David Sandel - President - Smart and Gigabit Cities

David is an accomplished executive architect focused on the planning and the execution of Smart or Gigabit City initiatives. As President of Sandel & Associates. David and his team work with cities, community organizations and technology providers to develop plans to accelerate the development of their Smart or Gigabit City initative. In this regard, David has served as an advisor to the Google Fiber Mayors Bi-state Innovation Team MBIT and Mid-America Regional Council MARC of Kansas City and was also the co-author of Playing to Win - the Kansas City Google Fiber Playbook.

David is also the founder of The Gigabit City Summit. The Gigabit City Summit is a Telepresence based global round-table which explores the issues of leadership, funding, economic development and collaboration that are central to the success of all Smart City initiatives. Cities that have participated in the global round-table thus far include San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis, Toronto, Amsterdam, Moscow, Barcelona and Singapore.

From 2001-2008, David served as President of The St. Louis Regional Exchange Collaborative and was appointed by local government and Washington University to lead, fund and execute a plan for the economic development of the St. Louis metropolitan Internet - the first Smart City appointment of its kind in the United States. During this same period, David was also the co-founder of Datotel, a managed services and Cloud provider. As a result of these combined work experiences, David has significant business development and contractual experience in both the Smart City public and private sectors including municipal utilities, local government, education, public safety, healthcare, energy management and service provider Internet infrastructure.

From 1997 – 2001 David was a senior systems engineer in the Cisco Service Provider division located in Tulsa Oklahoma where he worked in theproduct development labs of WorldCom, Williams Communications and Brooks fiber. During this period, David was the lead designer of WorldCom's MAE East and MAE West exchange points and Williams Communications private line backbone. While at Cisco Systems, David received several awards for Excellence, Product Development and Innovation.

David received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he also attended graduate school. He has also served on a variety of state and local government economic development councils as well as regional and entrepreneurial planning boards.


Patrick McKeehan - Smart City Economic Development 

Patrick McKeehan is a community/economic development expert with 25 years of experience at the state, regional and local levels. As President of PMcK Consulting, based in Edwardsville (IL), McKeehan works nationally with public and private sector organizations, to accelerate the econonomic development and innovation process of client communites while encouraging new capital investment. 

Before launching his own consulting firm, McKeehan was the Executive Director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, a member-based economic development organization representing the Metro East region of the St. Louis metropolitan area. He also served as the director of a Governor’s Task Force to retain Ford’s auto assembly plant in the St. Louis region. His efforts included creation of new business retention incentives; designation of a new state enterprise zone; passage of economic development sales tax legislation; and updating the economic development strategic plan for St. Louis County.   Under McKeehan’s direction, the Task Force reversed Ford’s plan to close the facility in 2003 and retained almost 1,500 jobs through March 2006 while helping create a “soft economic landing” for workers and the community. McKeehan used this experience to help form the St. Louis Regional Automotive Partnership (SLRAP), a public-private collaboration dedicated to retaining and reshaping the region’s automotive industry. He served as the SLRAP’s first director until joining the Leadership Council in October 2006.

McKeehan held the position of Vice-President of Business Development for the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association (RCGA) from 1999 through 2002. He and his team of economic development professionals successfully managed projects that created/retained more than 2,400 jobs and $2 billion of new capital investment. Prior to RCGA, McKeehan was the Director of the St. Louis Defense Adjustment Program, a nationally recognized initiative to limit defense industry job losses in the early 1990's and aid in the economic recovery of St. Louis County and the metropolitan area. 


Jambunathan Guruswami - Smart City Technology and IoE

Jambu has over twenty eight years of experience working in the technology industry. He is a seasoned Smart City and IoE technologist, recognized for his excellent analytic, problem-solving and conceptual skills. With his vision and leadership, he can strike the right balance between business insights and technology innovation with Operational Excellence to help navigate technology transitions and deliver value for the customers.

His areas of experience include strategic planning, business and information technology alignment, managing P&L, building a global team, implementation planning, process re-engineering, and vendor negotiations. Jambu's expertise is in the telecom and IT segments. He pioneered and built service offers for Architecture, Validation, Migration and Deployment of services . His focus is to align IT with the organization's goals and objectives, reducing cost-of-service delivery through effective and efficient use of proven technologies, and collaborating on possible shared resources among local and global resources.

Jambu has successfully applied technology at a practical level to drive profitable growth, innovation, productivity and operational excellence.

