Art Prest
Art Prest has over forty years experience in the telecommunications industry. Since 2004 he has been working with small and medium size wireless carriers, vendors, and other industry participants on technical and regulatory issues. He is presently representing the Rural Telecommunications Group (RTG) on the FCC Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC). He currently represents small telecommunications carriers on the Board of Directors of the E9-1-1 Institute that supports House and Senate members of the United States Congress with issues involving E-911. In 2008 he served as Chairman of the E9-1-1 Institute. In the past Mr. Prest chaired the E9-1-1 Institute Issues Committee on Wireless Rural E911 Issues. In 2006 he was elected to the Board of Directors of IFAST (the International Forum on ANSI-41 Standards and Technology) that manages the use of International Roaming Mobile Identification Numbers worldwide. In the past he has represented the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) on the FCC Commercial Mobile Service Alert Advisory Committee (CMSAAC), the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions Emergency Services Interconnection Forum (ESIF) and the FCC’s Network Reliability and Interoperability Council (NRIC). He is a frequent guest speaker and panel member for numerous wireless industry sessions at the FCC, SuperComm, NENA, APCO, E9-1-1 Institute and RCA.

From 2000 until 2004 he was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Alpine PCS and RFB Cellular, two independently owned rural wireless carriers. In 2003 and 2004 he served as a member of the Board of Directors of RCA, the Rural Cellular Association.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Prest was Vice President for Science and Technology at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA). Prior to 1994 Mr. Prest worked in management and engineering roles at Telco Systems, Polaroid, Western Electric and Bell Labs.

He received a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and an MBA with Honors from Boston University.

Ed Hall
Edward A. Hall founded TelecomXchange International in December 2004 following 26 years of service to the telecommunications industry as a principal technical member. His past 11 years have been with two of the leading telecommunications associations in Washington , DC , CTIA and ATIS.

Prior to founding TelecomXchange International, Mr. Hall’s previous position was with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solution (ATIS), a leading standards development organization (SDO), as the Vice President for Technical Development. Prior to joining ATIS, Ed spent seven years at the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association (CTIA) starting in 1993 as Director for Network Operations overseeing integration of technology innovations and network interoperability for the industry. He has provided leadership, coordination and contributions for technical standards committees developing network standards for ANSI-41 Interoperability and Interworking, the Joint, Committee T-1 and TR45 Mobile and Personal Communication Lawfully Authorized Electronic Surveillance (LAES), and Enhanced Emergency Services (AHES). Ed has also planned and moderated, a CTIA Technology Workshop series featuring the status of wireless location technologies in response to FCC docket 94-102 Report and Order as well as establishing and chairing the Industry’s TTY/TDD Over Digital Forum credited with developing solutions for TTY signaling over various digital air interfaces in use today by wireless service providers.
Lieutenant Colonel Ed Hall retired from the US Marine Corps after serving 24 years. He spent over 12 years in electronic communications and surveillance systems, and Radio Frequency (RF) field experience and direction finding as well as Commanding Officer for the Naval Security Group aboard US Naval Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Col Hall was responsible for all electronics surveillance and electronic intelligence support capabilities for the Caribbean Theater of Operations.

Bernardo Martinez
His career has included investigation, research, training, planning, engineering, construction and operation of wireless and wireline networks. Mr. Martinez is a published author in the areas of numbering, signaling, antennas, satellites and wireless technologies. His book about Parabolic Satellite Antennas set a sales record.
 Mr. Martinez was co-granted a US Patent related with parabolic antennas for communicating with any geostationary satellite.

Bernardo has been involved in national and international regulatory bodies working to define and publish recommendations and standards since 1987. He is author of software models to design cellular networks which have been used to define strategies related with spectrum auctions and selection of RF technologies like CDMA and GSM. He was also involved in the planning and design of the first CDMA network in Latin America . In 2008 was the Director of the Portability project  for IUSACELL Mexico, Portability was deployed in a record time and  first in Latin America . During 2010 was the director of the GSM/HSPA+ core network deployment.

Mr. Martinez was a founder of IFAST, as well as the creator of the IRM concept as a worldwide application. He currently works as a Director in the area of Operations and Engineering for IUSACELL  in Mexico and IFAST Chairman .  

David Crowe
David Crowe has been involved with technical aspects of wireless standards since 1984, where he started by designing software for an early cellular MSC and became involved in the development of technical standards in 1988. One of the founders of IFAST in 1995, David now acts as International Roaming MIN and System ID administrator for the organization. He is also chair of the 3GPP2 M2M numbering ad hoc group and editor of several CDMA2000 technical specifications under contract to the CDG. He often advises operators around the world on technical issues.

He has consulted for many major players in the cellular telecom industry and has also been called as an expert witness in telecom-related court cases.

Joe Bianco
Joe Bianco has been in the software engineering field for more than 25 years. During that time, he’s been involved in the design and development of real-time embedded applications for radar systems, solid-state recording devices, and vehicle location systems. Joe has a degree in business and a graduate degree in computer science from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering.

Syed Zaeem Hosain
Syed Zaeem Hosain is Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer at Aeris Communications, Inc., where he manages the development and deployment of wireless data technologies and network services for Machine to Machine (“M2M”) data transmissions in North America. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President of Engineering and is one of the founders of the company.

Mr. Hosain has 32 years experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries. He has held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology. He has also consulted for various high-technology companies in the San Francisco Bay Area on network/systems planning, CAD for analog and digital integrated circuits, and project management methods. Software architecture, development and product design and development, are among Mr. Hosain’s areas of expertise. Mr. Hosain holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.