We don't believe in limits - we believe in inventing the expansion of what is possible to transform lives.
Honesty and transparency of everything we do is the only way we can truly transform the lives of millions annually.
Our most important asset is our team and the quirks, passions, and beliefs that collectively compose who we are and our shared mission.
WHO WE ARE
After personally witnessing the challenges of our existing emergency communications infrastructure, our team formed RapidSOS with the mission of transforming emergency communication. We are dedicated to harnessing cutting edge technology to change the outcomes of millions of emergencies across the United States and globally.
Michael Martin is a leading voice on public safety, personal security,
and technology innovation. Michael has spoken before federal agencies
and at top industry events on innovation, technology, safety, and
security. Michael is co-founder and CEO of RapidSOS, an advanced
emergency tech company, commercializing technology to predict and
preempt emergencies before they occur, dynamically warn people in
harm's way, and provide a rich data link from any device directly
to first responders globally.
Michael's personal experiences around the challenges of emergency communication led him to found RapidSOS in 2013.
Michael brings extensive experience in start-up commercialization, financing, and strategy to RapidSOS. Previously, Michael worked at Braemar Energy Ventures, a $600M venture capital firm focused on energy technology. Michael also co-founded MS Consulting, a start-up strategy, financing, and operations consulting company with clients in the internet and mobile sectors. Between Braemar and MS Consulting, Michael served as a Board Member or Board Observer for eight companies in four countries. Before Braemar, Michael worked at Piper Jaffray in the Clean Technology Group. In the course of his principal investing activities and advisory work, Michael assisted nearly 50 companies commercialize their technologies, helping them secure in excess of $2 billion of capital.
Michael holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard Business School, where he received the R.F. Jasse Distinguished Award in Entrepreneurship and Leadership (top entrepreneurship award for class of 2015) and was named one of the “World's Best & Brightest MBAs” and one of the top two HBS ‘15 graduates by Poets & Quants. Michael received his BA Summa Cum Laude from Carleton College, where he was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. In 2017, Michael was named to the top of Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare list.
Michael has published pieces in a variety of media outlets, including the Washington Post, has been featured on the homepage of MIT and across national media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Fox News, TechCrunch, New Scientist, Smithsonian Magazine, and Popular Mechanics.
Nick Horelik, PhD
Nick first experienced the challenges of locating
individuals in emergencies while volunteering in student
services during college at Tufts University. These
experiences led Nick to co-found RapidSOS to ensure that
technology was never an impediment to emergency response.
Nick brings expertise in modern computing systems and data interfaces as well as modern IoT device developments, including cloud platform deployment logistics, and integrations with data platforms specific to smartphones and IoT devices - specifically as it pertains to integrations with emergency services from a security, reliability, and compliance standpoint. He has been an active participant in public safety standards-development working groups, and has personally architected the implementation of several NG functional elements that are delivering data to municipal emergency services networks today. Nick also routinely represents RapidSOS at NENA and EENA industry collaboration events, ensuring that RapidSOS's originating call applications, location information servers, and additional data repositories are tested to ensure interoperability.
Nick has a wide breadth of educational and professional experience, holding a BSc in chemical engineering with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from Tufts University, as well as a MSc and PhD in nuclear engineering with a minor in entrepreneurship from MIT. He has published on public policy while working for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, worked at the Oak Ridge and Argonne National Laboratories while developing highly-optimized parallel algorithms for nuclear reactor simulations on the Titan and Mira supercomputers, published in international conference proceedings and DOE technical reports, been primary system administrator on several MIT supercomputing clusters containing sensitive nuclear data, was one of the core developers of the MIT “BEAVRS” pressurized water reactor benchmark as well as the OpenMC open-source neutron transport code (at the time one of the most activ open-source Fortran projects on Github), and co-authored numerous patent applications related to modern technology uses in emergency services. Previously, he also worked at TerraPower, a Bill Gates and Khosla Ventures funded company.
Outside of coding, reading, thinking, and writing, Nick enjoys reading fantasy novels, hiking with his wife, cuddling with his cat, and daydreaming about the future of human space exploration.
Henry is an accomplished software architect and development leader, bringing nearly 30 years of software, telecommunications, and VoIP experience to RapidSOS.
Before joining RapidSOS as the VP of Engineering, Henry founded Korrent Corporation - a disruptive Connected Health business. Henry recruited, assembled, and led his engineering team to create a connected health platform to help organizations and patients with disease management.
Prior to founding Korrent Corporation, Henry was a Software Architect and Senior Software Manager for Oracle. There, he was responsible for strategy, architecture, and development of mobile applications and secure communication services and products.
Henry joined Oracle after they were acquired by Acme Packet (for $2.1B) where Henry was an early employee who led several of Acme Packet's key products in the VoIP space. Additionally, Henry was involved in architecture, design, and implementation of secure tunneling technologies and products, including highly scalable Servers and Client SDKs on Android, iOS, Windows, and more. Acme Packet was acquired by Oracle after a successful IPO.
Prior to Acme Packet, Henry was an early employee and VoIP pioneer at Starent Networks (a venture backed startup acquired by Cisco for $2.9B ). At Starent Networks, Henry developed the Fast Path system software for the distributed mobile data management platform that allows high speed mobile internet.
Prior to Starent Networks, Henry joined Lucent Technologies as a technical lead and manager after Lucent acquired Ignitus Communications (for $240M). Before the acquisition, Henry was a Sr. Software Engineer at Ignitus Communications where he developed a number of components of highly available system software.
Prior to Ignitus Communications, Henry was a Sr. Engineer at Synernetics and then at 3Com after 3Com acquired Synernetics. There, Henry worked on Network Microprocessor/ASIC development - the largest and most advanced Network Processing Chipset at the time. The CoreBuilder 3500 (switch/router) has brought in more than $300M of direct revenue.
Prior to 3Com, Henry was a Senior Engineer at C-Port Corporation (a venture backed startup acquired by Motorola) where he worked on the industry leading programmable Network Processor, Compiler and SDK.
Prior to C-Port, Henry worked as an Engineer at Data General where he developed operating software for the highly scalable NUMA computer architecture products.
Henry has a MSc and BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island and a BSc in Mathematics from Gomel Technical University where he authored scientific papers in the area of Large System Stability. Henry has many patents pending for VOIP, Lawful Intercept, Security, FIPS, DISA, and Call Recording technologies in the U.S. and internationally.
Brian is a Software Quality Assurance Professional with 16 years in testing methodologies and project management in fast
paced environments. Throughout his career, he has spearheaded test strategies for new software projects that increased
testing efficiency, analysis, and reporting capabilities, and provided software quality expertise throughout the project
Before coming to RapidSOS, Brian was an early employee at Acme Packet and then for Oracle after they acquired Acme Packet. He led the testing of the core features of various Acme products, including the testing of the IMS architecture products. With Oracle, he was manager and team lead for a SQA team, designing and developing a new testing infrastructure for both hardware and software testing.
Previously, he was a SQA engineer with Telica, and then for Alcatel Lucent after they acquired Telica, which provides broadband switching systems for wireline and wireless carriers and enables carriers to simplify network architecture and optimize the switching and transport of voice and data traffic over a unified broadband packet network.
Brian graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in computer engineering. He was a member of the University's track team.
Gabe is a veteran iOS developer with over seven years of experience building robust, award-winning applications.
Prior to joining the RapidSOS team, he worked for five years as a developer on KAYAK's mobile team, bringing the KAYAK app from an
experiment to an indispensable travel tool used by millions - one that he still uses frequently.
At KAYAK, he worked on nearly every aspect of the iOS app at various points. Highlights include building comprehensive trip management tool, and creating an iPad version of the KAYAK app that was available in the app store the same day the iPad was released.
After six years at KAYAK, Gabe left to travel the world and develop apps as a freelancer. He took two client applications from the brainstorming phase to the App Store, re-immersed himself in the world of web development for a third client, and got some face time with a group of mountain Gorillas in the Virunga mountains in eastern Rwanda.
Early on, Gabe's interest in video games led to a curiosity about how those games worked. He found an opportunity to study this in high school, and continued this study at Dartmouth College, where he graduated in 2008 with a BA in Computer Science.
A four year member Dartmouth's lightweight rowing team, Gabe's 2007 varsity 8+ won the prestigious Eastern Sprints while setting a course record that still stands as of press time.
Outside of rowing and writing code, Gabe enjoys traveling, skiing, and listening to podcasts.
Lauren is a software engineer on the backend development
team. Before joining
RapidSOS, she worked at a small mobile application startup
called Ussie. Though she
originally joined Ussie as a data analyst, Lauren quickly
discovered a passion for
developing software. She built the company’s website,
frontend and backend, then moved
on to working on the app itself, where she learned her way
around using AngularJS to build
iOS and Android apps from a single codebase. She also
designed and implemented Ussie’s data
reporting system which uses MongoDB and Python to
synthesize and analyze data
from a variety of sources.
Lauren graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in Philosophy and Biology. She grew up in Manhattan but defected to Brooklyn upon moving back to NYC after graduation. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys cooking, reading fiction and seeing live music.
Josias is a self taught developer with a passion for Android development. He brings to RapidSOS experience in various fields,
ranging from systems admin to web development.
Prior to joining RapidSOS, Josias was an Android Developer at Bytemark, a leader in providing mobile ticketing technologies to the transit industry. Josias was responsible for building multiple transit agency applications and re-architecting legacy code by using the industry best common practices and the latest and best tools and techniques. Josias was also responsible for architecting and building transit applications from the ground up for major cities across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Prior to Bytemark, Josias was a technical project manager at Mobile Programming, LLC, where he was responsible for delivering multiple half million dollar projects (web, mobile and server side) against agreed scope, budget, schedule and client expectations. Josias did all this while simultaneously supervising, directing and motivating multiple teams of multi-discipline developers and QA specialists.
At the age of 14, Josias started writing code, mostly BASH scripts, and later moved on to web development. His first program was a simple piece of desktop software that he used to keep track of the usernames and passwords for his online accounts with a master password.
Before Josias got his first development job, he had already built 9 mobile applications on his own and over a dozen websites for others as a freelancer. He jump started his career as an Android Developer by joining a Spanish company called Microarea, a software development company that mainly provides case management software for lawyers. Josias was Microarea's third employee in the U.S. and their first Android developer. Josias was responsible for managing a team of developers to build what was already a desktop software into a mobile version.
Josias attended Lehman College. During his last semester he joined the school's annual Hackathon - an event where schools from all over New York City got together to compete for a major prize. As the only developer in his team, Josias carried his team to 3rd place while every other team in the tournament had 3 or 4 developers.
Josias thinks fried green plantains is the second best thing in the world. The first best thing is fried green plantains and beer.
In his free time he is either reading up on the latest news in Android development, working on his own projects, or simply spending time with his family.
John comes to RapidSOS from Bytemark, Inc., an
innovative mobile platform for payments and
ticketing. At Bytemark, John maintained a
clean, well designed architecture for both
mobile apps and an SDK available to third party
developers. Additionally, John leveraged 3rd
party libraries to create a native android
experience that is both reliable and innovative.
