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Mr. Presworsky

Eric Presworsky

Chief Technology Officer, Zhone Technologies

Eric Presworsky is the Chief Technology Officer for Zhone Technologies and oversees the technical operations and development of Zhone's Single Line Multi-Service (SLMS) architecture as well as next-generation Zhone product offerings the long-term product roadmap. Eric was a founding member of Zhone's engineering team in 1999. He oversees the development of the company's $50 million release test lab at Zhone's headquarters in Oakland, Calif. - where Zhone Technologies' products are still tested and evaluated before being released to customers. Eric has 21 years of experience working with carrier, hospitality and enterprise customers to design, build, deploy and manage world-class networks. Within his day-to-day responsibilities he also manages the product engineering, product management, technical publications and Global services and technical support teams at Zhone. He was instrumental in developing Zhone's Gigibit Passive Optical Network (GPON) come to market. Under his leadership, Zhone has shipped enough MXK hardware to support up to 15 million subscribers on Passive Optical Networks (PON) and deployed enough ONTs to create more than two million high-capacity broadband access points around the world. Eric is a thought leader in the telecommunications industry and has spoken internationally on the value of next generation fiber technologies, serving as an advocate for the industry as a whole. Prior to joining Zhone, Eric served as Assistant Vice President of Carrier Systems Development for Lucent Technologies Internetworking Systems Division, formerly Ascend Communications, Inc. Prior to Lucent, Eric also held numerous technical management positions at several leading telecommunications companies, including BellCore and XCOM/Level 3. Eric received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from State University of New York College at Buffalo and his master's degree in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado at Boulder. About Zhone Technologies Zhone Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: ZHNE) is a global leader in the fiber access market, serving more than 750 of the world's most innovative network operators. The IP Zhone is the only solution that enables service providers to build the network of the future today, supporting end-to-end Voice, Data, Entertainment, Social Media, Business, Mobile Backhaul and Mobility service. Zhone is committed to building the fastest and highest quality All IP Multi-Service solution for its customers. Zhone is headquartered in California and its products are manufactured in the USA in a facility that is emission, wastewater and CFC free. If your hotel could benefit from a lower cost of ownership, an upgrade to a highly secure and robust platform, fill out this complimentary cost analysis assessment for the POL solution that is right for you: [http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo][1]. [1]: http://bit.ly/1J0UMZo

Mr. Presworsky can be contacted at inquiries@zhone.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.