Wireless Leadership Summit 2021

Discover what’s next for private wireless

Experience the latest technological solutions and hear from industry trailblazers and leading experts.  Wireless Leadership 2021 is a two-day event for focused discussions about what’s next in wireless and how it will impact your business.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to Austin in November!

When: November 2 - 3, 2021

Where: Marriott Austin Downtown, Austin, Texas

Program

08:00AM - 06:00PM

Registration Open


02:00PM - 02:15PM

Welcome

EWA CEO Mark Crosby and Board Chairman Geno Vivano open the Summit!


Speakers

Mark Crosby, Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Geno Viviano, Chairman, EWA Board of Directors

02:15PM - 03:15PM

Regulatory and Policy Overview

EWA President Robin Cohen and Regulatory Counsel Liz Sachs discuss the top regulatory and policy issues impacting private land mobile radio operators and wireless vendors.

 


Speakers

Robin Cohen, President, Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Liz Sachs, Partner, Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs

03:15PM - 03:30PM

Break


03:30PM - 04:00PM

Lightning Round

Super-fast mini-sessions from Wireless Leadership Summit exhibitors. 


04:00PM - 04:30PM

New Services from EWA

Come hear about the latest services from EWA that can help your business beat the competition.


Speakers

Eric Hill, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Wireless Alliance

04:30PM - 05:30PM

Keynote--Wireless Security: The Possible, the Impossible, and What Lies Between

Todd Humphreys, director of the University of Texas at Austin Radionavigation Laboratory and associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics will address areas of interest to all of us in how cybersecurity threats can affect aviation.  

 


Speakers

Todd Humphreys, University of Texas at Austin
05:30PM - 07:30PM

Reception

Network with fellow attendees and visit our Summit exhibitors. 

 


08:30AM - 09:45AM

Rethinking Our Response to Industry Cyberthreats

Over the past year, cyberthreats to industrial control systems have been on the rise—from the Florida drinking water hack to the Colonial Pipeline incident. This is happening at the same time that other systems, including the electric grid and manufacturing, are facing new threats. What can EWA members do to defend against and respond to cyberthreats to America’s critical infrastructure?

 


Speakers

F. H. "Rick" Smith, moderator

Ziad Habayeb, RF Engineer, Chevron

Jeremy Wilson, Multi-Factor Authentication Statewide Program Manager, State of Texas Department of Resources

09:45AM - 11:15AM

It’s Time to Up Your Digital Marketing Game

In 2020, out of competitive necessity, many dealers expanded their commitment to digital marketing.  Now that we’re in a changed sales and marketing environment, what digital marketing initiatives should you expand, and which are better left behind?  How will you integrate your online efforts with your in-person client interactions in new ways? 


11:15AM - 11:30AM

Break


11:30AM - 12:30PM

The New Challenges for In-Building and DAS Buildouts

You have the right technology partners and a crack design and installation team. But there are new competitors in the in-building communications system space. Plus, it’s increasingly difficult to get the right sales message to the ultimate decision maker. Success can depend on forging new partnerships and getting creative with your sales methods. 

 


Speakers

John Foley, Safer Buildings Coalition

12:30PM - 01:30PM

Networking Lunch


01:30PM - 03:30PM

Exclusive Exhibit Session

This is your opportunity to visit one-on-one and network with exhibitors.


03:30PM - 04:30PM

Closing the Skills Gap and Creating a New Kind of Workforce

Hiring and retaining employees has become a highly competitive Wild West. How do you keep the employees you’ve worked so hard to recruit and train? Where can you uncover untapped talent and bridge the gap to provide them with the skills to transform them to a stellar employee? A roundtable of EWA members will lead what will be lively discussion on what’s not working and what to try next.

 


04:30PM - 05:30PM

Unlocking the Value in Private Wireless Broadband

These networks are poised for rapid expansion in the U.S. market. Once you obtain the spectrum, you’ll still need robust strategies to uncover client opportunities and move past obstacles in design, deployment.  Beyond the technology, you’ll also need the right personnel to ensure your long-term success.

