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September 9, 10 & 11, 2014
Sands Expo and Convention Center / Las Vegas
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Keynote Session: Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Michel Combes became Chief Executive Officer of Alcatel-Lucent on April 1, 2013, joining the company with more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications sector, as well as a strong international background.

Michel Combes,
Chief Executive Officer
Alcatel-Lucent

Michel Combes, Alcatel-Lucent - CTIA 2014 KeynoteHis appointment to Alcatel-Lucent follows four years at the global mobile communications operator Vodafone plc, where he was appointed CEO, Europe Region in October 2008, subsequently being appointed to the Vodafone board in June 2009. As CEO of Vodafone Europe, in charge of a business representing 70% of the group's revenues, Michel led the group's recovery in the region, steering it to regain its lead in two key countries, Italy and Germany, currently representing close to 50% of the group's revenues in Europe. He speeded up the integration of several subsidiaries by merging their back office operations, streamlining IT and networks while keeping local sales dynamics.

Michel’s career began in 1985 at France Telecom in the US, first in the External Networks Division and then the Industrial and International Affairs Division. After serving as a technical advisor to the French Minister of Transportation between 1991 and 1995, Michel Combes became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the France Telecom subsidiary GlobeCast, from 1996 to 1999.

In December 1999, Michel joined the French tour operator Nouvelles Frontières Group as Executive Vice President, before moving to the industrial engineering concern Assystem-Brime as Chief Executive Officer.

Michel returned to the France Telecom Group in January 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the company’s Group Strategic Committee. Alongside Thierry Breton, Michel played an important part in the group’s recovery (the '15-15-15' program, a key element of which was a Euro 15 billion debt reduction over three years). As head of strategy he ran the NExt plan, which enabled France Telecom's transformation into an integrated operator. In 2006, Michel was appointed Chairman and CEO of the French national broadcasting operator, TDF Group.

Born in Boulogne-Billancourt, in the western outskirts of Paris, Michel studied at the prestigious École Polytechnique in Paris and the Parisian telecommunications institute École Nationale Supérieure des Telecommunications.

In addition to his position as CEO of Alcatel-Lucent, Michel is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Assystem SA in France and non-executive board member of MTS.



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Keynote Session: Sean Bratches, ESPN

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Sean Bratches is executive vice president, sales and marketing for ESPN, overseeing all affiliate sales, advertising sales, research, marketing, consumer products and special events. He oversees ESPN's two primary revenue streams, affiliate and advertising sales, supported by marketing, research and client support services.

Sean Bratches,
Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing
ESPN

Sean Bratches, ESPN - CTIA 2014 KeynoteSpecifically in this role, Bratches leads a sales and marketing team that provides national advertisers access to the premier media and marketing platforms and content under the ESPN umbrella which includes the company's six domestic cable television networks, ABC Sports, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN International and ESPN's mobile properties. Bratches also oversees the first unified sales organization that represents The Walt Disney Company's premier collection of sports assets across all media platforms.

In addition, Bratches oversees all distribution, licensing, marketing and local advertising sales for the domestic cable and satellite networks of The Walt Disney Company to its multi-channel affiliates. These assets include: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD, ESPNEWS HD, ESPNU HD,ESPN3, ABC Family, ABC Family HD, Disney Channel, Disney Channel HD, SOAPnet, Disney XD (formerly Toon Disney) and Disney XD HD. He also is responsible for the domestic distribution of related HDTV, broadband, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, interactive television, pay-per-view, Spanish-language, and sports syndication products.

In 2010, Bratches' team introduced the first live, streaming cable channels online and on mobile devices through WatchESPN. The service provides authenticated access to ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNU and ESPN Goal Line and Buzzer Beater online via WatchESPN.com and on mobile devices via the WatchESPN app.

Bratches is responsible for ESPN's marketing efforts which include the development, direction and implementation of all branding, creative services and marketing for ESPN's growing media businesses, encompassing television, mobile, print, radio, the Internet, consumer products and all outdoor advertising. This includes the oversight of the company's award-winning "This is SportsCenter" marketing campaign.

He also oversees ESPN's research and analytics group, which serves as a vital link between the company's strategic planning of new products and services and constantly shifting marketplace dynamics as well as the company's special event marketing department.

Bratches serves on the ESPN Board of Directors. He reports directly to John Skipper, President, ESPN and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks.

Under Bratches' leadership, ESPN has become the industry leader in creating affiliate value by strategically leveraging its core brand, while creatively integrating a number of high-profile brand extensions; among them, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, and ESPN-owned events. And ESPN's newer, emerging networks and products like ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN's HD services have achieved record-setting growth under his direction.

Bratches joined ESPN in October 1988 as an account executive and within a year was promoted to senior account executive. In December 1992, he was named director, northeast region, before being promoted to vice president, eastern division in January 1995. He was promoted to senior vice president, affiliate sales and marketing in December 1998 and to executive vice president, ESPN affiliate sales and marketing in 2001. Most recently, he was president, Disney and ESPN Networks affiliate sales and marketing before being promoted to his current position in 2005.

Prior to joining ESPN, Bratches was a regional sales manager for Storer Television Sales, Inc., where he was responsible for selling national spot advertising for the company's seven owned and operated television stations across the country.

He served as co-chair for the 2005 CTAM Conference, the 2001 CTAM Broadband Conference, and the organization's pre-Western Show panel in 2000. Bratches also serves on the WICT Board, and is an officer and on the Board of Directors for the T. Howard Foundation. He also serves on the board of The Cable Center based inDenver,Colorado.

Bratches has received two Vanguard Awards, the cable industry's most prestigious award, presented by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. In 2009 he was awarded the Vanguard for Marketing and in 2001 he was recognized with the Vanguard for Young Leadership.

In 2009 CableFax Magazine inducted Bratches into the CableFAX Sales Hall of Fame. He has been listed in the CableFAX 100 featuring "cable's 100 heavy hitters" since 1999 and in recent years, has been listed in the top 20. He was also recently named one of the top 50 most powerful people in sports by the Sports Business Journal.

Bratches was graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1984 with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration. In 2008, he was inducted into the RIT Sports Hall of Fame for lacrosse and distinguished service.



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Keynote Session: Tom Wheeler, FCC

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Tom Wheeler became the 31st Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on November 4, 2013. Chairman Wheeler was appointed by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate.

