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Daniel Herscovici Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable

Daniel Herscovici is Comcast's Senior Vice President and General Manager, responsible for all aspects of the Xfinity Home business, a cloud and broadband-based platform providing next-generation home security, home automation and the foundation for a ‘smart home’. Xfinity Home delivers the platform and services through which Comcast will deliver on the promise of connected devices, connected home and the Internet of everything.

Prior to this position, Dan was vice president and general manager of Signature Support, a business that provided consumers and small businesses with advanced tech support and outsourced IT services for all the technology they connect to Comcast’s core services.

Dan joined Comcast in 2007 as vice president of Product Management for Comcast's high-speed Internet service, which with more than 20 million Internet customers, makes Comcast the nation’s largest Internet service provider. In this role, he conceptualized and led the launch of Xfinity WiFi, enabling Xfinity Internet customers to access thousands (and now millions) of Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. He also helped lead the introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 technology, further solidifying Comcast’s market leadership position as one of the fastest Internet service providers in the U.S.

Before joining Comcast, Dan spent nine years at Motorola Mobility and several years with Lucent Technologies and Philips Electronics in various product leadership roles.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University, a Master of Science in mechanical and manufacturing engineering from Drexel University, and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

A native of New York City, Dan now resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and two children. He serves as a mentor to entrepreneurs through programs like DreamIt, a venture capital firm and startup accelerator.

Farooq Muzaffar Farooq Muzaffar, Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Development, Verizon

Farooq Muzaffar is vice president of corporate strategy and development. In this role, Farooq is driving Verizon’s strategy for Digital Media and the Internet of Things.

Farooq previously ran the product team for FiOS Broadband and Connected Home services as well as Verizon’s Machine to Machine (M2M) offerings.

In prior roles with Verizon, Farooq has been the CTO for Verizon Enterprise Solutions as well as being responsible for the network and communication services portfolio. This comprised end-to-end product lifecycle management and development for the company’s expansive portfolio of networking and communications solutions, including Ethernet, Private IP, VoIP, unified communications and collaboration, and contact center services.

Before joining Verizon, Farooq was an investment banker in the technology, media and telecom group at Goldman Sachs, where he advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, and finance. His key deals included the Oracle/PeopleSoft merger, PeopleSoft’s acquisition of JD Edwards and convertible debt financing for Micron and RealNetworks. Earlier in his career, Farooq was a consultant in Andersen Consulting’s Advanced Technology Center in Palo Alto, CA.

A former McKinsey Scholar, Farooq brings technology, finance and consultancy expertise.

Farooq holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in finance from MIT Sloan.  

Todd Rytting Todd Rytting, Chief Technology Officer, Panasonic Corporation of North America

Todd Rytting serves as Chief Technology Officer of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Before taking on this position, he held engineering leadership positions in several Panasonic research and development organizations. Most recently, he was President and CEO of Panasonic Electric Works Laboratory of America, Inc. where he managed all Research and Development activities in North America for Panasonic Electric Works. Mr. Rytting joined Panasonic in 2005 when the company acquired emWare (based in Salt Lake City, Utah), in which he served as Senior Vice President, Engineering. During this period he managed engineers developing distributed device networking technology which resulted in nearly 50 US patents, many having to do with Machine-to-Machine and Internet of Things areas. Prior to that, he managed engineering teams that produced state of the art robotics systems for the entertainment industry and non-destructive testing technologies for aerospace applications. Mr. Rytting holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Utah and has published papers on a wide variety of technical topics as well as given presentations and participated at panels in numerous trade shows and industry conferences. He is a member of the Board of Technology Advisors of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Mike Soucie Mike Soucie, Head of Consumer Product Partnerships, Nest

Mike is the head of consumer product partnerships at Nest, working closely with iconic brands including Whirlpool, Mercedes-Benz, and Philips Hue to create meaningful and thoughtful product integrations. Through the Works with Nest developer program, Nest and partners can build connections that anticipate people’s needs to make their lives easier.

Mike joined Nest through the acquisition of his company Revolv, where he was the co-founder and head of business development. Revolv's smart home automation solution focused on delivering a simple, affordable, and unified smart home experience from wireless devices made by many manufactures. Before Revolv, Mike was the founder and CEO of Electric Rain, Inc., a 3D and multimedia software company that enabled Adobe Flash designers to create and integrate 3D into their Flash websites and projects. Mike grew the company from a basement start-up to a $2mil / yr company, and licensed its technology to major tech players such as Adobe, Autodesk, and Microsoft.

Mike earned his business undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He continues to live in Boulder with his wife and two kids, and has a passion for travel, beach volleyball, and surfing. 


Tim Alessi Tim Alessi, Director - New Product Development, LG Electronics

Tim Alessi is Director of New Product Development for Home Entertainment Products at LG Electronics USA in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. In this role, Tim is responsible for working with LG’s engineering and product planning departments in Korea to bring the newest home entertainment technologies to market including OLED and LCD televisions, BluRay disc players and smart audio systems. In addition to LG, his three decades of industry experience includes more than 20 years at Sony Electronics and Sharp in various marketing, operational and financial capacities. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

Amena Ali Amena Ali, Senior VP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home by Earth Networks
Twitter ID: @weatherbug

Amena leads WeatherBug Home, a unit of Earth Networks. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for WeatherBug Home. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Amena has more than 20 years' management experience with high-tech firms ranging in size from $10 million to $30 billion. Amena is passionate about game-changing technologies that delight and educate consumers while meeting partner and provider goals. She has deep experience in product marketing, brand management, partner and corporate marketing and business development. Previously, Amena held executive-level positions at EMC, MCI, and Bain & Company. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale University.

Jeff Allen Jeff Allen, VP Business and Corporate Development, Clearleap

Jeff brings more than 20 years of global consumer product management, investment and M&A leadership to the Clearleap team. He has led technical architecture, product, and investment teams in launching groundbreaking user experiences in partnership with Microsoft, Comcast, Time Warner, Samsung, Accenture, Razorfish and Best Buy, among others.

Prior to his time at Clearleap, Allen has co-founded two ventures, held CEO and Board member roles in 10 start-ups that collectively raised $350m, served as technical and product team leader throughout the launch of 11 consumer-facing production systems, and led product strategies resulting in $1.3 billion in M&A technology transactions.

Satish Annapureddy Satish Annapureddy, Sr Director, Strategy & Business Development, NeuLion
Twitter ID: @DivXLLC

Satish Annapureddy is Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at NeuLion (formerly DivX). In this role, Satish is responsible for exploring new growth opportunities, formulating product and business strategies, and building strategic partnerships and relationships.

Satish brings seventeen years of experience in product and business development especially in Connected Devices and Video Delivery industries. At LG Electronics, Satish led various initiatives to grow LG's STB, SmartTV, and SmartHome business with service providers in North America. At Irdeto, he architected and evangelized Irdeto's secure multi-screen offerings targeted at OTT/TV-E service providers. Prior to Irdeto, he architected security and multi-screen solutions at Digeo and IPTV middleware at Myrio/Siemens.

Satish received his MBA from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Computer Science from Utah State University.

Sefy Ariely Sefy Ariely, EVP Americas, Viaccess-Orca
Twitter ID: @ViaccessOrca

Sefy Ariely is currently EVP, Americas at Viaccess-Orca . In this role, he is responsible for expanding the company’s activities in the Americas and especially in N. America. Sefy has been involved in the media and Pay TV industry for the past 15 years, specializing in IPTV and, later, OTT video services and the evolution of personalized, engaging "Multi-screen TV".

