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2019 DC Summit Speakers

 

Will Adams

Will Adams

Legal Advisor, Federal Communications Commissioner Carr

Will Adams will advise Commissioner Carr on wireless issues. After starting his career at the Department of Justice, Will clerked for Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He also served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Justin Amash before becoming the President of Red Door Strategies, a political consulting firm. Most recently, Will worked in public finance at Morgan Stanley on infrastructure matters. Will graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as President of the Federalist Society. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University.


Danny Agresta

Danny Agresta

President, CEO, APC Towers

Danny Agresta, a 23-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, is the President & CEO of APC Towers and APC Telecom Services (APC). APC Towers is a national tower developer whose core business is building and acquiring tower sites. Based in Raleigh, NC, APC owns, operates and provides services for sites across 38 states. He also serves as the Co-Chairman for WIA’s Infrastructure Developers Forum. He also serves as the President of the Carolinas Wireless Association (CWA), which has helped grow from 300 to over 800 members.

Prior to APC Towers, Danny served as the Vice President of DAS Sales & Business Development for American Tower, where he was responsible for all carrier sales, partnering with integrators, real estate in-building negotiations, landlord relationships, and business development efforts for the DAS Solutions division. Preceding American Tower, he served as Vice President of Sales for the former SpectraSite organization, where he was responsible for the company’s nationwide collocation sales activity on 8,300 tower assets.


Mike Collado

Mike Collado

Vice President of Marketing, RF Connect

Mike Collado is a strategic market development leader for wireless technology companies focused on winning mindshare and capturing marketshare. As a catalyst for change and progress, he has launched and grown companies, brands, products and services, market segments, regions, industry groups and other initiatives. Mike is energized by the market- and society-altering opportunities emerging wireless technologies are poised to enable.


Alex Damato

Alex Damato

Lead Policy Advisor, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Alex Damato is a Lead Policy Advisor in the Washington, DC, office of Wilkinson Barker Knauer. He has an extensive background in telecommunications law and policy issues, having served most recently as Legislative Director to Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA). Prior to Rep. Matsui, Alex served as a Telecom Policy Aide to Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), advising Senator Manchin’s telecommunications work on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Alex began his career on the Hill serving as a Legislative Aide to former Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Alex is attending law school at American University Washington College of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University.


William Davenport

William Davenport

Chief of Staff & Senior Legal Advisor for Wireless and International
FCC Commissioner Jeffrey Starks

William Davenport is Chief of Staff & Senior Legal Advisor for Wireless and International for Commissioner Jeffrey Starks. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, Federal Regulatory, for Ligado Networks. Mr. Davenport has spent most of his career in the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau, beginning as a staff attorney then moving to management positions in the Bureau’s Investigations and Hearings Division and the Office of the Bureau Chief. Prior to leaving the Commission, Mr. Davenport served as the Deputy Bureau Chief responsible for the Commission’s spectrum enforcement matters, including oversight of the agency’s field offices. Earlier in his career, Mr. Davenport worked at two DC-area law firms, specializing in litigation and communications issues. Mr. Davenport is a two-time co-chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s Enforcement Committee and a member of the Endorsements committee of the DC chapter of the National Hispanic Bar Association. Mr. Davenport is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Cameron Galbraith

Cameron Galbraith

Senior Product Marketing Manager, SiteTracker

Cameron Galbraith helps build and scale great companies. He leads product marketing at Sitetracker, Inc., whose software powers the successful deployment of critical infrastructure. Previously, he led product marketing and sales operations at OpenGov, Inc., a government budgeting and performance management software provider, that he helped grow from 60 customers to over 1,600. He began his career in finance focusing on middle-market private equity investments and distressed debt. Mr. Galbraith graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of California, Irvine.


Sean Gallagher

Sean Gallagher

Director of Sales-Wireless Structures, Valmont Structures

Sean Gallagher is the Director of Sales-Wireless Structures at Valmont Structures. Valmont is the leading supplier of lighting poles and telecommunication structures in the US. Sean has more than 20 years of global experience selling macro towers and monopoles. Sean’s current focus is providing solutions for Small Cell pole deployments by exploiting Valmont’s vast knowledge of local lighting standards and wireless structures. The recent acquisition of Larson Camouflage adds considerably to Valmont’s solutions in this burgeoning market.


Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall

General Manager, Wireless Supply

Jeff Hall has spent 37 plus years in the wireless industry and has seen wireless evolve from making voice calls to the implementation of smart phones and data streams to mobile devices. Jeff has been involved in many aspects of wireless including working at one of the original cell phone manufacturers. Jeff has worked on the engineering, marketing and sales sides of different organizations in the wireless space. Currently Jeff is one of the founders and General Manager of Wireless Supply, a manufacturer of components for the passive RF path for wireless communications systems including RF cable and connectors, fiber cable, antennas, filters and other items included in the passive RF Path.


Chris Hills

Chris Hills

Western Regional Sales Manager, Raycap | STEALTH

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.


Umair Javed

Umair Javed

Legal Advisor, Wireless and International Issues, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel

Umair Javed serves Commissioner Rosenworcel as legal advisor for wireless and international issues. Umair joins the Commission from Wiley Rein LLP, where he was an associate in the firm’s Telecom, Media, and Technology group. At Wiley Rein, Umair provided legal counsel and strategic advice to a broad cross-section of clients on domestic and international telecommunications regulation, spectrum policy, and global Internet governance. He also has served on U.S. delegations to conferences and meetings of the International Telecommunication Union, including the 2016 World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly and the 2017 World Telecommunication Development Conference. Umair currently serves as Commissioner of the Consumer Protection Commission of Fairfax County and previously was a firefighter and EMT-B in Albemarle County, Virginia.


