Speaker Schedule

Mike Chase

Senior VP, Solutions Engineering, AireSpring


Mike is the SVP of Solutions Engineering for AireSpring, Inc., and is a telecom veteran with deep expertise in SD-WAN and related technologies. He previously co-founded and was former CTO of several cloud ventures, including one of the first Cloud Service Providers (CSP) to offer hosted virtual desktops worldwide (rated #1 by Network World Magazine in their DaaS shootout article of May 21, 2012, top 100 of Talkin’ Cloud rankings). Mike brings experience across a vast portfolio of other telecom/VoIP, networking, datacenter & cloud services. He is also a published author of many online magazine articles, columns and blogs found online at Computer Technology Review (wwpi.com), SMB Nation, TechTarget.com and others. In addition, Mike has over 25+ years of experience designing complex datacenters worldwide during his work with such firms as Wells Fargo Bank, IBM, Mobil Oil Corporation, Union Oil, LA Cellular, Capitol Records, Equant, AT&T, Broadcom, Experian, tamCloud, dinCloud and others.


Mike Thompson

Consulting Systems Engineer, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company

Mike Thompson is a Professional Systems Engineer with over 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex networks. Over the course of his career, Mike has held several engineering, consulting, and executive leadership positions with technology leaders, including FORE Systems, Marconi Communications, Bay Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, and most recently Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. As a Consulting Systems Engineer, Mike provides technical leadership for the Systems Engineers in the Florida and Alabama region. In his current role, his responsibilities include business development, solutions architecture, field updates, driving feature development, and direct engineering engagements with existing and new customers. Mike served in the US Marine Corps for 10 years. He is a Desert Storm Veteran and attained the rank of Sergeant before exiting active duty. Mike volunteers his time with several organizations, including the US Naval Sea Cadet Corp’s Thomas Norris Battalion in Central Florida, where he acts as the Executive Office. The USNSCC is a congressionally-chartered, U.S. Navy-based organization that serves to teach individuals about the sea-going military services, U.S. naval operations and training, community service, citizenship, and an understanding of discipline and teamwork.


Gary Sevounts

CMO, Aryaka Networks

Aryaka Networks

Gary Sevounts is the Chief Marketing Officer at Aryaka Networks, and is responsible for Aryaka’s global marketing efforts. Sevounts brings nearly 20 years of marketing executive expertise to Aryaka, as he has built multiple successful brands, award-winning products, and effective revenue generation models – from venture-backed startups to global corporations. He has extensive experience with software and SaaS products in the IT infrastructure and security space, as well as marketing and sales technology, having held marketing and product management leadership roles with a number of industry leaders.


Oji Udezue

Head of Product, Atlassian

Anand Gonuguntla

Co-founder and CEO, Centina Systems

Centina Systems

Anand Gonuguntla, Co-founder and CEO of Centina Systems, has more than 20 years’ experience in the telecom and software industry. As CEO, Anand oversees all strategic planning and execution of the company’s corporate, sales and product initiatives. Under Anand’s leadership, in just 10 years, the company underwent global expansion and has been recognized by leading analyst firms such as Gartner and Frost & Sullivan. The company was also ranked by Deloitte as one of the fastest growing companies in America and has achieved 314% growth from 2009 through 2013. These accolades are a validation of Centina’s enterprising spirit and its commitment to its core values.Prior to Centina Systems, Anand held leadership positions at Xtera Communications and Fujitsu Network Communications. Anand also holds patents in the area of network management and is well published in the communications industry. He received his master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India.


Speaker TBA

, Comcast Business

Comcast Business


Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Dialpad


Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad. Previously, he was Founder and CEO of GrandCentral Communications (now Google Voice) and prior to that, ran Yahoo! Voice as the Senior Director of VoIP at Yahoo!


