March 14 -16, 2017

Location: AT&T Headquarters
308 South Akard Street
Dallas, TX 75202

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Senior Engineer Electrical Protection

Daniel Ashton

Dan Ashton has been employed by Centurylink (Qwest, US West, Mountain Bell, Illinois Bell) for 28+ years, and is currently the Senior Engineer - Electrical Protection for CenturyLink's Network Reliability Operations Center (NROC).


Dan began working for CenturyLink in 1991 and spent seven years as cable and digital loop carrier repair in Taos, New Mexico responsible for all: noise mitigation work; and all repairs and maintenance work on DLC remote equipment including proper grounding, TVSS maintenance and MLT maintenance.


Dan spent the next seven years as state wide (NM) technical support working on power influence/ noise mitigation, high voltage protection, grounding/ bonding, chronic DLC repairs, MLT maintenance and chronic DS0, DS1, and DS3 repairs. He also headed a multiyear field trial of Lightning Protection/AC Isolation technology in NM for remote digital loop carrier protection. The following two years Dan was state wide (NM) technical support working on DSL remote equipment including training Centurylink (Qwest) personal on test and turn up practices.


In July 2009, Dan was promoted to Lead Technical Support Engineer responsible for high voltage protection, power influence and noise mitigation and ground bonding practices in four “classic Qwest” states.


Since Centurylink purchase of Qwest, Dan has been involved with high voltage protection in a number of “classic” Centurylink states from Florida to New Jersey. Dan has also been part of several committees rewriting grounding, high voltage protection and noise mitigation practices for the combined company’s. He has worked in the field extensively with tier II technical support on noise mitigation issues in both wind farms and stand alone wind turbine generator sites. Dan also rewrote CenturyLink’s Tech Pub 77321 High Voltage Protection which is now published on the CenturyLink Tech Pub web site.

Senior Analyst

Trevor Bowmer, Ph.D.

Trevor has over 36 years of experience analyzing telecommunications networks and products. His current work in Ericsson (Telcordia – NIS) includes technology assessments, product analysis, reliability studies, and material reviews of environmental and functional performance concerns of network products and components. His technical expertise is based on a broad understanding of material requirements for telecommunications products and the correlation between field conditions and product performance demands. His experience includes international assignments in Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. His recent work has concentrated around authoring various generic requirement documents on equipment and hardware in the telecommunications plant, as well as authoring the Telcordia Construction Blue Book, and consulting to governmental agencies on the issue of power interdependencies between the telecom and electric power networks. He has completed numerous product and network assessments for communications networks with functional performance measurements of active networks as well as design review and reliability assessment of future wireless, fiber (FTTx), coaxial-cable, and copper based broadband networks. Trevor promotes best practices and safety for the communications industry through his work on the 7 technical committees of the NESC and 2 of the NEC Code making Panels.

Senior Applications Engineer
DEHN, Inc.

Richard Chadwick

Richard Chadwick is Senior Applications Engineer for DEHN-USA. He began his career in surge protection in 1979, holding positions with Joslyn Electronic Systems, AC Data Systems, and Raycap prior to accepting his current position with DEHN. Over the years, his responsibilities have included all facets of design, manufacturing, and application of surge protectors.

Richard’s broad experience in the field of lightning and surge protection spans Telecommunications, Industrial, Municipal, and Military applications. Early in his career, he participated in the design of new generations of telephone surge protectors now in wide use throughout North America and Europe. Working with the military, he has specified lightning and NEMP (nuclear electromagnetic pulse) protection for munitions bunkers and battlefield communications shelters. Richard has specified surge protection components for petrochemical facilities, process industries, and public works facilities throughout the country. More recently, Richard has worked with major wireless service providers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico on the design, specification and application of protection for remote radio heads (RRH). With 35 years of hands-on experience, Richard’s career has spanned all aspects of surge protection.

Richard has lectured on surge protection in 17 countries throughout the world. He is past chair and lifetime advisory board member of the Protection Engineers Group ( Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree Physics from the University of California, and studied surge protection and grounding at Bellcore Tech.

