Advisory Board



Executive Team

Dr. Homaira Akbari

President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC

Homaira Akbari is President and CEO of AKnowledge Partners, LLC, a global strategy advisory firm providing services to leading private equity funds and large corporations in the sectors of Internet of Things, Cyber Security, and Supply Chain Visibility. She has held senior management roles in Fortune 1000 companies including Microsoft, Thales, SA, and Liberty Media subsidiary, Trueposition. Dr. Akbari also served as the President and CEO of SkyBitz, Inc., a leading provider of remote asset tracking and security solutions, and successfully sold SkyBitz to Telular Corporation (NASDAQ: WRLS). She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Landstar System, Inc. (NASDAQ: LSTR), Gemalto N.V. (Euronext: GTO), Covisint Corporation (NASDAQ: COVS), and Veolia (Euronext: VIE).

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Kenneth Young

President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Communications Corporation

Kenny Young has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Communications Corporation since August 2008, and served in other executives roles at LCC from May 2006 to August 2008. Prior to joining LCC in 2006, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Liberty Media’s (NASDAQ: LCAPA) Connectid mobile content subsidiary, as well as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Liberty Media’s TruePosition location based services organization. He has spent over 16 years with the now combined AT&T Corporation (NYSE: T) and held senior management positions with Cingular Wireless, SBC Wireless and Southwestern Bell Telephone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Globalstar, Inc. (Amex: GSAT).

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Jack Holmes

President, UPS Freight

Jack Holmes served as President of UPS (NYSE: UPS) Freight, one of the largest less-than-truckload carriers in the United States, from 2007 until his retirement in June of 2016. Widely respected for his business acumen, he was named to the National Freight Advisory Committee (NFAC) by the U.S. Department of Transportation in May, 2013. He began his UPS career near in 1979, and was promoted and served as President and COO of multiple UPS locations before leading the transition team for UPS’s largest-ever domestic acquisition, the 2005 purchase of Overnite Transportation, now UPS Freight. He currently serves as co-chairman of the NFAC’s Conditions, Performance and Data Subcommittee, is a director of the American Transportation Research Institute and the United Way of Greater Richmond.

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Gene Wojciechowski

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Newgistics

Gene Wojciechowski is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Newgistics. He has extensive experience in eCommerce and supply chain technology through decades of working with both startups and industry leaders such as Walmart, Staples, GE, UPS, and Ford. Prior to joining Newgistics, he has held numerous executive positions including Vice President, Technology at Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), VP and CIO of Walmart.com (NYSE: WMT) for six years, and CIO of UPS Freight Services for more than six years. He has a 30 year track record of measurable success in both domestic and international eCommerce.

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Bob Proctor

CEO

Dr. Robert Proctor joined Link Labs as CEO in April 2016. He was a founding investor and advisor to the company from the beginning. Prior to Link Labs, Bob was the Co-Founder of Blu Venture Investors and CEO, Board Director and Investor of FlexEl, LLC. He is the Co-founder, Board Chairman, and Investor of Wiser Together, Inc. and Phase 5 Group, Inc. Bob served as Global Head of Marketing reporting to Chairman and CEO of Corporate Executive Board. He has decades of Senior Executive experience in public companies, including line, staff, and IPO leadership positions. Bob led teams that won corporate-wide awards for Best Business Breakthrough, Managerial Excellence, and Spirit of Generosity. Bob also served as an associate Principal McKinsey & Company, Inc. He holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Bob?
Bob has been a great addition to the team, and is leading our growth in the next stage of our company's journey.

Reed Fawell

Chief Revenue Officer

Reed is responsible for leading all aspects of Link Labs’ revenue growth, bringing his most recent experience of over 14 years at CEB (formerly Corporate Executive Board), where he led a variety of the firm’s top-performing new sales and account management teams. Reed played an integral role in CEB’s growth from $120M to over $920M in annual revenues over his tenure.

