2019 Speakers

Jonathan S. Adelstein

President & Chief Executive Officer, WIA–The Wireless Infrastructure Association

Jonathan S. Adelstein is the President & Chief Executive Officer of WIA–The Wireless Infrastructure Association.  Since he became President in 2012, over 100 new members have joined the association, the annual wireless infrastructure show has broken participation records, a new association was formed in Europe, and a new nationwide training initiative and WIA PAC were launched.  WIA is the principal organization representing the companies that build, design, own and manage telecommunications facilities throughout the world.  Its over 200 members include carriers, infrastructure providers and professional services firms, with a combined market cap of over $400 billion.

Mr. Adelstein served as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2002 to 2009, for which he was twice nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.  In 2009, following the FCC, Mr. Adelstein was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the Administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.  There, he oversaw a $60 billion portfolio of rural electric, water, and telecommunications infrastructure loans.
As a member of the Obama Administration, Mr. Adelstein was appointed as a member of the White House National Science and Technology Council, which coordinates science and technology policy across the Federal government, and the White House Business Council, leading Council meetings with business leaders across America.  Previously, Mr. Adelstein held a number of legislative staff positions over 15 years in the U.S. Senate, culminating as a senior policy advisor to the Senate Majority Leader.
Mr. Adelstein received an M.A. in History and a B.A., with Distinction, in Political Science from Stanford University.  He has taught U.S. history at Harvard and Stanford.

Andrew Clegg

Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google

Andrew Clegg is the Spectrum Engineering Lead for Google. He is presently focused primarily on identifying spectrum sharing opportunities for commercial wireless networks. Prior to joining Google, he served as the spectrum manager for the U.S. National Science Foundation, where he founded the Enhancing Access to the Radio Spectrum (EARS) program, a $50 million program dedicated to funding academic and small business research focused on improving spectrum efficiency and access. Prior to NSF, he was a Lead Member of Technical Staff at what is now AT&T Mobility. He has over 20 years' experience in national and international spectrum management for both government and commercial applications, and was a member of the U.S. delegation to two World Radiocommunication Conferences.


Andy holds a PhD in radio astronomy (major) and electrical engineering (minor) from Cornell University, and a BA in physics and astronomy from the University of Virginia. He is also an extra class amateur radio operator (call sign W4JE).

Carrie Charles

CEO, BroadStaff

Carrie Charles is the CEO of BroadStaff, a Staffing Firm that specializes in the Wireless Telecom Industry.  She is also a Master Certified Life Coach. 

For over 20 years, Carrie has helped thousands of individuals grow personally and professionally.  She has helped companies such as General Dynamics, Hewlett Packard and Eli Lilly and attract, retain and develop their employees. 

She is also a professional speaker and author.  She has been a featured expert on NBC, HSN and Clear Channel networks. 

Carrie is a SME on Telecommunications Workforce Development and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.  She is on the advisory board of NEDAS and is the Executive Director of Industry Relations for WWLF.   

Carrie served her country as a Telecommunications Specialist in the United States Marine Corps.  

Kimberly Curley

Director of Workforce Development at Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA)

Kimberly Curley began her wireless career in 2005. New to the industry, she grew her career from the starting point of expediting building permits for T-Mobile, then to site acquisition, leasing, zoning, and managing T-Mobile vendors and their programs. Knowing how difficult it is to navigate a career without the benefit of introductory or on-the-job training, Kimberly developed Smartlink University – an internal education program designed to support professional advancement for her former employer’s workforce.

Kimberly is passionate about evolving careers and strengthening the companies within our industry through training and education. As the Director of Workforce Development for WIA, she is driving the development and expansion of The Telecommunications Education Center (TEC) while also advocating for wireless career paths that support the existing wireless workforce, as well as youth, veterans, and minorities looking to pursue careers in telecom. TEC is leading the fight to improve career development opportunities through job-specific training that supports the growth and penetration of wireless deployments. TEC was developed by The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) with significant contributions from academia, subject matter experts, and members. TEC ‘s dynamic learning program and online portal is proven to improve skills, quality of work standards, and safety within the telecommunications industry. https://tec-online.org/

Douglas Dimitroff

Partner, Phillips Lytle LLP; BDAC Chair of Model Code for Municipalities Working Group

