2015 Convention Speakers
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Jim Anderson, Field Application Engineer, TE Connectivity

Jim Anderson is the Field Application Engineer for the Broadband Network Solutions Americas business unit of TE Connectivity (TE). Tom joined the TE organization through the acquisition of ADC Telecommunications in 2010. In his current role, he supports large U.S. service providers in their fiber deployments, specifically in the central office and outside plant environment. Jim has served over 32 years in the telecom industry. Previous work experience includes stays at GTE as a field installer and transmission engineer.



Shawn Arner, Rural Utilities Service

Shawn Arner is a graduate of Virginia Tech, having received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1991.  He has been with Telecommunications Program of the Rural Utilities Service for 22 years and has served in his current capacity as the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Loan Origination and Approval Division since July of 2014.

Shawn has held various positions within the agency, including Director of the Southern Division, Deputy Director of the Northern Division, Chief of the Northern Division Engineering Branch, as well as Senior Engineer in the Outside Plant Branch of the Telecommunications Standards Division.



Chris Beatson, NRTC - NeoNova

Chris Beatson is Vice President of Project Management at NeoNova Network Services and has responsibility for all customer and internal projects as well as engineering and product management. Chris has been with NeoNova since 2000 and has been helping optimize ISPs for rural telcos ever since. Prior to NeoNova, Chris ran Internet and Intranet related applications and projects for a regional government organization. He is an active member of the Project Management Institute and is a certified Project Management Professional.



Rosie Berg, PINNACLE

Rosie Berg, Marketing Manager, manages Pinnacle's branding, sales and product promotional materials and methods, website content and design. Rosie is a Certified Social Media Strategist and oversees their social networking as well as client social media management, consulting and training.



Thomas Cohen, Attorney, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Thomas Cohen, ACA's outside counsel, has advocated for the Association for many years. He has extensive experience in addressing and knowledge about cable, broadband, and telecommunications issues before the FCC and Congress.



Doug Ellens, TE Connectivity

Doug is a principal field application engineer at TE Connectivity. He has extensive experience in telecommunications, including 22 years in construction/engineering at a major ILEC and two years in engineering and project management for a company supplying building and structured cable and wiring. For 14 years, Doug served as a senior systems engineer at ADC, leading the development of outside plant products and FTTx deployments in the U.S., Latin America and Australia. Doug holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University Mankato.



Bryan Gregory, Metaswitch

Brian Gregory is a senior manager of market development at Metaswitch.  In his role, Brian has product marketing responsibility for the hosted business solutions portfolio, as well as consultative functions with Metaswitch customers on business strategy, marketing implementation, and operations.  Prior to Metaswitch, Brian held a variety of roles in the telecom and wireless industry, most recently as Director of Product Management for Integra Telecom, a competitive carrier based in Portland, Ore.  Additionally, Brian spent nearly 10 years at Sprint Nextel, holding a number of leadership roles in marketing and product management.  Brian holds an MBA from Cornell University, a Masters in Operations from George Washington University, and Bachelors in Industrial Engineering from Syracuse University.



Rob Koch, Principal, Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd.

Rob Koch, CPA, CITP is a principal St. Paul office of Olsen Thielen and has more than 19 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and consulting. He specializes in telecommunications, employee benefit plan audits, SEC reporting and construction companies. Rob joined the firm in 1996.



Caralee Nowak, Digital Products Supervisor, PINNACLE

Caralee Nowak, Digital Products Supervisor, manages Pinnacle's line of digital services including localsolution.com, website hosting and design, video, social media services and more. She is also active in the research and development of new products and developer partnerships.



Vincent H. Wiemer, CPA, Alexicon Consulting

Vincent H. Wiemer, CPA is a Principal and founder of Alexicon Consulting, a management consulting firm that provides financial, regulatory, and advisory services to the independent telecommunications industry.

Chris Benyo, NRTC - NeoNova

Chris Benyo is General Manager of Cloud Services and Vice President of Sales & Marketing at NeoNova Network Services. Before joining NeoNova Chris helped found HiBeam Internet & Voice, a fixed wireless provider focused on underserved areas of the midwest and southeast. Prior to that he led sales & marketing management at NuVox where he launched the first service provider partnership with Google, bringing cloud-based products and services to the company's 90,000 business customers. Before that Chris led new sales and product marketing in the consumer division at BellSouth. He began his telecom career as director of marketing and sales programs at Cable & Wireless, Inc., a B2B long-distance carrier. Chris holds a BA degree from the University of Florida.



