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Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.


Greg Najjar

Director of Business Development at Advanced RF Technologies, Advanced RF Technologies, Inc.

Advanced RF Technologies, Inc.

Greg Najjar is the Director of Business Development at ADRF, responsible for establishing new strategic relationships and providing enhanced coverage solutions for partners and customers. He has 20 years of experience developing and leading technology driven-teams, focused on business operations, project management, and engineering. Prior to joining ADRF, Greg worked at Sprint for 19 years as the Director of Custom Network Engineering, where he managed a team of engineers and project managers that focused on deploying 3G and 4G solutions. While at Sprint, his teams were responsible for the company’s top enterprise and government customers, as well as large venues, airports, stadiums and special events such as the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl, and Presidential Inauguration. He also maintained national responsibility for Sprint’s strategy and budget, RF design and deployment of technology solutions (DAS, wifi, and small cell) for all Public Venue, Enterprise In-Building customers, Sprint Retail Stores, Special Events and NASCAR races. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


Christian Schulze

Business Development Manager, IIoT Group, Advantech Corporation

Advantech Corporation

Christian Schulze is a sales and Business Development Manager with a record of accomplishment of increasing revenue, expanding market visibility, and growing market share. Schulze is a highly skilled electrical automation expert and IT, IoT and IIoT professional with more than 15 years’ experience designing manufacturing machine, building operations, and factory automation. He has more than 33 years of professional experience in the automation of technical processes in different companies. He has developed and directed strategic sales and marketing initiatives, managed $95 million in P&L and negotiated many profitable, complex global pricing agreements.


Sanjai K. Bijawat

Principal, Global Business Development – IoT, Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services

After 2 years leading the incubation of AWS’ IoT edge services, Mr. Bijawat now leads IoT business development worldwide for two strategic verticals - Oil & Gas, and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles. Prior to this role, Mr. Bijawat spent more than a decade at Microsoft in business development and strategy roles, initially in Windows, then with the online services division where he led international business development for Bing search, and finally with the IoT business unit, where he co-led Connected Car business development and strategy efforts. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mr. Bijawat served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer of several venture backed start-ups in Silicon Valley and in Chicago, and as a Managing Director of technology and telecom investment banking with Deutsche Bank in New York. Mr. Bijawat began his career as an engineer in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley. Mr. Bijawat earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, his MS from Stanford University and his B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology in mechanical engineering.


Kevin Taylor

Business Development Manager, Smart Cities, Axis Communications, Inc

Axis Communications, Inc

Kevin Taylor is the Business Development Manager for Smart Cities at Axis Communications, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing strategies and building channel relationships to expand Axis’ presence as a thought leader and facilitator in the rapidly emerging Smart Cities space in North America.Mr. Taylor has more than 17 years of experience building market share in the Low Voltage and Physical Security industry. His reputation as an educator and as a bridge builder, helping organizations understand technology, how to best apply it systematically to meet their goals, and fostering inter- and intra- departmental and organizational relationships, uniquely qualify him to understand the challenges and the shared benefits for metropolitan areas to develop their infrastructure, technologies and policies in the goal of becoming a Smart City.Prior to joining Axis in 2014, Mr. Taylor held multiple positions of increasing responsibility within the Security Strategic Business Unit of Honeywell International. Mr. Taylor previously served as the Associate Director for the state of GA low voltage association and is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security and ITS GA chapter.


Daniel Price

CEO, Breadware


Daniel Price is an expert in developing IoT products from concept through to production. Daniel is the founder and CEO of Breadware Holdings and oversees 3 growing companies in the IoT sector - Breadware, an IoT hardware engineering consultancy; Ioterra, an online community of IoT product developers; and Interrupt, an events and media company for IoT applications. Daniels mission is to help companies reduce time, cost, and risk in bringing their new, game-changing products to market. Daniel is an inventor at heart, with 8 patents to his name. Prior to founding Breadware, Daniel was the Director of Electrical Engineering for MotoCrane, a robotics company specializing in providing state-of- the-art filming tools to the cinematography industry. Daniel is a Rhodes scholar and holds an MBA and MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Oxford University as well as BS degrees in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and Bioengineering from UC Berkeley.


Walter Tourn



Walter Tourn is COO of CABASE, the Chamber of Internet for Argentina. There, he is in charge of Engineering and Operations for the Departnent, with responsibility for the daily operations of the 29 IXP strategically deployed in the country, and with encouraging the growth of interconnection of ISPs and Internet services throughout the nation. He spent almost 25 years in the Pharmaceutical Industry in IT at Phoenix Laboratories, ELEA and Parke Davis. Most recently, hes been working on developing a TEST DRIVE for connected vehicles, in order to be able to show the benefits that a connected environment can provide both drivers and owners of the vehicles.


Mike Walkley

Managing Director, Canaccord Genuity

Canaccord Genuity

Mike Walkley is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord specializing in communications technology. Mike has over 18 years of experience as a research analyst, and previously worked at Piper Jaffray, where he was the senior wireless technologies analyst for the past 6 years. Mike has also worked in equity research at RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James Financial. Mike was ranked number 2 sell-side analyst in 2014 in part due to his recommendations of IoT public companies. He was also ranked No. 3 stock picker for communications equipment for 2004 by Starmine and No. 5 stock picker for telecommunications equipment for 2004 by the Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics from the University of Chicago


RJ Mahadev

Head of Remote and Mobile Assets Solution, Cisco


RJ Mahadev leads Cisco’s Managed IoT Gateway business with responsibilities that include defining Cisco’s IoT Gateway strategy, developing required partnerships & incubating new software-centric solutions in collaboration with leading customers and vendors. Much of RJ’s focus is on aligning remote and mobile use cases with IoT solutions and developing leading practices for architecting, designing & integrating these platforms. RJ has spent much of his professional life starting up new business in entrepreneurial & intrepreneurial settings. Roles prior to Cisco include stints as Co-Founder and Managing Director of EuroBroadband where he led the development and operations of a WiMax-based business in Greece and Vice President for Global Product Management at Level 3 Networks where he was responsible for deploying and managing the world’s largest SoftSwitch platform. RJ holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing & Finance from the University of Denver and is a recognized speaker who has presented at numerous industry and strategy conferences. Cisco Systems Inc is a leading vendor for multi-service, standards based technology solutions that have transformed many industries and countries. Besides its deep credentials pioneering the development of industry standards such as IP Networking and MPLS, Cisco is a leader in the Internet of Things and driving the associated $19 Trillion opportunity.


