Speaker Schedule

Ashok Venkatraman

Vice President, Strategic Business Development, AppFusions


Ashok Venkatraman is Vice President, Strategic Business Development at AppFusions, leading enterprise-scale digital transformation solutions, including ones that leverage blockchain for clients in financial services, logistics, distribution and other major industries. Ashok is a market-driven strategic leader with expertise in steering strategy for customer-centric, next-generation digital solutions. Previously, Ashok has served in multiple high growth business units as general manager and head of technology for Mastercard products, platforms and APIs. Mr. Venkatraman holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University.


Max Mancini

Executive VP, Digital Worker Ecosystem, Automation Anywhere

Automation Anywhere

Max Mancini is Executive Vice President of the Digital Worker Ecosystem at Automation Anywhere, where he leads the company’s efforts to build a thriving ecosystem of developers, bots and digital workers. He believes that the bot platform, and the ecosystem that supports it, enable innovation and opportunity for Automation Anywhere’s entire community of developers, channel partners and customers. Prior to joining Automation Anywhere, Max ran the $500 million Ecosystem business at Atlassian and retail eCommerce engineering at Apple. He also helped scale the developers program and mobile commerce business at eBay. While at eBay, he also launched their classifieds business, Kijiji, as the head of product and engineering and built their Disruptive Innovation team. He has been in various product, engineering and executive management roles in startups including Aha Mobile (acquired by Harman/Samsung), ConsumerReview, and PointCast. Max is a combat veteran and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves.


Andy Abramson (Judge)

CEO, Founder, Comunicano, Inc.

Comunicano, Inc.

Andy Abramson is the founder of Comunicano, Inc., a full-service value creation communications agency, servicing start-ups, companies in transition and established brands with regard to marketing, advertising, public relations, promotion, events and reputation management.

Comunicano operates globally as a virtual company, with its headquarters in Del Mar, CA. Founded in 1992, since 2000 the company has participated in the exit or IPO’s of 32 companies in the mobile, telecom or IT infrastructure sectors or related industries. The acquiring parties of some of the companies include Google, Yahoo, Nokia, Cisco, Symantec, Computer Associates, IBM, Citrix, Fidelity Investments and Logitech as well as supporting Accredited Home Lenders, Magor, Boingo and Vringo up to their public offerings.

A veteran of the marketing and public relations industry with over 39 years of experience in all facets of marketing and corporate communications, Andy started his career in the marketing department of a professional sports team at age 14 and has been at it ever since. Since then he has held a series of front line marketing and communications managerial roles with three professional teams including the Philadelphia Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Denver Nuggets, followed by roles in senior account management within the Foote, Cone and Belding/Impact and guiding the public relations and sports marketing for The Upper Deck Company, before founding Comunicano in 1992.

Often quoted both in the consumer and technology industry press, since 2003 Andy has authored VoIPWatch (http://www.andyabramson.com), a leading industry blog focused on mobile, video, voice, collaboration and over the top technology while also serving as the technology correspondent for the syndicated radio program, Business Rockstars, whose flagship station is KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, CA while also serving as a member of the board of advisors of multiple startups around the world.


Ken Lienemann

Chief Revenue Officer, CoreDial


As chief revenue officer at CoreDial, Ken is responsible for leading channel recruitment initiatives as well as channel on-boarding, training, support, and success. With a deep background in marketing, sales, and service, Ken brings more than 20 years of experience to the position having previously worked for telecom and software companies ranging from start-ups and early stage IPOs to Fortune 500 enterprises. He has helped establish CoreDial as a leading provider of cloud communications services that drives channel success through a unique business model, empowering partners to deliver high-value, margin-rich communications solutions to more than 23,000 businesses with 320,000 seats nationwide. Prior to joining CoreDial, Ken served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Tangoe, a $200M+ public SaaS company. There he built a global marketing organization including product marketing, demand generation and marketing communications teams. Before Tangoe, he was Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Service at Rivermine, a telecom expense management company that specializes in managing voice, data, and wireless telecom expenses. Ken holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from West Virginia University.