 


05:30PM - 07:00PM

Reception


Speakers

Speakers
Rick Burke
Televate LLC

Rick Burke


Televate LLC
Managing Partner
Rick Burke is a co-founder and Partner at Televate LLC, a Vienna, VA-based consultancy specializing in mission critical narrowband and broadband communication systems and information technology solutions for the public safety, and the critical infrastructure and common carrier industries. With over 40 years of experience in wireless telecommunications and information technology, Rick has extensive strategic planning, system engineering, system procurement, construction and implementation, along with hands-on operational experience with land mobile radio, broadband wireless, commercial cellular, and other voice and data networks, applications and solutions.

Robin Cohen
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Robin Cohen


Enterprise Wireless Alliance
President
Robin J. Cohen was appointed EWA’s President in 2021. The promotion enhances her participatory role within the EWA organization and industry following her demonstrated leadership on key spectrum access and implementation projects. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Cohen served as EWA’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. In that role, her responsibilities included managing EWA’s spectrum management operations, integrating the delivery of new spectrum capacity within the Alliance’s automated capabilities, and participating in the development of EWA’s advocacy initiatives. An industry veteran, Ms. Cohen brings a deep understanding of the issues facing the wireless communications industry. Prior to joining EWA in 2016, Ms. Cohen spent more than 19 years at Sprint Corporation (now T-Mobile) and the last 11 years as Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Cohen was twice awarded Sprint’s Circle of Excellence Award for outstanding achievement.

Mark Crosby
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Mark Crosby


Enterprise Wireless Alliance
Chief Executive Officer
Mark E. Crosby is chief executive officer of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance, a national association representing the interests of business enterprises that rely on wireless communications systems, and those organizations that serve these licensees. Throughout his career, Mark has been an advocate for the efficient and effective use of spectrum dedicated for the use of business enterprises. Under his leadership, EWA has become recognized as a fierce defender of EWA-member spectrum rights, an advocate for responsible regulatory policy, and a trusted FCC-certified frequency advisory committee.

John Foley
Safer Buildings Coalition

John Foley


Safer Buildings Coalition
Managing Director
John Foley serves as Managing Director of the Safer Buildings Coalition. John serves the SBC mission through policy, regulation, and code development, by solidifying member services and value, and by establishing a strong operational and financial base as tools to propel SBC’s mission. 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 served as Capture Director for specialty construction firm Henkels and McCoy, a leading DAS Integrator. John also spent several years in television and video production services with PMTV, developing and managing complex video production projects including sports and corporate simulcasts and broadcasts. John participates on the TIA Smart Buildings Working Group and Public Safety Sub Group, and the Smart Cities Council/WIA City Networks Task Force.

Ziad Habayeb
Chevron

Ziad Habayeb


Chevron
RF Engineer
Ziad Habayeb is an experienced RF systems engineer with 19 years of significant, progressive expertise in Fortune 100 global companies, energy and petrochemicals, public safety, federal government contractors (NASA) and consulting organizations within the telecom and wireless industries. He currently serves as an RF engineer in the Chevron Industrial Design and Consulting group for both domestic and international assets. Prior to joining Chevron in 2014, he spent nine years as a Principal Systems Engineer for Motorola Solutions in their Public Safety division. He also worked for Johnson Space Center in the communications and tracking group supporting the International Space Station and the Space Shuttles. Prior roles include RF Engineer for Cellular One and Wireless Consulting Engineer for Marconi Wireless. Ziad is a member of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance Board of Directors and an alternate board member of the American Petroleum Institute (API) Telecom Technical Subcommittee.

