Don Bishop joined AGL Media Group in 2004. He helped to launch and was the founding editor of AGL Magazine, the AGL Bulletin email newsletter (now AGL eDigest) and DAS and Small Cells magazine (now AGL Small Cell Magazine). He served as host for AGL Conferences from 2010 to 2012, appearing at 12 conferences. Bishop writes and otherwise obtains editorial content published in AGL Magazine, AGL eDigest and the AGL Media Group website. Bishop also photographs and films conferences and conventions. Many of his photographs have appeared on the cover, in articles and in the “AGL Tower of the Month” center spread photo feature in AGL Magazine. During his time with Wiesner Publishing, Primedia Business Information, and AGL Media Group, he helped to launch several magazines and edited or managed editorial departments for a dozen magazines and their associated websites, newsletters and live event coverage. He is a former property manager, radio station owner and CEO of a broadcast engineering consulting firm. He was elected a Fellow of the Radio Club of America in 1988, received its Presidents Award in 1993, and served on its board of directors for nine years. Don Bishop may be contacted at [email protected]
Scot Bohaychyk, Clearfield product marketing manager, has nearly 30 years in the Telecommunications industry. Scot’s background includes serving in The White House Communications Agency, providing communications infrastructure support for then-President Ronald Reagan and his White House staff. Scot’s private sector experience includes OSP field and engineering experience as well as market development and sales work in the fields of blown and pushable fiber for long-haul fiber installations both in the United States and overseas.
Seth Buechley brings Cathedral entrepreneurial leadership gained through board and senior executive experience with public, private, family-owned, and nonprofit organizations. Most recently, Seth co-founded and led the US and Canadian operations of SOLiD USA. overseeing a team of industry leaders responsible for developing and distributing innovative wireless communications products. Seth began his career as a co-founder of family-owned CORD Communications, a turnkey network implementation company. He was then a founding investor and Vice Chairman of Washington Oregon Wireless (WOW), a Sprint PCS affiliate. In 2001, Seth co-founded Tri-Power Group, a leading DAS integrator based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Seth is the recently-published author of Ambition: Leading with Gratitude, a leadership manifesto highlighting the necessity of gratitude in the lives of driven leaders.
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.
Brett Cupta is the Co-founder and Vice President of Customer Success at Sitetracker. He has one primary objective: eliminate the headaches associated with the traditional project and asset management software. His background spans telecom, healthcare, consumer products, finance, and manufacturing, while both founding his own company and consulting for Fortune 100 companies. Brett previously served as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting and as an Engineer at Solvay Advanced Polymers. He sparked his entrepreneurship interests while working in business development at Venmo and gained valuable development experience as a Project Manager at AirWatch. He also co-founded and later sold Blokify, a 3D Printing startup. Brett holds a Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
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.
Sean Gallagher is the Director of Sales at Valmont Structures. Valmont is the leading supplier of light poles and telecommunication structures in the US. Sean’s focus is providing solutions for Small Cell pole deployments by exploiting Valmont’s vast knowledge of local lighting standards and wireless structures. While primarily focused on the U.S. market the last decade, he’s been a key player in Valmont’s expansion into international markets dating back to 1988.
Ken Garnett is the Chief Technology Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and a Board Director for Cal.net, a major telecommunications service provider in the Sacramento, California area providing primarily fixed-wireless high-speed Internet and voice services to heretofore un-served rural California locales. Over the course of the past 35 years, Ken has leveraged his passion for innovation, his focus on excellence and his diverse skills in executive management, product management, technology marketing, embedded systems design, and software development to engender significant results at numerous start-up companies. He has been involved in industries comprising Internet telecommunications, mobile multimedia and streaming video products, computer graphics workstations, mechanical computer-aided design software, and geophysical oil exploration.
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.
Randy Johnson is Director of Technology Evolution at ExteNet Systems, based in Lisle, IL. He is responsible for analyzing technology trends, managing vendor relationships, and bringing new technology and products to production-readiness. Randy is deeply involved in both the technical and commercial aspects of CBRS, and he has been an active member of the CBRS Alliance since its early days. Prior to ExteNet, Randy was a manager at Bell Laboratories. He also held senior leadership roles at several smaller companies. Randy earned his MSEE degree at the University of Illinois and his MBA from Northwestern University.
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.
Erik Lilieholm is technical sales manager, Mobility Network Engineering, for CommScope. Erik’s diverse background in North America’s wireless communications industry dates back to the launch of the first cellular communications networks. He has built his expertise with Allen Telecom, LGP Telecom and Ericsson. With more than 25 years in RF design, product management and technical marketing, Erik provides critical leadership to CommScope’s families of wireless network solutions, helping customers fulfill their present needs and future visions. He holds several patents in the field of RF filter technology. Erik earned a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Joe Madden is Principal Analyst at Mobile Experts Inc. Mr. Madden focuses on 5G and IoT vertical markets, leading a team of 6 analysts to triangulate on accurate market forecasts. Over 28 years in mobile communications, he accurately predicted the rise of 5G Fixed Wireless, Small Cells, Digital Predistortion, and Remote Radio Heads. He validates ideas with mobile and cable operators, as well as hardware suppliers to find the match between business models and technology. Madden holds a Physics degree from UCLA. Despite learning about economics at Stanford, he still obeys the laws of physics.
