Jared Baumann

Jared Baumann

Senior Manager, Product Strategy, C Spire

Jared is responsible for C Spire’s Immerging Technologies and Innovation, which includes its 1 Gbps FTTH initiative, Fixed Wireless Deployments, C Spire TV and Mobility. Baumann has played a key role in C Spire's efforts to forge unique public-private partnerships with Mississippi cities to bring ultra- fast Gigabit Internet and the new C Spire TV. He is a key architect of the company’s broadband Internet and C Spire TV strategy and vision.    

Bruce Beard

Bruce Beard

Partner, Cinnamon Mueller

Bruce is entering his 30th year of practice in telecommunications law. Bruce advises cable, wireless, broadband and landline telecommunications companies in a variety of programming, regulatory, general operational and contractual matters. He also represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, and in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Prior to joining Cinnamon Mueller, Bruce was General Counsel for Millennium Digital Media and an ACA Board Member.    

Andy Block

Andy Block

Senior Vice President, RPX

Prior to RPX, Andy served as Group Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Time Warner Cable. Andy oversaw the company’s intellectual property practice and managed patent litigation, licensing, and portfolio development, as well as IP aspects of the commercial and corporate diligence efforts. Mr. Block started his legal career in private practice, where he focused on patent litigation, licensing, prosecution, and counseling.   

Steve Bowers

Steve Bowers

Communications Media Manager, Jackson Energy Authority

Bio coming soon!   

Joe Canavan

Joe Canavan

Chief Operating Officer, Blue Stream

Bio coming soon!   

Jonathan Chaplin

Jonathan Chaplin

Managing Partner, New Street Research

Jonathan launched New Street’s US practice in 2012. Previously, he led Research Teams at Credit Suisse and Telecom & Cable Research at JPMorgan. Jonathan has twice been recognized as "Best on The Street" among Telecom analysts by the Wall Street Journal, second for stock picking among Telecom analysts by Forbes Magazine and as a leading stock picker among analysts covering all industries by Institutional Investor Magazine.   

Chris Cholas

Chris Cholas

Gateway Solutions Architect, Intel Corporation

Chris has over 20 years of experience in the telco and cable industry and brings a service provider view to the technology, products and services Intel can provide. Previous to Intel, Chris was VP of Premise Technology at Time Warner Cable. He architected and deployed the DOCSIS 3.0 migration and shares a Technical Emmy at Time Warner Cable for Multi-room DVR and has been awarded over 34 patents.   

Susan Christian

Susan Christian

VP of Marketing, Ritter Communications

Susan has spent the last 24 years in marketing and advertising, including the last 12 in the telecommunications industry. Christian leads Ritter's communication and advertising, serves as an official spokesperson, assists with regulatory affairs and supervises the “Tubetown” staff, Ritter’s local content production team. Previously, Susan managed Ritter’s residential customer care and product development teams. Previously, Susan was with TRUE Visionary advertising agency and Cott Beverages.    

Tom Cohen

Tom Cohen

Partner, Kelley Drye Warren LLP

Tom is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on matters involving communications, including telecommunications, wireless and media, the Internet, privacy and government relations. Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the communications and telecommunications industry sector.    

Eric Fligel

Eric Fligel

VP, Technology Engineering, WOW!

Eric is responsible for the design and deployment of the nation's 6th largest cable network. Previously, Eric helped manage the data and transport expansion of Cox Communications’ network in the Southwest. He has over 17 years of MSO experience with a focus on growing the largest cable networks in the country. Eric now leads WOW!’s engineering team with a focus on network programmability, service virtualization, access architecture evolution and IP Video   

Peter Fondulas

Peter Fondulas

President, Hub Entertainment Research LLC

Peter has been a market research consultant for over 25 years. He specializes in research for the media and entertainment industries, with a focus on digital content and user interfaces, and a special emphasis on helping media companies transition most effectively to the new digital environment. He’s conducted research for a wide variety of companies in the category, including Comcast, Spectrum TV, Cox, NBC, Disney/ABC, Netflix, Hulu, and Viacom.    

Cash Hagen

Cash Hagen

Chief Technology Officer, Wow!

