Michael Belski is the Senior Vice President and co-founder of Vertical Bridge. Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Michael was the Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing at Global Tower Partners where he was responsible for leasing and marketing the GTP Portfolio and securing build-to-suit contracts.
Michael has over 20 years of experience in the wireless industry and previously held positions at Morrison Hershfield Corporation and SBA Communications Corporation.
Richard P. Biby is the CEO of CoverageCo, an innovative new company focused on providing technology neutral cellular coverage to underserved markets throughout the United States. He has also served as the Chief Technology Officer of Crown Castle International, and an active Radio Frequency consulting engineer, provided professional engineering services to the siting industry for many years.
Biby has owned communication sites and radio stations, has appeared in many zoning-application hearings, and has provided professional engineering services to the siting industry for many years. Biby has been the founder of two companies, Biby Engineering Services PC, and SiteSafe LLC. In addition to leading these two firms, he has served as Chief Technology Officer for Crown Castle International Corp.
He has enjoyed active participation in professional industry associations and standards (including AFCCE, APCO, TIA, IEEE and PCIA) and governmental advisory committees for the FCC. He is a registered Professional Engineer.
As Clearfield’s market manager, Scot Bohaychyk, 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.
David Bronston’s is Special Counsel, Phillips Lytle LLP. He focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure and has extensive experience with network licensing and the intersection of telecommunications infrastructure with real estate. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right of way agreements and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits and approvals.
Bob Butchko is a veteran high technology executive. He has held business development positions in the high-tech centers of Silicon Valley, Seattle, Denver and Washington, DC. Mr. Butchko has experience in a variety of technologies and markets in both the commercial and government sectors. He has also provided executive level consulting services to such firms as Deloitte and Unisys Public Sector.
For the past decade Mr. Butchko has been involved with the design, installation, and certification of in-building, tunnel, and ship board wireless communication systems for public-safety and commercial cellular coverage. Today Mr. Butchko is recognized as an expert in the ‘In-Building Wireless Communications’ business.
Currently, Bob heads up National Business Development for RF Connect LLC, an in-building wireless systems integration company. He uses his extensive Distributed Antenna Systems’ experience and knowledge to help RFC expand brand awareness, create new products and services, and enter new markets.
Dr. Michael Britt has been working in the Arizona Broadband Planning and Public Safety Communications Department for the last four years focusing primarily on developing policies, standards and procedures to improve statewide interoperable communications. Dr. Britt has also been heavily involved in the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network efforts and is the Arizona FirstNet Program Manager. He is also contributing member and frequent speaker for the following organizations’ Broadband Working Groups:
– National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC)
– Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR)
– Southwest Border Communications Working Group (SWBCWG)
– National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
– Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO)
Christine M. Crowe, a partner with Wilkinson Barker Knauer, has more than 20 years of experience counseling clients in the communications industry on a broad array of transactional, policy and regulatory matters. She has substantial transaction expertise, having advised communications companies on mergers and acquisitions, spectrum leasing, and financing transactions involving public and private debt and equity offerings. Ms. Crowe has worked extensively on inter-carrier agreements such as roaming, resale/MVNO, site lease and master lease agreements, construction, management, and customer agreements.
Ms. Crowe advises clients on a variety of policy and regulatory matters affecting the telecommunications industry. She co-chairs the Firm’s Tower Siting and Infrastructure practice and provides strategic advice regarding policies to foster infrastructure deployment, including those arising out of the 2012 Spectrum Act. She also provides regulatory/compliance counseling related to the FCC’s environmental review rules, its Part 17 marking/lighting rules, and the Section 106 historic review process. Ms. Crowe provides advice to clients regarding spectrum allocation and use, spectrum assignment through competitive bidding (auctions), and secondary markets.
Tom Gourley is Verizon Wireless’ Manager HQ Network Engineering & Operations. Tom began his communications career in the U.S. Army and spent 8 years deploying, implementing and maintaining copper, microwave and satellite systems across the globe including Europe and the first Gulf War in Saudi Arabia. In 1995, he joined a commercial mobile satellite company, American Mobile Satellite, in Reston, VA where he was responsible for the mobile satellite Earth station RF systems. In 1996, Tom moved to Portland Oregon to begin an 8 year stint with ADC Telecommunications (now Tyco) later transferring to San Diego then Las Vegas. During his time at ADC, Tom traveled worldwide from Europe, China and South America trialing and deploying DAS. Tom has deployed DAS in the U.S. for Airtouch, Bell Atlantic, Ameritech, GTE, Verizon and AT&T.
