Speaker Bios

Dominick Arcuri

Dominick Arcuri, Principal, DVA Consulting LLC

Dominick Arcuri is a principal at DVA Consulting LLC in Henrico VA. Dominick advises clients in areas related to technical and regulatory aspects of wireless communications systems. His expertise includes Two-way radio technology & standards; Public Safety Broadband; Radio propagation; In-building wireless; 800-MHz Rebanding; among others. He has been engaged in the management of consulting, engineering and product development in communications and defense electronics over a 36-year career. Mr. Arcuri is a registered professional engineer, a certified Project Management Professional and an Emergency Number Professional. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University, and an MBA degree from Duke University. Dominick was a previous participant in the TIA and P25 committees and is currently a member of APCO P43 technical committee.


Brad Barber

Brad Barber, Director of Operations, Federal Engineering

Brad Barber is a Director of Operations with Federal Engineering in Fairfax, VA and has over 30 years of experience in the land mobile radio industry. Since joining Federal Engineering in 2005, Mr. Barber has led or participated in multiple statewide, regional, and local communications projects, in the public safety, public service, and critical infrastructure markets including statewide projects for Minnesota, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, and Arizona. He has also managed 800 MHz rebanding projects at the city, regional, or state level around the country. . Barber is active in public safety, public service, and critical infrastructure issues and is also currently a member of the NPSTC Interoperability Committee. Prior to joining Federal Engineering, Mr. Barber held system management positions with King County, WA and the City of Gainesville, FL.


Michelle Bland

Michelle Bland, ENP, Statewide 9-1-1 Program Manager, California Highway Patrol (CHP)

Michelle Bland, ENP is the Statewide 9-1-1 Program Manager for the California Highway Patrol (CHP). She began her career with the CHP in 2007. In her role as coordinator, she maintains liaisons with the California Office of Emergency Services, Wireless Service Providers, Public Safety Answering Point Managers, California's 9-1-1 County Coordinators, and CHP's 25 Communications Centers. Before she came to work for CHP she enjoyed a 10 year career with AT&T as a Network Design Engineer and Central Office Engineer. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.


Daryl Branson

Daryl Branson, Senior 911 Telecom Analyst, Colorado Public Utilities Commission

Daryl Branson is the vice-president and treasurer of the National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators and Senior 911 Telecom Analyst for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Daryl has held multiple positions in 911 throughout his career, including PST, shift supervisor, and PSAP manager. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Missouri State University and is certified as an Emergency Number Professional by the National Emergency Number Association, as well as a Registered Public Safety Communications Leader by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, Intl. He is currently the secretary of Colorado NENA/APCO, a member of the NG9-1-1 Institute Board, Treasurer of the Colorado 9-1-1 Resource Center, and is a past president of the New Mexico Chapter of NENA.


Dave Buchanan

Dave Buchanan, Director of State Consultation, FirstNet

As the Director of State Consultation for the First Responder Network Authority, Dave has led a nationwide outreach and consultation program for public safety in the States, Territories, and District of Columbia. Dave has worked with first responders since 1999, with previous jobs at NTIA Office of Public Safety Communications and the Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). At COPS, Mr. Buchanan coordinated critical grant federal grant programs that assisted local law enforcement in a number of key areas, including hiring over 100,000 new law enforcement professionals nationwide, establishing school safety and school resource officer programs, combating gang violence and violent crime, and establishing interoperability and technology-related resources. Both previous positions involved extensive contact with public safety components and executives throughout the nation while managing federal budgets and programs.


Alex Chua

Alex Chua, Director, Product Management and Business Development, Keysight Technologies Inc.

Alex Chua is the Director of Product Management and Business Development at Keysight Technologies, Inc. He is responsible for the Nemo Wireless Network Testing products for the Americas region, and leads the regional R&D and Product Management teams. Alex has over 15 years of experience in international industry, covering Cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and chipsets technologies. He has held positions in Product Management, Business Development, Product Marketing and Field Applications at Keysight, Anite, Texas Instruments, and Siemens. He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering in Communication from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.


Jeff Cohen

Jeff Cohen, Chief Counsel, APCO International

Jeffrey Cohen is Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations at APCO International. In this capacity, Jeff provides strategic guidance on policy, legislative, and regulatory matters to advance the association's work on 9-1-1 and first responder communications. Prior to joining APCO, Jeff served as a detailee from the Federal Communications Commission, for the minority staff of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. While on the Hill, Jeff was one of the authors of the FirstNet public safety legislation enacted in February 2012. At the FCC, Jeff served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Before his move to the federal government, Jeff was a partner at the Washington, DC telecommunications law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he worked over ten years on wireless regulatory matters since graduating from the George Washington University Law School with honors in 1994. Jeff also holds a B.S. cum laude in electrical engineering from the George Washington University. Jeff is a recipient of the FCC's Silver Medal Award, APCO's Leadership in Regulatory Service Award, and the National Emergency Number Association's Presidential Award.


