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Dr. Ritesh Mukherjee

Vice President of Product Management, 128 Technology

128 Technology

Ritesh Mukherjee leads routing and technology strategy development at 128 Technology. His expertise includes SD-WAN, data center, cloud, SDN/NFV, and IoT. Prior to 128 Technology, Ritesh was Director, Network Solutions at Huawei leading the technical solutions team and Manager, Product Management at Cisco leading the software operating systems group. Ritesh holds a PhD in Computer Science from Concordia University, Montreal.


Vik Verma

CEO, 8x8, Inc.

8x8, Inc.

Vik Verma is Chief Executive Officer at 8x8, Inc., the world’s first communications cloud provider, empowering over 1 million business users to communicate and collaborate across dispersed locations to deliver exceptional customer experiences. 8x8 is a pioneer in unified communications and customer engagement solutions with over 150 patents, driving global innovation in how companies communicate with their employees and customers.Verma is an engineer at heart who began his career at Savi Technology, Inc. (Savi), a leader in RFID and cloud-based technologies as a design engineer and went on to become the Chief Operating Officer and eventually the Chief Executive Officer of Savi in 1997. He holds eight patents and was named one of 40 “Technology Pioneers” by the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland in 2003 for a successful track record in building profitable businesses around emerging technologies.Verma joined 8x8 as a board member in 2012 and was appointed Chief Executive officer within a year to lead the company’s global expansion. He is the driving force behind 8x8’s market leadership in a 50 billion dollar unified and contact center communications market and its continued push for innovation in areas like Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and data analytics. Under Verma’s leadership, 8x8 has evolved into a global player in unified cloud communications from its inception as a Silicon Valley startup.With more than 25 years of industry and management experience, Verma has successfully transformed several technology businesses through organic growth, international expansion and strategic mergers and acquisitions. Prior to 8x8, he was President of Strategic Venture Development at Lockheed Martin where he led early-stage technologies to new global commercial markets through collaborative incubators, intellectual property portfolio licensing and strategic partnerships with multi-national companies. Prior to this, Verma was the President of the IS&GS Savi Group, a Lockheed Martin technology and information services division providing real-time supply chain management and security solutions for government and commercial markets worldwide. His journey with Lockheed Martin began when he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Savi, that was acquired by Lockheed Martin in 2006.Verma holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Florida Institute of Technology, an M.S.E. degree from the University of Michigan in electrical engineering, and the post-graduate degree of Engineer in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. Subsequently, in keeping with Silicon Valley tradition, Verma left his PhD program at Stanford to join the startup world. He is also an alumni of the Executive Management programs for CEOs at Harvard Business School, Stanford University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.Verma’s Florida Tech honors include being a recipient of the Faculty Honors Award (Co-Valedictorian) Class of 1987, the 1987 Tau Beta Pi Williams Fellowship, the 1999 Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, and being selected as a commencement speaker in 2002. He served on the Florida Tech Board of Trustees from 2002 to 2007 and rejoined the board in 2015.


Chris Thompson

Director of Enterprise Solutions, ADTRAN


Chris Thompson is the Director of Enterprise Solutions, which includes SD-WAN, Virtual Network Functions, uCPE, Carrier Ethernet Edge Devices, routers, enterprise switches, eSBCs and IP Business Gateways. With 24 years of experience in the communications and carrier managed services market, Thompson has led ADTRAN to the number one position in key product sectors across multiple technologies. Prior to his current role, Thompson served as senior product manager for ADTRAN’s voice over IP product lines and held software and hardware engineering positions with ADTRAN and Motorola.


Victor Obando

Dir. Solutions Architecture, AT&T Cybersecurity, AT&T

Aruna Ravichandran

VP/CMO, Webex Collaboration Marketing, Cisco


Aruna Ravichandran is VP/Chief Marketing Officer for Webex Collaboration Marketing at Cisco and leads all aspects of global marketing, including brand management, product marketing, digital marketing, and demand generation. Aruna has a passion for helping customers transform their workplaces using todays powerful collaboration technologies. Prior to Cisco, Aruna held marketing and engineering leadership positions at CA Technologies (acquired by Broadcom), Juniper Networks, and Hewlett Packard. She holds an MS in Computer Engineering and an MBA from Santa Clara University and a BS in Computer Science from Bangalore University. Aruna has also completed Northwestern Universitys Kellogg Chief Marketing Officer program. She has published two books on DevOps and is a contributing blogger for the Forbes Technology Council. Aruna is on the Advisory Board for Graphics Communications at California Polytechnic State University and the Advisory Board for Panzura, a leading provider of cloud file sharing solutions. Outside of work, Aruna helps guide students into technology-related majors and careers by mentoring students and giving talks at local high schools. She also practices martial arts and is a certified kickboxing instructor.


