MEF17 is managed by an experienced team of professionals from the MEF with decades of experience producing successful events in the communications industry. The MEF’s great reputation and strong relationships with industry leaders, along with support from our members, has made MEF17 a reality. Our team is fully committed to delivering MEF17 as a professional, innovative, and unique event to bring industry experts together to exchange knowledge, network, and share ideas in this ever-changing industry.

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Kevin Vachon

MEF17 Executive Director

MEF Chief Operating Officer

Appointed as MEF COO in 2006, Kevin leads a team that build, support and scale the MEF’s ever-increasing mix of global programs activities. With a key objective of globalizing Carrier Ethernet and MEF standards, Kevin directs efforts to expand CE awareness, membership and program activities particularly into emerging markets. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, a senior MEF representative to the press and analyst community and oversees MEF liaison relationships with other associations and standards organizations.

Stan Hubbard

MEF17 Program Director

MEF Director of Communications & Research

Stan is a communications professional with 19 years of experience in industry analysis, forecasting, strategic marketing, and event programming. In 2013, he joined the MEF, where he is directing program development for MEF global networking events, managing industry analyst relations, and developing research and other initiatives to help accelerate CE adoption and LSO development. Prior to the MEF, Stan was a Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, where he focused on CE services and network equipment markets and SDN. He chaired ~20 major Light Reading CE events in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Before Heavy Reading, Stan was the director of market intelligence at Ciena.

Lori Vachon

Lori Vachon

MEF17 Event Logistics

MEF Director of Global Events & Member Support

Lori has been with the MEF since 2007. She has over 20 years experience managing events in the Biotechnology and Telecommunications industries.

Currently, she oversees global events and programs working closely with our regional team supporting our members in North America, CALA, EMEA and APAC. In addition, Lori is the liaison to the Board of Directors and she also works closely with event organizers and industry associations to expand awareness of the MEF.

Mary Hecht-Kissell

Mary Hecht-Kissell

MEF17 Marketing & Sponsor Management

Senior Manager for MEF

Mary is responsible for managing MEF16 marketing activities. Mary has a diverse background in marketing communications, project management, public relations, and events management.

Katie Billand

Katie Billand

MEF17 Event Logistics & Sponsor Support

Events Manager

Katie joined the MEF in early 2017 as Events Manager. Katie is the Project Lead for MEF17 managing all aspects of the event including facilities and logistics management and working closely with sponsors. She also provides marketing and speaker management support to MEF17. Katie has over 10 years experience working in the events field.