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Jim Jacobellis

SVP Sales, Alef


Two Decades of International and domestic experience in Sales/Business Development, Marketing and Strategic Alliances for Private Cellular Networks. Developed and implemented dozens of CBRS band Private Cellular networks, including some of the initial CBRS commercial deployments in the United States. Jim joined Alef in April of 2022 as SVP of Sales and Technology Partners and is responsible for growing market share for Alef’s enterprise friendly Private LTE and 5G software service. IN 2020, Jim earned the Key Contributor award for outstanding contribution to the mission of the OnGo Alliance.


Art Maria

Director & Chief Architect, AT&T Consulting

AT&T Consulting

Art Maria (CISSP) is Director of Technology and Chief Architect for AT&T Consulting. He has been awarded 90 patents with several more pending. He is responsible for Enterprise Architecture, IoT and Specialized Networks consulting engagements. During his career, Art has been the leader of many teams focusing on Enterprise Architecture, Systems Engineering, Product Development, Mobility Network Engineering and Logical Security. As the Director responsible for AT&T’s mobility consulting support for global customers he has consulted for most of the Fortune 100 companies. Art holds graduate degrees from Eastern Washington University, The University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri, Colorado State University (Global Campus) and Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law. In addition, he has attended Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School, Cornell, Columbia University, Wharton, Yale School of Management and SMU.


Boun Senekham

Sr Technical Product Manager, Bailcells

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.


John Hubler

Partner and Co-founder, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

With over 30 years+ industry experience, John Hubler is a Partner at BH IoT Group – a consultancy firmproviding companies across all industries and verticals with IoT go-to-market strategy and executionservices. Hubler’s specialty is working with Executives & Entrepreneurs to define and rapidly executetheir IoT products, services and solutions.


Jonathan Levitt

VP of Growth, Cocoflo


Jonathan Levitt is the Vice President of Growth at Cocoflo Innovations. He is responsible for overseeing sales, marketing, and customer success, ensuring that the companys software solutions meet the needs of its government clients. He is a customer-focused leader, always putting the voice of the citizen at the forefront of his strategy. Jonathan has spent over 25 years helping a diverse list of brands understand their audience and leverage technology and data to build better product and customer experiences. Prior to joining Cocoflo, he has worked with brands of all sizes including leading global players such as Walmart, Target, Williams-Sonoma, MasterCard, Dell, The New York Times, Ford and Google.


Marc Josephson

CEO, CORIS Monitoring

CORIS Monitoring

Over 35 years management experience in leading edge technology companies. Founded and sold several technology companies. Raised over $150MM in venture capital, built companies valued at over $4B. Advisor to various federal, state and local governmental agencies (NYC, FCC,U.S. Congress, FBI, others). Ernst & Young U.S. Entrepreneur of the Year finalist 2000. Implemented trading network for NY Stock Exchange. Consultant to IBM, Nortel, AT&T, Verizon, Siemens, Citibank, Chase Bank PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Gartner Group. Implemented remote video surveillance for Homeland Security (CORIS was spinoff of that project). Granted two patents on IOT network security, used by CORIS Speaker at technology industry conferences.


Carl Ford

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.


James Turino

Managing Partner, Drake Star Partners

Drake Star Partners

Based in New York, James Turino is a Co-Founder of Drake Star Partners and an awardwinning investment banker with more than 25 years of experience. He has advised numerous companies in the enterprise software, communications technology, communications services and Internet-of-Things sectors in successful domestic and cross-border M&A and corporate finance transactions. In addition to his advisory roles, James’ experience extends to principal private equity and mezzanine investments as well as capital markets transactions. He is also a frequent contributor to panel discussions at industry events and to research on relevant sector focused websites. Prior co-founding 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 previously Director of the Media and Telecommunications Group for Prudential Securities in New York, and 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. James is affiliated with the Leopold Schepp Foundation, where he serves as Trustee, Chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. Founded in 1925, the Foundation grants need-based awards to full time undergraduate and graduate students.


Chad Kerr

VP of Enterprise Sales North America, Emnify


Chad Kerr is emnifys VP of Enterprise Sales, North America. Chad brings 20+ years of experience in the Telecomm industry with 18 of those in Enterprise leadership for companies like T-Mobile and AT&T. Chad is a customer solutions expert in Cellular IoT connectivity and enables enterprise clients the ability to solve complex problems as it relates to their IoT solutions.


