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My Background

I am an accomplished senior-level professional that has held leadership roles in the telecommunications service provider and vendor industry. I have a very strong management and technical background and am well experienced in strategic planning, budgeting ($ 10 million+ P&L) and directing multi-departmental organizations. I have built and led teams of up to 40 direct reports. Proven marketing expertise includes business development, sales, product development and product management. I conceived of and was responsible for developing, prototyping and deploying Sprints Cable Wholesale and Retail initiative equating to over nearly $15 million annually.

I have served on senior management teams for a worldwide provider of telecom products and services. I have helped nearly triple revenue, from $6 million to $15 million, with marketing, sales, business development and strategic planning efforts. Outstanding technical skills with expertise including ATM, broadband, NGN-IMS, SDP-SOA, PacketCable 1-2.x, VOIP, FMC, Wireless, OSS/BSS, Advanced Advertising (Enhanced TV) and software development.

I have been part of a top management team for a world wide telecommunications and IT consulting firm, serving regional and international enterprise, telecommunications and related information technology based industries. I have significantly increased revenue, from $2 million to $4 million in one year, while laying foundation for growth to $6.0 million by 2010.

 6/10 – 7-11   Neustar   – Senior Sales and Solutions Engineer – Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (DMTS)

Responsibilities included supporting Neustar’s account management and Neustar’s Wireline, Wireless, ISP’s MSO’s and other Neustar customer clients associated with providing sales and technical engineering DMTS support for Neustar’s platforms and carrier solutions that include: NGN Rich Communications Converged  Messaging Platforms,  Cloud Based Services including Neustars IMS Services Delivery Framework/Platform Intelligent Cloud (One API), Common Short Codes and 2D Barcodes, Local and Global Number Portability – PathFinder, Multi-media Interconnect Services, Margin Management and Intelligent and Least Cost Routing Platforms,  Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (UltraViolet), Domain Registry Services and other Internet based infrastructure solutions.

Additional responsibilities included helping drive the development of Neustars Intelligent Cloud API and IP Enabler Platforms; Developing an Iterative Innovation Process used for concept ideation; Developing concepts and driving proof of concepts associated with M2M and the Internet Of Things (IOT) Service Capabilities such as cloud based M2M Device Addressing and Connectivity; Device Application Repository and Application Enablement. This involved working within Neustars Advanced Technologies Group and various Standards bodies including IEEE.

10/09 – 6/10   Charter Communications – Principal Engineer – Solution Architect

Responsibilities included engineering activities that maintain and enhance Charters telecommunications and signal processing hardware, software and electrical systems. Activities included functioning as a solution architect for Charter’s Service Delivery and Assurance infrastructure spanning BSS, OSS, EMS and NMS functional areas. This included providing leadership in the definition, design, development, testing, and deployment of enterprise scale products across Charter’s service portfolio. Activities additionally including integrating hosted IP-PBX voice and unified communications products integrated into the back office and core network. It required communicating effectively with Engineering, Care, Product, and Marketing resources at all organizational levels. Strong development, testing, and integration skills around SOA based architectures are part of the current job requirements. Actions include working closely with technical operations staff on system design and configuration.

04/07 – 06/09    Hewlett Packard – Overland Park, Kansas – Master Solution Architect – Technology Consultant V

Responsibilities included supporting Hewlett Packard (HP) as a lead Consulting and Integration (C&I) – Master Solution Architect (MSA) – Technology Consultant, World Wide (WW). C&I activities were focused with Solution Design, Proof Of Concept, Integration, Testing, , Implementation and Deployment Initiatives on HP and other core vendor advanced IT, Enterprise, IMT Advanced 4G and Core Network based products. This includes SOA, IMS, ITU-NGN, SDP, SPCS – NGN Transformation, LAN, IP PBX Hardware and Software Platforms, For Network and Converged Fixed, Wire Line and Voice (VoIP), Data Applications, Services and Solutions.