Dr. Donald Robinson

CEO, Craxel


Dr. Donald Robinson serves as the CEO of Craxel Inc. which has created the highest performance and most secure distributed ledger technology. Based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC, Craxel is transforming business operations with usable and secure distributed ledgers. Previously, as the CTO for General Dynamics IT - Defense, he led the development of technical solutions that won over $4B of next generation IT programs in his last 2 years. Dr. Robinson focused on complex mission critical IT solutions in the national security, intelligence, and other government services. Dr. Robinson has worked on missile defense, cyber operations systems, radar and sensor systems, space systems, battle management command and control, and UAV systems. Each of these projects involved direct advocacy to the Pentagon, international governments, and Congressional stakeholders.Dr. Robinson holds (5) B.S. degrees in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Management Economics, and Applied Mathematics from Hampden-Sydney College, a M.S. degree in Statistics specializing in data mining and artificial intelligence systems. and a PhD in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia focused on large scale computational statistics. He also attended Oxford University and executive programs at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of business. Dr. Robinson is also an instructor at Caltech in cybersecurity. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP).


David Duffett

Community Director, Asterisk & FreePBX, Digium, A Sangoma Company

Digium, A Sangoma Company

David is a Published Author, Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker (requested by name by conference organisers in the US and UK).David excels at communicating technical subjects and issues to audiences of varying levels of technical understanding and his experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically.He currently serves as the Worldwide Community Director for the Asterisk and FreePBX projects (with Digium - A Sangoma Company) and delivers Asterisk training in many parts of the world. He had been known to indulge in the occasional provision of custom solutions, and Asterisk-based consultancy and support too.In addition to many web articles, Davids publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professionals Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (OReilly).David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event, where David also initiated an Asterisk-based contest several years ago, and has been a frequent speaker and MC) and Asterisk World (at ITEXPO). He has chaired AsterConference Asia, and has presented at ITEXPO (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.


Steve Jakab

Sales Engineer, Digium, A Sangoma Company

Digium, A Sangoma Company

Steve is a Channel Sales Engineer with a concentration on the Switchvox business phone system. He has been with Digium for 10 years and has over 20 years of telecommunication experience. He conducts product training and assists resellers with system designs and proof concepts. He has a BSEE from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN.


Diane Chaleff

G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO, Google Cloud

Google Cloud

Diane is the G Suite Lead for Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, focusing on building strategic relationships with the world’s top Enterprises to foster collaboration at work.Diane comes from the Google Drive team, where she led the development of Team Drives, a complete rewrite of Drive including the back-end API, and front-end to scale Drive for the needs of our largest customers. She also led the acquisition of Synergyse (now branded as G Suite Training) to provide contextual product support. Previously, Diane worked for AppNexus and Applied Predictive Technologies.Diane attended Lehigh University where she earned degrees in Information Systems & Engineering and Business. Outside of work, she volunteers with Minds Matter to help low income students prepare for the SAT (college entrance exam), and enjoys running, climbing, and skiing.


Dr. Ben Amaba

Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) for Industrial Sector, Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM


Dr. Ben Amaba holds a PhD. degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering, a M.B.A./M.S. degree in Engineering and Operations, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering. Dr. Amaba is a registered and licensed Professional Engineer in several states with International Registry; certified in Production, Operations, and Inventory Management by APICS ®; LEED® Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design); and certified in Corporate Strategy by Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is responsible for industrial manufacturing, infrastructure and logistics solutions. Dr. Amaba is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Industrial Sector – North America for the IBM Watson and Cloud Division. Dr. Amaba’s focus and interest is in artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotic process automation (RPA), software engineering, data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud technology.Dr. Amaba holds a copyright for Process Activity Flow Framework®, the foundation for IBM’s Business Driven Development framework for requirements, design, architecture, simulation, and application development techniques. Dr. Amaba has been a keynote in major professional and industry conferences around the world for the past 30 years, is prominently featured in “Giving 2.0,” by Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen with Stanford Business School, which details contributions to bolster and promote STEM education and careers, and is an Alexis de Tocqueville Society/United Way Member, which recognizes local philanthropic leaders. Dr. Amaba holds positions as Industry Council Advisor to Project Production Institute, Board of Director of Whoop Wireless Corporation, UCX Corporation, and RANCS Group LLC, Executive Board Member of Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE) and Editorial Board Member to IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) IT Professionals, Founding member to the Institute of Advanced Systems Engineering, Founding member to the Center of Advanced Supply Chain Management, Editorial Board of The Open Cybernetics and Systemics Journal, and Executive Advisory Board Member to the University of Miami, University of Houston, and University of Central Florida.


Susan Elder

Sr. Director of Marketing, Jenne, Inc.

Jenne, Inc.