Raimundo Rodulfo

Chief Innovation Officer / Director of Information Technology, City of Coral Gables, FL

City of Coral Gables, FL

Raimundo Rodulfo is an IEEE Senior Member with twenty-five years of working experience delivering value, sustainability and innovation to customers and organizations. He is the Director of Information Technology of City of Coral Gables, Florida, responsible for strategic planning, management and continuous improvement of city-wide IT operations, infrastructure and smart city initiatives. Prior to joining the City in 2004, he worked for ten years in the private sector, including seven years in Bellsouth as a development engineer and three years engineering electronic equipment and systems for Siemens, NCR and other organizations. He also worked on joint projects in Illinois, California, Florida and LATAM with Motorola, Lucent, Agilent, Cisco and IBM.Mr. Rodulfo’s team at the City of Coral Gables IT Department works together with the city’s leadership and departments as a key strategic partner bringing value, efficiencies, innovation and process improvements across organization through technology solutions, smart city initiatives and projects.Mr. Rodulfo is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.), certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and ITIL/PCI/HIPAA/Virtualization/SAP certified professional. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Management from Florida International University (FIU), a Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems from FIU, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National Polytechnic University.


Carl Ford

CEO and Founder, Crossfire Media

Chris Lamb

CTO, Device Solutions

Device Solutions

Chris Lamb is the co-founder and CTO of Device Solutions, an engineering services firm which has been developing IOT products since the field was known as M2M. For more than 17 years he has led the team at Device Solutions in a variety of projects ranging from one-off prototypes for investor demos to extreme high-volume product with emphasis on RF, battery powered, miniature and wearable devices. Chris’ team works with each customer to identify key technical and business requirements and craft a solution to meet these requirements while complementing the client’s team. Prior to Device Solutions, Chris was involved in development, deployment, and standardization of various early cellular standards and carrier interoperability efforts for Ericsson and Sony Ericsson, development of early sensor-nets and mass-memory systems for signal intelligence applications. Chris also volunteers with Black Star Energy to develop micro-grids for remote villages in Africa.


Marc Ganzi

CEO, Digital Colony

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.


Scott Allen

VP IIoT Sales, End 2 End Technologies

End 2 End Technologies

For more than 30 years Allen has been deeply involved in the IT industry. He has held key leadership and executive positions for both emerging and well established organizations including VP of Product Management for Network Associates (McAfee), VP of Marketing and BU Director for Fluke Networks(a Danaher Company) and Director of Network Operations at Primary Children’s Medical Center. His tenure As Chief Marketing Officer at FreeWave Technologies and current position as VP of Sales at End 2 End Technologies have allowed Allen to establish a firm reputation as a thought leader and product innovator in the Industrial Internet of Things market. Allen has a proven track record of bringing products to market and building revenue based market leadership.


Enrique Acosta

Chief Executive Officer, Eye-Seal


Enrique Acosta is the Co-Founder of ES Information Systems / Eye-Seal, a collaboration with Coremet Trading. Enrique and the Eye-Seal team successfully developed the Eye-Seal internal container breach solution that have been awarded two US patents. The product and design was self-funded until 2019 when Eye-Seal completed a Series A round of funding with a group of logistics experts and the Texas A&M University Aggie network. In addition to his recent success and traction with Eye-Seal, Enrique leads BMB Metals, a scrap metal broker firm that is self-financed and has a presence in over 10 countries world-wide. Enrique has become an expert in maritime shipping and cargo logistics maximizing opportunities for BMB.Prior to opening BMB, Enrique was part of AMI Trading in Miami, Florida from 1993 to 2003 specializing in business development for Latin America and the Caribbean. AMI provided Enrique with a perfect platform to learn about maritime cargo and move forward to start his own business. Enrique’s scrap metal experience with cargo theft and his ability in connecting key players such as Coremet, Paragon Innovations and others like Telit has allowed him to grow the Eye-Seal initiative and remain a majority Partner at ES Information Systems.Enrique has been a leading force with the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR). He was the Founding Chairman of the (BIR) Latin America Committee in 2012 and remain a Member. The Committee is responsible for all of BIR’s advocacy and presence in Latin America and the CaribbeanEnrique is a Certified Licensed Inspector with the China Certification and Inspection Group and a Tulane graduate with a Major in Political Science and International Relations. He is married to Ingrid and they enjoy coastal living in Central Florida’s east coast.


Mike Wilkinson

CTO, Eye-Seal


Michael R. Wilkinson leads Eye-Seal’s engineering team as our Chief Technology Officer. Mike’s product design and development has been instrumental in getting two US patents for Eye Seal. He continues to be the leading engineer driving new design and the interaction with our software platform.In addition to his role at Eye Seal, Wilkinson also manages Paragon Innovations. One of the nations leading providers of product development and engineering services. Customers at Paragon include 3M, B.Braun Medical, Hitachi, Medtronic, Motorola, and Siemens, among others.Mike is an active investor, entrepreneur and academic force in Texas. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Texas A&M McFerrin Center for Entrepreneurship (formally CNVE) and serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for Texas A&M Engineering Department. He frequently guest lectures for the Engineering and the Mays Business School at Texas A&M. Mike also acts as a judge for the Venture Challenge and the Raymond Ideas Challenge for the Mays Business School MBA program. Wilkinson serves on the College of Education STEM summer camps committee.Wilkinson is currently serving as a Design & Manufacturing Forum Tri-Chair of Tech Titans and has served on the Board of Directors of Metroplex Technology Business Council (now Tech Titans). Additionally, he is a former chairman of the American Electronic Associations (AEA) North Texas CEO roundtable. Lastly, Wilkinson is financially involved in the Texas A&M Foundation.Wilkinson is an active Board member of the Texas A&M Aggie Angel Network investing in a number of new ventures. He works with Aggie students to perform due diligence on presenting companies. He also actively works with these startup companies post investment.Wilkinson himself earned his Eagle Scout at the age of 13 and later was the district chairman of the Circle 10 council Explorers. In 2007 Mike won the William H. Spurgeon III Award, the highest recognition for the Exploring program. Wilkinson graduated in 1986 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology (now ESET). (Whoop!) Wilkinson is a CEO member of Vistage International.Wilkinson loves to sail for fun and race to win and has a 100 ton Master Mariner’s license from the United States Coast Guard (USCG). He often sails in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans and is a certified PADI Rescue Diver, ASA instructor, and Certified US Sailing Race Officer.


Jim Griffin

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Technical Officer, Fleet Advantage

Fleet Advantage

Jim Griffin is a seasoned IT executive with over 25 years of experience in technology and information systems. Jims talents are focused on building technology-driven engineering and professional service/support teams, communicating a common vision, and designing innovative solutions that address both internal and client-centric goals. He is a proven leader, innovator and technology visionary widely respected for his thought leadership and recognized with multi-industry awards and U.S. patents. Jim has significant experience with implementing new software development and deployment processes in multiple environments that have substantially improved the companys performance.


