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Jacob Atalla Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability, KB Home

Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, where he leads KB Home’s initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly.
Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 30 years’ experience with technology and green building. He draws on this deep expertise to create innovative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.
Jacob worked on the 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, a sustainable concept home for today, tomorrow and the future.  
He developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®), which for the first time provides homeowners with a HERS Index Score and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.
Recent projects include the expansion of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; building over 115,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, and 6,000 homes with solar PV; building the most WaterSense® labeled homes in the nation; and building more than 150 LEED Platinum certified homes.
Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the first national homebuilder to do so.  
KB Home has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA, for seven consecutive years, and the ENERGY STAR Climate Communications Award for three years in a row. KB Home is also a 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Grand Winner, and a WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner. 
Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and the advisory board of TecHome Builder.

Daniel Behrendt Daniel Behrendt, Head of Business Development, Resideo Connected Home

Dan Behrendt leads Business Development within Resideo’s Connected Home software organization.
Dan is responsible for Resideo’s partnership efforts across a variety of verticals, including Insurance, Telco, Real Estate and other, non-traditional channels. Dan’s focus is on value for both end-users and partners via Connected Home offerings in comfort, safety, security and energy efficiency, leveraging tailored, partner solutions across software services, end-user engagement tools, data insights and an innovative, end-to-end user journey. 
Prior to Resideo and Honeywell, Dan held global leadership roles in strategy, operations and corporate/business development in technical innovators, including Samsung Electronics in Seoul, South Korea and Microsoft in Redmond, Washington. He has co-founded and advised numerous start-ups in the US, India and Asia, and started his career as an attorney, with a legal practice in Corporate and International transactions.
Dan received his MBA from the Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires (Insead) and earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and University of California, Davis, King Hall School of Law, respectively.

Steve Chazin Steve Chazin, VP, Product Management, Alarm.com

Steve is VP of Products and responsible for Alarm.com’s Business Intelligence, Partner Tools and Wellness product lines. Steve has more than 25 years’ experience designing, building, marketing, and selling innovative technology that changed the world, helping create delightful products for consumers and enterprises at Salesforce, Cisco, Raytheon, Symantec and Ellucian.  Notably, Steve was rehired by Steve Jobs in 1997 to help return Apple to profitability and now delights in integrating new technologies like deep learning, AI, augmented reality and IoT to improve people’s lives. Steve holds a MSEE from Princeton, a BA in Physics from Franklin & Marshall College and owns multiple collaboration and automation patents.

Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent
Twitter ID: @cirrent

Rob Conant, 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 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.

Ed Doran Ph.D. Ed Doran Ph.D., Co-Founder Cortana, Principle Program Management, Artificial Intelligence & Research, Incubations, Microsoft

Ed leads new product incubations for Microsoft Research Artificial Intelligence. Ed joined MSR from the Cortana team where he co-founded the product, lead product planning, and lead targeted AI innovation and ecosystem projects.  Prior to Microsoft, Ed lead insight strategy teams for Yahoo!, helping build new products and better businesses across search, browse, rich media, and ecommerce. And even before that, Ed lead market research, user research, business intelligence, and management consulting teams focused on applying research to make the organization smarter and better.  Ed holds a Ph.D. and a deep love of coffee.

Robert Flippo Robert Flippo, CEO, MobileHelp
Twitter ID: @MobileHelpCEO

Rob Flippo is co-founder and CEO of MobileHelp. For the past 25 years, Mr. Flippo has worked in both start-up environments as well as fortune 50 companies, holding executive roles at high-tech companies including his current position with MobileHelp, as well as Motorola, Emergin Incorporated, and Boca Research. In his current role, he has been responsible for growing MobileHelp from two to more than 200 employees, with a current customer base of nearly 250,000. In his tenure as CEO, he also successfully negotiated the sale of the company to ABRY Partners in 2017. Prior to his role at MobileHelp, Mr. Flippo was the Vice President of Operations at Emergin, Inc. where he was responsible for all aspects of company operations, including the functions of CFO and COO. In 2007, he successfully negotiated the sale of Emergin to Philips Medical Systems. At Motorola's Wireless Messaging Division, Mr. Flippo served as Director of Product & Business Development, and was responsible for managing Motorola's advanced messaging product lines, patent licenses, and contract negotiations. Mr. Flippo holds an MBA from the University of Miami, a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, and has completed executive studies in business management at Harvard Business School. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association. Mr. Flippo holds 8 US patents for communications systems.

