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Amena Ali Amena Ali, Senior VP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home by Earth Networks
Twitter ID: @weatherbug

Amena leads WeatherBug Home, a unit of Earth Networks. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for WeatherBug Home. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Amena has more than 20 years' management experience with high-tech firms ranging in size from $10 million to $30 billion. Amena is passionate about game-changing technologies that delight and educate consumers while meeting partner and provider goals. She has deep experience in product marketing, brand management, partner and corporate marketing and business development. Previously, Amena held executive-level positions at EMC, MCI, and Bain & Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University.


Skip Ashton Skip Ashton, VP of Technology, Thread Group; VP of Software, Silicon Labs, Thread Group / Silicon Labs

Skip is the Vice President of Software at Silicon Labs. He is responsible for managing the company's software and quality assurance teams, focusing on 8-bit and 32-bit MCU driver software and libraries, Ember ZigBee software and software for short-range sub-GHz wireless IC products.

Previously, Skip was the Vice President of Engineering and Technology at Ember before its acquisition by Silicon Labs in 2012. Prior to Silicon Labs and Ember, Skip held a variety of program management and engineering management roles focusing on high-quality product development. Skip has been involved with ZigBee technology since 2004 and is a member of the ZigBee Board of Directors, the Chair of the ZigBee Technical Committee, and the Chair of the ZigBee Test and Certification Committee. Skip is on the Board of Directors of the Connected Lighting Alliance. Previously he was a member of the Smart Grid Architecture Committee with NIST for development of Smart Grid standards. Skip has been heavily involved in the development of the ZigBee PRO stack, ZigBee Home Automation profile, and the ZigBee Smart Energy 1.0 and 2.0 profiles. Skip graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and spent five years in the US Navy Nuclear Program.


Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to ULE Alliance, worked 10 years at DSP Group, serving as Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


John Bojanowski John Bojanowski, President, Honeywell Life Care Solutions
Twitter ID: @Honeywell_LCS

John Bojanowski is the President of Honeywell Life Care Solutions, a global leader in health management technologies and remote patient monitoring. Before joining Honeywell Life Care Solutions, Mr. Bojanowski served as the President and CEO of Motus Medical, Executive-in-Residence of MedPanel LLC, President of NiTi Surgical Solutions, and also provided senior management level consulting services for various medical device companies. Mr. Bojanowski earned his degree from Virginia Tech.


Scott Boyarsky Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Product Development and Planning, Comcast

Scott Boyarsky is an executive member of Comcast's Technology Product organization, focused on the intersection of media and technology. His organization's responsibilities include developing and delivering products that transform the customer experience. From creating apps like Comcast TVGo to new features such as the Talking Guide on the X1 platform, his team work every day to make a positive impact through innovation in the pursuit of building amazing products that are enjoyable, easy to use and accessible across all platforms. The team also develops and supports our evolving network architecture, including next-generation consumer systems and technologies, infrastructure and engineering, network integration and management tools, and technical standards.


Bulent Celebi Bulent Celebi, Co-Founder and Chairman, AirTies Wireless Networks
Twitter ID: @BulentAirties

Bulent Celebi co-founded AirTies in 2004 with the vision of becoming the leader of wireless home media networking products that integrate free, purchased and personal content. After working as an engineer, Celebi joined National Semiconductor in Hong Kong as the Marketing Director for Asia. Later he returned to the US and became the driving force behind the technology that enabled multifunction printer/fax/scanner devices. Celebi played an active role in making his company the leader in the 10/100 Mbps Ethernet market. After National Semiconductor, Celebi served as Vice President & GM at Analog Devices running a successful $250 million division. Prior to founding AirTies, he served as the CEO of VC backed Ubicom, a network processor for WLAN applications. Celebi’s success in technical innovations resulted in his recognition as one of the “Top 10 Innovators” by the Red Herring Magazine, a reputable reference in the IT industry. Bulent Celebi attended the University of California, Berkeley and studied Electronics and Computer Engineering. He later attended the Stanford/AEA executive program.


Sunny Choi Sunny Choi, Vice President, Corporate Development/Advisor, Belkin/Internet of Things Consortium

Sunny Choi is the Vice President of Corporate Development at Belkin International, home to the Belkin, Linksys and WeMo consumer brands. He leads the company’s global strategic planning, business development, mergers & acquisitions and consumer research functions.

