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2020 Speakers


Samir Ahmad Samir Ahmad, Investment Director, KPN Ventures

MSc in Finance and MSc in Pharmacy; 6 years' experience in venture capital/M&A and entrepreneurship.

Noopur Davis Noopur Davis, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer, Comcast

Noopur Davis is Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast Cable.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of cybersecurity functions for all Comcast Cable businesses, including all products and services delivered to our residential and business customers.  Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, data protection, security architecture and engineering, security operations and incident response, threat hunting, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, technical fraud, and the Legal Response Center.  Additionally, Noopur serves as SVP, Product and Information Security for Comcast Corp.
Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, Intel Security Group.  Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, a Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler and Intergraph.
She is a champion of women in technology and serves on the Advisory Board of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen.  She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award, and has been included on the Cablefax 100, Cablefax Diversity, Cablefax Most Powerful Women and Top Women in Technology lists multiple times.
Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.  She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, SVP, Head of Customer Solutions, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @EnergyHub

Erika serves as the executive champion for EnergyHub's clients and end-user customers. Erika's team is responsible for ensuring the voice of the customer is central to EnergyHub's strategy and product, and includes sales, program delivery, customer and client engagement, and market development. Erika joined EnergyHub in 2015. Erika has more than 15 years of experience in the energy and software space, having served as the SVP of Corporate Development at Recyclebank and VP of Business Development at ThinkEco. She is the Vice Chair of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA) and former Co-Chair of the Women in Demand Management group of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA). Erika holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Anne Ferguson is Alarm.com’s Vice President of Marketing. Her responsibility for developing and directing the company’s marketing strategy includes overseeing our partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. She joined the company in 2011 and has also served as Director and Senior Director of Partner Marketing where she led programs to drive growth through Alarm.com’s service provider and IoT ecosystem partners. Anne’s breadth of experience and leadership role on Alarm.com’s management team give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.
Anne previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University.

Oisin Hanrahan Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Product Officer, ANGI Homeservices; Co-founder & CEO, Handy, ANGI Homeservices and Handy
Twitter ID: @oisinhanrahan

As Chief Product Officer of ANGI Homeservices, the world's largest digital home services marketplace, and CEO of Handy Technologies, Oisin Hanrahan is transforming the way that home services are delivered. In these roles, Mr. Hanrahan leads product innovation for ANGI Homeservices, whose U.S. and international brands, including HomeAdvisor, Angie's List, Handy, and Fixd Repair, are leaders in the $400 billion home services market. Mr. Hanrahan is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded Handy Technologies at Harvard Business School in 2012, successfully building it into a market leader in on-demand home services while securing nationwide services partnerships with the world's top retailers, including Walmart, Crate & Barrel and Wayfair. Mr. Hanrahan joined ANGI Homeservices in October of 2018, when Handy was acquired by the company. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Hanrahan previously started a political technology platform in Dublin and a real estate development business in Budapest. He also co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally. Mr. Hanrahan has advised the U.S. Department of Commerce, and taken an active stance on a number of political issues around labor and technology. He also advises and invests in startups, particularly in New York City. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, London School of Economics and Harvard Business School.

Rodney Harrell PhD Rodney Harrell PhD, Vice President, Livable Communities and Long-Term Services and Supports, AARP
Twitter ID: @DrUrbanPolicy

Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions based on an ever-changing marketplace. Based on his experience, Spencer has been invited to speak at many industry leading events in areas such as the future of professional monitoring, DIY, IoT and connected health. 
Spencer holds an MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and furthering the industry.

Raya Sevilla Raya Sevilla, Senior Vice President, Data & Product Engineering, ADT
Twitter ID: @ADT

Raya Sevilla is Senior Vice President, Product at ADT.  She leads the product and engineering teams responsible for the definition and delivery of ADT’s product roadmap.  She is responsible for the core products and features that shape ADT’s customer experience.
Prior to ADT, she spent five years at FairPoint Communications leading accounting and IT teams.  She also spent 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting for various technology, communications and entertainment clients.
Raya graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with degrees in accounting and information systems.


Erik Ackner Erik Ackner, President, Mercku Europe, Mercku Inc.
Twitter ID: @MerckuWIFI

Erik Ackner, President, Mercku Europe, has been on a ten-year global journey to discover and support innovative technology projects, ranging from renewable energies and electric mobility to digital health and the smart home. In his journey, he has helped over ten companies to grow, including some of his own.
In Berlin, Erik is leading the Wi-Fi efforts of the Canadian research and IoT-powerhouse Mercku, on a mission to pave the way for autonomous smart homes. Further, he is teaching innovation and entrepreneurship at the Berlin School of Economics and Law master programs.
Erik holds a double-master degree from a joint German-Chinese program by BSEL and SWUFE and is now participating in The PowerMBA program.
When Erik is not teaching in any of his three languages or running the European division of Mercku, he often advocates as a speaker at conferences for his passion: technology and innovation. His contributions have been awarded with the Dealerscope 2020 40Under40.

Marcio Avillez Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI
Twitter ID: @CUJOAI

21 years of experience in communication, cloud-based services, and enterprise services. Marcio is a global leader with a track record of developing and implementing business strategies that deliver results. He focuses on building relationships with service providers and OEMs globally.

Demetrios Barnes Demetrios Barnes, COO and Co-Founder, SmartRent
Twitter ID: @SmartRentdotcom

Demetrios Barnes is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SmartRent, where he leads the support, marketing, field operations, and account services teams. With over a decade of experience in property management operations, he is passionate about helping owners and operators understand the innovations technology can produce, while forging strong interpersonal relationships and participating in thought leadership discussions.
Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was Vice President of Technology for Colony Starwood Homes, Previously, Mr. Barnes was Director of Property Management and Technology with Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, and a Regional Manager for several multifamily companies. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Andrew Beach Andrew Beach, Vice President of Community Technology, Mill Creek Residential

Andrew Beach serves as the Vice President of Community Technology.  In this role, Mr. Beach is responsible for the selection, design and implementation of technology systems at Mill Creek’s communities. Mr. Beach has over 9 years of experience in technology, systems design, and construction projects.
Prior to joining Mill Creek, Mr. Beach served at the Director of International Programs for Global Aid Network overseeing international relief and development projects in more than 30 countries.
Mr. Beach is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Lee Bienstock Lee Bienstock, Global Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Google Devices and Services, Google

Lee Bienstock leads the Global Enterprise Partnerships Team for Google’s Devices and Services Business, responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives within the housing and financial services industries. 
Before joining Google’s Hardware team, Lee worked on Alphabet's Access Business - Google's endeavor to bring high speed internet connectivity to cities across the United States. Lee led the team responsible for the partnerships necessary to roll out Google's investment in fiber infrastructure, including working with building owners, apartment developers, and homeowners associations - to roll out next generation connectivity and more broadly the connected home of the future. Other prior roles at Google include growing some of the internet giant's most well known products -- ranging from Google Search to YouTube to Android. Lee also spearheaded Google's investment in "Mission Main Street", which provided small businesses with the digital tools they need to grow their businesses online.
Prior to Google, Lee was the Director of Business Development at Meridian Capital Group and Associate VP of The Trump Organization. He received his bachelors in public policy and management from Cornell and his MBA from Wharton. He volunteers on the bipartisan President's Commission on White House Fellowships and The Board of Education of HAFTR on Long Island, NY where he resides with his wife and three children.

