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Gregory Boehnlein, N2Net
An active developer and user of Asterisk, Gregory Boehnlein has over 20 years of experience in the Telcom and Networking industries. Gregory has overseen the growth of multiple businesses and is currently the owner of N2Net, a 15 year old service provider specializing in Mission Critical VoIP Hosting. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Gregory has spoken at numerous industry events and is actively involved with the Asterisk development process.
Ruth Bridger, Xorcom
Ruth Bridger joined Xorcom, a manufacturer of Asterisk-based modular and scalable VoIP to PSTN hardware telephony solutions for commercial installations, as VP Marketing in mid-2008. For four years prior to that, Ruth was Marketing Manager at Surf Communication Solutions, a developer of infrastructure platforms enabling the convergence of Voice + Video + Data across Wireline and Wireless networks. Beforehand, Ruth served for over six years as Marketing Manager at B.O.S. â€“ Better On-line Solutions, yet another pioneering high tech company in the telecommunications industry. Ruth has a B.A. degree from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and an M.A. degree in Communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Russell Bryant, Digium
Russell is the Engineering Manager for Open Source Software at Digium. Russell has been a core member of the Asterisk development team since the Fall of 2004. He has been employed by Digium since early 2005. At the first Astricon in 2004, he was named the release maintainer for Asterisk's first maintained major release series, Asterisk 1.0. He has since contributed to almost all areas of Asterisk development, from project management to core architectural design and development. Russell received a bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Clemson University in the Fall of 2006. He is currently working on a master's degree in Software Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
David Burgess, Kestrel Signal Processing, Inc.
I would like to speak about the OpenBTS project. The OpenBTS Project is an effort to construct an open-source Unix application that uses the Universal Software Radio Peripheral (USRP) to present a GSM air interface ("Um") to standard GSM handset and uses the Asterisk software PBX to connect calls. The combination of the ubiquitous GSM air interface with VoIP backhaul could form the basis of a new type of cellular network that could be deployed and operated at substantially lower cost than existing technologies in many applications. View Session
Robert Campozano, EUS Networks
Robert Campozano has been involved in telephony since 1991 and in the last 6 years made a transition into the IP telephony platform. As CEO of EUS Networks he has had the ability to work every angle from the development of custom telephony applications to the setup and integration of hardware and support systems for Enterprise clients and Carriers. This experience and knowledge has allowed him to lead EUS into the future of Telephony with a solid understanding and a unique perspective in the field. View Session
Stefano Carlini, Klarya srl
Stefano Carlini is Business Development Manager at Klarya srl. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Bologna in 1997 and a Master Degree in "Free Software and Open Source Technologies" from the Graduate School of the University of Bologna in 2005.
Prior to co-founding Klarya in 2005, he has held the position of Senior Software Engineer for companies developing high technology devices for Telecommunications. Working with Open Source projects for about fourteen years now, he discovered Asterisk in 2004 and immediately started developing applications and business for the Open Source VoIP market in Italy. View Session
José Luis Castaños, Presence Technology
He is Technical Engineering in Electronic Equipment (EUETT La Salle) and Advanced Telecommunications Engineering (UPC Barcelona) MBA EADA. He began his professional career as a consultant with Anderson Consulting, then becoming IT Director for DTG. For more than four years he contributed actively to the growth of DTG. In 2000 he participated in the creation of Presence Technology as Operations Director, and to date has been involved in the leadership and strategic management of the company. In July 2008, José Luis moved to the USA to boost the growth of the company in the United States. He is current VP for Business Development. View Session
Eric Chamberlain, RF.com - RingFree Mobility Inc.
Eric Chamberlain is a founder of RF.com. Eric's past experience includes founding and selling of two start-ups and tenure as Chief Technical Officer at two previous companies. He most recently served as Chief Technical Officer at Voxilla, a leading source of Voice over IP news, hardware and end-user tools for consumers. In 1998, he co-founded Telogix Systems a company offering innovative and low-cost voice and wireless telecommunications solutions to the commercial and financial sectors of Illinois. View Session
Kelvin Chua, nextix inc.
