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Charles Cheevers Charles Cheevers, CTO Customer Premises Equipment, ARRIS Group

Charles Cheevers is responsible for new technology direction for ARRIS focusing on areas such as MPEG Video to IP Video Transition, Head End Convergence solutions and new CPE paradigms for cable homes of the future. Cheevers was formerly General Manager of the ARRIS R&D Facility in Cork Ireland and was responsible for the ARRIS D5 EdgeQAM business for between 2009-2011. Â He began his career as a University Lecturer in Computer Science and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science from Waterford Institute of Technology.


Joe Chow Joe Chow, VP/GM - Connected Devices, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Joe Chow is the Vice-President and General Manager of the Connected Devices Business Unit (CDBU) within Cisco System’s Service Provider Video Infrastructure Group. Mr. Chow has responsibility for all of Cisco’s global Service Provider Video customer premise equipment. CDBU is a leading global supplier of cable settop boxes, cable modems, gateway products and IPTV settops. The Connected Devices BU has an international work force primarily located in Atlanta, San Jose, Shanghai and Chennai.

Prior to CDBU, Mr. Chow established and was General Manager of Cisco’s IPTV business. Under Mr. Chow’s leadership, annual product shipments grew to over 4 million settops with revenues of over $600M. Mr. Chow has been involved with launches of IP and cable TV services by various SPs throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia.

Preceding Cisco’s acquisition of Scientific Atlanta, Mr. Chow had operational responsibility for Scientific-Atlanta’s cable modems and IPTV set-tops. He was the Vice President of Strategic Projects for the Subscriber Sector of Scientific-Atlanta where he worked with large cable customers including Time Warner Cable and Rogers on technology deployment including DVR and VOD.

Mr. Chow also held senior management positions in the portable data collection and point-of-sale industries. Mr. Chow was at Symbol Technologies for 12 years where he held a series of technical and business management positions including responsibility for Symbol’s touch screen data collection products and Spectrum One, Symbol’s market establishing wireless data collection network. Mr. Chow has also been VP of Engineering at LXE Data Corporation and IVI Checkmate.

Mr. Chow holds a BS in Computer Engineering from UCLA and a MBA from the University of California, Irvine. He is a 10-time mentor with Pathbuilders Achieva in Atlanta, a member of the board of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Lawrenceville campus sponsor for Cisco’s annual Global Hunger Relief Campaign and active with Habitat for Humanity in Gwinnett. Mr. Chow lives in Duluth, Georgia with his wife and twin children. 


Ken Durand Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, Ericsson

With a wide and varied background of business experience, Ken has extensive expertise in guiding organizations through the strategic processes of implementing technology solutions that complement the Enterprise business vision. An insightful strategist with a wide range of experiences, Ken engages some of Ericsson’s highest profile clients and works within its largest implementations. In his current role within the Business and Support Solutions (BUSS) organization, Ken leads the Innovation and Business Development function for Machine to Machine; defining business strategies for the full range of solutions within the M2M portfolio. Through facilitation of interactions around the world with current and potential customers as well as the partner ecosystem community, Ken gains keen insight into the needs and desires of both the consumer marketplace and the providers who serve it. By offering extensive working experience in both large scale enterprises and start-up companies alike, Ken is uniquely qualified to drive strategic activities focusing on the development of customers, the expansion of markets, and the construction of innovative solutions. A sought after public speaker and presenter; Ken makes his home in Atlanta, Georgia USA.


Greg Roberts Greg Roberts, Vice President, Marketing, Icontrol Networks

Greg Roberts serves as the vice president of marketing for Icontrol Networks. Roberts started with Icontrol in 2006 and leads all marketing and brand initiatives for the company. Roberts' career features a celebrated track record of leadership and success in strategic branding and management for a range of tech companies. He has been instrumental in the successful launch of numerous consumer and B2B marketing campaigns. During his time at Icontrol, he has driven notable business results focused on customer acquisition and retention, leading to increased market share and international expansion. Previously, Roberts was vice president of marketing at Helio, a MVNO startup, where he led all marketing initiatives and brand management, and helped expand and broaden the company's customer portfolio. He also played a critical role in the launch of Helio and Helio Powered By SK Telecom, which received critical acclaim from the industry. Prior to Helio, Roberts was the vice president of marketing for Disney Mobile, an MVNO project by The Walt Disney Company. He also served as the director of national marketing at SBC Wireless. There, he developed and led award-winning marketing initiatives to help launch Cingular Wireless. Roberts was recognized by Wireless World Magazine and Brandweek for the campaign's pioneering approaches to youth marketing, which have since been adapted as best practices by the mobile industry. Roberts began his career with top brand marketing and design companies including The Richards Group, Tracy Locke, DDB Needham and GSD&M. He received a Master of Arts in communications from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration from University of North Texas.


GW Shaw GW Shaw, Vice President, U-verse and Video Products, AT&T

GW Shaw is the Vice President of U-verse Marketing, AT&T. GW leads the product marketing, applications development, and product management for AT&T U-verse TV. His team is responsible for driving U-verse customer growth, developing and rolling out new integrated applications that utilize the company’s IP platform, and differentiating the U-verse TV product and customer experience from the company’s cable competitors.

GW has been with AT&T for more than 14 years, starting with SBC Communications, Inc. in 1998. His previous positions include product marketing roles for AT&T consumer services, including voice services, converged services and product development.

GW has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas. 


Speakers


Mark Adams Mark Adams, VP & GM North America, Accedo

Mark Adams leads the North American operations of Accedo, the leading provider of multiscreen video solutions. Since 2007, he has been delivering OTT and IPTV projects for media, entertainment and pay TV operators globally. Mark has worked with leading players like Netflix, Showtime, Fox, Warner Bros, Rogers, Telstra and PCCW to grow their presence on connect platforms. Prior to Accedo, Mark had a 10-year career in mobile communications. 


Scott Bagby Scott Bagby, SVP of Strategic & International Partnerships, Rdio

Rdio is the groundbreaking digital music service that is reinventing the way people discover, play, and share music. Scott Bagby joined Rdio in 2010 and is Senior Vice President of Strategic & International Partnerships.

Launched in August 2010, Rdio is headquartered in San Francisco and was founded by Janus Friis, the co-created of Skye, and is currently available in 31 countries. In this role, Bagby is responsible for establishing Rdio in new global territories. For each expansion, he negotiates with labels for global streaming rights, identifies strong local partners and actually launches the local entity. Additionally, Bagby leads the Label and Artist Relations teams at Rdio, responsible for security streaming music agreements with the labels.

Bagby came to Radio by way of Skype where he worked for four years. At Skype, he was based in London and served as Vice President of New Markets. There he helped build out the enterprise element of the company and was responsible for telecom business revenues. Additionally, Bagby lead the market development strategies in Asia, South America and Europe.

Before working at Skype, he spent a number of years with various telecom companies and start-ups and lived in Beijing for a number of years.

Bagby graduated from the University of Southern California after growing up predominantly in the Los Angeles area. When he’s not traveling for work or fun, he enjoys sailing and skiing.  


Tal Ball Tal Ball, General Manager, Addressability, Gracenote

In this new disruptive area, Tal is focused on driving innovation and defining business models as the General Manager for Gracenote Addressability. Tal is a Silicon Valley veteran, whose leadership has spanned a range of technology companies, including Agile Software and Cadence Design. At Gracenote, Tal oversees the incredibly talented teams developing video recognition, content discovery and targeted advertising products.


Jeff Berenson Jeff Berenson, SVP, Product Management, Rovi Corporation

Jeff Berenson is senior vice president, Product Management for Rovi Corporation, a global leader in entertainment discovery. Jeff's responsibility is to develop new technologies for the Americas that will enable next-generation search and recommendations products. He is currently working on bringing new cloud-based capabilities to currently deployed i-Guide and Passport Guide solutions. Also under Jeff's leadership, Rovi is helping to bring the latest guidance technology to Digital Terminal Adapters (DTAs) which are enabling operators to continue the migration to all digital networks. Jeff joined Rovi in 2011 and has also held engineering positions with the company. Prior to Rovi, Jeff was principal at ITV Partners and previous to this, was VP and general manager at Vidiom Systems. He has also held senior management positions at BearingPoint, Inc. and OpenTV where he was director of Professional Services - EMEA. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.


Gregory Berkin Gregory Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
Twitter ID: @GregoryBerkin

Gregory Berkin is the Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel capital group focused on Social/Smart/Mobile/Cloud/3D applications for TV, Tablet, Internet, PC and Mobile markets. Greg is serial entrepreneur who founded several successful start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Berkin has been an Apple software developer for over 30 years founding one of the first educational software development and publishing firms for the Apple Macintosh Computer in 1984. Greg Berkin joined Intel Corporation as Intel's video technology evangelist in 1995, leading the efforts of hundreds of independent software developers (ISVs), consumer electronics (CE) companies and Hollywood studios in the development and introduction of the DVD and Blu-ray formats around the world. Greg was recognized as "1 of the Top 21 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide" in the year 2000. Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, director & producer who has produced documentaries, feature films and digital media for over 30 years. Mr. Berkin's work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Las Vegas, San Jose, Carmel, etc. Greg is also Director of Film Angels on Linkedin.com and a member of AngelList & Family Angels. With a computer science degree from Potsdam and an MBA from Duke University, Greg mentors, consults and advises over a dozen Silicon Valley start-ups in early-stage growth, strategy, investment, IP, and development in all areas of high technology. Mr. Berkin is developing a next-generation ADSB data box for private planes and autos. Greg collects and preserves classic Italian vintage automobiles in San Jose, CA.


John Boyd John Boyd, CEO and Co-Founder, ShopSavvy

ShopSavvy CEO and Co-Founder John Boyd developed the company’s mobile advertising program, which uses location and buyer intent to generate ads with an eCPM of $500 for the likes of Best Buy, Google, Microsoft, Gap and Sony.

John led ShopSavvy’s early monetization efforts as VP of Business Development. As COO, he opened the company’s San Francisco office and led the recruiting of engineering and product teams. He became CEO in October 2012.

