Meetings and General Sessions

Monday, May 1, 2017  9:00 AM - 9:40 AM

Welcome, Color Guard and National Anthem

Jim Stromberg, Jackie Mines and Commissioner Dohman

The St. Cloud Fire Service Color Guard will open the conference and Mark Lindquist will sing the national anthem. Jim Stromberg (MC) will welcome everyone followed by Jackie Mines and Commissioner Mona Dohman giving remarks.

Monday, May 1, 2017  9:40 AM - 10:40 AM

Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours

Mark J. Lindquist

As working professionals, we could all use a little jolt from time to time. This session may be the only time all year when you take a moment to reflect on the things you need to do to reignite the passion that brought you into the workforce in the first place. World-touring entertainer and actor Mark J. Lindquist offers a keynote that is as entertaining as it is enlightening as he sends you out the door on fire.

Mark J. Lindquist is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over 1.5 million people in 22 countries and 44 states throughout his career. He is also the author of the books, “Passion! 8 Steps to Reignite Yours” and “Service, My Way of Life.” As an actor, he has appeared in ABC’s LOST, CBS’ Hawaii Five-O and the Universal Studios movie “Battleship.” He has performed for Grammy winning artists, Academy Award nominated actors, foreign dignitaries around the world as well as staffers at the White House. Mark is a former Sergeant in the United States Air Force and an Afghanistan War Veteran who currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

Monday, May 1, 2017  12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Lunch and Recognition

During the lunch, recognition will be given to several individuals.

Monday, May 1, 2017  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Statewide Emergency Communications Board Meeting (SECB)

This is an official meeting of the Statewide Emergency Communications Board. Observers are welcome.

Monday, May 1, 2017  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Statewide Emergency Communication Board Meet and Greet

Meet SECB members and conference participants. Open to all conference participants and guests. An assortment of hors d-oeuvre and beverages will be served.

Monday, May 1, 2017  4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Exhibits Open - Inside and Outside

The exhibit area in the Terry Haws Center not only features interesting vendor products and services, but is also where you’ll find access to demonstrations/tours of the outside and inside exhibits.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

FirstNet Update

Richard Stanek, Sheriff, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office

This keynote will provide the latest updates on FirstNet’s acquisition and deployment of the NPSBN.

Richard Stanek is the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County and he is serving his third term as Sheriff. In 2007, he was first sworn in and was re-elected in 2010 and 2014. Upon taking office in 2007, Sheriff Stanek redirected the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office mission to include fighting violent crime, leveraging technology to prevent crime and enhancing outreach with diverse communities. These initiatives are conducted in partnerships with local law enforcement agencies and they have contributed to an historic decrease in violent crime countywide. He created new crime-fighting units at the Sheriff’s Office and these units serve law enforcement agencies and communities countywide. The Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force conducts focused investigations on the county’s most violent offenders. The Criminal Information Sharing and Analysis unit works with law enforcement partners to provide analysis on crime trends and criminal activity in an effort to prevent and solve crime. Sheriff Stanek has brought new awareness to several emerging public safety threats. He coordinated town hall meetings and legislative advocacy to target the heroin epidemic, prescription drug abuse and human trafficking. In Minnesota, he has led the effort to improve treatment for inmates with mental illness by expediting medically-appropriate care. On the national level, Sheriff Stanek participated in President Obama’s law enforcement working group that addressed the intersection of mental illness and gun violence.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

ECN Lab Schedule

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Network will be providing a lab during the conference. Stop by the exhibit booth to listen to a five minute introduction of each of the topics below followed by a chance to ask questions or discuss topics one on one. These are one hour sessions that you create by bringing your questions. What are your challenges? What do you need to know to do your job better?

