Heather Burnett Gold, founder and CEO of HBG Strategies has spent over thirty years as a senior executive representing corporate and community interests in opening telecommunications markets to new providers and technologies. For most of the last decade Gold has been engaged in education and advocacy for the universal deployment of ultra-high broadband fiber-optic lines directly to all consumers. Gold founded HBG Strategies in 2018 in order to be engaged full-time with organizations and communities that wish to bring fiber-optic networks to their citizens.
Jeff Brooks has thirty-seven years in telecommunications with Nortel, Beltronics, ARRIS and CommScope. He began his career in manufacturing and through his thirst for knowledge and experience he has served in diverse leadership roles. Most recently, Jeff served as Vice President Managed Networks at CommScope assisting major service providers operate business service solutions. Jeff is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with extensive postgraduate work in statistics and quality management. He is passionate about fighting childhood cancer and servers as President of The Taylor Brooks Foundation, a 501(c)(3), established with the mission to serve patients, families and doctors battling childhood cancer.
Kaleigh Cox is the Vice President of Business Development and Content Operations at DxTEL. Before stepping into that role, she served broadband companies across North America as a freelance copywriter. With focused expertise in content marketing and strategic brand messaging, she helps telecommunication companies, rural cooperatives, and other broadband providers engage their target audience and reach their goals.
Guy Bevente is an Information Technology leader with a history of driving change, transforming organizations, and building strong delivery teams. Established and diverse skills that span technical and business: business and IT strategy; mergers and acquisitions integration; software assessment and selection; digital transformation; vendor management; advanced solution delivery frameworks; cost optimization; driving innovation; organization redesign; and people development.
Charlotte Patrick is an independent industry analyst covering the use of Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation (A3) by telecommunications companies. Her areas of interest are the uptake and efficacy of these technologies and the resulting financial benefit. She brings 13 years of experience as an analyst at Gartner and 10 years of practical experience in AT&T, COLT and Telefonica O2 – with a mix of strategic, marketing and financial skill sets.
Kim McKinley helps lead UTOPIA Fiber as its Deputy Director and Chief Marketing Officer. In 2010, she joined the network as a member of its turnaround team, and has helped cement today’s UTOPIA Fiber as the fastest-growing, highest-rated, and most-successful Open Access network in the United States. Day-to-day, Kim actively leads UTOPIA’s marketing, sales, order fulfillment, and customer service teams. In addition to being one of the industry’s most recognizable leaders, she serves as co-Chair of the Public Officials Committee of the Fiber Broadband Association in Washington, D.C., and speaks frequently about Open Access networks on the national stage. Prior to UTOPIA Fiber, Kim worked in the hospitality marketing industry and has a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.