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2019 Chicago Summit Speakers

 

Will Adams

Will Adams

Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commission

Mr. Adams works for the Federal Communications Commission in the Office of Commissioner Brendan Carr where he advises the Commissioner on wireless issues. After starting his career at the Department of Justice, Will clerked for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Justin Amash before becoming the President of Red Door Strategies, a political consulting firm. Most recently, Will worked in public finance at Morgan Stanley on infrastructure matters. Will graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


Don Bishop

Don Bishop

Executive Editor and Associate Publisher, 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. He is a former property manager, radio station owner and CEO of a broadcast engineering consulting firm. He was elected a Fellow of the Radio Club of America in 1988, received its Presidents Award in 1993, and served on its board of directors for nine years. Don Bishop may be contacted at dbishop@aglmediagroup.com.


Ronald Bizick

Ronald G. Bizick, II

Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Tarpon Towers

Mr. Bizick is the Chief Executive Officer of Tarpon Towers II, LLC and was one of the founders of Florida Tower Partners, LLC which was the initial startup company and operating subsidiary behind the Tarpon Towers, LLC family of companies as well as an entrepreneur and management executive. Mr. Bizick was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Global Signal Inc. with responsibility for day to day company operations and corporate development among other oversight. Mr. Bizick’s tenure at Global Signal over three (3) years saw the company make IPO, strategic acquisitions and the pioneering rise of mortgage-backed securitizations to finance this industry sector. Prior to Global Signal, Mr. Bizick was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of SBA Communications where he was a member of management at inception in 1990 and spent twelve (12) years growing the company. Additionally, Mr. Bizick holds board seats on several privately held companies.


Scot Bohaychyk

Scot Bohaychyk

Product Marketing Manager, Clearfield

Scot Bohaychyk, Clearfield product marketing manager, has nearly 30 years in the Telecommunications industry. Scot’s background includes serving in The White House Communications Agency, providing communications infrastructure support for then-President Ronald Reagan and his White House staff. Scot’s private sector experience includes OSP field and engineering experience as well as market development and sales work in the fields of blown and pushable fiber for long-haul fiber installations both in the United States and overseas.


Bernard Borghei

Bernard Borghei

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations, Vertical Bridge

Bernard Borghei is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources, and emerging technologies. Borghei has over 25 years of experience in wireless industries and before co-founding Vertical Bridge, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he oversaw domestic and international market operations, including a portfolio of more than 6,500 towers and 12,000 managed properties. Borghei has also held executive and senior management positions in operations, engineering, sales, supply chain, site development, and customer care at several wireless operators and service providers including SkyBitz, Wireless Facilities, Inc. Western Wireless International, and at Triton PCS where he successfully ran operations across 24 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America.


Mike Collado

Mike Collado

Vice President of Marketing, RF Connect

Mike Collado is a strategic market development leader who helps technology companies that are focused on the intersection of Smart Buildings and the application of wireless win mindshare and capture market share. Mike is currently Vice President of Marketing at RF Connect which designs, deploys and manages digital infrastructure to achieve more intelligent, safer and better-connected buildings. He was previously Director of Marketing for In-Building Wireless Solutions at Corning Optical Communications. Prior to Corning, Mike served as Vice President of Marketing at SOLiD where he oversaw corporate marketing, product marketing, and marketing communications. Mike is recognized for having defined and led thought leadership for the “Middleprise” market segment and for helping launch the Safer Buildings Coalition, a public-safety industry advocacy group. He traces his roots in the in-building wireless industry to MobileAccess (acquired in 2011 by Corning) after starting his career at several high-performing ISPs.


Brett Cupta

Brett Cupta

Co-Founder and Vice President of Customer Success, Sitetracker

Brett Cupta is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Customer Success at Sitetracker. He has one primary objective: eliminate the headaches associated with the traditional project and asset management software. His background spans telecom, healthcare, consumer products, finance, and manufacturing, while both founding his own company and consulting for Fortune 100 companies.

Brett previously served as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting and as an Engineer at Solvay Advanced Polymers.

He sparked his entrepreneurship interests while working in business development at Venmo and gained valuable development experience as a Project Manager at AirWatch. He also co-founded and later sold Blokify, a 3D Printing startup.

Brett holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.