As part of Sunny’s long-term research and strategic planning responsibilities, he led the incubation and launch of new businesses including the WeMo Smart Home brand, as well as fast-to-market entries into Android smartphone and tablet accessories. He led the acquisition and integration of Zensi, where Belkin’s WeMo water and energy sensing technology originated, as well as the Linksys networking business from Cisco Systems. He negotiated and signed strategic partnership agreements with global brands including Amazon.com, Nest/Google, Procter & Gamble, Jarden Consumer Solutions, Osram Sylvania, Cree, HTC and Razer.

Prior to joining Belkin in 2004, Sunny Choi was an Alvarez & Marsal consultant. While there, he managed a team at a client organization to conduct corporate fundraising and M&A activities, which led to its sale to Pitney Bowes. Sunny also held finance and business planning roles at Wherehouse Entertainment and Warner Bros. Studios.

Sunny holds an MBA from U.C.L.A. Anderson School of Management with an emphasis on Strategy and Marketing and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Economics from U.C.L.A.


Steve Christian Steve Christian, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Verimatrix

Steve Christian has a wealth of experience in the digital media and Internet technology space and is a speaker on media technology and business trends at industry events around the globe At Verimatrix he is responsible for product strategy, marketing programs and management of brand equity. Prior to joining Verimatrix Mr. Christian was VP Marketing at streaming media specialist Nine Systems and has also run his own "virtual VP" technology marketing consultancy, helping the growth of a variety of software, wireless and Internet security ventures. His background includes product and services management at Wind River, ST Microelectronics and Raytheon. Mr. Christian has a 1st class degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.


Steve Clemons Steve Clemons, Director, Business Development, Zonoff

With a diverse background in early stage venture funding, strategic partnering, off-shore subsidiary development and product marketing for high tech and consumer brand companies, Steve brings over 20 years of expertise to Zonoff. Throughout his career, Steve has proven his ability to develop and implement strategic and tactical plans for entities as diverse as small start-ups to large Fortune 100 companies that need to transition their business models to reflect a changing market environment. At Zonoff, Steve has responsibility for strategic business development with emerging connected home markets such as insurance, health and energy. Steve has a Master’s Degree in International Business from United States International University and a BA in History from California Western University.


Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, 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.


Rich Cusick Rich Cusick, General Manager, Video, Gracenote

As General Manager for Gracenote Video, Rich 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.


Gary Davis Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, Intel Security
Twitter ID: @GaryJDavis

Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he works closely with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also oversees Intel Security’s online safety education to educate businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into easily understandable and actionable advice. During his 5+ years at the company, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Gary has appeared on several business, security and consumer lifestyle media outlets, including CNBC, NBC, FOX, and CBS Bay Area stations; and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine, MSNBC, PC Magazine, CNET, CSO Magazine, and PC World. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 15 years in technology companies. Gary serves on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).


		 Jim Denney Jim Denney, Vice President, Product Marketing, TiVo

As Vice President of Management and Strategy at TiVo, Jim Denney is responsible for defining TiVo's product portfolio including hardware platforms, service, embedded software and mobile strategy, and requirements. During his tenure at TiVo, he and his team have defined and launched innovative products ranging from mobile and online experiences, multi-tuner DVRs and client devices including features enabling content consumption, scheduling, 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.


John Driver John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

John acquired PacketVideo’s North American and European operations in 2015 through his 100% owned company, JM Driver LLC (whose market-facing name is Lynx Technology). John was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at PacketVideo. Prior to PacketVideo, he was Co-Founder & CEO of JoynIn, a mobile commerce technology start-up. He also led global field marketing at Serena, a $275M enterprise software company, where he managed marketing teams across eight countries. John also led the enterprise & mid-market strategy team at Sun Microsystems, a $13B enterprise computer hardware & software company (since acquired by Oracle), across 15 global sales regions. John received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. John works in the San Diego headquarters office.


Matt Eyring Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Matt Eyring is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Vivint, a leading smart home technology provider. He heads the Vivint Innovation Center, which creates the Vivint Sky smart home platform, and manages new business and channel development.

Before joining Vivint, Matt was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. He led worldwide strategy and operations at the firm, as well as the healthcare and emerging markets practices. Matt was a founding partner at the firm with Clayton Christensen in 2001, and helped the firm grow to its current leadership position.

Matt is the co-author of several Harvard Business Review articles on the topics of business model innovation and entrepreneurship and risk management. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Seth Frader-Thompson Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @fraderT

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat? demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.


