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FISPALIVE speakers are the models of success. They are leaders in their respective businesses, fields, and communities. They are recognized, respected professionals who bring a unique perspective to the conversations about the future of telecommunications. They are innovators within the business community or in their area of expertise who are willing to impart their knowledge, insights, and personal stories to inspire and educate our members, attendees, and colleagues. We have asked them to speak honestly – and from the heart – about their personal and professional experiences.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Doug Dawson, CCG Consulting

Speaking Topic: Be a Smarter Borrower – Understanding the Banking Process

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday, February 21:  9:30 am – 10:15 am

Profile: Doug Dawson is the President and founder of CCG Consulting – the largest broadband consulting firm in the country in terms of clients, with over 850 clients. CCG offers a full range of telecom services including engineering, regulatory, business planning, strategic planning and implementation services. One of Doug’s areas of emphasis is helping clients find financing for new network expansion.

Doug has worked in the telecom industry since 1978 and has both a consulting and an operational background. Doug writes a daily blog that can be found at http://potsandpansbyccg.com.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER
David Jones, Flexential

Speaking Topics: Lessons Learned: Building a Company

Speaking Date & Time: Friday, February 22: 9:00 am – 10:45 am

Profile: Flexential, a national, hybrid colocation, hosting, network and managed service data center company resulted from the late 2017 combination of two market leading data center companies, ViaWest headquartered in Denver, and Peak 10, headquartered in Charlotte. This combination created the largest national hybrid, facilities-based, hosting services company in the United States.

David co-founded Peak 10 in March of 2000. Aligning an expert leadership team, he built one of the industry’s most admired companies in the data center and cloud infrastructure industry – consistently producing impressive, consistent year over year financial performance and growth. David led the company for 17 years as CEO and Chairman building Peak 10 to be the leader in hybrid data center operations, hosting and managed services east of the Mississippi. In the fall of 2016 he hired a new CEO, Chris Downie, and retained chairmanship of the company until its combination with ViaWest late in 2017. At that time David chose to serve on the board of directors of the new company to provide guidance as the new company continues the growth of its strategic and tactical journey.

Prior to Peak 10, David was president of the Competitive Solutions Group at CHR Solutions, a telecommunications management-consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. He has 40 years of combined local, long distance telecommunications and IT executive leadership experience in sales, marketing and operations, working for GTE (Verizon), Telecom*USA, MCI and ITC Holding Company.

David holds a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia and completed the Executive Development Business Program at George Washington University.

In addition to his responsibilities on the Flexential Board of Directors David serves on the board of advisors of REMI, a Charlotte-based company providing hardware insurance and maintenance support nationally, TechWorks of Gaston County, and is an operating director for the IDEA Fund, a venture capital firm in Durham, NC. David also is active on non-profit boards of directors for the YMCA, the Board of Trustees of Queens University and is chairman Innovate Charlotte, a public-private fund fueling entrepreneurial growth I the Charlotte region. He previously served as the 2009 chairman of the board of directors for North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), and for several years on the NCTA executive committee. David was named to the 2015 class of the Carolinas Entrepreneur Hall of Fame by The McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte and in 2016 was awarded NTCA’s Beacon Award recognizing a career of achievement in technology in the State of North Carolina.

David currently resides part-time in Charlotte and near Athens, Georgia where he co-owns a Specialized cycling business. Ever and active fitness enthusiast, David is an avid runner and cyclist.


Erik Levitt, First Point Communications

Speaking Topic: 5G, Fixed Wireless and WiFi

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile: Mr. Erik B. Levitt co-founded 1stPoint Communications in 2011, following the success of Endstream Communications, LLC, a next-generation VoIP and telecommunications carrier, which he co-founded in 2007. Mr. Levitt has 25 years of experience in the telecommunications and technology field.

Prior to founding Endstream, Mr. Levitt founded Core Technology Services in November 1995. A leading managed service provider in data networking and telecommunications outsourcing, Core supported clients in 35 countries.

