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April 3, 2013

Parks Associates and industry leaders address the evolution of the digital home and mobile consumer at CONNECTIONS™ at CTIA

AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, Samsung, and Starz to Keynote Executive Conference

Parks Associates today announced the keynotes and speakers for CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, co-located with CTIA in Las Vegas, May 20-23. The executive conference features the Connected Home Pavilion on the CTIA show floor, with demos from solution providers for the digital home; keynotes from AT&T, Starz, and Samsung; and sessions featuring executives focused on emerging technologies, products, and services for the connected home and mobile industry.

Parks Associates research finds consumers are using apps as key points of entry for the entertainment and management systems in the connected home. Smartphone ownership has reached 60% of U.S. broadband households, and 18% of smartphone owners and 39% of tablet owners use apps from their pay-TV providers. One-third of consumers express interest in new cloud service features that further complement pay-TV apps and services.

CONNECTIONS™ addresses another significant development in the connected home – the entrance of telcos and cablecos as providers of home controls systems,” said Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates. “The integration of apps into the connected home ecosystem and mobile environments is creating new appeal for home control systems. The leaders speaking at CONNECTIONS™ offer invaluable insight into the new business models and strategies emerging from changes in the connected home.”

List of Speakers


Jonathan Kim - Samsung - CONNECTIONS 2013 keynote

Jonathan Kim
VP, Content & Services, Samsung Media Solutions Center (MSCA)

Tricia Parks - Parks Associates - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Tricia Parks


Parks Associates

John Penney - Starz - CONNECTIONS 2013 Keynote

John Penney

EVP, Strategy, Business Development, & Worldwide Distribution


Kevin Petersen - AT&T - CONNECTIONS 2013 Keynote

Kevin Petersen

AT&T Digital Life, Inc.


Steve Willmott, CEO

Jody Holtzman, SVP, Thought Leadership

David Adams, VP Corporate Development

Ray Pun, Director of Mobile Strategy

Thomas Ahn Hicks, Head of Business Development & Strategy

Steve Shapiro, Vice President Product Solutions

Frank LaBarbera, SVP of Sales and Marketing

aioTV Inc.
Michael Earle, CEO

Airbiquity, Inc.
David Jumpa
, Chief Revenue Officer  

Kris Alexander
, Chief Strategist, Connected Devices

Greg Owens, Marketing Director, Customer Experience Solutions

David Bercovich, VP, North America

Allegro Software
Loren Shade, VP Marketing

Adam Tichelaar
, Director of Program Management for Connected Home Solutions

Michael Oiknine, CEO

Arrayent, Inc.
Shane Dyer, President

Tom Williams, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development

Scott Hardgree, Senior Director - Product Management - Premier Support

Geeta Nayyar, Chief Medical Information Officer, AT&T ForHealth

Azuki Systems
Rob Hickey
, Vice President of Engineering

Albert Lai, CTO, Media & Broadcast Solutions

Ed Miller, SVP, Video Services and Technologies

CiiNOW, Inc.
Ron Haberman, Co-Founder

Dave Davies, Director Product Strategy and Management
Ashu Joshi, Product Manager Connected Life Solutions
David Yates, Director, Service Provider Video

Tomasz J. Smilowicz, Global Head of Mobile Solutions

Comcast Cable
Amit Bagga, Chief Scientist, Comcast Metadata Products and Search Services

Stacy Jolna, CMO

CSS Corp
Christopher Horning, SVP & Global Head, Solution Engineering

Digi International
Matt Jennings, Vice President - Digi Solutions Group

Gabriel Berger, SVP of Sales

David Schlacht, Sr. Director for Multimedia

Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Mohanjit Jolly, Managing Director

Jordan Lampe, Director of Communications

Earth Networks - WeatherBug
Dave Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products & Business Development

Stuart Lombard, President and CEO

EcoFactor, Inc.
Scott Hublou, SVP Product and Customer Operations

Elemental Technologies Inc
Dustin Encelewski, Director Product Marketing

Steve Bourgeois, VP Cloud Strategy
Solomon Israel
, Head of Customer Engagements, TV & Media Practice