Tom Wheeler,
Chairman
Federal Communications Commission

Tom Wheeler, FCC - Super Mobility Week 2014 KeynoteFor over three decades, Chairman Wheeler has been involved with new telecommunications networks and services, experiencing the revolution in telecommunications as a policy expert, an advocate, and a businessman. As an entrepreneur, he started or helped start multiple companies offering innovative cable, wireless, and video communications services. He is the only person to be selected to both the Cable Television Hall of Fame and The Wireless Hall of Fame, a fact President Obama joked made him "The Bo Jackson of Telecom."



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Keynote Session: Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Dan Mead is president and chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless, with responsibility for the company's operations, financial performance and advocating public policy issues on behalf of Verizon Wireless and its customers.

Dan Mead,
President and CEO
Verizon Wireless

Dan Mead, Verizon Wireless - Super Mobility Week 2014 Keynote

Under his leadership, the company built the nation's first wide area 4G LTE network, introduced Share Everything plans, the first to allow customers to share wireless data among multiple devices on an account, and began offering EDGE, an innovative device upgrade program. 

Mead currently is Chairman of the Board of Directors of CTIA, the wireless industry trade association. He serves on the Verizon Foundation Board and the Board of ISIS, an emerging mobile commerce company.  He also is a member of the Board of Trustees of Penn State University.

Mead earned an MBA and a bachelor's degree in Quantitative Business Analysis and Finance from Penn State University.  An Alumni Fellow, Mead received the Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to a graduate by the University.



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Keynote Session: Dick Costolo, Twitter

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Dick Costolo, Chief Executive Officer
Twitter

Since he became CEO in 2010, the global active user base has quadrupled to more than 200 million monthly active users; the company has tripled in size, and has opened offices around the world. Under Dick’s leadership, Twitter introduced “Promoted Tweets” — contextual advertising based on user interests displayed in Tweets — to increase revenue for the company. Besides its growing effectiveness as a business, Twitter is today renowned as a real-time platform that enables people and organizations to publicly share brief messages instantly around the world, a vital tool in an increasingly global society.

Dick joined Twitter in 2010 as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for both monetization and day-to-day operations. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of FeedBurner, a digital content syndication platform that was acquired by Google in 2007. Prior to that, Dick founded two digital media companies in Chicago: SpyOnIt, a web page monitoring service, and Burning Door Networked Media, a web design and development consulting company. He was also an improv performer with the acclaimed Annoyance Theater. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Computer Science and has been recognized by UM with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He is @dickc on Twitter.



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Keynote Host

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Meredith Attwell Baker, President & CEO
CTIA The Wireless Association

Meredith Attwell Baker joined CTIA-The Wireless Association as its President and CEO in June 2014. She brings extensive experience on spectrum issues and wireless policy and a keen understanding of how government and business must work together to drive innovation.

Prior to joining CTIA, Mrs. Baker served as the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs at Comcast NBCUniversal where she was responsible for developing policy positions on legislative and regulatory issues and representing those positions before the U.S. Congress, the Administration and government agencies.

Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009, Mrs. Baker served as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) until June 2011. During her tenure, she championed a forward-looking approach to spectrum management issues as well as a flexible regulatory environment to encourage continued innovation and competition in the technology and telecommunications industries.

Prior to joining the FCC, Mrs. Baker served in the Bush Administration as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information as well as the Acting Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). While at NTIA, she facilitated the nation’s historic transition to digital television, which freed commercial spectrum for wireless companies, and promoted market-based policies that encouraged innovation; served on delegations representing the United States at major international telecommunications conferences; and engaged in bilateral discussions with senior level officials from countries around the world to encourage investment in the United States.

Mrs. Baker holds a B.A. from Washington & Lee University and a law degree from the University of Houston. She is a member of the Texas State Bar.

Mrs. Baker and her husband Jamie reside in McLean, Virginia. She has four stepdaughters.



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Tim Connolly, Hulu

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Tim Connolly, Head of Distribution & Strategic Partnerships
Hulu

Tim Connolly is the Vice President, Head of Distribution, for Hulu where he is responsible for developing the partnerships that help drive subscription and usage of Hulu's video products. His team manages relationships with device manufacturers like Xbox, Roku and Apple, online partners like Yahoo, AOL and MSN, as well as multichannel video programming distributors in order to drive the growth of the Hulu Plus subscription service. Most recently, Connolly managed digital distribution and new product development for the Disney and ESPN TV networks. Prior to Disney and ESPN, Connolly served in various product management and business development roles at Ericsson working on mobile applications, networks and professional services. Connolly received an MBA and Masters of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, as well as BA from Wesleyan University.



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SMW Special Correspondent

September 09, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Larry Wilmore, Emmy-Winning Writer, Actor & Producer
Comedy Central

Larry started his career as an actor and stand-up comic before transitioning to television writing and producing in the early 90s. He has written for shows such as “In Living Color,” “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.” He co-created the animated show “The PJs” with Eddie Murphy and a few years later the critically acclaimed and award winning "The Bernie Mac Show." Most recently he was a consulting producer on NBCs "The Office" as well as appearing in a few episodes. Being the ‘Senior Black Correspondent’ on "The Daily Show" marked a return to performing for Larry and in the last few years he has appeared in “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Love Bites,” “Traffic Light,” “Accidently on Purpose” and “Happy Endings.” His first book entitled "I'd Rather We Got Casinos and Other Black Thoughts" was released by Hyperion Books in 2009 and he is currently working on his second book. He has been nominated and received numerous awards including an Emmy, a Peabody, Humanitas, TV Critics and NAACP Image Award. Larry continues to develop new shows and is currently working on the next installment of “Larry Wilmore’s Race, Religion and Sex” for Showtime.



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Ian Robinson, IBM

September 09, 2014, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Ian Robinson, Program Director, MobileFirst Portfolio
IBM

Ian Robinson is Program Director, IBM MobileFirst Portfolio. He joined IBM in 2008, following its acquisition of Transitive Corporation, where he was VP of Marketing. For more than 15 years he has focused on delivering to market industry-leading enterprise solutions, working in technology management roles at leading Silicon Valley companies that included VMware, Zone Labs, Brio Software and Borland. He earned an MS in Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.



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John Sims, Blackberry

September 09, 2014, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services
Blackberry

John is responsible for defining and executing the strategy for growing business within the Enterprise market through the creation of innovative software, messaging and service solutions.

