Speaker Schedule

Donald Richardson

Information Technology and Headend Engineering Manager, City of Wilson, NC

City of Wilson, NC


Ryan Martin

Research Director, ABI Research

ABI Research

Ryan Martin is a Research Director at ABI Research covering new and emerging transformative technologies, including Industry 4.0, Digital Transformation, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently leads the firms Manufacturing, Industrial, and Enterprise IoT research. Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. Additionally, he held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups.


Wendy Gumb

Sales Director, arbnco


Wendy has over 20 years of experience in the utility infrastructure sector. She has focused on organic growth of new markets and in new regions through the development and implementation of complex energy financed solutions through utilizing a variety of acquisition methods, primarily throughout the Western U.S. Examples of some of the acquisition methods are: DOE Super ESPC, Enhanced Use Leasing, Utility Energy Service Contracting, Design/Build, Power Purchase Agreements, Lease-Leaseback, Performance Contracting, and GSA Schedules. Wendy has had the opportunity to support numerous state and federal customers through different challenges and acquisition methods, primarily throughout the Western U.S.


Todd Crick

Partner, Astra Capital Management

Astra Capital Management

Todd Crick is a Co-Founder of Astra, a mid-market private equity firm focusing on growth buyouts in the Communications and Technology Services industries. Mr. Crick has many years of experience in the target segments of Astra both as a Strategy Consultant and as an Operating Executive and has been involved in dozens of M&A transactions on both the buy-side and sell-side. Prior to Co-founding Astra, Mr. Crick was SVP Operations of Alien Vault, a security company. Before that, he was Head of Consulting and Systems Integration for Ericsson in North America. He has also held roles as SVP Services for VeriSign, an Internet infrastructure company and as an Advisor to Cylance, a security company. Mr. Crick’s strategy consulting career started at Deloitte Consulting where he served multinational companies primarily in the Telecommunications Industry. In 2001, he was one of the founders of inCode, a boutique strategy consulting company serving the Telecommunications and Internet segments. inCode was acquired by VeriSign in 2006, repurchased by the management team, led by Mr. Crick as President, in 2008 and later acquired by Ericsson in 2010. Mr. Crick has held Boards of Directors positions with Positioning Universal Incorporated, a manufacturer of IoT devices, and Global Cloud Fleet, a provider of fleet management solutions, where he also served as interim CEO. He is also active as an Advisor to start-ups in a number of different industries. Mr. Crick has a Bachelor and Master of Applied Science (Engineering) from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Calgary.


Mallie Eric Preston

Global Practice Director IoT Solutions, AT&T


AT&Ts IoT Solutions group is a global facing practice over a decade of IoT/M2M solutionexperience with over 60 million assets under management with many of the world’s top globalbrands such as GM, Coke, Whirlpool and Kimberly Clark. The IoT Solutions Group works inpartnership with the AT&T Foundry Innovation Centers worldwide. The IoT Foundrys purpose isto help customers accelerate their own innovation curve by providing world class lab facilitiesand resources for rapid software & hardware prototyping by which to reduce our customer’stime-to-market of next-generation connected (IoT) products and better operationally manageassets in a global deployment context.Mallie is responsible for overseeing IoT go-to-market execution across AT&T’s largestenterprise Fortune 1000 customers within the AT&T IoT Solutions Group, whose mission is tohelp clients realize their connected product and operational digital transformation vision througha combination of consulting, design & implementation resources that provide a true IoT end-to-end solution on a global scale. AT&T’s IoT Solutions leverages AT&T’s cloud-based SaaS IoTplatform services that are often pre-integrated with a best of breed IoT ecosystem ofhardware-software partners paired with AT&T’s world-class wireless/wired IP infrastructure thatmeet our customers’ business needs of creating new revenue streams and driving internaloperational efficiencies that serves to reduce ongoing Line of Business execution cost.Prior to AT&T, Mallie held various Director of Marketing, Sales & Channel Managementpositions within the Internet and software industry serving medium to large enterprise segments.


