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Steve Brumer

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

Steve Brumer, Partner at BH IoT Group a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy & execution services. With over 30 years+ M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.Before BH IoT Group, Brumer was a Partner and IoT Practice Lead at 151 Advisors a consultancy firm providing technology companies with a combination of advisory and execution services. Brumer also co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, M2M products, and professional services. Prior to Wireless Rain, Brumer co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure, GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to 184 on the INC 500 as the largest Master Dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier in his career, Brumer founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and has held various executive management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data and BellSouth Wireless.

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James Turino

Managing Partner, Drake Star Partners

Drake Star Partners

James Turino is a Managing Partner at Drake Star Partners. Over the past 20 years, he has advised numerous companies in the technology and communications industries on over $5 billion in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. In addition to his advisory roles, James has underwritten several principal equity and mezzanine investments in client companies.Prior to joining Drake Star Partners, James served as Director of the Technology Investment Banking team in New York for SG Cowen, where he managed public and private equity offerings, principal investments, and mergers and acquisitions for emerging growth software companies. He was also Director of the Media and Telecommunications Group for Prudential Securities in New York. Previously, he held the position of Vice President, Corporate Finance for ING Barings, where he started the Telecommunications Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College.

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Regiane Relva Romano

FACENS - SCF, Head Smart Campus Facens

Head Smart Campus Facens

Has over 35 years of international experience working in technology and innovation. Former as Special Adviser to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation in Brazil. Head of Smart Campus FACENS, a prototype of a Smart City. CEO at VIP-SYSTEMS Technology. Writer. Professor. International speaker. Consultant of innovation and technologies applied to businesses, retail and Smart Cities. Received the Globant Women that Build Awards - Tech Entrepreneur in 2021/2022 and some other Awards related to Smart Cities, Innovation and Retail. Member of the administration and innovation board

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James Brehm

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.

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Brent Skorup

Sr. Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Mercatus Center at George Mason University

Brent Skorup is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research areas include transportation technology, telecommunications, aviation, and wireless policy. He serves the Texas DOT’s Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Task Force and the Texas DOTs Advanced Air Mobility Advisory Committee. He previously served on the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee. He has authored pieces for Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Wired, Air Traffic Management magazine, and elsewhere. He’s appeared as a TV and radio interview guest for news outlets like C-SPAN, NPR, CBS News, ABC News, and CNBC Asia. Brent has a BA in economics from Wheaton College and a law degree from the George Mason University School of Law.

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Joel Maloff

Chief Compliance Officer, Phone.com

Phone.com

Dr. Joel Maloff is a globally recognized expert and author on Internet, its uses for business purposes, the convergence with traditional telephony, and communications implications of regulations such as HIPAA and CALEA. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Phone.com (www.phone.com), and has responsibility for law enforcement compliance, HIPAA compliance, and assistance with network-related strategies and tactics. In addition, Dr. Maloff has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Colorado Technical University since 2009 and has taught information technology courses (such as Disaster Recovery and Network Design and Implementation, Software Assurance, et al), various Marketing classes, and Organizational Behavior Principles. Maloff has written several books, spoken at industry conferences worldwide, and written numerous articles. Dr. Maloff’s dissertation on the security and privacy of remote implantable or wearable medical devices can be found at https://www.proquest.com/docview/2672267160/

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Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Radix IoT

As Chief Product Officer at Radix IoT, LLC – Michael Skurla consolidates global Marketing & Product Viability, focusing on forthcoming product strategy and intellectual property for markets including unique R&D initiatives, cloud/managed services, merger & acquisitions targets. Previously, as CTO, Skurla set product strategy. He has over two decades of experience in control automation and IoT product design with Fortune 500 companies, focusing on the intersection of software and hardware, emphasizing data aggregation and analytics for mission-critical industries. A wellrecognized thought leader and a contributor to such top industry publications as Field Technologies, Network World, Critical Facilities, Oilman Magazine, IoT Playbook, IoT News, Digitalisation World (UK), LD+A, among others, he is a frequent lecturer on outcome-based analytics and consolidated data methodologies for building & industrial applications driving efficiency and alternative business outcomes through data. Skurla is a contributing member of ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES Education.

