Wednesday, March 13, 2019

CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features speakers from Arlo,, iRobot, Johnson Controls, Ford, Google, and more

Parks Associates reports smart home device ownership has tripled since 2014

Leading international research firm Parks Associates today announced confirmed speakers for the 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23 in San Francisco. The firm reports that 25% of US broadband households have at least one smart home device, nearly tripling from 9% in 2014. CONNECTIONS™ features keynotes from Comcast, KB Home,, iRobot, Lennar, Control4, and Vivint Smart Home and focuses on the expansion of smart home solutions in the home and new business strategies that enhance the consumer experience with connected solutions.

“The smart home industry represents a converging evolution across home management, security, safety, and multiple device/service categories,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “As adoption growth appears to be slowing, we see an analogy between the smart home and the PC industry in its early years, when many applications were trying to find one strong fit.”

“CONNECTIONS™ is essential for anyone interested in creating connected home opportunities,” said Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control. “I look forward to sharing ideas with thought leaders in the multiple segments of this dynamic market.”

CONNECTIONS™ addresses the disruption and innovation in the industries developing smart home devices, appliances, and services. The event focuses on how to address the benefits of connectedness within products and strategies to improve their devices’ familiarity and value ratings.  

Early sponsors include F-Secure,, Verisk, Rapid Response Monitoring, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Cirrent, Johnson Controls, mnubo, Oak Labs, PassiveBolt,, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics Inc., Zen Ecosystems, HP, HelloTech, and Inspire.

2019 Speakers



Jacob Atalla
VP, Sustainability
KB Home - Anne Ferguson CONNECTIONS Keynote

Anne Ferguson
Vice President of Marketing

Chris Jones - iRobot 2019 CONNECTIONS Keynote

Chris Jones
Chief Technology Officer

Lennar - CONNECTIONS keynote

David Kaiserman
President, Lennar Ventures

Control4 - CONNECTIONS conference keynote

Charlie Kindel
Senior Vice President, Products and Services

Dennis Mathew - Comcast - CONNECTIONS keynote 2019

Dennis Mathew
Vice President and General Manager, Xfinity Home

Warren - Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS keynote 2019

Jeremy Warren
Vivint Smart Home



Ashish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CTO, Caavo

Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI

Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance

Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way

Frederic Bastien, Co-founder and CEO, Mnubo

Justin Berghoff, Director, Business Development & Product Management, Residential, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

Greg Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures

Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender

Yuval Boger, CMO, Wi-Charge

Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation

Alex Capecelatro, CEO,

Joseph Carangelo, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Baker Electric Home Energy

Chris Carney, CEO & Co-Founder, Abode

Thar Casey, CEO, Amber Solutions, Inc.

Andy Chambers, Vice President of Connected Home, Assurant

Charles Cheevers, CTO, ARRIS representing Wi-Fi Alliance

Tali Chen, Chief Marketing Officer, DSP Group

Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product and Services, Arlo

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Jeff Cutler, Chief Commercial Officer, Ada Health

Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee

Kent Dickson, CEO and Co-Founder, Yonomi

Dan DiClerico, Home Expert & Smart Home Strategist, HomeAdvisor

Jennifer Doctor, Sr. Director Product Management, Tyco Security Solutions, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls

Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager - IoT, Connected Home, Verisk Analytics

Kristi Ebong, SVP of Strategy and GM, Orbita, Inc.

Aaron Emigh, CEO and Founder, Brilliant

Stephen Eyre, Area Vice President, Cloud & Smart Home and Business Solutions, Calix

Mel Fox, Product Owner, Nexia Home, Residential HVAC & Supply, Ingersoll Rand

Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

David Friedman, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, & Chief Strategy Officer, Ayla

Axel Fuchs, Partner, Motus Ventures

Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP

Chris Gibbons, MD, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz, Electronics + Environment, Energy & Utilities Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value

Todd Grantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Plume Design Inc.

Gabe Halimi, CEO, Flo Technologies

Scott Harkins, Vice President, General Manager, Connected Home, Resideo

Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Arsham Hatambeiki, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.

Chuck Hector, Chief Revenue Officer, Papa

Sheila Hicks, Vice President/General Manager, Cox Homelife, Cox Communications

Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.

Pete Horton, Vice President, Market Development, Electrical Wiring Systems Division, Legrand

Jim Hunter, CTO, Delos

Farahana Jobanputra, Senior Director, Emerging Markets, AmTrust North America

Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion

Sean Kane, Client Engagement Manager, Mayo Clinic

Maria Karaivanova, Venture Investor, Madrona Venture Group

George Katsiris, VP Product Evangelist, Savant

Christine King, VP, Business Strategy & Partnerships, Puls Technologies Inc.

Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance

Kevin Kraus, Director Technology and Partner Integration for Yale and August Locks, ASSA ABLOY

Rusty Lhamon, Senior Director of Solutions for IoT, T-Mobile

Joe Liu, CEO, Miotta

Josh Locke, Director of Sales, Essence USA

Soren Lorentsen, Director of Global Business Development, SmartHome IoT, Silicon Labs

Linus Lundberg, Google Home + Nest Business Development, Google

Karthee Madasamy, Managing Partner, Mobile Foundation Ventures

Alton Martin, SVP Growth and Co-Founder, Trusource Labs LLC, An Everise Company

Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot

Dave Mayne, Vice President of Product Management, Alula

Katie McMahon, Vice President and General Manager, SoundHound Inc. 

James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems

Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Daniel Moneta, CMO & VP Corporate Development, Co-Founder, MMB Networks

Spencer Moore, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring

Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT

Tom Nakatani, VP IT, ADT

Vaidhi Nathan, SVP Camera, AI / Analytics, IntelliVision Technologies Corp., a subsidiary of Nortek Security & Control

Joey Neal, VP, Product, Hero Health

Kathleen O'Hara, Vice President | GM, Service Live

Ann Olivo-Shaw, Marketing Director, Zigbee Alliance

Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, MobileHelp

Dave Palmer, Chief Operating Office, Everise

Paul Palmer, Director, Business Development, Consumer Business Unit, F-Secure Inc.

Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development, Inspire

Roel Peeters, CEO, Roost

Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control

Adam Sand, CEO, Shopkick

David Shapiro, Co-Founder and CTO, Scout Alarm

Moti Shkolnik, Co-founder & CEO, Firedome

Sachin Shukla, Global Business Development Manager, Samsung SmartThings

Renee Soulliard, CMO,

Mark Spates, Product Lead, Google

Matt St. John, Strategic Partner Development Lead - Smart Home, Google Assistant

Sharlene Sternberg, Marketing Manager, Sensoria

Matt Swatsky, Vice President-Residential Mid-Market Business, Lutron

Linden Tibbets, Chief Design Officer, IFTTT

David Wechsler, Executive Director Channels and Partnerships, Comcast

Thad White, Vice President, Product Management, Ooma, Inc.

Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting

Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe

Brett Worthington, SVP of Business Development, Frontdoor, Inc.

Oz Yildirim, CMO, AirTies


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The 2019 CONNECTIONS™ Conference will host more than 650 high-level executives in an intimate networking environment. The event includes a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight designed to capture the complexity and opportunities in these interconnected markets.

For information, visit To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Elizabeth Parks at, 972-996-0202.


Parks Associates' 25th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2021 focused on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, home automation and entertainment solutions.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during virtual networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2021 features sessions on March 24, May 12, May 25-26, July 14, August 18, September 22, and November 9-10. For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, visit

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