Speakers – October 2019

Eyal Elyashiv
Founder, Cynamics

Eyal is a strategic technological executive with 15 years of development and management experience. Before founding Cynamics Eyal served as the COO of Carbyne 911, developing their North American and Latin American operations.


At Carbyne, he successfully positioned the company as a Next Generation 911 solution and took a significant role in establishing the company presence in the US. With a background in Cybersecurity, Intelligence, and emergency response, he has a unique understanding of the challenges facing Smart Cities, CI, and public safety and the opportunities for technology to surmount them.

Ryan Fields-Spack
Director of Strategy and Policy, AT&T FirstNet Program

Ryan Fields-Spack is a member of a unique team within AT&T specifically chosen for their public safety experience. Their primary focus is to advocate for the needs of all public safety agencies and line level personnel as FirstNet is stood up across the nation.


Ryan Joins AT&T after 10 years with the city of Aurora, Colorado Fire Department. Prior to joining AT&T, Ryan served as a Captain. He also worked with the departments as a fire Lieutenant and the Coordinator for the City of Aurora Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Ryan started as a line level Firefighter/Paramedic.

Ryan is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security with a Master’s Degree in Securities Studies-Homeland Security and Defense. His thesis focused on how the human dynamic can be managed within a unified command on complex incidents such as an active shooter.

As a public safety advocate for AT&T and FirstNet, Ryan travels the country speaking to first responders on the challenges they face: learning what they need to do their job in an age of ubiquitous technology and capabilities.

Alexandra, Ryan’s wife, is a co-director of Premier School of Dance, a dance studio in the Denver Metro area. Both Ryan and Alex is an avid cyclist and regularly ride hill climb races in the Colorado mountains. Ryan is particularly gushy about his son (Bromley) and will be happy to show you the latest cute pictures of him

Tom Guthrie
VP of Public Safety Operations, RapidSOS

Tom brings decades of experience leading teams providing critical communications technology for public safety. He joins RapidSOS as VP of Public Safety Operations to help execute the company’s vision of providing life-saving data to 9-1-1 and first responders.


He is focused on building relationships with a portfolio of vendor partners who deliver information from the NG911 Clearinghouse through their Call Handling, Computer Aided Dispatch, Mapping and other workflow solutions. In addition, this includes customer support operations and customer success management efforts, ensuring that public safety users are fully trained on the use of services and making the most of them as part of their operations.

Tom previously served as the Vice President of Smart Public Safety Solutions at Motorola Solutions, where he was responsible for delivering software-based solutions to the worldwide Public Safety Market. These products included incident management, records and data management, community engagement, and public safety intelligence solutions.

Prior to Motorola, Tom served as the President and CEO of Twisted Pair Solutions, providing critical communications technology to a variety of industries including first responder and federal government agencies.

Before Twisted Pair, Tom held leadership positions in a variety of startup and large technology providers. He has experience leading acquisitions, integrating organizations, and growing companies.

Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

Dereck Orr
Division Chief, Public Safety Communications Research Division, NIST Communication Technology Laboratory

Dereck Orr has held the position of Division Chief for the Public Safety Communications Research Division at NIST’s Communication Technology Laboratory since December 2002.


In that role, he leads the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program that serves as an objective technical advisor and laboratory to FirstNet, the Department of Homeland Security, and public safety to accelerate the adoption and implementation of the most critical public safety communication standards and technologies. From October 2003 until October 2004, Mr. Orr was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security to serve as the Chief of Staff of the SAFECOM Office within the Science and Technology Directorate, to help establish the new program.

Prior to working at NIST, Mr. Orr served as a professional staff member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, and Related Agencies under Senator Fritz Hollings. In that position, Mr. Orr was responsible for the appropriations accounts relating to state and local law enforcement issues. Prior to that, Mr. Orr served four years at the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the Department of Justice. Mr. Orr received a Masters in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts in American History from the University of Texas at Austin.

Diane Rinaldo
Acting Administrator, NTIA

Diane Rinaldo was sworn in as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the Department of Commerce on April 20, 2018. On May 9, 2019, she became Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information for the Department, and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the Executive Branch agency principally responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy.


Focusing on cybersecurity and technology policy, Diane has extensive experience in government and the private sector throughout her career. She staffed the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, where she was the lead committee staffer on Congress’ landmark cybersecurity legislation, the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. She also served as the oversight and budget monitor for the National Security Agency and the defense network systems, and served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman Mike Rogers as his top technology policy staffer.

Recognized for her work on cybersecurity, Rinaldo was awarded the Executive Women’s Forum’s 2016 Influencer of the Year award. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Maine and an Executive Certificate from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for cyber studies.

John Snapp
VP Technology, Intrado

As VP of Technology for West’s Safety Services, John Snapp provides strategic direction and coordination of technical activities for our carrier and public safety solutions.


John holds 16 U.S. patents, and was the chief architect for industry’s first text to 9-1-1 solution. He has directed technical groups for various wireless carriers in both engineering and operational roles.

Mark Tesh
Director of Product Management, L3Harris

Mark Tesh is a Director of Product Management with L3Harris Corporation, charged with adapting new communication technology into useful tools for first responders.


His career has focused on improving and extending the capabilities of both radio and phone devices, and the interplay of new technology solving problems for users at the edge. Tesh has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Florida Atlantic University.

Dan Zeiler
Director of Cyber Security, Motorola Solutions

Dan is a Technical IT executive with over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and Information Security operations and a deep skill set in the entire management lifecycle, having originated, trained, inspired, mentored, developed, and maintained multiple highly achieving teams within several different corporate environments.


Intensely technical with outstanding judgment on strategic direction, operational management, business alignment, and developing innovative solutions to solve complex problems. Remarkable ability to see a path to resolution on difficult national level networking / integration / migration issues. Inspirational leader who motivates employees to develop and achieve.