TIA Executive Leadership

Scott Belcher – Chief Executive Officer

Scott Belcher

Scott F. Belcher was named Chief Executive Officer of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) in October 2014, following a seven-year tenure as President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America).

As the information and communications technology (ICT) industry experiences the most dramatic change seen in decades, Scott’s leadership of TIA fosters adaptation and growth to meet its members’ needs. He is responsible for managing TIA’s overall operations and providing long-term strategic direction for the organization. Scott brings to TIA more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in Washington, DC.

Prior to becoming President and CEO of ITS America, Scott served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC. Before his tenure at ITS America, Scott held senior management positions at a number of prominent trade associations, and worked in private practice at the law firm of Beveridge & Diamond, PC, and at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Scott holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands. Scott serves on the Boards of the Telecommunications Industry Association and the University of Redlands Alumni Association. He serves on the U.S. Department of Transportation Intelligent Transport Systems Program Advisory Committee and on the Advisory Boards of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and the University of California Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center.

Scott resides in Alexandria, VA and is married with two children.

Franklin Flint – Chief Technology Officer

Franklin Flint

Franklin Flint joined TIA in March 2015 as Chief Technology Officer, leading the technology, standards, and numbering activities in the association. He also creates thought leadership, technical strategy and industry insights.

Franklin previously helped develop the telecommunications vertical strategy at Dell Inc., and has extensive experience in Enterprise, Data Center, Networking, Storage, and Server technologies after spending 20 years in the commercial sector working with the world’s largest enterprises to develop ICT strategies and solutions. He has had dozens of thought leadership pieces published, developed standards based solutions for multiple vertical markets, and created an extensive collection of speaking pieces focused on the future of the technology market.

With an extensive history in developing global alliances, joint initiatives, ecosystems, and industry visions which improved the overall ICT community, Franklin delivers his industrious and unique skill set to the TIA.

Patty Higginbotham – Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Patty Higginbotham joined TIA in February 2015 to represent the association in legal matters and oversee key internal operations, including serving as Counsel for the TIA standards department and managing business initiatives.

Patty previously served as General Counsel and Vice President, Policy at the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), representing the global business travel sector. Before GBTA, she was Chief of Staff and Vice President, Policy at Airlines for America, formerly Air Transport Association, representing the U.S. airlines.

Patty is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and licensed in four states. She holds a Juris Doctor from Emory University in Atlanta.

John Jacobs – Vice President, Membership and Market Development

John Jacobs joined TIA in January 2010. An accomplished, international marketing executive, John brings extensive global marketing, product management, and business development experience to TIA; providing thought leadership for the association as it works on behalf of the continually evolving information and communications technology industry. John also oversees TIA's member services activities.

Prior to joining the TIA leadership team, John was Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager, Americas Region of Decisive Media, Ltd., and its cutting-edge online industry media network, TelecomTV.

Earlier John worked at Yankee Group Research as Senior Vice President, Marketing & Product Management. John has also served as Head of the Marketing and Business Development Division for the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Prior to this John worked at MCI Communications Corporation, where he was Director of Marketing for the Wireless and Prepaid Communications Groups.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The American University in Washington, DC and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown University.

Taly Walsh – Vice President, Marketing, Networking and Intelligence

Taly Walsh is responsible for TIA's industry events, as well as marketing the association's products and services. Walsh is also charged with growing the Market Intelligence pillar of TIA, building upon the annual ICT Market Review & Forecast produced by TIA.

Walsh joined TIA in 2008, bringing more than 20 years' experience in association and tradeshow marketing, strategic branding and positioning, web development, technology, and public and membership relations.

She was previously Senior Vice President for Marketing and Membership at InfoComm International, an association representing the audiovisual industry. Before that, Walsh led the marketing for CardTech/SecurTech, a tradeshow for the biometrics and security industries, and for Public Technology Institute, an association advancing research and technology in local and state government. Walsh has also been a small business owner in the graphics and publishing sector.

Mary Piper Waters – Senior Director of Operations

Mary Piper Waters is Senior Director of Operations for TIA, with responsibility for Board of Directors' events, IT services, meeting planning and office administration. She also serves as Executive Assistant to Scott Belcher, TIA's Chief Executive Officer.

Ms. Waters joined TIA in 1991 as Secretary to the Vice President of the Fiber Optics and User Premises Equipment Divisions. She became Standards Technical Assistant/Meeting Planner, providing all secretariat duties to TIA's dozens of engineering committees, before being named Manager of Meetings and Special Events in 2002. Ms. Waters was promoted to Director of Operations for the association in 2008. She has also supported TIA's USA Pavilions in International Telecommunication Union (ITU) exhibitions in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Ms. Waters was Customer Service Associate/Store Controller and Accounts Payable Associate in the corporate headquarters of Parisian, Inc., a chain of U.S. department stores. She moved to Washington, D.C., in 1989, where she joined Hecht, Spencer & Associates, a lobbying/ consulting firm.

Ms. Waters is a member of the Association of Meeting Professionals and the American Society of Association Executives.