Think you have network challenges today? Ignore the HUMAN NETWORK and you’ll have more on your plate than you can handle. That’s why ISE is devoting this special section to articles that motivate, inspire and help you prioritize what truly matters during network evolution: YOUR TEAMS!
Read, share and take to heart what these experts in motivation say here. Adopt their suggestions and watch your team get motivated and reach your objectives with enthusiasm!
Today, everyone and everything is a brand — especially online. Some are credible. Others, not so much. That’s why it’s important for ISE magazine’s 2018 ICT Visionaries to share valuable insights that can help you succeed in this competitive industry.
Our 2018 group of Visionaries bring REAL experience to the table — the kind of experience you only get by putting in your due time. And with time and experience, you gain wisdom.
These 9 professionals have the chops to stand out amongst a crowd. They are innovative, knowledgeable, and have the results in their areas of expertise backing up their opinions. Enjoy reading their insights and perspectives in the April, July, and October 2018 issues of ISE magazine.
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Amphenol Broadband Solutions
Mike is responsible for directing all technology efforts at Amphenol Broadband Solutions, bringing together the creative forces of Times Fiber, Holland Electronics, Extreme Broadband Engineering, and All Systems Broadband. Mike has over 25 years of telecommunication experience with an outside plant focus; the first 20 years of experience began at Raychem. Previous roles include product development, product management, and sales. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org LinkedIn: /michaelgrice
Amphenol Broadband Solutions is a provider of custom-engineered solutions and an independent manufacturer of connectivity products for service providers. Specializing in products that increase revenue and simplify operations for applications such as fiber to Multiple Dwelling Units (MDU), fiber to the business (FTTB) and fiber to the home (FTTH), ASB counts the country’s largest telcos and cable companies among its valued customers. The company’s product lines include; fiber cables and apparatus, fiber enclosures and shelves, passives, HDMI and A/V cables, and more. ASB’s passive products include a variety of splitters, CWDM, DWDM and hybrid circuit arrangements contained in the most compact form factors in the industry. More information is available on the company’s website at www.go-asb.com. www.allsystemsbroadband.com
Director, Network Operations Center
Natasha leads a customer-centric culture that drives change and constant improvement for Provisioning and Maintenance of the Local Network Services (LNS) Network along with Low and High Speed Service Delivery (DS0, DS1, DS3) and Maintenance. Natasha began her career with AT&T in 2009. During her career, she held positions working/leading teams in Network Operations, Customer Care, Uverse Field Operations and Service Assurance. In March, 2016 she was promoted to Director of Hosting, Cloud and DMS services. She began her current position in the Global Delivery & Assurance team in November 2017. Natasha earned an MBA degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri Kansas City. Natasha can be reached via email at Natasha.M.Clark@att.com.
At AT&T, we’re bringing it all together. We deliver advanced mobile services, next-generation TV, high-speed Internet and smart solutions for people and businesses. That’s why we’re investing to be a global leader in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications industry. Fast, highly secure and mobile connectivity — to everything on the Internet, everywhere, at every moment and on every device — is what drives us. It’s reflected in our mission: Connect people with their world, everywhere they live, work and play . . . and do it better than anyone else. We envision a world where everything and everyone work together. We envision a world that works for you.
Senior Director, Network Architecture – SDN, NFV, and Cloud
Bill’s technical expertise is in capacity management; service level management; and systems, network, and infrastructure architecture. He also has a strong background in Solaris- and Unix-based systems, as well as cloud systems architecture, virtualization and server systems architecture. He has extensive experience in multiple industries, including telecom, energy, retail, banking and finance, government and public sector and healthcare. Prior to CenturyLink, Bill was with Huawei, based in Shenzhen, China. At Huawei, he led the IoT, Smart City and Carrier IT initiatives, and was an early supporter of SDN and NFV efforts.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demands for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity, and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business. www.centurylink.com
President and CEO
A founding member of Clearfield, Inc., Cheri is considered a communications visionary. She was appointed Clearfield President and CEO in 2007 after having served as President of APA Enterprises’ subsidiary APA Cables & Networks. Under her direction, Clearfield has recorded 10 consecutive years of profitability and posted historic gains in both the market capitalization and shareholder equity. Under her leadership, Clearfield was named to the prestigious Forbes Annual List of America’s Best Small Companies in both 2013 and 2014.