In January 2004, Core was acquired by Access Integrated Technologies (AccessIT) and Mr. Levitt continued as the President and COO of the Managed Services division for more than three years. He oversaw strong growth in the division, where he led the data center group as well as managed services. He was also responsible for integrating new acquisitions into the division.

Mr. Levitt worked as a consultant with clients including Citigroup, Merrill Lynch International Private Client, and Lehman Brothers.

Mr. Levitt received a degree in Management and International Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU and was an International Baccalaureate student at the United Nations International School.


Clay Colvin, Access One Solutions, LLC

Speaking Topic: FISPA Member Feedback – FISPA Transition of Resale Programs

Speaking Date & Time: Wednesday, February 20: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Profile: Clay is President and CEO of GABN. Clay holds a BS degree in Computer Engineering from Georgia Tech. He joined GABN in 2000, and a few years later purchased the company. His career started in manufacturing and process improvement engineering. Clay, a native of Augusta, Georgia is a family and community minded type of guy. Clay has a passion and mission for developing leaders and creating organizations that love “people first.” That strategic approach has allowed Clay to partner with many organizations and witness amazing growth and scale as a result. He’s a servant to his local church, a coach and advisor for youth sports, non-profits, entrepreneurs, and business leaders.


Chuck Hogg, SVP and Director of Acquisitions, All Points Broadband

Speaking Topic: An Introduction to Fixed Wireless

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile:Chuck is All Points’ Senior Vice President and Director of Acquisitions. He leads our industry engagement and M&A activities. Prior to joining All Points, Chuck co-founded and spent 13 years growing Shelby Broadband, a highly successful hybrid-fiber-wireless company acquired by All Points in 2018.

Chuck is a recognized industry leader and serves on the Board of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association. Chuck’s career has included owning and partnering in various internet and technology companies, including Shelby Broadband, QuickLink Wireless, VIA Studio, FatHosting, AC Ventures, and Avolutia Ads. Chuck earned his BSBA in Information Systems from Xavier University. Chuck is a husband and proud father of three, and currently resides in Shelbyville, Kentucky.


John Curran, ARIN

Speaking Topic: Introduction to ARIN

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 11:15 am – 11:45 am

Profile: John Curran is the President and CEO of ARIN. John is a recognized expert on Internet and telecommunications matters and has been the Chief Technology Officer of three successful Internet companies: BBN/GTE-Internetworking, XO Communications, and ServerVault Corporation. John let development of several early Internet research networks and provided technical leadership to BBN’s transition to commercial Internet services. He has been an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having both co-chaired the IETF Operations and Network Management Area and served as a member of the IPng (IPv6) Directorate.

John is a founding member of the ARIN Board of Trustees, having served since August 1997. He was re-elected in 2000, 2003, and again in October 2006, and served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from inception through early 2009. Since 2009, John serves as ARIN’s President and CEO of ARIN, which is a non-elected, full-voting member of the Board of Trustees.


Sean Stokes, Baller Stokes & Lide, PC

Speaking Topic: One Touch Make Ready – The FCC’s revamped pole attachment rules

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Profile: Sean Stokes is a Principal of Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, a national communications law firm based in Washington, DC. The only law firm in the United States to be named to Broadband Community Magazine’s FTTH Top 100 for each of the last five years, Baller Stokes & Lide represents clients on a broad range of communications matters nationally and in more than 35 states, including broadband, cable television, wireless communications, right-of-way management, pole attachments, and barriers to community broadband initiatives.

Sean served as co-counsel for the cities of Chattanooga, TN, and Wilson, NC, in their successful challenges before the Federal Communications Commission of state laws that impaired community broadband initiatives (the FCC’s decision was reversed on appeal).

