Chairman and CEO, Albertine Enterprises,
Principal, Wireless Marcom LLC
||Vinton G. Cerf
Senior Vice President of Technology
CEO, Connors Communications
||Eric F. Ensor
President & CEO, Quiet Water Associates
Fmr. President, BellSouth Personal Communications
Partner, Mercator Partners
Chairman, CTIA Mobile Commerce Committee
Principal, Archstone Consulting
Fmr. Editor, Red Herring
Personal Broadband Pioneers
Nitin J. Shah
Co-Founder and Executive Advisor
Executive Affiliate, RHK Consulting
Dr. Nitin J. Shah has over 20 years of wireless networking and
technology experience. He has led product and technology development
in the area of 2nd and 3rd generation mobile communications networks,
broadband wireless networks and WiFi systems. He has extensive
expertise in mobile Internet networking, as well as radio access
technologies, and the associated regulatory and standards framework.
Nitin serves on the FCC Technological Advisory Council, and is
a respected speaker at industry and academic forums on the wireless
Nitin was Chief Strategy Officer of ArrayComm, where he led the
business development, regulatory and standards work for a mobile
broadband IP access network. Before this, he was Vice President,
Wireless Internet Applications at Lucent Technologies and Bell
Laboratories, where he led numerous projects on product roadmaps,
technology development and development of intellectual property,
spanning all the major wireless standards. Nitin received a B.A.,
M.A. and Ph.D. in Microelectronics from Cambridge University in
Scott E. Slater
Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor
Scott E. Slater is a co-founder and strategic advisor to PBIA.
With over 25 years in wireless and technology business development
experience, Scott has been pioneering in the successful development
and launch of four (4) personal technology markets.
Scott began his career at Arbitron as an analyst for the US radio
At US Pioneer Electronics, Scott managed the market introduction
of laser optic technology and the creation of the digital media
marketplace. Recruited for the birth of cellular technology, Scott
directed the Marketing & Sales efforts for Western Union’s
During the growth and adoption of the internet, Scott served as
VP of Corporate Development for Commtouch, a global provider of
email services. Over the last several years, Scott served as VP
- Strategic Development for ArrayComm, a pioneer of smart antenna
Scott’s reputation as the “Father of Personal Broadband” grew,
in part, from his extensive work as a strategic business development
executive and consultant to a who’s who in the global wireless,
telecom and new technology marketplace.
Scott has also contributed as; the architect of the Personal Communications
and Computing Initiative, a Founder of the Internet Business Development
Forum, an advisory board member to several wireless publications
and was elected a Fellow at the Radio Club of America.
Scott also serves on the business advisory board for the American
Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
A developmental psychology major at Boston University, Scott continues
to be inspired by people he has met and by his 5 year old son,
Margaret W. Donnelly
Co-Founder and Market Advisor
Margaret Donnelly is currently a senior consultant in the broadband
and wireless industries and a co-founder and market advisor of
the Personal Broadband Industry Association. Most recently, Margaret
was with ArrayComm, Inc., driving the effort to engage strategic
partners and investors for the deployment and adoption of iBurst™ Personal
Broadband services in the United States.
Margaret’s current work is a logical extension of her 18-year
career in the technology industry – including ten years in
the wireless arena – in various marketing, business development
and corporate development roles at companies such as SkyTel, Commtouch,
Pyramid Technology and Informix Software. Throughout her career,
Margaret has focused her efforts on building relationships between
people and companies that result in new products, services and
technologies that help companies grow and prosper as well as improve
the way people communicate, work and live. Margaret has a bachelor’s
degree in marketing from Marquette University.
PBIA Co-Founder & Market Advisor
Director of Sales, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Adam Stock has over ten years experience as a business development
and marketing executive in high technology companies. Mr. Stock
has been instrumental in establishing, integrating and implementing
product strategy at several high technology, broadband media, wireless
and broadband companies including Veon, Inc. (acquired by Philips),
Adobe Systems (ADBE), Electronics for Imaging, Inc. (EFII), and
Liberate Technologies (LBRT).
In addition Mr. Stock has assisted multiple emerging companies
in developing their sales and marketing strategies, in the Internet,
wireless and broadband industries. Mr. Stock has recently joined
Dorsey & Whitney, LLP to establish a field sales organization.