Bob Connell

Bob Connell, ENP, Director of 911, Zetron

Bob Connell is the Director of Telephony Sales at Zetron. Bob, an Emergency Number Professional, has been on the vendor side of public safety for over 25 years. Prior to his 9 years at Zetron, he was responsible for 9-1-1 sales for GTE/Verizon in the Northwest, providing both network and customer premise solutions for handling 9-1-1 calls. Bob is also a long-standing member of the NENA subcommittee developing the "IP-Enabled PSAP technical requirements document" as well as the "Emergency Incident Data Document subcommittee" under the newly restructured Agency Systems Committee.


Don Denning

Don Denning, Manager, DELTWRX

Mr. Denning is a Manager with DELTAWRX with more than twenty-five years of public and private sector experience in management, strategic planning, engineering, research, and project execution. Most recently, he has been serving as the technical and operational subject matter expert for agencies as they replace and upgrade legacy proprietary radio systems to systems based on the P-25 standard. Prior to joining DELTAWRX, Mr. Denning spent six years as the Public Safety Chief Information Officer for the City of Boston Massachusetts. In his capacity at the City of Boston, Mr. Denning was the lead technology officer for Boston's public safety agencies. He was responsible for the development of a long-term strategic IT plan for the City including replacement of the City's legacy multi-agency Computer Aided Dispatch system, and many upgrades and enhancements to the Boston area's mission critical voice and data networks to include narrowbanding and rebanding of the City's missions critical voice systems, the upgrade of the City's 4.1 SmartNet system to ASTRO25 and the deployment of an eight site Project25 Phase II TDMA 700MHz simulcast system to support local, state and federal agencies in the Boston Area. Prior to Mr. Denning's entry into the public sector, he was Research Scientist, Member of Research Staff and Principal Engineer at HP Labs, Intel, Compaq and Digital Equipment Corporation. He has published numerous technical papers, and has secured or has pending several patents in the areas of wireless communications, sensor technologies and computer architecture. All of his inventions are currently being used in the communications, sensor and medical device sectors. Mr. Denning is a member of numerous professional and philanthropic organizations including the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.


Don Denning

James Downes, Supervisory Manager, Office of Emergency Communications, US Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Downes was assigned to the Department of Homeland Security in March 2003 and moved to the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in April 2007. He is currently the LMR Standards and Security Coordinator in OEC primarily focused on standards and security activities supporting the public safety community. He has worked for more than 40 years in wireless communications, primarily in the public safety and Federal law enforcement areas. He managed the Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications (FPIC), which involves a number of Federal user agencies in addition to state and local participants striving to improve interoperability at all levels of government for more than 12 years. He has been involved in the Project 25 Standards Activity since 1993 and is currently the Chair of the Project 25 Steering Committee. He also represents DHS and the FPIC, as a voting member, in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) TR-8 standards development activities and previously served as the Chair of the Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG) for more than four years.


Don Denning

Todd Early, TxDPS Deputy Assistant Director, Texas Department of Public Safety

Todd Early is the Deputy Assistant Director of the Public Safety Communications Service for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He has oversight of 26 communications facilities, 10 wireless communications radio shops and the State's mobile emergency communications program. Todd is the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and the Texas Single Point of Contact for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). He is the Public Safety Advisory Council (PSAC) member representing the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) and is the Chair of the Early Builders Working Group.


Scott Edson

Scott Edson, Executive Director, LA-RICS

In March of 2017, and after more than 39 years of service, Scott Edson retired from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department and moved into his new career as Executive Director of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS). LA-RICS is a half a billion dollar public safety voice and data communications system for the 34,000 first and secondary responders in the county. LA-RICS is one of the early builders under FirstNet.gov and the data network will become part of the Nation-wide Public Safety Broadband Network. His last assignment with the Sheriff's Department was as the Division Chief of Special Operations Division which included Counterterrorism, the SWAT Team, Air Operations, Crime Analysis and Intelligence, Street Gang Investigations, Emergency Management, Crisis Negotiations, Arson and Explosives, and Mental Evaluation Teams. His prior assignments included communications, technology, investigations, patrol and custody. Within law enforcement and public safety, Chief Edson was a nationally recognized leader in the area of Information Sharing, Homeland Security, Communications and Technology. He participated on many Federal, State and Local committees and working groups, and still is an active member of many associations, including Chair of the International Public Safety Association, Board of Directors. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management and an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. He is also an Amateur Radio Operator, General Class, and was first licensed in 1991.


Martin Edwards

Martin Edwards, Head of Product Management, Hytera

Martin has worked in the electronics sector since 1988. He joined Team Simoco in 1999 and worked there for 5 ½ years installing and commissioning large analogue radio systems in the UK and Irish Republic, leaving in 2004 to work for Radio Links (a UK radio dealer). After 8 ½ years of installing, commissioning and servicing a wide range of analogue and digital radio systems, he joined Hytera UK as Product Manager in March 2013.He is currently supporting Hytera US West, providing internal training and technical assistance to the Sales and Engineering teams.


