Speaker Schedule

Thank you to All of ITEXPO's Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors and Exhibitors for Making the 2018 Fort Lauderdale Event an Amazing One! Stay tuned for details on ITEXPO January 28-31, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Evan Kirstel (Judge)

Digital Social Influencer and Business Strategist,

With 25+ years of sales, alliances and biz dev experience in Telecom and IT, I bring a unique perspective on opportunities in the Unified Communications & Collaboration landscape, including deep knowledge of social, mobile, and the voice/video/web collaboration market and cloud technology.I am a member of Influencer Marketing programs at Huawei, IBM and Dell EMC. My clients include CenturyLink, GENBAND, Ericsson, West Corp, Broadsoft, Xactly, 128 Technology, Qualcomm, Panasonic and many others.


Don Troshynski

CTO, Global Sales, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Don Troshynski is CTO, Global Sales with 128 Technology. Mr. Troshynski works with the world’s premier enterprises and service providers to securely and reliably deploy service-oriented networks.  Mr. Troshynski joined 128 Technology from Versa Networks, further broadening his experience with real-world network technologies. Mr. Troshynski has over 25 years of experience in the networking and telecommunications industry with companies such as FORE/Marconi Communications (now Ericsson), Avici Systems, and SRA International.  He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MS in Computer Science from George Washington University.


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.


Mouli Radhakrishnan

Sr Director, Product Management, Aryaka


Mouli Radhakrishnan heads product management at Aryaka and is responsible for product strategy, roadmap and technology partnerships. He has been in the networking industry for 20+ years with experience in product development, sales, and business development. Prior to Aryaka, he had been instrumental in architecting products for Enterprise solutions at Cisco and IBM. He is a technology enthusiast and holds more than 10 patents in areas of security, WAN and LAN technologies.


Oji Udezue

Head of Product, Atlassian


Oji Udezue is the head of product for Atlassians communications products, which just launched its first new product since IPO: Atlassian Stride. A product veteran with past roles at Microsoft, Bridgewater Associates, Spiceworks and his own startup, InterMingl, Oji is passionate about bringing new scalable products and ideas into the world. He mentors startups with a focus on companies with diverse founders, and drives startup investments in Africa as a passion project. His ultimate goal is productizing functional telepathy but for now will settle for transforming how teams and the people in them, communicate and process social data at work.


Darius Goodall

Director, Product Marketing - Security Products, Barracuda


Darius is a veteran of the network industry, with more than 21 years of experience in networking products, enterprise marketing and business development. He is currently Director of product marketing for security at Barracuda Networks. Before joining Barracuda, he served as head of Networking Alliances and DevOps at Dell Networking and prior to that he was Director of Solutions Architecture and Innovation at Extreme Networks.


Joel Mulkey

CEO, BigLeaf Networks

BigLeaf Networks

Joel Mulkey is the founder and CEO of Bigleaf Networks. Joel led the creation of Bigleafs unique Cloud-first SD-WAN technology and service, simplifying and improving connectivity to the Cloud for businesses. Prior to Bigleaf, Joel was the CIO and network architect of a fixed-wireless internet and data services provider. Joels telecom industry perspective continues to drive Bigleaf in creating innovative network technology and delivering unparalleled service.


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.


Donna Johnson

Director of Product Marketing, Citrix


Donna Johnson is currently Director of Product Marketing for NetScaler SD-WAN at Citrix. Throughout her career, Donna has worked with network management and network infrastructure products, holding positions of engineering management, product management and product marketing at companies such as Objective Systems Integrators and Dorado Software. Most recently, she was Director of Products with Talari Networks where she helped define the emerging category of software defined WANs. Donna graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Jeff Lewis

Vice President of Connectivity Solutions, Comcast Business

Comcast Business

Jeff Lewis is the Vice President of Connectivity Solutions for Comcast Business. He has responsibility for a wide range of Data Products and Services, spanning next generation Internet Access solutions, Ethernet based networking and Internet solutions, Wi-Fi, Data Center and Cloud access, and especially Comcast Business’s efforts in Software Defined Networking.Jeff has been with Comcast for 10 yrs, previously holding roles in the area of Product Development focused on delivering Comcast’s Broadband, Video, Voice and Home Security CPE.Jeff has over 27 years of experience in telecommunications, coming to Comcast after 12+ yrs at BellSouth/AT&T, where he worked in the Product Management team focused on Business Services Products and Solutions. Chief among his accomplishments included the development of both Hosted VoIP and SIP Trunking solutions, as well as, a nationwide Layer 3 VPN and Metro Ethernet solutions.Jeff earned an MBA from Babson College, as well as, both an MS and BS in Engineering from Boston University. He is married to a wonderful (and understanding) wife Jennifer and has three children, Abigail, Cooper and Aubrey.