Mr. Stock has been involved in many industry standards and industry
organizations over the past ten years. He currently sits on the
board of the Legal Sales and Service Organization and is Co-founder
of the Personal Broadband Industry Association. He received a B.S.
from the departments of Computer Science
and MB&B (Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry), Yale University,
New Haven, CT.
Mr Stock was named "Motivator of the Year 2003" by Sales
and Marketing Managament Magazine.
John M. Albertine
Chairman and CEO, Albertine Enterprises,
Dr. John M. Albertine is Chairman and CEO of Albertine Enterprises,
Inc. Formerly, Dr. Albertine was Vice Chairman of the Fruit of
the Loom Company. Prior to joining Fruit of the Loom in 1986, he
was the President of the American Business Conference, a coalition
of 100 medium-size, fast growing companies based in Washington,
DC. The American Business Conference was founded by Arthur Levitt,
Jr., to whom Dr. Albertine reported.
Dr. Albertine worked for Senator Lloyd Bentsen, Democrat of Texas,
for six years and served as the Executive Director of the Congressional
Joint Economic Committee when Senator Bentsen was its Chairman.
In May of 1987, Dr. Albertine was appointed by President Reagan
as Chairman of a Presidential Commission on Aviation Safety. The
Commission issued its report to the President in April 1988.
Dr. Albertine holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of
Virginia. Presently, Dr. Albertine is on the boards of several
New York Stock Exchange companies: American Precision Industries,
Inc., Buffalo, New York; Thermo Electron Corporation, Waltham,
Massachusetts; and BBN, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition
he is also the director of an American Stock Exchange company,
Interrnagnetics General, Latham, New York.
Dr. Albertine is frequently heard on National Public Radio's Market
Place, appears on ABC and NBC television and has been quoted in
the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post,
Time, Newsweek, Business Week, and Fortune magazine.
In recent years, Dr. Albertine has been on several Outward Bound
excursions headed by Arthur Levitt, Jr. He currently resides in
Fredericksburg, Virginia, with his wife, Mona, and their three
Eric F. Ensor
President & CEO, Quiet Water Associates
Mr. Ensor is currently the President of Quiet Water Associates,
LLC, a boutique consulting firm providing strategic consulting
services to private equity firms and early stage ventures. His
consulting is focused on developing ideas and forming management
structures to pursue key opportunities in the wireless telecommunications
space, preparing for a rebound in the funding environment.
Before forming Quiet Water Associates, Mr. Ensor served as President
and Chief Executive Officer of Evolution Networks, Inc. He led
the development of this early-stage venture-backed telecommunications
company focused on providing “last mile” connectivity
to underserved markets across the US. Mr. Ensor built a top-flight
management team and developed an investment-grade business plan
to deploy specific network assets, products and services. He led
a fund raising effort to raise $250 million of equity and led ongoing
efforts to evolve the plan in light of worsening financial marketplace
conditions in late 2000 and through most of 2001.
Before joining Evolution Networks, Mr. Ensor served as President
and Chief Operating Officer for Telecom Wireless Solutions (TWS),
a leading developer of telecommunications solutions. Mr. Ensor’s
prime responsibility was the development of the Blue Sky joint
venture, set up to obtain wireless licenses in the Americas, as
well as providing managerial support to the operating divisions
Prior to TWS, Mr. Ensor was with BellSouth Personal Communications,
Inc., where he served as President of the start-up organization
from 1994-1998. Under Mr. Ensor’s leadership, the BellSouth
PCS system grew into one of the leading PCS operations in the US.
Mr. Ensor was responsible for: business plan development; ground-up
construction of the network; establishing the organization; and
start-up and rapid growth of the business. He directed the investment
of $600 million of capital and held complete P&L accountability,
including engineering, operations, sales, marketing and finance.
During Mr. Ensor’s tenure, BellSouth’s PCS business
grew to over 300,000 customers, employed nearly 1,100 people, and
in 1998, generated over $100 million in revenue, with service in
the Carolinas, eastern Tennessee and coastal Georgia, while setting
new standards for rapid and cost effective wireless system deployment.
