How Does the Convergence of Technologies (CBRS, Wi-Fi, LTE, etc.) Affect Product & Network Design?

Thad Lowe, General Manager, Ventev and Chief Technology Officer, Tessco
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Moderator

Thad Lowe joined Tessco in 2020 and currently holds a dual role as the General Manager of the Ventev business and Chief Technology Officer of Tessco. Thad brings 25 years of industry experience to Tessco, where he plays an essential role in developing technology and business strategies to create value for the customer. Previously, Thad held various leadership positions, including his role at Airspan Networks as Head of Small Cell Solutions and Development and at Samsung Electronics America, where he served in multiple roles, including Vice President of Technology Solutions & Support and Vice President of Engineering and Network Services.

Dennis Burrell, Senior Product Manager, Ventev
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Panelist

Dennis Burrell is a Senior Product Manager with Ventev and has over 25 years of industry experience. He is responsible for developing Ventev’s antenna and RF portfolio of products. Dennis has worked on numerous high-profile Wi-Fi designs focusing on aesthetically pleasing and concealed antenna solutions that have garnered recognition within the industry and are the genesis for numerous patents, of which he holds 13. He is an avid college football fan and has attended numerous National Championship games. 

Samuel Clements, Engineering Director, Presidio
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Samuel Clements is a technology practice manager for a large VAR in the states. He is generally passionate about all things technology related but particularly focuses on networking without wires attached. From Wi-Fi to licensed frequency technologies, he enjoys living and breathing all things wireless related to build solutions and fix problems. He sits on the CCIE Advisory Board as well as the CWNE Board and has contributed to several learning programs including Cisco press books. He co-founded the Wi-Fi Professionals slack group and regularly speaks at industry conferences. You can find him on twitter at @samuel_clements or where he blogs over at http://www.sc-wifi.com/ . 

Chuck Lukaszewski, Vice President and Chief Wireless Technologist, Aruba
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Chuck Lukaszewski is Vice President and Chief Wireless Technologist at Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. His responsibilities include driving roadmap and vision around future wireless products and services and leading the team that represents HPE in various wireless standards bodies and spectrum regulatory fora. Chuck has been engineering and deploying large-scale managed Wi-Fi networks for over 16 years. He has built Wi-Fi systems in countries around the world for customers in healthcare, retail, air transport, intermodal cargo, manufacturing, and both K-12 and higher education. He has served as chief engineer on multiple high-density arena and stadium networks, including two Super Bowls. 

Chuck joined Aruba in 2007, where he led the company’s global Customer Engineering team for six years before joining the CTO organization in 2013. Prior to joining Aruba, Chuck served in a variety of technical leadership roles at inCode Wireless, BellSouth Dataserv, and several internet start-ups. He holds several hardware and software patents related to wireless networks and is the author of six books and design guides, including Very High Density 802.11ac Networks and Outdoor MIMO Wireless Networks. 

What’s in Your Bag?: Tools & Training

Keith Parsons, Managing Director, Wireless LAN Professionals, Inc.
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Keith Parsons is the Managing Director of the Wireless LAN Professionals, Inc. Keith holds 68 technical certifications (nine wireless) and has earned an MBA from the Marriott School of Management. He is author (or editor) of 30+ technical publications and has developed seven technical industry and vendor certifications. 
 
Mr. Parsons presents for a variety of technical conferences on subjects including Wireless LAN and Network Security/Penetration Testing. He travels throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on behalf of a wide variety of IT vendors, explaining their products to networking professionals. 
 
Keith has been on the CWNP and CWNE Advisory Boards and is CWNE #3. He is currently on the Wireless LAN Association Executive Committee. For the past 17 years Mr. Parsons has focused on Wireless LANs, both in providing high-quality customized training as well as WLAN design and consulting services with a variety of global corporations.

Rowell Dionicio, Managing Director, Packet6
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Rowell Dionicio, CWNE #210, is the founder of Packet6, which specializes in reliable, simple, and seamless Wi-Fi. He’s also the co-host of Clear to Send, a wireless network engineering podcast. 