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Mehmet Ilem

CEO - Founding Partner, SADELABS

SADELABS

Mehmet Ilem has over 15 years of experience in the various areas of Industrial IoT, wireless network technologies and embedded systems. He realized his entrepreneurial spirit in his last years of BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and founded SADE Technology with his founding partner at that time. Since then he has dedicated himself to the Internet of Things and developed patented solutions. In recent years, he has specialised in remote temperature monitoring and real-time locating system applications.Mehmet Ilem participated in many international events related to Technology and IoT as a speaker, and also took part in Startupbootcamp IoT & Data Barcelona, and Endeavor ScaleUp programs.

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General Robert Spalding

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.

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Eric Schummer

CEO, Senzary

Senzary

Originally known as a pioneer in the VOIP world and with over 30 years of technology, telecom and industry experience, Eric Schummer Is now the CEO of Senzary. Senzary solves several problems for enterprises and distributors by minimizing or even eliminating the barriers to deployment through its plug-and-play, pre-staged solutions in close partnership with hardware and platforms required to convert ideas into IOT insights and outcomes. An example of this is predictive maintenance: When any business has unplanned machine stops and relies on expert analysts, its expensive and doesnt provide real-time monitoring and diagnostics, which can devastate their business. Senzary provides automated cloud-based predictive maintenance solutions to ensure peak operational efficiency. Our clients enjoy peace of mind with real-time monitoring and diagnostics without needing an expert analyst or costly, time-consuming implementations. Our clients are up and monitoring in minutes!

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Marcin Hasse

CEO, SOFTGENT LLC

SOFTGENT LLC

Marcin Hasse is co-founder and CEO of Softgent, an engineering company that provides innovation and services in communications and the broader IoT. With over 20 years of professional experience, he has a unique blend of technical and business expertise. He has been at the forefront of many successful innovation implementations across multiple vertical markets such as telecom, industrial and healthcare. Prior to his involvement in Softgents dynamic growth, he worked at Radisys Corporation as Director of Global Services and General Manager. He began his career at Intel Corporation, where he was involved in the development of innovative communications software products. Marcin holds a masters degree in information systems engineering from Gdansk University of Technology, a leading technical university in Poland. His active cooperation with academia has resulted in many publications in technical fields.

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Matt Hattan

Founding Partner, Transforma Insights

Transforma Insights

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Eric Burger

Research Professor of NextG Security and Research Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Eric Burger is Research Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, Research Professor of NextG Security and Research Professor of Public Policy (by courtesy) at Virginia Tech. He is affiliated with the Department of Computer Science, the Virginia Tech National Security Institute, and [email protected] He served in government as the Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and as the Chief Technology Officer of the Federal Communications Commission. He has a SBEE, MBA, and PhD in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, and Illinois Tech.

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Sandeep Shekhawat

Director of Engineering, Walmart

Walmart

I am Sandeep Shekhawat from San Francisco, CA. I currently work as a Director of Engineering at Walmart Labs. Prior to this I was with Meta/ WhatsApp, Apple and Yahoo, with a total of 15 years of industry experience. I completed my Masters in Computer Science from Cornell University. My expertise is in areas of applied enterprise Internet of Things in the area of Smart Retail. At Apple where I applied the biggest application of IoT, I built and scaled IoT applications for billions of devices at Apple. I was fortunate enough to architect a solution where devices in stores and small businesses around the world would be able to fetch critical pricing data, SKU content updates over the air with super low latency. This helped save Apple millions of $s and improve store productivity specially during holiday time when there is significant increase in foot traffic.

