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MobileCON Thought Leadership Stage Series

October 11, 2012

The M2M SIG Presents… 

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MobileCON Thought Leadership Stage Series:

Session One: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
(Thought Leadership Stage I)
M2M in UBI (usage-based insurance) and Telematics

Can placing a little black box in one’s car to monitor driving behavior transform the insurance industry?  This panel will explore how Usage Based Insurance works, who stands to benefit from UBI, early success stories, and who is fighting to be in the driver’s seat.


SPEAKERS:
Mohamad Nasser
Head of Product Management and Business Development, Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization

Mohamad Nasser is the Head of Product Management and Business Development for the Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization. He has over 23 years of wireless telecommunications management experience in product management, business development and strategy. Prior to Joining Sprint, Mohamad served as the Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Virgin Mobile, and prior to that he headed the CDMA Product Management at Ericsson for 10 years.  Throughout his career Mohamad held various leadership positions in the US and abroad at companies such as Siemens, MCI, GTE and Qualcomm. Mohamad holds patents in EVDO technology.Thomas C. Malone
President, Audiovox Electronics Corporation

Thomas C. Malone, is President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. Malone joined VOXX International in 1986 as a vehicle security specialist developing products with the company’s overseas vendors and programs with the company’s 12-Volt, Expeditor and DIY (Do It Yourself) security markets. Over time, his responsibilities expanded to include management of the company’s other mobile electronics product lines including video, auto sound, navigation, GPS tracking and satellite radio. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales for Audiovox Electronics Corporation in 2006 and President in 2007. Malone manages products and brands for the subsidiary’s complete portfolio of mobile electronics products including Audiovox, Jensen, Phase Linear, Code Alarm, Prestige, Pursuit and Advent and is closely involved in product development as well as overall management of the mobile company. Prior to joining VOXX International, Malone served as Vice President for Primary Security, a New York-based vehicle security manufacturer. A veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Malone sits on the board of the Mobile Electronics Division of the Consumer Electronics Association.Kris Kelkar
President and CEO, Xirgo Technologies

Mr. Kelkar is a founder / owner and has been serving as the President / CEO since the inception of Xirgo Technologies. Prior to his participation in Xirgo Technologies, Mr. Kelkar has held numerous senior management positions at companies ranging from $2M to over $1B in sales. Mr. Kelkar was Senior Vice President / General Manager for the Wireless Division of Cal Amp Corporation. In this role, he pioneered their work in PCS repeaters, WiFi beamforming and MMDS broadband wireless. Previously, Mr. Kelkar held senior management positions at General Instruments (now Motorola) and senior technical positions at M/A-Com Linkabit. Mr. Kelkar has a BSEE from The Cooper Union and graduate studies towards an MBA from San Diego State University. He holds numerous patents in Viterbi decoding, video scrambling, digital antenna beamforming and wireless systems.

MODERATOR:
Steve Hudson
Chief Development Officer, Omnilink

Steve Hudson has almost twenty years of telecommunications related experience and has been a leading force and thought leader in location based services (LBS). Mr. Hudson authored Sprint’s enterprise LBS business plan and is a frequent speaker at key industry conferences and content contributor for media and analyst briefings. As Chief Development Officer for Omnilink, Mr. Hudson is responsible for expanding the global distribution, product portfolio, and sales of Omnilink’s commercial solutions through business partnerships and channels. Prior to Omnilink, Mr. Hudson joined Sprint PCS at launch, and spent eight years in various management positions; first helping drive the emergence of Sprint’s wireless Private Label Services Group, then assuming a Strategic Business Development role over the Location Based Services initiative. Mr. Hudson started his career in Sales with Sprint Long Distance and then ran operations for two start-up resellers and facility-based carriers. He holds an MBA from Rockhurst University and dual bachelor degrees in Business Marketing and Management from Kansas State University.

 

Session Two: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
(Thought Leadership Stage I)
Do you Want to Build a Billion Dollar M2M Business from Scratch?

M2M requires understanding of diverse technologies. Attempting to navigate this space on a startup budget only compounds the challenges. This panel discussion will focus on the M2M eco-system, development of robust and scalable  technologies to fit your budget, challenges in deploying your product, and what investors look for in M2M.


SPEAKERS:
Steve Pazol
VP & EIR, Qualcomm

Steve Pazol is vice president and entrepreneur in residence at Qualcomm, where he looks at new business opportunities and tries to bring just the right level of disruption to others. Most recently, Steve was the president of nPhase, a Verizon Wireless / Qualcomm joint venture, where he directed all aspects of the company’s operations, strategic development and execution. nPhase provides a cloud-based machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless platform across a wide variety of market segments, including healthcare, manufacturing, utilities, distribution and consumer products. nPhase was successfully sold to Verizon Wireless in 2011. A recognized thought leader and industry expert, Steve has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Chicago Innovation Award, was named one of the original 10 M2M Pioneers by M2M Magazine, and served as moderator of the first M2M web log—M2Mblog (www.M2Mblog.com). He has written numerous articles in technology journals, was on the Advisory Board of M2M Magazine, was the technical editor of the Unicenter Advisor magazine for more than 7 years as well as guest editor of Internet Security Advisor. He is also the technical editor and co-author of Unicenter TNG for Dummies.  A frequent speaker at industry conferences, Steve has also been a featured speaker and panel member at multiple Wharton School of Business, University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Northwestern Business School entrepreneurial classes.