Dave Gilbert

Chief Evangelist, Cloud Communications Alliance

Cloud Communications Alliance

Dave Gilbert is an accomplished Senior Executive, Founder, Advisor, Author and Cloud Evangelist with more than 20 years of success in cloud communications, UCaaS, software development and integration. Leveraging his extensive experience, he now works alongside business leaders from around the globe. He not only helps companies grow bigger but grow better by addressing team alignment, culture, strategy, vision, and CX while focusing on positive business outcomes. Throughout his executive career, Dave was CEO and founder of SimpleSignal until it was acquired by Vonage in 2015. Dave has since held leadership positions with Cloud Communications Alliance, UC Buyer, and Prodoscore. Dave resides in the sleepy little beach town of San Clemente California where he keeps his collection of cool hats.


Marc Haskelson

President/CEO, Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group


Paul Redding

VP of Channel Engagement & Cybersecurity, Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group


Craig Fulton

Chief Customer Officer, ConnectWise


As Chief Customer Officer, Craig Fulton oversees the support, consulting and onboarding teams as a unified function to empower ConnectWise’s customers to succeed in growing their businesses and exceeding their goals. He credits his 20+ years in the technology sector, including time spent as a support desk and field technician, for helping him understand what partners want and need from their business management software. The 12-year ConnectWise veteran has held a number of positions during his tenure with the company, including Chief Product Officer, senior product manager, business consultant, and system engineer. He also co-created ConnectWise CloudConsole and authored Path to Success, a ConnectWise best practices guide about how to run a successful technology solutions provider business. Prior to joining the company, he worked for Accenture as a technology consultant, and served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Craig is widely recognized for his contributions to the technology industry. He was named a Channel Partners Top Gun 51 channel executive in 2019, a CRN Channel Chief in 2015 and 2017, and a member of the MSPMentor 250 list in 2014. Craig also holds a number of patents related to chat program and cloud management technology. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of South Florida.The Ohio native now lives in Clearwater, Fla. with his wife Jillian and three sons. When he’s not at work, Craig is spending time with his family, traveling, or working on his cars.


Beat Kramer

CEO, Contronex


computer assembly, software project management and hardware sales. In 1990 he moved to the U.S. and started Contronex. After trading globally in computer products, he transitioned the company to become a Distributor of IT Security Solutions. Through his knowledge and background in the industry, he built a vast network of global resources in the pursuit to make Contronex a leader in IT Security.


Daniel Deneke

Channel Manager, Contronex


Daniel started back in Germany in the car industry working for several brands, including Volvo for 12 year. He then became head of sales fora major motorcycle dealership. He also filled the position of press officer for the Team Yamaha Kurz World Championship Racing Teams in both Motocross and Road Racing. In 2003 he moved to the U.S. and worked as the purchase department manager for a globally operating dietary supplement company. For the past 6 years, Daniel has been working at Contronex and as the channel manager focuses on partner acquisition, retention and growth.


Ken Lienemann

Chief Revenue Officer, CoreDial


Ken Lienemann is chief revenue officer at CoreDial, responsible for leading channel recruitment initiatives as well as channel on-boarding, training, support, and success. With a deep background in sales and service, Ken brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, having worked previously for telecom and software companies ranging from startups and early-stage IPOs to Fortune 500 enterprises. Prior to joining CoreDial, Ken served as senior vice president of global marketing at Tangoe, a $200M+ public SaaS company. There he built a global marketing organization including product marketing, demand generation, and marketing communications teams. Before Tangoe, he was executive vice president of global sales and service at Rivermine, a telecom expense management and managed mobility services company that specializes in managing voice, data, and wireless telecom expenses and equipment. Ken drove the company’s global sales efforts, leading to its lucrative acquisition by Emptoris and subsequently by IBM, where Ken served as general manager and senior vice president of global sales. Ken holds a BS in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.