Before ShopSavvy, John worked in three startups in the mobile and technology space, all of which resulted in successful exits. Additionally, John worked at an Austin, Texas-based technology venture fund with more than $1 billion under management and invested across a broad range of technology spaces. John loves working with companies in nascent-but-strategic markets, not unlike the space ShopSavvy occupies.

In his personal time, John takes an interest in anything outdoors, learning about technology, investing and history, and talking about any of the sciences.  


Lewis Brown Lewis Brown, President, MiOS

Lewis Brown has been in the Consumer Electronics business for over 30 years and at the "C" level for the last 20. He has a penchant and passion for start-ups and growth companies. His last position prior to MiOS was EVP of Marketing and Business Development at Zen-sys, the developer of the Z-wave technology.


Naveen Chhangani Naveen Chhangani, Director, Product Management, NETGEAR

Naveen Chhangani is Director, Product Management at NETGEAR Inc. He leads global product marketing for DOCSIS, Media GW and in home networking technologies for NETGEAR’s Service Providers Business Unit. A veteran of Product Management, Naveen is part of NETGEAR over 7 years and in this role, he works with broadband service providers globally on long-term strategy in defining new CPEs designed to strengthen their offering. By launching one of the first integrated DOCSIS 3.0 based Wireless Gateway in the industry and subsequent upgrades to more channel bonding, 11ac wireless, DLNA, IPv6 and getting industry’s first 1Gig DOCSIS certified gateway, Naveen is instrumental in developing and delivering the next generation CPEs for service providers networks. In addition, he is also responsible for media strategy and digital platform development for the company, and focuses on establishing and managing business relationships with advanced technology partners. Naveen has over fifteen years of experience serving in various product management and business development positions within suppliers of leading edge IP solutions to broadband service providers. He has been active speaker at CableLabs and Cable Congress events. Naveen holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication and further education in Marketing Management from Harvard Business School.


Anthony Citrano Anthony Citrano, VP Communications & Chief Evangelist, Verizon EdgeCast
Twitter ID: @acitrano

Mr. Citrano is a technology entrepreneur with experience in communications, public policy, and popular culture. While a student at the University of Maine, he published The Virtual Journal, the world’s first web magazine. In the twenty years since, he has started three companies, worked for or advised business and political leaders on a range of technology and policy issues, and helped launch and run PopTech, a conference about the intersection of technology and popular culture. His musings on popular culture have appeared in a variety of media from WIRED to Boing Boing, and he is also a widely-published photographer with hundreds of publishing credits ranging from TIME magazine to niche fashion magazines you’ve never heard of.

Citrano joined EdgeCast when it was in “stealth mode” and helped launch the company as a new challenger in the content delivery business. Over the past few years, he built and managed the company’s marketing and communications organization and helped establish the company as the top contender in an increasingly crowded market. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast and he became chief evangelist of Verizon EdgeCast.


Joe Dada Joe Dada, CEO, INSTEON
Twitter ID: @insteon

Joe Dada, founder and CEO of INSTEON, is committed to offering affordable, simple and reliable connected home and business products.

An MBA graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - College of Business, Dada moved to Southern California at the suggestion of a former professor and mentor. Initially working in the investment field, a trip to a franchise fair in Los Angeles introduced him to the potential of home automation.
In 1992 Dada founded Smarthome, a home automation product catalog company. Shortly after launching Smarthome’s first proprietary product in 1994, Dada launched Smarthome.com, one of the world's first e-commerce sites and now the world's largest retailer of connected home products.

During the late 90s, Dada acquired two product engineering firms to accelerate proprietary product development. After several years of intense development efforts, the company released the patented, dual-band (RF and powerline), mesh networking INSTEON technology in 2005, which has become one of the most popular home automation protocols in the world. In 2012, Dada gave the world the first network-controlled light bulb using INSTEON-enabled technology. Dada established INSTEON as a separate company from the Smarthome business.

Today, INSTEON-enabled products, from light bulbs to leak sensors, are sold at major retailers, including Best Buy, Costco and Home Depot. There are currently millions of INSTEON nodes installed in homes and businesses around the world. INSTEON has won numerous industry and media awards for its high reliability and low cost, and is seen as a highly effective platform for the coming Internet of Things. 


Jordan Davis Jordan Davis, Director of Product Management, Fan TV

Jordan Davis is the Director of Product Management at Fan TV. Jordan manages both the product and design efforts across Fan TV on tablet, mobile, and the set-top box. Prior to Fan TV, Jordan worked at Adobe, leading their mobile and web products for Photoshop. Jordan earned an undergraduate degree from UCLA in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, as well as his MBA from Northwestern University. In his free time, Jordan is an amateur photographer, flight instructor, and light beer enthusiast.


		 Jim Denney Jim Denney, Vice President, General Manager, Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

As Vice President of product marketing at TiVo, Jim Denney is responsible for defining TiVo's hardware platform and service direction, strategy, and requirements. During his tenure at TiVo, he and his team have defined and launched innovative products ranging from multi-tuner DVRs and client devices to mobile and online experiences including content consumption, scheduling, co-viewing and media management. Mr. Denney represents TiVo in public events and corporate announcements ranging from product announcements and industry forums to testifying before Congress on the policy issue of fair use of content.

Prior to joining TiVo, Mr. Denney held leadership positions in product marketing at iBEAM Broadcasting/WilTel Communications and SGI, focusing on the creation of distribution networks for streaming media and media production tools for both enterprise and entertainment applications. He was involved in 3D animation at FTI Corporation and started his career as a systems consultant at Andersen Consulting.

Mr. Denney has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his contributions to the development of the TiVo Service. 


Tim Enwall Tim Enwall, CEO, Revolv

Tim Enwall began his career at Apple and brings more than 26 years of experience to Revolv. Prior to joining Revolv as CEO, Tim was the founder and CEO of venture-backed Tendril, the recognized global leader in integrated consumer engagement for energy providers. Prior to Tendril, Tim founded Solista, a global technology management firm, which was acquired by The Gartner Group in 2000.

Tim serves on the board of directors of Silicon Flatirons, a non-profit entrepreneurship program at the University of Colorado and Startup Colorado. Tim is an angel investor in over a dozen startups, has served as a mentor to TechStars, the Nike+ Accelerator, and the R/GA Connected Devices Accelerator. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 


Manny Fernandez Manny Fernandez, CEO/Co-Founder; Founder, DreamFunded.com; SF Angels Group
Twitter ID: @mannyfernandez

CEO/ Co-founder of DreamFunded.com an online VC Firm. Also an active angel investor and founder of SF Angels Group a 27 member group of accredited investors.I am serial entrepreneur (one exit) an active angel investor and advisor to startup companies. I am also a partner of an early-stage VC fund that is making investments in high growth San Francisco/Silicon Valley tech startups. The startups are working on new ideas to provide value and many high paying jobs for the world. An active angel investor and advisor for several US and global equity crowdfunding platforms. Frequent Speaker/ Judge at Silicon Valley startup pitch events.


Andrew Ferrone Andrew Ferrone, VP of Pay TV, Roku

Andrew Ferrone is VP of Pay TV at Roku and is responsible for all pay TV deals including over-the-top multichannel services, managed network services, and co-branded device deals. Most recently Andrew was head of consumer product management at RealD, the leading licensor of 3D technologies. At RealD, Andrew drove product planning and commercial partnerships for a portfolio including content services, distribution technologies, and consumer devices. Andrew started his career at Videoguide, the leading licensor of interactive program guides for TVs and DVRs. Gemstar-TV Guide bought Videoguide which was then bought by Macrovision, now called Rovi. Andrew holds a B.A. in Computer Science and Digital Electronics from Dartmouth College.


Hugo Fiennes Hugo Fiennes, CEO and Co-founder, Electric Imp
Twitter ID: @hfiennes

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and Co-founder of Electric Imp, a innovative and powerful Internet of Things-based cloud service and hardware platform that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet.

Hugo began developing hardware and software for early ARM-based computers in the late 1980s and has been building useful and successful things ever since. After designing many MP3 players for Rio, Hugo led Apple's hardware team through the first four generations of the groundbreaking iPhone, and was then an early advisor to Nest Labs, architecting the hardware for their first thermostat product before starting Electric Imp in 2011.

Hugo graduated first honors from University of Warwick in Coventry, England with a degree in Computer Systems Engineering.


Mike Fisher Mike Fisher, Director, Strategy and Innovation, BrightLine

Mike Fisher leads BrightLine’s Strategy and Innovation team, and is responsible for defining strategic opportunities in the Advanced TV space – for both internal and external stakeholders. With a deep understanding of the advancing media landscape, emerging technologies, and traditional television, Mike is continually defining innovative and insightful ways to leverage Advanced TV solutions to fit the needs of clients and partners, while keeping brand messaging top-of-mind and relevant to the viewer. Mike also manages relationships with BrightLine’s class-leading technology partners and platforms, and industry associations, and is a member of the IAB's Advanced TV Committee advisory board.

Prior to joining BrightLine in 2012, Mike spent two years at the Interactive Television JV Canoe Ventures on the Product Marketing and Research/Analytics teams. Before his time at Canoe, Mike worked at Twentieth Century Fox, and received his MBA in Marketing, with a concentration on advertising technology.


David  Foote David Foote, CTO, Hitachi Communication Technologies Americas

David Foote is currently CTO of the Hitachi division responsible for telecom and networking products in the Americas.   He is responsible for strategic product planning and technology strategy of home networking, M2M, optical transport  and cellular  systems.  He has been instrumental in establishing Hitachi’s business with major North American service providers like AT&T, Global Crossing, Metro PCS, Sprint, Time Warner and T-Mobile.  Mr. Foote has been a contributor, and committee chairman in leading standards organizations such as ANSI T1, ATIS, MPLS Forum, IEEE 802, IETF, OIF and SCTE. He is an invited speaker and paper author to various industry trade shows and symposiums and has recently presented in several venues on connected home and M2M technology and market trends.  Before joining Hitachi, he served as a decorated communications engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force responsible for network design and implementation of various secure telecom and packet data networks including ARPAnet/MILnet. Mr. Foote received a B.S.E.E. from Georgia Tech and a Masters degree in Management from Webster University/Air Force Institute of Technology.