As part of Orca Interactive, and now, as a part of Viaccess-Orca, he has played a role in helping to shape the market and contribute to the evolution of its business models, the concepts of user experience and the strategies of extending Pay TV onto different devices, over different networks.

Previously he held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Orca Interactive and was responsible for expanding Orca’s footprint across the globe, building its value chain network and forming its strategic partnerships to deliver advanced IPTV and OTT middleware and applications.

Mio Babic Mio Babic, President & CEO, iStreamPlanet

Mio Babic founded iStreamPlanet in 2000 and has brought the company to the forefront of the industry, leading his team in architecting, designing and implementing video workflow solutions to meet the needs of iStreamPlanet’s premium content customers.

Babic is recognized as a pioneer in digital media and speaks frequently at industry events such as the National Association of Broadcasters Show, IBC, Streaming Media, OASIS: The Montgomery Summit and more.

Babic has driven many firsts for the industry including the first implementations of digital rights management, the first live, multi-camera webcast, and the first delivery of over-the-top 60 Hz content. Babic was recently awarded Technology Entrepreneur of the Year by the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada, and has been nominated for a Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches to Sports Programming in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and in 2012 for the first live streaming of the Super Bowl.

Babic holds degrees in finance and economics from Montana State University.

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to ULE Alliance, worked 10 years at DSP Group, serving as Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Leah Belsky Leah Belsky, Senior Vice President of Operations, Kaltura
Twitter ID: @Kaltura

Leah is an experienced entrepreneur, executive, & internet strategist. Prior to Kaltura she worked at the World Bank and in China as the VP of Strategy and Product Dev. at Noank Media, a spin-off of the Berkman Center at Harvard. Leah completed her JD at Yale Law School and BA at Brown University. She is currently a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School where she studies online collaboration, technology policy, and is one of the leaders of the Open Video Alliance.

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.

Greg Blackett Greg Blackett, Strategic Product Manager, Tyco Security Products

Greg Blackett is responsible for global product management strategy and strategic partnerships for Tyco Security Products covering Intrusion and Home Automation brands. Previously, Greg was the Group Manager & Director for the $1.2 Billion Enterprise segment at Rogers Communications. At Rogers, Greg was responsible for segmentation, go-to-market and pricing initiatives. Before that Greg held product management and marketing positions at Siemens Enterprise Communication and other technology companies. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science degree with honours from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Peter Blanks Peter Blanks, Vice President, Technology, Asurion
Twitter ID: @Asurion

Peter Blanks is a Vice President within Asurion’s technology division based in San Mateo, California. He oversees Asurion's premier support technology teams building innovative solutions to address the challenges faced by Asurion’s customers in an increasingly complex and connected world. By combining a rich set of technologies alongside highly skilled tech advisors, Asurion provides a unique solution to mobile carriers, retailers, and OEMs looking to deliver a premier support service to their customers. Prior to joining Asurion, Peter held a number of CIO & senior technology roles in global financial services companies in Asia Pacific, Japan & the UK.

Chris Boross Chris Boross, President, Thread Group; Technical Product Marketing Manager, Nest Labs, Thread Group/Nest Labs

Chris Boross is president of the Thread Group. He is also technical product marketing manager at Nest, overseeing technology partnerships and wireless networking technologies. Previously, Chris was a senior product marketing manager at Broadcom, leading the company's wireless networking, smartphone and consumer products efforts in both the US and the UK. At Broadcom he managed business negotiations, launches and product marketing for major consumer electronics manufacturers -- and worked on a number of electronics standards including audio/video codecs, multimedia technologies and wireless standards like 4G, 802.11 and Bluetooth. Before that Chris was a marketing engineer at Alphamosaic, a semiconductor startup that provided low-power processors to consumer electronic manufacturers. Alphamosaic was purchased by Broadcom in 2004. In his earlier career, Chris also held product management and a developer positions for a number of technology companies.

Kris Bowring Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Iris by Lowe's

Kris Bowring was named director of business and channel development, smart home business unit in 2013.

Bowring leads the smart home business unit business and channel development, bringing together a unique set of partnerships across multiple industry ecosystems, such as, the insurance industry, utility industry, service providers, senior care and other relevant partnerships.

Prior to Lowe’s, Bowring was vice president of Navitas Partners a strategic consulting firm specializing in energy and the retailing experience working closely with both big box retailing and federal government agencies. Bowring also was platform lead and general manager of the Home and Energy Management connected home platform at Best Buy.

Bowring is a nationally recognized thought leader on consumer acceptance and market evolution of connected home technologies and services. Bowring has led significant primary research studies on customer attitudes and adoption of the Connected Home and has also initiated and led research forums with major technology manufacturers, utility companies and service providers. Bowring also received the Chairman’s innovation award for his innovation acceleration work in retail. Bowring was also a founding member of the EPA’s Retail Action Council.

Bowring brings over 18 years leadership experience in telecommunications, home appliances, consumer electronics products and retail marketing. Bowring has a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Cardinal Stritch University. Bowring also served on the boards of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, the Continental Automated Builders Association, and was an industry advisor to the Pecan Street Project smart grid initiative. 

Scott Burns Scott Burns, Senior Director of Innovation, Reliant, an NRG Company

As Senior Director of Innovation at Reliant, Scott Burns is responsible for creating the residential and small business product and service strategy for one of the industry’s leading energy retailers in deregulated energy markets. His team creates products that include customer-facing applications based on smart meter data analytics, home energy management devices and technology, demand response and energy efficiency programs, commodity plans, home maintenance services, and other services that meet the evolving needs of today’s electricity consumer. Scott has been focused on consumer-facing energy product strategy since joining Reliant in 2008 and helped launch multiple products including energy emails, web portals, mobile applications, time-of-use pricing, and prepay electricity. He was a key contributor on the application that led to Reliant’s selection as a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Stimulus Grant recipient and was the product lead on the company's implementation of that program. He also spent a year at Direct Energy where he led Smart Energy product strategy and served as the company's interface with British Gas and their Smart Homes team. Scott has also presented at numerous Smart Grid conferences and media interviews over the last several years. Scott previously spent eight years in a variety of marketing and product line management roles at Corning, a leader in fiber optics and telecommunications equipment, including P&L responsibility for two of the company's product lines. He led development of a number of key products used in the country's first large-scale Fiber-to-the-Home deployments. Prior to his time at Corning, Scott spent over nine years as a military officer and pilot after graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Steve Christian Steve Christian, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Verimatrix

Steve Christian has a wealth of experience in the digital media and Internet technology space and is a speaker on media technology and business trends at industry events around the globe At Verimatrix he is responsible for product strategy, marketing programs and management of brand equity. Prior to joining Verimatrix Mr. Christian was VP Marketing at streaming media specialist Nine Systems and has also run his own "virtual VP" technology marketing consultancy, helping the growth of a variety of software, wireless and Internet security ventures. His background includes product and services management at Wind River, ST Microelectronics and Raytheon. Mr. Christian has a 1st class degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and an MBA from the Open University in the UK.

Dan Cregg Dan Cregg, CTO, INSTEON

As the CTO of Insteon, Dan Cregg leads the advancement of Insteon’s technology and rapidly evolving product line. He is one of the primary developers of Insteon’s dual-band technology that was introduced in 2005. Since then, Insteon technology has been integrated into hundreds of products, bringing the Internet of Things to the mainstream.

