Thursday, September 15

12:00PM | Site Tour Group 1

Taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center:
108 Avenue of The Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

1:00PM | Site Tour Group 2

Taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center:
108 Avenue of The Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

2:00PM | Early Registration Open

Taking place in the lobby of the City Center

6:00PM | Opening Network Reception

Taking place at The Night Owl:
17 Maple Ave, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Friday, September 16

8:00AM | Doors Open

Registration begins in the lobby of the Saratoga Springs City Center:
522 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

All guests can grab a coffee and light breakfast fare in the Exhibit Hall.

8:30AM | Welcome by Paul Fettuccia, NYSWA President

Special guest welcome, overall event details, and introduction to the Exhibitor Passport Program.

8:40AM | Introduction By Lucia Chiocchio

8:45AM

Keynote Speaker: Daniel Ives

Managing Director, Equity Research

Discussing his insights on the current market of 5G and Technology

Sponsored by Cuddy Feder

Daniel Ives is a Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst covering the Technology sector at Wedbush Securities since 2018. Dan has been a tech analyst on Wall Street for over two decades covering the software and the broader technology sector. He spent the first few years of his career as a financial analyst at HBO and then received his MBA in Finance before becoming a globally known technology equity research analyst and Managing Director with FBR Capital Markets for 16 years, focusing on the enterprise software/hardware sectors including cyber security, cloud computing, big data technology, and the mobile landscape.  A major area of his research focus is electric vehicles and disruptive technology over the next decade.

Dan is a highly sought after tech expert around the world, has been a keynote speaker across the US, Europe, and Asia and regularly makes television appearances on networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, and Fox News to provide commentary related to his technology expertise.  Dan has also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, PBS NewsHour, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, and CBS Evening News. Dan can be heard regularly doing radio on the tech sector for Bloomberg, ABC News, NPR, BBC, and other radio programs.  Dan is often cited globally by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investors Business Daily, Chicago Tribune, NY Post, Los Angeles Times, The Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, Barrons, The Times of London, Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and New York Times, among many others.

He holds a BS in Finance from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

Dan is a highly sought-after tech expert globally, has been a keynote speaker across the US, Europe, and Asia and regularly makes television appearances on networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg, BBC, ABC, CNN, and Fox Business to provide commentary related to his technology experience. Dan is often cited around the world by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, The Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, South China Morning Post, Barron’s, Financial Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The New York Times, among others. He holds a BS in Finance from Penn State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland.

9:15AM | Morning Break

Enjoy these 15 minutes to stretch, network, and grab coffee. Exhibitors are also welcoming guests.

9:30AM | Deploying Telecom Infrastructure

Regulatory and Financing Challenges

Sponsored by Crown Castle

This panel will explore the factors that go into telecom infrastructure deployment projects –  whether fiber, small cell, macro, data center and whether towers, inbuilding, rooftop or on poles or other street furniture. How are projects being financed? Which projects are attracting the most attention from investors? What is the state, local and federal regulatory landscape?

David Bronston

As Telecommunications Team Leader, Mr. Bronston focuses his practice on telecommunications infrastructure and has extensive experience with network licensing and the intersection of telecommunications infrastructure with real estate. He has represented public and private property owners nationwide in license agreements, right-of-way agreements, and other access agreements with telecommunications service providers. He has also represented all types of telecommunications service providers and carriers (with a particular expertise in distributed antenna system networks) in negotiating franchise agreements with local governments and obtaining all necessary legislative authorizations and administrative licenses, permits, and approvals. In addition, Mr. Bronston assists telecommunications companies with mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters.

Melissa Mullarkey

Melissa is responsible for wireless carrier business development. She previously served as the Vice President of Government & Utility Relations where she led public-private partnerships to deploy wireless infrastructure. 

Melissa has over a decade of experience deploying and operating utility infrastructure. Prior to joining Mobilitie, Melissa worked in clean energy deploying and acquiring electric, steam, and water utility plants across the country. While in this role she oversaw the acquisition of industrial-sited utility plants and also managed external engagements with customers, utilities, and government entities.

She serves as a mentor for the Women’s Wireless Leadership Forum. She is active in local government and served as a Zoning Commissioner for the Village of Glenview. Melissa is currently earning her EMBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, has a JD from Vermont Law School, a BA from Western Washington University, and is admitted to practice law in Illinois. 

