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Former Governor of Virginia, U.S. Senator and Strategic Advisor to VT Group
At the conclusion of his term as Governor of Virginia, George Allen viewed with satisfaction the monumental reforms his administration achieved that made Virginia a national model in economic development, public safety, education accountability, and welfare reform. The Washington Post called Allen “one of the most influential governors in recent Virginia history”. The Richmond Times-Dispatch recently praised Allen’s campaign “among the most policy-driven campaigns in gubernatorial history.”
Sinclair Holdings, LLC
Farukh Aslam is a commercial real estate developer based in Fort Worth focusing on hotels, office buildings and upscale apartments. His focus is “Digital Ceiling” and “IoT” in commercial buildings. Aslam is deploying PoE powered lighting and other building infrastructure, such as video surveillance and access control using PoE. He is working closely with a major manufacturer to develop up to 55” LED TVs and inside building AC units to be powered using PoE. One of the most fascinating technologies Aslam is working on is “Digital Electricity” which is currently deployed in a historic building in downtown Fort Worth.
West Virginia University
Dr. Aluri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, College of Business & Economics at West Virginia University. His research interests include hospitality management and information systems, predominantly in the areas of wearable technology (augmented and virtual reality), Internet of Things, data mining, social media, and consumer behavior. Dr. Aluri has been invited to speak at several industry conferences, including HITEC (hosted by HFTP); IoT Summit; HTNG; IHMRS Show; HOSPACE; and NRA Show. He is currently serving as Director of Networking at the ICHRIE organization. His research has been published in several prominent industry and academic journals.
Founder and COO
Pedro leads business development and marketing efforts at Winding Tree. He is responsible for expanding adoption and use of Winding Tree across the industry.
John Bell founded Ajontech LLC after he retired as Marriott's Enterprise Architect. For twelve years he was also an Associate Professor for the Center of Applied Information Technology (CAIT) at Towson University. His work at Ajontech has centered on consulting in the areas of Enterprise Architecture, Security Architecture and Software Design supporting the financial and hospitality industries. He has been developing software based systems for more than 35 years and is an author and contributor to several books related to software development. Mr. Bell is TOGAF certified and is currently serving as co-chair for both the IEEE and Open Group SOA Reference Architecture groups. He also serves as co-chair for several HTNG workgroups.
Larry Birnbaum continues to be passionate about the hospitality industry and providing technology solutions to enhance guests' experiences. Throughout Larry's career he has been in the forefront of new technology. At the start it was hotel operations and first generation call accounting systems with Hilton Hotels and franchise operators. Larry was engaged with development and deployment of first generation PMS software, interfaces and adoption of PC technology to replace proprietary servers with Encore Systems. Later, Larry was an early proponent of Wi-Fi for hotels delivering first, second and third generation Wi-Fi services and converged triple play services with StayOnline/LodgeNet and GuestTek. He has an established track record of long term productive customer relationships based on education to assist in the decision making process and service first. Today, Larry leads the Commercial Solutions sector of the VT Group which focuses on leading edge, secure managed, GPON technology to solve the new infrastructure challenges faced by owners and operators. He is a native of Atlanta where he continues to live with his wife Lynne and two children. When not traveling with his family, you can usually find him on a golf or tennis court.
CTO & Co-Founder
Bob Friday is CHief Technology Offier for the Wireless Networking Business Unit, part of Cisco's Network Services Group. He manages strategic wireless initiatives for the fast-growing WiFi (wireless LAN) and WiMax broadband (wireless WAN) businesses.
Mr. Gallini joined Interel in February of 2003. In 2005, he moved to Dubai to become Managing Director of the group responsible for leading Interel's regional business within the hospitality and residential real estate verticals. Mr. Gallini was appointed Group CEO for the company in December 2012. Of dual German and Italian citizenship, Florian grew up in Germany and graduated with a diploma in Economics & Management from the Libera Universita di Bolzano in Italy.
Wireless Power Consortium
Paul Golden is a transformative marketer with a track record for building brands, accelerating growth, and driving organizational and cultural change. His experience in wireless, telecom, technology and consumer packaged goods spans organizations ranging from Fortune 500 to pre-revenue start-ups.
Independent Security Elevators
Ted Harrington serves the HTNG community as co-chair of the Door Lock Security workgroup. He drives thought leadership initiatives for Independent Security Elevators, the elite organization of security researchers and consultants widely known for being the first company to hack the iPhone. Mr. Harrington was recently named 40 Under 40 , where he was both one of the youngest inductees in the class as well as the only honoree from the field of information security. He is one of the lead organizers of SOHOpelessly Broken, the first ever router hacking contest at esteemed security conference DEF CON, and one of the lead organizers of the popular new hacking event concept IoT Village at DEF CON. He holds a bachelors degree from Georgetown University.
Dayna has over 35 years of experience in sales, channel development, marketing and senior level management, specializing in technology for the hospitality market. Dayna is a co-founder and partner in 5thGenWireless, a consultancy specializing in hospitality technology and strategic investment planning for everything wireless and in-room entertainment. Dayna has held leadership roles in numerous companies specializing in hospitality technology, including VP, Hospitality Business Development for Enseo, a digital media solutions firm; Sr. Director Vertical Business Development at Corning MobileAccess, a leading distributed antenna system provider; VP, Sales and Marketing for IP3, a broadband gateway supplier. Early in her career, Dayna successfully managed sales, technical and operations teams at GE/RCA and Williams Communications, later joining Nortel Networks' emerging optical and access group. Dayna later went on to lead successful broadband divisions as VP of Hospitality at both Everest Broadband and Mitel Networks. Prior to this, Dayna co-founded Brautovich/Kully, a product marketing firm offering expertise in the strategic marketing of telecommunications products. Dayna is actively engaged in HTNG, currently serves as Co-Chair as the Infrastructure Resource Team and has helped spawn multiple workgroups on topics such as Cellular, Wi-Fi, Central Authentication and Fiber-to-the-Room. Dayna holds a Bachelor's degree with honors in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Wireless Broadband Alliance
Mr. Shrikant Shenwai is the CEO and one of the founders of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA). Under his leadership, the WBA has transformed into a global industry organization with 100 members, including leading wireless & broadband operators and technology companies who are strategically focusing on delivering the next generation Wi-Fi experience that is seamless, secure and interoperable.
Rob is a Manager at PwC, with a strong technical background dating back to learning how to code at the age of 11, one year after the Apple II+ computer came on the market. Rob has approximately 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, in both the private and public sector. Most recently focused on the the power grid, he has done work for major corporations as well as two branches of the military in the field of Computer Network Operations. While at PwC, his primary focus has been on IoT security in the automotive space, hotel industry, and the federal government.
Director, Emerging Technologies
Richard E. Wagner is currently Director, Emerging Technologies for Marriott International, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for the evaluation and recommendation of emerging communication technologies that could be deployed at all of the Marriott Hotel Brands. Prior to joining Marriott, Mr. Wagner held similar network management positions for an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC). He also spent five years as a Messaging Integration Consultant working on Fortune 500 accounts for Digital Equipment Corporation, and held management positions in software development for Citicorp and Mitre Corporation. Mr. Wagner holds a BSEE in Electrical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MSEE in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.