Kelvin is a Communications electronics engineer based in Asia with deep experience and understanding in asterisk, VOIP systems, and legacy integration. He also develops firmware and has extensive experience with embedded hardware as well open source haardware. As CTO of Nextix systems inc., his focus is to develop large national and international deployment for voice and video network applications. View Session
Evan Cooke, Twilio
Evan is Co-Founder and CTO of Twilio. He has recently served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in network security and distributed systems at the University of Michigan, and held R&D roles at Microsoft Research, Apple Inc. and NASA. Dr. Cooke holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin. View Session
Alistair Cunningham, Integrics Ltd
Alistair Cunningham is a highly experienced software systems engineer. He has detailed knowledge of a wide range of business software products, particularly telephony (including VoIP), database, and network products. He has installed over 100 VoIP, IVR, and voicemail systems in 17 countries. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Cambridge University Engineering Department. He is customer facing, and works equally well in large teams or alone. View Session
Jim Dalton, TransNexus
Jim Dalton is the founder and CEO of TransNexus, Inc. TransNexus, a software development firm, provides commercial and open source VoIP Operations and Billing Support System (OSS/BSS) solutions. Dalton began his career as a petroleum engineer working in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Yemen from 1981-86. After graduate studies in finance he became a Chartered Financial Analyst. Dalton began his telecom career with BellSouth in 1988. His work at BellSouth included financial analysis for BellSouth Corp. and market planning for BellSouth's GSM wireless and mobile data businesses. This experience led to his early recognition in the promise of Voice over IP and the founding of TransNexus in 1997. Dalton holds five patents for VoIP clearing and settlement technology. He received a mechanical engineering degree from Duke University and a MBA degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton school.
David Duffett, Telespeak Limited (UK)
David delivers Asterisk training and consultancy around the world through his own company (TeleSpeak) in addition to designing and delivering training for a number of companies, including Digium. Known for injecting a good dose of fun into classroom training, conference speeches and life in general David is a keen Asterisk enthusiast and also enjoys podcasting, radio presenting and teaching public speaking skills. He is a Chartered Engineer with experience including Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, VoIP and Asterisk.
Alongside his other work, David is currently investigating the integration of VoIP PBX functionality with the Femtocell.
Manrique Feoli, Kínetos
Manrique is cofounder and CEO/CTO of Kínetos. Industrial Engineer and 20+ years in developing. Has been in the Voice Processing and CT Developing since 1994, where has covered most of the telephony grounds from Analog to Digital to VoIP with strong involvement in Voice Recognition from 1998 to 2002.
Has lead the development of a full featured suite of telephony products, based first in Dialogic hardware and later on moving into the IP world.
Has also been involved in some development parts on the open source project, where helped to accomplish the Q.Sig path replacement directives into the Asterisk project.
Has been an active member of the community more recently, and attended Astricon at Anaheim 05, Dallas 06, Phoenix 07, Phoenix 08
More recently has done a lot of work with realtime, OpenVZ, and High availability. Been researching and currently using virtual platform systems,been mixing virtualization with high availability.
