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Richard Shockey – SIP Forum Chairman of the Board – Shockey Consulting

Richard Shockey is an internationally recognized expert on Data Communications, Voice over IP Technology, Numbering and Signaling, and is currently the Principal of Shockey Consulting, a private firm advising telecommunications companies, national regulatory authorities and the investment community on any number of issues related to Next Generation Real Time Communications products and services. Mr. Shockey also currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SIP Forum.

Mr. Shockey has been a member of the United States Federal Communications Commission’s Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), an FCC advisory council tasked with advising the federal agency regarding best practices and practical actions pertaining to the security, reliability, and interoperability of communications systems.

Mr Shockey has been recently reappointed a member of the Federal Communications Commission North American Numbering Council [NANC].  The NANC is the US governments principal technical advisory committee on issues surrounding the use of telephone numbers and telephone number related issues in the United States.

Mr. Shockey was a founder and Co-Chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force ENUM Work Group and is an author of several IETF RFC’s Active in IETF affairs since 1998 he also participated in numerous other WG including FAX, SIP, SIPPING, SPEERMINT, SIMPLE, and its management nominating committee NOMCOM.

Mr. Shockey was formerly Director & Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at NeuStar, Inc. based in Suburban Washington, D.C.


Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes – iconectiv

Mary Barnes is an Industry Relations Senior Advisor with iconectiv. Mary has been involved in system architecture and product development for real-time communication systems for over 25 years, focusing for the past 20 years on IP communications and standards development. She has been an active contributor and document editor for the ATIS/SIP Forum IPNNI task group, serving as editor of ATIS-1000080 (Certificate Management) and ATIS-1000084 (Operational Considerations for the Certificate Management and Policy Administrator). She is an active contributor to the IETF. She is the author of RFCs/specifications relating to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Centralized Conferencing, NAT/Firewall traversal, Geographic Location Delivery, Telepresence, Automated Certificate Management (ACME) and Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR). She currently serves as chair of the DISPATCH working group in the Applications and RealTime (ART) Area. She is a past board member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) and past chair of the IETF CLUE (telepresence) WG and the SIPPING WG. Mary also served as the Vice-chair of the Technical WG in the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) (since merged with the IMTC who has since merged with MEF).

Prior to iconectiv, Mary worked as a consultant for a broad range of organizations including a startup, a cable service provider and the UK government. Prior to setting up her consultancy, her experience included a position as Principal Engineer in the Video Solutions Group at Polycom and various positions at Nortel. Her final role was as Senior Advisor for Nortel, leading the IETF standards strategy for the Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions business unit (now Genband). She was also a senior manager/advisor for Nortel’s 3G IP research, participating in industry standards forums and prototyping a mobile IP based system. She is the inventor of several patents related to this work. She also designed and developed real-time software for Nortel’s DMS-based GSM and Enterprise products. Prior to her 22 years at Nortel, Mary developed real-time embedded software for GPS and video reconnaissance systems for Texas Instruments. Mary has a BS in Computer Science with a minor in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Martin Dolly

Martin Dolly – AT&T

Martin Dolly is an AT&T Lead Member of Technical Staff, currently assigned to the Core & Government/Regulatory Standards organization. Martin has been with AT&T Bell Laboratories/AT&T Labs for 31 years, where his areas of expertise being in security, signaling, and services, particularly Government Priority Services.

As a Technical Consultant in the Strategic Standards Division, Martin’s focus is on the development of necessary standards for LTE/IMS deployments, Security and Identity Management, IP carrier interconnection, IP-GETS/WPS, Public Safety, signaling control protocols, and IP Network Management controls. In this capacity, Martin represents AT&T’s interests on IP signaling, security and services issues in telecommunications standards bodies such as the Packet Technologies and Systems Committee of Service Committee (PTSC) of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), NPSTC QoS and Security WG, 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) CT Protocol and SA3 Security groups, as well as Study Groups in the Telecommunication Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU-T). In addition, Martin contributes to various government Cybersecurity activities, FCC TAC & CSRIC Cybersecurity, DHS/NCS NGN GETS Security, CTIA Cybersecurity WG, and DISA LTE Security Profile.