Mike Fabbri

Mike Fabbri

Vice President, Site Solutions and Services, CommScope

Mike Fabbri is vice president of Site Solutions and Services for CommScope, responsible for the development and integration of RF site solutions, including metro cell for the telecommunications carrier market. In his more than 25 years of work experience, Mike has held several leadership positions in product line, sales, marketing, and business development at Motorola, ARDIS and Motient. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago.


Jennifer Fritzsche

Jennifer Fritzsche

Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst, Wells Fargo Securities

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in Institutional Investor’s annual vote. In 2006, Forbes magazine recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. In May 2011, Jennifer was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estimator for wireless telecommunication services by Financial Times/StarMine, a leading provider of objective ratings of equity securities analysts. Jennifer was recognized by StarMine and received the 2014 No. 3 stock picker ranking for the diversified telecom services sector. In June 2017 Jennifer was again ranked the No. 3 stock picker in the diversified telecommunication services sector in the Thomson Reuters’ StarMine analyst awards. Jennifer makes numerous media appearances and has often been a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. She also speaks at many of the industry and trade conferences and often is asked to participate in many Washington, D.C. regulatory telecom seminars and events. Jennifer earned a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated summa cum laude.


Clayton Funk

Clayton Funk

Towers Group Managing Director, MVP Capital

Clayton is a Managing Director in MVP Capital’s Towers Group and has been with the company since 2004. With client relationships dating back to 1997, Clayton has personally closed 175+ deals including mergers and acquisitions, sale-leasebacks and private debt and equity capital placements totaling in excess of $2.0 billion of value.

Prior to joining MVP, Clayton worked at Nations Media Partners, a Kansas City-based investment banking firm specializing in various areas of telecommunications, media, and publishing, for seven years. Clayton graduated cum laude from Washburn University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and has been honored as an Alumni Fellow.


Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Director of Sales-Wireless Structures, Valmont Structures

Sean Gallagher is the Director of Sales-Wireless Structures at Valmont Structures. Valmont is the leading supplier of lighting poles and telecommunication structures in the US. Sean has more than 20 years of global experience selling macro towers and monopoles. Sean’s current focus is providing solutions for Small Cell pole deployments by exploiting Valmont’s vast knowledge of local lighting standards and wireless structures. The recent acquisition of Larson Camouflage adds considerably to Valmont’s solutions in this burgeoning market.


Pat Henkle

Patrick Henkle

Director of Product Management, JMA Wireless

Pat has broad and deep experience in information technology and telecommunications ranging from sales and marketing to product management and product development. Pat joined JMA in 2016 as one of the inaugural team members tasked with establishing JMA’s XRAN product line, the industry’s first all software LTE base station. Prior to JMA Pat was the Director of Product Management at NEC’s where he was responsible for their virtualized Unified Communications software. Prior, Pat was with Sphere Communications (acquired by NEC) where he led the company’s product management team. Sphere Communications was awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office for a “LAN Telephone system”, the precursor to VoIP systems which are commonplace today. Prior to Sphere Communications, Pat was responsible for managing a global portfolio of carrier class multi-media access gateways for Internet Access and Internet Telephony at 3Com Corporation and US Robotics Corporation (acquired by 3Com). Before joining US Robotics, Pat held a variety of positions ranging from software development, technical sales engineering and product management at Ameritech Corporation where his expertise involved the blending of broadband networking technologies and networked software applications for automated business workflows and decision support systems. Pat is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he studied Quantitative Methods and Information Decision Science.


Greg Higgins

J. Gregory Higgins

Attorney and Consultant, The Wireless Layer

Greg is an attorney and consultant providing legal, business and technical information and guidance on all things telecom, including small cell, DAS, traditional Macro deployments, OEM procurement and manufacture, cloud computing, application development, and privacy issues. He supports municipalities and various telecommunications and technology enterprises internationally. Greg was previously Lead Counsel – North America for Brightstar, a SoftBank Company, where he oversaw all legal operations for the company’s largest region. Prior to his role at Brightstar, Greg was the US General Counsel for Lycamobile, an international MVNO. Greg was also previously the owner of his own telecommunications consulting company, as well as Senior Director for Sprint Nextel, where he managed the Midwest Region supporting the Engineering and Operations Division, the largest division of the company. Prior to joining Sprint Nextel, Greg was in private practice in Boston where he maintained a varied practice with a focus on telecommunications.

