Meet Our Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to hear these passionate presenters give their unique perspectives on the current state and future potential of the ULP wireless industry. Keynote sessions are open to all ANT Wireless Symposium Attendees.

Doug Daniels, Google

Oct 5 Keynote & Oct 6 Roundtable Participant

Doug is currently the Head of Google's Cloud Platform team for the Rocky Mountain and Central Regions. He also served as the Head of the Google Maps team for North America.

Prior to Google, Doug was VP of Platform business at Telogis (acquired by Verizon), a leading provider of location intelligence software and services for the mobile enterprise. Doug also served as the Director of Consumer Segment for DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of high-resolution satellite imagery products and services. Doug began his mapping career at deCarta (acquired by Uber), a leader in consumer geo-spatial platform software. Doug’s leadership in mapping technologies is recognized as providing Google’s first mapping platform that ultimately was acquired and became the foundation of Google Maps in 2005. Doug began his career at AT&T Wireless Services, where he held a variety of senior management positions, including Director of Wireless Data Channel for the Western Region.

Outside of work, he spends his spare time with his children Walker, Dylan, Greyson and Taylor enjoying the wondering outdoors of Colorado. Doug also is an accomplished road, mountain bike racer and all around expert skier. Doug lives outside of Denver in Lone Tree and is a rare native of Colorado.

Ray Maker, DCRainmaker

Oct 5 Keynote, Commercial Session & Oct 6 Roundtable Participant

Ray Maker is behind - which focuses on endurance sports technology and training and was ranked as one of the 50 Most Influential people in running by Runner’s World magazine in 2015.  The site produces the most in depth reviews and analysis of sports technology products out on the web today, gathering more than 3 million views a month.

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Doug Barton, IBM

Oct 6 Keynote & Roundtable Participant

Doug Barton is Director of Marketing, IBM Analytic Solutions. Doug is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Doug is also a 6x Ironman-distance triathlete which fuels his passion for the best preparation and race execution to unlock the unrealized potential of athletes (and enterprises).

Follow Doug at @IBMIoT or check out the blog at


Dave Haase, Athlete

Special Guest

Dave Haase is now the five-time top American finisher of Race Across America (RAAM) and 2015 and 2016 runner up. RAAM is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well. Learn more at

When not riding, Dave is also the local bike shop owner of Attitude Sports with two locations in Dave's home state of Wisconsin.

Follow Dave at @davehaase

Thomas Soederholm, Nordic Semiconductor

Oct 5 Guest Speaker

Thomas Soederholm gained his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway in 1999. He joined Nordic Semiconductor the same year as a digital designer. Soederholm moved then into a sales role as a regional sales manager in Europe for 6 years, and was promoted to his current position of Business Development Manager for Personal Area Networks (PAN) in 2008. In that job, he drives the development and adoption of Nordic’s products in the wireless PAN arena which ranges from the sports and fitness segment through to the consumer health and medical. Soederholm is a gadget freak with a keen sports interest including cross country skiing, biking, and running.

David Oro, IoT Central

Oct 6 Roundtable Moderator

David Oro is the Editor of IoT Central (, an online resource connecting a community of individuals, organizations and businesses who are focused on products, services, and opportunities on the industrial side of the Internet of Things. Covering platforms, infrastructure, software, security and data, his aim is to profile and chronicle the technologies and business use cases that sit at the intersection of industrial applications and the IoT. He was most recently the head of communications at Pivotal, a billion dollar spin-out of EMC and VMware with ~1700 employees where he oversaw global communications and led the announcements surrounding the launch of the company and GE’s $105 million investment in Pivotal. Pivotal’s software powers GE Predix, the cloud platform for the Industrial Internet.

Follow David at @IoTCtrl

Rick Gibbs, North Pole Engineering

Oct 6 Roundtable Participant

Rick leads NPE’s product development team and is the creator of NPE’s patent pending WASP technology and BLAST products.  He is also the chief architect for numerous iOS applications that applies WASP technology.  Rick was NPE’s first employee hired back in 1997.  Prior to his product development role, Rick was NPE’s leader for FPGA and ASIC chip designs and maintains extensive experience in both Verilog and VHDL hardware design languages.  His talents have been instrumental in completing a number of large-scale high-speed FPGA and ASIC designs for a wide variety of applications.