Eric Hill
Enterprise Wireless Alliance

Eric Hill


Enterprise Wireless Alliance
Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations
Eric Hill has been in the wireless industry for over 30 years, supporting and directing operations for companies and trade associations in the U.S. and internationally. As Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance, Eric oversees new business development, information technology, accounting, and human resources. He has provided leadership in the development of EWA’s frequency coordination, spectrum management, and other software services and membership programs since joining EWA in 2008. Recent efforts have resulted in services like Cevo® and Cevo Go® that simplify the process of frequency coordination for private wireless spectrum licensees, in business opportunities like the Private Broadband Solutions program, and in professional development opportunities like the EWA member technician training initiative. Prior to EWA, Eric managed operations, industry relations, business development, and marketing in the cellular, satellite, and information systems industries, including VeriSign, GSM Association, Iridium, CTIA, and Cellular One, now AT&T Wireless.

Todd Humphreys
University of Texas at Austin

Todd Humphreys


University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor and Director, Radionavigation Laboratory
Dr. Todd Humphreys directs the University of Texas at Austin's Radionavigation Laboratory and is an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. Dr. Humphreys specializes in the application of optimal detection and estimation techniques to problems in satellite navigation, autonomous systems, and signal processing. His recent focus has been on assured perception for autonomous systems, including navigation, timing, and collision avoidance, and on centimeter-accurate location for the mass market. Considered one of the world’s experts on GPS technology and the security concerns that arise from its use, in 2012, Dr. Humphreys and researchers from the Radionavigation Laboratory took control of a flying drone by hacking into its GPS system—winning a $1,000 bet from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The point of the exercise was to demonstrate that a similar method of “spoofing” may have been used to bring down a U.S. drone in Iran in 2011. Dr. Humphreys is also on the graduate study committee of the UT Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG). He received the UT Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012, the NSF Career Award in 2015, the Institute of Navigation Thurlow Award in 2015, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE, via National Science Foundation) in 2019. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation. Dr. Humphreys joined the faculty of the Cockrell School of Engineering in Fall 2009.

Liz Sachs
Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs

Liz Sachs


Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez & Sachs
Partner
Liz Sachs is a partner at Lukas, LaFuria, Gutierrez and Sachs, LLP. She provides legal advice on regulatory and transactional matters involving telecommunications issues, with an emphasis on wireless services. She is Regulatory Counsel for the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (“EWA”), an organization representing the wireless interests of enterprise users, commercial operators and equipment suppliers. A frequent lecturer and writer on telecommunications issues, Ms. Sachs earned her J.D. degree from the Washington College of Law at American University. Prior to entering private practice, she was an attorney in Motorola's Washington, DC Government Relations Office

Jeremy Wilson
State of Texas

Jeremy Wilson


State of Texas
Multi-Factor Authentication Statewide Program Manager
Jeremy Wilson is the Multi-Factor Authentication Statewide Program Manager for the State of Texas Department of Information Resources and works in the Office of the Chief Information Security Office (OCISO). Jeremy oversees the new Texas MFA program, which is critical to protecting State resources from ongoing cybersecurity threats. In this role, he works closely with State leadership, State agencies, security service providers and higher Ed. Jeremy brings to this role over 23 years of experience in security and has served in various security, telecommunications and I.T. roles in the US Army, U.S. Army Reserve and the Texas Army National Guard. He continues his service in the military as a Major in the Reserves, assigned to the Cyber Operations Center at US Pacific Command. He holds a CISSP, CISM, CRISC and Security + Certifications.

Geno Viviano
Vivi International

Geno Viviano


Vivi International
President
Geno Viviano is President of Vivi International, a company focused on cybersecurity solutions, and brings more than 40 years of experience in land mobile radio communications to this role. Previously, he served as President and Chief Strategy Officer with Communications International. During his career, Mr. Viviano has held senior leadership positions with Harris (now L3Harris), Alcatel-Lucent, and Motorola Solutions. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Technician Training Schedule

EWA offers technician training through the Private Wireless Education Council, featuring ETA certification.

