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Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI. Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.


Scott Boyarsky Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital home Products, Comcast

After successfully leading the Video and Entertainment Product teams for Comcast, Scott Boyarsky accepted a new role within Comcast, leading the Digital Home product org. Scott is responsible for end-to-end product management of the Xfinity Home and xFi "Smart Internet" product lines. His team is launching new consumer products in Smart Home, IOT, WiFi, Automation, AI, WiFi and Home Security. Formerly, Scott Boyarsky served as Vice President of Video and Entertainment Products at Comcast and was responsible for innovative and interactive experiences across Comcast’s video and entertainment portfolio, including the Xfinity X1 Platform, XfinityTV, voice UX, and X1 Sports App. Prior to his role at Comcast, Scott served as SVP of Technology for CNBC, part of Comcast NBC Universal. He was responsible for leading Technology, Product Development, User Experience and Design teams behind CNBC Digital and on-air products, including cnbc.com, CNBC iOS and Android apps, CNBC Pro - integrated desktop/mobile service, TV Everywhere, digital video and syndication services, as well as identifying new emerging platforms and product opportunities for the network.


Autumn Braswell Autumn Braswell, COO, Global Solutions, Marketing, LinQ, iQor

Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ, has over 15 years of experience in the aftermarket services and manufacturing industry. From 2009-2012 she led strategic growth for the Aftermarket Services division tasked with several important objectives for the division's profitability and growth. In 2012 Braswell moved over to lead strategic development for diversified manufacturing, then moved into the Medical Division after their acquisition of Nypro in 2013. After iQor's acquisition of Jabil's Aftermarket Services in 2014, Braswell became the COO of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ. She obtained her Bachelor's of Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and completed her MBA in 2005.


Jay Darfler Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Jay Darfler is the Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, a position he’s held since May 2016.
 
Jay’s career started in finance and corporate strategy for Office Max, learning the fundamentals of business and how to take an idea from inception to commercialization. During his tenure at Office Max, he worked his way from finance to enterprise-level sales to leading the company’s entrance into the professional services space, leveraging technology and innovation disciplines.
 
After Office Max, Jay joined Cross Country Home Services where he served as the Vice President, Connected Home and Product Development, and was responsible for CCHS’s entire Product portfolio, Connected Home offerings, as well as the company’s IoT software platform strategy and development.
 
At ADT, Jay is responsible for the company’s emerging market offerings, which includes ADT Canopy, a security as a service platform that is capable of providing secure 24/7 ADT professional monitoring to a wide range of popular IoT devices. Jay and his team were responsible for the successful launch of the first product to boast ADT Canopy security services with the retail introduction of the LG Smart Security camera in January 2017. In addition to ADT Canopy, Jay and his team have responsibility for ADT’s Cyber Security, ADT Health, and ADT Anywhere offerings. They are dedicated to bringing peace of mind to customers of all types, further emphasizing ADT’s belief that “Everyone deserves to feel safe.”


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.


Jeff Hamel Jeff Hamel, Head of North American Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Jeff Hamel is the head of North American energy partnerships at Nest Labs, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Jeff was the Executive Director for EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization team, with responsibilities for growing broad collaboration with global utilities and governmental agencies. Before joining EPRI in 2007, Hamel worked at General Electric for 8 years, and was responsible for managing and leading new growth in GE’s power business. Jeff earned his Bachelors or Science, a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine License, and his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserves while attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition, Jeff has also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Together with his wife and two sons, Jeff resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Pamela Hoppel Pamela Hoppel, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Carrier

Pam Hoppel serves as the Senior Director for Product Marketing at Carrier Residential. In this role, Pam directs the product strategy for all products, including an expanding portfolio of organic smart thermostats, heating, cooling and indoor air quality products as well as Cor Home Automation and manages partnerships with other smart thermostat manufacturers. She is leading the team responsible for Carrier’s Connected Contractor Portal, which will link Carrier dealers with homeowners and utilities to deliver data-driven efficiency, proactive servicing and new energy management capabilities.

Carrier has taken a leadership position in the climate control industry relative to smart home technology as the only HVAC equipment manufacturer with a smart thermostat certified by ENERGY STAR.

