Speakers

2017 MOUNTAIN CONNECT SPEAKERS

Aaron Deacon

 Founder & Managing Director, KC Digital Drive Aaron Deacon is the founder and managing director of KC Digital Drive, a nonprofit civic organization with a mission to make Kansas City a digital leader. He works with mayors, entrepreneurs and civic leaders in Kansas City and around the world to help build ecosystems that connect infrastructure, emerging technology and social impact. Continue Reading

Alex Telhorst

General Manager for Colorado Fiber Community Alex Telthorst is General Manager for Colorado Fiber Community, the network operator for Rio Blanco County's Broadband network. He is also the founder of Blue Tail Consulting, an IT and Broadband Consulting firm based out of Buena Vista, Colorado. A lifelong student of technology, Alex has a diverse background that includes IT management for several Denver Hospitals, many years with Qwest's Wholesale Continue Reading

Allen Meyer

Founder & CEO, Sherpa Fiber Allen Meyer is co-founder and CEO of Sherpa Fiber LLC, a company dedicated to bringing high speed broadband services to communities across the United States. Sherpa Fiber is actively researching municipalities where it will build, own, and operate open network fiber networks that are then leased to city and county governments and wholesale providers. The Continue Reading

Aman Sehgal

Global Vice President of Sales and General Manager, Virtual Gateway Labs Mr. Aman Sehgal serves as Global Vice President of Sales and General Manager of Operations at Virtual Gateway Labs™ (VGL™). Virtual Gateway Labs is the developer of the world's first SDN capable Virtual Broadband Gateway, which replace existing ONT(s) by enabling multi-tenancy for service providers.        Mr. Sehgal has over Continue Reading

Andy Davis

Director of Government Affairs, Comcast A nineteen-year veteran of communications strategy and public affairs, Andy is a Director of Government Affairs in Comcast’s Mountain West Region. Andy leads Comcast’s external affairs and economic development work with local public officials and business leaders in the western part of the Denver metro area, the communities along Highway 36 to Boulder, and the Continue Reading

Anthony Neal-Graves

Executive Director, Colorado Broadband Office Anthony Neal-Graves is the Executive Director of the State of Colorado’s Broadband initiative.  Prior to joining the State, Tony worked at Intel Corporation where he was the vice president in the Internet of Things Group. He worked at Intel for more than 15 years on numerous domestic and international businesses requiring strategic vision, aggressive timelines, and creative technology Continue Reading

Arlene Salyards

Special Projects Director, Northeast BOCES Arlene Salyards serves as the Special Projects Director for the Northeast Colorado BOCES.  The NE BOCES is comprised of 12 member districts in the northeast corner of the state.  These districts participate in a variety of services that include special education, professional development, teacher preparation, federal grants, Distance Learning, E-rate and other initiatives as dictated by Continue Reading

Ben Bawtree-Jobson

CEO, SiFi Networks As CEO of SiFi Networks, Ben Bawtree-Jobson was involved in the formation of the company and continues to direct all aspects of its public-private-partnership offering in the fiber to the premise sector. Ben's experience touches on every facet of FTTP development with core skills residing within the structuring and financing of sustainable fiber infrastructure projects and the strategic Continue Reading

Bill Coleman

CEO & Founder, Community Technology Advisors Bill Coleman assists communities develop and implement broadband infrastructure and market development programs as the key strategy for economic vitality. As an accomplished community planner and technology consultant, Bill ensures that communities make sound technology decisions using innovative, collaborative strategies. His creative vision and project management skills have been verified through research and recognized Continue Reading

Bjorn Wannman

Manager Partnerships and Strategic Accounts, COS Systems Bjorn Wannman has more than 10 years of experience from open access and solution selling. Today he is the Manager of Partnerships and Strategic Accounts at the expansive software company COS Systems headquartered in Sweden, a country where 70% of all residents now have access to fiber broadband. COS Systems are the developers of Continue Reading

Blair Levin

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute Blair Levin serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institute. He also serves as the Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project, an initiative of three dozen leading research university communities seeking to accelerate the deployment of next generation networks. He also serves as a consultant Continue Reading