Most recently in Cisco, with customers wanting more services for less, he was challenged to develop a new global business services strategy. He developed strategies to create unique, sustainable solutions that leveraged people, technology and processes to drive aggressive business outcomes. He defined, launched and delivered services for Architecture, Validation, Migration & Deployment services leading to YoY growth of 33%. He also led global services delivery and grew revenue from zero to over $250M in a span of 4 years.

Jambu held a variety of leadership roles in Cisco, including sales, marketing and services on a global level.

Prior to joining Cisco, Jambu spent seven years at Digital Equipment Corporation and five years with PSI Data Systems. He holds a bachelors degreein Engineering from Mysore University, India.



Ken Harrington - Smart City Entreprenueral Ecosystems

Ken Harrington advises on the social aspects of healthy and vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems. He works with early stage and fast growingventures as an advisor and board member. He has supported and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs in a broad set of industry groups.

From 2001 to 2014, Ken Harrington served as the Managing Director for the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. During that period St. Louis spawned entrepreneur support systems, infrastructure, and investment capital in several specialty areas including Biotech, IT, Agtech, Social Enterprise, Fintech, Women entrepreneurs, and other areas. Under Ken Harrington's founding leadership Washington University's Skandalaris Center started over 450 ventures. Wash U's top ten entrepreneurship ranking has a broad experiential curriculum and numerous co-curricular programs that connect Washington University to St. Louis's entrepreneurial support groups. Ken has been designated as one of the US top 25 entrepreneurship professors.

Prior to joining Wash U, Ken held senior management positions in seven start-up technology companies. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a BS from the University of Vermont. He is an editor for the Entrepreneur Innovation Exchange (EIX) where he recently published How Cities and Regions Can Become Thriving Entrepreneurial Hubs. He is also an author and speaker including contributing to: Rebuilding the American Dream, Restoring American Jobs and Competitiveness through Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a book that was authored by Robert Skandalaris.




Michelle Rodriguez - Urban and Regional Planning

Michele is an expert in sustainability, energy efficiency programs, greenhouse gas reduction, climate action planning and large scale program implementation.  

Michele was the program manager for one of the nation’s first long-range strategic plan with the overarching theme of sustainability.  She expertly lead a team of staff, and consultants to benchmark existing conditions in natural systems, the built environment, and social equity, set targets for improvement, and created indicators for success. This national award winning program continues to be the example for other general plans in the nation.  She has been extremely successful at raising funds from a variety of sources to implement programs to significantly reduce carbon emissions.  At Marin County she was able to raise millions of dollars to develop and implement a green building, green business, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and community choice aggregation program.

Recently, Michele successfully implemented on behalf of local governments in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in Los Angeles County a $50M energy efficiency market transformation program. This nationally recognized energy efficiency program created a whole building approach to energy efficiency which resulted on an average energy reduction of 34% over existing conditions. In addition, 22 pilot programs were tested on market delivery mechanisms, marketing and outreach, and on-bill financing. The $10M San Francisco Bay Area program was completed on-time, within budget, and meeting all deliverables.

Michele has over 10 years of experience in community planning and redevelopment. She has been the project manager for a number of long-range, and current-planning projects including zoning ordinances, multi-jurisdiction agreements on land use protection, large-scale annexation programs, system wide GIS system for desktop data by parcel (zoning, general plan, value, size, demographics). She has also completed a number of projects including a150-lot subdivision for single family homes, and large apartment buildings. She also managed a 10-story, mixed use development with ground floor retail, restaurant, and hotel, and upper floor apartments, and condominiums with adjacent an office building four 5-story office buildings, commercial strip centers, single family home new construction and additions. These projects included a variety of land uses including the Morgan Hill Rock Quarry, Almaden Winery Historic re-use, San Jose Medical Center helipad and incinerator, Bellermine High School expansion, and the Morgan Hill RV Center.

Michele is a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, with an emphasis in Economics. She is nationally certified by the American Planning Association as a certified planner, and by the United States Green Building Council as a Leader in Energy and Environmental Design. Michele is highly skilled at regional stakeholder collaboration, fundraising, large-scale program and budget management.  She has an emphasis on social equity, and has sat on the American Planning Association Diversity Committee to establish national policy on social equity and community planning. 