Cregg is a veteran in the home automation industry with nearly two decades of experience and came to Insteon via Smartlabs, which in 2000 acquired SmartLinc, a company Cregg co-founded. Cregg also founded and was president of HomeRun Automation, which SmartLinc purchased in 1997. He has held engineering and management positions at McDonnell-Douglas, SVG Thermco, and Universal Electronics.

Cregg holds both Bachelor and Master degrees in engineering from California State University Long Beach, where he now serves as an adjunct professor in computer engineering and a member of the engineering school's Executive Advisory Council. 

Jason Donahue Jason Donahue, Senior Product Manager, Jawbone

Jason Donahue is a Senior Product Manager for the UP health wearable. Jason leads Partner Content Engagements, creating targetable and personalize-able integrated experiences for partners within the UP app platform. In addition, Jason oversees new products and initiatives relating to sleep.

Prior to Jawbone, Jason spent some time on the Product Marketing team at Apple where he worked on future products. He got his start in consumer technology and sleep as co-founder and VP of Product at Zeo, a pioneer in the wearables category that created products and services to track and help improve sleep. He helped create both the first consumer electroencephalogram (EEG) product for sleep and the first artificial intelligence-based sleep coaching system.

Jason serves as Editor of the Consumer Electronics Association’s sleep & wearables standards committee. He graduated cum laude from Brown University and received his MBA from Harvard University where he focused on technology, consumer health and behavioral economics. 

Chris Drake Chris Drake, Vice President, thePlatform

Chris Drake is responsible for thePlatform’s strategic alliances, technology partnerships, and OEM businesses, where the company is working with third parties to enable their OTT, IPTV and online video publishing efforts. Most recently, Chris served as Executive Director at thePlatform and was responsible for thePlatform's global business development efforts and Pay TV business strategy and sales. Previously, he served as both a Senior Director and Director of Business Development managing thePlatform’s relationships with TV operators and mobile carriers. Prior to joining thePlatform, Chis worked at RealNetworks as Director of Marketing and Strategic Relations, where he focused on the company’s efforts in mobile media and entertainment. Prior to that, he held various positions in the high tech and management consulting industry.

John Driver John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

John Driver is CEO of Lynx Technology, which acquired PacketVideo’s (PV) North American and European operations in March 2015 along with license for Twonky, the world’s leading SDK that enables the best rich media experience for the products and services offered by CE companies, service providers, and content providers in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to the acquisition, John was PV’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer. Previously, he was Co-Founder & CEO of JoynIn, a mobile commerce technology start-up. He also led global field marketing at Serena, a $275M enterprise software company, where he managed marketing teams across eight countries. John also led the enterprise & mid-market strategy team at Sun Microsystems, a $13B enterprise computer hardware & software company (since acquired by Oracle), across 15 global sales regions. John received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. John works in Lynx Technology’s San Diego headquarters office.

Kristine Faulkner Kristine Faulkner, VP/GM Home Security & Smart Home, Cox

Kristine Faulkner is vice president and general manager, Cox Homelife. She is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Cox Homelife and Smart Home market - one of Cox's fastest growing services divisions. Kristine oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit, including marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services development.

Prior to her current role, Kristine served as VP of operations on Cox Communications strategy team, responsible for incubating new growth opportunities for Cox. Previously, Kristine served as VP of product development and management for Cox’s business services division and was instrumental in establishing Cox Business’ presence in the early 2000s.

Kristine was named to the 2010 Class of Multichannel News Wonder Women and is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). Kristine served as the 2009 membership director for the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) board and was awarded the 2009 Catalyst Award by the Atlanta Chapter. She has been recognized in CableWorld’s “Top Women in Cable Tech” and CableFAX’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” lists.

Kristine is on the Foundation Board of Trustees at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and serves on a pediatric cardiac council which provides input and guidance to CHOA.

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York. Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program. 

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York.  Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program.

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

Manny Fernandez is a Stanford University educated angel investor and serial entrepreneur. He has been successful in investing in his own ideas and taking companies from startup to exit. ?In 2013, Fernandez founded SF Angels Group and has been a member of TiE Angels since 2012. In 2014, he was named Angel Investor of the Year and received the Equity Crowdfunding Leadership Award. Fernandez recently became the #14 Angel Investor to Follow on Twitter. He is a frequent judge, speaker, and panelist for Bay Area corporations, startup demo days, and universities. He has been a featured guest speaker for events at PayPal, Yahoo!, Plug and Play, USAWeek in Europe, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, SF Startup Showcase, and AngelHack Global Demo.

Mike Fisher Mike Fisher, Head of 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 advanced 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.

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

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat? demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue 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.

Daren Gill Daren Gill, Product VP, Advanced Search & Recommendations, Rovi Corporation
Twitter ID: @rovicorp

Daren Gill joins Rovi through the recent acquisition of Veveo, and serves as product VP, Advanced Search & Recommendations. Daren was formerly the chief product officer for Veveo where he was responsible for the roadmap and development of Veveo’s search, recommendations and conversation products across TV, mobile and connected devices. Daren has 20 years of media and entertainment experience, and over 10 years focused on personalization and recommendations across entertainment media. Daren served as SVP of New Product Development at ChoiceStream and was instrumental in the design of personalization features in products for Apple, AOL, and Yahoo! Daren began his career as an attorney focused on entertainment law, but left private practice to co-found the Hear Music record label, which was later acquired by Starbucks. He is a frequent industry speaker on the subject of personalization, search and content discovery.

Jay Giraud Jay Giraud, CEO, Mojio

Jay Giraud is a passionate entrepreneur who believes in making the world a better place through technology products for everyday people.

Prior to founding Mojio in 2012, Jay led a team that built the world's leading vehicle-­?to-­?grid management system for electric vehicles with customers including the US Army, Chrysler and Burlington Hydro. Today, Jay is building on his vision of bringing the Internet of Cars to market with Mojio – a 3G+GPS OBD device, the world’s first app store for cars and an open development platform for connecting cars. More on Mojio can be found at www.moj.io

A former world traveling professional snowboarder, Jay is a seasoned speaker who consistently connects well with audiences. He has presented at numerous events including LA Auto Show (2014), Detroit Auto Show (2014), Google 4 Entrepreneurs (2014), FutureMobile (2014), Grow (2013), Resource Point (2011), Deloitte Cleantech (2011), Techonomy (2010) and Globe (2010).

Both a self-­?proclaimed nerd and extreme sports junkie Jay drives a Honda Ridgeline (better to haul family and equipment with) and a motorbike. When not working, or motorbiking, Jay can be found someplace online. No really. It’s like that.  

David Glickman David Glickman, Co-Founder and COO, Lively
Twitter ID: @mylively

David has followed his passions throughout his entrepreneurial career. Prior to co-founding Lively, David Glickman was an Entrepreneur in Residence at Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm. Before that, he held senior positions at SYPartners, a transformation consultancy working with CEOs at Fortune 100 companies, and co-founded a popular iPad app to help people get Unstuck in life. Earlier in his career David was a product marketing manager at Apple, Inc. and held senior positions at Motricity and Kontiki. And perhaps his most rewarding experience is starting a non-profit called CHALK, a nationally recognized early pioneer in integrating technology and the internet to provide transformational employment to at-risk youth. For David, Lively is a natural step forward in using technology to keep the people we value in our lives closer together.

