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

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

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

Broadband Program Manager, Governor's Office of Information Technology Brian is responsible for developing a statewide, comprehensive broadband strategy to ensure all Coloradan’s have access to broadband technology. Additionally, Mr. Shepherd is the State Point of Contact for the FirstNet project working to develop Colorado’s plan for the Public Safety Broadband Network. Prior to joining OIT Mr. Shepherd spent eight years in 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

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

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

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

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 Clark

Editor and Publisher, BroadbandBreakfast.com President, Rural Telecommunications Congress As the Editor and Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, Drew Clark tracks the development of smart cities, infrastructure, and broadband's impact at http://BroadbandBreakfast.com. A nationally-respected telecommunications attorney, Clark brings experts and practitioners together to advance the benefits provided by broadband. He currently serves on the Public Works Advisory Commission in the City of Orem, Continue Reading

Eric Eddie

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 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.

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

Harold Dominguez

City Manger, City of Longmont Harold Dominguez has served as Longmont, Colorado city manager since April 2012. Under his leadership and administration, Longmont’s many accomplishments include a plan to redevelop the Twin Peaks mall area, development of a citywide budget prioritization program, planned redevelopment of a 27-acre abandoned turkey processing facility, and overall recovery and rebuilding from a flood that 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

Isak Finér

Chief Marketing Officer, COS Systems Isak Finer holds a position as Chief Marketing Officer at the strongly expansive company COS Systems (COS) where he is managing the sales and marketing teams. COS is headquartered in Isak’s hometown of Umea, Sweden, where one of the world’s first city owned fiber optic networks was deployed in 1994. The COS founders have since then been Continue Reading

Jack Waters

CTO & President of Network Solutions, Zayo Jack oversees global technology and network strategy and execution. He is also involved in all aspects of the business and is directly engaged with Zayo’s strategic customers, technology vendors and alliance partners. Prior to joining Zayo, Jack was CTO at Level 3 Communications, where he was focused on global network technology, architecture, engineering, process 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

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 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 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

Ken Fellman

Partner, Kissenger & Fellman, P.C. Ken Fellman is Vice President of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. His practice emphasizes local government representation, particularly telecommunications, local government and utilities law. Ken has represented local governments, non-profit organizations and governmental associations nationwide in connection with cable television franchising, deployment of community broadband networks, tower and antenna siting, public safety communications issues, communications service contracts, 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 Dundon

EVP, Alianza Kevin is responsible for overall revenue growth and product direction at Alianza, including partner development and strategic customer relationship management. Kevin has over 25 years of telecom and IT management experience. Prior to joining Alianza, he spent 16 years at Level 3 Communications where he was a key member of the leadership team that founded the company and 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

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

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

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

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

Michelle Maggiore

Transportation Business Development, Cisco's Smart & Connected Communities Michelle Maggiore is a professional transportation engineer with 20 years of experience in performance management and strategic planning for transportation agencies and local governments, most recently applying her background to the deployment of technology in the public sector. Her academic contributions to the field of transportation include the development and application of decision support Continue Reading

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

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

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.  

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 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

Tom Roiniotis

General Manager, Longmont Power & Communications Tom Roiniotis is the General Manager of Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) and has over 30 years of experience in the energy utility industry. Prior to joining LPC, Tom was Director of Customer Field Services for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Northern California. During Tom’s tenure, LPC has earned a Reliable Public 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