Earlier in his career, Reed served as Client Services Manager for Puente Sur, a market research and professional services firm providing a wide range of outsourced solutions to clients with interests throughout Latin America.

Reed’s experience providing new insights and solutions to international clients across diverse industries and building high-performing teams is well-suited to Link Labs’ customer needs and growth aspirations.

Reed holds a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Reed?
Reed gives Dave a run for his money on who has a cleaner desk. The jury is still out.

Kris Rinne

Retired Senior VP of Network Technology at AT&T Labs

Kris Rinne is the retired Senior VP of network technology at AT&T Labs and Cingular Chief Technology Officer.

While at AT&T, Kris Rinne was responsible for planning the evolution of the AT&T Global IP backbone, mobility core, radio access roadmap, wireless device requirements and certification, and the technical solutions for AT&T’s products and services. She and her team also lead the implementation and expansion of the 4G LTE network. Previously, Ms. Rinne served as Cingular’s chief technology officer with similar responsibilities.

Ms. Rinne has been involved in many industry firsts, including the world’s first wide scale launch of UMTS/HSPA in 2005, the initial iPhone launch, and the distributed architecture for 4G LTE in 2011. Ms. Rinne was named in the “Top 10 Most Influential Women in Wireless” list by Fierce Wireless from 2011 to 2014. She was inducted into the Wireless History Foundation Wireless Hall of Fame in 2013.

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Brian Ray

Founder and CTO

Brian is the Founder and CTO of Link Labs. As the chief technical innovator and leader of the company, Brian has led the creation and deployment of a new type of ultra long-range, low-power wireless networking which is transforming the Internet of Things and M2M space.

Before starting Link Labs, Brian led a team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab that solved communications and geolocation problems for the national intelligence community. He was also the VP of Engineering at the network security company, Lookingglass, and served for eight years as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and received his Master’s Degree from Oxford University.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Brian?
Brian is a machine—he is able to get way more done than you’d think is humanly possible. He is very driven, efficient with his time, and enjoyable to work with. His leadership is exceptional, and he’s very competitive (he used to be a competitive sailor). You can trust his ideas because he really knows what he’s doing.

Patrick Li

VP of Engineering

Patrick is responsible for leading all aspects of Link Lab’s product development, bringing 25 years of experience in wireless infrastructure development with Alcatel-Lucent, Nortel Networks, and Aruba Networks working in both the U.S. and China. Patrick has led R&D teams responsible for developing hardware and software for CDMA, GSM, UMTS, LTE, and Wifi infrastructure solutions.

Earlier in his career, Patrick was responsible for Lucent’s base station systems engineering team where he developed strong systems knowledge of Radio Frequency performance, radio base stations, and packet core networks.

Patrick’s wireless system knowledge combined with his experience managing and growing hardware and software teams, delivering wireless solutions, and working with global teams makes him well suited to lead and grow Link Lab’s development teams into the future.

Patrick holds a S.B. and S.M. in Electrical Engineering from M.I.T.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Patrick?
Patrick is a great addition to the team. The engineering team is loving the additional discipline and process :-)

Matt

Vice President of Sales

Matt is responsible for worldwide sales and channel partners at Link Labs. This includes establishing strategic accounts and managing the direct sales team as well as the sales representative and distribution networks. He has responsibility for the sales operation and customer support efforts, including field application engineers. His team leads the effort to support our market leading customer base, as they design and deploy innovative IoT and M2M network solutions utilizing market leading modules, gateways and software from Link Labs.

Prior to Link Labs, Matt had responsibility for the enhanced cellular communications and WiFi business at TESSCO, a leading wireless distributor and manufacturer. Additionally, at Texas Instruments, he led the growth of several businesses, including the WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and VoIP segments. A veteran of three previous start-ups, and a career long track record of building businesses, Matt has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science in Business from Johns Hopkins University.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Matt?
Matt has been a great addition to the team. His friendly attitude and spirit really help drive the company forward.

