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Keynote Speakers

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Wednesday, 6/22/22, 9:00am

Michael Smola

Vice President, Sales and Strategic Mobility Team,
Panasonic

Panasonic

Michael Smola is the vice president of the Strategic Mobility Team at Panasonic Connect North America.Panasonic Connect is a B2B company offering device hardware, software, and professional services forthe connected enterprise. Michael heads up the development of customized solutions for TOUGHBOOKMobility with the integration of new business development, next-generation products andcomplimentary services. He has over 25 years of IT industry experience building complex solutions forbusinesses across the utility, energy, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing industry sectors, fromconsulting with Fortune 500 accounts on corporate license strategies, system architecture, networkintegration, and deployment, to leading Enterprise Sales Teams at Panasonic. Michael holds anundergraduate degree from Westminster College, Fulton, MO, and his master’s degree from theUniversity of Oklahoma.In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, golfing and spending time with his family.

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Wednesday, 6/22/22, 9:30am

Ali Hassan

Global/Cities/IoT marketing Partnerships,
AWS

Wednesday, 6/22/22, 10:00am

Jerred Pauwels

VP of Excavators, Strategy & Business Development,
Deere & Company

Wednesday, 6/22/22, 10:30am

Robert Spalding

Brigadier General (Ret), Founder, CEO,
SEMPRE

SEMPRE

SEMPRE is led by Dr. Rob Spalding, Brig Gen USAF (ret), former senior director of strategy at the National Security Council, White House. He is supported by a team of experienced industry veterans. SEMPRE is a continuation of his vision of secure digital infrastructure created while at the NSC. Rob has served in senior positions of strategy and diplomacy within the Defense and State Departments for more than 26 years, retiring as brigadier general. He was the chief architect for the current widely praised National Security Strategy and the Senior Director for Strategy to the President at the National Security Council. Rob’s innovation while serving in the White House has led to a reset in national security and public policy regarding telecommunications in the US as well as globally. Rob has written extensively on national security matters. His academic papers and editorial work are frequently published and cited, both nationally and internationally. He has been interviewed about the economy and national security on FOX News, BBC, OAN and CNBC, as well as numerous radio and YouTube channels, both nationally and internationally. Rob is a skilled combat leader and a seasoned diplomat. Under Rob’s leadership, the 509th Operations Group—the nation’s only B-2 Stealth Bomber unit—experienced unprecedented technological and operational advances. Rob led his team through complex B-2 technological issues all the while achieving tremendous results at little to no cost to the government. He is a former China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, as well as having served as the senior defense official and defense attaché in Beijing. Rob’s relationship with business leaders, fostered during his time as a Military Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, allowed him to recommend pragmatic solutions to complex foreign policy and national security issues, now driving positive economic outcomes for the nation. Rob is an Olmsted Scholar, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Washington, D.C., as well as a Senior Associate Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society of London. He has lectured globally, including engagements at European Cybersec 2019, KAS-ASPI, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He holds a doctorate in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Session(s):
Wednesday, 6/22/22, 11:00am

Sukant Acharya

SVP, Chief Growth Officer,
IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

IoT WoRKS™, HCL Technologies

Sukant Acharya heads the IoT WoRKSTM growth charter for HCL globally. IoT WoRKSTM helps global 2000 organizations on their digital transformation journey leveraging new age capabilities. It focuses on enabling clients maximize value from their IoT and Industry 4.0 led initiatives thorough scaled and accelerated transformation. Sukant has led and established the business as a dominant player in the market through industry leading growth, innovative IP enabled products and solutions, and a thriving ecosystems of partners. As a thought leader and speaker with 25+ years of experience in management consulting, outsourcing, and several core industry verticals, Sukant brings a 360-degree perspective to help global organizations navigate and lead the digital wave and transcend the Industry NeXT. HCL Technologies is a next-generation global technology company that helps enterprises reimagine their businesses for the digital age. HCL’s technology products and services are built on four decades of innovation, with a world-renowned management philosophy, a strong culture of invention and risktaking, and a relentless focus on customer relationships.

Session(s):
Wednesday, 6/22/22, 11:30am

David Smith

VP IoT Solutions,
GetWireless

GetWireless

Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.Dave Smith is the Vice President of IoT solutions with responsibility for technical advisement and thought leadership around products, solutions, and services; both inside and outside of the GetWireless portfolio. Dave is a tenured information technology professional skilled in LPWAN, IoT, Wireless Technologies, Telecommunications, Software Development, Testing, and Embedded Systems. David began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and prior to joining GetWireless served as CTO and Director for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturer’s in the Twin Cities area.