Brian Shepherd

COO, Colorado Broadband Office Brian Shepherd is currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Colorado Broadband Office within the State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) where he is responsible for developing a statewide, comprehensive broadband strategy to ensure all Coloradan’s have access to broadband technology. Additionally, Mr. Shepherd is the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the FirstNet Continue Reading

Brock Smethills

Chief Operating Officer, Lumiere Fiber Brock Smethills serves as chief operating officer of Lumiere Fiber, LLC. With a strong aerospace background, Smethills brings a technological approach to residential and commercial development. Prior to joining Sterling Ranch, Smethills interned for United Launch Alliance and Lockheed Martin. He worked on the Sample Return Capsule for the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, which sent a Continue Reading

Bruce Patterson

Technology Director, City of Ammon, ID Bruce Patterson serves as the Technology Director for the City of Ammon. Ammon is a small residential community with a population of just over 14,000 in the southeast corner of Idaho. Bruce started with the City in 2004 becoming responsible for all of the City’s IT and technical systems in 2006. Then, under his Continue Reading

Carl Rundell

COO, Truck Smart Parking Services (TSPS) Carl Rundell is a Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics major from Vanderbilt University.  He started his career as a business consultant and methodologist for Ernst & Young Consulting before becoming an serial entrepreneur in the area of all things technology.  Heavily involved in the transportation industry early on, it was a natural progression to look at Continue Reading

Carrie Coogan

Deputy Director for Public Affairs & Community Engagement, The Kansas City Public Library Carrie Coogan is Deputy Director at the Kansas City Public Library.  She fosters the involvement of the Library as a vital part of the city, providing free access to information and resources for every member of the community, encouraging literacy, and supporting lifelong learning. Her work is Continue Reading

Charlie Wick

Broadband Expansion Outreach, Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) Charlie Wick has been working with CTN for a little over two years now. He has a background in technology, education and social work. Charlie’s professional experience includes work for The Governors Office of OIT, United States Distance Learning Association, Centennial BOCES, Board of Cooperative Educational Services, and Aurora Mental Health Center. Charlie has Continue Reading

Chris Daniels

Vice President & Regional GM, Telrad Networks For over 18 years Chris has been primarily focused on telecommunications, but more recently he has been involved in bringing sensible LTE fixed broadband solutions to the telecom world. Chris is responsible for running Telrad across North America which includes sales, technical support, operations and overall strategic practices in the US, Canada and Continue Reading

Chris Kennedy

Broadband Project Director, Region 10 LEAP Chris was brought on to the Region 10 team to help manage the 15-million-dollar middle mile fiber construction project connecting six counties and their associated municipalities in western Colorado. Prior to his work with Region 10 Chris ran Kennedy Telecommunications Services LLC, providing services and support to small office and residential clients and telecommunications Continue Reading

Chris Perlitz

Investment Banker, Municipal Capital Markets Group Christopher Perlitz serves as an investment banker with extensive experience funding projects straddling both the public/private sectors.  He has a thorough knowledge of the Capital Markets, Capital Leases, and public/private partnership structures and works with his investor clients on these types complex transactions.  He has a unique specialty in municipal finance and broadband.  In Continue Reading

Christopher Mitchell

Director Community Broadband Networks Initiative, Institute for Local Self-Reliance Christopher Mitchell is the Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative with the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) in Minneapolis. Mitchell is a leading national expert on community networks and Internet access. Within his capacity at ILSR, he also serves as the policy director for Next Century Cities, a national collaboration Continue Reading

CJ Whelan

City Council, City of Centennial Council Member Whelan is a telecommunications and software entrepreneur and small business owner. C.J. is the co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of Adigo, a teleconferencing services provider.

Colman Keane

Director, Fiber Optic Technology, EPB (Electric Power Board Chattanooga) Monday Keynote Speaker EPB was established in 1935 as a non-profit agency of the City of Chattanooga and has grown to be one of the largest municipal power distributors in the country, serving more than 169,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square mile area. Today, the fiber optic network constructed for Continue Reading

Curtis Dean

Owner, SmartSource Consulting Curtis Dean has been involved in community broadband for 20 years. Curtis was closely involved in the planning and implementation of a new municipal broadband utility in Spencer, Iowa beginning in 1997. As part of the leadership team for that project, Curtis developed the business plans for the cable TV, telephone, and high-speed data services that the Continue Reading

