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Speaker Schedule

Steve Brumer

Partner, 151 Advisors

151 Advisors

Steve Brumer is a Partner with 151 Advisors, a global execution-focused strategy and consulting firm that is working with the executive leadership team at wireless and technology companies from early to growth stage with talent, expertise and relationship connections. The strategic initiatives that 151 focuses on are around growth, expansion and increasing shareholder value by creating executable plans that drive revenue growth in existing or new markets organically or through acquisition. Steve merged 151 Advisors with Wireless Rain, a Wireless Channel Development strategy consulting organization specializing in complete design, implementation and deployment of a successful, profit-driven reseller and national dealer system which creates a program for manufacturers, software developers, and service providers. In addition, Steve co-founded & was President of Global Wireless Data, a National Value-added Distributor of wireless products and services. Steve also held various management positions at Millicom, RAM Mobile Data & BellSouth Wireless. Steve is a Board Member of several technology firms and trade associations. In addition, Steve is a valued presenter at National Events including CTIA, CCA, ITExpo, IOT Evolution, CIO Symposium, CES & Mobility Live, speaking about wireless technology, products, applications and future trends.


Greg Najjar

Director of Business Development at Advanced RF Technologies, ADRF


Greg Najjar is the director of business development at ADRF, responsible for establishing new strategic relationships and providing enhanced coverage solutions for partners and customers. He has 20 years of experience developing and leading technology-driven teams, focused on business operations, project management and engineering.Prior to joining ADRF, Greg worked at Sprint for 19 years as the director of custom network engineering, where he managed a team of engineers and project managers that focused on deploying 3G and 4G solutions. While at Sprint, his teams were responsible for the companys top enterprise and government customers, as well as large venues, airports, stadiums and special events such as the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration. He also maintained national responsibility for Sprints strategy and budget, RF design and deployment of technology solutions (DAS, Wi-Fi, and small cell) for all public venue, enterprise in-building customers, Sprint retail stores, special events and NASCAR races.Greg holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.


Keith Robinson

Deputy Director Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Performance, City of Atlanta

City of Atlanta

Keith Robinson is a visionary and accomplished senior-level strategy executive with20+ years of experience in transforming strategic plans into workable solutions.Currently Mr. Robinson is the Deputy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Innovationand Performance at the City of Atlanta. In his current and previous roles, Mr.Robinson has worked on ground breaking projects that include: connected vehicles,smart cities, smart homes, mHealth, public/private partnerships, manufacturing,public financing and cybersecurity.Mr. Robinson's work has been cited by several leading publications such as: WallStreet Journal, Investor Business Daily News, Circuit Assembly, and SMT magazine.He has also been a guest speaker at several industry conferences speaking ontopics that relate to IoT and electronic manufacturing. He is a graduate of FiskUniversity and currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his family.


Kenneth Schlather

Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County

Ken is Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, and helped form a group comprised of business owners, technology workers, government officials, researchers and activists to develop and implement useful applications of LoRaWAN technology . The group is actively exploring applications for agriculture, water quality and flood and stormwater management, air pollution monitoring and real time energy management. Ken brings over 30 years of experience working with under-resourced local governments in agricultural and economic development and disaster planning and response in rural communities in Asia, Latin America and now the US.


Ken Hosac

VP of IoT Strategy, Cradlepoint


At Cradlepoint, Ken is responsible for driving strategic industry partnerships to accelerate the company’s market growth and leadership. As part of the leadership team since 2009, Ken has helped drive Cradlepoint’s growth and development through roles in strategic planning, product management, solution strategy and thought leadership. Ken frequently represents the company at industry conferences and events, and served on the original Advisory Board for the IoT/M2M Evolution Magazine.Ken has 25 years of experience in marketing, sales, R&D and manufacturing. Prior to joining Cradlepoint, Ken served as VP of Marketing for Casabyte (later acquired by JDS Uniphase), the leading provider of service validation solutions to wireless service providers. Ken also served as VP of Business Development for GoAhead Software (later acquired by Oracle), the leading provider of high availability software to communication infrastructure providers. Ken earlier spent 10 years at Hewlett Packard with cable modems & head-ends, set-top boxes and personal computers in a variety of engineering and engineering management roles.