Chris Gibbons MD Chris Gibbons MD, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.
Twitter ID: @mcgibbons

Dr. Gibbons is the Founder and CEO of The Greystone Group, a digital health research, innovation and strategy consulting firm. Greystone has unparalleled strength in health sector ecosystem visioning & design, health innovation, diversity populations and emerging health sector revenue models. Greystone helps clients uncover unrecognized insights that drive disruptive innovation and capture new digital health revenue opportunities. At Greystone, Dr. Gibbons leads a team of Johns Hopkins trained healthcare, health technology, innovation, business management and analytics experts with unique proficiency for leveraging technology to improve population health. Dr. Gibbons is also on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and Duke University Schools of Medicine.

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz, Electronics + Environment, Energy & Utilities Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value
Twitter ID: @ibm

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz is the Electronics and Environment, Energy and Utilities Leader of IBM's Institute for Value research and strategic positioning work. Her fact-based research and perspectives help clients understand how Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, Security, Data and Platforms will create sustainable business value for executives, boards shareholders and stakeholders. Prior to rejoining the IBV, Cristene was an Executive Strategist working with IBM's Watson Group, part of IBM’s investment in Cognitive Computing. As a master story-teller, she has a deep understanding of cross-the-portfolio use cases and brings a novel approach to data applications and interaction design. She brings more than 20 years focused in marketing, strategy, and product/offering design.

Bernd Grohmann Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President, eQ-3 AG

Bernd Grohmann is Executive Vice President (Vorstand) and CTO at eQ-3 AG, responsible for the OEM plus international business and Corporate Development for the group. According to industry analysts, eQ-3 is the European Smart Home market leader based on the installed base of whole home solutions and a Pioneer with IPv6 based Smart Home products. Grohmann is a profound expert of the Smart Home and IoT market plus technology. Before joining eQ-3 AG, Grohmann was Vice President Product Marketing at Zensys, the original maker of Z-Wave, where he was responsible for the Z-Wave alliance in its early days. At Danish industry group Danfoss A/S, Grohmann was leading the Communication Technology Center, a think tank supporting all 26 business divisions. In addition, he greatly contributed to the standardization work, e.g. within IEEE802.15.4, as a Working Group Chair in the ZigBee alliance and as one of the initiators of the 6LoWPAN initiative of IETF.

Geoff Gross Geoff Gross, Founder and CEO, Medical Guardian
Twitter ID: @MedicalGuardian

Geoff Gross is the founder and CEO of Medical Guardian, a leading provider of personal emergency response and connected care solutions. Geoff's passion for the connected care, healthcare tech, and IoT industries is the basis for the mission of Medical Guardian to empower customers to live a life without limits. With 14 years of experience in the personal emergency response systems industry, Geoff has positioned Medical Guardian to empower its customers through innovative products that offer protection at home and everywhere they go. Medical Guardian was named as one of the "Best Places to Work" by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2015 and 2018, included in the "Philly 100" and Philadelphia Business Journal's Soaring 76 fastest growing companies in Philadelphia, and listed in Inc. 5000's list of fastest growing companies in America for the sixth consecutive year in 2018. Geoff was named a Glassdoor Top CEO in 2018, ranking #38 out of 50 in the U.S. small-and-medium-sized business category. In 2016, Geoff was named to the "Most Admired CEO's" list by the Philadelphia Business Journal. He has also been named a five-time finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year, a "40 under 40" by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Direct Marketing News, and Smart CEO Magazine's "Future 50." Geoff serves as Co-Chair of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's largest fundraiser event, Cheers for CHOP, as well as sits on the Board of Directors for the Medical Alert Monitoring Association, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society of the Delaware Valley, and The Please Touch Museum. He's also a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO).

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

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

Yuval Harry Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Yuval Harry is Head of Partnerships at Hippo, focused on generating and operating distribution partnerships, including those related to the convergence of smart home and home insurance. Yuval has significant operating experience in leadership roles scaling sales and operations. Prior to Hippo, he was Head of Sales at Shift, a technology startup re-imagining the used car space, where he built and led the sales and customer service teams. Earlier, Yuval was Director of Business Operations for Linkedin's largest sales team, leading sales and go to market initiatives. Prior to that, he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, and an Engineering Lead at Intel. Yuval holds and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology.