Domenick Gandolfo

Chief Security Strategist, Cybersafe Solutions

Cybersafe Solutions

Domenick is a seasoned cybersecurity veteran with over 20 years of hands on enterprise level experience leading technical initiatives that secure data, ensure compliance and support business productivity.Domenick began his career as a Network Specialist for a regional educational service agency that provided programs and opportunities within 18 school districts. During his support role at the educational institution, Domenick attained certifications from both CompTIA and Cisco. He eventually moved on to join a global leader in mission-critical service parts logistics supporting Fortune 500 clients including Cisco, EMC, Hitachi, Avaya and Dell, holding leadership roles as both a Senior Network Security Engineer and Network Manager. During his tenure at the logistics organization, he was responsible for designing, securing, implementing, and ensuring optimal uptime of critical systems and infrastructure. He spearheaded the build out of an enterprise class business continuity and disaster recovery solution and was responsible for the overall security infrastructure. Domenick was recruited to drive the build out of the IT department and define the technology strategy and roadmap while strengthening the overall security posture for the largest urology practice in the United States. Domenick was eventually appointed Chief Security Officer and was responsible for developing, maintaining and implementing an enterprise information security program. He developed and oversaw the adoption of security policies and procedures, and created a company-wide security awareness training program. Domenick drove a complete redesign of both server and network infrastructure while supporting 1000 employees across 62 locations. He identified risks and vulnerabilities, implemented controls and led the deployment of new security hardware and software in order to achieve compliance with government regulations. Domenick is an expert in identifying risks, defining appropriate mitigation controls, and deploying fully integrated data systems and network security solutions to ensure safe computing and achieve regulatory compliance. Domenick has participated in numerous cyber challenges for both the Red and Blue Team battling with and against United States Military personnel in simulated cyber espionage type of attacks. Domenick holds the prestigious and globally recognized Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) designation. He also holds the GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) and GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA) information security certifications. Domenick has also held previous certifications as a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and a Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA). Domenick received his B.S. cum laude from Long Island University.


Steve Salmon

VP of Enterprise and Channel Sales, Field Nation

Field Nation

Steve Salmon brings more than 30 years of leadership experience to the IT services industry. Steve has held senior roles in both startups and large enterprises, even co-founding a technology services company in 1992, which was later purchased. Currently, Steve is the VP of Enterprise and Channel Sales at Field Nation, a marketplace that connects businesses with skilled technicians. Previously, he served as SVP of Global Managed Services Solutions at CompuCom, where the services revenue grew from $200M to more than $1B. Steve’s expertise and strategic prowess have landed him on numerous radio shows as a technology and business specialist. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from James Madison University.


Angela Abbot

Strategy & Capability Owner for Automation and Analytics, Fujitsu


Angela Abbot is an experienced IT Architect of over 25 years. She is a creative thinker and problem solver who has spent the last 14 years working with a Managed Service Provider who has customers in retail, financial services, banking, private and government sectors. Angela is currently working in the Live Services within Fujitsu EMEIA region, where she is responsible for designing and deploying Automation & Analytics capabilities. These capabilities are consumed by Fujitsu Service Delivery teams delivering services to customers. Angela is also responsible for driving innovation and defining new strategies for Automation & Analytics, aiming to drive out manual repetitive tasks, increase operational efficiencies, standardize processes using Automation and data driven insights.


Carol Brayton

Senior Product Manager, Fujitsu


Carol Brayton is senior product manager for managed services at Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. Her product responsibilities include managed network services, SD-WAN-as-a-Service, cybersecurity solutions and maintenance services. In this capacity, Carol is responsible for new product introductions, on-going lifecycle management, market analysis, and business planning. Carol has more than 30 years of experience in software engineering and product management/marketing. She has developed, introduced and managed core network switches and interfaces, OSS and BSS products, unified communications-as a-service and data analytics. Carol holds a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics from The University of Texas at Dallas and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Kate Matsudaira

Director, Google Tech Engineering, Google


Kate Matsudaira joined Google just over a year ago and is a Director in Google Tech Engineering. Her teams help build the infrastructure that powers Google. Prior to coming to Google, Kate helped build several successful startups that have gone on to get acquired by companies like eBay, O’Reilly Media and Limelight. Kate started her career as a software engineer and lead at Microsoft, and Amazon. She is a keynote speaker, published author, and has been honored with recognition like NCWIT Symons Innovator Award and Seattles Top 40 under 40.