Larry Goldman Larry Goldman, Director, North American Sales & Business Development, Kwikset

A seasoned and well-respected security/residential automation industry expert, Goldman brings over 26 years of industry leadership to role as Kwikset’s Director of North American Sales & Business Development. Goldman is an Electrical Engineer and began his career with Motorola Communications & Electronics. Mr. Goldman has held executive management positions with the National Association of Home Builder’s Research Center’s Smart House project, Entergy Security, Comcast and ADT Security. Mr. Goldman has a strong reputation for teaching advanced sales and technical training to security and automation dealers across North America and is a leading expert in Z-Wave system design and integration.

David Grubb David Grubb, Chief Technical Officer for Cloud Solutions, ARRIS

David Grubb III is CTO of Cloud Solutions at ARRIS. In this role, he is responsible for focusing on the development of the technology strategy and architecture for the evolution of ARRIS’s multiscreen video, advertising and service assurance software product lines. He is also responsible for leading the end-to-end integration architecture for multiscreen IPTV solutions leveraging the ARRIS product portfolio. Grubb holds nine patents and has published numerous papers on fiber optics and HFC network technology. He has also published and presented at numerous industry conferences. He holds a Master’s of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Tim Harrington Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, CEL

Tim is a long standing advocate of standardization to expand markets. He is currently a member of the IEEE 802.15.4 SC maintenance committee, and was Vice Chairman and Technical Editor for IEEE 802.15.4f. Additionally, he is a member of ETSI TG11, TGUWB, and TG28 where he serves as Rapporteur of the redrafting of EN 300 440 to meet the new RE-D from the European Commission. Tim is also the Chairman of TG5 for the US TAG for ISO/IEC JTC1/SC31/ADC1, and Secretary for ISO/IEC ADC1 WG5. Prior to working with CEL, Tim served 16 years as VP of Product Strategy for WhereNet, acquired by Zebra Technologies which introduced the first commercially available Real Time Locating System (RTLS). Prior to joining WhereNet, Tim was Directed Product Management for Symbol, where his team coauthored the first release of IEEE 802.11, and helped form the Wi-Fi alliance. Tim holds multiple patents in radio communications, time based locating, and barcode scanning.

Rick Herman Rick Herman, Chief Strategy Officer, MobiTV
Twitter ID: @mobiTV

Rick Herman serves as chief strategy officer (CSO) of MobiTV, Inc. He drives strategic planning and execution to grow the footprint of MobiTV’s end-to-end managed service platform. Herman identifies and evaluates strategic relationships, and manages the execution of alliances, partnerships and agreements to support a global corporate vision. He also supervises business development efforts and oversees content/programming and marketing/PR programs.

An industry veteran, Herman previously served as senior vice president of business and legal affairs of Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) in San Diego. He was responsible for the strategic transactions related to content acquisition, distribution and development worldwide. Prior to his role at SOE, Herman served as associate general counsel of At Home Corporation (Excite@Home). He managed and supervised the negotiation and structure of the company’s significant commercial transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances, with a particular emphasis on media, entertainment and cable/carrier matters.

Herman earned a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School and a bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado at Boulder.

Joseph Hopkins Joseph Hopkins, VP of Sales for Media & Entertainment, Verizon Digital Media Services

Joseph Hopkins is vice president of global media and entertainment sales at Verizon Digital Media Services. Joseph brings more than 14 years of finance, mergers & acquisitions, executive management and technical experience to the organization. Prior to joining Verizon, Joseph served as head of channel sales and strategic partnerships at iStreamPlanet where he developed and managed partnerships with companies, including: Google, YouTube, AT&T and the United States Olympic Committee. His experience spans across all areas of the content lifecycle from production through distribution, and includes his current role in bringing innovative Over-The-Top (OTT) solutions to IP connected devices for users around the world. He is a graduate of Michigan State University where he studied Communications and Economics. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three daughters.

Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, VP, Applications & Services, Prodea
Twitter ID: @prodea_systems

For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on the latest product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected CE devices, digital media and Tier-1 service providers, bringing award-winning value-added services to more than 75 million users worldwide.

Kurt is currently a member of the leadership team at Prodea, leading cross-functional product teams in the vision, design, development and partnering efforts necessary to bring a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media, entertainment and connected home services to the world's leading service providers and their subscribers.

Prior to Prodea, Kurt was Head of Smart Home Solution Development and Product Innovation for LG Electronics North America, where he founded the team creating consumer and business solutions spanning all 5 LG product business units. Before that, Kurt led LG’s strategic go-to-market engagements for Smart TV, wearables, multi-screen, and the Internet of Things (IoT). Kurt previously held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire and Amdocs, working with customers such as AT&T, Time Warner Cable, DISH and Best Buy, to name a few. Kurt graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction at the University of British Columbia. 

Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @GreenwaveSys

Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist of Greenwave Systems. He is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the Axon platform. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim led Motorola Mobility’s (a division of Google) architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, simple connected home. During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003. Jim's specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management. Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor.

Dr. Todd Hylton Dr. Todd Hylton, EVP, Brain Corporation

Dr. Hylton is a Execute Vice President of business and technical strategy at Brain Corporation, a startup company based in San Diego, CA working to develop hardware and software inspired by biological neural systems for applications in robotics. Prior to joining Brain Corporation he worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as a program manager, where he developed and managed programs in neuromorphic electronics, the foundations of intelligence, and small unmanned systems. Previously, he led a group of scientists and engineers working in advanced materials and nanotechnology at SAIC, providing technology development and integration services to government clients. He was the co-founder and president of 4Wave, Inc., a small technology business providing specialized thin film fabrication equipment. Dr. Hylton spent 5 years working in small and medium sized semiconductor equipment firms as a senior technical officer and innovator of equipment that is used to fabricate magnetic recording heads. He worked in the magnetic storage industry for 7 years, including 4 years at IBM in the early development of giant magnetoresistive technology. He holds a B.S. in physics from M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University. His thesis examined electrical transport and defects in high temperature superconductors. Dr. Hylton is the author of 19 patents and more than 30 scientific publications.

Jason Johnson Jason Johnson, Co-founder and CEO, August
Twitter ID: @AugustSmartLock

Serial entrepreneur Jason Johnson brings nearly twenty years of technology expertise to the role of CEO at August. Jason is also a managing partner of startup incubator Founders Den and the chairman of the Internet of Things Consortium. Prior to August, Jason co-founded mobile security software company AirCover and ebook software startup BookShout!. Previously he was vice president of Dolby Laboratories, vice president of Global IP Solutions (acquired by Google) and was the co-founder and CEO of InterQuest (acquired by Darwin Networks).

Philip Jones Philip Jones, Product Information Manager - Video, Sony

Philip Jones is the Product Information Manager at Sony North America, with responsibility for development and distribution of retail tools and training materials for Sony’s lineup of video products. Philip has over 25 years of experience in retail sales, instructional design, leadership development, and marketing experience. He has held leadership positions in sales, training and product development, marketing and merchandising. He coordinates with Video Product Marketing teams to establish annual retail training roadmaps. He is responsible for training all individuals involved in the sale and support of Sony video products.

V. Rory Jones V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, PlanetEcosystems
Twitter ID: @PlanetEcosys

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.