Global Product Manager
Smiths Microwave

Robert Cid

Robert Cid is a Global Product Manager for Smiths Microwave representing the PolyPhaser and Transector brands. Cid’s work at Smiths Microwave is focused on developing products that enable engineers to design safe and reliable RF systems. Prior to joining Smiths Microwave, Cid had leadership roles at TE Connectivity as Global Product Manager for the Consumer Solutions Division and as Senior Engineering Manager for the Circuit Protection Division. Prior to joining TE Connectivity, Cid was a R&D optical engineer at startup companies in Silicon Valley. He received his B.Sc in Applied Physics and an M.Sc in Engineering-Applied Science from the University of California, Davis.

Director of Engineering

Vincent Crevenat

Vincent Crevenat graduated in electronic engineering (Bachelor at la Barronnerie, France) had spent additional years in international marketing and business school (ISAIP, France). At the beginning of is career, he worked for several companies in different fields such as Video camera technology, electrical installation and Aeronautic (2 years at Sextant Avionique now Thales avionics).

During 7 years he was technical professor for various French factories in different fields such as micro processors (hardware and software), Very High Frequency, Electronic and Electrotechnique basis, Power Electronic, Motors, Motor driving, turning machinery etc

He met the ABB Surge and Lightning Protection Group in 2003 (France) where in addition of being Training Manager responsible for the Lightning and Surge Training Centre, he worked as Project Engineer in a new innovation department (linked with the tests laboratory). This leaded him to become as well Certification and Standardisation Manager. He left ABB as the Product Manager of this activity.

He is currently employed by the CITEL Inc as the Director of Engineering in charge of all functions in the company related to engineering including product development and manufacturing (Surge Protective Devices –SPD- and Surge Protective Components –SPC- ). In addition, he acts as a Coordination Product Manager in CITEL Group for products such as GDT, Data and RF protection, Power SPD etc. He is still in charge of the standardisation. He has over 24 years of working experience, including 14 years in the lightning and surge protection industry including 12 years of standardization activity.

Infrastructure Planning and Optimization, AT&T

John Fuller

John Fuller is a Principal Engineer in the AT&T Technology Planning and Engineering organization, with responsibilities including electrical protection and related standards, electromagnetic compatibility, high voltage telecommunications interface, and other aspects of electrical protection. John’s 31 years in AT&T, BellSouth, and South Central Bell include a combined 21 years' experience with policy and standards development, network and customer equipment protection, performance and service issues, field and laboratory testing & analysis for product evaluation and development, and High Voltage Protection engineering. Job functions have also included Inductive Coordination and Electrical Protection (ICEP) Engineering, telecommunications circuit design, Traffic and Switching Equipment Engineering, and Regional Technical Support for various ATM, DSL, and FITL platforms.

John is a registered Professional Engineer with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University.

Global Product Manager, Lightning Protection

TJ Gaines

TJ gained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron with a focus in aerospace. He started his career in the aerospace industry as an engineer making jet turbine blades for military and commercial aircraft. After that he moved into pressure vessel designs for heavy industry to supply force to critical applications in rolling mills utilizing compressed nitrogen. In his current role, TJ oversees the solutions and product improvements for the ERICO brand of lightning protection from wind turbines to data/telecom towers to skyscrapers.


Ernie Gallo

Ernie has over 30 years in the telecommunications and safety industry. Currently serves as Chair or Vice Chair in several IEEE, ATIS committees. Representative on the National Electrical Code. Author and presenter at the Outside Plant Show, Fiber to the Home Show, Telemanagement World, Globecomm, Member UL Industry Group for UL497 – Electrical Protectors and Verizon Symposium. Previous member of US Delegation to IEC standards for Surge Protective Devices. Member UL Industry Group for UL497 – Electrical Protectors. Ernie has written over 30 Telcordia Generic Requirements Documents. Received Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Communications Commission, for work in increasing equipment reliability. Received ATIS Award for Leadership in Standards Development.

Principal Consultant
Telecom Problem Solvers

Russ Gundrum

Russ Gundrum is an acknowledged authority on telecommunications wireline interference and electrical protection problems having been involved with the subject matter since graduating from the University of Houston in 1972. He wrote a book in 1981 and twelve trade magazine articles on the subject. He has also given numerous three day seminars training over 5,000 managers, engineers and technicians around the world. He also knows he can show your folks how to do this themselves, providing quick, successful and long lasting results.