John Facella

John Facella, P.E., C.Eng., Panther Pines Consulting, LLC

John Facella has over 30 years in the wireless industry, including 28 years working for both Motorola and Harris. He was a 10 year member of the International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police Communications Committee and the International Assoc. of Fire Chiefs Communications Committee. He currently serves on the NPSTC Broadband EMS Working Group, and the National Fire Protection Association 1221 and 1802 committees. He has a BSEE from Georgia Tech, an MBA in marketing from Georgia State University, is a registered professional engineer in the U.S., and a Chartered Engineer in the UK. He is a life member of the IEEE, and is a Fellow and VP of the Radio Club of America. He also has 30 years of experience as a part-time fire fighter and EMT, has served in 4 states, and has numerous certifications.


Laurie Flaherty,

Laurie Flaherty, Coordinator, National 911 Program

Laurie Flaherty is an emergency nurse, who has more than 20 years of clinical experience. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing at Marquette University, and has a master's degree in emergency and trauma nursing from the University of California, San Francisco. For the last 10 years, Laurie has been the Coordinator of the National 911 Program. In that capacity, Laurie has managed the program that has given 911 a federal "home" served as an inclusive convener for the public and private organizations involved in delivering state and local 911 service; and a trusted source of tools, resources and information to help the 911 community deliver optimal 911 service.


Brian Fontes

Brian Fontes, CEO, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Brian Fontes currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the National Emergency Number Association, a position he has held since June 2008. As CEO, he is responsible for all aspects of the Association. His primary objectives are to ensure that Americans have access to reliable 9-1-1 service, 9-1-1 centers have state-of the art technologies and well-trained professionals, and sufficient funding is available so that the 9-1-1 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope. Previously, Fontes was Vice President, Federal Relations for Cingular Wireless and served in that capacity after its acquisition by AT&T. Prior to that, Fontes was Senior Vice President for Policy and Administration at the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA). Before joining CTIA, Fontes served as the Senior Advisor to Commissioner James H. Quello, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and as the FCC's Chief of Staff. Fontes started his professional career as a Professor of Communications at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In the Fall of 1995, President Clinton appointed Fontes as head of the United States Delegation to the International Telecommunication Union's World Radio Conference held in Geneva, Switzerland, and gave him the rank of Ambassador. Fontes also served as Chairman of the Council of the Communication Regulatory Agency in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Fontes has served on numerous U.S. delegations. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the 9-1-1 Institute and the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management, Policy and Law. Fontes received a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications from Michigan State University's Department of Telecommunications.


Don Denning

Bill Fredrickson, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Critical Communications, Leonardo

Bill has over 35 years' experience in the Power Utility and Telecommunication industries. He has held senior management positions in project management, sales, marketing and general management with General Electric, Ericsson, Black & Veatch, Tait, Pinnacle Wireless, and Leonardo. His 25 year land mobile radio experience at Ericsson, Tait, Pinnacle and Leonardo and is augmented by an electrical generation, transmission and distribution background garnered at General Electric and Black & Veatch. He currently is responsible for sales and business development in for Leonardo Critical Communications headquartered in Overland Park, KS. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters of Business Administration from Duke University.


Cynthia Freeman

Cynthia Freeman, 911 Communications Manager, City of Santa Barbara, Police Department

Cyndee is an ENP and is the 911 Communications Manager with the Santa Barbara Police Department in California. Formerly, she served as the Communications Manager with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Communications Division. Throughout her 31 year career in public safety communications, she has worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher, CTO, supervisor and manager. She has served on a number of committees including, California's POST Public Safety Dispatch Advisory Counsel, California State 9-1-1 Advisory Workgroup, and POST Best Practice Workgroup. She led the State of California's first regional Text to 9-1-1 deployment in 2015, in partnership with 21 PSAP's from San Bernardino and Riverside Counties.


Don Denning

Robin Grier, President, Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc.

Robin Grier is the President of Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. Catalyst is a leader in Radio Control over IP, providing providing dispatch, interoperability, and incident command solutions for municipalities, federal agencies, utilities, and other organizations. Under Grier's leadership, Catalyst fielded the first Radio over IP dispatch solution for critical communications in 1999 and continues to introduce new technologies to the Land Mobile Radio market. Prior to founding Catalyst, Mr. Grier spent seven years with Ericsson's (now Harris) Private Radio Systems division in its product management and systems engineering departments. He spent five years designing communications satellites for TRW's (now Northrop Grumman) Space Communications Division. Mr. Grier earned his BSEE from the University of Virginia, his MSEE from the University of Southern California, and his MBA from Lynchburg College. Robin presents frequently to industry associations, including recent seminars at the International Wireless Communications Expo, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International Conferences, the UTC Telecom, major universities, and other utility, public safety, and federal government wireless communications meetings. He has authored articles for Urgent Communications (Mobile Radio Technology), Mission Critical Communications (Radio Resource) Magazine, Private Wireless, and Communications Magazine.