Currently leads a development team at Kínetos for new innovative products, for instance are working on a new concept for configuring Voice Recognition systems, to make it more robust and flexible to the end user. And also working in some integration of Kínetos tools with other telephony providers in the market. View Session
Kevin Fleming, Digium
Kevin Fleming is the Director of Software Technologies at Digium, Inc. and Co-Maintainer of Asterisk and has 20+ years of programming experience in fields like open source messaging and networking, and mainframe operating systems. Kevin excels in producing resource-efficient solutions through problem analysis and solution design. Believing open source is the "right" way to develop software, Kevin uses open source solutions whenever possible. View Session
Matt Florell, VICIDIAL Group
Matt Florell has over eleven years experience in building and managing corporate IT systems specializing in Customer Relationship Management(CRM) systems, telephony systems, databases, scalable applications and system optimization. Matt is currently the President of the ViciDial Group in St. Petersburg, Florida and is the creator and maintainer of the ViciDial Call Center Suite. View Session
Kerry Garrison, 888VoipStore
Kerry got involved with telephony while running his own IT business. After discovering open-source systems like Asterisk, he began writing technical articles and books on the topic. With a long history in the IP PBX space from being an installer and integrator to being the project manager and Community Director for the trixbox CE project, Kerry joined the 888VoipStore team at the beginning of 2009. As the VP of Strategic Initiatives for 888VoipStore, Kerry works to help resellers to improve their businesses and bottom line by providing a rich resource of information that many have come to trust and rely upon. View Session
Jason Goecke, Adhersion
Jason Goecke has a long history in telephony. His unique perspective is built on extensive business experience around the world as well as technical depth. His passion for disruption manifests itself in his on-going support of open source telephony, with the latest phase being his commitment to the Adhearsion project. www.linkedin.com/in/jasongoecke
Working from a home office for the past 12 years Michael has explored various aspects of VoIP for SOHO applications. An early adopter of embedded Asterisk, his initial effort deploying Asterisk in his home office resulted in the 2006 publication of "How To: Building an Embedded Asterisk PBX" at Tom's Hardware (Now www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/24210/82/), a publication the remains popular even today.
Since the September 2007 Michael has written extensively about his experience at his blog, "Graves On SOHO VoIP" (www.mgraves.org), and remains a regular contributor to www.smallnetbuilder.com, as well as various public VoIP forums.
His interest in HDVoice arises from recent events in a years-long search for the ideal cordless IP phone. Starting with the purchase of a Gigaset S685IP in March 2008, and later the opportunity to review the Polycom SoundPoint IP550 & IP650 desk phones in the summer of 2008, Michael has become convinced that telephony desperately needs to improve. And equally convinced that it can, if we just give it a push.
Bogdan-Andrei Iancu, OpenSIPS project
Bogdan-Andrei Iancu is co-founder of SER and OpenSER projects and founder of OpenSIPS project. With more than 8 years experience in the SIP/ VoIP field, he also the CEO of Voice System, a "know-how" VoIP company with the goal of designing, implementing and deploying VoIP platforms. Starting in 2001 as a researcher, Bogdan became an active player in the OpenSource Telephony world (being involved in ore than 6 OS VoIP projects). In the same time, via his company, he used these projects for delivering real-life VoIP solutions on the market, showing that Open Source is the answer even in the Telco world.
Saúl Ibarra, Irontec
VoIP enthusiast who likes everything about VoIP and everything about SIP. A GNU/linux lover who found Asterisk 4 years ago and couldn't stop playing around with it trying to test every single feature. After playing around with Asterisk I started working for the VoIP department of a small company and started developing new skills and getting more and more involved in the Asterisk community.
Bryan M. Johns, Shelton | Johns
Bryan M. Johns has been an evangelist of open source telecommunications networks for more than five years. Bryan's firm, Shelton | Johns, has designed and implemented some of the country's most complex and powerful Asterisk solutions. Mr. Johns is responsible for business development activities for Shelton | Johns and its sister company 3|P and works closely with customers to deliver powerful, affordable and flexible telecommunications solutions. Bryan is a frequent attendee and speaker at industry events.
Arno J.G. Jolink, IsraPunt ICT
15 years experience in telecom and ICT solution. CEO of the Baank Group BV with 7 businesses including IsraPunt ICT. 36 years, married and 2 children (boy and girl). IsraPunt ICT is a Total Solution System Integrator and provides the deployment of large ICT sites including 23,000 IP devices named IP Businessmanager, based on Asterisk. Currently IsraPunt ICT runs serveral Pilots with respectively 28,000 and 14,000 IP phones. The IP Business manager concept also includes the total mobile telephony, Unified Communications, SIP PRI and Central Mail Supply.
