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Acision

Peter Dunkley
Peter Dunkley
Technical Director
Peter is Technical Director at Acision. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2000 with a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science. After graduation Peter worked on a PSTN switch developing signalling stacks for SS7, ISDN and similar protocols and creating advanced routing and service applications. Since 2005 he has worked mainly with SIP first leading a team developing a PSTN gateway and then managing the development of a SIP Application Server. Peter joined Crocodile RCS in September 2010 and has made numerous contributions to the Kamailio open source SIP Router project (particularly in the areas of presence, WebSocket, MSRP, and SIP Outbound) since then. Peter is one of the authors of the MSRP over WebSocket draft (draft-pd-dispatch-msrp-websocket) and is a contributor to several open-source projects.
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Alcatel-Lucent

Cassidy Shield
Cassidy Shield
Vice President, Marketing Platforms Business Division
Cassidy leads global marketing for Alcatel-Lucent’s software business which is focused on delivering innovative solutions that help customers capitalize on the growth of ultra-broadband in both existing and new markets.Cassidy’s areas of focus are the intersection of IT and Telecommunications as it relates to cloud computing as a unifier of IT and Telecom, effective and secure use of network intelligence to build a better customer experience, evolution of unified communications in a mobile centric world, and strategies for optimizing and monetizing the growth of mobile data.Cassidy has held a variety of leadership roles at Alcatel-Lucent including building and leading the Mobile Content Services business for Alcatel-Lucent and the IPTV business for Lucent Technologies. Cassidy has also held leadership roles in business development, product management, R&D, supply chain, and service delivery.Prior to Alcatel-Lucent, Cassidy worked as a management consultant with a focus on building expertise in Corporate Strategy, Supply Chain Design and large scale IT deployments.Cassidy holds a MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, a MEM from Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and a BS from the University of Iowa.
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Carnival Cruise Lines

Ramon Milan
Ramon Milan
VP & CIO
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Dhakacom Limited

Yeasir Arafat
Yeasir Arafat
Mr.
Muhammad Yeasir Arafat was born in Bangladesh. He has completed a Masters degree in Computer Network and Communication and a BSc in Electronic and telecommunication Engineering. He has made research on IP Telephony systems, SIP Protocol, QoS in VOIP, IPv6 routing and Performance analysis. At the present moment he works at DhakaCom as a Systems Engineer. He has several research papers on VoIP and IPv6 Performances.
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Digium

Billy Chia
Billy Chia
Training Specialist
Billy is a Product Marketing Manger for Digium, Inc. Responsible for Asterisk, the worlds most popular open source communications platform, Digium IP Phones and Custom Communications Solutions including VoIP Gateways and Telephony Cards. You can find Billy on twitter:http://twitter.com/billychia
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Digium

David Duffett
David Duffett
Director, Worldwide Asterisk Community
David has been in telecoms for longer than he likes to remember, with positions in the Civil Aviation Authority (air-ground comms), a telco, a mobile provider and a computer telephony card manufacturer prior to getting into VoIP in general, and Asterisk in particular.Having spent several years working in and around the Asterisk Community, David was delighted to be appointed as the Community Director in 2012.This involves upholding the interests of community members aswell as growing and enhancing the adoption of open source Asterisk.Davids favourite thing about Asterisk is that it can handle all sorts of technology (including WebRTC), without being contstrained to any one of them.
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Digium

Bryan Johns
Bryan Johns
Director of Digium Services
Bryan Johns is the Product Manager for Digium Network Services, a division of Digium, Inc. In this role, Bryan oversees design, development and operation of IP communications services based upon Digiums unified communications technologies. Bryan is responsible for all network service offerings including hosted communications platforms, VoIP services and cloud applications.Prior to joining Digium, Bryan spent nearly 20 years in and around the businesses of technology and telecommunications. He has started, grown and sold a handful of web application development and VoIP technology businesses and in 2004, found a home in the disruptive world of open standards and open source telecommunications platforms.
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Digium