Patrick Halley,

Patrick Halley, Executive Director, NG911 Institute

Patrick Halley is a Partner at Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP where he advises communications providers and trade associations on strategic, policy, and legal matters. In that capacity, he is also the Executive Director of the Next Generation 911 Institute, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works with the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus to promote deployment of advanced and effective 9-1-1 and Next Generation 9-1-1 throughout the nation. He represents clients before the Federal Communications Commission and other Executive Branch agencies on a wide variety of issues including broadband deployment/universal service, 911 and public safety communications, competition policy, and consumer protection issues. Prior to joining WBK, Mr. Halley served at the FCC as an Associate Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau. He also served as a legal advisor to former Chairman Tom Wheeler. Prior to this, he was Acting Director of the Commission's Office of Legislative Affairs and legal advisor to the Wireline Bureau Chief. Before joining the FCC, Mr. Halley spent over five years as the Director of Government Affairs for NENA – The 911 Association where he served as the association's liaison with Congress, the FCC and other government agencies.


Jeff Hipchen

Jeff Hipchen, Board President, Safer Buildings Coalition

Jeff has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur. He is a principal with RF Connect, a company focused on the design, deployment and support of high performance wireless networks and applications. Prior to RF Connect, he founded Digital Data Solutions, Inc., a Midwest Voice and Data Network solutions provider that grew to seven offices in five states with over $20 million in sales before being sold to CTS Companies in 2003. Jeff has also been an Advisor to several start-up companies, assisting them with the development of their business plans, funding and sales execution.Throughout his career, Jeff has participated in several partner leadership councils including Ameritech, The Safer Buildings Coalition, ATT and Cisco and was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business Magazine as a "40 under 40" business leader. He also acts as Treasurer on the executive board of the The Family Learning Institute and is on the board of Mobility Technology Association of Michigan.


Geoff Hobar

Geoff Hobar, Manager of ASTRO Customer Solutions and Business Operations, Motorola Solutions

Geoff's current role is to identify investment opportunities, execute and bring to market feature releases to increase ASTRO 25 systems' acceptance into Public Safety worldwide. Previously, Geoff performed several other business and product management roles including a focus on narrowband data, a focus on Federal Government needs, and a focus on encryption security. Prior to that, Geoff performed various engineering roles including systems engineering, hardware development engineering, and engineering management.


Donny Jackson, Editor, IWCE's Urgent Communications

Donny Jackson is editor of IWCE's Urgent Communications magazine. Before joining in 2002, he covered telecommunications for four years as a freelance writer and as news editor for Telephony magazine. Prior to that, he worked for suburban newspapers in the Dallas area, serving as editor-in-chief for the Irving News and the Las Colinas Business News.


Yelin Jiang, Senior Vice President, Hytera Communications

More than 20 years’ experience in public and PMR communications industry, joined Hytera in 2009, responsible for product strategy planning, product management and development department, and external technical cooperation; Jiang is also the board director of Hytera.


Robert LeGrande

Robert LeGrande II, Founder and CEO, The Digital Decision LLC

Formerly Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia government, Mr. LeGrande led the District's Land Mobile Radio (LMR) network upgrade and as a result the District of Columbia and National Capitol Region received the highest interoperability ratings offered by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Mr LeGrande led the development of the nation's first two city-wide public safety 700MHz wireless networks. These networks were considered models for the nation and served as a test bed for how applications can be shared securely among public safety agencies and provided insight to key requirements and operational issues regarding PS broadband technology. Mr. LeGrande resigned from the District of Columbia in 2007 and formed The Digital Decision, LLC. His firm is leveraging lessons learned in the District to deliver State and Local Public Safety 700MHz LTE network planning services. Services offered include, business modelling, requirements gathering, governance, MOA/MOU development, outreach and training, technical design, mobile App development, systems integration, as well as opt-in/opt-out decision planning. He also continued to support public safety communications in the development of national 700 MHz broadband networks. In 2008 he appeared at the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security's hearing on "Interoperability in the Next Administration: Assessing the Derailed 700MHz D-Block Public Safety Spectrum Auction". More recently he represented the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International at the FCC's "Technical Panel on 700 MHz Nationwide Interoperable Public Safety Wireless Broadband Network". Here he successfully debated the pros and cons of the public safety sections on the FCC's National Broadband Plan.


Ray Lehr

Ray Lehr, Chief Public Safety Consulting, Clear Management

Ray served as the Maryland Statewide Interoperability Director from 2009 to 2014, where he directed a Program Management Office, which was responsible for projects to improve public safety communications including a Statewide 700 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) project. He also served as Maryland's State Point of Contact (SPOC) for FirstNet and initiated the first State Initial Consultation process with FirstNet which provided a framework for future engagements with the nation's public safety leaders and State officials. In addition to his experience as a fire service leader, he was project manager for the City of Baltimore's consolidated 800 MHz Digital LMR system which supported Fire, Police, EMS and other public service agencies. He spent 10 years working for systems integrators on public safety projects in NYC, DC and LA. He is a Six Sigma Brown Belt and ITIL v3 certified in program management.