Craig Walker

Founder & CEO, Dialpad


Craig is the Founder and CEO at Dialpad, the modern communications platform that’s killing the desk phone—making it one of North America’s fastest growing tech companies. Craig is a leader in disrupting the communications space, previously founding two companies: the first was acquired by Yahoo to become Yahoo! Voice, and the second was acquired by Google to become Google Voice. Craig was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Google Ventures, and has a wealth of knowledge on growing companies, transforming communications systems, and building disruptive technology. Today, Dialpad has 50,000+ customers, including 60 percent of the Fortune 500 and just launched the worlds first free business phone system. Dialpad is funded by some of the worlds best recognized investors including Amasia, Andreessen Horowitz, Felicis Ventures, GV (formerly Google Ventures), Section32, Softbank, and Work-Bench.


John Macario

Vice President of Marketing, Edgewater


John Macario is a 14-year industry veteran, currently serving as Edgewater Networks’ Vice President of Marketing. Prior to joining Edgewater, Mr. Macario was President of Savatar, a consulting and research firm focused on helping clients bring innovative VoIP communications solutions to market. Under Mr. Macario’s leadership, Savatar grew to be widely regarded as an industry vanguard in the business community for IP Communications. Prior to founding Savatar, Mr. Macario held senior positions with Digitas, a Boston-based direct marketing company where he worked on numerous projects in the telecommunications industry. He has worked as a technical architect and brand manager for multinational corporations and has consulted to the Governments of Canada, Ireland and Scotland on a broad range of technical and marketing issues. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master of Science degree in physics from Dartmouth College.


Kostas Sfakiotakis

Team Lead, Systems Engineering, Fortinet


Kostas Sfakiotakis is a Senior Systems Engineer and Team Lead at Fortinet covering North Florida. He has been with Fortinet for over 12 years and has over 25 years of networking and security experience. He continues to work with enterprise customers helping them identify networking and security solutions that make their businesses more secure, efficient and easier to manage.


Lisa Pierce

Managing Vice President, Enterprise Network Systems and Services, Gartner


Lisa Pierce is the Managing Vice President in Gartner Research, where she leads the Unified Communications, Network Systems and Services team. Ms. Pierce’s team addresses all the major network-related infrastructure, applications and operations issues that confront enterprises across the world.

Prior to joining Gartner, Lisa was the President of Strategic Networks Group, a company dedicated to improving the quality of emerging telecommunications and IT services, and the service experience, that enterprise customers receive from key network suppliers.

She is an expert on emerging enterprise-class telecom/network services, including telecom cloud (IaaS, PaaS and select SaaS applications), next generation network and performance management, SIP Trunking and Unified Communications services (particularly hosted UC, collaboration/conferencing and FMC services), broadband access, 3G and 4G services, managed network services, switched Ethernet (VPLS) and MPLS services. In addition to strategic architectural considerations, her work has extended to sourcing, performance assurance, and customer satisfaction.

Previously, Lisa was the Vice President of Telecommunications Services Research at Forrester Research/Giga Information Group for over ten years, and served in several leadership capacities, including as a Technology Practice Director and as the first elected Chair of the Giga Research Fellows. During her tenure, she was twice named as one of the Top 10 most influential IT analysts. Prior experience includes four years’ consulting on network signaling protocols for a boutique network engineering firm.

Lisa’s career in network communications began at AT&T, where her work focused on developing and introducing entirely new classes of business services – in product development, product management, new services market research, statistical modeling and forecasting. Across the globe, these services still generate billions of dollars of revenue today. The development teams she led were awarded 6 patents.