Greg has great experience in large scale, complex telecommunications projects, and mission-critical contract negotiations. As a technically savvy attorney and businessperson, Greg has been responsible for the development of key network planning and policies that provided both network development and corporate protection, while at the same time allowing the speed-to-market necessary in the fast-paced world of wireless. Greg was especially instrumental in bringing together various government entities and major wireless carriers in large scale distributed antenna systems deployed in airports and other major venues.

Greg holds a J.D. from California Western School of Law, a B.A. in Political Science from Boson College, and a Certificate in Healthcare Information Technology from the University of California, San Diego.


Ahmed Hmimy

Ahmed Hmimy

Director of Product Line Management, CommScope

As director of product line management for the Americas, Ahmed Hmimy is responsible for regional strategic direction of CommScope’s in-building wireless solutions including the Era™ C-RAN antenna system, which won Light Reading’s 2018 Leading Lights Award for Most Innovative Mobile/Wireless Product, and the market-leading ION® series distributed antenna systems. In this role, he works closely with mobile network operators, neutral hosts, and enterprises to define communication solutions that meet the business and technical needs of all stakeholders. He has more than twenty years’ experience in system engineering, operation, research and development, and product management. He is based in Richardson, Texas.


Tormod Larsen

Tormod Larsen

VP and CTO, ExteNet Systems

Tormod serves as Chief Technology Officer, where he oversees ExteNet’s product strategy, network architecture and strategic solution development. Tormod has been with ExteNet from 2004 and he has assembled a team with extensive expertise in DAS, small cells, edge and distributed networking solutions.

Tormod has over 25 years of experience in the mobile industry. Prior to ExteNet, Tormod served as VP of Sales and Engineering at Allgon (Powerewave) where he built a business unit responsible for turnkey delivery of distributed networks. Earlier in his career, Tormod held several technical and leadership positions at Siemens in Europe.

Tormod holds a Masters of Science (MS) in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Sciences and Technology.


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.


Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy

Operations Quality Assurance Manager, Crown Castle

Robert McCoy manages Crown Castle’s SCAN program, which employs alternative technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and laser surveying for data acquisition. Robert leads a team of Quality Assurance Engineers responsible for development of and compliance to operational and industry standards and procedures for internal employees, contractors, and vendors. Robert and his team train and audit groups responsible for over 45,000 annual inspections, ensuring the integrity of Crown Castle’s assets.


Bryan McKernan

Bryan McKernan

Vice President, Consortiq North America

Bryan McKernan took over as the US Operations Director in January 2017 after retiring from the Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot after twenty years of service. He is a seasoned retired Marine Corps officer, having served in I, II, & III Marine Expeditionary Forces, (3) combat deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq, along with two traditional Marine Expeditionary Unit floats. Beyond aviation squadron fleet tours, his military service crosses a broad spectrum of commands to include Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Programs and Resources, Installations and Logistics, and Naval Flight School where he served as a flight instructor in fixed-wing aircraft. Bryan has grown Consortiq North America to over ten employees in twenty-four months. He served as Lead for “Training” in AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program (TOP) and serves as the Vice Chairman of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) UAS Subcommittee.


Rodney Murray

Rodney Murray

President and Founder, Eagle Drones

Rodney Murray is the President and Founder of Eagle Drones, LLC in St. Charles, Illinois. Eagle Drones provides Aerial Engineering and Imaging Services for Telecom, Infrastructure, and Construction. Rodney has spent most of his career in telecommunications, IT, and broadcasting as an engineer, director of operations and executive manager. He has helped several start-up companies establish their business strategies and operations. Rodney has been in the drone industry for the past 5 years using drones to provide LOS surveys, inspections, audits, and mappings. Rodney is a licensed drone pilot and has many hours of flying time around critical infrastructure. As a NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors) member, he has also been a UAS committee member from the beginning and helped shape the association’s position and charter.


Ed Myers

Ed Myers

Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Cheytec Telecommunications

Ed Myers brings more than two decades of industry experience to his role as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cheytec Telecommunications. He is responsible for the development of Cheytec’s Real Estate Portfolio, wireless operator sales, and marketing program for in-building and other telecommunication system sales. Prior to joining Cheytec, Ed was one of the founders and Vice President of Sales for the telecom group at Parallel Infrastructure, a national build-to-suit tower company. Ed has also held leadership roles with Widelity, a telecommunications consulting firm, AT&T and FiberTower, and consulted for Qwest, Level 3, Verizon and T-Mobile. Ed is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Trey Nemeth

Trey Nemeth

Senior VP of Operations & Engineering, Raycap/STEALTH

Trey Nemeth has been with Raycap | STEALTH since 1997, and is a product of the Mechanical Engineering program at Clemson University. During his tenure, including his current role as Senior VP of Operations & Engineering, Trey has directed the designs and manufacturing of tens of thousands of successful wireless concealment products and installations.