Glenn

Vice President of Business Development

Glenn is the Vice President of Business Development at Link Labs. He is in charge of generating new business, interacting with distributors, sales reps, partners, and customers, and answering any technical questions that arise to ensure that the engineers can spend their time developing technology.

Before Link Labs, Glenn worked at the Department of Energy bringing energy efficiency to main street businesses, and was also a co-founder of ECORE Ventures, a cleantech project development company. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he eventually went back to teach Energy Policy as a military officer and civilian professor. Prior to his return to USNA, he was a submarine officer stationed in Virginia on a guided missile sub.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Glenn?
Glenn is always laughing. He’s by far the biggest guy at Link Labs and he used to play football for the U.S. Naval Academy. He loves clothes and shoes (probably a little too much), is extremely driven, and does everything he can to keep everyone satisfied.

Jeremiah

Technical Product Manager

Jeremiah (JJ) is the Technical Product Manager at Link Labs. He is in charge of managing workflow, helping troubleshoot technical problems, specifying parts, and aiding in design. He also goes out into the field, deploying wireless networks on rooftops and towers.

Before Link Labs, JJ completed his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland, while simultaneously working for the Laboratory for Physical Sciences doing research on optics and photonics. He was an officer on a nuclear powered submarine in the US Navy and taught Physics at the US Naval Academy. In addition to his Ph.D., he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the US Naval Academy, and his Master’s in Experimental Physics from the University of Cambridge in the UK.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Jeremiah?
JJ is one of the calmest people you’ll meet. The world could be exploding around him, but he would still deal with things systematically. He’s not showy—he just does his thing. He also loves bourbon, has a dog named Sam, and just had a son.

Mark

Chief Engineer

Mark is the Chief Hardware Engineer at Link Labs. He designs and builds all of Link Labs’ hardware—radios, devices, modules… you name it, he creates it.

Before Link Labs, Mark worked for TMC Design building GPS jammers at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. He also worked at the John Hopkins Applied Physics lab for eight years. Mark graduated with a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from John Hopkins University.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Mark?
Mark is an amazing tech guy. He can get things done by himself in the time it would take 10 engineers to do it. He’s super-knowledgeable on all things RF, easy to work with, and always has a positive attitude. He has three kids and lives in a tiny house that he is slowly rebuilding.

Dave

Operations Director

As the Operations Director at Link Labs, Dave oversees all manufacturing processes, inventory management, and purchasing. He is responsible for instituting internal workflows and processes to streamline operational performance and is the project manager for some of our highest priority projects.

Before joining Link Labs, Dave was a safety inspector with the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, where he conducted instrumentation and electrical system reviews at U.S. nuclear weapon facilities. Previously, he served for eight years as a nuclear engineer in the U.S. Submarine force. Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s degree in electrical and information sciences from the University of Cambridge.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Dave?
Dave likes everything just so. We like to mess with him by moving stuff around on his desk when he’s not looking. He also mounted our conference room television crooked, but don’t mention that to him or he’ll get angry.

Dominic

Director of Product Development

Dominic is the Director of Product Development at Link Labs. He manages our core Symphony Link products, and he is also responsible for managing the development of new products. He keeps the Engineering, Operations, Marketing/Sales, and Strategy teams working together to get our products to market looking great and performing even better.

Prior to Link Labs, Dominic worked for ten years at the Environmental Defense Fund and Ecologic Institute US (EIUS) solving key policy problems in renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation, and climate change. He ran EIUS as Executive Vice President in 2014; while there, he obtained nearly $1m in grant funding for projects, including the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network, which he co-founded. Dominic holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany from 2002-2004 and a Robert Bosch Fellow from 2008-2009.

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LAB-ERS SAY ABOUT Dominic?
Dominic can reverse-dunk a basketball. Dominic chose to pursue a masters degree at a German university without really knowing any German. Now, he speaks German so well (and with such a convincing accent) that Germans often mistake him for being German.