Prior to joining BlackBerry, John served as President of SAP’s Mobile Services business and the Global Head of Telecom. John has more than 20 years of experience with companies that supply mobile telecommunications products and services to wireless operators. Before joining SAP, John held leadership positions at 724 Solutions, TANTAU Software, Intrado and Tandem Computers. He previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of CTIA.

John holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Glasgow, Scotland.



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Sheila Jordan, Symantec

September 09, 2014, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Sheila Jordan, CIO
Symantec

Sheila Jordan was appointed Symantec’s chief information officer in February 2014. In this role, she is responsible for driving the company's information technology strategy and operations with a focus on building and supporting the global information technology effort.

Prior to joining Symantec, Jordan spent nine years at Cisco, where she served as senior vice president of IT, communication and collaboration. She was responsible for delivering and integrating key IT services for Cisco's global workforce, including the development of the company’s WebEx Social Collaboration platform, as well as the deployment of all emerging technologies. She also led mobility services and desktop strategy, in addition to launching an eStore for mobile that provides transactional applications.

Previously, Jordan held leadership roles at Grand Circle Corporation, as chief information officer and executive vice president, where she was responsible for developing the company’s technical strategy, and at The Walt Disney Company, where she was a senior vice president for Destination Disney and vice president of marketing and sales finance. She was also a senior financial analyst at Martin Marietta, a construction supplies aggregate company.

Outside of work, Jordan is a frequent speaker on topics addressing collaboration, mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues, and women's leadership. She also serves as a director for NextSpace, a provider of innovative physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and sits on the CIO Advisory Board for SnapLogic.

Jordan received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.



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Brett Shockley

September 09, 2014, 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Brett Shockley, SVP & CTO
Avaya

Brett Shockley is Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer of Avaya, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions. Brett is an industry veteran with over 25 years of thought leadership in the telecommunications and contact center markets at Avaya, Cisco and Spanlink Communications. He is a tireless customer advocate, traveling the world to engage with them and open doors to new opportunities. In his current role, Shockley has responsibility for driving innovation and articulating Avaya’s strategic direction.

Previously, Brett Shockley served as Senior Vice President & General Manager of Avaya Applications and Emerging Technologies, with responsibility for Avaya's Contact Center and Unified Communications applications portfolios and Avaya's emerging technologies including Avaya Labs Research and Avaya's emerging cloud initiatives. Prior to that assignment, Brett served as senior vice president of Corporate Development, Strategy and Innovation for Avaya. Brett has been a driving force in defining and articulating the company's strategic direction. Before joining Avaya, Brett held a number of senior leadership, general management and business development roles including VP/GM, Customer Contact Business Unit at Cisco Systems. As founder and CEO of Spanlink Communications, he partnered with Bell Labs and pioneered some of the industry's leading innovations in speech recognition, computer telephony integration and Internet call centers. In addition to holding a patent for a telecommunications device, Shockley has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology. Shockley was a 2007 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner, University of Minnesota Alumni Lifetime Achievement award winner and 2008 Minnesota High Tech Association Emerging Technology Company award winner. He resides in San Jose, California with his wife Melissa.



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Keynote Session: Jim Dolce, Lookout

September 09, 2014, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Jim Dolce is the CEO of Lookout. Jim has been the founder of four successful technology companies and has held senior executive positions at both Juniper and Akamai Technologies. He was most recently at Akamai as Vice President, Carrier Market Development and before Akamai was the founder and CEO of Verivue which was acquired by Akamai.

Jim Dolce,
CEO
Lookout

Jim Dolce, Lookout - CTIA 2014 KeynotePrior to Verivue, Jim served as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Field Operations for Juniper Networks, where he led the company's global sales, marketing and customer service efforts. During his tenure, the company grew from annual revenue of $547 million to $2.3 billion. Jim joined Juniper through the acquisition of Unisphere Networks, where he served as CEO. During this period, he guided the company’s rapid growth from initial product launch to over $200 million annual revenue. Jim currently serves on the boards of privately held Benu Networks in Billerica, MA, and RGB Networks, in Sunnyvale, CA and is a Trustee of several nonprofit organizations. Jim holds a BS in Computer Engineering from University of Rhode Island.



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Keynote Session: Stephen Elop, Microsoft Devices Group

September 09, 2014, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Stephen Elop is the executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Elop rejoined Microsoft in April 2014 following the company's acquisition of the Nokia Devices and Services business.

Stephen Elop,
Executive Vice President
Microsoft Devices Group

Stephen Elop, Microsoft Devices Group - CTIA 2014 KeynoteAs Nokia's president and chief executive officer from 2010 to 2013, Elop led the company through a major strategy change where Nokia and Microsoft formed a partnership to build a third ecosystem in mobility with Windows Phone. He focused the smart devices business around industry-leading strengths in imaging, location-based services, and design. At the same time, he forged a strategy to connect the next billion people, bringing affordable smartphones and sophisticated feature phones to global consumers. Over three years, Elop led Nokia through a significant cultural change that resulted in historic levels of employee engagement.

Elop joined Nokia from Microsoft where he was president of the business division overseeing Microsoft Office, communications tools and applications. He previously served as chief operating officer of Juniper Networks, president of worldwide field operations at Adobe Systems, and president and chief executive officer of Macromedia (acquired by Adobe in 2005).

Elop earned a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and management from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, his home country, and was subsequently awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree. A father of five, he's an active pilot and dedicated ice-hockey fan.



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Keynote Session: Jeff Lawson, Twilio

September 09, 2014, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Jeff Lawson is Twilio's CEO and a co-founder. After serving founding executive roles at Nine Start, Stubhub and Versity.com, Jeff identified the need for a communications platform that would enable developers and enterprises of all sizes to easily build customized communications solutions.

Jeff Lawson,
CEO & Co-Founder
Twilio

Jeff Lawson, Twilio - CTIA 2014 KeynoteIn 2008, Twilio launched and now serves over 300,000 developers and businesses in nearly 200 countries. Beyond his entrepreneurial endeavors, Jeff is one of the original product managers for Amazon Web Services. Jeff is a Detroit native, started his first company in middle school and earned his BS in Computer Science & Film/Video from the University of Michigan.



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Keynote Session: Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

On February 1, 2012, Ulf Ewaldsson was appointed to his current position at Ericsson. Previously, Ewaldsson was Head of Product Area Radio at Ericsson's Business Unit Networks.