Jeffrey DeCoux

Chairman, Autonomy Institute

Autonomy Institute

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


William L. Yan

President, Americas, AVSystem ~ Pioneer in IoT Device Management

AVSystem ~ Pioneer in IoT Device Management

A passionate, 20+ year high-growth technology industry veteran, Mr. William L. Yan has played key executive roles in both emerging/high growth and mature/publicly traded companies on a global scale, culminating at C-level executive leadership positions.Working directly, built and managed teams, and through eco-system partners, Mr. Yan has delivered industry-recognized successful digital transformation solutions to Communications Service Providers (CSP) worldwide. In that journey, he has acquired a core set of business management skills and domain expertise in telecom/broadband service management platforms – Service Assurance, OSS/BSS, and Customer Management, device & data management.Mr. Yan is a regular participant in broadband industry standard bodies including TM Forum, Broadband World Forum, Mobile World Congress, SCTE/ISBE, FTTH Council, and CableLabs. He’s also a frequent writer/speaker/blogger on the subject of broadband communication technologies, IOT, and enterprise digital transformation.


Edgar Salas

CEO, Azlogica


Edgar Salas is a Mechanical Engineer, at Universidad de America, with post graduated formation in International Business at the University of London - London School of Economics in England, and Economic Engineering (Engenharia Económica) at UPM in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Edgar Salas has 20 years of professional experience in management positions in multinational companies such as General Motors, Allianz, and Lo Jack, among others. Edgar is an experimented speaker, for international events such as Mvno’s Latam, Argentina’s Government modernizacion day (Buenos Aires), Intelligence Communities Forum (New York), WOBI (World of Business Ideas), GSMA MOBILE (MWC Latin-American series), FASECOLDA, (Insurers Guild in Colombia), EXPOLOGISTICA, AWS EXPERIENCE, INTEL EXPERIENCE Day, and many others.He is CEO and founding partner of AZLOGICA®, a leading company in the development of Internet of Things (IoT) solutions with presence in Latam and Europe, which provides its clients with world-class tools to monitor, manage and optimize their assets in a flexible and safe way. For 11 years it has achieved a compound growth of more than 55% annually. AZLOGICA has won awards for innovation, recognized as a company of extraordinary growth for many regional institutions and selected by some local entities as one of the best companies to invest. With a selected group of clients such as Coca Cola, Renault, AXA, G4S, AON, Millicom, Tigo Une, Avantel, among others, AZLOGICA is also partner with world-class companies in the technology sector, such as AWS, INTEL, HUAWEI, ORACLE, NOKIA, ALLIANZ and others.Edgar is a partner of ASCAL, a consulting firm for Management Systems, which has more than 20 years of operations in Colombia and other countries in Latin America.


Iris Troiano

Director of Product Line Management for CommScope’s Metro Cell Product Line, CommScope


Iris Troiano is the Director of Product Line Management for CommScope’s Metro Cell Product Line. With over 20 years of experience in the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure in every facet of the process, Ms. Troiano both understands the challenges but also excited around mass deployments of small cells and 5G. Ms. Troiano has filled multiple roles within CommScope across various business units over the past 12 years. Prior to joining CommScope, she was the Vice President of Deployments for a large Engineering, Site Acquisition and Construction company. Ms. Troiano has a BS in Chemistry and while enjoys the puzzle of science, finds the past paced, dynamic evolution of the Telecommunications industry her true calling.


Levon Paradzhanyan

Software Architect, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

A software engineer and architect at EastBanc Technologies, Levon has been working in the field of software development for more than 14 years. Recently he’s been increasingly involved in data science and AI projects. Excited about the current technological developments, Levon is passionate about evangelizing their power to the broader business and IT community.