Mike Braham Mike Braham, SVP & General Manager, Trapollo, A Cox Business Company

As SVP & General Manager of Trapollo, Mike Braham is responsible for profit & loss performance and leading all aspects of strategy and execution of the Trapollo business plan. Braham retains a unique blend of strategic and operational experience in healthcare, telecommunications, and crisis management industries. He has extensive expertise in building high-performance teams, and has been a leader in public and private enterprise level organizations as well as smaller venture capital-backed firms.

Brent Brooks Brent Brooks, Director, Sales & Strategic Marketing, MMB Networks

For more than a decade, customer empathy has been the cornerstone of my experience successfully building both B2C and B2B engagement programs. Today, I'm responsible for driving the revenue growth strategy and communications programs for MMB Networks - an IoT Product Development company that focuses on delivering Enterprise grade connectivity solutions for the world's biggest brands. 
As Director, Sales & Strategic Marketing, my day-to-day includes providing insight and direction to our teams on revenue growth, communications and product marketing strategy, along with driving the development of support materials for our customer facing team members.  I'm actively involved in shaping the conversations with our customers, developing world-class solutions to meet their needs, and delivering on our promises. 
Outside of my day-to-day I spend the majority of my waking life trying to walk, talk, and think like my customers. This means viewing the world as an individual consumer seeking real value for my hard-earned dollar, or a devoted small business leader fending off intense competition from all angles. It could mean thinking like a passionate product manager trying to maximize the user experience and build something amazing, or an ambitious CEO that is focused on executing my vision to lead my team and my shareholders to greatness. 
With a forward-thinking, customer centric approach and active participation in multiple Standards Organizations such as the Thread Group, WiSUN Alliance, IoXT, the Zigbee Alliance, and others - we're working hard to ensure MMB Networks is helping drive new innovations in the IoT from the ground up.

Mark Owen Burson Mark Owen Burson, VP, Marketing & Product Management, Nice

Mark Owen Burson is a veteran marketer with over 15-years of experience with large, global corporations and high-tech start-ups. He joined Nice in Summer of 2019 as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for North America and is responsible for Nice, HySecurity, and abode brands as well as associated divisions. Prior to joining the group, Mark was Director of Marketing at Zones, Inc., a $2B global solutions provider, and was responsible for partner programs, digital marketing, communications, and sales training. His progressive marketing career began at global corporations, like Xerox and InFocus, where he pioneered social media marketing strategy and increased sales through innovative channel programs. Mark also has experience working with technology start-ups such as Extreme Reach, an advertising SaaS company, where his role in product marketing contributed directly to the company being recognized as an Inc. 500|5000 fastest growing company for two consecutive years. Having grown up working in and around small businesses, he also operates as a consultant to local companies in need of marketing or technology services. Mark has a B.A. in Marketing from Portland State University, an M.B.A. in International Business Management from Washington State University and has a basic proficiency in Japanese language. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, and hosting dinner gatherings for friends and family with his wife Lisa.

Peter Butler Peter Butler, Senior Program Manager, Everise

Peter Butler uses his unique background in customer experience, engineering, behavioral coaching, analytics and team building to lead the Systematic Insights® group at Everise. He joined the company in 2018 as part of the acquisition of nationally recognized connected device support firm Trusource Labs.
Systematic Insights, which Peter helped to develop, is a methodology for identifying customer support data across channels to isolate and identify product or service shortcomings at their root, for the purpose of greatly improving the user experience.
Peter also leads the Everise Beta Support and Technical Engineering teams, working to build outstanding product experience functions for some of the world’s foremost smart home device companies. 
Previously, Peter developed and led specialty programs for several well-known companies, including Apple.

Rich Cacioppo Rich Cacioppo, Vice President of Emerging Businesses & Product Management, Frontdoor Home

Rich Cacioppo is the Vice President of Emerging Businesses & Product Management at Frontdoor Home, the company taking the hassle out of home ownership. Rich has a long history of product experience, and leads Frontdoor's efforts to develop on-demand services, as well as testing out new local operating models that enable on-demand. Previously, Rich was a Strategic Initiative Lead at Amazon, where he spent over six years developing products, such as EU mobile devices, Prime Exclusive Phones and Amazon Go -- the first store where you leave without checking out. Prior to that, he served as a Product Manager at Apple, and spent four years with Reservoir Capital Group, a privately held investment firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in history, as well as an MBA, from Columbia University, and currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Émilie Carignan Émilie Carignan, Marketing Director, Aerial Technologies

Émilie Carignan is the Marketing Director at Aerial Technologies since 2019. The company leverages AI and existing wireless infrastructure to create Sensing Intelligence that enables smarter applications to improve people’s daily lives. Émilie has several years of experience in promoting innovative SaaS B2B startups in North America and Europe. As Marketing Director, her goal is to transform a product into an exciting and engaging story.

Bharat Chadda Bharat Chadda, Senior Vice President of Technology, Media and Communications Vertical , Sutherland Global Services

Bharat is the senior vice president of the Technology, Media, and Communications vertical for Sutherland. He joined Sutherland in 2003 as the country head for India, moved to the US in 2011, and is now responsible for the TMC vertical globally. During his tenure, Sutherland has won significant new logos and developed remarkable strategic partnerships, including Google Cloud.
As the SVP of the TMC vertical, Bharat drives corporate growth, profitability, and value. He is responsible for delivering maximum business impact and maintaining global client relationships for key accounts across the entire vertical. He leads a team of thousands of employees around the world that ensures our clients receive strategic value throughout the complete customer life cycle—front and back end. He is passionate about bringing innovative and digital solutions to the table to help clients serve their customers more efficiently and effectively.
Bharat brings extensive experience in telecom, high-tech, banking, consumer products, and retail industries. Prior to joining Sutherland, he was vice president and head of business operations and customer service for one of India’s largest telecom companies, BPL Mobile. Prior to that, he worked with Bank of America for ten years, both in commercial (wholesale) and retail (consumer) banking. Bharat has previously worked in the consumer (CPG) and retail industries as well. Bharat holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT/K) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM/A). He presently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.

Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA, Commscope

Cornel joined Commscope in 2000 and has been nominated CTO EMEA at ARRIS following the acquisition of Motorola Home by ARRIS in 2013. In this role he is responsible for the technology direction in EMEA regions with a broad focus on Gigabit Services, Transition to all IP, Connecting to the Cloud and End-To-End Multiscreen. Cornel previously worked as VP Sales Engineering EMEA, leading a team of highly skilled systems engineers who analyzed customer needs and provided solutions and consultancy for network design and configuration to service providers across EMEA. 
Prior to joining Commscope, between 1997 and 2000, Cornel was Technical Director at Romania Data Systems and in this role was responsible for the engineering and build up of the Romania Data Systems network, the largest Internet Service Provider in Romania. Cornel has studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Bucharest University in Romania.

Jeff Clemow Jeff Clemow, VP Strategic and Channel Sales, Telit
Twitter ID: @telit

Jeff Clemow is a dedicated executive with more than 30 years of experience, and currently leads as the Vice President of Strategic and Channel Sales for North America. He joined Telit in 2015 as the Director of NA Channel Sales and is now responsible for leading LTE High Cat and 5G business development and sales efforts along with distribution and eco-system partner channels. Prior to Telit, Jeff was with Digi International in multiple channel-related roles. He has an extensive knowledge of the growing M2M/IoT industry from many years of business development and sales around end to end complex wireless business solutions and enterprise business problem solving. Jeff holds a BS in Marketing & Economics from the University of Iowa, and an MBA from Webster University.

Alan Coleman Alan Coleman, Founder and CEO, Sweepr

Alan Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Sweepr, which provides a contextually adaptive technical support platform for connected homes. Sweepr works with Tier 1 Internet service providers and connected product manufacturers across North America and Europe, and the company is backed by the Amazon Alexa Fund, Draper Esprit, and Frontline. Alan is also chairman of Technology Ireland’s TechCEO Forum, a network of software CEOs & Founders that support each other in building and scaling software companies in Ireland.
Sweepr continues Alan's journey of reinventing customer experiences that began with his previous start-up Brite:Bill (acquired by Amdocs). Brite:Bill transformed customer bills from being revenue collection tools to being strategic customer communications and materially reduced call volumes for CSP customers. At its time of acquisition, Brite:Bill was powering more than 200 million bills per month from communication service providers around the globe. 
Before establishing Brite:Bill, Alan was Alliance Sales Director at Accenture and held a senior business development role with Macalla Software. Alan began his career as a business analyst with Morgan Stanley. Alan is graduate of University College Dublin where he earned a BSc in Math and Computer Science, and a masters’ degree in Management Information Systems.

Rob Conant Rob Conant, VP Software Product Management & Ecosystem, Infineon Technologies, Infineon Technologies
Twitter ID: @cirrent

Rob Conant, the CEO of Cirrent, has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing for the company and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial markets. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company's growth. Rob's deep technical background and business orientation (ran sales and marketing at multiple companies) gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Senior Director, Product Management, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Global Products' Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a global team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in residential and commercial markets. Jennifer joined Johnson Controls from ADT North America where she was the Director of Product Strategy. She brings a dozen years of experience in the security industry, and nearly 25 years of experience in product marketing and product management to Johnson Controls, having worked with companies to help them bring products to market profitably. In addition to her unique blend of product management, product marketing and marketing skills, Jennifer also brings IT skills and certifications to her portfolio including ITIL, CMMi, and is a certified Agile Leader and Certified SAFe 5 Product Owner/Product Manager. Jennifer is a member of the board of directors for the Z-Wave Alliance and is a frequent industry speaker and is an active member of several product management communities. She can be found on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/jidoctor/, and followed on twitter at @jidoctor.

Tom Doyle Tom Doyle, CEO, Aspinity
Twitter ID: @aspinity

Tom Doyle brings over 30 years of experience in operational excellence and executive leadership in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor technology to Aspinity. Prior to Aspinity, Tom was group director of Cadence Design Systems’ analog and mixed-signal IC business unit, where he managed the deployment of the company’s technology to the world’s foremost semiconductor companies. Previously, Mr. Doyle was founder and president of the analog/mixed-signal software firm, Paragon IC solutions, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the company including sales and marketing, global partners/distributors, and engineering teams in the US and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.

Mark Francis Mark Francis, Chief Digital Health Integration Officer, Electronic Caregiver
Twitter ID: @m_francis

Mark Francis is Chief Digital Health Integration Officer for Electronic Caregiver, an innovative digital health company. Mark has 20+ years of experience as a product innovator for companies such as Amazon, Intel, Age Wave, and Health Hero Network. Mark is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been awarded 17 patents.

Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, President and CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

With more than 40 years of leadership experience, Mr. Frangiosa has held executive positions in several companies, most of which he founded. As a serial entrepreneur he started several successful businesses in the automotive, consumer electronics and technology industries. Tony has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions as well as fund-raising efforts throughout his career. He leads the executive team at InstallerNet and its subsidiary companies Mobile Electronics Association and American Road Products, to continue the company's vision and growth through the development of its proven-platform (Workwize) and process which has surpassed more than 2,000,000 service events showcasing its more than 4,000 member network companies representing more than 25,000 installation professionals.

Stephanie Freier Stephanie Freier, Senior Manager, Consumer Insights, Inspire

Stephanie leads Consumer Insights at Inspire, a clean energy technology company.  She has over 12 years of experience utilizing data & research to inform product development, customer journey optimization, and marketing strategy.  Before Inspire, Stephanie drove consumer insights at The Honest Company and prior to that, she worked at digital marketing & market research firms delivering data driven marketing strategies for technology, electronics, and healthcare brands.