Mark Spencer
Mark Spencer
Founder & CTO
Mark Spencer founded Digium, Inc., in 1999 as Linux Support Systems while still a computer engineering student at Auburn University. When faced with the high cost of buying a PBX for the company, Spencer simply used his Linux PC and knowledge of C code to develop his own PBX. This was the beginning of the worldwide open source phenomenon known as Asterisk.As Asterisk gained in popularity, Spencer shifted his business focus from Linux support to supporting Asterisk and opening up the telecom market. Mark renamed the company Digium and transformed the fledgling upstart into the leading open source telecommunication provider in the world today.As the Chairman and CTO of Digium, Mark Spencer continues to drive the strategic vision and technology direction of the company as well as focus on the development and growth of the Asterisk Community at large.Spencer is widely regarded as the pioneer of open source telephony and gives frequent keynote addresses to large technology audiences.
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Digium

Brian Ferguson
Brian Ferguson
Product Manager, Switchvox
Brian Ferguson is the Product Marketing Manager for Switchvox. Since becoming part of the Digium team in 2010, Brian has worked in multiple sales and marketing roles supporting Diguim’s reseller channel and helping SMB customers use Digium solutions to solve their business telephony challenges. With an additional 10 years of sales management experience in a retail environment, Brian has extensive experience working with a diverse range of technical products and brings a unique perspective in helping problem solve for customers. He graduated with honors with a BS in Business Management from the University of Alabama at Huntsville.
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Elastix

Eduardo Sellanes
Eduardo Sellanes
Eduardo Sellanes, is a professional with over 15 years of experience in the area of applications development for telephony. He is also an instructor for the Elastix training program and is DCAP and ECE certified. He currently leads the area of software projects in Elastix.
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IBM Software Group

Dr. Angel Luis Diaz
Dr. Angel Luis Diaz
Vice President of Open Technology & Cloud Performance Solutions
Dr. Angel Luis Diaz is IBM’s champion for open technology. As the Vice President of Open Technology & Cloud Performance Solutions for IBM Software Group, Dr. Diaz has lead IBM’s & the IT Industry’s transformation toward a Next Generation Enterprise Software Platform that delivers accelerated client value through interoperability & portability, based upon standards & open source at scale. Passionate about the art-of-the-possible, Dr. Diaz leads a global team that works across open source communities, international organizations & standards consortia to foster development of the next generation of open technologies & to help clients realize their potential by innovating upon an open architecture. Additionally, Dr. Diaz’s Cloud Performance Solutions team works with leading customers on enterprise infrastructure, application architecture/platform & workload optimization.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Diaz has served in a range of leadership positions. His time in IBM Software Group was marked by his growing of IBM’s Business Process Management & Messaging footprint, his leadership of a multi-billion dollar development organization, the establishment of a brand around Service Oriented Architecture & capitalization upon the market opportunity it presented.

As a senior member of IBM’s research staff, Dr. Diaz lead the development of several standards that continue to be key to how the Internet functions today. In addition to advanced technology projects related to HTML, XML & Web Services, he co-authored many of the standards upon which the WWW has been composed.

Dr. Diaz received his Ph.D. in computer science (distributed computing, programming languages & computer algebra) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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MarketUS, LLC.

Michael Price
Michael Price
Manager
Since MarketUS® was founded in 1986, it has aided companies in obtaining over $50 billion in GSA Schedule business. After signing their first client, Dell Computer, in 1986, the company has represented some of the top names in the industry, including List Industries, Airbus InFocus, Yahoo, EDS, Jabra, Ameritech, Hyundai, TRW, Total Gym, Fire-Dex and Harvard Business School. MarketUS® is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) offering personalized services and operates in the top 1% of the industry in revenues for GSA Contract business. MarketUS® represents companies for all schedules offered by GSA, including the most sought after IT Schedule and MOBIS. We pride ourselves on education and offer a variety of products and services to assist companies enter into the government marketplace.
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Miami Dolphins

Tery Howard
Tery Howard
Senior VP, CTO
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Mojo Lingo

Ben Klang
Ben Klang
Founder / Technology Strategist
Ben Klang has been fascinated with communication technology since before he can remember. He has participated in RTC-related startups, contributed to several Open Source projects such as Asterisk, FreeSWITCH and ejabberd, led the Adhearsion project (an Open Source real-time communications application framework), and even picked up an Amateur Radio license. Experienced with diverse technology disciplines such as telephony, system administration, software development and networking, he enjoys solving complex problems. With these passions he founded Mojo Lingo in 2007 with a mission to create voice applications that work like magic. Today, Mojo Lingo and Adhearsion are leading innovators in the real time communication space.
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Schmooze Com Inc.