April-Jones

April Jones

Senate Commerce Counsel for Senator Amy Klobuchar

April Jones serves as Counsel to Senator Amy Klobuchar, advising her on issues within the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee portfolio, which include privacy, transportation, aviation, and telecommunications. Prior to this role, Ms. Jones held positions at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as an attorney advisor in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau and a Special Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. In addition, Ms. Jones worked as a Political Organizer on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign and as an attorney at an antitrust litigation firm. Ms. Jones received her J.D. from The George Washington University School of Law, where she also completed an International Human Rights Law Program at the University of Oxford. Ms. Jones received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California.


Tom Leddo

Tom Leddo

Chief Strategy Officer, MD7

Over 20 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.


Matt Mandel

Matt Mandel

Head of Government Affairs, Wireless Infrastructure Association

As Head of Government Affairs, Matt oversees WIA’s outreach to federal, state, and local government officials regarding the need to accelerate the deployment of wireless infrastructure facilities and other issues that drive the wireless infrastructure industry’s legislative agenda.

Prior to joining WIA, Matt served as Vice President, Government Relations at the Glover Park Group, where he specialized in public policy advocacy and strategic planning on behalf of corporations, non-profits, and associations. His work was instrumental in helping companies achieve their marketplace and public policy goals on a wide range of wireless technology issues, including broadband deployment, spectrum management, cybersecurity, online privacy and data security, and intellectual property. Previously, Matt served 10 years as a legislative aide in the House of Representatives, most recently as Legislative Director to former Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL), a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Matt was Rep. Stearns’ chief legislative adviser on issues before the committee, including telecommunications, technology, and consumer protection. Prior to this, Matt served as a Legislative Assistant to former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and in the legislative department at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland. Matt is also an Adjunct Professor in the Government Department at American University.


Bryan Tramont

Jenine Renaud

National Director of Collocations, U.S. Cellular Towers

Jenine is the National Director of Collocations for U.S. Cellular Towers at, Pyramid Network Services where Jenine leads the collocation process and strives to generate continued interest in the U.S. Cellular tower portfolio. Through a dedicated application processing team and focused program efforts on resolving issues, the team is able to move from interest to on-air efficiently for applicants. With over 15 years experience in the cellular industry and a proven track record sales growth, Jenine continues to develop market confidence U.S. Cellular Towers colocation opportunities.

Jenine also oversees Walgreens rooftop program and additional complementary large-scale real estate portfolios through Pyramid Network Services. With over 12,000+ siting locations across the nation, Jenine has extensive experience in meeting the carrier’s deployment objectives and ensuring the property owner is seen as a friendly siting location. With over 15 years in the telecom industry working on all sides of the table, Jenine brings a fresh perspective to colocation management and processes.


Ariel Rubin

Ariel Rubin

Vice President Tower Development

Ariel Rubin joined Vertical Bridge in September 2016 as the Vice President of Tower Development. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Mexico Tower Partners and previously as Project Director at Global Tower Partners, where he oversaw the ongoing development and operations for the LATAM region. He also was responsible for compliance, site maintenance, vendor qualification and implemented initiatives to optimize cost and process.

Prior to joining Global Tower Partners, Mr. Rubin was a Shareholder with Morrison Hershfield Corporation (MHC). During his almost 11 year tenure at MHC, Ariel was the Director of Site Development and was responsible for project delivery. This included architectural and engineering designs for cell sites, and due diligence activities on cell sites and rooftops throughout North America.

Mr. Rubin has over 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is a registered Professional Engineer. He holds a Bachelor degree of Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Tony Sabatino

Tony Sabatino

President, Chief Strategy Officer, InSite Wireless Group

Tony Sabatino was appointed President and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of InSite in July 2019, prior to that he served on the Company’s Board for 12 years, most recently as Chairman. In his current role at InSite, Tony oversees DAS Engineering, Carrier Relations, the Office of the CTO, and Tower Development. Tony brings over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications arena. He has held leadership roles with Sabre Industries as the President of Business Development and CTO, Alamosa PCS (Sprint’s largest Affiliate) as CTO, Sprint as Senior Director of RF Engineering, and Fluor Daniel as Director Special Engineering and Analysis. Tony has served as an Advisor for the National Institute of Science and Technology LA Innovations Summit Public Safety Network (First Net) and holds several patents in the telecommunications sector. Tony holds a Master’s in Electrical Engineering from LaSalle University and BS/Electric Engineering from Kansas University.


Alex Sachtjen

Alex Sachtjen

Legislative Assistant to Senator John Thune (R-SD)

Alex Sachtjen serves as a Legislative Assistant to Senator John Thune (R-SD), the Chairman of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. Prior to his current role, he served on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation under then-Chairman John Thune, working on communications, broadcast, and technology issues. He holds a B.A. in Government and International Affairs from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD.


Don van Splunteren

Don van Splunteren

Global Vice President of Sales, Phoenix Tower International

As Global Vice President of Sales for Phoenix Tower International, Don van Splunteren is responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and leasing organizations across all of PTI’s markets. Mr. van Splunteren has 20 years of international experience driving sales growth in the telecommunications and technology sectors. Prior to joining Phoenix Tower International, he was VP Global Sales at NAAP Global Solutions and held several executive positions at Nortel and Ciena with responsibility in sales, business development, and engineering.


Bryan Tramont

Bryan Tramont

Managing Partner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer

Bryan Tramont 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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