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2018 Philly Summit Speakers

 

Linnea Angle

Linnea Angle

Market Segment Manager at 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.


Philip Burtner

Philip A. Burtner, PE

Chief Engineer, NB+C Engineering Services

Mr. Burtner is the Chief Engineer and a managing member of NB+C Engineering Services, LLC, a leading telecommunications consulting firm serving the eastern United States. Since joining the company in 2011, NB+C Engineering Services has expanded its services, and its footprint with offices located from Boston, MA to the Carolinas.

Mr. Burtner has been working in the telecommunications industry for over 25-years, getting his start with the big PCS push in the mid-90s. He has been involved in the development of over 15,000 wireless telecommunications sites throughout the eastern U.S., working with every major carrier and infrastructure provider.

Mr. Burtner earned a BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University. He is a licensed PE in over 20 states. Phil has served on the PA Wireless Association board for seven years spending time on the education committee and other social planning committees. He has served as secretary and vice-president and is currently the president. Phil is a life member of Trout Unlimited and enjoys getting outdoors whenever he can.


Brendan Carr

Brendan Carr

FCC Commissioner

Brendan Carr was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the FCC by President Donald J. Trump and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017. He was sworn into office on August 11, 2017.

Commissioner Carr brings to the position over a dozen years of public and private sector experience in technology and communications law and policy.

Most recently, Commissioner Carr served as the General Counsel of the FCC. In that role, he served as the chief legal advisor to the Commission and FCC staff on all matters within the agency’s jurisdiction. Previously, he served as the lead advisor to FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai on wireless, public safety, and international issues. Before that, he worked as an attorney in the FCC’s Office of General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on a wide range of spectrum policy, competition, and public safety matters.

Prior to joining the Commission in 2012, Mr. Carr was an attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, where he worked in the firm’s appellate, litigation, and telecom practices. He represented clients in both trial and appellate court proceedings, including complex litigation involving the First Amendment and the Communications Act.

Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk for Judge Dennis W. Shedd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Carr graduated magna cum laude from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and obtained a certificate from its Institute for Communications Law Studies. He also served as a Note and Comment Editor of the Catholic University Law Review. Mr. Carr received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.

Commissioner Carr lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two children.


Mike Collado

Mike Collado

Director of Applications Marketing, Corning Optical Network Evolution (ONE™)
Corning Optical Communications, Inc.

Mike Collado develops global strategies, launches products and solutions, and evangelizes Corning’s visionary fiber-based horizontal network topology solution portfolio known as the Optical Network Evolution or ONE. Mike possesses over 20 years of experience in marketing, business development and corporate strategy, with a focus on mobility. Before joining Corning, he was a principal consultant at Wireless 20/20 where he advised clients on emerging market opportunities and architected go-to-market strategies. Prior to Wireless 20/20, Mike was Vice President of Marketing at SOLiD where he led corporate marketing, product marketing and marketing communications. Mike got his start in the in-building wireless industry at MobileAccess Networks which was later acquired by Corning. Mike serves on multiple industry association boards and advisory councils, and is an author, blogger and frequent speaker at wireless industry events.


Tim Courtney

Tim Courtney

VP Sales and Strategy, Further Enterprise Solutions

Tim has over 25 years of experience specializing in the video and data communications sector with a focus on wireless telecommunications. Tim’s background covers operations, product development, and sales. He has knowledge of the design, build and operate process of wireless networks along with consumer / IoT end-user devices in supporting the carrier, enterprise, and the consumer market. Tim has worked with the largest carriers and OEMs (Samsung, Motorola, Ericsson) in the world, along with a number of start-ups, including TrafficCast, who in 2009 deployed roadside IoT sensors for measuring vehicle traffic patterns around the world. Currently, he leads the sales efforts at Further Enterprise Solutions(FES), an industry leader in the design, deployment, and optimization of numerous wireless technologies across the globe, such as 4G, 5G and IoT, among others.


Brian Doherty

Brian Doherty

Business Development, Measure

Brian Doherty is a resilient relationship-builder, heading business development in the telecommunications vertical for Measure, a premier drone solutions provider. With Measure, he’s pioneered solutions such as portfolio due diligence to disaster response and has secured agreements from the largest infrastructure asset owners and Tier 1 operators. His experience in telecom and the UAS industry provides valuable insight and contribution to the drone conversation. Brian is a graduate of the University of Miami.