Ulf Ewaldsson,
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Head of Group Function Technology
Ericsson

Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson - CTIA 2014 KeynoteIn this position, which he held from January 2007 until February 2012, he was instrumental in helping to create some of the products that reflect Ericsson's technology leadership, such as HSPA and LTE in the radio-access network; the multi-standard RBS 6000; and the antenna-integrated radio unit.

He is also a member of Ericsson's Research Board. Ewaldsson has more than 20 years of experience in product management, industry development and customer relations, which has taken him to leadership positions at Ericsson in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Hungary and Sweden.

Ewaldsson was born in Skåne in southern Sweden in 1965. He graduated with an MSc in Engineering and Business Management from Linköping Institute of Technology in Sweden.



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Keynote Session: Mary Chan, General Motors

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Mary Chan joined General Motors in 2012 as President, Global Connected Consumer. She reports to GM President Dan Ammann, and her organization is responsible for building an ecosystem for innovation around the connected vehicle by collaborating with carriers, equipment makers, infrastructure providers and developers. Chan also oversees the growth and expansion of GM's flagship connectivity service, OnStar, which has brought safety and security connectivity services to more than 7 million subscribers over the past 18 years.

Mary Chan,
President, Global Connected Consumer
General Motors

Mary Chan, General Motors - CTIA 2014 KeynoteWith her background in the consumer electronics/ enterprise solutions business and experience in the global wireless networks space, she is leading the development and execution of GM's strategic global infotainment plans, including the launch for 4G LTE connectivity across GM's global portfolio of vehicle brands.

Mary joined GM from Dell Inc., where she was senior vice president and general manager of Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services since 2009.

Prior to Dell, Mary held various senior executive positions at Alcatel-Lucent and Lucent Technologies Inc. as president of 4G/LTE Wireless Networks and president of Global Wireless Networks. She also spent time at AT&T Network Systems earlier in her career.

In 2014, Chan was named as one of 10 "MobileGameChangers" by Russell Reynolds Associates for her work in reshaping the global mobile industry. Chan was also previously named as the "Top Woman in Wireless" by the Fierce Wireless Industry Daily, a wireless industry trade publication. Chan currently serves on the Board of Directors for both CTIA and Microelectronics Technology Inc. (MTI). CTIA-The Wireless Association is an international nonprofit membership organization that has represented the wireless communications industry since 1984. MTI is a leading Taiwanese developer of wireless communication products.

Mary holds a M.S. and B.S. in electrical engineering from Columbia University in New York.



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Keynote Session: Mike Kennewick, VoiceBox Technologies

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Mike has over 24 years of computer software experience. After holding various management roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, he moved to Microsoft in 1981. At Microsoft, Mike was responsible for formulating the business development strategy and for the initial launch and OEM sales for MS-DOS® and Windows®. He and his team closed many of the original deals for MS-DOS and the first 20+ deals for Windows.

Mike Kennewick,
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO
VoiceBox Technologies

Mike Kennewick, VoiceBox Technologies - CTIA 2014 KeynoteMike was also the founder of Saros Corporation, a pioneer in the document management software business. The Saros document management system was installed in over 200 Fortune 500 companies. Saros was successfully sold to FileNET, where its products form the core of FileNET's product architecture. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.



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Keynote Session: Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Diarmuid joined Tesla in 2006, and currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development in which capacity he manages commercial relationships and all aspects of government affairs. Before joining Tesla, Diarmuid served as Chief of Staff for Political Military Affairs at the US State Department, where he was involved in policy and operational support to the U.S military in various theaters of operation.

Diarmuid O'Connell,
Vice President, Business Development
Tesla

Diarmuid O'Connell, Tesla - CTIA 2014 KeynoteBefore his tenure in Washington, Diarmuid worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant for Accenture, as a founder of educational software developer, Real Time Learning, and as a senior executive with both McCann Erickson Worldwide and Young and Rubicam. Over the course of his career, he has managed international operations, projects and marketing for such brands as Coca Cola, Gillette, and AT&T, among others.

Diarmuid has earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a master's degree in Foreign Policy from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Kellogg.



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Keynote Session: Ralph de la Vega, AT&T Mobility

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Ralph de la Vega is President and CEO—AT&T Mobility, a position he has held since 2007. He is responsible for the company's largest growth engine. Today, AT&T is the industry's mobile broadband leader and number-one smartphone provider.

Ralph de la Vega,
President and CEO
AT&T Mobility

Ralph de la Vega, AT&T Mobility - Super Mobility Week 2014 Keynote

From October 2008 to January 2012, Mr. de la Vega served as President and CEO-AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. In addition to the company's wireless business, he led the company's local consumer wireline operations, including U-verse TV® which has received numerous industry awards.

Prior to becoming head of AT&T's Mobility organization, Mr. de la Vega served as group president-Regional Telecommunications and Entertainment, with responsibility for overall leadership in AT&T's regional wired business, including consumer and regional business sales and network. He was appointed to that post in January 2007, after the close of the AT&T-BellSouth merger, which consolidated ownership of Cingular.

From 2004-2006, he served as chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless, with responsibility for technology planning, network operations, marketing, sales and customer care.

Before joining Cingular in January 2004, he served as president-BellSouth Latin America, with overall responsibility for BellSouth's operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Nicaragua, Brazil and Guatemala.

Earlier, he served as BellSouth's president of Broadband and Internet Services. In this position, he had overall responsibility for the deployment, marketing and operations of broadband services. In addition, he had responsibility for BellSouth Internet Services and BellSouth's rapidly growing data support groups.
Mr. de la Vega started his career in 1974 with BellSouth (then Southern Bell) as a management assistant. He has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in Network Planning, Consumer Services, Engineering and Operations — including a rotational assignment at Telcordia (Bellcore) — and was responsible for all BellSouth Telecommunications Network Operations in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mr. de la Vega serves on the boards of New York Life Insurance Company, the Georgia Aquarium and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is extensively involved in nonprofit and community organizations, serving as chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and chairman of All-Markets Initiatives for the Boy Scouts of America. He was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s prestigious Alumni Hall of Fame, which honors select Hispanics for their personal achievements, contributions and service to America. 

Mr. de la Vega has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and a master’s degree in business administration from

Northern Illinois University.  He completed the Executive Program at the University of Virginia and received an honorary doctorate from FAU. 
He is the author of the best-selling book Obstacles Welcome: Turn Adversity into Advantage in Business and Life (Thomas Nelson, 2009).