Mr. Gundrum has also served as an Adjunct Professor with the College of Technology at the University of Houston where he instructs graduate and undergraduate courses in Network Communications. Prior to launching his own firm, Mr. Gundrum served as a Senior Project Manager with AT&T from 1998-2013. He has an MBA in Telecommunications from the University of Dallas, is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has a Six Sigma Green Belt (SSGB). He is also a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Executive Vice President, Engineering
Surge Suppression Inc.

Al Martin

Ronald W. Hotchkiss is an IEEE Senior Member and a member of the IEEE Power and Energy (PES) and Industry Applications (IAS) Societies. He serves as the Chair of the IEEE PES Surge Protective Devices Technical Committee. He has been an active participant in SPD standards development for 25 years serving various rolls. Ron is a member of the IEEE Standards Association Standards Board and serves on the RevCom and AudCom Committees. He is also the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 5VS Surge Protective Devices Section Chair and past Technical Committee Chair. He is a member of Underwriters Laboratories’ Standards Technical Panels for Surge Protective Devices (UL 1449), Lightning Protection Systems (UL 96/96A) and Electric Utility Meters (UL 2735). Ron is a member of the USNC for IEC SC37A and SC37B. He is the EVP/Engineering for ILSCO-Surge Suppression, LLC.

Staff Field Applications Engineer
Communications Market Segment, Bourns, Inc.

Tim Howell

Tim's experience includes more than ten years in the design of telecommunications and data communications hardware and more than ten years in Applications Engineering. He has been employed by major OEMs and Semiconductor Manufacturers and has performed various roles related to the development and manufacturing of communications network equipment. Tim is currently employed by Bourns where his duties include providing applications support to customer for Bourns’ circuit protection solutions.

Retired Engineer

Al Martin

Al holds a BEE degree from Cornell University, and a PhD from UCLA. Al joined Raychem in 1975 and held a number of positions with Raychem [which became TE Connectivity], until retiring in 2013. Al has been a contributing member of TIA TR41, ATIS NIPP- NEP, ITU-T, the IEEE EMC Society, and the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He has been an editor for TIA TR41, ATIS NIPP-NEP, and IEEE standards, and is presently chairman of IEEE PES SPDC WG3.6.7 [Data, Communications and Signaling Circuit Surge Protective Devices], and vice-chairman of WG3.6.2 [Solid State Surge Protective Device Components]. He is the author or co-author of over 30 papers on EMC and telecommunications, including 8 PEG presentations. Al is a Life Senior member of the IEEE and the IEEE SA.

ICT Surge Protection Expert

Michael (Mick) Maytum

In 1964 after graduating with a first-class honours degree from Loughborough University, Mr. Maytum worked at English Electric on Magnetron and Television Camera Tube Development.

Maytum joined Texas Instruments Limited (UK) in 1969 where working as an Applications Engineer on power semiconductors and consumer ICs. This position involved visiting television manufacturers in Europe and the USA. During this period he was part of the team that developed the Worlds’ first transistorised colour television (apart from the cathode ray tube) – the British Science Museum retains an example of this industry first. In 1976 joined Zygma Electronics for two years as a Development Engineer on Multi-standard Projection Systems.

In 1978 he rejoined Texas Instruments as the Applications Manager and in 1986 was elected a Senior Member of Technical Staff. There he consulted on televisions, switching mode power supplies, electronic gear for lighting and telecommunication surge protection. Two notable achievements were the development of the thyristor protection for British Telecoms “System X exchange” and a solid state fluorescent lamp starter (both these developments are recorded in the Smithsonian chip collection).

As a result of a management buyout in 1997 the power division was renamed Power Innovations Ltd. In May 2000 Power Innovations was acquired by Bourns, Inc. He retired from Bourns UK in 2009.

As a power semiconductor expert he has served on IEEE, IEC, ITU-T, BSI, ATIS NIP-NEP, ATIS PEG, TIA TR-41, Telcordia, CENELEC and JEDEC standardization committees. In 2006 he was awarded the IEC 1906 medal for his IEC Standards contributions and has twice received the IEEE-SA Standards Medallion. In retirement he participates in IEEE, ATIS PEG, IEC, ITU-T, BSI and CENELEC standardisation. He is the chairman of the UK BSI protection committee, ITU-T Study Group 5 Q2 & Q14, several IEEE Working groups and is an ATIS PEG advisory board member. He is Webmaster for the IEEE Power and Energy Technical Council and three of its Technical Committees.