As part of this effort, Mr. Ensor managed the build-out of 1,000
wireless sites within 24 months and demonstrated the strategic
foresight to establish a significant carrier co-location line of
business on BellSouth’s owned sites.
While at BellSouth, Mr. Ensor held a series of key management
roles, including Assistant Vice President for Worldwide Wireless
Strategy and Chief Strategist for BellSouth Enterprises, Inc.,
where he managed multiple implementation and support teams, and
was a key participant in wireless mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining BellSouth, Mr. Ensor was Vice President and General
Manager for Nynex Mobile Communications, where he was intimately
involved with the creation of Nynex’s cellular operations.
While at Nynex Mobile, he also directed the company’s paging
division. Previously, Mr. Ensor worked for AT&T and Motorola.
Mr. Ensor holds a BA from Duke University and an MBA from the
Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Vinton G. Cerf
Sr. Vice President of Technology Strategy, MCI
Vinton G. Cerf is senior vice president of Technology Strategy
for MCI. In this role, Cerf is responsible for helping to guide
corporate strategy development from the technical perspective.
In the fast moving world of telecommunications and Internet technology
development, technical capabilities can have a critical impact
on the success of corporate business strategies including product
and service development, infrastructure investment and strategic
acquisitions and partnerships.
Previously, Cerf served as senior vice president of Architecture
and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design
advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions
for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video
services for business and consumer use.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf
is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture
of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented
the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his partner,
Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the
Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president
of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the
engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to
be connected to the Internet.
During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's
Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role
leading the development of Internet and Internet-related data packet
and security technologies.
Vint Cerf serves as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation
for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Cerf served as founding
president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served
a term as chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary
chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and
speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served
as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory
Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national,
state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits
on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education,
Folger Shakespeare Library, Gallaudet University, the MarcoPolo
Foundation, Digex, Incorporated, Avanex Corporation, Nuance Corporation,
CoSine Corporation and the Hynomics Corporation. Cerf is a Fellow
of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement
of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International
Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum and the National
Academy of Engineering.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection
with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship,
Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering,
the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the Alexander
Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association
for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver
Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander
Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software
and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications
Industries Association Industry Legend Award, the Yuri Rubinsky
Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World
Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner
Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third
Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award,
the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute
on Disability Annual award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial
Living Legend medal.
In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that
year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of WorldCom and the Internet,
Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene
Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict." and made a special
guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared
on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and on World
Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf
also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist
at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design
of an interplanetary Internet.
Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford
University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer
Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from
the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea
University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands,
Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania;
George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University,
Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York;
and University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands.
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and
science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966
and have two sons, David and Bennett.
CEO, Connors Communications
is one of new media’s pioneers. Throughout her more
than 20 year career, she has helped companies capture their share
of the emerging technology opportunity, defining a new brand
of public relations and marketing practices in the process. Her
traditional and entrepreneurial companies has earned her numerous
awards and honors.
Connie launched Connors Communications in 1985 with the mission
to educate the broader consumer audience on how technology can
make a difference in the way we live, learn and work. Connie and
her team have been responsible for launching many of the major
technology initiatives over the past two decades including: the
first personal and handheld computers, CD-ROM drives and educational
software, the first networked workstations, online services, and
new Internet brands including Amazon.com and priceline.com as well
as assisting household brands – Consumer Reports, Disney.com,
National Geographic, Nordstrom.com, The New York Times Digital – transition
their offerings online.
Connie served as an advisory board member of the New York New
Media Association (NYNMA), an 8000-member trade group dedicated
to supporting the new media industry in the New York region, and
also as its president from 1996-1998. She also served on the NY
Governor’s task force regarding media and Internet development
in 1998. Currently, Connors is an advisor to a number of investment
funds and is actively involved in an advisory capacity to several
startup companies as well as not-for-profit organizations. She
is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
A graduate of the University of Santa Clara, Connors was a professional
dancer and actress before her interest in computers evolved in
the early 1980s.
Partner, Mercator Partners
Chuck Ennis joined Mercator Partners in 2001, bringing extensive
management experience with a practical knowledge of business strategy.
He works with senior executives and industry leaders to build businesses
and alliances that capitalize on the growth of mobile data and
Chuck has more than 15 years of experience in strategy consulting,
private equity and senior executive management.