Knud Kegel

Vice President, Product, Emnify


Knud Kegel is vice president (VP) product at EMnify, the global cellular IoT communication platform provider. He leads EMnifys product teams in transforming IoT connectivity into an easy-to-consume cloud resource. Before EMnify, Knud was senior vice president (SVP) Marketing and Business Development at CoreMedia, an experience management software provider for global brands. Knud has over 10 years of executive leadership experience in the B2B SaaS industry.


Greg Gilette

CEO, Flare-X



Mike Anderson

Sr. Director Product Management, GetWireless


Mike Anderson is Director of Product Management supporting the Peplink line, Get Wireless. Mike comes to Get Wireless after spending 19 years at Verizon. He had several positions there focusing on IoT implementation, Partner development, and Network Solution design. He will be focusing the Peplink knowledge and development.


Terra Bastolich

CMO of Marketing, GetWireless


Terra Bastolich is the Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development with responsibility for corporate business development and marketing communications. Terra is a true advocate for IoT technology and has held strategic leadership roles in sales and marketing for key hardware providers in IOT. She is an industry veteran and has been recognized by numerous industry publications for her thought leadership in the wireless industry; including Connected Worlds Women of M2M and “IOT Now Magazine”. Terra also takes a personal role in a notable non-profit (Safe Haven Foster Shoppe) raising awareness and funding for essentials and clothing for foster children.


David Smith

Vice President, IoT Solutions, 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 CDO for two Innovative IT and IoT hardware manufacturers in the Twin Cities area.


Ben Harding

Sr. Director of Business Development, GetWireless



Dan McDuffie

General Manager, Wireless, Granite Telecom

Granite Telecom

Dan McDuffie is a growth and strategy leader with over 25 years’ experience in the Telecom space. Formerly President of Interoute Telecommunications’ North American business (now part of GTT), Dan went on to lead Wyless, an early pioneer in Global Managed IoT Services. As CEO of Wyless Dan grew the business from a small UK-based SIM provider to a global MSP managing millions of IoT Connections via 18 Mobile Operators in North America, Europe, and Brazil. Wyless sold to Abry Partners in 2015 and is now part of Kore Wireless. After a stint in Private Equity with Great Hill Partners, Dan joined Granite in late 2017 to run a newly formed wireless business unit, initially focusing on fixed wireless and then branching out into Managed Mobility. As an end-to-end Wireless MSP, Granite has won 3 Solutions Provider of the Year awards from Cradlepoint in the past 4 years and has grown over 1,000% in revenue during that same time, today accounting for over 20% of Granite’s year-over-year revenue growth. Dan is a lifelong Boston resident and Boston University Graduate, is an avid Boston sports fan and water sports enthusiast.


Allen Proithis



Allen Proithis is chief executive officer of GXC, a leading provider of an award-winning, private enterprise 5G networks, and the world’s only provider of private cellular mesh technology. In this capacity, he is responsible for all corporate strategy, product development, go-to-market activities and operations. Before joining GXC, he founded Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory firm for clients interested in Digital Transformation enabled by mobile, IoT, software and managed solutions. Among his successes at Capstone was the creation of 5G optimized applications for one of the first US Department of Defense private 5G network deployments. Prior to Capstone, Allen was president of Sigfox North America, where he formed a high-performance team that built a successful IoT business with top enterprises while providing wireless coverage for over 70M people across the US. In addition, Allen created Convida Wireless, a $155M IoT joint venture with Sony & InterDigital, serving as chairman. Before that, he oversaw the commercialization of IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum and video content management solutions for InterDigital, and led strategy and business development for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division, which included the launch of HP’s first mobile app store.


Ravi Subramanyan

Director of Industry Solutions Manufacturing, HiveMQ


Ravi is a product marketing and management leader with extensive experience delivering high-quality products and services that have generated revenues and cost savings of over $10B for companies such as Motorola, GE, Bosch, Weir and Parker Hannifin. His expertise spans industries such as Mining, O&G, Industrial Automation, Automotive, Mobile Devices, Enterprise communications, Automotive, Fleet Management and Industrial Motion Management. He is an expert in Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Data Security, Cloud Platforms, SaaS/PaaS, and Agile Methodologies. At HiveMQ, Ravi is charge of evangelizing, enabling sales of the HiveMQ solution amongst Manufacturing and Industrial Automation customers.