Jeremy Hitchcock Jeremy Hitchcock, Founder & CEO, Minim

Jeremy Hitchcock is the founder and CEO of Minim, an IoT platform company that enables and secures a better connected home. Previously, Jeremy Hitchcock founded Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company. Established in 2001 from his college dorm room, Dyn grew to become a DNS, data, analytics, and traffic routing service provider for 20% of the Fortune 500 and Alexa 1000 and was acquired by Oracle in 2017. Jeremy's achievements as founder/CEO at Dyn included: Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (northeast), Inc. 500, Deloitte Fast 500 rankings, and many best company to work for accolades. For his efforts in workforce development, he received an honorary doctorate from the University System of New Hampshire. Jeremy is also a trustee of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Community College System of New Hampshire. Jeremy graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in Management Information Systems.

David Kaiserman David Kaiserman, President, Lennar Ventures, Lennar

David is the founder and Chairman of SunStreet as well as President of Lennar Ventures, which drives Lennar Corporation innovation, government affairs and strategy. With more than 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, David is a go-to expert for national media on trends and innovation in homebuilding and residential real estate. He is the past Chairman of RESNET Industry Advisory Committee and is a founding principle liaison of Leading Builders of America. Prior to joining Lennar, David was a member of Saybrook Capital, LLC, where he co-founded the investment firm's merchant banking group and its private equity investments. David is based in Miami at Lennar corporate headquarters and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Charlie Kindel Charlie Kindel, Chief Product and Technology Officer, SnapAV
Twitter ID: @Control4

Charlie Kindel has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home division. For over 20 years Charlie has led the connected home industry with innovative product development and thought-leadership, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, CONNECTIONS, SXSW, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft's most loved consumer and developer products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7, as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server.

Ramon Kolb Ramon Kolb, Head of Strategy and Business Development, Smart Home and Dragon TV, Nuance

Ramon Kolb is Head of Global Business Development for Nuance’s Smart Home and Emmy award winning Dragon TV business. With more than 25 years of experience in telecommunications and voice recognition and 18 years with Nuance, Ramon oversees the growth and expansion strategy of Nuance's conversational, cognitive and analytics platforms for global service operators, spanning the smart home and operator subscriber markets. Prior to Nuance, Ramon held a variety of technical and marketing roles with Comverse, VoiceSignal and SavaJe Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in telecommunications and digital signal processing, from Fontys University and a Master of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University.

Jon-Michael Kowall Jon-Michael Kowall, AVP of Property Product Development & Innovation, USAA

Jon-Mike Kowall leads Product Development for USAA’s Property Insurance portfolio. With 20+ years of financial industry experience ranging from actuarial, underwriting, product development, finance, and emerging analytics, Jon-Michael is currently the Assistant VP of Property & Casualty Product Development for Property Insurance at USAA. His team is responsible for national product strategy, innovation, design, and implementation of new ways to create value for the 12 million members of USAA. This includes leveraging new and emerging technologies, creating strategic partnerships, and thinking outside the box to serve our unique membership.

Jennifer Mallett Jennifer Mallett, CEO/President, Level Up Your Home

Jennifer is the CEO and President of Level Up Your Home, a national Smart Home Automation company specializing in bringing connected products into 25 US major markets for both residential and commercial clients. Prior to founding Level Up Your Home in 2016, for over a decade she led the Home Automation business unit at Bose which included the oversight of 100+ high end custom integration companies installing and selling products in the US and Canada. Her Blog, 60 Seconds of Smart has been awarded one of the Top Smart Home Automation Blogs on the Planet by Feedspot. Jennifer is an active member of CEDIA, AVIXA, NAHB, NARI, ESA and Women in CE.

