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April 17, 2012

AT&T Services and Verizon to Keynote CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase at TIA 2012

Connected home industry leaders address impact of connected CE, new business models, tech support, and mobile marketing strategies

Parks Associates today announced the preliminary list of speakers for the 16th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase, co-located with TIA 2012: Inside the Network, June 5-7 at the Gaylord Texan, Dallas, Texas. Executives from AT&T Digital Life, AT&T Services and Verizon will present keynotes at CONNECTIONS™, addressing the impact of multiscreen convergence and second-screen services on the service provider market.

According to Parks Associates, North American consumers will buy 110 million smartphones and 32 million media tablets in 2012, and the amount of video they are consuming on these platforms is rapidly increasing.

“The average U.S. broadband user watches 36 minutes of video on a tablet and 102 minutes of video on a mobile phone every week," said Stuart Sikes, president, Parks Associates. "As consumers adopt multiple connected platforms, opportunities to build new business around multiscreen content distribution, value-added services like tech support, and advanced advertising are vast. CONNECTIONS™ clarifies the roles of various players within the converging connected consumer ecosystem.”

At CONNECTIONS™, Parks Associates’ leading analysts moderate all sessions. The analysts, joined by 100+ speakers, will present new consumer research and industry trends about emerging business models and opportunities in digital content, mobile applications and services, connected consumer electronics, broadband and value-added services, and home systems.

2012 List of Speakers


Kevin Petersen - AT&T - CONNECTIONS at TIA Keynote

Kevin Petersen

Senior Vice President – AT&T Digital Life

AT&T Services

Mike Ritter - Verizon - CONNECTIONS at TIA Keynote

Mike Ritter

Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer & Mass Business Markets


Kristen Bowring - Best Buy - CONNECTIONS keynote
Kristen Bowring
Senior Director, Platform Lead Home and Energy Management
Best Buy



David Adams, VP Corporate Development, Accedo

Ade Adeosun, Senior Director, Digital Analytix, comScore, Inc.

Chris Allen, Senior Vice President/Director of Video Innovation, SMGx

Peter Ansel, VP Business Development, Clearleap

Marc Beckwitt, VP, Strategic Partnerships, MediaNaviCo, a Technicolor Company

Allen Billings, Vice President of Product Management, MobiTV

Dean Bolte, Managing Director, The Americas, Omnifone

Brandon Brown, CEO, Zodiac Interactive

Joe Buggy, Senior Vice President, Customer Lifecycle Management Services, Sutherland Global Services

Jaime Burgoa, Senior Solutions Manager, Ericsson

Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM 

Nick Chakalos, President, Catch Media

Peter Chantel, Chief Financial Officer, SugarSync, Inc.

Viet Chu, Manager - Custom Design Engineering, Sprint Nextel

Michael Clay, Channel Management & Partner Enablement, Verizon

Jason Collins, Vice President of Emerging Technology and Innovation, Alcatel-Lucent

Ted Connell, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM Global Business Services

Paul Coppinger, President and Co-Founder, Apriva

Gil Cruz, Senior Director, Videoscape Architecture, CTO Office, Cisco

David Deas, VP of Product Solutions, Huawei Technologies

Áine Denari, Director of Strategy, Residential Solutions, Ingersoll Rand

Mikko Disini, Director, Product Marketing, Bytemobile

Shane Dyer, President, Arrayent

Dan Eakins, CEO, Zeitera

Lewin A.R.W. Edwards, Sr. Software Product Manager, Honeywell International, Inc.

John Fisher, CTO & CSA, Troppus Software; Vice President Product & Technology, EchoStar Corporation

Dan Flagler, Manager - Partner Management & Product Development, Verizon Telecom

David Foote, CTO, Hitachi Communication Technologies Americas

Tracy Geist, VP, Business Development, Civolution

Asher Gendelman, VP Marketing, Zephyr Technology

Daren Gill, Chief Product Officer, Veveo, Inc.

Yosi Glick, Co-Founder & CEO, Jinni

Sunil Gujral, Business Lead - Technical Solutions Group, Quatrro Global Services Pvt Ltd

Ed Haslam, Senior VP of Marketing, YuMe

Jason Henderson, Product Manager, FiOS TV, Verizon

Brian Henrichs, Chief Business Development Officer, Actiontec Electronics

Conrad Herrmann, CTO & Co-Founder, Primadesk

Geoff Hollingworth, Head of IP Services Strategy, Region North America, Ericsson

Kurt Hoppe, Director of Smart TV Innovation and Alliances, LG Electronics

Ben Huang, Director of Worldwide Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corporation

Madan Jagernauth, VP, Marketing & Strategy, Mavenir

Neil Jain, Principal, Waterstone Management Group

Tom Karinshak, SVP of the Customer Experience, Comcast 

Tom Kennedy, Director, Global Business Development, Cisco

Martin Kienzle, Research Relationship Manager, IBM

Maitreyi Krishnaswamy, Director, Video Services Product Development and Management, Verizon

Jerry Kurtze, Senior Manager of Business Development and Marketing, Motorola Mobility

