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.
Victor Pascual-Ávila – Genaker
Currently, Victor Pascual-Ávila serves as Chief Innovation and Product Officer (CIPO) at Genaker. Victor holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Telematics Engineering, a Master’s Degree in Telecommunication Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Information, Communication and Audiovisual Media Technologies from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona – Spain), where he graduated with honors and was awarded by the National Association of Telecommunication Engineers. Victor previous experience includes positions at Voztelecom (VoIP engineer, Barcelona-Spain), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Researcher, Barcelona-Spain) and Tekelec (System Architect, Berlin-Germany), extending the SIP Express Router (SER) for the 3GPP use. Victor also contributed to the growth of Acme Packet (Boston-US) playing the roles of Systems Engineer and Solutions Architect. Victor is active in several standardization bodies where has co-authored a number of contributions and RFCs, he co-chairs the STRAW Working Group at the IETF and serves as Innovation Expert at the European Commission and other industry boards. In 2012, Victor co-founded the webrtchacks.com project and was appointed Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) at Quobis, setting up the ground for today’s WebRTC portfolio. During this time, he also served as Adjunct Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona teaching multimedia-related courses to Telecom and Computer Science students. In 2015, Victor joined Oracle Communications as Distinguished Member of the ‘Session Delivery Products’ CTO team, covering former Acme Packet portfolio (incl. SBC, IMS, VoLTE, VoWifi, WebRTC and other) and Cloud S/P/IaaS offerings.
In that role, Victor was responsible for keeping abreast with latest technology and industry trends, guiding the product development strategy and contributing to standards bodies and regulators. He also acted as customer facing technology evangelist.
Mary Barnes – iconectiv
Mary Barnes is currently Senior Industry Relations Advisor at iconectiv. Mary has been involved in system architecture and product development for real-time communication systems for over 25 years, focusing for the past 16 years on IP communications and standards development. She applies the depth and breadth of her experience with real time architectures and protocols to a variety of activities, including advising a startup (Wrethink) on a realtime communications network architecture and related protocols, working with service providers in product engineering and next generation product planning and serving as a technical expert evaluating patents and related technologies. She is an active contributor to the IETF. She is the author of RFCs relating to the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), Centralized Conferencing, NAT/Firewall traversal, Geographic Location Delivery and Telepresence. She currently serves as chair of the DISPATCH working group in the Real-time Applications and Infrastructure (RAI) Area. She is a past board member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). Mary also served as the Vice-chair of the Technical WG in the Unified Communications Interoperability Forum (UCIF) (since merged with the IMTC).
Prior experience includes 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 – 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.
Andrew Hutton – Unify
Andrew Hutton is Head of Standardization at Unify and has over 25 years experience within the communications industry. Andy is an experienced software engineer with extensive knowledge of communications protocols.
Prior to his current role at Unify, Andy gained many years’ hands on experience developing SIP-based communications products (SIP Phones, Gateways and Servers) and related interworking and deployment issues. Andy has been engaged in many projects related to SIP-based multi-vendor connectivity and interoperability.
An active supporter of open standards-based communications; Andy is active in the IETF as well as in other International standards organizations and forums such as EENA (European Emergency Number Association) and the W3C. Andy is also a Chartered IT Professional member of the British Computer Society (MBCS CITP).
Robert Kinder – Cox Communications
Robert Kinder is Director of Commercial Voice Product Development with Cox Business, a $2B division of Cox Communications where he’s responsible for the specification, development and launch of SIP voice services. With over 25 years of experience, Robert previously held positions in Product Operations, Product Management and Distinguished Member Technical Staff with Cox Business, Tollgrade and Siemens for a variety of SIP, PacketCable, softswitch and BSS/OSS products.
Robert has a deep operational understanding of SIP networks and applications gained by working directly with hardware/software manufacturers and customers. Robert is co-chair of the SIPconnect Interoperability Certification Task Group which successfully launched the certification testing program. Robert understands how SIP interoperability challenges impact field deployments and ideas for what can be done through the SIP Forum to improve interworking.
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 – 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 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 – Edgewater Networks
Gernot Scheichl has over 20 years experience in the networking industry in a variety of business development, sales and customer support roles. Mr. Scheichl is the VP of Support and Services at Edgewater where he is 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. Mr. Scheichl holds a degree in Electronic Engineering and Information Technology from the Technical University Vienna, Austria.
Chris Wendt – Comcast
Chris Wendt is currently Director and Lead Architect for Comcast IP Communications platform services at Comcast. 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 WebRTC-based next generation communications and applications. Chris has held positions including software architect of mobile chipset multimedia solutions, leading small 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 NNI Task Force 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.