Sep

17-20

Joint Use (Sep 17-20)

As new technology, new regulations and aging infrastructure continue to change the landscape of joint use, it becomes increasingly important for key stakeholders to foster open dialogue and collaborate to solve shared problems, focus on safety goals, and ensure the equitably of poles and other utility assets. Considered the premier joint use conference, content is designed for representatives from utility, telecomm, wireless and broadband companies; as well as consultants and service companies who deal with joint use, pole ownership and attachments. The conference format provides a unique mix of presentations, dynamic power table topics, vendor displays and networking opportunities to exchange information and best practices.

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General Details

  • Program Location
  • Omni Austin Southpark
  • 4140 Governor's Row
    Austin, TX 78744
  • Who Should Attend
    • Joint use administrators
    • Right of way managers
    • Asset managers
    • Standards engineers
    • Operations managers
    • Contract administrators
    • Real estate analysts
    • Construction planners
    • GIS services
    • Wireless managers
  • Registration Options
  • Conference Registration: $799 USD

    Registration price increases $100 after August 30, 2019. Registration includes comprehensive conference materials, all sessions, power tables, and all food events.

    For vendor registration options, please see the Vendor Displays tab.

  • General Cancellation Policy
  • Due to contractual obligations, cancellations received 15 business days prior to the program will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 6 to 14 business days prior to the event will receive a refund, less a $100 administrative fee. No shows and last minute cancellations, 5 business days prior to the event or less, will be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions from your organization for the same event are always welcome.
  • Participation Policy
  • Western Energy Institute programs and events are open to energy companies (including gas production and electric generation, gas and electric transmission and gas and electric distribution utilities). Select programs and events are open to energy industry product and service suppliers. Programs and events are closed to all media representatives and to the general public.
  • For more information contact Diana Zoren, Director of Strategic Initiatives at (971) 255-4965.

Agenda

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

12:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Optional Networking - Top Golf Event

Join us for an unforgettable experience hitting micro-chipped golf balls that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. Avoid the heat and relax in a private climate-controlled venue. Anyone can play Topgolf, from aspiring golf pros to those who have never walked 18 holes. It’s competitive. It’s fun. And it’s entertaining!
Cancellation Policy: No refunds after August 17, 2019.

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Optional Networking - Austin Craft Brewery Tour

Experience the exploding Austin, Texas craft beer scene. Join us as we visit 3 different Austin breweries for tastings and a facility tour of one brewery. The tour will include the Pinthouse Pizza, St Elmo Brewing Co, and Skull Mechanix Brewing. All breweries have something for everyone. Pinthouse is famous for Electric Jellyfish IPA, a modern New England IPA. St Elmo is famous for it’s IPA’s and Kolsch. Again, they have something for everyone. Skull Mechanix is a lager house. They uniquely specialize in lagers like Pilsners, Vienna lagers, and Japanese lagers. Along the way there will be small bar snacks available. Transportation will be provided. You will be in a private van and will return to the hotel in time to freshen up for the evening reception. Cancellation Policy: No refunds after August 23, 2019.

12:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Optional Networking - Real Austin

Discover the best of the city in just two hours! This fast-paced “bucket list” tour gives visitors a great snapshot of Austin: get dizzy gazing upward at the Capitol’s dome, indulge in decadent treats from iconic food trucks, explore cool outdoor art, snap photos at city landmarks, and check out funky neighborhoods only a local would know about. This tour is jam-packed with facts, history and trivia on everything from Whole Foods to the UT campus, and everyone from Michael Dell to Willie Nelson. By the time you’re done with this tour, you’ll be able to say you “get” Austin – the history, people, music, culture, food and what keeps it “weird.” If you’re looking for a snappy quick overview of the city, or just need to prove to the social media universe you were in Austin this is the detour for you! Transportation is included. Cancellation Policy: No refunds after August 23, 2019.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Registration + Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:15 AM

Welcome and Introductions
Speaker(s): Charles Dickerson, Chief Operating Officer & Power Production, Austin Energy

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

Joint Use 101
Speaker(s): Jason Nemjo, Joint Utilities Specialist, Clark Public Utilities

Back by popular demand! Joint Use 101 will break down the basic physical materials involved in Joint Use. A must for those who are new to the Joint Use industry and those who are not frequently working in the field and want a refresher.