Christian Hillabrant

Mr. Hillabrant has worked in senior executive roles across major global wireless operators, equipment manufacturers and services companies. His expertise spans operations, engineering, sales, marketing, logistics, and finance.

Mr. Hillabrant joined Tillman from Samsung Electronics where he served as Vice President and General Manager for Samsung’s two largest global accounts: AT&T and Verizon Wireless, generating $5B+ in annual revenues. He led a major improvement program restoring growth and profitability after 3 consecutive years of falling sales.

From 2012- 2017, Mr. Hillabrant worked at Ericsson where he was Chief Operations Officer for Western and Central Europe, Chief Operations Officer for North America, and a Board member of Ericsson Deutschland. Mr. Hillabrant also served as Vice President, General Manager of the Sprint Customer Unit where he oversaw the turnaround of the troubled Network Vision program.

Mr. Hillabrant has held numerous executive roles at T-Mobile and PrimeCo (a Verizon predecessor) in Network Engineering, Operations, Sales and Marketing.

Hillabrant graduated from Skidmore College and has a MBA from NYU Stern School of Business.

Nate Waldeisen

Mr. Waldeisen is a Vice President of Houlihan Lokey’s Digital Infrastructure Group and helps lead the firm’s efforts within the Broadband Infrastructure industry.

Mr. Waldeisen works on a wide variety of transactions, ranging from mergers and acquisitions, private debt and equity capital raises. He mainly works with Fiber, Cable, Telephone, Fixed Wireless and Internet Service providers. Throughout his career, he has helped advise and close on several billion dollars of transactions within the lower and middle markets.

Mr. Waldeisen’s recent transactions include M&A transactions for Point Broadband, Intelligent Fiber Networks and Bluebird Networks as well as financings for Logix Networks, FirstDigital Telecom and Netly Fiber.

Mr. Waldeisen graduated magna cum laude with a B.S in Finance and International Business from Quinnipiac University.

John Celentano

 John Celentano, Inside Towers Business Editor, is a highly-regarded analyst and consultant with years of engineering and business experience in telecommunications. 

He regularly writes and speaks on issues and trends in wireless and wireline infrastructure markets, and advises investors on telecom mergers and acquisitions. 

John has worked with telecom equipment manufacturers and service providers in developing and executing product launches and strategic marketing campaigns with customer-focused content. 

John holds a B.Eng. degree in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University and has studied Marketing at the University of California-Santa Barbara. A Canadian-American (Canada, eh!), he now resides in Baltimore, Maryland. 

10:20AM | Morning Break

Enjoy this 15 minutes to stretch, network, and grab coffee.

10:40AM | Broadband Funding, Show Me the Money!

Sponsored by Inorsa

Billions of dollars in federal and state funding are starting to flow through NTIA, FCC, and NYS Connect All for the deployment of new broadband infrastructure.  These unprecedented sources of capital will be utilized to address economic and digital divides in America and ultimately drive a historic cycle of broadband investment in the U.S.  What are the opportunities for mobile operators and WISPs to participate?  What’s New York’s plan looking like?  What communities in New York are being targeted for broadband funding?  What models of public and private partnering will drive broadband access, affordability and adoption for New Yorkers through these federal, state and other funding programs?  These questions and more will be explored at a session with federal, state and industry leaders in broadband funding and partnering.

Bill Farber

Assemblyman Billy Jones

Chris Fisher

Christopher B. Fisher, Esq. is a founding board member of NYSWA and served as its President from 2012-2018. He currently serves as NYSWA’s State & Local Government Affairs Advisor continuing educational and industry efforts with federal, state and municipal officials to accelerate wireless growth across New York.  Chris is also a member of New York State’s Cellular Taskforce created in 2019 and appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve as an industry representative.

Under Chris’s leadership, NYSWA established its Wireless Forum Conferences in NYC, championed NYSWA’s charitable efforts to support workforce training of military veterans for high paying jobs in the wireless sector, published a statewide wireless economic impact report, expanded relationships with the FCC in Washington and State leaders in Albany.  His focus was to provide new and improved opportunities for NYSWA members to do business in New York and meet the wireless needs of the public.

