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WEDNESDAY SESSIONS - April 27, 2022

T-Mobile Talk
Time:  9:45 AM
Location: Marina Ballroom (Main Stage)

Moderated by:
Brandon Braunlich, Senior Director, Network Engineering & Operations, T-Mobile

Panelists:
Darryl Hawkins, SVP, West Region, Regional Network Engineering & Operations, T-Mobile

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Developing Future Leaders in Telecom - Investing in Your People
Time:  11:00 AM
Location:  Conference Rooms Cardiff / Carlsbad
Sponsored by:  WWLF

Description:
We are in a period of historic investment in broadband infrastructure deployment.  Skilled telecom infrastructure labor, already in short supply in recent years, is at an all-time high in demand.  This panel of industry leaders will share their insights on overcoming the challenges of today’s workforce gap and inspiring and leading the workforce of the future.

Moderated by:
Kari Willis, Co-Founder and President, EFactor

Panelists:
Amanda Cahill, Sr. Director Business Development, Network Connex
Carrie Charles, CEO, Broadstaff
Lynn Whitcher, General Counsel, MD7
Stella Bezabeh, Network Real Estate PM - Venue/IB/DAS Solutions, Verizon

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Living on the Edge - Data Centers Technology
Time:  11:00 AM
Location:  Conference Rooms Balboa / Mission Hills
Sponsored by:  TowerCo

Description:
It’s well known that the data center industry is booming.  Do edge data centers share the same growth trajectory?  What are the unique challenges and opportunities facing the edge data center sector, and what makes a data center an edge data center?  Our panel of experts will detail the state of edge data centers, where edge data centers are going, how to get there, and more.

Moderator:
Rod de la Rosa, Senior Manager, T-Mobile

Panelists:
Kristen Sanderson, Director, Data Center Solutions, Accu-Tech
Doug Recker, President/Founder, EdgePresence
Ben Green, VP Sales, Network, CoreSite

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Morning Session: Speed Networking (Limited Spots, Registration Required)
Time:  11:00 AM
Location:  Miramar

Registration Info:
1) Visit app.speednetworking.com
2) Click "sign up" to create your login
3) When prompted, enter our private event key: WWSN22A (for morning)
4) Proceed to click "Register for Event" on the event homepage 

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Tower Hour
Time:  2:30 PM 
Location:  Marina Ballroom (Main Stage)
Sponsored by:  Skyway Towers

Description:
Come discuss the latest news and predictions by the industry’s top leaders

Moderated by:
Clayton Funk, Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey

Panelists:
Bob Paige, Executive Vice President of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Development, Vertical Bridge
Chris Maguire, CEO, NextEdge Networks
Matt Newton, CEO, Everest Infrastructure Partners

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State Address with SWAP Presidents
Time:  3:30 PM
Location:  Conference Rooms Balboa / Mission Hills

Description: 
Federal infrastructure money is starting to flow...what types of projects will be the focus (middle-mile fiber, fiber to the home, fixed wireless, undergrounding of utilities in high fire zones, etc. Discussion on legislation that has passed and/or pending legislation that could affect the industry.

Moderated by:
Sean Maddox, Vice President, Northwest, Synergy

Panelists:
Karla Richards, AZWA President & Program Manager - Site Acquisition Division, Tower Engineering Professionals
Scott Longhurst, CALWA President & Government Affairs Manager, Crown Castle
Amy Tollefson, NEVWA President & Wireless Telecom Professional
Jon Szeliga, COWA, Chief Sales Officer (CSO) at Engineering Wireless Services

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Wired West - All About That Fiber
Time:  3:30 PM
Location:  Conference Rooms Cardiff / Carlsbad
Sponsored by:  Vertical Bridge

Description:
Transport, backhaul, fiber… words increasingly spoken in the age of 5G wireless technology.  Once mostly relegated to “wireline” telecommunications discussions (or taken for granted in the wireless world), the importance of a high speed fiber backbone has never been more apparent.  Our panel of experts will discuss the importance of that backbone to wireless networks, the regulatory framework governing it, and the complexities of constructing it.