Philip Burnett

CISO, High Wire Networks

High Wire Networks

Philip Burnett is Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at High Wire Networks and brings two decades of executive security experience and credentials to the High Wire Networks team. Most recently, he was CISO and director of IT Security at R1 RCM Inc. and a Security Operations Center (SOC) Manager at Sentinel Technologies. Also, during his career he spent five years as HIPAA Chief Security Officer and DIACAP Information Assurance Officer for Delta Dental. Burnett is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He also has certifications in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) Security Essentials (GSEC).


Mark Porter

CEO & President, High Wire Networks

Marie Douglas

Vice President, Global Technology Service Providers, IBM


As Vice President of IBMs Global Technology Service Providers (TSPs), Marie leads the sales strategy, working directly with clients, business partners and IBM markets around the world. Under Maries leadership, IBM has expanded their global TSP ecosystem of Cloud Service Providers, Managed Service Providers, Independent Software Vendors by building a focused GTM plan for these NextGen Partners.In her 20-year tenure with IBM Marie has spent 15 years working directly with TSPs. As such she is an expert in building teams, guiding clients and partners to the right technology solution, and championing programs such as the CSP Growth Initiative. She is also a frequent guest-speaker and thought-leader at IT Conferences. Join us Wednesday at 11 as Marie will deliver the IBM keynote address here at ITEXPO. Marie comes from a Systems Engineering background and holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Franklin Pierce University, New Hampshire, U.S.


Josh Stegall

Worldwide MSP Channels Leader, IBM


Joshua Stegall is the Global MSSP Channels Leader for the IBM Security business unit at IBM. In this role Josh has increased service provider revenue by 50% and partner recruitment by 40% in the past year. Josh drives the business strategy with insights from partners, sales, marketing, product management to ensure solutions exceed market expectations. In a past role as Channel Leader for IBM Endpoint Security Solutions he positioned IBM BigFix, which grew to 90% market share for Continuous Monitoring, in the US Federal Civilian market. Josh has over 20 years’ experience in information security sales, product management and operations. He has collaborated with business partners including HCL, Sirius, Optiv and Reliquest. Josh brings his experiences from clients, partners and past positions at Verizon, MCI and UUNet to the MSP market. Josh currently resides in Washington, DC with his wife Katie and two sons Samuel and Quinn. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.


Jorge Ros

Director, Global Platform Sales, IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software, IBM

David Spofford

Chief Digital Officer - Comms/CSI Market, IBM


David Spofford is a Chief Digital Officer at IBM who optimizes and accelerates digital, low-touch, not-touch routes to market. After spending nearly 20 years working with various client verticals, including Federal, SMB, and large enterprises, David is now is dedicated to MSP, CSP and SIs. David brings a unique view of how larger enterprises can leverage scale to improve reach across the client spectrum through use of managed service providers and cloud service providers. In addition to his extensive business experience, he enjoys learning history and training German Shepherd Dogs. David holds a BA in economics from Salem State University.


Ivan Paynter

National Cyber Security Specialist, Intelisys


Ivan has 25 plus years of Cyber Security experience spanning, MCI / UUNet, WorldCom, Verizon Business, Verizon and Masergy Communications. He is a Certified Internet Security Specialist Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH). He has a passion for network & wireless security and all things IoT. Currently he is focusing on partners and suppliers; evaluating the efficacy of the various cyber security solutions and their overarching value-added managed services and risk mitigation programs. Enabling cyber technologies within various verticals with consideration towards regulatory standards and compliances. White-boarding, solutions development, problem-solving and assisting origination with proper systems selection and implementation. Ivan is a techie a heart, but also enjoys spending time with his wife and family, cooking, skiing, and boating.


Sébastien Tellier

Head of Product Marketing, Martello Technologies

Martello Technologies

Sébastien Tellier is responsible for defining the company’s products and services being offered, including managing the pricing strategy and coordinating between the different services for development, sales and marketing purposes. His expertise helps to identify business development opportunities for the company and leads the team to the next phase of innovation to fill market gaps as they present themselves. Prior to joining Martello, Sébastien worked at Elfiq Networks, a pioneer in the field of SD-WAN technologies, until it was acquired by Martello in January 2018. Moving into the role of Head of Product Marketing at Martello, Sébastien was able to use his experience to bring fresh ideas for organic growth to the company. Sébastien is savvy in policy and market analysis, with an expertise in fieldwork. Sébastien holds a Master of Science in Marketing from HEC Montreal.