Mr. Kashif Kahn is the Co-Founder and the Vice President of Business Development at Vestec. His prior experience consists of management consulting, investment banking, and private equity engagements at some of the leading firms in North America. He spent years advising corporations on business and operational strategy at McKinsey & Company; working with multinationals on financing options, financial restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions at Credit Suisse; and evaluating investment opportunities in early-stage technology firms at TD Capital. Mr. Kahn is a graduate of the Management & Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his B.S.E in Computer Science from the Moore School of Electrical Engineering and B.S in Economics from the Wharton School of Business. View Session
James Kleckner, AMTELCO
James Kleckner was graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on International Business. Jim joined AMTELCO immediately following his graduation, serving initially as a software engineer before moving into his current role as a product manager in 2008.
In addition to his role as a product manager, Jim leads the interdepartmental team charged with ensuring that AMTELCO's products comply with all levels of federal data security regulations and with industry standards. His role in pursuing product integrations and partnership alliances has lead to a developing integration between AMTELCO's Intelligent Soft Agent SIP-based call center solution and EPIC's Hyperspace healthcare information system interface.
Dr. Daniel Krahenbuhl, Intuit Innovations
Daniel has a P.h.D in software engineering from MIT and has built and sold various companies during the last 17 years. He is the CEO and one of the founders of Intuit Innovation which is exclusively focused on Asterisk and Nagios. He lives in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia with his family.
Maarten started off his career in IT as an IT consultant with a major aircraft manufacturer. He then moved on in 1997 to a service provider of satellite telephone traffic as Head of Sales. Maarten joined Pika in 2000 and is now responsible for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Pika. The exciting world of VoIP and open source telephony creates endless opportunities, and he is thoroughly enjoying it all! His main hobbies include running and field hockey, he is a member of Lions International and actively participates in various not-for-profit activities.
John is a graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario holding degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business. He bring with him over 20 years of international sales and marketing experience. Prior to PIKA, John held senior Sales, Marketing and Business Development positions with industry leaders including Infineon, Siemens, Mitel, AMCC, Wavesat and Gennum. As Business Development Manager at PIKA Technologies, John is responsible for expanding business opportunities for the WARP Appliance.
Tilghman Lesher, Digium
Tilghman Lesher has worked in the Asterisk industry for the past 6 years, contributing his expertise to one of Digium's earliest resellers. Two years ago, he started working full time for Digium. As an early contributor to Asterisk, he is surpassed only by Mark Spencer in the time he has been developing functionality for Asterisk. He is the primary author of func_odbc, cdr_adaptive_odbc, and many other features. He resides in the Nashville, Tennessee area, along with his life partner, 5 rabbits, and 3 dogs.
Phillipe Lindheimer, FreePBX.org / Bandwidth.com
Philippe Lindheimer is the Project Leader and primary Developer of FreePBX and the Open Source Community Director for Bandwidth.com. Philippe's interest in telecom began in the early 1990s when he worked at Hewlett Packard's European Headquarters helping leading telephone companies re-architect their Business Support Systems. For more than two decades he has worked in the Engineering industry in a range of technical consulting roles with Fortune 500 Companies. He has been involved in creating and presenting numerous technical training events on a worldwide basis and has spoken at past Astricon developer conferences and Asterisk World. He is co-founder of the popular Open Telephony Training Seminar series focused on real word Asterisk/FreePBX technical and marketing/sales training.
Leif Madsen, Digium
Leif Madsen is an Asterisk consultant with over 5 years of experience, and is a co-author of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, published by O'Reilly Media. Leif has built clustered solutions for ITSPs and call centres, and specializes in Asterisk database integration in these clustered systems. He is also the primary bug marshal and release manager of Asterisk.
John F Malone, The Eastern Management Group.
