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2018 Kansas City Summit Speakers

 

Linnea Angle

Linnea Angle

Market Segment Manager, 3M

Linnea is a Market Segment Manager at 3M, focused on the telcom and data center markets. She has 12 years of experience in the telecommunications industry working with all aspects of the telcom ecosystem and over 20 years of experience delivering 3M products and solutions to 3M customers in numerous markets around the world. Linnea helped launched the world’s first fiber optic pathway for Multi-Dwelling Units (MDUs) – One Pass. Now she’s disguising wireless infrastructure one cell site at a time, thanks to 3M™ Conceal Film.


Aaron Attebery

Aaron Attebery

Smart City Solutions Lead, Black & Veatch

Aaron Attebery is a Smart City Solutions Lead in the Connected Communities business line at Black & Veatch focused on smart community solutions. Aaron develops implementation and deployment processes for smart city solution stacks and works directly with partners and clients to identify key tasks, responsibilities, business models and timelines associated with each of these solutions. He is also a subject matter expert in microgrids, energy management, and data analytics as it applies to these technologies and communities.

Attebery has utilized his past experiences in performance to become a valuable member to the Connected Communities team as well as contributing to the Asset360 Platform buildout, and its ability to manage large data sets. He has been heavily involved with this software platform and continues to develop new application solutions for the company with a focus on smart cities.


Jason Caliento

Jason Caliento

Executive Vice President of Network Strategy, Mobilitie

Jason serves as the Executive Vice President of Network Strategy at Mobilitie where he creates partnerships with cities, venues, and carriers to design and build advanced wireless solutions. Jason has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry focused on the development of wireless networks, including some of the nation’s largest roll-outs of new technologies and infrastructure.

Prior to joining Mobilitie, Jason served as the Chief Operating Officer of SAC Wireless, a Nokia Company, and led the National PMO for Clearwire.

Jason holds a BA from Illinois Wesleyan University and a JD from the DePaul University College of Law.


Anthony Castillo

Anthony Castillo

Regional Sales Manager, Perfect 10

Anthony Castillo — Regional Sales Manager with Perfect 10, a PerfectVision Manufacturing Company — has been a professional in the telecom industry for over 13 years. He has extensive experience in site procurement and material sourcing with a large majority of his time spent working directly with tower crews nationwide planning and coordinating site deployment. This experience allows him an in-depth, inside perspective on the demands placed and the challenges presented with today’s macrotowers and small cell sites. Prior to joining Perfect 10, Anthony was a Project Manager for the Midwest & Northeast markets for carriers’ specialty projects and NSBs and today he has grown Perfect 10’s Midwest presence with A&E Firms, Carriers and Tower Crews. Anthony attended the University of Illinois earning his degree in communications and economics. He was a competitive wrestler and helped lead his team to the Big Ten Wrestling Championship in 2005.

PerfectVision Manufacturing is a leading manufacturer of satellite, broadband, and wireless products and Perfect 10 is the distribution channel offering solutions to the wireless industry in steel components, jobsite solutions, structural components, fiber, DAS and small cell. Perfect 10 is the sole distributor of PerfectVision’s innovative LIFE Mounts designed to protect the LIFE of the technology, the tower, and most importantly, the installer.


Ron Fangio

Ron Fangio

Director of Business Development, Black & Veatch

Ron Fangio is the Director of Business Development in the Public Networks Telecom Division of Black & Veatch. Ron is responsible for the development of wireline and wireless network infrastructure services and solutions, business attainment/sustainment and client management to Verizon nationally.

Ron is a telecom veteran of over 30 years leading engineering, product management and business development/sales teams in the creation and delivery of wireline and wireless network products and solutions. He has specialized in Fiber Optic, Small Cell, DAS and Macro Base Station network solutions, and Site Acquisition, Engineering, Deployment, Network Monitoring and Maintenance services. Ron received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Engineering from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Systems and Management from Southern Methodist University.


Clayton Funk

Clayton Funk

Managing Director, MVP Capital

Clayton is an investment banking firm serving companies in the communications, technology, media and renewable energy sectors with a comprehensive array of services, including merger and acquisition advisory, debt and equity financing, and restructuring advisory.

Clayton leads MVP Capital’s shared wireless infrastructure efforts focusing on towers, DAS and small cells and has been with the company since 2004. With client relationships in the tower industry dating back to 1997, Clayton has personally closed over 160 deals including mergers and acquisitions, sale-leasebacks and private debt and equity capital placements totaling in excess of $2 billion of value.

In the shared wireless infrastructure industry, Clayton has worked on a myriad of tower portfolios involving wireless carrier-owned assets, build-to-suits, and broadcast sites. Clayton has also successfully raised capital for DAS and small cell developers and sold multiple DAS networks.