Consulting and Business Development activities include engaging and interacting with Service Providers VP, C level, Tier 2/3 IT and Network Research, Design and Operations groups, performing evaluations of their end-to-end BSS/OSS operations of services & products spanning processes, activities, organizations, and systems. Delivering detailed gap analysis against eTOM and recommendations for improvements mapped to the Service Providers Business Objectives.

Additional Business Development activities includes: Presales Technical Support; Customer Presentations; RFP Response; Pricing; Proposal-SOW Preparation; Solution Architect And Program Management Support – Effort Estimation, Risk Assessment; Support Field Pre-Sales Activity In Regions That Lack Technical Or Program Management Resources; Training & Skills Transfer – Transfer Knowledge To Field Through Regional Solutions Centers; Conduct Solution Architect Workshops and Facilitate Knowledge Sharing Between Field Practices; Enhance and Maintain Knowledge Management (KM) Infrastructure And Collaboration Tools.

06/03 – 04/07   Sprint – Overland Park, Kansas –  Distinguished Member of Technical Staff – Wireline/Wireless Technology Research and Development

Responsibilities included Researching, Developing, and Delivering new and emerging technologies for the global network in the form of enabling products and services, features and functionality, and for providing Sprint’s technology vision, strategy, and the development of Sprints strategic Technology and Network Evolution Plans.

Initiatives included driving Sprints SDP IMS to IMS, multi-domain, home based and federated services inter-working models and concepts within Sprints Technology Research and Development Innovation organization. This involved the development and execution of IMS SDP proof of concepts with core vendors such as Hewlett Packard, BEA and SUN. Work was focused developing SDP IMS based 3G-4G WiMax applications for a Sprint market launch, evolving Sprints Vision platform. Multiple roles were assumed including Test, Design, Product & Program Management and Innovation realization internally relative to Sprints 3G and WiMax initiatives. Additional responsibilities included developing technical strategies in the form of Technology Evolution Plans (TEPs)for these projects.

Additional work also involved driving and supporting a Signaling Protocol technical working group with Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cisco and Nortel in analyzing the functionalities-synergies-gaps associated with the CMSS-SIP, SIP-T protocols. Focus was on issues such as solution availability – reliability, Calea – Intercept Points for Re-Direct, Regulation, OM’s, SLA’s, Billing, and Security – Session Border Control – Border Proxy Control, DQOS, and IQOS. The result was the development of a SIP NNI working protocol that has replaced SS7 for Sprints peering with Time Warner and other MSO Cable Partners.

Activities also included driving Sprints Technology Research and Development initiatives associated with 3G Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC), on multi-vendor IP Multi-Media Subsystem (IMS) based platforms within Sprints Research and Development laboratories. This included wireless, wireline voice and multimedia SIP based application integration, including IP PBX (Cisco, Avaya, Nortel), across Sprints evolving IMS architectures. IMS integration and convergence with Sprints existing network infrastructure, including PacketCable 1.5 compliant, PacketCable Multi-Media (PCMM) enabled and Next Generation Voice Networking (NGVN) softswitching solutions, are also key areas of research and development activity.

The FMC initiative involved working with several of the top 10 MSO’s, Packet Cable 1.x vendors and internal Sprint development teams. This initiative includes the integration of CDMA, WiFi, and Bluetooth enabled handsets into a Cable broadband PacketCable STB, E-MTA, S-MTA converged and integrated infrastructure. It additionally includes any handheld computing device such as a Palm that is capable of being radio (WiFi) enabled.

Cable initiatives included developing an integrated service offering that spanned:

  • Advanced cable services (Packet Cable voice services, DOCSIS 1.1 and 2.0 cable modem services, and OpenCable services delivered over the TV set using an open API to set-top boxes that conform to the Open Cable Access Platform specification.
  • PCS voice and data services
  • WiFi LANs — particularly in the home, with the ability to use market hot-spots

I conceived of the Sprint and Cable integration concept and aggressively pursued and supported this critical program across all Sprint divisions and the multiple teams established for Time Warner Cable and other Cable MSO offerings. This ongoing action includes very detailed technical and marketing support for a business strategy for all the Top 10 and mid-tier MSO markets.