Chris is also a member of WIA’s Innovation and Technology Council and has chaired prior working groups focusing on municipal government relations and small cell policy. Chris also serves on the Board of the Westchester County Association and leads its technology efforts. Chris also contributes to the wireless industry national where he focuses his efforts on mobile infrastructure deployment.

Chris is Managing Partner at Cuddy & Feder, LLP, a New York based law firm where he chairs the firm’s Telecommunications Practice Group and is a past chairman of the firm’s Land Use, Zoning and Development Practice Group. He has provided wireless operators, tower companies, DAS and small cell developers with real estate, municipal franchising, zoning, environmental, litigation and other siting legal services for over 25 years.

Lee Davenport

Lee Davenport is the Director of Community Development for US Ignite, where he leads the US Ignite Communities program and serves as Principal Investigator for Project OVERCOME, a wireless research project to increase digital connectivity and understand its influence on society. For 20 years, he has worked with national nonprofit organizations, large corporations, federal agencies, and local governments to create and deliver technology-informed economic empowerment strategies to communities nationwide. He has expertise in program design, multi-partner program development, communications, implementation, and evaluation strategies. Before joining US Ignite, Lee founded a successful consultancy delivering strategy and operational leadership for nonprofits and private sector agencies, delivering consumer technology and connectivity to hundreds of thousands of low-income communities. Before that, he served as Vice President of Programs at One Economy Corporation leading a federally-funded effort for digital literacy and broadband adoption.

Ethan Lucarelli

M. Ethan Lucarelli advises FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel on wireless and international matters. He joined the Chairwoman’s office from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where he served as legal and policy advisor to the Bureau Chief. Previously, Ethan was Director of Regulatory & Public Policy at Inmarsat, a global satellite communications company. He began his legal career as an attorney in the Telecommunications, Media, and Technology group at law firm Wiley Rein LLP, where he represented diverse clients on a range of wireless, satellite, and international telecommunications matters. Ethan also is a Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School, teaching courses in Telecommunications Law and Scholarly Writing. Ethan earned his JD with highest honors from George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Illinois. He lives with his wife Victoria and their dog, Moxie, in Alexandria, Virginia.

Josh Breitbart

11:45AM | A Call to Action:
The Importance of In-Building Wireless Coverage in New York State

Tom Marciano

Tom Marciano is a proven leader with more than three decades of hands on operational management experience with start-ups, growth businesses and more established companies in the wireless industry.  Driving growth with profitability.  Developing mutually beneficial strategic partnerships and opportunities nationwide. Tom is the Chief Growth Officer and partner at inRange Solutions and Azimuth Engineering Group.  He is also the past President of the New York State Wireless Association and remains an active board member.

John Foley

John serves as Managing Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. The Safer Buildings Coalition is an independent, not for profit organization providing thought leadership and education focused on advancing policies, ideas, and technologies that ensure effective in-building communications capabilities for public safety personnel and the communities they serve. John serves the SBC mission through policy, regulation, strategy, and thought leadership development, by solidifying member services and value, and by establishing a strong operational and financial base as tools to propel SBC’s mission. [ visit www.saferbuildings.org ]

For over 45 years, John has held key business development, operations, engineering, and executive roles at telecom service companies such as Level 3 Communications, MFS, and MCI. John was a co-founder of XO Communications where he was VP of Operations and Engineering, and later VP of International Network Development. John led dark fiber provider City Signal Communications in the position of President and CEO. John previously served as Capture Director for specialty construction firm Henkels and McCoy, serving in the DAS Integration and low voltage services group.

John previously served as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Philadelphia, and he comes from a family with a tradition of first-responder service, with his grandfather, great uncle, brother, and son all serving in the Philadelphia Police department.

Dominic Villecco

Dominic has more than 40 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, 27 of which he has led V-COMM through its continued success. He is qualified as an expert witness in telecommunications engineering and testified in federal court on behalf of the FCC and US Department of Justice in two high-profile cases. Prior to founding V-COMM, he led all engineering efforts for Comcast Cellular Communications, Inc. and Comcast International Holdings as Vice President of Engineering. He also helped design the first regional cellular network in the United States, with proprietary automatic call delivery among independent carriers. Dominic was previously named Vice Chairman of the Board of Advisors for Drexel University’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Chairman of the Technical Subcommittee for APCO Region 28 and its 700 MHz initiatives. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Drexel’s Engineering and Computer Engineering Department for his continued success. Dominic is the current President of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Wireless Association, and also serves as its Public Safety Committee Chair.