Josh Lober

Josh Lober, President, ESChat

Mr. Lober is President/CEO of SLA Corporation, the parent company of ESChat. Since its foundation in 1991, SLA has developed numerous wireless solutions for Government, Commercial and Military applications. SLA's Commercial wireless history includes 1G thru 4G network infrastructure, specifically AMPS, ETACS, IS-136, CDMA 1xEVDO (Rev. 0 and Rel. A) and LTE. SLA developed its first Push to Talk over Cellular (PTToC) solution in 2003 using the "iTalk" and "PoC" standards. SLA's team opted to create a more efficient PTToC protocol which became Enterprise Secure Chat (ESChat), today's leading secure LTE PTToC solution for military, public safety and large business use. Prior to founding SLA in 1991, Mr. Lober held positions at 3dbm, Inc. and Gould Electronics where he worked on military RADAR systems. He also worked at Biocom, Inc., where he worked on the company's orange "paramedic radio" made famous in the TV show Emergency. Mr. Lober holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


John Locatelli

John Locatelli, Manager of Product Management, Avtec, Inc.

John Locatelli is the Manager of Product Management for Avtec, Inc, the leading provider of mission critical systems in North America. Locatelli's key responsibilities include developing and implementing the product plan for Avtec's Scout Suite of console systems. Locatelli brings 25 years of product development, product management, and software engineering experience to Avtec. He has experience in LMR with the development and deployment of critical communication systems including P25 Trunked Systems, P25 Linear Simulcast Systems, and P25 Software Defined Radios.


Earl Lum, President, EJL Wireless Research

EJL Wireless Research is managed by Earl Lum. Mr. Lum has 25 years of experience within the wireless industry including 8 years as an Equity Research Analyst on Wall Street covering the global wireless industry. Mr. Lum's research centers around antenna/cable systems, wireless backhaul, radio technologies and digital baseband technologies for outdoor macro sites as well as in-buidling DAS and small cell solutions. He has participated at various wireless industry trade shows and industry events globally in various roles including Chairman, Keynote Speaker, Moderator, and Guest Speaker. 


Dr. Walt Magnussen

Dr. Walt Magnussen, Director for Telecommunications, Texas A&M University

Dr. Walt Magnussen is currently Director for Telecommunications for Texas A&M University. He also directs the TAMU Internet2 Technology Evaluation Center (ITEC). The ITEC is the premier higher education public safety emergency communications center in the United States. Walt received his bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. He has an appointment with Internet2 where he serves as Public Safety Advocate for the US UCAN project. This work involves advancing the development of Public Safety LTE wireless broadband and NG 9-1-1 networks. Walt has served on two FCC committees, is a Past President of ACUTA and chairs both the IPTV and the VoIP SIGs. He had worked on the US Dot NG 9-1-1 Proof of Concept project as well as the NENA ICE interoperability events. Currently he is supporting Harris County, Texas on their Public Safety LTE deployment.


Steve Marzolf

Steve Marzolf, ISP Director, 911 & GIS, Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Steve Marzolf has been active in public safety and information technology for over 30 years. After starting his career as a firefighter in Maryland, he consolidated and managed a large 9-1-1 center in Northern Virginia for 11 years. In 2000, he moved to Richmond as Virginia's first Public Safety Communications Coordinator. This position was created to provide coordination and leadership as the state tackled the deployment of wireless 9-1-1 and to support Virginia's 9-1-1 Services Board. In 2007, Steve was asked to manage the newly created Integrated Services Program (ISP) in the state's IT agency, which consolidated the public safety communications, geographic information and telecommunications engineering divisions into one service area. The ISP supports state agencies and local governments with technical assistance, funding and consultative services.


Mike Newburn

Mike Newburn, Wireless and Radio Solutions Manager, Fairfax County, Virginia

Mike Newburn is the Wireless and Radio Solutions Manager and is the senior technical and wireless communications policy expert for Fairfax County, Virginia. He has over 30 years' experience in the wireless and 9-1-1 industry in both private and government sectors. He recently introduced an out of the box wireless strategy for Fairfax County, migrating his non-public safety radio users over to commercially available broadband push to talk service resulting in more than a $16 million savings for Fairfax County. His plan also incorporated RoIP, CSSI and ISSI interoperability interfaces between the Fairfax County P25 public safety radio network and LTE network,expanding the interoperability capabilities for his first responders.


Stephen Nichols

Stephen Nichols, Director, Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG)

Stephen (Steve) Nichols is the Director of the Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG). PTIG is a not for profit organization dedicated to the promotion and application of the Project 25 (P25) digital radio Standard for Land Mobile Radio technology. PTIG's members include Radio users, manufacturers, and consultants involved with the development and operation of P25 Public Safety, Government and Commercial radio systems. In December of 2013 he retired from Thales Defense and Security, Inc. Mr. Nichols had been with Thales since 1997 leading business development activities for the company's Project 25 radio product lines, including the Liberty Multi-Band Multi-Mode Land Mobile Radio. He has more than 30 years of experience in the Land Mobile and Public Safety Radio Industries in various product development, marketing, and business development positions, having worked for Thales, its predecessor organization Racal, EF Johnson, Bendix King, Uniden, RELM, and Hy-Gain Electronics. Mr. Nichols is a member of the Software Defined Radio Forum Public Safety Interest Group, a previous member of the APCO Commercial Advisory Board, and has represented numerous manufacturers at the TIA TR-8 standards meetings as well as Project 25 technology panels.


