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Steve Brumer

Partner, 151 Advisors

151 Advisors

Steve Brumer is a Partner with 151 Advisors, a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm that is working with the executive leadership team at wireless and technology companies from early to growth stage with talent, expertise and relationship connections. The strategic initiatives that 151 focuses on are around growth, expansion and increasing shareholder value by creating executable plans that drive revenue growth in existing or new markets organically or through acquisition. Steve merged 151 Advisors with Wireless Rain, a Wireless Channel Development strategy consulting organization specializing in complete design, implementation and deployment of a successful, profit-driven reseller and national dealer system which creates a program for manufacturers, software developers, and service providers. In addition, Steve co-founded & was President of Global Wireless Data, a National Value-added Distributor of wireless products and services. Steve also held various management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data & BellSouth Wireless. Steve is a Board Member of several technology firms and trade associations. In addition, Steve is a valued presenter at National Events including CTIA, CCA, ITExpo, IOT Evolution, CIO Symposium, CES & Mobility Live, speaking about wireless technology, products, applications and future trends.


Ryan Martin

Principal Analyst, ABI Research

ABI Research

Ryan Martin, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, covers new and emerging transformative technologies, including augmented reality (AR), analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT). He currently leads the firm’s Smart Manufacturing and Enterprise IoT research.Prior to joining ABI Research, Ryan spent the past several years working at technology market research firms, including Yankee Group and, most recently, 451 Research. Before his time as a market research analyst, Ryan served as a consultant at Mobile Future Institute, a U.S.-based think tank focused on business strategies and marketing tactics for the mobile ecosystem. Additionally, he held advisory, consultative, and managerial positions at a number of early- to late-stage startups.Ryan is frequently quoted and published in a variety of industry and business media, including BBC, CIO, ComputerWorld, CyberTrend, E-Commerce Times, FastCompany, International Business Times, LA Times, PCWorld, TechNewsWorld, TechRepublic, Time Magazine, VentureBeat, Forbes and WIRED. He is also a regular speaker at client and industry events, and a judge for major awards programs such as the CES Innovation Awards and the GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards.Ryan holds degrees in economics and political science, with an additional concentration in global studies, from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.


Alex Brisbourne

Partner, Aegis



Rhonda Dirvin

Director, IoT and Embedded, Arm


Since joining Arm in 2011, she has worked in several marketing and strategic roles, including digital marketing and alliances. She now drives Arm’s marketing strategy through the lens of IoT vertical markets and embedded technology. She is a Founding Board member of the OpenFog Consortium.Rhonda is an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years. She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility.She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.


Vince Ricco

Business Development Manager, Technology Partner Program, Axis Communications

Axis Communications

Vince Ricco serves as a business development manager for the Axis Technology Partner Program Axis Communications, Inc. Mr. Ricco works with IT hardware providers to showcase the Company’s network video surveillance solutions and educate the IT industry on the ongoing technology shift from analog CCTV to IP-based video surveillance. Mr. Ricco joined Axis following nearly two decades at Allied Telesis, Inc., a leading manufacturer of Layer 2-7 network hardware and software solutions. He held a variety of positions during his tenure at Allied, from district sales manager to senior vice president of sales. Most recently, Mr. Ricco was a senior network consultant working with end-users and integrators to provide infrastructure guidance for the physical security, transportation and healthcare markets.


Paul Baratta

Business Development Manager, Healthcare, Axis Communications, Axis Communications

Axis Communications

Paul Baratta is the Business Development Manager for Healthcare for Axis Communications, Inc. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing strategies and building channel relationships to expand Axis’ presence in healthcare markets.Mr. Baratta has over three decades of experience building market share in the healthcare space having risen to executive positions at GE Security as well as Niscayah and Stanley Security where he was a four-time recipient of the Presidents Club.Mr. Baratta also spent 26 years in local and college campus law enforcement. In addition, he served as Chief of Police for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center overseeing police, security and emergency management. Among his many commendations in law enforcement are the Massachusetts Police Council Exceptional Service Award for Bravery, the Westford/Littleton Elks Top Cop, and MIT Officer of the Year. Mr. Baratta is an active member of many healthcare associations. He is the Chair of the Healthcare Working Group for SIA, a member of the ASIS Healthcare Advisory Boards, and serves on the Membership Board of IAHSS.