Seth Frader-Thompson Seth Frader-Thompson, President, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @fraderT

As President of EnergyHub, Seth oversees the overall direction and operation of the company. He devotes extra focus to creating an exceptional user experience for EnergyHub customers. Prior to founding EnergyHub in 2007, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on the Mars Science Laboratory mission, the Lunar Precursor and Robotic Program, and payloads and tools for Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) robots. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.


David Friedman David Friedman, CEO & Co-Founder, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks
Website: http://www.aylanetworks.com/

David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.

Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.


Sean Galligan Sean Galligan, VP of Business Development and Sales, Flurry
Twitter ID: @seang

Sean leads sales and business development functions for the company. Prior to joining Flurry, Sean served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Global Motorsport Group (GMG), a leader in the power sports industry. Sean joined GMG from Sprint, where he was a Regional Sales Director, leading a team that sold web hosting solutions and professional services to Sprint's largest customers. Prior to this, Sean developed and managed relationships with digital media companies and interactive agencies in New York City for the Sprint Internet group. Earlier in his career, Sean held sales and business development roles at AT&T and MCI. Sean earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Purdue University and an MBA from Cornell University.


Peter Gerstberger Peter Gerstberger, Director/DMM, New Business Development, Staples

Peter Gerstberger is Director of New Business Development at Staples, where he leads a team of Merchants focused on reinventing the retail product pipeline for Staples. Previously, as a Senior Buyer, he lead all new technology initiatives for Staples™ new business development and focused on driving product development, strategic growth initiatives, and partnerships with vendors and other companies. Gerstberger has been at Staples for over ten years where he has built a proven track record of leading and implementing successful strategies that drive the business. A graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, MA, Gerstberger is the driving force behind the Staples Connect connected home initiative.


Yosi Glick Yosi Glick, Co-Founder & CEO, Jinni
Twitter ID: @YosiGlick

Yosi Glick is a TV technology expert with over 15 years of experience building TV and content guides. Awarded a B.Sc. in Engineering from the prestigious Technion, Glick’s experience at Accenture and Oracle, where he spent 15 years developing technology to improve TV guides, led him to the Eureka moment when he realized that to truly innovate the guide, he would have to re-engineer the underlying data from the ground up; a realization that led him to found Jinni in 2007.

Glick is author of Super Search Me!

Jinni is re-engineering the way content is discovered and consumed. If in the past static content guides met the discovery needs of viewers, the huge catalogs now available on demand require a smarter, more personalized approach.

Mr. Glick will discuss fresh new technologies that enable individuals to find content just right for them from large on-demand catalogs via personal mobile devices such as smart phones or tables.

The presentation can include live demo of working products, practical understanding and audience participation.


Dan Gordon Dan Gordon, Technology Partner, Valhalla Partners
Twitter ID: @dangordon1199

Dan Gordon is a thirty-year tech veteran. For the last 10 years he has led investments at Valhalla Partners, a venture-capital firm in the Washington DC area, investors in Zonoff.


Larry Gordon Larry Gordon, President, iYogi

Larry is President of Global Channel Sales for iYogi.  He is responsible finding and building long- lasting high-value relationships with iYogi’s partners worldwide.  Prior to the acquisition by iYogi, he was founder and CEO of Clean Machine, a NJ-based and incorporated company that helped consumers manage their home and small office computing environments safely and inexpensively.

Larry has 25 years experience in the IT industry. He was an Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Capgemini (Paris: CAP.PA), and Nasdaq listed Kanbay. He was also VP of Global Marketing and Investor Relations for Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH), a leader in global IT services.

Prior to joining Cognizant, Larry was CEO of a NJ-based digital consulting firm, TekTel, and president of a leading technology marketing consulting firm, Technology Solutions, located in New York. He was also director of marketing for a leading enterprise software company, New York-based Information Builders, one of the largest privately held software companies in the world.

He sits on a number of IT industry advisory boards, has contributed articles and been quoted extensively in the general and IT press, and has been a speaker at numerous IT industry conferences. Larry has a BA from Duke University, and an MA from the University of Colorado. He lives in NJ with his wife and two children.


Julie Hance Julie Hance, VP North America, AlertMe

Julie joined AlertMe in February 2014 from Eka Software Solutions where she held the position of SVP, Product Management and Strategy. As a member of the executive management team, she helped lead the Company through a record year of growth in 2013 and close two major acquisitions in one calendar year.

Prior to Eka, Julie spent 7 years at Itron, the global utility technology and services Company, where as VP of the Software Solutions Group from 2008 to 2011, she was responsible for product strategy, engineering, quality assurance and implementation of Itron Software Solutions. Prior to Itron she was VP in charge of strategy, products and SAAS for ORCOM Solutions, where she executed the Company’s acquisition strategy and its sale to Alliance Data Systems in 2003.

Beginning her career in Research and Development at Shakespeare Electronics & Fiberglass division, Julie has also held senior management positions with Excelergy, Indus and Florida Power & Light. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Nova Southeastern University.


Mike Harris Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff
Twitter ID: @zonoffinc

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has founded and/or led numerous venture-backed technology companies to successful exits, including a NASDAQ IPO.

Mike’s most recent start-up, AnySource Media, was launched in 2006 and delivered a 4X return to investors 18 months after investment, when it was acquired by DivX in August of 2009. In June of 2010 DixX was acquired by Sonic Solutions, which in turn was acquired by Rovi (NASDAQ: ROVI) six months later. 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. (Click here to see the actual DivX TV demo.) Just as AnySource provided core technology for “connected TV,” Mike’s vision for Zonoff is to provide the core technology for the “connected home.” Same concept… but a much bigger opportunity.

Early in Mike’s career, he was the founder and CTO of Ravisent Technologies Inc., a technology pioneer in the DVD industry. Ravisent won numerous business and technical accolades including Frost and Sullivan’s "Excellence in Strategy" award, the "Technology Pioneer" award from the World Economic Forum, and the Deloitte and Touche "Fast 500" award. The company won this last award three times, including one year when the company was ranked number 1 in its region and 9th nationally. Mike oversaw the development and adoption of Ravisent’s technology by leading PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, raising nearly $100M in venture and public financing, and 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.


Cathy Hetzel Cathy Hetzel, Corporate President, Rentrak
Twitter ID: @Rentrak

Cathy Hetzel believes that Rentrak’s success starts with its clients. She says her mission at Rentrak is to listen to the company’s current and prospective clients to discover how Rentrak can make their lives easier and their work more productive and profitable. As Corporate President, Cathy spends her days determining where the industry is heading and how Rentrak can adapt its products and services and employ its census-based approach to audience measurement to meet the needs of the future. “We live in an increasingly fragmented world,” Cathy says. “There are millions of content options and endless ways to consume that content. There is no doubt that consumers will drive future innovation around how and where content is consumed. Business models around subscriptions and advertising will continue to evolve and Rentrak will continue to be the only company able to precisely measure movie and TV content on any device and every platform.” With experience on both the cable operator and network sides of the business, as well as in television technology, Rentrak is the perfect fusion of Cathy’s many areas of expertise. Prior to joining Rentrak, she served as Senior Vice President, Business Development at Concero and Senior Vice President at Digital Cable Radio Associates. When she’s not working hard to grow relationships with Rentrak’s data providers or helping to create new technologies, Cathy supports Dress for Success Oregon, which provides professional attire and career development tools to women trying to enter the workforce.


Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, Director of Innovation and New Business, LG Electronics

Kurt is currently Director of Platform Innovation and New Business at LG Electronics, where he is responsible for driving innovative Smart Home solutions related to entertainment, mobile device inter-connectivity, Smart appliances, wearables, content and services discovery, and next-generation input technologies. Kurt has spent almost 15 years building and delivering cloud-connected device solutions for global Service Providers, CE companies, and Content Owners, bringing value-added services to more than 55M users worldwide. Prior to LG, Kurt held business development, product marketing, strategy and product management roles at Digeo, 2Wire, Amdocs, and at his own consulting firm. He has worked, consulted and advised customers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, Telstra, Bell Canada, Best Buy, and Paramount Studios, in addition to a variety of startups. Kurt studied Computer Science at the Royal Military College of Canada and Human Computer Interaction at the University of British Columbia.


Ben Huang Ben Huang, Head of Global Marketing, Mediaroom Business Group, Ericsson
Twitter ID: @bkhuang

Ben Huang has been focused on the intersection of media and technology for more than 15 years. He currently is global marketing head and member of the senior leadership team responsible for the TV platforms business at Ericsson. In this capacity, he oversees marketing programs for the entire product portfolio, including Mediaroom, Multiscreen TV, content management systems, and SaaS-based TV platforms.

Ben joined Ericsson as part of the Mediaroom acquisition from Microsoft. During his 10 year tenure at Microsoft, Ben led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, emerging markets, product management, and product planning.

Prior to Microsoft, he served as director of business development at PacketVideo, one of the pioneers in the mobile video space. While there, he led partnerships with major media companies and application developers to create mobile video services across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Earlier in his career, Ben also worked in finance, strategic consulting, and venture capital covering the media, telecommunications, and technology industries. He is a frequent speaker at many top-tier industry events including the International Consumer Electronics Show, National Association of Broadcasters, and Digital Hollywood among others. Ben holds MBA and JD degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Law School and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.


Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky, Director, Intelligent Home Vertical Markets, Time Warner Cable

Joe develops new businesses for Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome platform, and other energy-related ventures. Prior to TWC, Joe managed Southern California Edison's strategic alliances with service providers in the home energy management industry; he originally negotiated energy contracts for SCE. Previously, Joe held leadership positions in the private equity, HVAC manufacturing and management consulting industries. He holds BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard. 


