MCP Announces Conference for Advancing Public Safety Keynote Speakers

State College, Pa. (June 8, 2020)—Mission Critical Partners (MCP), a consulting and information technology (IT) and network support services firm for mission-critical organizations, is pleased to introduce the keynote speakers for the inaugural Conference for Advancing Public Safety (CAPS), which will be presented June 16-18, 2020.

Tuesday, June 16

DavidFurth_ROUNDKeynote: David Furth, deputy chief, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Furth will open the conference and welcome attendees. He has been with the FCC since 1992. Furth currently is responsible for overseeing policy issues pertaining to public safety and homeland security, including spectrum and licensing, Enhanced 911, the Emergency Alert System and the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Wednesday, June 17

BrianFontes_ROUNDKeynote: Brian Fontes, chief executive officer, National Emergency Number Association (NENA)

Fontes will open day two of the conference. He has been chief executive officer of NENA since 2008. Fontes’ primary role is to ensure that all Americans have access to reliable 911 service, that 911 centers have state-of-the-art technologies and are staffed with well-trained professionals, and that sufficient funding is available to ensure that the 911 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

MorganObrien_ROUNDKeynote #1: Morgan O’Brien, chief executive officer, Anterix

O’Brien has served on Anterix’s board of directors since 2012 and became chief executive officer in April 2018.  The co-founder of Nextel, O’Brien served as the national wireless carrier’s chairman from 1987 to 1995. He was recognized as New Jersey Entrepreneur of the Year (1987) and voted RCR’s Person of the Year twice, first in 1993 and again in 2006. He is a member of the Washington, DC, Business Hall of Fame and is a Radio Club of America Fellow. O’Brien was as “one of the top U.S. wireless innovators of all time” by Fierce Wireless in 2008.

GabeElias_ROUNDKeynote #2 Gabe Elias, Emergency Communications Systems Manager, Albemarle County, VA, Emergency Communications Center

Elias brings a unique perspective on telecommunicator wellness. He will discuss the civil unrest that unfolded in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 and the impact those incidents had on telecommunicators. Elias also will explore how the team at Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center leveraged that experience to learn and grow.

In addition to these featured presenters, the following on-demand keynote presentations will be available for download:

KevinMurray_ROUNDKevin Murray, chairman and chief executive officer, Mission Critical Partners

One of the firm’s co-founders, Murray currently is focused on helping MCP clients and the public safety communications sector, as well as the communities they serve, realize improved emergency response outcomes. He will draw on three decades of experience in public safety to explore the essential elements of effective leadership, and why it provides the foundation for industry transformation.

DarrinReilly_ROUNDDarrin Reilly, chief operating officer, Mission Critical Partners

Reilly brings a wide range of technology expertise to his current role. He has spearheaded the development of high-quality and innovative services to serve the law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency medical services and 911 sectors for three decades. He will examine the short- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public safety agencies and personnel.

“We are excited to welcome such highly respected public safety industry leaders to join us for the Conference for Advancing Public Safety,” Murray said. “We’re looking forward to hearing their insights and ideas on what’s next for the industry and learning more about the work they are doing to continue pushing us forward.”

Conference attendees will have the option of viewing all keynote sessions at their scheduled times or downloading them to view on demand. Presenters will be available for live chat during presentations and will be accepting questions. Keynote presentations begin each day at 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

Additional information on all speakers, as well as CAPS registration details, can be found at

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