Prior to joining MVP Capital, Clayton worked at Nations Media Partners, a Kansas City-based investment banking firm specializing in various areas of telecommunications, media, and publishing, for seven years. Clayton graduated cum laude from Washburn University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications and has been honored as an Alumni Fellow.


Dale Heath

Dale Heath

Steel Product Line Manager, CommScope

Steel Product Line Manager for CommScope responsible for strategic planning, sales, marketing, product profitability and life-cycle management including design, development, changes, drawings, BOM’s, obsolescence, packaging, engineering, and testing. 30 years invested in the construction / telecommunication industry with 8 years in site construction / project management and 17 years in manufacturing / product line management and business development.


Chris Hills

Chris Hills

Western Regional Sales Manager, STEALTH Wireless Solutions

Chris joined STEALTH 17 years ago. As the Western Regional Sales Manager, Chris’s team covers the U.S. from the Mississippi River to Hawaii. He has vast knowledge of concealment challenges and solutions that fit every municipal and geographic need.
 


Brent Johnston

Brent Johnston

Director of Architecture and Engineering, Sprint

Brent Johnston is a Director of Architecture and Engineering within Sprint’s dedicated IoT practice. Brent has been active in the wireless industry for 19 years with 17 of those at Sprint and the last 10 years in MTC/IoT. Mr. Johnston and his current team have responsibility for defining and designing complex end to end IoT solutions for Sprint’s partners and customers. Brent is also leveraged as an expert in many phases of IoT from verticals to infrastructure to hardware and platforms. He is an experienced professional in wireless technology, including network infrastructures utilizing legacy, current and future connectivity modalities including the new 5GNR. Brent has experience in several verticals including O&G, connected vehicles, mHealth and smart cities. More recently Brent has been involved in defining and vendor selections of Sprint’s dedicated IoT Core and Operating System. Also, Brent has been working on new capabilities leveraging Micro-Positioning to augment tracking and timing using UWB along with 4G/5G for use in the smart city vertical which was demoed in May for the NYCx Climate Action Challenge in partnership with AMG. Previously, Mr. Johnston was a Senior Area Sales Engineer where he oversaw regional engineering and worked with a wide range of technology companies and partner vendors. Additionally, Mr. Johnston has worked directly in the past and currently consults as a DoD contractor specializing in mUAV/UAS engineering/technologies and application. Brent holds a BS and MS in Engineering and a PhD in Systems Engineering. He has also earned a professional certificate in IT Project Management.


Jonathan Kramer

Dr. Jonathan Kramer

Principal Attorney, Telecom Law Firm

Jonathan is an oddity in wireless telecom. He began his telecom career in 1977 as a radio frequency field engineer working for Motorola deploying large public safety radio and microwave networks. Later he wandered into CATV network engineering management for several large MSOs. In 1984 he started consulting on CATV and wireless with what would eventually top 1,000 U.S. local governments, various state governments, and three branches of the military. Dr. Kramer has served as an expert wireless and trial advisor in over 40 federal and state telecom cases. In 2006 he was admitted to the California Bar and formed Telecom Law Firm, which now consists of 6 attorneys, 3 support staff, and 4 dogs based in offices in Los Angeles and La Jolla. In 2013 he both admitted to the New Mexico Bar and was awarded a Masters of Law degree in IT and Telecom Law from Strathclyde University Law School in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2016 he was awarded a Doctor of Law and Policy degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Kramer’s main research question explored residential property value perceptions and impacts attributable to the installation of nearby cell sites.


Scott Krouse

Scott Krouse

Director, Wireless Industry Network
National Association of Tower Erectors

Scott Krouse got his start in the tower industry in February 1985 when he joined UNR-Rohn, as it was known then, in the shipping department after a number of years working in the transportation industry. He is a past President of the Transportation Club of Peoria, Illinois and the Peoria Motor Carriers Association. During his 15 years with Rohn, he worked in many departments including construction contracts administration, tower quoting, inside sales, international sales, and management of the after-market telecom accessories group. In April 2000, he joined PiRod as a national accounts manager for after-market products. One year later, Valmont Industries acquired PiRod and he became a Regional Sales Manager for structures and components based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, Valmont acquired Site Pro 1, an after-market products supplier and Scott served as a Regional Sales Manager where he successfully developed the customer base in two separate territories.

During his tenure in the wireless industry, Scott has worked closely with NATE including eight years on the NATE Trade Show Committee. In August of 2016, Scott became a member of the NATE Administrative Staff, working as Special Projects Manager and then Director of the NATE Wireless Industry Network (WIN) program.


Tom Leddo

Tom Leddo

Chief Strategy Officer, Md7

Over twenty years of experience in wireless real estate, including developing and promoting new business concepts, maximizing business efficiency and negotiating.