Brian Jaquet Brian Jaquet, Director, Marketing, Sling Media
Twitter ID: @bjaquet

I've spent 14+ years in marketing, public relations and corporate communications working for a wide range of technology companies who specialize in mobile computing, consumer electronics hardware, enterprise computing and wireless communications and am currently working for Sling Media leading the communications team. This is my second stint with the company, having served in a similar role four years earlier. Prior to Sling Media, I served as Director of Corporate Communications for OnLive, Inc. OnLive is using cloud computing to provide the power and intelligence needed to instantly deliver the latest, premium game titles to a TV, PC or Mac, tablet computer and mobile phone. The games are streamed using video compression technology and a broadband connection. The company also offers a productivity solution for iPad that allows customers to create, access and sync Microsoft Office files. Prior to OnLive, I held a similar role at Roku for two years. Roku makes a product called the Roku streaming player, which is a small set top box that connects to your TV and streams movies and TV shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, Crackle, etc. The product is one of the easiest ways to access over the top video content in HD resolution on your TV. Prior to Roku, I headed up all PR and communications activities for Sling Media, a small consumer electronics company focused on bringing the home TV experience to a Mac/PC, tablet or smartphone in full HD resolution. I joined Sling Media in 2005 just after the launch of the first Slingbox and oversaw communications through its acquisition by EchoStar in 2007. I received my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government from Dartmouth College in 1995. 


Suke Jawanda Suke Jawanda, Chief Marketing Officer, Bluetooth Special Interest Group

Suke Jawanda is CMO of the Bluetooth SIG. Working in conjunction with more than 20,000 members, he guides the ongoing development and market proliferation of Bluetooth technology – extending the reach of the Bluetooth brand across industry and consumer segments. With more than 15 years of emerging-technology marketing experience, Suke leads an international team charged with all aspects of Bluetooth marketing, brand management, product management, business development, and member services. He previously worked at EMC in its Mozy subsidiary, Microsoft, and was also a partner and vice president at Savatar Consulting (a WPP Group company) leading business and go-to-market strategies for emerging technologies with blue-chip IT, telecom, and software clients. Suke received his M.A. from Concordia University and B.B.A. from Simon Fraser University.  


Anna Jen Anna Jen, Director, New Ventures/New Products, Epson

As director, New Ventures/New Products for Epson America, Anna Jen is responsible for leading the new markets division. She has also managed Epson's photo imaging and photo-ware products. Anna has more than 25 years’ experience in technology and consumer products with companies such as Motorola and Polaroid.   


V. Rory Jones V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, PlanetEcosystems

Rory co-founded PlanetEcosystems after two decades leading business services organizations. This includes leading Business Value Associates, a premier tech sector strategy consulting firm, serving as SVP, Business Development with Nextera, a publicly traded technology services provider, and leading the US Shareholder Value consulting practice as a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, a leading global consultancy. Previously, Rory held senior executive positions at Thomson Electronics in Europe. Rory earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, a BSc in Engineering from the City University in London, and is a thought leader in technology, markets and finance; his book, Boosting Cash Flow & Shareholder Value, is published by John Wiley & Co.


Jeremy Kaplan Jeremy Kaplan, Editor in Chief, Digital Trends
Twitter ID: @smashdawg

Jeremy is Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, responsible for keeping the site awesome. With nearly two decades of experience, he saw the technology industry explode, from the growth of the Internet to the birth and dominance of smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and more. Before joining DT, he spent nearly five years at FoxNews.com, and over a decade at Ziff Davis Media, publisher of PCMag.com.


Pankaj Kedia Pankaj Kedia, Sr. Director, New Business Development, Qualcomm

Pankaj Kedia is senior director of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. where he is responsible for cultivating business opportunities with strategic customers and emerging segments. Pankaj is leading Qualcomm’s efforts in the wearable space – setting its wearable business strategy, defining product roadmaps, and collaborating with customers and partners to bring innovative products to market.

Previously, Pankaj was the director of business development and innovation at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for winning, nurturing, and launching mobility products and technologies. Pankaj launched the Intel Atom processor and led the company’s early efforts to establish its presence and momentum in the tablet and smartphone categories. Earlier at Intel, Pankaj played an instrumental role in accelerating the deployment of Notebook PCs in the industry by defining and implementing the company’s mobile strategies and launching a range of products including Centrino, Pentium 4 and Pentium III processors. Pankaj joined Intel in 1996 and held a series of executive advisory, strategy, marketing, planning, ecosystem, and business development roles across the company. He holds one of the early/defining patents around implementing low power sub-systems in mobile devices.

Prior to Intel, Pankaj was in the management consulting industry for five years leading projects in strategy, management, and information technology. Pankaj is an avid TED follower and has spoken at multiple TEDx events about the impact of mobile technologies around the world. He is frequently sought after as a speaker at industry events in the area of mobile, wearable, wireless, and Internet, and has been extensively quoted in mainstream publications.

Pankaj holds a Master of Business Administration from Wharton, a Master of Science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Science from the Indian Institute of Technology. 


Dan Kerzner Dan Kerzner, Chief Product Officer, Alarm.com

Dan Kerzner serves as Chief Product Officer. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Dan served as the CEO of Emotive, a software company based in the Bay Area. Dan took the company from pre-revenue through to generating sales and being sold to Appconomy Inc. Dan has also served as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mobile at MicroStrategy Inc. (MSTR). Dan was responsible for the launch, design and development of MicroStrategy’s industry-leading Mobile App Platform for iOS, Android and BlackBerry, which was recognized in 2012 as the #1 offering in its class by analysts including Howard Dresner, Gartner, BARC and OVUM and included in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms in 2013. Dan also worked at EnerNOC as the Regional Director for PJM. Prior to this position, Dan was Vice President, Platform and Emerging Technologies at MicroStrategy. He helped manage the design and development of multiple generations of MicroStrategy’s Business Intelligence Software Platform. Dan received a B.A. with Honors in Computer Engineering from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School.


Sean Knapp Sean Knapp, Co-founder, EVP, Ooyala
Twitter ID: @seanknapp

Sean Knapp is a co-founder of Ooyala. As Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, he oversees all products and engineering and helps define and execute Ooyala's technology vision. Sean previously worked at Google, where he developed and launched the company's customizable home page.


Frank Kouretas Frank Kouretas, Vice-President Products and Marketing, Radialpoint

Whatever the device, whatever the platform, and whatever the problem, Radialpoint’s solutions provide Carriers, OEMs, ISVs, and other technology providers with the technology, and services required to cost-effectively solve their customers’ tech support issues with superior Customer Experience. Radialpoint’s products enable companies to drive new revenue and customer satisfaction by launching market-leading Premium Support programs.

Frank Kouretas, Vice President – Products and Marketing has been with Radialpoint since 2006. During his time at Radialpoint, Frank has led several product initiatives including Radialpoint’s various market offerings around Premium Technical Support, and related products such as Security, and Online Backup.

Frank brings significant experience in Platform product management and Software as a Service. Prior to joining Radialpoint, Frank was a Director of Product Management at Data Valet where he launched successful SaaS offerings to market focused on smart network management solutions, and service delivery platforms.


Ryo Koyama Ryo Koyama, CEO, Co-Founder, Weaved

Ryo Koyama is a Silicon Valley based serial entrepreneur who been active in the networking & Internet connected device space for the past 15 years. Currently he is co-founder and CEO of Weaved (formerly know as Yoics) a cloud service company which provides services for the Internet of Everything. Previously Ryo was CEO of iReady from founding till its sale to NVIDIA. iReady provided TCP/IP technology to thousands of different Internet connected hardware products including CDMA connected credit card readers, kids toys, senior monitoring house-wares and other consumer electronic products, including early wi-fi connected televisions. Ryo professional experience also includes active participation in industry consortium activities, including serving as Chairman of RAPID, an industry consortium focused on intellectual property reuse in the semiconductor industry. iReady was also one of the initial companies involved in the Universal Plug and Play standard. Ryo holds seven US patents in the areas of multimedia and networking, and was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with an emphasis in fluid dynamics from San Jose State University.


Dennis Kyle Dennis Kyle, Vice President/General Manager, Connected Systems , Arrayent

Dennis Kyle currently serves as Vice President/General Manager, Connected Systems at Arrayent where he is responsible for the development and marketing of Arrayent’s Connected Systems Ecosystem composed of strategic retailers and service providers. Prior to Arrayent, Dennis was at Tendril Networks where he oversaw the business unit focused on Tendril’s Internet of Things and Connected Home efforts with Manufacturers, Service Providers and Retailers.

Dennis has over 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries and as one of the early employees at McCaw Communications (which later became AT&T Wireless) he has been involved in the very beginnings of the Communications and Internet revolution. Over the years he and has held numerous senior leadership positions at companies such as Nextlink Interactive and XO Communications as well as Level 3 Communications and Zayo Group where he served as Senior Vice President and President respectively. Dennis has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MBA and MA in “Development Economics” from Stanford University.  


Art Lancaster Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Twitter ID: @Affinegy
Website: http://www.affinegy.com

As Co-Founder and CTO of Affinegy, Art Lancaster drives the company’s technology strategy and oversees development of Affinegy’s portfolio of products. Affinegy’s first product removed the complexity in setting up a home wireless network. In deployment since 2004, the software has proven robust, enabling tens of millions of service deployments and silencing calls to support desks at some of the world’s largest service providers and equipment manufacturers. As consumer connectivity flourished, Lancaster expanded the portfolio to encompass remote management of the wireless router and the ever-increasing number of devices and content in the connected home. Lancaster also spearheaded development of key technology tenets with a number of patents issued and pending and identified important industry standards like TR-069 and championed commercialization within the industry and the company's products. Art’s commitment to quality is evidenced by Affinegy’s near-zero defect record in over eight years of volume deployment.

