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Event: August 24 - 27, 2020
Event will take place in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
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Keynote Addresses


Chief Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Chief Johnson brings to IWCE an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at the local, national and international level. He is currently the CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and has served on the Board of Directors and as the Vice Chairman of FirstNet for 6 years after having been a key figure in passing the legislation to create the network. He retired from the fire service after 32 years and also served as President of the IAFC.


Chris Pearson

Chris Pearson, President of 5G Americas, will share his view on the future of 5G in the US in a Fireside Chat Keynote Address with IWCE's own Donny Jackson.


Chief Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Edward Parkinson is the Executive Director of External Affairs at FirstNet Authority. He also performed the non-executive functions of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from October 2018 – May 2019. Before joining FirstNet, Mr. Parkinson served for five years as a Professional Staff Member for the House Homeland Security Committee, then chaired by Rep. Peter T. King of New York.


Chief Jeff Johnson, CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association

Josh Lober is President/CEO of SLA Corporation, the parent company of ESChat. Since its foundation in 1991, SLA has developed numerous wireless solutions for government, commercial and military applications. SLA's commercial wireless history includes 1G thru 4G network infrastructure, specifically AMPS, ETACS, IS-136, CDMA 1xEVDO and LTE.


Craig Fugate is the Senior Advisor at BlueDot Strategies and former FEMA Administrator. He will be presenting a keynote address on August 26.


Special Events

FREE to all attendees

Dealer Workshop: Business Success for the New Technology Landscape

Tuesday, August 25 at 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Learn new techniques for navigating the ever-changing critical communications technology landscape, and get a primer on both the business acumen and marketing solutions of the most successful sellers of communications technology solutions. Examine how to evaluate new technology product lines to add to your portfolio, and how to market yourself and your business including social media outreach. Explore the ins and outs of selling to all levels of government agencies, from federal to local users. Join us for an in-depth workshop with an action plan to give you the tools to succeed.


Women of Wireless Networking Event

Tuesday, August 25 at 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Brought to you by Women in Communications 

Moderator: Kelsey Ziser, Senior Editor, Light Reading’s Women in Communications

Panelists:

  • Andrea Page Lee, Lee Antenna & Line Service, Inc. and NATE
  • Cheryl Giggetts, CTA Consultants
  • Shelley Westall, Washington Public Works Board
  • Susan Ronning, Adcomm Engineering

Hear from effective women leaders, as they share their expertise, the successes and challenges of being at the table as “pioneers,” and how women in tech is timely and relevant. Hear how both male and female mentors have helped to shape their opportunities, and how we can each ensure a more inclusive environment. Learn how women's experiences have driven communications technology now and in the future, discuss how to make more voices heard in tech, share ideas for schooling in STEM, and explore mentoring programs for women in comms, and more.


IWCE's Young Professionals Awards

IWCE Awards

Wednesday, August 26 at 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Join us for our Young Professionals Awards Ceremony, honoring those in the industry that have made an impact before the age of 35. In addition, we will be presenting the Critical Communications Leader of the Year AwardYoung Achiever Award from Radio Club of America as well as our scholarship awards from ETA (student and military), SkillsUSA (gold medal winners from 2019) and AFCCE.


Networking Reception: Trivia Night!

Wednesday, August 26 at 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

General Session Roundtable: Who Manages Your Communications System? The Role of Local, State and Federal Leaders for Critical Communications

Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Moderator: Donny Jackson, IWCE’s Urgent Communications

Over the years, critical communications technology, implementation and regulations were led by local leaders, but with FirstNet and NG911 initiatives, siting for 5G and the need for continuous connectivity across land and sea, the regulatory, policy and technology initiatives are being driven by federal leadership. Of course, everyone wants the federal dollars, but they don’t necessarily want the regulation and oversight. Discuss how to manage all the different hands in the cookie jar, from the president down to the technicians as we create a connected environment.  


New! Drone Showcase

Thursday, August 27
Hear from expert Douglas Spotted Eagle, Founder, Instructor & UAS Consultant for Sundance Media Group as he discusses UAS analytics and best practices for optimizing drone data. Following the presentation will be demonstrations of drones uses in the field.