Susan Elder joined Jenne, Inc., a value-added distributor of technology products and solutions focusing on unified communications and collaboration, data networking, video conferencing, physical security, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Cloud, in 2012 after 20+ years of experience in marketing and corporate communications positions for leading companies and organizations. At Jenne, Inc., Elder leads the company’s marketing function which provides marketing programs and services to the 180 technology manufacturers for which Jenne distributes products, as well as to its customers who are value-added resellers. Under her leadership, the company developed and launched Jenne Marketing Pro, a consultative marketing approach providing the company’s customers with marketing campaigns and consultation designed to help build their pipeline.Prior to joining Jenne, Elder served as the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross of Greater Cleveland where she drove major marketing and communications initiatives that enhanced the organization’s visibility and reputation in the region resulting in increased revenue and support. She was responsible for the delivery of the Red Cross’ health and safety services programs across the region, including sales, customer service, logistics and certified instructors. Prior to the Red Cross, Elder spent 10 years with Invacare Corporation, a publicly-held International Fortune 500 company that manufactures and distributes medical products. She was responsible for building Invacare’s corporate marketing function, including advertising, brand reputation management, co-op programs, graphic design, merchandising, public relations, trade shows and special events, and the website. She also served as the company’s chief spokesperson during her entire tenure.Elder’s expertise extends to branding, media relations, inbound marketing, inbound sales, investor relations, market research and social media. She has received numerous marketing and communications awards, including the SoMe Impact Award at the Midwest Social Media Summit for the social media program she developed for Jenne, as well as the Distinguished Marketing and Sales Award from the Sales and Marketing Executives of Cleveland. She has been named numerous times to the Women of the Channel list published by The Channel Company’s CRN publication, including most recently for 2018. She has served on CompTIA’s Distributor Advisory Council and currently serves on the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County.


Fred Posner

Consultant, LOD.com


After working with solutions such as Acme Packet, Broadsoft, Cisco, and others, Fred discovered Asterisk and quickly embraced open source software in telecommunication. A large (yes, it’s a fat joke) proponent of Asterisk and Kamailio, Fred currently provides Kamailio / VoIP consultation services through LOD.com and The Palner Group, Inc. In 2010, Fred and his wife opened a bakery in Florida. When not working on SIP, hes baking bread.


Michael Price

Founder, MarketUS, LLC.

MarketUS, LLC.

Since MarketUS® was founded in 1986, it has aided companies in obtaining over $50 billion in GSA Schedule business. After signing their first client, Dell Computer, in 1986, the company has represented some of the top names in the industry, including Voneto, CTC Supply, PL Custom, List Industries, Airbus, InFocus, Yahoo, EDS, Jabra, Ameritech, Hyundai, TRW, Total Gym, Fire-Dex and Harvard Business School. MarketUS® is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)


Gary Davis

Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee


Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice.He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, South by Southwest, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University.Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and several more.During his 9+ years at McAfee, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education.


Preston McNair

Vice President of Sales, Americas, Sangoma


Preston McNair joined Sangoma in late 2014, since then he has been responsible for driving Sangomas Carrier, Enterprise, OEM and channel sales across the Americas. Preston came to Sangoma from a prior acquisition, where he was VP of Sales and Marketing primarily responsible for the FreePBX and SIPStation products. He now is responsible for the entire range of products and solutions offered by Sangoma across the Americas. Sangoma is a trusted leader in value-based Unified Communications (UC) and UC as a Service (UCaaS) solutions. Sangomas Voice over IP offerings include on-premises and cloud-based phone systems, SIP trunking services, and telephony hardware. Sangomas products and services are used in leading PBX, IVR, contact center, carrier networks, and data communication applications worldwide. Sangoma is the primary developer and sponsor of the Asterisk project, the worlds most widely used open source communications software, and the FreePBX project, the worlds most widely used open source PBX software.


Akshay Sharma (Judge)

, Tech Analyst

Tech Analyst

Akshay Sharma is a tech analyst, having authored or co-authored over 280 research notes, on emerging technologies like SD-WAN, 5G, mobile video, cloud CDN, etc. in the past decade. A frequent speaker at tech events, he is often quoted in leading institutions like CNN, Wall St. Journal, etc. He is a former CTO of one of the first video/WiFi smartphone firms and an entrepreneur in the tech sector, having worked for firms that are now part of leading firms like Intel, IBM, Ericsson, and Gartner.