Daniel Corey

Deputy ITS Practice Leader, AECOM Dan Corey serves as AECOMs Deputy National Practice Leader for Intelligent Transportation Systems.  He has 21 years of experience, is a registered professional engineer in 10 states, and has worked on various projects from planning through operations & maintenance, including: Traditional ITS design and design-builds, Traffic Management Center operations, Connected / Automated Vehicles, Advanced truck Continue Reading

Deb Socia

Executive Director, Next Century Cities Next Century Cities is a new initiative that strives to support community leaders across the country as they seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable Internet.  More than 125 cities strong, Next Century Cities is committed to celebrating city successes, demonstrating the value of truly high speed broadband, and elevating Continue Reading

Denise Atkinson-Shorey

President/Chief Executive Officer, e-Luminosity Denise Atkinson-Shorey is a senior education and telecommunications professional with over 30 years of success at the local, state and national levels. She has served in a variety of leadership roles; running a statewide broadband initiative for schools, libraries and other community anchor institutions, managing regional technical organizations, national consultancies, successful grant writing, public policy and advocacy, Continue Reading

Derek Underwood

Vice President North America, Cambium Mr. Underwood has been with Cambium Networks since its inception in October 2011, in multiple capacities. Prior to his current role, he developed and led the Integration team at Cambium, and served as the Director of Global Accounts focused on increasing revenue by >50% with Cambium’s single, largest account. Mr. Underwood has over 10 years Continue Reading

Diane Kruse

CEO, Neo Connect Diane is a thought-leader in the ever-changing broadband industry.  As the CEO of NEO Connect, she consults with electric companies and local governments on feasibility, strategy, design and financial impacts of Gigabit broadband networks.  She has founded four successful telecommunication companies and has (35) years of telecommunications and energy industry experience, the last (25) years as an Continue Reading

Doug Adams

CEO, The Think Agency Doug is a proven marketing professional with more than 20 years experience developing and fostering brands from the ground floor to national prominence. Specializing in services and technology, Doug has developed strategies, communications and marketing efforts across the U.S. with significant accomplishments within the broadband industry, including work in large metro areas including Cleveland, Chicago, and Continue Reading

Doug McCollough

Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin, OH Doug earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Toledo in Information Systems and Operations Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. He has earned certifications in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and as a Project Management Professional (PMP). As CIO of Dublin, Ohio, Doug has Continue Reading

Dr. David Reed

Faculty Director, Interdisciplinary Telecommunications Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder Dr. David Reed leads the new Center for Broadband Engineering and Economics that specializes in the interdisciplinary research of the emerging broadband ecosystem, and is Senior Fellow, Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Dr. Reed was the Chief Technology Officer and Chief Strategy Continue Reading

Drew Davis

Senior Business Analyst & Broadband Program Manager, Larimer County, Colorado Drew is currently leading Larimer County’s efforts to enhance broadband connectivity in the rural areas of the County.  He brings over 30 years of government management experience at in a variety of disciplines.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western State Colorado University.

Drew Finkelstein

Area Vice President, Calix Drew Finkelstein is a 21 year veteran in the communications industry. Throughout his career he has focused on partnering with service providers on broadband access projects with the sole focus of accelerating the deployment of technologies to increase internet speeds. Early on in Drew’s career he has worked with service providers to implement Fiber to the Curb Continue Reading

Duke Butler

Sr. Director Technical Development-Alliance, Brocade Duke Butler has worked in the networking and disaster recovery field for more than 20 years. Duke has worked as a Principal Engineer, developed and chaired the CTO Office for the Federal Division,  and supported many other efforts over the last 16 years at Brocade.  Currently he focuses on security and networking technologies. He is Continue Reading

Eric Eddy

Assistant to the City Manager, City of Centennial Eric serves as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Centennial. Leading a team of three Management Analysts in the City Manager’s Office, Eric’s areas of focus include policy support, research and analysis, and implementation. He also oversees various City-wide policy initiatives, including the City’s FiberWorks deployment, CDBG funding, Continue Reading

Eric Lampland

President, Lookout Point Communications Eric Lampland has been President of Lookout Point Communications, an independent consultancy, since 1997. Lookout Point provides key specialty disciplines to address feasibility, operations, network design, component design, funding and legal aspects that arise during network infrastructure evaluations and implementations. Lookout Point also delivers telecommunications consulting and acts as an advisor to vendors, investors and companies Continue Reading

