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CompTIA Names Telecom Advisory Council Members

Downers Grove, Ill., January 6, 2015 – CompTIA, the information (IT) industry association, today unveiled the new membership of its Telecom Advisory Council.


The council includes 19 industry influencers and leaders, each possessing unique and in-depth knowledge of the telecom channel. The group serves as a strategic think-tank for CompTIA, identifying trends, presenting ideas and shepherding initiatives linked to the ongoing convergence of IT and telecom.


“An increasing number of players are active in this market – carriers and cable companies, IT VARs and distributors and traditional telecom agents,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. ”With the collective expertise of the council, we intend to bring some clarity and definition to potential market opportunities and the strategies and tactics that will help companies achieve their growth and financial goals.”


Serving as co-chairs of the CompTIA Telecom Advisory Council are Jeff Ponts, executive vice president, DataTel Solutions, and Bryan Schroder, founder, Juvo Technologies. Rob Butler, managing partner, CrossVergence, is the council’s vice chair.


Other members of the CompTIA Telecom Advisory Council include:


Laura Bernstein, president, CRA Telecom
Brandon Burchard, vice president, business development, Telegration
Meredith Caram, executive director, strategic reach, AT&T
Dave Dyson, CEO, Eclipse Telecom
Keith Fotta, director, telecommunications industry, Continuum
Tim Kennedy, vice president, carrier services, Carousel Industries
Ian Kieninger, CEO, Avant Communications
Michael Paynter, CEO, Tier3 Technologies
Craig Schlagbaum, vice president, indirect channels, Comcast Business
Charles  Stafford, vice president, technical operations, Matrix Integration
Marko Spremo, vice president, sales, Telapprise
Richard Williams, executive director, channels, Verizon
Guy Yasika, vice president, business development, Alteva


Sustaining council members are Hilary Gadda, director, telepartner channels, TelePacific Communications; Greg Plum, CEO, PlumUC; and Meggin Sawyer, vice president, enterprise division sales, ADTRAN.


CompTIA’s advisory councils and members communities bring together experts from all corners of the IT industry to collaborate on initiatives that advance the global industry and shape its future. Visit to learn more.


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