08/01 – 06/03    Sprint – Overland Park, Kansas  – Distinguished Member of Technical Staff – Circuit to Packet (C2P) Network Operations and Planning

Responsibilities included providing direct support to the Sprint Local Telecommunications Division (LTD) internal teams, programs and processes that were focused on LTD C2P phased deliverables. This included the evolution and migration of the circuit switched infrastructure to packet-based architectures, technologies and solutions. It involved engaging with multiple Sprint and Vendor teams to provide technical expertise and vision in relation to matters dealing with Solution Network Core and Softswitch Architectures, Features, FCAPS Functionality and Reliability requirements. To technically assess these solutions and drive, as appropriate vendor development to resolve issues in support of Sprints initiatives. It required interfacing with multiple vendors’ design, systems engineering and development teams at very detailed technical levels. Examples of vendors include Santera, Telcordia, MicroSoft, Sun, Siemens, Nortel, Siemens and Lucent.

Additionally to drive the C2P Vendor’s and Sprints strategic plans associated with joint application and platform development and testing efforts. This includes development and execution of Sprint and Vendor joint “requirements test plans” that focus on critical areas such as Network Based and Industry Complaint Interworking and Interoperable solutions. Targeting areas such as: Solution Testing; Software Quality Assurance; Solution Reliability; Bearer Independent Call Control – BICC; SIP Interoperability; H.248; ECAN; Telcordia NGN Generic Requirements; Reliability Quality Measurements and Element Management Systems Architecture and Requirements.

Other responsibilities and resulting initiatives included working with the various Sprint departments (PCS-LDD-LTD) to “research and investigate common technologies” that supports the “establishment” of interoperable packet based network multi-services NGN networks and solutions.  Ones that leverage standards based ITU and IETF control protocols and interoperable Voice and Data bearer paths. Objectives included the elimination of silo based platform and application based solutions across the divisions.  Work in this area includes developing and supporting an NGN Service Creation Platform, Application and Execution Environment allowing AIN Like 3Rd Party API Interfaces on PARLAY (X), JAIN and VXML platforms.  The NGN Service Creation platforms and applications initiatives are intended for deployment in the Sprint Circuit as well as NGN Packet based networks. These initiatives are on going and are occurring now with LTD, PCS, GMG, and SCM under IPMP and ONAP.

05/00 – 08/01    Sprint – Overland Park, Kansas –  Principal Network Design Engineer II – Network Services – Research, Architecture & Design (RAD)

Initiated and supported the integrated design of existing and enhanced voice and data services, applications, and solutions across Sprints next generation packet based networks (NGN) including ION.Provided expertise in voice circuit and next generation packet-based switching and access technology systems and applications including VoIP, VoATM, XDSL, MMDS, native and emulated ATM services, and IP applications. Evaluated, recommend and resolved technical issues associated with interworking functionality on bearer path and various protocols such as MEGACO/H.248, MGCP, SIP, BICC, JAIN, SIGTRAN, etc. for VoIP and VoATM deployment. This included setting standards, protecting original design intent, and serving as a voice to the industry and vendor community.

Responsibilities also included defining and driving service convergence, developing networks and service architecture, and designing and developing new services and features in support of Sprints next generation converged networks across multiple platforms including CLEC, Local and Toll Class 4/5, and Enterprise solutions.  Point of contact for resolving technical hardware and software issues associated with Sprints evolving packet based networking platforms. Provided vendor and internal technical support for systems design, acquisition, testing, integration and migration, implementation, and management of solution-based NGN hardware and software.

A major focus was associated with integrating product direction with infrastructure direction working with multiple technical teams to enable rapid service creation and reuse of existing architecture. Worked with Sprint Long Distance Division to select a next generation platform and integrate and evolve Sprints ION as a solution into Sprint’s existing infrastructure.

