Future Tech and the Future of Communications

April 26, 2018
6:15 PM - 9:00 PM

Verizon Lab
180 Washington Valley Rd
Bedminster Township, NJ 07921
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Join IABC New Jersey and Verizon to Learn About the Future of Communications

Join us on April 26 at Verizon’s Innovation Lab in Bedminster to explore the role emerging technologies will play in the communications profession. Hear a panel discussion about emerging technologies that will have an impact on you as a communications professional. Verizon engineers will walk you through demos as well as the “device museum” which includes handsets and smartphones from years past as part of the tour.

6:15-7:00- Networking
7:00-7:45 - Tour of the facility by the Head of the
                      Innovation Lab
7:45-8:30 - Panel discussion and Q&A

Our Panelists:

Lutz Erhlich, Director of Device Performance, Verizon
During his nearly 30 year international career in the wireless industry, Lutz has held various critical technical positions, helping shape the launch of several major technology advancements, including 3G and 4G LTE networks. 

Since 2015, he's led a team of nearly 30 engineers at Verizon’s Bedminster device lab that conducts testing of numerous devices in isolated “shield rooms,” making sure all handsets adhere to strict industry standards and Verizon requirements before they launch commercially on the network for customers. This testing includes handsets developed by all major device and chipset manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Qualcomm, Intel), along with the Internet of Things (IOT). 

He and his team are actively testing the next gen technology, 5G at the lab.  

Lutz joined Verizon in 1995.  Prior to joining the Verizon Network team, he spent several years working in the wireless industry in his native Germany.

Howie Waterman, Corporate Communications, Verizon
Howie leads national external communications strategy and execution, promoting wireless and wireline network technology thought leadership and innovation. Recent projects include a front page USA Today story on the company's innovative use of "flying cell sites" and drones to provide wireless coverage to first responders after extreme weather, and a series of announcements on wireless and wireline network industry firsts and milestones. He created an Extreme Network strategy for the 2017 hurricane season to highlight network preparations and reliability before, during and after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma that resulted in 600+ stories and 24,000 social mentions. Part of that strategy included the development of a millennial influencer campaign and video series that generated close to 400,000 views on YouTube.

Starting as the company's first PR Manager in 1995, he has held a series of positions with increasing responsibility, including global employee communications/culture lead for international enterprise and government customer operations. In addition to spending the past six years at headquarters, he also served as head of the Northeast Area PR team for over a decade.

Howie is a past member of the Brooklyn College Alumni Board of Directors, served on the NYC American Cancer Society Marketing and PR Committee, and is a volunteer for Team Hope, which provides autistic adolescents with swim lessons to help them participate in Special Olympics events. He began his career as a radio journalist in NYC. 

Be sure and save the date for our annual Spring Social, May 17. Look for details soon.



$25.00 IABCNJ Members online rate before April 26

$30.00 IABC Non-member online before April 26

$35.00 IABC Member in person registration

$40.00 IABCNJ Non-member in person registration

$15.00 IABCNJ Member in transition

$25.00 IABCNJ Non-member in transition