Tom Millitzer

President, Millitzer Capital

Millitzer Capital

Tom Millitzer is President of Millitzer Capital, a company he formed in 1994. Millitzer Capital is a business brokerage firm that has focuses on the MSP, Telecom and Internet sectors. His firm has been engaged by Fortune 100 firms and small independent family-owned companies. He has closed over 200 transactions in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. He began his career in the cable television industry. He managed systems, and was Director of Franchises tor GroupW Broadcasting and Cable. At age 36 he raised $74 million and started his own cable company, Charter Cablesystems, Inc. and eventually acquired over forty cable firms building that business. His depth of experience in the M&A arena will assist ITExpo attendees to make critical decisions and provide a roadmap focusing on strategic planning. Over the past two decades, Millitzer has been a regular speaker at industry events. He has written over 200 articles on mergers, acquisitions, and valuations. He graduated from Parsons Colledge and conducted graduate studies at the University of Iowa.


Ryan Walsh

Chief Channel Officer, Pax8


Ryan has more 17 years of experience helping channel partners build successful cloud practices by enabling them to easily sell, bill, and support cloud subscription services. Under his direction, Pax8 is redefining how distribution works for the channel in a cloud-centric world. Prior to Pax8, Ryan served as Vice President of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfee’s portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the company’s web security product lines. Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling businesses with Internet–based, IT solutions. He started his career building a re-engineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division. Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.He is an award-winning speaker and currently serves as a member of Channel Futures’ Think Tank, Co-Chair of CompTIA’s Channel Advisory Board, and a CRN Channel Chief. Ryan served as vice president of product management for MX Logic, a cloud-based email and web security company that was acquired by McAfee in 2009. Following the acquisition, Ryan directed the product teams responsible for McAfees portfolio of cloud-based email and web solutions for the Content and Cloud Security division, and later led the product unification and hybrid cloud development effort for the companys web security product lines.Ryan has dedicated his career to enabling business improvements with Internet or IT-based solutions and startups. He started his career building a reengineering practice at Deloitte & Touche in the Consulting division.Ryan holds a BA in Business Economics from Colorado College and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Andrew Pritchard

Director of Marketing, Perspectium


Andrew Pritchard is Director of Marketing for Perspectium, a leading provider of SaaS-based automation and integration solutions for managed service providers and enterprise IT organizations. In this role, he is responsible for demand generation, partner marketing, and technology alliances that help create awareness and pipeline for Perspectium solutions. Andrew has spent more than 30 years in sales and marketing roles, helping customers realize business value from technology solutions with companies like NetApp, Polycom, Oracle, and BMC Software. A native of Edinburgh, Scotland and long-time resident of California, Andrew is passionate about his family, his two dogs, and anyone who might one day let him live his dream as a race car driver.


Tim Root

Vice President of Products, Poly


Tim Root has a long history in the Unified Communications industry, starting with PictureTel where he held many engineering roles. Tim was the CTO of Picturetel when it was acquired by Polycom. At Polycom, Tim held several roles including the CTO of the Video Division working on technology that started the HD product lines. For the next 13 years Tim worked at several different startups. He founded VGo Communications (acquired by Vecna) and then served as CTO of Revolabs (acquired by Yamaha). Tim is now the VP & General Manager of the Video & Audio Conferencing Group at Poly (the recent combination Plantronics and Polycom), responsible for the full engineering strategy for the conference room family of products. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a dual master’s degree in engineering and management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Sloan School of Management.


Jeff Kubick

Head of Global Voice Service Provider Marketing, Poly



Stephanie Plante

Sales & Marketing Specialist, QuestBlue


Stephanie Plante is a marketing and sales specialist. A skilled VoIP consultant, she has a history of working in the computer software industry, including sales and marketing roles VoIP, Origination and Termination abd other telecom services such as DIDs, e911, CNAM, LIDB, and International SIP trunking. Stephanie will be focusing on new ways MSPs can grow revenue and generate new leads for their businesses.