Navin Ganeshan Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Officer, Zubie

Navin Ganeshan is the Chief Product Officer for Zubie, a connected-car company that uses real-time car data and analytics to make driving safer easier and less expensive. Zubie has won accolades and awards, for its consumer mobile experiences at CES, and innovative work in Usage-Based-Insurance (UBI). Navin’s career spans two decades building technology and products in “Next Big Thing” sectors. He served as chief product officer at Centrifuge systems focused on big data analytics for National security applications. At Network Solutions, he served as chief of strategy, GM of its Web-Marketing business units, and led strategic initiatives and investments. His work in IOT and connected devices began in 2003 as cofounder in a home automation startup that was recognized as the Best in Category at CES. He’s a frequent speaker and writer on IoT, Big Data and emerging tech. And lately has been spending much of his spare time working on (and playing with) drones. He can be reached at @Nganeshan or navin@zubiecar.com or an airport terminal near you.


Steve Gorretta Steve Gorretta, Product Line Manager, Connected Home Software, Cisco

Steve manages Connected Home Software products at Cisco and brings over 15 years of data networking and cloud applications experience. Within Cisco he is responsible for several products offered through the Cloud Services Group, including Cisco Prime Home, Connected Analytics for Home, and the Home Guard cybersecurity solution. Prior to Cisco, Steve was Director of Product Management and Marketing at 2Wire, and more recently ClearAccess, which was acquired by Cisco in 2012. Steve holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and resides in Portland, OR.


Lee Gruenfeld Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Support.com

Lee joined Support.com in July 2014 as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, responsible for overseeing the development and execution of various long-range technology and service strategies, including the company’s IoT positioning and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining Support.com he consulted to clients including Citrix, where he contributed to the design of a customer care system for the SaaS division and helped guide the integration of several acquisitions. He also served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of the SaaS product division he started for New Wave Automation (acquired by Global Cash Access). Earlier, he was a partner in the management consulting practice of Deloitte in New York and Los Angeles, where he served as National Director of Education for the firm’s Strategic Information Systems Planning service line and was a national resource in the areas of technology-related litigation and contracting.

A best-selling novelist and non-fiction writer, he has also written features and blogs for Computerworld, and served as a member of the board of directors for the Society of Certified Data Processors. He is currently co-director of Exceeding Expectations, a not-for-profit organization serving at-risk, inner-city kids in San Bernardino.
 


Daniel Herscovici Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable

Daniel Herscovici is Comcast's Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Xfinity Home business, a cloud and broadband-based platform providing next-generation home security, home automation and the foundation for a ‘smart home’. Xfinity Home delivers the platform and services through which Comcast will deliver on the promise of connected devices, connected home and the Internet of everything.

Prior to this position, Dan was vice president and general manager of Signature Support, a business that provided consumers and small businesses with advanced tech support and outsourced IT services for all the technology they connect to Comcast’s core services.

Dan joined Comcast in 2007 as vice president of Product Management for Comcast's high-speed Internet service, which with more than 20 million Internet customers, makes Comcast the nation’s largest Internet service provider. In this role, he conceptualized and led the launch of Xfinity WiFi, enabling Xfinity Internet customers to access thousands (and now millions) of Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. He also helped lead the introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 technology, further solidifying Comcast’s market leadership position as one of the fastest Internet service providers in the U.S.

Before joining Comcast, Dan spent nine years at Motorola Mobility and several years with Lucent Technologies and Philips Electronics in various product leadership roles.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University, a Master of Science in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Drexel University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of New York City, Dan now resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and two children. He serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs through programs like DreamIt, a venture capital firm and startup accelerator.


Jeremy Hill Jeremy Hill, VP Product Management and Marketing, Radialpoint

As the As the Vice President of Product and Marketing for a world leading Technical Support Services company, Jeremy leverages more than 15 years of technology and entrepreneurial experience to create innovative services offerings that help enable amazing white glove Support Experiences to end users of technology. Radialpoint has solved millions of technical support problems and powers premium technical support programs at large telcos such as Windstream, TELUS, Rogers and others.


Scott Hublou Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Services, Salus

Scott Hublou is currently the VP of Global Connected Services for Salus, an international brand in the home control market. Deployed in 14 countries worldwide, the Salus Connected Home solution is one of the largest international players in the Connected/Smart home industry. Scott is a leading voice in the clean tech and energy industries, through his consumer advocacy in the residential energy efficiency space. He is a frequent speaker on emerging smart grid technologies and the important role that smart homes play in creating a truly efficient energy system. Prior to Salus, Scott was the Founder of EcoFactor, North America’s leading Electric Utility solution Demand Side energy management CEO of Sapria 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-n-mortar fitness and nutrition industry. Scott has been a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley business schools, sharing his knowledge and expertise on innovative business strategy, business intelligence and SaaS platforms.


Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @GreenwaveSys

Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, the leading global IoT software and services provider. He is responsible for the oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the AXON Platform. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist with multiple patented technologies that have played a major role in driving the smart, simple connected home. Previously, he was founder of 4Home and Premise Systems, both acquired by Motorola Mobility (a division of Google) where he leads architecture and strategy. Jim is a well-respected thought leader and frequent speaker at industry events (CES, IoT Expo, IoT Privacy Summit, IoT World, Collision/Enterprise X, Parks Associates' CONNECTIONS, etc.) and is a go-to source for popular industry news outlets. Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor.


Pankaj Kedia Pankaj Kedia, Senior Director and Business Lead, Smart Wearables, Qualcomm

Pankaj Kedia is senior director of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where he is responsible for cultivating business opportunities with strategic customers and emerging segments. Pankaj is leading Qualcomm’s efforts in the wearable space – setting its wearable business strategy, defining product roadmaps, and collaborating with customers and partners to bring innovative products to market.

Previously, Pankaj was the director of business development and innovation at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for winning, nurturing, and launching mobility products and technologies. Pankaj launched the Intel Atom processor and led the company’s early efforts to establish its presence and momentum in the tablet and smartphone categories. Earlier at Intel, Pankaj played an instrumental role in accelerating the deployment of Notebook PCs in the industry by defining and implementing the company’s mobile strategies and launching a range of products including Centrino, Pentium 4 and Pentium III processors. Pankaj joined Intel in 1996 and held a series of executive advisory, strategy, marketing, planning, ecosystem, and business development roles across the company. He holds one of the early/defining patents around implementing low power sub-systems in mobile devices.

Prior to Intel, Pankaj was in the management consulting industry for five years leading projects in strategy, management, and information technology. Pankaj is an avid TED follower and has spoken at multiple TEDx events about the impact of mobile technologies around the world. He is frequently sought after as a speaker at industry events in the area of mobile, wearable, wireless, and Internet, and has been extensively quoted in mainstream publications.

Pankaj holds a Master of Business Administration from Wharton, a Master of Science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology. 


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

As the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Jay is responsible for Alarm.com’s marketing strategy, partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Jay worked for Microsoft in Seattle where he managed product marketing, consumer marketing and advertising initiatives across the Windows, Bing and Central Marketing Groups. He started his career growing startup companies in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA including Trilogy, pcOrder and Openshelf.com. Jay has his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.


Erik Kling Erik Kling, Vice President M2M New Business Development, Vodafone

Erik Kling has over 20 years of experience in the communication technology field covering hardware, software, services and solution elements of the industry. Erik has held senior sales and product management roles at Siemens Communications and wireless startup companies along with over ten years specifically in the M2M space.

Erik Kling joined Vodafone in Sept. 2010 and holds the current position as Vice President M2M New Business Development based in New York. His responsibilities include building and developing the M2M domestic new business team including the Latin America region, driving M2M solutions into Vodafone Global Enterprise accounts along with additional customers and markets and defining, developing and nurturing the M2M ecosystem within the market place.

Erik’s experience has spanned the globe with multiple roles in Europe, based in Spain and Germany and over 10 years in the Americas. Erik was born in Germany, lived in Spain, Mexico and Canada and is already over 10 years in the US.
 


Art Lancaster Art Lancaster, CTO; Board Member, Allseen Alliance, Affinegy/ AllSeen Alliance
Twitter ID: @Affinegy
Website: http://www.affinegy.com

As CTO of Affinegy, Art Lancaster drives the company’s technology strategy and oversees its solutions development. Affinegy’s CHARIOT Stack delivers the simple, secure and scalable way to support the full life cycle for connected products and services. From cloud servers through embedded clients and mobile user experiences - Affinegy provides software services that automatically provision, configure, update and manage the connected products that are at the heart of the Internet of Things. Leading broadband service providers, connected device manufacturers, and application/service providers have deployed Affinegy’s solutions to over 35 million customers around the world. Lancaster speaks regularly as a strong advocate for open source software and open standards to achieve true ease-of-use and broad interoperability. He is active in the AllSeen Alliance serving as a Board Member and as chair of its Gateway Working Group. In recent years he has spearheaded development of key connected device technologies with a number of patents issued and embraced important industry standards like TR-069, XMPP and AllJoyn, having championed commercialization within the industry and Affinegy’s products. 


Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek

Joe Liu currently leads strategy and operations at MivaTek, a smart home and healthcare service company. MivaTek changes the way people protect their loved ones, property, and possessions with solutions that integrate connected devices, cloud backup, and complete control from a single mobile app. The name MivaTek, shorthand for “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” alludes to the mobile-enabled, video-integrated focus at the heart of MivaTek’s core product offerings.