Tom joined the Verizon Team in 2003 and was selected to be the RF Design engineer for the Las Vegas market supporting macro network planning and design as well as DAS. At the end of 2011 Tom was selected to join the Verizon HQ Network Implementation team supporting In-Building initiatives. Tom is the manager of a diverse group program managing large venue DAS implementations as well as standards development for in-building solutions and small cells.
Shane Hague leads sales and business development activities in the Western U.S. and Canada for SOLiD. He has more than 17 years of experience in the telecom and wireless industry, with over 15 years in the in-building wireless / Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) market. Shane held various roles at Sprint Nextel prior to joining SOLiD. He started his career as an RF engineer at A.G. Communication Systems, a subsidiary of Lucent Technologies, and then acted as national In-Building Wireless antenna sales manager at Centurion Wireless Tech (formerly Xertex Tech, today Laird Tech).
As VP Business Development & Strategy, FirstNet Team, Michael Hardiman leads Alcatel-Lucent’s FirstNet effort and is responsible for the company’s go to market strategy, including sales, business development, and partnership formation. In his role, Michael is responsible for engagement with State and Local Governments, Service Providers, Systems Integrators, and Infrastructure Providers engaged in the FirstNet initiative.
Michael has been with Alcatel-Lucent since 2003 and has held roles in both the Europe and the United States. Prior to his current role, he’s held sales and business development functions in Alcatel-Lucent’s Enterprise Division where he lead the successful launch of it’s Security and Collaboration portfolio solutions into Enterprise and Service Provider customer base. Prior to joining Alcatel-Lucent in 2003, Hardiman was Director of Channel Sales at e-commerce software company ATG.
Michael graduated from the Stonehill College with a B.A. in Communication and Business Administration. Michael is a native Bostonian and currently lives in Weston, Massachusetts but located at an airport near you.
Larry Heisler is the Director of Marketing for Global Building Technology Solutions at Anixter. In this role, Larry is involved in all aspects of Anixter’s building technology solutions programs and is instrumental in developing customer-facing solutions in distributed antenna systems (DAS), Wi-Fi, passive optical LAN, commercial A/V, intelligent lighting and building automation. With 20 years of experience in the wireless and
telecommunications industries, Larry has worked in a variety of roles including account and product management, director of product management and director of key accounts. Larry has an extensive background in wireless manufacturing for global companies with experience in applications engineering, product development and market analysis.
Robert Jystad is Managing Partner of the Channel Law Group and represents wireless carriers and tower companies on land use, leasing and regulatory matters. He has appeared before planning commissions, city councils and county boards in dozens of jurisdictions throughout California and has made appearances at the Federal Communications Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Ninth Circuit and every federal district court in California and the California Supreme Court.
Prior to starting Channel Law Group, Robert represented wireless carriers, tower companies, cable operators and competitive telecommunications carriers and specialized in right-of-way and land use litigation and regulation at the federal, state and local level. He negotiated right-of-way encroachment agreements and permits for fiber optic networks and successfully defended use permits for antenna sites in multiple federal court cases.
Robert is a founding board member and Vice President of the California Wireless Association, which represents the wireless industry in California.
Robert was published in the New Europe Law Review and has won awards for his academic writing. He has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1996 and is a graduate of UCLA Law School (J.D., 1996) and the Columbia School of Public and International Affairs (M.I.A., 1993). He also has degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., 1986) and the University of California, Irvine (B.A., 1980). He is married to Lynn and has one daughter, Kaia. They reside with two dogs and three cats in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, and in his spare time Robert is an avid golfer and guitar player.
Clarence McAllister founded Fortis Networks in 2000 after spending several years with Alcatel Lucent and OFS as a Member of Technical Staff. At ALU he participated in the original buildout of Sprint PCS and its affiliates. At OFS he was involved in the deployment of nationwide fiber optic networks for AT&T, Qwest, Metromedia and Enron. Thanks to his leadership, he has grown Fortis Networks from a one-person operation to over 140 employees nationwide. Fortis Networks is a systems integrator based in Phoenix, AZ, specialized in the design and installation of DAS, Small Cells, Towers and Fiber Optic Networks.
He has a BS Summa Cum Laude and a Master in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and a BICSI certified Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).
Anthony McCray is America Senior Sales Director (DAS and Small Cell Specialist) at Ethertronics Inc.
He has vast experience with DAS, Small Cell, RRH, MCPAs, TMAs, BDAs, Antennas, and Test & Measurement solutions. His more than 20 years’ industry experience includes establishing and managing both tactical and strategic sales channels focused upon wireless solutions into Wireless Carriers, Distribution Channels, System Integrators, VAR, Enterprise, Public Safety, and OEMs. McCray was previously North American Director of Sales at Comba Telecom, National Sales Manager at Commscope, Senior Sales Engineer at ADC, and Business Development Manager at Northrop Grumman IS Broadband AMR/AMI, First Response, and Municipal Wireless applications.
