Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2019

BROADBAND COMMUNITIES is the leading source of information on digital and broadband technologies for buildings and communities. Our editorial aims to accelerate the deployment of Fiber-To-The-Home and Fiber-To-The-Premises.

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42 BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2019 Show Guide Sponsor SPEAKERS Isak Finér Chief Marketing Officer COS Systems Finér is responsible for the sales and marketing of COS Service Zones, an innovative cloud-based solution for demand aggregation and analysis of the expected costs and revenues of fiber rollout in different zones. He previously worked with business development and sales management at a number of global companies, as well as with sales and market analysis. He holds an MSc in industrial engineering and management from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and has further academic experience in economics and entrepreneurship at Stanford University, the University of California Berkeley and Uppsala University, Sweden. Brad Finstad State Director of Minnesota USDA A fourth generation resident of the New Ulm, Minnesota, area, Brad Finstad is no stranger to rural America and the importance of continuing its prosperity. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in agriculture education with emphasis in rural leadership development, Finstad began his career in the human resources department for Christansen Family Farms, introducing him to "real people, the real world and agricultural production." From there, Finstad's career took him on a whirlwind of rural government, policy and legislative service spanning more than 20 years. After a brief role as area director with the Minnesota Farm Bureau, he served on the agriculture staff of Congressman Mark Kennedy, spent three terms representing District 21B in the Minnesota House of Representatives, and served as executive director of the Center for Rural Policy Research. Finstad has spent his career serving the interests of rural communities. Finstad shares his passions with wife Jaclyn, whom he proudly will tell you he first met on the school bus in second grade. Brad and Jaclyn have seven children. In partnership with extended family, they operate a family farm that has been around for generations. Dan Flemming Co-Founder Render Networks Formerly head of construction at NBN Co, Flemming has deep operational and leadership experience spanning construction and telecommunications, giving him a unique perspective on deployment management. As co-founder of Render Networks, a geospatial work management solution, he brings to life his vision of combining today's technologies with the power of automation to truly innovate the way large-scale networks are deployed and pivot the industry toward a digital future of network construction. Dave Frigen Chief Operating Officer Wabash Communications Frigen's career grew from an initial job as a hands-on combination technician to his current role as a profit-driven, future-focused executive. He is a resourceful, analytical business professional who drives technological advances and strategically manages processes in an ever-changing industry. As a fiscal manager, he has restructured budgets, internal controls, and accounts payable and conducted in-depth analyses of insurance coverage, unveiling multiple issues of inadequate coverage. He has hands-on operational experience in telephony, cellular and fixed wireless, internet services and cable television as well as in retail marketing, accounting, regulatory and legal issues, budget management and executive leadership. His experience in growing revenues has resulted in revitalized plant and business operations and allowed him to deliver a fiscally solvent entity outperforming prior years and yielding doubled subscriber numbers and positive cash flow. FEATURED SPEAKER

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