A native of Cuba, Mr. de la Vega and his family live in Atlanta, GA.



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Keynote Session: Dan Hesse, Sprint

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Dan Hesse joined Sprint as CEO in December 2007. Prior to his appointment, Hesse was the Chairman and CEO of Embarq Corporation, a $6 billion telecommunications services company. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Terabeam Corporation, a wireless telecommunications technology company.

Dan Hesse,
Chief Executive Officer
Sprint

Dan Hesse, Sprint - Super Mobility Week 2014 KeynoteHesse spent 23 years at AT&T. From 1997 – 2000, he served as the President and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services, at the time the United States' largest wireless carrier.

He received a BA from Notre Dame, an MBA from Cornell, and an MS from MIT where he was awarded the Brooks Thesis Prize.
In addition to receiving Corporate Responsibility magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award, he has been named "Most Influential Person in Mobile Technology" by LAPTOP magazine (Steve Jobs was #2), Wireless Industry "Person of the Year" by RCR magazine, "Executive of the Year" by Wireless Business and Technology magazine, "CEO of the Year" by the National Eagle Leadership Institute, one of the five "Best Turnaround CEO's of All Time" by Fierce Wireless, one of "10 Inspirational Leaders who Turned Around Their Companies" by Entrepreneur magazine, and he has twice received Wireless Week magazine's Leadership Award. Glassdoor named Hesse one of 2014's highest rated CEO's by employees.  Hesse was recognized by the American India Foundation in May 2014 for excellence in corporate leadership and philanthropy.  He was appointed by President Obama to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and serves on the National Board of Governors of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.



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Keynote Session: Bill McDermott, SAP

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Bill McDermott is Chief Executive Officer of business software and enterprise mobile software market leader SAP. First appointed as Co-CEO in 2010, it was announced in May 2014 that Bill is now the company’s sole CEO.

Bill McDermott,
CEO
SAP

Bill McDermott, SAP - Super Mobility Week 2014 KeynoteWith 66,000 employees and 251,000 customers in 180 countries, SAP is one of the world's most global companies. With a vision to make the world run better and improve people's lives, the company achieved annual revenues of 16.9 billion EUROs in 2013. Today 74% of the world's financial transactions touch an SAP system and 98% of the world's most valuable brands run SAP software.

In 2013, Bill and Co-CEO Jim Hagemann Snabe were ranked #2 on Glassdoor.com's listing of the top 50 Highest Rated CEOs, based on their 99% approval rating from employees.

Before joining SAP, Bill served in senior executive roles with Siebel Systems, and Gartner, Inc. He spent 17 years at Xerox Corporation, where he progressively rose through the ranks to become the company's youngest corporate officer and division president.

Bill is a member of several external boards, including industry pioneers ANSYS and Under Armour. A champion of youth mentoring and community service, he was most recently recognized with the 2012 Promise Award by the Children's Aid Society of New York.

Bill holds an MBA in business management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and he received his bachelor's degree in business management from Dowling College.



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David Chesky, HDtracks & Chesky Records

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

David Chesky, CEO
HDtracks & Chesky Records

David Chesky is the CEO and Co-founder of HDtracks, the world’s premiere online download service that delivers high sound quality in AIFF, FLAC, WAV, and ALAC, in up to 192kHz/24bit high-resolution files. HDtracks offers master quality music downloads from all the major labels and hundreds of independents in lieu of the ubiquitous low quality proliferation of mp3s. A composer/musician and three-time Grammy nominee, David Chesky is best known as one of the leaders in advancing research on high-resolution audio technology. Additionally, twenty-five years ago, David founded Chesky Records with his brother Norman Chesky. The label has won numerous awards and maintains the reputation as the leading audiophile label in the world known for pioneering new state of the art recording techniques and formats such as 128X oversampled CDs, 96/24 albums, DVD audio, and SACD. Along with being a world-renowned innovator of audio technologies, David is a classical/jazz composer and pianist who has had his operas, ballets, and symphonic works performed around the world.



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Prof. Thomas Dolby, Digital Music

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Prof. Thomas Dolby, Digital Music Entreprenuer & Homewood Professor of the Arts
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, and then moved to Silicon Valley, where he has had an extraordinary career as an entrepreneur. Dolby re-created himself as a digital-musical innovator, founding Beatnik, which developed the polyphonic ringtone software used in more than half a billion cell phones. For 12 years, Dolby served as musical director of the TED Conferences, where he directed the eclectic characters of the house band. Dolby now serves as CTIA’s music director for Super Mobility Week. He has also been named Johns Hopkins University's first Homewood Professor of the Arts, where he will help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts, starting in September of 2014. Thomas is finishing a book to be released in 2015.



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Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm Incorporated

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO
Qualcomm Incorporated

Steve Mollenkopf is chief executive officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. Mollenkopf began his Qualcomm career as an engineer and, for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors.

Mollenkopf oversaw Qualcomm’s investment in technologies that propelled smartphones into the mainstream. During his tenure as president and chief operating officer, Qualcomm became a leader in mobile technology, including computing, graphics and multimedia. The Company also extended its 3G and 4G modem leadership position.

Prior to his role as president and COO, Mollenkopf led the Company’s chipset business, overseeing the launch of 4G technology. He helped make Qualcomm the world’s largest mobile chipset supplier and a global leader in LTE technology. He guided QCT through the worldwide expansion of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology; the introduction of Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (W-CDMA) technology; the launch of 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.

He also spearheaded the Company’s largest acquisition, the $3.1 billion purchase of chipmaker Atheros. The deal helped expand Qualcomm’s business far beyond smartphones, and accelerated the adoption of Qualcomm’s technologies and platforms in new segments.

Mollenkopf is a published IEEE author and holds seven patents in areas such as power estimation and measurement, multi-standard transmitters, and wireless communication transceiver technology. Mollenkopf serves as chairman of the Global Semiconductor Alliance and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Semiconductor Industry Association.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.