Stephanie Fuhrman Stephanie Fuhrman, Managing Director, Global Innovation, Greystar

Troy Gelsky Troy Gelsky, Smart Home Owner & Technology Enthusiast

Maneesh Goyal Maneesh Goyal, Chief Operating Officer, Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic
Twitter ID: @welltok

Maneesh leads partnership, M&A and business development for Mayo Clinic Platform. 
He is responsible for leading the development of strategy and execution of corporate partnership and M&A transactions for the newly created organization, Mayo Clinic Platform, within Mayo Clinic.
He brings a cross-disciplinary background of finance, investing, product development and engineering. Prior to joining Mayo, Maneesh led the product and solution functions as the Chief Solutions Officer and Chief Corporate Development Officer at Welltok, an enterprise B2B2C consumer health platform where he also had responsibilities in corporate development, post-merger integration, and capitalization. Prior to joining Welltok, Maneesh was a Managing Director with Miramar Venture Partners, a leading early stage investor focusing on the information technology space. With Miramar, Maneesh led investments and was an advisor and board member for several health and consumer Internet companies. Before entering the venture world, Maneesh was an early employee with Broadcom, a Fortune 500 Company, leading product development and engineering efforts in more than a dozen communications technology solutions.
Maneesh earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.

Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely, with the mission of leveraging data to transform the utility industry. Today, Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for UtilityAI.  As CEO, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Mike Harris Mike Harris, President, Ring Solutions, Ring, an Amazon Company

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has founded or led numerous venture-backed technology companies to successful exits, including a NASDAQ IPO. As the President of Ring Solutions, Mike built and continues to manage the team behind Ring Alarm, harnessing his years of experience and skill. Mike's start-up, AnySource Media, was acquired by DivX in August of 2009. The original embedded software developed by AnySource still serves as the foundation for DivX TV, which can be found on LG's line of connected Blu-Ray players. Just as AnySource provided core technology for connected TV, Mike's vision for Ring is to provide the core technology for the connected smart home to expand Ring customer's Rings of Security. Early in Mike's career, he was the founder and CTO of Ravisent Technologies Inc., a technology pioneer in the DVD industry. Mike oversaw the development and adoption of Ravisent's technology by leading PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, ultimately achieving a $1B valuation on the NASDAQ market. Ravisent was ultimately acquired by STMicroelectronics, and Mike became its Group Vice President, Global Software Strategy. After STMicroelectronics, Mike served as President of Digital 5, a venture backed software provider enabling streaming media content within the connected home, and later became President of OpenPeak, a provider of software for home media control. Mike is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering and enjoys spending his time with his family at home in Phoenixville, PA.

Ritch Haselden Ritch Haselden, GM and Senior VP of Sales, Essence

Ritch Haselden currently holds the position of GM and Senior Vice President of Sales for Essence USA, a global provider of aging-in-place and residential security solutions.  Ritch has more than 25 years of experience in technology and health care executive management.   At Essence USA, he is responsible for all customers in North America in addition to delivery teams in here in the US and Israel.  Prior to joining Essence, Ritch served as the VP of Sales and GM for ResponseLink, one of the leading providers of healthcare related services in the US.  While at ResponseLink, Ritch was responsible for all revenue creation and was instrumental in new product creation and delivery.    He resides in Santa Cruz CA and he and his wife Yvonne enjoy remodeling homes, cycling and the occasional round of golf.

David Henry David Henry, President and GM, Connected Home Products, NETGEAR

David J. Henry serves as our Senior Vice President, Connected Home Products and Services. He has worldwide responsibility for both Product Marketing and Engineering of our home networking products, encompassing product strategy, development and delivery. He has been with NETGEAR since July 2004, most recently serving as our Vice President of Product Management of our Retail Business Unit from March 2011 to January 2016 and as our Senior Director of Product Marketing from October 2010 to March 2011. Prior to NETGEAR, Mr. Henry was a senior product manager for the high technology vertical application at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corporation). His professional experience also includes business process and information technology consulting with Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Henry received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis on Signal Processing, from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Troy Iverson Troy Iverson, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing, AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, A Becklar Company
Twitter ID: @AvantGuardMon

Troy Iverson is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AvantGuard Monitoring Centers and part owner of Becklar, the holding company of AvantGuard and mobile PERS industry leader, Freeus. His passion is in helping people, protecting property and providing first class customer service. Troy has enjoyed being part of the monumental growth at AvantGuard and has contributed significantly to the company's success over the last decade. AvantGuard is nearing a major milestone of 1 million monitored accounts and is excited to have a 3rd location currently under construction. As a sought-after presenter, Troy has represented the monitoring services industry at many national trade shows and hosted multiple PERS Summit events. He has been a board member for the Utah Alarm Systems Security Licensing (DOPL) since 2013. Away from the office, Troy is an avid golfer, snow skier, pickleballer and loves coaching his 4 children in all their sporting activities.

Chris Johnson Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Chris is the Chief Strategy Officer for Brinks Home Security. A recognized pioneer in DIY home security, Chris was the Co-Founder and President of LiveWatch, which is now a part of Brinks. He led a team that transformed the way home security was delivered, balancing cost optimization with a great customer experience. Chris brings expertise in strategic development, product management, digital marketing, and operational innovations. His drive for growth has been enabled by a data-driven approach to decision making and a customer-centric philosophy.
Previously, Chris served as a Paramedic and Director of a hospital-based EMS service, known for its technology innovation in rural healthcare, including being early adopters of telemedicine. He performed his undergraduate studies in Emergency Medicine and received his MBA from Benedictine. Chris lives in the Kansas City area with his wife Amanda and their children.

Joe Johnson Joe Johnson, VP, Product Development & Management, Windstream

Joe Johnson is Vice President, Product Development and Management for Windstream. He is responsible for developing the consumer & business product development roadmap including all Data, Voice, Entertainment, and Digital products for the Windstream Kinetic Consumer and SMB business unit. Also, Joe is the Executive Sponsor and Co-Chair of Windstream’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, WINPRIDE, and is a member of Windstream’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Previously, Joe served as Vice President, IT Architecture & Transformation for Windstream where he was responsible for developing Windstream’s five-year IT strategic roadmap, launching the company’s “Lead to Cash” initiative, and developing and managing the Enterprise Architecture team.
Before joining Windstream, Johnson served as Assoc. Director of Product Marketing for AT&T Mobility, Director of Devices and Accessories and Director of IT architecture for Allied Wireless Communication Corp., Management Consultant for Magmic Inc., and Director of Online Sales and Marketing for Alltel Wireless, among other IT roles.
Johnson is a graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Sarah Jones Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Best Buy Health

Sarah Jones is vice president of commercial product at GreatCall, Inc., part of Best Buy Health. Sarah joined the company in 2016 as part of the Healthsense acquisition and leads the teams responsible for bringing valuable solutions to market and for assuring that clients realize the business and care goals they set out to achieve with GreatCall.
Sarah has a strong background in healthcare technology, working at Healthsense for nearly five years in marketing, product management, and customer success. Prior to that, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, marketing clinical software applications. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.