Darryl Jones

Director, Product Management, ForgeRock


I am an entrepreneurial and operationally oriented business builder with 15 years in the technology and marketing space. Experienced in Fortune 100 companies through to Start-ups, both domestically and internationally. I enjoy bringing new products to the market and developing new markets. I hold an Electrical Engineering degree and an MBA with a specialization in Marketing and International Business, and have served as an Adjunct Professor at Lehigh University.


Jim Benson

Head of Alliances & Marketing, Intelligent Environments, GE Current, a Daintree Company

GE Current, a Daintree Company

Jim Benson is the Head of Strategic Marketing & Alliances for GE Current’s Intelligent Environments business. In this role Jim partners with building & city leaders to deploy end-to-end IoT platforms that go beyond lighting control and build applications that save money, increase revenue, and offer new services that improve energy efficiency, citizen safety, space utilization, productivity, and user experience. His passion is driven by the possibilities an interoperable IoT platform, that captures real-time ubiquitous data can deliver. He believes by building an ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and engaging the innovative developer community, thousands of applications can be built to drive desired outcomes for buildings and cities.Before this role Jim ran Marketing and Business Development for GE’s Commercial Lighting business and was a key member of the founding intelligent Cities startup inside of GE that lead to the creation of GE Current’s CityIQ™ platform. Jim has gained valuable experience working with its GE’s Power, Energy, Appliances and Lighting businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience leading solution development and commercial teams at both GE and The Hoover Company. He was also a GE Ecomagination steering committee member and has lead multiple GE leadership training development programs. Jim is a member of the Smart Cities Council and on various committees and represents GE as a Platform Partner for US Ignite and NIST’s Global Cities Team Challenge. Jim has degrees in finance and economics from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program, Experience Financial Management Program and Northwestern University’s Executive Marketing Program. A native of Canton, Ohio, Jim and his wife Robyn have five children.


Terra Bastolich

VP of Marketing, GetWireless


Terra is a true advocate for M2M/IOT technology; she has spent over 16 years of her career focused in the connectivity space; working directly with major OEM’s, tier one operators and distributors. She has held strategic leadership roles in both Sales and Marketing for key hardware and software providers in IOT. Terra joined the Executive team as Vice President of Marketing at GetWireless in 2016; an award-winning Value-Added Distributor of cutting-edge IOT Connectivity Solutions (MN FAST 50 and INC 5000). Terra is an industry veteran and has been recognized by numerous industry publications for her thought leadership in the wireless industry; including Connected World Magazines Women of M2M and “IOT Now Magazine”.


Mike Anderson

Sr. Director of Product Management, GetWireless


Mike Anderson is the Sr. Director of Product Management with specific responsibilities for managing the Peplink and Simplifi lines. His background is in cellular connectivity focusing on IoT, business continuity, and cloud solutions. Mike is customer-oriented with strong technical acumen related to IoT/M2M solutions. Mike is an avid runner and enjoys being involved with his daughters’ competitive dance, playing the role of prop dad.


Monali Shah

Global Head of Industry Solutions, Google


Monali Shah is the Global Head of Industry Solutions for Smart Cities and Urban Mobility at Google. In this role she drives the creation of new solutions that address the needs of public sector agencies leveraging Google’s mapping and cloud capabilities. She previously served as the Director of Intelligent Transportation at HERE Technologies and led the companys work with transportation agencies in the areas of smart cities, connected and automated driving, and traffic management. At Nokia and NAVTEQ, she spearheaded product innovation in several location based products. She started off her career as an Environmental Engineer and Six Sigma Blackbelt at Avery Dennison.Ms. Shah is a sought-after expert on transportation and mobility. She serves as an adviser to transportation commissioners, serves on industry boards, has been quoted extensively in the media, and has served as a plenary speaker at industry events across the world. Ms. Shah has a degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Michigan and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.


Scott Jenson

Product Strategy, Google


Scott Jenson has been doing user interface design and strategic planning for over 25 years. He worked at Apple on System 7, Newton, and the Apple Human Interface guidelines. He was UX director of Symbian, VP of product design for Cognima, managed mobile UX for Google and was a creative director at frog design in San Francisco. Scott returned to Google in November 2013 to lead the Physical Web project. He’s now working on future Android UX concepts.


Chris Rich

Founder and CEO, Hawque


Chris Rich is the Founder and CEO of Hawque, an Atlanta-based security platform powered by technology, which connects customers to vetted and licensed security contractors and vendors. Chris has over 15 years of senior corporate experience across private and public Fortune 500 companies, as well as federal government agencies. Mr. Rich is also a trained executive protection agent and received his training from one of the top executive protection schools in the country, Lasorsa & Associates. Prior to starting his own venture, Chris played a pivotal role in launching the startup division of Mercer’s private exchange market, developing early operational and sales processes, onboarding clients as well as managing Mercers vendor partners. Before joining Mercer, Chris had a 10-year tenure at Humana, where he held a variety of senior positions in Medicare, Corporate Real Estate and Mergers & Acquisitions. Most notably, Chris managed executive leadership relationships with Humana and led several large acquisition integrations (10,000+ employees, 50+ locations nationally). For his professional accomplishments and consistent community and philanthropic involvement, Chris was recognized and awarded the 2010 Humana Achievement Award. Chris spent the early years of his career with the Social Security Administration and Chamberlin Edmonds & Associates (now Emdeon). Chris is passionate about community involvement and has been involved with several national and local nonprofits including Susan G. Komen, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Cancer Association, and the American Heart Association. Most notably, he has held board positions with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the CURE Foundation. Most recently, he has spearheaded a new initiative called SafeATL, a program that provides security patrols to impoverished urban neighborhoods that can’t afford it. Chris has shared his powerful insight on the security industry as well as on innovative, community-based solutions to address crime in outlets and venues across the nation. He was recently featured in Forbes, FOX 5, CBS 46 and Hypepotamus. Mr. Rich most recently spoke on the panel for the Georgia Tech Smart City Conference around public safety and Atlanta’s first Smart City Expo Conference around his story and was also recently awarded and recognized as one of the 2019 InterCon top 50 technology visionaries for socially focused technology startups. Recently, Mr. Rich was awarded the US Business News Technology Elite Awards 2019 (Georgia) and also the AIU University 2019 community partner of the year award. He is most excited around a new philanthropic initiative, SafeATL, where his firm provides free residential security patrols to neighborhoods that cannot afford security, but desperately needs it. Mr. Rich is on a mission to make communities safer and also create new product solutions to help combat crime. He resides in the Atlanta area with his wife and 4-year-old daughter.