Mark Palmer

Vice President of Relationship Development, Granite Telecommunications

Granite Telecommunications

Mark Palmer is Senior Director of Relationship Development at Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team promoting non-POTS service to partners nationwide. Mark previously worked at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1995 - 1996 as a service splice technician upgrading phone services at older facilities. In 1999, Mark moved his career to direct sales, working for Network Plus. By 2001, Mark was helped launch a new Network Plus office in Philadelphia, PA. Mark joined the Granite Telecommunications team shortly after its founding in 2002, selling analog phone lines. In 2011, he was asked to help start the data team at Granite to sell non-POTS service to our customer base. In 2015 Mark was named one of the first directors in the Relationship Development team, which was more proactive in understanding customer goals and ensuring that we were helping to meet them. In 2017, Mark hit his 15th year with Granite Telecommunications. Mark currently works with the Granite Channels team continuing to work and develop programs introducing current clients and agents to next generation products Granite delivers today. Mark lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children. He is currently the Vice President of the non-profit, Burrillville Junior Hockey League and very much enjoys coaching his children’s’ hockey teams.


Eric Herzog

CMO - Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels, IBM


Eric’s responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBMs award-winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies.Prior to joining IBM, Herzog was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Alliances for allflash storage provider Violin Memory. Herzog was also Senior Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing for EMC’s Enterprise & Mid-range Systems Division, where held global responsibility for product management, product marketing, evangelism, solutions marketing, communications, and technical marketing with a P&L over $10B. Before joining EMC, he was vice president of marketing and sales at Tarmin Technologies. Herzog has also held vice president business line management and vice president of marketing positions at IBMs Storage Technology Division, where he had P&L responsibility for the over $300M OEM RAID and storage subsystems business, and Maxtor (acquired by Seagate). Herzog has held vice president positions in marketing, sales, operations, and acting-CFO roles at Asempra (acquired by BakBone Software), ArioData Networks (acquired by Xyratex), Topio (acquired by Network Appliance), Zambeel, and Streamlogic.Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.


Franklyn Jones

Vice President, Security Marketing, Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Franklyn Jones is Vice President, Security Marketing at Juniper Networks. Franklyn has more than 25 years of marketing leadership experience in early stage and publicly held technology companies, including 15+ years in cybersecurity. He helped Blue Coat effectively target the Secure Web Gateway market, then joined Palo Alto Networks while it was in stealth mode and helped accelerate its growth for 5 years to a successful IPO. Franklyn also held CMO positions with Bromium (endpoint security), Spikes Security (web malware isolation), and Cyphort (advanced threat detection). Franklyn holds a BA from Michigan Tech University.


Dan Foster

President & COO, MegaPath


Dan Foster is the President and Chief Operating Officer of MegaPath, responsible for day-to-day management and leadership of the company with full P&L responsibility. Foster has served in key leadership roles since joining MegaPath in 2000. He has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and data communications industry. Foster has a strong background in growing successful companies and channel organizations. Before joining MegaPath, he was the CEO and President at Phoenix Networks. He also served as Vice President of Consumer Markets at Rhythms Net Connections. Foster received dual engineering and liberal arts degrees from Tufts University and graduated from Harvard Business School’s executive PMD program.


Todd Abbott

Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Services, Mitel


A seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in the computing, networking, and business communications industries, Todd Abbott is a customer-focused leader with a keen ability to develop go-to-market strategies, sales models, and channel programs and to drive an execution-focused culture. In his role as Mitel’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales & Services, Todd oversees Mitel’s global sales operations, including cloud and enterprise sales, professional and support services, and channel programs.Prior to joining Mitel, Todd was Chief Revenue Officer at Spireon, a private company focused on the vehicle telematics market. Todd has also held senior executive positions at several business communications companies, including leading the sales and marketing programs at Symbol Technologies, Seagate Technology, Avaya, and Sonus Networks. He also has significant start-up experience, as CEO of Tely Labs, focused on the cloud-based video conference market. Earlier in his career, Todd spent eight years at Cisco Systems where he assumed a series of progressively more senior positions around the world, including sales management responsibilities in New York, Sales Vice President in Singapore, and Group Vice President in Paris, and leading the service provider business in Europe, Middle East, and Asia. Todd began his career in 1982 at IBM Corporation.Todd has a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University (Boston, Massachusetts).


