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2018 NorCal Summit Speakers

 

Sinan Akkaya

Sinan Akkaya

Director of RAN Engineering

Sinan Akkaya is senior leader in high tech industry with over 20 years of successful technology management experience specialized in telecommunications, wireless/mobile and IT. He is an expert in access technologies, capital investment planning, operational spending/cost control, budgeting/forecasting, organizational transformation, network design, optimization, infrastructure build-out and operations. He has global experience with wide range of telecom carriers, telecom equipment manufacturers and large enterprises. Sinan is currently the Director of Radio Access Network Engineering in AT&T and lives in the BAY Area. Under his leadership, he drove end-to-end RAN design and deployment to meet coverage, capacity and performance needs of AT&T’s mobile network supporting industry leading data and voice services, he also has been actively taking role in trials and implementation of 5G, MEC, SDN\NFV and AI based network applications.


Don Bishop

Don Bishop

Executive Editor/Associate Publisher of AGL Magazine

Don Bishop joined AGL Media Group in 2004. He helped to launch and was the founding editor of AGL Magazine, the AGL Bulletin email newsletter (now AGL eDigest) and DAS and Small Cells magazine (now AGL Small Cell Magazine). He served as host for AGL Conferences from 2010 to 2012, appearing at 12 conferences. Bishop writes and otherwise obtains editorial content published in AGL Magazine, AGL eDigest and the AGL Media Group website. Bishop also photographs and films conferences and conventions. Many of his photographs have appeared on the cover, in articles and in the “AGL Tower of the Month” center spread photo feature in AGL Magazine. During his time with Wiesner Publishing, Primedia Business Information, and AGL Media Group, he helped to launch several magazines and edited or managed editorial departments for a dozen magazines and their associated websites, newsletters and live event coverage.


Rodrigo De La Rosa

Rodrigo De La Rosa

T-Mobile

Rodrigo De La Rosa is T-Mobile’s siting advocacy manager for the West Region responsible for driving the company’s local siting objectives through public speaking, educating and creating partnerships with communities, jurisdictions and civic officials. Rod is a seasoned wireless telecommunications professional who works with national organizations and local municipalities to help inform the public about T-Mobile’s network and how T-Mobile handles massive customer demand.

During his 11-plus years at T-Mobile, Rod has worked on countless projects specific to cell site compliance, tower company commitments, and community affairs. This work includes speaking about T-Mobile’s infrastructure needs and wireless telecommunications – particularly as the industry optimizes the use of 4G technologies and plans for the fifth generation of wireless networks.


Michael Fitch

Michael T. N. Fitch

Keller and Heckman LLP

Michael Fitch has over 40 years of experience in wireless, international, infrastructure, satellite and other telecommunications regulatory matters. Mr. Fitch advises clients on a wide range of issues in these areas.

Mr. Fitch began his career at the Federal Communications Commission, where he advanced from staff attorney to Bureau Chief and Senior Legal and International Advisor to the Chairman. He also served as a Presidential Exchange Executive from the FCC to the Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh for one year.

He moved to the U.S. Department of State, where he was an Office Director and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Communications and Information Policy Bureau. He led U.S. delegations to Inmarsat, Intelsat, and International Telecommunication Union meetings.

Mr. Fitch then became the Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Spectrum Management at Hughes Communications, part of Hughes Electronics in Los Angeles. While at Hughes, he was a member of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of the Board of the Satellite Industry Association. When Hughes Space and Communications was acquired by Boeing, he continued his telecommunications responsibilities as well as new programs involving Homeland Security. While at Boeing, he was Vice President of the U.S. ITU Association.

From 2005-2012, he was President and CEO of WIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association. At WIA, he led a successful legislative effort that resulted in the passage of Section 6409(a) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, which mandates collocation by right at many wireless towers and sites in the U.S. He is an officer of the Board of Directors of the California Wireless Association and a Fellow in the Radio Club of America.


Dylan Fuge

Dylan Fuge

Senior Corporate Counsel – Land Use, T-Mobile

Dylan has over a decade of experience advising companies and government agencies on the development and permitting of a wide range of facilities, from interstate transmission lines to small scale industrial and commercial facilities. In his current role he is responsible for advising T-Mobile’s Engineering & Development Teams on local land use and zoning related issues, including the resolution of project-specific issues and the development of state and local level ordinances and polices governing wireless facility deployments.