A member of the IEEE, Ms. Pierce is a frequent industry speaker and media commentator. She has also served a Contributor to Saugatuck Technology, UC Strategies, GigaOM Pro, No Jitter/Enterprise Connect, and DM Radio. Lisa holds an MBA in marketing and statistical modeling from Willamette University, and a B.A. with Honors from Gordon College.


Alex Eissler

Product manager, SDN/NFV Solutions, GCI, Inc.

GCI, Inc.


Shidan Gouran (Judge)

President, Global Blockchain

Global Blockchain

Shidan Gouran is a cofounder and president of Global Blockchain Technologies Corp., the largest listed private equity firm in the Blockchain sector. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded Nuovotel Corp., one of the first and largest wholesale VoIP service providers of its time, Jazinga Inc., developers of an award winning unified communications system and Home Jinni Inc., developers of the first Android based Smart TV platform. Shidan is a seed investor and advisor to a number of the leading financial technology and blockchain startups. He mined his first Bitcoin in early 2010 and has been involved with Cryptocurrencies ever since.Shidan studied Pure Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Western Ontario.


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.


Bill Rumancik

Sr. Marketing Director, Enterprise Solutions, Hughes Network Systems

Hughes Network Systems

Bill Rumancik, a Senior Director with Enterprise Solutions at Hughes Network Systems, is focused on helping distributed enterprises safely network their remote locations to connect with the employees and customers. Since joining Hughes, a global technology and managed services company, in 1996 Bill has assisted customers to validate and deploy a variety of services (Broadband, Security, Wi-Fi, Signage, VoIP, other) across their remote locations spanning 10’s to 10,000’s of sites. Leveraging over 20 years of wide-area network (WAN) experience, he is presently concentrating on disruptors and emerging technologies driving industry trends in cloud services, SD-WAN, and the evolving branch security landscape.


Jeff Eckard

VP, Cloud Data Solutions, IBM


Jeff Eckard is vice president of cloud data solutions for IBM. He leads cross-portfolio and partner solution strategy, development, offering models and go-to-market activities with a focus on multicloud and analytics capabilities for the enterprise. Prior to joining IBM in 2017, Jeff led product, solution and engineering teams for NetApp focused on edge data cloud and OpenStack-based private cloud storage, virtual storage appliances, Hadoop analytics, storage area networks, and customer services operations. Jeff holds JD and BA degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from the University of Washington.


Nick Bilogorskiy

Cybersecurity Strategist, Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Nick Bilogorskiy drives cybersecurity strategy at Juniper Networks. As a founding member at Cyphort, which was recently acquired by Juniper Networks, Nick created and led the Cyphort Labs Threat Research team. He also played a critical role designing Cyphort’s malware detection logic and product user experience. Prior to Cyphort, Nick was chief malware expert at Facebook and also held security research leadership positions at Fortinet and Sonicwall.Nick is fluent in reverse engineering, analysis, pattern writing and malware tracking. He has presented and published research papers at major security conferences including Virus Bulletin, ISACA and SecureWorld. Nick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and philosophy from Simon Fraser University and a GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM) certification, as well as multiple patents in computer security.


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.


Michael Farthing

Senior Sales Engineer, MegaPath

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).


John Burke

Principal Research Analyst & CIO, Nemertes Research

Nemertes Research

John Burke is a Principal Research Analyst with Nemertes Research, where he advises key enterprise and vendor clients, conducts and analyzes primary research, and writes thought-leadership pieces across a wide variety of topics. John leads research on private and public cloud; private cloud infrastructure; private and hybrid cloud management and security; network, server and storage virtualization; and software-defined networking (SDN), SDWAN, and network functions virtualization (NFV).He also leads coverage of IT service management and ITIL, big data (especially with application to IT operations management and security), data management and information lifecycle management, analytics and visualization.John’s experience centers around high-level IT management positions in higher education. He directed the staff in the voice and data network, desktop support, and systems management groups at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul). John also worked in IT management and systems and network administration posts at The College of St. Catherine (St. Paul). He has experience in the application of technology at The Johns Hopkins University, where he supported the engineering faculty in its use of IT in research and teaching.John holds a masters degree in the history of science and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, both from The Johns Hopkins University. He devotes his spare time to family, urban gardening, bird watching, and wild mushroom hunting.