Alan Percy

Senior Director of Product Marketing, TelcoBridges


Alan is the Senior Director of Product Marketing at TelcoBridges, with responsibility for the global marketing efforts for FreeSBC, the innovative software-based Session Border Controller from TelcoBridges. Offered as a no-cost download, FreeSBC and the optional paid services and extensions offer a unique business model that better fits the emerging cloud communications application markets. Mr. Percy is also a frequent industry speaker and contributes to a number of industry journals, podcasts, webcasts and blogs covering a range of communications and technology adoption topics.


Allison Smith

CEO/ Telephone Voice Talent, The IVR Voice.com

The IVR Voice.com

Allison Smith is an internationally-recognized professional voice talent, and one of the top telephone voices working today. Allison has voiced platforms for Cisco, Mitel, Vonage, Bell Canada, Cincinnati Bell, Sprint, Cingular, Verizon, and is voice of the Asterisk Open Source PBX, FreeSWITCH, and Sangoma. Clients include Marriot Hotels, 3M, Pfizer, Toyota, Victoria’s Secret, Bank of America and EBay among many others. www.theivrvoice.com, @voicegal


Rahul Vijay

Head of Tech Sourcing, Uber


Manages tech deals @ Uber. Board advisor, global keynote speaker and mentor. His team helps make outside technologies a competitive advantage to Uber. Heading global mobility, IoT, wireless, messaging, voice, network, telecom, data center, cloud, contact center & connectivity strategic sourcing, relationships and spend at worlds most valuable private company.


Rodrigo Cuadra




Jose Antonio Montes

Networking Engineer, VitalPBX



Corey McFadden

Founder & President, Voneto


Corey McFadden is the founder and President of Voneto LLC, a communication solutions firm that ranks among the top national IP telephony integrators. He brings over 19 years of industry experience to Voneto with a unique background that includes experience in call center operations, field-consulting, project management, IP telephony, and software development. Corey has been a featured lecturer at numerous business conferences, published articles on business and technology, and been the subject of a television program profiling visionary businesspeople in Pennsylvania.


Diego Gosmar



Diego Gosmar, a Telco-Innovation passionate, has more than 18 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry. He started to work on one of the first Voice over IP H.323 technologies in the early 1997 Telecom Italia Labs when he was completing the University studies. In 1998 he moved in Omnitel (now Vodafone) where he lead some strategic projects for the early GPRS and UMTS vendor selection. He worked in Atlanet (Telefonica Data company) from 1999 to 2004, where he managed the IP Network planning.In 2007 Diego joined Xenialab as co-Founder. Together with a team of passionate VoIP experts, he worked on Asterisk to launch a flagship software solution for the global Contact (Call) Center market called xCALLY. Starting from 2013 Diego has been driving the XCALLY international expansion as Xenialab CEO, covering now more than 45 countries worldwide.Diego is dCAP and ITIL certified: he is involved in the Astricon conferences since many years. He is also co-authors of the first Italian book about Asterisk, and passionate evangelists about Open Source VoIP technologies:http://www.apogeonline.com/libri/9788850327423/schedaDiego’s leitmotiv is: “Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.”


Giuseppe Innamorato



Giuseppe started to work in the Telecommunication market as a technician of telephone exchanges in Telecom Italia in 1980, following the digital evolution until 1984.Subsequently, he participated in the first Unix network deployment (1984-1988).In 1988 he was hired as a manager at the Olivetti training center. After a few years, Giuseppe moved to the Olivetti Ambrasoft subsidiary, following research projects in the international arena from the Brussels HQ.After the Ambrasoft experience, Giuseppe founded Archesis (1994) and made his first CRM systems within the WEB and CTI.In 2000 he was involved in the creation of the first Italian VoIP operator.In 2005 he founded, along with Diego Gosmar, Wildix, a VoIP hardware manufacturer which soon reached many distributors and resellers all across Europe.Giuseppe has been actively working in the Open Source Asterisk community, contributing in many topics, ranging from WebRTC Respoke GitHub updates and special asterisk optimization for customer care environments.He is also co-authors of the first Italian book about Asterisk, and passionate evangelists about Open Source VoIP technologies:http://www.apogeonline.com/libri/9788850327423/schedaIn 2007 returns to the origins and Telecommunications software, thus - after winning a prize for the best business plan in the field of telecommunications - he founded (always with Diego Gosmar) Xenialab SrL, start up within the Polytechnic of Turin with the roles of CTO and senior strategic partner.The passion for technology, skills and company management are the basis for determining the development and success of the XCALLY product.