Joe Ward



Joe Ward serves as chief executive officer and president of IKIN, and oversees the company’s strategy, business development, sales, and marketing initiatives. Joe joined IKIN after spending much of his career as a highly respected executive in the telecommunications sector. In his three-decades-long career, he has held management positions with leading providers including Inter-Tel, Mitel, and other large channel providers. Joe is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and resides in Austin.


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, 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.


Craig Steen

CEO & President, JBI Distributors

JBI Distributors

Craig Steen, president and chief executive officer of JBI, leads the company in helping customers nationwide address school health and safety, agriculture and food production and public safety concerns through delivery of advanced sensing, chemical and physical barrier products and services. In 2022 he expanded the company’s offerings to include vape and bullying detection systems to respond to growing concerns in school health and social welfare management.


Landon Garner

CMO, Kajeet



John Wood

Business Development Manager, Libelium


John Wood holds a degree in electronic engineering from De Montfort University (Leicester, UK). After working for 10 years in real-time embedded firmware development he has forged a 20+ year career in worldwide sales and business development in the telecoms and security sectors, in companies such as Siemens, Scati and now Libelium, a leading IoT solution manufacturer with projects deployed worldwide. John engages with stakeholders and channel partners in the North American market to discuss how Libelium’s IoT solutions can help to solve problems in the Environmental and Smart City domains, with the objective of improving sustainability, efficiency and quality of life.


Sriram Kumaresan

Chief Business Officer, LTIMindtree

Amit Raj

Head of Markets, Nxt, LTIMindtree

Srikanth Kuntamukkala

Markets Leader, LTIMindtree



David Robichaud

Head of Markets, Manufacturing, LTIMindtree

Steve Hilton

President, MachNation, Inc.

MachNation, Inc.

Steve Hilton is a co-founder and President at MachNation, the leading benchmarking and test lab for IoT platforms and solutions. His primary areas of expertise include performance testing, competitive positioning, marketing media development, and data analytics. Steve has 30 years’ experience in the technology and communications industry and has held senior positions at Analysys Mason, Yankee Group, Lucent Technologies, TDS (Telephone and Data Systems), and Cambridge Strategic Management Group. He is a professional harpsichordist, playing with several Baroque music orchestras. Steve holds a degree in economics from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


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.


Eumar Dias de Assis

Managing Technical Director, Microsoft


Eumar is a managing technical director at Microsoft leading a team focused on the Internet of Things (IOT). His team works partners and customers to build innovative solutions on the Microsoft Cloud. Eumar has worked with software development for 18 years; he has been with Microsoft for 10 years and is also a startup owner. Outside work, Eumar is a lifelong learner and Martial artist, currently a graduate student at Harvard University and Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Eumar is passionate about giving back to the community and inspiring minorities to pursue a career in technology.


Chase Hawkins

Strategic Engagements Azure IoT, Microsoft


As leader for Customer Strategic Engagements, Chase and his team are responsible for handling the largest and most complex Azure IoT customers and partners at Microsoft. He built the original commercial IoT sales strategy, execution model, and dedicated specialist teams for IoT at Microsoft. Chase has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry working with enterprise customers and partners, and focusing on innovative solutions which combine hardware, software, and professional services. He joined Microsoft in 2008, and since that time, has experienced many roles. His primary focus over the last several years has been in bringing new Microsoft technologies to market, including Perceptive Pixel – now known as the Microsoft Surface Hub, and the industry leading Azure IoT services. Chase is originally from Arizona, and has spent the last 13 years living in Issaquah, WA near the Microsoft main campus. He recently moved to Highland, Utah, with his wife and children. In his spare time, Chase enjoys playing basketball, spending time with his kids, and cheering for them from the sidelines.