Tony Lewis
Tony Lewis
CEO
Tony comes from an entrepreneurial background, successfully starting and running various companies and brings a wide background in aggressive sales and marketing To Schmooze Com and the FreePBX Project. His true passion is competing with FreePBX/Asterisk based PBX’s in a Legacy World and he has developed a successful program to give integrators an edge when selling against the Big Brand Competition. Mr. Lewis also has a vast knowledge of FreePBX and Asterisk and what their capabilities for customization bring to the table; and how to use the openness of Asterisk to help close sales.
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Schmooze Com Inc.

Preston McNair
Preston McNair
VP of Sales & Marketing
As Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Schmooze Com Inc Preston is responsible for the growth of the reseller and distribution channels, and the overall sales and marketing of the FreePBX, PBXact and SIPStation product lines and Professional Services. Preston brings more than 18 years of executive telecom industry experience to Schmooze Com Inc. Prior to joining Schmooze he started, ran and grew facilities based CLECs, a chain of successful wireless stores, and has worked as both channel manager and reseller for several major telecom providers. During Preston’s tenure at Schmooze the company has seen explosive growth in both revenues and global exposure of the Schmooze key product lines, with the Preston’s deep technical knowledge, and activity in the FreePBX community enhances the strategic planning and execution of the global sales and marketing initiatives of Schmooze Com.
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Sesame Workshop/Sesame Street

Shadrach Kisten
Shadrach Kisten
VP of IT
Shadrach Kisten serves as Vice President of Information Technology for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. In this role, Kisten has strategic and tactical oversight of the design, implementation, and support of network and systems engineering, business systems, media asset management systems, and desktop infrastructures. Additionally, he manages the technological needs of the organization, keeping the Workshop functioning in optimal environments, and aligning the organization’s goals with technologically appropriate solutions. Kisten came to the Workshop in 2011 as Vice President of Information Technology Operations. Since joining the Workshop, he has been successful in stabilizing the organization’s network and backend infrastructure, improving data management and overseeing the tech support group. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Kisten spent nine years at NBC/MSNBC. He held the role of Network Manager, Head of IT within the Engineering and Information Technology department, where he was the main architect in the design and implementation of the IT/IP infrastructure of MSNBC IT production, news gathering, acquisitions, creations, editing, newsroom, play out and distribution systems. He also served as Director of Production Systems at NBC Universal. While there, Kisten was the recipient of the National Broadcast Engineering excellence award for IPTV design and deployment, and obtained numerous company recognitions as “top talent”. He was awarded the GE Green Belt Certification for process and project management. Kisten has also had multiple consulting positions leading large scale infrastructure and software development and deployment projects. Kisten earned his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from City College, School of Engineering, City University of New York. He obtained his Masters in Computer Science with distinction from Long Island University, New York, and also earned a professional certificate in finance from New York Institute of Finance.
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Telecomunicaciones Abiertas de Mexico SA de CV

Juan Carlos Fernandez Busto
Juan Carlos Fernandez Busto
Co-Founder
Co-founder of Telecomunicaciones Abiertas de Mexico, a Mexican company established in 2004 that is devoted to bringing Asterisk and web solutions to SMB’s in Mexico. As Chief Operating Officer, I have been in charge of new product development and architecture and Solution Evangelist. Consultant for the United Nations in Kenya developing web applications for different UN organizations like UNEP, UNON, UNDP and UNESCO.
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The IVR Voice.com

Allison Smith
Allison Smith
CEO/Voice Goddess
Allison Smith -- aside from being the Voice of Asterisk since its inception -- is one of the most prevalent and often-heard telephone voices working today. She has voiced platforms for Verizon, Qwest, Bell Canada, Vonage, and ShoreTel, as well as many clients such as Marriott Hotels, Home Depot, Pfizer, 3M Victorias Secret, and EBay, to name a few. Allison appreciates the wide variety of prompts she gets to voice for Asterisk, and looks forward to many more years of recording Asterisk prompts!
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Voneto

Corey McFadden
Corey McFadden
Founder & President
Corey McFadden is the founder and President of Voneto LLC, a communication solutions firm that ranks among the top national IP telephony integrators. He brings over 18 years of industry experience to Voneto with a unique background that includes experience in call center operations, field-consulting, project management, IP telephony, and software development. Corey has been a featured lecturer at numerous business conferences, published articles on business and technology, and been the subject of a television program profiling visionary businesspeople in Pennsylvania.
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