Clearfield is the Fiber to the Anywhere company — with a Fiber to the Anywhere product platform. Rather than a pre-determined, scripted solution, “Solve for X” is the Clearfield promise of a product design methodology that addresses your unique requirements while providing the lowest total cost of ownership. Offering a stream-lined, practical approach when it comes to the distribution, consolidation, management and protection of fiber, Clearfield’s line of panels, frames and cabinets, optical components, and full range of fiber optic assemblies and patch cords are designed for scalable deployment, craft-friendly operation, and unsurpassed performance. Clearfield’s FieldShield fiber delivery system delivers a simple, fast fiber pathway through all points of the network to provide a total end-to-end solution. FieldShield pushable fiber, microduct, and Clearfield last mile drop technologies are saving the provider time and money with labor lite designs that reduce labor and skill at installation and at the pre-engineering stage. www.SeeClearfield.com
Robert J. Whitman
Vice President, Global Market Development, Carrier Networks
Corning Optical Communications
Bob is responsible for global Carrier Networks Market Development to include strategy and execution of Corning’s Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH), Fiber Deep, Inside Plant, and other Carrier network applications. Active for 15 years promoting optical fiber networks through education and public policy, Bob has developed commercial and technical expertise in all aspects of optical communications. He is one of the three founding individuals of the FTTH Council NA. Previously, Bob was Director for Global FTTH Program Management, and has held a variety of Engineering, Marketing ,and Market Development positions. Prior to joining Corning in 1997, Bob served as a Nuclear Power Engineering Officer in the US Navy.
Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, we have applied our unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Our Optical Communications division delivers connectivity to every edge of the network, from optical fiber, cable, hardware & equipment to fully-optimized solutions for high-speed communications networks. Visit us at www.corning.com/opcomm.
President and Founder
Chris has more than 20 years of telecom engineering experience, and has a passion for powering things. He was instrumental with one of the very first IPTV-over-copper deployments in the US. He was also the 1st MEF CECP engineer in Oklahoma. He holds multiple patents and continues to create innovative ways to power network devices, including the award-winning Voltar solar UPS. He lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with his wife Paige and 2 Westies. Email: email@example.com
ESPi builds the best UPS solutions on the planet! We lower your company’s operating expenses for battery backup with reliable products that help minimize truck rolls. Today, ESPi manufactures the most reliable and cost-effective FTTH UPS available in the world. ESPi leads the industry with its next-generation UPS solutions that address the real-world challenges that face telecom managers. ESPi’s battery management systems address what technicians want: easy installation, safety, minimal truck rolls, and reliability. Telco customers’ needs are also addressed: invisibility, safety, and reliability during a power outage, make ESPi the most reliable option today. The legacy continues with the VOLTAR Off Grid Solar Solutions that use the most efficient solar charge controller available. Whether you need to power a single family or MDU ONT, wireless radio or camera, ESPi is your best choice. Visit us at www.espicorp.com.
Director of Network Planning
Christopher creates network standards for ISP and OSP Engineering. He is currently based out of Allen, Texas. Previously, Christopher worked as Director of Video and Network Engineering. He graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering.
Frontier Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: FTR) is a Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing communications products and services to urban, suburban, and rural communities, in 29 states. Frontier offers a variety of services to residential customers over its fiber optic and copper networks, including video, high-speed Internet, advanced voice, and Frontier Secure® digital protection solutions. Business Edge™ offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses. More information about Frontier is available at www.frontier.com.