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

Manager, Enterprise Solutions Engineering, 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.


Brad Wood

Chief Technology Officer, Riverbed


Brad Wood is Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Riverbed Technology. He is responsible for Application Performance strategy around optimization and SD-WAN technologies working directly with the CTO. He has an extensive background in protocol analysis and Riverbed’s integration with alliance partners such as Microsoft. Brad started as a Sales Engineer at Riverbed and has worked in the Global Consulting Engineering Team and Advanced Technology Group. Wood brings 23 years of enterprise ecosystems engineering experience with him with senior leadership roles across multiple sectors.


Derek Granath

VP, Product Marketing, Silver Peak

Silver Peak

Derek has more than 20 years of technology product marketing, product management and business development experience with a focus on high-performance enterprise and service provider networking systems. At Silver Peak, he leads product positioning and messaging for service provider and enterprise SD-WAN offerings. Before joining Silver Peak, Derek held a number of senior management positions in marketing and product management at networking companies including Extreme Networks, ConSentry Networks, Woven Systems, Brocade, and Cisco Systems via the Stratacom acquisition. Derek holds a BSEE from Stanford University and an MBA from Santa Clara University.


Ross Artale

President & COO, Spectrotel


Mr. Artale had over 16 years of telecommunications experience when he joined Spectrotel as Vice President of Operations in 2007. He was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in March 2012 and was named President in December 2013. He began his career at Mobile Comm, a Bell South Company, and then later took management positions at two start-up companies, Geotek and Prism Communications. In 2000, Mr. Artale moved into the role of Vice President, Customer Care for InfoHighway Communications, formerly known as Eureka Broadband Corporation, where over the next seven years he was part of the management team that grew the company from a small start up to a $100 million corporation. At Spectrotel, he is responsible for managing and leading all day to day operations, including, sales, marketing, product management, engineering, provisioning, customer care, quality assurance, and regulatory functions.


Pradosh Mohapatra

Cofounder, Sproute Networks

Sproute Networks

Pradosh Mohapatra is a founder of Sproute Networks, a leading provider of SD-WAN and networking software solutions. Pradosh is a software architect and engineer with more than 18 years of experience. He haspublished multiple Internet RFCs and holds over 15 patents to date. Before co-founding Sproute networks, Pradosh was leading routing development at Cumulus Networks. Previously, he was a DistinguishedEngineer at Cisco Systems and a key software architect of the industry-leading NCS-6000 platform. Pradosh graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a masters degree in Computer Science.


Deborah Hoffman (Judge)

CEO, Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Symmetry Blockchain Advisors, Inc.

Debbie Hoffman is Co-Founder of Symmetry Blockchain Advisors where she works with clients in their blockchain development and initial coin offerings utilizing her expertise in law, finance, blockchain, cryptocurrency and technology innovation. Debbie serves as the 2017-18 Chairperson of the Association of Corporate Counsel Financial Services Committee. Debbie was previously the Chief Legal Officer of Digital Risk, LLC, where she was responsible for the regulatory compliance and legal functions of the company. She spent a decade of her career as a real estate finance attorney at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Debbie has also been a professor at the Florida A&M University College of Law and the University of Central Florida. In 2017, Debbie was named as a Top General Counsel by the First Chair Awards, received an Honorable Mention as a Leading Lady in the Mreport’s Women in Housing issue and was named as a 2017 “Hot 100” in Mortgage Professional America. She was selected as a 2016 and 2014 Woman of Influence by Housingwire Magazine and was awarded a 2015 Stevie® Award, Woman of the Year and a 2014 Stevie® Award, Female Executive. She is a frequent author in industry periodicals, a speaker at conferences and events, as well as a guest lecturer at universities of higher education.


Miguel Sanchez

Miguel, TBI

Todd Davis

Director of Marketing, TELoIP


Todd brings over 17 years of experience working in the telecom/networking industry. In his eight years with TELoIP, he has been evangelizing software-defined overlay networks in various roles including marketing, sales, business development, and product management. Todd has collaborated with channel partners, customers and industry analysts to form unique perspectives and insights shared through his blog posts covering multiple SD-WAN related topics.