Polina Reshetova

PhD and Senior Data Scientist, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

Polina Reshetova, a Data Scientist at EastBanc Technologies, earned her PhD in complex systems data analysis. Over the past 5 years, she has been developing machine learning algorithms and predictive analytical techniques. Today, Polina focuses on implementing iterative approaches (e.g. Minimal Viable Prediction) that break complex, challenging assumptions into small, digestible chunks that can be tested in weeks, not months. These methods minimize the time needed to garner actionable insights while maximizing user feedback loops which progressively increases algorithm effectiveness.


John Cowan

CEO and Co-founder, EDJX


John Cowan is co-founder and CEO of EDJX, the intelligent edge computing platform that makes it easy to write edge and IoT applications using serverless computing, accelerate content delivery, increase the responsiveness of edge applications, and secure edge data at the source. Prior to EDJX, John created 6fusion, where he raised over $30M in venture capital, completed the acquisition of Markitx.com, launched a global joint venture with Worley (ASX: WOR), and helped create UCX, the IT industry’s first ever commodity exchange for cloud computing contracts, supported by the CME Group (NASDAQ: CME) in Chicago


James Thomason

CTO and Co-founder, EDJX


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


Curtis Govan

President North America, floLIVE


Curtis Govan serves as floLIVE’s President, North America. He is an accomplished leader with 25+ years of broad experience and expertise in technology leadership, business development and sales. He was most recently the GM/Global VP Dealer and Heavy Equipment for Uptake, an industry leader in industrial artificial intelligence and IoT. Prior to joining Uptake, Curtis spent almost 12 years with Cisco Jasper where he held several roles with the most recent being Head of Global Sales Business Development and Regional Managing Director – Canada.


William Wark

Senior Vice President - North America Sales, floLIVE

David King

CEO, FogHorn


David C. King is the CEO of FogHorn Systems, the leader in edge intelligence software for Industrial IoT. Prior to joining FogHorn, David co-founded AirTight Networks, Inc., a technology leader in secure cloud-managed Wi-Fi, where he served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2004-2015, leading the company through four successful up rounds of venture capital funding. Prior to AirTight, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Proxim Inc., a pioneer in WLANs and the first publicly traded Wi-Fi company, from 1993-2002.David led Proxim through a successful IPO in December 1993 and 20x revenue growth as a public company during his tenure as CEO. Before Proxim, David served as Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service for Vitalink Communications Corp., an early leader in wide area networking from December 1990 to November 1992. Prior to Vitalink, he was a senior manager and a practice leader in both the high technology and healthcare practices of McKinsey & Company from 1985 to 1990. In addition to his board positions at AirTight and Proxim, he served on the boards of Netopia, Inc., Cayman Systems and Mobilestar Inc., all pioneering companies in the broadband access and networking industries. David holds an BA in Economics, as well as MBA and JD degrees, all from Harvard University.


Eric Burger

Professor, Georgetown University

Georgetown University

Dr. Burger is a Professor at Georgetown University. He was on detail to the White House as the Assistant Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and prior to that on detail to Federal Communications Commission as its CTO. Dr. Burger contributed to the Secure 5G and Beyond Act Implementation Plan, as well as ensured funding and support for the R&D and scaling of 5G IoT, smart city, and mobile applications. His research and teaching covers cybersecurity, distributed computing, DLT, systems economics and risk, policy, and network governance. He serves as an advisor to numerous companies and prior to his government service served on corporate boards. Prior to Georgetown he was CTO of several public and private network equipment and enterprise software companies. Dr. Burger holds over 20 patents and has published over 20 IETF, 3GPP, and W3C standards. He served on numerous industry association boards. He is a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery and a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


Mark Robinton

Director of Business Development and Strategic Innovation, HID Global

HID Global

Mark Robinton, Director of Business Development and Strategic Innovation for HID Global, is responsible for incubating new technologies and solutions including the use of near field communications (NFC). He has been active in the mobile industry for over a decade, leading projects ranging from secure elements to network applications with a focus on security. Mark received M.S. degrees in electrical engineering and engineering management from Tufts University. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering.


