#ELGL14 Speaker Bios: Fiber, Fiber, Fiber

Posted on October 9, 2014

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At our Fiber, Fiber Fiber session we’ll learn from these experts about Google fiber, independent fiber, and more!

Mary Beth Henry, Director, Office of Community Technology, Portland, OR

Bio: Oversee broadband infrastructure and adoption initiatives and advocate for the public interest in communications technology. Catalyze investment of resources to ensure the benefits of communications technology are available to all. Ensure fair compensation for private use of public rights-of-way and administer the Utility License Law.

First paying job: insulating my family’s cabin in central MinnesotaMartian

Soundtrack of your life: Something’s Got a Hold on Me – Etta James

Book you are currently reading: The Martian – A science fiction novel, it follows the fictional American astronaut Mark Watney as he becomes stranded alone on Mars and must improvise in order to survive. It has been described as an Apollo 13 meets Cast Away.

Anything else: Current motto – Change happens slowly then it happens all at once – Steve Jobs



Scott Lazenby, City Manager, Lake Oswego, OR

Bio: CEO of a city. Creating order from chaos and vice versa.

First paying job: Setting chokers for a logging company

Soundtrack of your life: Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

Book you are currently reading: Thinking, Fast and Slow

Joe Knapp, IT Director, Sandy, OR

Bio: Manages the City of Sandy’s IT Infrastructure including the Internal City Network and the Municipal Internet Service Provider SandyNet. SandyNet consists of over 1600 subscribers and is currently under construction on a Fiber-to-the-Home network that will provide Gigabit speeds in Sandy!

First paying job: Busboysandynet

Soundtrack of your life: Pilot Me – Josh Garrels

Book you are currently reading: Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne

MODERATOR: Skip Newberry, Technology Association of Oregon

Bio: I run the Technology Association of Oregon where I help technology companies solve problems, tell their stories, and access resources.

First paying job: Lifeguardhasselhoff1

Soundtrack of your life: What’s the Frequency Kenneth (I still don’t know what this song is about, but its catchy)

Book you are currently reading: The Day the Babies Crawled Away (over and over again)


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