior Vice President, Orion Innovation

Orion Innovation

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Josh Cox

President/CEO, OXIT

OXIT

Josh is thrilled to pursue his passion in the IoT services & products industry. Upon graduationfrom UNCC, Josh garnered invaluable experience as CEO for Red Wire Logic, LLC. Following RedWire Logic, Josh became VP of Engineering for Halo Smart Labs where he led the engineeringteam to develop an innovative LoRaWAN-based smoke alarm for deployment in dense urbanareas of Nigeria and a smart smoke alarm with carbon-monoxide & weather capabilities. Halowas awarded Best Indoor Living Product at IBS 2016. He later organized and managed a groupof Halo alum’s, which provided on-location engineering services in China, developing andlaunching an array of IoT designs and products. Recognizing the LoRa potential and thecollective unique expertise at hand, he organized and started the current Oxit, LLC business in2017, and has led its development to 3x revenue year over year, as a world-wide recognizedleader in LoRaWAN development. Josh was recently recognized as one of Charlotte’s 2022“Most Admired CEO’s

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Michael Smola

Vice President, Sales and Strategic Mobility Team, Panasonic

Panasonic

Michael Smola is the vice president of the Strategic Mobility Team at Panasonic Connect North America.Panasonic Connect is a B2B company offering device hardware, software, and professional services forthe connected enterprise. Michael heads up the development of customized solutions for TOUGHBOOKMobility with the integration of new business development, next-generation products andcomplimentary services. He has over 25 years of IT industry experience building complex solutions forbusinesses across the utility, energy, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing industry sectors, fromconsulting with Fortune 500 accounts on corporate license strategies, system architecture, networkintegration, and deployment, to leading Enterprise Sales Teams at Panasonic. Michael holds anundergraduate degree from Westminster College, Fulton, MO, and his master’s degree from theUniversity of Oklahoma.In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, golfing and spending time with his family.

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Jim Dempsey

Director Business Development and Partnerships, Panasonic Connect

Panasonic Connect

Jim Dempsey is the director of US Business Development and Partnerships, Mobility Division, atPanasonic Connect North America. Panasonic Connect is a B2B company offering device hardware,software, and professional services for the connected enterprise. Jim leads the identification,recruitment and management of strategic relationships within the enterprise mobility business, whileinnovating new business models and workflows across our strategic partner ecosystem. He has morethan 25+ years of experience in rugged technologies, specializing in smart edge computing for a widecross-section of industry verticals. Jim is an industry thought leader, offering his expertise in a variety oftrade and channel publications.

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Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Radix IoT

As Chief Product Officer at Radix IoT, LLC – Michael Skurla consolidates global Marketing & Product Viability, focusing on forthcoming product strategy and intellectual property for markets including unique R&D initiatives, cloud/managed services, merger & acquisitions targets. Previously, as CTO, Skurla set product strategy. He has over two decades of experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focusing on the intersection of software and hardware, emphasizing data aggregation and analytics for mission-critical industries. A wellrecognized thought leader and a contributor to such top industry publications as Field Technologies, Network World, Critical Facilities, Oilman Magazine, IoT Playbook, IoT News, Digitalisation World (UK), LD+A, among others, he is a frequent lecturer on outcome-based analytics and consolidated data methodologies for building & industrial applications driving efficiency and alternative business outcomes through data. Skurla is a contributing member of ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES Education.

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Dennis Henderson

President/CEO, Ready Wireless

Ready Wireless

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Tom Snyder

Executive Director, RIoT

RIoT

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State. Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC. He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.

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Andreas Bitzarakis

Director of Broadband, Select Spectrum

Select Spectrum

Andreas Bitzarakis is the Director of Broadband at Select Spectrum. Prior to Select Spectrum, Andreas’experience consists of over 10 years in telecommunications and achieved significant success working fora nationwide carrier as well as managing an organization’s reselling of services of the four major U.Swireless operators. Andreas manages broadband sales efforts for licensed spectrum bands directed atserving 4G LTE and 5G applications – including but not limited to the 600 MHz, 1.9, 2.5, CBRS andmmWave “UMFUS” bands. Andreas is additionally responsible for managing the Spectrum Marketplacewhich brings together licensees, operators and investors to facilitate transactions, including leases, inthe 2.5 GHz band.