Mr. Dimitroff is a Partner and Telecommunications Practice Team Leader at Phillips Lytle LLP. He has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications matters, representing leading telecommunications carriers, infrastructure providers and numerous other clients involved in the telecommunications industry.  His representation has included transactional and litigation matters, such as permitting for wireless telecommunication carriers, tower owners and developers; and site leasing work, site development and asset sales and purchases throughout the U.S.  He has particular expertise in Distributed Antenna System and other small cell networks where he is involved with both business and regulatory aspects.
Mr. Dimitroff is a Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Member and the Model Code for Municipalities Working Group Chair for the Federal Communications Commission.  He is also currently active on several committees for The HetNet Forum and a member of WIA.  Additionally, he was a cofounder of the New York State Wireless Association, where he served as President for over five years and remains an active member of the board of directors.

Slavko Djukic


Slavko Djukic joined Zinwave as an expert in DAS and small-cell systems, with 18 years of experience in indoor wireless technology development. He most recently served as Ericsson’s head of strategy and solutions for small cells, DAS, and Wi-Fi. Prior to Ericsson, he served in a global technical role for Corning, helping expand the company’s global indoor building solutions. He also served as the primary technical interface for indoor wireless experts around the world and the technical lead in Corning’s acquisition of Mobile Access. Slavko also held a leadership role with Powerwave, where he built and led the technical indoor and outdoor DAS solutions organizations for North, Central, and South America.

He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.

Tom Ellefson

Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations. Northeast Region

Tom has been with T-Mobile USA since 1996 in numerous engineering and operations roles leading market, regional and national teams. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Engineering and Operations for the Northeast Region - a position that oversees the engineering development and maintenance of the T-Mobile wireless network spanning from Maine down to South Carolina.

Prior to T-Mobile, Tom held numerous engineering and operations roles over twelve years with Northern Telecom (Nortel Networks), working in both domestic and international markets.

Tom received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and his MBA from Michigan State University.

Ryan A. Elm

Managing Director, Wireless Connect

Ryan Elm is Managing Director of Wireless Connect Inc.
Ryan has more than a decade of national and international experience providing telecommunication, wireless and cellular solutions in both public and private sectors, including healthcare and education. He has a passion for new technologies that are changing the way we live and do business in the 21st century and excels at applying and maximizing their value for his clients.  
Ryan is an expert negotiator and has organized and led many C-suite Strategic Advisory Groups around the country. He has used his ability to simplify and explain the sales process in order to guide sales and marketing teams to greater success. 
He is a graduate of Robert Morris University and lives with his family just outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He has enjoyed being a member of the Steering Committee for ACUTA and developing Strategic Advisory Groups for CIOs.  He believes strongly that need drives development and innovation and that Successful Sales Careers are built by managing and facilitating the best solutions for the needs and budgets of his customers.  As a Director of AGSD Awareness Committee (Association of Glycogen Storage Disease) and active within Rare Disease Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Healthcare and Enablement Technology he spends his spare time focusing on Advancement within these areas.

Tracy Ford

Executive Director of Member Services, WIA

Tracy Ford is Executive Director of Member Services at the Wireless Infrastructure Association and guides HetNet Forum initiatives for the association. The Wireless Infrastructure Association represents the businesses that develop, build, own and operate the nation’s wireless infrastructure. Members include wireless carriers, infrastructure providers, and professional services firms that collectively own and operate telecommunications facilities around the globe. Through public affairs and advocacy efforts – on the local, state and federal level – WIA works to support the widespread deployment of wireless infrastructure in order to enable wireless broadband everywhere.
The HetNet Forum is a membership group of WIA dedicated to the advancement of the heterogeneous network. The HetNet is a wireless ecosystem, comprised of a variety of mobile and wireless technologies and infrastructure, inter-operable with the macro-cellular network providing harmonious voice and data communications.
Ford has spent more than two decades covering the rapidly changing wireless industry, tracking its changes as it grew from a voice-centric marketplace to the dynamic data-intensive industry it is today. She started her technology journalism career at RCR Wireless News, and has held a number of titles there, including associate publisher and executive editor. She is a winner of the American Society of Business Publication Editors Silver Award, for both trade show and government coverage. A graduate of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Ford holds a B.S. degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on public relations.