		 Jay  Kenny Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com
Twitter ID: @AlarmDotCom
Website: http://www.Alarm.com

As the Senior Vice President of Marketing, Jay is responsible for Alarm.com’s marketing strategy, partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Jay worked for Microsoft in Seattle where he managed product marketing, consumer marketing and advertising initiatives across the Windows, Bing and Central Marketing Groups. He started his career growing startup companies in Austin, TX and San Francisco, CA including Trilogy, pcOrder and Openshelf.com. Jay has his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown University and his MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.

Joseph Ko Joseph Ko, Chairman & CEO, Techko Maid

Joseph Ko, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Techko, Techko Maid and Kobot Group was established since 1982. Ko focus on high potential growth product line every 10 years based on Product Life Cycle Strategies. Ko received more than 100 patents and many innovation awards in Consumer telephone, DIY Security Alarm, Paper Shredders, Office Equipment and Robotic Flore Care products. Group has Mfg. division base in China and in the process set a new Mfg. facility in Indonesia. With Office in Irvine/California, Taipei/Taiwan, Shenzhen/China, Tokyo/Japan, Singapore and London/UK as Europe Headquarter. Kobot Robotic Vacuum Model RV337 won the 2015 Housewares show Innovation Award for the Floor Care Products.

Chris Koverman Chris Koverman, VP of Engineering and Operations, Support.com

Chris Koverman is Vice President of Engineering for Support.com. In addition to directing internal software and external SaaS product development, he leads the company’s pioneering efforts to define and influence how the Internet of Things is going to be supported. He has over 20 years of experience in engineering and senior management in the telecom and SaaS support software domains. His most recent position prior to joining Support.com was heading the engineering team responsible for the Citrix line of business whose flagship service was GoToAssist, the global market leader in remote support solutions. Chris holds many patents in support-related technologies, including inventions in distributed systems, business communications devices and a variety of methods and protocols for initiating remote interactive sessions.

Art Lancaster Art Lancaster, CTO; Board Member, Allseen Alliance, Affinegy/ AllSeen Alliance
Twitter ID: @Affinegy
Website: http://www.affinegy.com

As CTO of Affinegy, Art Lancaster drives the company’s technology strategy and oversees its solutions development. Affinegy’s CHARIOT Stack delivers the simple, secure and scalable way to support the full life cycle for connected products and services. From cloud servers through embedded clients and mobile user experiences - Affinegy provides software services that automatically provision, configure, update and manage the connected products that are at the heart of the Internet of Things. Leading broadband service providers, connected device manufacturers, and application/service providers have deployed Affinegy’s solutions to over 35 million customers around the world. Lancaster speaks regularly as a strong advocate for open source software and open standards to achieve true ease-of-use and broad interoperability. He is active in the AllSeen Alliance serving as a Board Member and as chair of its Gateway Working Group. In recent years he has spearheaded development of key connected device technologies with a number of patents issued and embraced important industry standards like TR-069, XMPP and AllJoyn, having championed commercialization within the industry and Affinegy’s products. 

George Land George Land, Business Director, Nexia Home Intelligence, the Ingersoll Rand company

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 contractors, 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 five years of product development experience with Ingersoll Rand, where he has delivered innovative solutions for 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. 

Tom Lattie Tom Lattie, VP, Market Management & Development, Video Products, Harmonic

Tom Lattie is vice president, market management & development, video products at Harmonic. In this role, Lattie oversees a team responsible for establishing and executing the company's video product strategy as it relates to specific customer segments. His previous experience at Harmonic includes a number of leadership positions in product marketing and management, including vice president, product management, responsible for the administration of the company’s virtual video infrastructure platform, as well as general manager of the Rhozet business unit, director of satellite and broadcast markets, and product line manager for encoders. Prior to joining Harmonic Lattie lead systems engineering at SkyStream Networks responsible for designing and deploying IP video solutions for customers globally. Previously, Lattie worked at C-Cube Microsystems, a leading MPEG encoding chip manufacturer.

Recognized as a promising leader in the industry, Lattie was chosen for Multichannel News’ 2012 class of “40 under 40,” a list of 40 movers and shakers, under the age of 40, who play an important part in mapping the future of cable and telecommunications.

Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

As Head of Research & Standards at SmartThings, Dan is responsible for exploring the future of the Connected Home space and bringing new technologies, experiences, and standards to the SmartThings Platform.

Prior to SmartThings, 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, market positioning, and partner selection.

Over the last 20 years, Dan has also 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.  

Scott Maddux Scott Maddux, Vice President, Business Development, Gracenote

Scott is Vice President of Business Development responsible for developing new content verticals and expanding Gracenote's footprint in emerging international markets. Prior to Gracenote, Scott helped found MediaSync, a Nielsen second-screen joint venture and held executive positions at Bottle Rocket leading their TV Everywhere business. He has developed and launched breakthrough products for companies including NBCU, Apple, Hasbro and IDEO. Scott is an Emmy nominated member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has been awarded multiple patents.

Kenny Mathers Kenny Mathers, Senior Director, MediaTek Inc.

Kenny Mathers is the Senior Director of Developer Relations for MediaTek Labs. As an integral part of this key initiative for MediaTek, Mathers and his team work with developers and makers worldwide to ensure they have all the necessary tools, resources, and support to build cutting-edge IoT and wearable devices and services on top of MediaTek’s LinkIt platform. This work helps to support a program that has already seen three major milestones since its launch just six months ago: the launch of the LinkIt Connect 7681 development platform, the addition of MediaTek Labs Cloud Sandbox and the Labs Partner Connect program.

As an industry veteran and highly-skilled developer himself, Mathers has more than 19 years of developer-facing experience in the wireless and video game industries. Prior to joining MediaTek, Mathers founded Axis Shift, an independent, casual games developer focused on mobile and tablet devices. To date, Axis Shift has published more than 100 games on the iOS and Android platforms. His corporate experience includes work with both startups and multinational organizations, such as McCann Erickson, Sony PlayStation, Motorola, JAMDAT Mobile, and Nokia. He has managed the launch of numerous global video game brands, including the Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon franchises, before turning his attention to the wireless industry where he held business development roles with Nortel Networks and Motorola. During an eight year career at Nokia, Kenny lead developer relations across the APAC region before relocating to the Bay Area to be Nokia’s Global Head of Developer Programs and Monetization. Mathers also advises startups in the wireless and games industries.

Mr. Mathers has a BA (Hons) in Business Administration from Stafford University in the UK. He is married with four children and has a passion for Liverpool FC.

Adam Mayer Adam Mayer, Vice President & General Manager, IntelligentHome, Time Warner Cable

As Vice President & General Manager of IntelligentHome at Time Warner Cable, Adam Mayer is responsible for driving sales, marketing, product and strategic initiatives for IntelligentHome, the company’s next-generation home security, automation and energy management solution. He works closely with all of Time Warner Cable’s corporate and field divisions.

Prior to joining Time Warner Cable in 2006, Mayer served as Director of Strategy and Business Development for Scientific-Atlanta (now a division of Cisco). In this role, he was responsible for leading strategic planning activities, identifying growth opportunities for the business, liaising with Scientific-Atlanta’s customers to drive joint strategic marketing initiatives and forging partnerships with other companies.

Mayer has also worked for Zagat Survey as a Marketing Manager and Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banking Analyst in their Media Group, where he analyzed acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the cable, publishing and entertainment industries.

Mayer received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both economics and international studies from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Don McCullough Don McCullough, Director, Strategic Communications, Ericsson

Don McCullough, Director Strategic Communications, develops communications and positioning strategies demonstrating technology leadership for Ericsson’s CTO Office and Business Units Networks.

