Dean Harris

Dean Harris is CEO of Piggyback Publishing, an online content syndication company in New York City. Prior to launching Piggyback in 2006, Dean held various senior marketing positions including Chief Marketing Officer (“CMO”) and Chief Brand Officer at Vonage, CMO at Kayak; CMO at CarDay and SVP-Marketing at HotJobs

In 2005 Dean was named Brandweek Marketer of the Year and in 2006 won an EFFIE Award for advertising effectiveness with Vonage.

Dean holds an MBA in Marketing and International Business as well as a Masters of International and Public Affairs, both from Columbia University. While earning his BA from Carleton College, Dean studied abroad at Deccan College, in Pune, India. Dean is also a graduate of the Horace Mann School in New York City.

Dean, an accomplished speaker, has lectured at Columbia, The Sloan School at MIT, The Kellogg School at Northwestern, the IAB, AdTech, iMedia, The Conference Board, The Conference On Marketing, The International Advertising Festival at Cannes, The CMO Council, The Ad Club of New York, The CMO Club of New York and The Harvard Business School Club of New York.


J.D Vaughn

J.D. Vaughn is Vice President of Sales, The Americas, for Trapeze Networks a Pleasanton, California wireless networking company. Prior to Trapeze, JD was Vice President of Worldwide Sales for Bay Packets and Accord Networks and Vice President of Sales, for the Americas, with Polycom.

J.D. brings over 25 years of business, telecom and technology experience in the voice and data network and communications market place, and is experienced in building very successful direct and indirect sales teams focused on the enterprise and carriers as well. An accomplished manager and leader of direct, indirect and channel sales teams, experienced in targeting sales resources so as to achieve the greatest leverage and immediate sales velocity.

While at Accord Networks, JD built sales teams from the startup stage to an IPO and acquisition by Polycom. During this phase, he led sales growth from 0-$60 MM in 28 months. At Polycom J.D. led the vertical business solutions applications sales initiatives and was responsible for $180 million in revenue. Prior to joining Accord Networks J.D. held a number of senior sales executive positions with AT&T, PictureTel, and Genesis Electronics.

J.D. did his undergraduate work at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has published articles and case studies for The Harvard School of Business.


Paul Kouroupas

Paul Kouroupas is Chief Regulatory Officer and Security Officer for Global Crossing. Global Crossing, a $2.1 billion public telecommunications company, operates one of the world’s most extensive fiber optic IP backbone networks, offering a full range of telecommunications and IP-based services in more than 500 cities in 50 countries around the world. Mr. Kouroupas is responsible for obtaining and maintaining operating licenses in each country and representing Global Crossing before national regulatory authorities. Mr. Kouroupas also supports the establishment of interconnection agreements with incumbent and competitive carriers around the world. As Global Crossing’s Security Officer, Paul is also responsible for ensuring company compliance with the requirements of the company’s Network Security Agreement with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Network Security Agreement establishes a set of requirements designed to protect the critical infrastructure operated by Global Crossing and to support law enforcement efforts.

Prior to joining Global Crossing, Paul served as Vice President- Regulatory & External Affairs at Teleport Communications Group Inc. (“TCG”) where he represented TCG before state regulatory and legislative authorities in 16 eastern region states. While at TCG, Paul negotiated the first modern interconnection agreement between an incumbent carrier and a competitive carrier in 1994, a full two years before the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Paul also represented TCG at numerous industry forums and co-chaired the Central Office Code Guideline forum, which established for the first time national standards for the assignment of central office codes to competitive carriers. TCG was acquired by AT&T in 1998 for $12 billion

Paul graduated from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and its Communications Law Institute in 1992 and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.


Bruce Silverman

Bruce Silverman is one of America’s best known and well respected marketing-communication executives. As President and CEO of the principal U.S. unit of Initiative, the world’s largest ($22 billion in annual billings) media planning and buying agency, his clients included The Walt Disney Company, Unilever, The Home Depot, Carl’s Jr., Taco Bell, American Honda, Bally’s Health & Fitness, Six Flags, America Online, the United States Navy and Yahoo! A broad-view strategist, creative innovator and media guru, his 38-year advertising agency career also included “C-level” positions at Ogilvy & Mather, Bozell, BBDO/West Asher/Gould and WongDoody. He was the creative mind behind “Don’t Leave Home Without It” for American Express, “Bullish on America” (Merrill Lynch), “Something Special in the Air” (American Airlines), “Not made in ‘Nooo Yawk Ciddy” (Pace Picante), “The Shell Answer Man” and a dozen other award winning campaigns for such clients as IBM, Hershey’s, Baskin-Robbins, Autodesk, Coldwell Banker, the California Department of Health Services, SunAmerica, Suzuki, Sanyo, Mattel, Greyhound, Armour and Post.

After retiring from the agency business in 2005 he co-founded Pocket Billboards¨, which successfully pioneered the concept of interactive in-call telephone advertising. In addition, he provides consulting services to a select group of global marketers, major advertising and public relations agencies and large media properties.

A graduate of Adelphi University in New York, Bruce is an active member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Dean’s Advisory Board of UCLA Extension.


Roger Valdovinos

Mr. Valdovinos is the Founder and a Managing Director of Blue Beacon Capital. He has been representing clients in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, exclusive sales and capital raising transactions since 1995. Mr. Valdovinos has originated, executed and closed more than 60 transactions totaling over $12 billion of transaction value.

Mr. Valdovinos’ advisory expertise is rooted with a deep understanding of the telecommunications, Internet infrastructure, and new media sectors. He has served as an advisor to leading domestic and international TMT companies including Bell Canada, PSINet, Teleglobe, The Providence Journal Company, Adelphia Communications, Savvis, Colt Telecom, Intermedia Communications, XM Satellite Radio, Digital Island, TRICOM, Focal Communications, Mpower Communications, AppliedTheory, Teligent, Speakeasy, New Global Telecom, NextWeb, Skyriver Communications, Redwire, CommPartners and Columbia Communications, among others.

Prior to founding Blue Beacon Capital, Mr. Valdovinos co-led the Emerging Telecommunications Group of Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Previous to CSFB, Mr. Valdovinos was a Vice President in the Telecommunications Group of Bear Stearns in New York where he contributed to building one of the top investment banking franchises on Wall Street focused on the emerging telecommunications and technology sectors. Prior to Bear Stearns, Mr. Valdovinos held positions of increasing responsibility in the Corporate Finance Group of The Walt Disney Company.

Mr. Valdovinos received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University.