Neil McEvoy - Cloud Computing

Neil McEvoy is a senior executive, consultant and communicator specializing in adoption of innovative new technologies for enhanced business effectiveness and accelerated social change. He is a subject matter expert in cutting edge technologies such as Identity 2.0, Cloud Computing, Big Data and the Semantic Web, and as the Founder of the Cloud Best Practices Network (cloudbestpractices.net) works to organize a community of industry pioneers, experts and consultants and communicators to help distil these into easily repeatable business models.

Working as a consultant for blue-chip firms like PwC and BT, Neil is also expert in Business Transformation best practices including PPM (Project Portfolio Management) and Boardroom Governance, so that these implementations can be effectively managed and applied to key industry needs in particular E-Health and Government Cloud Computing, and in a manner that maximizes consumer understanding, stakeholder value and ROI.

As an entrepreneur Neil has a track record of pioneering Cloud Computing solutions for over fifteen years, with a particular specialism in SaaS. Aged 28 he founded and led as CEO one of Europe's first pure-play ASPs, The App Tap, a joint venture with Microsoft funded by the UK's leading Internet entrepreneurs including the founders of Pipex and Demon Internet.

Neil has repeatedly brought a number of leading edge Cloud products to market, including the SaaS-based Microsoft Unified Comms suite for British Telecom, Europe's first enterprise web hosting product set for PSINet and the use of Open Source applications like Drupal for Web 2.0 portals On Demand. Recently he has also founded the Cloud Ventures Network to help other entrepreneurs launch new Cloud businesses.


Aaron Deacon - Gigabit City Community Engagement

Aaron Deacon has been at the forefront of Kansas City's efforts to fully implement and leverage the opportunity presented by the Google Fiber project. Google's announcement in early 2011 that it would be bringing fiber-to-the-home at a competitive price to Kansas City created a first-mover situation that has required the development of an innovation infrastructure and ecosystem to supplement the substantial capital investment being made by Google.

Aaron has taken a lead role in developing this ecosystem, both as principal of the insights and strategy firm Curiolab and as a leader of the Social Media Club of Kansas City (SMCKC), a non-profit organization devoted to community engagement, digital literacy, and communication through technology.

Partnering with The Brainzooming Group, Aaron led the development of SMCKC's day-long community brainstorming event Building the Gigabit City. This event brought together nearly 100 corporate and civic leaders to generate ideas for gigabit applications as well as non-technological systems that can leverage a gigabit network. The resulting 126-page report (available here) included hundreds of ideas across education, health care, libraries, arts and culture, urban infrastructure, and public safety, and it has been downloaded in 28 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Following this idea generation project, Aaron designed and is leading the Give Us a Gig effort—a community education, engagement and advocacy program designed to increase public awareness on a neighborhood level of the transformative potential of gigabit connectivity. In addition to responding to Google's demand-driven implementation model, Give Us a Gig encourages Kansas City residents to acknowledge the positive and negative aspects of being the first U.S. market with widespread gigabit access and to organize and shape change in a way to accelerate the positive and minimize the negative.

Among the local leadership groups who are working on the Google Fiber opportunity, Aaron is a part of the Kauffman Foundation's Google Fiber Company Creation Team and a regular participant with the Mayors' Bistate Innovations Team. He has been a judge for the Gigabit Challenge business plan competition sponsored by Think Big Partners. He has been in regular contact with government officials at the local, state, and federal level; local economic development organizations; and the corporate and non-profit communities working to create the proper environment for successful network implementation.


Barrett Syndor - Gigabit City Community Visioning

Mr. Sydnor brings more than 25 years of experience in marketing, research, telecommunications, strategy, and planning. As a partner with The Brainzooming Group, Barrett works with leading firms in both the business-to-consumer and business-to-business space helping them plan, develop, and implement organizational, integrated marketing, and social media strategies.

Barrett has extensive experience in planning, creating, and executing advertising and promotion campaigns for both retail and business-to-business clients. He has worked as a corporate communication consultant for several Fortune 500 companies. The founding managing partner of East Lansing Research Associates, Barrett has conducted primary research for organizations such as the National Cable Television Cooperative, CommScope, H&R Block, Yellow Transportation, America's Alfalfa, Time-Life, and the Radio Television News Directors Foundation.

Trained as a television reporter and producer, Barrett also served as news secretary for the Attorney General of Michigan. He has worked with state and local agencies implementing public relations and marketing programs. He has written, directed, and/or produced more than 150 television commercials and corporate videos.