Florian Raschbichler

Head of Support, HiveMQ


Recognized as one of the worlds leading experts in the field of MQTT, he has been helping more than 100 customers going from proof of concept to production in countless IoT deployments. Florian regularly shares learnings he acquired in more than 5 years of working with the de-facto standard protocol for IoT as an author of articles or blog posts, speaker on conferences or by offering workshops.


Sid Bose

Attorney, Ice Miller LLP

Ice Miller LLP

Siddharth “Sid” Bose is an attorney in Ice Millers Data Security and Privacy group. Sid counsels clients on various data security and privacy issues dealing with Internet of Things (IoT), vendor management, cybersecurity and regulatory compliance, and data breaches.Sid is a co-chair of the Indianapolis chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals, and is also a volunteer with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA), working group on IoT Security, Upgradability and Patching. As part of the working group, Sid participates in discussions on the impact of IoT devices and the need for a secure lifecycle approach to IoT devices.


Wael Diab

Secretary, IIC Steering Committee

IIC Steering Committee

Wael is a business and technology strategist with over 885 patents to his name in the fields of networking and ICT. He is currently a Vice President at Futurewei Technologies, Inc. leading AI and IoT Standardization and Strategy. Prior to Futurewei, Wael held senior leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies, including Cisco and Broadcom.Wael has BS and MS degrees in EE and BA in Economics from Stanford, and an MBA with honors from Wharton. He is a published author, having authored the book Ethernet in the First Mile: Access for Everyone. In 2011, Wael was recognized by the David Packard Medal of Achievement and Innovator Award for his leadership in Green Technology.Wael has been active in standardization and related activities for two decades. He chairs ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 42, the international standardization committee on artificial Intelligence (AI). Wael is also chairing the AI track of the 22nd Global Standards Collaboration meeting (GSC-22).


Steve Hanna

Senior Principal, Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Infineon and Trusted Computing Group

Steve Hanna is a Senior Principal at Infineon Technologies. On a global basis, he is responsible for IoT security strategy and technology. Mr. Hanna has a deep background in information security, especially in software and systems. He is an inventor or co-inventor on 48 issued patents, the author of innumerable standards and white papers, and a regular speaker at industry events. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Harvard University.


Ken Briodagh

Editorial Director, IoT Evolution World

IoT Evolution World

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars. In previous lives, he’s been a short order cook, telemarketer, medical supply technician and mover of the bodies at a funeral home. Most of his exploits are either exaggerated or blatantly false and no one can prove otherwise. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, children and dogs. The dogs usually miss him when he’s away.


Mark Hearn

Strategic Business Development – Industrial IoT, Irdeto


Mark Hearn is Strategic Business Development – Industrial IoT, at Irdeto, working with leading vendors in the IIoT space to identify critical product security issues and collaborate on solutions that allow innovation with minimized product risk.As a market evangelist with a passion for increasing awareness of product security, Mark has spoken at many industry conferences and engaged in panel discussions on the need to protect software products. He is an expert on the business risks associated with reverse engineering of software and the critical exposure this form of hacking could have on Industrial and Healthcare devices, both for the product manufacturer as well as their customers.Mark has been with Irdeto since 2003, through Irdeto’s acquisition of Cloakware and has held senior roles in Product Management and Strategic Business Development. Mark holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and certifications in Product Management, Technical Marketing and Strategic Marketing.


Terrill Laughton

Vice President and General Manager, Energy Optimization and Connected Equipment, Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls

Terrill Laughton is the vice president and general manager for Energy Optimization and Connected Offerings, Digital Solutions, Johnson Controls. He has 20 years of experience in business development and strategy across Energy, Building Infrastructure, Cleantech and Utilities, and an impressive track record driving sustainable business growth and profits through smarter, data-driven solutions that help customers achieve their goals. In his current role, Terrill manages several offerings in Johnson Controls Digital Solutions business which is a strategic business unit focused on creating new value-added offerings leveraging data and information from multiple systems in complex building environments. Terrill is responsible for the full product line that addresses the unique challenges companies face to achieve sustainability and energy efficiency, including Central Plant Optimization (CPO), Enterprise Management (EM), Occupant Experience and Smart Connected Equipment. By overseeing smart solutions and their implementations, Terrill has helped enable customers around the world – no matter how unique or complex their environment – achieve their sustainability, energy and productivity goals.


Vikas Shah

Chief Architect, Knights of Columbus

Knights of Columbus

Vikas S. Shah is a Chief Architect at Knights of Columbus. Over past 24 years, he has led multiple products and solutions at numerous technology and consulting companies including Ernst & Young US LLP, Wipro Technologies, Symphony Services, Samsung India Software Operation Pvt. Ltd., and Fujitsu Network Communication. He received his M.S. degree in computer science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor of Engineering in computer engineering from University of Mumbai. He has 23+ international publications and patents in Smart City Ecosystem, Incremental Risk Management, Data Engineering, IoT, Cloud computing, Mobile Edge Computing, and Integration Architecture. He ran multiple strategic initiative of emerging technologies and digital transformation at diversified scales including global organizations, startups, and consulting. He is also extensively supporting pre-sales and marketing. Vikas is the recognized senior committee member, technologist, and speaker at numerous global conferences and events.


Wesley Mershon

Product Manager, KUKA, North America

KUKA, North America

Wesley Mershon is product manager for KUKA, North America, where he is responsible for delivering predictive maintenance for their cloud-based IoT solution, KUKA Connect. Mr. Mershon’s duties include productizing results from the company’s sophisticated deep learning and data science teams and communicating product information to internal and external resources. He presented “IoT strategies to drive robotic predictive maintenance” at FABTECH 2019.


Geoffrey Egger

Vice President, Intelligent Edge Business Unit, Lanner Electronics

Lanner Electronics

Geoffrey Egger, Vice President, is responsible for product development, sales and marketing of the Intelligent Edge division at Lanner Electronics. Geoffrey has served in multiple functional and leadership roles at Lanner over the last 15 years, including founding and building the Canadian sales office, the fastest-growing sales at Lanner for the last 5 years consecutively. Lanner is an industry leader in connected hardware products and the #1 Taiwan OEM for SD WAN, Network Security and whitebox uCPE solutions.


Sven Freudenfeld

CTO, Telecom Applications Business Unit, Lanner Electronics

Lanner Electronics

Sven Freudenfeld is the CTO of Lanner Electronics’ Telecom Applications Business Unit. Sven possesses 30 years of experience in telecommunications, network computing, product management and business development, and his long-established expertise is expected to be an essential asset for Lanners strategy in the telecom sector. Prior to assuming this position in Lanner, Sven had taken several managerial positions in global business developments for Noviflow, LEI Technology (a subsidiary of Lanner in Canada) and Kontron, and had greatly contributed in the cloud, media and telecom market segments. He was fundamental in accelerating the adoption for P4 and OpenFlow based packet forwarding technology, virtual CPE/SD-WAN, and Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture (ATCA) technology in the service provider market.