9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Colocation on Nontraditional Assets – One Year Later
Speaker(s): Keith Williams, Colocation Product Manager, Georgia Power Company, Keith Williams, Telecom Colocation Manager, Georgia Power Company

Last year, GPC explained their plan to facilitate 5G and microcell device colocation on their streetlights. They have since launched the service and software, and have expanded to make transmission facilities, communication towers, land parcels and other assets available to 5G, micro-cell and macro-cell colocation.

Join Keith Williams as he tells how it turned out and what lessons they’ve learned.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM

Vendor Showcase

Each vendor will get 2-3 minutes on the main stage to give an introduction to their company and a quick overview of their product/service. If time permits, they are allowed to introduce their sales team at the conference.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Wildfires in California and Pole Inspectors
Speaker(s): Lonny Saldivar, Compliance Management Supervisor, San Diego Gas & Electric Company

California has been devastated by wildfires over the past few years. In addition, new rules have been adopted to GO 95 to help ensure fire safety but is that enough? Join Lonny Saldivar as he explains what SDG&E is doing to adhere to the new rules, how they are handling fire risks, and future initiatives moving forward to further enhance fire safety.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Managing Safety Infractions on Shared Vertical Assets
Moderator(s): Ray Vigil, Manager, Distribution Standards & Joint Use, PNM
Panelist(s): Jeff Kent, Director, Distribution Support, PacifiCorp, Steve Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities

Safety infractions on shared vertical utility assets, regardless of their origin, present the potential for harm to all utility workers. This session will discuss the nature of these issues, inherent hazards, suggested remediation, and applicable regulatory considerations. Please join Jeff Kent with PacifiCorp and Steve Schulte with Avista Utilities for an engaging dialogue on this timely and pertinent industry topic.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:00 PM - 4:50 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Gene Staples, National Manager Utility Relations, Crown Castle, Gino Quartucci, Right of Way Agent ll, Cox Communications, Katie Marshall, Pole Attachment Program Manager, Chelan County PUD, Kurt Schnubel, Director - Business Development, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc., Brenda Sears, Distribution Operations Director, TRC

This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Reception with Vendor Displays

Thursday, September 19, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Safety - NESC – OSHA
Speaker(s): Kyle Hitchcock, Division Leader, Davey Resource Group

This session will discuss Joint Use and worker safety. It will cover high-level differences between OSHA 268/communication worker safety and 269/space worker safety and the development of workers for the future. In addition, it will cover RF with respect to worker safety on vertical assets as well as general worker safety.

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

FCC Telecommunications
Moderator(s): Dave Chaney, Managing Partner, Varasset
Panelist(s): Adam Copeland, Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Garnet Hanly, Chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Competition & Infrastructure Policy Division, Federal Communications Commission

Last year, Adam Copeland discussed the FCC’s progress on pole attachment process reforms, enforcement issues, and pole access. This year, he will be joined by Garnet Hanly, Chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Competition & Infrastructure Policy Division, to discuss their progress and challenges. Please bring your questions about wireline and wireless infrastructure policy.

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Break with Vendor Displays

10:15 AM - 11:05 AM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Alex Fiorani, Manager Utility Standards, Crown Castle, Robin Bromberg, Attorney, Langley & Bromberg LLC

This year's conference will feature power tables in four rooms. Find the topic that interests you most. The format is informal and some power tables topics will be repeated. At the end of the session, move on to the next topic of interest. Content may vary slightly depending on the those sitting around the table and the questions asked. Each session is 50 minutes facilitated table topics with 10 minutes in between.

11:15 AM - 12:05 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Keith Hupperts, Senior Solution Architect/Product Manager, SSP Innovations, Dave O'Connor, Director of Distributed Energy Solutions, Atonix Digital, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company, Rosella Maestas, Joint Use Administrator, PNM Resources Inc.

12:05 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch with Vendor Displays

1:10 PM - 2:00 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Kevin Cookler, Attorney, Lerman Senter PLLC, Eric Sedmak, SPANS Product Analyst, SSP-Wind Lake, Nichole Bates, Sr. Joint Use Field Operations, Tampa Electric Company

2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

Power Tables
Speaker(s): Quoc Hoang, Meter Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Alan Jones, Manager, Smart Meter Programs, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Break with Vendor Displays

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Legal Forum
Moderator(s): Joy Mastache, Senior Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Panelist(s): Chris Huther, Partner, Wiley Rein, LLP, Tom Magee, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP, Eric Langley, Partner, Langley & Bromberg LLC, James Tomlinson, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Our most anticipated and popular session year after year. This distinguished multi-industry panel of attorneys will provide you with the opportunity to openly participate in a stimulating conversation on our industry. Find out from varying perspectives what you need to know about current and impending regulations, recent court rulings and what you must have on your radar.