Phillip R. Marchesiello joined the firm as a partner in 2011 after more than 13 years in private practice with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. He represents media and communications companies with respect to a variety of transactional, regulatory compliance, licensing, and policy matters before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), state public utility commissions, and foreign telecommunications agencies. He represents companies in enterprise-level commercial technology transactions, including telecommunications services agreements, hardware purchases and leases, software licensing, and information technology agreements. He also has assisted numerous radio and television broadcast companies, as well as cable and wireless companies, to negotiate and secure FCC approval of various media and wireless transactions. He particularly focuses on structuring transactions involving institutional investors and private equity funds to comply with the FCC’s multiple ownership and foreign ownership requirements.
Robert “Tripp” May, a partner with Telecom Law Firm, PC, represents and advises public agencies and private and nonprofit landowners in regulatory and transactional matters concerning wired and wireless infrastructure matters. He assists public agencies develop and implement regulatory frameworks for communications infrastructure, including ordinances, policies, design guidelines, permit applications, and staff handbooks. He also negotiates, drafts and enforces communications infrastructure agreements, including license and franchise agreements for deployments in the public rights-of-way. He has represented the League of California Cities in several FCC rulemaking proceedings and currently serves as the League’s counsel in the pending challenge to the FCC’s “small cell order” released in September 2018.
Jim McCulloch is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate of Vertical Bridge. Mr. McCulloch is responsible for the development and expansion of Vertical Bridge’s real estate portfolio. Prior to joining Vertical Bridge, Mr. McCulloch was Vice President of Real Estate for Global Tower Partners (GTP) where he developed the company’s real estate portfolio and expanded existing landlord relationships. His experience also includes serving as partner at DGP Development, a leading provider of Distributed Antenna Systems to hotels and sports stadiums and a successful consulting practice advising buyers, sellers, and owners of commercial real estate on a variety of technology and financial matters. Additionally, he was vice president of Information Technology for Destination Hotels and Resorts.
Joe Mullin is responsible for driving technology strategy and data analytics for InSite. He has more than 30 years of experience designing and deploying wireless networks, including expertise developing specialized in-building and outdoor coverage solutions for medical, industrial, and entertainment venues throughout the U.S. Previously, Mr. Mullin was Vice President of Engineering for Arch Wireless where he was responsible for nationwide network design, real estate, facility management, and regulatory compliance. Mr. Mullin also has developed and marketed wireless network products with Glenayre Electronics and Harris RF Communications. He managed construction projects for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Mullin holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Boston University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Massachusetts and is a member of the IEEE.
Kishore Raja serves as vice president, engineering strategic programs at Boingo Wireless, where he is responsible for executing and managing several R&D strategic initiatives including Wi-Fi Hotspot 2.0, small cells, Virtualization, and IoT. He has more than 18 years of experience in architecting and designing solutions for mobile platforms in the wireless industry. Since joining Boingo in 2007 he was one of the initial few in the company responsible for driving Hotspot 2.0 activities. Raja actively participates, chairs and contributes to wireless industry standards in several groups at Wireless Broadband Alliance, Wi-Fi Alliance, CBRS and MulteFire. Raja holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science from Bangalore University and a Master’s of Science in Data Communication Networks and Distributed Systems from the University of London. He has approved patents in the wireless industry, has written and published several white papers and received the 2016 Inventor/Innovator award at Digital Diversity Network.
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.
John Shubin is a director of business development at ADRF, in charge of driving sales revenue from carrier, enterprise, and third-party operator customers in the west region of the United States. He has nearly 20 years of experience on the front lines of the wireless industry. Prior to joining ADRF, John was a business development manager at Kastle Systems, a global managed security and access control provider. He previously held leadership roles at Notora, PCTEL, and AT&T Mobility. John holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.
Complete program and/or project management for multiple markets regarding all aspects of planning for and building a new or modified wireless telecommunications facility from implementation to on-air status, including RF design, government affairs, A&E, site acquisition and leasing, regulatory, zoning and permitting, BOMs, pre-construction, during construction, and post-construction CIQ and scripts, etc. T-Mobile partner delivery manager responsible for overseeing of all site acquisition and zoning vendors and contractors. Primary government affairs manager for LA and Orange Counties, including supervision of outside lobbyists. Registered lobbyist for City and County of Los Angeles.
As Global Vice President of Sales for Phoenix Tower International, Don van Splunteren leads the sales, marketing, and leasing organizations across all of PTI’s 13 international markets. Mr. van Splunteren has 20 years of international experience driving sales growth in the telecommunications sector and helping telecommunications service providers with their network evolution and rollout. Prior to joining Phoenix Tower International, Mr. van Splunteren held several executive positions at Nortel, Ciena, and NAAP Global Solutions with responsibilities in sales, business development, and engineering. Mr. van Splunteren graduated from the University of Florida with a Master in Business Administration Degree (MBA) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela and a Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) from Fontys University in the Netherlands.
Liz Wincele is Government Relations Counsel at Crown Castle, where she provides in-house legal support to the entitlements and government relations divisions covering fiber and small cell deployments throughout the western region of the United States. Given recent changes in federal and state law, a large part of Liz’s role at Crown Castle is to help her clients navigate the new and largely untested legal landscape for wireless deployment. A native Texan, Liz earned her degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Before joining Crown Castle, Liz worked in-house at Mobilitie and an Orange County-based health care services company.