Mike Walkley

Managing Director, Canaccord Genuity

Canaccord Genuity

Mike Walkley is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Analyst at Canaccord specializing in communications technology. Mike has over 18 years of experience as a research analyst, and previously worked at Piper Jaffray, where he was the senior wireless technologies analyst for the past 6 years. Mike has also worked in equity research at RBC Capital Markets and Raymond James Financial. Mike was ranked number 2 sell-side analyst in 2014 in part due to his recommendations of IoT public companies. He was also ranked No. 3 stock picker for communications equipment for 2004 by Starmine and No. 5 stock picker for telecommunications equipment for 2004 by the Wall Street Journal. He holds a bachelors degree in commerce from the University of Virginia and a masters degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and economics from the University of Chicago


Jeff Gardosh

Vice President of Security and Assurance, CloudMine



Ken Hosac

Vice President, IoT Strategy, Cradlepoint


At Cradlepoint, Ken is responsible for defining the company’s IoT strategy and for driving strategic industry partnerships to accelerate the company’s market growth and leadership. As part of the leadership team since 2009, Ken has helped drive Cradlepoint’s growth and development through roles in strategic planning, product management, solution strategy and thought leadership. Ken frequently represents the company at industry conferences and events, and served on the original Advisory Board for the IoT/M2M Evolution Magazine. Ken has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, R&D and manufacturing. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Ken served as VP of Marketing for Casabyte (later acquired by JDS Uniphase), the leading provider of service validation solutions to wireless service providers. Ken also served as VP of Business Development for GoAhead Software (later acquired by Oracle), the leading provider of high availability software to communication infrastructure providers. Ken earlier spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles for networking equipment and personal computers. Ken holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. degree in Manufacturing Engineering, both from Stanford University.


James Turino

Managing Partner, Drake Star Partners

Drake Star Partners

James Turino is a Managing Partner at Drake Star Partners. Over the past 20 years, he has advised numerous companies in the technology and communications industries on over $5 billion in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions. In addition to his advisory roles, James has underwritten several principal equity and mezzanine investments in client companies.Prior to joining Drake Star Partners, James served as Director of the Technology Investment Banking team in New York for SG Cowen, where he managed public and private equity offerings, principal investments, and mergers and acquisitions for emerging growth software companies. He was also Director of the Media and Telecommunications Group for Prudential Securities in New York. Previously, he held the position of Vice President, Corporate Finance for ING Barings, where he started the Telecommunications Group. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College.


Karpagam Narayanan

Founder and President, eKryp Inc

eKryp Inc

Karpagam Narayanan is a co-founder of eKryp, a Just In Time Service application. eKryp continuously learns data on your connected devices across the enterprise and uses predictive models to find a set of indicators of your most critical assets that need attention. This becomes your barometer to take actions for predictively planning service and to optimize parts. By using eKryp, you can reduce service costs by 30% and reduce parts inventory by at least 10%.Prior to eKryp, Karpagam is a co-founder and President of Paloras Corporation, an install base analytics company till successful exit in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Paloras as a Top 100 software company in 2014 and 2013. Karpagam believes in AI being inclusive of people with various attitudes and aptitudes. She is now a board member of TiE Silicon Valley, an organization that focuses on advising and mentoring technology startups. She has been a leader, mentor and volunteer for Girl Scouts for 14 years, raising awareness of STEM, especially among girls. She started advanced math clubs at elementary schools and was a mentor in the Maker Faire, Bay Area Science Festival, FIRST robotics, and Western Regional Robotics programs in the Bay area.