Brandon Cannaday

Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Losant


Brandon is co-founder and CPO of Losant. He is responsible for driving the product vision, marketing plan, and product support. He spends a good chunk of his time understanding the customer-driven requirements of the product. He gains insights through direct interaction with customers, engagement on the forums, and working with the Losant Solutions team.? Brandon has worked for more than ten years in enterprise software, which includes experience in the government sector. He began his career at Griffin Analytical, where he worked with C++ to build software for chemical detection. He then went on to Interactive Intelligence, where he focused on enterprise software with .Net as the primary technology. In 2012, Brandon co-founded Modulus Charlie Key. At Modulus, Brandon was the CTO in charge of all technology architecture and product engineering.


Ted Hayduk

Principle Technologist, NetApp


Ted Hayduk is a principal technologist specializing in video capture for surveillance and IOT including intelligent video analytics architectures. Ted provides solution architecture and systems design for the worldwide Netapp team, our partners and clients. Prior to joining Netapp in Oct 2012, Ted worked at Cisco for 2 years as a Solution Architect for Physical Safety and Security for the Emerging Solutions Ecosystems team who’s charter is to engage with strategic Cisco partners to define joint technical and business architectures. Ted has 18 years experience in IP Video Surveillance integration and system design working with two of IBM’s largest storage business partners.  Ted’s data storage experience spans more than 25 years on open systems SAN platforms. With over 38 years of technology integration experience, Ted has a proven track record in all aspects of solution architecture design, business development and project implementation that helps clients solve problems and capture opportunities. Ted resides in Plantation Florida.


Scott Schwalbe

CEO/Co-Founder, NimbeLink


As Co-Founder and CEO of NimbeLink, Scott has a long history of building profitable businesses and successful teams. In his role at NimbeLink, he is responsible for corporatevision, strategy, and the overall leadership of the company. Prior to founding NimbeLink in May of 2013, Scott held leadership roles forseveral industry-leading companies, including Logic PD, HDM, and Celestica. Healso served and retired after 20 years in theU.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist. He earned his BS at New York University and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University.


Mike Tackaberry

Operations Manager, NimbeLink


As VP and Operations Manager, Mike Tackaberry (Tack) is responsible for NimbeLinks corporate sales revenue and business development. His organization includes sales, channels, sales operations, customer retention, and sales development. Tack brings more than 25 years of sales and operational leadership experience, specializing in building and leading high-performance sales teams at established and emerging technology companies. Prior to NimbeLink, Tack was an executive with Microsoft, as well as Logic PD and Flex. During the course of his career, he has developed global sales, channels, and customer success teams, consistently growing revenue, and helping lead the company’s he worked for from startups to industry leaders. Tackaberry holds degrees in Management, Finance and Psychology from Luther College.


James Hymel

Senior Vice President, Orion Innovation

Roberto Sobrino

VP, PECO Pallet

PECO Pallet

Roberto has an MBA from Yale University and over 15 years of experience working for Procter & Gamble, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Diageo across North America, Europe, and Latin America. Before joining PECO, he served as Senior Finance Director of Manufacturing & Distillation for Diageo North America, driving significant enhancing of long-term profit margins. At PECO Pallet, Roberto is responsible for improving operational performance and developing new businesses.


Ed Chao

CEO, Polte


Ed Chao serves as PoLTE’s CEO and brings over 26 years of executive leadership experience in the global wireless industry to help position PoLTE as the premier geolocation technology provider for IoT and mobile devices.In his former role as a senior technology executive at MetroPCS, Chao established the company as the leader in bringing affordable, unlimited wireless to the U.S. He played a key role in the merger of the company with T-Mobile U.S. As an executive at Lucent Technologies, Chao helped establish the company’s leadership in building the mobile internet by bringing 2G and 3G wireless network solutions to operators globally.Chao also served with the US Digital Service at the White House leading top digital talent from the industry to transform the user experience of citizenship and immigration services.Chao holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University. He is a co-inventor of three patents.


Lawrence Karisny


As Director of, Mr. Karisny has independently sought out unique high-end working Proof of Concept cyber defense approaches superior to current cybersecurity technologies. He targeted the use of these superior cyber security technologies for use in critical applications using IoT, IIoT. Cloud and various other public/private application-based ecosystems. His current focus is in the use of Post Quantum True Random Authentication/Encryption, Micro-segmentation and Deep Learning Visualization used to secure complex systems including SCADA, the Internet of Things (IoT) the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Cloud applications.Larry Karisny is well known in both the public and private sector as a technology innovator, advisor and renowned expert in cyber defense technologies. He is a frequent contributor to Government Technology Magazine and has also written for Infosec Island, PenTest, eForencics and Medium publications. He is a sought-after speaker at industry summits and conferences as a speaker, session lead and moderator covering the subject of cybersecurity. He has been an honorary speaker at Oak Ridge National Laboratories and has been quoted in Forbes Magazine for his knowledge in cyber defense technology.Mr. Karisny consults with a wide variety of enterprise and government clients seeking his assistance in maximizing the integrity and effectiveness of digital processes in complex and challenging security environments. He has received numerous awards for sales, engineering and application design. He is widely recognized as a leading cyber defense expert with excellent information governance and risk management skill sets.


Craig Watson

Critical Infrastructure – System Engineering Manager, RAD


Craig Watson has over 20 years of IT networking and security experience working with utilities, cities, and government entities on improving the reliability and availability of all phases of critical infrastructure data, video, and voice networks. He has a strong understanding and working knowledge of the importance of security as it relates to the regulations and standards that utilities must adhere to, as well as providing network design architecture expertise and on-site field project support and engineering guidance for the operations and optimization of IT communication infrastructures.Craig has developed significant expertise pertaining to the evaluation and adoption of Smart Grid solutions and strategies through the use of wired and wireless IP backhaul and mesh network technologies, Advanced Metering Infrastructures, Network Convergence methodologies and IT integration technologies. Craig has coordinated, led, and managed teams for IT project consultations and assessments on large-scale network architectures, communication network design and gap analysis reporting efforts on several utility networks across North America. He currently serves as the Systems Engineering Manager for RAD Data Communications and is responsible for the design, implementation, and roll out of large utility, smart city, and transportation communication programs.


Curtis Peterson

SVP, Cloud Operations, RingCentral


Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years of experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 firms, Curtis has managed teams responsible for engineering, project management, operations, data security, network security, data center, carrier operations, and internet backbone design and operation. Curtis has been a pioneer in VoIP services in the business communications space and has been developing, launching, and operating Class 4 VoIP and customer-facing hosted PBX systems since 2002.