9:30 AM: SDN Communications:
Carrie Johnson, Manager of Government and External Relations
SDN Communications, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, provides wholesale broadband services to SDN Communications, headquartered in Sioux Falls, SD, provides wholesale broadband services to South Dakota and southern Minnesota. They operate Southern Minnesota Broadband, LLC, which extends the fiber network across the southern part of the State. They have reached out to most of the FirstNet partner bidders to support the NPSBN deployment by providing fiber backhaul, tower infrastructure, secure data storage, and on-the-ground expertise. Check out the five minute introduction and pick-up a map of the fiber backhaul SDN has established in southern Minnesota.

10:30 AM: Sonim Technologies
Anthony Martwick, SVP of Corporate Strategy for Public Safety
Sonim Technologies is the provider of the world's most rugged, water-submersible mobile phones designed specifically for workers in demanding and hazardous environments. Sonim specializes in workforce-critical communication tools for vertical industries including construction, security guarding, oil, gas and chemical operations, utilities, transportation and logistics, forestry, agriculture and defense. Sonim has partnered with industry leading application developers to provide a suite of high-performance workforce-critical applications such as push-to-talk, lone worker/man-down safety services, mobile resource management and time and activity verification. Our solutions enable companies and governments to make their field workforces safe, efficient and accountable. Sonim phones are backed by a three-year comprehensive warranty, covering not only manufacturing defects, but even accidental damage. Sonim is also the international leader in intrinsically safe phones, devices certified to operate in potentially explosive atmospheres. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, California and offers its solutions through the world's leading mobile carriers.

1:30 PM: FirstNet and AT&T
Tim Pierce, Minnesota’s regional representative for FirstNet; Jamel Vinson, Government Affairs representative; Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor
The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 created FirstNet as an independent authority within NTIA to provide emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, broadband network dedicated to public safety. Its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide, broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities.

2:30 PM: NewCore Wireless:
Albert Kangas, COO and GM
NewCore Wireless is the leading full-service hosted wireless switching provider offering solutions to carriers. Our Switching Platforms are capable of providing 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services. We also provide value added services like SMS, MMS, voicemail, prepaid, E911, CALEA and CMAS that allow small carriers the opportunity to compete on the same level as Tier 1 carriers. NewCore Wireless was founded in 2008 with the mission of providing innovative technology solutions to rural carriers that deliver scalable, end-to-end solutions. We offer each of our network partners the flexibility to run their own wireless business without the added expense of the core network. The company is headquartered in St. Cloud, MN. For more information, visit

3:30 PM: Televate:
Rick Burke, Principal; Josh Jack, Minnesota consultant; Brandon Abley, Consultant
The philosophy of Televate is to provide the most innovative, cost effective, sustainable communications solutions available for public safety and critical infrastructure industries. Since 2001, the firm, has offered expertise in voice and data interoperability, LMR system design and operations, wireless broadband networks, IP networks and applications, and information technology solutions.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

FirstNet’s Edge

Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor, FirstNet

First responders will have priority and pre-emption on FirstNet. Other than those two features, will FirstNet just be another mobile wireless LTE network? Are there other features, functions and apps which will make FirstNet unique? Are there capabilities which only FirstNet will offer, capabilities not available to responders on commercial wireless networks? Bill Schrier, Senior Advisor at the First Responder Network Authority, discusses some of the current thinking about such capabilities.

Bill Schrier is senior advisor to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) where he leads efforts to develop apps, products and services needed by public safety responders. Bill’s previous experience includes serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Seattle Police Department, senior policy advisor in the State of Washington’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle. He chaired the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, which oversees public safety radio networks in the State of Washington. Bill also served as Washington’s State Point of Contact for FirstNet, a nationwide $7 billion effort to build a wireless 4G mobile network for first responders and other public safety agencies. As CIO for the Seattle Police Department, Schrier oversaw a staff and program to build, operate and maintain technology systems which support this municipal public safety agency of 1350 sworn officers and 2000 total employees. As CTO for the City of Seattle from 2003 to 2012, Schrier managed a department of 220 professionals and a $59 million budget supporting the technology needs of the municipal government of the City of Seattle.