Ernest Chrappah

Chairman, Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Department of For-Hire Vehicles

Ernest Chrappah is an experienced government executive as well as a successful entrepreneur with a reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex challenges. He has been the Director for the Washington D.C. Department of For-Hire Vehicles since November 2016. Previously, he served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the Child and Family Services Agency where he implemented innovative technology solutions leveraging analytics, mobility, cloud, APIs, and user oriented design for an 800+ workforce to improve child welfare outcomes. In addition, he created an ITgovernance framework and project portfolio management system to enhance fiscal management, transparency and accountability. Mr. Chrappah earned his MBA in Strategy & Marketing from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University.


Scott Tousley

Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Division, Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

Scott Tousley is the Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at DHS S&T. He served 20 years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, many of these years in interagency technology programs. He lead the Watch/Warning program in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, part of the Clinton Administration’s early engagement with national cyber security challenges. He also previously managed the operations security team for a large internet service provider, was the principal with a technology start-up company in the private sector, and was program manager at the DHS National Cybersecurity Division. He has served nine years with DHS, principally with S&T but also with the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and supporting Customs and Borders Protection.


Jessica Morris

Director of Application Engineering, Digital Lumens

Digital Lumens

A LEED-accredited professional, Jessica Morris leads the team responsible for the design and deployment of intelligent LED lighting and energy management systems in large commercial and industrial facilities worldwide. Jessica joined Digital Lumens from CBRE where she was a Real Estate Manager. Previously, she served in the United States Navy as an officer specializing in the maintenance and operation of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Vanderbilt University, and her Master of Business Administration from Kellogg School of Management. In her spare time, Morris is a mentor to young entrepreneurs with BUILD, and performs pro bono consulting work for non-profits with Community Consulting Teams of Boston.


Richard Peal

VP, EastBanc Technologies

EastBanc Technologies

An experienced enterprise software and technical services executive, Richard Peal, Vice President at EastBanc Technologies, is passionate about driving adoption of innovative solutions. He started his career in technology as a systems analyst and spent the first half of his career in technical roles implementing ERP solutions, solving complex big data challenges, and driving innovation in areas such as enterprise mobility. More recently, Richard has helped organizations adopt novel approaches in DevOps, analytics, and cloud capabilities as Vice President at Sybase, CA Technologies, and ViON Corporation.


Jim Frazer

Senior Executive – Intelligent Transportation Systems, Illumination and the Smart City, Gridaptive Technologies

Gridaptive Technologies


Frank Bradshaw

CEO, Ho'ike Technologies

Ho'ike Technologies

Frank Bradshaw began a career in IT by volunteering to lead a group to wire his dorm to being a technical trainer specializing in Lotus Notes and Cybersecurity. 10 years of being a CISSP Master trainer has given him an opportunity to have a hand in the growth of cybersecurity professionals. After many years of working in everything from startups to Fortune 500 companies, Frank Bradshaw now owns and runs Hoike Technologies, a cybersecurity managed services company that specializes in providing SMBs the same level of protection that Fortune 500 companies enjoy, at a price they can afford.


Kim Lundgren

CEO, Kim Lundgren Associates

Kim Lundgren Associates

Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Kim Lundgren Associates, Inc. (KLA), a woman-owned, benefit corporation that delivers solutions to create sustainable communities. Kim has nearly 20 years of professional experience, the last 17 of which have been spent working with local governments to design, secure funding for, implement, and evaluate sustainability plans and programs focused on climate change adaptation and mitigation. As an early municipal sustainability pioneer, Kim developed the first climate action plan in Massachusetts and one of the first municipal climate adaptation plans in the country.She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Kim was one of the first 100 Envision accredited Sustainability Professionals and is also a member of the STAR Communities Technical Advisory Group, the American Planning Association, the American Society for Adaptation Professionals, and she is Chair of the American Public Works Association’s Center for Sustainability.


Murray Gordon

Regional Cloud Sales Director, Microsoft



Brandon Dalida

Regional Sales Manager, MultiTech


Brandon has presented to OEMs and resellers on device and embedded device networking solutions all around the world - from New Delhi to Budapest. As a Regional Sales Manager, Brandon Dalida is responsible for direct and managed sales in the South US for the Multi-Tech device and embedded product lines. Before joining Multi-Tech in 2008, Brandon was a field technician and sales engineer in the telecommunications industry for more than 12 years.