Arthur A. Von Ahnen

New Business Account Executive, Freeus, LLC

Freeus, LLC

Arthur A. Von Ahnen is the New Business Account Executive for Freeus, LLC.Art has spent more than 30 years in the electronic security industryexpanding local security companies into national networks. He was among thefirst to see the possibilities of home automation and is credited in thesecurity industry as a pioneer in its development. As the aging baby boomerscame into play, Art saw the need for medical monitoring for the massivepopulation that wanted to age in place. With all the in-home caregiverservices offered to the senior aging at home, the one thing missing was amedical alert pendant that could be easily worn to summon help whennecessary. He became involved in the advancement of a medical alert systemthat worked both at home and away for active seniors who travel andparticipate in activities outside of the home. Art joined Freeus in early2017 as the Belle+ medical alert was introduced and has enjoyed asignificant increase in sales and distribution in the past 10 months. Hesees a future of many advancements in the medical alert field and anunlimited opportunity of growth.


Alex Glaser

Vice President, Harbor Research

Harbor Research

Alex is the Vice President of Harbor Research and an expert in smart systems thinking and design. He is responsible for leading the firm’s marketing, operations, and business development strategy. Alex also helps lead Harbor’s Smart Systems Lab program – a real world laboratory where organizations can design, prototype, and test new models for delivering smart systems and services value. Alex brings broad client experience in strategy consulting, value chain analysis, and research development across a variety of industries including industrial, energy, manufacturing, transportation, smart cities and telecom. He also has deep experience developing qualitative and quantitative research studies related to the Internet of Things and smart systems. He has helped develop Harbor’s research programs, methodologies, designs, and services. Alex is extremely well versed on the space, specializing in industrial automation and analytics, and is a frequent speaker, moderator, panelist, and contributor to industry events and media publications.


Bryan Lubel

President, Integron


Bryan A. Lubel is president at Integron, an IoT managed services company. He was appointed to this position in January 2008. Mr. Lubel has over 25 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing, product and services marketing, channel marketing, operations and systems design. Integron specializes in helping clients design, deploy and support IoT solutions. Integron has developed managed IoT services specialization in connected health, remote patient monitoring, clinical drug trials, critical asset monitoring, remote service, fleet tracking, telematics and billing solutions.Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lubel served as president and chief executive officer for Gyricon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corp. Gyricon LLC was a technology spin-out company of Xeroxs famed Palo Alto Research Center, which focused on commercialization efforts around Xeroxs electronic paper (SmartPaper) technology. The technology offering is now part of Xeroxs intellectual property catalogue available for license.Mr. Lubel holds a bachelor of science degree in management information systems from the State University of New York. In addition, Mr. Lubel has completed management, technology and foreign language programs at Ohio State University and Laval University, Quebec, Canada.


Dipti Vachani

VP Internet of Things Group, Intel


Dipti Vachani is vice president in the Internet of Things Group and general manager of the Strategy and Solutions Engineering Division at Intel Corporation. Vachani’s organization is responsible for driving the overall strategy, technology direction, industry standards and IoT Edge product portfolio for IOTG.Prior to joining Intel, Vachani served as vice president and general manager of Power, Lighting and Display at Skyworks, maker of analog semiconductors. In that role, she managed product development, applications and operations.Before that, Vachani worked at Texas Instruments for 17 years, where her most recent position was vice president and general manager of the Single Core Processors group , a multinational business unit consisting of ARM MPU, video security and DSP. Also, while at Texas Instruments, Vachani led the creation of the company’s Sitara brand of ARM MPUs.Vachani holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Texas A&M University and an executive MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a graduate of the executive education program at both the Harvard and Cambridge business schools.


James Brehm

Founder and Chief Technology Evangelist, James Brehm & Associates

James Brehm & Associates

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News. Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services. From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the over all value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis. Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.