Jennifer Fritzsche

Managing Director at Wells Fargo

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services and Tower sectors since 1999. Jennifer started in telecom equity research in 1996 with EVEREN Securities, where she was promoted to senior analyst after serving two years as an associate analyst on the telecom research team. In 2000, she tied for second in the “Best Up and Comers” category in Institutional Investor’s annual vote. In 2006, Forbes magazine recognized Jennifer as one of the top ten stock pickers from a universe of 4,500 sell-side analysts across all industry sectors. In May 2011, Jennifer was recognized as the No. 1 earnings estimator for wireless telecommunication services by Financial Times/StarMine, a leading provider of objective ratings of equity securities analysts. Jennifer was recognized by StarMine and received the 2014 No. 3 stock picker ranking for the diversified telecom services sector. In June 2017 Jennifer was again ranked the No. 3 stock picker in the diversified telecommunication services sector in the Thomson Reuters’ StarMine analyst awards. Jennifer makes numerous media appearances and has often been a guest on Bloomberg and CNBC. She also speaks at many of the industry and trade conferences and often is asked to participate in many Washington, D.C. regulatory telecom seminars and events. Jennifer earned a BA in history from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where she graduated summa cum laude.

Danielle Garrity

Director, Mid-Atlantic at Network Building + Consulting

Danielle is currently the Director of the Mid-Atlantic region for NB+C’s Site Development division in which capacity she is responsible for project operations, sales and business development, financial performance and personnel management for all projects in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh markets.  Danielle joined NB+C in 2010 and held several positions in project operations and business development in the Site Development Division.   In 2015, she was promoted to Associate Director of Personnel Development and worked with the Executive Team to develop formal employee development, corporate communications, brand marketing and employee appreciation programs at NB+C.  Prior to her career in wireless, Danielle worked in the non-profit sector.  She has an undergraduate degree from Roanoke College and an MBA from The University of Maryland, College Park. 

Alexander L. Gellman

Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Bridge

Alexander L. Gellman is the Chief Executive Officer of Vertical Bridge, the largest private owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in the US.

Prior to co-founding Vertical Bridge, Mr. Gellman was President and COO of Global Tower Partners, the largest privately-held tower company in the United States. Mr. Gellman was instrumental in the sale of Global Tower Partners to American Tower Corporation in 2013 for over $4.8 billion. Previously, Mr. Gellman has been involved in a number of successful ventures, including Sonitrol Corporation, a leading provider of verified electronic security in North America where he served as President and COO until its sale to Stanley Works.

Mr. Gellman also co-founded Apex Site Management, the largest third-party manager of wireless and wireline communications sites in the U.S.  Apex merged with SpectraSite Communications to create the largest telecommunications site portfolio in the United States. Following the merger, Mr. Gellman served as President and CEO of SpectraSite-Transco Communications, Ltd., a joint venture between SpectraSite and British Gas to develop tower sites in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Gellman previously served as Vice President - Development and a co-founder of Horizon Cellular Group, a start-up backed by McCaw Cellular to acquire, develop and operate rural cellular franchises in the eastern United States.

Mr. Gellman earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Biology from Tufts University.

Tom Kane

President, NB+C

Tom Kane has served as president of NB+C since 2003. Under his leadership, the company has experienced significant growth, launched several new business units and expanded its geographic reach. During his tenure with NB+C, Tom has held several key positions. Success as a program manager led to his heading up the Real Estate Department in 1999. In 2001, Tom was promoted to Vice President of Operations for the entire organization. He was also a principal in the company’s tower subsidiary, Network Towers, LLC, a development company that successfully built 90+ communications towers.  The tower portfolio was sold to a public tower company in 2006. In 2007, Tom utilized the firm's tower development capabilities and backlog to lead a successful management buyout, creating a 100% management-owned LLC. Since 2007, the organization has expanded its customer base, opened four new regional offices, and launched new divisions providing engineering, technical, and construction services to the telecommunications industry. He is currently treasurer of the MD-DC Wireless Association and he served for six years on the board of directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Maryland Chapter. Tom is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Washington, DC/Baltimore chapter where he currently serves as its Membership Officer and he also serves on the Innovation and Technology Council of WIA, The Wireless Industry Association. Tom received his bachelor's degree in English literature with a minor concentration in business management from the University of Maryland at College Park.