Dan Croft

CEO, Mission Critical IoT

Mission Critical IoT


Chris Gray

Regional Sales Director, Myriota


Chris Gray is the Regional Sales Director at Myriota, responsible for new business and market identification in the Americas and UK. With over 30 years of experience in communications especially in the satellite industry, he continually evolves his skills and knowledge as the industry evolves. Chris has sold and worked with many leading satellite companies and vendors, bringing innovation to the market such as building the fastest growth cellular connectivity on commercial vessels for use by the crew with a backhaul over satellite, or working on the ability to attach a small satellite tag to a cows ear for tracking. Chris has an intuitive understanding for market needs and new growth areas within the IoT industry. Chris has been focused on Satellite IoT using small data packets on very low power devices with global coverage, all of which is the reason for joining Myriota. Myriota not only provides these solutions, but with inbuilt encryption and security can ensure that the end users devices, data and connected systems are safe from cyber attacks.


Zac Freeman

Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Newracom


Zac serves as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Newracom, based in Lake Forest California. Newracom is a leading developer of wireless connectivity technology and first to market with Wi-Fi HaLow SoCs. Zac holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He has more than 20 years of experience in embedded technology and wireless connectivity. Prior to joining Newracom, Zac was the Vice President of Silex Technology, leading the sales, marketing, and engineering organizations.


Stephen Kowal

CCO, Nextivity


Stephen Kowal is a technology industry veteran who has held strategic roles in sales, channel, and global accounts for nearly 25 years. As Chief Commercial Officer at Nextivity, Stephen is responsible for the company’s customer- and partner-facing teams, specifically those focused on sales, business development, marketing, product management, customer service, and order management.


Mahesh Patel

Senior Principal Solution Consultant, Nokia

Scott Kaplan

Business Development Manager, Nova Labs

Nova Labs


Josh Cox

President/CEO, OXIT


Josh is thrilled to pursue his passion in the IoT services & products industry. Upon graduationfrom UNCC, Josh garnered invaluable experience as CEO for Red Wire Logic, LLC. Following RedWire Logic, Josh became VP of Engineering for Halo Smart Labs where he led the engineeringteam to develop an innovative LoRaWAN-based smoke alarm for deployment in dense urbanareas of Nigeria and a smart smoke alarm with carbon-monoxide & weather capabilities. Halowas awarded Best Indoor Living Product at IBS 2016. He later organized and managed a groupof Halo alum’s, which provided on-location engineering services in China, developing andlaunching an array of IoT designs and products. Recognizing the LoRa potential and thecollective unique expertise at hand, he organized and started the current Oxit, LLC business in2017, and has led its development to 3x revenue year over year, as a world-wide recognizedleader in LoRaWAN development. Josh was recently recognized as one of Charlotte’s 2022“Most Admired CEO’s


Nisha Shoukath

President & COO, People10


Nisha Shoukath is a technology thought leader, and the President & COO of People10, an award-winning Product Development company based in USA and India. With over 24 years ofindustry experience, Nisha is a passionate speaker and an industry expert in the subjects of Banking & Finance, Product development, Agile & Lean, AI & Machine Learning and IOT Development, among others. Nisha co-founded People10 ( in 2011 and grew it to a strong team of 300+ technology experts successfully driving enterprise IT deliveries for its word-wide customers across web, mobile, IoT, blockchain, AI/ML, data management, automation, and DevOps using modern agile and lean frameworks. Prior to People10, Nisha held leadership positions in major global investment & retail banks, leading large IT delivery functions catering to Europe, North America, Asia, Australia and Middle East. Nisha holds Master’s degree in computer applications, Mastery in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University and AI Business Strategy from MIT. Nisha speaks about Product Development best practice, Agile & Lean product development, AI Innovations, and IOT Development best practices.


Joel Maloff

Chief Compliance Officer,

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 (, 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


Michael Skurla

Chief Product Officer, Radix IoT

Radix IoT

Michael C. Skurla is the Chief Product Officer of Radix IoT–offering limitless monitoring and management rooted in intelligence–helping consolidate global Marketing and Product Viability, focusing on forthcoming product strategy and intellectual property for Radix IoT markets including unique R&D initiatives, cloud/managed services, and merger and acquisitions targets. Previously as Chief Technology Officer, Skurla set product strategy for the company’s IoT platform. 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 that emphasizes data aggregation and analytics for mission-critical industries. As a well-recognized thought leader and a contributor to such top industry publications as 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 and industrial applications to drive efficiency and alternative business outcomes through data. Skurla is a contributing member of ASHRAE, USGBC, and IES Education.