Sean Besser, EVP, Business Development, Partnerships & Strategy

Granite Ventures
Eric Zimits, Managing Director

David Foote, CTO

Paul Rauker, Americas Strategic Marketing Director Honeywell

Honeywell Security Products Americas
Alan Stoddard, Sr. Marketing Director

Steve Troisi, Big Data Business Value Assessment Consultant, Energy & Utilities Industry

iControl Networks
Paul Dawes, EVP, Security & Telecommunications Division

Jason Goldberg, President

Metodi Filipov, Managing Director

Kian Saneii, CEO 

Ingersoll Rand
Brett Worthington, Director - Business Development

Larry Gordon, President

Lazard Capital Markets
Ian Ing, Vice President, Senior Research Analyst

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

Linear LLC
Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President of Product and Market Development

Kevin O'Connor, President

Kevin Meagher, Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home

Ben Huang, Director, Marketing

Kerry Travilla, Senior Director of Technology

DP Venkatesh, CEO

Paul D Woidke, SVP Strategy, Advanced Advertising

Net2TV Corporation
Henry Choy
, Co-founder & Senior VP, Business Development

Jeff Wilson
, Director of Product Management

Jonathan Wilner, Vice President of Products

Alison White, Senior Business Development Manager

PowerCloud Systems
Jeff Abramowitz, Founder and CEO

Qualcomm Atheros; HomePlug Alliance
Purva R. Rajkotia, Director, Product Management - Standards & Regulation; Board Member

Qualcomm Inc.
Steve Wan, Senior Director Technical Marketing & Business Development

Quatrro Global Services
Manoj Chandiramani, Vice President - Technical Solutions Group

Raco Wireless
John Horn, President

Rogers Venture Partners
Michael Lee, General Partner

Rovi Corporation
Priya Rajagopalan, VP, Product Management
Jeff Siegel, SVP Worldwide Advertising

Nakul Arora, Director of Product Management, Samsung Media Solutions Center America (MSCA)
Steve Cho, Head of Service Strategy, Marketing, and E-Commerce, Samsung Media Solution Center America (MSCA)
Chris Kermoian, General Manager, Samsung Media Solutions Center America (MSCA)

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Ted M. Reguly, Director – Customer Programs and Assistance

John Boyd, CEO and Co-Founder

Sierra Wireless
Larry Zibrik, Vice President, Market Development

Kevin McGinnis, Vice President of Product Platforms & Services

Sprint Nextel
Wayne Ward, Vice President – M2M Group

James Morehead, VP Product Management and User Experience

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

Andreas Martschitsch, Head of Home Network, Convergent and Wireline Experience, myStrom

Biju Nair, EVP & Chief Corporate Strategy Officer

Tellus Venture Associates
Stephen Blum, President

TiVo Inc.
Jim Denney, VP Product Marketing

Kurt Thielen, CEO

Erik Vlugt, VP Product Marketing, North America

Dan Flagler, Manager, Product Development
Joseph Lawson, Director Content Strategy and Acquisition

Pete Schwartz, Senior Director Product Management 

Erik Kling, Vice President New Business Development

Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a J&J company
Raphaela O'Day, Ph.D, Director of Participation and Engagement Research and Insights

Western Digital
Scott Vouri, General Manager for Connected Life Products

Wipro Technologies
Stephen Snyder, VP, Business Innovation, Media & Telecom

Victoria Steinberg, Director, Connected Devices Advertising Strategy

Z-Wave Alliance
Mark Walters, Chairman

Larry Ma, Sr. Director, Digital Home Solutions


John Barrett, Director, Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

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

Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

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

Heather Way, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Sponsors include Allegro, Lowe's, Qualcomm, Sutherland Global Services, Arrayent, Asurion, Support.com, and AlertMe. Contact sales@parksassociates.com, 972-490-1113, for sponsorship information. For information, visit http://www.connectionsconference.com and follow event updates on Twitter with the hashtag #connus13. Members of the press are invited to attend.


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.