Emil Olbrich

Emil Olbrich, President, Primelime LLC, and Trainer, 5G-Courses.com

Currently Mr. Olbrich is President of PrimeLime LLC as an industry analyst and also provides consulting services to the commercial and public safety industry. Lately he has been tracking and evaluating the progression of 5G technology and the evolution of SDN enabled networks. Previously Mr. Olbrich was head of LTE research, development, test and evaluation for the Public Safety Communications Research Program where he deployed the first and most diverse Public Safety 700 MHz LTE test lab in the world with over 70 participating vendors and commercial carriers. He was responsible for the specifying, deploying and maintaining the entire ecosystem of LTE which included devices, air interface, transport, radio access network, evolved packet core, IP networking, IMS core and application servers. He also led the team efforts, which include standards work, test case development and test case execution. Mr. Olbrich has over 20 years of experience in the field of wireless telecommunications and has worked primarily in R&D at some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world – such as Motorola, Qualcomm and Ericsson. He has been a featured speaker at events such as the GSMA Mobile World Congress, LTE North America, 4G World, International Wireless Communications Expo and LTE World Summit.


Scott Peabody, Senior Consultant, ADCOMM Engineering

Scott Peabody is a Senior Consultant at ADCOMM Engineering with more than 25 years of telecommunications experience as an executive with 3 national wireless carriers and an operations manager with a large regional electric utility. Mr. Peabody is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a BSEE and MBA. He is a member of APCO, IEEE and NFPA.


Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson, President, 5G Americas

Chris Pearson is the President of 5G Americas. In his executive role, he is responsible for the overall planning of the organization and providing management for the integration of strategy and operations in the areas of technology, marketing, public relations and regulatory affairs. As President of 5G Americas (formerly called 4G Americas), Mr. Pearson represents the organization's Market Representation interests within the 3rd Generation Partnership Program (3GPP) organization. Mr. Pearson led the organization from its inception in 2001 as the 3GPP family of technologies market share grew from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 90 percent in North, Central and South America. Mr. Pearson came to the organization from the Universal Wireless Communications Consortium (UWCC) where he served as Executive Vice President in charge of the strategic executive management of the global TDMA wireless technology consortium. Prior to joining the UWCC, Mr. Pearson held several senior technical and marketing positions at AT&T Wireless and GTE. With more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Mr. Pearson is a recognized spokesperson in mobile wireless and 5G technology trends and has spoken at technology conferences throughout the world including CES, Mobile World Congress, CTIA Super Mobility, LTE World, 5G World North America, and 5G Forum USA. Mr. Pearson earned a Master of Business Administration degree from The Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in Marketing and Finance from the University of Washington.


Kevin Persing

Kevin Persing, Western Regional Manager, Cobham Wireless

Kevin Persing is the Western Regional Manager for Cobham Wireless. Mr. Persing has developed a keen understanding of the recent changes to Fire code that in many States now require testing of, and when needed, installation of radio communications signal enhancement to support public safety radio systems. He has given training sessions at the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) – Boston 2012 and Regional Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) for State and Local Fire conferences on an ongoing basis. Kevin understands that there needs to be a collaborative effort by both the AHJ and the Radio Communications stakeholders in each city to properly enforce the new fire codes, his training has helped both the AHJ and Communications officials in the development of a workable standard for use in their local enforcement.


Ken Rehbehn,

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

As a 4G mobile wireless infrastructure analyst, Ken tracks radio access network (RAN) technology solutions operators deploy to deliver value to consumers, enterprises and government. With over 25 years of experience in the field, Ken provides insight into 3G and RAN trends including LTE, HSPA and WiMAX, as well as supporting femtocell and Wi-Fi offload solutions. Before joining Yankee Group, Ken served as a strategic marketing director for Alcatel-Lucent and as a wireless infrastructure analyst at Current Analysis. Prior to joining Current Analysis, Ken served as director of product management at Megisto Systems, Inc., a startup equipment vendor producing next-generation data gateway solutions for GSM and UMTS networks. At Megisto, he led the product management staff to define the product and provide support for the sales staff in the field. Before that, Ken worked at Visual Networks as an ATM product line manager as well as a member of the CTO's staff. In addition to Visual Networks, his professional career has included software development and architectural design for X.25 packet switching, frame relay, and network management technologies while at GTE Telenet, Sprint and Netrix. Ken has served as the editor of several Frame Relay Forum Implementation Agreements and IETF standards track RFCs, and he holds a patent for Frame Relay and ATM service management mechanisms. He publishes in leading industry publications and frequently speaks at industry conferences as well as vendor and operator briefings. In addition to publishing opinions on trends and the competitive positions of vendors supplying solutions, Ken provides consulting and training to operators, vendors and enterprises. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland.