Luke J Ferguson

Luke J Ferguson

Application Engineering Manager, Valmont

Luke Ferguson graduated with his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2010. The first five years of his career were spend performing structural analyses on Boeing 737 fuselages, lighting and traffic equipment and utility structures. After earning his Professional Civil Engineering license, he accepted the role of Applications Engineering Manager for Valmont Site Pro 1 in late 2015. With a focus on A&E support, Luke has spent the last three years traveling and providing educational presentations to telecom carriers, A&E firms and turfing vendors across the country. In this time, he has presented to over 230 groups and has gained an intimate knowledge of the day-to-day issues the facing engineers and carriers today. By staying active in TIA committees, he keeps a working knowledge of the latest telecom codes and requirements to ensure he is giving up-to-date advice. Luke now resides in Orange County, CA where he enjoys surfing, hiking and other outdoor activities.


Robert McCoy

Robert McCoy

Operations Quality Assurance Manager, Crown Castle

Robert McCoy manages Crown Castle’s SCAN program, which employs alternative technologies such as Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and laser surveying for data acquisition. Robert leads a team of Quality Assurance Engineers responsible for development of and compliance to operational and industry standards and procedures for internal employees, contractors, and vendors. Robert and his team train and audit groups responsible for over 45,000 annual inspections, ensuring the integrity of Crown Castle’s assets.


Ed Myers

Ed Myers

Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Cheytec Telecommunications

Ed Myers brings more than two decades of industry experience to his role as Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Cheytec Telecommunications. He is responsible for the development of Cheytec’s Real Estate Portfolio, wireless operator sales, and marketing program for in-building and other telecommunication system sales. Prior to joining Cheytec, Ed was one of the founders and Vice President of Sales for the telecom group at Parallel Infrastructure, a national build-to-suit tower company. Ed has also held leadership roles with Widelity, a telecommunications consulting firm, AT&T and FiberTower, and consulted for Qwest, Level 3, Verizon and T-Mobile. Ed is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Chris Moccia

Chris Moccia

Founder / CEO, Solusia, Inc.

Chris Moccia has more than two decades of wireless network experience serving wireless carriers, OEM’s, tower companies, and system Integrators with self-performing lifecycle services such as site acquisition; RF (design/performance); construction (GC-tower & civil); and software such as OSS/FMS/E911/TT systems. Today Chris primarily advises clients on technical expertise and ecosystem guidance, offering insights and recommendations into airborne LTE/5G use cases, flying cell sites, expertise in unmanned aerial systems, RAN, core, analytics and IoT revenue streams. In 2013, Solusia was one of the original FAA Section 333 holders (1st in tower inspection), which was the regulatory sUAS standard prior to FAA Part 107.

Chris is a recognized speaker participating in panels at CTIA, InterDrone, Drone World Expo, GSMA World Congress, and Hexagon Live. Additionally, Chris serves on the National Association of Tower Erectors UAS Committee.


Carrie Ortolano

Carrie Ortolano

General Counsel, CTI Towers

Carrie is the general counsel of CTI Towers, which owns and manages over 1,000 tower sites nationwide. Carrie has been the general counsel of CTI Towers since its inception in 2011 and handles all legal and regulatory work on behalf of the company, including overseeing all leasing activities with wireless service providers. Carrie joined CTI Towers after providing ten years of experience as outside counsel to the wireless industry including the representation of national and regional wireless service providers, national and regional tower developers and distributed antenna services (DAS) providers. Carrie has been responsible for, and obtained, regulatory approvals for the installation of numerous telecommunications towers and hundreds of antenna installations throughout New England. Carrie represented a regional wireless service provider in its acquisition by a national service provider. Carrie has provided legal counsel in all phases of tower development including lease negotiations and drafting, zoning and regulatory approvals, negotiating utility and access easements and litigation. Carrie has also provided legal services to utility companies as well as renewable energy companies. Carrie was named a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers magazine and Connecticut Magazine. Carrie is a magna cum laude graduate of Bates College, and received her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she served as a member and managing editor of the Connecticut Law Review.


Gary Pennington

Gary C. Pennington, Esq.