Erik Moore

Executive Director of Academic Computing Services, Adams 12 Five Star Schools Erik Moore is the Executive Director of Academic Computing Services for Adams 12 Five Star Schools, a 40,000 student school district north of Denver, Colorado. Erik is responsible for the regional fiber optic network, data center service availability, field engineering, and cyber security. Erik still teaches a range of graduate Continue Reading

Ernie Staten

Deputy Service Director, City of Fairlawn Department of Public Service - Tuesday Keynote Speaker Ernie Staten is Deputy Director of Public Service for Fairlawn, Ohio. He has been working in local government for more than 23 years. Staten is responsible for managing the City’s infrastructure and delivering all of the City services. He is the liaison for all utilities in the Continue Reading

Frank Bell

Community Manager, The Sea Ranch Frank M. Bell, MPA, PhD – Dr. Bell has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Utah.  He has had a 35-year career in public management, serving as Chief of Police in Park City, Utah, and Town Manager in Crested Butte and Telluride, Colorado. Bell also Continue Reading

Frank Scotello

SVP of Operations & Programming, Pulse Broadband Frank Scotello is SVP Operations and Programming at Pulse Broadband responsible for assisting new and existing entrants into the video business. He has a unique telecom perspective with 25+ years of executive experience as both a cable operator with Broadstripe, Continental and Adelphia and as a programmer with Disney/ESPN and Fox.

Garett Doyle

Principal Consultant, AT&T FirstNet Garett is a seasoned technologist focused on telecommunications and information technology. During the past 20 years he has led the design and deployment of complex network solutions for a variety of government and enterprise clients. He has extensive experience supporting public safety agencies across the rocky mountain region. Garett resides in Golden, CO and holds a Continue Reading

Glenn Reynolds

Chief of Staff, NTIA Glenn Reynolds is the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which is the agency primarily responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. In this role, Mr. Reynolds provides both policy-making and operational support to the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information. NTIA’s programs focus Continue Reading

Heather Gold

President, Fiber Broadband Association Heather Burnett Gold is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association, a non-profit organization established to help its members plan, market, implement and manage fiber to the home solutions. Council membership includes entities that deliver services over direct fiber optic connections - as well as those involved in planning and building FTTH networks. A thirty-year Continue Reading

Irv Halter

Executive Director, Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Irv Halter Bio Irv Halter is a veteran of over 32 years in the United States Air Force where he was a combat veteran fighter pilot and rose to the rank of Major General. He and his wife of 37 years, Judy, are natives of southern New Jersey, growing up on family Continue Reading

Jaime Espinoza

Business Development Manager - Integrators,  Corning Create the business strategy for the next generation of FTTx projects in the Americas by leveraging Corning Optical Communications latest technologies •  Solidify commercial relationships with key integrators and establish the grounds of a long term partnership for EF&I projects •  Partner with third party financial organizations and develop opportunities and financial strategies for Broadband infrastructure Continue Reading

Jarred Masterson

Director of Technology, East Central BOCES Lifelong Eastern Colorado native, Jarred Masterson currently resides in Limon, Colorado with his wife and six children. A product of the Colorado Community College System, Jarred holds both an Associates of Computer Science and a Bachelors of Science in Technical Management. Serving as the Director of Technology for the East Central BOCES since 2006, Continue Reading

Jeff Christensen

President, EntryPoint Networks Mr. Christensen oversees ongoing Research & Development; Developed and manages strategic partnerships with the University of Utah School of Computing, Virtual Gateway Labs, and partner engineering firms; Managed manufacturing collaboration with VGL for the Virtual Broadband Gateway; Managed early relationships and deployments; Assists in driving business development and Marketing & Sales efforts; Responsible for Customer Service; Assists Continue Reading

Jerry Calorso

Founder & VP Channel Services, StreamVision TV Began working in broadcasting at the age of 18 produced an Emmy award winning TV show and worked in documentary films; then followed that by opening video post-production company Molten Media in San Francisco, and Honolulu. There, he produced and edited music videos, award-winning documentaries, feature films, commercials, broadcast television shows, and corporate Continue Reading