Julie Albright

SVP, Global Marketing, Resolve Systems

Resolve Systems

Julie Albright runs global marketing for Resolve Systems, a leader in IT Automation and AIOps. She is a seasoned marketing executive who combines creativity with data-driven decision making to transform the way companies market their products. Over the last 20 years, she’s worked with a variety of leading B2B tech companies and investors, including Asana, SolarWinds, Insight Partners, Gartner, Alteryx, AlienVault (now AT&T Cybersecurity), Syncsort, and Campaign Monitor, among others. She has a proven track record for meeting aggressive growth targets, evolving marketing organizations into revenue generators, building strong, engaging brands, and improving customer success.


Evan Rice

EVP Sales & Marketing,

Evan has over 15 years’ experience in the telecommunications, software and cloud computing industries. At, Evan is responsible for managing brand awareness and sales, as well as influencing the product roadmap. Prior to joining in 2013, Evan was part of VMware, where he was a trusted advisor to his customers in the areas of Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud and End User technologies. Prior to VMware, Evan was part of VoIP and Managed Service Provider, Cbeyond, where he managed sales and operations for their San Diego and Bay Area branches.


Curtis Peterson

SVP, Cloud Operations, RingCentral


Curtis Peterson has more than 20 years of experience managing information technology and carrier-scale data and packet voice communication networks. At companies ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 firms, Curtis has managed teams responsible for engineering, project management, operations, data security, network security, data center, carrier operations, and internet backbone design and operation. Curtis has been a pioneer in VoIP services in the business communications space and has been developing, launching, and operating Class 4 VoIP and customer-facing hosted PBX systems since 2002.


Mark Morgan

EVP of Strategy, ScanSource


Mark Morgan is Executive Vice President of Strategy at ScanSource, a $4B leading provider of technology products and solutions. A Transformational Leader, Mark serves as an expert in delivering growth through innovation, technology and new business models. Throughout his career, he has held senior leadership roles in Corporate Strategy, M&A, Sales, Marketing, and Technology. Mark managed P&L and led growth transformations for multiple technology businesses ranging from $500M-$1B. He has extensive experience in POS, mobility, telcom, UCaaS, CCaaS, connectivity and cloud services.


Andy Abramson

CMO, SkySwitch


Andy Abramson is the Chief Marketing Officer for SkySwitch. He joined the company in June 2019 and he guides the company in strategy and implementation of marketing, demand generation, special events, corporate communications, public relations, influencer development, social media and reputation management. Andy has been involved in telecom and the digital world through his marketing services agency, Comunicano, which operates globally as an all virtual agency. Since 2000, Andy and his company have propelled 47 company exits in the fintech, web, Internet, mobile, telecom, media, financial services and IT infrastructure sectors, generating more than $5.25 billion for the investors, founders and employees via M&A or IPO. Some companies that have been acquired include StubHub, GrandCentral, Telesphere, GIPS, SimpleSignal, SightSpeed, Dynamicsoft, WebDialogs, HiDef Conferencing, BridgePort Networks and Comgates. He has previously served as Senior Advisor to Counterpath, Dialpad, AT&T, Nokia, AOL, and many other companies on a global basis on matters related to the telecom industry, marketing and communications. Prior to entering the technology arena Andy was an Account Manager with Los Angeles based FCB/Impact. There he supervised sports marketing and sponsorship, as well as client account management for leading brands including Spalding and Dr. Scholls’. He joined the agency world after guiding sports marketing and public relations for The Upper Deck Company. In addition to his side work with clients, Andy has spent over 25 years in sports marketing and management in a series of executive and managerial positions with The Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Wings and Denver Nuggets, as well as serving as General Manager of The Celebrity All-Star Hockey Team. He is credited with establishing the Flyers youth hockey program and over 25 other programs that established a future fan base. He began his career in sports at age 14 in the Public Relations Department of The Philadelphia Wings Pro Lacrosse Club. An avid wine collector, accidental winemaker, and global traveler, Andy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Temple University. He is a member of the board of directors of More Too Life, a leading anti-human trafficking organization, and a Director Emeritus of The Atlantic Amateur Hockey Association, where he is also an honored inductee in their Hall of Fame.


Maddy Martin

Head of Growth and Education,

Maddy Martin is the head of growth and education at, which provides integrated virtual receptionist and web chat services for solo and small businesses, including call answering & intake services, live website chat, AI chatbots, and SMS text answering. She has spent the last decade growing tech startups from New York to California, and draws from her expertise in digital marketing, small business communications, lead conversion, content marketing, advertising, and affiliate programs to teach small businesses nationwide how to leverage tech and human resources for sustainable growth. Connect with Maddy by email at or on LinkedIn.