08:00AM - 04:00PM

Distributed Antenna Systems and BDAs, Day One

This two-day course is for anyone interested in learning the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support of in-building Distributed Antenna Systems. This course focuses on the application and optimization of active and passive BDAs used in today’s DAS systems. Students completing this course will better understand how DAS systems function, how they are designed, and why the design is critical to proper operation. Exposure to RF energy and related safety subjects will be addressed (detailed topics covered).

This course is made available by EWA’s Private Wireless Education Council and will feature instructors from IWA Technical Services Inc. Satisfactory completion of the course features ETA certification.


Instructors

speaker

Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETsr

President/Consulting Engineer
IWA Technical Services Inc.

Ira Wiesenfeld, PE, CETms(RF), is the president and principal engineer at IWA Technical Services Inc. (IWATSI), which provides engineering services and technical training in the land mobile radio (LMR) and paging industry. He has a BSEE from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; holds an FCC GROL; has an Extra Class amateur radio license (WA5GXP); and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is a lifetime senior member of IEEE. His experience includes broadcast engineering; LMR system design, installation, and maintenance; manufacturing; training on electronic and communications systems, including PIM and Antenna Line Sweep testing; utilization of communications service monitors; radio paging systems; and military communications systems.

Ira is Chairman of the Electronics Technicians Association-International and has played a pivotal role in the development of new certifications including the WCM, USMSS, FDR/LAS, GCT 1, GCT 2, GCT 3, RFIM, and PIM. He also was a major contributor in the development of the FCC GROL currently used today. Ira has authored and co-authored numerous books, and has also authored over 55 magazine articles on radio related technology and applications.

08:00AM - 04:00PM

Distributed Antenna Systems and BDAs, Day Two

This two-day course is for anyone interested in learning the fundamental theories, components, installation, maintenance and support of in-building Distributed Antenna Systems. This course focuses on the application and optimization of active and passive BDAs used in today’s DAS systems. Students completing this course will better understand how DAS systems function, how they are designed, and why the design is critical to proper operation. Exposure to RF energy and related safety subjects will be addressed (detailed topics covered).

This course is made available by EWA’s Private Wireless Education Council and will feature instructors from IWA Technical Services Inc. 


Instructors

speaker

Ira Wiesenfeld PE, CETsr

President/Consulting Engineer
IWA Technical Services Inc.

Ira Wiesenfeld, PE, CETms(RF), is the president and principal engineer at IWA Technical Services Inc. (IWATSI), which provides engineering services and technical training in the land mobile radio (LMR) and paging industry. He has a BSEE from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX; holds an FCC GROL; has an Extra Class amateur radio license (WA5GXP); and is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas. He is a lifetime senior member of IEEE. His experience includes broadcast engineering; LMR system design, installation, and maintenance; manufacturing; training on electronic and communications systems, including PIM and Antenna Line Sweep testing; utilization of communications service monitors; radio paging systems; and military communications systems.

Ira is Chairman of the Electronics Technicians Association-International and has played a pivotal role in the development of new certifications including the WCM, USMSS, FDR/LAS, GCT 1, GCT 2, GCT 3, RFIM, and PIM. He also was a major contributor in the development of the FCC GROL currently used today. Ira has authored and co-authored numerous books, and has also authored over 55 magazine articles on radio related technology and applications.


Marriott Austin Downtown

304 E. Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas 78701

512-457-1111
$179/night for Wireless Leadership Summit attendees
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Contact Conference Director Elaine Walsh at [email protected] or 520-620-0063.

Exhibitor Information

The Wireless Leadership Summit is their key event for executives and business owners in the private wireless industry to learn about new regulatory requirements, network with their fellow professionals, and discover new technologies in the exhibit hall.

Imagine having one-on-one conversations in a relaxed atmosphere with the business owners for the largest wireless system operators and service organizations in the U.S. That’s what the Wireless Leadership Summit delivers. 

Contact Conference Director Elaine Walsh at [email protected] or 520-620-0063 to select your exhibit space today.