Prior to Bytemark, John worked as a software developer for Suncoast Social, a digital marketing agency in Sarasota, FL. There, John assisted in designing and implementing REST APIs for mobile and web and developed bluetooth mobile technology for Alakai Defense Systems. John attended the State College of Florida-Manatee-Sarasota where he received an Associate of Science in Computer Programming. John enjoys visiting the beaches in Florida and barbecuing.
Lucas Eager Leavitt
Lucas is a software engineer, working on the backend team as well as all things web development for RapidSOS. As such, he has a passion for building technology that
improves lives on a daily basis. The product we are building at RapidSOS has provided the perfect platform to do exactly that.
With experience working at companies spanning every size in the industry, Lucas has served as an engineer at huge corporations such as Intel, where he developed an enterprise logging service used by developers across the entire company to this day, down to ground level startups such as Champio, where he served as lead engineer, prior to joining RapidSOS.
As a versatile software engineer, Lucas has worked in 10 different programming languages, contributing to production applications in 4 of them. An enthusiast of all things programming, he enjoys learning and teaching programming technologies as much as he does using them, and even formerly ran weekly workshops and tech talks for fellow students looking to learn more about the field while in college.
A self proclaimed "hacker", Lucas enjoys building small applications in his spare time that make life easier and more interesting, particularly in ways related to music. He has built an award-winning playlist crowd-sourcing application, being honored as the "Best use of Rdio API", and many other side projects.
Lucas holds a BS in Computer Science from Binghamton University where he was distinguished as a member of the Upsilon Pi Epsilon Computer Science Honor Society.
Jeff has experience developing networking and communications software with deep expertise in Voice over IP. Prior to joining RapidSOS,
Jeff worked for Acme Packet. Acme Packet was the leading provider of carrier grade Session Border Controllers before it was acquired by Oracle
in 2013 for $2.1 Billion. During his time at Acme Packet, Jeff worked on NAT traversal, encryption, and scalability, helping to build a system
that supported 200,000 concurrent users and 10,000 concurrent encrypted voice calls.
Prior to his time at Acme Packet, Jeff worked for the firm Landmark Ventures. At Landmark, Jeff worked on creating in-house automation software to increase task productivity. In addition, he worked on creating data scraping scripts to gather information from sites like LinkedIn.
Jeff has BS in Computer Engineering from Boston University. During his time at Boston University, he worked on developing computer vision software using GPU processing.
Jeff is an avid ultimate frisbee player and has a passion for spicy food.
Zakia is a patent attorney with experience in
advising clients in various industries
including medical device, wireless, food and
beverage, drug release, polymer, battery and
Zakia spent two years working on prosecution, client counseling and litigation matters at a large law firm in Chicago. She obtained a Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she served as the President of the Intellectual Property Law Association. She has completed a Bachelor's and a Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign including some coursework at the National University of Singapore.
Prior to law school, Zakia worked as an engineer at a fuel cell startup in Illinois where she was a co-inventor on three patent applications.
Josh is a full-stack application engineer with much experience developing geospatial and information security systems.
Before coming to RapidSOS, he worked at Zonar Systems building a system to enable trucking fleet managers to track, manage, and
analyze freight truck behavior on American highways, allowing for optimization of driver routes and behavior. Josh implemented task queues
to process massive amounts of data streaming from the trucks, and created the code to parse and handle that data from binary form onwards.
As the company grew it became necessary to store and analyze hundreds of streaming data packets per second. Utilizing NoSQL technologies,
the database system was re-built to handle the growing data in a scalable fashion which opened up new possibilities for the company.
After Zonar, Josh architected and built a system that scraped and parsed publicly available disaster and emergency-responder data to be used by interested clients. In the past Josh has worked in the entertainment booking industry for Gigsalad.com, developing online systems to connect event planners with entertainers.
Since graduating from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, Vinson transitioned
into technology through teaching himself to code and General Assembly's Back End Web Development course. Since 2014 Vinson has been
a web developer at HindSite Metrics, providing digital consultancy services for startups, small businesses, and e-commerce stores.
In his spare time Vinson helps manage the communications for a local Chinese restaurant his family manages in Chinatown and likes to shoot pool, read manga, and keep up to date on the latest in tech, design, and business news.
Perry is a software engineer for RapidSOS focusing on the
front-end development for highly scalable web applications.
Prior to RapidSOS, Perry worked at several FinTech startups
in Hong Kong such as WeLab, which raised the fourth largest
fundraising and second largest Series B fundraising in FinTech
globally. While he enjoys connecting the design/marketing
requirements with back-end systems, he also got his hands
dirty on Universal JS (MERN and MEAN) stacks while working
on a freelance project.
Perry holds a BS in Computer Science from Stony Brook University. When he is not staring at computer screens, he enjoys playing basketball, scuba diving and surfing.
Zvika is a software engineer and software
architect with 18 years of experience. Born and
raised in Israel, Zvika started his career
during high school writing software for a local
business. In 1997, after being released from
the Israeli Defense Forces, Zvika worked as an
eCommerce/web-developer for a major Israeli
firm – Ness Technologies.
In 2002, Zvika joined a small security start-up
named Kavado where he developed Web Application
Firewalls and related network-security
components. At Kavado, he developed TCP/IP
servers and initiated the networking/
infrastructure team. The start-up was acquired
by Protegrity Corporation, a U.S. company, in
Zvika relocated to the U.S. as a Protegrity employee in 2008 and worked on Linux-based software appliances – at first as a one-man-team and later on as a team-leader and a senior software-architect for a multi-regional team. The framework developed by Zvika's team is an optimized, hardened and highly-available Linux-based framework which is the platform for Protegrity security enterprise solutions. This framework is deployed in many banks, airlines, enterprises and retail companies all over the world.
In 2016, seeking new challenges, Zvika joined RapidSOS hoping to make the world a better and safer place. Zvika holds a BSc in Computer Science from Ben Gurion University, Israel and is an inventor of security-related tokenization patents.
Isaac comes to RapidSOS bringing over 19 years of QA
experience spanning various industries, including
Advertising Networks, finance and marketing. Drawing
experience and knowledge from various areas, Isaac has
formed his own tailored approach to testing methodologies.
Being familiar with all aspects of Software Development
Life Cycle and Agile methodologies, Isaac also works as an
acting Scrum Master and Agile Coach.
Isaac realized shortly after graduating college that his acute attention to detail and innovative ability for constructive destruction would make Quality Assurance an ideal career path.
Past work experience includes Google, DoubleClick, and MasterCard.
Isaac is a native New Yorker who grew up in nearby Forest Hills, Queens, where he continues to live today.
In his spare time he studies Jazz Guitar, trying to emulate his heroes Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. And to get out of the house, Isaac also enjoys sea kayaking, surfing at Rockaway Beach, and following his favorite basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs.
Isaac holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the City University of New York.
John is a software developer specializing in back end
development of web applications with a keen interest in
artificial intelligence, data mining, and real-time
applications. John was introduced to programming back
in the early eighties as a math student punching cards
in a Cyber mainframe and since then has followed the
evolution of the industry.
Before joining RapidSOS, John was a constructor for Google writing software for Google Maps and, more specifically, for the Local Guide’s back end. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including large financial institutions like Citigroup, Barclays, hedge funds (Caxton), smaller technology startups (Amplify, Sherpa) as well as technology giants like Google.
John was a very early adaptor of C++ and C#, while today he is focusing almost exclusively on open source platforms like Linux, Python, MongoDB, Git, MySQL, RabbitMQ, Docker, Jenkins, and Vagrant, just to name a few.
JP was born and raised in Washington, DC proper
before spending seven years in the Bay Area, where
he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from
Stanford in Materials Science & Engineering with a
focus in energy technology. He spent three years
conducting research on photoelectrochemical
cells – technology that can convert solar energy
directly into chemical fuel – for which he was
published in Nature Materials.
Since leaving Stanford, JP has worn numerous hats. Following his passion for writing – all good patent prosecutors are engineers who love to write – JP has served as the founder and COO of a venture-backed publishing startup. As an Intellectual Property professional, he has worked for big law firms (Morgan Lewis) prosecuting patents for the likes of Apple and Google, as well as boutique firms (Run8 Patent Group) protecting the inventions of solo inventors and small companies.
Marrying his passions for intellectual property, startups, and helping people, JP is thrilled to play a role in developing RapidSOS’s growing patent portfolio.
Chris brings a background in mobile development that spans over 25 mobile apps currently available in the iTunes and Google Play stores. Prior to joining RapidSOS Chris ran his own software development company where he built a host of mobile, web, and infrastructure products. Chris graduated from a training program at NIIT Technologies in India.
Dimitar is a DevOps engineer and a system programmer with a keen interest in distributed
systems, automation of cloud infrastructure, functional programming languages, and big
With the emergence of big data streaming technologies like Storm and Spark, Dimitar has increasingly applied these technologies in areas like monitoring where there is a need to process large amounts of data — sometimes in real-time — to detect trends in utilization, performance, and capacity of managed infrastructure.
Dimitar is a big proponent of automation and managing infrastructure as a code with an eye towards increasing the frequency and automation of CI/CD workflows.
Bohdan is a DevOps engineer who comes to RapidSOS from L3 Technologies, one of the top
ten defense contractors that supplies command and control, communications, intelligence,
surveillance and reconnaissance systems and products, aerospace, and navigation products.
At L3, Bohdan was a DevOps specialist working on improving collaboration between development
and operations staff throughout all stages of the development lifecycle and providing automation
solutions. He worked closely with development teams and operations staff on creating automated
CI pipelines for building and deploying software applications as well as maintaining core
Bohdan relocated to U.S. from Ukraine in 2008 after graduating from high school. He always had a passion about technology and here he attended Drexel University, where he received BS in Information Technology. While studying at Drexel, Bohdan also had two co-ops where he worked as security analyst and system administrator.
Outside of work Bohdan enjoys traveling, skiing and hiking.
Ryan Dwyer is a software engineer on the backend
development team. Prior to joining RapidSOS, Ryan worked
as a full stack engineer at SocialFlow building an
enterprise software product that manages, optimizes, and
reports on large publisher's social media. At SocialFlow,
he helped build an end to end reporting solution used by
some of the world's largest publishing companies. Ryan
also contributed extensively to a distributed work queue
system responsible for all user-generated asynchronous
Ryan became a software engineer through a career pivot. While working as a category manager at Fairway Market, Ryan taught himself to program in Python to help ingest and derive insights from store level transactional data. He soon realized he enjoyed the technical aspect of his job more than negotiating the price of organic eggs. Fullstack Academy, an immersive 3-month software boot camp, was a logical next step. Upon completion of the program, Ryan stayed at Fullstack Academy as a teaching assistant and software engineer before leaving to join SocialFlow.
Ryan has degrees in Finance and Economics from the College of William & Mary. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, brewing beer, and building things out of wood.
Gabe is a Software QA Engineer with 10 years of experience
Before his employment at IPsoft, Gabe was an Application Developer at Sirius XM Radio where he was responsible for building, configuring, and maintaining custom applications for internal teams during several development phases. He was also responsible for submitting design, sourcecode/unit test cases for review and peer review deliverables as part of the SDLC.
In his leisure time, he reads up on programming languages, or works on personal projects. When Gabe is not staring at computer screens, he enjoys driving, playing basketball, paintball and roller skating with friends.
Gabe holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Pace University.
