ITEXPO East 2010 - Communications Conference

January 20-22, 2010 Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL
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Jeremy Wadhams
Senior IT Architect

Jan. 20, 3:30 pm

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Jeffrey Rodman
Co-Founder and CTO

Jan. 20, 4:00 pm

Jeffrey Rodman has been at the forefront of audio and video communications for most of his career. Rodman co-founded Polycom in 1990 and has been instrumental in the realization of Polycom's iconic products for voice, video, network communications, and other media. He is CTO of Polycom’s voice communications solutions group.

In 1984, Rodman was recruited to build a hardware engineering organization and implement a revolutionary architecture for the new startup PictureTel (then PicTel), building the foundation for a family of systems that transformed the industry, and continued as director of hardware development through PictureTel’s formative years. In 1980, Rodman joined Harris Video Systems where he became director of engineering, pioneering new digital video processing systems for broadcast and production applications. He also spent six years developing and enhancing video and test capabilities for military guided missile systems for Hughes Aircraft Company. During this time, Rodman created a novel approach to sound synthesis that formed the foundation for his Master’s thesis, and co-founded Specialty Video Systems to market digital video effects to the entertainment industry.

Drawing from this diverse experience, and from his background as virtuoso pianist and composer, Rodman has developed a keen appreciation for the importance of clear, reliable vision and sound in human interaction, and the ways in which delivery of transparency in perception can be delivered in remote conferencing. He sees the industry move toward IP telephony and media as an epochal change in the nature of personal remote communications, one that presages dramatic enhancements in sound quality, reliability, and richness of features. Rodman has spoken and presented at numerous forums, and is delighted to be a continuing part of Polycom, where he is a strong champion of technologies and products that bring the best and clearest quality to users around the world.

Rodman holds a BSEE Cum Laude in electronic engineering from CSUN.

David Erickson
Founder and CEO
Free Conferencing Corp.

Jan. 20, 4:30 pm

David Erickson is the founder and chief executive officer of Free Conferencing Corporation, the most prolific conference call company in the world, serving 10 million users per month. has facilities in over a dozen cities throughout the United States and conducts business in 160 countries.

In 2008, as president and CEO of WYDE Voice, LLC, David Erickson was awarded the prestigious “Innovator of the Year Award” from “Voice On Net (VON)” for his design and creation of the first 16bit X 16khz voice mixing equipment and software integration design. With this technology David Erickson perfected the HD soft bridge, a high-definition, software based fully scalable conferencing bridge designed to accommodate anywhere from two to 10,000 concurrent callers.

Prior to winning the “VON” award, David Erickson won the American Business Award for “The Nations Best CEO in 2007”. His unique technologies, business models and strategies have attracted the attention of the business world, and his accolades have been touted by the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Inc., Fortune Magazine, and Business Week.

Christopher Dean

Jan. 21, 9:15 am

Christopher Dean, Skype's CSO, has 20 years of experience in business and corporate development, strategy consulting and advising startups. He specializes in deals to grow revenue, create new distribution channels and develop and launch new products.

Christopher has led several business development and strategy teams that have defined and prioritized strategic partner targets and identified, negotiated and closed partnerships. He was most recently the co-founder of Texada Capital and responsible for new business development. Earlier, he spent four years as the senior vice president of marketing and business development at Face Time communications, a leading vendor of security, management and control solutions for enterprise-oriented instant messaging.

Christopher also was an executive in business development at Epoch Partners,, Worlds, Inc. and a consultant at Regis McKenna, Inc. He has consulted with Apple, Adobe Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Placeware, prior to its sale to Microsoft.

He has a B.A. in Economics from Vassar College and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Danny Windham
Chief Executive Officer

Jan. 21, 9:45 am

Danny Windham joined Digium, the Asterisk Company, in February, 2007 as CEO. Digium is the creator, sponsor and primary developer of Asterisk; the most widely used open source telephony software. Digium's product lines include a wide range of hardware and software to enable resellers and businesses to implement turnkey solutions or to design their own VoIP systems. In his role of CEO, Windham is responsible for setting corporate strategy and executing day to day business operations.

Prior to joining Digium, Windham served as president and chief operating officer of ADTRAN, a global provider of networking and communications equipment. Windham joined ADTRAN in 1989 following ADTRAN's successful acquisition of Processing Telecom Technologies, a company Windham co-founded in 1986. Prior to becoming president/COO in 2005, Windham served as the senior vice president and general manager of the Enterprise Networks Division.

Windham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University where he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2001 and also holds an MBA from Florida Tech.

Brian Higgins
Executive Director for
Ecosystem Development
Verizon Wireless

Jan. 21, 10:15 am

Brian Higgins is Executive Director for Ecosystem Development within Verizon Wireless. In his current capacity, Brian has responsibility for the management of the LTE Innovation Center and developer support for the Verizon Developer Community. With more than fourteen years of wireless telecommunications experience, Brian has played a lead role in various initiatives within Verizon Wireless and its predecessor companies, including enterprise software development and support, new product implementation, nationwide in-building management, spectrum acquisition and planning, and custom solution development for both enterprise and public safety. Brian holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Rutgers University. He has also earned an additional master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.

James Siminoff
Chief Strategy Officer
and is head of Ditech's Labs program
Ditech Networks

Jan. 21, 6:00 pm

James has always fostered an entrepreneurial spirit. While at Babson College he started a consumer electronics business called Gadgetronics. In 1998 he founded Your First Step International, Inc., a company that assisted entrepreneurs in bringing ideas from concept to fruition. In 2000, the company transitioned its main focus to building a global wholesale Voice over IP network. In 2002 James merged YFS into Nobel Ltd. which has became the largest online calling card companies in the US. While at Nobel, James started NobelBiz which he still is a principal in today. James left Nobel in 2006 to put his full effort into PhoneTag.

In 2005 James was inspired by the archaic nature of voicemail to found the world's first voicemail-to-text company, PhoneTag. James drew from his experience of starting successful companies to develop a system to transcribe voicemail messages into text. In 2007 James received the Entrepreneur Award from Crain's Business New York in recognition for his accomplishments with PhoneTag. In September of 2009 PhoneTag completed a transaction worth $17 million with Ditech Networks (nasdaq: DITC). James currently holds the position of Chief Strategy Officer and is head of Ditech's Labs program.

James holds a Bachelor of Science in entrepreneurship from Babson College.

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