Cash’s leadership at WOW! has resulted in numerous awards and recognition. In partnership with key vendors, he’s brought products such as WOW! Ultra, WOW! Sw!vel and 1 Gig Internet to life. In addition to his responsibilities for Engineering and IT/Applications Development, Cash has oversight for Field and Corporate Operations. Prior to joining WOW!, Cash held leadership positions at Nortel, BigBand Networks, ADC Telecommunications, Antec, and Cox    

Michael Hawkey

Michael Hawkey

SVP & General Manager – TiVo

Michael has extensive digital entertainment market experience managing the engineering and design of software systems, mobile applications, and cloud based services. Previously, he was SVP/GM for Sling Media where he oversaw all product development, engineering, service operations, sales and marketing, and managed the multi-year roadmap for consumer growth across the globe. Prior to this role, Michael has also held other leadership positions at EchoStar Technologies, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Americas and STMicroelectronics.    

Wade Holmes

Wade Holmes

Director Engineering & Technology, TDS

Wade is a veteran of the service provider industry with breadth of experience from datacenter, managed services, access technology, mobility and cable operations. Wade was the former CTO of Bend Broadband and is a broadband advisor for the State of Oregon. He is an Oregon native with a BS in computer science from Oregon State University and a MBA from the University of Oregon.   

Terry Huval

Terry Huval

Director of Utilities, LUS Fiber

For over 23 years, Terry Huval has served as Director of Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), a municipally-owned utility, providing electric, water, wastewater and telecommunications services to more than 67,000 customers. Under Huval’s leadership, LUS has been at the forefront of innovation and change in the utilities industry. He led the establishment of the LUS Fiber telecommunications system, which has brought positive national and international acclaim to Lafayette.   

Matt Krueger

Matt Krueger

Director of Marketing, Shentel

Matt is a self-proclaimed marketing technologist and an 18 year veteran of the telecommunications industry. His previous experience includes NASA, UUNET and Verizon Business. He is the Director of Marketing for Shentel’s Cable division. His passion is getting people engaged and using data to drive marketing results. Footnote he is section hiking the Appalachian Trail and an avid Parrothead.    

Gerard Kunkel

Gerard Kunkel

Founder/Managing Partner, Next Media Partners, Inc.

Gerard Kunkel is a technology, media and entertainment executive with decades of experience bringing new products and services to market. Gerard has advised companies from the Fortune 50 to startups from Silicon Valley. Gerard has been an executive consultant to Microsoft, an executive at Comcast, including president of Comcast’s GuideWorks division, and founder of Comcast’s User Experience organization. He is author of two technology books, and holds 13 interactive media patents.    

Lieberman

Ross Lieberman

SVP, Government Affairs, American Cable Association

Ross Lieberman serves as Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Cable Association (ACA), representing the interests of small and medium-sized cable operators. Lieberman is the trade association's advocate on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission. Lieberman holds a Juris Doctor degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Johns Hopkins University.   

Nishal Mohan

Nishal Mohan

National Community Leader, US Ignite

Bio coming soon!   

Jason Nealis

Jason Nealis

VP, Operations & Video Engineering, RCN

Jason has spent the last 20 years at RCN with an emphasis on Engineering and Operations. Over the last 8 years he has been focused on redefining the Video Experience for the RCN customer base. Jason was the visionary behind bringing the TiVo Experience to the MSO world. He is currently leading the IP Video initiative at RCN.    

Jeff Nourse

Jeff Nourse

SVP, Legal Affairs, NCTC

Bio coming soon!   

Polka

Matt Polka

President & CEO, American Cable Association

Matt oversees the daily operations and affairs of ACA, a 750-member, non-profit association dedicated to serving independent cable businesses and the owners of smaller cable TV systems nationwide. ACA represents its members’ concerns before Congress, the FCC, and other agencies.   

Meridith Elliott-Powell

Meridith Elliott-Powell

Business Strategist, MotionFirst

Meridith is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist. With a background in corporate sales and leadership, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from an entry-level position to earn her seat at the C-Suite table. Meridith is passionate about helping her clients understand how to make this economy start working for them.    