Patrick Maloney Patrick Maloney, CEO & Founder, Inspire

Patrick Maloney is the founder and chief executive officer of Inspire. A lifelong entrepreneur, Maloney has focused his career on disrupting the energy category. He founded Inspire to simplify consumer adoption of clean energy and smart home technologies. His mission is to drive massive progress towards a brighter energy future. Since launching in 2014, Inspire has prevented the equivalent of 1,190,747 metric tons of GHG. Maloney was recently recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 in LA for Cleantech & Renewables, and earlier this year Inspire was named among the top 10 percent of the Inc. 5000, and recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea. Prior to Inspire, Patrick worked as a venture capitalist and served on the founding team of two energy ventures.

Alton Martin Alton Martin, SVP Growth and Co-Founder, Trusource Labs LLC
Twitter ID: @altonmartin

For over 25 years, Alton Martin has been a globally-recognized expert in defining performance standards & metrics within service operations. In July 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs (TSL), a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. Since that time, TSL joined Everise, a family of complimentary companies with over 12,000 employees worldwide. TSL supports over 20 leading-edge Smart Home companies. Prior to founding Trusource Labs, he helped launch COPC Inc., a leading contact center consultancy and training organization. He led their international expansion initiatives, as well as the development of the COPC-2000 Vendor Management Organization Standard. He served as CEO until June 2009, when he started another consultancy firm focused on applying Vested Outsourcing techniques in outsourced service operations. He has worked with a number of leading organizations throughout his career, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Convergys, Dell, DirecTV, Microsoft and others in over 40 countries.

Dave Mayne Dave Mayne, Vice President of Product Management, Alula

Dave has been a leader in the wireless device networking market for over two decades, helping to develop new business and product opportunities for companies like Digi International, GE Security/Interlogix, Gibson and Itron. He held leadership positions in engineering management, product management, business development, and as the general manager of the interactive services division of GE Security. Dave's leadership helped GE Security launch three interactive service offerings to the market, through partnerships with Alarm.com, iControl, and the establishment of a home elder care platform called Home Assurance. There are over 100M network connected, wireless devices now deployed and in operation at the organizations where Dave built his career.

Katie McMahon Katie McMahon, VP and GM, SoundHound Inc.
Twitter ID: @SoundHoundInc

A mobile tech industry pioneer, SoundHound Inc. VP & GM Katie McMahon has been at the forefront of working with emerging technologies that change the way people interact with connected devices. She drove the global, mass-market adoption of mobile music recognition during the rise of the touchscreen interface era (smartphones) and is currently part of the executive team at SoundHound Inc. helping to shape the voice-interface era. Katie works cross-functionally across business, marketing, product and engineering teams, helping to drive growth of SoundHound's Voice AI platform - the Houndify platform - which enables natural, conversational voice interfaces for connected cars, homes, consumer electronics, mobile apps, robots, retail services, and more. Prior to joining SoundHound, McMahon was Vice President of Business Development at Shazam, where she drove the early smartphone mobile strategy, international product distribution and strategic partnerships, including building the foundations of the long lasting partnership with Apple, which acquired Shazam in 2018. She started in tech in Tokyo in early 2000, working for a growth stage mobile tech company and later launched a mobile data and hardware startup gaining unique experience as an entrepreneur in Japan.

Claire Miles Claire Miles, Managing Director, Centrica Hive Ltd

Claire joined Centrica in August 2010 after 14 years’ experience working in financial services where she led credit card businesses for HSBC, General Electric and Santander. 
Claire began her career as Commercial Director for British Gas Services business and in January 2013 she became Managing Director of British Gas Energy Efficiency (BGEE), where she was responsible for delivering consumer energy efficiency obligations set by the government.  
At the end of 2014, Claire became Managing Director for HomeCare and led the integration of the gas and electrical service and repair businesses. In July 2016, she was appointed to the role of managing director of UK Customer Operations for Centrica Consumer, with a clear focus on delivering a better service for customers. She led the establishment of a new customer operations model, making significant improvements in customer service performance and introduced new channels such as self serve. 
In January 2018, Claire was appointed as Managing Director of Centrica Hive Limited. Her focus is to lead the growth of the Hive business and its range of smart home products and services through the next phase of its journey, moving it from start up to scale up and expanding into new markets and geographies as it continues to transform and innovate.  
Claire is on the Board of Northgate PLC, the leading commercial vehicle rental business in the UK and Spain. She studied Mathematics at Aston University and has an MSc in Mathematical Modelling from Cranfield.

