January 16-18
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cloud Connections 2023

What is Cloud Connections?

Brought to you by Cloud Communications Alliance (CCA), Cloud Connections 2023 is the must-attend event for Cloud industry leaders. Why attend?

  • Hear from industry-leading experts, futurists, investment bankers, financial and industry analysts
  • See live demos of leading products
  • Hear from real customers who are currently in the cloud buying process
  • Network with peers, experts, analysts, and more
  • Experience an incredible and warm locale in the middle of winter


Janet Schijns

CEO, JS Group

Evan Kirstel

Jordan Rupar

Q Advisors

Gerry DeHaven

Q Advisors

Clark Peterson

Chairman of the Board - CCA

Art Schoeller

Former Vice President, Principal Analyst - Forrester

Dave Michels

Lead Analyst - TalkingPointz.com

MIchael Tessler

Managing Partner - True North Advisory

Mike Pryor

Shareholder – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Jonathan Marashlian

Managing Partner – Marashlian & Donahue

Mark Ianuzzi

President – TelNet Worldwide

Elka Popova

Vice President and Senior Fellow, Information and Communications Technologies – Frost & Sullivan

Kevin Nethercott

Managing Partner – CPaaS Acceleration Alliance

Glenn S. Richards

Partner - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Brandon Hagood

Vice President, Americas - Akixi

Sanjay Srinivasan

Chief Architect, GM, SVP - Vonage

Colby Nish

Head of Global Zoom Phone Sales - Zoom

Blair Pleasant

President & Principal Analyst - COMMfusion

Patrick Sullivan

Co-CEO & Co-Founder - 2600Hz

Brian Beutler

Founder & CEO - Alianza

Thomas Frey

Senior Futurist - DaVinci Institute

DP Venkatesh

Digital, SMB and Global Strategic Partners Leader - Cisco

Matt Townend

Cavell Group - Director

Chris Carabello

Senior Director, Product Marketing - Microsoft

Craig Decker

CEO - Akixi

Steven Fair

Sr. Director, Global Voice & Service Provider Platform Sales - Poly HP

Christopher Shipley

Attorney & Policy Advisor - INCOMPAS

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Monday January 16th, 2023

Beach/Hotel Buffet and Cocktail Reception

Tuesday January 17th, 2023

7:30am – 8:30am
Registration & Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am
Opening Keynote: Cloud Communications at CrossroadsClark PetersonChairman of the Board – CCA
9:00am – 9:30am
Reinventing the Future of Unified Communications
The Unified Communications industry has changed significantly for the last 25 years. Now, as we are post-pandemic, we are at a crossroads with the market today. Michael Tessler will highlight today’s challenges and what the Service Provider community can do to potentially stay ahead in the market.
Mike TesslerManaging Partner – True North Advisory
9:30am – 10:15am
The Future of Platforms, Big Decisions Around the BendAnalyst Panel
Brian BeutlerFounder & CEO – AlianzaChris CarabelloSenior Director Product Marketing – MicrosoftPatrick SullivanCo-CEO & Co-Founder – 2600HzDave MichaelsLead Analyst – TalkingPointz.com – Moderator
10:15am – 10:45am
Mobility – The Next Big Wave in UCaaS!Dave MichelsLead Analyst – TalkingPointz.com
10:45am – 11:30am
Positioning Your Companies for M&A OpportunitiesGerry DehavenPartner – Q AdvisorsJordan RuparManaging Director – Q Advisors
11:30am – 12:45pm
12:45am – 1:00pm
Business Insights from AkixiBrandon HagoodVice President, Americas – Akixi
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Go to Market to Win: How to Win in Our New Market RealitiesPanel
Janet SchijnsCEO – JS GroupCraig DeckerCEO – Akixi
2:00pm – 3:00pm
CPaaS ShowcaseApps Contest and Demos
Braidio, BroadSource, Radisys, and Vonage
3:00pm – 3:45pm
Shaping Policies for Competition, Innovation and the Public Good – The Link between Industry and GovernmentMike PryorShareholder – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLPJonathan MarashlianManaging Partner – Marashlian & DonahueGlenn RichardsPartner – Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPChristopher ShipleyAttorney & Policy Advisor – INCOMPASMark IanuzziPresident – TelNet Worldwide – Moderator
3:45pm – 4:15pm
How Analysts View the UCaaS MarketDave MichelsLead Analyst – TalkingPointz.comElka PopovaVice President and Senior Fellow, Information and Communications Technologies – Frost & Sullivan
4:15pm – 4:45pm
Social Media WorkshopEvan Kirstel
6:00pm – 10:00pm
Boat Cruise Dinner

Wednesday January 18th, 2023

7:30am – 8:30am
8:30am – 9:15am
Stay relevant, Be Bold and Create an Engine for Sustained and Repeatable GrowthThomas Frey
9:15am – 10:00am
Microsoft – Swim with the Shark or Look for Safer Waters?Art SchoellerVice President, Principal Analyst – Former Forrester
10:00am – 10:15am
Service Providers’ reactions to collaboration competitionMatt TownendDirector – Cavell Group
10:15am – 10:30am
Winning in the Hybrid WorkplaceSteven FairSr. Director, Global Voice & Service Provider Platform Sales – Poly HP
10:30am – 11:00am
Zoom – KeynoteColby NishHead of Global Zoom Phone Sales – Zoom
11:00am – 12:00pm
CCaaS – Key Trends, Why So Profitable and About to Become Even More?Analyst Panel
Dave MichelsLead Analyst – TalkingPointz.comArt SchoellerFormer Vice President, Principal Analyst – Former ForresterBlair PleasantPresident & Principal Analyst – COMMfusionElka PopovaVice President and Senior Fellow, Information and Communications Technologies – Frost & SullivanMatt TownendDirector – Cavell Group
12:00pm – 12:15pm


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We have a limited number of guest rooms at the W Hotel for $419/night. When you register, we will email you a link to make your hotel reservation. PLEASE be sure to make those reservations soon, as the hotel WILL BE SOLD OUT. After all, it is winter in Florida.