She has held previous roles as a network engineer with AT&T as well as senior sales and marketing roles with a number of Fortune 50 manufacturing and technology brands.


Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @theiotguru

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.


Leon Kuperman Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO IoT Security

Leon Kuperman, CTO at CUJO IoT Security Leon Kuperman Leon has a specialization in Artificial Intelligence, and is applying this expert knowledge of machine learning to his work at CUJO smart firewall. He is also an authority on Web Application Security and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), e-commerce, cloud computing and web application architecture. Before CUJO, he co-founded ZENEDGE, a Web Application Security Platform for Enterprise. He also assisted with the launch of Modnique.com and held the position of CTO at Bidz.com. Prior to Zenedge, Leon founded and led Truition Inc., and early on demand ecommerce platform, winning major clients including Dell Financial Services, MLB, Comet, Philips, NHL, United Airlines and Disney. In his early career, he was the founding co-developer of IBM Net.Commerce currently named IBM Websphere Commerce Suite.


Bill Lee Bill Lee, Vice President of Smart Home Product Marketing, Samsung

Bill Lee is Vice President of the Smart Home Product Marketing team at Samsung Electronics America Inc. Bill oversees the overall strategy and product development for Samsung’s smart home division, which includes Samsung SmartThings. Prior to assuming this role, he was the Vice President of Samsung’s award-winning television category, Vice President of Category Management and the Vice President of Retail Strategy and Execution.
 
Before Mr. Lee joined the team at Samsung, he worked as the Chief Revenue Officer at Quirky.com, Vice President of Retail Marketing at Nickelodeon, Vice President of Electronics and Entertainment at Toys R Us, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at D&M Holdings, and lastly, Vice President and General Manager of Sales and Marketing at Sony Electronics.
 
Mr. Lee resides in Warwick, New York with his wife and their two children. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs Administration from the State University of New York in Albany.


Alton Martin Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs
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, a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. In four years, the company has grown rapidly to over 500 employees worldwide and has supported 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.


Tony Mauro Tony Mauro, Chief Technology Officer, Plasmatic Technologies Inc.

Tony leads the architecture and engineering efforts at Plasmatic Technologies, including the development of the Alana connected home system and device family. As an experienced systems engineer with a dual specialization in electronics and energy systems, Tony has led multi disciplinary teams working on a range of projects, from enterprise technology improvement initiatives to consumer device product and technology development. As an active champion within standards groups Tony’s focus is on making technology easier for consumers. Earlier in his career, during his tenure as a service architect and lead engineer at TELUS, one of Canada’s leading telecommunications companies, Tony was directly involved in the emerging Future Friendly Home initiative, with a focus on Home Control and Connectivity, as well as Wireless Data. More recently at Powertech Labs, Tony played an instrumental role in building out a Smart Energy practice, and helped the organization understand the intersections among large power systems, connected devices, and consumer needs. Tony loves finding ways to make his home more automated and adapted to his needs. When he is not riding his bike or taking his daughter to dance recitals, he can usually be found in the midst of a home renovation project or two.


Todd Mozer Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

Todd Mozer is President and CEO of Sensory, which has played a pioneering role in bringing speech recognition into consumer products over the past 20 years. Sensory has enabled hundreds of products with speech recognition by companies such as Ecobee, Huawei, Garmin, GoPro, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung, Sony, and many, many others. Mr. Mozer hold over 20 patents issued in speech technology and related fields, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.


Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Lainie Muller is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and an emerging voice on Smart Solutions for Aging in Place and Connected Caregiving.

Lainie is Director of Wellness at Alarm.com, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ALRM)and the nation’s leading cloud-based platform for the smart home. The Wellness solution leverages Smart Home technology to support Aging in Place and independent living for older adults and those living with disabilities. Wellness, an integrated element of Alarm.com’s comprehensive ecosystem of home management technology, is currently in use in residential homes, senior living communities, schools and in remote caregiving programs funded by Medicare and Medicaid.  The product has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Kiplingers, CNN, NPR and TechCrunch.

In 2010, Lainie joined BeClose, a privately funded start-up company, as the Director of Partnership Sales. In 2015, BeClose was “spun-in” to Alarm.com, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as Alarm.com Wellness.