Based in Ericsson’s Silicon Valley office, he has 25 years of high-tech marketing and product management experience in both start-up and public companies.

McCullough has a bachelor’s degree in economics from George Washington University and a MBA from Duke University.  

Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Twitter ID: @IcontrolNtwrks

As Chief Marketing Officer, Letha leads Icontrol’s product and marketing initiatives, responsible for product investments and corresponding marketing strategies to grow revenue and deliver excellent customer experiences in the emerging connected home market. She brings more than 15 years of diverse marketing, product development, and business leadership experience. Letha came to Icontrol from Landis+Gyr, a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of global deployments for Energy Management and Advanced Applications. Prior to that, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, a leading automated meter reading services provider. She also held roles at Schlumberger in their 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.

Ralph Morales III Ralph Morales III, Innovation Architech, Hewlett Packard

Ralph Morales III is an Innovation Architect within the Chief Technology Office within HP’s Personal & Printing Solutions. In his role, Ralph is responsible for the market identification, strategy development, and early phase incubation for emerging technologies.

Ralph joined HP in 1997 gaining 18 years of progressively senior management experience. Initially hired into the Financial Management program, he did “tours” of relevant finance areas to the $9B InkJet Business - IC fab costing, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain, warranty, currency, and inventory – concluding with management for an $800M InkJet R&D portfolio which included several acquisitions to HP’s Imaging businesses – Phogenix joint venture with Kodak, Indigo, Snapfish, Tablo, and Silverwire systems. His career is full of early stage business development including a stint in $50M New Business Creation incubator, where he led Life Science Technology investments utilizing HP’s microfluidic competencies.

Ralph has an MBA from the University of Arizona and has been a lecturer in Stanford’s Strategic Risk Management Certificate Program for 6 years (Decisions under Uncertainty). He trains in the Korean Martial Art of Tang Soo Do as a 2nd degree Black Belt. He is an advocate for Autism solutions ever since the early diagnosis of his 9yr old daughter.  

Nancy Nunziati Nancy Nunziati, Vice President of Marketing, Neato Robotics

Nancy Nunziati is vice president of marketing at Neato Robotics. She leads global marketing for Neato’s award-winning family of robot vacuums.

Nunziati has over 25 years of experience working with technology companies to develop and execute creative and dynamic marketing strategies and programs. Her experience ranges from early stage startups to multi-billion dollar international companies such as Cisco, Logitech, NETGEAR, Dolby Laboratories, and Palm/HP.

Her expertise includes company and product positioning, branding, naming, corporate identity, social media, retail package development, advertising and demand generation, web strategy and development, events, executive-level communication and presentation development.

She was on the co-creation team of TEDxSandHillRdWomen’s Women Rising event and is a member of The Club Silicon Valley, an organization dedicated to fostering women’s leadership. She has been involved in pro-bono marketing projects for non-profits through the Taproot Foundation. She holds a degree from UC Berkeley. 

Jim O'Neill Jim O'Neill, Principal Analyst, Ooyala
Twitter ID: @Ooyala

Jim O'Neill is the Principal Analyst at Ooyala and the Editor of Videomind. Previously, Jim was the owner and editor of theConvergence.tv, wrote for FierceMarkets and was an industry analyst covering topics including Pay TV, set-top boxes, online video, OTT services and TV Everywhere/Multiscreen.

Chris Otto Chris Otto, VP of Business and Product Development, MobileHelp
Twitter ID: @MobileHelpNow

In addition to his current role with MobileHelp, Mr. Otto is a technologist and healthcare IT entrepreneur. He has fifteen years of technology experience acting as a technology architect and product developer, and is passionate about developing technology solutions that enable seniors to remain healthy, well, and independent. Mr. Otto was also co-founder of Halo Monitoring, an “aging in place” technology company which was acquired by MobileHelp in 2012.

Amanda Parrilli Amanda Parrilli, Director, Strategic Business Development, The Home Depot
Twitter ID: @HomeDepot

Amanda Parrilli is director of strategic business development for The Home Depot. She is responsible for leading Connected Home strategy and strategic partnerships. Ms. Parrilli rejoined The Home Depot in July of 2014 after holding roles in a Home Depot leadership program from 2002 – 2006. During the 8 years in between her roles at The Home Depot, Amanda spent time in the Payments industry, including Citigroup and First Data Corporation. Amanda holds bachelor degrees in business administration and economics from Trinity University, and has a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.

Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, SVP Product and Market Development, Nortek Security & Control
Twitter ID: @Duanepaulson

Duane Paulson is a 20+ year veteran of the home security, home automation and custom electronics industries. Under his leadership as SVP, Nortek Security & Control has become the #1 manufacturer of Z-Wave products worldwide and now maintains the largest installed base of home control systems through the 2GIG platform. Paulson has been a leading figure at Nortek Security & Control, guiding the company through key acquisitions, high profile product launches and a strategic brand realignment that has the company well-positioned for the future. Paulson also oversees product and market development for a range of security, CCTV, and access control solutions offered through the Linear brand. Over the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for brands such as ITI and its successor Interlogix, as well as VP of global residential marketing for GE Security, affording extensive knowledge and experience within the security marketplace.

Kevin Petersen Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Petersen is President for AT&T Digital Life. Kevin is responsible for spearheading the commercial launch and overall leadership of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, Home Healthcare, Energy Management and International Wholesale Services.

Prior to this role, Kevin served as senior vice president of Consumer & Wireless Strategy for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, leading cross-functional teams to develop, analyze and present long-term strategies for AT&T.

Kevin also served as vice president and general manager for Wireless Operations in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was appointed to the position in June 2008 and oversaw all wireless financial and operational matters, including all company-owned retail stores, in his two-state territory.

Previously, he led a team of 850 employees that provided voice and data solutions to 35,000 customers in the Midwest and East regions. These business customers, which typically range in size from 10 to 300 employees, generate several hundred million dollars in annual revenue for AT&T.

A 20-year veteran of the industry, Kevin began his career with SBC Communications Inc. in 1993 in the company’s Leadership Development Program. He later worked as finance director for Dell Computer Corp. in Austin, Texas. He returned to AT&T in 2000 and served for three years as vice president of Corporate Finance and another two years as vice president of Corporate Planning in San Antonio. Since then, Kevin was the vice president and general manager of AT&T Ohio and vice president National Business Markets for AT&T Midwest and East regions.

Kevin currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the President’s Advisory Council, Ogelthorpe University. A native of St. Louis, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Missouri State University and a master’s degree from St. Louis University. He and his wife Nora have five children.  

Ryan Petty Ryan Petty, Vice President, Product Development & Innovation, ADT Security Services

Ryan Petty is Vice President, Product Development for The ADT Corporation. He joined ADT in 2013 where he is responsible for developing and executing product strategy and driving innovation to support the company’s business units.

Ryan comes from a background of nearly 20 years of product development and leadership experience in the telecom, media and entertainment industries. He most recently held positions as Director of Clearshift Corporation and Vice President of Product Line Management for Siemens Communications and has worked with North American cable and telecom companies as they fully transition to interactive TV, advanced advertising and social TV.

Ryan is a graduate of Brigham Young University with Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Information Systems. He and his family currently live in Boca Raton, FL.  

Andrew Poliak Andrew Poliak, Global Director, Business Development, QNX Software Systems

As global director of business development at QNX Software Systems, Andrew Poliak is responsible for building, developing, and maintaining relationships in all of the company’s key markets, including automotive, medical, industrial, and networking.

