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2019 Dallas Summit Speakers

 
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.


Robert Capps

Robert Capps

VP Sales, Geoverse

After nearly 18 years with some of the world’s most prominent wireless companies (Siemens, Ericsson, NSN) and his own consulting firms (Blaze & Remington and Tritech), Robert (Bob) Capps is Vice President of Sales at Geoverse. At Siemens, his teams won some of Siemens’ largest ever global 2G and 3G contracts. And at Ericsson, he led his sales group to an initial 50% GSM infrastructure market share. Prior to his telecommunications career, Bob held various management positions in merchandising and buying for large retail department store chains in the Southeast and Southwest.


Paul Challoner

Paul Challoner

Vice President Network Product Solutions, Ericsson

Paul Challoner is a Vice President of Network Product Solutions at Ericsson. Paul’s career in telecom started back in 1990 and has traversed the globe with stops in the UK, India, Frans and currently Plano, Texas. He is currently responsible for Ericsson radio products in North America and works major accounts addressing leading technology for 4g, 5G, Massive MIMO VRAN, IOT and Small Cells. He also services on the Board of Directors for the CBRS Alliance and Wireless Innovation Forum. He has an Electrical and Engineering degree from Brunel University in London.


Carrie Charles

Carrie Charles

CEO, Broadstaff

Carrie Charles, CEO of Broadstaff, a niche provider within wireless telecom providing recruitment efforts in line and ahead of new/emerging technology and telecom staffing. She was named Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2019 Businesswoman of the Year, leverages more than two decades of experience helping individuals grow both personally and professionally and assisting large organizations as they attract, retain and develop high-quality employees.


Brett Chester

Brett Chester

VP, Marketing, Sitetracker

Brett Chester is VP, Marketing for Sitetracker, which powers the successful deployment of critical infrastructure. As the global standard for managing high-volume projects, the Sitetracker Platform enables growth-focused innovators to optimize the entire asset lifecycle. Market leaders in the telecommunications, utility, smart cities, and energy industries — such as Verizon, Nokia, Fortis, Alphabet, British Telecom, and Vodafone — rely on Sitetracker to manage millions of sites and projects representing over $19 billion of portfolio holdings globally. For more information, visit www.sitetracker.com.


Mike Collado

Mike Collado

Vice President of Marketing, RF Connect

Mike Collado is a strategic market development leader for wireless technology companies focused on winning mindshare and capturing market share. As a catalyst for change and progress, he has launched and grown companies, brands, products and services, market segments, regions, industry groups, and other initiatives. Mike is energized by the market- and society-altering opportunities emerging wireless technologies are poised to enable.


Donald Doty

Donald Doty

Director of Broadcast Services for the Stainless Division, FDH Infrastructure Services, LLC

Currently holds a position of Director of Broadcast Services for the Stainless Division of FDH Infrastructure Services, LLC. Don was Business Development Manager and Regulatory Compliance Advisor for FDH Velocitel and from July of 2013 until December 2018.

Don has been in the tower industry for 45 years. Educated in the Midwest, Don began his career working on broadcast towers in 1974 and with his wife relocated to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 1977. Don and his former business partner, Patrick Moore created what was to become Doty Moore Tower Services, Inc. in 1983.


Alex Gellman

Alex Gellman

CEO at Vertical Bridge

Alex Gellman is the Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Bridge and prior to co-founding Vertical Bridge, Mr. Gellman was President and COO of Global Tower Partners. Mr. Gellman was instrumental in the sale of Global Tower Partners to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for over $4.8 billion. Mr. Gellman also co-founded Apex Site Management, the largest third-party manager of wireless and wireline communications sites in the U.S. Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications to create the largest telecommunications site portfolio in the United States. Mr. Gellman earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Biology from Tufts University.


Jake Hamilton

Jake Hamilton

Engineering Director, Verizon

Jake Hamilton is Engineering Director of Verizon Wireless in the Central Texas region. In this role, he is responsible for all new wireless 4G and 5G infrastructure deployment, including tradional cell sites, small cells, in-building solutions and major venues within the region.

In previous roles, Jake was Director of Engineering in the Northern California market. Under his leadership, Verizon Wireless invested $70 million in preparation for Super Bowl 50 including implementing the first under-the-seat distributed antenna design at Levi’s stadium. He also led the small cell initiative in San Francisco, resulting in an industry-leading large scale Centralized-RAN network.