Frank Antonysamy

Chief Digital Solutions Officer, Hitachi Vantara

Hitachi Vantara

Frank Antonysamy leads the development of Hitachi Vantara consulting and advisory services, IoT and industry practices. He also lead company and partner delivery capabilities which help advance clients’ data-driven business initiatives. Before joining Hitachi Vantara, Frank spent 17 years at Cognizant, where he led numerous Fortune 500 global delivery management and transformation programs. He was most recently global markets leader for Cognizant’s IoT and Engineering business.


Sid Bose

Intellectual Property and Data Security & Privacy Attorney, Ice Miller LLP

Ice Miller LLP

Siddharth “Sid” Bose is an attorney in Ice Millers Data Security and Privacy group. Sid counsels clients on various data security and privacy issues dealing with Internet of Things (IoT), vendor management, cybersecurity and regulatory compliance, and data breaches. Sid also served as co-chair of the Indianapolis chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and is also a volunteer with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), working group on IoT Security, Upgradability and Patching. As part of the working group, Sid participates in discussions on the impact of IoT devices and the need for a secure lifecycle approach to IoT devices.


Ali Abdollahi

Consultant , Individual


Ali Abdollahi is a technologist with 9 years of experience working in a variety of fields. Ali is a full-time consultant helping clients with product testing, reverse engineering, PT, exploit developing, red-teaming, secure coding, and more, giving him ample opportunity to use his skills in a diversity of ways. In addition, He is an instructor, author and board of review at Hakin9 company. Ali is a self-confessed bug hunter, publisher of many vulnerabilities and CVEs. Ali is a regular speaker and trainer at industry conferences like: DEFCON (Aerospace, Red Team and AppSec villages), OWASP AppSec Days, c0c0n XII, Confidence Conference 2020, BSides Budapest, BSides Toronto, Texas Cyber Summit, TyphoonCon (SSD Secure Disclosure), YASCon, NoNameCon 20, COUNTERMEASURE|2020, DragonCon, etc…


Ashish Sharma

President of IoT & Mobile Solutions, Inseego


Ashish Sharma has served as Inseegos Executive Vice President IoT & Mobile Solutions since joining the company in September 2017 and also served as the company’s Chief Marketing Officer. With a diverse background in sales, marketing, strategy, product management and engineering, he has brought numerous highly innovative products to market and helped build multibillion-dollar brands in the mobile industry for companies such as Qualcomm, Ericsson, Alvarion, FreeWave and Spectralink. Prior to joining Inseego, Sharma was Chief Marketing Officer at Spectralink where he authored a new end-to-end mobility vision and strategy for the company for multiple enterprise segments.Sharma holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of District of Columbia, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University and a Master of Business Administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Finance, Marketing and Strategy.


James Brehm

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

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


Jason Anetsberger

Director, Customer Solutions, Komatsu


Jason Anetsberger is Director, Customer Solutions, for Komatsu. His primary focus is accelerating the growth of Komatsu’s Smart Construction & Business Solutions Group offerings in North America. With responsibility for market strategy, project management, & solution support, Jason touches all aspects of these Komatsu efforts that positively impact the jobsite. A degreed mechanical engineer with a BS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jason has 15+ years of off-highway and automotive industry experience. He has held positions in engineering and marketing and has worked internationally in both Australia and Germany.


Christopher Schouten

Sr Director -- IoT Business Strategy, Kudelski Group

Kudelski Group

Christopher Schouten is Sr. Director – IoT Business Strategy for the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) and has worked for more than 20 years for companies whose mission is to protect devices, data and high-value business models, making him an expert in embedded security strategy. He joined Kudelski Group in 2013, and prior to that he held various marketing and operational management roles in pay-TV security and mobile and fixed telecommunications in the U.S., The Netherlands and Switzerland. He is now based in Phoenix Arizona. Christopher is an honors graduate of the University of Iowa, having studied Mass Communications and Linguistics. Christopher speaks six languages and is a passionate early adopter of IoT and smart home technologies.