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Robert Spalding

Brigadier General (Ret), Founder, CEO, SEMPRE

SEMPRE

SEMPRE is led by Dr. Rob Spalding, Brig Gen USAF (ret), former senior director of strategy at the National Security Council, White House. He is supported by a team of experienced industry veterans. SEMPRE is a continuation of his vision of secure digital infrastructure created while at the NSC. Rob has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the current widely praised National Security Strategy and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council. Rob’s innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally. Rob has written extensively on national security matters. His academic papers and editorial work are frequently published and cited, both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed about the economy and national security on FOX News, BBC, OAN and CNBC, as well as numerous radio and YouTube channels, both nationally and internationally. Rob is a skilled combat leader and a seasoned diplomat. Under Rob’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Rob led his team through complex B-2 technological issues all the while achieving tremendous results at little to no cost to the government. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as having served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in Beijing. Rob’s relationship with business leaders, fostered during his time as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, allowed him to recommend pragmatic solutions to complex foreign policy and national security issues, now driving positive economic outcomes for the nation. Rob is an Olmsted Scholar, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., as well as a Senior Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society of London. He has lectured globally, including engagements at European Cybersec 2019, KAS-ASPI, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

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Bryon BeMiller

Director of Marketing / LoRa Alliance, Semtech

Semtech

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Eric Schummer

CEO, Senzary

Senzary

Originally known as a pioneer in the VOIP world and with over 30 years of technology, telecom and industry experience, Eric Schummer Is now the CEO of Senzary. Senzary solves several problems for enterprises and distributors by minimizing or even eliminating the barriers to deployment through its plug-and-play, pre-staged solutions in close partnership with hardware and platforms required to convert ideas into IOT insights and outcomes. An example of this is predictive maintenance: When any business has unplanned machine stops and relies on expert analysts, its expensive and doesnt provide real-time monitoring and diagnostics, which can devastate their business. Senzary provides automated cloud-based predictive maintenance solutions to ensure peak operational efficiency. Our clients enjoy peace of mind with real-time monitoring and diagnostics without needing an expert analyst or costly, time-consuming implementations. Our clients are up and monitoring in minutes!

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Marcin Hasse

CEO, Chairman of the Board, Softgent

Softgent

Marcin Hasse is co-founder and CEO of Softgent, an engineering company that provides innovation and services incommunications and the broader IoT. With over 20 years of professional experience, he has a unique blend of technicaland business expertise. He has been at the forefront of many successful innovation implementations across multiplevertical markets such as telecom, industrial and healthcare. Prior to his involvement in Softgents dynamic growth, heworked at Radisys Corporation as Director of Global Services and General Manager. He began his career at IntelCorporation, where he was involved in the development of innovative communications software products. Marcin holdsa masters degree in information systems engineering from Gdansk University of Technology, a leading technicaluniversity in Poland. His active cooperation with academia has resulted in many publications in technical fields.

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Derek Peterson

CEO, Soter

Kathiravan Kandasamy

Senior Product Management Director, Syniverse

Syniverse

Kathiravan is a Senior Product Management Director in the Carrier Business Unit of Syniverse. He is responsible for the management and growth of products that form Syniverse’s IoT and Private Wireless pillars. These Next Generation Solutions drive the development of emerging connectivity and mobility products, such as Global SIM & eSIM, Private Wireless Networks, Sponsored Roaming, Open Connectivity Complete and Secure Global Access, and combine them in seamless ways to support various IoT and Private Network use cases. Kathiravan has been in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years and has been deployed around the world to deliver products and services, specializing in new product introduction. He has a bachelor’s degree in computing (Hons) from University of Portsmouth, UK, and has been PMP certified since 2009.