Jim Baller

President, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC Baller Stokes & Lide is a national law firm based in Washington, DC.  Jim represents clients in a broad range of communications matters before the federal government and in more than 35 states. He was the founder and president of the US Broadband Coalition, a consortium of more than 160 organizations of all kinds that forged Continue Reading

Jimmy Carr

CEO, All Points Broadband Jimmy is the CEO of All Points Broadband, a hybrid-fiber-wireless ISP and WISP consolidator based in Ashburn, Virginia. As CEO, Jimmy is responsible for All Points’ strategic direction and leads its M&A team. Jimmy serves on the Board of Directors of WISPA, the national Wireless ISP Association and chairs its Legislative Committee. In this capacity, he Continue Reading

Joanne Hovis

President, CTC Technology & Energy Joanne Hovis is president of CTC Technology & Energy, where she directs the firm’s work in network business planning; market analysis; financial modeling, policy, and strategy; and management consulting. Joanne advises public sector clients regarding how to build strategy and opportunity for public–private partnerships in broadband. She led the CTC teams that developed first-of-their-kind partnerships for the Continue Reading

John Bowcut

Director of Information Technology, Spanish Fork, UT John Bowcut has been in the computer industry for over 30 years.  He has been the director of the Spanish Fork Community Network (SFCN) since its inception and has been instrumental in designing, building and operating the most successful municipal broadband network in Utah. The network is fully owned and operated by the Continue Reading

John Honker

Founder, President, & CEO, Magellan Advisors Founder, President & CEO of Magellan Advisors. John founded Magellan Advisors in 2004 as he realized that the expansion of disruptive Internet technologies would change the way organizations planned, built, operated, financed and managed their networks. John's decade of prior management experience with Columbus Networks, who was recently acquired by Cable and Wireless for Continue Reading

John McEntee

Senior Director of Strategy and Solutions, Juniper Networks John joined the company in 2001. With over 15 Years of experience engaging with Tier1/2/3, state and municipal broadband networks he is able to provide a practical approach to Network Strategy. Focused on three main drivers. Customer Experience, Competition and Monetization John is able to help build an effective business strategy in Continue Reading

John Monday

VP Broadband Services, DMEA/Elevate Fiber John Monday has been the Vice-President of Broadband Services and Operations for Elevate Fiber since April 2016. Prior to his arrival at Elevate Fiber, John worked for FastTrack Communications where he directed the network engineering and operations team. FastTrack provides fiber-based internet, voice and data transport services to the business communities in southwest Colorado and Continue Reading

John Windhausen

Executive Director, Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition The SHLB (“SHELL-bee”) Coalition is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) advocacy organization with 59 members, including community anchor institutions, broadband companies, Research & Education networks, foundations, state broadband officials, broadband consultants, and public interest groups.. The Coalition promotes open, affordable, high-capacity broadband services for anchor institutions and their communities. Further information is available at Continue Reading

Jonathan Chambers

Partner, Conexon, LLC Jonathan has worked for over thirty years at start-up telecommunications companies and in the U.S. Government. Prior to joining Conexon, Jonathan served for nearly four years as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning for the Federal Communications Commission. Jonathan was part of the senior leadership at the FCC that reformed $12 billion in annual federal spending, Continue Reading

Josh Chisom

Senior District Consultant, Education Super Highway As a Senior District Consultant for EducationSuperHighway, Josh Chisom partners with school districts to upgrade their network and ensure that they have access to high bandwidth, low-cost solutions. Josh has twenty years of experience in K-12 and higher education. Before joining ESH, Josh was an E-rate consultant for eight years and, prior to that, Continue Reading

Justin Shore

Senior Counsel, Government Affairs, FirstNet Justin Shore is Senior Counsel, Government Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) where he is responsible for crafting the organization's state and federal strategy and establishing relationships to advocate for FirstNet before its federal, state, and local stakeholders, including governors, chiefs of staff, policy directors, cabinet executives, state legislators, Continue Reading

Kay Henze

Senior Vice President Dark Fiber Solutions, Zayo Kay Henze is senior vice president of Dark Fiber Solutions for the Rocky Mountain Region. In this role, Kay drives all aspects of performance and financial results across eight states including network development, engineering, implementation, customer satisfaction, product management and commercial offers. Prior to joining Zayo in 2016, Kay was vice president of Continue Reading