As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ZenFi Networks, LaChance applies his leadership and proven industry expertise to build and deliver innovative communication infrastructure solutions to enterprise, carrier and wireless mobility providers in the New York and New Jersey metro markets. In this role, LaChance oversees all aspects of business operations for the company that recently merged with Cross River Fiber, and effectively leads a team of nimble, forward thinking experts to solve clients’ network challenges created by the proliferation of mobile data. In addition to his role at ZenFi, LaChance is also a founding member of Metro Network Services, LLC, a company focused on fiber optic and mobile network planning, engineering, and deployment solutions for mobile network operators, tower owners and telecommunications service providers throughout the New York metro market.

LaChance is a Network Technology industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience managing teams that design, build and operate complex, high-capacity communication networks for large enterprises, carriers and wireless mobility providers. Prior to ZenFi and Metro|NS, he served as President and CEO of Lexent Metro Connect, LLC from 2004 to its successful sale in December 2010 to Lightower Fiber Networks.  LaChance was also the Co-Founder of Realtech Systems Corp., an enterprise network integration and professional services firm, where he served as President and CEO.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany.

Todd Landry

Corporate Vice President, Product and Market Strategy at JMA Wireless

Mr. Landry is a technology, business & marketing executive with a long history of developing and marketing winning product portfolios and is a well-known industry leader in the areas of IT & Communications for his successful vision and strategies. Landry leads the strategic product portfolio planning and marketing for JMA wireless. Mr. Landry held senior positions in companies that include NEC Corporation, Sphere Communications, 3Com’s CommWorks Corporation, and U.S. Robotics, where he led strategy, product management, marketing, business development & alliances functions. Mr. Landry’s experience stems from a diverse background in engineering, marketing, and business where he developed an in depth knowledge of complex system architectures, software and wireless systems. Landry holds two patents in the area of communications and wireless data systems and is a regular speaker in numerous global forums, panels, keynotes, and in relations with media and analysts. He has been awarded numerous product achievement and market awards and was selected as one of the Top 100 Voices in the communications industry. He is a member and contributor to many technology and marketing organizations, company advisory boards, and has served on multiple industry standards boards. Mr. Landry attended DeVry University and Northeastern Illinois University.

Bhupinderjit Mann

Senior VP Engineering and Technology at TeleWorld Solutions

Bhupinderjit Mann is the Senior VP Engineering and Technology at TeleWorld Solutions, where he leads the engineering organizations and technology advancements. His expertise is in the domain of wireless network engineering from design, optimization and forecasting of current and future networks. He is also responsible for development of customized solutions for clients in the domain of 4G/5G technologies, wireless data analytics, IoT and NaaS.


He brings with him 20 years of national and international exposure from both OEM and Network side. Prior to joining the TeleWorld team, Bhupinder served various key roles at Sprint, Motorola and a large international carrier. He has also published various articles on HetNet, VoLTE and 5G networks.

Nicholas Nilan

Director of Product Development for Public Sector, Verizon

Nicholas is the Director of Product Development for Public Sector at Verizon. He is responsible for the development and deployment lifecycle of innovative and mission impacting products and solutions for Federal, State and Local, and Education customers. Previously, he led Federal Marketing strategy at Verizon, and before that, engineering teams supporting mobility and Internet of Things deployments in the Department of Defense. He has been in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years and holds an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Regis University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from York College of Pennsylvania.  Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors for the Public Safety Technology Alliance and the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Emerging Technology Working Group for AFCEA DC.  

Hon. Michael O’Rielly

Commissioner at Federal Communications Commission

Michael O’Rielly was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama on August 1, 2013 and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 29, 2013. He was sworn into office on November 4, 2013. On January 29, 2015, he was sworn into office for a new term, following his re-nomination by the President and confirmation by the United States Senate.

Prior to joining the agency Commissioner O’Rielly served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Senate Republican Whip, led by U.S. Senator John Cornyn, since January 2013. He worked in the Republican Whip’s Office since 2010, as an Advisor from 2010 to 2012 and Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director from 2012 to 2013 for U.S. Senator Jon Kyl.