Tahl Milburn

CTO and CEO, Lifestate


Tahl Milburn is a leading expert in IoT and automation technologies. Tahl consults with leading enterprises on technologies including IoT (industrial, commercial, home), edge computing, affective computing, no-code/low-code and others. In addition, Tahl has deep experience in large scale design having delivered enterprise architecture projects from Asia Pac to Europe to South America to the US as the Managing Director of Cisco’s global EA consulting practice and then as VP of Global EA and User Experience at Visa.


Mike Psenka

President & CEO, Moovila


Mike Psenka, President and CEO of Moovila, launched Moovila in 2016 to enable the next stage of digital transformation at work. In addition to core business strategy and day-to-day operations, Psenka is heavily involved in platform architecture and design. Before Moovila, Psenka founded eThority, an award-winning business intelligence and analytics company. In 2011, he sold eThority to Equifax where he then led and scaled the business into a segment leader in the compliance arena. Psenka graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and holds multiple technology patents related to the products and services produced by his companies.


Sara Brown

Vice President of Marketing, Multitech


As Vice President of Marketing Sara Brown is responsible internal and external marketing and communications. She brings 20 years of technology marketing experience, with more than ten years focused on M2M and IoT. In addition to her experience as a senior creative at some of the world’s premier advertising agencies, Sara has worked for IBM, Wavecom/Sierra Wireless and Telit Wireless Solutions, and consulted to global technology companies. She has served as Marketing Co-Chair for the LoRa Alliance and is currently Vice Chair of the IoT M2M Council.


Alexander Anufrienko

R&D Director, National IT Center, Rostec

National IT Center, Rostec

Anufrienko, Alexander Y. received B.S. (2002) and M.S. (2004) from Polytechnic Univ., St.Petersburg, Russia in Electrical and electronic engineering. In 2005 he joined Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Korea as a research engineer where he worked on video and signal processing, ASIC design, RF design, Wireless sensor networks and fast prototyping. In 2010, he joined LG Electronics as a Smart TV program manager and was responsible for development VoD services, platform and applications. Since 2015 he is a delegate from Russian Federation in International Telecommunication Union (ITU-T, SG20 IoT and smart cities and communities). He is currently working on his Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Higher School of Economics Univ., Moscow, Russia. He has authored over 20 publications.


Scott Schwalbe

CEO/Co-Founder, NimbeLink


As Co-Founder and CEO of NimbeLink, Scotthas a long history of building profitablebusinesses and successful teams. In his roleat NimbeLink, he is responsible for corporatevision, strategy, and the overall leadership ofthe company. Prior to founding NimbeLink inMay of 2013, Scott held leadership roles forseveral industry-leading companies,including Logic PD, HDM, and Celestica. Healso served and retired after 20 years in theU.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist. Heearned his BS at New York University and hisMBA from Cardinal Stritch University.


Don Malloy

Chairman, OATH


Donald Malloy is the Chairman of OATH, The Initiative for Open Authentication. OATH is an industry alliance that has changed the authentication market from proprietary systems to an open source standard based architecture promoting ubiquitous strong authentication used by most companies today for their Multi Factor solutions.Don has more than 25 years’ experience in the Security and Payment industry and is currently a security technology consultant working with companies and assisting with their security and authentication business. He is also the Founder of the Symposium on Securing the IoT which is a series of conferences focused on IoT Security. Don was responsible for developing the online authentication product line while at NagraID Security (Idemia) and prior to that he was Business Development and Marketing Manager for Secure Smart Card ICs for both Philips Semiconductors (NXP) and Infineon Technologies. Don originally comes from Boston where he was educated and has M.S. level degrees in Organic Chemistry and an M.B.A. in Marketing. He resides in southern California and in his spare time he enjoys hiking, kayaking and constantly learning what this beautiful world has to offer.


