Kevin Vachon

Kevin Vachon
Chief Operating Officer
Raleigh, NC, USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 919 886 9986
kevin@mef.net 

Kevin Vachon – Chief Operating Officer

Responsibilities

Kevin leads the MEF recruiting, retention, and member liaison functions including emerging marketing development activities. He coordinates staff and contracted resources required to enable the volunteer activities of the committees and to provide the necessary administrative and IT infrastructures required for the MEF to operate and scale.

Biography

Appointed as MEF COO in 2006, Kevin leads a team that builds, supports, and scales MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and a senior MEF representative to the press and analyst community, and he oversees MEF liaison relationships with selected associations, Open Source projects, and standards organizations.

During Kevin’s tenure, membership has tripled to over 220 companies, representing 43 countries, Service Provider membership has increased tenfold, and MEF certification programs have expanded dramatically. Kevin is also the creator and Executive Director of MEF’s GEN14, GEN15, and MEF16, 17, 18, 19, and the MEF Infinite Edge Series events.

Kevin held the position of CEO of DIATEM Networks Inc., a Carrier Ethernet software company, from 2003 to 2005 and was President and CEO of NUVO Network Management, a network management outsourcing firm, from 1996 to 2002. Previously, he held other senior management positions with NUVO and spent 10 years in a wide variety of capacities with Gandalf Technologies, a network equipment manufacturer.


Pascal Menezes
Chief Technology Officer
Washington, USA
US Pacific Time
+ 1 206 683-9441
pascal@mef.net  

Pascal Menezes – Chief Technology Officer

Responsibilities

In his role as CTO, Pascal leads MEF’s technical strategy and aligns key work programs internally and in conjunction with open-source and SDO partners. Pascal engages with MEF’s global membership base to ensure that the organization’s strategy and work plans are market-driven, with agility and time to market being prime objectives.

Biography

Pascal is a proven technology thought leader, sales evangelist, product manager, and seasoned IP architect with close to 30 years of experience in internetworking, next-generation information systems, and communication architectures. As the founder of TSCM Technology he is focused on the building of cloud-scale architectures and real-time media networks using Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). After almost a decade at Microsoft he was Principal Program Manager for Skype for Business leading strategic programs such as SDN, Real Time Media over Wi-Fi, and Skype for Business using Azure Express Route with QoS.


 

Daniel Bar-Lev
VP Strategic Programs
Business Development EMEA
Maccabim-Reut, Israel
GMT+2
+ 972 52 839 0501
daniel@mef.net

Daniel Bar-Lev – VP Strategic Programs, Business Development EMEA

Responsibilities

As VP Strategic Programs Daniel is responsible for the development and implementation of a range of strategic MEF programs that are central to MEF's transformation to an agile-process-oriented standards development organization. Programs in his purview include SASE, SD-WAN, the MEF 3.0 PoC Program, Provider Commerce and Business Automation, and the LSO API Release Framework. Daniel also manages business development for MEF in the Europe and Africa regions.

Biography

Daniel has been involved in the networking industry for 25 years holding a variety of positions in RAD Data Communications as well as co-founding Resolute Networks where he held executive positions. Representing Resolute in MEF, Daniel served for 3 years as MEF Global Marketing Co-Chair and was elected three times to the MEF Board of Directors. Since 2010, Daniel has been a senior member of the MEF staff creating and leading many of the current central programs in the MEF.




Lisa McCausland
Senior Director of Marketing
Denver, CO, USA
US Mountain Time
+ 1 303 888 2137 - Mobile 
lisa@mef.net  

Lisa McCausland – Senior Director of Marketing

Responsibilities

Lisa oversees the marketing strategy and execution at MEF, in close collaboration with MEF staff, leadership and other outside resources. Her responsibilities include growing the MEF brand, increasing awareness and adoption of MEF products (standards, APIs & certifications) and creating programs and content to drive engagement, build community and grow membership.

Biography

Lisa is a results-driven strategic marketing and communications leader with extensive experience developing plans and programs for telecommunications and technology companies, and global consortiums to help them meet their business objectives. Most recently she worked at a full-service marketing agency, and previously owned her own marketing and communications consulting business and held marketing leadership roles at SaaS, hardware and telecommunications companies.


Lori Vachin

Lori Vachon 
Director Global Events
Raleigh, NC, USA
US Eastern Time
+ 1 508 320 2021 - Mobile 
lori@mef.net  

Lori Vachon – Director of Global Events

Responsibilities

As Director Global Events, Lori oversees MEF's global events program including project managing all aspects of quarterly member meetings, virtual workshops, industry events, and project management of our flagship event MEF21 and Infinite Edge Series. In addition, she is responsible for sponsor sales for MEF21 and the Infinite Edge Series. Over the years, Lori has been instrumental managing relationships with industry organizers to allow members the opportunity to participate in events all around the globe. 