Dennis Henderson

President/CEO, Ready Wireless

Ready Wireless


Mehmet Ilem

CEO - Founding Partner, 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.


General Robert Spalding



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.


Bryon BeMiller

Director LoRaWAN, Semtech



Eric Schummer

CEO, 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!


Marcin Hasse



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.


Sri Ramachandran

Sr. VP and CTO, Somos



Derek Peterson

CEO, Soter


Derek Peterson is the Founder and CEO of Soter Technologies, a rapidly growing environmental sensor and technology innovator headquartered in Ronkonkoma, New York. As a teen, Mr. Peterson was fascinated with computers and technology and has been developing software since high school. Today, he is a high energy and focused business leader and problem solver who leverages his knowledge and technological expertise to address complex social, business and community safety challenges. Mr. Peterson is always seeking to find solutions to complex and challenging problems. He has assembled and leads a team of engineers, software developers, researchers, scientists, technology and business and communications experts to bring a suite of innovative and critical products to market. These potentially world-changing products include SymptomSense™ Medical Evaluation Gateway, which rapidly scans vital signs, including blood oxygen levels, body temperature, heart rate and respiratory rate. This first of its kind technology is expected to play a critical role in helping the United States and the world recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. Peterson and his team have also invented of the world’s first vape and bullying detection and alert system for schools, FlySense. With over 50,000 devices deployed in schools around the world, this technology is making schools healthier and safer. The company’s products and services are making an impact in communities and schools across the nation and have even been credited with saving the lives of students who were contemplating suicide. Mr. Peterson believes that no puzzle is impossible to solve; all he needs is the time to figure them out. A former bullying victim as a high school student, Mr. Peterson is dedicated to creating technology to address this problem in schools. As CEO of Soter Technologies, he is devoted to the practical application of technology to improve and save lives. The “Soter” name is inspired by the ancient Greek god of safety, deliverance and preservation from harm. Using advanced sensor and software technology, the company develops and delivers innovative solutions for environmental intelligence – to make the world a safer place. Mr. Peterson’s inventions, products and software have received awards as well as national media attention. Soter’s SymptomSense has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC, Inside Edition, Cheddar TV and many other regional and national media outlets. His FlySense vaping detection and anti-bullying sensor has also been featured in the national and local media, including ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today Show along with hundreds of other media outlets across the United States and abroad. Mr. Peterson is regularly interviewed by the media about technology, health and safety in the workplace and schools, entrepreneurship and technology. In 2020 Mr. Peterson won the prestigious Roy L. Clayton Technology award and was considered one of the top 50 most influential African Americans in Technology. Mr. Peterson has a proven track record in the high tech and software sector and has held senior and key roles at IPS, Symbol Technologies (a $1.6B NYSE company), and Neohapsis (bought by Cisco). In 2003, he co-founded CBD, Inc. to apply his experience to assist emerging technologies in libraries and public schools. Mr. Peterson is also a national thought leader and expert in the field of the Internet of Things (IOT) and currently writes for TechTarget / IOT Agenda. He regularly speaks at colleges, universities and conferences across the United States on technology subjects. Mr. Peterson has expertise working in many industries, including the accounting profession where he developed some of the country’s first tax software and the public sector where he developed the first Public Computer Management system, monitoring user access, authentication and security in libraries and universities. His solutions have been deployed on over 100,000 desktops worldwide. Early in his career, Mr. Peterson led the development and delivery of key security products for the gamming and aviation sectors. He also created the Engineering Test and Validation department at Symbol Technologies (Motorola/Zebra). Through the creation of T & V, he re-engineered the process on how products were developed at Symbol Technologies. When Mr. Peterson is away from developing new technologies, software products and solutions for Soter Technologies, he enjoys spending time with his family, training for Ironman Triathlons and using his high-tech skills and knowledge to customize his highperformance automobiles. Giving back to his community and supporting young people is important to Mr. Peterson. He is involved in several community groups and is the Treasure for the Timothy Hill Children’s Ranch located in Riverhead, New York. This not-for-profit includes residential programs that provide a safe haven for at-risk young people and help them restore their lives through a holistic approach that focuses on mind, body & soul. Mr. Peterson earned a BS in Computer Science and Applied Math from Stony Brook University in New York in 1988. A lifelong resident of Long Island, he is committed to being a mentor and advisor for students. He is a sponsor of and has judged Stony Brook University’s “Wolfie Tank” competition. A spin off from the popular NBC reality TV series “Shark Tank,” Stony Brook University’s “Wolfie Tank” caters towards aspiring student entrepreneurs from the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences who have developed innovative technologies and inventions and make business presentations to a panel of esteemed judges.