Michelle feels deliriously lucky to have landed at RapidSOS! She immensely enjoys the product, the people, and the razor-sharp focused,
supportive, caring, and fun atmosphere. She's equally excited about IT, specifically networking. She has a full Cisco lab at home that she
regularly adds to and tinkers with.
Having recently acquired her CCNA R&S certification, she continues to study for her next certification. Presently, she is soaking up all she can about QA and looks forward to what the future holds!
John joins RapidSOS after nearly 9 years in IT Operations for an AdTech company where he juggled a
number of hats such as DBA, corporate architect & compliance officer, NOC administrator, &
incident manager, AWS Cloud Architect/DevOps developer, etc. He looks forward to utilizing his
experience to focus on operational readiness, working to ensure services are bullet-proof and
secure, redundant, monitored, scalable, compliant, and documented.
On a personal level, he lives out in Long Island with his wife and 5-year old son who is most certainly destroying his house as you read this. On the weekends he loves to cook, especially BBQ.
Jee Yoon Choi
Jeeyoon has experience in working on service, experience, and interaction design projects that tap into people's cognitive and emotional processes. Previous to joining RapidSOS, Jeeyoon collaborated with a Boston non-profit organization on a project that redesigned public spaces to better suit the needs of two particular low-income communities. She also contributed to the design processes of a mobile game application (Goldrush) for Samsung at Doubledot studio in South Korea. Jee Yoon recently graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a major in industrial design.
Andrew comes from a generalist product design background, with experience across product strategy, interaction design and visual design. Prior to RapidSOS, he worked as a product design lead on the Privacy team at Facebook. Andrew also worked on the Goodwill team at Facebook (birthdays, anniversaries, memories) and the Origami Studio team (design prototyping). He strongly believes in technology as a force for social good. Andrew graduated from Carleton College with a B.A. in Cognitive Science. And outside of design, he enjoys playing soccer, meditating and exploring New York with friends.
Jeff has spent over 19 years in the public safety
industry, both in the field as a first responder and as a
leader of technology providers serving the 9-1-1
Most recently, Jeff served as the CEO of the Airbus DS Communications 9-1-1 business, leading the effort to provide thousands of public safety answering points (PSAPs) across the country with next-generation 9-1-1 technology.
Jeff originally entered Public Safety as an Aux. Constable with the Peel Regional Police. He subsequently served the citizens of Jackson County, Alabama as a reserve Deputy Sheriff.
Jeff was an early pioneer of 9-1-1 networking and wireless technology. In 2001, he led CML Emergency Services to be the first company in the world to demonstrate a solution to locate wireless 9-1-1 callers. As CEO and owner of TCI Telecontrol, his team was awarded a patent for delivering 9-1-1 calls via VoIP and achieved the first installation of this technology. Following the acquisition of TCI, Mr. Robertson helped start and lead the 9-1-1 Industry Alliance, a trade association dedicated to public safety advocacy.
He next joined Intergraph to improve dispatch, incident management, and analytics for some of the largest public safety organizations in the world including the NYPD, Boston PD/EMS/Fire, Washington DC Metro Police, Dulles Airport Police, and many more.
Jeff has also served as the VP and GM of Comcast Online, the company’s fastest growing broadband internet division. He possesses degrees in TeleComm Management from Ryerson University and Executive Management from University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Most importantly, Jeff resides in Carlsbad, California with his wife of 24 years, Melanie, and four children. He is a USA hockey referee and is learning to DJ electronic dance music.
Tom brings decades of experience leading teams providing critical communications technology for
public safety. He joins RapidSOS as VP of Public Safety Operations to help execute the company's
vision of providing life-saving data to 9-1-1 and first responders.
He is focused on building relationships with a portfolio of vendor partners who deliver information from the NG911 Clearinghouse through their Call Handling, Computer Aided Dispatch, Mapping and other workflow solutions. In addition, this includes customer support operations and customer success management efforts, ensuring that public safety users are fully trained on the use of services and making the most of them as part of their operations.
Tom previously served as the Vice President of Smart Public Safety Solutions at Motorola Solutions, where he was responsible for delivering software-based solutions to the worldwide Public Safety Market. These products included incident management, records and data management, community engagement, and public safety intelligence solutions.
Prior to Motorola, Tom served as the President and CEO of Twisted Pair Solutions, providing critical communications technology to a variety of industries including first responder and federal government agencies.
Before Twisted Pair, Tom held leadership positions in a variety of startup and large technology providers. He has experience leading acquisitions, integrating organizations, and growing companies.
Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.
For the past 20 years Tracy has been working in Public Safety. She began her career back in 1997 as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and then became the
Chief Dispatcher in Rochester, MA, her hometown, in 2003. Tracy also serves the Rochester community as a firefighter/paramedic on the
fire department. Additionally, she is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Service Special Operations team providing support
services to fire departments across the Commonwealth during large scale incidents and pre-planned events. Since 2006 she has been
educating telecommunicators, EMTs and Firefighters all over the country. In 2013 Tracy joined The Public Safety Group and she enjoys
traveling to teach telecommunicators things that can assist them in their duties, as well as how to take better care of themselves. Tracy
has also recently joined The Denise Amber Lee Foundation and is working on their third party quality assurance initiative.
In December of 2016, Tracy left her position as the Chief Dispatcher in Rochester and became the 9-1-1 Operations Lead with RapidSOS because she knew it was time to serve the 9-1-1 community in a different capacity.
Tracy's husband Jeff and her two daughters support everything she does. Her oldest daughter just became a registered nurse and her youngest daughter is determined to be a Fire Chief some day. Tracy's life revolves around making all aspects of public safety, especially 9-1-1, better. Her motto is “Life is too short to not know how to save one.”
Keith has over 35 years of experience working in Public Safety, including 10 years as a Police Officer
and Criminal Investigator for the Stanford University Police Department. For the last 26 years Keith
has worked as a Senior Supervising Dispatcher with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety in Silicon
Valley. Over the past 10 years, Keith also was the Senior Technical Dispatcher for the City of Sunnyvale
where he was primarily involved in the acquisition, implementation and administration of CPE, CAD and
other systems, and was also a member of the EOC team.
Keith has been honored several times by the Santa Clara County Communications Managers with their Annual Outstanding Performance Award for Critical Events. Keith has also earned his ENP (Emergency Number Professional) certification from NENA. Recently retired from Sunnyvale PD, Keith is excited to start his journey with RapidSOS as the 9-1-1 Liaison for the State of California.
Karin began her career in public safety communications in
1997 as a dispatcher at a one position PSAP. After working
there for two years dispatching Police, Fire and EMS, she
moved on to a medium sized PSAP next door. In 2004 she
became a supervisor, but continued to help on the dispatch
floor when needed. As a supervisor, Karin had the
opportunity to participate in many user groups and
industry advisory boards for several of the tier one
Karin has managed numerous projects within the PSAP, including CPE, CAD and logging recorder upgrades from funding to implementation and ongoing maintenance and vendor management. She has been a trainer, worked with the Jefferson County Incident Management Team as the coordinator for the Incident Dispatch team and part of the Colorado TERT team. Two certifications she is proud of are her CMCP (Center Manager Certification Program) certification from NENA and her ENP, also from NENA.
Karin is most excited about bringing her PSAP experiences to RapidSOS and working with PSAP’s to receive improved location accuracy. Wearing the headset keeps her mind focused on the citizens calling 9-1-1 for help and doing whatever she can to help move the industry forward.
Karin and her husband have two children who take up most of their time, however, when they do have time for dates you can generally find them on the Salsa dance floor.
Alex joins the RapidSOS team with a combination of
experience from law enforcement and technology business
development. Alex currently lives in the City of
Philadelphia. He is originally from Cherry Hill, New
Jersey but moved from coast to coast across the U.S. as a
child, eventually ending up in Peachtree City, Georgia
before living in several different countries. Alex began
his career in Law Enforcement at the age of 18 in Metro
Atlanta. Alex served in numerous capacities during his
tenure as a law enforcement officer including Patrol
Officer, Sr. Police Officer, Detective, and Crime Scene
Investigator. During Alex's time in investigations he
worked cases ranging from property crimes to homicides.
As a CSI/Forensic Scientist Alex was very involved with the International Association for Identification, spending time as a committee member in several work groups. Alex is specially trained in forensic photography, fingerprint comparisons, and crime scene processing among other forensic science areas. Alex also worked in cybercrimes as a member of the FBI Atlanta's MATCH Task Force targeting internet predators and human trafficking as well as the GBI's (Georgia Bureau of Investigations) ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force). Alex spent much of his time working with agencies on innovating and improving their technology.
Most recently before joining RapidSOS, Alex spent the past several years in telecommunications serving as Vice President of Market Strategy for an Internet and Cloud Service Provider headquartered in the Southeast U.S. He enjoys helping expand companies into new markets. Alex has had the opportunity of working with many fortune 500 companies.
Alex enjoys traveling any opportunity he gets. He's lived in 5 countries besides the United States (Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, Czech Republic, and Hungary) and has traveled to over 26 countries spanning 5 continents. Alex is also an avid photographer, enjoying landscape and cityscape photography.
Alex is very excited to bring his public safety experience to the RapidSOS team and to work with PSAPs to improve location accuracy. As a first responder, Alex has experienced firsthand the tragic results of being unable to locate a 911 caller. He is setting out on a mission to bring this technology to PSAPs nationwide.
Laurie Hickok brings over 21 years of telecommunications
and project management experience to RapidSOS. Beginning
her career at McLeodUSA as a Customer Project Manager,
Laurie quickly rose through the ranks from Manager to
Senior Manager to Director of Account Development. She was
responsible for the development of new product processes
and implementation while managing a customer revenue base
of over $45 million.
Most recently Laurie worked for Comtech Telecommunications Corp where she was responsible for state-wide NG9-1-1 deployments including the roll out of MSRP text to 9-1-1. Her extensive background includes running multiple complex customer projects for Next Generation 9-1-1.
Laurie fosters for a local no kill dog rescue. #Adopt, don't shop. She is the proud dog mom of two rescues, Starbuck and Alister. Laurie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and golfing in her spare time.
Brian has over 20 years in the public safety industry in
the area of technology for both large and startup companies
and is very excited to join the RapidSOS Team in support
of our great PublicSafety providers and the Public.
He has served as a Project Manager and Account Manager for large public safety solutions companies Hexagon/Intergraph, Tritech and Motorola Solutions. He has also been involved in startup companies Emergency Callworks (now Motorola Solutions) and Team911 performing many different functions. He has worked with many PSAPs and Agencies all across the country supporting their CPE, CAD, Mobile, Records and 311 solutions.
Brian has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering/OperationsResearch from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and is an Emergency NumberProfessional (ENP) and a Project Management Professional (PMP). He has been awarded theRon Cottingham Award from Texas NENA for his work in collaboration between government and industry.
Brian lives on a farm in North Alabama, home to America’s Space Program. He is married toSuzanne and has two sons, one who works in Oakland, CA as the Director of the Clinical InternProgram and the other is a senior in college majoring in Animation. He loves working with computers and volunteering with his Church, Boy Scouts, National Emergency NumberAssociation (serving on the NENA Institute Board) and judging barbeque as a Master Certified Barbeque Judge.
Máté joins RapidSOS with 10 years experience in the public safety industry, both as a first
responder and a technology provider.