Anthony’s extensive Wireless RF Engineering and RF Network Performance management experience also includes roles at Verizon Wireless, Vodafone, and Qualcomm. McCray has a rich entrepreneurial history, notably co-founding 3G Wireless Entertainment, an RF In-building and Extended Coverage consulting firm. At 3G Wireless Entertainment, he served as SVP Business Development and Engineering.
Ron Mudry has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunication’s industry. Ron is the founding CEO of Tower Cloud, a company focused on serving the fast growing wireless infrastructure market. Prior to Tower Cloud, Ron was also the founding President and CEO of Progress Telecom, a fiber services business serving Wireless carriers, International carriers and CLEC’s in the southeast United States. Prior to his tenure at Progress, he spent 15 years with Verizon. Ron earned his bachelor degree in business at the University of Michigan and an MBA from University of Tampa.
A long-time Arizona resident, Karla Richards has been in the wireless infrastructure business since 1996. She is the regional manager, desert Southwest, for Virtus Communications, which assists OEMs, carriers and municipalities in upgrading existing 3G and 4G wireless networks through engineering and design, acquisition and zoning, construction, and implementation. Before moving to Virtus, she has worked for Crown Castle International and AT&T in site acquisition and real estate property management. She co-founded the Arizona Wireless Association and serves as its president and event planner. In fact, she has been busy organizing the holiday social that takes place at 5:30 pm today in this hotel.
Todd, a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, became the Executive Director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) in June of 2012. 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 has extensive experience in the areas of government relations, media relations, client relations, issue advocacy, political campaigns, event management, strategic planning and budgeting.
Prior to working in the public affairs arena, Todd worked on the U.S. Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2004-2005 and on several high profile U.S. Senate campaigns in South Dakota involving current U.S. Senator John Thune.
Paul Scutieri is a Manager of Business Development for Black & Veatch’s Public Safety Networks business. He has 25 years of experience managing sales teams for both service providers and product manufacturers for the Land-Mobile-Radio System industry, including at the Federal/State/Local government level. Most recently he founded a consulting business for state and local governments, PAS Management Consulting. He has also worked with Harris Corporation, Siemens Business Services and Fujitsu Technology Services.
Michael Sherman is Executive Manager of the Broadband Planning & Public Safety Communications department within the Arizona Department of Administration. His responsibilities include the 9-1-1 Administration Office, the Arizona FirstNet public safety wireless broadband program, and the Digital Arizona Program. Prior to joining the State in 2013, Michael spent 26 years with the Salt River Project (SRP) where he directed the successful turn-up and sustained operations of SRP Telecom, the utility’s commercial dark fiber and wireless collocation business unit. He holds his undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon and a Master’s of Business Administration from Arizona State University.
Robert Smith manages the Town of Chino Valley, Arizona, and has been in their service for about three years. His recent return to public service was preceded by about eight years of service with Crown Castle. Prior to that, Mr. Smith served in local governments and agencies for about 8 years across NC, SC, MS and CA. Mr. Smith holds dual Master’s Degrees in Urban and Regional Planning, and Public Administration – both from Virginia Tech. He is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a member of the APA and ICMA, and is a Feb 2015 Credential candidate for the ICMA’s Credentialed Manager Program.
Pat Tant serves as President and CEO of Solution Seven – a firm created to provide companies with business disciplines focusing on the creation of successful value propositions and marketing channels to grow companies. As President, her role is to lead this national management consulting team in implementing strategic and profitable solutions to companies.
Marvin is President of Environmental Corporation of America (ECA), an environmental, cultural resources, and NEPA regulatory consulting company specializing in environmental and regulatory permitting and siting of wireless communications facilities for over 20 years. Marvin holds a Bachelors of Science degree and also a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Policy. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Wireless Association (GWA) and is also a GWA Regulatory Committee member. Marvin’s experience includes Principal review of literally thousands of environmental and NEPA projects. He has assisted clients in navigating just about every conceivable issue that can arise including contamination, historic property view shed issues, tribal concerns, and wetland, floodplain, and protected species impacts and permitting. Marvin has authored thought leadership articles for Above Ground Level magazine and others and also self-publishes on ECA’s website. Marvin lives in Cumming, Georgia with his wife of 22 years, his 18-year old daughter and their “Westie”, Lily, a pitiful excuse for a dog that will not come when called.