Despite MivaTek’s status as a Silicon Valley startup, MivaTek products and solutions are the product of five years of R&D.

Prior to launching MivaTek in 2015, Liu co-founded and led California-based Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network company. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex and used this technology to power MivaTek solutions.

Liu’s background includes engineering and serial entrepreneurship. After earning his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at California State University, Chico, he worked for companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.


Stuart Lombard Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Twitter ID: @ecobee
Website: http://www.ecobee.com

A born innovator, Stuart Lombard’s destiny was set by the age of 12 when he began building a foldable canoe that could be carried around in a briefcase. Today, as the President and CEO of ecobee, he is so committed to his work that he was once seen buzzing around the subway during rush hour wearing a bee costume. Granted, it was Halloween. Why such dedication? Because he’s proud to have founded a product that significantly impacts people’s lives and the environment. When Stuart’s not busy fulfilling his role at ecobee, you may find him running, cycling, undertaking a triathlon or chasing his dog. You may also find him tinkering away on a woodwork project. Trying to finish that foldable canoe? Perhaps.


Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Twitter ID: @IcontrolNtwrks

As Chief Marketing Officer, Letha leads Icontrol’s product and marketing initiatives, responsible for product investments and corresponding marketing strategies to grow revenue and deliver excellent customer experiences in the emerging connected home market. She brings more than 15 years of diverse marketing, product development, and business leadership experience. Letha came to Icontrol from Landis+Gyr, a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of global deployments for Energy Management and Advanced Applications. Prior to that, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, a leading automated meter reading services provider. She also held roles at Schlumberger in their automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.


Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Kevin Meagher is the SVP Business Development for ROC Connect, a technology company offering an enterprise grade cloud platform to support the IoT and the deployment of smart home products and services.

Meagher is the former VP and General Manager of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative. He led Lowe’s IoT program, including the development of deployment of connected products and services through stores. Kevin founded Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform delivering smart home solutions to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities.

Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force.

Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA from the Open University.  


Andrew Morawski Andrew Morawski, Head of M2M, Vodafone, Americas, Vodafone

Andrew Morawski joined Vodafone in 2013 as its head of Machine-to-Machine (M2M) in the Americas. In this role, Andrew is responsible for leading Vodafone’s M2M sales, strategy and operational initiatives in North and South America. His key area of focus for the region is the application of M2M technologies which enable creative new business models to drive growth in both established and emerging markets.


Frank Napoleon Frank Napoleon, Director - Monitoring Innovations, Intel-GE Care Innovations

Frank serves as Director of Monitoring Innovations for Intel-GE Care Innovations. There he leads research projects with leading healthcare organizations and developed new monitoring technologies designed to connect people to their care teams and give them the confidence to live independently, wherever they call home. Frank brings 30 plus years of diverse experience to his current roll including commercial leadership in sales, marketing, and operations. Frank holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in electrical engineering. Frank is a published science fiction writer, enjoys motorcycling, SCUBA diving, and serves as a religious studies minister in his church.


Sami Nassar Sami Nassar, Vice President, Cyber Security Solutions, NXP Semiconductors

With 20 years of experience in the high-tech industry, Mr. Nassar brings a broad insight into digital security and semiconductors. Previous to joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas, Managing Director of Strategic Marketing for Hitachi, and Managing Director of Schlumberger’s (now Gemalto) telecom smart cards and systems. He also founded a number of startup companies in Silicon Valley.


Monisha Perkash Monisha Perkash, CEO, Lumo Bodytech
Twitter ID: @Mperkash

Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder of Lumo Bodytech, a wearable technology platform company. Lumo’s products empower you to be the best version of yourself. Current Lumo Bodytech products include the Lumo Lift and Lumo Back posture coaches and activity trackers, as well as the Lumo Run smart running shorts. Monisha previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of TuitionCoach (acquired by SimpleTuition in 2009), where she oversaw the financing, launch, and general management of the start-up. After the acquisition, she stayed on with SimpleTuition as VP Products. Monisha has an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Yale. Lumo Bodytech is privately-held and headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Information on Lumo Bodytech and their products is available at www.lumobodytech.com.