Geoff Mulligan

Chairman, LoRa Alliance

LoRa Alliance

Geoff Mulligan is a consultant, developer and lecturer on the IoT, Privacy and Security and Chairman of the LoRa Alliance. In 2013 and 2014 while serving as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow working on Cyber-Physical Systems and IoT for the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology he co-created and launched the SmartAmerica Challenge. Mr. Mulligan is the Founder and President of Proto6, a technology consulting company focused on the Internet of Things, RF Sensors, IPv6, IP networks and open systems and served as the US representative to the ISO Smart and Sustainable Cities project.Previously, Geoff helped create and deploy the Arpanet and IP technologies including the design of IPv6, the creation and standardization of 6lowpan, the formation and founding of the Zigbee Alliance and the IPSO Alliance and has been instrumental in many key aspects of the embedded Internet – in fact Vint Cerf called Geoff the “Father of the Embedded Internet”. After graduating from the Air Force Academy, he served in the Air Force and worked for Digital Equipment, Sun Microsystems, and Invensys. He helped found start-ups working on email security, next generation Internet technologies, wireless systems and protocol design. He holds over 15 patents, wrote a book on combating SPAM and testified before Congress on Computer Security.


Elise Neel

GM, MapQuest


When she’s not tap dancing or rapping about her teams, Elise Neel, VP, Verizon Location Services & GM for MapQuest, is reimagining location contextualization and the role it plays in consumer and B2B Navigation, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Advertising Segmentation and Emerging Technology. Supporting commercialization, product, engineering, marketing and sales, Elises team works within Verizon to enable businesses across the firm to leverage the power of location in unique ways while also supporting thousands of direct customers around the globe.


Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee


Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice. He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including CES, Mobile World Congress, and CTIA Super Mobility. Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and more. During his 11+ years at Intel Security, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 20 years in technology companies. Gary served on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).


Michael Lenoce

Managing Director, MVP Capital

MVP Capital

Michael leads IoT sector investment banking coverage at MVP Capital, a middle market investment bank focused on the technology, media & telecommunications sectors. Michael has more than 20 years of Investment Banking experience and has been involved in a wide variety of financing and M&A transactions for software, telecom and new emerging technology companies. Michael has advised numerous companies throughout the IoT ecosystem. Most recent transactions include the sale of M2M Data to Caterpillar, Reltima and GPS North America to Telular, the sale of SkyBitz to Telular Corporation, the sale of Telular to Avista Capital and MiX Telematics on their initial public offering. Michael has a BA from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.


Katerina Megas

Commercial Adoption Lead for the Trusted Identities Group, Program Manager for the Cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) Program, NIST


Katerina Megas is the Commercial Adoption Lead for the Trusted Identities Group and Program Manager for the Cybersecurity for Internet of Things (IoT) program. She has her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing and M.S. Information Systems and has over 25 years of experience leading organizations development and execution of marketing strategies, and deployment of solutions in telecommunications, ERP and IAM (identity and access management) technologies. She loves traveling and appreciates her wonderful colleagues who cover for her at work while she piles her family into a minivan taking road trips across Europe and the U.S. in search of the non-touristy experience. If not traveling for pleasure, in her free time she can be spotted sitting in the bleachers at volleyball tournaments across the country cheering wildly for her daughter’s team.


Steven Dean

Sr. Manager Business Marketing, ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor

Steven Dean has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and medical device fields, now leading ON Semiconductor in Business Marketing in their Medical and Wireless Division. Past appointments have included, Director of Business Development at Medtronic Corporation, Director of Marketing at Texas Instruments, and Director of Segment Marketing of Freescale Semiconductor. Steven obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, with postgraduate work in Business. Steve’s leisure pursuits include spending time with his wife Kathy and now three grown children, sailing in the tropics, brewing beer and wrenching on one of his classic automobiles.


Lynne Canavan

Vice President of Marketing, OpenFog Consortium

OpenFog Consortium

Lynne Canavan is the Vice President of Marketing for the OpenFog Consortium, the global nonprofit working to solve the bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT. There she leads global initiatives to drive market growth and engagement for fog computing and networking in IoT. Previously, Lynne was Vice President of Program Management for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) where she oversaw the activities of the Consortium’s Working Groups, member services and broader ecosystem initiatives. She joined the IIC from IBM, where she spent 17 years focused on new initiatives with IBM’s largest alliance partners.