Biography

Lori has been involved in the events industry for 25 years in various industries including technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.  During her tenure with MEF since 2007, she has traveled all around the globe expanding her role into member retention, and recruitment in Europe, Asia, Central & Latin America, and North America. Her success building relationships by working closely with members in various countries has been key to keeping them engaged in MEF.



Michael Gagnon
Global Business Development Lead
Toronto, Canada
Canada Eastern Time
+ 1 647 309 2189
michael@mef.net

Michael Gagnon  –  Global Business Development & Membership Engagement 

Responsibilities

Michael leads Business Development Strategy & Membership engagement programs at MEF. In his new role, Michael is keenly focused on developing innovative strategies & execution plans to attract "best of breed" CSP's & Technology companies to MEF's membership ecosystem. We strive to uniquely inform our CSP & Technology member companies on how key MEF thought leadership, relationships, standards, SDK's/API's & other artifacts will accelerate & simplify their Digital Service Providers (DSP's) evolution.

Working closely with member Executives, Technical teams & Marketing teams, MEF is totally focused on helping each member company achieve enhanced commercial success in the markets where they compete. 

We do this with a personalized, purposeful & proactive approach to membership engagement that is always focused on success from our partners commercial strategies, goals & objectives. 

Biography

Michael has a lifetime of varied sales, marketing, business development & channel development experience that he brings to each of his customers. Michael is recognized for the highest level of integrity in execution of sales campaigns utilizing an individualized approach to "Customer Outcomes Based Engagement".   

Michael's 1st principle is to openly, transparently & honestly collaborate with all relevant customer stakeholders; his sales teams and partner teams to cement long-term business relationships between all parties. Deftly able to span all levels of customer/partner organization to secure strategy buy in and commitment to solution delivery success utilizing his Business Impact sales methodology. 


Stan Hubbard
Senior Director, Research & Analyst Relations
Midlothian, VA USA
Eastern Time
+ 1 804 822 6620 - Mobile
stan@mef.net

Stan Hubbard – Senior Director, Research & Analyst Relations | Program Director for MEF Infinite Edge Series

Responsibilities

Stan directs program development/content for MEF's Infinite Edge Series, MEFxx global events, and member workshops and oversees strategic research in support of existing, planned and potential MEF work areas and programs supporting MEF goals and objectives. He authors and coordinates FAQs, blogs, and presentations for internal and external audiences, engages in industry briefings, and contributes to a broad range of strategic initiatives, including SD-WAN, SASE, CE, LSO, certification, etc. He is responsible for development of in-house reports and collaborative reports with the analyst community.

Biography

Stan has more than 23 years of experience in strategic marketing, industry analysis, event programming, and communications. In 2013, he joined MEF, where he has directed program development for global networking events, managed press and analyst relations, and contributed to strategic initiatives to accelerate MEF 3.0 adoption. Prior to MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, where he focused on Carrier Ethernet and SDN. He chaired 20 major Light Reading CE events worldwide. Prior to that, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena.


Kirby Russell
Director, Technical Services
Ojai, CA, USA
US Pacific Time
+1 (805) 660-1563
kirby@mef.net 

Kirby Russell – Director of Technical Services

Responsibilities

Kirby manages our all IT efforts for MEF including our public and member sites, Ethernet Academy, related systems architectures, and the environment for technical programs. Kirby also provides the graphic design, video production, and editing requirements for MEF.


Alysia Bennett
Manager, Administration
Florida, USA
US Eastern Time
+1 (310) 642-2800
alysia@mef.net

Alysia Bennett – Manager, Administration

Responsibilities

Alysia manages all of the finance and administrative needs of MEF along with supporting its new member recruitment and retention efforts. 

Biography

Alysia joined MEF in 2010 and brings experience from multiple industries. Prior to MEF, she was the Administrative Coordinator for another non-profit, served four years in the United States Army as an Arab linguist and four years as an editorial assistant and freelance writer for the Washington Post.



MEF Admin
Administrative Assistant
Los Angeles, CA, USA
US Pacific Time
+1 (310) 642-2800
assistant@mef.net

Jackie Wade – Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities

Jackie is the Administrative Assistant at MEF and handles billing, Committee call scheduling, and various other administrative tasks.

Biography

Jackie lives in sunny California.


Tom Dickson
Technical Support Specialist
Wisconsin, USA
US Central Time
+ 1 858 663 9544
tom@mef.net 

Tom Dickson – Technical Support Specialist

Responsibilities

Tom provides support on all our mission-critical platforms including this Wiki, the MEF public site, SalesForce, Microsoft 365, and member and internal support. Support inquiries can be directed to him. He also helps coordinate the MEF 3.0 Proof of Concept program.

Biography

Tom joined MEF in 2014 to assist with the technical support, both internally and for the members. Previously he has handled corporate IT and facilities management for Finarta and CTS, including data center server configuration, along with managing the US technical support division of Tandberg Data.



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