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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.

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.

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.

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.

		 Jim Denney Jim Denney, VP of Product Management & Strategy, TiVo

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. 

John Driver John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

John Driver is CEO of Lynx Technology, which acquired PacketVideo’s (PV) North American and European operations in March 2015 along with license for Twonky, the world’s leading SDK that enables the best rich media experience for the products and services offered by CE companies, service providers, and content providers in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to the acquisition, John was PV’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, 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 Lynx Technology’s San Diego headquarters office.

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

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.

Edgar Figueroa Edgar Figueroa, CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance

As president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar has led an unprecedented period of growth for Wi-Fi®, with more than two billion devices shipped in 2013 alone. Under Edgar’s leadership, Wi-Fi Alliance has grown to more than 600 member companies, maintained an aggressive development roadmap, and adopted a vision of seamless connectivity. Edgar forged numerous strategic partnerships to facilitate penetration of Wi-Fi into established and emerging markets. Edgar also defined the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program development framework, and guided the launch of several generations of interoperable Wi-Fi programs that have proliferated Wi-Fi into mass markets such as mobile and consumer electronics.

Prior to Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Cisco). He was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, Edgar held product management and engineering roles at 3M Company.

Edgar is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and various community programs in Austin Texas. In 2009, he was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame.

Edgar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.

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.

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.

Wynn Grubbs Wynn Grubbs, Senior Vice President, Business and Partner Development, PlumChoice

Wynn leads go-to-market strategy and implementation for PlumChoice, Inc., accelerating strategic execution to expand the company’s Specialized Technology Services leadership role in enabling the Internet of Things and Cloud. Wynn is responsible for: market assessment, segmentation and coverage; business model optimization; product management; strategic pricing management; marketing; business development; program implementation; and partner development and sales. He serves on the MassTLC IoT Steering Committee and is a sought-after speaker for both Cloud and IoT topics such as market enablement, ecosystems, new business models, consumer and SMB technical needs, and new service paradigms. Speaking engagements include Parks Associates CONNECTIONS, CABA, 2015 FOLEYTech Summit (Foley & Lardner LLC).

Wynn brings more than 20 years of executive business development and marketing experience in both private and public companies to the organization. Previous to PlumChoice, he led sales, marketing and account management teams at several companies including CommercialWare, Independent Mobile (IMO) and Valora Technologies. At Lightbridge, an outsourced services company servicing the converged telecommunications market, he helped build the company from a $16M private entity to publicly traded with revenues in excess of $100M. Wynn has extensive background in the outsourced services, SaaS and software sectors including specific experience in telecommunications, retail and legal industries. He began his career as an entrepreneur, having founded and operated two retail businesses. Wynn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Lee Gruenfeld Lee Gruenfeld, VP, 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 for Computerworld, and served as a member of the board of directors for the Society of Certified Data Processors.

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.

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 of Greenwave Systems. He is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the Axon platform. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim led Motorola Mobility’s (a division of Google) architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, simple connected home. During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003. Jim's specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management. 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, 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 New Business Development, Vodafone

Erik Kling has over 20 years 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 as Regional Sales Director M2M based in New York. His responsibilities include building and developing the M2M regional sales team including Latin America, 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, Affinegy
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.

As his first entrepreneurial project, Liu formed Techlink Equipment and Technology in 1985, specializing in semiconductor capital equipment. He went on to co-found BCD Semiconductor, Vertex Networks, Syscan Systems, PMC Semiconductor, AAC Semi, and Integrated Silicon Solutions Inc.

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.

Kevin is the former VP and General Manager of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative. He led Lowe’s smart home program, including the development of deployment of connected products and services through stores. Prior to Lowe’s, 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 one of the global pioneers of the smart home. 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 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.

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

Monisha Perkash is CEO & Co-founder at Lumo Bodytech a wearables technology platform company that leverages algorithms, software and smart sensors to optimize performance and address human biomechanics through the real-time tracking of body movement. 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.

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

Petersen is President for AT&T Digital Life. Kevin is responsible for spearheading the commercial launch and overall leadership of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, Home Healthcare, 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, 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

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.

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.

Sagar Savla Sagar Savla, Data Science Engineer, Facebook

Sagar is a breaker-of-all-things-data at Facebook. He's ex-PayPal (built fraud and anomaly detection in graphs) and ex-Lyft (Used data science to build the in-house dispatch system). He has a Masters' from Georgia Tech with research in fields of Machine Learning, User Experience and Privacy Policies. He's co-author of Uxonomy: UX for Modern Engineers.

		 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

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.

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, 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.

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, 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

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

As a 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, 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