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Offsite Reception at Stubb's Bar-B-Q

Sponsored by:  Varasset, NJUNS and OSMOSE
Come join us at the historic blues and country music restaurant founded by Korean War veteran C. B. Stubblefield. This year, we’re venturing a little further from the hotel, and will be providing transport. Transportation: Meet the hosts in front of the hotel at 5:15 PM. The shuttle will deliver you to the venue and bring you back at 8:00 PM. Those wishing to stay longer can Uber or cab it back on their own.

Friday, September 20, 2019

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM

Breakfast

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Emergency Preparedness – Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

5G deployment over 4G deployment
Panelist(s): Serge McAuliffe, Vice President Small Cell & Fiber Sales, Crown Castle, Steve Schulte, Joint Use Administrator, Avista Utilities, Chris Meyer, Director-Product Development, ExteNet Systems

The future of wireless broadband is poised to expand dramatically in the near future and the industry stands ready for deployment with tried and true technology. But with new frequencies, schemes and equipment on the horizon, which solution might provide the best path forward to meet the growing demand for connectivity? Please welcome our panelists, Serge McAuliffe from Crown Castle and Chris Meyer from Extenet, as they help us define terms, decipher the acronyms, and dispel myths while they discuss their vision for the coming broadband ‘gold rush’.

10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Conference Adjourns

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Wrap-up and Future Planning for the 2020 Joint Use Conference

All are welcome and Program Development Team is encouraged to participate.

Hotel + Travel

  • Reservation Instructions
  • Please contact the hotel directly at (800) 843-6664 to reserve your room. Identify yourself as being with Western Energy Institute (WEI) Joint Use Conference and use the group code ‘091319JOINTUSEC’ to receive a special rate of $155 USD/night. This rate is guaranteed until August 30, 2019 or until the WEI room block is full.

Vendor Displays

Registration Options
Conference Registration + Vendor Display: $1,149 USD
Vendor Display Table Only: $599 USD
+ Vendor Display Assistant: $299 USD

Conference Registration + Vendor Display registration price increases $200 after August 30, 2019. This registration includes full conference access and includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative with one skirted table in the Display area. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.

Vendor Display Table Only registration price increases $200 after August 30, 2019. Registration includes you as the main Vendor Display Representative, one skirted table in the display area, and food functions associated with display times. Arrangements for power, audio visual equipment, or other supplies may be made by calling the hotel directly.
Vendors that wish to attend presentations and power tables should select the Conference Registration + Vendor Display pass.

Vendor Display Assistant registration price increases $100 after August 30, 2019. This registration is for booth assistants whose vendor company is already registered. Includes vendor access and vendor associated food functions. Other food events are excluded from this pass.

Vendor Display Schedule
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
7:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Set-up
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Vendor Showcase
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM: Reception with Vendor Display

Thursday, September 19, 2019
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Break with Vendor Display
12:05 PM – 1:10 PM: Lunch with Vendor Display
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Break with Vendor Display
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM: Tear Down

For more information contact Diana Zoren at 971.255.4965.

Vendor Display Map


Sponsors

Thank you to our session sponsors!
 

Meet The Speakers

Lonny Saldivar

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Compliance Management Supervisor
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Lonny Saldivar is the Compliance Management Manager for San Diego Gas & Electric. He has worked for SDG&E since 2005. Lonny currently manages a team that oversees compliance for Electric Distribution Facilities

Cylister Williams

Georgia Power Company

Telecom Colocation Manager

Jeff Kent

PacifiCorp

Director, Distribution Support
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Jeff has over 30 years combined experience in the Telecommunications and Electric Utility industry. Jeff is currently Director of Distribution Support for PacifiCorp, responsible for Joint Administration for Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power in six states. Jeff’s been a member of the Oregon Joint Use Association’s Board of Directors since 2004, was President in 2007, and currently chairs the association’s Dispute Resolution Committee. Jeff attended the University of Oregon and Portland State University and has a B.S. in General Studies Science.

