2015 Speakers

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Mark S. Adams, Director, Principal Architect of Networks and Communications, Information Systems Sector, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation

AdamsMark-120x150Mark S. Adams Mark Adams is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). Mr. Adams is currently on staff working for the Sector Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS) Sector Dr. Neil Siegel. Mr. Adams designs complex network and communications architectures in support of critical Northrop Grumman customer requirements. He has more than twenty nine years experience in the design, development, and integration of complex communication and sensor system architectures. Mr. Adams is presently leading Northrop Grumman’s technical development of a secure enterprise network architecture to be applied to next generation Public Safety systems worldwide, such as the U.S. FirstNet program.

Mr. Adams joined Northrop Grumman in the year 2000 to pursue business opportunities developing new broadband communications architectures for government customers. He worked in the Internal Research & Development (IRAD) program to develop new mobile wireless systems designs for improving federal, state, and local data mission operations. His research has led to, among other significant projects, the development of the Citywide Mobile Wireless Network for public safety in New York City (NYCWiN), the first private mobile broadband system of its type in the world, and more recently a contract with the U.S. Army PEO STRI to upgrade existing training environments with 4G LTE systems.

Mr. Adams served as Northrop Grumman Corporation’s representative to the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Adams has spoken to large industry and customer groups (IWCE, APCO, AFCEA, etc.) on topics ranging from spectrum policy to technical communication architectures. Mr. Adams presently serves as Northrop Grumman lead sector architect for communications systems ranging from Public Safety systems to Department of Defense communications. Recently, Mr. Adams served as the NPSTC Broadband Working Group (BBWG) Security Task Group (STG) lead, working to define requirements for security of the future public safety broadband network (FirstNet).

As a complement to his work in communications he also developed significant experience with the cyber threats and technology impacting future communications. Mr. Adams recently assisted the Northrop Grumman Intelligence Systems Division with the deployment of a United Kingdom Federated Cyber Range. This cyber simulation platform provides critical resources to Northrop Grumman and their customers in Europe as well as NATO partners for testing and validation of processes and technology to deal with the growing cyber threats to our communications.


Robert Escalle, Senior Director – Public Safety & Defense, Sonim Technologies
EscalleRobert-120x160Since 2012, Robert Escalle has served as Sonim’s Senior Director responsible for the Public Safety and Defense market segments. Robert has overseen Sonim’s expansion and continued leadership in these focused verticals. Before joining Sonim, Mr. Escalle served as Director of Product Management at Motorola Solutions, where he focused on managing the broadband device product portfolio. Before joining Motorola Solutions, Mr. Escalle held various senior level positions in both product and business management focusing on wired, wireless, and semiconductor market segments within the telecommunications industry for AT&T, Cassidian Communications, QuantM Voice, Lucent Technologies, Texas Instruments, and Globespan Semiconductor.


Eric Hagerson, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile US
HagersonEric-102x160Mr. Hagerson has over 16 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. His career background in the field is varied and includes network design and implementation, contract negotiation and vendor development. Mr. Hagerson has consulted on interconnection and intercarrier compensation issues and was T-Mobile’s representative to the Intercarrier Compensation Forum. He played an integral part in T-Mobile’s federal AWS-1 spectrum clearing efforts which achieved early access to nearly all of the company’s $4.2 billion in AWS-1 licenses; as a result of this work, he was awarded the T-Mobile Summit Award.

Currently, Mr. Hagerson’s policy portfolio is diverse. He is responsible for T-Mobile’s Public Safety and 9-1-1 federal advocacy efforts, including chairing the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council IV’s Working Group 1 Subcommittee on Text to 9-1-1 location determination. He is also active in NTIA’s Commercial Spectrum Management Advisory Committee’s efforts to identify further federal spectrum for reallocation or sharing opportunities, serving as chair of the Transition Implementation Priorities Subcommittee in Working Group 2. Other issues under Mr. Hagerson’s purview include signal boosters, contraband devices, in-flight mobile connectivity and 700 MHz interoperability.

Mr. Hagerson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars. He holds a Masters of Business Administration summa cum laude from the University of Maryland-University College and a Project Management Certificate from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions – Emergency Services Interconnection Forum, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, National Emergency Number Association, NG9-1-1 Institute and Federal Communications Bar Association.


Mitch Herckis, Director of Government Affairs, NASCIO
Mitch Herckis is the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), the premier network and resource for state CIOs, as well as a leading advocate for sound technology policy at all levels of government. As Director of Government Affairs, Mitch is responsible for building awareness and understanding of state IT policy issues, advancing the role of the state CIO, and expanding the association’s visibility on Capitol Hill and with federal agencies. He also serves as the association’s lead policy analyst on broadband, spectrum, and telecommunications issues.

Prior to joining the NASCIO staff, Mitch served as a Senior Legislative Counsel and Principal Associate for Federal Relations at the National League of Cities. In that role, he served as the organization’s chief advocate on public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and crime prevention concerns. He also served as the lead subject matter expert and advocate on a range of information technology and communications policies, including cybersecurity and privacy issues. Mitch has also worked for several federal relations firms, primarily representing local governments and professional organizations for government employees.