07/99 – 05/00    Bell Labs – Lucent Technologies – Indian Hill – Naperville, IL – Sytem Engineer -7R/E Multi-Media, VoIP and VoATM Packet Local (PLS),  Packet Tandem (PTS) and Packet Driver (PDS) Solutions — Domestic and International Markets 

Responsibilities included supporting the customer facing front-end teams, e.g. Customer Teams, 7R/E Marketing and Offer Solutions Teams, Bell Labs Field Representatives, Market Systems Engineers, in developing network solutions involving the Lucent 7R/E and the evolution of the 5ESS. This included development of network architectures involving 7R/E components to meet customer needs, answer RFP/RFI questions, present 7R/E technical details to customers, and train the front-end teams in VoIP, VoATM, and Multi-Media 7R/E solutions associated with Internet IP and ATM technologies. This position also involved identifying new features and capabilities on the Lucent 7R/E platform required to meet customer needs and expectations including System Architecture, and Systems Engineering specifications.  To define these features and capabilities and generate 7R/E solution and component level requirements for the 7R/E Software and Hardware Development Teams.

Support development of emerging Multi-Media, VoIP and VoATM standards for all 7R/E solutions such as MGCP, SIP, IPDC, BICC, the H.323 Protocol Stack for Audio and Video Multi-Media user applications, MPLS, (OSPF and BGP), etc. Support of evolving standards such as PPP, SAC using AAL1 CBR based on ITU-T 363.1 and ATM Forum CES interoperability Doc 95-1504T1 IPDC 0.12+ protocol for per call control; ATM SVC (UNI/Q.2931) interface to ATM Core Network’s.   Support of VoIP with G.711, G.723/G.729 coding, using RTP/UDP/IP over 100BaseT — Conforming to IEEE 802.3 IP (Layer   2)  —- Conforming to IETF standards RTP/UDP (Layer 3+)  —- Conforming to H.323.

Additional responsibilities included support of “Proof of Concept” trial proposals and development and publication of “white papers” associated with various technical concepts and solutions. Examples include – CORBA Interface – TMN Layers (Element Management Systems), VoIP Quality of Service, and L2TP Tunneling as an extension to the PPP protocol used for Virtual Private Networks.

07/98 – 07/99    Bell Labs – Lucent Technologies – Indian Hill – Naperville, IL – Research and Development (R&D) Project-Offer Manager

R&D Offer Manager over the Lucent Deutsche Telefon and Marketing Services GmbH (DTMS) Advanced Intelligent Network 5ESS (AIN) offering in the country of Germany. This involvement resulted in the on-time delivery of a high-quality integrated cross-product advanced and integrated network product for the customer. Part of the responsibility, as R&D Offer Manager for this project involved overall insurance and cooperative implementation of numerous planning, implementation, testing and integration efforts across multiple international Lucent and non-Lucent R&D and manufacturing vendor organizations including – 3rd party software vendors, 4-COM, Saville, SUN, CISCO,  as well as internal R&D groups including 5ESS, AIN, ProService (Internet Access) and Billing to name several.  This effort was successfully achieved across multiple domestic and international hardware and software product houses on an extremely short schedule, on time and within budget.

01/97 – 07/98       Bell Labs – Lucent Technologies – Indian Hill – Naperville, IL – Feature Test Engineer – Call processing

Responsibility included developing and executing detailed Requirements Test Plans (RTP) including platform and network integration and application tests associated with new and advanced 5ESS Call Processing software and hardware. The RTP is a document designed to insure of new feature compliance with various internal hardware and software high and low level system design documents as well as CCITT, ITU and Telcordia (Bellcore) network and switch protocol integration conformance standards.  It also insures of existing feature interoperability across multiple software loads including regression testing, stability, integrated load and volume tests as well as customer documentation tests.  .

Feature Testing involved extensive knowledge of the CCS7 ISUP, TCAP and AIN network and application protocols. It required extensive knowledge and use of the 5ESS and various switching laboratories, UNIX, C, Shell Script and adjunct analysis tools – systems (emulated SCP’s and STP’s) in a multiswitch- multi-platform environment. In addition it involved very close coordination and teamwork with the various software, hardware and laboratory support and development communities. The features tested included testing and “bug” fixing of the domestic 5E12 Long Distance Toll Platform (LDP), Real Time Call Detail, (RTCD), NISDN Call Park, CCS7 5ESS Protocol Monitor, and PSU based CCS7 ISUP, TCAP-AIN R0.1D Signaling features to name several.