Martin was hired into AT&T Bell Laboratory on July 8th, 1985, at AT&T Microelectronics he was part of team that developed a radiation hardened Integrated Circuit for the US Navy. In the early 1990, Martin transferred from AT&T Microelectronics to AT&T communications in Holmdel, where he worked on SS7 protocol and standards. In this role, he was a major contributor to SS7 Network to Network Interconnection (NNI) effort in support of IS 41 & GSM MAP, 8YY, Calling Card, Operator Services and voice.

Martin has contributed to many of AT&T’s SIP deployments since 2000. He is co-author of 5 IETF RFCs and contributed to many others. He contributed to and lead efforts on ISUP to SIP interworking including those in 3GPP, i3 Forum, ITU and ATIS.

Currently Martin is a driving force behind IP Interconnection, co-chair of the ATIS-SIP Forum NNI Task Force where is also the editor and major contributor to the IP NNI Profile standard and . Martin is currently co-chair of the FCC Strike Force on Robo-calling, where he is a major contributor, as well as leader.


Philip Linse

Philip Linse – CenturyLink

Philip Linse, Director of Public Policy represents CenturyLink in various industry standards forums such as INC, SNAC, NGIIF, PTSC, IPNNI and as Co-chair of the FCC’s North American Numbering Council’s Contract Oversight Subcommittee as well as providing CenturyLink with policy consult on the technology transformation as the result of the ongoing transition to IP technology.

Mr. Linse’s background spans over 20 years in telecommunications consisting of, intercarrier and vendor contract negotiations, economic analysis and modeling, OSP engineering, and subject matter expert on network issues associated with interconnection, switching, signaling, and signaling databases. Philip currently serves on the board of directors with the Telecommunications History Group LLC. He also holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Northern Iowa.

In previous roles with CenturyLink (formerly Qwest), Philip represented Qwest in regulatory hearings, intercarrier contract negotiations, industry standards groups, and FCC NRIC focus groups as a subject matter expert on network issues associated with interconnection, switching, signaling, and signaling databases.

Philip also developed network strategies and policies that directed the unbundling of Qwest’s networks pursuant to the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Philip began his career as an Outside Plant contract drafter in Montana and Loop Technology Planning Engineer for Pacific Bell in California.


Russ Penar

Russ Penar – Microsoft

Russ Penar is a Principal Service Engineer for Microsoft, working on Skype for Business Online, where he serves as a subject matter expert in technical aspects of the carrier substrate defining interface and SLA requirements for 0365 telco partners. Russ serves as a “full stack” engineer/architect, bootstrapping deployments, and driving internal and external technical experts to debug/repair problems within the service and the broader PSTN ecosystem. On the industry and regulatory level, Russ interfaces with various organizations for the betterment of real time communications.

Previously Russ held positions in operations, engineering, and architecture teams at Engineer Consulting Group, CenturyLink, and Microsoft; providing breadth and depth of hands-on experience across many SIP implementations and their supporting IP networks.  He holds a BS in Computer Information Services, from Valdosta State University, and is the co-inventor (issued & pending) of 12+ patents within the context of real-time communications.


Gary Richenaker

Gary Richenaker – iconectiv

Gary Richenaker has been in Telecommunications for over 38 years and his most recent assignment is Principal Solutions Architect at iconectiv. His role is to monitor and understand new technologies, to assess its impact on the existing products and services as well as identify how that technology can be used in the formulation of new products and services.

Prior to the iconectiv assignment, Gary served as Sr. Director – Strategic Technical Initiatives at Neustar and prior to that as Chief Architect at Telcordia’s Interconnection Solutions. His career with iconectiv, NeuStar, Telcordia, Bellcore, and Bell Laboratories has included responsibilities in technical analysis, strategic planning, marketing, planning and forecasting.