He has authored eighteen Application Reports, contributed to five books, written thirteen articles, published six IEEE transactions papers (one receiving paper of the year award) and has 11 patents granted in the fields of lighting and protection. He regularly presents at the annual ATIS PEG Conference and has twice served as the Distinguished Lecturer.

Dan McMenamin Associates, Inc.

Dan McMenamin

Dan McMenamin is an international telecommunications consultant with more than 13 years consulting following a 36 year career with Verizon Communications (formerly Bell Atlantic).

Dan’s background includes network equipment engineering and maintenance engineering posts covering a gamut of technologies including analog and digital switching systems, transport and radio/microwave systems, cellular systems, data centers, power systems and grounding. Dan has served on both national and international standards teams and is a member of the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI), Power Sources Manufacturer's Association, National Fire Protection Association and a Senior Member of the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). With extensive experience at organizing and presenting technical seminars, Dan also has authored more than thirty technical papers and articles, and has served on the Technical Program Committees of all US International TELecommunications Energy Conferences (INTELEC) between 1990 and 2012. Dan has served as a featured speaker for seminars hosted by Verizon Communications, Verizon Wireless, Verizon Global Networks Inc., Marconi Corporation, Nortel Networks, Astec Corporation, Prentiss Properties, Lucent Technologies and Emerson/Liebert Corporation and ATIS PEG.

Director of Sales


Rohit Narayan

Rohit holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree , from the University of Tasmania, Australia and a MBA Technology Management from Deakin University, Australia. He is a Chartered Professional Member of Institution of Engineers, Australia

Rohit has 23 years of experience as an electrical engineer in various fields. Rohit’s engineering experience includes design and installation-management of telecommunications ac & dc power systems, EHV 110-275kV Cable installation, telecommunications microwave, cellular and switching facilities & grounding & lightning protection system.

Business Development Specialist
ITW Linx

Jim Pelegris

Jim Pelegris has over 30 years of experience in AC power systems and infrastructure, telecommunications connectivity, surge protection technologies and grounding. Jim has designed, patented and sold worldwide numerous products and solutions that improved the reliability, availability, and survivability of networks and communications systems. Presently, Jim is Business Development Specialist for ITW/LINX. Jim is a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Solutions (ATIS) and currently serves as Chairman of the Protection Engineers Group (PEG).

Technical Staff Member
Network Infrastructure Planning, Verizon

Daniel Peterson

Daniel Peterson is a Technical Staff Member in Network Infrastructure Planning at Verizon. He is responsible for specifying all optical fiber/cable for the Verizon network. He also works with transport supplier R & D groups on future technologies. Daniel is also an Adjunct Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas in the Electrical Engineering department where he mentors graduate students working towards M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. He received a B.S.E.E. and an M.S. in physics from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he earned an M.S.E.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in electrical engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer for the State of Texas.

Assistant Vice President – Domain 2.0 Technology Realization, AT&T Services

Amy Wheelus

Amy Wheelus is responsible for orchestrating and executing AT&T’s Advanced Technology strategy and roadmaps leading AT&T’s transformation to a software-defined network and data-powered platform including 5G Evolution and Advanced Access Technologies.

Amy has held a variety of leadership positions within AT&T’s Technology & Operations organization. A few of her many contributions to AT&T include leading teams that helped: deliver the first virtualized network functions and services on a network cloud using AT&Ts industry leading ECOMP platform; expand AT&T’s VoLTE (voice over LTE) service; plan and deliver AT&T’s Ultra Long Haul Transport network; construct over 1 million square feet of web hosting data centers; and modernize AT&T’s central office infrastructure.

Additionally, Amy contributes to her community and the field of engineering through her volunteer efforts. She currently serves on the board of directors for Tech Titans and is engaged in their STEM Workforce initiatives.

Amy received her Master’s of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Industrial Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Amy lives in Dallas, Texas, is an avid walker and enjoys traveling, mentoring youth, and all spectator sports.

Field Application Engineering Manager
Communication Segment, Bourns, Inc.

Victor Wong

Victor Wong has more than 15 years of experience in field application engineering of telecommunication and sensor products in Asia Pacific. Victor is currently employed by Bourns as Field Application Manager in the Communications Market Segment and supports design activities at global telecom accounts in mainland China. Victor is also responsible for technical marketing strategy and definition of new circuit protection products for telecommunications applications.