Don DeLoach

CEO, Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Rocket Wagon Venture Studios

Don DeLoach is an Internet of Things thought leader, author, and CEO with a proven track record leading four technology companies since 1999. Don is CEO and Co-Founder of Rocket Wagon Venture Studios, a venture studio holding company driving a family of vertically aligned IoT studios to bring great IoT ideas from inception to commercialization. A strong leader with extensive experience in global markets, Don is Co-chairman of the Midwest IoT Council and on the executive committee of the Array of Things, an NSF funded project for smart cities. He has also held several corporate board positions including Apropos, Broadbeam and others. Dedicated to both professional and community service, he serves on the executive board of the board of the Illinois Autonomous Vehicle Association as well as the board of the Juvenile Protective Association. He is co-author of The Future of IoT, released in June 2017, and passionate about the Internet of Things, cycling and the Chicago Blackhawks.


John Gilbert

COO/CTO, Rudin Management

Mark Morgan

EVP of Strategy, ScanSource


Mark Morgan is Executive Vice President of Strategy at ScanSource, a $4B leading provider of technology products and solutions. A Transformational Leader, Mark serves as an expert in delivering growth through innovation, technology and new business models. Throughout his career, he has held senior leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Sales, Marketing, and Technology. Mark managed P&L and led growth transformations for multiple technology businesses ranging from $500M-$1B. He has extensive experience in POS, mobility, telcom, UCaaS, CCaaS, connectivity and cloud services.


Cyril Perducat

EVP of IoT and Digital Offers , Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

Cyril is a native of France with a background in engineering and international project management. Cyril joined Schneider Electric in 1994. Since then, he has held a number of roles – both in France and in China – across a broad area of the business, including marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, business development and acquisitions and alliances. A widely respected business leader, Cyril is also the current president of ODVA Inc., the international organization that supports the development of open network technologies based on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™).


Armen Tsouroukdissian

Sr. Field Systems Engineer, Sierra Wireless

Sierra Wireless

Graduated from Saint Michael’s College (Vermont), he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. In Venezuela, his country of origin, he managed a Textile factory from 1987 until 1992.The textile factory was a family-owned business, in which he worked since he was a youngster. There, he acquired skills in the mechanical, electrical, and chemistry fields. From 1993 until 1996, he opened his own business in security systems for automobiles,representing a California-based company named Crimestoppers, Inc. In the year 1996, he moved with his family to the USA. From 1996 to 2000, he worked at SPS Technologies, Corp. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In SPS, he helped with the development of hardware for their GPS products, software testing, organized pre-sale and post-sale support, and was in charge of the technical operations in both the USA and Brazil. He joined the Sierra Wireless, Inc. team in the year 2000. He has served the sales team at Sierra Wireless at various levels. As a Field Systems Engineer, he has helped integrate solutions with Telecommunications Carriers, Indirect Channels, and Customers.


Nick Jordan

CEO, Smashing Boxes

Smashing Boxes

Nick Jordan is an entrepreneur that wears many hats and always has a project ready to launch. This includes his current role as founder and CEO of Smashing Boxes, a software design and development agency based in Durham NC. Smashing Boxes works with companies to build digital products for web, mobile, and connected devices, ranging from startup to enterprise scale, and with a focused interest in blockchain, IOT, and healthcare.


Anaitté Vaccaro


Anaitté Vaccaro is an international-award-winning Digital Scenographer.Digital Scenography is a term coined by Anaitté Vaccaro. Scenography as in Richard WagnersGesamtkunstwerk meaning total work of art...Digital Scenography as in the creation and design of atotal work of art via the integration of the digital medium.Anaittés work spans from her experience in the area of art, installations, architainment, live production,theater, performance, visual effects for film and television, concerts, motion graphics, animation, newand interactive media. This, along with her creative vision, creates an interesting amalgam and uniqueartistic expression.For additional and detailed information, please visit her website: www.anaitte.comShe has just been granted a US Patent for her latest project The perennial: www.soblime.comHer work has been exhibited in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Argentina, Guatemala, Spain, Las Vegas,Savannah, Los Angeles, Davenport, Washington DC, and New York City.Anaitté as well as her work have been featured in numerous tv, radio, print and online publications.


John Geasa

Senior Director, IoT Products, Speedcast


John Geasa joined Speedcast, previously Globecomm, in 2013 and is a Senior Director, IoT Products and Sales. He has been instrumental in developing and launching the Satellite IoT program at Speedcast. He successfully engineered and depoyed Satellite IoT solutions across multiple verticals, along with over 200 Wireless Networks for various Tier I, II, and III customers across North America and World. Before joining Speedcast, he has more than 20 years experience as a program executive with Nortel Networks, Ericsson Inc., and Huawei Technologies. He has a proven track record in New Business Development based upon customer needs, workload forecasts, and cost reduction, with the ability to drive large-scale, cost effective solutions.


James Dorsey

Vice President of IoT and Partnerships, Synchronoss Technologies

Synchronoss Technologies

As Vice President of IoT and Partnerships at Synchronoss Technologies, James is responsible for identifying and onboarding global partnerships. He also has responsibility for business development for the Synchronoss IoT Channel, leading the Smart Buildings initiative. With a proven track record of executive management, James has over 24 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology sector. Prior to joining Synchronoss, James led Alternate Channels in Global Sales for Expona Global Sourcing leveraging private label electronic tracking for global branded retailers. He managed the indirect sales distribution, resellers and referral partners and he engaged executives at electronic retailers to pitch ODM trends/technology for retail consideration. Prior to Expona, James held leadership roles for such notable employers as Blackberry, Dell computers, AT&T Wireless and Sprint-Nextel. One of James’ most notable accomplishments was starting his own company in 1996, Starlin Enterprise, LLC, becoming the first minority business enterprise to successfully sell barcode hardware & software via e-commerce.


Les Goldman

Sr Product Manager, Syniverse


Les Goldman has held positions ranging from customer service, to product management, to marketing and sales. Over his 25-year-plus career, he has developed and marketed both tangible software products as well as intangible service and professional solutions. A free-thinking technology innovator, he enjoys turning problem-solving into targeted solutions to meet customer needs.As Senior Product Manager at Syniverse, Les is focused on driving innovation for customers around the world while helping to simplify business and technical complexities. Among his accomplishments, he has developed first-of-a-kind solutions for roaming, real-time intelligence, LTE and Wi-Fi. His current focus is Syniverse’s Secure Global Access, a worldwide private IP network permitting secure connectivity between IoT devices and enterprise cloud-based applications and services.Previously, Les served as a Global Product Manager with Verizon, where he leveraged his customer, market and MBA experience to successfully launch award-winning global communications solutions. His contribution was recognized when he received a patent for his work with integrated telephony services years before the advent of the term “unified communications.”Les also applies his skills outside of Syniverse. He was appointed by former Florida Governor Rick Scott to serve on the board of directors for the Able Trust organization, whose mission is to work with state agencies and private resources to help Floridians with disabilities secure meaningful employment. Les also founded the North Tampa Athletic Association Buddy Ball program, which enables children with disabilities to play baseball with their peers, and he also is a Buddy Ball coach.