He previously worked for the Republican Policy Committee in the U.S. Senate as a Policy Analyst for Banking, Technology, Transportation, Trade, and Commerce issues from 2009 to 2010. Prior to this, Commissioner O’Rielly worked in the Office of U.S. Senator John Sununu, as Legislative Director from 2007 to 2009, and Senior Legislative Assistant from 2003 to 2007. Before his tenure as a Senate staffer, he served as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the United States House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003, and Telecommunications Policy Analyst from 1995 to 1998.

He began his career as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Congressman Tom Bliley from 1994 to 1995.

Commissioner O’Rielly received his B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Patrick Parodi

PwC Connected Solutions

Patrick Parodi works with PwC’s Connected Solutions practice based in Washington, DC. He focuses on helping clients think through and execute on innovative and business growth strategies while navigating through regulatory and market complexity.

Patrick specializes in emerging technologies and has worked for both Fortune 500 companies as well as startups launching innovative wireless services. In 2013 Patrick co-founded Wireless Registry (now SignalFrame) a Washington DC based technology and data analytics company for the Internet of Things. In 2006, Patrick joined the founding team of Amobee as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and was responsible for closing the investment from Vodafone and Telefonica. 

During his tenure at Amobee, Patrick joined the board of Shazam Entertainment, the music recognition company recently acquired by Apple, where he advised the Board on commercial strategy and new advertising revenue opportunities including Shazam for TV. Prior to Amobee he was GM Europe for PacketVideo, the first technology company to launch video on cell phones. Back in the in the US in 2011, Patrick launched the “LightSquared Innovation SandBox” and orchestrated an ecosystem of hardware and software companies delivering advanced wireless services. 

Patrick brings his years of experience in the technology and wireless sector along with his ecosystem development skills to the PwC Advisory team.

Kurt Schaubach

CTO, Federated Wireless

Kurt Schaubach brings 25 years of wireless industry experience to Federated Wireless where he plays a key role in developing technologies and new business strategies to create the next-generation architecture of broadband wireless.  Previously, Kurt served in various engineering management roles at the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC), NextWave Wireless, LCC International, and Southwestern Bell. He has also served as a technology consultant to wireless network operators, equipment manufacturers, and semiconductor suppliers.


Kurt has been active in spectrum development, management, and policy matters throughout his career. He currently serves on the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) and has spoken on the topics of spectrum and spectrum sharing at numerous industry events.


Kurt was a founding member of a publicly traded wireless broadband and multimedia software company and led the acquisition and integration of two wireless infrastructure companies.  Kurt received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Rikin Thakker

VP of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy, MMTC & Faculty Member, University of Maryland

Dr. Rikin Thakker is the Vice President of Telecommunications and Spectrum Policy at the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC). Dr. Thakker is also a faculty member in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He has designed several graduate level courses related to Cellular Network Infrastructure, Wi-Fi Technologies, and DAS/Small Cells for the Master’s in Telecommunication program at UMD. He received Instructor of the Year award for the program in 2014.
Dr. Thakker is a co-founder of RF Academics - an initiative started by a group of elite professors to cater to the industry's need of quality education and consulting services at corporate speed. He has over 15 years of experience in the field of cellular and wireless communications. He has helped design, deploy, and maintain cell sites with 3G and 4G technologies for major cellular operators in the United States. He also advises operators, regulators, OEMs, and vendors around the world on 5G strategies including densification, spectrum allocation, and broadband deployment. 
Dr. Thakker represents MMTC at the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) at the FCC. He
chairs the Education and Training Working Group at the Innovation and Technology Council of WIA (Wireless Infrastructure Association, formerly PCIA). Dr. Thakker earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Mobile Communications and Spectrum Management from GWU, and his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMD.

Lakshmin Thiagarajan

Director of the Certification and RF Design group at SOLiD

As Director of the Certification and RF Design group at SOLiD, Lakshmin Thiagarajan oversees the industry training and design engineering teams of in-building wireless systems. Wireless connectivity has almost certainly become the next building utility and engineering an efficient solution is absolutely imperative which Lakshmin has helped implement in a variety of different roles in his decade long career in the wireless industry.  He has worked closely with the deployment of enterprise and carrier grade in-building systems in both a sales and a technical role across many global regions while simultaneously helping educate the industry. He has extensive experience working with operators and vendors in many global markets outside North America including South America, Middle East and EU

Lakshmin is a subject matter expert in wireless protocols and is very active in the industry participating on panels and technical events regularly. He has a graduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University with an emphasis in Wireless Communications.