Steve Schulte

Avista Utilities

Joint Use Administrator

Adam Copeland

Federal Communications Commission

Associate Bureau Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
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Adam Copeland is a Deputy Division Chief in the Competition Policy Division of the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau where he primarily focuses on issues relating to broadband deployment policy. Adam joined the FCC in 2012 as an attorney advisor in the Media Bureau. Prior to joining the FCC, Adam was in private practice representing cable and broadcast clients in front of the FCC and U.S. Copyright Office on a wide range of regulatory matters. He also previously served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School. Adam received his JD from GW Law where he graduated with High Honors and Order of the Coif, and his BA summa cum laude from The George Washington University.

Garnet Hanly

Federal Communications Commission

Chief of the Wireless Bureau’s Competition & Infrastructure Policy Division
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Garnet Hanly is Division Chief in the Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, at the FCC where she focuses on wireless competition and infrastructure matters. Prior to joining the FCC, Garnet was Senior Counsel for T-Mobile USA, Inc. from 2008 to 2011, Director of State Regulatory for Sprint Nextel Corporation from 2005 to 2008, and prior to that served as counsel for Nextel Communications. Prior to working on Nextel, Garnet served as an associate in private practice involving mergers/acquisitions. Garnet received her JD from Suffolk University Law School and received a BA from George Mason University.

Chris Huther

Wiley Rein, LLP

Partner

Tom Magee

Keller & Heckman LLP

Partner
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Mr. Magee is a Partner with Keller and Heckman who provides regulatory, transactional and litigation counsel to investor-owned electric utilities, electric cooperatives and municipalities regarding pole attachments and the joint use of utility pole distribution systems. He has resolved hundreds of pole attachment issues involving make-ready, safety violations, unauthorized attachments, indemnities, rental rates, and other issues through negotiation, mediation, and litigation before federal and state courts, the FCC, and state public service commissions

Jim Tomlinson

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Counsel

Eric Langley

Langley & Bromberg LLC

Partner

Jason Nemjo

Clark Public Utilities

Joint Utilities Specialist
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Jason Nemjo has worked at Clark Public Utilities since 1999 starting out as a Meter Reader in the Field Service Department and transitioned into the Joint Use Department in 2002.
While running the Joint Use Department, primarily of one with one intern Jason has fostered six interns over the years successfully placing three of them in full time positions at Clark Public Utilities, one of them in the Joint Use Department making it a Department of two with one intern.
Over the years Jason has overseen numerous contract negotiations, developed pole attachment construction standards, conducted a complete system pole audit and created several day-to-day operation processes as personnel, technology and the industry has changed.
Jason has been attending the Western Energy Institute Annual Joint Use Conference consecutively since 2003, participating on the PDT to some degree since 2005, Vice Chairing in 2009 and Chairing in 2010.
Jason loves the challenge of coordinating multiple utility industries to utilize limited access to provide the vital services that society has become to depend on every day that the general public has no idea even exists. He has a passion to educate those new to the industry with the idea that they should not have to reinvent the wheel and could perhaps contribute with new ideas of their own to help advice the industry of Joint Use to the next level.

Kyle Hitchcock

Davey Resource Group

Division Leader
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An entrepreneurial spirit is the inspiration behind a trademark ability to “find yes.” Passionate, intuitive and innovative with years of hands-on experience leading people; is known to be a frank, decisive leader with a proven ability to develop and implement comprehensive systems to solve organizational challenges.

Currently leads construction and engineering focusing on safely and efficiently building our electrical, communications and wireless networks. Member of the newly formed BDAC Broadband Infrastructure Deployment Job Skills and Training Opportunities Working Group; NESC-SC8; IEEE; Chairman IEEE-SA Facilities Joint Use WG4 & WG5, participating member WG1. Considerable knowledge in NESC, NEC, OSHA code and FCC rulings. Extensive knowledge in Joint Use, and contract negotiations with a substantial background in small cell, power and communications, wireline and wireless builds. Other experience includes telecommunications engineering, master electrician and power lineman.

Personal focus is expanding knowledge, building relationships and passing it on to others. Complementing a unique energy is the belief in courtesy and respect, doing the best possible in any situation and enjoying life.

