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Broadband Workshop

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SPEAKERS

Garry Arseneault
Garry Arseneault
Commissioner, Chelan County PUD

Garry is currently serving his eighth year as Commissioner Chelan County Public Utility District; additionally, he is President of the Washington Public Utility District Association (WPUDA).
Garry has 36 years of experience in investment banking and public finance. During his career, he held various responsibilities.
Senior Partner – Partners Investment Network Spokane, WA. (retired)
President – US Bancorp Securities, a division of U.S. Bank
Chief Municipal Bond Trader – Old National Bank (US Bank)
President, CEO – ONB Securities (bank holding company)
General Principal – NW Financial Investors Network.

Garry has been involved in a variety of technology startups, providing experience to the challenges faced in taking firms from birth to maturity.
Founding Partner – INTEC Technologies, software development firm, Seattle, WA.
Founding Partner – GTC Technologies, internet technology call center, Wenatchee, WA.

Skills
• Finance
• Business Development
• Economics
• Risk Management

Education
Western Washington University / Bellingham, Wa.
Bachelor of Arts in Finance
5/1979

Garry is married with two boys (both married) and five grandkids.

Jim Baller
Jim Baller
Partner, Keller & Heckman

James (Jim) Baller represents clients across the U.S. in a broad range of communications matters, including high-capacity broadband network projects, public-private broadband partnerships, telecommunications matters, wireless facility siting, right-of-way management, pole and conduit attachments, and barriers to community broadband initiatives.

As a litigator, Jim has had first-chair responsibility in numerous cases involving complex factual, legal and policy issues, multiple parties, and large amounts in controversy. He also works regularly with multi-disciplinary teams of legal, financial, accounting, engineering and other technical experts to assist local and regional government entities in making comprehensive telecommunications plans, establishing state-of-the-art communications systems, developing strategic partnerships, and integrating right-of-way and zoning ordinances, franchises, licenses, pole-attachment agreements, contracts, forms, permits and other related documents.

Jim has won numerous awards for his services. In 2001, the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors named him its Member of the Year. In 2006, MuniWireless presented him its first Esme Award, for “working tirelessly to protect the interests of municipalities, many times in the face of huge opposition.” In 2007, NATOA made him its first “Community Broadband Visionary of the Year,” for “almost single-handedly putting the need for a national broadband strategy to the forefront of public consciousness.” In 2009, Ars Technica included Jim on its list of the 25 “Top Names in Tech Policy” and FiberToday honored him as its “Person of the Year.” In 2012, the Fiber to the Home Council gave him its prestigious Chairman’s Award “for his relentless promotion and pursuit of community broadband and of faster networks for everyone. His efforts have paved the way for the deployment of all-fiber networks across the country.” In 2014, he received SEATOA’s Community Broadband Advocacy Award for “beating back (two years in a row) anti-municipal broadband legislation in Georgia.” Every year since 2016, Super Lawyers included Jim in its Washington DC Super Lawyers list and American Registry included him in its list of America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%. In 2018, Marquis Who’s Who presented him its Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jim is a frequent speaker and author or co-author of articles on communications matters including, “Broadband Partnerships: For Many Communities, A Good Option at a Good Time,” IMLA Magazine (Sep-Oct 2021); “Public Infrastructure/Private Service: A Shared-Risk Partnership Model for the 21st Century,” The Benton Institute for Broadband and Society (October 2020);“The Emerging World of Broadband Public-Private Partnerships: A Business Strategy and Legal Guide,” The Benton Foundation (May 2017); “Economic Development Is the Killer App for Local Fiber Networks,” Broadband Communities Magazine (November/December 2016); “A Practical Primer on Pole Attachments,” (March 2012); “Report of the US Broadband Coalition on a National Broadband Strategy,” (September 2009); “Bigger Vision, Bolder Action, Brighter Future: Capturing the Promise of Broadband for North Carolina and America,” (June 2008); “A National Broadband Strategy: ‘Make No Small Plans,’” NATOA Journal (Fall 2007); “Eight Bold Steps to a National Broadband Strategy,” FTTH Prism (Jan. 2007); “America Needs a Fiber-Based National Broadband Policy Now,” FTTH Prism (October 2006); “Deceptive Myths About Municipal Broadband: Disinformation About Public Ownership Impeding Progress,” Broadband Properties Magazine (May 2005); and “Curbing Anticompetitive Practices By Cable Incumbents: If Not Now, When?” NATOA Journal of Municipal Telecommunications Policy (Winter 2004).
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Jim was the president of Baller Stokes & Lide, PC, a nationally ranked boutique Washington, DC telecommunications firm.

