Jay Brandstadter is a consultant working with government, commercial organizations, and vendors in VoIP/IP Telephony and Unified Communications. His diversified career in telecommunications and IT spans over 45 years since starting with Bell Labs in first-generation electronic switching systems. He has been with vendor and user organizations, DoD, high-tech start-ups and system integrators in both engineering and marketing positions. Jay has been a consultant since 2001. Previously he was with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for nearly 10 years where he was the lead in numerous advanced projects including the deployment of VoIP in a new DISA facility. Prior to DISA, he had federal service with GSA and NIST. Before government, he had 30 years in industry. His commercial work included comprehensive management, engineering, market development, and product planning experience with major organizations including Bell Laboratories, Xerox, Honeywell, and Northern Telecom (Nortel). Jay was one of the original members of the North American ISDN Users Forum, and in 1999 he founded the Washington Area Voice over Data Users Group. He has presented and moderated at numerous industry conferences including VON, VoiceCon and Interop, and has published on VoIP/IP Telephony in the U.S. and Canada. He is a graduate of Columbia University.