Thomas Sammons

Thomas R. Sammons Jr., ENP, Principal Systems Engineer, NG9-1-1, Advanced Technology Solutions, General Dynamics Information Technology

Tom Sammons is a Principal Systems Engineer with the NG9-1-1 team at General Dynamics Information Technology, serving in a sales engineering role. In this role, he is responsible for supporting sales activities, providing subject matter expertise on NG9-1-1 systems and components, meeting with emergency professionals throughout the country, developing pre-sales technical content and speaking about NG9-1-1 at local, state and national conferences. Mr. Sammons has over 30 years of engineering, pre-sales and marketing experience in telecommunications and networking, which provide the foundation for his current NG9-1-1 experience. Prior to joining General Dynamics Information Technology, Mr. Sammons was a Senior Technical Marketing Engineer with Hewlett Packard Networking. In this position, he managed a team providing pre-sales subject matter expertise on IP networks and unified communications for enterprise data center, campus and branch networks. Prior to this position, he worked for 3Com as a technical marketing engineer, pre-sales solutions architect and senior software engineer with a focus on IP routing, SIP IP-PBX and SS7 products and solutions. Prior to 3Com, he held senior software engineering roles at Call Technologies, Stratus, Cable & Wireless and E-Systems where he led teams on design, build and test of real-time software systems based on VoIP (SIP and H.323), SS7 (ISUP, TCAP, SCCP and MTP) and remote airborne control protocols. Mr. Sammons is a member of the 9-1-1 community through his membership with APCO and NENA, his NENA Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification and regular speaking engagements at conferences across the country. Mr. Sammons holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. Throughout his 30+ year career in telecommunications and networking, he has been recognized by his leaders and peers for his passion and focus in leading teams, building quality solutions, technical writing and public speaking.


Todd Schlekeway

Todd Schlekeway, Executive Director, National Association of Tower Erectors (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 and approximately 810 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. Todd received his undergraduate college degrees from the University of Sioux Falls (USF) with a B.A. in History/Political Science and a B.S. in Exercise Science. He also earned a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.) from USF.


Andy Seybold

Andrew Seybold, CEO and Principal Analyst, Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Andrew M. Seybold, CEO and Principal Analyst of Andrew Seybold, Inc., is one of the most respected and influential analysts in the wireless industry today. For more than twenty-five years, he has served the industry and shaped initiatives for world leaders of the wireless industry, including Verizon, Nokia, AT&T, Motorola, and Qualcomm. His firm has provided wireless consulting and education services for startups to Fortune 1000 companies such as Dow Chemical, Ford Motor Company, and Microsoft. Andrew Seybold has consulted to some of the industry's most talented and successful entrepreneurs. He was a key consultant to a number of companies that introduced products and services that have had a significant impact on wireless including Research In Motion's popular BlackBerry, Hewlett-Packard's first handheld device, first two-way pager, Good Technologies' first products, and AT&T's push-to-talk offering. He also introduced RadioMail to Dell for the first-ever notebook wireless email offering. He has served on the Motorola Research Visionary Board, IBM's Mobile Computing Advisory Board, and a number of other prestigious advisory boards. Mr. Seybold is a Fellow in the Radio Club of America in recognition of his contributions to the wireless industry, he co-founded and served as a board member of the Personal Computing and Communications Association (PCCA), and he currently serves on the board of CommNexus San Diego. Andrew Seybold's Outlook for Mobile Computing newsletter and his Andrew Seybold/Forbes Wireless Outlook newsletter were must-reads and today his COMMENTARY and PUBLIC SAFETY ADVOCATE are arguably the most widely read e-newsletter among executives of leading wireless network operators. He co-founded Andrew Seybold Wireless University in 1995, which has been attended by thousands of industry professionals and continues to be the only in-depth educational program of its kind in the wireless industry. As a trusted authority on wireless technology and business issues, Mr. Seybold has been featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Using Wireless Communications in Business and several other books, and contributes regularly to Mobile Enterprise Magazine, FierceWireless and FierceContent, and Wireless Week. Andrew Seybold is among the wireless industry's foremost speakers and is recognized worldwide for his keen perspective and track record for accurately predicting trends in mobile technology and convergence and is a featured speaker at major industry and customer events and conferences.


Dorothy Spears-Dean

Dr. Dorothy Spears-Dean, Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Virginia Information Technologies Agency

Dr. Spears-Dean is a communication and technology professional with over twenty years of experience, possessing extensive knowledge of public safety technology issues affecting state and local governments. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.B.A. from the University of Richmond, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she is employed by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency as the Public Safety Communications Coordinator and is responsible for managing the Commonwealth's 9-1-1 program. As a public safety practitioner and administrator, Dr. Spears-Dean has served in a variety of capacities. Currently, she is a National Association of State 9-1-1 Administrators (NASNA) Board Member and an appointee to the Federal Communications Commission's Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council.