Jamie Barnett
Jamie Barnett
Vice President for Global Communications Solutions, Viasat, Inc.
Retired Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett is the Vice President for Global Communications Solutions for Viasat. He is a former Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. In 2015, he was named a Top Lawyer for Cybersecurity by The Washingtonian magazine.
Angela Bennink
Angela Bennink
General Manager, Kitsap County PUD

Angela Bennink is the General Manager for Kitsap Public Utility District after serving as the Telecommunications Director for four years.  Ms. Bennink brings to her role a breadth of knowledge about broadband infrastructure complimented by her training and experience in chemistry, biology, and engineering.  Having concentrated on expanding broadband access in Washington State with Northwest Open Access Network, after 11 years, Ms. Bennink transitioned to Kitsap PUD to focus on the goal of bridging the digital divide by bringing high-speed broadband to unserved areas of Kitsap County. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Ms. Bennink resides in Poulsbo Washington with family and enjoys the many recreational activities this area offers.

Ron Bilodeau
Ron Bilodeau
Director of Strategic Solutions, Osmose

Ron provides solutions to the utility and broadband industries on wide-ranging topics including joint use, and wireless collocation programs and processes. Ron has more than 35 years of management experience in the telecom and electric space, he earned an MBA from Western Governors University and a BA from the University of Las Vegas Nevada, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Gary Borgeson
Gary Borgeson
Director of Fiber Operations, Arkansas Electric Cooperative

Gary Borgeson has spent the last 29 years at Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) designing and building networks and data centers for the Electric Cooperative of Arkansas. He has held numerous information technology positions including Director of IT Infrastructure. Two years ago Gary was reassigned to Director of Fiber Opera0ons and now leads a 2000-mile statewide fiber transport construction project to create the next-genera0on network for Arkansas coopera0ves and AECC’s generating stations. A network designed to be utilized for opera0onal purposes and to support broadband deployments across Arkansas.

 

Matthew Britter
Matthew Britter
Director for Operational Technology, Fortinet

Matt brings 25+ years of Industrial Automation experience from the Water/Wastewater and Food & Bev industries. He has been directly involved with High-Speed machine vision, Industrial Wireless communications, and the design of control systems for Biological OEM equipment. Matt’s work in the Municipal water Market has let him work on Design Build projects for multiple green field projects. Matt studied Industry Technology at CSU Fresno. His hobbies include running, bicycling, competitive motorsports, and following his 2 kid’s activities.

 

Kirk Burgee
Kirk Burgee
Chief of Staff, Wireline Competition Bureau, FCC

Kirk Burgee is a Senior Counsel to the FCC’s Broadband Data Task Force.  Kirk provides legal and policy support to the Task Force, focusing on fixed broadband availability reporting and stakeholder outreach, and intergovernmental coordination.

Kirk also serves as the Chief of Staff of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau.   In his work for the Bureau, Kirk is involved in matters related to broadband deployment, including broadband deployment funding, data mapping, and interagency coordination of broadband programs.  Kirk is also a Deputy Director of the FCC’s Rural Broadband Auctions Task Force, which is tasked with implementing FCC auctions to allocate universal service support for broadband deployment in unserved areas, including the Connect America Phase II Auction and the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund Phase I Auction.  Prior to joining the FCC in 2005, Kirk practiced telecommunications law in the private sector in Washington, D.C.

Ben Carter
Ben Carter
DCCN Coordinator, Douglas County PUD

My name is Ben Carter and I am responsible for the Douglas County Community Network (DCCN), a cutting-edge open access fiber Ethernet network owned and operated by PUD #1 of Douglas County (DCPUD), in Douglas County Washington. I have worked on the DCCN since 2000.

The DCCN has successfully brought cutting-edge broadband to underserved rural customers in Douglas County since 1998. Mansfield, Bridgeport, and Waterville were first connected to fiber broadband in the early 2000s. The DCCN is currently connecting farms to Gigabit fiber Ethernet. DCPUD does Rural Broadband reliably and cost-effectively.