John Malone is Founder and CEO of The Eastern Management Group. He heads one of the oldest and most respected research and consulting organizations, providing professional services to global telecommunications companies.
He has advised almost every major telecommunications service provider, manufacturer, and software company in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Before founding The Eastern Management Group, Mr. Malone spent a decade with AT&T. He developed the first call center while at AT&T, and went on to run sales, marketing and strategy organizations for the company.
In addition to his firm's 400 clients, he has advised Members and Staff of The US House of Representatives, US Senate, Department of Justice, FCC, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, State Legislatures, State Regulatory Commissions and the European Commission. He has testified extensively before the US Congress, state legislatures, and regulatory agencies.
His market assessments are quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Business Week. Fortune magazine has called John Malone the leading analyst in the industry.
Mr. Malone has served on the Board of Directors of many private and publicly held companies including American Fiber Systems, Valere Power, In Motion Technology, Phaethon Communications, Applied Digital Access, VINA Technologies and Larscom. He has also served on the Alumni Board of Directors of the University of Dayton. He holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing, as well as an MBA from the University of Dayton.
Vince McGlone, TASterix
Graduated in 1993 from Drexel University as Valedictorian. Entered the Answering Service industry in 1998 and created TASterix software to our internal call centers. Currently owns and services 12 individual call centers. Was a pioneer in providing a hosted solution to other call centers in 2004 within the US and India. Now has integrated with Asterisk based telephony marketing within the virutal labor industries.
David McMorrow, Cloud Telecomputers
David McMorrow is CEO of Cloud Telecomputers and has 18 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Cloud Telecomputers is an early stage software company that has developed a platform that delivers a desktop "Smartphone" experience on non-mobile touch screen devices such as SIP phones, tablets and netbooks. Before coming to Cloud Telecomputers, David was most recently EVP/General Manager at Covad Communications for 10 years, and was part of the management team that grew Covad from a startup to a $2B enterprise with $500M in annual revenues. Prior to Covad, David was in multiple leadership roles in sales & marketing at MFS/Worldcom and AT&T. David currently resides in the San Francisco/San Jose area. David graduated from the Executive School of Management at Syracuse University.
Mark Michelson, Digium
My name is Mark Michelson. I work for Digium, inc., maintainer of the world's leading open source telephony software, Asterisk. I have been working for Digium for the past two years as an open source developer. In that span, I have fixed several hundred bugs and have introduced several new features to the Asterisk code. Chief among my contributions is support for reception and transmission of connected line information in the current trunk. View Session
Matthew Nickasch is an independent consultant and analyst in the IP communication and convergence fields. His current and previous consulting experience includes systems architecture, virtualization, telecommunications, and converged networks for the financial, education, and healthcare industries.
In addition to his consulting responsibilities, he has been active in the research realm, recently publishing and presenting on topics including routing protocol security and ERP and transactional database auditing. While his interests include directory services and corporate compliance, Nickasch's focus is on converged networks and IP communications.
Joseph Panettieri, www.TheVARguy.com
Joe Panettieri is editorial director and co-founder of Nine Lives Media Inc., a disruptive force in IT media. He has personally launched TheVARguy,com (what's next in the IT channel), MSPmentor.net (the ultimate guide to managed services) and WorksWithU (the independent guide to Ubuntu Linux). Joe previously held executive and editorial positions at Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media, working for such brands as ZD Internet and InformationWeek. View Session
Tim Panton, Westhawk Ltd/PhoneFromHere.com
Tim Panton has been a software developer for more than 25 years, working on a diverse range of projects, from chemical plant simulation to tourism web sites. He is also a contributor to open source projects, in particular GJTAPI a framework for implementing JTAPI (The Java Telephony API) and Westhawk's Java SNMP stack. In recent years Tim has been predominantly involved in Asterisk development and implementation, working closely with key industry players he has been championing innovative integration of voice technologies in both the commercial and social media markets for PhoneFromHere.com. View Session
Clod Patry, PioV
Clod Patry is completing his Software Engineering degree at Ecole de Technologie Supérieure. He started Asterisk, 5 years ago and he contributed a lot of patches to the Asterisk Project. He is still a bug marshal for the project. He does consulting for companies and has a strong experience with AGI and AMI.