Sujata Neidig Sujata Neidig, VP, Marketing, Thread Group; Director, Product Marketing, Microcontrollers & Connectivity, NXP , Thread Group / NXP
Twitter ID: @SujataNeidig

Sujata Neidig has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is currently a Business Development Manager responsible for driving NXP's processors and connectivity leadership and growth in the consumer market. Prior to this role, Sujata worked in business development and product marketing for NXP's i.MX applications processors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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

Paul has been with F-Secure for over 4 years and is currently leading Business Development activities primarily related to Connected Home Security and partnerships within this ecosystem. Paul previously managed Sales and Marketing teams in Europe and also APAC, and has over 25 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining F-Secure, Paul held sales management positions in both Europe and APAC with startups as well as larger multinational companies such as Lucent Technologies.

Shuvankar Roy Shuvankar Roy, Vice President, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable, Inc.

Shuvankar Roy is Vice President of Xfinity Home, the total home security and home automation solution from Comcast. He leads the business operations function for Xfinity Home, specifically helping to expand its operations and deliver profitable growth. Shuvankar is responsible for creating the overall operational strategy and leading the execution of customer-facing operations for Xfinity Home, including sales, customer care, alarm monitoring, tools and systems, field service, business analytics. Prior to joining Comcast in 2013, Shuvankar spent seventeen years working in senior executive roles in India, Germany and Canada focusing on business strategy and operations management for businesses in Manufacturing, Cable & Telecommunications and offering Premium Technical Support. He brings a wealth of knowledge in customer care as well as strong business and financial acumen. Shuvankar earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology in India before continuing his education at University of Toronto, where he obtained a M.B.A. from Rotman School of Management. Shuvankar is also member Board of Directors and Advisory Councils in several Non Profit and Industry Associations which includes SPIN, American Cancer Society- Northeast Region, Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia, Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation (AIREF).

Marcus Scheiber Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder , ROC-Connect, Inc.

Marcus Scheiber is Co-Founder and CEO of ROC-Connect, a leading IOT company providingSmart Home as a Service. ROC-Connect delivers full-end-to-end connected brands in the Smart Home space for channels as Retailers, Insurances & Financial Industries, as well as for Service Providers. Before starting ROC-Connect in 2012, Marcus founded the ms.GIS group of companies (Austria nd US), a leading geospatial technology provider. Marcus held various positions as Co-CEO, board member, and investor. Earlier in his career, Marcus was working as a technical consultant with Prime-Computervision, and in C.S. research at the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).  Marcus holds a Masters of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) and a Master’s Degree of the University of Economics and Business Administration of Vienna, Austria.

Cory Sorice Cory Sorice, VP GM Emerging Business, Chamberlain Group Inc

Cory Sorice leads a Line of Business for the identification and incubation of new business initiatives for the Chamberlain Group (CGI). 
Sorice has most recently led CGI’s Connected Platforms SBU responsible for the growth of MyQ to its first million registered users, formal announced partnerships with Apple, Google/Nest and Samsung, creation of industry leading MyQ Garage smartphone control accessory recognized by Home Depot as top ten innovative product at launch, and cultivated and sponsored a growing, innovative cross-functional team following agile development methodologies at the company.
In a newly created role, Sorice is responsible for coordinating with CGI’s Global Innovation Group and the Chief Marketing Officer’s team to launch meaningful product, service and partnership innovations across the Chamberlain and LiftMaster brands.
Sorice has more than 20 years of experience in consumer and commercial durables industry, and has held leadership positions with Newell Rubbermaid and Stanley Black & Decker. He also co-founded and later sold a start up in the web and innovation services market, which exemplifies his entrepreneurial passion for developing new products and industry partnerships. 
Sorice grew up in the La Grange area and after living away from Chicago for over a decade, he was personally and professionally excited to return the La Grange with his wife, Becky, and four children.

Linden Tibbets Linden Tibbets, Chief Design Officer, IFTTT
Twitter ID: @IFTTT

Linden is co-founder and Chief Design Officer of IFTTT, a platform that helps your products and services work better together. With a background in engineering and design, Linden is passionate about wild ideas of all kinds.