Fabio Rosa

CEO and Founder, TagoIO


Fabio Rosa is the CEO and founder of TagoIO. TagoIO is a Raleigh-based technology company focused on the cloud platform for connected devices that goes beyond IoT. With a vision to design a software that would enable technical and non-technical people to create solutions that would easily connect electronic sensors, data, people, and businesses, he created TagoIO. Fabio holds a master’s degree in industrial automation from the University of Santa Catarina, Brazil and an MBA in Management of Technology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA. He has more than 25 years of experience in the development of new technologies and products involving connectivity, innovation process, algorithms, hardware and firmware designs. Fabio currently resides in Raleigh, NC.


Eric Thompson

Industrial IoT Consultant, Tech Data

Tech Data

Eric Thompson is an IoT Consultant with Tech Data, focusing on the Industrial vertical. Eric is no stranger to Industry IoT, having spent years as an IIoT Consultant and Solutions Architect. Eric looks after all aspects of Industrial IoT, including helping customers navigate next-generation IoT technology to bring repeatable solutions to the industrial market. Throughout his career, Eric successfully worked with startups to Fortune 100 companies in the IoT space, notably for the industrial and technology giant, Bosch, where he helped global teams move legacy applications over to the Bosch IoT ecosystem to drive new revenue opportunities. Throughout his earlier career, Eric worked with various vendors and customers building IoT solutions and consulted on best practices for building market-ready solutions. Eric is a Veteran of the United States Coast Guard, having served as a Marine Safety Officer. He double majored in Economics and Management Information Systems, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Eric currently resides in Sarasota, Florida with his wife and 11-month-old twins.


Mark Shaffer

SolutionsPath Consultant, Smart Cities, Analytics and IoT Solutions, North America, Tech Data

Tech Data

Mark Shaffer serves as SolutionsPath Consultant for Smart Cities; Analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions, North America at Tech Data. In this role, Mark leverages Tech Data’s Practice Builder program to equip Tech Data’s business partners with the strategies to develop and deliver IoT/A solutions within vertical markets. With 23 years of IT distribution experience, he is responsible for empowering Tech Data partners with the knowledge, resources and solutions necessary to accelerate growth.In 2004, Mark was a founding member of the team that created and continued to refine GE Access’s Government Practice, which has evolved into Tech Data Government Solutions. In 2012, he expanded his role into healthcare and achieved his CPHIMS Certification. In 2019, Mark was asked to develop Tech Data’s smart city strategy, and continues to consult partners in the smart cities, SLED, and healthcare verticals.Mark joined Tech Data via Access Graphics in September 1997 as a Business Development Manager. After GE Capital purchased Access Graphics, Mark went on to serve in various roles including Manager of Business Development, Manager of Demand Generation, and Government Development Manager, at GE Access. In 2007 Avnet Technology Solutions (ATS) purchased GE Access and Mark launched GovPath™, which is now Tech Data Government Solutions after ATS was acquired by Tech Data in 2017.


Michael Sack

, TeraCode



Agustin Pelaez

CEO, Ubidots


Agustin is the co-founder and CEO of Ubidots, a drag-n-drop IoT development platform enabling thousands of engineers and System Integrators to build production-ready IoT applications without having to hire a software development team. Agustín has more than 10 years of hands-on experience in IoT Projects; from helping engineer a remote monitoring solution for Airbus Germany, to building a global IoT Startup with over a thousand clients worldwide.A trained Electrical engineer from UPB (Colombia) and FH Münster (Germany), he also holds a business degree from Grenoble Ecole de Management (France).


Scott Turnbull

Director of Technology, US Ignite

US Ignite

Scott Turnbull is the Director of Technology for US Ignite and is a key member of the Smart Gigabit Communities team. He brings twenty years of experience in academic, scholarly and public sector IT to the team. Prior to joining US Ignite, Scott served as the Technology Section Chief for the joint State and Federal public safety force managing the UCI Road Race event in Richmond Virginia and managing IT planning for public safety applications and infrastructure with Henrico County Virginia. From 2011 to 2015 he served as the Head of Technology of the Academic Preservation Trust and collaborated on the technical architecture of the Digital Preservation Network, both piloted at the University of Virginia as a joint digital archive for a consortium of 17 to 50+ major research universities nationally. Prior to 2011 Scott worked as the Head of Software Engineering at the Emory University Libraries helping to start the Digital Scholarship Commons, and managed or developed dozens of projects for Digital Scholarship or Scholarly support. He is also a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Intelligence Corps.


Giuseppe Mascarella

CEO, Value Amplify

Value Amplify

Prof Giuseppe Mascarella is the CEO of Value Amplify Ventures, specialized in maximizing ROI with the use of AI in IOT scenarios. Author of book: Rapid Economic Justifications. He is a former Microsoft executive where he led the Technology Strategy Consulting Group.


Abhishek Joshi

Sr. Director, Visa Inc.

Visa Inc.

AJ is an analytics professional with over 14 years of experience in building and executing analytics strategy and programs across multiple industries. He has advised clients in the Telecom, Industrials, Financial Services and High Tech space with designing and building analytics programs supporting marketing, process improvement and business growth. AJ has worked at companies like LafargeHolcim, Accenture, Capital One where he used analytics to drive strategies from operations optimization to driving business transformation. Currently, Sr. Director at Visa in their Consulting & Analytics organization, AJ is helping drive results for Visas clients focusing on a data-driven approach.


Chiel Borenstein

Director of Operations, WattTime


Chiel serves as Director of Operations at He works closely with WattTime’s partners and clients to help scale it’s core Automated Emissions Reduction technology (AER) and also oversees internal and external operations. He holds an Environmental Economics and Policy degree from UC Berkeley.