Ken Lucas

City Council, City of Centennial Council Member Lucas has previously served as President, Vice President of Corporate Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Financial Consultant for public and private companies for more than 25 years. Mr. Lucas has extensive experience in investment banking, financial services, private equity, internal audit, venture capital, and internal auditing. Past president of a publicly-traded company Continue Reading

Kevin Glynn

Director of Business Development, eX2 Technology Kevin Glynn, eX2 Director of Business Development, has more than 22 years of telecommunications and intelligent transportation system (ITS) industry experience. He is a civil engineer by trade with varied experience in outside and inside plant engineering (OSP/ISP), project management, construction operations, business development and account management. Kevin’s background also includes various security implementations Continue Reading

Kevin Richter

Project Engineer/Manager, Cannon Companies Kevin, works with historically underserved communities to develop and implement network designs to service their needs for broadband connectivity. He partnered with GigabitNow to form a turnkey FTTX solution for these communities. With 26 years’, of experience in the telecommunications industry, Kevin has designed and managed fiber optical and copper network installation projects from the East Continue Reading

Layne Sisk

President & CEO, ServerPlus Layne Sisk is the President and CEO of ServerPlus, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced services for both broadband and dialup internet providers. ServerPlus, founded in 2000, has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by several publications. ServerPlus is the primary provider of technical support on several of the world’s Continue Reading

Les Sparrey

Director of Sales & Marketing, Radwin Les Sparrey has been in the technology field since 1983 and has been involved with the Internet Service Provider market since its beginning.  He began his career as with a VAR in the Chicago area selling desktop computing to enterprise clients.  In 1987 Les was recruited by Cambridge, MA based Shiva Corporation, a start-up Continue Reading

Lesley Mace

Assistant Director, RoadX Program, Colorado Department of Transportation Lesley Mace is the Assistant Director of the RoadX Program at the Colorado Department of Transportation. In this position, she is responsible for the integration of technology into the transportation system including planning, engineering design and construction. Lesley has been assisting Peter Kozinski in developing the RoadX program in Colorado since March 2016. Continue Reading

Lonny Maler

Regional Sales Director, Calix Member of Calix organization for 13+ years and has worked in the Telecommunications industry for 25 years with companies like FORE Systems, Cisco and Nortel. Lives in Louisburg, Kansas.

Lori Sherwood

Director of Broadband Development, Vantagepoint.   Lori Sherwood has actively worked in broadband and telecommunications in the municipal space for over thirteen years.  Lori is also an attorney whose prior work experience includes serving as Of Counsel with the Denver law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C, where she specialized in local governments, information technology, telecommunications, community broadband networks, legislation, Continue Reading

Lynn Notarianni

Telecom Section Chief, Colorado Public Utilities Commission Lynn Notarianni has been in the private or public sector of the Telecommunications industry for over 30 years. Her telecom experience covers IT, network, and wholesale operations as well as technical and policy regulatory matters at the state and federal level. Lynn is currently the Telecom Section Chief at the Colorado PUC where Continue Reading

Mark Chambers

Director of Sales, National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative(NRTC) Mark Chambers has served as the Director of Sales at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) since 2007. Mark Chambers has over 20 years of sales and sales management experience. Mark’s career includes roles with a wide range of business development responsibilities along with sales and marketing experience in the ILEC/CLEC industry working Continue Reading

Mark Thompson

Senior Sales Manager, Samsung Wireless Enterprise Mark Thompson is a seasoned communications veteran with 19 years’ experience in communications and network technology industry. Mark ensures success for both client and organizations through dedication to service and excellence which builds successful business strategies to support dynamic changes that are present in the Wi-Fi industry. Prior to Samsung Wireless Enterprise, Mark’s career includes Continue Reading

Mark Tichenor

Vice President of Operations, On Trac, Inc. Now in his 8th year with On Trac, Mark heads western expansion efforts for this leading FTTH installation company.  He has been strategic in three FTTH start ups and has led On Trac in MDU design and implementation for various clients.  He currently resides in Longmont, CO.