Sean regularly works with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, engineering and other technical experts, assisting clients in making comprehensive telecommunications and broadband plans. Sean has significant experience developing and negotiating agreements involving access to poles, ducts, conduits, fiber, and towers, and is the principal author of an extensive guidebook and model pole attachment agreement for the American Public Power Association and the approximately 2,000 public power utilities that it represents. Mr. Stokes has represented several municipal utilities in complex negotiations with Google Fiber and other entities developing city-wide fiber-to-the-home networks. Mr. Stokes recently advised the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee on issues surrounding pole and conduit attachment regulations.

Mr. Stokes is a graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University and holds an “AV” rating, the highest peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.


Rob Bresnahan, BKD, LLC

Speaking Topic: Securing Financing

Speaking Date & Time: Friday, February 22: 10:45 am – 11:15 am

Profile: Rob has more than 16 years of accounting experience, primarily in the telecommunications and utilities industries. His accounting, tax and consulting experience includes financial reporting, supervising and performing audits, preparing and reviewing compilations, tax preparation and planning for corporate, partnership and tax exempt entities, personnel training, regulatory reporting, budgeting, investment accounting and projections. Rob has also assisted clients convert from cash basis to accrual basis financial reporting and with forecasts to maintain and pursue business expansion opportunities. Rob is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received a B.S degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, in 2000. Rob joined BKD in 2016 when Kiesling Associates merged its operations.


Mark Winick, CommScope

Speaking Topic: Distributed Split GPON Architectures

Speaking Date & Time: Wednesday, February 20: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile: Mark Winick has 20+ years in the telecommunications field, currently as a principal field application engineer. Prior to this Mark spent time in sales engineering, project systems engineering, and as a manufacturing supervisor. Mark entered into the industry via ADC Telecommunications and the company’s progression through Tyco Electronics, TE Connectivity and to CommScope. He is a Certified Fiber to the Home Professional and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.


Barry Walton, Corning

Speaking Topic:  Keys to Successful FTTH Deployment: How to Reduce Costs and Increase Your Build Rate

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday, February 21: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Profile:  Barry is responsible for managing aspects of solution architecture throughout various project lifecyle such as business development, presale/post sale support, consulting, project scoping, solution design and ongoing support operations. Planning and Design activities in support of Customer plant construction, upgrades, rebuilds, and engineering services business as usual requirements. Provides tactical and management support for architecture & Design , Construction, Fiber Construction and insight to Project Management. Provides subject matter guidance to internal and customer teams. Has significant influence for development of and administration of performance standards for design teams.


Gerry S. Ford, DoubleRadius, Inc.

Speaking Topics:  Wireless Versus Fiber – An Open Discussion

Speaking Date and Time:  Thursday, February 21: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Profile:  Gerry is an experienced executive with 20 plus years designing and operating next generation cable, fiber, and wireless networks and teams. After spending two decades working for and with MSOs, he now runs DoubleRadius, a leading North American fixed wireless distributor based in Charlotte, NC. He is a native Southerner, a father of two, and husband of his college sweetheart.


Josh Johnson, FiberSmith

Speaking Topics: Vision – Improve Business Processes with CRM, Billing, and Inventory Management driven by Location

Speaking Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile: Josh Johnson has more than 17 years of experience developing software for the telecommunications industry. During this time, Josh has specialized in the development of Business and Operational Support Systems. Josh has designed and managed the design of systems to cover subscriber and asset management, sales, marketing, and field operations. Josh has also done extensive work with third party integration with service, software, and hardware vendors, including Adtran, AT&T, Broadworks, Calix, CCH, Google, IPPay, QuickBooks, and more. With excellent people and leadership skills, Josh has managed multiple teams throughout his career. He interacts well with various levels throughout the organization and has a well-earned reputation for providing solutions.

Josh received his BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri – Columbia and joined The FiberSmith Company in 2017.