Moderated by:
John Koos, Senior VP, Butler America

Panelists:
Monnie McGaffigan, Chief Revenue Officer, Extenet Systems
Walter Callejas, VP, Advantage Engineers
Doug Patterson, West Region VP, Design & Construction, Crown Castle

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Afternoon Session: Speed Networking (Limited Spots, Registration Required)
Time:  3:30 PM
Location:  Miramar

Registration Info:
1) Visit app.speednetworking.com
2) Click "sign up" to create your login
3) When prompted, enter our private event key: WWSN22B (for afternoon)
4) Proceed to click "Register for Event" on the event homepage

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THURSDAY SESSIONS - April 28, 2022 

Merging Technology & Philanthropy
Time:  9:45 AM
Location: Marina Ballroom (Main Stage)

Moderated by:
Nancy Lieberman, Basketball Hall-of-Famer, Two-time Olympian, Philanthropist 

Panelists:
David C. Williams, Assistant Vice President of Hyper-Automation, AT&T

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The Road to Autonomous Vehicles: Where are we, where do we want to be, how do we get there.
Time:  10:45 AM
Location:  Marina Ballroom (Main Stage)

Description:
A lot of cars are capable of self-parking.  Some can even drive on the interstate for some period of time.  Car makers have signaled consumer ready AV may arrive within the next two to three years.  Other experts say a more realistic timeline is the end of the decade.  Are we, as an industry, ready?  What do we need to do in the wireless space to make the dream of AV a reality?  Fully autonomous vehicles require a level of connectivity that we don’t have today.  There is a lot of work to be done and a lot of opportunity.  How do we get there?

Moderated by:
Lew Cox, Director of Business Development, MD7

Panelists:
Anand Nandakumar, CEO of Halo
Martha DeGrasse, Wireless Industry Analyst, Writer and Researcher for Automotive Edge Computing Consortium 
April Bolduc, President, S Curve Strategies
Umer Ahmed, Market Manager, Engineering and Operations, T-Mobile

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Drones in the Wireless Industry:  The Sky's the Limit
Sponsored by:  NATE
Time:  11:45 AM
Location:  Conference Rooms Cardiff / Carlsbad

Description:
The wireless industry is embarking on a fundamental transformation driven by the data yielded from UAS (drone) operations around towers and other wireless infrastructure types.  Drone operations and the corresponding data analytics, in their current form, provide substantial benefits to the industry both in a field operations capacity as well as back office reporting and analytics functions.

In this panel, we will cover a number of different ways drone technologies are reshaping the way we as an industry think about the assessment, analysis, and management of wireless communications infrastructure.

Moderated by:
Todd Schlekeway, President & CEO, NATE

Panelists:
Robert McCoy, Unmanned Aerial Systems Program Manager, Crown Castle
Sam McGuires, Senior Director of Strategy, 5x5 Technologies Inc.
Matt Tompkins, Manager Drone and 3D Data Program, DISH

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Go Go Business Aviation - A Case Study
Time:  11:45 AM
Location:  Conference Room Miramar

Description:
Have you ever flown on a commercial or private business flight and wondered how the WIFI works or better yet, how the planes allow us to text, call and even communicate with people on the ground?  Go Go Aviation has a network of approximately 300 Cell towers spanning across the continental US, Canada and up into Alaska, that provide their ATG (Air to Ground) service.  Go Go Business Aviation is a wireless carrier that you’ve most likely never heard of.  This is charismatic fireside chat where we learn the story of the company and the current 5G upgrade project that is underway.

Moderated by:
Brett Sorrells, Founder and President, Telogistix

Panelist:
Fred Teichman, Sr. Network Deployment Engineer, Go Go Business Aviation

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Small Cells: A 360 View
Time:  11:45 AM
Location:  Conference Rooms Balboa / Mission Hills
Sponsored by:  APC Towers

Description:
What does it take to successfully and responsibly deploy small cells in the public ROW?  This panel takes a look into the complex ecosystem of how these entities work on conjunction.  Join our panel of experts in their respected fields to tap into the world of A&E, Permitting, Carrier Operations, Municipal and City involvement, and manufacturing the very products that help compliment cityscapes.

Moderated by:
Matthew Doran, Independent Consultant

Panelists:
Manjit Singh, Deputy Director, City of San Diego
Michelle Brower, Municipal Engagement Partner, Verizon
Matthew Fleck, Practice Builder, Kimley Horn
Matthew Chase, CEO, AXIS Concealment

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