He began his career as a consultant with Braxton Associates, a
Bain & Co. spin-off later acquired by Deloitte & Touche.
Chuck then spent time in private equity finance at Alliance Capital
Chuck went on to lead several high-growth technology businesses
in the emerging mobile data industry. He held senior management
positions at TelePad Corporation; a systems integration firm specialized
in mobile and wireless deployments. During his tenure TelePad grew
from a startup to a successful IPO. Chuck then joined Roku Technologies,
a venture-backed mobile data software company, as President and
A recognized leader in driving industry-wide initiatives, Chuck
is a member of the Facilitation Committee of CTIA's Wireless Internet
Caucus (WIC) initiative, and currently serves as Chairman of CTIA's
Mobile Commerce Committee. He is a frequent speaker at mobile and
wireless data conferences worldwide.
Chuck is skilled at working with executive management and industry
leaders to develop and execute strategy; often using alliance-building
efforts in emerging business ecosystems to drive new revenue models.
He brings strong domain knowledge in mobile data technology and
insight into the complex issues and challenges businesses face
in developing and commercializing new technologies.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.
President, Domaine Group LLC
Bjorn is also a veteran of three start-up
firms (2 in CA and 1 in TX) prior to becoming a founding member
of his own firm in 2004. Bjorn Kirchdorfer has experienced the globalization
of high tech business over the last 17 years. He started out in
the 1980s in International Marketing and then moved into software
systems as part of a Bell Labs organization. Product Management
roles led to Field Sales where he has been able to close deals
on five different continents ranging in size from $1M to $300M.
As part of AT&T, Lucent and Ericsson (where
he was vice president, sales and marketing for wireless), his main
interests are in the areas of sales/business development, (channel)
marketing and product management (strategy and tactics).
Principal, Archstone Consulting
Steven Kirz has been sourcing IT and telecom services at large
enterprises around the world for over 11 years, cumulatively saving
his clients hundreds of millions of dollars per annum. His recent
focus has been developing metrics with which clients can measure
IT asset effectiveness and maximize the return on IT assets clients
Steven helped to launch Archstone Consulting in 2003 with a mission
to create and deliver the most valuable consulting services possible.
He and his team are recognized as leading forces in telecom rate
reduction among the Fortune 1000.
Steven has a BA from Haverford College and an MBA from the University
Principal, Wireless Marcom LLC
Since 1982, Maxine Carter-Lome has been helping wireless companies
shape their market image; for the first eight years through public
relations and marketing management positions with Telocator Network
of America (today, the Personal Communications Industry Association,
PCIA), OKI telecom, the world's first cellular telephone manufacturer,
Cellular One of New York, and Cellcom Corp., the nation's largest
reseller of cellular telephone service, the next six years as editor
of Cellular Marketing magazine, associate publisher and founder
of Cellular Integration magazine and executive editor of Wireless
for the Corporate User.
In 1996, Maxine left magazine publishing to start her own market
research and marketing communications company for wireless telecommunications
companies. Maxine has handled consulting projects, market research
studies, and ongoing marketing and communications programs for
most of the industry's leading wireless phone companies, wireless
carriers, industry analysts, trade associations, tradeshow organizers,
and trade publications.
Maxine is the author of Wireless Communications 101: A Primer
for Project Managers, and a Fellow and former Director of The Radio
Club of America, the world's oldest radio society. She is also
an editorial contributor to various industry publications as well
as on many tradeshow programming advisory committees.
Maxine holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland,
College Park, and a Certificate in Sports and Special Event Marketing
from The New York University (NYU) School of Continuing Education.
She is currently working on her Master in History at the University
of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Paul G. Madison
Mr. Madison practices telecommunications law with special emphasis
on wireless communications, Internet and transactional matters.