Mohamad Nasser
Head of Product Management and Business Development, Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization

Mohamad Nasser is the Head of Product Management and Business Development for the Sprint M2M Emerging Solutions Organization. He has over 23 years of wireless telecommunications management experience in product management, business development and strategy. Prior to Joining Sprint, Mohamad served as the Sr. Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Virgin Mobile, and prior to that he headed the CDMA Product Management at Ericsson for 10 years.  Throughout his career Mohamad held various leadership positions in the US and abroad at companies such as Siemens, MCI, GTE and Qualcomm. Mohamad holds patents in EVDO technology.

Kelly Venturini
CEO, M2M Certified

A veteran of the wireless communications industry for 25 years, Kelly started his wireless career working on first generation (AMPS) wireless systems as a Protocol Signaling Software Test Engineer with Nortel’s Wireless Systems Division in 1988.  Kelly continued on the digital wireless technology migration path, working extensively on the initial TDMA wireless network architecture/deployment in North America for Bell Mobility Cellular (BMC) in Toronto, Canada during 1991-1993. In 1994 Kelly was recruited as one of the initial R&D team members for Nokia Mobile Phones in Dallas, Texas where he performed early stage TDMA IS-136 (Phase 1) Network Vendor Interoperability Testing (NVIOT) at all the major network infrastructure laboratories (e.g. AT&T Bell Labs, Nortel, Ericsson, Hughes, Etc…) and was instrumental in the commercial delivery of the first TDMA IS-136 Nokia Mobile Phones to AT&T Wireless, Bell South Cellular (BSC) and Southwestern Bell Communications (SBC). In 1997 Kelly was recruited by Kokusai Communication Systems a Start-up in San Diego, California chartered to develop IS-136 Handsets and then returned to Nortel in Los Angeles, California to build out the CDMA/GSM wireless networks for AirTouch Cellular and AT&T Wireless in 1998. In 2000 Kelly founded Unicell Communications, Inc to outsource custom designed cell-site solutions for Nortel to increase radio coverage capacity for its clients.  In 2008 Kelly returned to the wireless device technology arena where he led the new M2M business development group for 7 Layers, a leading wireless certification testing laboratory. In 2009 Kelly founded M2M Certified to provide advanced wireless technology services to the Machine-to-Machine communications industry, primarily to assist M2M entrepreneurs with developing new M2M devices that meet global wireless certification standards. Today M2M Certified offers an Eco-System of connected M2M services specializing in advanced wireless design/system integration of any “End-to-End” wireless system architecture and a suite of “Carrier Grade” (SaaS) platforms.Mark Wells
CTO and Division President, Procon Inc.

Mr. Wells is a wireless industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience in the development and marketing of wireless products, semiconductors, and services. Mr. Wells co-founded DriveOK, which later merged with Procon, and has led the company in its exceptional growth in the GPS vehicle tracking business. Prior to that, he co-founded Zucotto Wireless, raising over $60M in venture capital to develop wireless semiconductors, gaining such customers as Panasonic, Nokia, and Alcatel.  Mr. Wells has also held marketing responsibility, while with Nokia Mobile Phones, for more than $10B worth of mobile phone products and has served as Vice-President & General Manager at DSP Communications, as part of the team that sold the company to Intel for $1.6B. He continues to do mentoring to new companies, and has mentored over a dozen startup companies and also consulted to many Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Wells is a graduate in Electrical Engineering, with honors, from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

MODERATOR:
Yukon Palmer
Founder & President, FieldLogix

Yukon Palmer is the founder and President of FieldLogix, which provides the first green GPS fleet management solution in the US. He started FieldLogix in 2002 and has grown it to an installed base of thousands of vehicles throughout the U.S, Canada, and Mexico. He founded his company with a $3,500 initial investment based on a business plan he wrote in the MBA program at San Diego State University. Yukon is a co-chairman of the Machine to Machine Communications Services Special Interest Group for CommNexus and has been featured in numerous publications and he has appeared as a guest editor for Telematics Weekly. He holds both a Bachelors and MBA degree from San Diego State University. He regularly volunteers at San Diego State University as a mentor for the Lavin entrepreneurship program and participates as a judge for the Venture Challenge Business Plan Competition.

SIG CO-CHAIRS:
Evan Jones, VP, M2M System Engineering, Sierra Wireless
Daniel Obodovski, Director, Business Development, Qualcomm
Yukon Palmer, Founder, FieldLogix
Steve Pazol, VP & EIR, Qualcomm
Mark Wells, CTO & Division President, Procon Inc.
Neeraj S. Bhavani, Founder, President & CEO, TAGNOS
Magda Remillard, Director, Business Development, FieldLogix
Steve Hudson, Chief Development Officer, Omnilink

DATE:
October 11, 2012

TIME:
11:00 AM Program Begins
3:00 PM Program Ends

LOCATION:
San Diego Convention Center
*Thought Leadership Stage I*.. click HERE for a MAP
111 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

PARKING:
Parking Available at Convention Center. Click HERE for more information.

**COST:
Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 10/10/12)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor***
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor**
FREE – Students, Military & Press*

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor
FREE – Students, Military & Press

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**ATTENDEES MUST HAVE A CTIA PASS TO ATTEND THIS PROGRAM.**
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Click Here to Register Online for your FREE CTIA Pass*Click “Register Now” and type in pass code and sponsor company.*
Pass code: CommNexusM2M
Sponsor company: CTIA Partners or CTIA – The Wireless Association (whichever one is fine)

Pick up pass at CTIA Registration Desk before the first session at 11:00 AM, or by 12 noon to make the most out of your attendence at the show.


 

Questions? Contact Brittany Bjerke at bbjerke@commnexus.org

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October 11, 2012
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