Bradley Stoddard

Bradley Stoddard, Director, Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), State of Michigan

Brad Stoddard has been with the State of Michigan over 16 years with various leadership and Director roles of Public Safety Services and Information Technology for the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, Michigan Department of Transportation, and with Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS). Brad has been past chair and vice chair of APCOs Broadband Committee, is Vice Chair of FEMA Region 5 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), is Vice Chair of the Michigan State Interoperable Governing Board and participates in various NPSTC, regional, and statewide working groups focused on public safety technologies and communications.Brad has been at the forefront of the nationwide public safety broadband wireless network and a recognized speaker on public safety communications and applications, and application security. Brad is the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for MI, is involved in many national workgroups and organizations and has advised National Governor's Association on public safety communications planning across the nation. Brad holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Colorado Tech. Prior to joining the State of Michigan, Brad's background included research and development work with the Department of Defense with Space and Defense companies.


Alan Tilles

Alan Tilles, Partner, Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Alan Tilles is Chairman of the Shulman Rogers Telecommunications Department, Chairman of the Firm's Cybersecurity Practice Group and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. He is counsel to numerous entities in the private radio, internet industries. Mr. Tilles has participated in every FCC proceeding involving the private land mobile radio industry since 1984. In addition, he represents hundreds of public safety agencies (States, Counties and Cities), transit systems, Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) operators, private system users (including major airlines and utilities), tower owners and radio manufacturers.


Gregg Toback

Gregg Toback, Senior Field Sales Manager, Anritsu Company

Gregg Toback is a Senior Field Sales Manager at Anritsu Company, applying over 20 years of successful engineering & applications focused technical expertise by listening to customer requirements, addressing their current and future test and measurement solution needs. Gregg has over 15 years' experience designing, selling and supporting applications including Fiber-to-the-Antenna, metro and long haul, high speed fiber optic networks, including over 7 years' expertise selling and supporting applications in public safety, wireless carrier, DAS system integrator and contractor communities. Gregg's solutions oriented approaches focus on customer comprehension and education, maximizing productivity, network reliability, and customer profitability.


Gordon Vanauken,

Gordon Vanauken, Senior Technology Specialist/Project Manager, National 911 Program

Gordon Vanauken is a Senior Technology Specialist/Project Manager with Mission Critical Partners in Pennsylvania. Mr. Vanauken brings over 20 years of varied experience in public safety progressing from hands-on dispatching and 9-1-1 communications center management to Next Generation 9-1-1 plan deployment and consulting. Gordon's background includes customer service, training, and public safety dispatching policy and procedures implementation. Mr. Vanauken specializes in public safety communications, Next Generation 9-1-1, and public alert and notification. Mr. Vanauken began his communications career carrying a radio in the Army. In civilian life, he tried to get away from communications and ended up working and later supervising an industrial communications desk, working in a pre-9-1-1 county communications center, transitioning to a 9-1-1 center where he was promoted to Training Coordinator. Mr. Vanauken moved to the technical side of communications as a Technical Consultant where he performed technical support and telecommunicator training for communications centers. Mr. Vanauken has also served as the County Communication (PSAP) Director and Statewide 9-1-1 Project Manager.


Don Denning

Don Wingo, Senior Product Manager, JVCKENWOOD USA Corp

Don has over 27 years of experience in the design, development, fabrication and test of RF systems in the area of radar, microwave, and antennas systems. Having been with Kenwood for over nine years, he comes from an extensive background in the field of aerospace and commercial electronics. He holds patents in the field of antenna design. While he is a trained engineer with a bachelor from Southern Polytechnic State University, he has also been involved as a volunteer in number of areas of public safety. As R&D Manager, Don oversees the day-to-day operation of the Kenwood R&D section in Atlanta, Georgia. His group supports the Kenwood dealer base and the Kenwood systems group in the area of subscriber unit development and test. This group also provides custom firmware for various special applications developed by the dealer base to better serve their end-users. The R&D group has an extensive lab, where multiple radio protocols may be tested to insure proper radio operation before and after release.


Wayne Wong

Wayne Wong, Product Manager, Anritsu Company

Wayne Wong is the product manager for the LMR Master product at Anritsu Company. He has held various roles from Senior Hardware Design Engineer to Field Applications Engineer during his 19 years in the Test and Measurement industry. Wayne earned his EE degree from San Jose State University.


Zielke Lyndon

Lyndon Zielke, Product Marketing Manager, Cobham AvComm

Lyndon Zielke has been with Cobham for 33 years. The first 22 years, he was a digital and DSP software design engineer before making the switch to Product Marketing 11 years ago. Lyndon has served on several standard committees including TR45.3 which wrote the IS-136 standard, TR8 which wrote the P25 standard, and ETSI TETRA Working Group 4, which wrote the TETRA standard. While on the TETRA standard committee, he drafted the changes to the Conformance test standard to support TETRA 2 (TEDS).