Brett Jurgens Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion
Twitter ID: @bjurgs

Brett Jurgens is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and angel investor with experience in IoT, insurance, fintech and consumer products. He currently has two primary roles, one as the CEO and Co-founder of Notion (acquired by Comcast in 2020), and as an Executive Director/GM at Comcast. Brett co-founded Notion, a smart monitoring system that empowers home and property owners to be proactive in monitoring their spaces and most valued possessions, in 2014. The Notion smart monitoring system is a comprehensive platform powered by a multifunction sensor, mobile apps and data analytics. Prior to Notion, Brett started two other companies, served as the first employee at the pharmaceutical startup where he ran business development and operations, and was an investment banker at Piper Jaffray.

Sahas Katta Sahas Katta, CEO, Smartcar

Sahas Katta is the CEO and Co-founder of Smartcar - the connected car API platform. Sahas grew up in the California Bay Area and studied computer science. Sahas dropped out of college to start his first company. While that first company didn’t work out, he ended up stumbling into the automotive space. That’s when the idea of Smartcar came about. Sahas has always been excited about coding and cars. He loves the excitement of working on Smartcar every day.

Jatin Khanpara Jatin Khanpara, SVP, Engineering, Aprilare

Jatin Khanpara leads the Engineering & Technology organization for Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation, as a Senior Vice President. Jatin brings deep experience having held senior-level roles with Whirlpool, Carrier, and most recently Fiskars. During his long career, he has led global product development, technology, product management, innovation, change management, business strategy, organic growth, business turnaround, P&L, and risk management. Jatin has a reputation for building high performance teams for consumer and commercial industries. Jatin holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, and a K.M.I. from Kellogg School of Management. He holds five U.S. Patents, is a thought leader with numerous articles, 15 journal and conference papers to his name, and has served on multiple university boards. Jatin is a member of ASHRAE and ASME. Jatin is a Board member of Milwaukee Institute of Arts & Design (MIAD).

Abe Kinney Abe Kinney, Senior Director, Product Management, Alarm.com

Abe is responsible for the management of several Alarm.com solutions, including energy management, home automation, and security partner integrations. Since joining the company in 2012, he has worked across the service provider and customer experience areas to deliver dependable technology that connects people with the things they care about most.

Mitchell Klein Mitchell Klein, Director, Alliances Strategy, Silicon Labs; Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance LLC, Silicon Labs/Z-Wave Alliance
Twitter ID: @Mitchell_Klein

Mitch Klein is Director Alliances Strategy at Silicon Labs, driving global adoption of smart home, smart cities and commercial applications. An IoT leader with 30 years experience, he is a CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, recognizing his innovative leadership in technology design and integrator industry. At Silicon Labs Mitch is active in many alliances, such as Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance and Secretary on the Executive Committee at the Wi-SUN Alliance. 

Oren Kotlicki Oren Kotlicki, Founder and CEO, Intellithings Ltd.

Oren Kotlicki is founder and CEO of Intellithings Ltd., an Israeli startup and the developer of the patented, first ever residential smart presence sensor capable of identifying specific-people room location by smart phones and watches. Kotlicki is an expert in smart home devices, safety systems, detectors, and burglary, with over 20 years of experience in sensors product management and business development. Before founding Intellithings, Kotlicki was head of product management and director smart home business at Visonic, a developer and manufacturer of wireless home security alarm systems and sensors that was founded by Kotlicki’s father in 1973. In 2008, Kotlicki established a partnership between Visonic and Austin-based startup iControl Networks, making Visonic the primary supplier for Zigbee-based security and safety sensors to Comcast, TWC, Rogers and other MSOs. Kotlicki left Visonic shortly after it was acquired by Tyco Security Products at the end of 2011 and founded Intellithings in 2014.

Girish Kumar Girish Kumar, CTO, GadgEon

Matt Mahar Matt Mahar, VP of Consumer Experience and Design, Vivint Smart Home

Matt Mahar oversees all software and hardware design for the company’s smart home products. His passion for delivering superior customer experiences has led Vivint to deliver the industry’s top-rated smart home app, as well as multiple award-winning product designs.
Before joining Vivint Smart Home, Matt was the director of Software Experience Design at Nike where he was responsible for building the user experience and interface design for the next generation of Nike+ digital products and web experiences. Matt began his career at EA Sports where he helped market NBA Live games and led the development of online game features that generated digital revenue for EA Sports NHL.
Matt is sought out for his insights on the human element of technology. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

Tyson Marian Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer, Plume Design Inc.
Twitter ID: @plume

Tyson Marian is Chief Commercial Officer at Plume. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the fast-moving technology sector, he drives the growth, core business strategy and P&L for the company. Having held a number of senior management and board-level positions at leading media and telecommunications companies, Tyson initially served on Plume’s Board of Directors before joining full-time to spearhead the company’s commercial operations.
Having developed a strong commercial acumen as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Tyson’s most recent appointment, prior to joining Plume, was at Comcast Corporation where he was responsible for identifying, deploying and commercialising emerging technologies primarily for Comcast’s consumer services portfolio. Tyson holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Dave Mayne Dave Mayne, Chief Revenue Officer, Alula

Dave Mayne is Vice President of Product Management at Alula, the leader in smart security and automation systems for professional installers and the award-winning inventors of the Connect+ platform. Dave, along with a strong engineering team at Alula, drives product innovation and roadmap development. Dave brings over two decades of experience to Alula. Alula brings an all-in-one solution to the professional smart home integrator -- a best-in-class network paired with innovative hardware products.

Brook McCall Brook McCall, Director, Tech Access Initiative, United Spinal Association
Twitter ID: @UnitedSpinal

Fueled by perspective gained living nearly two decades as a quadriplegic, Brook McCall is committed to creating and sharing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be heard and valued as visionaries for change. Anthropological training and expertise in inclusionary public health pair for clarity of insight, and as creativity fuel to recognize, address, and close current gaps in accessibility and beyond. Her Tech Access Initiative brings tech industry stakeholders and thought leaders from the mobility disability community together for substantive conversation and collaboration, fostering reciprocal understanding and driving vital innovation.