Senior Member, Pennington Law Firm

As the Senior Member of the Firm, Gary C. Pennington has enjoyed a varied and diversified practice. Currently, Gary’s primary practice area is the representation of wireless communications carriers and related industries. This work involves the many legal components associated with the organized deployment of wireless infrastructure and technology across the United States on an expedited basis, as well as the legal support necessary for the continued evolution of that infrastructure and technology. In addition to the deployment of wireless infrastructure, Gary also has assisted clients with acquisitions and dispositions of wireless assets across the United States. Gary has also negotiated master lease agreements for both tower companies and wireless communications carriers for national use and application. Gary also has extensive experience in commercial real estate transactions, including the sale and purchase of commercial real estate, office leases, and retail leases. Gary also has handled numerous land use planning matters over his career. This practice has primarily involved the representation of communications tower companies and carriers before governmental bodies seeking to have new communications facilities approved, as well as writing and negotiating zoning ordinances that impact wireless communications companies. Further, Gary has extensive experience representing companies that provide fiber related services and in negotiating broadband contracts for implementation of broadband networks.


Jeff Reale

Jeff Reale

Director of Enterprise and Carrier Solutions

Jeff brings nearly 20 years of experience to the wireless industry with over 13 of those years being dedicated to the DAS industry. Throughout that time Jeff held positions as a radio frequency engineer and project manager for a wireless service provider (9 years), regional sales and account management positions with a DAS product manufacturer (4 years) and business development roles with Intenna Systems for the past 5 years. Jeff graduated with a B.S.EE from The Pennsylvania State University.


Todd Schlekeway

Todd Schlekeway

NATE Executive Director

Todd became the Executive Director of the National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) in June of 2012. As Executive Director of NATE, Todd provides overall leadership and vision working in concert with the Association’s staff, Board of Directors, volunteer Standing Committees, Wireless Industry Network and approximately 820 member companies.

Prior to joining NATE, Todd worked for seven years as the founder and principal of a public affairs and communications firm called Full Court Strategies Group, LLC. Todd also has extensive policy experience having served for two terms in South Dakota’s state legislature where he represented a Sioux Falls, South Dakota legislative district in both the State House and the State Senate.

Todd received his undergraduate college degrees from the University of Sioux Falls (USF) with a B.A. in History/Political Science and a B.S. in Exercise Science. He also earned a Master’s degree in Education (M.Ed.) from USF. While at the University of Sioux Falls, Todd also participated in collegiate athletics as a member of the USF basketball team.

Todd currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD with his wife Jill and three sons Gavin, Grant and Jett.


Bryan Tramont

Bryan N. Tramont

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Bryan Tramont, 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.


Jeff Tostenrude

Jeff Tostenrude

Wireless Application Engineer, 3M

Jeff Tostenrude is a Wireless Application Engineer at 3M with 20 years of experience in the wireless telecommunications industry. Having recently joined 3M in March of 2017, he was previously employed at mobile data analytics firm RootMetrics. Prior to that, Jeff worked at Ericsson in the US-based New Product Introduction team as well as the Product Development Unit in Sweden. The first half of his career was spent in radio access network design and optimization for Sprint and Nextel. A graduate of Washington State University, Jeff is currently focused on 5G applications and novel site concealment solutions.


Chad Tuttle

Chad Tuttle

CEO, B+T Group

Chad Tuttle founded B+T Group in 2000 primarily as a structural engineering firm assessing towers. Since then, Chad has grown B+T into a full-service development and field services company. Today, they serve all major carriers and tower owners all over the United States. With nearly 200 US employees and a partner in India, B+T works on more than 40,000 sites per year.
In addition to traditional services like A&E and tower modification construction, Chad has pioneered photogrammetry with B+T Group’s patent-pending software as a service Site360. With this technology, B+T has already mapped and audited thousands of towers, rooftops, and antenna mounts both from the ground and with a drone. Customers are eliminating redundant site visits and better marketing their assets using the secure Site360 portal.

Chad is a licensed engineer in 42 states, serves on the board for Arkansas/Oklahoma Wireless Association, Association of Civil Engineers and TIA committee for structural analyses.


Russell Vest

Russell Vest

Executive Director, Business Development – ExteNet Systems

With more than 30 years of experience in the wireless and telecommunications industry, Mr. Vest directs ExteNet’s business development policies, objectives and key initiatives related to in-building networks. His background includes expertise in engineering, design, and deployment of wireless access and transport networks for domestic and international markets, as well as business development, merger and acquisition successes in the wireless industry. Prior to joining ExteNet, Mr. Vest was President and founder of Wireless Inside, focused on designing, building, and owning Indoor Commercial Wireless Networks. Mr. Vest holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University and is a member of the IEEE Communications Society.


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