For the last 20+ years, the DCCN has steadily brought cutting-edge broadband into Rural Douglas County. Developing new technologies and methodologies has been a driving force for the DCCN and the team has successfully reduced bandwidth deployment costs to levels far below other fiber broadband providers.

The DCCN has brought Full Duplex Gigabit capable fiber to Rural Douglas County since inception. Our mission is to bring state-of-the-art broadband service to the underserved in Douglas County. DCPUD is currently connecting farms to Full Duplex Gigabit Ethernet broadband.

The DCCN has provided low-cost wholesale bandwidth and tip-top Utility Broadband Service in Douglas County since the year 2000.

 

Evan Feinman
Evan Feinman
Deputy Associate Administrator for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD), NTIA

Evan Feinman is NTIA’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD). Mr. Feinman leads the $42.45 billion BEAD Program. Previously, Feinman was Chief Broadband Advisor to Virginia Governor Northam, and in that role, developed and funded projects that put the state on track to be the first large state with universal broadband infrastructure. He also served as Executive Director of the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Brett Heather Freedson
Brett Heather Freedson
Member, Lerman Senter

Brett Heather Freedson is an advocate and advisor to utility companies, with expertise in infrastructure-related matters, including pole attachments and collocation. Brett has represented utility companies before federal courts of appeal, and informal complaint and policy proceedings before the FCC and state public service commissions. She also served as outside FCC counsel to a coalition of electric utility industry associations. Additionally, Brett advises infrastructure providers on transactional and regulatory matters critical to the deployment of broadband and 5G. Brett has served as counsel to both investor-owned utilities and internet service providers in their collaboration on rural broadband deployment projects, and their negotiation of related agreements. Brett also has handled regulatory matters related to the FCC’s RDOF program.

 

Brad Hall
Brad Hall
Vice President of External Affairs, Appalachian Power

Brad N. Hall is the Vice President of External Affairs for Appalachian Power Company, a subsidiary of American Electric Power (AEP). Brad’s territories of responsibility include Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, where he leads the following departments: Governmental Affairs, Economic & Business Development, Corporate Communications, and Customer Services. Brad moved to Appalachian Power in 2018 from another AEP Subsidiary, Kentucky Power Company where he was Manager of External Affairs. Prior to joining AEP, Brad was the President and CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce where he was very involved in economic development for eight counties of eastern Kentucky. Brad has a great deal of experience in the utility industry. Prior to his role at the Chamber, he was the Director of Operations and Director of Revenue Assurance for Southeast Telephone, and he also served as Controller for the Mountain Water District in Pikeville, Kentucky.

Brad has 25 years of management experience with rural utilities, including electric, telecommunications, water, and sewer.  He has 15 years of experience in economic development, successfully preparing communities for industry and attracting industry to those communities.  During his time at AEP, Brad has designed and implemented programming, developed partnerships, and worked to create new regional economic organizations that culminated into what is now known as the Appalachian Sky project. Appalachian Sky has elevated the profiles of eastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia and what these areas have to offer the industry.

Brad received a master’s degree in Business Administration from Morehead State University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Pikeville.  He has completed the Institute of Non-Profit Management at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Institute at Oklahoma University.  Brad is also a member of the Leadership Kentucky Class of 2011.

Community service is very important to Brad.  Over his career, he has served on boards for over 30 organizations across Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia.  Currently, Brad serves on the board of directors for the following organizations: Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Virginia College Foundation, Team Virginia, Friends of the Blue Ridge, Virginia Business Council, Roanoke Regional Partnership, W.H. Skelton 4-H Center, and Discover the Real West Virginia.

John Holman
John Holman
General Field Representative, USDA RUS

John Holman is the General Field Rep for Rural Utilities Service covering Oregon, Washington, and Minnesota.  John is a veteran of the Navy and transitioned to RUS telecom from USDA Rural Development where he was Energy Coordinator (Renewable Energy) with 20 years of federal service.  He is excited to help navigate federal telecommunication programs to build and expand broadband networks for our rural communities.

Ryan Holterhoff
Ryan Holterhoff
Public Affairs Officer, Grant County PUD

Since joining Grant PUD in 2017, one of Ryan’s key roles has been to focus on promoting the utility’s wholesale fiber-optic network by developing numerous campaigns and producing a variety of marketing materials to drive customer understanding and take-rate of the network.