Martins Dzelde

Senior Sales Engineer, SAF Martins is Senior Sales Engineer at SAF North America, responsible for consulting on microwave radio architecture and network design. With the background of 10 years of experience in Senior Product Manager role at SAF Tehnika being responsible for market analysis, product launches, sales team training and microwave project consulting. Prior to SAF Tehnika, Martins have founded Continue Reading

Marty Skolnick

Account Manager – Siemens Intelligent Integrated Developments, Siemens Industry Inc. Marty is an Account Manager and Program Manager for Siemens Intelligent Integrated Developments. He specializes in working with long-term accounts, as a Technology Partner, in developing, designing, implementing and servicing their integrated infrastructure and energy and water needs. Marty has been involved in the integration and energy management field since Continue Reading

Matt Larsen

CEO, Vistabeam Matt Larsen has been deploying wireless infrastructure for ISP operations since early 2000 and is experienced in the design of data networks, NOC operations, wireless deployments, voice over IP implementation, business development and overall management of ISP operations. In 1995, Larsen was part of the volunteer group that launched FortNet, the first ISP in Fort Collins, Colorado.  After Continue Reading

Michael P. Lewis

Deputy Executive Director/COO, Colorado Department of Transportation Mike Lewis joined the Colorado Department of Transportation in May 2015 as the Deputy Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Rhode Island DOT and board member of Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority and Rhode Island Public Rail Corporation from March Continue Reading

Michael Pecot

Principal and CEO, Jiggsa, LLC Michael Pecot is the founder of Jiggsa, LLC, a low-voltage integration firm specializing in FTTx and commercial implementations.   In English, Jiggsa simply solves client’s technological “puzzles”. That could mean consulting with them on a design activities or deploying their multi-state installation crews to implement, test and launch voice, video, data and access solutions. Starting with Continue Reading

Mike Brazell

County Commissioner, Park County, CO Mike Brazell has lived in Bailey Co for the last 24 years and worked as an Engineer in the medical device and construction fields. He is currently in his 2nd term as a Commissioner for Park County and leads efforts both in the state and county to buildout rural broadband in Colorado.

Phil Weiser

University of Colorado Law School, Hatfield Professor of Law and Executive Director and Founder of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.   Phil Weiser is the Hatfield Professor of Law and Executive Director and Founder of Silicon Flatirons at the University of Colorado Boulder. Professor Weiser served as Dean of Colorado Law from June 2011 to Continue Reading

Randy Reznik

Network Program Manager, Colorado Telehealth Network Randy is a seasoned technology and telecom veteran with broad experience. Most recently, he has been assisting health care providers in obtaining federal subsidies under the FCC’s Rural Healthcare Program via a contract with the Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN). CTN further works with local governments and regional initiatives to align anchor institutions as first Continue Reading

Rob Worden

Executive Engagement Leader, Smart Cities and IoT, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Robert Worden leads Fujitsu’s Smart Cities/Internet of Things (IoT) efforts in North America. Bringing 25 years of telecom leadership to this role, Robert’s charter is to digitally transform the operations of municipalities, state and local governments, utility and transportation operations in the US and Canada. Prior to this role, Robert Continue Reading

Roger Timmerman

Executive Director & CEO, Utopia Roger is a technology management professional with over 15 years experience in telecommunications and information technology. After graduating from Brigham Young University, he worked for the BYU Office of IT on the deployment of various network products including a campus wide wireless network, network authentication system, and web filtering system. While living in Provo, he Continue Reading

Sarah Vaine

Assistant County Manager,  Summit County Government. Sarah oversees numerous departments in Summit County Government including Information Systems, Human Services, Public Health, Public Safety and Summit County Libraries. Ms. Vaine’s background and education are in the field of mental health and community health. She has a master’s degree in psychology and 15 years of experience in non-profit leadership in Summit County. Prior Continue Reading

Scott Jackson

National Business Development Manager – Smart City & Smart Grid, Graybar Scott Jackson’s current position focuses on Broadband Communications, Smart City, and Smart Grid systems. This includes Service Solutions across utility deployments spanning Electrical, IT/Communications, specialty applications (Smart City, Smart Grid, and Smart Lighting to the Smart Facility) along with the connected communities and associated networking for the Internet of Things (IoT). Continue Reading

Sean Moore

Information Technology Administrator, State of Wyoming, Enterprise Technology Services (ETS) In his role, Sean leads IT services for the Executive branch and provides leadership in the areas of IT strategic direction. His focus is on the State of Wyoming’s Unified Network, Google Apps Unlimited, cloud initiatives, IT consolidation, and optimization of services and solutions. Before joining ETS in 2012, Sean Continue Reading