10/96 – 01/97    AT&T Wireless Services, Inc. (ATTWS) – Seattle, WA – Systems Engineer – Network Development 

Responsible for providing Tier II support (highest echelon of internal AT&T Corporate Network Element (NE) – Stored Program Control Systems (SPCS) hardware and software assistance) for the ATTWS and North American Cellular Network (NACN) CCS7 Infrastructure. This included the Tekelec Eagle STP, the Mobile Switching Centers-Executive Control Processors (MSC-ECP) as deployed on the AT&T UNIX and “C” based 3B20-21D and Ericsson AXE platforms.

Duties included the design and implementation of ATTWS and NACN network wide initiatives including: SS7 ISUP; IS41 node evolution to support the SCCP routing of IS41 messages; Network Element Interconnect- MTP Compatibility-SCCP Class 0 Compatibility; Global Title Translation and Gateway Screening capability within the ATTWS and National and International CCS7 Gateway Network infrastructure. Interface to and member of the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA). This national body interfaces with the ITU (CCITT) on matters concerning standards settings for various new, enhanced and advanced wireless features.

BELL SYSTEM EXPERIENCE

01/92 – 10/96   BELLSOUTH (South Central) – Nashville, TN – Director – Maintenance Engineering/Technical Support

Manager and technical director for 10 associates responsible for providing Tier II SPCS hardware and software support for the Tennessee BellSouth network. This included all network elements (i.e. 5ESS, EWSD, DMS 100/200, SCP’s, STP’s, Octel VMS, AIN SMS, CSN, etc.) deployed in the CCS7 network as well as the Intelligent Operational Support Systems (OSS) that provide for remote center surveillance, performance monitoring and diagnostic capabilities.

Technically developed, integrated, managed, and supported voice and ISDN CSD multi-point and point to point video systems and operations within BellSouth’s multi-site, nine state area.  Lead projects, developed budgets, and coordinated local and long distance carrier interconnect to the BellSouth CCS7 Network. This included the introduction and integration of all new services and technologies into the Tennessee CCS7, narrowband and broadband networks: ATM – SMDS; Frame Relay; Circuit Emulation; Cell Relay; BISDN; Basic Rate and Primary Rate ISDN; Intelligent Network TCAP (IN) Release 0.1+ and Release 1.0 AIN SCP-SCE-SCN and circuit switched 56/64 KB – ITU (CCITT) video multipoint and point to point control unit applications using BRI/PRI ISDN.

10/87 – 01/92   BELLSOUTH (South Central) – Birmingham, AL –  Director – Electronic Systems Assistance Center (ESAC)

Responsibility included the supervision, planning, and administration of a major segment of the BellSouth Regional ESAC to provide Tier II Operations, Administration and Maintenance (OA&M) for the SPCS elements that control the two regional and thirty nine local lata CCS7,  CCSAC-CCSAC+ (IC interconnect), 800 LIDB and AIN networks. Network elements included; Ericsson Local STP; ATT Regional and Local 2/2ASTP; Northern Telecom Local STP; BellCore DEC VAX 8600 regional SCP for LIDB-800 service and Tandem Local SCP for AIN (Calling Name and Number Delivery).

Supervised and technically directed 7 associates in Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama responsible for Tier II maintenance of the BellSouth CCS7 network. This position involved duty at all hours and freedom to act under emergency conditions.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

Active member of the Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE).

Education

Bell System Center for Technical Education

United States Air Force Top Secret Cryptographic Institute
University of Southern Indiana

Patents          

Two patents granted and several patents pending relative to Congestion Control in Packet Based Networks, Integrated SIP Capabilities in an OCAP Environment; Enterprise Service’s Integration Across a PCS CDMA Wireless Environment and SIP Dongle – PSTN VoIP Inter-working.

U. S. Patents Granted:
7522607 — Congestion Handling in a Packet Communication System;
7522579 — Cable System Providing SIP-based Proxy Services

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