As the industry moves into the future of wireless, Trey is spearheading the Raycap | STEALTH small cell division with a focus on ensuring that the company meets all the needs and expectations of its customers employing this new technology.


Alexander Novak

Alexander Novak

Director of Neutral Host Development, Horvath Communications

As Director of Neutral Host Development, Alex Novak is responsible for identifying and securing venues for neutral-host site development in various real estate verticals including universities, hotels, theme parks/attractions, office buildings, and residential communities. Mr. Novak has twenty-years’ experience in wireless site development across multiple states and regions. His early professional career was spent in the valuation and development of commercial real estate with both small firms and Fortune 500 companies in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Alex was the founder of Novation Group Consulting, a real estate development firm which specialized in site acquisition and development of wireless telecommunications sites. He is a graduate of St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.


Matthew OBrien

Matthew O’Brien

Vice President, The Will Group, Inc.

Matthew O’Brien serves as Vice President of The Will Group, Inc., the pioneer company of several separate and distinct entities in the lighting, construction and energy related industries that all operate under the common philosophy, “Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way.”

Matthew O’Brien has over 26 years of experience in the electrical and lighting industry. His professional career started with Wesco Distribution in Hammond, Indiana; where he was ranked the top inside sales personnel in his mid-west region. He handled over 40% of Wesco’s branch of business. In 1993, he left Wesco Distribution to join Lighting Solutions of Illinois, one of The Will Group entities. His responsibilities included the development and leading an outstanding sales force, which helped business growth.

This year The Will Group celebrates its 33rd year in business. The Will Group has been named by Black Enterprise as one of the Top 100 Black Businesses in the country.


Todd Schlekeway

Todd Schlekeway

Executive Director, NATE

Todd became the Executive Director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) in June of 2012. As Executive Director of NATE, Todd provides overall leadership and vision working in concert with the Association’s staff, Board of Directors, volunteer Standing Committees, Wireless Industry Network and approximately 820 member companies.

Prior to joining NATE, Todd worked for seven years as the founder and principal of a public affairs and communications firm called Full Court Strategies Group, LLC. Todd also has extensive policy experience having served for two terms in South Dakota’s state legislature where he represented a Sioux Falls, South Dakota legislative district in both the State House and the State Senate.


Bryan Tramont

Bryan Tramont

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Bryan Tramont offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. He regularly advises companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Before joining WBK, Bryan served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Michael Powell. As Chief of Staff, he managed all aspects of the agency’s operations. Before being elevated to Chief of Staff, Bryan served as Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, as well as prior stints as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He currently is an adjunct law professor in Catholic University of America’s Communications Law Institute and a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bryan has been recognized by leading publications like Legal 500, Chambers USA, and Washingtonian as one of the nation’s top communications lawyers. In 2017, he was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame List, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients and who have been recognized by the Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer for six consecutive years. He has been awarded The Best Lawyers in America © 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Media Law and “Lawyer of the Year” in Communications Law in 2016. In 2016, he was also named one of the Top 10 Washington, DC Super Lawyers. Bryan serves on the Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and previously co-chaired the Committee for three years. He is on the Board of Trustees at William Woods University and has served in numerous leadership positions for the Federal Communications Bar Association, including President for 2010-2011.


Gretchen West

Gretchen A. West

Senior Advisor, Hogan Lovells

Years before the commercial drone industry was taking off (pun intended), Gretchen West was already at the forefront of the unmanned systems industry, advocating on behalf of the global community to reduce barriers to enable operations and use.

As a senior advisor in the Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice group, Gretchen’s focus on innovation and technology has helped clients navigate business and market entry strategies, find value-added capabilities to ensure successful operations, and understand the regulatory environment and associated challenges.

Widely recognized as a pioneer in the commercial drone market and other emerging technologies, Gretchen is co-leading efforts to change the future of how technology influences policy. With experience across multiple industries — defense, civil, and commercial — Gretchen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our clients and also is highly networked and gifted at bringing companies together to expand market opportunities.


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