His professional background includes more than 15 years of marketing and promotional experience, including his previous job as the Director of Marketing and Industry Affairs for the Washington State Potato Commission where he worked on behalf of Washington’s potato growers promoting and educating the public about the State’s potato industry.

When he isn’t at home using Grant PUD’s fiber network, he enjoys coaching his 10-year-old son’s basketball team and cheering on his two daughters in their extracurricular activities. Ryan earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT.

Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson
National Market Manager, Graybar

As National Market Manager of Broadband Markets & Applications for Graybar, Scott has been actively involved with the Fiber Broadband Association and Utilities Technology Council for several years.

Scott has more than 20 years of technology and business modeling experience in Broadband, IT, and telecommunications applications in the industry.  In his current role at Graybar, Scott focuses on Broadband networking and applications for broadband network operators, utilities, wireless, and contractors. His past roles include Service Provider, Smart Grid, and Smart City as a market and business development manager.

He is currently his companies’ representative for the Utilities Technology Council, Fiber Broadband Association, National Rural Electric Association, National Association of Tower Erectors, and Wireless Industry Association.  Scott has served as various industry technology committee chair and board of director and officer/chair positions.  He also serves, or has served on various industry task forces from time to time; currently on the Wireless Industry Association’s Smart City Task Force and as a former active participant on the Smart Grid Task Force submittal of Electri International and Michigan State University School of Planning, Design, and Construction.

Shawna Kiesbuy
Shawna Kiesbuy
Senior Manager for Network Engineering, Avista Energy
Brett Kilbourne
Brett Kilbourne
General Counsel and Vice President of Policy, UTC

Brett Kilbourne is the Utilities Technology Council’s General Counsel and Vice President of Policy, the Washington-based association representing vital energy and water utilities on their mission-critical technologies by driving innovation, fostering collaboration, and influencing public policy.

In this role, Mr. Kilbourne provides legal guidance to utilities on telecommunications issues both pending before federal and state agencies and being considered in Congress.

He received his Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the South. Mr. Kilbourne is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Bob Knight
Bob Knight
President & CEO, Harrison Edwards PR+Marketing

Bob Knight is both a broadband industry professional and a public official. He is the President & CEO at Harrison Edwards PR+Marketing in Armonk, New York, and is heavily involved in the company’s key sectors including telecommunications, economic development, government, healthcare, and crisis management. In his role at Harrison Edwards, Bob is widely considered the nation’s leading expert in community and stakeholder engagement for fiber-broadband deployments.

In the public sector, Bob is serving his seventh term as a Commissioner of Economic & Community Development, Town of Ridgefield, Connecticut, and sits on the Business and Jobs Subcommittee of the State of Connecticut Region 5 Long-Term Recovery Committee.

He is an executive board member of the American Association for Public Broadband (AAPB), the co-chair of the Public Officials Committee of the Fiber Broadband Association representing 150+ cities, towns, counties utilities, and state agencies, and a 2023 Chairman of the Broadband Communities Summit in Houston, TX. Bob also sits on the Regional Plan Association of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut’s Connecticut Committee.

Earlier in his career, Bob was a top-rated radio air personality and programmer. Notably, in 2000, he replaced Ryan Seacrest at K101 in San Francisco, then served as Director of Operations and Programming for NextMedia Chicago where he co-hosted “The Morning Beat with Jeff and Bobby.”

Bob lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with his wife and two children.

 

Kevin Leech
Kevin Leech
Senior Application Engineer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Kevin Leech received his BSEE from the University of Wyoming in 1994. He has broad experience in the field of industrial and power system control and automation. Upon graduating, he worked as a design engineer/project manager in industrial automation and control. In 1998, he joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. as a system integration engineer, working on power system automation and control projects. He is now a senior application engineer. He is a member of IEEE and a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Idaho who has authored and presented papers on power system integration topics.

 

John D. Lester
John D. Lester
General Manager, Clarksville Connected Utilities

John D. Lester, General Manager of Clarksville Connected Utilities (CCU), is an accomplished leader in municipal utilities with 20 years’ experience in managing Electric, Natural Gas, Water, Wastewater, and Fiber Optic utilities. He joined CCU in July of 2013. He is responsible for the daily management, operations, and financial performance of the combined utility which includes, Electric, Water, Wastewater and a Fiber/Broadband.