Michael Gagnon

Vice President of Sales & Marketing, TELoIP


Michael has helped businesses succeed through technology innovation for over 30 years. Alignment of customer expectations to the enterprise is at the core of his systems approach. Michael has taken the reins of TELoIP’s sales organization where he works with our customers and partners to assure outstanding business outcomes. Michael joined TELoIP from leading Virtual Mobile Infrastructure technology vendor Nubo Software, where he managed North American sales and channel efforts. Previously, Gagnon held senior sales roles with Talend, Coveo, Verint, Aspect Communications and AT&T Canada. Michael’s diverse technology background and varied industry experience provides a trusted platform to deliver solutions tailored for customer success.


Rick Huffman

Data Center – Cloud Sales Specialist, Telstra


Rick has over 20 years of experience with telecommunications and technology companies such as Verizon Business/MCI, Pacnet and Telstra, that encompassed sales and engineering roles for data center, cloud, network architecture, security and managed services. Currently Rick oversees support for Telstra USA Enterprise, Wholesale and Channel teams. Responsible for US sales efforts of Telstra Data Center, Private/Public Cloud Infrastructure, Telstra Programmable Network (SDN platform), SD-WAN and Cloud Management Platform powered by RightScale.


Larry Cushing

Chief Technology Evangelist, TPX Communications

TPX Communications


Rob McBride

Head of Product Marketing, Versa Networks

Versa Networks

Rob McBride is the Head of Product Marketing at Versa Networks, responsible for Versa’s software-defined solutions portfolio – SD-WAN, SD-Security and SD-Branch. Rob has spent the last 15+ years designing, marketing and bringing to market a wide range of solutions and products covering SDN/NFV, SD-WAN, Voice (TDM/VoIP), and DC virtualization. He brings a wide range of experience from senior roles in sales engineering, field support, product management and marketing. Prior to Versa Networks, Rob held senior positions at Brocade Communications, Enterasys Networks, Alcatel-Lucent and Enterprise Data Solutions (EDS).


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.


Mike Frane

VP SD-WAN, Windstream


Mike Frane is VP Product Management at Windstream, with responsibility for the company’s SD-WAN strategy. Since joining the organization in 2008, he’s 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 and led the company’s Portal and Hybrid Networking strategy. Most recently, Mike and his team launched EarthLink SD-WAN, their most significant such product introduction in over a decade. Mike has a BS in Genetics and Cellular Biology from the University of Minnesota and 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.


Layne Levine

President, Enterprise Business Unit, Windstream


Layne Levine is president of Windstream’s Enterprise business unit. He is responsible for overseeing sales, financial performance, marketing, field technicians, service delivery and customer care and repair for the enterprise segment.Levine has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years, most recently as chief revenue officer at GTT, which provides cloud networking services to multinational customers. In that role, Levine led the company’s revenue growth initiatives worldwide, targeting global carriers and multinational enterprises and developing its emerging channel strategy. Previously he was the executive vice president for GTT’s Americas division, managing the sales efforts for North and South America.Prior to joining GTT, Levine was senior vice president of sales at Alpheus Communications. Before that he was senior vice president of retail sales for Deltacom/EarthLink. Levine also has held leadership positions at Airband Communications, Level 3 Communications and Broadwing Communications.Levine has a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Tech University.


Joseph Harding

EVP & CMO, Windstream


Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream’s Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.


Joseph Harding (Judge)

EVP & CMO, Windstream


Joseph Harding is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Windstream, since his appointment in 2015. Harding is responsible for all aspects of marketing for Windstream’s Enterprise, SMB, and Wholesale business units, including the go-to-market strategy, product management, product development, channel marketing, field marketing, and brand management.Joseph has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Windstream he served as chief marketing officer for Integra Telecom, a facilities-based telecom services provider, from 2011 until joining Windstream. Previously Joseph was with Level3 Communications as Vice President of Product Development responsible for Transport, IP, Data and Voice product development globally.After acquiring his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Joseph began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 in the business markets division where he held a number of marketing leadership positions.


Daren French

VP Business Development, XRoads Networks

XRoads Networks

Mr. French has been in the telecom industry for over 20 years. Prior to joining XRoads Networks, the parent company of ZeroOutages, Mr. French had worked as the network architect for Flashcom where he rolled out the first nation-wide DSL network in the late 1990s. Mr. French is currently the Vice President of Operations for ZeroOutages and has overseen the companys growth to over 4000 SD-WAN deployments across 50+ countries. Mr. French has a degree in Business, Informational Systems, is Cisco certified and is a co-inventor on multiple SD-WAN related patents.