 

Tauni Odia, Director of Product Marketing and Training, Ekahau
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Tauni Odia is the Director of Product Marketing and Training at Ekahau. She is responsible for Ekahau’s product marketing and ECSE training programs. In her role, she leads the marketing direction and strategic vision for Ekahau’s product and solution set. In addition, she leads ECSE, a global industry-leading certification program. Prior to her role at Ekahau, Tauni was an integral part of the vision and strategy of marketing and channel programs at Ventev. Tauni is a Wi-Fi enthusiast, podcaster, and co-founder of The Wi-Fi Awards. Tauni holds CWNA and CWSP, along with Ekahau (ECSE) certifications in design and troubleshooting. She is currently pursuing her CWNE. 

 

François Vergès, Wireless Network Engineer & Owner, SemFio Networks Inc.
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François grew up in France where he studied at one of the top computer engineering schools specializing in network and telecommunication. He moved to Canada at the end of his studies and began work as a network engineer. He quickly found a passion for Wi-Fi networks leading him to study the technology and follow the current market. 

As a passionate Wi-Fi Network Engineer, François is the owner of SemFio Networks and is CWNE #180. He focuses 100 percent of his time on designing, deploying, troubleshooting, and teaching Wi-Fi. He also co-hosts the Clear to Send podcast show. 

Ventev Antenna Design

Dennis Burrell, Senior Product Manager, Ventev
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Presenter

Dennis Burrell is a Senior Product Manager with Ventev and has over 25 years of industry experience. He is responsible for developing Ventev’s antenna and RF portfolio of products. Dennis has worked on numerous high-profile Wi-Fi designs focusing on aesthetically pleasing and concealed antenna solutions that have garnered recognition within the industry and are the genesis for numerous patents, of which he holds 13. He is an avid college football fan and has attended numerous National Championship games. 

6GHz Technical RF Deep Dive – What We Know So Far

Kerry Kulp, Partner, Velaspan
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Kerry is a founding partner of Velaspan. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, implementing, and supporting wireless LANs across varied industries including healthcare, education, enterprise, and government. 

In addition to his executive leadership role, Kerry still maintains multiple industry technical certifications and specializations. His expertise in WLAN, security, and network infrastructure has been leveraged by some of the leading companies in the nation. Prior to forming Velaspan, Kerry was Senior Director of Wireless Systems at a mobility solutions company from 2000 to 2004. 

Dave Benham, Practice Director, Mobility, Presidio
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Dave earned his ham radio license when he was eight years old and has been passionate about RF and building antennas ever since.  Dave worked professionally in the Wi-Fi industry for over 20 years, currently as a Mobility Practice Director for a large VAR in the U.S. Dave is responsible for designing Wi-Fi networks, troubleshooting RF problems, overseeing large deployments, enabling the engineering team, and influencing product decisions. He is also an Ekahau Wi-Fi Master and enjoys participating as a delegate for Mobility Field Day and other industry events.

Dennis Burrell, Senior Product Manager, Ventev
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Dennis Burrell is a Senior Product Manager with Ventev and has over 25 years of industry experience. He is responsible for developing Ventev’s antenna and RF portfolio of products. Dennis has worked on numerous high-profile Wi-Fi designs focusing on aesthetically pleasing and concealed antenna solutions that have garnered recognition within the industry and are the genesis for numerous patents, of which he holds 13. He is an avid college football fan and has attended numerous National Championship games. 

Christopher Reed, Principal Consultant, Verizon
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Chris Reed is a Principal Consultant under the Verizon Intelligent Networking Professional Services group. Chris has experience with Wi-Fi and wired design, with deployments in NFL stadiums, college football, racetracks, K-12, higher ed, and healthcare. 
 
Chris has been passionate about Wi-Fi throughout his 12 years in the wireless industry, starting as a field engineer and working up to lead network engineer for a national professional services organization prior to coming to Verizon. His wireless certifications include CWNA and CWSP, ECSE Design, ECSE Advanced, AWA, and numerous product specific certifications.