While with CCU, he provided the leadership on two CCU solar power plants. The first plant was a 5.3 MW (AC) project and the second was a 2.1-megawatt MW (AC) facility. Both projects have been recognized with statewide awards including the State of Arkansas’ Department of Energy & Environment “Energy Excellence” (E2) award. With both power plants in operation in 2019, Clarksville became the first city in Arkansas to power all of its government operations with solar energy.

He has also provided the vision for Clarksville’s effort to build an ultrahigh speed fiber optic network. The network currently connects all of the local anchor institutions via dedicated fibers, and now includes a fiber to the premise (FTTx) network capable of delivering gigabit speeds to local residential and business customers. The FTTx construction began in September of 2019 and the distribution system was completed in October of 2020. By the end of July of 2022, CCU had already achieved a 35% take rate of network orders and has turned up nearly 1,600 subscribers.

During his utility career he has worked as the City Manager for two municipalities in Kansas and Missouri, as the Members Services Director for the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), a power and natural gas agency and trade association for municipal utilities in Missouri. He has a Business degree from Ball State University, in Muncie, Indiana and has studied for his MBA at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Doug Maglothin
Doug Maglothin
Business and Product Strategist, Diamond State Networks

Doug is presently serving as the lead on the Diamond State Networks middle mile project which is the largest and fastest networks of its kind in all of Arkansas.  Founded by electric cooperatives, DSN’s goal is to make Arkansas the most significantly connected state in the country by promoting fast and affordable broadband to every corner of the state.  Working alongside the coops, Doug helped to develop Diamond State Networks from its inception in 2020 as a consultant by way of his firm, Leverage Broadband Strategies.  At Leverage, Doug leads strategic growth consulting where he works with clients around the world.  Prior Leverage, Doug led numerous growth functions for Ritter Communications, Verizon Wireless and Alltel Wireless.  Doug holds both an Executive MBA and a Master of Information Systems degree from the University of Arkansas and he is active in local philanthropic initiatives in his hometown of Jonesboro, Arkansas where he serves on the boards of multiple non-profit organizations.

Ryan McCowan
Ryan McCowan
CTO Americas and Head of Portfolio Strategy, Adtran

A veteran telecom professional with over 20 years in the industry, Ryan leads the team working with communications service providers of all sizes to develop and spread Adtran’s vision for the fiber-driven and software-managed access networks of today and tomorrow. Previously at Adtran he served in a range of sales and product management capacities for its market-leading fiber and copper-based product lines. Prior to joining Adtran in 2010, he held engineering and technology management roles at Paradyne and AMD. Ryan holds a Master’s degree from Georgia Tech and a Bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech, both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Tracy Morales
Tracy Morales
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Network Diversification and Distribution Automation, Itron

Tracy Morales’ experience in the energy sector spans more than 15 years; with a diverse background at Itron.  In her current role, Tracy is responsible for leading product marketing and sales enablement strategies for Itron’s Network Diversification and Distribution Automation solutions. Tracy has held numerous roles at Itron, including product management, program management, customer engagement, and partner management.  Her experience at Itron includes responsibility for leading the developer program, executing go-to-market programs, and launching new products globally.   Prior to joining Itron, Tracy worked in the logistics industry, leading pricing, and proposals for a global logistics firm.  Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Washington and speaks Spanish and French.  She is a mother to four accomplished young adults, two grandchildren, and three adorable dogs.  In her spare time, Tracy likes to travel, run, and is planning for her first marathon.

Christian Patel
Christian Patel
Market Specialist, Alabama Power

Christian has over 6 years of business development and business transformation experience. He holds an Industrial Engineering degree from Auburn University (2015) and an Executive MBA from the University of Alabama (2018). As a member of the Alabama Power Fiber team, Christian focuses on improving broadband access across the State of Alabama. His team aims to develop strategic partnerships with internet service providers to bridge the digital divide within the state and generate new revenue opportunities for Alabama Power.

Originally from Birmingham, Christian has lived his entire life here in Alabama. He is passionate about moving Alabama forward and improving the lives of those who call it home. He recently got engaged to his future wife, Payton. Together they spend their time traveling, exercising, enjoying live music, and hanging out with their dog Louis.