Mitch holds both Master and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science from American University, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Heather, and his dog, Blue.


Rear Admiral Ronald T. Hewitt, USCG (Retired), Director, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security
Ronald T. Hewitt assumed the duties as Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications on November 13, 2012. In this role, Mr. Hewitt plays a critical role for ensuring continuous, interoperable communications that support the Federal Government’s mission essential functions and all the Nation’s emergency responders to keep America safe, secure and resilient.

Prior to becoming the OEC Director, Mr. Hewitt served for six months as the Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System (NCS), a consortium of 24 Federal Departments and Agencies responsible for National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) communications. Before his arrival to the NCS, Rear Admiral Hewitt served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Human Resources.

His prior flag assignments include Commander, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, which provided support to all Coast Guard units between the Rockies and the Persian Gulf; and Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (CG-6), which is the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). During this time, Rear Admiral Hewitt was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as their acting CIO where he led the department’s infrastructure technology transformation project.

Rear Admiral Hewitt’s other career assignments include Project Manager for “Rescue 21,” and the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE); Commanding Officer, Electronics Support Unit Boston; Executive Officer, Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Project Engineer at the Omega Navigation Systems Center, Electronics Engineering Center in Wildwood, New Jersey and Operations Officer on the USCGC BITTERSWEET.

Mr. Hewitt, a native of Oregon, is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree; as well as a 1982 graduate of Purdue University with a Master of Science Degree; both degrees in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he received a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.


Michael E. Kennedy, Deputy Program Manager, Technology Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
KennedyMichael-120x150Michael E. Kennedy is the Deputy Program Manager Information Sharing Environment, joining the Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE) in November 2011 and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in 2006.

Mr. Kennedy graduated from the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas followed by the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979. In active duty, he earned qualifications as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Aviator, with a subspecialty in Computer Technology & Science. Following active duty,
Mr. Kennedy served 19 years in the Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer. He had several active duty, mobilization, and command tours, culminating as the Commander of Reserve Intelligence Area Midwest followed by retirement in June 2009.

In his civilian service career, Mr. Kennedy has served with the Naval Oceanographic Office, United States Central Command, the Commander-In-Chief’s Year 2000 Task Force, United States Southern Command, National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Mr. Kennedy has served as the Chief of Information and Technology for the Director of National Intelligence and as the Chief of Operations and then Director of Intelink. His civilian awards include the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction (2), the Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Chairman Joint Chiefs Civilian Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commander’s Medal for Civilian Service. Mr. Kennedy’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), and numerous campaign and unit awards.


Luke Larson, President, TASER International
Mr. Luke S. Larson is President of TASER International. Prior to being president Luke served as Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Marketing & Communications at TASER International Inc. Mr. Larson was responsible for all the domestic and international marketing and communications, and also oversees TASER’s Leadership Development Program. He joined TASER in June 2008 and has served in a variety of management roles most notably as the product manager and director for TASER’s AXON video line. Prior to joining TASER, Luke served as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer and did two tours to Ar Ramadi, Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star with V for valor on his first tour.


Ray Lehr, Chief of Public Safety Consulting, Clear Management
LehrRay-120x150Ray Lehr retired from the Maryland State Police in December 2014 to focus full-time on making the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network a reality. He is working with the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Interoperable Nationwide Advanced Communications (MACINAC) to insure the deployment is seamless in the FEMA 3 Region.

Ray served as the Maryland Statewide Interoperability Director from 2009 to 2014, where he directed a Program Management Office, which was responsible for projects to improve public safety communications including a Statewide 700 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) project. He also served as Maryland’s State Point of Contact (SPOC) for FirstNet and initiated the first State Initial Consultation process with FirstNet which provided a framework for future engagements with the nation’s public safety leaders and State officials. Ray was a Board member of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) representing the National Governors Association prior to the creation of FirstNet.

Chief Lehr retired as Assistant Chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department after 30 years as a front line incident commander and public safety professional. In addition to his experience as a fire service leader, he was project manager for the City of Baltimore’s consolidated 800 MHz Digital LMR system which supported Fire, Police, EMS and other public service agencies. Retiring from the BCFD in 2000, he spent 10 years working for systems integrators on public safety projects in NYC, DC and LA. He is a Six Sigma Brown Belt and ITIL v3 certified in program management.


Joe Marx, Assistant Vice President – Federal Regulatory, AT&T
MarxJoe-120x150Joseph Marx, Assistant Vice President – Public Safety and Homeland Security for AT&T, is responsible for Federal policy and strategic planning on public safety, homeland security, cyber security and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the Federal Regulatory Group, Joe led the engineering team at AT&T Wireless responsible for the deployment of E911 and Location Technology. As a leader in the field of public safety and emergency preparedness, Joe plays a key role in crafting AT&T public safety policy.