He has worked on critical technologies for police, fire, and EMS agencies including evidence management solutions, dispatch, and revenue cycle management software.
Máté began his career as a Firefighter and Safety Officer in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania area while also working in Emergency Medical Services. After a few years on the streets, Máté transitioned to a telecommunicator role at the Dauphin County Department of Public Safety PSAP for a number of years, where he fell in love with serving his community as a dispatcher and being the "first, first responder". He has personally experienced the frustration of being unable to locate callers during emergencies, which drives his passion for RapidSOS and the future.
Máté is also a self-proclaimed nerd when it comes to smart homes and home automation. He's very excited to be a part of an organization working towards integrating all of the available smart home features into a format deliverable to a PSAP to implement life-saving information.
Eric has over a decade of experience in the telecommunications
He previously worked at Comtech as a tier 2 Engineer for 13 years. He started out working on the FCC push for E911 compliance with VoIP. He also held roles including tier 1 technical support, tier 2 ATAC analyst, and tier 3 engineer.
He originally became interested in technology when he taught himself computers in the late 80s, early 90s in order to play early computer games including Doom. His hobbies are racing and virtual reality computer games.
Prior to joining RapidSOS, Bryan interned at Architizer on
the product operations and business development teams helping
architects connect with manufacturers and search for building
products. Previously, he worked as a GIS Research Assistant
and created digital maps of US cities in the 1930s and 1940s.
He enjoys gaining valuable insight directly from customers
to drive the success of products in order to optimize and
improve the overall user experience. He is passionate about
working at the intersections of technology, design, and public
Bryan is a proponent of creating better cities for everyone and advocates for the increased use of public transit and cycling. You can find him biking throughout Brooklyn or reading about walkability, architecture, and urban planning.
Originally from Okinawa, Bryan graduated from Brown University with a double concentration in Urban Studies and Economics.
Gabe Esparza brings over 20 years of business experience to RapidSOS where he serves as SVP and Head of Global Partnerships.
Prior to joining the company, he spent 13 years at American Express, most recently as Vice President of Global Business Development
in their Commercial Payments business. During his tenure, he closed deals that generated over $1B in volume on the Amex network.
Earlier in his career, Gabe worked for Diamond Technology Partners (a tech strategy consulting firm since acquired by PWC), the Walt
Disney Company, G.E. Capital, and Wells Fargo Bank.
Since 2009, Gabe has served as a public official in the City of Los Angeles having been appointed by the Mayor to the Board of Civil Service Commissioners. The Civil Service Commission oversees the 50,000+ employees of the City of Los Angeles through the Personnel department and has the power to enforce the Civil Service rules of the city, including appeals from discharge/suspension, discrimination complaints, and other administrative matters.
He was the co-founder and former chairman of the Board of Bronx Charter School for the Arts in New York City and previously served on the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations and Psychology from Stanford University. He and his wife live in Los Angeles, CA with their two children.
Jessica is an experienced investment professional with
skills spanning the private equity and debt markets. Prior
to joining RapidSOS, Jessica was a Principal at Solera
Capital where she assessed potential investments and
managed several of the fund’s portfolio companies. Jessica
advised on company strategy and led strategic partnership
discussions, managed financing processes and led legal
negotiations on behalf of portfolio companies.
Prior to Solera, Jessica spent 7 years at J.P. Morgan Investment Bank where she sourced, marketed, structured, and executed U.S. private placement transactions across a range of global industries, including real estate, infrastructure, industrials, and consumer retail. Originally from Australia, Jessica initially worked at the Sydney headquarters of J.P. Morgan before moving to the New York office. During her time at J.P. Morgan, Jessica also served as Chairperson of the J.P. Morgan Analyst and Associate Philanthropy Committee.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Commerce Honors in Finance from the Australian National University, where she also received the University Medal in Finance. She later received her MBA from Harvard Business School. While at HBS, Jessica provided business strategy and finance consulting services to several early stage companies in the health and wellness space. She also worked with a West Coast consumer focused venture capital fund, as well as The Honest Company in their strategy and finance team.
Jessica recently started volunteering at the Resolution Project — a nonprofit focused on fostering youth leadership and development through collaborative social entrepreneurship. In her free time, Jessica enjoys running, cycling and sharing her love of dark chocolate Tim Tams, arguably the best snack on the planet.
Mateo returns to RapidSOS after working in Jefferies’
Technology Investment Banking group. While at Jefferies,
he actively worked across global M&A and capital
raising transactions in the Internet, IoT, and Unified
Communications sectors for various clients.
Prior to joining Jefferies full time, Mateo interned at RapidSOS, meaningfully building the company’s early business partnerships and participating in its Series A financing. He also brings experience in international business and government, previously serving at an Ecuador-based REIT engaged in a $600 million development project in Quito, as well as working at the Mexican embassy in Moscow, Russia.
Mateo’s first stint at RapidSOS has motivated him to explore and pursue a career in technology, as he hopes to continue supporting and collaborating with mission-driven companies that seek to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.
Mateo graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Financial Economics. He is also an alum of SEO Career (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity). During his free time, he enjoys snowboarding and going to concerts, and avidly reads, follows and plays all things soccer.
Rohan brings experience in business development, strategy,
M&A, and product management to RapidSOS. Prior to joining,
Rohan worked at Uptake, a predictive analytics startup
focused on equipment condition monitoring for the
industrial IoT. Rohan joined Uptake in early 2016 as one
of the first 120 employees and helped the company grow to
over 800 employees and a valuation of over $2 billion. At
Uptake he worked on several key projects including the
acquisition of Asset Performance Technologies and
negotiating and structuring a partnership with Berkshire
Hathaway Energy. Rohan began his career in investment
banking as an Analyst at Lazard.
Rohan grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Economics. Outside of learning about new technologies and startups, Rohan loves reading, watching movies, and following the NBA.
Manoela Saldanha is a Junior at Columbia College studying History, focusing on Latin America, and
Human Rights, specializing in Political Science. She is also committed to making a social impact,
having worked at non-profits such as the Go-Project, the International Rescue Committee, and
Community Impact at Columbia, and is excited to continue to enact social change through RapidSOS.
Raised in a big Brazilian family, Manoela is the oldest of four and speaks Portuguese fluently along with Spanish and some French. She has received her yoga teacher training certificate from Jivamukti and loves practicing in her spare time.
Tiana brings several years of experience working with
startups and in corporate innovation to RapidSOS. Tiana
joins from Verizon Communications as member of the
Strategic Planning Group that defines the growth strategy
for Verizon’s Media & Emerging Technology business unit.
She helped develop the commercial strategy for Verizon’s
subscription and digital media products, and the strategic
frameworks for innovative content and product investment
Prior to this, she was a Product Manager at Verizon’s Open Innovation Lab where she developed next-generation products and concepts powered by 5G, with a focus on interactive media and IoT. She was also a Summer Analyst with the Verizon Ventures (fka Nautilus by AOL) team in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Tiana is the former Chairwoman of the TAMID Group, an international entrepreneurship organization that connects university students to the startup ecosystem in Israel. She is currently a Board Observer of MMCC, the largest non-profit provider of quality education, employment, and health and recreation programs in the North Bronx.
Tiana graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a BA in Economics and as an Athena Leadership Scholar. She likes reading, volunteering, exploring urban cities, and listening to film scores.
Lori brings experience in healthcare and business operations to the RapidSOS team. Prior to joining RapidSOS, Lori worked in Sales Operations and Planning at WebMD for nearly 3 years. At WebMD, she managed US and global physician-targeted advertising campaigns for pharmaceutical companies and facilitated pharmaceutical and institutional sponsorships for online Continuing Medical Education courses for healthcare professionals. Lori's passion for healthcare began at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a BA in Health and Societies. While at UPenn, she interned in the health policy division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted research on international HIV treatment delivery with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.
Before Amy arrived at RapidSOS, she spent a couple of
years working in the home security tech space as well as
recruitment. She's always loved working with people, but
it was through those years that she really developed an
interest in people operations and working with individuals
who are passionate about developing life-saving
Outside of work, she spends a lot of her free time (arguably too much) exploring restaurants in and out of the city and has a habit of rotating through new hobbies. Most recently, she's been excited bouldering and trying out tea tasting and glass blowing classes. On the side, she's an ordained marriage officiant in the state of New York and working on becoming registered in Pennsylvania, as that's where her best friend is getting married next year.
Amy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and a minor in International Development.
Hui Shan Yin
Hui Shan’s background hails primarily from government and
the public sector – she has worked in various levels of
city and state government throughout her college career.
Her most recent experience comes from the New York City
Comptroller’s Office as a Public Affairs Intern. There,
she liaised with stakeholders and community leaders to
facilitate communications between the Comptroller’s office
and the people in the community. Her proudest moment was
when she spoke side-by-side with the Comptroller himself
at a community event! Hui Shan’s past experiences include
working for a State Senator in New York’s capital in
Albany, interning for the Chairwoman of the New York City
Council’s Finance Committee, and interning at her local
NYPD police precinct for two summers.
She cannot be more excited to join RapidSOS’ Operations division. Hui Shan is thrilled to be able to contribute to the growth of a company that advances technology for the benefit of the everyday person. It is the same reason she majored in Public Affairs with a focus on government and public service – she hoped to give back to the people in a significant way. Now that she has graduated, Hui Shan has been eager to make a transition into the technology startup industry and still contribute to a vital cause. To be at the intersection of technology and public policy to implement modern technology that help save lives, she believes, is absolutely fulfilling.
Hui Shan graduated with honors from Baruch College’s School of Public and International Affairs, with a bachelor’s in Public Affairs and a minor in English.
Prior to joining RapidSOS, Nga spent her time in advertising
technology and furniture honing her skills as an accountant.
Her passion for accounting began in high school after
taking an elective in accounting.
Nga was born in Vietnam but came to the U.S. at a young age. Growing up in the states, Nga developed a strong sense of independency, a love of art through fashion and good food. She appreciates a good burger as much as she loves a home-cooked bowl of pho!
Michelle brings a passion for marketing, particularly in the digital space. Prior to joining RapidSOS, she worked in the marketing
department of CipherHealth, a health-tech startup that aims to improve patient experience at hospitals. Previous to CipherHealth, Michelle worked in
the Public Affairs department of NBCUniversal's USA Network. There, she assisted the President and Vice President of Public Affairs in executing the
Characters Unite program - a program that aims to end hate and discrimination in communities across the nation.
Michelle has also been involved in various non-profit work at The Jewish Federations of North America and NYU's Bronfman Center. Through her work at the Bronfman Center, Michelle was awarded the NYU President's Service Award, awarded to students who have made significant contributions to the university community in the areas of learning, leadership, and quality of student life, and the Bronfman Center Excellence in Programming Award, given for Michelle's work in planning weekly, welcoming, and communal Shabbat meals that prioritize relationship-building, inclusivity, and pluralism.
Michelle has a BS in Business, with concentrations in marketing and finance, from The NYU Stern School of Business.
Jose Font Bullrich
Jose brings passion about using digital media and art to tell stories. Originally from Seville, Spain,
he studied the equivalent of a B.A. and master's degree in Audiovisual Communications at the University of Seville, gaining skills in
photography, filmmaking, marketing and journalism. During his studies, Jose received a merit-based grant to study abroad and specialize
in the visual arts, at the Universidad de las Artes in Buenos Aires. After graduating, Jose was awarded a scholarship by the Andalusian
Government to attend New York Film Academy to further grow in filmmaking, from script-writing to editing.
