Vern Fotheringham

Vern Fotheringham

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer

Vern Fotheringham has been a serial entrepreneur in the broadband wireless and satellite communications industry for over 25 years. He has created and built numerous successful ventures and contributed to large scale projects for major service providers, system vendors and software solution suppliers. He has also been a public policy and regulatory advocate for new telecommunications service rules and standards, and an inventor and creator of now globally adopted standards, innovative new products and services. Previously he was the President and CEO of ADAPTIX, Inc., a world leader in the development of the OFDMA technology that is now the core of the Mobile WiMAX and LTE broadband radio systems. Career highlights include: pioneering the wireless broadband industry as the founder of both Advanced Radio Telecom Corporation and WavTrace; direct participation with the international development of the cellular telephone industry in the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela and Bangladesh; creation and development of the mobile satellite, satellite radio broadcasting, and the direct to user broadband satellite industry with the following organizations: Omninet (MSS and RDSS L-Band), OmniTRACS (now Qualcomm Ku-Band mobile data), AMSC (now LightSquared L-Band MSS), NORCOM Networks (now Wireless Matrix L-Band mobile data), Digital Satellite Broadcasting Corp (S-Band BSS), Pentriad (Q-Band FSS), and IPB Satellite Services (IPStar Ku-Band DTH).

Dr. Nathan Kundtz

Nathan Kundtz, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer

Nathan Kundtz, PhD., is a founder, Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Kymeta Corporation. Dr. Kundtz is an inventor and innovator in the area of metamaterials and microwave devices. His work at Duke University in this field is highly sited and focused on the use of novel design techniques such as transformation optics to meet real-world needs. His work in meta-materials at Duke led to his recruitment by Intellectual Ventures in Bellevue, WA, where he pioneered the application of meta-materials technologies in electronic beam-forming applications. The success of this technology at Intellectual Ventures ultimately led to the spin-out of Kymeta Corporation in August 2012.

Dr. Kundtz was a recipient of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” in 2013 and serves as an adjunct assistant professor of electrical engineering at Duke; from which he has an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in physics.

John Schilling

John Schilling

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

John holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. with Honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is an experienced financial executive and management consultant with two decades of experience in starting, growing and managing technology companies. He has provided corporate finance, strategic advisory and acting senior executive management services to a variety of clients, advising and assisting them with mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, restructurings, startups and growth management. These include Broadstorm, Inc. (now Adaptix), Widemile, Inc., and ShareBuilder Corporation. John has more than 20 years of business experience in finance, operations, information systems, investment banking, and early stage ventures, and has been an advisor to several emerging technology firms in the Seattle area. John was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.


Keith Cochran

Senior Vice President & General Counsel

Keith has been a partner at two large international law firms, and was General Counsel Corporate Development at a pioneering Seattle photonics company that raised over a half billion dollars from Wall Street and Fortune 500 investors. He has worked with management teams of telecommunications and other companies, several of which built national and international reputations, in a variety of general counsel and transactional roles, encompassing capital raising, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, channel/OEM, supply chain, development and other agreements, and corporate governance. He has been recognized as a Leading US lawyer by Euromoney Legal Group and has written and spoken on a variety of technology industry subjects. Mr. Cochran received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Washington and his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law.


Panos C. Lekkas

Senior Vice President of Advanced Systems

Mr. Lekkas is a wireless communications pioneer, a microelectronics expert, a serial entrepreneur, and a respected technical author & inventor. His intensive, diversified, hands-on experience spans 3 decades in advanced technology, as well as business & corporate development (M&A). In recent years, he patented the world’s first adaptive 10.3Gbps wireless transceivers operating at 140GHz and 94GHz, and he architected advanced cognitive radio transceivers for dynamic spectrum allocation and self-organizing networks. His work covers areas of secure communications processors, tactical & UAV RF systems, software-defined radio, advanced EDA tools & simulators, and special equipment involving photonics & electro-optics. He has worked all over the world and he has held multiple positions with IBM both in the US and Europe, including leading early CPU architecture work for one of IBM’s super-computer lines. He has also led and managed the design of multiple custom VLSI superchips involving DSP and 512-bit wide VLIW processors. He has authored for McGraw-Hill the best-selling technical book Network Processors on the internal architecture of multi-Gbps-capable chipsets, and he has coauthored the equally bestselling Wireless Security.Mr. Lekkas holds multiple graduate degrees in electrical engineering, including from Rice University, Houston, TX, where he was a graduate student of Nobel-laureate Prof. Robert Curl. He is a Professional Engineer in the European Union and has done his MBA work in Corporate Finance at the KULeuven in Belgium. He is fluent in twelve written and spoken foreign languages (Asian and European).

Bob Beran

Bob Beran

Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

Bob has over 25 years of experience in the communications, information and entertainment services industries. He has served in numerous senior executive roles ranging from strategic planning and corporate development to Chief Executive and Chief Operating officer positions in a variety of emerging and traditional businesses, as well as leading business units of major corporations, including Bell Atlantic/Verizon and GE. Bob served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Nextlink Wireless, Inc. from 2006 – 2009. Prior to joining Nextlink, Bob was the Senior Vice President of First Avenue Networks. First Avenue merged with FiberTower (NASDAQ:FTWR) in 2006. He was responsible for developing the initial business strategy and plan and for building and leading the day-to-day operations of the company. Bob served as the President and CEO of eVidient, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of GE Capital Corporation, where he was leading the development of a satellite based, media streaming network for broadband video delivery. eVidient’s assets were rolled into the sale of GE Americom to SES Astra in 2001. Bob also served as SVP and COO of Verizon’s Directory and Information Services business in the US. He was also the founding CEO of the Internet and Data Services business, President – Media Ventures, responsible for investments in and the development of information and entertainment related ventures and as the founding Vice President – Video Services and Interactive Multimedia lines of business. Bob was also the Managing Director of Mergers and Acquisitions and leader of multiple JV’s and merger integration efforts. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bucknell University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Bill Marks