Brent Baker

Manager, Network Services, Powernet


Brent delivers cutting-edge communication solutions quickly and efficiently to businesses, as well as, designs solutions foragents. He has driven the expansion of Powernet’s VoIP offerings from purely minutes based to a full suite of business VoIPofferings. As Manager of Network Services, Brent is responsible for overseeing Powernet’s Voice engineering, Wi-Fi andNetwork operations teams. Since starting at Powernet, 8 years ago, he has been a vocal proponent of the growth potentialavailable with hosted business services and smart Wi-Fi solutions.


Nuno Diogo

, Riverbed


After spending a decade in the military, Nuno began his IT career 13 years ago and has held various technical roles including Systems Administrator, Network and TAC Engineer and Solutions Engineer. Within these roles he has focused on key industry areas including Federal environments, Healthcare and Fortune 100 enterprise organizations. Nuno joined Riverbed in 2010, and leads the Systems Engineering team for the Southeast.


Pradosh Mohapatra

Cofounder, Sproute Networks

Sproute Networks

Pradosh is a leading networking architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He has published multiple Internet RFCs and over 15 patents to date. Before co-founding Sproute networks, Pradoshwas the technical lead for layer 3 protocols at CumulusNetworks. Previously, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco and a key software architect of the industry-leading NCS-6000 platform.Pradosh has been an early engineer at a number of networking startups, including Procket Networks (acquired by Cisco) and Tasman Networks(acquired by Nortel).Pradosh holds an MS in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.


Kevin Suitor

Chief Marketing Officer, TELoIP


Kevin has over 35 years of network industry experience and the right strategic skill set to lead TELoIP’s marketing and alliance efforts in the exploding SD-WAN arena. Prior to TELoIP, Suitor served as VP of marketing, product management, and strategy & alliances with leading WAN Optimization technology vendor Exinda Networks. Earlier, Kevin helped develop market strategy for broadband wireless and WiMAX at Redline Communications (TSX:RDL), which earned recognition as the second fastest growing technology company in Canada by the Deloitte Canadian Technology Fast 50 Program in 2006. Previously, Suitor held senior roles with CopperCom, CTI Datacom, and Wandel & Goltermann, and founded DCI Digital Communications Inc. which was sold to Tekelec.


Larry Cushing

Chief Technology Evangelist, TPX Communications

TPX Communications


Sanjay Srinivasan, PhD

Vice President & Chief Technology Architect, Business Engineering, Vonage


As Vice President and Chief Technology Architect Business Engineering for Vonage, Sanjay Srinivasan is responsible for the Company’s engineering and product development. With more than 20 years of experience and expertise in the areas of data networks, voice services and hosted application services, Sanjay’s areas of expertise include network design, VoIP, software architecture and development, service provider process engineering, product marketing and development, and network and service operations.Sanjay has led educational seminars on the concept of Hosted IP PBX based services in various cities across the country and has presented at conferences on the subject of VoIP. He has also been published in refereed journals and conference proceedings.In 2015, Sanjay received the Top CTO AZ Top Tech Exec Award, an annual recognition honoring Phoenixs finest leaders in technology. He was also instrumental in efforts leading to Frost & Sullivan’s recognition of Telesphere for its 2015 CIO Impact Award in Enterprise Architecture. Sanjay holds a doctorate degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and is a member of Engineering Honor societies Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi.


Speaker TBA

, Windstream



Mike Frane

VP SD-WAN, Windstream


Mike Frane is VP SD-WAN at Windstream, leading the companys SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, hes overseen the launch and lifecycle of products including LTE wireless, Ethernet and MPLS IPsec access elements, Secure WiFi & Analytics, Application Performance Optimization, IPsec VPN and Unified Communications services. Prior to their merge with Windstream, Mike and his team launched EarthLinks SD-WAN service, which was the companys most significant product introduction in over a decade. Mike holds a bachelors degree in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota, and he was involved in gene therapy research at the Institute of Human Genetics before entering the telecommunications industry as a business analyst for an investment firm based in the Pacific Northwest