Michele Turner Michele Turner, Sr. Director, Smart Home Ecosystem, Google Assistant/Home, Google

Michele has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product development, product marketing and business management, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. As Sr. Director of the Smart Home Ecosystem for Google, she's responsible for expanding the range of products that work with Google Home and the Google Assistant. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Security Products for Nest. Before going to Nest, Michele was CEO of Dictionary.com, a top 100 web property that serves over 70 million unique users monthly, where she grew users and revenue 20% in less than 2 years. Prior to Dictionary.com, Michele was Chief Product Officer at mBlox, a leading brand-to-consumer mobile engagement platform which was acquired by CLX. She spent several years as EVP of Products at Cooliris, a Kleiner Perkins portfolio company acquired by Yahoo! that was known for their stunning photo management applications. She joined Adobe in 2006 as Vice President of the Platform Business Unit, where she was responsible for product management, product marketing and developer relations for the Adobe Flash Platform. Additionally she served as Vice President of Product Management and Design at Netflix, and Senior Vice President of Product Management at AOL, where she helped drive product strategy, definition and delivery of AOL's Advanced Communications, Personalization, Mobile and Netscape product lines.

David Wechsler David Wechsler, Executive Director of Channels and Partnerships, Comcast Xfinity
Twitter ID: @davewechsler

David Wechsler Exec Director, Comcast Dave leads the Comcast's initiatives in the emerging markets of "connected" home insurance, maintenance and warranty. He is responsible for creating the company's vision and strategy as well as leading the product development and managing operations in the space. Dave also partners with the largest insurance carriers and reinsurers to find new ways to leverage Comcast customer's broad adoption of connected device/IoT technology, both for residential and business customers. Dave is a serial entrepreneur and has 25 years of experience working at start-ups focusing on new internet technologies and IoT. He is also an advisor and board member to several IoT focused startups and a licensed insurance producer. Dave holds Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Raoul Wijgergangs Raoul Wijgergangs, VP IoT Smart Home, Silicon Labs

Raoul Wijgergangs is a veteran in the smart home, IoT industry. He joined Zensys, the founding company of the Z-Wave technology, in 2004, pioneering the U.S. IoT smart-home market, simultaneously building not only a new company, but also an industry. Zensys was acquired by Sigma Designs in 2008, where Mr. Wijgergangs continued his work with Z-Wave as VP of the Z-Wave Business Unit. Prior to working with Zensys, he worked at Philips for ten years in key positions including Senior Director of Global Sales and Marketing for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, he also helped found Arcadyan, a Philips joint venture with Accton. After Silicon Laboratories’s acquisition of Sigma Designs in 2018, Mr. Wijgergangs is the Vice President and General Manager, Z-Wave. He holds a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science and an M.B.A. from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Kellen Xu Kellen Xu, Director of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Kellen Xu is the Director of Global Business Development at Samsung SmartThings, a leading IoT and smart home platform. Kellen and her team are responsible for developing and launching partnerships and strategic initiatives globally. Prior to joining SmartThings, Kellen managed key partnerships at Wink and worked in investment banking looking after technology and diversified industries prior to venturing in the smart home industry.

George Yianni George Yianni, Head of Technology, Philips Hue - Signify
Twitter ID: @tweethue

George Yianni, Head of Technology Home Systems, joined Philips Lighting in 2007 as a Leader & Architect working on a broad range of new connected lighting systems. At the birth of Philips Hue in October 2012, George was part of the founding team, aimed to transform how consumers experience lighting in their homes. George was responsible for designing the Philips Hue ecosystem and continues to be responsible for all technology, architecture, security and platform choices made for Philips Lighting’s connected consumer products.
From concept and since its release in 2012, Philips Hue has been awarded several industry honors including Forbes’ Best Product of 2012 and Lightfair’s Judges’ Citation Award. 
Additionally, in 2011, George was elected into Global Shapers, a World Economic Forum community consisting of young leaders at the forefront of their respective industries who cause positive disruption with the goal of building a more peaceful world.
Before joining Philips Lighting, George worked as a software engineer for the UK based startup Autonomy, designing software for helping large companies better organize and use their internal knowledge,.
Born in France, to Cypriot and British parents, George has had an international upbringing. He studied Theoretical Physics and Natural Sciences receiving two masters degrees from Cambridge University in England.

Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators

Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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

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

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

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

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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, 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

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