Michael Pessina Michael Pessina, President and Co-CEO, Lutron Electronics

Michael W. Pessina is Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of energy-saving, light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, USA. In his 35-year plus career with Lutron, Pessina has acquired broad experience in the engineering, quality assurance and manufacturing departments. He was named vice president of Manufacturing Operations in 1996, and took on additional responsibilities as general manager of the Grafik Systems business unit in 1997. He was promoted to senior vice president in 2000, to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2002, and to President, Office of Product Development in 2009. He was appointed to President in 2011 and to his current position in July 2015. He is also a member of Lutron’s Executive Board and Lutron’s Advisory Council.

A licensed professional engineer in Pennsylvania and certified senior quality engineer through the American Society of Quality, Pessina is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and 2nd Vice Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). He is also a member of the board of the Lehigh Valley Partnership. Pessina also serves on the Board of Trustees of DeSales University, chairs their Audit Committee and is a member of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities. He is a named inventor of over thirty-five U.S. issued design and utility patents. He holds a B.S.E.E. (summa cum laude) from Lafayette College and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Pessina and his wife, Michele, reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania. They have two daughters. 


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

Kevin Petersen is President for AT&T’s Digital Life. Kevin is responsible for spearheading the commercial launch and overall leadership of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, Energy Management and International Wholesale Services.
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 20-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 for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the President’s Advisory Council for Ogelthorpe University. 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. 


Matthew Pine Matthew Pine, Vice President, Marketing, Carrier, United Technologies

Matthew Pine is Vice President of Marketing for Carrier Corporation’s Residential business unit based out of Indianapolis, IN. Matthew has over 20 years of experience including over 2 years with Carrier/UTC.

He came to Carrier from Vestas Wind Systems, who supplies energy from over 52,000 turbines to millions of households on six continents, where he was Head of Power Plant Sales Technology for Europe, living in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to Vestas, Matthew spent 13 years in the HVAC Industry with increasing responsibly in Sales & Distribution, Marketing, Product Management and General Management functions.

Matthew received a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The University of Alabama and a Masters of Business Administration in Finance from Northeastern University.  


Phillip Raub Phillip Raub, CMO and Head of Retail, b8ta

Phillip is the CMO and Head of Retail at b8ta, the first brick-and-mortar retailer architected to help consumers discover, experience, and buy the latest tech and IoT products. Prior to b8ta, Phillip was the Head of Global Channel Marketing at Nest, oversaw the rollout and execution of trade show, retail/wholesale marketing materials in NA and Europe. Formerly the Director of Retail Marketing at Nintendo for 6 years, and a member of the US Sales and Marketing leadership team. Phillip was also Senior Marketing Manager and General Store Manager at Gap.


Stuart Rench Stuart Rench, CEO, ihiji

Stuart Rench is the CEO and co-founder of Ihiji, the Austin-based award-winning monitoring solution for integrators to better serve their customers within the connected home. Prior to founding Ihiji, Stuart was the CEO of InvoStar, a custom design-build home automation company. His interest in networking technologies is rooted in his experience in Research and Development for BellSouth early in his career. As he noticed the radical shifts in technology taking hold of the home, he quickly realized the importance of secure and simple solutions for technology companies and their customers. Stuart is a Houston native and graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Kevin Robinson Kevin Robinson, VP Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance

Kevin Robinson is Vice President of Marketing for Wi-Fi Alliance, where he oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing, and public relations for the organization. In addition, Kevin is responsible for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy.
Kevin speaks worldwide about Wi-Fi's impact on applications, devices, and users. He is charged with promoting the technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance collaboration forum worldwide, and is one of its leading ambassadors, working with Wi-Fi Alliance's 600+ member companies.

Before joining Wi-Fi Alliance in 2008, Kevin enjoyed working with early stage technology startups on business strategy consulting and technology market research. Kevin is a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a Captain in the Infantry. Kevin holds a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.


Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, CEO , Independa

Kian Saneii brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to Independa as the CEO. Prior to Independa, Saneii was GM of Websense Wireless from 2005-2008. Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior Vice President for IMA, Inc and IPNet Solutions during 1997-2001. From 1985-1997, Saneii served in management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Before earning his Masters in Computer Science from Rutgers University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Honors, from New York University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the NYU President’s Award. Kian experienced firsthand the difficulties and related anguish of providing care to an elderly loved one, and set out to create an offering that would allow caregivers to “be there” regardless of their physical distance. Since founding Independa in 2009, now senior care communities and individual family caregivers can improve the lives of those in their care.


Sagar Savla Sagar Savla, Data Science, Facebook

Sagar is a breaker-of-all-things-data at Facebook. He mines and analyzes data to bring insights on to the table, directing strategic decisions in diverse and eclectic products that help connect the world. Prior to Facebook, he worked at PayPal where he built fraud and anomaly detection in graphs. He's also worked at unicorn startups like Lyft where he used data science to build an in-house dispatch system.