Alan Bugos

CTO - Head Of Technology and Innovation, Philips


As Head of Technology and Innovation for Philips Home Monitoring (Philips LifeLine), Mr. Bugos manages Engineering, R&D, IT and global technology operations and is responsible for designing and implementing technology/systems for next-generation healthtech devices, products and managed care services for connected alerting, monitoring and health informatics within the “connected home for connected care” for Philips’ global customer base. Alan brings to Philips Home Monitoring over 25 years of hands-on engineering and IT leadership experience in telecommunications, mobile and Internet technologies, data solutions, IoT (the Internet of Things), software and hardware development and systems integration, and has held executive management roles at Vonage, iBasis, Inc., MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and GTE Laboratories (now Verizon Laboratories).He was the recipient of GTEs highest technical merit award, the Warner Award for Technical Achievement for pioneering DSL data networks in 1997, has published over 45 technical papers, holds several patents, and is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Sigma Xi, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Mr. Bugos received a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering both from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and continued postgraduate study at Tufts University. He is an avid bicyclist and enjoys flying as an Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor.


Sam Colley

CEO Pod Group USA, Pod Group

Pod Group

Throughout his career, Sam Colley has focused on business development within the mobile data connectivity market, specializing in the M2M and IoT sectors. Within Pod Group, he has focused on identifying and targeting growth markets which contribute directly to the geographic and financial expansion of the company. Sam is now CEO of Pod Group USA based in San Francisco, California, where he is responsible for all divisions of Pod Group in the US, Canadian and South American markets.


Noel Guillama

CEO, PWeR, Inc.

PWeR, Inc.

Noel J. Guillama – Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Innovations, Inc and it subsidiary PWeR, Inc. PWeR ® is healthcare technology company, with a horizontally focused EHR software platform. Mr. Guillama is a nationally recognized healthcare expert and speaker on the subjects of healthcare management, managed care, and healthcare operations. Mr. Guillama over his 25 years in healthcare has purchased numerous medical facilities, built multiple healthcare delivery systems collectively managing @30,000 managed care lives with over 3,000 participating providers, and contracting with 10 managed care companies. Mr. Guillama is also currently Chairman of MediXall Group, Inc. (OTCQB:MDXL) a healthcare incubator, and healthcare B2C eCommerce platform with over 4,000 providers under contract. Prior to Quantum, Mr. Guillama was Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. (MetCare®) of West Palm Beach, Florida, (formerly AMEX:MDF) from its inception in January 16, 1996 to February 1, 2000. Metropolitan, at the time of Mr. Guillama’s departure, realized revenues of $119 million (USD). Post Mr. Guillama’s departure MDF was acquired in 2012 by Humana, Inc. for an estimated $800 million (USD). Prior to this, Mr. Guillama was Vice President of Development for MedPartners, Inc. (formerly NYSE:DRX), a Birmingham, Alabama-based physician practice management company. Mr. Guillama has many U.S. patents in the use of technology in healthcare, IoT, behavior modification systems, and sophisticated communications protocols. Mr. Guillama serves as director, former Chairman and executive committee member of the Palm Beach State College Foundation in Lake Worth, Florida. In addition, Mr. Guillama has for the last 15 years served as director and former Chairman, and executive committee member, of Florida International University Foundation in Miami, Florida. Mr. Guillama previously served as Trustee of Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida, a HCA facility.


Kenneth Lowe

Partner, QuantumIOT


Kenneth Lowe is currently a partner of QuantumIOT, an IOT systems integrator. Ken formerly served as Global Director of Business Development for M2M platforms within Gemalto, a digital security company based in France.  An electrical engineering degree, coupled with a variety of unusual military and business experiences, set Ken apart from the typical technology executive. He is an effective leader, an engaging speaker, and a technologist with a flair for making complex topics both interesting and relevant for non-tech executives.Ken has over 20 years of experience designing and delivering large-scale systems and solutions for enterprises. His engagements have taken him to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, visiting six of the seven continents and over 50 countries.  He began his career with Accenture, working in Washington D.C in the telecommunications sector.Ken holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland College Park.  During his studies, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a paratrooper and communications specialist. Ken is on the board of directors for Artreach, a Dallas non-profit organization focused on providing access to the arts for underprivileged youth and seniors in managed-care facilities.


