|Rich Tehrani is an IP Communications industry expert, visionary, author and columnist. He founded the first magazine focused on VoIP in 1998 and, as President of TMC, is the owner of the registered trademark for the term Internet Telephony. In 1999, Tehrani launched Internet Telephony Conference & Expo and has watched it grow into the best attended VoIP show in the world. Tehrani is also the founder of TMCnet, the most popular communications/technology portal in the world. More recently he launched TMC's two newest titles, SIP Magazine and IMS Magazine.
Tehrani is also Group Editor-in-Chief of Customer Interaction Solutions (CIS) Magazine. Launched in 1982, CIS is the first publication in the world to cover call centers and CRM.
A well-respected voice of the communications industry, Tehrani has served as an expert witness and been quoted frequently in such prestigious publications as the Economist and New York Times.
Rich, currently president and group editor-in-chief, has led TMC in many capacities since 1982. Rich plays a pivotal role in positioning TMC as the only publishing and trade show company focusing exclusively on the rapidly growing voice/data convergence and computer telephony integration. He continues to be a driving force in the creation and implementation of pioneering publications and events.
Rich Tehrani is a computer engineer who graduated from the University Of Connecticut with a hardware/software Bachelor of Science degree.
Rich Has Been The VoIP Industry’s Voice Since 1998
Rich is a Voice over Internet Protocol industry expert, visionary and champion of the industry. One might say that Rich is an evangelist for VoIP. In 1997, when VoIP was in its infancy, pundits declared that VoIP will never reach the point where businesses and consumers would adopt the technology. Staying true to his vision, Rich pioneered ahead and launched INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine which has remained the VoIP authority since 1998. Rich’s columns have appeared in each and every issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine since the first issue was published in 1998.
The Chairman of the Industry’s Leading Trade Show
Rich is also the founder and chairman of INTERNET TELEPHONY® Conference & EXPO, THE leading conference focused on VoIP since its launch in 1999. Widely popular, INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO was the first end-user event established in the industry. As chairman of INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO, Rich has keynoted each of the ten conferences held since the first show in October, 1999. Rich has also given speeches at numerous other VoIP industry events.
Founder of the Industry’s Only In-House Testing Lab – TMC Labs
Rich broke new ground when he founded TMC Labs in 1997. TMC Labs was the first to provide an unbiased review of CRM, contact center and VoIP products. Staffed by objective engineers, TMC Labs has become the premier testing facility in the industry.
Founder of the Leading Telecommunications Web Portal
Rich Tehrani founded TMCnet.com, the most popular communications Web site in the world as ranked by Alexa.com. TMCnet.com ranks within the 2300s
among all the sites in the world and has been ranked in the top 2,379 sites in the world on particular days in 2005. Rich is also the author of a widely read and popular blog covering VoIP and other communications technologies.
Author of the First IP Telephony Dictionary
A true visionary in the burgeoning field of VoIP, Rich authored “Tehrani’s IP Telephony Dictionary.” The first of its kind, this dictionary is a 300+ page guide to over 10,000 VoIP terms, acronyms, products and services. First published in 2002, Tehrani's IP Telephony Dictionary is now in its second edition.
In the Media
Rich has been interviewed and quoted by many major media including The Economist, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, WABC Radio New York, Business Week, USA Today and The LA Times.
Here is a comment from Steve Loudermilk of VoIP giant Lucent Technologies regarding Rich’s expertise:
“Rich Tehrani is one of the most knowledgeable experts in the IP telephony industry. Rich's technical acumen, knowledge of the industry and vision about the future of IP telephony is unparalleled in the media. He also possesses the ability to insightfully look at up-and-coming trends in the market and provide expert commentary and analysis.”