Session(s):
Thursday, 6/23/22, 8:30am

Dr. Christopher Metzler

Consultant and Strategist,
The National Urban League

The National Urban League

Dr. Christopher Metzler is Consultant and Strategist for The National Urban League. He is alsoan expert in navigating uncertainty, as well as the reasons why unlikely people can often be thesource of our greatest new ideas. Dr. Metzler created the first program in the nation at CornellUniversity where he was a faculty member in DEI, Law and related disciplines. He also launchedthe Master’s degree in H.R. and Diversity at Georgetown University where was also on facultyand developed eight (8) Master’s Degrees. He frequently advises organizations on Board Governance and Compliance. In conjunction with Moth & Flame and National Urban League, he is redefining education and learning. Dr. Metzler provides strategic, policy and SEM support for global sustainability strategy, ESGreporting and ESG stakeholder engagement. He is a graduate of Columbia University inInternational Human Rights and The University of Oxford in Human Rights Law. He also hasdouble doctorates at Aberdeen.

Session(s):
Thursday, 6/23/22, 9:00am

Mark Volchek

Founding Partner,
Las Olas Ventures

Thursday, 6/23/22, 9:00am

Tahl Milburn

Investor and Partner,
Seedfunders

Thursday, 6/23/22, 10:00am

Dan Pirigyi

Partner,
TCG

Thursday, 6/23/22, 10:00am

John DeLozier

President,
Intelisys

Intelisys

John DeLozier serves as President of Intelisys, a ScanSource company. In this role, John oversees all aspects of the business, including sales, supplier services, operations and marketing, with a focus on growing partner and supplier relationships. He is also responsible for the development and evolution of Intelisys’ strategy, as well as innovative programs and tools to allow for enhanced partner insights and growth opportunities. John has worked with ScanSource for more than 20 years as both a partner and a supplier. Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Global Channel Sales for 8X8. Prior to that, he served in leadership positions at CenturyLink, Unify and Virsae. He also spent nearly 20 years at Arrow System Integration, after selling the system integration company he co-founded, ACT, to Cross Telecom, which was later acquired by Arrow Electronics.

Session(s):
Thursday, 6/23/22, 10:00am

Adam Edwards

CEO,
Telarus





Moderator List

Rich Tehrani (Moderator)

CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC

TMC

Rich Tehrani is the CEO and group Editor-In-Chief of TMC, as well as the Founder and Conference Chairman of ITEXPO, a leading technology trade show held twice each year. Rich oversees a diverse portfolio of successful technology magazines, web sites and trade events at TMC, which recently celebrated its 44th anniversary. Rich has guided TMC’s ascension and evolution from a print publishing and trade show company focused exclusively on voice/data convergence and computer telephony integration (CTI) markets, into a media powerhouse covering all of today’s most important technologies – Wireless/Mobile, Cloud Computing, IP Communications, IoT, and more. Rich is TMC’s driving force in the creation and implementation of pioneering publications and events. Since launching TMCnet in 1995, Rich has pioneered the development of more than 300 online communities of interest, revolutionizing the online world and changing the way companies leverage their brands online. Rich is a media icon, maintaining an active role as an Editor-In-Chief and a very prominent technology blogger/social media participant. TMC’s event and online platforms serve as an incubator for new concepts from the leading minds in the technology space. Rich launched and oversees the ITEXPO Franchise (which is in its 34th installment) – and is constantly adding collocated events by using his creativity and ability to launch synergistic conferences. Various collocated events include: CVx (ChannelVision Expo), IoT Evolution Conference & Expo, IDEA Showcase, and MSP Expo. Aside from his contributions to the online media world, Rich is an active and engaged philanthropist. He a member of the local JCC, a Board Member of the UCONN Engineering Department, and the engineer behind the future TMC Technology Center at a local Boys & Girls Club. This is all in addition to being an active and involved father and member of the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

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Erik Linask (Moderator)

Group Editorial Director, TMC

TMC

Erik Linask is Group Editorial Director of TMC. During his tenure at TMC, he has supported the production and development of TMCs print publications and, most recently, managed the day-to-day operations of the industry’s leading Web site, TMCnet, which currently serves more than 1 million unique monthly visitors. Currently, he oversees TMC’s four print publications as well as TMCnet, and covers a wide range of topics in the IP Communications and Information Technology arenas, including his blog, Convergence Corner, on TMCnet. Erik also develops to conference programming for ITEXPO, and TMCs other communications and technology events, including Software Telco Congress. Prior to joining TMC, Erik was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication, where he also managed the magazine’s survey research. Erik began his professional career at management consulting firm Leadership Research Institute.

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