Gary has been involved in domestic and international standards since 1991 and presently holds a number of industry leadership positions including Co-Chair of the ATIS Test bed Landscape Team (TLT) and editor the ATIS/SIP Forum IP NNI Routing Document. Gary has also been Rapporteur of the ITU-T Numbering Question (SG2/1), Chairman of the US ENUM Forum, and Chairman of the US Study Group A Ad-Hoc on Numbering, Routing and Services. He is also Past-Chairman of the US IMSI Oversight Council (IOC), and the US Study Group A Ad-Hoc on ENUM.

Gary holds an MBA and a BS in Economics.


Greg Roger

Greg Rogers – Bandwidth Inc.

Greg is Deputy General Counsel for Bandwidth Inc. in Bandwidth’s office in Denver, CO. As Deputy General Counsel, Greg is primarily responsible for Bandwidth’s wide array of regulatory and public policy matters at all levels of government. Bandwidth is a multi-faceted communications service provider that operates a nation-wide all IP-based network from its headquarters in Raleigh, NC.

Bandwidth Inc. is a CLEC with a local PSTN interconnection and NANP footprint that spans the 48 continental states. Bandwidth’s CLEC network is a critical component of its full suite of VoIP and SMS/MMS service offerings. Bandwidth also operates a nation-wide 911 VPC network aimed at supporting emergency calling for IP-enabled services. As a wholesale provider, Bandwidth is also one of the largest Toll Free Resporgs in the country. Finally, among its retail service offerings, Bandwidth operates Republic Wireless, a leading innovator in the mobile VoIP and wireless services space.

Greg has been Deputy General Counsel at Bandwidth since 2010. Prior to joining Bandwidth, he was in-house regulatory counsel for Level 3 Communications for over a decade. Greg is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, CO.


Gernot Scheichl

Gernot Scheichl – Nexmo

Gernot Scheichl has over 20 years experience in the networking industry in a variety of business development, sales and customer support roles. Mr. Scheichl was the former the VP of Support and Services at Edgewater where he was responsible for customer support, systems engineering and professional services.

Mr. Scheichl joined Edgewater from First Virtual Communications where he held a number of senior positions in worldwide support and international business development.

Today, Mr. Scheichl is Director – PreSales Engineering and Customer Success for the Americas at Nexmo – The Vonage API Platform company.

Mr. Scheichl holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University Vienna, Austria.


Chris Wendt

Chris Wendt – Comcast

Chris Wendt is currently Director of Technical R&D for Comcast IP Communications platform services. For much of Chris’s 20+ year professional career, he has been involved in multimedia communications, from early work at Bell Labs on DSP algorithms for 3D positional audio and low-bitrate voice codec work using the MBone VoIP network, to RTSP streaming of MPEG-4 video, audio, and 3D facial animation, to his current work with Comcast on one of the largest current deployments of IMS/SIP and latest focus on RTC-based next generation communications and applications.

Chris has held positions including software architect of mobile chipset multimedia solutions, leading startup software engineering teams building video streaming services, and spent 4 years as an independent consultant on many projects involving video/audio codecs and IP streaming.

Chris is currently a co-chair of the ATIS/SIP Forum IP-NNI Joint Task Force, co-chair of the STI-GA Technical Commitee and follows closely activities in the 3GPP, IETF and W3C. He holds a BS in Music, and a BSEE, and MSEE from Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Clark Whitten

Clark Whitten – Cox Communications

Clark Whitten is Principal Engineer with Cox, where he is responsible for solution architectures, service infrastructure core specifications, and CPE specifications supporting Cox’s residential and business voice services. With over 20 years of experience, Clark previously held positions as a Sales Engineer, Systems Engineer, System Integrator, Tester, Designer, Project Manager (former PMP), and Architect.

Clark has worked with two start-ups that were acquired by larger organizations; Media4, a data-over-satellite company, was acquired by EchoStar; and Future Network, a voice and data CPE design and development company, which was acquired by Tellabs. Clark has been with Cox for 15 years in various roles, initially supporting integration of MGCP/NCS for Cox’s initial deployment of PacketCable 1.0 & 2.0 voice over cable services. Clark has also supported Cox’s venture into LTE mobility, SIP peering, and many other SIP-based solutions. Clark has been awarded several patents for voice and non-voice related technologies.