Broadband Operations Manager
Rob is the Broadband Operations Manager at Norvado, located in Northwestern Wisconsin, where he has worked since 1998. He spent 7 years prior to that with Nortel in the transport, switching and cellular markets earning him 27 years in the telecommunications industry with extensive experience in network engineering and designing of wireline, wireless, cellular, IPTV and broadband networks. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located in Cable, Wisconsin, Norvado is the local, hometown telecommunications provider to over 8,000 subscribers in Bayfield, Douglas, Sawyer, and Ashland counties in Northwestern Wisconsin. In the summer of 2014, Norvado completed its Fiber-to-the-Home project, allowing for the delivery of gigabit broadband speeds to most subscribers. This made Norvado one of the limited number of companies in Wisconsin able to offer this type of speed to customers. Norvado’s state-of-the-art fiber optic network allows for many beneficial offerings for all of Norvado’s customers, including hosted PBX, home and business automation, as well as telephone and television offerings. Norvado prides itself on offering broadband services similar to those found in larger cities, allowing customers the freedom to live in the beautiful North Woods, but still be connected to the rest of the world at the touch of a button. www.norvado.com
Vice President of Field Services
Andrew joined TDS Telecom in 1989. Today, he has responsibility for the entire Field Services team. Under his leadership, this team provides timely service installations for consumer and commercial customers. This team also conducts routine preventative maintenance, including testing the integrity of the inside and outside plant networks to ensure ongoing availability of Internet, video and voice services. This team is also responsible for repairing outages caused by natural disaster, equipment failure, or damaged network facilities.
TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom/TDS®) is the seventh largest local exchange telephone company in the U.S. TDS is a growing force in the cable industry and operates BendBroadband, which is part of TDS Broadband Service LLC. For residential customers, TDS deploys up to 1Gig Internet access, IPTV service, cable TV options, and traditional wireline services. The company offers businesses advanced communications solutions, including: VoIP (managedIP Hosted voice), high-speed Internet, fiber optics, data networking, and hosted-managed services. TDS Telecom provides 1.2 million connections to high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in nearly 900 rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. The company employs more than 2,800 people. TDS Telecom is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., [NYSE: TDS], a Fortune 1000® company which provides wireless; cable and wireline broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately six million customers nationwide. Visit tdstelecom.com or tdsbusiness.com.
Vice President, Network Engineering
Andrea is responsible for the planning, engineering, building and performance of Verizon’s voice and data networks, including its growing 4G LTE Advanced network and emerging 5G Network. Prior to her current role, Caldini was VP of Engineering and Network Assurance for Verizon’s southern markets. She also served as a Director in planning for SDNs, NFV, and orchestration for Verizon’s Global transformation to virtualization. Her international work, which includes 5 years in Switzerland, involved coordination with European wireless carriers as well as consulting on technology solutions in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, and the Baltics. She has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Tampa and an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Caldini’s career at Verizon began in 2003 and has involved a wide variety of responsibilities including product development, network implementation, planning, project management and operations. Prior to her current role, Caldini was Vice President of Engineering and Network Assurance for Verizon’s southern markets, responsible for planning, designing and operations of Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. Caldini also served as a Director in planning for Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and orchestration for Verizon’s Global transformation to virtualization.
Caldini’s career has involved international experience, having spent five years in Switzerland in various technical leadership roles. Her international work involved coordination with European wireless carriers as well as consulting on technology solutions in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and the Baltics
Caldini has a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from the University of Tampa and an MS from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Verizon, headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900, and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.
Senior Director – Transport Standards
Jeff is responsible for the standards and integrity of the Windstream transport network. His organization is responsible for establishing the engineering equipment standards and roadmap, the provisioning of layer 1 and 2 infrastructure, and ensuring the continuing reliability and integrity of the Windstream transport network. Jeff has over 20 years of telecommunications experience, both ILEC and CLEC, predominantly focused on architecture, test and certification, planning and engineering. Jeff can be contacted via email at Jeff.Jockman@windstream.com.
Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations and wholesale customers across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to small business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. www.windstream.com