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Amena Ali Amena Ali, CMO, Earth Networks
Twitter ID: @amena_onweb

Amena Ali is the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug and WeatherBug Home. In this role, Amena oversees the development and implementation of worldwide product, market and go-to-market strategies for the company’s consumer, commercial and public-sector markets. She also guides corporate communications and actively directs product planning and marketing initiatives both directly and through partners. Amena brings to Earth Networks more than 20 years' management experience with high-tech firms ranging in size from $10 million to $30 billion. Prior to Earth Networks, she served as CMO at Arxan Technologies, a leading developer of application security solutions. Earlier, she held the position of senior vice president of marketing at Softek Storage Solutions, a major provider of data migration and replication software (acquired by IBM in 2007). Her prior experience includes senior marketing positions at EMC Corporation, Legato Systems (acquired by EMC in 2003), and OTG Software (acquired by Legato in 2002). Amena’s experience also includes executive-level consumer marketing and finance positions at MCI, and several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University.


Joseph Bousaba Joseph Bousaba, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Joseph Bousaba is a senior director in the Emerging Businesses business unit within Qualcomm Atheros., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated. In his role, Joseph oversees products in the Internet of Things and Automotive. Additionally, he conducts strategic planning of the product roadmap and portfolio management.

Prior to this, Joseph oversaw the incubation of the automotive connectivity business to expand Qualcomm Atheros connectivity position into cars. Before moving into the emerging businesses division, Joseph was a part of the consumer business unit, responsible for product management and marketing for wireless connectivity in consumer electronics.

Before coming to Qualcomm, Joseph was at NXP where he held multiple positions in marketing various products including ASIC/ASSP RF products. He also worked with the engineering team on the development of integrated circuits for TDMA and CDMA cellular phone applications.

Joseph earned his Masters in Business Administration from Ashbridge College in the United Kingdom. He got both his Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in in Electrical Engineering from the University of North Carolina. 


Kristen Bowring Kristen Bowring, Senior Director, Platform Lead Home and Energy Management, Best Buy

Kris Bowring is senior director and platform lead for the home and energy management business at Best Buy Co., Inc. In this position, Bowring works with internal and external partners accelerating new growth opportunities and leading the comprehensive planning of activities, pilots and experiments related to home energy management. Bowring is responsible for developing all ventures, strategies and investments in this category and has a strategic focus on leveraging ways to help consumers be energy efficient throughout their unique lifestyles.

Bowring serves on the Board of Directors for the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), a non-profit organization focusing on the development and understanding of home and building automation. Kris also serves on the Industry Board of Advisors for the Pecan Street Project smart grid ecosystem experiment. Bowring has received the Best Buy Chairman’s Innovation Award Honorable Mention for his innovation acceleration work. In addition, Bowring is engaged in his local community as a school and church volunteer, and in his spare time is an active musician and motorcycle enthusiast. Bowring received his degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.


Rich Cusick Rich Cusick, General Manager, Video, Gracenote

As General Manager for Gracenote Video, Rich Cusick is responsible for building all aspects of the video and EPG business. He has a strong background in digital media, serving most recently as vice president of entertainment and women’s lifestyles at Yahoo! Prior to Yahoo!, Rich was founder and general manager of Swirl by DailyCandy and SVP and general manager for digital media at Gemstar-TV Guide.


		 Jim Denney Jim Denney, Vice President, General Manager, Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

As Vice President of product marketing at TiVo, Jim Denney is responsible for defining TiVo's hardware platform and service direction, strategy, and requirements. During his tenure at TiVo, he and his team have defined and launched innovative products ranging from multi-tuner DVRs and client devices to mobile and online experiences including content consumption, scheduling, co-viewing and media management. Mr. Denney represents TiVo in public events and corporate announcements ranging from product announcements and industry forums to testifying before Congress on the policy issue of fair use of content.

Prior to joining TiVo, Mr. Denney held leadership positions in product marketing at iBEAM Broadcasting/WilTel Communications and SGI, focusing on the creation of distribution networks for streaming media and media production tools for both enterprise and entertainment applications. He was involved in 3D animation at FTI Corporation and started his career as a systems consultant at Andersen Consulting.