Bill Marks

Senior Vice President of Strategic Development

Bill has been a founder and senior executive in the satellite and Cable TV industries for over 25 years. Most recently he has been an active investor in mobile platform technology companies in the aviation and financial technology sectors. Prior to that, Bill was the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), which provides satellite connectivity and content to remote locations around the world. MTN’s customer segments include cruise lines, yachts, oil and gas, news agencies, aviation and the government and military. In 2007, Bill won the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his role there. Today, he remains with the company as a Director of the Board. Bill also was involved with DIRECTV by founding a national sales and installation company that helped DIRECTV to become the fastest growing consumer electronic company in the US at that time. Early in his career, he held several executive roles in Cable TV, including as a multiple system owner and operator.

Jamie Howard

Jamie Howard

Senior Vice President of Advanced Products & Services

Jamie Howard is a digital media technology executive with over 25 years of experience delivering IP video, voice, and data services over fiber optic, wireless and mobile broadband networks. Mr. Howard was most recently a strategic technology consultant with the National Football League where he was responsible for advising the NFL Mobile and Digital Media teams on advanced technology initiatives. Mr. Howard was previously President/ CEO of Imagine Communications, where he led the company’s growth from start-up to a market leading position in HDTV video encoding and transcoding. He aligned the company’s technology solution with industry strategic initiatives and grew its reach to over 25 million North American cable subscribers. Before Imagine, Mr. Howard was COO of BigBand Networks (NASDAQ:BBND), a leading provider of IPTV and digital television technology. Mr. Howard accelerated the company’s revenue growth through international market expansion, new product launches and adjacent market business development.

Mr. Howard was one of the founding executives of Excite@Home (NASDAQ:ATHM) where he led the first nationwide deployment of broadband services. He was later appointed President and CEO of @Home Benelux which became one of the largest broadband ISPs in the Netherlands.

Robert Foster

Robert Foster

Vice President of Advanced Products & Services

Robert Foster has been a developer of communications systems for more than twenty five years. His experience ranges from consumer devices and applications to large scale systems. He was CTO of Wavtrace, a manufacturer of millimeter wave access systems which he co-founded in 1996. As CTO he led development of the industry’s first TDD/TDMA based implementation for millimeter wave communications. He also directed the company’s regulatory strategy in the establishment of worldwide standards with numerous contributions to ETSI, IEEE 802.16 and the FCC. Wavtrace developed and deployed systems from 26GHz to 40GHz before being acquired in August 2000 by Harris Corporation, its largest shareholder. Mr. Foster continued with Harris as Chief Scientist where he managed the broadband access patent portfolio and served as chairman of the Wireless Communications Alliance engineering committee. Additional career highlights include development of FCC part 15 technologies as co-founder of American Wireless (900MHz) and 6015 (60GHz) and early stage contributions to Metawave, a producer of cellular smart antennas and SkyPix, a direct-to-home satellite broadcast system. He has spoken at numerous industry trade conferences and holds 10 patents.


George Henry

Vice President of Manufacturing & Operations

George brings over forty years’ experience managing manufacturing, engineering, and quality functions in high-tech electronic, consumer product, commercial vehicle and telecommunication businesses. He spent 19 years at Hewlett Packard in various divisions and functions across development, engineering, and production. During several of his previous positions, he had responsibilities managing profit and loss for entire business units.

Dan Reuster

Dan Reuster, Ph.D.

Vice President of Engineering

Dan holds an MSEE from Michigan Technical University, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton. Dan has been employed as a government defense contractor since 1991. During this time he has worked on programs for the University of Dayton Research Institute, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Allison Engine Company, ARINC Inc., Riverside Research Institute, Spectra Research and Sierra Nevada Corp. Dan’s specialty is the study of electromagnetic phenomenology, computation, and visualization. He has published over 40 articles in the electromagnetic related field and spoken repeatedly at various annual conferences. Dan received the ACES 2000 paper of the year award for his work on iterative solutions to the MFIE and a United States Patent for a broadband antenna design. Dan was born in Chicago, Illinois.


Gary Roshak

Vice President, Products

Gary Roshak is a wireless industry pioneer and brings more than 25 years of experience in mobile, digital media, and interactive advertising to this conference. At Results Forge, he provides strategic consulting and interim management support to entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, as cofounder and member of the Board, he served as interim CEO & President of PhotoRocket, leading a team focused on transforming the photosharing experience and disrupting the current market. Previously, Gary was Vice President, Mobile Advertisers and Publishers, for Yahoo! Inc., where he had global responsibility for the company’s mobile advertising and publishing strategy, products and business. Prior to Yahoo!, he was vice president and general manager at Marchex, where he was responsible for Marchex’s local advertising business, connecting tens of thousands of local advertisers to consumers as a leading search- and call-based marketing platform provider for large local advertiser aggregators. Gary was also a founding member of the executive team that built MFORMA, a leading provider of wireless entertainment content and services to mobile operators worldwide. He also held senior executive positions with Unity Wireless, Wildfire Communications, and REALOGIC, as well as leading global project teams for AirTouch, where he secured international cellular and paging licenses and launched the resulting wireless operators.