Bill Brown

Innovative Technology Leader, Rheem Manufacturing

Rheem Manufacturing

Bill is a driven and innovative Technology Executive experienced in the Internet of Things (IoT), mobility, Digital Strategy, Digital Transformation and Leadership. He demonstrates the ability to find unique solutions to both simple and complex problems with over 24 Patent awarded by the United States Patent Office. Bill is an industry advisor to startup and established companies. He has worked with and influenced products from fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Stanley Black & Decker and now Rheem Manufacturing.


Mark Modzelewski

VP Operations Manager, Treeline Interactive

Treeline Interactive

After years of founding, funding and managing leading start-ups in the US and Europe, Mark and his dog Sunny have returned to California to help head operations at Treeline, an innovation consulting and development agency that works with leading global corporations, start-ups and incubates venture backed spinouts.Mark has had an eclectic and distinguished career at the junction of technology, policy and entrepreneurship, focused on taking companies and products from concept to launch to exponential growth. He has co-founded five venture backed companies, with three successful exits including Lux Research, 349Q and Leonardo Biosystems. Mark also helped to launch beacon industry leader Estimote, going on to serve as COO. Mark has also served as an advisor to global corporations Apple, Daimler, Pixar, and GE: leading startups such as Namely, Pilot and ThredUP; as well as IoT newco’s NodeLab, Platform Science, Silvair, and Avimesa.Mark also founded the NanoBusiness Alliance, the Big Data Coalition and the Water Innovation Alliance, which developed standards and raised billions in federal and corporate funding for advancing the development of these innovative technologies. He created the first university program for entrepreneurship in the arts with Creative Futures at Tufts-SMFA and taught courses on tech entrepreneurship at RPI. Mark has also been a mentor to Startup BootCamp IoT, Readwrite Labs, UCLA B-Ventures, and other leading incubators and accelerator programs in the US, Canada, and Europe.Mark is currently writing a book on transforming legacy corporation by utilizing startup methods and tools. He writes regularly for Xconomy on the future of a ubiquitously connected world. Mark also had stints as CNBC technology commentator and co-host, where he advised US Presidents and foreign leaders on technology policy. He has also lectured on emerging technologies at WEF, Horasis, Milken Institute, EmTech, the US Senate and US House, and at numerous leading conferences, universities and corporations.When hes not at the offices, he is an activist, strongman athlete, and conceptual artist whose work has appeared in numerous galleries and museums.


Laila Partridge

CEO, WegoWise


Laila Partridge is CEO of WegoWise, an utility analytics and benchmarking company with a mission to drive environmental, social and economic sustainability in the built environment. She is a serial entrepreneur and Fortune 100 trained executive who enjoys working with fast growing technology companies. An executive during Intel Capitals formative years, Partridge managed the companys acquisitions, investment and spin-outs in startups, new products and service ideas. She was also part of the team that launched the Itanium® microprocessor family, and was the creative force behind the formation of the Intel® 64 Fund. More recently, Laila founded and led a range of technology start-ups, including companies commercializing technology developed at MIT and Caltech, improving business processes in retail, and increasing efficacy in healthcare. The enabling technologies from Partridges investing and entrepreneurial work form the underpinnings of smart cars, smart building and smart cities. Partridge holds a BA from Wellesley College.In 2017, she was named one of Ten Women to Watch in Science and Technology by the Boston Business Journal.


Moderator List

Ken Briodagh (Moderator)

Editorial Director, IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

IoT Evolution World and IoT Evolution Health

Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars. In previous lives, he’s been a short order cook, telemarketer, medical supply technician and mover of the bodies at a funeral home. Most of his exploits are either exaggerated or blatantly false and no one can prove otherwise. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, children and dogs. The dogs usually miss him when he’s away.


Carl Ford (Moderator)

CEO, Director of Content, Crossfire Media

Crossfire Media

Carl has been highlighting the key initiatives around the advances of the Commercial Internet since the inception of the worldwide web. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of costing, operations, marketing, regulatory, and product development and management. Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people and businesses; be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building relationships as well relevant, thought provoking conference content, make him an invaluable asset to IoT Evolution.