Darlene Pope

VP, Global Head, Smart Buildings & Digital Workplace Experience, WeWork


Darlene Pope is Vice President and Global Lead for Smart Buildings and Digital Workplace at WeWork. Ms. Pope is a smart building industry veteran with more than 28 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building consulting. Prior to WeWork, Ms. Pope served as EVP and Global Practice Lead for JLLs Smart Building Program. She expanded the program into a global service line, focusing on driving value to clients through the integration of intelligent building systems and smart workplace applications. Ms. Pope has developed and delivered smart building master plans for numerous global clients, and led groundbreaking smart building projects, including the McDonalds HQ project in Chicago, and MetLifes District Center in Washington, DC. Ms. Pope was the founder and CEO of CoR Advisors, a woman-owned smart building consulting business, which she sold to JLL in 2015. She has a long career history of executive level positions at leading CRE technology firms such as Broadband Office, OnSite Access, and Realcomm. Ms. Pope was awarded Visionary of the Year in DC for her work advancing smart building solutions, the Presidents Award for Excellence at JLL, the DaVinci Award for innovation at JLL, Bisnows Power Woman in CRE award, and is among the Top 10 Women to Watch in Connectivity and Technology for 2020.


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 co-chair of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Trustworthiness Task Group and involved with security, trustworthiness and monetization initiatives. He is one of the editors and authors of the Industrial Internet Security Framework document.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.


Logan Maxwell

Solutions Engineer, WISER Systems, Inc.

WISER Systems, Inc.

Logan Maxwell received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from NC State University in 2013. After attempting to start his own business right out of college, he joined WISER Systems as the first employee. After hiring great people to fill complementary roles, Logan now directs technical pre-sales. Working for WISER Systems has allowed him to visit, study, and install the WISER system in incredibly varied manufacturing processes, from contact lens solution to 20-ton excavators.


Mike Maris

Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Zebra Technologies

Zebra Technologies

Mike Maris is recognized as one of the most astute leaders and trusted voices in today’s technology-driven logistics industry. Mike enjoys a position as one of the global logistics industry’s most respected technologists and in-demand business consultants. His insights and strategies are currently helping forward-looking organizations of all sizes transform their businesses by deploying creative, sustainable new technology solutions that solve some of the thorniest issues faced by many of today’s most successful organizations.Mike is a frequent speaker at industry events and executive conferences across the globe. He is the author of numerous thought leadership articles in leading industry journals and was named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive ‘Pros to Know.’ He holds a BS in Management from Purdue University and an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University.


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.


John Hubler (Moderator)

Partner and Co-Founder, BH IoT Group

BH IoT Group

John Hubler is an accomplished Sales Leader with extensive sales management experience with 30+ years in M2M/IoT. John is a Partner and Co-Founder at BH IoT Group-a leading IoT practice, with a concentration in building and delivering “Go to Market” strategies to accelerate growth, services and revenues for IoT companies across the globe. BH IoT Group creates real-world executable plans that drive revenue growth in new or existing markets to enable companies to realize their full commercial potential. Prior to BH IoT Group, John was a partner in 151 Advisors, V.P of Sales at Direct Communications Solutions and V.P of Sales and Business Development of Raco Wireless, prior to being acquired by Kore Wireless. John also held senior management positions at T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Consumer Products.


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.


Joyce Deuley (Moderator)

Program Manager, Geekdom


Joyce is a founding member and Program Manager for the Geekdom coworking space, focused primarily on innovation and technology projects, including the CivTechSA, the Geekdom Pre-accelerator, and the Geekdom Incubator programs. She has 8 years of experience in emerging technology consulting, primarily within IoT and Smart Cities, and specializes in market research, innovation, analysis and strategy, foundational branding and messaging, as well as content development and management. In 2016, she founded the Smart Texas Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to making Texas a Smart State. Joyce is a native San Antonian and graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word with a Bachelors in English focused on professional and technical communication. She also serves as a community mentor, certified GrowthWheel advisor, moderator, writer, and public speaker.


James Brehm (Moderator)

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.


Scott Schwalbe (Moderator)

CEO/Co-Founder, NimbeLink


As Co-Founder and CEO of NimbeLink, Scotthas a long history of building profitablebusinesses and successful teams. In his roleat NimbeLink, he is responsible for corporatevision, strategy, and the overall leadership ofthe company. Prior to founding NimbeLink inMay of 2013, Scott held leadership roles forseveral industry-leading companies,including Logic PD, HDM, and Celestica. Healso served and retired after 20 years in theU.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Linguist. Heearned his BS at New York University and hisMBA from Cardinal Stritch University.


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.


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.


Doug Wilson (Moderator)

IoT Specialist, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

Doug Wilson is an Internet of Things Evangelist and Speaker and Moderator on the Internet of Things solutions and markets. He has successfully brought several new IoT solutions to market through the partnerships with Verizon. Doug works with many new and emerging IoT companies that are developing Internet of Things (IoT) products or cellular connected solutions in an advisory capacity to provide a completely connected IoT solution. Doug has had a successful career with Verizon as an IoT/M2M Technical Specialist, Verizon Partner Program Manager, Data Sales Account Manager and Data Sales Engineer and has won several awards for his efforts. Prior to that Doug worked for Verizon Business on the Sales Engineering Team as a Network Equipment Sales Specialist. Doug has had an extensive career in voice and data communications sales and engineering with numerous enterprise class organizations such as Belkin, Microsemi, Avaya, and NEC. Doug started off his technical career by serving our country in the US Air Force as a Communications Specialist where he achieved Management and Outstanding Team Chief awards.


Claire Angelle (Moderator)

Head of City Partnerships, Worth CITIES


Claire currently serves as Head of City Partnerships for media brand Worth, where is responsible for providing comprehensive strategies, content/ marketing services and programs for cities across the Unites States. Her passion for local government started in 2013, when Claire opened and led the Atlanta Mayors Office of International Affairs. During her four year tenure, Claire contributed to $2.7 billion in economic output (both through export promotion and Foreign Direct Investment attraction), helped raise $3 million of new funds to support international projects in the city of Atlanta, and supported the development of several new international non-stop routes from Harts5eld- Jackson Atlanta International Airport. She also helped established key partnerships with international organizations and stakeholders, including the World Economic Forum, the Clinton Foundation as well as international networks such as the Global Parliament of Mayors. Previous to working for the city of Atlanta, Claire worked for the Consulate General of France in Atlanta where she was in charge of public and media relations, communications, special events and political analysis. She also worked in Belgium and Argentina, respectively in business development and exporting. Originally from Nantes, France, Claire graduated from the University of Nantes and holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Trade. Claire is a certified global business professional (NASBITE INTERNATIONAL). She is a board member of the Global Hope Forums Annual Meeting as well as Alliance Française Atlanta and was appointed by the French Prime Minister as a French Foreign Trade Advisor.


All about the API

In addition to educational sessions lead by experts across key vertical markets, the event will feature a variety of intensive hack-a-thons, in-depth company-focused workshops helping attendees understand the value propositions offered by key vendors, powerful keynotes, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall full of companies demonstrating the latest innovations in today's market place. Every business has to pay attention to the new opportunities they are presenting or potentially be displaced.