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James Brehm
Founder, James Brehm & Associates, Inc

An independent advisor and technology evangelist, James Brehm is a regular speaker at industry conferences and one of the leading voices on the state of the IoT and M2M market today. Mr. Brehm is a regular contributor to CNBC and is frequently quoted by media outlets such as Business Week, RCR Wireless, ComputerWorld, PC Magazine, and the San Jose Mercury News.

Over the past decade, Mr. Brehm has spoken to various groups on topics including wireless services, mobile marketing and advertising, mobile content, VoIP, activation and provisioning, service creation, mobile apps, premium messaging, wireless security, fixed-mobile convergence, mobile broadband (LTE and WiMAX), the telecom regulatory environment and vertical market deployment of web-enabled services.

From 2011 to 2014, Brehm served as practice leader, strategist and senior consultant for Compass Intelligence. Prior to joining Compass Intelligence, Mr. Brehm served in multiple roles for nine (9) years at Growth Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. Prior to joining Frost & Sullivan, Mr. Brehm worked in marketing, sales management, and business development roles for Rackspace Managed Hosting and Interland (now Web.com), two of the largest pure play web hosting companies in the U.S. His responsibilities included research on the competitive landscape of the market, developing new product offerings, assessing emerging markets, improving the overall value chain for Global 1000 clients, due diligence, and acquisition analysis.

Mr. Brehm entered the high tech arena in the mid 1990’s working in sales management within the telecom arena for MCI and later working for Gateway, Inc in multiple roles including product marketing, product management, training, and sales management.


Carl Ford
CEO of Crossfire Media

Carl has become known throughout the Communications community for his ability to connect people (and, thus, businesses); be it in formal conference settings or through the well-planned serendipitous encounter. Carl’s diverse experience in technology spans the areas of Costing, Operations, Marketing, Regulatory, and Product Management. Carl’s technology experience along with his expertise in building a relevant, thought provoking conference program, makes him an invaluable asset to Crossfire Media. As CEO of the company, Carl directs the programs and services offered by Crossfire Media. As Community Developer he looks to facilitate discussions about advances in technology, market drivers and business obstacles.


Mike Sapien
Principal Analyst: Enterprise Practice: US

Mike Sapien is responsible for Ovum’s US Enterprise Practice. Based in southern California, Mike is focused on North American and global enterprise telecom markets and related trends. This includes WAN, managed, and advanced voice, video and data services to address Global MNC, large enterprise, and SMB customers. His focus areas also include data center services, emerging cloud and hosted services, enterprise mobility services and related product development, market launch, and channel programs of enterprise services. Recent work includes SIP trunking, IPv6 migration, SDN, data center services, telco healthcare solutions and managed security.Mike leads the design, development, and implementation of Ovum’s research and advisory services on enterprise network services and managed solutions in North America with a major emphasis on the global, tier 1 carriers, infrastructure vendors and providers. Mike works directly with clients to help them understand and implement recommended strategies from Ovum research, his consulting experience and extensive enterprise services expertise. He is a regular contributor to Ovum’s enterprise research, provides analysis of industry, vendor, and product trends including emerging managed services such as SIP trunking, unified communications, VoIP, SDN, video and security services.Mike has over 30 years in the telecoms and internet services industry including executive positions at large carriers, CLEC, and a data center provider. Before joining Ovum, Mike was a consultant advising carriers, vendors, and enterprise customers on business development, marketing and go-to-market strategies. This included the development, introduction, marketing and sales of data, voice and video enterprise services including advanced managed services. Mike was one of the first published authors to write about ISDN applications for IT personnel (Mastering ISDN by Sybex – 1997).Mike is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (BBA & MBA) and Columbia University executive management program.


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