Lubor Ptacek

VP, Product Marketing, ServiceMax from GE Digital

ServiceMax from GE Digital

Lubor leads the Product Marketing function at ServiceMax, with a broad spectrum of responsibilities ranging from messaging, product launches, and market intelligence to thought leadership, analyst relations, and customer leverage programs. Prior to joining ServiceMax, Lubor led corporate-wide product marketing at OpenText, the leader in Enterprise Information Management. During his tenure, OpenTexts revenue grew from $725 million to $1.9 billion and the company completed more than 20 acquisitions. Before OpenText, Lubor worked at EMC, Documentum, and Novell. From 2011-2015, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM). Lubor is an accomplished presenter and recognized thought leader with active social media presence. He holds a Computer Science degree from the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California.


Fred Yentz

CEO, IoT Platforms, Telit


Fred Yentz joined ILS Technology as senior vice president and chief operating officer in January 2007, bringing with him more than 20 years industry experience in the technology solution market. Prior to ILS Technology, Fred Yentz served as Vice President and General Manager of RadiSys Corporation, a leading provider of embedded solutions for the telecommunications, enterprise data, medical equipment and the industrial automation marketplaces. While at RadiSys Corporation, Fred served in many capacities including the oversight of World Wide Sales, Marketing, Professional Service, Business Development in addition to General Manager of Enterprise, Communication and Commercial operating divisions. Fred also worked for IBM where he held various positions with responsibility for Engineering, New Business Development and Management. Mr. Yentz is named as an inventor on two U.S. patents and has received IBM’s First Level Plateau Invention Achievement Award. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), National Science and Technology Education Program (NSTEP), and is chairman of the Industry Advisory Board for Florida Atlantic Universitys College of Engineering. Mr. Yentz holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (1988), a Master of Business Administration (1996) from the University of Miami, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (1997) from the University of Miami.


Heidi Wilson

IoT & Complex Solutions, Telus


Heidi Wilson is a market strategist with over 15 years in all aspects of B2B commercialization, from partnerships and channel management to sales and marketing. At TELUS she is currently responsible for global growth of the Internet of Things; she has also previously championed for TELUS the introduction of mHealth, workforce mobile applications and Managed Mobility. Her current area of focus is as commercial lead on emerging IoT opportunities with complex cross-border requirements, including Connected Car, eSIM and Global Data MVNOs. She also created and launched the TELUS IoT Marketplace, a bill-on-behalf partner ecosystem, and Canada’s first “over the top” partner program for IoT solutions connected to the TELUS network. Prior to her time in the wireless industry, she opened new lending markets in Oil & Gas at GE Capital while developing innovative new financing products for their customers, and served as product manager for a variety of start-up technology companies. Passionate about market-centric strategies, translating market need into profitable growth, and cooperative go-to-market models, she most often finds herself in emerging business-to-business markets where confusion is rampant and a clear commercial strategy is essential. Heidi received her MBA from McGill University in 1999, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in her home state of Indiana.


Fred Thiel

President, Thiel Advisors, Inc.

Thiel Advisors, Inc.