Chris Hills

Chris Hills

Western Regional Sales Manager, STEALTH Concealment Solutions

Chris Hills entered the wireless telecommunication industry back in 1996 after a 10-year career in computer maintenance. His initial sales position was at a manufacturer’s rep company. It was there he sold various product lines to several different wireless entities. These products included tower top amplifiers to the paging companies, two-way land mobile radios for both inland and offshore systems. Other products sold directly to the wireless carrier included co-location accessories, power supplies, coax, and shelters to name a few. His experience selling monopoles works at the ground level to his role as a sales executive when it comes to building complicated structures. His unique sales experience with point to point microwave, base station antennas, and test equipment has properly prepared him to understand the importance of RF transparency when it comes to cell site concealments.

Chris joined STEALTH 17 years ago. As the Western Regional Sales Manager, Chris’s team covers the U.S. from the Mississippi River to Hawaii. He has vast knowledge of concealment challenges and solutions that fit every municipal and geographic need.


Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston

Associate, Telecom Law Firm, PC

Michael Johnston is an attorney at Telecom Law Firm PC in La Jolla, California and specializes in telecommunications infrastructure land use and regulatory matters. He primarily advises local governments on cell siting issues, whether on private property or in the public rights-of-way, and guides his clients through the FCC’s web of wireless permitting rules. In response to the growth in small cell deployments, Michael has drafted and negotiated license agreements on behalf of his clients to allow wireless uses on municipally-owned right-of-way infrastructure. In addition, he recently co-authored briefs on behalf of the League of California Cities, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and League of Oregon Cities in the FCC’s still ongoing broadband infrastructure proceedings. Michael currently serves on the California Wireless Association’s regulatory committee (perhaps as the lone representative of local governments) and is admitted to practice law in California.


Robert Jystad

Robert Jystad, Esq.

Consultant, SureSite and Government Relations Specialist, Crown Castle

Robert works as an independent consultant for SureSite and is a resident government relations specialist at Crown Castle in Irvine. Prior to that, he advised Google on regulatory compliance and local land use issues in wireless infrastructure deployment.

From 2005-2015, Robert was managing partner at Channel Law Group, LLP, a boutique land use law firm that is still active and focuses on wireless, land use, environmental and real estate matters.

From 2014-2017, Robert served as president of the California Wireless Association. He was part of a small team of organizers that formed Calwa in late 2006 and had served as its vice president from its inception until becoming president. He helped formulate administrative and regulatory policy for Calwa advising the Association on federal legal and regulatory developments, California litigation, local wireless and zoning ordinances.

Robert has appeared on Fox News, Warren Olney, and other radio and television programs, have spoken as a conference keynote and on numerous wireless panels at CTIA, PCIA, AGL and other conferences.

Robert has a masters in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary (1986), a masters in international affairs from Columbia University School of Public and International Affairs (1993) and he received his J.D. from UCLA School of Law (1996), with an emphasis in communications. Robert received multiple awards for his academic writings.


Tom Leddo

Tom Leddo

Chief Strategy Officer, Md7

Over twenty years of experience in wireless real estate, including developing and promoting new business concepts, maximizing business efficiency and negotiating.

Current Role – Chief Strategy Officer for Md7, the worldwide leader in wireless real estate. Tom has been on the Md7 team since 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including helping to establish the company as a start-up, developing and leading operations, sales/BD, marketing/branding, expanding service offerings as well as developing new offerings and overseeing a variety of strategic opportunities.

Prior to Md7, Tom served as a Principal for BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity firm in San Diego, California which focused on wireless infrastructure. Tom also successfully founded and managed two niche tower companies from inception to sale, one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in Mexico City, Mexico. Tom entered the wireless industry in 1995 with Columbia Spectrum Management in Vienna, Virginia by negotiating complex, multi-party microwave relocation agreements on behalf of wireless carriers that secured FCC licenses in the initial PCS auction.


Joe Madden

Joe Madden

Principal Analyst, Mobile Experts Inc.

Joe Madden is Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts Inc. Mr. Madden focuses on 5G and IoT vertical markets, leading a team of 6 analysts to triangulate on accurate market forecasts. Over 28 years in mobile communications, he accurately predicted the rise of 5G Fixed Wireless, Small Cells, Digital Predistortion, and Remote Radio Heads. He validates ideas with mobile and cable operators, as well as hardware suppliers to find the match between business models and technology. Madden holds a Physics degree from UCLA. Despite learning about economics at Stanford, he still obeys the laws of physics.