Moderator List

Hugh Goldstein (Moderator)

President, Au24


Hugh Goldstein is president of AU24, a management consultancy focused on IP communications technologies. AU24 supports clients implementing new solutions for improving voice, video, and messaging and advises software companies and services providers on their strategy, product marketing, and business development. Hugh’s background includes twenty years of experience with telecommunications and Internet companies and an M.S. in Management and Business Administration from Boston University and Ben Gurion University.


Gerald Baldino (Moderator)

Senior Managing Editor, Content Boost, TMC's Custom Publishing Division

Content Boost, TMC's Custom Publishing Division

Gerald Baldino is Senior Managing Editor for Content Boost, TMCs Custom Publishing Division, and disaster recovery and cybersecurity columnist for TMCnet - one of the foremost technology sites on the Web. Geralds expertise spans ransomware, phishing attacks, email spoofing, data breaches and network vulnerability. A prolific writer, Gerald often pens 6-8 articles per day on topics from weather-related disaster recovery to hacking government networks and corporate network attacks. Gerald received his degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Jeff Dworkin (Moderator)

, Ghostpoint


Jeffrey Dworkin is a proven B2B marketing executive with a strong track record of delivering growth through multiple environments, including electronic, social, and traditional marketing programs. By combining elements of both content and product marketing, carefully tracked and refined with a deep understanding of analytics, Jeff has created proven marketing initiatives that have driven double digit growth in web traffic, as well as substantially increased prospect acquisition and lead conversion.

Most recently Jeff was the Director of Marketing for Sangoma Technologies where he lead the selection and implementation of a Marketing Automation Platform, and used a variety methods including Content Marketing, SEO and SEM techniques to increase web traffic by over 55% and unique visits by over 70%. Relevancy of the website was increased by over 60%. This resulted in over 100,000 net new prospects, over 100% growth in Visitors, over 85% growth in prospects and 140% growth in Marketing Qualified Leads. Prior to Sangoma, Jeff was enterprise marketing manager with Dialogic. In that role, he was responsible for creating and managing the market strategy for Dialogic’s Open Source, Fax, Fax-Over-IP and IVVR Markets. Prior to Dialogic, Jeff held executive product management and business development positions with a number of technology firms, and was a founder of iFace.com, which was eventual acquired by Rare Medium (Nasdaq:RRRR).

Jeff holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and started in the technology sector nearly 25 years ago as an IVR developer, and has an extensive background in technology, product management and marketing. He is a regular speaker on various communications topics, including TDM-to-IP Migration Strategies, Unified Communications and Microsoft Lync, Open Source Telephony, Business Enabled Communication Process and Interactive Voice Response System Design.


Paula Bernier (Moderator)

Executive Editor, TMC


Paula Bernier is Executive Editor at TMC where she writes, edits and manages editorial content for INTERNET TELEPHONY, CUSTOMER, Cloud Computing, and IoT Evolution magazine. Shes also a regular contributor to Content Boost, and TMCnet and its various channels and communities. And she speaks and moderates TMC webinars. Bernier was formerly editor in chief of xchange magazine, where she worked for more than 11 years. She’s also acted as a senior writer for Inter@ctive Week. Bernier got her start in telecom at Telephony magazine, where she spent nearly five years, leaving as the news director. Bernier also has been on the reporting staffs of various mainstream daily and weekly newspapers in Iowa, Minnesota and South Carolina.


Moe Nagle (Moderator)

Editor, TMCnet


Growing up a gamer, the love of tech started for Maurice at a young age. This passion evolved over time and today includes interest in the IoT, UC, digital services and network transformation. With TMC, Maurice stays at the tip of the innovation spear by reporting on cutting edge solutions extending from the data center to the end user. Maurice is a graduate from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Political Science and Communications. He previously interned and worked for ESPN Radio where he wrote on-air material, produced programming and covered the Miami area teams (Dolphins, Heat, Marlins, Panthers). Maurice has been published on cbssports.com and Bleacher Report.