Mr. Denney has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his contributions to the development of the TiVo Service. 


Ken Durand Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, Ericsson

With a wide and varied background of business experience, Ken has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology solutions that complement the Enterprise business vision. An insightful strategist with a wide range of experiences, Ken engages some of Ericsson’s highest profile clients and works within its largest implementations. In his current role within the Business and Support Solutions (BUSS) organization, Ken leads the Innovation and Business Development function for Machine to Machine; defining business strategies for the full range of solutions within the M2M portfolio. Through facilitation of interactions around the world with current and potential customers as well as the partner ecosystem community, Ken gains keen insight into the needs and desires of both the consumer marketplace and the providers who serve it. By offering extensive working experience in both large scale enterprises and start-up companies alike, Ken is uniquely qualified to drive strategic activities focusing on the development of customers, the expansion of markets, and the construction of innovative solutions. A sought after public speaker and presenter; Ken makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia USA.


David Friedman David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks
Website: http://www.aylanetworks.com/

David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.

Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.


Scott Hublou Scott Hublou, Co-Founder and SVP, Product Operations, EcoFactor
Twitter ID: @EcoFactorCo

A co-founder of EcoFactor, Scott is a leading voice in the clean tech and energy industries, frequently speaking about emerging smart grid technologies and the important role that smart homes play in creating a truly efficient energy system. Prior to EcoFactor, Scott was the CEO of The Sapria Design and Technology Group, a product strategy-consulting firm with clients including BlueShield, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP, and HP. Before heading Sapria, Scott was the CEO of Asimba, a SaaS-based business intelligence and CRM solution for the online and brick-and-mortar fitness and nutrition industry. Scott is a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley business schools, where he shares his knowledge and expertise on innovative business strategy, business intelligence, and SaaS platforms.


		 Jay  Kenny Jay Kenny, Vice President, Marketing, Alarm.com
Twitter ID: @AlarmDotCom
Website: http://www.Alarm.com

As Vice President of Marketing, Jay Kenny leads all aspects of Alarm.com’s marketing strategy and corporate communications. He has broad experience across marketing disciplines including managing teams and programs in B to B, Channel and Consumer marketing. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Jay led product and consumer marketing teams at Microsoft where he designed and implemented advertising initiatives for Windows, Bing and the Corporate Marketing Group. Jay started his career working in entrepreneurial startup companies in Austin, TX and San Francisco including Trilogy and Openshelf.com working across customer management, business development and marketing to help grow successful businesses.

Jay received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 


Christy Martin Christy Martin, Chief Technology Advisor, ThinkAnalytics

Christy Martin serves as Chief Technology Advisor for ThinkAnalytics, where she is responsible for working with service provider customers on solutions architecture and system integration work, in addition to advising on product strategy.

Christy has 20 years of experience spanning consumer applications and distribution systems for interactive media. Christy is Founder and Principal of iBox Systems, a technology services firm, where she develops product strategies and architectures, and leads multi-stakeholder integrations for cable television operators, programmers and technology vendors. She previously served as Principal Architect and VP of Solutions Engineering for Canoe Ventures, where she worked with the top six cable MSOs and programming partners to specify the process workflows, requirements, architecture, interfaces and system test plans. Her work culminated in the launch of Canoe’s interactive Request For Information application that was delivered within cable network advertisements. Prior to Canoe, Christy was Vice President, Strategy and Technology at Thomson (now Technicolor) and Chief Architect at Canal+ Technologies. At Canal+ she developed MediaHighway Java/DVB-MHP compliant Set-Top Box Middleware and interactive TV applications.

Christy is a U.S. patent holder and holds a computer and information sciences degree from The University of California at Santa Cruz. She has been honored as one of CableWorld’s Top 50 Women in Cable Technology and is a recipient of the Women in Technology Award.  


Kevin Petersen Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life, Inc.

Kevin Petersen is senior vice president of Digital Life for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Kevin is responsible for leading the launch of AT&T’s connected digital home services including Home Security, Home Monitoring, Home Control, Home Healthcare and Personal Energy Management.
Prior to this role, Kevin served as senior vice president of Consumer & Wireless Strategy for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, leading cross-functional teams to develop, analyze and present long-term strategies for AT&T.