Jose has directed and worked on several different kinds of productions, including music videos, documentaries and films. Prior to working at RapidSOS, Jose was the Video Content Specialist for Spotahome, a fast-growing Spanish hospitality startup that recently won the 2016 European South Summit startup competition award. At Spotahome, Jose created videos throughout all major cities of Spain. When not making videos, he loves traveling, bike riding, photography, and making music.
Jose is a strong believer in technology as a means of transforming lives by helping people when they need it most. He is thrilled to be working on video content for RapidSOS and to be a part of this revolutionary shift in safety technology.
Sam joined RapidSOS to help realize technology's potential
to transform and improve government services. He works on
a variety of marketing projects serving the company's IoT
and public safety communities.
Sam entered the tech industry as an early member of the marketing team at Skyhigh Networks, a Silicon Valley startup in the cloud security space that was acquired by McAfee. There he helped grow the company's enterprise SaaS business in a new cybersecurity product category across a wide range of marketing and communications channels. He also worked closely with the company's Fortune 2000 and government agency customers to promote the transformative impact of cloud services.
Sam previously worked in wine marketing at Charles Communications, sustainable commerce at Fair Trade USA, and education nonprofit services at Adventures of the Mind. He has a background in journalism and currently contributes to a Manhattan local news publication.
Born and raised in Santa Monica, Sam migrated to the Bay Area to study Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley, with a focus on Spanish and French literature. He also took substantial coursework at the Goldman School of Public Policy and the Haas Business School, as well as a semester at the Université Michel de Montaigne in Bordeaux.
Sam strives to be an arts enthusiast, sustainability advocate, and social justice activist. You can find him advocating for bike lanes at city meetings, attending art gallery openings, or playing basketball in Chelsea.
Melody began her marketing career in Singapore at Kantar
Consulting, a strategic insight and innovation consultancy
under WPP. Her work focused primarily on consumer trends
and communication strategies for Fortune 500 companies in
the APAC region.
Melody later extended her expertise to include brand marketing at Airbnb China, where she headed celebrity partnerships for various campaigns and supported the brand launch of Airbnb's new Chinese brand.
When she’s not at her desk, you will find Melody scuba diving, Lindy Hopping, or playing Ultimate. She’s passionate about marine conservation, especially raising awareness and changing misconceptions about sharks. She’s also a certified yoga teacher, currently working on her arm balances.
Melody graduated from Carleton College with a double major in Chemistry and Psychology.
RapidSOS' advisors bring extensive expertise across the telecommunications, technology, and 9-1-1 industries.
Tom Wheeler is a businessman, author, and was Chairman
of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) from 2013
For over four decades, Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services. At the FCC he led the efforts that resulted in the adoption of Net Neutrality, privacy protections for consumers, and increased cybersecurity, among other policies. His chairmanship has been described as, “The most productive Commission in the history of the agency.” During the Obama-Biden Transition of 2008/09 Mr. Wheeler led activities overseeing the agencies of government dealing with science, technology, space and the arts.
As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and the Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him “the Bo Jackson of telecom.”
Prior to being appointed Chairman of the FCC by President Obama, Wheeler was Managing Director at Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm investing in early stage Internet Protocol (IP)-based companies. He is CEO of the Shiloh Group, a strategy development and private investment company specializing in telecommunications services. He co-founded SmartBrief, the Internet's largest curated information service for vertical markets.
From 1976 to 1984 Wheeler was associated with the National Cable Television Association (NCTA) where he was President and CEO from 1979 to 1984. Following NCTA Wheeler was CEO of several high-tech companies, including the first company to offer high-speed delivery to home computers and the first digital video satellite service. From 1992 to 2004 Wheeler served as President and CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA).
Mr. Wheeler wrote Take Command: Leadership Lessons from the Civil War (Doubleday, 2000), and Mr. Lincoln's T-Mails: The Untold Story of How Abraham Lincoln Used the Telegraph to Win the Civil War (HarperCollins, 2006). His commentaries on current events have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other leading publications.
Mr. Wheeler served on President Obama's Intelligence Advisory Board prior to being named to the FCC. Presidents Clinton and Bush each appointed him a Trustee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He is the former Chairman and President of the National Archives Foundation, and a former board member of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
He is a proud graduate of The Ohio State University and the recipient of its Alumni Medal. He resides in Washington, D.C.
Dennis R. Patrick served as the Commissioner and then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) between
1983 and 1989, under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. During his tenure, Mr. Patrick oversaw a significant period of change
in the telecom industry. Mr. Patrick also served as Associate Director of Presidential Personnel at the White House under President Reagan.
Following his role at the FCC, Mr. Patrick served as CEO of Time Warner Telecommunications, a division of Time Warner Entertainment. He then founded and served as President & CEO of Milliwave LP, a local exchange telephone company later acquired by Winstar. Following Milliwave, Mr. Patrick served as the first President of AOL Wireless.
Mr. Patrick served as CEO & President of National Geographic Ventures, a subsidiary of The National Geographic Society, Inc. As CEO, Mr. Patrick oversaw National Geographic's rapidly growing television, feature film production, and cable channel businesses, as well as the maps and interactive divisions.
Currently, he is President & CEO of Patrick Communications Inc. and Doeg Hill Ventures LLC. Mr. Patrick is Director of Network Access Solutions and a Member of the Business Advisory Panel at HealthSport, Inc. He is a Board Member of the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and National Geographic Channels International. Mr. Patrick also served as trustee of Occidental College.
Mr. Patrick holds a BA Magna Cum Laude from Occidental College and a JD from UCLA.
William H. Swanson is a retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Raytheon Company.
Swanson served as chairman and CEO of Raytheon from January 2004 to March 2014, at which time he
stepped down from the role of CEO. He retired from the company in September 2014, finishing a
42-plus year career with the company.
During Swanson's tenure as CEO, Raytheon's sales grew 26 percent, its stock price and dividend each increased three-fold and company debt was virtually eliminated. He also strengthened Raytheon's culture with a focus on core company values, ethics, diversity and the customer, while transforming the company's community engagement by championing corporate responsibility, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and armed services support.
Swanson joined Raytheon in 1972 and held a wide range of leadership positions, including manufacturing manager of the company's largest operation, senior vice president and general manager of the Missile Systems Division, general manager of Raytheon Electronic Systems, president of Electronic Systems, chairman and chief executive officer of Raytheon Systems Company, and president of Raytheon.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Swanson is a member of the Department of Defense's Defense Business Board; member of the NextEra Energy, Inc. board of directors and chair of its audit committee; chairman of the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership; and vice chairperson of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation board of directors. He is active in the field of education as chairman of the California Polytechnic State University Foundation board of directors, and as a member of the Cal Poly President's Cabinet and the University of Massachusetts President's Advisory Council. Swanson served as honorary chair of MATHCOUNTS® from 2009 to 2014.
Swanson is chairman emeritus of the Aerospace Industries Association and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He serves as a member of the Air Force Association, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), and the Navy League. He is also a member of the CIA Officers Memorial Foundation board of advisors and the President's National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.
Selected as Outstanding Industrial Engineering Graduate in 1972, Swanson was also recognized as the Honored Alumnus from California Polytechnic State University School of Engineering in 1991. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2013. Additionally, he was awarded the Semper Fidelis Award from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and Aviation Week and Space Technology's Laurel Award for his “significant contributions” to the aeronautics and propulsion field. Swanson was also named the “California Manufacturer of the Year” by the California Manufacturing and Technology Association, and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (United Kingdom).
Swanson has received the Navy League Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award, the NDIA James Forrestal Industry Leadership Award, the John W. Dixon Award from AUSA, a Diversity Best Practices CEO Diversity Leadership Award, the Institute of Industrial Engineers' Captains of Industry Award, the Six Sigma Premier Leader Award from the International Society of Six Sigma Professionals, a Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Kennedy Greenway Vision Award.
A native of California, Swanson graduated magna cum laude from California Polytechnic State University with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. His graduate work was performed in business administration at Golden Gate University. He has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Pepperdine University and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from California Polytechnic State University.
David Nagel is a General Partner of Forte Ventures in
Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as Chairman of the
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee of the
International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) at
University of California, Berkeley.
Before his current positions, Nagel was president and chief executive officer of PalmSource, Inc., a leading provider of operating system software platforms for smart mobile devices. Prior to joining PalmSource in 2001, Nagel was President of AT&T Labs from 1996 to 2001 and also served as the Chief Technology Officer of AT&T. Nagel also was the Chief Technology Officer of Concert, Inc., a joint venture of AT&T and British Telecom (BT).
Before joining AT&T, Nagel worked at Apple Computer from 1988 to 1996, where he was senior vice president responsible for the Advanced Technology Group (the Apple “Labs” of the era) and then the worldwide research and development group, responsible for all Macintosh hardware and software products. Under Nagel's direction at Apple a number of industry leading software and hardware technologies were developed that still support Apple's innovative products (QuickTime, Firewire, and Speech recognition to list but three). While at Apple, Nagel also was responsible for heading up an important industry effort at the FCC to ensure that significant unlicensed RF spectrum would be set aside to support emerging wireless packet data systems. This pioneering work termed Data PCS led eventually to the designation of spectrum that today supports WiFi wireless networks and systems.
Prior to Apple, Nagel had a long career at NASA's Ames Research Center where he was head of human factors research as Chief of the Aerospace Human Factors Research Division. Nagel worked at NASA from 1973 to 1988 following a two-year postdoctoral fellowship stint at the NASA Ames Research Center.
He is the Co-Author and Editor (with the late Earl Wiener) of Human Factors in Aviation, published by Academic Press, 1988. This book was in print for more than 25 years and was a standard monograph in a number of formal academic programs in aviation. Nagel has served on a number of national and international advisory committees, among them NATO's Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development and the first President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), on which he served five years for President William Clinton. He also served for a number of years on the UCLA Board of Visitors in the Sciences.
For the past 20 years, Nagel has served on the boards of directors of a number of private and publically traded companies. He most recently was a member of the board of directors of Align Technologies and Vonage Holdings, Inc. from which he is now retired.
Nagel and his wife also own a commercial vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains (Ascona Vineyards) that provides estate quality fruit to wineries in the SCM AVA and as far away as the Napa Valley.
In addition to serving on the ICSI board, He also served for a number of years on the boards of trustees of the SETI Institute and the Tech Museum in San Jose, California, and is an emeritus member of both boards. He holds a B.S. (1966 – Cum Laude) and M.S. degrees (1968) in engineering and a Ph.D. in perception and mathematical psychology (1972), all from UCLA.
Terry has a 25 year career in telecommunications. For 18 of the 25 years, Terry worked for Vodafone Group Plc/AirTouch Communications in a
variety of roles domestically and internationally including Group Strategy and Business Improvement Director, Regional President, Vodafone Americas which included
oversight of Vodafone's 45% interest in Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's venture capital activities, Group Human Resources Director & Chief of Staff, President
AirTouch Paging and Vice President/GM AirTouch Cellular-Southwest Market. He has also spent several years leading and advising small, growing technology companies
in roles including CEO, QComm International and as a Board member of Fiber Tower, 724 Solutions, and Sonim Technologies. Terry's focus in his 25 year
telecommunications industry has been the global expansion of the mobile industry as well as the more recent transition of the industry from a voice to data based
one with mobile as the "platform of the future."