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Arun Bhikshesvaran, Ericsson

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Arun Bhikshesvaran, CMO
Ericsson

Mr. Arun Bhikshesvaran has more than 15 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He has been with Ericsson since 1995 and is currently the Chief Marketing Officer for Ericsson. In this capacity, Mr. Bhikshesvaran is responsible for driving the global marketing strategy focused on enhancing Ericsson’s role in the evolving Networked Society. Mr. Bhikshesvaran’s most recent position was Senior Vice President of Strategy and Chief Technology Officer for Ericsson North America. Prior to that he has served in a variety of roles within the industry including Multimedia and Infrastructure Solutions, Systems Solutions and Integration, Field Engineering, R&D and Global Product Marketing. Mr. Bhikshesvaran holds a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed Post Graduate Executive Programs at Columbia Business School and Kellogg.



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Fireside Chat with Qualcomm

September 10, 2014, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center − Sands Expo ? Venetian Ballroom

Ina Fried, Senior Editor, Mobile
re/code

Ina Fried covers wireless issues and devices, including tablets, smartphones and even some phones of average intelligence.

Her road to becoming the woman she is today has been a long one. Ina spent three years at AllThingsD.com leading mobile coverage and served as co-producer of the D: Dive Into Mobile conference. Before that, she spent a decade at CNET where she covered, among other things, Microsoft and Apple. Her reporting spanned several continents, two genders and included chronicling the Hewlett Packard-Compaq merger, Bill Gates’ transition from software giant to philanthropist, as well as the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Prior to joining CNET in May 2000, Ina covered chips for Bridge News and was a writer at the Orange County Business Journal and Orange County Register. Ina graduated from Miami University in Ohio.

http://recode.net/author/ina-fried/



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Sports Roundtable

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center

Colin Smith, Managing Director, Digital Platform
NASCAR Digital Media

Colin Smith is Managing Director, NASCAR Digital Media. In this role, Smith is responsible for managing all day-to-day operations of NASCAR’s digital platform which includes NASCAR.COM as well as the tablet and mobile experience. Also under Smith’s purview is e-commerce, subscription products, site optimization and content development. He joined NASCAR in May of 2012 to help oversee the re-launch of the digital platform following the sanctioning body taking its digital rights back in-house.

Smith began his career in sports in 1995 when he joined Charlotte-based Raycom Sports as an analyst in the Research Department. Two years later, he was named research director and was responsible for all sales, marketing, agency and company research for Raycom’s portfolio of televised sports properties. In 1998, Smith began working in Program Distribution and became a marketing manager, handling all station sales and relations in the southeast.

Smith became director of distribution in 2000, overseeing all syndication sales and product development for Raycom Sports’ primary partner, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). He was promoted to vice president of distribution in 2003.

In 2006, he added New Media to his responsibilities and was tasked with building out a new digital department for Raycom Sports and the ACC. He oversaw the creation and development of ACC Select, the first Division 1 live sports broadband network, as well as the ACC Digital Network, the first official ACC mobile application and the ACC Video Vault consumer archive.

Smith graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He currently lives in Charlotte with his wife Kelly and son Skylar.



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Keynote Session: Tony Hsieh, Zappos

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Author of #1 NYT Bestseller, "Delivering Happiness" and Zappos CEO

In 1999, at the age of 24, TONY HSIEH (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million...

Tony Hsieh,
CEO
Zappos

Tony Hsieh, Zappos - Super Mobility Week 2014 KeynoteHe then joined Zappos as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune Magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list. In November 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing.

Tony's first book, "Delivering Happiness", was published on June 7, 2010, and outlines his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. "Delivering Happiness," debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

Tony was interviewed by Barbara Walters when she interviewed self-made entrepreneurs.  The piece included a visit to the headquarters of Zappos.com that was dubbed what "might just be the wackiest workplace in America."

In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of Zappos.com, Tony is leading the "Downtown Project," a group committed to transforming downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.  This transformation includes the relocation of the Zappos.com offices from Henderson, Nevada to what was the old City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.

Zappos / Delivering Happiness / Downtown Las Vegas
Culture is to a company as community is to a city: it's about values, innovation, serendipity, participation, upward mobility, and attraction of smart startups and the creative class. Tony is applying his very successful Zappos corporate culture model (recognized multiple times by FORTUNE as one of the top 100 best places to work) to help build the most community-focused large city in the world in the place you would least expect it: Downtown Las Vegas. Research has shown that every time the size of a city doubles, productivity and innovation per resident increases by 15%, but when companies get bigger, productivity per employee generally goes down. With his new $350 million Downtown Project, Tony is creating a unique hybrid of corporation, community, and city to drive productivity and innovation both for Zappos as well as the city itself.



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Simon Wardle, Octagon

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo and Convention Center − Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Simon Wardle, Chief Strategy Officer
Octagon

Among his successes is the creation of Passion Drivers®, pioneering research designed to understand why fans are fans. In addition, he developed the architecture for many of the interactive measurement and management tools that Octagon uses to help clients engage consumers and drive business results. In 2014, Wardle released The Passion Shift™ that quantifies how fans feed their passion for sport across a myriad of DSM channels, in-home and in-stadia.

This year, Wardle spoke at SXSW and The Economist’s – The Big Rethink to share The Passion Shift™ and his insights around how brands can successfully connect with fans through passion.

Leading into and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Wardle was quoted in Adweek, Forbes.com, Sportcal and Sports Business Journal discussing the how and why behind soccer fandom across the globe.

Articles featuring Simon Wardle: • Adweek Cover Story: Is Tim Howard the Perfect Brand Partner? • Forbes.com: The Future of Fandom in the US • Sports Business Journal: Soccer’s Growing Reach featuring Simon Wardle



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Simon Wardle, Octagon

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Simon Wardle, Chief Strategy Officer
Octagon

Among his successes is the creation of Passion Drivers®, pioneering research designed to understand why fans are fans. In addition, he developed the architecture for many of the interactive measurement and management tools that Octagon uses to help clients engage consumers and drive business results. In 2014, Wardle released The Passion Shift™ that quantifies how fans feed their passion for sport across a myriad of DSM channels, in-home and in-stadia.

This year, Wardle spoke at SXSW and The Economist’s – The Big Rethink to share The Passion Shift™ and his insights around how brands can successfully connect with fans through passion.

Leading into and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, Wardle was quoted in Adweek, Forbes.com, Sportcal and Sports Business Journal discussing the how and why behind soccer fandom across the globe.

