CWNE #120, Anthony Blasse, Joins Aerohive

In our last blog, we welcomed Brennan Martin, CWNE #190, to Aerohive serving as our Senior Technical Architect in western Canada, It now gives me great pleasure to announce that we also have another Canadian CWNE working here at Aerohive. This new employee hails from eastern Canada and joins a growing list of Aerohive CWNEs, all of whom are named at the bottom of this post.

For those, not familiar, Certified Wireless Networking Expert (CWNE) is the top-level certification offered by the CWNP program. To become a CWNE, a WLAN professional must pass four very hard exams about 802.11 wireless networking administration, security, analysis, and design. But keep in mind, passing four tests is only the beginning. All CWNE applicants must establish many years of WLAN experience, meticulously document involvement with numerous WLAN projects and seek endorsements from respected Wi-Fi industry professionals. The CWNP Board of Advisors must approve all CWNE applications. As of today, just over 300 individuals are card-carrying CWNEs, 10 of whom work at Aerohive.

Please join me in welcoming:

Anthony Blasse, CWNE #120:

A Caribbean native, Anthony has worked in the telecommunications and IT industries for the past 20 years. He holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering and a Post Graduate Certificate in Wireless Telecommunications.

At the start of his career, Anthony worked primarily in telephony, namely in analog and IP-based voice networks including private automatic branch exchanges (PABXs) and cellular mobile networks. He was also involved in amateur radio for many years as a licensed operator.

While working in cellular networks, Anthony realized that Wi-Fi would soon take the world by storm. That realization propelled him to pursue studies in wireless telecommunications, during which time he gained in-depth knowledge of RF.

Over the last 10 years, he has worked in various technical and consultative capacities. While working for Research-In-Motion (Blackberry), he oversaw the design and deployment of a global corporate Wi-Fi network across 80 sites worldwide. More recently, he worked as a Wi-Fi consultant for Rogers Communications specializing in Wi-Fi design for the warehousing, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail verticals.

As you can see, Anthony is passionate about Wi-Fi technology and is also excited about working with the cloud innovation, distributed architecture, and network data analytics that Aerohive provides.

Aerohive currently has ten CWNEs in our ranks

David Coleman – CWNE #4
Senior Technical Evangelist

Rob Rohde – CWNE #58
Consulting Systems Engineer

Gregor Vucajnk – CWNE #96
Director of Product Management

Anthony Blasse – CWNE #120
Senior Systems Engineer

Marko Tisler – CWNE #136
Senior Manager Technical Marketing and Training

Brennan Martin– CWNE #190
Senior Technical Architect

Neil McRae – CWNE #191
Senior Technical Architect

Matthew Norwood – CWNE #218
Systems Engineering Manager

Aren Gates – CWNE #220
Technical Marketing Engineer/Trainer

Eastman Rivai – CWNE #248
Senior Technical Support Engineer

We encourage all dedicated WLAN professionals to work towards becoming CWNEs. Let us know when you get your CWNE number and we will teach you the secret CWNE 4-Way Handshake.


David Coleman is a wireless mobility consultant, public speaker, and trainer. For the last twenty years, David has instructed IT professionals from around the globe in enterprise WLAN design, WLAN security, WLAN administration and WLAN troubleshooting. In his spare time, David writes white papers, blogs, and books about enterprise Wi-Fi networking. David is the co-author of Sybex Publishing’s Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) Study Guide and numerous other books about Wi-Fi. David is the Senior Product Evangelist for Aerohive Networks and is CWNE #4.

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