Joe has more than 30 years experience in the wireless and wired telecommunications industry and has held leadership positions in the Technology, Product Management, and Operations. He brings to the Federal regulatory environment an understanding of how public policy influences business decisions. Joe has previously served as a board member for Next Generation 911 Institute and current serves on the board of Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT). Joe has worked for AT&T throughout his 30 year career and originally started in the prestigious Bell Laboratories. He received a Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering from Illinois Benedictine College and a Masters of Science in Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


Jacqueline Miller, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Information Technology
MillerJacque-120x150Jacque Miller is currently the Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Information Technology and the Deputy State CIO. In that role she supports Enterprise operations providing IT and Communications services to various levels governments statewide. She manages the New Mexico Statewide Interoperable Radio Communications Internet Transport System (SIRCITS) funded through an NTIA BTOP Gant, the Statewide Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), the Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) network, and National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) education and outreach efforts in New Mexico.

She serves as the NM Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and supporting state and regional technical working groups and an executive policy commission to provide standards for wireless radio communications, researching best practices, facilitating cooperative and contract agreements, ensuring adequate wireless spectrum and reviewing priorities for the statewide radio interoperable needs.


Robert Myles, CISSP, CISM, National Practice Manager, State & Local Government, Symantec
MylesRobert-120x150As an influential and highly accomplished thought leader for Symantec, Robert consults with IT professionals across the U.S., advising on strategies for Security Architecture, Technology, Information and Cyber Security in addition to infrastructure solutions to secure and manage their information, recognized for his ability to relate conceptually as well as technically. Over thirty year’s career experience supports his expertise in information technology, regulatory compliance, healthcare and public safety in a broad spectrum of industries. Robert is a retired commissioned officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, holds a BS degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University and certifications as both a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).


Erika E. Olsen, Senior Legal Counsel, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
Erika E. Olsen is Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. In this role, Ms. Olsen is responsible for addressing policy initiatives for the Bureau including those related to public safety spectrum, including the 700 MHz broadband spectrum held by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet?), E911 and NG911, the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA), and emergency alerting. Ms. Olsen also leads the Bureau’s efforts with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) addressing cybersecurity workforce issues.

Ms. Olsen previously served in several other leadership roles within the Commission, including Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Acting Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin for wireless, public safety and international issues, and Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Olsen was a partner in the telecommunications practice of a large international law firm. Ms. Olsen received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.


Bill Pryor, Senior Director, Public Safety and Mid-Markets, Verint
PryorBill-120x150Bill Pryor is a public safety communications industry leader, holding executive level positions with Dictaphone, Mercom and Verint over the last ten years. He has written for Mission Critical Magazine and Urgent Communications and is a regular speaker at public safety events. Bill served as a panelist during APCO International’s NG-911 technology impact round table discussion and multiple local APCO/NENA shows. He is active in several industry groups including NENA’s i3 technical committee.


Patrik Ringqvist, Vice President, Wireless Networks, Ericsson
Patrik Ringqvist is the Vice President, Wireless Networks for Ericsson North America. Ringqvist has 30 years experience in the telecommunications infrastructure industry. He is responsible for Ericsson’s North American direction for expanding and evolving mobile networks. In this role, Ringqvist manages Ericsson’s solutions for mobile broadband networks in North America. Prior to his current role, Ringqvist has also held positions in sales and product development in the United States and Sweden. He has extensive experience in working with wireless networks, from first-generation analog systems through fourth-generation broadband systems. Ringqvist holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.


John Snapp, Senior Technical Officer, Intrado
SnappJohn-120x150As Senior Technology Officer for Intrado, John Snapp provides strategic direction and coordination of technical activities within the wireless group and between various departments within the company. Mr. Snapp was the Chief Architect behind Intrado’s Text to 9-1-1 initiative.

Mr. Snapp has worked in the wireless industry since 1991 and holds 16 patents. He has directed technical groups for various wireless carriers in both engineering and operational roles. He was lead architect in several network nodes that allowed AT&T Wireless to seamlessly bridge the gap between TDMA and GSM. Also at AT&T Wireless, John led the initial wireless deployment of E911 Phase 1 as well as the design, development and deployment of E911 Phase 2.

In addition, Mr. Snapp has served as Vice-Chair of TR-45.2 AHES, the standards body responsible for Wireless 911 Phase 2 standards development.


Sean Spivey, Assistant General Counsel, CCA
SpiveySean-120x150C. Sean Spivey is Assistant General Counsel at Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), the trade association representing the competitive wireless industry. CCA represents over 100 carrier members, ranging in size from nationwide providers to those who serve only a few thousand subscribers. As Assistant General Counsel Sean works with CCA members to develop sound public policy to protect and promote competition in the wireless industry.

Sean’s policy portfolio includes a broad array of subjects, including spectrum, network issues such as data roaming rules and wireless facility siting policies, devices, and public safety regulations, and he regularly advocates before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies on behalf of CCA members’ interests. Most recently, Sean led CCA’s efforts through its members to submit A Parallel Path for Competitive Carriers’ Improvement of E911 Location Accuracy Standards, the majority of which was incorporated into the FCC’s rules for improved location accuracy standards for wireless 911 calls made from indoors. Prior to joining CCA Sean worked as a litigation associate at a boutique commercial litigation firm, representing communications clients before state and federal courts throughout the U.S.

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