Kevin also served as vice president and general manager for Wireless Operations in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was appointed to the position in June 2008 and oversaw all wireless financial and operational matters, including all company-owned retail stores, in his two-state territory.

Previously, he led a team of 850 employees that provided voice and data solutions to 35,000 customers in the Midwest and East regions. These business customers, which typically range in size from 10 to 300 employees, generate several hundred million dollars in annual revenue for AT&T.

A 17-year veteran of the industry, Kevin began his career with SBC Communications Inc. in 1993 in the company’s Leadership Development Program. He later worked as finance director for Dell Computer Corp. in Austin, Texas. He returned to AT&T in 2000 and served for three years as vice president of Corporate Finance and another two years as vice president of Corporate Planning in San Antonio. Since then, Kevin was the vice president and general manager of AT&T Ohio and vice president National Business Markets for AT&T Midwest and East regions.

Kevin currently serves on the board of directors of The Wireless Foundation, GSM Association and the Better Business Bureau. A native of St. Louis, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s degree from St. Louis University. He and his wife Nora have five children.


Brian Seemann Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products, Inc.

Brian has an extensive technical and executive career in wireless and networking technologies, in leadership roles in early stage and mature organizations participating in all aspects of home & industrial communication & control. Brian was President of US Operations at Israeli & Silicon Valley-based DSP Group, the world’s largest IC supplier for DECT home communications and control. Prior to that, he was Director of Business Management & Operations at the Communication Technology Division of IC industry stalwart Xilinx. Brian was VP of Engineering at ITI, through its merger with what is today GE/Interlogix, launching many of the wireless security products still in the market today. At start-up EnScan and its acquirer Itron, he managed development on its highest volume wireless automated meter module line.


Ratul Sengupta Ratul Sengupta, Vice President, Client Engagement, Sutherland Global Services
Twitter ID: @SGS_Corporate
Website: http://www.sutherlandglobal.com/

Since joining Sutherland in 2007 Ratul has worked as an Intrapreneur driving technology enabled transformation. His leadership on developing creative engagement models and implementing business strategy has led to positive business impact for clients through increased efficiencies and significant new revenue streams.
Ratul manages key OEM clients within Sutherland’s Technology Vertical as Global Client Engagement Lead; where he owns Sutherland’s relationship, business development, service operations and innovation imperatives with these clients.

In addition, Ratul has evangelized, built and led Sutherland’s SmartLeapTM practice – next generation technology enabled services and platform solutions that helps clients reduce services cost, increase end-customer satisfaction, customer stickiness and revenue realization from in-scope and out-of-scope technical support.

SmartLeap was presented the Frost & Sullivan 2013 Customer Value Enhancement Award in Customer Care and Technical Support Services.
Ratul’s previous experience includes HCL Technologies in roles encompassing finance, inorganic growth strategies and BPO operations including spearheading HCL BPO’s first steps into business consulting. Before HCL, Ratul worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ratul is an Economics graduate from Delhi University, a qualified Chartered Accountant and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is based in Dallas, Texas with his wife Anuradha and together they have 3 daughters. 


Steve Shapiro Steve Shapiro, VP of Product Solutions, ADT

Steve Shapiro is the vice president of product solutions for ADT, a leading provider of home and small business security and automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada. In his role, Steve drives product strategy and engineering for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including the company’s revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse® Interactive Solutions, as well as all intrusion systems, fire systems, home health care systems and communications systems. As industry trends and technology continue to evolve, Steve is responsible for specifying, evaluating and developing new products, technologies and services that ensure value to ADT’s growing customer base.

Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable products. 

His career in product marketing and product management began at Motorola, where he was responsible for many communications products over 20 years that included two-way radios, one-way pagers, two-way pagers and global cellular phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones. 

Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded seven patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.
 


GW Shaw GW Shaw, Vice President, U-verse and Video Products, AT&T

GW Shaw is the Vice President of U-verse Marketing, AT&T. GW leads the product marketing, applications development, and product management for AT&T U-verse TV. His team is responsible for driving U-verse customer growth, developing and rolling out new integrated applications that utilize the company’s IP platform, and differentiating the U-verse TV product and customer experience from the company’s cable competitors.

