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Dr. Haim Amir Dr. Haim Amir, CEO and Founder, Essence

Dr. Amir, innovator, entrepreneur, and a community activist, founded Essence in 1994, following technology leadership positions in global companies such as HP, Digital, and IBM, where he learned about business through hands-on experience. Dr. Amir holds a BSc in Electronics and MBA cum laude from the Technion, and a PhD in Computer Science and Electronics cum laude from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Terry Duesterhoeft Terry Duesterhoeft, Chief Product & Innovation Officer, EarlySense

Jason Elliott Jason Elliott, Head of Portfolio and Partnership Marketing, Nokia
Twitter ID: @jre_elliott

At Nokia, Jason works with multi-disciplined teams and industry partners to promote our vision and technology leadership. Inspired by the power of people and technology he strives to ensure that all types of audiences from consumers to technology professionals to board members have the knowledge they need to be successful.
With two decades of I.T and wireless communications expertise he has made several notable contributions, delivering many industry firsts. He works to educate and collaborate on how technology can be used to realize new business opportunities, and address sustainability goals towards a better future for all. 
Prior to joining Nokia, Jason held several lead roles in the CIO organization at Lucent technologies/Alcatel Lucent, overseeing large I.T infrastructure deployments and then moving into the wireless division developing 3G and 4G proof of concept systems.
Enjoys traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. When he is at home you’ll find him in the Boston, MA area either trying out a new restaurant or running to offset his latest dining experience! 

Jonathan Freeland Jonathan Freeland, VPGM, Cox Homelife

Jonathan Freeland is the VP/GM, Cox Homelife at Cox Communications in Atlanta.  Freeland is responsible for driving the overall subscriber and revenue growth of Cox Homelife which provides residential monitored security and home automation services within Cox’s national footprint.
Freeland joined Cox Communications in 1995 as a sales representative in Hampton Roads, VA.  He successfully performed in a variety of sales and marketing roles and has over a decade of senior leadership experience at Cox as a regional vice president of marketing and sales in three different Cox regions.  
Freeland earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and an MBA in marketing from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.  He graduated from Cox’s Executive Development program, and he has also completed CTAM U at Harvard Business School.   
He’s an active outdoor enthusiast and enjoys snow skiing, surfing, and trail running.

Mitch Karren Mitch Karren, Co-Founder and CPO, SmartRent
Twitter ID: @smartrentdotcom

Mitch Karren oversees the product roadmap, software and hardware development lifecycle as well as marketing and all third party integrations. Prior to SmartRent, he ran the product team at Invitation Homes where he designed their custom software platform and supervised the installation and implementation of over 25,000 smart home systems throughout their portfolio. Earlier in his career, Mr. Karren worked in real estate development, residential brokerage, property management and has built several mobile applications. He holds a BS in Housing and Community Development from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Arizona.

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

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

Sean Miller Sean Miller, CEO, Griot
Twitter ID: @Sean_T_Miller

Sean Miller is the CEO and co-founder of Griot, a startup focused on delivering AI-powered communication and knowledge-capture tools specifically designed for field technicians. Griot helps skilled trades get jobs done right and on time. Previous to Griot, Sean lead PointCentral at Alarm.com, WeMo at Belkin, and MobileTech at Generac.

Wannie Park Wannie Park, CEO, Zen Ecosystems
Twitter ID: @HelloInspire

Wannie Park is the CEO of Zen Ecosystems, an energy management platform that helps small to medium businesses take control of their energy usage while meeting sustainability goals. Wannie is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in energy, renewables, IoT and SaaS. He's passionate about leveraging technology to make a tangible impact against climate change by redefining the way businesses interact with energy. Prior to Zen, Wannie was Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Inspire Energy where he was responsible for growth and partnerships. Prior to joining Inspire, Wannie was SVP of Business Development at CEIVA Energy, a SaaS-based demand response and energy efficiency provider. Wannie graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Economics and earned his Master's in Business from USC and Environmental Law degree from the UCLA School of Law.

Cory Sorice Cory Sorice, SVP, Chief Innovation Officer, Masonite

Cory Sorice has served as SVP and Chief Innovation Officer of Masonite since August 2019 pioneering groundbreaking door systems including the industry's first residential powered and connected exterior door system, M-Pwr, integrating Ring and Yale technologies. Cory joined Masonite with over 25 years of product innovation, technology and general management experience. Most recently he was Vice President and General Manager, Emerging Business for Chamberlain Group, Inc., a world leader in garage, gate and commercial door access, scaling its mobile smart access technology, myQ, in partnerships with Alarm.com, Apple, Google and Amazon. Prior to joining Chamberlain, Cory held leadership roles at Stanley Black & Decker Corporation, Newell Rubbermaid and the market research firm Information Resources, Inc. Additionally, he was President and Co-Founder of Invequity, LLC, a company focused on servicing the technology transfer and patent licensing market. Cory is a named inventor on ten U.S. patents in home automation and access controls. He earned his MBA from Northwestern University, BS in Accounting from Miami University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators

Paul Erickson Paul Erickson, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

With more than 20 years of technology industry experience and over 15 as an analyst, Paul Erickson’s coverage has spanned connected consumer electronics, pay & broadcast TV, digital & physical media, streaming devices and services, home and pro AV, smart home, user interface technologies, and digital rights management.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Paul was an analyst for Omdia, IHS Markit, and NPD DisplaySearch. He has regularly attended, spoken, and/or moderated at industry events and tradeshows across the consumer, service provider, and pro AV technology landscape, such as CES, IFA, IBC, MWC, NAB, InfoComm, NAMM, and Integrated Systems Europe. Paul is also a several-time AVIXA Emerging Trends Fellow honoree.

Paul holds a BS in International Business from Georgetown University, an MBA in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, and can converse in English, Spanish, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Taiwanese.

Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chris White Chris White, Senior Analyst, chris.white@parksassociates.com
Twitter ID: @cwhiteinsights
Website: http://parksassociates.com

Chris is a Senior Researcher with Parks Associates, covering the connected home market. He was previously a Director of Insights at PeopleMetrics in Philadelphia and the Data Manager of a youth-serving collaborative in New Orleans. He has performed research for companies in a variety of industries, including the telecom/ISP space.

Chris earned his BBA in Marketing from the College of William & Mary and his MBA in Marketing and Finance from American University.