Mike Wilkinson

CEO, Paragon Innovations

Paragon Innovations

Michael R. Wilkinson founded Paragon Innovations 30 years ago and has built a business on solid core values. As CEO Mike leads Paragon Innovations business strategy and vision, product design and development, and customer relations. Since its inception in 1990, Wilkinson and his team have grown Paragon into one of the nations leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola, and Siemens, among others.Wilkinson himself earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13. In addition, Wilkinson was the district chairman of the Circle 10 council Explorers, and in 2007 won the William H. Spurgeon III Award, the highest recognition for the Exploring program. Wilkinson graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (now ESET - Whoop!) Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International.Servant LeadershipWilkinson is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formally CNVE) and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department. He frequently guest lectures for the Engineering and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. He annually judges the Venture Challenge and the Raymond Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program. Wilkinson serves on the College of Education STEM summer camps committee.Wilkinson is currently serving as a Design & Manufacturing Forum Tri-Chair of Tech Titans. Wilkinson has served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (now Tech Titans). Additionally, he is a former chairman of the American Electronic Associations (AEA) North Texas CEO roundtable. Lastly, Wilkinson is financially involved in the Texas A&M Foundation.InvestmentWilkinson is an active Board member of the Aggie Angel Network investing in a number of new ventures. He works with Aggie students to perform due diligence on presenting companies. He also actively works with these startup companies post investment.For FunWilkinson loves to sail for fun and race to win. Wilkinson has a 100 ton Master Mariner’s license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Wilkinson races both Offshore and in inland lakes. Wilkinson often sails in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Wilkinson is a certified PADI Rescue Diver, ASA instructor, and Certified US Sailing Race Officer.


Sam Colley

CEO Pod Group, Pod Group

Pod Group

An expert in telecoms, Sam has specialized in business development for a wide range of companies, with a focus on the IoT connectivity market. He joined Pod Group in 2011, whereupon his ability to identify and target growth markets that contribute directly to the geographic and financial expansion of the organization quickly made him a mainstay of the company. In 2014 he moved to the USA to head up Pod’s US office in San Francisco, California.During the first 5 years, Sam grew the US business by 100% year on year. In 2019 Sam was appointed Group CEO and is now taking Pod into its next phase of growth, focusing on developing new global markets for the company and increasing Pod’s footprint in existing markets.


Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Radix IoT

Michael C. Skurla is the Chief Product Officer of Radix IoT–offering limitless monitoring and management rooted in intelligence–helping consolidate global Marketing and Product Viability, focusing on forthcoming product strategy and intellectual property for Radix IoT markets including unique R&D initiatives, cloud/managed services, and merger and acquisitions targets. Previously as Chief Technology Officer, Skurla set product strategy for the company’s IoT platform. He has over two decades of experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focusing on the intersection of software and hardware that emphasizes data aggregation and analytics for mission-critical industries. As a well-recognized thought leader and a contributor to such top industry publications as Critical Facilities, Oilman Magazine, IoT Playbook, IoT News, Digitalisation World (UK), LD+A, among others, he is a frequent lecturer on outcome-based analytics and consolidated data methodologies for building and industrial applications to drive efficiency and alternative business outcomes through data. Michael is a contributing member of ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES Education.

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Tom Snyder

Executive Director, RIoT


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


Mohsin Warraich

Openstack, Cloud Architect, Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics


David Sumi

VP of Marketing, Siklu


David has held Senior Executive positions from SVP of Engineering, to SVP of Marketing and Business Development, to President and COO of a small communications semiconductor company. He has a deep and extensive experience and contacts in wireless domains ranging from chips to systems, client devices to infrastructure, and hardware to software. David has also worked in a wide variety of markets, including the Internet of Things, M2M, Small Cell deployment and backhaul, WiFi, WiMAX, LTE and advanced cellular architectures, including the burgeoning discipline, Wireless Software Defined Networks. At Siklu, one of David’s priorities has been working closely with cities to become “Smart Cities,” by providing, for instance, wireless networking solutions to accommodate video systems for surveillance, security and more. His combination of technical knowledge, international marketing savvy, and expertise in strategic marketing and business development, enables to comprehend at a fundamental level the core values of the technologies and systems being promoted, analyze how they fit the marketplace, and develop strategies for driving them into the market. By translating complex technical abilities into business value. David abilities including bringing in and close large sales opportunities, establish strategic partnerships and lead with a clear vision and efficient execution.