Automakers, tier one automotive suppliers, and automotive industry analysts all recognize Mr. Poliak as an automotive thought leader. He is a founding member of multiple consortia, speaks frequently at automotive telematics events, and advises analysts on trends and issues in the automotive market. He holds patents for a framework that consolidates access to multimedia devices, and for social in-vehicle navigation via images encoded with location data. He also helped define and launch the QNX CAR Platform for Infotainment, which significantly reduces the upfront engineering needed to develop connected in-vehicle systems.

Mr. Poliak holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business with an emphasis in Information Systems from the University of Washington.

Sebastian Popovic Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Co-founder and CEO of Zipato, one of the most popular home automation systems, active in more than 50 countries worldwide. Previously, co-founder and CEO of the successful telecommunication startup in Croatia, acquired after only 5 years, in a 12mil Euro deal. Accomplished business executive with more than 10 years of experience in telecommunication and automation industry. Experienced in managing successful telecommunication projects such as development of the national FTTH infrastructure, development of the VoD platform based on satellite technology, set up and launch of the Triple Play service in Croatia, and others.

Robert Puric Robert Puric, Director Product Management – Connected Home, Honeywell Security Group

Rob Puric is the Product Management Director for Honeywell Security Connected Home group for the Americas. Rob 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 the Residential and Commercial Intrusion Security business which included specifying our next generation Lynx Touch, Tuxedo Touch and Vista portfolio.

Prior to Honeywell, Rob 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. Rob held positions of increasing responsibility in product management, marketing, operations and business development.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.  

Jen Robinson Jen Robinson, Chief Technology Officer, AwesomenessTV
Twitter ID: @awesomenessTV

Jen Robinson is the Chief Technology Officer at AwesomenessTV, a leading multi-platform media company serving the global teen audience. As CTO, Jen is responsible for product, engineering, distribution operations and information technology. Since beginning her career as an engineer, Jen has held technical leadership roles in some of LA’s most exciting media startups. Most recently, as Head of Product at Big Frame, she drove the product vision and led the engineering team through the company’s sale to AwesomenessTV. Under Jen’s direction, Big Frame launched the Viewfinder platform, an audience development tool for YouTube creators, and an advertiser-facing sales product. Jen holds an MBA from NYU Stern and a BA in Computer Science from The University of Chicago. She lives in Los Angeles and loves the beach and bicycles.

Stuart Rosove Stuart Rosove, VP Advanced Solutions, Irdeto

As VP of Advanced Solutions at Irdeto, Stuart Rosove heads up an entrepreneurially-driven team to create long-term, high growth opportunities in the Internet of Things market by leveraging Irdeto’s security and related technologies. Previously, Stuart was CEO of BayTSP (acquired by Irdeto in 2011) and prior to that he was VP, Media & Entertainment of Digimarc. Earlier in his career, Stuart was the Founder and CEO of Sequel Technology.

Adam Sager Adam Sager, CEO & Co-founder, Canary
Twitter ID: @canary

Adam Sager is the founder and CEO of Canary, a products company committed to redefining home security. A former IDF officer, Sager applied his training in threat response and combat intelligence into a career consulting on security programs for Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his work at Canary, Sager also founded the nation's largest non-profit security organization, working with local police to increase safety and awareness in schools and communities.

Eran Sandhaus Eran Sandhaus, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Atheros

Eran Sandhaus is a senior director in Qualcomm’s Internet of Everything Business units. In this role he is responsible for the business unit’s strategy and strategic partnerships. He previously served as a General Manager of Texas Instruments’ (TI) wireless connectivity group, leading business development and product management for the Internet of Things.

Prior to his time at TI, Eran held several senior engineering leadership positions at Marvell Semiconductors and Galileo Technologies.

Eran received a BScEE and MBA from the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology. 

Sridhar Santhanam Sridhar Santhanam, Founder & CEO, HFN Inc.

Sridhar’s been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years now. As founder and CEO of HFN, Inc., he is responsible for the overall strategic relationship of the company. He brings the adroit experience of leading and managing software delivery units to a young and enthusiastic company that is eager to learn from his experience. Sridhar is himself a software architect from a very young age.

Curt Schacker Curt Schacker, Senior Vice President - Connected Products, EVRYTHNG
Twitter ID: @Evrythng
Website: http://www.evrythng.com

Curt has spent over 25 years in the Silicon Valley high tech community, having held a number of senior positions in sales, marketing, and business development, including VP of Worldwide Marketing at Wind River (Intel), Executive VP of Field Operations at Real-Time Innovations, and VP of Sales at Arrayent. He co-founded and served as CEO of Embedded Solution Partners, which was named the 20th fastest growing private company in Silicon Valley in 2006. Curt has spoken and served as a panelist at numerous events around the world, offering education and insight into leading edge embedded and communications software topics. He is a strong advocate for advancement of Web- connected products. Curt began his career developing flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope. He graduated with honors from Wright State University with a degree in Computer Science.

	 Bill Scheffler Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Bill Scheffler serves as Director of North America Sales, for Z-Wave™ at Sigma Designs and has over 25 years of experience in the home automation business. He has presented at multiple smart energy conferences on behalf of the Z-Wave Alliance to both US and European audiences. He joined Zensys in May 2001 after a 16-year career with X-10. Sigma Designs acquired Zensys in December 2008. While at X-10, Scheffler held several leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of OEM Sales and Marketing. Additionally, Scheffler was one of the original founders and a former president of the Home Automation Association. Scheffler holds an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Tal Schierau Tal Schierau, VP Sales and Account Management, Radialpoint
Twitter ID: @Radialpoint Montreal

Tal has over 17 years of experience leading Sales and customer facing teams in fast paced technology and services businesses, including several years in the contact center and telecommunications industries. Tal’s philosophy is that strong and lasting customer relationships are built by ensuring customers get the highest possible value from Radialpoint products and services. Tal joined the Radialpoint team in 2012. Prior to joining Radialpoint, Tal spent eight years at Telus Communications in various sales and customer facing leadership positions including managing many Fortune 50 customer relationships. Tal also held customer facing leadership roles at Minacs Worldwide and Norigen Communications.

Ted Schremp Ted Schremp, CEO, PEQ

In his role as CEO, Ted oversees all things PEQ. He is responsible for leading the company’s overall mission of enabling service providers, retailers, brands and others to create innovative, human-centered IoT services.

Ted has over 20 years of experience in telecom and technology, and most recently served as CEO at First Media, the largest cable operator in Indonesia. Prior to moving overseas Ted was EVP of Marketing and Operations for Charter, the 3rd largest cable operator in the US.

Ted has a M.B.A. from Penn State University and a B.A. in Economics and Business from The University of Pittsburgh.