Before working in the industry, he worked at Georgia Institute of Technology where he streamlined financial accounting processes and chalked out a industry-best-practices for mobile experiences of cultural events. As a student, he also led the cross functional career services department at his alma mater in Bombay connecting graduates with the right companies and careers. He has conducted multiple seminars on Ethical Hacking evangelizing good computer and information security. He also has won multiple awards for his work in tech competitions and hackathons with mobile apps live in the App Stores. He's dabbled in products on multiple platforms like Android, iOS, PlayStation, Java Mobile and even the Kindle.

He has a Masters' from Georgia Tech with research in fields of Machine Learning, User Experience and Privacy Policies. He is co-author of Uxonomy: UX for Modern Engineers.


Curt Schacker Curt Schacker, Senior Vice President, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG
Twitter ID: @Evrythng
Website: http://www.evrythng.com

Curt has spent over 25 years in the Silicon Valley high tech community, having held a number of senior positions in sales, marketing, and business development, including VP of Worldwide Marketing at Wind River (Intel), Executive VP of Field Operations at Real-Time Innovations, and VP of Sales at Arrayent. He co-founded and served as CEO of Embedded Solution Partners, which was named the 20th fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley in 2006. Curt has spoken and served as a panelist at numerous events around the world, offering education and insight into leading edge embedded and communications software topics. He is a strong advocate for advancement of Web- connected products. Curt began his career developing flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. He graduated with honors from Wright State University with a degree in Computer Science.


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

Ratul works as an Intrapreneur driving technology enabled transformation. His efforts towards developing creative engagement models and implementing business strategy have led to increased efficiencies and significant new revenue streams for multiple clients.

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 leads Sutherland’s SmartLeap(tm) practice – next generation technology enabled services and platform solutions that helps clients reduce cost of services and increase end-customer satisfaction, customer stickiness and revenue realization from in-scope and out-of-scope technical support.

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 Austin, Texas with his wife Anuradha and together they have 3 daughters.


Steve Thompson Steve Thompson, Director, Business Development, PlumChoice

As VP of Business Development, Steve is responsible for supporting the company’s growth plans and conveying the company’s capabilities to key prospects. Steve brings to his role more than 25 years of executive level consultative IT expertise. Previous to PlumChoice, Steve was the Director of Sales at CBeyond, a publicly traded cloud solutions provider where he led a team of Senior Account Executives in the Boston market. He also spent 10 years as Founder & President of CompuSolve a Compaq/HP Value Added Reseller, where he was the primary IT resource for companies such as HP Field Service, Standex International, Sterilite Corporation & Liberty Mutual Insurance. A graduate of The University of New Hampshire, Steve hold a BA in Business Administration and Communications.


Sid Victor Sid Victor, Vice President - Solutions, CSS Corp

Sid has over 12 years of experience in Technology Support, Onshore, Offshore, Near-Shore and Onsite Outsourcing. At CSS Corp, Sid is responsible for creating strong partnership oriented tech support solutions that deliver higher value to existing customers, create an exceptional customer experience, drive business growth and operational efficiencies for customers. He also has created strong and sustainable business models for unified process standardization and to ensure seamless global delivery.

Sid works closely with research analysts and advisors to sharpen GTM strategies for CSS Corp. He collaborates with senior client leadership to create business value based solutions for which align with client strategic imperatives.

He earned his Visual Communication degree from the Madras University, and leadership training from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. Sid is a six sigma green belt trained professional apart from being a registered COPC coordinator.


		 Ben Weinberger Ben Weinberger, Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Sling TV

Ben Weinberger oversees product development, product management, programming and editorial teams at Sling TV, LLC. Prior to joining Sling TV in 2015, Ben served as co-founder and CEO of Digitalsmiths. In this role, Ben helped pioneer the development of video discovery solutions that made it easier for consumers to find personally relevant programming at any time across multiple devices. As a result, the company’s products were adopted by seven of the top ten pay-TV providers in the U.S. In 2014, Ben was instrumental in the acquisition of Digitalsmiths by Tivo for $135 million in a move to expand on new opportunities to commercialize and deploy TiVo’s cloud-based services and technologies to operators in conjunction with Tivo’s renowned user interface. Post-acquisition, Ben expanded Digitalsmiths’ efforts to include Latin America and Europe. Additionally, Ben serves on the board or advisory boards of Librestream, T3Media, the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association and Council for Entrepreneurial Development. Ben graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University. Ben is an avid college basketball fan and enjoys traveling with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Gemma.