Chris Merck Chris Merck, VP Engineering , Olibra
Twitter ID: @Bond4Home

Chris Merck is currently VP Engineering at Olibra where he leads the product team and obsesses about user experience. He is the creator of the bond-core platform which powers all Olibra’s products. Chris’s past work includes innovations at Crestron Electronics and peer-reviewed publications on activity recognition, atmospheric physics, photobiology, and artificial intelligence. Chris holds a Bachelors in Engineering Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Sharon Mirsky Sharon Mirsky, Co-founder & COO, Firedome
Twitter ID: @SharonMirsky

Sharon is the Co-Founder and COO at Firedome, a growth-enabler for disruptive IoT brands. Firedome provides a robust IoT security and privacy platform with advanced marketing and cyber services, enabling leading IoT brands to protect their devices while exponentially growing their market share.

Sharon leads Strategic Business, Partnerships and Operations, and looks forward to driving Firedome to become the leader in IoT cybersecurity, protecting connected devices throughout the consumer, industrial and enterprise industries.

Sharon has 15+ years of experience in technology and management, with deep focus on software startups, cybersecurity and telecommunications. Sharon is a joint IDC / Wharton MBA with a bachelors in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an alumnus of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200. Prior to founding Firedome, Sharon was the CEO of Kyozou, a SaaS Inventory Management and e-Commerce platform, and she also co-founded and ran operations at ICONYC labs, the first accelerator for Israeli startups in NYC.

Felicite Moorman Felicite Moorman, CEOFounder, STRATIS; VP of CommunityConnect, RealPage, STRATIS/RealPage
Twitter ID: @FeliciteMoorman

Felicite Moorman is an attorney turned multi-exit technology entrepreneur. She's received EY's Entrepreneur Of The Year Award and has earned an international reputation as a go-to IoT industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives for the Internet of Things. Moorman is the CoFounder of STRATIS, a RealPage Company, and SaaS Platform for large-scale Internet of Things installations. STRATIS was named a top ten Best Company in America by Entrepreneur Magazine and ranked in the top twenty percent of Inc Magazine's Fastest Growing Companies three consecutive years prior to acquisition. Moorman was simultaneous CEO of BuLogics, which designed, built, and certified hardware, software, and ecosystems for the Internet of Things. Moorman is an international speaker and columnist, and has been featured as a thought leader in dozens of mass media outlets and publications including: U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company, Inc Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, and others. She's also a frequent writer, speaker, and presenter on the Internet of Things and has been featured at CES, SXSW, Samsung DevCon, Eric Ries' Lean Startup Conference, Smart Cities Innovation Summit Asia, NMHC OpTech, NAA Apartmentalize, Greystar's Innovation and WAM Summits, and more.

James Muraca James Muraca, CTO, Enersponse

James is CTO of Enersponse and loves building technology for scale. James has held senior roles with other innovative leaders such as InvertedPower, Zen Ecosystems, and planet Planet Innovation.  Since starting his engineering career at Bosch, he has been involved in several projects ranging from digital health to now connecting massive pumping loads and fortune 100 building portfolios to grid service programs.

Antero Norkio Antero Norkio, Vice President, Solution Management - Consumer Security Business Unit, F-Secure Corporation

Veteran product business leader Antero Norkio is Vice President of Product Management for F-Secure’s Consumer Security business, where he brings more than 20 years of experience across telecommunications, security and financial sectors. Prior to joining F-Secure, he held several senior positions for product management and channel sales at Airwide Solutions (Mavenir), Sonera SmartTrust and start-ups. He received his MSc (Eng.) in International Marketing and Strategy from Aalto University.

Leah Page Leah Page, VP Mobile Security and Strategic Projects, ADT

Leah Page is the Senior Vice President, Product Strategy & Innovation at ADT. She is responsible for defining consumer use-cases and architecting the differentiated offerings that will drive ADT's growth and innovation. Page also helps establish and deliver a strong overall customer value proposition by prioritizing, integrating and coordinating efforts across company functions, including sales, marketing, technology and supply chain. Since joining ADT in 2016, Page has solidified ADT's position in several emerging markets. In addition to growing our Health business, she and her team launched SoSecure (named one of TIME's Best Inventions of 2021), integrated Safe by ADT into the Uber, Lyft and DoorDash apps, and established new capabilities in wearables with invisaWear. Page was also instrumental in the creation of ADT's Canopy joint venture with Ford, which will lead to new automotive security offerings. Page graduated with a BS in International Business from the University of Southern California.? She currently lives in South Florida with her family.

Kerry Palakanis DNP, APRN Kerry Palakanis DNP, APRN, Executive Director Connect Care Operations, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Kerry Palakanis is the Executive Director of Connect Care at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah where she heads up the direct to consumer telehealth product lines.  She is a Family nurse practitioner who has worked for over 28 years in family practice specializing in rural health and telemedicine.  Dr. Palakanis has served as a featured speaker at State and National programs on issues related to rural health care delivery and telemedicine, has provided testimony to state and federal legislature on telemedicine, has received state and federal grants for telemedicine programs, piloted remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs; consulted in the development chronic disease management platforms and collaborates with various organizations to develop/initiate innovative programs to provide connectivity and telehealth solutions.

Johan Pedersen Johan Pedersen, Manager, Product Marketing, Home & Consumer IoT , Silicon Labs

Johan Pedersen leverages the potential of wireless technology for future IoT applications as manager of the product marketing team for smart home and consumer IoT solutions at Silicon Labs. Johan joined Silicon Labs following the company’s acquisition of Sigma Design’s Z-Wave technology in April, 2018.
Johan aligns technical capabilities with consumer needs, drawing on his extensive background in wireless IoT devices and energy harvesting. He previously worked at DELTA, a Danish R&D and technology institute, as Lead Specialist in IoT & Energy Harvesting. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and completed a number of electrical engineering courses at Caltech, US and TU Berlin, Germany.

Quinto Petrucci Quinto Petrucci, Vice President Product Management, Nortek

Quinto Petrucci joined Nortek Security and Control (NSC) in 2018 and leads the 2GIG and Linear Access product teams. He is responsible for developing and executing product strategy and roadmaps, as well as the ongoing lifecycle management for the portfolios he represents.
With a career in Security and Home Automation spanning almost 30 years, Quinto has been party to numerous industry innovations, having worked at companies such as Universal Electronics, Ecolink Intelligent Technology, ecobee and Tyco Safety Products.

Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @zigbeealliance

Tobin J.M. Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the alliance's efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. In this role, he works closely with worldwide brands and market-changing innovators to steer worldwide IoT agendas with industry leading consumer electronics, industrial and commercial companies. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, strategy and development for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product rollouts, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading firms. He currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Samantha Rudolph Samantha Rudolph, Senior Product Director, OSSIACO
Twitter ID: @ossiaco

Sam is Product Director for dcbel™, OSSIACO’s category-defining smart home power appliance designed to bring consumers’ needs for mobility & home energy together at the foundation of any smart, connected home. dcbel™ is a bidirectional home supercharger that allows you to use your electric vehicle (EV) as a blackout power system and integrates rooftop solar to power your home and charge your EVs. Her responsibility for developing OSSIACO’s product portfolio includes the conception and advancement of new products, consumer marketing and branding, as well as overseeing industrial and UX design working in collaboration with world-class designers whose experience ranges from Porsche to Pixar.
Sam instills a discipline in understanding consumers needs and behaviours around home energy and is dedicated to ensuring that those needs are at the core of the modern energy ecosystem. She has spent almost a decade working with highly technical engineering teams to develop consumer-oriented cleantech solutions including a global NanoGrid peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Prior to joining Ossiaco, Sam spent several years in the New Technology Products & Solutions team at the global engineering conglomerate SNC-Lavalin designing and launching turnkey solutions available to 40,000+ international users. Sam is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Alliance Product Owner., and has a B.A in the interdisciplinary program of Industrial Relations from McGill University.

Karsten Russell-Wood Karsten Russell-Wood, Chief Marketing & Experience Officer, Equum Medical

Karsten Russell-Wood is a healthcare marketing professional with over 20 years of global product development, marketing, and strategy experience. He currently serves as the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Equum Medical. Karsten is responsible for linking the innovation and service solutions of Equum to build the brand, create consumer awareness, dominate thought leadership, and drive customer preference through all channels, every day. His responsibility for experience spans customers as well as Equum colleagues, designing programs and communication to reinforce joy in care delivery and affirming a healthy culture for career growth.Prior to joining Equum Medical, Karsten has held global product management and marketing roles within Philips and GE's healthcare businesses with an orientation to targeted patient populations and continues to be active in venture capital and start-up phase HealthTech businesses. Karsten received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an MPH from University of Massachusetts. Karsten presently is pursuing doctoral work at the LeBow College of Business, Drexel University where his dissertation concentrates on adoption of online health and pharmacy into consumer populations and new marketing approaches in the healthcare solution market.

Mark Samuel Mark Samuel, CEO, Ezlo Innovation

Mark Samuel is the CEO of Ezlo Innovation. With expertise in strategic planning and digital consumer systems, he has Ezlo focused on initiatives that will transform the home automation landscape. Most recently, Mark served as the CRO at Cirrent, which was sold to Cypress Semiconductors in 2018, and as the COO/EVP at Savant Systems.

David Smith David Smith, VP of Marketing & Business Development, COPS Monitoring

David has been involved with central station monitoring since 1989 with experience in operations, multi-site operational management, employee development, acquisitions, building and compliance of UL listed monitoring facilities and consolidations. David joined the COPS Monitoring team in 2008 and is now VP of Marketing & Business Development, with a cross-functional role that involves the identification and qualification of new products, services, emerging technology, and other growth opportunities with new and existing business partners. David is also responsible for all aspects of promoting of the COPS brand across various media types.

Ankur Sood Ankur Sood, Business Development Director, Service Providers, Bitdefender

Ankur Sood joined Bitdefender in 2019 as the Director of Business Development for the Americas. In this role he is responsible for expanding all partnerships tied to Bitdefender’s SMB/Consumer IoT solution. He has facilitated numerous ISPs on positioning IoT security for the connected home and to protect mobile devices on-the-go. In addition, he is currently expanding lateral partnerships to help enhance different ecosystems tied to connected IoT security. Ankur worked with an ISP for over 13 years in various roles after which he transitioned over to the cybersecurity industry. He is uniquely qualified in this space having experience both in the ISP world and as a vendor.

Sumati Stewart Sumati Stewart, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Yonomi

Sumati Stewart leads global business development and marketing for the Yonomi Platform. She has spent more than 15 years driving growth and scaling technology companies by taking AI, IoT and Cloud solutions to market. Prior to joining Yonomi, Sumati served as head of business development at Amazon for the Alexa Smart Home team, where she led strategy and partnership development for smart home solutions with companies across various industries. Prior to Amazon, she held senior business development roles at Intel within its Internet of Things Group and worked at HP as head of worldwide business development for the company's Snapfish division. Earlier in her career, she led strategy and business development for several high-growth companies focused on cloud and e-commerce solutions in both in-house and external consultant roles.

Steve Teig Steve Teig, Founder and CEO, Perceive

Steve Teig, founder and CEO of Perceive, drove the creation of the company while CTO of its parent company and investor, Xperi. Before joining Xperi, Steve founded Tabula, a fabless semiconductor company developing ultra-high-performance programmable logic chips. While there, he invented multiple key technologies, the architecture for multiple chips, and raised over $340M from top-tier venture firms. Steve’s deep experience in the software and semiconductor industries also includes roles as co-CTO at Cadence Design Systems following the acquisition of Simplex Systems where he was CTO.
Steve also brings substantial background applying machine learning to drug discovery, first at BioCAD, and then at CombiChem. He began his career as co-founder and CTO of Tangent Systems – Cadence’s first ever acquisition. Steve is an inventor on 337 U.S. patents and a winner of the Edison Award and World Technology Award. He earned his BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.

Joe Teng Joe Teng, Program Manager, Austin Energy

Joe Teng helps design and deliver demand-side programs for the 480k customers served by Austin Energy, the nation’s 8th largest municipally owned electric utility. To help the City of Austin achieve its goal of carbon-free electricity generation by 2035, Joe leads efforts to help commercial and multifamily customers invest in new energy efficiency and demand response technologies. Joe’s team is currently focused on improving marketing and outreach efforts and designing new programs that increase connected loads in buildings.

Tony Testa Tony Testa, Director – Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Business Unit, Qorvo

Tony Testa inspires wireless connectivity product innovations for Qorvo. With his 20 plus years of experience supporting industry alliance activities and customers, he helps engineers create state-of-the-art RF solutions that have a profound impact on our daily life.