Prior to Affinegy Art was director of strategy and business development for Motorola’s Streamaster business where he established strategies leading to the world’s most advanced interactive broadband gateway system and closed $20 million of sales with top telecommunications companies. While director of design engineering for Motorola’s Fast Static RAM Division, he contributed to sales growth of over 50% per year to over $500 million and number one market share worldwide. Art has prior start-up experience at Entregate, Inmos Corporation, and as co-founder and VP of development of a joint venture between RCA and Sharp.

He has a BSEE, cum laude, from the University of Missouri, an MSEE from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of Texas.
 


George Land George Land, General Manager, Ingersoll Rand Nexia Intelligence

George leads the Nexia Intelligence business for Ingersoll Rand, world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. In this role, George oversees Nexia’s full suite of cloud-based automation platforms including Nexia Home Intelligence for consumers, Nexia Property Intelligence for multifamily property managers, and Nexia Diagnostics for Heating and Air Conditioning dealers, as well as a full line of connected hardware including both Z-Wave and WiFi-based devices. George also represents Ingersoll Rand as a board member on the Z-Wave Alliance. In addition to his experience in the home automation field, George has over twenty years of product development experience with Ingersoll Rand, where he has delivered innovation solutions in a variety of end markets. For example, as vice president of engineering for Club Car, the world’s leading manufacturer of golf cars and light utility vehicles, he was an early advocate for leveraging “the internet of things” through the development and commercialization of the cloud-based Visage golf car fleet management system and connected golf car. George holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Texas A&M and a Master of Science degree in engineering from Virginia Tech University.


Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman, Senior Director of Platform Strategy, SmartThings

As Senior Director of Platform Strategy at SmartThings, Dan is responsible for working with makers, developers, and partners to bring new devices and experiences to the Physical Graph.

Most recently, Dan spent four years at frog, focused on the intersection of technology and business impact. As a member of frog's Innovation Strategy Group, he worked closely with frog's creative and technology disciplines to incorporate research and insights into business design, marketing positioning, and partner selection. 

Prior to frog, Dan has been a Network Architect & Engineer at DragonWave focusing on building flexible microwave backhaul networks for Clearwire’s nationwide 4G WiMax network, a Video Architect at Ericsson, Technology Advisor to the CEO & Chairman of Cisco Systems, and an early employee at RealNetworks.

Dan has served on several start-up technology and business advisory boards and has acted as a technology consultant in several areas including: digital media, mobile data networking, content distribution, technology strategy and application / network design. 


Stuart Lombard Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Twitter ID: @ecobee
Website: http://www.ecobee.com

Stuart Lombard is the President and CEO of ecobee, a company dedicated to helping its customers conserve energy, save money and reduce their environmental impact. Stuart began his career as a software developer building distribution control systems for international electric utilities. Stumbling across the Internet in 1994, Stuart founded one of Canada's first and largest internet service providers. After going public with i*internet, Stuart became the Co-CEO of Isolation Systems Ltd. an award winning manufacturer of internet encryption solutions which was acquired by Shiva Corporation in the spring of 1998. Stuart then spent 8 years as a partner at a technology venture capital firm before seeing the light and founding ecobee. Stuart and his wife, Andrea, live in Toronto with their 3 children. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, running and coaching kids soccer.


Jim Louderback Jim Louderback, GM Discovery, Discovery Digital Networks

Jim Louderback launched and managed operations at cable channels, magazines, websites and online video companies including Ziff-Davis, TechTV, PC Magazine and ExtremeTech.com. He started his career at JPMorgan Chase, and has also done work for Pepsi, National Semiconductor and Citibank. He's been CEO of Revision3 since 2007, and has guided the company to profitability, more than 300 million views a month, and its acquisition by Discovery Communications in 2012. Jim has an MBA from The Stern School at NYU, and a BS in Mathematics from the University of Vermont.


Ted May Ted May, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs, Synacor
Twitter ID: @synacor

With a knack for identifying the next big thing in digital entertainment content, Ted is regularly invited to speak at industry conferences which have recently included the NextTV Summit, ScreenPlays Media Innovations Summit, Digital Hollywood, CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and CTAM. Creating and managing a broad range of content partner and vendor relationships as Synacor’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Affairs, he is passionate about the company’s services and has played an essential role in growing Synacor’s business by enriching the portal and end-user experience.

Previously, May held positions at America Online, Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp. During his tenure at AOL, successively leading business strategy for the AOL Service, broadband, home networking and the first wave of digital media services, the company’s subscriber base increased from 10 million to 32 million customers. While at Cablevision he was instrumental in the launch of the company’s first Internet service offerings including broadband, interactive services, and first forays into DBS. He was also responsible for business planning in support of the launch of regional sports and news channels within Cablevision’s Rainbow Programming division.

May has a Master of Business Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Juilliard School. 


Jeff McInnis Jeff McInnis, CEO, SmartRG

Jeff brings 24 years of Sr Leadership, Direct Sales, Sales Operations and Product Marketing experience to the company, with over 15 of those years dedicated to the highly competitive North American service provider telecommunications industry. Prior to SmartRG, Jeff was the Vice President of Canadian Solution Sales for ClearAccess which was acquired by Cisco Systems in April of 2012. Prior to joining ClearAccess, Jeff spent over 13 years with Cisco, based in Toronto, where he held a number of individual contributor and strategic sales leadership positions. In 1999, Jeff was honored to receive Cisco’s Prestigious “Global Account Manager of the Year” award, directly from John T. Chambers, President & CEO of Cisco. And, he followed that up with numerous Sales Leadership awards in his subsequent years with the company.

Prior to Cisco, Jeff was a co-founder of E-Connect Advanced Solutions, a company focused on building fiber optic-based, metropolitan area networks combined with world-class applications development, network engineering and hosting services. In late 1996, Jeff oversaw the transition of E-Connect to Metronet Communications in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to founding E-Connect ASD, Jeff held sales and marketing positions with market leaders Silicon Graphics, AVID Technology and Aldus Corporation in Seattle, WA.

In addition to his direct involvement in several charitable organizations, Jeff served as Vice Chair of the Telecom Applications Research Alliance (2003-2006); has advised numerous early stage technology companies; and is a member of both the SCTE and the Ontario Association of Engineers and Technologists. Jeff graduated (EET) Electronics Engineering Technology (1987) from DeVry University and currently resides with his family in Toronto.


Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Vice President, Product Management, iControl Networks

Letha McLaren is the Vice President of Product Management at iControl Networks and leads the development of the company’s Energy Management solutions. Letha has spent almost 12 years in the energy industry dealing directly with utilities in the area of smart grid solutions. She came to iControl from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of Energy Management and Applications. Prior to this role, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.


Matthew McLeggon Matthew McLeggon, Business Development Director, FreeWheel

Having spent his career working with technology and digital media start-ups, Matt began consulting with FreeWheel in 2009 as a business school student and accepted a full-time position in 2010. As Business Development Director, Matt is focused on evaluating and building FreeWheel's strategic business partnerships throughout the rapidly converging linear-digital television ecosystem. This includes overseeing integrations and commercial arrangements with ad insertion vendors, data management & audience measurement/targeting providers, creative ad platforms, video players & encoders, "connected" devices like Roku and Apple TV, and large global distributors such as YouTube and Yahoo!.

FreeWheel was acquired in March 2014 by Comcast and is still led by the founding team of executives from the world’s leading technology companies. At FreeWheel, Matt drives the partnerships and technology integrations that allow companies like AOL, ESPN, FOX, NBCUniversal, Sky, Turner, and VEVO to profitably scale their professional content across devices and revenue models.

Matt holds a bachelors degree from Brown University and a MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. 


Karen McPhillips Karen McPhillips, Vice President, Marketing, PlumChoice
Twitter ID: @PlumChoiceTeam
Website: http://www.plumchoice.com

Karen McPhillips is the vice president of marketing at PlumChoice, Inc., a white-label services provider partnering with leading brands to deliver advanced tech support that redefines excellence in customer and product experience. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, PlumChoice works with end users to install, configure, connect, enhance and fix both software and hardware products, and integrates numerous products within larger technical environments. With a user-focused service delivery and proprietary support automation technology, PlumChoice helps its business partners deepen customer relationships to drive long-term value, differentiate core products and services and create revenue opportunities.

A proven marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience, McPhillips leads all corporate, product and partner marketing for PlumChoice. In this leadership role, she works closely with partners and industry experts to understand the evolving needs and demands of end-users as the proliferation of connected devices increases the complexity of home and small business technology environments.

Prior to joining PlumChoice, McPhillips served in marketing leadership roles at Iron Mountain, Iron Mountain Digital, Connected Corporation, SilverStream Software, Art Technology Group and Watermark Software. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. 


Amy Millard Amy Millard, Vice President, Marketing, Support.com

Amy leads corporate marketing, product marketing and demand generation for Support.com. Amy has over 20 years of experience in software marketing, and has led marketing for leading global software and services companies. Prior to Support.com, Amy ran marketing at Hearsay Social, provider of cloud enterprise social media software for sales and marketing. Amy also managed world-wide marketing and demand generation for MarketTools, a provider of cloud software and services for customer experience and market research. Amy earned her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and her MBA from Stanford University.


Ashwin Navin Ashwin Navin, CEO and Co-Founder, Samba TV
Twitter ID: @ashwinnavin

Ashwin co-founded Samba TV, which has emerged as the global leader in synchronized media across TVs, Phones, Tablets and PCs. He is also the co-founder of I/O Ventures, an investor and accelerator for early-stage technology companies. Ashwin was previously the Co-Founder and President of BitTorrent, the largest file-sharing network in the world. By the end of his time with the company, BitTorrent software was being used to download one million movies every day. Before BitTorrent, Ashwin worked at Yahoo! in its Corporate Development group which handled corporate strategy and acquisitions. Before Yahoo!, Ashwin helped start Epoch Partners, which was the investment banking arm of several online stock brokerages including Charles Schwab, Ameritrade, and TD Waterhouse. Epoch Partners was acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2001.