Nicholas Pena, FiberSmith

Speaking Topics: Vision – Improve Business Processes with CRM, Billing, and Inventory Management driven by Location

Speaking Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile: Nicholas Pena began as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution developer in 1999 implementing and customizing ERP suites for small and medium size businesses. Since joining FiberSmith in 2013, Nicholas has managed client accounts and plant construction projects, helping providers expand their networks, and managing that expansion however needed. In addition to new plant construction, Nicholas also works closely with clients to establish and maintain electronic plant records, specializing in CAD and GIS-based plant management systems. Nicholas obtained his BS in Computer Information Systems from Columbia College.


Betty Burke, FISPA

Speaking Topics: Closing Remarks

Speaking Date and Time: Friday, February 22: 1:00 pm – 1:05 pm

Profile: From 2018 through present, Betty serves as the FISPA Executive Director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Betty is responsible for all operational aspects of FISPA. Previously she served as Executive Director of NewNOG Inc and the transition to NANOG as we know it today. Betty supported both by applying knowledge acquired throughout her 37 years of prior experience in technology, business, and management at various roles with the University of Michigan, Merit Network, and the Michigan Information Technology Center. She provided leadership in the development of strategic and operational plans, and the creation and implementation of marketing campaigns for conference centers and high-tech facilities, including a data center, office building, library and campus fiber assets.


Dan Bubb, Gorge Networks

Speaking Topics: What Does it Mean to Be Board Member

Speaking Date and Time: Friday February 22: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Profile: Dan Bubb is the president / CEO of Gorge Networks, a facilities based service provider in Oregon and Washington. Gorge Networks offers broadband service over a wide variety of technologies it owns and operates, including fixed wireless, xDSL, and a fiber network that it has built over the past 5 years. Dan has been a board member of FISPA for many years and is also on the board of other industry organizations such as Incompas and Northwest Telecommunication Association.


Dan Friesen, IdeaTek

Speaking Topics: FISPA Member Feedback – FISPA Transition of Resale Programs
Speaking Date and Time: Wednesday, February 20: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Speaking Topics: Welcome
Speaking Date and Time: Thursday, February 21: 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Speaking Topics: Wireless Versus Fiber – An Open Discussion
Speaking Date and Time: Thursday, February 21: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Speaking Topics: One Touch Make Ready – The FCC’s revamped pole attachment rules
Speaking Date and Time: Thursday, February 21: 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Speaking Topics: Panel Discussion – Using Tools to Map Your Network
Speaking Date and Time: Thursday, February 21: 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile: Daniel Friesen is the co-founder and chief innovation officer of IdeaTek, a rural fiber optic broadband company which deploys broadband in small and underserved rural Kansas communities. Mr. Friesen has experience in the construction and operation of over 2,600 miles of fiber optic network, deployment small cells, governmental planning and negotiations, and consumer advocacy. Friesen currently serves on a FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee working group and the Kansas Broadband Expansion Taskforce. He is also a third-term mayor of Buhler, Kansas first elected at the age of 27.


Chip Pickering, INCOMPAS

Speaking Topics: FCC Update and Policy Initiatives

Speaking Date and Time: Friday, February 22: 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Profile: Chip Pickering has been CEO of INCOMPAS since January 2014. During that time, INCOMPAS has achieved significant growth with leading internet, backbone, business broadband, wireless, and international companies. Under his leadership, INCOMPAS has led numerous public policy campaigns promoting competition through an open internet and in the business broadband market.

Pickering was a six-term Congressman representing Mississippi’s Third District. During his time in the House, he served on the Energy & Commerce Committee, where he was vice chairman from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the Telecommunications Subcommittee.

He also was co-chairman and founder of the Congressional Wireless Caucus and an assistant minority whip of the House. Previously, Chip worked for Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and served as a staff member on the Senate Commerce Committee, where he helped shape the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Because of his role in drafting the 1996 Act, he became well known as a Congressional leader on telecommunications issues. While in Congress, Chip served as chair of the subcommittee overseeing the transition to the commercial internet, the establishment of domain names, registries, and internet governance. He also successfully led a bipartisan legislative effort to codify net neutrality principles through the House in 2006.