Shaun Carlson, Arvig

Shaun is the Senior Manager of IT for Arvig where he oversees IP Engineering, Systems and Operations. He has been with the Arvig since 2011 and brings over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. Shaun's background includes a broad range of IP and TDM technologies, service provider network and systems design, telephony, enterprise networking and web and database software development. Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from North Dakota State University and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Mary.



Barbara Esbin, Attorney, Cinnamon Mueller

Barbara Esbin, ACA's outside counsel, has advocated for the Association for many years. She has extensive experience in addressing and knowledge about cable, broadband, and telecommunications issues before the FCC and Congress.



Charles Jouglard, CCI Systems

Charles F. Jouglard, ham radio operator (call sign K5CFJ), SCTE member, sales engineer and subject matter expert, provides extensive experience in Wi-Fi network design and automation. Primarily focused on Service Provider and Universal Wi-Fi solutions at CCI Systems, Inc., Jouglard specializes in Wi-Fi engineering, design and deployment, including deployments in large resort operations. Prior to joining CCI Systems, Jouglard was a senior systems engineer at Cox New Orleans, where he was responsible for engineering and launching the first fully DOCSIS network in the Cox system, ultimately, enabling advanced services including Video over the Backbone, and MPLS over DOCSIS including a tele-worker solution. Jouglard was a founding member of the Cox Data Materials Evaluation Committee (DMEC), which was responsible for directing and evaluating the Cox technology solutions sets with the goal of standardization of deployed customer facing solutions, and earned his BA in Information Technology Management at Canterbury University.



Magen Koepp, CPA, Olsen Thielen & Co., Ltd.

Magen Koepp, CPA, is an Employee Benefit Plan Specialist in the St. Paul office of Olsen Thielen and has more than 6 years of experience in accounting, auditing, and consulting. Specializing in employee benefit plans, Magen provides various retirement plan and employee benefit services including plan design and strategy, consulting, benefit plan audits and third party administration.



Martin Laney, Calix

Currently responsible for the Calix Compatible Partner program and related business development initiatives, Martin has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, with Pacific Bell, SBC, and Efficient Networks, prior to joining Calix in 2007.



Ross Lieberman, American Cable Association

Ross Lieberman, ACA's in-house counsel, has advocated for the Association for many years. He has extensive experience in addressing and knowledge about cable, broadband, and telecommunications issues before the FCC and Congress.



Kristin Lough, Financial/Technical Analyst



Jackie Mines, MN Department of Public Safety

Jackie Mines joined the Department of Public Safety’s Emergency Communication Networks division in February of 2007to lead the State of Minnesota’s 9-1-1 program and provide leadership and direction to migrate the legacy Enhanced 911 network to a Next Generation 911 (NG911) Internet Protocol (IP) enabled network. In September of 2010 Jackie was appointed director of the division. Since 2010 the division has migrated all 104 PSAPs in the state to the NG911 network provided by CenturyLink/Intrado. Seventy-seven of the 87 counties in Minnesota are on a statewide 800 MHz Radio System known as ARMER with five additional counties slated for 2014. The division is also actively engaged in the FirstNet consultation process.

Jackie is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas and has over 20 years of experience in the field of 9-1-1 with extensive experience in PBX design; call center application design; VoIP 9-1-1 solutions design; wireless 9-1-1 solutions and deployment; toll free and long distance product management. Under Jackie’s direction Qwest led the nation in deploying the first Wireless E9-1-1 solutions. Jackie designed and implemented the first state-wide deployments of wireless E9-1-1 in Iowa and North Dakota. She is an active member of NASNA, NENA and APCO.


Jenna Monse, PHR, Cooperative Network Services

Jenna Monse received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management with an HR emphasis. She earned her PHR and was elected to the LAHRA Board of Directors in 2012 and 2013. She has an extensive background in HR including recruitment and retention tactics, State and Federal compliance measures, compensation and benefit metrics, and organizational restructuring. Jenna currently provides valuable HR consulting services specifically to telecommunications companies.



Gwen Schaffer, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC)

Gwen Schaffer, NISC Software Sales Consultant, has over 15 years of experience in the telecom and software industries. Gwen specializes in CRM and marketing solution development as well as support.

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