Stephen Douglas

Head of 5G Strategy, Spirent Communications

Spirent Communications

Stephen works for Spirent’s strategy organization helping to define technical direction, new innovative solutions and market leading disruptive technologies. Currently Stephen leads Spirent’s strategic initiatives for 5G, IoT and Automotive.With over 20 years’ experience in telecommunications, Stephen has been at the cutting edge of next generation technologies and has worked across the industry with service providers, start-ups and network equipment manufacturers, helping them drive innovation and transformation. Stephen is an ardent believer in connected technology and strives to challenge, blur and break down the silos that prevent innovation and business success.


John Holden

Director of Economic Development & Tourism, Stafford County, VA

Stafford County, VA


Les Goldman

Sr Product Manager, Syniverse


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


Christopher Whitaker

VP of IoT Business Development, Telarus


Christopher Whitaker is a 20 year telecommunications professional from Atlanta, GA and he and his wife have 4 children. The last ten years he has focused on business solutions ranging from SMB to national enterprise organizations in the channel. He is an award-winning channel leader for his efforts in solving connectivity issues for his partners. Other recognitions include NCTI Honor Grad for marketing and TCA certified Telecommunications Professional. Prior to telecom, he was an US Army Airborne Infantrymen. In his free time, he enjoys boating on Lake Lanier in GA. He also is the host of “The Wireless Way” podcast. He is currently the VP of IoT Business Development with Telarus.


Dr. Mihai Voicu

VP IoT Services R&D and Security Technologies, Telit


Mihai Voicu is VP IoT Services R&D and Security Technologies at Telit where he is responsible for the overall information and security direction of the company’s Platform as a Service offering. He is responsible for the design and implementation of comprehensive and technologically sophisticated corporate information security strategies that safeguard customer and company assets.Mihai Voicu joined Telit through ILS Technology as the senior software engineer in 2001. He worked on the initial architecture of the ILS Technology security product secureWISE Collaborate. Prior to ILS Technology, he worked for Nortel Networks as R&D senior software engineer. Mihai Voicu holds a Master of Science on Applied Electronics from Polytechnic Institute, Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications Bucharest, Romania. In 2007, Mihai Voicu earned his doctorate from University of Agronomic Studies (Bucharest, Romania) with the thesis title “Research studies regarding implementation of the program ‘Virtual Enterprises’ and its utilization to improve business management”. Mihai Voicu also holds CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) and C|EH (Certified Ethical Hacker) certifications, and is currently acting as chair for TIA (www.tiaonline.org) TR-50 M2M - Smart Device Communications standard committee.


Ricardo Buranello

Head of Platforms, Telit


Ricardo Buranello, VP of IoT Factory Solutions for Telit, has over 10 years of experience in the M2M/IoT industry. Buranello is responsible for Telit’s global factory solutions, which is a leading provider in industrial solutions for remote connectivity, edge logic automation, OT and IT integration. Heading Telit’s factory solutions, Buranello is engaged in the strategy creation and implementation of Telit Industry 4.0 products such as deviceWISE and secureWISE. Buranello graduated from São Paulo Catholic University with a degree in Business Administration. He also has an MBA in business economics by FGV-SP and business extension program in NYU – Stern.


Nicole Raimundo

Chief Information Officer, Town of Cary, NC

Town of Cary, NC

Nicole Raimundo Coughlin is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the chief information officer for Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Coughlin is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. By fostering partnerships both locally and nationally, she leverages her private-sector background to fuel civic innovation in ways not previously seen in local government.A self-described government rebel, Coughlin participates in numerous conferences and summits as a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies as she continuously pursues new models of digital transformation for collaborative citizen-facing projects. Prior to her work in government, she spent more than 15 years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.


