Always a diverse group. Always new and different. Always a highlight of the conference.

Each year the Eastern Region Communication and Technology Conference attracts and hosts a number of distinguished speakers. Speaker biographies and their appearance schedules will be posted here as the information becomes available.

Keynote Luncheon

June 2, 2017

Municipal Excellence Award – Jim Bullard, Councilman, Piscataway, NJ

Jim Bullard is currently serving his 7th year as an elected Councilman in Piscataway Township. Jim has also been volunteering at Piscataway Community Television for 21 years. During that time he has been named PCTV’s Volunteer of the Year nine times to acknowledge the many, many hours he devotes to the station each year. Jim has done every job there is at the station, including being the floor manager, camera operator, reporter and assisting with training new members. As a Councilman, Jim keeps his fellow council members up to date on all the things PCTV is doing, along with the events being covered and reminds them of what an asset the station is to the community! As a municipal elected official and a very active member, and strong advocate of an access TV station, Jim Bullard’s selection as JAG’s 2017 Municipal Person of the Year is very well deserved. Congratulations Jim!

Legislator of the Year: Freeholder Alexander Mirabella, Union County

As Chairman, Freeholder Mirabella helped implement the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, sparking some of the largest increases in Union County parkland in generations. He developed the Sensory Friendly Theater program to provide cultural enrichment for persons with autism and other sensory sensitivities, and he oversaw the expansion of the County’s Office of Veterans Affairs, the County’s 9-11 Memorial Committee, and the Board’s efforts in support of County workers called to active military duty. Freeholder Mirabella’s other initiatives as Chairman include holding mobile Freeholder meetings in communities and assembling a shared services committee to streamline government and cut costs, while focusing on infrastructure planning, workforce development, and sustainability measures that helped to leverage millions of dollars in job-creating federal stimulus.

Keynote Presentation: Next Generation IP — 5G and the Internet of Things

5G technology has the power to transform our communities into “smart” cities, bringing with it super fast wireless broadband, autonomous cars, telesurgery – and a lot more infrastructure. Find out what this technology is all about and how it will impact our communities and residents.

Special Guest Panelists: Elad Nafshi, Comcast, Senior Vice President Next Generation Access Network, Samuel Delgado, Vice President External Affairs, Verizon, NJ, Ken Fellman, Esq., Helmer, Conley and Kasselman

Moderator: Steve Traylor, Ex. Director, NATOA

Elad Nafshi comes to Comcast with a history and experience both inside and outside the cable industry. In his current role as Senior Vice President Next Generation Access Network he leads the company’s Next Generation IP network delivery as well as the key Cloud TV, cloud DVR and network based all IP digital entertainment initiatives.
Prior to this, Nafshi held several product development and management roles at Comcast where he managed the development and deployment of Comcast’s all digital migration, the Industry’s largest transition to all digital media as well as several other high-profile initiatives around Interactive Television, Addressable Advertising, Digital Set-Top-Boxes and On-Screen Guides.

Sam Delgado is Vice President, External Affairs for Verizon New Jersey. He is responsible for matters related to the Jersey Company’s external environment including municipal and county relationships, emergency management, public works, customer service, philanthropy and public relations. He and his team also support Verizon’s New Jersey business units in meeting objectives. He co-chaired Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s “Housing and Economic Development” Transition Team. He also serves as chairman of Newark Regional Business Partnership; Newark Alliance, Board of Trustees and Regents of Felician University and the Business Board of Advisors for Rutgers Business School.

Kenneth Fellman is a partner in the Denver law firm of Kissinger & Fellman, P.C. His practice emphasizes local government representation, particularly telecommunications, local government and utilities law. Ken has represented local governments, non-profit organizations and governmental associations nationwide in connection with cable television franchising, deployment of community broadband networks, tower and antenna siting, public safety communications issues, social media use, communications service contracts, and gas and electric utility franchising.

Power of Partners Power of Partners — May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Hyatt Morristown, New Jersey