In the wireless arena, his practice encompasses a wide variety
of matters before the Federal Communications Commission, state
public utility commissions and the federal courts, including
matters involving radio common carriers, commercial mobile radio
providers, wireless equipment manufacturers, competitive local
and long distance companies, fixed service providers and private
radio operators. Over the years, Mr. Madison has drafted and
obtained grant of thousands of applications for licenses to conduct
operations, including cellular, broadband PCS, paging, 800 and
900 MHz SMR, narrowband PCS, 220 MHz, satellite and experimental.
Mr. Madison was principle author of the petition for rulemaking
that is at the center of the FCC’s millimeter wave proceeding,
which will establish entirely new fixed wireless services operating
above 70 GHz. He was also extremely active in the proceeding
that established the auction and operation rules for the 1670-75
In the Internet arena, Mr. Madison represents some of the foremost
global companies who provide the services that allow the Internet
to function and advises clients who provide services through
or for the Internet on a daily basis. He has contributed to articles
relating to the legal issues facing service providers in Boardwatch
Magazine and Web Hosting Magazine. Mr. Madison is a frequent
on legal issues facing service providers at ISPCON and other
In the transactional arena, Mr. Madison brings the foregoing
disciplines to bear. He provides counsel on the regulatory and
aspects in the acquisition/sale of wireless stations, including
cellular, broadband PCS, microwave, narrowband PCS, 800 and 900
MHz SMR, paging and private radio stations. In addition, Mr.
Madison drafts and negotiates service and vendor agreements,
either the sales or customer point of view, relative to telecommunications
services, Internet related services and application services.
Finally, Mr. Madison assists Internet service providers in developing
use policies, privacy policies, including those involving HIPAA
and EU privacy and safe harbor issues, and sales contracts.
Publications: Author of “Commercial Mobile Radio Carriers
Are Entitled to Compensation for Call Termination” CommLaw
Conspectus, 1996. Mr. Madison has contributed to articles relating
to the legal issues facing service providers in Boardwatch
Magazine and Web Hosting Magazine.
Bar Admissions: Virginia Bar, 1988
District of Columbia Bar, 1990
United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Education: J.D., 1988 from the T.C. Williams School of Law at
the University of Richmond
B.S., 1984 from George Mason University
Lee M. Gopadze
CEO and Co-Founder, BroadbandOne Networks LLC
Lee began his career
in wireless communications in 1981. He has held a variety of
senior executive positions in Marketing, Sales and Operations
at the wireless subsidiaries of Metromedia Telecommunications, Southwestern
Bell, and AirTouch Communications. From 1997 thru early 2000, Lee
held the positions of Corporate Vice President - Marketing & Sales,
Senior Vice President - Network Operations and Senior Vice President
- Corporate Planning & Development at Metricom Inc.
During his early tenure at Metricom, Lee was responsible for directing
the company’s marketing and sales strategies to transition
from a consumer ISP model to a wireless broadband business to business
ISP Internet access model. In 1999, as a result of his extensive
wireless operations background, Lee was given operational control
for all site acquisition and network deployment activities for the
initial 20 markets for the Ricochet high-speed network across the
After his departure from Metricom Inc. in early 2000, Lee co-founded
SkyRiver Communications Inc., www.skyriver.net a license-exempt
broadband wireless carrier and served as its CEO/President until
March, 2003. Today, SkyRiver operates in multiple markets in Southern
California with revenues in excess of $1MM annually.
In September, 2003 Lee co-founded BroadbandOne Networks LLC, www.bb1net.net,
a licensed spectrum broadband wireless access carrier. BroadbandOne
is launching its first personal broadband access networks in Bozeman
and Butte Montana in July, 2004.
Lee holds a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles
and an MA from the University of Southern California
CEO, Morgan Wireless
Stephen Morgan is a twenty-two year veteran of the telecommunication
industry. The last twelve years have been exclusively in the wireless
sector. He has held several senior management positions in operations,
engineering, product development and strategy for four different
operators in three separate countries. He also was Director of
Engineering and Global Procurement for Airtouch International supporting
operations in twelve other countries. He currently runs a consulting
firm, which he founded. The company specializes in optimizing operations,
strategy and product development for carriers, vendors, and entrepreneurs
looking to bring their product and service to the wireless world.
Consulting assignments have ranged from mapping sales strategy
to developing business and operational models for wireless broadband
President, AlwaysOn Network LLC
Tony is a pioneering media entrepreneur and a prominent opinion
leader in the technology business and investment editorial world.
Tony earned this distinction as the creator and editor in chief
of Red Herring, which he founded in 1993, and the AlwaysOn network,
his current venture.
