About the Managing Director
Marc Robins serves as President of SIP Forum LLC (the operating U.S. subsidiary of the SIP Forum) and as the consulting Managing Director of the SIP Forum.
Marc has been involved in the telecommunications industry as a reporter and analyst, editor and author, trade show producer and publisher, and marketing executive and consultant for more than 25 years. With a perspective honed by decades of consistent industry analysis and coverage, Marc is an internationally recognized authority in the field of IP telephony and new IP communications technologies and their commercial applications.
Marc recently launched the new IP communications industry information portal IP Communications Insights, with partner and leading industry analyst/blogger Jon Arnold. IP Communications Insights is intended to serve as a portal for independent thought leadership and market intelligence not readily available elsewhere. IP Communications Insights hosts an IP communications industry newsletter, blogs, podcasts, and newsfeeds. Plans also include the publication of focused industry reports.
Marc is also the founder and Chief Technology Evangelism Officer of Robins Consulting Group (RCG), an IP Communications industry consultancy founded in 2003 that offers market intelligence and strategy; comprehensive marketing, communications and promotional services; online and offline messaging and content development; PR support services; and special event, educational and training services for companies in the IP communications industry. RCG has also served as a producer of a number of special workshops and industry conferences, including the "IP Communications Business Summit" held in conjunction with the 2006 Internet Telephony Conference and EXPO West.
Over the course of his career, Marc has authored hundreds of articles and columns for leading industry magazines. He continues to evangelize new IP communications technologies as a regular contributor to BusinessWeek and other mainstream and business publications, and as the author of columns in various industry publications. Marc is also a frequent moderator and speaker at industry events and is a commentator for a variety of radio shows on the subject of VoIP and IP telephony.
For five years, from 1998 to mid-2003, Marc served as Vice President of Publications and Trade Shows, Associate Group Publisher and Group Editorial Director at TMC (Technology Marketing Corporation). He was the co-founder, conference architect and Co-Chairman of the popular conference curriculums at all TMC events, such as the Internet Telephony Conference & EXPO, Communications Solutions EXPO, PlanetPDA, and BiometriTech. As Associate Group Publisher and Group Editorial Director, Marc managed the editorial and sales operations of a number of leading industry publications -- including Internet Telephony® magazine, Customer Inter@ction Solutions®, Communications Solutions®, and Communications ASP®. He was also responsible for directing the operation of TMC’s online business, TMCnet.com.
Prior to joining TMC, Marc served as VP of Marketing at Linkon Corporation – a computer telephony software and communications board vendor, where he successfully repositioned the company to focus on the IP telephony marketplace.
In 1988, Marc founded Robins Press, a leading publishing, market intelligence and consulting firm specializing in emerging telecommunications technologies and their commercial applications. Areas of focus included voice and fax processing, call center automation, computer telephony integration, and speech synthesis and recognition. Robins Press also published a number of best-selling and award-winning books and industry publications. Consulting clients included Hewlett Packard, IBM, AT&T, MCI, Nynex, British Telecom, France Telecom, Applied Voice Technology, Bank of America, Chrysler, Kodak, and Dialogic.
In the mid-1980s, Marc worked with Harry Newton, the founding publisher of Computer Telephony, Teleconnect and Call Center magazines and producer of the Computer Telephony trade show, as an associate editor and author, and in the early 1980's worked with Kennan Research and Consulting, performing market research and analysis for a number of Fortune 500 clients.