Fred Thiel has over 30 years of experience leading and advising companies and investors in the technology, data communications, Internet, IoT/M2M (Internet of Things/machine to machine), automation, Big Data, digital media and software industries. He has helped drive rapid growth and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in shareholder value through a focus on transformational value creation, innovation and a keen understanding of how trends and disruptive technologies affect businesses and industries. Thiel is a technology and industry visionary and frequent keynote speaker at global events and corporate and industry conferences on the IoT and its impact on our future daily lives, business models, industries and society. He also lectures on innovation, strategy, disruption and transformational growth to MBA classes at both the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, and the University of San Diego (USD). Thiel has helped companies transform their business models and leverage the disruptive trends affecting industries globally. He works with management teams and helps boards of directors evaluate, develop and execute strategies to transform operating businesses and product lines, drive innovation initiatives and create new product lines and business models that drive growth and create value. He has developed visionary concepts and products, most recently to help companies develop and execute strategies for collaborative autonomous systems, intelligent sensor systems, predictive maintenance, and intelligent fleet/asset management solutions.


Warren Westrup

Director M2M Solutions Engineering and Architecture, Verizon


Warren Westrup is director of IoT Solutions Engineering and Architecture at Verizon. In this role, Warren helps develop and deliver solutions that combine machine-to-machine connectivity with Verizons enterprise platform, including telematics, dynamic cloud, security and professional services, along with the company’s global Internet protocol and 4G LTE networks. The goal is to leverage the full breadth of Verizons assets to deliver solutions that solve customers business challenges while providing greater efficiencies.Warren is a licensed Professional Engineer, and holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of business administration degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.


Mary Beth Hall

Director Global IoT Product and Development, Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

Mary Beth Hall is the Director of Global IoT Product and Development at Verizon with responsibility for developing new products. In her recent role she manages the ThingSpace Platform, a web portal that brings together tools for developers/customers to build, test and bring to market new applications, with the goal of simplification and rapid time to market. Prior to this role, she was responsible for promoting the strategic path forward for M2M core products; as well as the negotiations with worldwide suppliers to deliver competitively priced modules and devices that run on the network. During her twenty plus career, she had a leading role in growing the Northeast Area channel distribution. She led the alternative distribution market, vertical marketing strategy and the core data products. As an experienced product marketer, she managed Global and Push to Talk for the Northeast Area. During her management, the Northeast Area was number one in sales for Global and Push to Talk for Verizon Wireless.


Veeru Ramaswamy

Vice President, , Watson IoT Platform, IBM

Watson IoT Platform, IBM

As the Vice President of the IBM Watson IoT Platform, Veeru oversees the technical development & deployment, specific offerings, business development, marketing and sales for IBM’s IoT Platform business. Veeru has been in the technology space for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s built incredibly complex and innovative systems with large organizations such as Comcast, Cablevision, Bell Labs, and General Electric (GE) and has been part of many startups. As the Technology Leader for Digital Industries at GE, he was one of the first two to build GE digital from the ground up at San Ramon, California, and was one of the initial and core architects and innovators for GE Predix. Some of his groundbreaking technology innovations at GE have been extensively covered by the media.Prior to IBM, Veeru served as the Senior Vice President of Big Data and Data Science (Chief Data Officer) for Cablevision, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S. During his time at the company, he was responsible for the development of big data platforms across the enterprise both on-premise and in the cloud, along with advanced data analytics, mining and engineering, and data technology capabilities that drove significant business impact. Veeru has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Madras, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa.


Emeka Nwafor

, Wind River

Adam Tilow

Associate Director, Woodside Capital Partners

Woodside Capital Partners

Adam Tilow is an Associate Director at Woodside Capital Partners, where he focuses on M&A transactions for companies within Internet of Things, Industrial IoT, Smart Factories and Smart Cities. Adam is involved in all aspects of originating and executing transactions, including financial modeling, analysis and company valuation, identification of corporate buyers and financial investors, and due diligence. Mr. Tilow also regularly writes industry research reports on his coverage sectors. Prior to joining Woodside Capital, Adam was an Associate with Wunderlich Securities on their Investment Banking team in Newport Beach, California. He was previously a Senior Analyst with Moss Adams Capital in Irvine, California on their Investment Banking team. He also worked in the investment banking group at Waveland Capital Group in Irvine, California and with UBS Financial Services in San Diego, California. Adam has closed over 25 M&A transactions, debt and equity capital raises for middle market clients. Adam received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from San Diego State University.