12:15PM | Lunch

All guests can enjoy a gourmet, sit-down lunch.

12:40PM

Keynote Speaker: U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsored by ANS

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand does not shy away from a big fight. She’s currently leading the fights to provide every working person in America with paid leave and to reform the military justice system to make it worthy of the sacrifice our service members make. When she first joined the Senate she took on the fight to provide 9/11 first responders with health care and compensation and won. She led the effort to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, and she wrote the STOCK Act, which made it illegal for members of Congress to trade stocks on insider information. And as the mother of two school-age sons, Senator Gillibrand continues to put the challenges that working families face front and center. Born and raised in upstate New York, Senator Gillibrand’s home is in Albany, New York with her husband, Jonathan Gillibrand, and their two sons, Theo and Henry.

1:05PM | Award Scholarship Video

Don’t miss this important announcement!

1:45PM

WIA CEO Patrick Halley: A View from Washington

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) today named communications policy veteran and association leader Patrick Halley as the organization’s incoming President and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 1, 2022.

Halley joins WIA from USTelecom – The Broadband Association where he serves as Senior Vice President of Policy & Advocacy and General Counsel and leads the association’s policy development and advocacy efforts before the White House, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other regulatory agencies, courts, and in state capitals.

“We are extremely pleased to announce Patrick Halley as our next President and CEO,” said WIA Board Chairman Jeffrey Stoops, President and Chief Executive Officer of SBA Communications Corporation. “Patrick’s broad regulatory, legal and trade association experience in telecommunications makes him the ideal person to lead WIA into the future. He has deep knowledge of, and experience in, advocacy, which is the primary mission of WIA, and is a proven manager and motivator of his team members. On behalf of the WIA Board of Directors, I welcome Patrick to his new role and express my excitement about the future of WIA under his leadership.”

“In our biggest cities and our smallest towns – and everywhere in between – the infrastructure deployed, operated and managed by WIA members has enabled the wireless revolution transforming America and will be the foundation that ensures the United States is the global leader in 5G connectivity – and beyond,” said Halley. “I am honored to represent these companies and thrilled to join the talented team at WIA during this unprecedented era of growth and innovation as we push forward to connect all Americans to next generation wireless networks.”

Throughout his career, Halley has been at the forefront of policy debates to bring next generation broadband connectivity to all Americans. Most recently at USTelecom, Halley shaped several major U.S. communications policy initiatives, including the broadband title of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), its ongoing implementation, and a data-driven national broadband mapping initiative. He spearheaded efforts to modernize the nation’s communications policies and oversaw the expansion of USTelecom’s Industry Traceback Group, the FCC’s registered consortium to fight illegal robocalls.

Prior to USTelecom, Halley was a partner at communications law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP (WBK) and was Executive Director of the Next Generation 911 Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating the transition to next generation 911. He previously served in a number of senior roles at the FCC, including as a legal advisor to an FCC Chairman and two Wireline Competition Bureau Chiefs, as Associate Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and as acting Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs. While at the FCC, Halley worked to bring the agency’s universal service programs into the broadband era and addressed numerous emerging technology transition and competition policy issues.

The appointment of Halley is a result of a national search for WIA’s next leader conducted by the executive search firm Odgers Berndtson.

2:00PM | Diversity and Inclusion in the Wireless Industry

Sponsored by Snyder & Snyder LLP

A roundtable discussion by industry leaders regarding their first-hand experiences and their opinions as to how the industry can support diversity.

Leslie J. Snyder, Esq.

Leslie J. Snyder is the Managing Partner at Snyder & Snyder, LLP.  Leslie has developed a unique practice involving real estate and telecommunications matters.  She has extensive commercial real estate, zoning, and land use expertise. 

With over 25 years of experience, Leslie has negotiated leases and procured governmental approvals for switching facilities, distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cell facilities, and other vital telecommunications installations.  She is a frequent lecturer on zoning and environmental issues involving the development of wireless infrastructure.

Leslie is a former Town of Harrison attorney and currently serves as a director of the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation.  Leslie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law.  Snyder & Snyder, LLP is certified by WBENC as a Women’s Business Enterprise.