Prior to joining INCOMPAS, Chip was a partner with Capitol Resources LLC, a public affairs and government relations firm, where he represented an array of telecom clients, including wireless, cable and competitive broadband providers, as well as non-profits and companies specializing in education, energy, technology and defense.


Kevin Myers, IP Architects Managed Services

Speaking Topics:  Architecting Your Network Efficiently While Reducing Operational Costs

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday,  February 21: 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Profile:  Kevin Myers is a Network Architect and Managing Partner for IP ArchiTechs Managed Services – www.iparchitechs.com based in the Jackson, Mississippi (USA) metro area. He has spent the last 18 years working in the IT and Networking space across Government, Enterprise and Telecommunications sectors.  Kevin was first introduced to MikroTik while working as an MPLS core engineer for a Cisco-based Telco and was tasked with evaluating routerboards as MPLS endpoints for business customers. That experience sparked a professional interest in working with MikroTIk that eventually turned into full time consulting as a MIkroTik Network Architect and Integrator. His main consulting focus is network design for service provider (Wireline and WISP), data center and enterprise networks. His favorite routing protocol is BGP with OSPF coming in a close second.


Kris Twomey,  Law Office of Kris Twomey

Speaking Topics:  Today’s Tax and Surcharge Regulations

Speaking Date & Time:  Thursday, Febuary 21: 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Profile:  Kristopher E. Twomey has exclusively represented competitive telecommunications and broadband Internet providers for 20 years. After 5 years specializing in telecommunications and Internet law for firms in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Kris created his law firm in 2002 from the depths of the dot com bust. Through focus and client loyalty, the firm has continued to grow now representing more than 100 competitive service providers across the U.S. The firm limits its representation to CLECs, fiber to the premise developers, wired and wireless ISPs, managed service providers, and VoIP providers. The firm also counsels international clients on U.S. telecommunications and Internet law. The firm provides a comprehensive set of legal services to telecom and internet providers including federal and state regulatory matters, contract drafting and negotiations, dispute resolution/litigation, and serving as outsourced general counsel. More information can be found at www.lokt.net.


Steve Coran, Lerman Senter

Speaking Topics: An Introduction to Fixed Wireless

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, Febuary 21: 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile: Steve Coran is chair of Lerman Senter’s Broadband, Spectrum, Utilities, and Communications Infrastructure practice group. He represents broadband providers, equipment and technology companies, and new technology firms, serving their policy, transactional, compliance, and licensing needs. He actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress, and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund, and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests. Steve has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale, and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafting and negotiating spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber, and other agreements. He has represented financial institutions and foreign companies in connection with public and private investments. Steve also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters.


Brian Worthen, Mammoth Networks

Speaking Topics:  Wireless Versus Fiber – An Open Discussion

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Profile:  Brian is the CEO of Mammoth Networks, a facilities-based reseller of data circuits from 66 data centers and Central Offices throughout the Western US.  Brian and his partners started Mammoth as an off-shoot of a CLEC they had acquired along their path, graduating beyond traditional dialup and DSL services.  Today, Mammoth provides service to more than 140 wholesale customers.  Mammoth Networks was listed in the 2016 Inc 5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private companies.

Brian graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in Small Business Management.  He entered the telecom market in 2001, and operates Mammoth Networks and its parent company Visionary Communications from Gillette, Wyoming.


Gerrit Nagelhout, Preseem

Speaking Topics:  Quality of Experience (QoE) Monitoring & Optimization for Fixed Wireless Networks

Speaking Date & Time: Wednesday, February 21: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile:  Gerrit is the co-founder & CEO of Aterlo Networks Inc. He currently leads sales, client training and network analysis for Preseem – QoE monitoring & optimization platform for Fixed Wireless networks. Over the last three years, he has spent countless hours analyzing hundreds of networks, finding & fixing common issues affecting fixed wireless deployments and helping ISPs deliver the best possible experience to their subscribers. Prior to Aterlo, he has many years of Engineering management experience at Sandvine – a global networking equipment company, including managing the Sandvine Israel development site for more than four years .