John Holden

Director of Economic Development & Tourism, Stafford County, VA

Annette Williams

Director of Product Management, T-Mobile


Annette Williams, Director of Product Management for T-Mobile Wholesale. She has been in the telecom industry for over 15 years and has been instrumental in the tremendous growth of IoT at T-Mobile. Product is her passion as “we build the future”. She believes constant learning from a diverse set of views is essential to staying on top of our fast-paced world. She lives in Seattle area where she enjoys many outdoor activities including velodrome racing.


Alejandro Blanco

IoT Solutions Manager, Teal Communications

Teal Communications

Dedicated, results-focused, bilingual and adaptable sales engineering leader with experience in fast-paced technical and telecommunications roles across a wide range of IoT/M2M use-cases, wireless and wired networks, network devices, configuration, and troubleshooting.


Matej Raspet

Head of IoT and Smart Infrastructure, Telekom Slovenije

Telekom Slovenije

Matej Raspet is head of the Smart Infrastructure and IoT department at Telekom Slovenije, in which, in addition to solutions for smart cities, they also take care of the development of verticals such as IIoT, energy, 5G campuses and other IoT solutions.In the past, he mainly dealt with consumer behavior and with the development and digitization of end-user solutions, but now he is transferring his experience from the respective fields to new smart infrastructure strategies.


Darrin Mylet

CEO, Telosa Networks

Telosa Networks

Telosa are in the business of planning, building and operating new fiber, fixed wireless and nomadic gigabit broadband networks using a mix of technologies. We are focused on Commercial Real Estate (CRE) where 97% of buildings are considered “dumb.” We are also developing (3P) Public Private Partnerships to build local “Smart City” and “Smart Campus” networks, Gigabit Local Wi-Fi 5, 6 and CBRS, 5G, drone networks (Archer Aviation) along with local competitive broadband to small businesses, edge computing (MEC) and AI implementations. We have done various projects from 2016-2021 in Florida, Texas and Colorado. Mr. Mylet also advised 6Harmonics, a leading TV Whitespace / Super Wi-Fi technology assisting in fund-raising, business & regulatory affairs from 2014-2022. 6Harmonics builds wireless broadband hardware and software-using standards based 802.11 technologies. MSFT use this for their current 2020 AirBand rural broadband initiatives. FCC approved and deployed worldwide. Mr. Mylet was a co-founder and COO of Adaptrum, a Silicon Valley-based startup from 2009- 2014. Mr. Mylet also worked globally with regulators and early adopters of TV white space / Super Wi-Fi policy and technology implementation with Microsoft & Google. Mr. Mylet was a Vice President with Cantor Fitzgerald from 2003-2009. Mr. Mylet worked globally with both the public and private sectors in facilitating the management and trading of (wireless) radio spectrum frequency. Founded the Cantor Spectrum Exchange, the first real time spectrum management and trading exchange which became the foundation of FCC CBRS spectrum policy. Co-Founded Cantor Gaming, the first commercial mobile wireless system at the Venetian Casino Hotel and Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas in 2009. Issued (15) patents on applying wireless to applications and business objectives. Cantor Gaming filed for a $100M IPO and handled nearly 50%+ of wagers of all sports related bets in Las Vegas NV at one time. Several of his patents used in current “multi-billion” dollar lawsuit between Cantor Gaming vs. Draft Kings. Prior to joining Cantor-Fitzgerald, Mr. Mylet was with Radiant Networks, a U.K. based pioneer in “physical mesh” broadband wireless equipment vendor (28GHz), where he was VP Sales & MarketingAmericas from 2000-2003. Prior to this position, Mr. Mylet was an executive with MFS/Worldcom/MCI from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Mylet was with GTE Corporation (now Verizon). Mr. Mylet served two Terms (2010/11-President Obama) and (2009/10-President Bush) for the Department of Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee administered by NTIA and was Chairperson of the Wireless Spectrum Transparency Subcommittee. NTIA advises the White House (POTUS) on Spectrum and Broadband Policy. Mr. Mylet served (s) as an advisor to, and which IPO’d in 2018, a leader in private secure utility wireless network solutions. B.A. Economics Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.