Renee Niemi Renee Niemi, Senior Vice President, Communication Solutions , Plantronics

Renee Niemi serves as Senior Vice President, Communication Solutions at Plantronics, where she is responsible for leading the development, product management and business initiatives for consumer and business headset solutions.

Mrs. Niemi joined Plantronics in 2005 as Vice President and General Manager for the Mobile and Entertainment Group with nearly 21 years experience in the mobile computing and communications industries. A veteran of Silicon Valley, Niemi has held senior positions with companies such as Danger, Inc., Visto Corporation, Mobilesys, Inc., Xircom and NEC Technologies. As Vice President of Marketing at Danger, Mrs. Niemi led the launch of the T-Mobile Sidekick, which is today one of the most popular mobile communication devices with services targeting the youth market. Mrs. Niemi also spent nearly seven years at Xircom, Inc., where she served as Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, responsible for branding, product strategy, market development, e-commerce and marketing. Through her efforts, Niemi helped build Xircom's business from $59M in 1992 to $408M in 1999.

A graduate of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, Niemi holds a BS in Electrical Engineering. She also earned a certificate in General Management for High Technology from Stanford University's IEEE joint programme.


Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, SVP, Linear LLC

Duane Paulson is a 20-year veteran of the security, automation and custom electronics industries. As SVP of Linear LLC, Paulson leads the company’s technical services, marketing and strategic business units. These lines include security, CCTV, access control, gate and garage door operators, telephone access, PERS, structured wiring, and wireless technologies. For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for brands such as ITI and its successor, Interlogix. His tenure at these companies and as VP of global residential marketing for GE Security brought him a wealth of knowledge and experience within the security marketplace.


Charles Peters Charles Peters, Senior Executive Vice President, Emerson

Charles A. Peters was appointed to senior executive vice president in 2000 and is responsible for helping Emerson and its business units develop innovative global business models and strategies that build the company’s capabilities to support and create value through its customer relationships. He also oversees Emerson’s information technology, marketing and customer support programs that provide a foundation for implementing these initiatives. Peters has served as a management member of Emerson’s Board of Directors since 2000.

Peters joined Emerson in 1975 as an engineering cooperative student at its Browning business in Maysville, Ky. He moved to corporate planning in 1978 and later served in strategic planning positions at several Emerson business units, including Skil power tools. In 1986, Peters was named president of the Harris Calorific welding equipment business.

Peters went on to hold several corporate positions at Emerson, including vice president of strategic planning, vice president of development and technology, and senior vice president of growth programs. In 1998, he assumed operating responsibility as the business leader of the industrial components and electronics business, and was promoted to executive vice president.

Peters received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard University. Peters lives in St. Louis and is married with five children.


Robert Puric Robert Puric, Director, Product Management and Marketing - Connected Home, Honeywell Security Group

Rob Puric is the Product Management Director for Honeywell Security Connected Home group for the Americas. Mr. Puric is responsible for growth, profitability and innovation combining life safety and lifestyle technologies for the Connected Home business. Honeywell Security is a world largest manufacturer of security systems. Prior to taking on the Connected Home role, Rob was responsible for our Residential and Commercial Security business which included specifying our next generation Lynx Touch, Tuxedo Touch and Vista portfolio.

Prior to Honeywell, Mr. Puric spent 12 years at Motorola Inc. most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning at Motorola Enterprise Solution Group and was responsible for driving growth across a $1B+ mobile computing portfolio. Mr. Puric held positions of increasing responsibility in product management, marketing, operations and business development.
 
Mr. Puric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.  


Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, Chairman & CEO, ZigBee Alliance

Tobin was appointed President and CEO of the ZigBee Alliance in February, 2013. In this role he works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and then implement programs designed to advance the adoption of ZigBee standards. Prior to this role, Tobin served as the Director for Smart Energy, where he was focused on driving adoption of ZigBee in key smart energy markets.

Tobin has more than 15 years experience in strategic management and marketing for technology firms and organizations. In 2008, he directed PG&E's smart meter upgrade RFP, following three years with the California utility working with the executive team on the company's transformation process, managing stakeholder and regulatory relationships and initiatives. Prior to PG&E, Tobin directed and led business development and stakeholder management for a broad spectrum of technology and large-scale companies, including Affiliated Computer Services (ACS), numerous U.S. federal agencies, CenterBeam, Pandesic and Georgetown University. He led the turnaround of a key business unit of Georgetown University, helped drive an inter-agency initiative for the U.S. Customs Service and led new business development and strategic partnerships for an IT outsourcing firm based in Silicon Valley. Tobin has managed strategic partnerships with technology industry leaders, including Microsoft, Intel, Dell, and SAP in technology and marketing initiatives.

Tobin currently serves as Secretary for the U.S. Smart Grid Interoperability Panel's Testing and Certification Committee, Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee, and participates actively on NEMA's Smart Grid Task Force and the CEA'S Smart Grid Working Group. Tobin holds a masters from Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.  


		 Marty Roberts Marty Roberts, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, thePlatform
Twitter ID: @thePlatform
Website: http://theplatform.com/

Marty Roberts’ diverse leadership background includes 14 years of product management and marketing. His experience developing strategy, building relationships with development organizations, and creating new products and services helped increase the customer base and profitability for organizations such as GiftCertificates.com and RealNetworks. As senior vice president of sales and marketing, Marty leads worldwide sales and account management, overseeing all revenue generation, business development, product management, marketing, public relations, and thePlatform’s extensive partner program. He previously served as vice president of sales and marketing, and as vice president of marketing at thePlatform. His contributions to the company’s success include repositioning the company and products, increasing the brand awareness through advertising, PR and the website, building an ecosystem with 80 partners and driving the product strategy for initiatives such as TV Everywhere.


Ratul Sengupta Ratul Sengupta, Vice President, Client Engagement, Sutherland Global Services
Twitter ID: @SGS_Corporate
Website: http://www.sutherlandglobal.com/

Since joining Sutherland in 2007 Ratul has worked as an Intrapreneur driving technology enabled transformation. His leadership on developing creative engagement models and implementing business strategy has led to positive business impact for clients through increased efficiencies and significant new revenue streams.
Ratul manages key OEM clients within Sutherland’s Technology Vertical as Global Client Engagement Lead; where he owns Sutherland’s relationship, business development, service operations and innovation imperatives with these clients.

In addition, Ratul has evangelized, built and led Sutherland’s SmartLeapTM practice – next generation technology enabled services and platform solutions that helps clients reduce services cost, increase end-customer satisfaction, customer stickiness and revenue realization from in-scope and out-of-scope technical support.

SmartLeap was presented the Frost & Sullivan 2013 Customer Value Enhancement Award in Customer Care and Technical Support Services.
Ratul’s previous experience includes HCL Technologies in roles encompassing finance, inorganic growth strategies and BPO operations including spearheading HCL BPO’s first steps into business consulting. Before HCL, Ratul worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ratul is an Economics graduate from Delhi University, a qualified Chartered Accountant and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He is based in Dallas, Texas with his wife Anuradha and together they have 3 daughters. 


Steve Shapiro Steve Shapiro, VP of Product Solutions, ADT

Steve Shapiro is the vice president of product solutions for ADT, a leading provider of home and small business security and automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada. In his role, Steve drives product strategy and engineering for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including the company’s revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse® Interactive Solutions, as well as all intrusion systems, fire systems, home health care systems and communications systems. As industry trends and technology continue to evolve, Steve is responsible for specifying, evaluating and developing new products, technologies and services that ensure value to ADT’s growing customer base.

Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable products. 

His career in product marketing and product management began at Motorola, where he was responsible for many communications products over 20 years that included two-way radios, one-way pagers, two-way pagers and global cellular phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones. 

Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded seven patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.
 


Vamshi Sriperumbudur Vamshi Sriperumbudur, VP Platform Product Marketing, YuMe

Vamshi is a data-driven marketing executive with over 18 years of excellence in developing market strategy, launching solutions across industries, positioning companies as market leaders, building significant customer base, and driving revenue growth.

Vamshi heads up marketing & strategy for the multiscreen video ad platform business of YuMe. Prior to YuMe, he was the VP of marketing and product management at the Artiman funded startup Dyyno, a cloud-based TV Everywhere platform streaming TV & movies on iPad, Android, PC, Samsung Smart TV, and Roku. Prior to Dyyno, Vamshi was the acting VP of marketing at various cloud computing startups including: marketing automation SaaS Market2Lead acquired by Oracle, Sequoia-funded Cast Iron Systems PaaS acquired by IBM, and Norwest & Bay Partners funded app API platform Sonoa Systems (now Apigee). Prior to that, Vamshi was the director of product marketing at BPM and middleware pioneer Vitria, which went IPO in 1999. Earlier in his career Vamshi was a management consultant at the public company Sabre, where he led airline solutions implementations.

Vamshi has a master's degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is an active member of TiE Silicon Valley and co-chaired marketing for recent TiEcon's. Vamshi is a regular speaker at conferences, authored several articles and whitepapers, and is quoted in over 100 media / analyst articles and video interviews. 


David Stevenson David Stevenson, President, Customer Experience Solutions, Alcatel-Lucent
Twitter ID: @Motive_ALU

Mr. Stevenson leads the Motive Customer Experience Solutions Business Unit which includes Alcatel Lucent’s activities on Service & Device Management, Customer Analytics, Network Operation Systems and Machine to Machine with a combined installed base of more than 260 customers including 90% of Tier 1 Service Providers.

Mr. Stevenson has led the Motive Product Division since the acquisi¬tion of Motive, Inc. by Alcatel-Lucent in October 2008. The combined assets of Alcatel-Lucent and Motive created the leading player in Broadband Service and Device Management for fixed networks which has been extended to Mobile networks (with mass deployment in LTE and 3G networks); Cable networks and Machine to Machine. The Motive Service Management Platform is an enabler for implementation of agile business processes using analytics to drive a continuous improvement cycle driving up customer satisfaction with focus on First Call Resolution, Proactive Actions and Customer Self Service (as well as optimizing Average Handle Time for operator assisted calls).