Articles featuring Simon Wardle: -Adweek Cover Story: Is Tim Howard the Perfect Brand Partner? -Forbes.com: The Future of Fandom in the US -Sports Business Journal: Soccer’s Growing Reach featuring Simon Wardle



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Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Fame

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Emmitt Smith, Chairman & Founder
PROVA Group

Emmitt Smith is a professional football icon and one of the greatest to ever play the game as well as for the Dallas Cowboys. As the National Football League's all-time leading rusher with 18,355 career rushing yards, Smith is also the all-time rushing touchdown record holder with 164 career rushing TD's. His impressive resume includes three Super Bowl champion rings and being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010.

As a first-round pick in the 1990 NFL Draft, Smith was the cornerstone of the Dallas Cowboys offense for 12 seasons. The eight-time Pro Bowler was the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in 11 consecutive seasons and on October 27, 2002, he surpassed Walter Payton as the NFL's all-time leading rusher. Smith finished his 15-year career with 18,355 rushing yards and led the NFL in rushing four times. He was the league MVP in 1993, MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII, and helped guide the Cowboys to three Super Bowl titles. His 175 career touchdowns rank second in NFL history.

Smith played his final two NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals (2003 and 2004) before signing a one-day contract in February 2005, so he could officially retire as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. In September 2005, Smith was added to the Cowboys Ring of Honor with former teammates Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. He was also enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 for his All-American career at the University of Florida.

Previously serving as a football analyst for ESPN and the NFL Network, Smith also appeared as a guest college football analyst during FOX's BCS National Championship pre-game coverage in 2007. Smith's post-career television success includes winning the third season of ABC's popular primetime reality show Dancing with the Stars, with his style being deemed “the King effortless of cool”, being featured on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, and returning to the ballroom in 2012 for Dancing with the Stars All-Stars.

Currently, Smith has transitioned to the role of businessman and entrepreneur and runs several small and minority businesses that span real estate, construction and technology. Current businesses include E Smith Legacy, a premier real estate development and asset management firm; EJ Smith Construction, a Dallas-based commercial construction manager and general contractor; and E Smith Realty Partners, a premier commercial real estate services company. Smith has also launched Prova Inc., a mobile authentication company.

Active in charitable outreach both in the Dallas area and on a national level, Smith founded Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities with his wife to provide educational and experience opportunities to under-served youth. Additionally Smith has been involved with initiatives and organizations such as All-Stars Helping Kids, Open Doors Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and United Way, among others.

Smith can also add author to his long list of accomplishments. His most recent book, Game On, outlines the principles that helped him succeed both on and off the field. Emmitt currently resides with his wife, Pat, and their five children in Dallas, TX.



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Andrea Kremer, Moderator

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo - Venetian Ballroom

Andrea Kremer, Chief Correspondent for Health & Safety
NFL Network

Andrea Kremer is one of the most accomplished and widely respected journalists in the industry today. In 2011, she was named one of the 10 greatest female sportscasters of all time. TV Guide said Kremer is "among TV's best sports correspondents of either sex," and her work is "distinguished by her eagerness to calmly ask tough questions and her refusal to pursue the same old story."

A two time Emmy award winner, Kremer is currently the NFL Network’s Chief Correspondent for Player Health and Safety. In this role, Kremer is the face of the network's coverage and in-depth reporting on a critical issue facing professional sports. She chronicled All Pro defensive back Darrelle Revis’ year long comeback from a devastating ACL injury for “A Football Life.” She interviewed Johnny Jolly in prison for drug abuse and then a year later as he returned to the Green Bay Packers’ starting lineup. She got wide receiver Laurent Robinson to talk about how his life changed after suffering four concussions in four months.

Kremer is also a correspondent for HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel." Since 2007, she has contributed a host of critically acclaimed profiles and features to the Emmy-Award winning newsmagazine show. Among the most memorable interviews she has done at HBO include compelling one-on-ones with Pete Carroll, Lane Kiffin, Barret Robbins, DeMaurice Smith, Bill Parcells, Joakim Noah and Jim and John Harbaugh. Her story on the abuse of the drug Toradol helped earn Real Sports its first Peabody Award in 2012.

Previously (2006-2012) Kremer was a reporter for NBC sports. For five seasons, she was the sideline and feature reporter for the Emmy Award-winning "Sunday Night Football" on NBC. She periodically reported on football for the network's popular "Today" morning show. In the summer of 2012, Kremer was front and center for NBC Sports as she covered swimming at the London Olympics. Her insight and unparalleled story telling ability was featured across all of the NBC’s platforms. In 2010, Kremer covered speedskating at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver and in 2008, she was lauded for her reporting of Olympic icon Michael Phelps' dramatic pursuit of a record eight gold medals in Beijing.

Before joining NBC, Kremer was ESPN's Los Angeles-based correspondent, providing in-depth reports for "SportsCenter," "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "Monday Night Countdown" among other studio shows. In 2005, Kremer received a PRISM Award for her ESPN story on Dexter Manley. Kremer has worked more than 20 Super Bowls. A versatile reporter, she has covered the NBA Finals and All-Star Game, Major League Baseball's All-Star Game and League Championship Series, college football bowl games, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals, NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, U.S. Olympic basketball trials and the PGA Championship. With ESPN, Kremer's forte was breaking news stories, and she provided investigative pieces on social issues as they relate to sports, such as sexual assault and domestic violence.

Kremer teaches a course of her own design, “The Art of the Interview,” in the School of Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication. She has also guest lectured at several universities including Stanford, Winthrop, DePaul and Endicott College. Kremer is also an engaging public speaker and has delivered keynote addresses, hosted or emceed events for Citi, Goldman Sachs, NFL 101, the Boston Group and the Philadelphia Eagles among others. A charity-minded individual, Kremer supports several nonprofit organizations including The Brain Tumor Society, Best Buddies, Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund, the Marvin Lewis Community Fund and Right to Play.

Prior to joining ESPN, Kremer worked at NFL Films (1984-89), where she was a producer, director and later an on-air reporter for the nationally syndicated show "This is the NFL." Kremer received an Emmy nomination in 1986 for writing and editing the critically acclaimed NFL Films special "Autumn Ritual." She also produced several one-hour specials including the "All-Pro Dream Team," "All the Best," and "Gift of Grab." While at NFL Films, Kremer served as a contributing reporter to the Philadelphia Eagles Pre-Game Show on WIP-AM in Philadelphia.

Kremer began her career in Ardmore, Pennsylvania as the sports editor of the Main Line Chronicle (1982-84). A Philadelphia native, she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Kremer, who was named one of the "Most Influential" moms in the country by Working Mother magazine, is married with one son.