Ed Dryer

Senior Technology Strategist, Steadfast


With more than 20 years of experience in the technology world, Ed’s specialty is turning the impossible into the new standard. When hes not building solutions for you and your clients, he spends his time geeking out over games of all types and teaching his three kids the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek.


Erich Kaiser

Director of Sales, TechNoir


Erich Kaiser is the Director of Sales and an accomplished technical sales professional at Technoir CIO Solutions. His responsibilities include the sales and marketing of bespoke designed and deployed proactively managed services for cybersecurity solutions, internet access, network monitoring, and maintenance, wireless and wifi networks, on-prem and cloud server environments, Cytracom VoIP systems, building access and camera monitoring systems, A/V systems, mobile device management, and IT-related equipment. Erich has 30 years of experience selling and marketing IT related products and services at all levels within Fortune 500 companies, government, and educational institutions. Erich has a BS in Economics from Illinois State University and holds a board seat at 7x24 Exchange Lake Michigan Region and Digitech at Metropolitan Club.



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Marc Laliberte

Senior Security Analyst, WatchGuard Technologies

WatchGuard Technologies

Marc Laliberte is a Sr. Security Analyst at WatchGuard Technologies. Marc joined the WatchGuard team in 2012. Specializing in networking security technologies, Marc’s responsibilities include researching and reporting on modern information security trends. With speaking appearances and regular contributions to online IT publications, Marc is a thought leader providing security guidance to all levels of IT personnel. Twitter: @XORRO_


Rick Beckers

CEO, Xaas1

Moderator List

Peter Radizeski (Moderator)

President, RAD-INFO, Inc.


Peter Radizeski is an accomplished blogger, author, agent and consultant in the telecom industry. He has helped many telecommunications companies with sales training, marketing, channel development and business strategy. He is a trusted source of knowledge about the telecom sector.


Doug Green (Moderator)

Publisher, Telecom Reseller

Gary Audin (Moderator)

Senior Technology Analyst & EDUcast Host, Telecom Reseller

Telecom Reseller

Gary Audin has more than 40+ years of computer, communications and security consulting and implementation experience. He has planned, designed, specified, implemented, and operated data, LAN, and telephone networks. These have included local area, national and international networks as well as VoIP and IP convergent networks in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, Caribbean, and Asia. He has advised domestic and international venture capital and investment bankers in communications, VoIP, and microprocessor technologies.


Rich Tehrani (Moderator)

CEO, Group Editor-in-Chief, TMC


Rich Tehrani is the CEO and group Editor-In-Chief of TMC, as well as the Founder and Conference Chairman of ITEXPO, a leading technology trade show held twice each year. Rich oversees a diverse portfolio of successful technology magazines, web sites and trade events at TMC, which recently celebrated its 44th anniversary. Rich has guided TMC’s ascension and evolution from a print publishing and trade show company focused exclusively on voice/data convergence and computer telephony integration (CTI) markets, into a media powerhouse covering all of today’s most important technologies – Wireless/Mobile, Cloud Computing, IP Communications, IoT, and more. Rich is TMC’s driving force in the creation and implementation of pioneering publications and events. Since launching TMCnet in 1995, Rich has pioneered the development of more than 300 online communities of interest, revolutionizing the online world and changing the way companies leverage their brands online. Rich is a media icon, maintaining an active role as an Editor-In-Chief and a very prominent technology blogger/social media participant. TMC’s event and online platforms serve as an incubator for new concepts from the leading minds in the technology space. Rich launched and oversees the ITEXPO Franchise (which is in its 34th installment) – and is constantly adding collocated events by using his creativity and ability to launch synergistic conferences. Various collocated events include: CVx (ChannelVision Expo), IoT Evolution Conference & Expo, IDEA Showcase, and MSP Expo. Aside from his contributions to the online media world, Rich is an active and engaged philanthropist. He a member of the local JCC, a Board Member of the UCONN Engineering Department, and the engineer behind the future TMC Technology Center at a local Boys & Girls Club. This is all in addition to being an active and involved father and member of the community in Fairfield County, Connecticut where he lives with his wife and two daughters.