KAZOOCon 2018 is disrupting the telecom landscape and the future of communications. This year we've invited several fascinating speakers to join our program to offer a once in a lifetime conference experience.
Speaker Highlights for KAZOOcon 2018
With KAZOOcon 2018 right around the corner, we couldn’t be more thrilled with the fantastic speaker lineup of industry experts and thought leaders we’ve included in this year’s conference! While in previous years KAZOOcon has been centered around 2600Hz’s flagship product, KAZOO, this year’s agenda takes a broader look at the Unified Communications, diving into UCaaS & CPaaS opportunities and taking a closer look at where the market is heading. We’ve invited partners, customers, and knowledge leaders to join our program, so we not only highlight the benefits of our platform but also how to navigate through the ever-changing telecom landscape. You’ll definitely want to be part of these incredible talks, so read on to learn more about these intriguing folks:
Dave Gilbert - (CEO, Entrepreneur & Advisor - AKA The Big Cheese)
Described as a CEO, entrepreneur, risk taker, outspoken leader, executive consultant, author and keynote speaker, Dave Gilbert is best known for gathering a team of young, inspired communication professionals and founding SimpleSignal in 2003. The team's dedication to it's unique culture, relentless innovation and focused execution took SimpleSignal's UCaaS technology to all 50 states and served tens of thousands of satisfied business customers with 99.99% uptime. In April of 2015, SimpleSignal was acquired by Vonage. Under Gilbert’s leadership SimpleSignal won many awards. Among them the Frost and Sullivan North American Entrepreneurial Company of the Year and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America for four consecutive years (2011,’12,’13 and ’14). Dave resides in the sleepy little beach town of San Clemente, California where he keeps his collection of cool hats.
Mike Cromwell - EagleTEQ
A seasoned sales and marketing leader with 27 years’ experience in technology, Mike Cromwell has vast experience leading sales organizations ranging from over $1B in annual revenue to start ups across multiple customer segments and distribution channels.
He is currently the Founder & CEO of EagleTEQ, which specializes in sales and marketing advisory solutions for emerging technology companies. Cromwell is also the CEO & co-founder of Loup, a Google powered SaaS integration platform launched in 2017. He is a UCaaS thought leader, a frequent speaker on industry panels, forums and participant on advisory councils.
Previously, Cromwell was the Chief Sales & Marketing Officer for ANPI, which was acquired by Onvoy in 2016. He led the efforts to launch ANPI’s UCaaS business, played a key role in architecting an industry leading Private Label platform and was recognized by both BroadSoft and Polycom as one of the fastest growing and top producing providers in North America. Prior to ANPI, Cromwell was the SVP of Sales & Marketing for XO Communications where he was responsible for XO’s enterprise sales efforts nationally, leading a sales force in excess of 500 people and $1B in annual revenue.
Tom Schollmeyer - Ex Serenova CEO
Tom Schollmeyer is a contact center industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in developing and leading contact center technology companies. Offering a unique combination of global technology, operational and sales expertise, he has a passion for envisioning, articulating and driving new and innovating products. Schollmeyer has served as CEO of Serenova, Vice President and General Manager of Customer Engagement, UC Applications and Cloud with Avaya and CTO for Five9.
Chris Burgy - Ooma
As Vice President of Corporate Development at Ooma, Chris Burgy is responsible for M&A, strategic partnerships and enterprise strategy. Prior to joining Ooma, Burgy was Vice President, Corporate Strategy at ShoreTel where he was responsible for the overall corporate strategy, M&A and strategic partnerships. He was instrumental in the transformation of ShoreTel into a cloud company and in leading the key acquisitions and ultimate sale of ShoreTel to Mitel.
Joe Bowser - Innovista Partner
As a former partner of a leading law firm in Washington, DC, Joe Bowser has spent the majority of his career litigating complex telecommunication, privacy, consumer protection and intellectual-property-related matters. He has handled lawsuits from coast to coast, in state and federal court on an individual and class basis, and also advocated before state and federal regulators.Joe has guided tech startups and marketers through the regulatory minefields, helping those clients detect and sidestep any proverbial mines along the way. With his deep background in telecommunications and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Joe is eager to assist clients in navigating the shifts in the FCC’s TCPA policy—and the courts’ efforts to keep up with those shifts. Joe is a co-founder of Innovista Law and the TCPA Defense Force, and ready to talk TCPA defense strategy, Premier League soccer, literature, technology, or his wild and wonderful two boys.
Lynsey Haynes - Slack Engineer
Lynsey Haynes is a software engineer at Slack, where she works on the media server that hosts Slack's voice, video and screen sharing calls. Haynes was previously a developer on the WebRTC project and has a love for mangosteens and network protocols.
William Liu - Yealink
William Liu is Yealink’s Sales Director of North America, focusing on providing services and support solutions for service providers. Liu has had many successful experiences providing support suggestions and proposals to ITSPs, which has helped them double their VoIP business.
Ryan Krakow - R2/Numbers.io
Ryan Krakower is a co-founder and the acting CEO of R Squared Telecom. Ryan previously owned and operated a network of call centers in the US and Asia-Pacific for outsourced BPO technology companies. Today he propels R Squared forward, leading projects utilizing new technologies, recently focusing on machine learning.
Mclain Roth - Telnyx
Mclain Roth is the Director of Sales at Telnyx, a real-time communications provider headquartered in Chicago. As a member of an agile organization, Mclain spends his day solving business communications needs, developing innovative and scalable strategies for application developers and enterprise accounts alike. His sales engineering background and technical sales consultant experience at AT&T position him as an expert in the field. He majored in Philosophy at Colgate University in New York.