Greg Mischou

Senior Partner & Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners

Woodside Capital Partners

Greg began his career in investment banking in 1993. Prior to joining with Woodside Capital Partners in 2007, Greg was a senior sell-side semiconductor analyst for Alex. Brown and UBS through 2000 and then a portfolio manager/technology analyst for GLM Capital Advisors and Engemann Asset Management on the buy side. In his various investment banking roles, Greg has been involved with many M&A advisory, private placements, initial public offerings, and follow-on offerings.Prior to entering investment banking, Greg worked in business development and product management for Intel. He was a member of the team responsible for the introduction of the Pentium microprocessor and oversaw product management of the i486 microprocessor. From 1985 to 1988, Greg worked at Digital Equipment as a semiconductor engineer.Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.


Moderator List

Ken Briodagh (Moderator)

Editorial Director, IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars. In previous lives, he’s been a short order cook, telemarketer, medical supply technician and mover of the bodies at a funeral home. Most of his exploits are either exaggerated or blatantly false and no one can prove otherwise. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, children and dogs. The dogs usually miss him when he’s away.


Allen Proithis (Moderator)

Global Tech Expert, Capstone Partners

Capstone Partners

Allen Proithis has an extensive background in the IoT and M2M markets, having led the development of several businesses in those spaces within the U.S. over the last five years.Early last year, Proithis led the funding and launch of wot.io, an award-winning Internet of Things startup focused on accelerating value produced by the data generated by the IoT .Prior to that, he was executive vice president of InterDigital Solutions, where he was responsible for monetizing a $700 million, 10-year R&D investment by taking commercially promising technologies to the marketplace. In that role, he led the creation of Convida Wireless, an M2M joint venture with Sony, InterDigital and Stephen Capital, and until recently served as chairman.Earlier in his carrier, Proithis spent seven years at Hewlett-Packard. At HP, he ultimately led strategy & business development for their Handheld Business Unit, where he was responsible for strategic initiatives for mobile devices, software and services, including the launch of HPs first mobile app store.Proithis began his career in the consulting business in the telecom and technology industries and holds a bachelor of arts degree in telecommunications from Penn State University.


Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.


Colin Soutar (Moderator)

Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche

Deloitte & Touche

Colin Soutar is a Senior Manager in Deloitte & Touche’s Federal Advisory practice with over 20 years’ experience in identity, privacy and cybersecurity. After finishing his studies in Dundee, Scotland, Soutar completed a two-year post-doctoral stint at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, developing pattern recognition techniques for autonomous rendezvous and capture operations. He then applied similar pattern recognition and classification techniques to biometric systems as the Chief Technology Officer for over a decade with Bioscrypt, a public company based in Toronto, Canada. With Deloitte & Touche, Soutar currently provides support to several federal and private sector cybersecurity programs.


Bobbie Carlton (Moderator)

Founder, Innovation Women

Innovation Women

Bobbie Carlton is the founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women. She speaks regularly on innovation, building startup communities and product launches, and consults with small businesses and individuals on social networking, marketing and PR. Over the last 8 years, Bobbie has been involved in the launch of more than 1,000 new products in the Boston region. As the founder of Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, an advisor to NewCo Boston and Startup Massachusetts, and a MassChallenge mentor for more than 5 years, Bobbie is very tied into the startup and innovation community. Previously, in addition to working with a number of Boston-area high-tech marketing firms, she headed global PR efforts at enterprise software companies like PTC and Cognos (now part of IBM). In 2006 she switched gears, joining a consumer brand startup and in 2008, she started her own company offering marketing services. In 2010 she was named one of the “Ten Bostonians who have done the most for the startup community”, and in 2011 she was a recipient of a Mass High Tech All-star award. In 2015 she was named a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch. Innovation Women is an online “visibility bureau” helping drive visibility for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women through speaking engagements. Innovation Nights is a social media powered new product showcase and networking event. Follow Bobbie on Twitter as @BobbieC @MassInno @WomenInno or @CarltonPRM