Broadband Communities

Show Guide 2018

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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BROADBAND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT 2018 45 Show Guide Sponsor Phil Emer Director of Technology Planning and Policy William and Ida Friday Institute for Education Innovation, North Carolina State University Emer has spent more than 25 years working at the intersections of information technology, research, academia and business. In the private sector, he worked as an engineer with IBM, as a technology executive with venture- backed Carolina Broadband, and with the nonprofit MCNC. In the public sector, he directed voice, video and data communications at North Carolina State University. At the Friday Institute, he has been a leader on the School Connectivity Initiative, the NC Education Cloud and the NC Digital Learning Plan. Currently, he serves on the board of the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina. He earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at Virginia Tech and an M.S. in computer engineering at North Carolina State University. Michael Faloon Chief Strategy Officer, CFA, FRM Neighborly At Neighborly, Faloon works to develop and deliver on the firm's vision and mission. He joined Neighborly from Standish Mellon Asset Management, where he served as COO of the $150 billion investment firm and was responsible for implementing Standish's sustainable fixed income philosophy and process. He was a member of the Green Bond Principles Executive Committee and is a board member of Our Katahdin (Maine), a community-based crowdsourcing platform. He is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and holds Financial Risk Manager certification. He has a master's degree in financial engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S.F. from Northeastern University and a B.S. from the University of Maine and holds the CFA® designation. Enrique Farfan COO Fontech Farfan is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Fontech, whose products and services are used to deliver Wi- Fi services in more than 20 million hotspots all over the world. He leads teams responsible for sales and marketing, product management, professional services and partnerships. His teams help service providers design, deploy and integrate Fontech solutions so they can deliver compelling Wi-Fi services to their customers. In his previous role at Fontech, Farfan headed the development and network teams in charge of taking Fontech products from concept to implementation. Farfan holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University. Eric Fichtner COO Symphony Technology Solutions, Inc. Fichtner has served as an executive in the communications and building systems technology fields for more than 30 years. Before joining Symphony, he served at Connexion Technologies as COO, CEO of Fusion Broadband, and executive vice president of Suntech Systems. A seasoned veteran with a proven track record , he specializes in building long-term, productive client relationships with Fortune 500 customers and in serving as the company technology subject matter expert. Fichtner and his wife, Jonni, care deeply about the plight of orphans, have fostered for more than 20 years, and have three "storebought" and three "homegrown" children.

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