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Les Goldman

Sr. Product Manager, Syniverse

Syniverse

Les Goldman has held positions ranging from customer service, to product management, to marketing and sales. Over his 25-year-plus career, he has developed and marketed both tangible software products as well as intangible service and professional solutions. A free-thinking technology innovator, he enjoys turning problem-solving into targeted solutions to meet customer needs. As Senior Product Manager at Syniverse, Les is focused on driving innovation for customers around the world while helping to simplify business and technical complexities. Among his accomplishments, he has developed first-of-a-kind solutions for roaming, real-time intelligence, LTE and Wi-Fi. His current focus is Syniverse’s Secure Global Access, a worldwide private IP network permitting secure connectivity between IoT devices and enterprise cloud-based applications and services. Previously, Les served as a Global Product Manager with Verizon, where he leveraged his customer, market and MBA experience to successfully launch award-winning global communications solutions. His contribution was recognized when he received a patent for his work with integrated telephony services years before the advent of the term “unified communications.” Les also applies his skills outside of Syniverse. He was appointed by former Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the board of directors for Able Trust, an organization whose mission is to work with state agencies and private resources to help Floridians with disabilities. Les also founded the North Tampa Athletic Association Buddy Ball program, which enables children with disabilities to play baseball with their peers, and he also is a Buddy Ball coach.

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Kelly Malone

Chief Customer Officer, Taqtile

Taqtile

Kelly is responsible for technical pre-sales, project delivery & services, and customer support & account management. For more than 25 years, Kelly has worked in technology primarily focused on software operating systems, development platforms, and software application commercialization. He joined Taqtile in 2015 following his role as Director of Business Development at Microsoft supporting the Windows Platform team and specifically the HoloLens. Kelly spent more than 10 years in a variety of sales, business development and product management roles at Microsoft, and also held Sales Vice President roles at Accenture and Spring Wireless.

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John Corral

IoT Channel Partner Manager, Telefonica

Ricardo Buranello

Head of Platforms Business Unit, Telit

Telit

Ricardo Buranello Head of Platforms Business Unit Ricardo Stefanato Buranello has over 16 years of experience in the Technology and IoT Industry. Before joining Telit in 2008, Ricardo worked for big technology companies such as Siemens and Totvs. With Telit, Ricardo held the position of head of Business in Latin America, and in 2017, assumed the role of Global VP for Telit Factory Solutions, driving a significant growth for the business unit. Currently, Ricardo is Head of Telit’s Platforms Business Unit and is engaged in the creation and implementation of Telit’s platforms strategy, which enables some of the biggest companies in the world to deploy IIoT with advanced Edge and Cloud software solutions. Ricardo graduated from São Paulo Catholic University with a degree in Business Administration. He also has an MBA in Business Economics by FGV-SP and business extension program from NYU – Stern.

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Michael Sack

CEO, TeraCode

TeraCode

Michael is widely regarded as a subject matter expert in the areas of IoT, sensor development, analytics and AI/machine learning. During a career spanning 30 years, Michael has led the development of ground-breaking interactive games, enterprise business solutions, and pioneered SaaS-based technologies. Michael also holds 11 patents for online analytics tools and fraud detection algorithms that are widely used to uncover illicit online activity, including detecting global money laundering schemes. More recently, Michael has developed patent pending solutions for minting and managing NFT’s and smart contracts using Blockchain. Prior to founding TeraCode, Michael was the EVP and CTO of Inceptor, where he developed patented technology for automating online marketing campaigns that predicted and influenced human behaviour to drive higher conversion rates. Since Inceptor’s acquisition by Verizon in 2005, Michael has focused on growing TeraCode’s practice in the areas of IoT, Data Analytics, AI and Machine Learning and application development. He has designed innovative solutions for companies such as Panera Bread, Georgia-Pacific, Johnson & Johnson, Kadant Solutions, and many others. As an IOT architect, Michael has connected tens of thousands of devices to the Internet and created applications to interact and leverage the data collected by these devices. He has developed numerous data-driven decision platforms and has used AI and machine learning to automate and predict behaviour to prevent business interruption, predict outcomes and drive cost saving and revenue generating business solutions. Recently, Michael has led efforts to deliver AI-driven solutions for monitoring the quality of the water in the Ganges River and predicting future water conditions, detecting abandoned mines that emit climate-changing gases, identifying unstable ground to prevent/predict landslides, tools for optimizing coal-mining operations, and the ability to predict the failure of surgical devices. Michael graduated from Brandeis University, the University of Massachusetts, and multiple certificates from MIT in advanced studies related to machine learning, AI and IoT. When not working, Michael enjoys flying rescue dogs and cats to new homes in his Cirrus SR-22 (N3754M), getting beaten at golf by his son and testing the absolute range of his Tesla batteries.