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Keynote Session: Brian France, NASCAR

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

Brian Zachary France, actively involved in NASCAR for more than two decades, is a member of the NASCAR-founding France family and assumed the roles of NASCAR Chairman and CEO in September 2003. He is the grandson of NASCAR's founder, the late William H.G. ("Big Bill") France, and the son of the former President and Chairman/CEO of NASCAR, the late William C. ("Bill Jr.") France.

Brian France,
Chairman & CEO
NASCAR

Brian France, NASCAR - CTIA 2014 KeynoteMr. France has been heavily involved with many of NASCAR's recent innovations, bolstering the sport's digital presence with the re-acquisition of NASCAR's digital rights, the re-launch of NASCAR.com in January 2013, and the unveiling of the Fan and Media Engagement Center in Charlotte, N.C., all of which have been designed to bring NASCAR fans closer to the sport.

On the global front, he has increased the sport's level of concentration on the environment as part of NASCAR Green. With the largest recycling and environmental sustainability programs among all U.S. sports, NASCAR has not only become a leader in green initiatives across all sports, but a leader within the business community. Those efforts, among others, were the result of his recent implementation of an industry growth initiative, with a goal of better serving NASCAR's core fans and growing new audiences throughout the sports landscape. The plan focuses on strengthening NASCAR's foothold in such areas as youth, Generation Y, multicultural, driver star power, product relevance, and digital and social media.

On track, France has worked closely with NASCAR's competition department. He was integral in the development of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which debuted in 1995, and was a key proponent of the NASCAR Research and Development Center, a facility opened in 2003 and dedicated to improving the safety and operational efficiency of the sport. He has also been at the forefront of NASCAR's dramatic sponsorship growth, including the ground-breaking announcement of Nextel Communications as the new sponsor of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series (now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series) beginning in 2004, and has led a host of marketing initiatives that have culminated with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events being broadcast on ABC, ESPN, FOX Sports, FX, NBC Sports, and TNT. Mr. France also spearheaded the opening of NASCAR offices in Los Angeles, New York, and Charlotte to address the sanctioning body's growing business needs and partner base.

France led the creation of the sport's first "playoff" structure in 2004, the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. In 2014, France announced sweeping competition changes to the championship and qualifying formats, as well as the deterrence and penalty procedure. The new championship format, which virtually guarantees a Chase spot to each race winner, puts a premium on winning unseen in the sport's 67-year history.

Mr. France has an extensive background in NASCAR, ranging from his experience as a race track manager to helping develop and manage NASCAR weekly short track and touring competitive levels. As a track manager, he was involved in writing and enforcing rules, developing race procedures and all other aspects of competition. He successfully oversaw the transformation of Tucson Raceway Park from a dirt track into one of the premier paved short tracks in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

The Sports Business Daily named France its Sports Industrialist of the Year in 1999 and Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him the SMEI Marketing Statesman of the Year. Previous awards include Advertising Age honoring France as one of the publication's top 100 marketers of the year and Promo Magazine naming him as one of that publication's top promoters of the year. In 2006, France appeared on the TIME 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world assembled by TIME Magazine. In 2007, he was named to the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. In April of 2014, France was presented the Cynopsis Sports Awards "Vision Award," which recognizes the executive of the year from a sports league or organization who has demonstrated innovation and transformed an industry.



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Keynote Session: John Kosner, ESPN

September 11, 2014, 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Sands Expo − Venetian Ballroom

John Kosner is marking his 10th anniversary as ESPN's digital leader. As ESPN's executive vice president, digital and print media, Kosner heads up development for ESPN.com, the world's leading online sports service, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN's industry-leading applications for all screens including WatchESPN and ESPN3, the premier live sports event online service; and SportsCenter, the world's most popular sports app. Kosner also oversees "Grantland.com," the innovative sports and pop-culture site headed by ESPN's star sportswriter Bill Simmons and espnW, the network's initiative targeted at female sports fans. Additionally, Kosner manages ESPN's digital content development in Social Media and its partnerships with Facebook, Twitter and other top third-party networks. Kosner was promoted to his current title in January 2012, and had overseen all these properties as senior vice president, digital & print media, since May 2011.

John Kosner,
Executive Vice President, Digital & Print Media
ESPN

John Kosner, ESPN - CTIA 2014 KeynoteKosner has overseen ESPN Digital Media since 2003, a period of tremendous growth and industry recognition for ESPN. Kosner and his team have helped ESPN.com establish a clear leadership position on the Internet, in Digital Video and in Mobile:

• Pioneering online video with ESPN Motion, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app;

• Developing ESPN Insider, an industry-leading paid subscription service;

• Guiding ESPN to #1 in Fantasy Sports;

• Achieving a commanding leadership share in sports mobile web and mobile apps, including the top-ranked mobile apps in the sports category;

• Building a digital audio powerhouse with ESPN Radio, including ESPNRadio.com and PodCenter, the leading sports podcast destination;

• Forging valuable partnerships with Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Xbox, YouTube, Instagram, Foursquare, eBay and Flipboard.

ESPN Digital Media has also received numerous awards including the Sports Business Journal Awards for Digital four times in five years (2012, 2011, 2009 and 2008) and the 2011 SBJ Sports Technology Award for WatchESPN. ESPN.com has also won seven Sports Emmy's and two Online Journalism Awards, including the prestigious Award for General Excellence. During Kosner's term, Richard Lapchick has heralded ESPN's commitment to diversity in his annual report cards on diversity hiring in digital and print sports media.

Sports Business Journal ranked Kosner as the Most Influential in Online Sports in October 2008, one of several accolades he has received. Kosner also serves as Chairman of the Online Publishers Association and is a member of the Alumni Council of his alma mater, the Collegiate School in New York City.

Kosner is a 35-year veteran of sports media, starting as an intern at NBC Sports in 1978. He joined ESPN in 1997 as vice president, programming development. In 1999, he was named vice president, ESPN.com programming and broadband development. Earlier, Kosner worked in programming at CBS Sports; at the NBA, where he led the league's broadcasting operations for seven years; and at Sports Illustrated, where he developed television and interactive content for Sports Illustrated and SI for Kids magazines.

Kosner was graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1982 with a bachelor of arts degree in American History. Kosner lives in New York with his wife Diane Burstein, their son Luke and his older children, Walter and Grace.


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