Bill Routt

Bill Routt

President & COO, MobiTV

Routt spearheads strategic and agile collaboration within MobiTV’s operations, engineering and systems integration departments. Prior to being COO, Routt oversaw day-to-day operations that drive the stability, reliability, quality and 24/7 monitoring of MobiTV’s end-to-end managed service platform. Previously, Routt held leadership roles in Sprint’s Technology Integration Center and Network Development. He was responsible for the design, development, testing and integration of messaging, wireless access, multimedia streaming, VOIP and core IP routing.   

Brett Sappington

Brett Sappington

Senior Director of Research, Park Associates

Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events. Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur.    

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart

Head of Android TV Partnerships, Google

Jon comes from the Microsoft Mediaroom team where he ran the Global Deployments team responsible for helping operators adopt and implement the Mediaroom solution. While at Ericsson Jon was responsible for running the America's Media business which expanded his portfolio from middleware to include compression, cloud solutions, CDN technology, and expanding DRM and platform capabilities to support OTT feature sets. Jon joined Google in 2016 to help drive Android TV adoption.>   

Dean Stoneback

Dean Stoneback

Sr Director, Engineering & Standards, SCTE

Dean is responsible for the development of standards and operational practices for broadband communications, including: reducing energy usage through the Energy 2020 program; assuring networks are ready for DOCSIS 3.1 deployments; enabling advanced and IP video services; and supporting migration of networks from coax to fiber delivery. Prior to joining SCTE•ISBE, Dean spent 26 years with General Instrument, Motorola and ARRIS, where he was responsible for systems analysis and architecture development   

Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin

Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab

Taplin's book Move Fast and Break Things tells the story of how Facebook, Google, and Amazon Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, as his book’s subtitle. An expert in international communication management and digital media entertainment, Jonathan Taplin is Director Emeritus of the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.    

Nathan Vineyard

Nathan Vineyard

Chief Technologist, ZirrusOne

Nathan Vineyard is an experienced leader of progressing engineering initiatives across organizations, from SMB to Fortune 500s. Nathan has been designing and installing IPTV systems since 2008, most notably the IPTV system and routing design for Google Fiber. He developed first FTTT for the nation’s largest wireless carrier for MSO network backhaul architecture and deployment, and lead Internet Engineering for Suddenlink to launch first major MSO to implement HFC-D3.0 Gigabit services.    

JR Walden

JR Walden

SVP & CTO, Mediacom | SCTE Chairman

Mr. Walden currently runs technology and engineering for Mediacom including video, internet, phone and enterprise products. Mr. Walden has been the recipient of Mediacom’s Chairman’s Award, Multichannel News 40 under Forty and the NCTA Vanguard award for Science and Technology. He has served on various boards and committees at Pace, Tivo, Cisco, Arris and Cablelabs with 22 years of experience in cable and 29 years of experience in Internet.   

Bill Warga

Bill Warga

Technology, Liberty Global PLC

Bill's primary responsibilities include research and evaluation of new innovative technologies as it relates to Liberty's business, strategic and operational objectives. With decades of experience in both the broadcasting and cable industries, Bill has served in leadership positions at: RDK Management, LLC, CableLabs, SCTE, DOCSIS and OpenCable. He is a member of the CableLabs European CTO advisory committee, CableLabs OpenCable certification board, SCTE's Foundation board, as well as various technical advisory boards.   

Weaver

Jared Weaver

VP, The Alpine Group

Jared focuses on telecommunications and technology issues as an advisor to the American Cable Association. His broad portfolio includes work for the wireless, video, competitive broadband, and music industries. Jared served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Rep. Anna Eshoo, whose Silicon Valley constituency is dominated by many large technology companies and thousands of start-ups.    

Andrew Zakem

Andrew Zakem

Vice President, Client Development, RPX

Prior to joining RPX, Andrew was an early employee and Global Vice President of Agency Sales for Marin Software. During his tenure, Marin Software grew from zero revenue to launching a successful initial public offering. Andrew began his career as a Naval Officer serving onboard ships in demanding operational positions. He led combat systems and engineering departments on deployments in the Red Sea, Northern Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf.    

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