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Sharon Rogers

Director of Strategic Partnerships, TeraGo

TeraGo

Sharon is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at TeraGo, with20 years of successful experience in Telecommunications andInformation Technology. Specializing in the management ofglobal wholesalers and global agents for TeraGo, Sharon’sexpertise drives the development and growth of strategicbusiness relationships, as well as building the 5G ecosystem forthe company. Prior to bringing her skill to Canada, Sharonsucceeded various leadership roles within the industry, workingfor notable companies such as CenturyLink, Insight, Qwest,Sprint and Nextel in the US. Sharon was also the founder herown consulting company, focused on helping drive revenue forclients while solving mission-critical communications throughtechnology.Sharon has a Bachelor of Science, in Decision Science andManagement Information Systems from George MasonUniversity.

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Dr. Christopher Metzler

Consultant and Strategist, The National Urban League

The National Urban League

Dr. Christopher Metzler is Consultant and Strategist for The National Urban League. He is alsoan expert in navigating uncertainty, as well as the reasons why unlikely people can often be thesource of our greatest new ideas. Dr. Metzler created the first program in the nation at CornellUniversity where he was a faculty member in DEI, Law and related disciplines. He also launchedthe Master’s degree in H.R. and Diversity at Georgetown University where was also on facultyand developed eight (8) Master’s Degrees. He frequently advises organizations on Board Governance and Compliance. In conjunction with Moth & Flame and National Urban League, he is redefining education and learning. Dr. Metzler provides strategic, policy and SEM support for global sustainability strategy, ESGreporting and ESG stakeholder engagement. He is a graduate of Columbia University inInternational Human Rights and The University of Oxford in Human Rights Law. He also hasdouble doctorates at Aberdeen.

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Ali Hosseini

Founder & CEO, Touio

Touio

Mr. Ali Hosseini is the Founder & CEO of Touio, a Charlotte based IoT solution provider and SenRa, a PAN India LoRaWAN network operator. Ali comes with extensive experience in the areas of Information Technology, the Internet of Things, Wireless, Mobile, and Software Development Industries. He has worked with Fortune 500 organizations in his career spanning multiple industries and verticals focusing on product development, management and sales and has run several successful businesses during his professional career. As the former Marketing Chair of the LoRa Alliance and a contributing member since August 2016, he strives to leverage innovative wireless technologies and solutions to improve quality of life and provide valuable insight in Low-Power Wide-Area Network technologies.

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Tom Phelan

CTO, Unified Office

Unified Office

Tom has nearly 24 years experience developing embedded systemsand network management products for the data andtelecommunications industries. He has held leadership roles in severalcompanies, including VP of Engineering, CTO, VP of Marketing andVP of Advanced Development. Tom has also held leadership positionsin the general industry, including co-chair of the DCCP working groupat the IETF, the lead developer of Proxy Admission Control at theMPLS Forum, and has made significant contributions to securitystandards for VoIP networks and emergency telecommunications forATIS. For the past 10 years Tom has been Principal Architect at SonusNetworks, working in the Office of the CTO and other groups toarchitect VoIP products for the telecommunications carriers.

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Barlow Keener

Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Barlow is an attorney with Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Communication Media Technology group. Womble is a full service firm with 1100 attorneys in the U.S. and Europe. Barlow provides in-depth FCC regulatory analysis and transactional counsel for clients involved in investments in innovative FCC-related spectrum issues, satellite spectrum matters, terrestrial radio technologies, small cell technologies, long-haul fiber networks, and data centers. He has actively handled state regulatory proceedings and provided expert witness services and support in telecommunications administrative matters involving FCC classifications of telecom facilities, service quality failures, and 911 failures. Barlow is a CIPP/US (Certified Information Privacy Professional) in the IAPP, Certified Member, American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and a Lecturer at Boston College Carroll School of Management, teaching Privacy and Internet Law.