GW has been with AT&T for more than 14 years, starting with SBC Communications, Inc. in 1998. His previous positions include product marketing roles for AT&T consumer services, including voice services, converged services and product development.

GW has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. 


Adam Tichelaar Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions & Program Management, Amdocs

Adam Tichelaar is the Director of Connected Home Solutions & Program Management at Amdocs in North America. Adam focuses on helping service providers deliver next generation digital services to their customers in the areas of home monitoring, home automation, energy management, and home health & wellness. With more than a decade of experience deploying connected products to consumers, Adam focused on capturing consumer behavior in the home and understanding the technologies, products, and practices that service providers can use to positively impact the consumer experience. Prior to joining Amdocs, Mr. Tichelaar was the Director of R&D at Apogee Interactive, providing SaaS-based energy solutions to hundreds of North American utilities including cooperatives, municipals, and IOUs. Adam holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in new product development from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Paul Weichselbaum Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President As Executive Vice President of PlumChoice, Paul is chartered with accelerating the execution of the company's strategy to expand its Technology Services Solutions leadership role. He leads the go-to-market strategy for the company including market assessment, business definition, market segmentation and coverage strategies, business model optimization, technology development, product management, strategic pricing and corporate messaging. Before joining PlumChoice, Paul was the Executive Vice President of LoJack Corporation®, where he was instrumental in a 2010 restructuring that returned the company to profitability and growth. Prior to that, Paul held multiple senior executive roles that included Strategy, Engineering, IT, Marketing and Sales Operations at One Communications, a private equity-financed roll up between 2004 and 2008, and served as CEO of OpenReach, a venture-backed managed services software company from 2001 to 2003. He also spent 15 years at MCI Communications in a variety of executive roles in Operations, Commercial Sales and Service, National Accounts, Data Marketing and Business Development Paul received his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University with Distinction and his MBA from Harvard Business School with Honors.


Nate Williams Nate Williams, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Business Development, Greenwave Systems

Nate Williams currently serves as CMO and EVP of Business Development of Greenwave Systems. In his role, Nate leads the worldwide marketing team and he is also responsible for driving all strategic business development efforts. Mr. Williams joined Greenwave Systems from Motorola Mobility (a division of Google) where he lead the Software product marketing and business development teams as part of their $3.7B Home business. In December 2010, Nate joined Motorola through the acquisition of 4Home where he was CMO and Head of Business Development. 4Home was an early pioneer of Connected Home software backed by Verizon and Pond Ventures. Earlier in his career, Nate served in leadership positions in Business Development, Product Marketing and Corporate Finance at Intel Corporation and JPMorgan & Co. In 2011, Mr. Williams was named one of the Silicon Valley’s rising stars via The SV Business Journal “Top 40 under 40”. Nate received his bachelor’s degree in Communications Science from The University of Connecticut and earned an MBA degree in Marketing and Technology Management from UCLA.



Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators


Maia Hinkle Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.com
Twitter ID: @MaiaHinkle
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Maia currently studies home controls and energy management. Her work includes industry reports and consumer survey analysis including customized segmentation, trend analysis, and forecasting for utility, retail energy providers, OEMs, and service providers.

Prior to joining the firm, Maia worked in marketing and research within the marine industry.

Maia earned her MBA from Rollins College with concentrations in marketing and international business and BA from New College of Florida in social science.


Glenn Hower Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @GlennatParks

Glenn Hower currently studies entertainment content and delivery services. Glenn is experienced in entertainment content production and distribution systems with a particular emphasis on radio, television, and film content.

Glenn earned his BA in music with a focus on the music business and industry from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his MS and MBA from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.


Barbara Kraus Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Barbara Kraus joined Parks Associates in early 2013 and currently studies the connected consumer electronics field. Barbara’s expertise is delivering and monetizing consumer insights through the provision of compelling product and service technologies and experiences.

Barbara’s background includes more than 10 years with technology service providers in the telecom and home security industries in marketing, strategy and insights, operations, and business development. She also worked for EDS, now HP Enterprise Services, in market intelligence and large-deal sales support. Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Kansas and MBA from WSU.


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

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.

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