Even as Red Herring's revenues were soaring along with the rest
of the technology sector’s, Tony co-wrote “The Internet
Bubble: Inside the Overvalued World of High-Tech Stocks” (HarperBusiness,
1999), a book that foretold the dot-com bust and warned investors
to get out quick. The Internet Bubble became an international bestseller;
a sequel was published in 2001.
Now Tony has launched a new media brand: AlwaysOn (www.alwayson-network.com),
a highly interactive online network for technology insider.
With both Red Herring and AlwaysOn, his mission has always been
to deliver the brightest thinking, the best analysis, and the most
focused reporting and research for the benefit of entrepreneurs
and investors around the globe.
Tony continues to chronicle the technology world in a regular
column for the Wall Street Journal and as a television commentator
for MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN, CNBC, BBC,
and Bloomberg Television. His prolific editorial output consistently
lands him on the list of top ten technology business journalists
by AdWeek's Technology Marketing magazine.
Tony’s public activities include serving on President George
W. Bush's Information Technology Advisory Council. He cofounded
and chaired Silicon Valley's premier business and technology forum,
the Churchill Club in Palo Alto, California. Prior to launching
Red Herring and AlwaysOn, Tony was founder and CEO of Upside Publishing
and vice president of business development at Silicon Valley Bank.
President, Spark Media Solutions
David Spark is the owner of Spark Media Solutions, traditional
and new media custom publishing company that provides editorial
guidance to turn businesses into the number one voice in your respective
Spark is a twelve year veteran technology journalist. His articles
and advice have appeared in more than 25 publications including
eWEEK, Wired News, PC Computing, PC World, and Smart Computing.
You may have seen Spark dispensing his "how-to" advice
and punditry on TechTV (formerly ZDTV) or heard him while he hosted
Sprint's podcast, The Communications Insider. In addition, Spark
spent ten years in advertising and corporate entertainment as a
new media director and marketing creative. Most recently he left
Publicis Dialog in San Francisco where he launched the agency's
custom publishing and new media divisions.
To add a little color, Spark squandered more than a dozen years
working as a stand up comedian and comedy writer for Second City
comedy troupe in Chicago.
Today, Spark can be heard on the radio every week in an afternoon
tech news segment called the "Spark Minute" for the progressive
talk station, Green 960 (960 AM - formerly 960, The Quake and part
of Clear Channel and the Air America National Network) in San Francisco.
David Spark lives in San Francisco, a city he loves so much he's
become a local historian offering walking tours to locals and tourists
Vice President, Wireless Communications Alliance
David has served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit
Communications Alliance since November 2005. He now serves as Vice
responsible for strategic alliances, fundraising, and leadership
WCA's Special Interest Group program. In 2006 he served as co-chair
CommNexus (formerly San Diego Telecomm Council) Semiconductor SIG,
currently serves as co-chair of the VC Taskforce Semiconductor
David works as an independent consultant to wireless and semiconductor
clients specializing in product/program management, sales & business
development, strategic planning and organizational development.
this David led Business Development for Wireless/RF at Cadence
Systems, led Worldwide Applications Engineering at Xpedion Design
and was responsible for launch and development of several programs
Tropian (a fabless semi startup which pioneered the development
modulation techniques for cellular and xDSL). He's also held additional
positions of leadership at Verifone, ComTech, Apple Computer and
Coast Guard. David holds a BSEE from University of California at
with emphasis in wireless communications and microwave circuit
President, Mizrahi Graphics
Robert Mizrahi, President and Creative Director of Mizrahi Graphics,
has over 20 years of both design and ad agency experience. Whether
expressing design solutions through sketches, diagrams, or virtual
reality, his background allows for the strong visual communication
A former Creative Director in some of the world's largest advertising
companies, Robert has created award-winning campaigns for clients
such as AT&T, Pepsi, Dannon Yogurt, and Nokia.
Mizrahi Graphics has created branding, corporate identity, and
website development for clients such as Merrill Lynch, Post cereals,
Robert is a dynamic public speaker and instructor as well, teaching
seminars on the creative process, and Photoshop - the leading creative
tool for graphic designers.
He is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in NYC, lives in
Westchester, NY, and has an eleven-year-old daughter named Halle.