Stephanie Copeland

Executive Director, Office of Economic Development and International Trade Stephanie Copeland was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to his cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in January 2017. She joins OEDIT most recently from The Zayo Group, where she served as President of the communications infrastructure services firm. She was part of a Continue Reading

Stephanie Piko

Mayor Pro Tem, City of Centennial Director of IT for Intelinet Imaging, 2010-Present Cherry Creek School District - Fox Hollow Elementary -Technology instructor/Computer technician, 2005 - 2014 Substitute teacher, 2014 - Pres.  

Stephen Milton

CEO , GigabitNow, Inc. At GigabitNow, Stephen works with small cities, counties, townships, villages, and owner associations (homes, condo, etc.) to develop strategic and tactical plans to design, build, and operate fiber networks in underserved communities across the Unites States. Prior to founding GigabitNow, Stephen was a co-founder of IsoFusion and ISOMEDIA, which have been providing Internet access, hosting, and colocation Continue Reading

Steve Coran

Member, Lerman Senter, PLLC Mr. Coran’s practice focuses on the representation of fixed wireless broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, educators and wireless companies by serving their policy, transactional and licensing needs.  He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund and other proceedings Continue Reading

Sumana (Suma) Nallapati

Secretary of Technology and Chief Information Officer Sumana (Suma) Nallapati is an accomplished technology leader with experience in establishing and executing value-driven global IT service strategy and delivery. Her extensive experience includes leading technology driven innovation for business transformation, healthcare infrastructure operations, and global enterprise business applications. She is a “people” leader who builds high performance teams within multi-cultural, globally Continue Reading

Ted Osborn

Managing Partner, WISP Partners Ted Osborn serves as Managing Director of WISP Partners, Inc., a boutique consultancy with an assembly of multi-platform Internet experts that specialize in the rural broadband sector. WISP Partner’s services include project management, regulatory, and strategic business development. Mr. Osborn is considered a national expert on the Connect America Fund (CAF). A recent client engagement includes Continue Reading

Tim Miles

Technology Director, Steamboat Springs School District & South Routt School District Tim Miles has been with Steamboat Schools since 2006, South Routt schools since 2010 and working in Education since 2003. Tim got his start in his Technology working for a large computer manufacturer in Toronto and New York City. Before moving to Education he worked for a Financial Firm where he Continue Reading

Tim Scott

Director of Fiber Infrastructure, City of Centennial Tim has spent most of his career in the IP networking industry having enjoyed many years with Cisco Systems across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. With Cisco, Tim led various regional teams across the Emerging Markets and specialized predominately in the adoption of new technologies across the region. Tim’s passion for Continue Reading

Todd Kielkopf

President, Kielkopf Advisory Services Todd Kielkopf is the President of Kielkopf Advisory Services, contracting with Smart Source Consulting to provide community broadband studies and to advise on implementation strategies. Todd has over 20 years of experience in the areas of municipal broadband and community development as a consultant, General Manager and CFO. Areas of consulting include utility economic development, strategic Continue Reading

Troy Babbitt

Telecommunications Program Manager, Wyoming Department of Transportation Troy Babbitt is the Telecommunications Program Manager with the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT). His role provides reliable telecommunications for public safety and transportation efficiency. This includes voice, data and video information across telephone, microwave and mobile radio infrastructure. Previously, Babbitt was the Broadband Enterprise Architect with the Department of Enterprise Services (ETS), Continue Reading

Troy Harms

Vice President Infrastructure Sales, Acuity Brands, Inc. Troy Harms is a 24-year veteran of the lighting industry, with extensive experience in public sector and government projects, primarily in the public infrastructure market. Troy has a vast professional history with specification sales, sales management, project delivery (new construction, energy conservation, rehab, etc.), contracting methodology, and major project management. Street lighting and Continue Reading

Virgil Turner

Director of Innovation & Citizen Engagement, City of Montrose Currently Virgil is leading the effort to make the City of Montrose a Gigabit city. His career with the city, which began in 1988, has included such diverse roles as police officer, programmer/analyst, network manager and information technology manager and administrative services director. He now works to drive innovation and improve the Continue Reading