Matt Zimmerman

Regional IoT Business Development Manager, Truphone


Matt Zimmerman is IoT Business Development Manager for the Americas at Truphone. With more than twenty years of experience in the industry, Matt has spent the last number of years focusing on sales, strategic partnerships and alliances and business development.Matt’s primary responsibilities include driving transformative business outcomes within the Internet of Things (IoT), network computing (5G/Edge) and solutions technologies. Matt has worked for an impressive roster of brands including AT&T and Sigfox.Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida in Naples, Matt enjoys an outdoor lifestyle of biking, golfing, deep water fishing and relaxing at the beach.


Marcellus Buchheit

President and CEO, Wibu-Systems USA

Wibu-Systems USA

Marcellus Buchheit is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG in Karlsruhe, Germany. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA Inc., located in Edmonds, WA where he resides.Marcellus earned his Master of Science degree in computing science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1989. In the same year, he co-founded Wibu-Systems together with Oliver Winzenried. As the original architect and first software developer of the company’s successful WibuKey, CodeMeter, and SmartShelter product lines, he is well known in his field for his expertise in designing innovative techniques to protect software against reverse-engineering, tampering, and debugging. The products he designed have never been cracked by hackers in multiple public global contests.Marcellus is an active member of the international Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), where he is involved with security, trustworthiness and monetization initiatives. He is one of the editors and authors of the Industrial Internet Security Framework document and co-chair of the Digital Transformation (DX) Working Group and the Trustworthiness Task Group.He is a frequently invited speaker at industry events, and has accepted many industry awards on behalf of Wibu-Systems, including the CODiE awards in 2017, 2014, and 2009 in recognition by the SIIA of CodeMeter as the Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution.


Dr. Gerard Hayes

President & CEO, Wireless Research Center of NC

Wireless Research Center of NC

Dr. Hayes has nearly three decades of experience in government and commercial electromagnetic research and design. Prior to working with the Town of Wake Forest to establish the WRCNC in 2010, Dr. Hayes was the Director of Engineering at GreenWave Scientific where he led the development of antenna and RF circuit designs for a diverse range of DoD applications. At Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications (USA) Inc., Dr. Hayes provided global technical leadership in the Technology and Research organization with contributions to handset antenna design, technology, and radiated performance optimization. At Lockheed Martin (formerly Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.), Dr. Hayes supported research and development efforts for space-based, phased array applications. The scope of his experience encompasses electromagnetic theory, bioelectromagnetics, antenna design, RF circuit analysis, and material engineering. He has participated in the development of international standards for OTA, HAC, and SAR evaluation (including IEEE, IEC, CTIA, and C63 standards). With over 70 US patents, Dr. Hayes has maintained a prominent technical role in the wireless industry


Mahesh Patel

President, ZVA Solutions

ZVA Solutions


Moderator List

Steve Brumer (Moderator)

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group


Tom Snyder (Moderator)

Executive Director, NC RIoT


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


Doug Wilson (Moderator)

Channel Manager - IoT, Verizon


Doug Wilson is a Verizon Wireless Internet of Things Specialist serving as an IoT subject matter expert, charged with growing IoT partnerships with new and emerging IoT companies and ensuring successful Internet of Things solution implementations. In his role he has successfully brought several new IoT solutions to market through the partnerships with Verizon. Doug has had a successful career with Verizon as an M2M Regional Sales Specialist, Data Sales Account Manager and Data Sales Engineer for Verizon Wireless. Prior to that Doug worked for Verizon Business on the Regional Sales Engineering Team as a Network Equipment Sales Specialist. Doug has had an extensive career in technical sales and engineering with numerous enterprise class organizations such as Belkin, Microsemi, Avaya, and NEC. Doug started off his career by serving our country in the US Air Force as a Communications Specialist where he achieved the Management and Outstanding Team Chief awards.



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