Shawn Thompson

Principal Engineer, CTC Technology & Energy

Shawn Thompson is a recognized expert in distributed antenna systems (DAS). He has overseen the design and implementation of more than 1,000 DAS networks nationwide, and has advised wireless carriers such as Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T in solving their indoor and outdoor coverage and capacity needs. Among his recent client engagements, Mr. Thompson led the CTC team that designed neutral-host DAS networks to enable local governments to use their fiber to distribute wireless signals. He has also worked with local governments to develop programs for installing commercial, public safety, and Wi-Fi wireless systems in their key facilities. In addition, he has developed pole attachment policies for electric utilities seeking to support wireless deployment, and has developed assessments and strategies for wireless coverage on college campuses.

David Yacoub

President & CEO at Site Link Wireless & Site Link Construction

David Yacoub serves as President & Chief Executive Officer for Site Link Wireless and Site Link Construction. With more than two decades of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry, David has been active in every aspect of site development, including large-scale projects across macro, small cell, iDAS, and special events.  In 2002, David founded Site Link and has spent the last 17 years fine tuning and implementing the company’s mission, vision, and values. David has been primarily responsible for the growth of the companies, including the addition of construction services in 2007.  Under his leadership, Site Link has grown to become a full-service, turnkey operation serving all the major carriers while maintaining its reputation as a leading site development and construction company. David’s current responsibilities include oversight of the company’s governance, strategic direction, and business development activities.  In addition to his responsibilities at Site Link, David is a founding member of the Maryland DC Wireless Association where he has served as President for the past decade. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College and completed his graduate certificate at the Johns Hopkins University.

David Young

Vice President of Public Policy, Verizon

David E. Young, Vice President, Verizon Public Policy, is responsible for identifying and assessing emerging issues, developing corporate positions on Internet and technology industry policy matters, and assessing key technology and communications industry trends. He is also responsible for developing relationships with high technology industry members, technology associations, research institutes, and think tanks. Previously, he was responsible for items before the FCC dealing with broadband and emerging issues. Prior to 2000, he spent six years working in Verizon’s Research and Development (R&D) group on many advanced technologies including VoIP, data network architectures, and audio, video and image compression. David has been awarded twelve U.S. government patents for his R&D work. He is a member of the IEEE and IEEE Communications Society and holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Lisa R. Youngers

President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA)

Lisa R. Youngers is the President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association (FBA) - the only all-fiber trade association in the Americas. Ms. Youngers oversees all aspects of the association including operations, finance, advocacy and ensuring member value. Before the FBA, Ms. Youngers served as Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, LLC, a spectrum management firm and wireless network which operates primarily in the Upper Microwave bands in both the fixed and mobile space. Ms. Youngers oversaw all aspects of the business including financial, operational and technical objectives, engineering planning and implementation, legal/compliance, M&A activity, as well as the development of policy positions and the strategic direction of the company with a particular focus on the roll-out of 5G.  Prior to Nextlink, Ms. Youngers was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel - Federal Affairs/Strategy at XO Communications one of the nation’s largest competitive carriers serving business and government end users as well as carrier and wholesale service providers.  Ms. Youngers was responsible for all federal policy, regulatory, and legislative matters affecting XO’s interests before the FCC, Congress, and all levels of executive administration including regulatory and legislative strategy. She also oversaw the company’s corporate PR and internal and external messaging. Prior to joining XO, Ms. Youngers was Federal Regulatory Counsel for General Communication, Inc. (“GCI”), in Washington D.C., a telecommunications and cable television provider operating primarily in the state of Alaska, whom she represented before the FCC on wireline, wireless, universal service, telehealth, and school access issues. Ms. Youngers also served as Federal Regulatory Counsel for MCI appearing before the FCC on competition policy, enforcement matters, and consumer issues.  Ms. Youngers is a former Assistant Attorney General for the state of Minnesota where she served as legal counsel to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Rail/Trucking Safety Board.  A former television news producer, Ms. Youngers is a frequent presenter at industry events and has been quoted in several publications regarding regulatory and public policy matters. Ms. Youngers earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and received her J.D. magna cum laude from Mitchell Hamline College of Law.  She is a member of the Minnesota and District of Columbia Bars and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.

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