WHO'S BEHIND MESSAGECOMM?
MessageComm represents YOU, whether you work for a carrier or enterprise, RESP ORG or law firm, consumer or technology company, SOMOS or local registry – indeed, any type of telecom industry participant.
Multicultural and multilingual, Adis Vila, a Cuban refugee, came to the U.S. in 1962 at the age of eight. In 1982, she was selected a White House Fellow, the premier leadership program in the U.S.
Vila is the former global head of international business development at Vigoro, a $750M international agri-business company and former head of regulatory policy for the western hemisphere at Nortel Networks, a $22B telecom supplier. She was also former secretary and CEO of the Florida State Department of Administration and former assistant secretary and COO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
An experienced financial executive, Vila qualifies as an audit committee financial expert under SEC and NYSE rules. In 2013, Vila retired from her position as the first chief diversity officer at the U.S. Air Force Academy and founded Vila & Associates, a consultancy focused on helping clients develop strategies to build diverse leadership and foster an inclusive organizational culture. Previously, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Rural Telephone Bank in Washington D.C. and a member of the Advisory Board of Global Asset Management, a $15 billion mutual fund of Union Bank Suisse (UBS).
Jeff Pulver is an Internet and telecom entrepreneur who has been called the 'father of VoIP'). He has written extensively on VoIP telephony and is also well known for his work being a leading thought-leader on the 'real-time web.'
An habitual entrepreneur who likes to start Internet communications companies, Pulver is founder and chief executive of pulver.com and co-founder of Free World Dialup, Vonage, MONage, Alchemist, and Zula (app).
Starting at age 12 as a licensed amateur radio operator, Pulver credits this first experience with sparking his interest in internet technology, and “unlocking my connection to voice over IP.” He continued his interest in Internet telephony as a systems administrator at Cantor Fitzgerald, and then became co-founder and shareholder in Vonage, a VoIP provider based in Edison, N.J. He invented the CellSocket, a device to make and receive cellular voice calls via a standard phone, and was listed as a Business Week Tech Guru in 2003.
Pulver is the chief author of what’s now called the Pulver Order, which became the first FCC decision regarding IP communications, ruling that VoIP is not a telecommunications service. He was profiled by The Wall Street Journal in 2006, discussing his visions about both voice and video communications via the Internet.
He coined the term VON (Voice/Video on the Net) and founded the VON Coalition, which helped keep VoIP unregulated in the U.S. for many years. For nearly ten years, he produced and hosted VON Conferences in the US and Europe. In 2016, Pulver launched an Internet communication conference series called MONage, “The Future of the Conversational Web, Chatbots and Messaging," with events in Boston and San Jose.
Pulver resides in Great Neck, N.Y.
A communications visionary for over 20 years, Noah Rafalko is founder and CEO of TSG Global, Inc., which provides voice and messaging services for telecom carriers and many of the world’s largest companies.
An entrepreneur at heart, Rafalko founded Midori Interactive, Inc. in 2017. Midori Interactive (MI) helps its customers develop new revenue streams and improve customer experience service through new and interactive messaging solutions. The agility and versatility of the MI Communications Platform enables providers serving multiple businesses to easily add chatbots to their service offerings, enabling businesses to communicate efficiently and effectively with the vast majority of customers who prefer texting to phone calls or email.
Rafalko is a strong advocate for the heath and innovation within the communications ecosystem. He serves on the Somos advisory board, which administers and manages over 41 million toll-free numbers, where he offers vision and leadership in an ever-changing technology space.
Rafalko is an active participant in CTIA, which represents the U.S. wireless communications industry. He is dedicated to an equitable and innovative marketplace that embraces new ways to meet the demand for automated messaging channels.
Rafalko lives in the greater Boston area and travels frequently to speak at trade shows and events.