Michał Grochala, Nordic Semiconductor

Oct 5 Technical Workshop Guest Speaker

Michał works as a Senior Firmware Engineer in the Nordic’s Kraków office in the nRF5 SDK team. He is responsible for libraries and example applications based on ANT and NFC protocols. Previously he was employed by Energy Micro and Silicon Laboratories. Before joining Energy Micro he worked on safety critical embedded software for aircraft engine control in Rzeszów. He graduated with a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.


Wojciech Jaśko, Nordic Semiconductor

Oct 5 Technical Workshop Guest Speaker

Wojciech works as Firmware Engineer in Krakow. He is a member of the Nordic SDK Group. One of his key responsibilities is ANT development. He graduated with a Master's degree in Automation and Robotics from AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków.


Paul Wilke, Upright Position Communications

Oct 5 Commercial Session Guest Speaker

Upright Position Communications was founded by Paul Wilke, an experienced communications professional who has worked with incredible people and organizations over three decades. With feet-on-the-ground experience working on both US coasts and in Asia, Paul is focused on telling compelling stories, garnering on-message media coverage and providing sound strategic counsel.

 Prior to starting Upright, Paul headed public relations for Splunk, where he led communications around one of 2012’s most successful IPOs. Paul also managed global public relations at Visa Inc. after spending six years  at one of Singapore's premier Public Relations firms, The Baldwin Boyle Group. Paul is a feature speaker on IPOs, tourism and public relations. 

About Upright: 
Upright Position Communications is a Silicon Valley-based PR firm specializing tech and IPO communications. 

Upright provides PR support that delivers sound counsel, precise storytelling and a dogged journalistic approach to landing media coverage that resonates.

Follow Paul at @pwilke or Upright Position Communications @uprightcomms

Jessica Gomez, Upright Position Communications

Oct 5 Commercial Session Guest Speaker

Jessica Gomez brings 15 years experience leading communication strategies for brands in both the US and European markets. Jessica specializes PR strategies for high tech companies in mobile, developer, security, legal, and enterprise systems, making high tech sexy for national news, as well as entertainment lifestyle clients. Her PR specialty is working with companies looking to roll out national campaigns in the US market.
Jessica founded a PR analytics company in 2012 and independently consulted with fast-growing companies launching in multiple markets as well as managing media through IPOs on the Nasdaq with Upright Communications. Her experience includes leading Polycom’s CEO one-year anniversary tour, heading Lyft’s Texas media rollout, to guiding high profile startups through their acquisitions Modest [acquired by Paypal] and Plumfare [acquired by Groupon].
Jessica has a MA & BA from Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Communication. She is a passionate serial entrepreneur and supports other businesses in the community. In 2016, she started a Women’s Entrepreneurs Group in Austin, currently boasting 200 members. Throughout her career, she has specialized in public relations and looks for great stories to tell.

Geof Cohler, Delphian Systems

Oct 6 Commercial Session Guest Speaker

Geof Cohler is an Internet of Things and wireless enthusiast with extensive knowledge in low-power wireless technology, embedded processing and software development.  As Business Development Manager for Delphian Systems, Geof applies his technical background toward successful partnerships with Delphian clients working to bring secure IoT devices and systems to market.

Prior to joining Delphian, Geof worked at Anaren Microwave (low-power wireless modules) and Texas Instruments (wireless, embedded and DSP).  He has a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and lives in Boston, MA. Geof is a co-organizer of the Security of Things Meetup group in Boston with over 800 members.


Josh Gunkel, Connect IQ

Oct 6 Commercial Session Guest Speaker

Josh Gunkel leads the first wearable developer program at Garmin International, called Connect IQ.  Garmin, with over 10 years of experience since first launching an early GPS watch, is not new to the wearable industry.  However, with Connect IQ, the company is embarking into a new territory by bringing 3rd party apps onto their world-class devices. With Josh’s unique insight based on his background in engineering, consumer research, marketing and product innovation he is helping to lead Garmin through these new opportunities that go with wearable apps and developer programs. 

Follow Josh @joshgunkel

Nicolas Kral, Connect IQ

Oct 6 Technical Workshop Guest Speaker

As a product architect at Garmin International, Nicolas designed the Connect IQ app system for Garmin wearables and created the Monkey C programming language. He now serves as the Connect IQ Product Manager.

Follow Nicolas @nicreations




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