Karmen Rajamani

Karmen Rajamani is the Vice President of Government Affairs for Crown Castle and joined in 2013. Her team is responsible for working with state and local municipalities nationwide creating legislative and regulatory processes that propel Tower and Network deployments at scale and in a cost-effective manner. Karmen has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years with a focus on land use, zoning, permitting, utilities, building teams, and community outreach. Karmen started her career in fixed wireless in Washington, DC and spent 12 years at American Tower where she supported building hundreds of towers and small cells nationwide. Karmen has a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, a Juris Doctor from Tulane School of Law in New Orleans, LA and is licensed to practice law in Maryland and New Jersey.

Stacie Shannon

As the Consumer Sales Director at Verizon, responsible for 200 consumer distribution points throughout the entire territory of New York City, I place communication and evolution at the heart of my operations. Managing sales demands analytical and creative thinking, a characteristic of the industry I thrive in. The target-driven environment motivates me to smooth the way for new initiatives and promote customer loyalty.

For over a decade, I have worked at the forefront of sales, enhancing existing practices to drive revenue growth and foster quality customer service. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in management from Purdue University, which complements the work that I do. Since starting my career, I have also served as the North East Regional Vice President of the BOLD employee resource group, placing diversity, equity, and inclusion at the core of everything I do.

During my time at Verizon, I have actively elevated my teams to improve overall performance, enabled the company to make critical financial decisions, and stimulated customer retention. The sales industry attracts countless talented, results-driven individuals, which is why I enjoy working with my teammates and colleagues. Developing positive work relationships with them enables me to coach, staff, and delegate tasks more effectively.

When developing new strategies, I look at growth opportunities and evaluate how different solutions will benefit the business. My time in various roles at Verizon has enabled me to grow my experience in sales operations and develop my industry knowledge. Understanding how consumers are influenced is necessary to developing adaptable action plans.

In a world where consumers are consumed in a constant noise of commerce, first-hand experience is the only way to gain the ability to retain their loyalty. Adding value to customer interactions is like learning a sport; it takes practice. My time in the consumer channel and various leadership positions has positioned me perfectly to help with Verizon’s vision for the future.

HaDisha Gordon

HaDisha Gordon is Corporate Counsel for the Northeast Region at DISH Wireless. HaDisha has significant experience in telecommunications, land use, zoning and real estate law. Prior to joining DISH in 2021, HaDisha served as outside counsel for various telecommunications carriers representing clients in lease negotiations and before several municipal land use boards throughout the State of New Jersey. HaDisha has successfully obtained land use rights and zoning approvals for various telecommunications carriers for the deployment of its wireless infrastructure including new build towers and rooftop installations, modifications to existing facilities and small cell antennas. As in-house counsel, HaDisha currently works to support DISH in its commitment to build America’s First Smart Network from the ground up. 

Marc Blakeman

Marc Blakeman serves as AT&T President – Mid-Atlantic States. In that capacity, he leads the company’s

government affairs, public policy, philanthropic and social engagement initiatives across Pennsylvania, New

Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Over the course of his 25-year career at AT&T, he has served as Vice President of External Affairs for AT&T

California and as the Regional Vice President of External Affairs in Illinois. He joined AT&T’s predecessor,

Ameritech, in 1997 after serving in various positions in Illinois state government.

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in political science, Marc also received his certification in

corporate community relations from the John Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.

Marc is an active member of the community, serving on numerous non-profit boards including the Board of

Directors of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and on the Board of Trustees of Arena Stage at the Mead

Center for American Theater. In his free time, he is a Tony Award-nominated theater producer.

He currently serves as Chair of the Employee Engagement Committee of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task

Force at AT&T and in a similar volunteer role at Arena Stage.

A native of downstate Illinois, Mr. Blakeman currently resides in Washington, D.C.

2:50PM | Afternoon Break

Enjoy this 15 minutes to stretch, network, and grab coffee.

3:05PM | The Challenges of Deploying 5G and Beyond

Sponsored by T-Mobile

What has become easier and where are there still challenges and what can we do as an industry to be better prepared?

Tom Marciano

Tom Marciano is a proven leader with more than three decades of hands on operational management experience with start-ups, growth businesses and more established companies in the wireless industry.  Driving growth with profitability.  Developing mutually beneficial strategic partnerships and opportunities nationwide. Tom is the Chief Growth Officer and partner at inRange Solutions and Azimuth Engineering Group.  He is also the past President of the New York State Wireless Association and remains an active board member.