Brian Seemann Brian Seemann, President, Resolution Products, Inc.
Twitter ID: @resolution_tech

Brian has an extensive technical and executive career in wireless and networking technologies, in leadership roles in early stage and mature organizations participating in all aspects of home & industrial communication & control. He has engaged in a successful string of start-up, medium and major companies, often in dealing in significant unit volumes. Brian was President of US Operations at Israeli & Silicon Valley-based DSP Group, the world’s largest IC supplier for DECT home communications and control. Prior to that, he was Director of Business Management & Operations at the Communication Technology Division of IC industry stalwart Xilinx. Xilinx had acquired start-up venture RocketChips, where Brian was GM of the Wireless Division. Brian was VP of Engineering at ITI, through its merger with what is today GE/Interlogix, launching many of the wireless security products still in the market today. At start-up EnScan and its acquirer Itron, he managed development on its highest volume wireless automated meter module line. He was Principal Engineer at Rosemount-Emerson, responsible for development on its highest volume industrial control transmitter

Mark Skarpness Mark Skarpness, Director of Systems Engineering, Open Source Technology Center, Intel Corporation
Twitter ID: @MarkSkarpness

Mark Skarpness is the director of embedded software in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corporation. His team creates foundational system software and platform developer tools that enable a highly scalable ecosystem supporting Intel’s Internet of Things (IoT) businesses. Key focus areas include: Yocto Project, a scalable IoT OS framework, comms and interconnectivity middleware frameworks, and open hardware development platforms. Previously, Skarpness led a systems engineering team handling integration, release engineering, security, and quality assurance for open source technologies such as Linux, Android on Intel architecture, and Tizen. Mark is also the chair for IOTivity. IOTivity, an open source project sponsored by the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC), is a software framework enabling connectivity for the emerging needs of the Internet of Things.

Geoff Snyder Geoff Snyder, Vice President, Business Development, Pandora
Twitter ID: @Pandora

As Vice President of Automotive Business Development for Pandora, Geoff Snyder builds and manages relationships with the world’s top automotive brands, serving as a liaison between engineering and business development teams to make personalized radio on-the-road a reality. Since joining Pandora in 2010, Geoff has been instrumental in the integration of Pandora into the vehicle, which is the traditional home of radio, but where consumers are demanding a new kind of music experience. Before joining Pandora, Geoff worked for 10 years with the founding team of Openlane, a company that provides software services for the auto industry, which was then acquired by Adesa. Geoff holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University. He also enjoys playing the guitar and is grateful his kids are young enough to think he’s good at it.

Darrell Sontag Darrell Sontag, Vice President, Marketing, Honeywell Life Care Solutions

Darrell Sontag is Vice President of Marketing at Honeywell Life Care Solutions.

Mr. Sontag has been in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years at GE Healthcare, and has held leadership roles in program management, quality, finance and marketing. As a marketing executive, Mr. Sontag developed extensive global experience as part of numerous product launches and market and business development including residing in Europe, Canada, Mexico and China.

Mr. Sontag is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mark Spates Mark Spates, Head of Connected Home Platform, Logitech
Twitter ID: @Logitech

As the Head of Logitech's connected home platform, Mark focuses on enabling personalized experiences for the connected home environment. Mark is also the founder of iotlist.co, a platform for discovering new connected products, and currently serves as the President of the Internet of Things Consortium, a consortium of leading IoT companies focused on market development and consumer awareness. Prior to joining Logitech, Mark was founder and CEO of ClrTouch, a HTML5 video advertising platform that was acquired in 2012.

Jody Stark Jody Stark, EVP - Commercial Strategy, Piksel
Twitter ID: @Piksel

Jody is responsible for global commercial and strategic activity including sales, marketing and partnerships for Piksel. Jody works very closely with AT&T in particular, guiding business direction and product implementation for its U-verse service. Jody has over 15 years of experience across the mobile, media, technology and financial services sectors. He is an expert both in building global media companies from the ground-up and in leading within major organizations, having held prominent management roles at companies such as Verizon, Sony, and Liberty Global. Throughout his career, Jody has been at the forefront of product creation and helped to build some of the world’s most popular and profitable apps within their market segment. His profile as a recognized expert on the digital media landscape has drawn interest from many notable publications including CNBC, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Variety to name a few.

Mike Talvensaari Mike Talvensaari, VP, Product Management, Wowza Media Systems
Twitter ID: @wowzamedia

An expert in product and user experience design, Mike Talvensaari has more than 20 years of experience in developing engaging, intuitive interfaces for some of the leading media products in the industry. As Director of Product Management and User Experience at Zazzle.com, Mike oversaw the web-based retail experience, seller community and on-line product design tools for Zazzle’s unique print-on-demand consumer goods customization platform. Prior to Zazzle, Mike led Creative Suite user experience and managed e-commerce and web application development during a 10-year tenure at Adobe. He earned a BS in Cognitive Science from University of California, San Diego and an MS in Human Factors and Ergonomics from San Jose State University.

Jason Thibeault Jason Thibeault, Sr. Director, Marketing Strategy, Limelight Networks
Twitter ID: @_jasonthibeault

Jason Thibeault is the senior director of marketing strategy for Limelight Networks. In this role he helps direct Limelight’s corporate messaging and positioning, develops whitepapers and e-books, blogs, and evangelizes the Limelight solution offering to audiences around the world. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Irvine Honors Program and a M.A. in English, with distinction, from California State University, Northridge. Jason is the co-author of the marketing thought-leadership book Recommend This! Delivering Digital Experiences People Want to Share (Wiley) and an inventor on a number of technical patents with Limelight Networks. Follow him on twitter @_jasonthibeault.

Adam Tichelaar Adam Tichelaar, Director, Connected Home Solutions, Amdocs

Adam Tichelaar is the Director of Connected Home Solutions & Program Management at Amdocs in North America. Adam focuses on helping service providers deliver next generation digital services to their customers in the areas of home monitoring, home automation, energy management, and home health & wellness. With more than a decade of experience deploying connected products to consumers, Adam focused on capturing consumer behavior in the home and understanding the technologies, products, and practices that service providers can use to positively impact the consumer experience. Prior to joining Amdocs, Mr. Tichelaar was the Director of R&D at Apogee Interactive, providing SaaS-based energy solutions to hundreds of North American utilities including cooperatives, municipals, and IOUs. Adam holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering and an MBA with a concentration in new product development from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Mike Tinskey Mike Tinskey, Global Director of Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company
Twitter ID: @FordDriveGreen

Mike Tinskey leads Ford Motor Company’s sustainability activities for electric vehicles, energy and infrastructure. His focus is to develop and implement new products, business models and partnerships to ensure the success of Ford’s sustainability plans globally, including success of Ford plug-in and alternative fuel vehicles. Prior to this role, Mike led the Product Planning and Program Management activities globally for hybrid electric vehicles and was responsible for developing and implementing Ford's electrification strategy that was announced in January 2009. Mr. Tinskey has held a variety of leadership positions during his career with Ford, which began in 1991. This includes director roles in Advanced Product Engineering, Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Business Development, and Innovation. A common thread among these positions is that he was charged with identifying and implementing game-changing technologies and new business models - and developing strategies and partnerships to implement them flawlessly. Mike holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and earned an MBA in Finance from University of Michigan. He holds multiple global patents in vehicle control systems.

Jeff Unterreiner Jeff Unterreiner, Senior Vice President, Connected Living, Assurant Solutions

Jeff Unterreiner is Senior Vice President, Connected Living for Assurant Solutions. He leads the team that helps consumers stay connected to the things that matter most and helps companies stay connected to their customers. Assurant Solutions delivers custom services and solutions that protect and enhance your customer’s connected world. We understand the small things that make a big difference to your customers. We partner with you to tailor solutions around your customer’s unique experience. It is an informed approach underpinned by our unrivaled market and consumer insight. We have the global expertise to ensure your customers have complete confidence in the connected world. And we have the flexibility to deliver world-class solutions at a local level. By bringing those connections to life, we keep your customers connected to you.

John Valiton John Valiton, