Event Schedule

Tuesday

March

14

2:00pm – 5:00pm

Check In/Registration

Location: Level 3 (Top of the escalator)

7:00pm-10:00pm

Opening Event Featuring Musician Shelby Lee Lowe

Meet us on the rooftop by the pool for Tennessee Country music, a taco bar, food and drinks. 

The Overlook at Embassy Suites Downtown Nashville Rooftop Lounge

Sponsored By 

6:00pm-10:00pm

Exhibit Setup

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

Wednesday

March

15

7:00am-9:30am

Exhibit Setup

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

9:00am -5:30pm

Check-In/Registration

Level 3 (Top of the Escalator)

10:00am-7:30pm

Sponsor Exhibits Open

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

10:00am-11:00am

COFFEE, TEA & BEVERAGES

A full breakfast is offered by the Embassy Suites from 6:30am-9:30am in the Harmony Restaurant: Level 4

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

10:00am-11:00am     Wed. 3-15-2023

Opening Remarks Meet the FISPA Board, FISPA Bingo with prize giveaways and more

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

11:00am-11:30am     Wed. 3-15-2023

“Achieving Network Autonomy “

John Sweeting, ARIN's Chief Customer Officer

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

11:30am-12:00pm     Wed. 3-15-2023

Transitioning to an Experience Provider 

Jeff Brown, Calix Senior Director Field Marketing

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

12:00pm-1:15pm

LUNCH

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

1:30pm-2:15pm     Wed. 3-15-2023

Long Haul Transport – lit vs dark, DWDM, equipment, gotchas, etc

Ken Williams

Moderated by Kevin Brown

Panel: Chris MacGregor (Tejas), Clark Scott (Adva), Sanja Bhatia (DZS)

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

Managing BDC and ACP – How to lessen the pain

Moderated by Thomas Forte

Panel: Brian Webster (Regulatory Solutions), John Willis (Inteserra)

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

2:30pm-3:15pm     Wed. 3-15-2023

What is New in VOIP

Moderated by Kevin Brown

Panel: Mark Averi (Averistar), Jim Dalton (TransNexus), Jim Peace (Peace Communications)

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

Creating a Hybrid Product

Moderated by Elise Brentnall

Panel: Brian Young (IP Pay, WISPA Board Members), Darrell Brown (Adtran, regional VP Sales), Donn Heffner (Siklu Director Eastern Division), Derek Anderson (IP Architechs, Director Business Development), Steven Clyne (Leaf, Business Development Officer) 

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

3:30pm-4:15pm

BREAK with the Sponsors

Selection of artisan cured meats & cheese, dried fruits, marcona almonds, local honey, crostini & beverages

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

4:30pm-5:15pm     Wed. 3-15-2023

Construction Management Challenges – Discussion of safety, fleet management, utility locating, repairs, etc.

Moderated by Nick Pena

Panel: Dan Brinkman (AW Safety)

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

Is All Revenue Created Equal (M&A discussion)

Moderated by Thomas Garrett

Panel: Jeff Kohler (Rise Broadband), Rich Pierce (Focus Investment Banking) 

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

5:30pm-7:30pm

Cocktail Reception

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

Sponsored By

       

9:00pm-11:00pm

Nightcap Roundtable for CEO’s & Owner’s

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

Riverbed D Conference Room

Thursday

March

16

8:00am-5:00pm

Sponsor Exhibits Open

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

8:30am-10:00am

COFFEE, TEA & BEVERAGES

A full breakfast is offered by the Embassy Suites from 6:30am-9:30am in the Harmony Restaurant: Level 4

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

9:00am-9:15am     Thur. 3-16-2023

Morning Kick-Off with Prize Giveaways

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

9:15am-10:00am     Thur. 3-16-2023

Revenue Around IoT

FISPA Live 2022

Mark Ogden & Noelani McGadden

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

10:15am-10:45am     Thur. 3-16-2023

How to Turn Up More Customers Quickly

FISPA Live 2022

Josh Johnson & Nick Pena

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

11:00am-11:45am     Thur. 3-16-2023

Finding Gold in GEMS – Selling to Government, Education & Medical

Paul Chapman

Moderated by Paul Chapman

Panel: Sharat Nagaraj (Celito), Ken Williams (Allied Telecom Group)

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

So You Want to Cross a Railroad (& other permitting challenges)

Paul Chapman

Moderated by Nick Pena

Panel:  Jack Cathey (Megawatt Communications)

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

12:00pm-1:15pm

LUNCH

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

12:30pm-1:00pm     Thur. 3-16-2023

“Where Are We” – Status Report on Federal Funding

Paul Chapman

KEYNOTE Steve Coran

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

Steve Coran is chair of Lerman Senter’s Broadband, Spectrum and Communications Infrastructure practice group. He represents broadband providers, private equity firms, equipment and technology companies, and new technology firms, serving their policy, transactional, compliance, and licensing needs. He also actively represents a trade association before the FCC, Congress, and other federal agencies in matters involving spectrum policy, Internet regulation, the Universal Service Fund, and other proceedings affecting wireless broadband service providers and other wireless technology interests.

Steve has extensive experience in negotiating complex, multi-party transactions for the purchase, sale, and financing of established and start-up communications businesses, and also drafting and negotiating spectrum lease, tower lease, dark fiber, and other agreements. He has represented financial institutions and foreign companies in connection with public and private investments. Steve also advises on regulatory compliance and FCC enforcement matters. Recently, his work assisted a client in obtaining, through a competitive process, significant federal funding to build a territory-wide gigabit fiber network. In another matter, he credits his team’s “expert advocacy and attention to detail” for creating a positive result in an FCC enforcement proceeding.

Steve comes by his communications law career honestly, having spent his undergraduate years as a news reporter for radio stations in his native Ohio. Learning to write for the ear and the eye and ask hard questions makes him a persuasive communicator and an effective builder of successful relationships to promote advocacy results. Steve spreads the word through frequent presentations at seminars and conferences on a wide variety of regulatory, legislative, and communications industry issues.

Steve is A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest peer review rating available to attorneys, and one which provides an objective indicator that a lawyer has the highest ethical standards and professional ability.

1:30pm-2:15pm     Thur. 3-16-2023

Community Partnerships & Government Relations

Chris Frost

Moderated by Elise Brentnall

Panel: Thomas Garrett (Idea Tech) Phil Esparza President Elect (San Juan Bautista Rotary Club), Marilyn Librers (Council Member City of Morgan Hill, California), Alexia Rapoport (Housing Program Manager City of Seaside, California), Marsha Berlinski (Senior Vice President of Retail Lending Key Point Credit Union & President Balanced Access), Chris Frost (Cruzio), Jose Aranda (Planning Commissioner City San Juan Bautista) 

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

Building a Door-to-Door Sales Team

(& other ways to increase fiber to the home penetration)

Paul Chapman

Moderated by Nate Oswald

Panel: Stats Zotov

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

2:30pm-3:00pm     Thur. 3-16-2023

Maximizing TDM Profits While Reducing Your TDM Footprint!

FISPA Live 2022

Narendra Rajwanshi

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

Narendra Rajwanshi has been a Telecommunication Industry professional for 22 years, specializing in the Fiber Optic communication domain.  Currently, he is the Head of Solutions Engineering in North America for Tejas Networks, India’s premier Telecommunications equipment provider.

Narendra’s Expertise and Experience is largely built on fiber optic technologies viz. SDH/SONET, xWDM, CarrierEthernet.  In addition to Tejas Networks, he’s worked for companies such as Reliance communications, FLAG Telecom and TATA communications.   Narendra grew up in Mumbai and is a graduate of Mumbai University.

3:00pm-3:30pm

BREAK with the Sponsors

Assorted treats from Nashville to include goo goo clusters, colt bolts and fruit tea.

Pre Function area near

3:30pm-4:15pm     Thur. 3-16-2023

ChatGPT and AI to Help with Marketing, Social Media Content & Product Development

Chris Frost

Joe White

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

What’s New in the Core – A conversation on network management, routing & network security

Ken Williams

Moderated by Mike Francis

Panel: Narendra Rajwanshi

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

4:15pm-5:00pm     Thur. 3-16-2023

Leadership in a Post Pandemic World

Chris Frost

Jeff Sesol

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

Join Jeff Sesol – 30+ Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker for this Leadership workshop. Learn how things have changed since the pandemic and gain insight into some leadership tactics that will help you get the most out of your people.  Jeff is the CEO and Founder of Pull the Chute (www.pullthechute.net) a Business, Executive and Leadership Coaching Firm. They believe if you grow your people, you will grow your company. 

5:30pm-TBD

Pub Crawl!!! Meet at the 1st Bar – The Whiskey Shot

Meet at “The Whiskey Shot” for drink & appetizers: 

1. The Whiskey Shot: 209 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

This venue has two entrances. Everyone should enter the building through the Printers Alley entrance. Staff will greet all attendees upon arrival and will distribute wristbands & drink beads to each guest.

2. Alley Taps: 162 Printers Alley, Nashville, TN 37201

3. Bowie’s: 174 3rd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201

4. Final Bar “Famous Nashville” for food: 110 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 

Friday

March

17

8:30am-1:00pm

Sponsor Exhibits Open

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

 

8:30am-10:00am

COFFEE, TEA & BEVERAGES

A full breakfast is offered by the Embassy Suites from 6:30am-9:30am in the Harmony Restaurant: Level 4

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

10:00am-10:45am     Fri. 3-17-2023

Outsourcing Survey Results

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

11:00am-11:45am     Fri. 3-17-2023

Strategies to Win Customers Over from Another Platform

Ken Williams

Peter Radizeski

Mossy Ridge A – Crossvine 3rd Floor

New Regulatory Requirements

Paul Chapman

Moderated by Thomas Forte

Panel: Steve Coran

Mossy Ridge B – Crossvine 3rd Floor

12:00pm-1:15pm

LUNCH

Meadows Ballroom – Crossvine 3rd Floor

1:30pm-3:00pm

Exhibit Tear Down

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