Dan C. Smith

Austin Energy

Vice President Electric Service Delivery
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Dan joined Austin Energy in 2003 and is currently the Vice President of Electric Service Delivery responsible for leading Austin Energy’s Transmission & Distribution organization. Prior to Dan’s current role, he held positions as the Director of Smart Grid & System Operations, Director of Transmission & Substation, and Engineering Manager of Substation and Relay Engineering. Prior to joining Austin Energy, Dan worked for Advanced Micro Devices in Austin, Texas and Dresden, Germany managing Site Electrical & Mechanical Engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A & M University, has completed a number of graduate and post graduate courses, is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, a Member of IEEE, and has presented and authored numerous papers at technical conferences and educational venues. Dan is passionate about company transformation that starts and is rooted in safety.

Joy Mastache

Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Senior Attorney, Office of the General Counsel

Charles Dickerson

Austin Energy

Chief Operating Officer & Power Production
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Charles Dickerson is the Chief Operating Officer for Austin Energy. He is responsible for Power Production, Electric Service Delivery and Strategy, Technology and Market Operations.

Dickerson has more than 29 years of experience in the utility industry and areas including power production, transmission, distribution, customer care, human resources, strategic planning, and energy market and risk operations. He most recently served as President of USA Business Services with National Grid, USA, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. Prior to his role at National Grid, Charles worked for Exelon-Pepco Holdings Inc., an investor-owned company delivering electricity and gas to more than 2 million customers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. His roles at Exelon-Pepco Holdings included Senior Vice President of Technical Services, Vice President of Customer Care, Vice President of Performance Management and Support Services and Chief Risk Officer, and Vice President of Strategic Planning.

Charles previously served on boards of directors/trustees for The Treatment Learning Center and City Year, Washington, D. C. They are both nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving education and learning for children.

Dickerson is a graduate of the University of Maryland, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Applied Management.

Serge McAuliffe

Crown Castle

Vice President Small Cell & Fiber Sales

Chris Meyer

ExteNet Systems

Director-Product Development

Ray Vigil

PNM

Manager, Distribution Standards & Joint Use

Dave Chaney

Varasset

Managing Partner

Gene Staples

Crown Castle

National Manager Utility Relations

Gino Quartucci

Cox Communications

Right of Way Agent ll

Katie Marshall

Chelan County PUD

Pole Attachment Program Manager

Kurt Schnubel

Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

Director - Business Development

Brenda Sears

TRC

Distribution Operations Director

Alex Fiorani

Crown Castle

Manager Utility Standards

Robin Bromberg

Langley & Bromberg LLC

Attorney

Quoc (Q.) Hoang

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Meter Engineer
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Q. (Quoc) Hoang is a Sr. Metering Engineer for Pacific Gas and Electric. His work includes the development of new economical metering technologies for small cellular tower networks as well as metering solutions for emerging technology. He is also a registered professional engineer in the state of California.

Kevin Cookler

Lerman Senter PLLC

Attorney

Eric Sedmak

SSP-Wind Lake

SPANS Product Analyst

Keith Hupperts

SSP Innovations

Senior Solution Architect/Product Manager

Dave O’Connor

Atonix Digital

Director of Distributed Energy Solutions

Rosella Maestas

PNM Resources Inc.

Joint Use Administrator

Nichole Bates

Tampa Electric Company

Sr. Joint Use Field Operations

Mike McGill

ikeGPS

SVP, Utilities & Communications

Alan Jones

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Manager, Smart Meter Programs
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Alan Jones is responsible for the strategic management of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Smart Meter Network and leads new product development for the utilities next generation energy management solutions. As a leader in the PG&E’s Meter Services and Engineering group, Alan works with technology partners to deploy innovative solutions required to service the 10 Million customers across our diverse and expansive Northern California Service Area. Currently, his team is collaborating with Wireless carriers, Systems integrators and Software developers to deliver cloud based IOT services that deliver connectivity to IOT edges devices; EV charging initiatives and small cell deployment of 4G LTE digital services to meet the demands of citizens and businesses.
Alan has over 20 years of wireless systems design and operations, large scale consumer marketing program and product management experience. He has worked across a variety of industries including energy, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing and consumer electronics.
BS Electrical Engineering, Northeastern University and MBA from University of San Francisco.

Laura Strange

Austin Energy

Contractor