Jai Thattil Jai Thattil, Head of Marketing - Nokia Technologies, Nokia

Jai Thattil is heading the marketing for Nokia Technologies globally. With over 20 years or experience in IT and Telco in various geographies, he is big believer of capabilities of technological innovations that can positively impact human life and sustainable living. He is also a public speaker, promoting technological advancement and have recently been focusing heavily on the use cases for 5G including connected cars. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School in strategy and marketing and currently resides in the UK.

Emilie Tullis Emilie Tullis, VP of Product & General Manager, Demand Management Solutions, Uplight
Twitter ID: @uplight

Emilie Tullis is Head of Demand Management Solutions including Uplight's Orchestrated Energy, a tailored end-to-end approach to demand response. She leads Uplight's efforts to deliver solutions with focus on customer comfort while still delivering the highest per household load shift. Emilie is passionate about changing the way we value and consume energy with a balance of advanced technology and pragmatic customer experience. Before joining Tendril, Emilie ran lithium-ion and power electronics development for electric vehicles, data centers and the military. She offers a deep understanding of energy storage technology and the capabilities and shortcomings within this landscape. She has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director Innovation, Growth and Digital & Managing Director Constellation Connect, Constellation Energy
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Michael Wajsgras joined Constellation Energy in November 2010. In his current role he oversees the innovation and growth initiatives, partner relationships, and new channel development that encompass the full suite of Constellation’s energy products and services portfolio for the residential and small commercial customer segments.  Current partnership areas under management include IoT technology, digital, and national retail channels, as well as a variety of service provider relationships. Wajsgras’ experience includes 20 years of business and channel development with several leading communications providers including Sprint Nextel (now T-Mobile), Qwest (now CenturyLink), and MCI (now Verizon), as well as several start-up ventures.  While at Sprint Nextel, he managed a national sales and support organization focused on implementing custom wireless network solutions for the company’s’ largest commercial and public-sector customers.  Prior to that, as the founder of the Competitive Local Services business at Qwest, Mr. Wajsgras successfully launched the competitive local telecom services for Qwest/LCI International, a business that grew to a run rate of over $100M in annual revenue in first 12 months before the company was acquired. He began his career at Ernst & Young in Washington, D.C. 
Mr. Wajsgras is active in multiple community and civic initiatives.  He was the founding member of the Algonkian Youth Lacrosse Club that was organized to bring competitive lacrosse to the community.  The organization currently serves over 600 boys and girls between the ages of 8-15 years old. Mr. Wajsgras also actively supports Habitat for Humanity of Houston and The United Way and currently serves as an appointed Commissioner on the Loudoun County (VA) Communications Commission.
Mr. Wajsgras received an MBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Fritz Werder Fritz Werder, General Manager of North America, Tuya Smart

Fritz is the General Manager of North America for Tuya Smart. He leads with two decades of IoT and smart home experience. He spent over 17 years at Legrand, where he propelled the development of sales channels, key customers, products, and brands, including the Home Systems product lines.  Under his leadership, Tuya’s North American team assists brand partners to bring smart-enabled products and value-added services to the market faster, at a reduced cost, with the ability to easily expand into other product categories, achieve a seamless supply chain experience, and create new monetization opportunities.

Paul Williams Paul Williams, Chief Product Officer, Nice North America

Paul Williams is a visionary leader with a proven track record of leading organizations to high-growth results through building teams with clear objectives and support of the overall vision. Paul's career spans startups to Fortune 500 companies. Paul joined Nice North America in 2022, where he serves as the Chief Product Officer. In this role he leads product management teams and develops the product road map across all brands. Paul excels at aligning real world problems and anticipating customer needs to create unique and innovative solutions. Paul previously served as GE Lighting's GM of Product Management and Growth where he was charged with reimagining lighting solutions. In three years, Paul's team created a DIY smart home ecosystem with innovative products and scaled the consumer mobile app, taking it from just 30,000 users to more than 2 million. During his 14+ years of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of smart home solutions, he was instrumental in building the company from a startup to IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth.

Matt Wolf Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe
Twitter ID: @mattmwolf

Matt heads business development and partnerships for SimpliSafe, a leading national home security provider in the US.  Matt established SimpliSafe’s partnership practice upon joining the organization in 2016 following SimpliSafe’s series A investment round.  In this role, Matt and his team have helped fuel SimpliSafe’s rapid growth through the development of impactful relationships with Fortune 500 organizations and leading start-ups alike to grow SimpliSafe's customer base, enhance their award-winning products and services and develop new revenue streams.  
Under Matt’s leadership, SimpliSafe has developed partnerships with leading brands such as Progressive Insurance, Keller Williams, American Airlines, Reliant, Hippo, Better Mortgage, the AARP, Google Assistant and dozens of others.  Following Helman & Friedman’s investment in SimpliSafe valuing the company at over $1B, Matt & team led the launch of the SimpliSafe Business Security offering that currently protects over 100,000 businesses of varying sizes in the US.
Prior to SimpliSafe, Matt held several marketing and business development positions with Citi Cards, the New England Patriots and Burger King Corporation when they were purchased by 3G Capital.  Matt co-founded the Red Auerbach Future Stars Sports and Leadership Programs, two free summer camps for at-risk children in the most violent neighborhoods of Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts.  Matt holds a Masters of Business in Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.

Stellan Öhrn Stellan Öhrn, Sales Director, BTEB IoT Connected Vehicles North America, Ericsson

Stellan Öhrn is Director of Sales and part of the Global Sales Engagement team within the Ericsson IoT organization responsible for sales engagements for the Ericsson Connected Vehicles portfolio in North America.
Stellan has an extensive background from Transportation, IT, and Telecom Industries focusing on emerging technologies, and Connected Vehicles. Stellan has served in several executive positions including President APIS, General Manager Award Solutions, Vice President for Allgon Telecom, and most recently President for Icomera in the Americas. Stellan holds a Master of Business Administration focusing on Managing for Change, and International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.


David Drury David Drury, Research Director, Parks Associates

David is a research director at Parks Associates bringing over fifteen years of experience in teaming with clients, gaining an understanding of their needs, and leveraging his expertise in research and spatial analytics to provide them intelligence to address their business requirements.

His ability to incorporate the “where” component into his research projects with spatial analytics provides clients with new and valuable insights for making fact-based decisions to increase their revenue.

David earned his BA in Geography with a focus on Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President & CMO, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.

Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, residential security, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Sr. Manager, Market Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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