» Advisory Board
A Special Thanks to our advisory board members. These individuals have been instrumental in helping to shape the focus of the conference and the future of ISPCON.
Rich Bader, President and CEO, EasyStreet Online Services
Rich and his team at EasyStreet have built what is now Oregon's largest independent ISP by focusing on the needs of local businesses and delivering reliable service day in and day out. Dubbed "The Last Man Standing" by The Oregonian, EasyStreet has evolved into a sophisticated business that has outlasted most local ISPs and thrives in one of the most competitive business segments around. Rich is a 30-year veteran of the high tech industry, beginning at Digital Equipment in the 70s. Settling in Oregon in 1978 to join Intel, Rich was founder and co-general manager of Intel's Personal Computer Enhancement Operation, a world-class, multi-hundred million-dollar business that launched Intel into the personal
computer end-user marketplace.
Dave Baker, VP of Law & Public Policy, Earthlink
Dave Baker is Vice President for Law and Public Policy for EarthLink. Based in Atlanta, EarthLink is the nation's third-largest Internet service provider (ISP), with five million dial-up, broadband, web hosting and wireless Internet customers. Dave leads EarthLink's public policy initiatives on matters such as broadband access, spam, copyrights, taxation and powerline communications. Dave is former Commissioner and Chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission. He served on the NARUC Communications Committee and on the FCC's Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service. He earned his BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and his law degree from Washington & Lee University. He and his family live in Atlanta.
Mike Cassidy, Managing Partner, ISP-Market
Mr. Cassidy is Managing Partner of ISP-Market, LLC. Since 1996, Mike has consulted with startup as well as established high-tech companies in a business development, sales and management role. He has worked with companies such as Ascend, U.S. Robotics, ISP-Lists, Capella Worldwide, Redback and iBeam. Mike is a regular contributor to numerous industry tradeshows, publications and reports, and is the Founder an Managing Editor of ISPortal.com. ISP-Market LLC, is a marketing consulting firm focused exclusively on helping technology companies understand, communicate with, and sell to the Internet Service Provider and Enterprise IT Communities.
Tom DeReggi, President, RapidDSL & Wireless
Tom DeReggi is the President and founder of RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc and is responsible for Sales, Strategic Planning, and Wireless Network Design. In 2002, he launched "Intairnet," a high-capacity transport network interconnecting key locations throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. Intairnet's Wireless to Fiber network completely bypasses wired telecom carriers and the congestion associated with them, using radios operating in the 5.8Ghz unlicensed spectrum. One of the core elements to RapidDSL & Wireless's success is its proprietary router technology which, when combined with the latest microwave radios, enables it to cost effectively build superior redundancy and security into its network using automatic shortest path routing algorithms and the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). RapidDSL & Wireless recently launched its wholesale program, with the idea that WISPs have the best chance of success, if they pool resources and work together. With prices starting as low as $99 per month and speeds as high as 16 mbps, it's an ideal solution to connect hotspots, communities, tenant buildings and businesses to the Internet.
Eden Recor, Owner, Grand County Internet
Eden Recor has been a successful ISP owner and operator for more than 10 years. In 2001 he started looking into unlicensed wireless Internet services. In the most recent six months, Grand County has gone full time into wireless services, hired qualified installation support and is doing numerous upgrades for customers. He has gone through the process of self financing, leasing and back to self financing. He has experience with business plans that work and some that do not. Eden brings real-world insight for those who are planning to add wireless services, how to determine the costs and other considerations that go into starting up the business of wireless. He has taught internet computer classes in adult education to promote use of the internet and its benefits as well as educating engineers on technical subjects during his years at Lockheed. He holds a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Masters in Computer Information Systems.
Alex Goldman, Managing Editor, ISP-Planet
Alex Goldman was a technical writer at ABE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, preparing manuals for cellular phones and other equipment during the transition from analog to digital technologies. He returned to the U.S. and edited for Simon & Schuster before joining ISP-Planet. For articles written by Alex visit: http://isp-planet.com/authors/agoldman-index.html. Including his anti-spam directory (which continues to grow) http://isp-planet.com/services/asguide/index.html.
Doug McDonald, Principal, Branch Run Communications
As Principal of Branch Run Communications, Doug McDonald works closely with partners from the service provider and vendor community alike to conceive, build and strengthen profitable partnerships. A proponent of the independent service provider, Branch Run Communications works closely with leading industry firms to strengthen their market position and profitability. Prior to founding Branch Run Communications, Doug spent the last decade working to forge lasting partnerships in the service provider community while holding sales and marketing positions at such industy leaders as Tucows and Hostopia.
Frank J. Muto, President CEO, FSM Marketing Group
Going on 10 years of doing business on the Internet, FSM Marketing Group, Inc.;subsidiaries consist of web hosting and domain registration, ISP (dial-up), E-mail services including spam and anti-virus exclusively with Postini, branded Long Distance, business and marketing development. Frank previously spent 22 plus years in the automotive parts and services industry in various positions of executive management and business development, of which 15 of those years Frank spent as a business turn around specialist.
John McKown, President and CEO, Delaware.Net
John is the founder of Delaware.Net, Inc. which has been in business since October 1997. John is married with two children that he and his wife Kelly adopted in 1999. John worked as a civil engineering designer for twelve years before building his first web applications in 1993. After a family emergency in 1994, John dropped out of college to help his family’s business. It was during that time that he built an ecommerce platform for his family’s business, which grew into a multi-million dollar enterprise. Delaware.Net, Inc. grew out of the IT needs for that business, and was initially a dialup provider only. Today, Delaware.Net, Inc. is focused on building and hosting web-based applications, ecommerce web sites, and providing local IT services.
Tim Sanders, Founder, The Final Mile
Tim Sanders brings more than 15 years of experience in diverse businesses to bear in solving client problems---much of this gained with start-up companies. Prior to founding the The Final Mile, Inc., he held the general manager's position of a multi-state fixed wireless ISP. He led the company into its first out-of-state expansion and later its sale in early 2000. He is intimately familiar with the art form of line-of-sight wireless services delivery and understands the technology thoroughly. He is experienced with the complete ramp-up of wireless in a new city. As a consultant he specializes in rural markets helping clients with training in real world wireless ISP deployments. He has recently begun WiMAX analyst coverage. Formerly, Sanders was director of technical operations for a software consulting firm supporting digital imaging and auto body collision software. His teams served more than 8,000 customers in less than a two-year period. He is widely published in the industry, frequently speaks at industry functions and serves on the advisory boards of the Rural Broadband Coalition, ISPCON and several private broadband wireless companies.
Donny Smith, President and CEO, Jaguar Communications
Donny Smith began working in the telecommunications arena in 1974. He has worked in various technology fields including software engineering, RF design, Internet service provider and competitive local exchange service provider. He is currently working with traditional voice, voice over IP networks and fiber optics to the premises. Mr. Smith has a Computer Science degree from Mankato State University and an MBA from the University of Rochester, Simon Graduate School of Business.