In June 2012, Terry received an appointment by President Obama to serve as Ambassador, Head of U.S. Delegation for the World Conference on International Telecommunications which was held in December 2012 in Dubai. In this role, Terry led a 100+ person delegation of U.S. government, industry, and civil society representatives negotiating a treaty on international telecommunications policy. This delegation formulated and communicated the U.S. policy regarding the criticality of a free and open internet, the criticality of inclusive, multi stakeholder governance, the need to proactively address cybersecurity threats and the need for liberalized, open markets which encourage accelerated broadband access in markets worldwide.
Terry is currently a Distinguished Visitor at UCLA's Anderson School of Management teaching two courses on the evolution and innovation in the mobile communications industry and is also a Faculty Advisor in the Global Access Program and Strategic Management Research Program advising students working on client assignments involved in new market entry, product development and business strategy. From 2011-13, he was an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Harvard Business School.
Terry sits on the Boards of Envivio Corp. (NASDAQ: ENVI),TeleSign and TangoCard and also sits on the Boards of the Harvard Business School California Research Center, Larkin Street Youth Services and theWorld Affairs Council of Northern CA.
Terry holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from UCLA and MBA from Harvard University and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Public Safety Advisor
TJ Kennedy has had a 14 year career in wireless
technology and general management and is currently the
President of the First Responder Network Authority known
as FirstNet. Mr. Kennedy led FirstNet from a start up
inside the United States government to become a $40
Billion Public Private Partnership (PPP) that is
deploying a mission critical 4G LTE network in all 50 US
states, 5 territories, and the District of Columbia.
This PPP is the largest ever in the United States and is
now providing priority Public Safety communications to
Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services. Prior to
joining FirstNet TJ was the President of Raytheon JPS
Communications and led the Public Safety business at
Mr. Kennedy has created the new communications platform that will drive Public Safety technology for many years to come. Countries around the world are learning from the successful FirstNet model and are are seeking to emulate its success. Technologies companies listen to Mr. Kennedy on how they can benefit from the Internet of Life Saving Things (IoLST) and how to get public safety to embrace technology to improve the ways they respond, interact, and serve the public in their greatest time of need.
As a reliable and dedicated general manager Mr. Kennedy has defined and achieved organizational excellence and created complex business strategy that has achieved incredible results while working in a political environment with disparate stakeholders. Mr. Kennedy received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Ralph de la Vega
Ralph de la Vega is the founder and chairman of the
De La Vega Group. Mr. de la Vega is the former Vice
Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions &
International. In that capacity, he had overall
responsibility for the company’s integrated Business
Solutions group which, at the time served more than 3.5
million business customers in nearly 200 countries and
territories, including nearly all of the world’s Fortune
1000 companies. He also had overall responsibility
for AT&T’s wireless business operations in Mexico and
DIRECTV in Latin America.
Previously, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobile and Business Solutions, where he had overall responsibility for the company’s wireless and business services operations. Before that, he was President and CEO of AT&T Mobility. Under his leadership, AT&T Mobility became one of the world’s leading smartphone and mobile Internet providers and expanded into new growth areas such as connected cars, and home security and automation.
During his career he has held numerous executive positions, including COO of Cingular Wireless and President of BellSouth Latin America. As the COO of Cingular Wireless, Mr. de la Vega was responsible for the integration of AT&T Wireless and Cingular Wireless, following the largest all-cash merger in U.S. history at the time. As President of BellSouth Latin America, he was responsible for wireless operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Uruguay.
Mr. de la Vega retired from AT&T Dec. 31, 2016.
He serves on the boards of American Express Company, New York Life Insurance Company, and Amdocs Corporation. He is the former Chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and continues to serve on its board of directors. He also served as the Chairman of the 2017 Jamboree for the Boy Scouts.
He has received numerous awards recognizing his leadership, including induction into the U.S. Wireless Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, and the prestigious Global Innovation Award from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Mr. de la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from Northern Illinois University. He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from FAU.
He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity to Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).
He is a native of Cuba and resides in Florida.
Blair Levin serves as a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Project of the Brookings Institute. He also serves as the Executive Director of Gig.U: The Next Generation Network Innovation Project, an initiative of three dozen leading research university communities seeking to accelerate the deployment of next generation networks. From 2009-2010, Mr. Levin oversaw the development of the FCC's National Broadband Plan. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler cited Mr. Levin's work, noting that “no one's done more to advance broadband expansion and competition through the vision of the National Broadband Plan and Gig.U.” Prior to his work on the National Broadband Plan, Mr. Levin worked as an analyst at Legg Mason and Stifel Nicolaus. Barron's Magazine noted that in his work, he "has always been on top of developing trends and policy shifts in media and telecommunications … and has proved visionary in getting out in front of many of today's headline making events." From 1993-1997 Levin served as Chief of Staff to FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. Previously, Mr. Levin had practiced law in North Carolina, where he represented new communications ventures, as well as local governments. He is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Rear Admiral (ret.) David Simpson
Admiral David Simpson has influenced National Defense
and Homeland Security policy and provided cutting edge
Information, Communications Technology and Cybersecurity
solutions for over thirty years. Currently leading
Pelorus Consulting Services, he previously served as
Chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Public
Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013 to 2017.
As Bureau Chief, he oversaw public safety, homeland
security, emergency management, cybersecurity, and
disaster preparedness activities for over 30,000
commercial companies in the telecommunications sector.
He worked with public and private partners and through
the rule-making process to ensure that our nation's
networks are accessible, reliable, resilient, and
secure, ready to meet the public safety needs of
Americans during emergencies.
Admiral Simpson served as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) from 2011 to 2013. In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community. He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT).
From 2009 through 2010, as Director for Communications and Information Services for U.S. Forces Iraq in Baghdad, he synchronized strategic and operational-level communications for U.S. Forces and assisted the Government of Iraq in building capacity for the information and communications technology sector. Simpson's extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.
Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He earned a master's degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School. Recipient of the Navy's Copernicus Award, Federal Computing Weekly's FED 100 Award and the Next Generation 911 Institute's 2017 Government Leader Award.
Jonathan has been involved in the development, financing
and/or growth of more than a dozen consumer businesses,
primarily in the telecommunications, technology and
For 15 years Jonathan worked closely with Sir Richard Branson, one of the world's most inspiring and prolific entrepreneurs. He held several senior positions at Virgin Group, ultimately being appointed CEO of Virgin Group North America, where he oversaw the development of the Virgin brand and portfolio in the region.
Jonathan was an early executive at commercial spaceflight venture Virgin Galactic, a co-founder of The Spaceship Company, which designs and manufactures advanced composite structures for Virgin Galactic and others, and was heavily involved in the financing, launch and growth of low-fare airline Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA, acquired by Alaska Airlines). He served on the boards of all three companies as well as the board of Virgin Atlantic and others.
Jonathan left Virgin in 2013 to become CEO of Filip Technologies, creator of ‘FiLIP' – an award-winning wearable phone and locator for kids, enabling parents and kids to stay connected and kids to get help in an emergency. FiLIP was the first consumer wearable with fully independent cellular voice-calling capability to achieve FCC and PTCRB certifications, and was launched with major wireless carriers AT&T and Telefonica. After the business was sold in 2016, Jonathan formed TriBeCa Advisory Partners to advise clients on strategy, business development, business model optimization and financing.
Jonathan is a mentor at leading business accelerator Techstars and is a co-owner of the San Francisco Deltas professional soccer team. Originally from the UK, he is a graduate of the University of Warwick and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in London. He lives in New York City with his wife and young daughter.
Adrian Fenty is the former mayor of Washington, D.C. Fenty is a special advisor at Andreessen Horowitz, providing government and strategic business
development expertise. At Andreessen Horowitz contributes solutions to some of the world's most innovative technology companies.
Before advising for Andreessen Horowitz, Adrian Fenty served as Special Counsel for Klores Perry Mitchell, P.C. At Klores Perry Mitchell, P.C., Fenty improved the firm's ability to prosecute cases by utilizing his experience in strategic planning, business judgment, and education reforms.
Previous to joining Klores Perry Mitchell, P.C., Adrian Fenty was a special advisor for the education technology company EverFi. Fenty provided outreach and strategic business development to EverFi, offering financial, digital, and civic education programs to school districts across the nation.
Adrian Fenty was the Mayor of the District of Columbia between 2007 and 2011, where he championed unprecedented initiatives to tackle challenges facing the Nation's Capital. As mayor, Fenty gained recognition as a national leader in urban education reform. Adrian Fenty raised students test scores, increased graduation rates, and achieved the first increase in enrollment in 39 years. Among his notorious accomplishments, Adrian Fenty maintained a rapid pace of development and achieved a AAA bond rating for the District of Columbia despite the worst economic recession since the 1930s. Fenty also reduced homicides rates by 23%, a reduction over two times greater than the nationwide reduction and streamlined government operations to improve services for residents. Adrian Fenty is also known for the expansion of affordable housing in the nation's capital, creating over 11,000 units of affordable housing and launching the Housing First program, which is now a national model for providing permanent housing for the homeless.
Adrian Fenty obtained a J.D. from the Howard University School of Law and a B.A. in English and Economics from Oberlin College.
Andrew Klaber is a Partner at Paulson & Company, an
investment management firm.
Since 2002, Andrew has served as the founder, chairman, and chairman emeritus of Even Ground (www.evenground.org), an international non-profit organization that annually provides more than 2,000 children who have been affected by HIV/AIDS and poverty with academic scholarships, basic healthcare, and nutrition in South Africa and Uganda. Even Ground has received philanthropic support from institutions like the Goldman Sachs, Google, Pfizer, and Levi's foundations and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today, among other publications.
Originally from Buffalo Grove, Illinois, Andrew graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa president from Yale College, where he was a Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and First-Team USA Today Academic All-American, and received the David Everett Chantler Award for "best exemplifying the qualities of courage, strength of character, and high moral purpose" and Hadley Prize (valedictorian) at graduation. He earned Masters of Science degrees in Financial Economics and Economic History from Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and holds a JD/MBA from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, where he graduated with Distinction and as the Dean's Award winner.
Klaber received the President's Environmental Youth Award at the White House for his "efforts and commitment to the environment" and the Yale-Jefferson Public Service Award for his "innovative and sustained contributions to society," served with the United Nations Inter-Agency Task Force on Orphaned and Vulnerable Children, and presented Even Ground at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Andrew rowed on the Yale lightweight crew (2002 national champions), ran in the Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Hamptons, London, New York (2009, 2013, 2016), Paris, Philadelphia, Valencia, and Washington D.C. marathons, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, and pedaled 4,200-miles (New Haven, CT to San Francisco, CA) to raise awareness and financial support for Habitat for Humanity.
Andrew serves or has served on the boards of AEI Enterprise Club (Founder), Association of Marshall Scholars (President), Bowery Mission Young Philanthropists, Brookings Society (Founder), Center for Jewish History Legacy Council, Echoing Green Social Investment Council (Co-Chair), Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces Young Leadership, Harvard Law School Overseers' Committee, International Rescue Committee GenR (President), Jewish Museum Young Patrons, Juilliard Club, Learning Matters, Magdalen Society, Morgan Library Young Fellows, Natan, New York Needs You Young Leadership Board, New York Public Library Young Lions, Public Theater Young Partners, Russell Trust Association (Treasurer & Capital Campaign Chair), Truman Scholars Association, United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Young Wall Street (Co-Chair), and Yale Alumni Fund.
Klaber is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Term Member Program, Trilateral Commission David Rockefeller Fellowship, Partnership for New York City David Rockefeller Fellows Program, Wexner Heritage Program, Economic Club of New York, and New York State Bar. He is a co-author of the book, Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (2012), and he is a Fellow at Trumbull College, Yale University.
Jose Mejia was born into a working class family in rural
Venezuela. Learning was an area where Jose excelled and
he earned a scholarship to attend a private high school
for wealthy students, where he privately tutored many of
his schoolmates. While his high school experience
provided Jose with the cornerstone of his education, it
was the lessons that his mother taught him at an early
age that have provided him with the true foundation of
Eager to continue his education, Josoure moved to the United States alone at age 16 with only 100 dollars. While working 5 different jobs he attended the University of Michigan and earned a bachelor's of science degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering. Eventually Jose also earned an MBA in Finance and Operations Research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business as well as an honorary doctorate from the W.P. Carey Graduate School of Business at the Arizona State University.
Jose is working with several Software as a Service companies, Big Data and Digital advising companies, sports and family owned enterprises, etc. Jose is on the Board of Grandata, OnRule, RapidSOS. Jose enjoys leading the Strategy, Talent and Enterprise Digitalization spaces. As an example, at Grandata he is the lead Business Development/Strategy and growth driver. Grandata is a data monetization human insight and mobile advertising company with over 30 patents written in the space of human dynamics and prediction through understanding location, mobility, social and financial information, they have grown 500% in the past 2 years and are EBITDA+ and Cash Flow positive. Jose is also a Lead Operational and Executive coach, he joins businesses at the Board level and typically leads Strategy, execution and Business Development as well as Talent and Compensation Management.
Jose is a technology savvy leader and extremely astute at reading the true under-currents of a situation. He is an active Operational Coach and an avid facilitator to several families, CEO’s and COO’s of companies ranging from 50 Million in revenue to over 4 Billion. Jose has been involved in the launch of more that 10 start-ups world-wide. He has been engaged in over 48 Mergers & Acquisitions valued between 20 MM to over 30 Billion dollars. He has written and worked on the transformation of the IT world and how to execute the digitalization of the enterprise, using his knowledge of transforming functional verticals like manufacturing, procurement and the Hardware/server side of enterprises.
He was Senior Vice President, Business Capability Enablement Group for Juniper Networks, a $4 Billion dollar global network infrastructure, software and services until October 2011. He was Chairman and CEO of Medis Technologies. Jose was President of Lucent Technologies’ Worldwide Operations and Customer Support/Installation organization and Leader of Simplification for Lucent. He had worldwide responsibilities, across 70+ countries and a high of over 80 thousand people. He also led a significant portion of Bell Labs researchers and was the primary sales leader for the Latin speaking world. He was a key driver and founder of companies like Bay Networks (the first companies to create routers for the internet), Ariba, Alliente, e2open, etc. Mejia spent seven years at Ford Motor Company where he played a pivotal role in implementing Ford 2000, and was a Global Product Manager at IBM out of college. Introduced over 180 new products in his career, from new automotive models to new glass and plastic containers to personal computers and network systems. From fiber optics to power supplies to fuel cells, memory chips and complex semiconductor products.
Jose is the recipient of the “Ellis Island” Medal of Honor. The Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation named Jose “Engineer of the Year”. They were both given by the United States Congress to distinguished immigrants and scientists.
Jose founded an abandoned children’s foundation called Unamos.org in Venezuela in 2001, which helped over 30 thousand abandoned children from the streets and provided them with education, many are college graduates today. He served for 8 years as the operating Board member of Pella Windows and Doors and Liberty Property Trust. He is active in B-Peace Foundation helping small and Medium size business grow and create jobs in underdeveloped countries and advises many family owned enterprises.
Public Safety Advisor
Bob Freinberg is a recognized leader, visionary, and
strategist known for building high-energy,
high-performing teams that 'hit the numbers'. His
ability to develop unique employee qualities through
personal coaching, ensuring their success, sets him
apart from his peers. An example of this leadership is
his success in concluding three sales of employer (Plant
Holdings, Inc.) to one private equity and two strategic
buyers, growing company revenue from $20M to over $100M
during these phases.
Most recently, Mr. Freinberg served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Airbus DS Communications, Inc. from 2011 to April of 2017. Under his leadership, the company received the 2016 Frost & Sullivan Next Generation 9-1-1 Company of the Year Award recognizing superior performance in three key areas: demand generation, brand development, and competitive positioning.
Prior to his role as CEO, Mr. Freinberg held key leadership positions, each time creating platforms for growth and exceeding revenue and EBIT targets. At then-PlantCML, he served as Vice President of Sales, orchestrating a successful turnaround, driving sales and profit growth, and energizing the business. As the Vice President and General Manager of the Public Safety Business Unit, he was instrumental in producing 5X growth in only 7 years.
Early in his career, Mr. Freinberg worked for GTE (now Verizon) in roles of increasing responsibility. He held many staff positions such as the Director of Business Market Strategy, Market Research, Competitive Analysis, and Pricing. Later, Mr. Freinberg served as Vice President and General Manager of the Payphone & Wireless Division where he generated record earnings performance in HI, WA, CA, and OR for $250M a business—winning the 1993 Division of the Year Award among 3 other regions by over-performing on all criteria. As the Vice President and General Manager of Business Sales & Service, he led the turnaround of a last-place (#9) telecom division to the #1 ranking $260M division within 3 years, managing a $25M expense budget and 250 employees.
Always the innovator, Mr. Freinberg later became Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Networks Telephony Corporation where he sold the industry’s first global PC-to-PC internet telephone service (in the pre-Skype era) over a private network serving 42 countries.
Building on his international experience, Mr. Freinberg has provided VoIP consulting/advisory services to startups serving European, Asian, Caribbean, and North American markets.
Mr. Freinberg holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Baltimore, where he graduated summa cum laude and earned the Wall Street Journal Award as top business graduate. He also holds an MBA in Marketing, Distribution, and Logistics (cum laude) from Michigan State University.
Public Safety Advisor
Steve Souder is a nationally and internationally
recognized and respected, authority and leader in the
9-1-1 public safety communications profession and
During his extensive forty-eight year 9-1-1 career, he has served in four jurisdictions of the National Capital Region (NCR); i.e. Washington, DC, Arlington County, VA, Montgomery County, MD and Fairfax County, VA…..the latter three, spanning 31 years, as the 9-1-1 center director. During his tenure in Virginia he worked very closely with the Virginia Information Technology Agency, Integrated Services Program, 9-1-1 Services Board and when in Maryland with the Maryland Emergency Number (9-1-1) Systems Board…..on a wide variety of issues. Recently, Maryland Governor Hogan appointed Steve to the Maryland Emergency Number (9-1-1) Systems Board.
Steve is a frequent guest speaker, presenter, spokesperson, writer and consultant on 9-1-1 matters, and on numerous occasions has provided testimony before Congress and state legislative bodies.
In 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) selected Steve to serve as chair of the Task Force on Optimal PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) [aka…..9-1-1 Center] Architecture. The report, just issued (fcc.gov/tfopa), provides the nation's 9-1-1 community, Local and State government appointed and elected officials…..a way forward for the implementation of the Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1).
Steve is Life Member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Additionally, he has served as the chair of the Metropolitan Washington (DC) Council of Governments (MWCOG) 9-1-1 Director's Committee. Steve is also active in the Congressional NG9-1-1 Institute, of the Congressional NG9-1-1 Caucus.
In addition to his distinguished 9-1-1 career, Steve is a highly decorated former Senior Chief Firefighter (retired) of the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
During Steve's career he, with his 9-1-1 communications center personnel at that time, were involved in many historic events including; the massive fires that swept Washington, DC following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the shooting of President Ronald Reagan, crash of Air Florida Flight 90 into the Potomac River, 9-11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Washington Beltway Sniper event in 2002 and the massive derecho storm and associated wide-spread 9-1-1 outage of 2012…..plus many more.
Additional information about Steve Souder is available via Google and LinkedIn.
Public Safety Advisor
Christy Williams is the 9-1-1 Program Manager for the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG),
administrative agency for 9-1-1 in fourteen counties. NCTCOG serves 44 Public-Safety Answering Points in an area surrounding Dallas/Ft.
Worth. Christy has been in the 9-1-1 industry for over twenty years and previously held the positions of Operation/Communications
Specialist and Public Education/Training Coordinator.
Christy currently also serves as the President of NENA, the National Emergency Number Association. She has previously held positions on the Texas NENA Chapter Board as North Coordinator, Secretary/Treasurer and President and has served as President of the 9-1-1 Public Educators of Texas. She chaired the national NENA Public Education Committee for 7 years. Christy was honored with the Laverne Hogan Award in 2011 and currently serves on the national NENA Educational Advisory Board.
Public Safety Advisor
Thera Bradshaw is an expert in public policy, administration, strategic business and technology planning,
implementation and operation of 3-1-1 and 9-1-1 public safety communications systems. She is an internationally recognized leader in the
digital cities movement and is well known as the champion for public access through electronic government. Ms. Bradshaw is the Chief
Executive Officer of TKC Consulting Group, LLC, with a practice specializing in development of strategic business plans, implementation
of technology solutions, and building effective public relations/ communications strategies focused on meeting clients business needs
to better serve the public.
Ms. Bradshaw is currently on the e9-1-1 Institute Board of Directors. She is the former Chief Information Officer of the City of Los Angeles, where she oversaw all IT and telecommunications activities and five public safety LMR radio systems. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Bradshaw served as its Manager in charge of Strategic Planning and Regulatory Activities. She is also the previous International President of the Association of Public Safety Officials and National President of the National Emergency Number Association. Ms. Bradshaw has been named one of the top municipal CIO's by Government Technology Magazine.
Ms. Bradshaw's professional leadership extends to State, National, and International roles serving in appointed and elected position on a variety of boards and committees. She has authored numerous publications, is an in demand public speaker, and has testified before the United States Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. Ms. Bradshaw championed new college programs that were successfully adopted by the Boards of Higher Education in Oregon and California.
Ms. Bradshaw has received numerous honors. She has been named 2010/2011 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. She was recently honored by Government Technology as the top technology innovator in America. Thera is recognized as one of the top Executive Women of leadership in Public Safety. Former Washington State Governor Gary Locke recognized Thera for her International leadership improving the quality of life in America.
Public Safety Advisor
Patrick Halley currently serves as the Executive Director of the NG9-1-1 Institute, a non-profit organization
that works with the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus to promote deployment of advanced and effective 9-1-1 and Next Generation 9-1-1
services throughout the nation. Previously, Patrick served at the Federal Communications Commission, most recently as Associate Chief
of the Wireline Competition Bureau. He also served as a legal advisor to Chairman Wheeler on multiple topics as well as the Deputy
Director of the FCC's Technology Transitions Policy Task Force.