Jake has over 17 years of wireless experience in various network functions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Arkansas State University and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Arkansas at Little Rock.


Chris Hills

Chris Hills

Western Regional Sales Manager, Raycap | STEALTH

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.


Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson

Director of Technology Evolution, ExteNet Systems

Randy Johnson is Director of Technology Evolution at ExteNet Systems, based in Lisle, IL. He is responsible for analyzing technology trends, managing vendor relationships, and bringing new technology and products to production-readiness. Randy is deeply involved in both the technical and commercial aspects of CBRS, and he has been an active member of the CBRS Alliance since its early days. Prior to ExteNet, Randy was a manager at Bell Laboratories. He also held senior leadership roles at several smaller companies. Randy earned his MSEE degree at the University of Illinois and his MBA from Northwestern University.


David Kokotoff

Dr. David Kokotoff

Senior Sales Engineer, Ericsson

Dr. Kokotoff, Senior Sales Engineer for Ericsson, joined Kathrein Mobile Communications – now an Ericsson company in 2016 and is responsible for engagement of mobile operators and partners in the wireless and small cell ecosystem and actively contributes to standards and industry groups on wireless systems.

David has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry – specifically in Antennas and RF Design/Measurement for Commercial and Defense applications, as well as teaching at the university level. He is the co-author of more than 30 journal and conference papers, three book chapters, and four patents. David received a BSEE from Lafayette College, a MSECE from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD from Arizona State University. David and his family live near Atlanta, GA where he enjoys woodworking, traveling with his family, and volunteering with the Boy Scouts.


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.


Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis

CEO, President, and Founder of VERTICOM

Jeff Lewis is the CEO, President, and Founder of VERTICOM. Since 2001 Jeff has led the company’s Sales, Operations, and Finance programs. He is passionate about leading and preparing today’s workforce to win the global race in designing, developing, and operating the broadband networks of the future. He is a frequent speaker and moderator at industry events across the country and brings a high-level executive summary to the complex 5G architecture which includes Fiber, Macro, Small Cell, and Inbuilding. He is also focused on creating one of the most innovative places to work within telecom by implementing a world-class training and command center to support VERTICOM’s apprenticeship and career development initiatives.

Prior to founding VERTICOM, Jeff worked as the Chief Operating Officer for a wireless infrastructure company in St. Louis. His professional work history also includes years with Kimberly-Clark as a Cost and Financial Analyst and as a Sr. Manager within Ernst & Young’s Engineering, Construction and Real Estate consulting practice. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance and earned his MBA in International Management in two years attending night school at the University of Dallas.

He was the President of the Texas State Wireless Association for four years from 2014 to 2017. He is actively involved with several charities including The First Tee of Greater Dallas of which he serves on the Board of Governors. He and his wife Jill reside in Dallas with their five children.


Kevin Linehan

Kevin Linehan

Vice President, CommScope

Kevin Linehan is vice president in the Office of CTO for CommScope, responsible for monitoring and analyzing wireless industry trends, technologies and standards to provide input and guidance to strategy and advanced product development. He is also responsible for the scouting, evaluation and introduction of emerging technologies through collaborative innovation and strategic alliances.

During his nearly 25 years at CommScope, Kevin has worked in various design and management positions including Director of Research and Development for base station antennas, where he led the development of multi-band antennas and remote antenna tilt technology. He has managed various strategic partnerships that have pioneered new innovations such as active antennas and lensed multi-beam antennas. Kevin initiated and co-chaired the NGMN committee that developed the first industry standards for base station antennas (BASTA) and currently serves on the board of the Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) Industry Consortium.

He received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he was a research fellow in the Electromagnetics Research Lab. Kevin holds 11 US patents.


Christopher Mallon

Christopher T. Mallon, PE

President, TowerMRL, Inc.

Mr. Mallon was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but lived most of his life in Madison, Wisconsin. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Geotechnical Engineering in 17 states.

As president of TowerMRL, Inc., his responsibilities include the day-to-day operation of the tower side of the company, management of human resources and safety program, insurance, worker’s compensation, and asset purchases. Specifically, Mr. Mallon manages all of the tower maintenance and construction staff. This includes interacting with the crews, project managers, and customers.