Jim McCulloch

Jim McCulloch

Vice President of Real Estate, Vertical Bridge

Jim McCulloch is the Vice President of Real Estate of Vertical Bridge. McCulloch is responsible for the development and expansion of Vertical Bridge’s real estate portfolio.
Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, McCulloch was Vice President of Real Estate for Global Tower Partners (GTP) where he developed the company’s real estate portfolio, and expanded existing landlord relationships.

His experience also includes serving as partner at DGP Development, a leading provider of Distributed Antenna Systems to hotels and sports stadiums and a successful consulting practice advising buyers, sellers, and owners of commercial real estate on a variety of technology and financial matters. Additionally, he was vice president of Information Technology for Destination Hotels and Resorts.


Robert Millar

Robert Millar

Associate General Counsel, Crown Castle

Robert Millar is currently Associate General Counsel for Crown Castle, with primary responsibility for Crown Castle’s DAS and Small Cell regulatory matters before the FCC and State regulatory commissions. His team also provides legal support for Crown Castle’s small cell government relations team. Prior to joining Crown Castle he worked in the telecommunications practice groups of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and as a Director of Government Relations for Verizon Communications. Robert serves as a co-chair for the Northern California Chapter of the Federal Communications Bar Association and co-chair of the HetNet Advocacy Committee. Robert received his J.D. degree from Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America and his B.A. degree from Seattle University.


Tony Peduto

Tony Peduto

CEO, CTI Towers

Tony Peduto has been CEO of the CTI Towers since its founding in 2011. Tony led the company through its transformative transaction in 2015, when the company sold its tower assets to InSite Wireless. Since that transaction, Tony has overseen the rebirth of CTI Towers growing the portfolio to over 600 towers through acquisitions, new tower construction, and management agreements.

Tony’s previous wireless tower experience includes being Chief Operating Officer of Optasite where he managed the company’s day-to-day operations and tower development in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands until SBA’s purchase of the company in 2008. Tony also served five years as Vice President of the West and Northeast Regions of American Tower Corporation.


Mark R. Schmidt

Mark R. Schmidt

Director of Business Development, Larson Camouflage

Since 2004, Mark has worked with Larson Camouflage and has been instrumental in re-designing several leading product lines as well as developing new concealment products. In addition to leading operations, he has managed production and now heads business development for the company. Mark has represented Larson’s clients in jurisdictional hearings in order to facilitate zoning and building permit approval and works with jurisdictions to help them develop sensible regulations regarding small cell installations.

Mark began his career in the wireless industry more than eighteen years ago with a wireless services company providing network optimization and RF engineering support to Marconi, Sprint, and AT&T. Responsible for company-wide operations, he developed logistics support systems to manage RF engineering teams operating simultaneously within numerous markets in US and Mexico and implemented quality control processes and procedures to achieve ISO 9001 certification.

When a cellular camouflage division was spun off in 2002, Mark spearheaded operations for that division and led the team responsible for the development of core architectural and mono-tree camouflage elements in order to achieve more aesthetically appealing, less expensive and structurally durable products using specially engineered polymers and composite materials. He also expanded company presence from west-coast markets into northeast, mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes markets until an opportunity to lead operations at Larson arose in 2004.


Jeff Tostenrude

Jeff Tostenrude

Wireless Application Engineer, 3M

Jeff Tostenrude is a Wireless Application Engineer at 3M with 20 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. Having recently joined 3M in March of 2017, he was previously employed at mobile data analytics firm RootMetrics. Prior to that, Jeff worked at Ericsson in the US-based New Product Introduction team as well as the Product Development Unit in Sweden. The first half of his career was spent in radio access network design and optimization for Sprint and Nextel. A graduate of Washington State University, Jeff is currently focused on 5G applications and novel site concealment solutions.


Jon Zumsteg

Jon Zumsteg

Senior West Region Development Director, T-Mobile

Jon Zumsteg is the Senior West Region Development Director for T-Mobile. His team is responsible for all cell site development and deployment across the wireless carrier’s West Region which includes: Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawai’i, and Alaska. Prior to his current position, Jon was the Senior Director responsible for all network engineering activities in the Southern California and Las Vegas markets. Jon has worked on corporate-wide programs such as T-Mobile’s nationwide LTE deployment, as well as building cellular networks from scratch in Montana; Portland, OR; Salt Lake City, UT; as well as Austin and San Antonio, TX. His expertise includes cell site development, telecom ordinances, and disaster recovery. Jon ran the network recover effort in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and has worked on a number of other disaster recovery efforts for T-Mobile in the Gulf-region.


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