Kyle Rosner
Kyle Rosner
Director of Government Affairs, All Points Broadband

Kyle Rosner is the Director of Government Affairs for All Points Broadband, one of the nation’s fastest-growing rural broadband providers. Kyle’s primary responsibility is working closely with federal, state, and local governments, as well as electric utility partners, during All Points Broadband’s network construction of over $300m in grant-funded projects. Over the next three years, All Points Broadband is building over 4,500 fiber miles and connecting over 80,000 currently unserved locations.

Prior to joining All Points Broadband, Kyle was a leader in Virginia’s broadband programs from 2018-2021, having served as Deputy Broadband Advisor to Governor Ralph Northam. During this period Kyle was instrumental in Virginia’s nationally recognized broadband progress, from grant programs to innovative legislation. Prior to his time in the Northam administration, Kyle managed state and federal advocacy activities for a patient assistance nonprofit and worked for the Secretary of Administration in the administration of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.  Kyle is a graduate of Radford University and, upon graduation, was selected for Virginia’s prestigious Governor’s Fellow Program. Kyle is a native of Frederick County, VA, and currently resides in Richmond, VA with his wife Chelsea.

Phil Sharps
Phil Sharps
Technical Services Manager, Clarksville Connected Utilities

Phil Sharps is the Technical Support Manager of Clarksville Connected Utilities. Phil came to Clarksville Connected Utilities in 2018, now with 29 years of telecom experience. He is currently overseeing the buildout of the FTTx construction and deployment. Prior to coming to Clarksville Connected Utilities, Phil spent five years with Telecom Engineering & Consulting companies, serving positions from engineer to Vice President of ISP Engineering. Phil got his start in the telecom industry in 1993 when he joined MCI as an installer and has worked his way through various departments including test & turn-up, and engineering. He holds a Bachelor in Business Administration. When he is not working, Phil enjoys listening to music, watching sports, and strength training at his local gym. He lives in Clarksville, AR with his wife and a blended family of eleven kids.

Mitch Simcoe
Mitch Simcoe
Direction of Solution Marketing, Ciena

Mitch Simcoe has over 30 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, starting with Bell Canada and later with Nortel, where he worked in numerous roles in marketing and product management, as well as in product groups including voice switching, broadband access, and optical networking. He later joined GENBAND as Director of Application Marketing and built an application showcase for communication-enabled IT applications.

At Ciena, Mitch is currently the Director of Solution Marketing. In this role, he is responsible for supporting Utilities to modernize and automate their networks, and position Ciena’s solutions for Edge Cloud.

Mitch received a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Mauricio Subieta
Mauricio Subieta
Energy Segment CTO for North America, Nokia

Dr. Mauricio Subieta is the Energy Segment CTO for North America, leads the Industrial Cyber Security Program, and is the technical lead for the Private Wireless Networks (LTE and 5G) Nokia’s Enterprise division, which focuses on the energy segment including electric utilities, oil and gas, and mining. Dr. Subieta completed his undergraduate studies in Systems Engineering (BSc) at the Bolivian Catholic University in 1997 and his master’s and Doctoral degrees in Telecommunications Management and Electrical Engineering at the Oklahoma State University in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He was awarded the Fulbright scholarship for his graduate studies and was a distinguished researcher at the Advanced Communications and Systems Engineering Laboratory at OSU. His work experience includes almost a decade as a security and network architect at Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG+E); more than five years supporting the oil and gas industry (Devon, Chesapeake Energy, etc.) as a wireless network engineer; and more than 10 years performing research in cybersecurity, telecommunications, and teaching graduate-level courses at different institutions of higher education. Dr. Subieta’s areas of research and expertise cover next-generation wired and wireless networking architectures (5G), network traffic characterization and optimization, protocol design, system development, and cybersecurity for industrial control systems and networks.

Chris Walker
Chris Walker
Senior Executive Director of Infrastructure Strategy, NoaNet

Chris has been with NoaNet since 2001. As Strategic Executive Director of Infrastructure Strategy, he delivers on network growth and expansion, strategic planning, capital development of the outside plant, and broadband planning for emerging public benefit networks. Chris has acted as department head for many of NoaNet’s critical functions, including Network Operations and Engineering, Outside Plant Construction, Network Operations Center, Professional Services, and Community Outreach. He was the executive director of the NoaNet BTOP construction build-out and sets the network facilities’ architectural direction throughout the state. Before NoaNet, Chris served 12 years in the armed forces.

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