Mr. Mallon participates widely in the National Wireless Safety Alliance. First, as an inaugural member of the Board of Governors. Second, participation in the first Telecommunication Technician Task Force that developed the recent certifications. More recently participating in the Foreman Taskforce and becoming the Chairman of the Written Exam committee for the NWSA Written Exam Committee.


Phillip Marchesiello

Phillip R. Marchesiello

Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

Phillip R. Marchesiello joined the firm as a partner in 2011 after more than 13 years in private practice with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He represents media and communications companies with respect to a variety of transactional, regulatory compliance, licensing, and policy matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions, and foreign telecommunications agencies. He represents companies in enterprise-level commercial technology transactions, including telecommunications services agreements, hardware purchases and leases, software licensing, and information technology agreements. He also has assisted numerous radio and television broadcast companies, as well as cable and wireless companies, to negotiate and secure FCC approval of various media and wireless transactions. He particularly focuses on structuring transactions involving institutional investors and private equity funds to comply with the FCC’s multiple ownership and foreign ownership requirements.


John Nolan

John Nolan

Vice President of Access at AT&T

John Nolan serves as VP of Access Management for AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company. He has been in the role since 2014. Prior to this, he served as AVP of Wholesale Solutions for the Company. Mr. Nolan is a telecommunications industry veteran. John has spent over 16 years with AT&T and worked for SBC Communications for 15 years prior to that. In his various roles over his career in Telecom, John has led multibillion-dollar spending programs, managed team from Sales, Regulatory and Technical backgrounds. John is regarded as having deep technical network architecture knowledge as well as being a leader in customer service. He has a BA in Finance from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Saint Louis University.


Sonya Roshek

Sonya Roshek

Vice President of Field Services, B+T Group

Sonya is Vice President of Field Services for B+T Group and has more than 20 years of leadership and telecom operations experience in the areas of construction, organizational development, profit and loss, labor relations, staffing, training, quality/safety, estimating, procurement, material management, and real estate. Sonya has championed new lines of business including outside plant (Fiber to the home), DAS, Small Cell and Distributed Infrastructure (Car Charging stations) across the US. She previously worked for an OEM and Large GC Turnkey Vendor providing deployment leadership for projects. Sonya has led large-scale projects including completing a multi-discipline green-field wireless build with microwave overlay for a new carrier spanning two Canadian providences. Ms. Roshek has also served as project lead for both the wire-line and wireless network installations for the 2002 Olympic Games and managed the integration of more than 10,000 cells in the Remote Integration Testing Center (RITC). Sonya is on the Board of Governors for the National Wireless Safety Alliance (NWSA) and working on the taskforces to advance and standardize the tower industry.


GM Sadat

GM Sadat

Chief Engineering Officer, Concordia Wireless

GM Sadat is the chief engineering officer at Concordia Wireless, which is an 80+ person firm that is focused on providing integrated infrastructure services ranging from initial design / professional engineering solutions to construction services and maintenance support.

It has achieved vertical integration through its two divisions, which operate in concordance as turnkey/single-source providers for the wireless network sector as well as other Fortune 500 clientele.


Sharpe Smith

J. Sharpe Smith

Senior Editor/eDigest, AGL Media Group

J. Sharpe Smith covers the wireless infrastructure industry as contributing editor to AGL magazine, as editor of eDigest email newsletter and program coordinator for the AGL Local Summit series of conferences. He has 29 years of experience writing about industrial communications, paging, cellular, small cells, DAS and towers.


Jim Young

Jim Young, JD/MBA

Director of Government Relations West Region at Crown Castle

James D. Young was appointed Chief Operating Officer—Fiber in September 2017, responsible for the management of the fiber solutions business. Prior to this, he served as Chief Operating Officer from 2009 and President, US Tower Operations from 2005. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecom industry, Jim has served in leadership roles across multiple disciplines and organizations. Before joining Crown Castle, he served as the Northeast Region Vice President of Network Operations for Sprint/Nextel and started his career with GTE. Jim currently serves on several civic and community boards including the Pittsburgh Regional Authority Economic Development Council. Jim holds a BA from DePauw University, a BS in Systems Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Masters of Science in Management degree from Purdue University.


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