Dennis Kyle, VP, Strategic and New Market Development, Tendril

Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy

David Larkin, CEO, Plexus Entertainment

Steve Levine, Director of Solutions, Content Cloud Ecosystem, F-Secure

Chad Lucien, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Hillcrest Labs

Brian Lysak, Director - New Market Development, Nuance Communications

Rick Marazzani, Head of Content and Programming, Exent

Ted May, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs, Synacor

Dean McCormick, VP of Advertising Solutions, BlackArrow

Joe Mocerino, Principal Solutions Architect, Packet Optical Networking, Fujitsu

James Morehead, VP Product Management and User Experience, Support.com

David Moss, CTO & Co-Founder, People Power Company

Todd O’Brien, Services Marketing Director for North America Consumer, Dell

John Penney, EVP, Strategy & Business Development, Starz Entertainment and Starz Media

Duncan Potter, CMO, Edgeware

Paul Ranger, Sales and Marketing Director, NDS

Dan Ramos, SVP of Corporate Development, Alarm.com

Stuart Rench, CEO, ihiji

Sokwoo Rhee, CTO, Millennial Net representing IPSO Alliance

Eric Riddleberger, Vice President and Partner, IBM Global Business Services

Greg Roberts, Vice President, Marketing, iControl Networks

Marty Roberts, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, thePlatform, a Comcast subsidiary

Eran Rom, CEO, Jungo

Stuart Rosove, VP of Corporate and Online Marketing, Irdeto

Jerome Rota, Senior Vice President of Consumer Products and Services, PacketVideo

Ken Roulier, Deputy CTO, Broadband, Cable & Satellite Division, Amdocs

Russ Schafer, Senior Director, Product Marketing Yahoo! Connected TV and Desktop, Yahoo!

Bill Scheffler, Senior Director of North American Business Development, Z-Wave Alliance/Sigma Designs

Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software

Steve Shapiro, Group Director, Product Management, ADT Security Systems, Inc.

Ohad Shvueli, VP of Commercial Markets, PrimeSense

Melissa Simpler, CEO, Affinegy

Frank Sinton, CEO, MeFeedia

Jordan Socran, VP of Business Development, Radialpoint

Singu Srinivas, Partner, Waterstone Management Group

Robert Stepanian, CEO, Nexstep

Matt Swatsky, Engineering Manager, Lutron

Michael Taylor, SVP, Business Development, ActiveVideo Networks

Peter Taylor, Director, Programming, Dish Network

Jason Thibeault, Senior Director, Solutions Marketing (Media and Entertainment), Limelight Networks

Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions & Program Management North America, Amdocs

Gene Wang, CEO, People Power Company

Ben Weinberger, CEO and Co-founder, Digitalsmiths 

Jack Weixel, Business Development- Enterprise, Google, Inc

Ted Werth, Chairman of the Board, Founder and Chief Strategy & Products Officer, PlumChoice

Tom Williams, Vice President of Service Provider Marketing & Business Development, ARRIS

Paul Woidke, SVP Strategy, Advanced Advertising, Nagra-OpenTV

Evan Young, Senior Director, Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.



Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Pietro Macchiarella, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Hema Sarathy, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Kurt Scherf, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

Heather Way, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

CONNECTIONS™ sponsors: CEA, IBM, Actiontec, Affinegy, Allegro Software, Digitalsmiths, PacketVideo, Quatrro, Sutherland Global Services, Waterstone Management Group, Irdeto, Sigma Designs, and HomePlug Powerline Alliance.

More information about TIA 2012: Inside the Network and CONNECTIONS™ at TIA can be found at tia2012.org and www.connectionsconference.com.


Parks Associates' 27th annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023 and multiple virtual sessions hosted throughout 2023. The event focuses on the adoption of technology including smart home, security, connected health, energy, and home automation.

Bringing together more than 1,500 senior executives, CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with visionary keynotes and virtual sessions. The Parks Associates analyst team leads all conference sessions, which are focused on technology innovations, consumer adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, and the evaluation of new business strategies, partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments.

CONNECTIONS™ 2023 features an in-person conference on May 23-25, 2023, with virtual sessions on March 2, July 20, and October 5. For more information, contact sales@parksassociates.com, call 972-490-1113, visit www.connectionsconference.com.

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates, a woman-founded and certified business, is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates provides business intelligence and research services through its proprietary methodologies developed over decades, including quarterly surveys of 10,000 internet households.

The company's expertise crosses many industries: home security and smart home, streaming video, broadband and pay-TV services, digital media and platforms, gaming, Wi-Fi and home networks, connected health, support, consumer electronics, home control systems, energy management, and tech solutions for the multi-dwelling (MDU), small-to-medium business (SMB), and commercial building markets.

Each year, Parks Associates brings thousands of leaders together for its webinars and annual events. The firm hosts the annual executive research and strategy conferences CONNECTIONS™, Connected Health Summit, Smart Energy Summit, Smart Spaces, and Future of Video. https://www.parksassociates.com

About TIA
The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents manufacturers and suppliers of global communications networks through standards development, policy and advocacy, business opportunities, market intelligence, and events and networking. TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members' products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment, and entertainment. Visit tiaonline.org.