2020 Speakers and Panelists 

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.

Bernard Borghei

Co-Founder and Executive VP of Operations, Vertical Bridge

Bernard Borghei is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources and emerging technologies.
Mr. Borghei has over 26 years of experience in the wireless industry. Prior to Vertical Bridge, he served as Senior Vice President and Partner at Global Tower Partners (GTP), where he oversaw the company’s domestic and international market operations, including its portfolio of more than 6,500 towers and 12,000 managed properties.
Previously, Mr. Borghei held executive and senior management positions across operations, engineering, sales, supply chain, site development and customer care at several wireless operators and service providers including Comcast; Omnipoint; TruePosition; SkyBitz; Wireless Facilities, Inc.; Western Wireless International; and Triton PCS, where he successfully ran operations across 24 different countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North and South America.
Mr. Borghei has a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and an MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Villanova University School of Engineering, the Board of Governors for the National Wireless Safety Alliance, the Board of Directors for the Tower Family Foundation and is actively involved with multiple WIA subcommittees related to technology and workforce development.

Jennifer Fritzsche

Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst, Wells Fargo

Jennifer Fritzsche is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Wells Fargo Securities where she has focused on the Telecommunication Services, Cable, Data Center 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 ranked # 3 in 2018 as a Runner Up in the 2017 and 2019 Institutional Investor annual rankings in the Communication Infrastructure sector.  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.

Shervin Gerami

CEO, TeleWorld Solution

Shervin Gerami is the CEO of TeleWorld Solution, a strategic wireless engineering and consulting firm offering network operators, OEMs and tower companies turnkey design, optimization, network dimension and deployment services. TeleWorld Solutions has been recognized for various awards.
 
2015 Forbes Top 100 Americas Most Promising Companies
2015 and 2016 Washington DC Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year Finalist. 
2015 and 2016 Deloitte Technology Top 500 Winner

In addition, Shervin Gerami is the Founder and CEO of SmallCellSite.com, a revolutionary marketplace for the wireless industry, connecting property owners and operators to expedite the deployment of small cells nationally.

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. He also serves on the Innovation and Technology Council of WIA, The Wireless Industry Association.

Leticia Latino van Splunteren

President and CEO, Neptuno USA

Leticia Latino van Splunteren is the CEO of Neptuno USA, Corp a telecom infrastructure company with over 50 years’ experience engineering, manufacturing and installing Telecommunications Towers.   Leticia is a recipient of the 2018 Women in IoT award by ConnectedMagazine, the 2019 Revolutionary CEO recognition by Aspioneer and the 2019 Transformational Leader Award by CIOLook. She has been featured as one of the prominent women in Telecom by TowerXchange, the Wireless Industry Association (WIA), NEDAS and AGL magazine. Besides, she also plays a role of an active member for the SmartCity Council TaskForce, the WIA City Networks Task Force and mentoring young women that want to start a career in Telecom for the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) and WIA.   In June 2019 she was appointed by FCC’s Chairman Ajit Pai as full member of the Broadband Development Advisory Committee (BDAC) and the Chair of the Job Skills and Training Group.  In addition, Leticia is a published author and a big advocate of nurturing “Human Connections” through her Back2Basics Podcast and through the #Time2Reconnect movement, which she created.

Sue Marek

Writer and SME

Sue Marek is a Denver-based freelance writer that has been reporting on the telecom and tech industries for more than 25 years. Previously she was the editor in chief at SDxCentral and prior to that the Editor in Chief of FierceWireless. Sue is a frequent speaker at industry events and has moderated panels for the Consumer Electronics Show, the Competitive Carriers’ Show, The Wireless Infrastructure Show, 5G North America, DC 5G, Interop, and more.

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.

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). He possesses nearly 20 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. He analyzes impacts of future use-cases of 5G on spectrum consumption and provide recommendations on broadband infrastructure deployment strategies involving Small Cells. Dr. Thakker represents MMTC at the FCC’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) and was appointed by the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai as the co-chair of the “Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunity” Working Group.

 

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, 5G Technologies, Wireless LAN (Wi-Fi) Technologies, and DAS/Small Cells for the Master’s in Telecommunication program at UMD. He received Instructor of the Year award in 2018 and 2014.

 

Dr. Thakker is also 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 at corporate speed. The initiative planted the seeds for the Telecommunication Education Center (TEC) at the Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA). Dr. Thakker chairs the CBRS Working Group at the Innovation and Technology Council of WIA. He also serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of System Dynamics Application (IJSDA). Dr. Thakker earned his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering with a concentration in Mobile Communications and Spectrum Management from George Washington University, his M.S. in Telecommunications from UMD, and his B.E. in Electronics and Communications from the Gujarat University.

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 18 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 13 years. David earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College and completed his graduate certificate at the Johns Hopkins University.

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