Nicole Coughlin

CIO, Town of Cary, NC

Town of Cary, NC

Nicole Coughlin is an award-winning technology executive who serves as the chief information officer for Cary, North Carolina. She is the principal strategist and architect for information technology and digital marketing across the organization. Coughlin is at the forefront of the smart cities movement, creating a connected community through piloting and implementing IoT technologies in the public sector. Coughlin’s dedication to innovative thinking and partner-building has helped create blueprints for municipalities around the world to deploy and deliver technological advancements to help solve unique challenges.A self-described government rebel, Coughlin participates in numerous conferences and summits as a keynote speaker and panelist, and her work has been profiled in case studies as she continuously pursues new models of digital transformation for collaborative citizen-facing projects. Prior to her work in government, years in various IT leadership positions in the private sector, leading development teams in the U.S. and internationally.Recently named to by the Department of Commerce to the newly formed Internet of Things Advisory Board


Matt Hatton

Founding Partner, Transforma Insights

Transforma Insights

Matt is a well-respected commentator and technology industry expert with 25 years’ experience at the cutting edge of technology research and consulting. He is a thought-leader in Telecommunications, Digital Transformation and the Internet of Things. He is widely quoted in trade publications and frequent speaker at conferences. His podcast, The Wireless Noodle is a weekly guide to the impact of disruptive technologies on business. In 2020 Matt co-wrote a book The Internet of Things Myth. Matt is currently Founding Partner at Transforma Insights, the leading advisors on IoT, AI and Digital Transformation. Previously he was Founder and CEO of Machina Research, which was acquired by Gartner in 2016. Prior to founding Machina Research Matt was a technology industry analyst, working at firms including Analysys Mason and Yankee Group. Matt holds an MSc in Telecoms from University College London.


Tom Sisk

Sr. Business Indirect Channel Mgr, US Cellular

US Cellular


Laura Crisp

Head of Business Channel Partner Program, US Cellular

US Cellular


Kevin Donahue

Distinguished Architect, SI and Partner Ecosystem, Verizon


With a career that spans several key industry inflection points and a proven track record of developing and executing successful go-to-market strategies for emerging technologies, Kevin brings a unique combination of skills to Verizon and their Partner Ecosystem. In his current role as a Distinguished Architect for the Verizon 5G Acceleration Team, Kevin works with Verizon customers and ecosystem partners to educate them on emerging technologies such as 5G Private Wireless Networks, identify use cases where they may can bring unique value, and connect the dots between legacy systems and emerging technologies in a way that drives positive business outcomes.


Matt Montgomery

Director of Marketing , Verizon Wireless

Sameer Farooqi

IoT Connectivity Architect, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless


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 Wireless@VT. 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.


Marcellus Buchheit

President and CEO, Wibu-Systems USA

Wibu-Systems USA

Marcellus Buchheit is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of WIBU-SYSTEMS AG in Karlsruhe, Germany. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Wibu-Systems USA Inc., located in Edmonds, WA where he resides.Marcellus earned his Master of Science degree in computing science at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1989. In the same year, he co-founded Wibu-Systems together with Oliver Winzenried. As the original architect and first software developer of the company’s successful WibuKey, CodeMeter, and SmartShelter product lines, he is well known in his field for his expertise in designing innovative techniques to protect software against reverse-engineering, tampering, and debugging. The products he designed have never been cracked by hackers in multiple public global contests.Marcellus is an active member of the international Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), where he is involved with security, trustworthiness and monetization initiatives. He is one of the editors and authors of the Industrial Internet Security Framework document and co-chair of the Digital Transformation (DX) Working Group and the Trustworthiness Task Group.He is a frequently invited speaker at industry events, and has accepted many industry awards on behalf of Wibu-Systems, including the CODiE awards in 2017, 2014, and 2009 in recognition by the SIIA of CodeMeter as the Best Content Rights and Entitlement Solution.