Peter Radizeski, RAD-INFO

Speaking Topics: Marketing Tips for B2B

Speaking Date & Time: Friday, February 22: 10:45 am – 11:15 am

Profile: Peter Radizeski started as a Novell VAR in 1996, before switching to a career in telecom as an agent in 1999. On top of being an Agent, Radizeski is a consultant to service providers on go-to-market, sales, marketing and strategy. He has a well read blog about the telecom industry and is the author of four books. He moonlights as a start-up coach to help launch ideas into business in Tampa Bay.


Jeff Kohler, JAB Wireless, Inc. d/b/a Rise Broadband

Speaking Topic:  An Introduction to Fixed Wireless

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile: Mr. Kohler is the Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer for Rise Broadband. He is responsible for all mergers and acquisitions, spectrum development and governmental affairs activities for the largest fixed wireless broadband provider in the United States serving customers in sixteen states. Jeff has over 23 years of experience in mobile and fixed wireless communications and investment banking. He serves on the Board of Directors and the Policy Committee for the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA). He is active in advocacy efforts with both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Congress. In 2017, Rise was named Service Provider of the Year by Fierce Telecom.


Layne Sisk, Server Plus

Speaking Topics:  Managing Your Social Media Reputation: IPTV and End User Support

Speaking Date & Time:  Friday, February 22: 11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Profile:  Layne is the President and CEO of ServerPlus. Prior to founding ServerPlus, Layne was the founder of one of the first internet retailers selling products via newsgroups before the introduction of the World Wide Web. He then successfully migrated to be a major retailer on the Web. He has a BS in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix with a minor in accounting. He has many diverse business interests and sits on the boards of several successful companies. Layne and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of 3 children and are active in both community and church.


Rob Sterrenberg, Telamon

Speaking Topics: The Adaptive Network

Speaking Date & Time: Wednesday, February 20: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile: Rob Sterrenberg is the VP/GM Network Solutions at Telamon Corporation. Rob provides leadership directing the sales efforts for the Western US.
Prior to joining Telamon, Rob spent over 30 years in data communication senior sales management and product management roles with GTE/Verizon and a number of other data communication companies. Rob holds a B.A. from Western Illinois University in Pre-Law and an Executive M.B.A in Business Management and International Business from the University of South Florida.


Will Mitchell, VETRO Fibermap

Speaking Topics: Panel Discussion – Using Tools to Map Your Network

Speaking Date & Time: Thursday, February 21: 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Profile: Will Mitchell is the CEO and Co-Founder of VETRO FiberMap, a telecom mapping software company headquartered in Portland, Maine. VETRO FiberMap is a cloud-native fiber management mapping system purpose built for small and mid sized operators building fiber networks around the globe. Will is a GIS professional with 25 years of applied technical experience, and an educational background that includes an M.S. in Geography from George Mason University, and a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


Mike Francis, Wavefly

Speaking Topics: Exploring Blockchain: How New Technology Can Change Your Business

Speaking Date & Time: Wednesday, February 20: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Profile: Mike Francis is the Chairman and CEO of JMF Solutions, a company he began over 10 years ago to meet the demand for a local, reliable telecommunications firm. In his 18 year career, he has gained extensive experience in the technology and communications sector, with a background in strategic technology based business development focused on integrated voice and data networks through the company brand, WaveFly.

In 2018, Mike started a new venture as the CEO of Distributed Ledger, Inc., a blockchain technology company focused on solving some of the world’s most difficult problems through the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technology. As an industry still in its infancy, Mike has adapted to the new technology and is quickly bringing everything blockchain has to offer throughout the United States and Mexico.


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