Barrett is currently on the adjunct graduate faculty of the University of Kansas School of Journalism and Mass Communications teaching in the area of integrated marketing communications. He has taught advertising principles, consumer behavior, sales and media strategy, and research and writing at the University of Kansas, Webster University, and Johnson County Community College.

Barrett holds a Master of Arts in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.


Tim Campbell - Urban Innovation and Community Planning

Tim Campbell has worked for more than 35 years in urban development with experience in scores of countries and hundreds of cities around the world including Latin America, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. He retired from the World Bank in December of 2005 after more than 17 years working in various capacities in the urban sector. His book Beyond Smart Cities—How Cities Network, Learn, and Innovate will be published by Earthscan in late 2011. Previous books include Leadership and Innovation (World Bank, 2004) is a collection of case studies about the innovation process observed in leading local governments.

Areas of expertise cover urban learning and innovation, strategic planning, policy evaluation, decentralization, project implementation, and socio-economic and environmental impact analysis related to urban and regional development. Project areas include urban strategies, urban planning; decentralization policies; urban and rural development; compulsory relocation; emergency relief; environmental change; and housing, water, sanitation, and renewable energy for low-income populations.

Tim holds a B.A. in Political Science from U. C. Berkeley (1966), a Masters in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley (1970), and a Ph.D. inUrban Studies and Planning from M.I.T. (1980).

Watch Tim talk about his speaking engagement at the Kansas City Broadband Governance Leadership Summit December 6-8, 2011 in Kansas City.


Dr. Norris Roberts - K12, Libraries and Digital Inclusion

Dr. Norris L. Roberts Jr. currently serves as the Executive Management Consultant for the Wayne State University i3 Consortium and President of ICT180 Consulting. Dr. Roberts has more than twenty-two years in the field of technology that have afforded many opportunities such as director of technology, educational consultant, project manager, systems analyst, database administrator, database engineer, data warehouse administrator programmer analyst, and systems consultant.

Areas of interest include data analysis, process optimization and efficiency, Malcolm Baldridge Standards, Blue Ribbon Standards, and Information Communication Technology Integration Strategies. In addition, Dr. Roberts has provided numerous professional development trainings in Information Communication literacy (ICT) and taught technology-centered course at business colleges and technical colleges in the St. Louis area.

Dr. Roberts is the researcher and creator of Information Communication Technology (ICT) 180. ICT180 is an evaluation process; I have used thisprocess to critically review the objectives, strategies, and action steps in the school district technology plan. The tool provides an in-depth assessment of the Technology Plan five Technology Focus Areas. Research stated there are 123 barriers to the integration of technology plans. Many schools technology plans that I have assessed do not address the barriers to the integration of technology; therefore, the goals for the use of technology are never accomplished.

Dr. Roberts has been working extensively with school districts in Detroit, MI area to assess, create and improve Technology Plans and assist in acquiring funding or showing them how to fund technology integration models using E-Rate and other Federal funding programs such as Title 1 and Title 2d. The ICT180 process addresses technology planning and technology integration effectiveness through the generation of a dashboard report. The dashboard report is used to improve and sustain technology integration for a school district; this process provides as a good indicator for the condition of the Technology Plan and Return on Investment (ROI).

Educational studies have resulted in Doctoral of Education from Lindenwood University, a Master's Degree in Computer Resource Information Management and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management Information Systems from southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. 


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Wil Dieken - Municipal Smart City Infrastructure

Wil Dieken has over twenty five years of experience serving as the Director of Information Technology for two prestigious cities in the St. Louis region. Mr. Dieken is a seasoned information technology specialist, recognized for his excellent analytic, communication, problem-solving and conceptual skills, and his vision and leadership. His areas of expertise include IT strategic planning, business and information technology alignment, implementation planning, process re-engineering, IT operational turnaround, and vendor negotiations. As Director of Information Technology for the City of Clayton, Missouri he developed a strategic IT Master Plan, obtained funding and initiated the implementation of a five year IT roadmap.Mr. Dieken is a proven technology leader with expertise in the public sector to provide technology strategic planning services and develop IT roadmaps for government organizations. His focus is to align IT with the organization's goals and objectives, reducing cost-of-service delivery through effective and efficient use of proven technologies, and collaborating on possible shared resources among local and regional government entities.

Mr. Dieken was born in Germany where he graduated with a general business degree. He received his BS in Accounting and MS in Information Technology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. He is a member of Madison County Farm Bureau and an active member of the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association.