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Jon Pelson

Author, Wireless Wars

Wireless Wars

After an early career on Wall Street and Madison Avenue, Jon Pelson spent nearly twenty-five years working as an executive at some of the world’s largest telecom equipment makers and service providers, helping create and market wireless products and solutions. His roles included serving as Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Lucent Technologies and Chief Convergence Officer for British Telecom, where he created and drove the company’s global wireless strategy. During this time, Pelson traveled to China and watched that country’s fledgling telecommunications companies grow and eventually seize the world lead. His observations on China’s use of home-grown business giants to advance geopolitical goals form the basis for his book, Wireless Wars, China’s Dangerous Domination of 5G and How We’re Fighting Back. In researching the book, Pelson sat down with the CEOs, chief scientists and field engineers of the world’s largest telecom equipment makers and service providers, as well as leaders at the start-ups in the 5G market. He also met with the counterintelligence officers in law enforcement and the intelligence community who were tracking Huawei, and the people who had written the regulations for the FCC and other agencies that sought to protect America from foreign threats.A frequent public speaker at industry events and an advisor to government officials, intelligence agencies and commercial organizations, Pelson has lectured at Duke University, William & Mary, and other colleges and associations. He has a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Pelson lives with his family in Great Falls, Virginia.

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Moderator List

Steve Brumer (Moderator)

Partner, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

Steve Brumer, Partner at BH IoT Group a consultancy firm providing companies across all industries with innovative IoT go-to-market strategy & execution services. With over 30 years+ M2M/IoT, Mobile and Wireless experience Brumer’s specialty is working with executives and entrepreneurs to define and execute their IoT solutions and accelerate their positioning within consumer or enterprise markets.Before BH IoT Group, Brumer was a Partner and IoT Practice Lead at 151 Advisors a consultancy firm providing technology companies with a combination of advisory and execution services. Brumer also co-founded and served as CEO of Wireless Rain which helped wireless carriers, manufacturers and solution providers build channel programs for B2B products, M2M products, and professional services. Prior to Wireless Rain, Brumer co-founded and served as President of Global Wireless Data, a national master dealer and value-added distributor of wireless products and services. Under his tenure, GWD grew from a self-funded start-up to 184 on the INC 500 as the largest Master Dealer for AT&T Wireless, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint. Earlier in his career, Brumer founded and served as CEO of Wireless Data Corp, and has held various executive management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data and BellSouth Wireless.

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Allen Proithis (Moderator)

CEO, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis is the CEO of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients interested in Digital Transformation enabled by mobile, IoT, software and managed solutions. Capstone is the 5G application provider for one of the largest private 5G network deployments in the US. Prior to Capstone, Allen was the President of Sigfox, North America, where he created a high-performance team that built an Internet of Things business with top enterprise companies while providing US wireless coverage for over 70M people US. Prior to Sigfox, he created a $155M IoT joint venture (Convida Wireless) with Sony & InterDigital and served as Chairman. In 2014, Allen raised $15M to launch an Internet of Things spinout focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by IoT. At InterDigital, Allen oversaw the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video content management solutions. Previously, Allen led Strategy & Business Development for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division. Here he drove all strategic initiatives for devices, software & services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.

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Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.

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Lawrence Latham (Moderator)

CEO, Everynet

Everynet

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Ken Hosac (Moderator)

Founder & President, Hosac.net

Hosac.net

Ken is a commercial real estate developer and investor, with experience in commercial office, self-storage, condos, and multi-family apartments. Ken’s prior career in technology spanned 30 years, with significant experience in Networking and IoT solutions, Private Cellular Networking, Smart Buildings and Smart Cities. Previously, Ken served as VP IoT Strategy and Business Development at Cradlepoint (acquired by Ericsson). During his 11 years at Cradlepoint, Ken served on their senior leadership team and helped drive their growth and development through roles in strategic planning, product management, solution strategy and thought leadership. Prior to Cradlepoint, Ken served as VP of Marketing for Casabyte (later acquired by JDS Uniphase), the leading provider of service validation solutions to wireless service providers. Ken also served as VP of Business Development for GoAhead Software (later acquired by Oracle), the leading provider of high availability software to communication infrastructure providers. Ken earlier spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles for networking equipment and personal computers. Ken holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering, both from Stanford University.

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