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Walter Cannon

VP, Business Development, ZenFi Networks

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. He received a degree in Liberal Arts with a focus in Engineering and Mathematics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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Moderator List

Steve Brumer (Moderator)

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

Steve Brumer, Partner at BH IoT Group a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy & execution services. With over 30 years+ M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.Before BH IoT Group, Brumer was a Partner and IoT Practice Lead at 151 Advisors a consultancy firm providing technology companies with a combination of advisory and execution services. Brumer also co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, M2M products, and professional services. Prior to Wireless Rain, Brumer co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure, GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to 184 on the INC 500 as the largest Master Dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier in his career, Brumer founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and has held various executive management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data and BellSouth Wireless.

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Allen Proithis (Moderator)

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients interested in Digital Transformation enabled by mobile, IoT, software and managed solutions. Capstone is the 5G application provider for one of the largest private 5G network deployments in the US. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, North America, where he created a high-performance team that built an Internet of Things business with top enterprise companies while providing US wireless coverage for over 70M people US. Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony & InterDigital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15M to launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video content management solutions. Previously, Allen led Strategy & Business Development for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division. Here he drove all strategic initiatives for devices, software & services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.

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Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.

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Angie Cronin (Moderator)

Researcher, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

Angie comes to James Brehm and Associates with a diverse background in academia, sales, nonprofit, and local government. The skills she gained through academic research and work experience allow her to approach questions from a holistic view to find answers specific to the needs of an organization. Angie holds a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural & International Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Technical Writing from the University of Texas – San Antonio.

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James Brehm (Moderator)

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.

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Steve Hilton (Moderator)

President, Worldwide Construction & Forestry and Power Systems, MachNation, Inc.

Joel Maloff (Moderator)

Chief Compliance Officer, Phone.com

Phone.com

Mr. Maloff is a globally recognized expert and author on Internet, its uses for business purposes, and the convergence with traditional telephony. He currently serves as Senior Vice President – Strategic Alliances and Chief Compliance Officer for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for the Channel Partner Program, large scale business development, inside sales, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. Since 2011, he has served as a course developer for The SIP School, focusing on helping sales and marketing professionals learn about SIP, hosted PBX, unified communications, and SIP trunking. In addition, Mr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Professor at Colorado Technical University for more than eight years, and has taught introductory classes, information technology (such as Disaster Recovery and Network Design and Implementation), Introduction to Marketing, and created a course on Digital Marketing. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, and written numerous articles. Among his more notable accomplishments, Maloff acted as a consultant to then Senator Al Gore in the drafting of the High-Performance Computing Act which went on to become the basis of the commercial Internet as we know it today. He was further involved in the commercialization of the Internet as part of Advanced Network & Services which managed the backbone for the National Science Foundation Network (NSFNet) in the late 1980’s/early 1990s.

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Tom Snyder (Moderator)

Executive Director, RIoT

RIoT

Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. Under Tom’s leadership, RIoT has launched the RIoT Accelerator Program, RIoT Studios, which includes the RIoT Underground Podcast, and RIoT’s ED series. He has grown RIoT from a Research Triangle focused organization to one with international reach. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multidisciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State. Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation for multinational technology companies. He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, board games, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.

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Rich Tehrani (Moderator)

CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC

TMC

Rich Tehrani is the CEO and group Editor-In-Chief of TMC, as well as the Founder and Conference Chairman of ITEXPO, a leading technology trade show held twice each year. Rich oversees a diverse portfolio of successful technology magazines, web sites and trade events at TMC, which recently celebrated its 44th anniversary. Rich has guided TMC’s ascension and evolution from a print publishing and trade show company focused exclusively on voice/data convergence and computer telephony integration (CTI) markets, into a media powerhouse covering all of today’s most important technologies – Wireless/Mobile, Cloud Computing, IP Communications, IoT, and more. Rich is TMC’s driving force in the creation and implementation of pioneering publications and events. Since launching TMCnet in 1995, Rich has pioneered the development of more than 300 online communities of interest, revolutionizing the online world and changing the way companies leverage their brands online. Rich is a media icon, maintaining an active role as an Editor-In-Chief and a very prominent technology blogger/social media participant. TMC’s event and online platforms serve as an incubator for new concepts from the leading minds in the technology space. Rich launched and oversees the ITEXPO Franchise (which is in its 34th installment) – and is constantly adding collocated events by using his creativity and ability to launch synergistic conferences. Various collocated events include: CVx (ChannelVision Expo), IoT Evolution Conference & Expo, IDEA Showcase, and MSP Expo. Aside from his contributions to the online media world, Rich is an active and engaged philanthropist. He a member of the local JCC, a Board Member of the UCONN Engineering Department, and the engineer behind the future TMC Technology Center at a local Boys & Girls Club. This is all in addition to being an active and involved father and member of the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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Erik Linask (Moderator)

Group Editorial Director, TMC

TMC

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC. During his tenure at TMC, he has supported the production and development of TMCs print publications and, most recently, managed the day-to-day operations of the industry’s leading Web site, TMCnet, which currently serves more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Currently, he oversees TMC’s four print publications as well as TMCnet, and covers a wide range of topics in the IP Communications and Information Technology arenas, including his blog, Convergence Corner, on TMCnet. Erik also develops to conference programming for ITEXPO, and TMCs other communications and technology events, including Software Telco Congress. Prior to joining TMC, Erik was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.

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Jim Morrish (Moderator)

Founding Partner, Transforma insights

Transforma insights

Jim is a respected Digital Transformation, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence industry expert, with over 25 years’ experience of strategy consulting, operations management and telecoms research. Previously he was a Founder and the Chief Research Officer of Machina Research, the worlds leading IoT analyst firm, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. Jim is responsible for the addition of the term Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking to the lexicon of the IoT, and is a co-author of the Ignite|IoT project management framework for IoT and the accompanying book entitled “Enterprise IoT”. He is an experienced conference speaker including for blue chip events such as the IET’s Pinkerton Lecture, and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. Jim is a member of the advisory boards for a number of digital transformation industry conferences and is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of the IET’s Future Technology Panel. Jim has a degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford.Jim is a respected Digital Transformation, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence industry expert, with over 25 years’ experience of strategy consulting, operations management and telecoms research. Previously he was a Founder and the Chief Research Officer of Machina Research, the worlds leading IoT analyst firm, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. Jim is responsible for the addition of the term Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networking to the lexicon of the IoT, and is a co-author of the Ignite|IoT project management framework for IoT and the accompanying book entitled “Enterprise IoT”. He is an experienced conference speaker including for blue chip events such as the IET’s Pinkerton Lecture, and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress. Jim is a member of the advisory boards for a number of digital transformation industry conferences and is a Member of the Global Advisory Board of the IET’s Future Technology Panel. Jim has a degree in Mathematics and a Master of Arts from the University of Oxford.

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Doug Wilson (Moderator)

IoT Specialist, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

Doug Wilson is an Internet of Things Evangelist and Speaker and Moderator on the Internet of Things solutions and markets. He has successfully brought several new IoT solutions to market through the partnerships with Verizon. Doug works with many new and emerging IoT companies that are developing Internet of Things (IoT) products or cellular connected solutions in an advisory capacity to provide a completely connected IoT solution. Doug has had a successful career with Verizon as an IoT/M2M Technical Specialist, Verizon Partner Program Manager, Data Sales Account Manager and Data Sales Engineer and has won several awards for his efforts. Prior to that Doug worked for Verizon Business on the Sales Engineering Team as a Network Equipment Sales Specialist. Doug has had an extensive career in voice and data communications sales and engineering with numerous enterprise class organizations such as Belkin, Microsemi, Avaya, and NEC. Doug started off his technical career by serving our country in the US Air Force as a Communications Specialist where he achieved Management and Outstanding Team Chief awards.

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