Current Role – Chief Strategy Officer for Md7, the worldwide leader in wireless real estate. Tom has been on the Md7 team since 2004 and has served in a variety of roles including helping to establish the company as a start-up, developing and leading operations, sales/BD, marketing/branding, expanding service offerings as well as developing new offerings and overseeing a variety of strategic opportunities.

Prior to Md7, Tom served as a Principal for BridgeWest, LLC, a private equity firm in San Diego, California which focused on wireless infrastructure. Tom also successfully founded and managed two niche tower companies from inception to sale, one in Arlington, Virginia and the other in Mexico City, Mexico. Tom entered the wireless industry in 1995 with Columbia Spectrum Management in Vienna, Virginia by negotiating complex, multi-party microwave relocation agreements on behalf of wireless carriers that secured FCC licenses in the initial PCS auction.


Dan Marinberg

Dan Marinberg

Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Vertical Bridge

Marinberg is responsible for legal, regulatory and government affairs, as well as Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Marinberg was a partner at top international law firm Greenberg Traurig where his practice focused on real estate including, acquisitions and dispositions of commercial real estate, financings, leasing, development, and joint venture structuring for individual properties and multi-asset portfolios. He also assisted clients with international issues arising from these transactions.


Tony Peduto

Tony Peduto

Chief Executive Officer, CTI Towers

Anthony “Tony” Peduto has been CEO of CTI Towers since its founding in 2011. Tony led the company through its transformative transaction in 2015, when the company sold its tower assets to InSite Wireless. Since that transaction, Tony has overseen the rebirth of CTI Towers growing the portfolio through multiple acquisitions, including the 120 tower Vyve Broadband transaction.

Tony’s previous wireless tower experience includes being Chief Operating Officer of Optasite where he managed the company’s day-to-day operations and tower development in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands until SBA’s purchase of the company in 2008. Tony also served five years as Vice President of the West and Northeast Regions of American Tower Corporation (NYSE:AMT).

Tony has also held senior executive roles at a number of other successful telecommunications and cable television enterprises including ICS Communications, Tele-Communications, Inc. and American Cablesystems. Tony has served as President of the Friends of EG Hockey and was a member of the Board of Directors for the East Greenwich Little League program. He has also devoted time to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a Wish Come True. Tony is a graduate of Colby College, and is originally from Boston, MA.


Anthony Sabatino

Anthony Sabatino

President of Business Development, Chief Technology Officer, Sabre Industries

Anthony is in charge of strategy & planning, acquisition & deployment, and vulnerability assessment and mitigation. Over the past five years at Sabre, he assisted in acquiring several services and product companies that have resulted in doubling the telecom business now over $30M. His key roles included establishing and driving technical vision, defining architecture, mergers and acquisitions and deployment of applications. He built and managed technical teams to ensure deliverables are met and infrastructure is maintained. He created collaborative relationships across internal department.

Previously he helped lead the Affiliate Integration Team merging affiliate into the Sprint/Nextel organization. Before that he was Chief Technology Officer for Alamosa PCS (Sprint Affiliate).


Herb Sih

Herb Sih

Managing Partner, Think Big Partners

Herb Sih is Managing Partner for Think Big Partners, an innovation-driven professional services firm that advises the world’s most progressive-minded cities, companies, innovators and entrepreneurs. Think Big builds smart cities, designs and implements smart technologies and unlocks the power of entrepreneurs and innovators to help solve some of the world’s toughest challenges by using human-centered design principles to accelerate technology commercialization through its civic innovation lab network.


Bryan Tramont

Bryan N. Tramont

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Bryan, the firm’s managing partner, offers strategic counsel to Fortune 100 companies and trade associations, as well as small and mid-sized telecommunications and media companies, on all aspects of communications law and regulation. He regularly advises companies as they develop and evaluate new business opportunities in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors. Before joining WBK, Bryan served as Chief of Staff of the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Michael Powell. As Chief of Staff, he managed all aspects of the agency’s operations. Before being elevated to Chief of Staff, Bryan served as Chairman Powell’s Senior Legal Advisor, as well as prior stints as Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioners Kathleen Abernathy and Harold Furchtgott-Roth. He currently is an adjunct law professor in Catholic University of America’s Communications Law Institute and a senior adjunct fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Bryan has been recognized by leading publications like Legal 500, Chambers USA, and Washingtonian as one of the nation’s top communications lawyers. In 2017, he was named to the inaugural Legal 500 Hall of Fame List, which highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients and who have been recognized by the Legal 500 as an elite leading lawyer for six consecutive years. He has been awarded The Best Lawyers in America © 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Media Law and “Lawyer of the Year” in Communications Law in 2016. In 2016, he was also named one of the Top 10 Washington, DC Super Lawyers. Bryan serves on the Commerce Department Spectrum Management Advisory Committee and previously co-chaired the Committee for three years. He is on the Board of Trustees at William Woods University and has served in numerous leadership positions for the Federal Communications Bar Association, including President for 2010-2011.


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