Previously, Mr. Stevenson was responsible for the Home Networking Product Group in the Alcatel-Lucent Fixed Access Division which include ONT/Modem/Gateways business and the Element Man¬agement Systems, Premium Applications worldwide. Prior to that, Mr. Stevenson led the AMS Product Group responsible for Alcatel’s Access Network Management system supporting over 45 million lines of DSL and DLC deployed in North America. During 2004 and 2005, Mr. Stevenson played a key role as leader of the Architecture team responsible for the end to end network design for SBC’s (AT&T) Project Lightspeed rollout of Uverse triple play service passing more than 30 million households. He was also responsible for Alcatel Litespan DLC Engineering group.

In previous roles, Mr. Stevenson was responsible for Alcatel’s Network Applications Division in Australia, which built and delivered Cross Domain Management and Intelligent Network applications. In addition to being responsible for Alcatel’s global Network-facing Management Systems product lines, he has also led development centers involved with content generation and distribution, as well as developed SDH Transport, Access Network, and Enterprise products.  


Gavin Teo Gavin Teo, Investment Manager, Comcast Ventures

Gavin Teo is an Investment Manager with Comcast Ventures, where he focuses on connected technologies, in particular digital healthcare and the smart home. Prior to joining Comcast Ventures in 2012, Gavin worked at Zynga, where he managed product for FarmVille and at Microsoft Xbox. Gavin previously worked at Bain & Company, where he advised clients in technology and healthcare. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College and earned his MBA from The Wharton School, where he was a Palmer Scholar.


Joerg Tewes Joerg Tewes, Vice President, Digital Home Business Group, Logitech

Joerg Tewes is the vice president and general manager for Logitech’s Digital Home group, where he oversees the innovation and development of Logitech’s line of Harmony products. Joerg joined Logitech in 2009, and has held two other vice president positions within Logitech, having led the video engineering and webcam divisions.

Prior to joining Logitech, Joerg was a vice president at Pinnacle Systems, where he led all hardware and software engineering activities, including the award-winning Pinnacle Studio video editing solution.


Rob Tobias Rob Tobias, Senior Director, Strategic Marketing and Standards, Silicon Image, Inc.

Rob Tobias is responsible for overseeing strategic marketing and standardization of Silicon Image’s connectivity technologies, including HDMI® and MHL®. In addition, Mr. Tobias serves as the marketing vice chair for the HDMI Forum, where he leads the marketing working group in developing the requirements for the HDMI specification. He is also Silicon Image’s management representative for the MHL Consortium, where he leads the Promoter Group in developing requirements for the MHL specification.

Prior to focusing on standards and strategic marketing, Mr. Tobias was the director of marketing for Silicon Image’s intellectual property (IP) licensing business. Before joining Silicon Image, Mr. Tobias was director of marketing at Mirra, an automatic file backup and remote access appliance company that was later acquired by Seagate. Mr. Tobias has worked in various management positions or consulted for companies including IBM Microelectronics, Texas Instruments, C-Cube and Intellon.

Mr. Tobias started his career as a design engineer developing a Viterbi Decoder ASIC for satellite communications systems at Stanford Telecom, and later joined LSI Logic where he started his marketing career with the MIPS embedded processor family which was designed into the first Sony PlayStation®.

Mr. Tobias holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University. 


Tomasz Tunguz Tomasz Tunguz, Partner, Redpoint Ventures

Tomasz Tunguz is a Partner with Redpoint Ventures where he focuses on consumer Internet, online marketing, digital media and software investments.

Prior to joining Redpoint, Tomasz was the Product Manager for Google's Social Media monetization team, including the Google-MySpace partnership. In addition, he managed the launches of AdSense into six new markets in Europe and Asia. Before Google, Tomasz developed systems for the Department of Homeland Security at Appian Corporation, a provider of Business Process Management solutions. Tomasz also co-founded Perquimans Systems, a provider of bilingual, tri-currency automated time billing and document management systems for top tier law firms in Chile.

Tomasz holds a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering, a B.E. in System Identification and Control Systems and Master of Engineering Management from Dartmouth College where he was a George Revitz Fellow.


Jeff Ulin Jeff Ulin, General Counsel, Irdeto

Jeff Ulin serves as General Counsel of Irdeto. Hisbackground includes being a media executive, attorney, lecturer, entrepreneur and author. Half of his 20+ years in the business were spent at Lucasfilm, where he headed worldwide distribution for all markets (theatrical, video, TV, online), managed franchise sales for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, and oversaw the release of the last Star Wars film Episode III.  He has also served as a senior studio executive, helping manage Paramount and Universal’s overseas video distribution venture; co-founded and ran as CEO animation studio Wild Brain, where he created Disney’s pre-school hit Higglytown Heroes;and navigated the convergence of digital media at Silicon Valley’s most renowned law firm (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati), where he served as Of Counsel. 

Jeff is the author of The Business of Media Distribution- Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World (Focal Press/Elsevier, 2009; Focal/Taylor & Francis 2nd Edition 2013), and has used the book to teach the class Media & Entertainment: Economics, Policy, and Strategy at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.  He sits on advisory boards of media start-ups and currently is based in Amsterdam.


Stephen Venuti Stephen Venuti, President, HDMI Licensing

Steve Venuti is the President of HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) specification. In his current role, Mr. Venuti works closely with the original HDMI consortium founders and with the newly formed HDMI Forum, Inc. as well as supports the HDMI Adopter base and the entire HDMI ecosystem. In addition, Mr. Venuti oversees marketing initiatives, including evangelizing the HDMI specification to manufacturers, retailers and consumers, as well as for enforcing conformity with the HDMI standard. Mr. Venuti also serves as the Chair of the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group.

Venuti’s career has always focused on bringing technology and consumers closer together. In 1985, he founded LVL, a leading technology advertising agency, where he helped many well-known technology companies launch new products into the market including Acer Computer, Fujitsu, Palm Pilot, Netgear and DirecTV. In 1994, Venuti established LVL Interactive to bring new media capabilities to LVL's client programs. As President of LVL Interactive, he managed the development of many landmark e-commerce sites, including the Egghead.com launch in 1995 and Cisco Systems initial eCommerce effort. In 1997, LVL was recognized as the “Agency of the Year” by Marketing Computers Magazine and received numerous awards for the company’s marketing programs for nVIDIA, Palm Pilot, Philips, Acer and others. Venuti is a recognized leader in helping technology companies build strong consumer brands and continues to evangelize the importance of designing technology products that meet the needs of the consumer.

Venuti earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.


Todd Viegut Todd Viegut, CEO, Kannuu Technologies

Mr. Viegut is the CEO of Kannuu and is responsible for charting the company's product development initiatives and orchestrating Kannuu's aggressive growth strategy within the media space. Mr. Viegut drives passion in the areas of unique user experiences, search, recommendations and emerging findability technologies.

A seasoned veteran and successful serial entrepreneur with a strong focus on disruptive technologies in emerging, high-growth markets, Mr. Viegut has a proven track record for growing small to midsize technology companies and leading numerous, successful acquisitions. A selection of Mr. Viegut's business leadership successes include driving market development and leading asset sales for Lync Software Pty Ltd and establishing and serving as president for Cohesive Data Inc., a provider of mobile data compression and transport technology.

Prior to this, Mr. Viegut was president of NetPriva, a pioneer in peer-to-peer networking and WAN optimization, where he facilitated capital raising and developed market positioning leading to the sale of NetPriva to a major international networking company.
Before his tenure with NetPriva, Mr. Viegut was COO of Rocksoft Pty Ltd, a provider of innovative data storage and de-duplication technology, where he was instrumental in establishing market awareness, driving business strategy and the direct selling of the company to ADIC/Quantum.

Over his distinguished career, Mr. Viegut has held leadership positions with a variety of public and private companies in the capacities of marketing, business development and engineering. Additional senior management experience includes leadership positions with Storage Computer Corp, Infinop (acquired by Vianet Technologies), Texas Instruments and Abbott Laboratories, among others.

Mr. Viegut holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and a MS/MBA in Business Policies and Strategies from the University of Texas. 


Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Chair, ISO/IEC Home Electronic System

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV). Clients seek his help to locate strategic business partners, financing, and new customers. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for information about clients and projects.

He was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity. The Consumer Electronics Association chose Dr. Wacks to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building systems and energy management. In addition, he has written American National Standards in home automation.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the CABA magazine iHomes & Buildings (available at www.caba.org) and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’Perspectives.” Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Mark Walters Mark Walters, Chairman, Z-Wave Alliance

Currently Mark serves as the President and Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance, a consortium of over 200 leading manufacturers and service providers worldwide that are dedicated to interoperable wireless home control products based on the Z-Wave open standard. The Alliance serves as the standards body for Z-Wave and provides its members both technical and marketing support.

 Mark, has over 20 years experience in all aspects of electronic product solutions. He has held senior management roles in Engineering and Product Development for companies with products as diverse as high-end sound reinforcement, vehicular sensing and controls, premise wiring solutions and automated building controls. His specialties are RF Mesh Networks and Home Automation and Security. His passion is using technology to improve the lives of those that need assistance to make it through the day with comfort, safety and dignity.

Mark holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MBA from City University, Seattle.
 


Gene Wang Gene Wang, CEO & Co-founder, People Power
Twitter ID: @genewang1e9
Website: http://www.peoplepowerco.com

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company that designs solutions to empower the Internet of Things. Providing smart home services, People Power develops unique and powerful solutions that remotely control and management connected devices from the smart phone. Previously, Gene was Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management. The creator of the OMA DM standard, Bitfone powered large network operators such as China Mobile with Bitfone technology. To date, nearly 300 million phones are managed with this technology. He sold the company to HP in 2007. Gene also served as CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. As CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, Gene led the company through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions, nearly tripling annual sales. Gene drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies while holding the position of VP and general manager at Borland. Previous to that, Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. 