Mike Fox

Mike Fox got his introduction to Cellular in 1986, when he was a Project Manager at Motorola, who built the original A-band cellular network in NY/NJ for Metro One.   Mike then took a position with Cellular One, where he built and managed their Program Management team.  While at Cellular One he helped plan and deploy networks in NY/NJ, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington/Baltimore.  In 2000, Mike founded Wireless Network Group (WNG) where he was President and CEO for nearly 20 years.  In 2020 Mike accepted the position of Market General Manager for DISH Wireless and is responsible for the planning, deployment and operations of this cutting-edge network in NJ and NY’s lower Hudson valley.  An active Board Member of NJWA, Mike is chairman of Strategic Planning for the organization.  

Anthony Barone

Anthony joined the Crown Castle team in 2017 as part of the Lightower acquisition, after joining one of Lightower’s predecessor companies in 2010. Anthony brings over 30 years of experience in the Telecom Industry, beginning his career with New York Telephone back in 1991 and has also held positions with Level 3 and Siemens AG. Anthony holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Baruch College and an MBA from Long Island University and is President and Board Member of the South Shore Kiwanis Organization focused on helping Children in need.

Luis Reyes

Luis Reyes has been in the wireless industry for 25 years and a 20 year veteran of T-Mobile, having started in RF Engineering and progressed in leadership roles across the US. He has recently returned to the Northeast as Vice President of the New York Metropolitan area for Engineering and Operations which includes Long Island, the five Boroughs of NYC, and New Jersey.

Mark Coon

Mark Coon is Verizon’s Senior Manager of Real Estate/Regulatory for Small Cells in New York State.  He has been with Verizon since 2013, initially working on Small Cells in Upstate NY before having the NY Metro market added to his area of responsibility in 2021.  His team is primarily responsible for oversight of small cell projects from kickoff until construction, with the majority of focus on municipal and utility agreements and permitting.  Prior to Verizon Wireless, Mark spent a little over 20 years in consulting engineering, starting his career in land surveying.

Mark is a lifelong resident of the Rochester area, and he and his wife have three grown children.  They are one child away from being “empty nesters” and are using their new-found freedom to travel and enjoy hobbies.

Victoria Lamberth

Victoria Lamberth co-founded ZenFi Networks in 2013 and currently serves as Chief Revenue Officer overseeing the company’s regional sales & marketing organization. Prior to ZenFi’s merger with Cross River Fiber, Lamberth served as Chief Operating Officer for the company. She has 10+ years of building, managing, and selling digital infrastructure in the New York metro market. She relies on her proven array of experience in the telecommunications industry to drive growth and profitability at ZenFi Networks. Ms. Lamberth is a Board Member at Hugh O’Kane Electric Co., a New York City telecommunications and electrical contracting firm dating back to 1946. Ms. Lamberth is also a board member at the Center for Hearing and Communication and is an advocate for children with hearing loss. Ms. Lamberth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies from Boston College, and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

4:20PM

Keynote Speaker: Ed Knapp

CTO, American Tower

Ed Knapp is American Tower’s Chief Technology Officer. He is responsible for leading the company’s global innovation program, technology investments and strategy. Prior to joining American Tower in 2017, Mr. Knapp served as Senior Vice President of Engineering at Qualcomm, where was responsible for their New Jersey Corporate Research Center. Mr. Knapp has more than 40 years of communications technology experience and has spent more than 30 years invested in the development of the global wireless industry. He joined Qualcomm after its acquisition of Flarion Technologies. Prior to that he served as the Chief Technology Officer of PacketVideo Corporation, co-founded NextWave Telecom, Inc. and served as its Chief Technology Officer, and was Executive Director of Technical Services for Bell Atlantic/NYNEX Mobile (Verizon Wireless).

Mr. Knapp serves on the Board of Directors of AST SpaceMobile and the Center for Automotive Research, as well as the Rutgers University Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Outthinker Strategy Network. Mr. Knapp currently has five granted U.S. patents and one pending application. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU) in New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Stony Brook University.

4:50PM | Closing Remarks

Listen in on NYSWA event closing statements.

5:00PM – 6:00PM | Closing Reception

End the day networking with fellow industry experts.