60 Crucial IP Communications Interviews

Whenever I go to a conference, I learn a tremendous amount from the people I meet at the show. I really enjoy the impromptu networking which takes place at events as it allows me to learn so much about what is happening in the market. Ironically, I generally learn things I didn’t think I would learn ahead of time. Quite often, I wish I would have known more about peoples’ experiences before I met with them as it would allow me to be better prepared to ask pertinent questions.

I further wish I knew who was coming to events and and moreover I wish I could get a “brain dump” from them before the event so I could have a frame of reference before our conversations take place.

Imagine how much better networking at a show would be if I had an idea what people were generally thinking about the market before I even say hello.

In less than two weeks the world with gather at ITEXPO — The World’s Communications Conference to help select products for purchase, learn about the latest events in the telecom market and network with peers.

It is this last area where this blog entry should be of maximal benefit. You see, over the past month or so I have been interviewing the telecom movers and shakers who will be coming to ITEXPO. I certainly didn’t interview every mover and shaker (exactly what is a telecom shaker anyway  ;)  ) but this list should give you a good idea who some of the speakers and exhibitors will be at this year’s show.

The questions each person answered below may be slightly varied but what is common is the person’s thoughts on their markets and where they think things may be going. I truly hope you find these interviews useful and I hope to see you at the show September 16-18, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


Don Palmer Sip Print
Jim Beuoy OKS
Mark Stacy Touchstone
John Nam Phonevite
Jim Beuoy OKS
Barry Sher IVR Technologies
Ari Raban Phone.com
John Doyle CommuniGate Systems
David Mandelstam Sangoma
Sharone Ben Levi AudioCodes
Rupesh Chokshi AT&T
Jeff Gallino Callminer
Dr. David K. Schrader Teradata
Mark Ricca Intellicom Analytics
Xuedong Huang (XD) Microsoft
Rick Dell Mitel
Mark Lepko Altitude Software North America 
Liz Amaral  Enkata
Francis Carden OpenSpan
Kevin Murphy NEI
Chris Gravett Aculab
Brian Schwarz RedSky Technologies, Inc.
John Konczal Sterling Commerce 
Stefan Winkler Symmetricom
Eric Thomas FreedomVoice
Albert Chu ACCESS Systems
Bill Miller Digium (corrected — sorry)
Randy Busch Jazinga
Jeff Hicks NetQos
Scott Charter WBS Connect
Jim Slaby Acme Packet
Dean Jordan Telesphere
Justin McLain Endeavor Telecom
Asif Rehman Mitel
Steve Safley VoIPConsultants
Frank Paterno Intelliverse
Warren Sonnen Epygi Technologies
Jim Jenkins IQ Services
Jonathan Christensen Skype
Mark De Clerq Sitel Semiconductor
Ken Kuenzel Covergence
Chris Lyman Fonality
Michael Hermann Cincinnati bell
Brough Turner NMS
Shelley Veazie CTI Group
Abdul Kasim Critical Links
Eran Gal Xorcom
Robert Messer ABP
Todd Woodstra SpinVox
Mike Coward Continuous Computing
Laura Serna Dialexia
James Rafferty Dialogic
Ken Lowe Sigma Designs
Rob McDougall Upstream Works Software
Mary Boyd Intrado
Henry Danser Aspect Software
Gregory Giagnocavo Vitelity
Vikram Saksena Sonus Networks
Alastair Westgarth Tango Networks
Greg Rothman Cbeyond
Vivek Khuller Divitas

  • Alberto Sagredo
    September 5, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Digium link i think is wrong…:)

  • Rich Tehrani
    September 7, 2008 at 11:34 am

    Nice catch — corrected. Thanks! 🙂

  • iTodd
    September 8, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I’d like to see AireSpring listed as well. They are a real leader in local and LD SIP Trunking for enterprise customers.
    They were leading the way in business SIP/VoIP when other people didn’t even know what it meant yet.
    In any case, always love your work. Keep it up.

  • Peter
    September 8, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    It isn’t kosher to plug your own company “anonymously”. (iTodd is SVP of Marketing at AireSpring).

  • Luca
    September 9, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Rich, I’m very sorry I couldn’t make it this time. I was among the recipients of your questions but unfortunately they arrived to me in a very busy time… Apologize for that.

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