		 Ben Weinberger Ben Weinberger, CEO and Co-founder, Digitalsmiths
Twitter ID: @Digitalsmiths
Website: http://www.digitalsmiths.com

Ben Weinberger is the co-founder and CEO of Digitalsmiths, the technology leader in the field of video search and recommendations. Under his leadership, Digitalsmiths continues to develop game-changing video discovery solutions that are being adopted by several of the biggest names in cable, satellite, telco and broadcast media. The company’s product, Seamless Discovery, revolutionized the speed and ease with which consumers can find personally relevant, engaging video content across multiple sources of entertainment and devices.

In January 2014, Ben was instrumental in Digitalsmiths being acquired by TiVo for $135 million in a move to expand on new opportunities to commercialize and deploy TiVo’s cloud based services and technologies to operators in conjunction with TiVo’s renowned user interface.

In 2010, Ben was appointed Board Director for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, a Durham, North Carolina nonprofit. Ben graduated with honors from Southern Illinois University, and serves on the board of directors for the Southern Illinois University Alumni Association. 


Olivier Wellmann Olivier Wellmann, VP Product Development, NAGRA

Olivier is responsible for driving the OpenTV middleware product group with the objective of helping NAGRA's service provider customers remain solidly competitive and innovative in the fast-paced and ever-evolving pay-TV environment. Olivier's primary responsibilities include developing products, solutions and partner strategies, as well as UEX Studio and User Interface activities. He also looks after business development, developer relations and strategic technical alliances. Over the years, he has held various Product Management, Marketing, and Business Development positions, including VP Advanced Advertising solutions at OpenTV. He was also involved with technology start-ups active in the first deployments of personalization, recommendation & profiling solutions aimed at the broadcast television market.

He holds a Bachelor in Economic Science from the HEC Switzerland, a Master from Northwestern University and an MBA from the London Business School. 


Stephen White Stephen White, President, Gracenote

Rising through the ranks at Gracenote, Stephen has played a critical role in shaping the company into a digital entertainment leader. He spearheaded the development of Gracenote technologies for top entertainment platforms and brands, including Apple, Ford and Sony. Today, he oversees all company strategy and operations, and is responsible for growing Gracenote’s core business and vision.


Justin Whittaker Justin Whittaker, Co-Founder, i.TV

Justin Whittaker is co-founder at i.TV, the company behind tvtag, the largest consumer-facing social platform built for television. Justin is responsible for developing, building and managing strategic partnerships, including with satellite TV providers such as DIRECTV, consumer electronics manufacturers such as Nintendo, telecom and internet providers such as Canada’s TELUS, and others, as well as 70 major TV networks.

Prior to founding i.TV with Brad Pelo in 2008, Justin was a marketing consultant to Fortune 500 companies like Symantec and Siemens, as well as technology startups. He also founded and operated a marketing and business development firm in Europe.  


Nate Williams Nate Williams, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Business Development, Greenwave Systems

Nate Williams currently serves as CMO and EVP of Business Development of Greenwave Systems. In his role, Nate leads the worldwide marketing team and he is also responsible for driving all strategic business development efforts. Mr. Williams joined Greenwave Systems from Motorola Mobility (a division of Google) where he lead the Software product marketing and business development teams as part of their $3.7B Home business. In December 2010, Nate joined Motorola through the acquisition of 4Home where he was CMO and Head of Business Development. 4Home was an early pioneer of Connected Home software backed by Verizon and Pond Ventures. Earlier in his career, Nate served in leadership positions in Business Development, Product Marketing and Corporate Finance at Intel Corporation and JPMorgan & Co. In 2011, Mr. Williams was named one of the Silicon Valley’s rising stars via The SV Business Journal “Top 40 under 40”. Nate received his bachelor’s degree in Communications Science from The University of Connecticut and earned an MBA degree in Marketing and Technology Management from UCLA.


Steve Willmott Steve Willmott, CEO, 3scale

Steven is the CEO of 3scale networks and has an extensive background in Services Oriented Architectures, APIs and Applications. 3scale is one of the leading players in the creation of infrastructure for APIs - powering APIs and Apps for over 200 companies globally including Skype, IGN, Johnson Controls and many others.


Jeff Wilson 	Jeff Wilson , Director of Product Management, NETGEAR

Jeff Wilson is Director of Product Management for security, monitoring and automation products at Netgear.  He is responsible for Netgear's new line of connected home products developed for service providers including ADT and Comcast.  Prior to Joining Netgear in 2012, Jeff spent 23 years working in business development and product management for a variety of GE businesses including GE Security, GE Healthcare and GE Fanuc Automation.  He holds a BSME from Stanford University and an MBA from Seattle University.  Jeff currently resides in San Jose, California.


David Wolf David Wolf, Managing Director, Accenture Digital

David Wolf is a managing director in Accenture Digital where he is responsible for leading Accenture’s North America Communication, Media & Technology digital practice. He has over 24 years of experience leading and delivering large innovative technology programs. With David’s deep media and technology expertise, he has been on the forefront of technology changes, including Digital Content Services and eCommerce.

For the past 20 years, David has been instrumental in helping define and build Accenture’s digital service offerings and practice, including authoring points of view, developing capabilities, establishing and managing relationships with emerging technology companies and delivering strategic engagements.

David has been responsible for leading engagements that pioneered new technologies or applied existing technologies in new and innovative ways, including helping a leading global entertainment company define its vision for becoming a high performance media company in the new digital age, deliver leading edge digital content services capabilities for content creation through distribution, helping a leading interactive entertainment company launch a new interactive gaming business, and helping a startup technology company pioneer eCommerce.

David graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Computer Science.


Michael Yang Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

An operating executive turned venture capitalist, Michael joined Comcast Ventures in 2009. He focuses on consumer Internet applications and services. “I’m particularly interested in start-ups and business models that disrupt how offline industries historically have functioned.”

Previously, Michael was a Vice President/General Manager at Yahoo! in the Media Group as well as the Local Markets & Commerce Division. During his tenure at Yahoo!, he managed Yahoo! Autos, Yahoo! Real Estate and Yahoo! Health; co-led Yahoo! Shopping; and was part of the team that formed Yahoo!’s strategic alliance with the Newspaper Consortium. He’s also worked at Atlas Venture, Zaplet, and was a member of AOL’s Business Affairs team.

Michael graduated from Harvard University with an M.B.A. and the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School. In case he is accused of joining any bandwagons, Michael likes to make it clear that he became a Yankees fan as a toddler growing up in New Jersey, a Cowboys fan during elementary school in Texas, and a Red Devils fan during his youth soccer days abroad. His favorite song is “Glory Glory Man United.”


Moderators


John Barrett John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ParksData
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

John Barrett currently analyzes digital media and international trends for Parks Associates and also heads the company’s consumer research team. He regularly advises companies from both the content and hardware industries on their digital media strategies and has authored dozens of industry reports.

He holds an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University: School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BS in international affairs from Georgetown University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Research, Digital Media, Mobile TV, Social Media, User-generated Content, Web 2.0


Maia Hinkle Maia Hinkle, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.com
Twitter ID: @MaiaHinkle
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Maia currently studies home controls and energy management. Her work includes industry reports and consumer survey analysis including customized segmentation, trend analysis, and forecasting for utility, retail energy providers, OEMs, and service providers.

Prior to joining the firm, Maia worked in marketing and research within the marine industry.

Maia earned her MBA from Rollins College with concentrations in marketing and international business and BA from New College of Florida in social science.


Glenn Hower Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @GlennatParks

Glenn Hower currently studies entertainment content and delivery services. Glenn is experienced in entertainment content production and distribution systems with a particular emphasis on radio, television, and film content.

Glenn earned his BA in music with a focus on the music business and industry from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his MS and MBA from Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, 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.


Barbara Kraus Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Barbara Kraus joined Parks Associates in early 2013 and currently studies the connected consumer electronics field. Barbara’s expertise is delivering and monetizing consumer insights through the provision of compelling product and service technologies and experiences.

Barbara’s background includes more than 10 years with technology service providers in the telecom and home security industries in marketing, strategy and insights, operations, and business development. She also worked for EDS, now HP Enterprise Services, in market intelligence and large-deal sales support. Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Kansas and MBA from WSU.


Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Research 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


Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services


Stuart Sikes Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart Sikes is the president of Parks Associates, a market research firm specializing in consumer adoption of technology products and services. Stuart and team assist clients around the world by predicting trends in consumer technologies and identifying evolving business models. The Parks Associates team serves the world’s leading semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecom equipment, and entertainment companies, providing them with industry analysis, consumer research, and go-to-market recommendations. Stuart’s recent industry presentations include the outlook for residential energy management, new business models for the connected home, and the evolution of new video services.

Stuart has served technology companies for over twenty years, designing technical service, software, and hardware solutions for companies ranging from global semiconductor manufacturers to one of the nation’s largest airlines. In his positions with companies including AT&T, NCR, OpenConnect Systems, and Intelligraphics, Stuart’s roles have included sales, product marketing, marketing communications, and executive management.

Stuart holds an MBA from SMU and a BA in economics from Vanderbilt University.


Harry Wang Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Harry Wang studies the consumer electronics and entertainment service industries with a focus on portable CE hardware, software, and associated applications and services. He is also the lead analyst for Parks Associates’ digital health research program. Harry has presented his research in numerous industry events including CES, Digital Hollywood, Photo Marketing Association Annual Show, American Telemedicine Association Annual Show, World Health Congress, and Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™ conferences.

Harry earned his MS degree in marketing research from the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from Texas Christian University and a BA degree in international business from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, P.R. China.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications, Digital Imaging Products and Services


Heather Way Heather Way, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @hcway
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Heather Way studies digital media advertising services and platforms as well as consumer research focusing on digital entertainment, digital media habits, and consumer purchase processes.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Heather worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth media market for thirteen years, holding positions as Director of Advertising, media planner and buyer, national sales representative, and training coordinator. Most recently, Heather taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.

Heather earned an MS degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and holds a BS in Mass Communications from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Media, Emerging Advertising Technologies, and Digital Video Advertising


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