Before joining the FCC, Mr. Halley spent over 5 years as the Director of Government Affairs for NENA – The 9-1-1 Association where he was NENA's main architect of policy and strategy and served as the association's liaison with Congress, the FCC and other government agencies and organizations on key issues affecting 9-1-1 and emergency communications. He served as the national 9-1-1 representative on the DHS SAFECOM Emergency Response Council and represented NENA on the FCC's Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). Prior to that, Mr. Halley served as the Deployment Director for COMCARE, a non-profit emergency response alliance. Patrick Halley is an active presenter and speaker at national public safety and communications industry conferences.
Public Safety Advisor
As Principal at Frequentis, Wolfgang Kampichler is actively contributing to innovation and technical expertise
for future Public Safety communication or technologies in Europe and abroad. In this role he is a recognised expert on NG9-1-1/NG112 and
speaker at industry and customer events addressing topics related to VoIP and emergency services. Recently, he participated with Frequentis
in the first ever NG112 emergency communications interoperability Plugtests in Europe. The event, organised by ETSI and EENA was designed
to trial independently and jointly all components of the 112 communication chain based on NG112 networks.
He is an engineer by profession. Wolfgang started his career as a research assistant at the Department of Computer Science (Vienna University of Technology) and was awarded with the degree of Doctor in technical sciences in 2002. Since then he has acquired international expertise in emergency communications when chairing the planning committee for the NENA Industry Collaboration Event #5 (ICE 5) and co-chairing NENA ICE 6 and represents Frequentis with his profound knowledge in order to support standardisation working groups in public safety and air traffic management. He holds the position as Chair of the EENA Technical Committee and focuses on technical topics ranging from the discussion of standards and deployment of IP-based emergency services to information sharing for safety-critical issues.
Public Safety Advisor
For over three decades, Fletch has contributed to the telecommunications industry from all perspectives. He has spent time as a Police Dispatcher,
field technician, and a Systems Engineer building large global private voice networks. He has helped navigate the transition from TDM to VoIP and now to SIP and WebRTC,
and holds several US Patents focused on NG9-1-1 additional data, and call handling functionality.
Widely known for his customer advocacy, and work on Public Safety Standards, Fletch was honored by the NG9-1-1 Institute where he was awarded the Industry/Technology Professional Private Sector Award by Congress and the NG9-1-1 Institute.
As Avaya's Chief Architect for Worldwide Public Safety Solutions, Fletch manages the roadmap and strategy for Avaya solutions and ensures they meet the emerging requirements for Next Generation emergency communications in both the Enterprise and Government sectors here and abroad. He is a popular keynote speaker at many industry events, and produces several weekly Podcasts and CONNECTED Blogs covering emerging technologies and trending industry news.
In addition to his internal role, Fletcher represents Avaya as an active member in the major Public Safety organizations NENA, EENA, APCO Intl. and British APCO. He is a key author of the NENA MLTS/PBX model legislation, and an active contributor on the NENA NG9-1-1 transition standards. He was appointed to the APCO Standards Development Committee in 2014, maintains a Vice-Chair role on the EENA NG112 Technical Committee, and holds a position on the NENA Institute Board, defining standards for their Emergency Number Professional certification program. Fletcher regularly advises the FCC through participation in various committees and Task Force groups such as the EAAC, the DAC and the newly formed Task Force for Optimized PSAP Architectures.
One of Fletcher's most recent accomplishments is the introduction of Kari's Law, protecting MLTS users after the tragic death of Kari Hunt in a Marshall, Texas hotel in 2013, where her 9-year old daughter was unable to dial 9-1-1 while her mother was being brutally murdered just a few feet away by her estranged husband. In addition to attention at the Federal level in the FCC, new legislation in Suffolk County, NY, Illinois, Maryland and Texas were the direct result of those efforts.
Francesca Dominici, PhD
Medical & Academic Advisor
Dr. Francesca Dominici is a Professor of Biostatistics, Senior Associate Dean for Research, and
Associate Dean of Information Technology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Dominici's research
focuses on the development of statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data. She leads several
interdisciplinary groups with the goal of addressing important questions in health policy, comparative effectiveness
research, environmental health science, and climate change.
In her role as Senior Associate Dean for Research, Dr. Dominici oversees the School's Office of Research Strategy and Development (ORSD) and leads ORSD's flagship faculty grant-writing short course. In addition to her own extensive research program, Dr. Dominici has provided scientific leadership in the submission of numerous proposals designed to advance the University's scientific innovation.
In her role as Associate Dean of Information Technology, Dr. Dominici has positioned the Chan School at the forefront of the Big Data revolution. Dr. Dominici worked closely with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) to allow Chan School faculty, researchers, staff, and students to access the FAS Research Computing environment (Odyssey). Odyssey is Harvard's largest supercomputer, spanning 9,641 square feet dedicated to compute. Access to Odyssey has transformed the research computing landscape at the Chan School, allowing faculty to pursue Big Data driven research that is pushing the frontiers of science.
Dr. Dominici was recently recognized in Reuter's 2015 list of the most highly cited researchers, ranking in the top 1% of scientists cited in her field.
Dr. Dominici is the current chair of the Committee for the Advancement of Women Faculty at the Chan School, illustrating her career-long commitment to promoting diversity in academia.
Joyce A. Bender
Medical & Academic Advisor
Joyce A. Bender is the founder and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc., a firm that recruits and hires people with disabilities in the public
and private sectors, who are trained in the information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources, and general business areas. Bender partners with
corporations and federal agencies in order to assist them with achieving their diversity and workforce inclusion initiatives across the U. S. and Canada.
In 1985, Joyce had a life-threatening accident due to epilepsy that caused a cerebral hemorrhage that required subsequent brain surgery. Against all odds, Joyce recovered from this accident that left her with a 60 percent hearing loss in one ear and a realization that she had epilepsy. As a result of her personal experience, she developed a passion for helping people with disabilities and established Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in September 1995.
Joyce is the immediate past-chair of the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the former chair of the national Epilepsy Foundation board of directors. Joyce is a member of the 2013 Geneva College Advancement Board. She is a board member of the AAPD, the national Epilepsy Foundation, the Epilepsy Foundation of Western/Central Pennsylvania, Variety the Children's Charity of Pittsburgh, and Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Joyce is on the Board of Advisors for the Homeless Children's Education Fund, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carlow University, and a member of the National Advisory Group of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Awards received by Joyce Bender include the following:
- 2015 Volunteers of America Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2013 AAPD Justice for All Corporate Award
- 2013 Geneva Distinguished Service Award
- 2011 Epilepsy Foundation Hero of Epilepsy Award
- 2008 YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh Tribute to Women Award in the Entrepreneur Category
- 2008 Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award
- 2007 Achieva Sattler Humanitarian Award
- 2006 Easter Seals Distinguished Service Award
- 2005 UCP of Pittsburgh's Gertrude Labowitz Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2003 Bush Administration's New Freedom Initiative Award
- 1999 President's Award, received from President Clinton at the White House, for her efforts in furthering the employment and empowerment of people with disabilities
Joyce has been featured in various periodicals including “Reader's Digest”, “New York Times”, “Investor's Business Daily”, “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”, and “Chicago Tribune”. Ms. Bender holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Geneva College, and hosts the weekly radio show, “Disability Matters with Joyce Bender” on www.voiceamerica.com.
Mariusz Ziejewski, PhD
Medical & Academic Advisor
Dr. Ziejewski is a Professor in the College of Engineering, and Director of the Impact Biomechanics Laboratory and of the Automotive Systems Laboratory,
North Dakota State University (NDSU). He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, University of North Dakota School of Medicine. His professional
activities include research in mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) sponsored by agencies such as the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD), Air Force and Army; and
a member of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Collaboration Group on Human Brain Modeling and of the Biomechanical Brain Injury Evaluation research
group at the MeritCare Trauma Center.
Dr. Ziejewski has chaired scientific peer review committees for the DoD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Traumatic Brain Injury (PTSD/TBI) Research Program and has also been a reviewer for different DoD grant programs. He is the founding Chair of the North American Brain Injury Society (NABIS) Blast Injury Institute (BII), Editor-in-Chief for NABIS Conferences and Proceedings, and the NABIS Chairperson.
He has presented at numerous national/ international governmental/non-governmental meetings, and has published three book chapters on brain and neck injury, and over eighty technical refereed articles.
Scott Stern, PhD
Medical & Academic Advisor
Scott Stern is currently the David Sarnoff Professor of Management and Chair of the Technological Innovation
Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Stern examines how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy. His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management. Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy.
Stern has worked extensively with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship. This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance. In recent years, Stern has developed a popular new MIT Sloan elective, Entrepreneurial Strategy, co-founded the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, advised the development of the Social Progress Index, and served as the lead MIT investigator on the US Cluster Mapping Project.
Stern began his career at MIT, where he taught from 1995 to 2001. Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Stern is the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). At NBER, Stern focused his research on the impact of information technology on emergency healthcare outcomes and costs. In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship.
Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.
Scott Goldberg, PhD
Medical & Academic Advisor
Dr. Goldberg is the EMS Director in the Emergency Department at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and an Instructor
in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as the Associate Medical Director at the Professional Ambulance (Pro EMS) and
Pro EMS Center for MEDICS.
Dr. Goldberg brings significant experience in the practice, teaching, and leadership of emergency medicine. He has been active with Texas Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue in addition to being an operations level CONTOMS (Counter Narcotics & Terrorism Operational Medical Support) EMT-T. Prior to joining BWH, Dr. Goldberg held several leadership positions in EMS, including the Assistant Medical Director of Dallas Fire Rescue and several small suburban fire-based EMS systems.
Dr. Goldberg has published several medical papers on emergency care and response. His research interests include the improvement of EMS response and care, community paramedicine, and mobile integrated health.
Preet Anand was the founder and CEO of Patronus - recently acquired by RapidSOS. Patronus was featured during
The White House's Smarter Cities initiative, helped save multiple lives, and was requested by students at over
700 campuses across the country. He recently created reportjohn.org in partnership with the City of Oakland as
a first-of its kind way for community members to report sex trafficking.
Previously, he was the youngest Lead Product Manager in Zynga's history. In college, he co-led Team California's entry in the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon home building competition - ultimately winning 3rd place internationally.
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We want our employees to be happy and healthy both inside and outside of work. We know that everyone is different, so what we offer is constantly evolving based on employee needs and feedback.
Say goodbye to tracked days of time off and say hello to unlimited vacation. Take the time you need to do your best work. We work hard so you can play hard, too.
Located right in the heart of the Big Apple, there is never a shortage of events, art, music, spots, and more going on right outside our door.
We take health seriously. That's why we offer our full-time employees a diverse set of medical, dental, and vision options
FLEXIBLE WORK ENVIRONMENT
We realize there are times where you may need to work outside the office. That's why we are flexible about employees working with their team to figure out what they need to stay happy.
Aside from the daily hustle, we enjoy bowling tournaments, office olympics, a kitchen full of snacks, team dinners, an annual team off-site and more!
SHARE YOUR PASSION
Whether you're new to the area or just want to share your hobbies, we have groups for everything from frisbee players to weekend sailors, NFL fans, Smash Brothers enthusiasts and more.