BlueOSS - Billing, Provisioning and Analytics for Cloud Solution Providers
You're invited to join our webinar: Telecom Billing Industry Experts Speak - Everything You Need to Know About Telecom Billing, Taxation and Compliance
Wednesday, June 11th, 12pm EST

Telecom billing, taxation and compliance can be complex for companies without the right tools and partnerships in place to help manage them. Getting started and scaling a telecom practice is tough. Many times the biggest question is, where to start?

In this webinar, we’ll cover solutions that simplify telecom billing, taxation and compliance.

Join us as we de-mystify the telecom billing process and show you how to do it right.


    1. What the unique requirements are for telecom billing and how a telecom billing
        platform addressees them.
    2. How to calculate telecom taxes easily and accurately based on service address,
        tax codes and jurisdictions.
    3. Options for reporting and filing taxes and fees as well as compliancy advise.

Learn from the experts who have collectively helped thousands of companies establish and manage a telecom practice.


  • CFOs, VPs, and other Finance and Tax Decision Makers
  • Directors, Senior Managers, and Product Managers of Telecom Services
  • Directors and Senior Managers of Tax

Tara Seals
Tara Seals is contributing editor at ChannelVision magazine and editor in chief of GlobalVision magazine.

She has more than 15 years of experience as a journalist and editor in the communications and technology space, including as the channel and wireless editor for PHONE+ magazine (now Channel Partners), and editor in chief at XCHANGE magazine. She is also a regular contributor to TMC, and is a contributing analyst at GigaOm Research.

Primarily covering channel partner and service provider issues, her areas of expertise include: enterprise IT and technology, including cybersecurity, cloud, IP communications and networking; data centers and virtualization; and consumer technology, devices, applications and communications. she has a deep background in mobile networks and infrastructure, devices and applications; and video infrastructure, content and broadcast models.

Mike Sanders - Chief Product Strategist, SureTax
Tim Cook - CEO, BlueOSS
As CEO of BlueOSS, Tim Cook sets and oversees the company’s strategy and vision. Additionally, he is responsible for spearheading top-line revenues generated through sales, marketing and product management as well as developing and executing the company’s Software-as-a-Service sales and marketing strategies. As a Co-founder of BlueOSS, Cook serves as an evangelist on the shift to subscription-based billing models from the complex billing structures of yesterday. His extensive telecommunications experience, collaborative leadership style and operational expertise has been key to influencing telecommunications companies to embrace the Cloud Economy.

Prior to BlueOSS, Tim served as Vice President at Votela, a leading distributor for Siemens’ OpenScape Cloud Services and a specialized carrier providing voice and unified communications in the cloud. There, he oversaw the company’s day-to-day operations, channel development and channel sales. Prior to Votela, Tim was Director of Sales at Force 3, a leading provider of information technology solutions and support services to the Federal government. At Force 3, he was responsible for building and growing Force 3 Systems, a new entity serving the Washington/Baltimore metro area. As Director of Sales, for the new entity, he generated $20 million sales during the course of his leadership.

Mike Sanders is a seasoned technology professional focused on indirect tax. As Chief Product Architect for SureTax®, Mike provides the product vision for SureTax® Telecom and the other products in SureTax’s portfolio of calculation solutions. Mike has over 20 years of experience in senior positions developing client solutions at providers including Thomson Reuters and Tax Partners.

Mike is a highly sought after speaker, most recently speaking at TeleStrategies Communications Taxation 2014. He holds a BBA from Mississippi State University in Business Information Systems.

Samantha Maqueo - Vice President of Regulator Affairs, GSA
Samantha will be providing clients, and prospects alike, her perspective on Telecommunications industry challenges. She will impart GSA’s Best Practices approach to streamlined integration, which involves unification of disparate Operational Support System architecture with the help of GSA’s custom integration partner, Blue Hat Services (a leading custom CRM and API specialty group). She will also have the assistance of our internal: Wholesale and CLEC; Wireless and Lifeline; IXC and CABS, consultants, to enable our clients to successfully manage current and future demands of the industry.

Samantha received her Bachelors of Science, with a minor in Economics, from the University of North Georgia, (The Military College of Georgia) and went on to acquire her BBA in Accounting, with a minor in Finance as well. Her experience and certification as a CMI – Sales & Use Tax from the Institute of Professionals in Taxation, display her dedication to understanding her area of expertise, and the industry has responded to her.

Samantha is routinely invited to speak, with her most recent presentations at CompTel, Telestrategies, and RIA user conferences on important issues like Federal USF rules, Managing Telecommunications Exemptions, and Transaction Tax Outsourcing. These are particular areas of foundational success within GSA. Samantha is the Foundations Committee Chair for the UNG Young Alumni Board and is an active member of (WICT) Women in Cable Telecommunications and (IPT) Institute for Professionals in Taxations. Samantha will be leading the Telecommunications tax instruction, for the upcoming 2015 session, at Georgia Tech. She will be leading on behalf of the IPT.

Matt LaHood - CEO, GSA
Matthew LaHood has been involved in implementing network and facilities security standards for Fortune 500 to midsize companies. He specializes in multi-tenant facilities and mission critical facilities. Mr. LaHood served as the Vice President of E-Commerce for a large retail systems software company. While at the retail systems software company, Mr. LaHood managed a large Help Desk department for IT.

Mr. LaHood is highly regarded in the telecommunications industy with expertise on OSS Best Practices; government compliance and telecommunications efficiency through newtwork design and management strategies developed over the past 10 years. Mr. LaHood earned his B.S. in Business Marketing from Illinois State University.

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