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.


Moderator List

Danielle Corley (Moderator)

Director of Business Development, Access Wireless Direct Solutions

Access Wireless Direct Solutions


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.


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.


Lawrence Latham (Moderator)

CEO, Everynet


International CEO specializing in monetizing Digital Transformation. Recognized thought leader in the Internet of Things (IoT) space having helped build some of the world’s leading IoT companies. Lawrence has helped multiple companies build their brands, products, and services into IoT leaders by crafting visionary strategic positioning, messaging, and go-to-market strategies. His immersive approach includes rolling up his sleeves, personally landing beachhead accounts and developing powerful strategic partnerships. He brings extensive M&A experience, having helped numerous IoT companies achieve successful exits.


Allen Proithis (Moderator)



Allen Proithis serves as chief executive officer for GXC, and is responsible for setting and executing company strategy, including channel and partner relationships, business development, product management, and sales and marketing activities. Proithis comes to GXC with over three decades of executive leadership experience creating, building, and managing successful companies in the technology sector. Prior to joining GXC, Proithis was chief executive officer of Capstone Partners, a strategic advisory service focused on the mobility, IoT, software, AR/VR, and cloud technology sectors. Prior to this, he was president of Sigfox’s North American operations, where he built a high-performance team that secured IoT business with top enterprise companies and provided wireless coverage for over 70M people in the United States. In addition, Proithis created Convida Wireless, serving as chairman and overseeing commercialization of that company’s IoT, Wi-Fi, shared spectrum, and video content management solutions. In addition, Proithis led strategy and business development activities for HP’s global Smartphone & Tablet division, driving all strategic initiatives for devices, software & services, including the launch of HP’s first mobile app store. Proithis is a resident of Lancaster, PA, and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.


Ken Hosac (Moderator)

CEO & Founder, Hosac Ventures

Hosac Ventures

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.


John Corral (Moderator)

Partner, IMHO Consulting

IMHO Consulting


Doug Wilson (Moderator)

Partner, IMHO Consulting

Tiffani Neilson (Moderator)

CMO, IoT Marketing

Sara Brown (Moderator)

VP, Marketing, Chief Brand Maker, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

Sara Brown is a strategic marketing professional dedicated to driving quantifiable business results with data-driven marketing communications that sell. Over the course of nearly 20 years, she’s boosted the profile and, more importantly revenue, of organizations big and small; public, private and not-for-profit. Sara translates the actionable market intelligence delivered by the analysis team at JBA into tactics that deliver results for our clients, including: branding; public relations; advertising; digital and interactive; collateral and DM; tradeshows and events, and executive communications. In addition to her experience as a senior creative at some of the world’s premier advertising agencies, Sara has worked in-house for corporations including IBM, Sierra Wireless and Telit Wireless Solutions, and has consulted to global technology companies like Cisco Systems, Multi-Tech Systems, Sierra Wireless, Connected Development, ORBCOMM, ILS Technology, Digital Safety Technology, Novotech, Xact Technology, Jazz Wireless Data, Beecham Research and Aeris, among others.


Angie Cronin (Moderator)

Strategic Analyst, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

Angie comes to James Brehm and Associates with a diverse background in academia, sales, nonprofit, and local government. The skills she gained through academic research and work experience allow her to approach questions from a holistic view to find answers specific to the needs of an organization. Angie holds a Master of Arts degree in Intercultural & International Communication and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Technical Writing from the University of Texas – San Antonio.


Mahesh Patel (Moderator)

Senior Principal Solution Consultant, Nokia

Tom Snyder (Moderator)

Executive Director, RIoT


Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State. Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC. He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.


Angel Mercedes (Moderator)

IoT Sales Director, Telenor Connexion

Telenor Connexion


Ken Briodagh (Moderator)

Executive Editor, The Frontier Hub

The Frontier Hub

Ken Briodagh is Executive Editor of The Frontier Hub. He loves all forms of storytelling, from IoT technology to live events to content marketing strategy that creates brand loyal fans. Ken has been leading industries and brands through story for more than a decade, creating millions in value and growth. Hes also founder and Chief Storyteller at Briodagh Consulting, a poet, pretend potentate, & partial alliterist. He lives in Connecticut with his family, two cats, a turtle, and a dog.