Clod is dCap (Digium Certified Asterisk Professional) since 2007 and is living in Montreal, Canada, with his girlfriend and his cat and enjoy reading. View Session
Michelle Petrone-Fleming, Digium
Born in a small town called Mineola, New York in 1979. Came to Huntsville, Alabama a few years later, knowing even at age 5 I was destined to write and negotiate contracts, handle trademarks, and parry random legal questions about things I knew nothing about, like admiralty and estate law. Went to Cumberland School of Law and received the law degree to put me on the path to trademark and writing greatness in 2004. Now revises contracts, policies, and procedures by the truckload, while being occasionally flummoxed by strange trademark requests or registration procedures along the way. Get odd joy out of revising contracts and a decidedly not odd satisfaction out of overcoming trademark registration obstacles. View Session
Director of Engineering for Switchvox and lead architect of the Switchvox Extend API. He is presenting in the Switchvox Extend API class on Tuesday. View Session
Fred Posner, Team Forrest
Fred Posner, Director
The Palner Group, Inc. d/b/a Team Forrest
After working a city job in Florida, Fred Posner fell into the technological world of web hosting, systems administration, and network engineering. Like many before him, Fred was tasked with running the company's VoIP solution. After working with solutions such as Acme Packet, Broadsoft, Cisco, and others, Fred discovered Asterisk and quickly embraced the open source approach to telecommunication. A large (yes, it's a fat joke) proponent of Asterisk and OpenSER, Fred currently provides networking / VoIP consultation services through Team Forrest.
Fred loves eggs, long walks in the rain, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
To contact Fred, please visit teamforrest.com or qxork.com. View Session
Branko Radojevic, CARNet
Branko has over 12 years of experience with networking, and over 6 years with Asterisk. He has several networking professional certificates including dCAP# 1169.
He is currently working on several national projects for CARNet, which include in-depth knowledge of networking, storage and other computer and information systems.
One of the biggest projects that he currently leads is the voopIX project which interconnects all schools, research institutes and universities in Croatia in order to create a large VoIP community for Croatian educational system. View Session
JR Richardson, Ntegrated Solutions
JR Richardson has been working with Asterisk since 2002. Speaking at the inaugural Astricon, Atlanta in 2004, he was the first to offer architectural designs for using Asterisk within high capacity cluster arrangements. JR is currently the CTO for 'Ntegrated Solutions', a VoIP centric Telecom Service Provider serving the Business Community within the Great State of Texas. View Session
Jeronimo Romero, EUS Networks
Jeronimo Romero is the CTO of EUS Networks. He has been building custom enterprise PBX and call center solutions with a strong focus on the financial services industry. View Session
Nir Simionovich, Greenfield Technologies Ltd
I've been performing public Open Source evangelism talks since early 1996, and I've been focused on the Asterisk project since 2002. I'm the Asterisk community founder and website maintainer in Israel, since 2003. My work with Asterisk consists of building highly scalable Asterisk solutions, surpassing the 3000 concurrent channels mark. View Session
Kenny Shumard, Digium
Kenny Shumard is Digium's Technical Support Manager. He has been at Digium for 4 years, and has worked in support, training, application development, and project management roles. He is a co-author of RFC 5456, which defines the IAX2 (Inter Asterisk eXchange) protocol.
Daniel Strauss is an Advisory Software Engineer for IBM and is the VoIP Development Lead for IBM Smart Business. As the VoIP Development Lead Daniel is responsible for integrating telephony with IBM Smart Business to simplify and enhance the customer's experience. Daniel started with IBM working on the AS/400 server and has previously worked on several IBM Lotus software products including Lotus Domino and Lotus Workplace. View Session