Prior to BeClose, Lainie served as National Sales Manager, Major Accounts Unit (MAU) at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post company, where she led a top revenue producing team driving Healthcare, Consumer Electronics and Retail sales.

Lainie has been an active Board Member for the National Capitol Area Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. She holds a BS in Business and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Lainie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage boys.


Jules Perrot Jules Perrot, Global Sales Manager, mnubo


Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance

Tobin Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the Alliance's efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. Tobin works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of Alliance standards around the globe, including Zigbee, Dotdot, Smart Energy and several other IoT standards essential to interoperability for consumers in smart homes, smart buildings, and smart cities. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in guiding technology, product and organizational strategy and development, from Fortune 500 to large government bodies focused on transformational change. 


Thomas Rockmann Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Thomas Rockmann, VP Connected Home / Deutsche Telekom AG Thomas Rockmann is Vice President of Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom's white label smart home portfolio and joint CEO of the group-wide smart home project. Thomas is responsible for all aspects of the Connected Home business and has been instrumental in growing the business and delivering the white label solution with different partners across Europe. Thomas joined Deutsche Telekom in 2000 as the group's senior innovation manager for product lifecycle management, where he conceptualized and launched Deutsche Telekom's product lifecycle management process and SAP tool, which today enables Deutsche Telekom to deliver products in a standardized way for all consumer customers. He also undertook the role as the commissioner for quality management in marketing and sales of T-Com. In addition, he served as vice president of business portfolio strategy T-Home. Furthermore, Thomas was vice president for the market leadership team, managing product innovation projects for consumer, business and wholesale customers. In his last role, as a vice president he was in charge of the group IP migration program for all consumer and business customers in Germany, the consumer product portfolio strategy and building up the new portfolio category smart home, based on the open platform Qivicon for the German market. Prior to Deutsche Telekom, Thomas spent three years at Deutsche Bank AG in various responsible IT development and leading quality management roles. An entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in product development and execution, strategy, marketing, innovation management and business operations, Thomas has a deep understanding of the development of customer centric technology-enabled services. 


Marcus Scheiber Marcus Scheiber, CEO, ROC-Connect


Mark Spates Mark Spates, Product, Google

Mark is the head of product for Smart Home and IoT capabilities across Google Assistant and Google Home. Mark is also the founder iotlist.co, a platform for discovering IoT products. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech. 


Jeremy Warren Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Jeremy Warren Chief Technology Officer As Chief Technology Officer at Vivint Smart Home, Jeremy drives growth and business opportunities and oversees the creation of new products and services. He works closely with the entire innovation team to create the structures and processes necessary to analyze new business ideas and allocate resources for their development. Before joining Vivint, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer at 2GIG Technologies, a pioneer in innovative security and smart home technology. There he led the engineering for the first home automation platform for the mass market. Prior to 2GIG, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his responsibilities included formulating the Department's technology strategy, providing technology expertise in program oversight, performing research, and coordinating all aspects of the Department's technical architecture. Jeremy was also the Chief Architect of Lavastorm Technologies, where he focused on rules-based processing systems, data mining, and statistical analysis. Jeremy studied Computer Science Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Richard Wolpert Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Richard Wolpert, a veteran entrepreneur and a pioneer in the fields of consumer technology, digital media and entertainment, has over 30 years of extensive experience as an executive and as an investor. Wolpert holds an impressive and highly diverse career having worked for companies such as Apple as an early software engineer alongside Steve Jobs and for Walt Disney as the President of Disney Online. He's also launched a series of innovative startups such as AudioMill and After Hours Software, both of which were successfully acquired. Wolpert is currently co-founder and CEO of HelloTech, an on-demand, in-home tech support service company that is changing the way consumers get help with their tech devices. HelloTech offers access to a national workforce of vetted, background checked and hand-selected tech agents that can solve almost any technology need from consolidating the smart home to upgrading and installing wifi, mounting TV's, upgrading wifi capabilities and much more. In addition to HelloTech, Wolpert currently serves as an investment advisor at Accel Partners, and investment partner at LA-based accelerator Amplify.la. Wolpert has also invested in more than 50 companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more.



Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators


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

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

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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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

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Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

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

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

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

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, 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.

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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