Nate Williams Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc
Twitter ID: @naywilliams

Nate Williams is the Chief Revenue Officer at August, where he is responsible for managing sales and business development. He has over 15 years’ experience as a technology executive, entrepreneur, and advisor with executives roles in marketing, product and business development, and corporate finance. Throughout his career, he has executed company growth and turnaround that culminated in successful exits for Motorola Home (to ARRIS '13), Motorola Mobility (to Google '12), and 4Home (to Motorola '10). Prior to August, Nate was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development of Greenwave Systems, where he led worldwide marketing and business development teams. Nate joined Greenwave from Motorola Mobility (Google) where he led the software product marketing and business development teams as part of their $3.7B Motorola Home business. Following the acquisition of 4Home, where Nate was previously the CMO and Head of Business Development, by Motorola, Inc. in 2010, Nate helped to launch its Converged Experiences Division to develop differentiated applications and device solutions for the delivery of rich content multi-screen software experiences. Nate received an MBA degree in Marketing and Technology Management from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BS in Communications Science from UCONN. He currently resides in the Bay Area.


Brian Winter Brian Winter, Chief Revenue Officer, SmartThings

Brian Winter is the Chief Revenue Officer at SmartThings, where he leads global business and channel development initiatives. He is also the founder and advisor of Pyxl, a service that builds online tools for nationwide brands seeking enterprise level support. Winter previously served as CMO and Chief of Staff at Carpathia Hosting, Inc., a cloud services company and before that was Vice President, Global Virtualization Software Sales at Sun Microsystems, a $20 billion Fortune 500 information technology company. Prior to Sun Microsystems, Winter oversaw sales and marketing at venture-backed SevenSpace, and served in various senior marketing and management roles at USWeb Corporation. He has presented on a wide variety of information technology-related topics in over 20 countries worldwide. He has also completed 35 marathons in 30 states and is focused on reaching his goal of running a marathon in all 50 states. He currently resides near Palo Alto, CA.


Justin Wong Justin Wong, VP Business Development, IFTTT

Justin is currently the VP of Business Development at IFTTT, where he leads the Company's partnership efforts. With over 15+ years of business development experience, Justin most recently led channel distribution and device integration partnerships at SmartThings (acquired by Samsung). Justin also led eyewear partnerships for Google Glass while serving at Google[x]. He is a startup veteran, having joined online gaming platform Mochi Media as an early employee and scaling growth to 175+mm global users, culminating in the Company's sale to a leading Chinese gaming company. Justin was also an early member of the Google Local Search team and helped launch Google Maps to the world. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School.


Ohad Zeira Ohad Zeira, Director, Consumer IoT, Verizon

Ohad Zeira is currently serving as Director of Consumer IoT at Verizon. He is an early story telling pioneer in humanizing IoT technology and making it relevant to mass market. Ohad is an Advisor for the Internet of Things Consortium and was the co-founder and head of WeMo at Belkin. Ohad redirected his passion for chasing Corporate Development greenfields to creating contextually-aware connected experiences because he believes they have the ability to positively impact lives, change the way we develop for users and engage with the world at large. Ohad has held numerous positions in fast growing marketing segments including energy management, mobility and home automation. Ohad holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University.



Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, 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.


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

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.


Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior 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


Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services


Stuart Sikes Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart Sikes is the president of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services. Stuart and team assist clients around the world by predicting trends in consumer technologies and identifying evolving business models. The Parks Associates team serves the world’s leading semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecom equipment, and entertainment companies, providing them with industry analysis, consumer research, and go-to-market recommendations. Stuart’s recent industry presentations include the outlook for residential energy management, new business models for the connected home, and the evolution of new video services.

Stuart has served technology companies for over twenty years, designing technical service, software, and hardware solutions for companies ranging from global semiconductor manufacturers to one of the nation’s largest airlines. In his positions with companies including AT&T, NCR, OpenConnect Systems, and Intelligraphics, Stuart’s roles have included sales, product marketing, marketing communications, and executive management.

Stuart holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.


Harry Wang Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Harry Wang studies the consumer electronics and entertainment service industries with a focus on portable CE hardware, software, and associated applications and services. He is also the lead analyst for Parks Associates’ digital health research program. Harry has presented his research in numerous industry events including CES, Digital Hollywood, Photo Marketing Association Annual Show, American Telemedicine Association Annual Show, World Health Congress, and Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ conferences.

Harry earned his MS degree in marketing research from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from Texas Christian University and a BA degree in international business from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P.R. China.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications, Digital Imaging Products and Services