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Carrier Conundrum – Shifting the Costs to Building Owner / Operators – Justification Insures Communications Enabled for Tomorrow

Ezra Hug, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Boingo Wireless

Ezra is a 17 year wireless veteran who has built ODAS, IDAS, and Macro networks throughout the nation including the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, Northeast, and, for the past 10 years, the New York City metro area.  Ezra has worked on the Carrier side, for 3rd Parties, Turf Vendors, as a consultant, and is currently Director of Strategic Partnerships at Boingo Wireless managing AT&T account nationally.  Prior to AT&T he was founding member of Northeast DAS and Small Cell Association (NEDAS) and is now a volunteer on advisory council.

Kurt Jacobs, Global Markets, Alliances and Solutions, JMA Wireless

A 20 year veteran of emerging communication technologies, Kurt leads solution and market development to enable the creation of new value chains utilizing communications infrastructure.  He works with cross industry partners and integrators across the globe to integrate the business value and architectural requirements for enterprise, carrier and smart city systems.   At JMA Wireless, Kurt is accelerating the adoption of cellular and wireless technology for both operational transformation and creating new customer value.  Prior to JMA, Kurt held senior marketing, product management and business development positions for both global corporations and startup companies in the fields of IoT, VoIP, Unified Communications and Collaboration solutions.   A former and current US naval officer, he has extensive experience and leadership in international and domestic crisis response, military operations and security.   He holds engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Wisconsin, former academic faculty member at the US Naval Academy and a graduate of the US Naval War College.

Nicholas Stello, SVP – Information Technology at Vornado Realty Trust

Mr. Stello is currently the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest publicly-traded commercial real estate corporations in the nation. With a large portfolio of remote offices across the United States and more than 4,800 employees, he has been principally responsible for successfully forecasting, promoting and executing all phases of Vornado’s strategic technology plan in supporting the company’s significant growth. He is a seasoned and well-rounded Information Technology executive who possesses leadership and vision amassed from over twenty years of experience working in a broad spectrum of corporate IT functions.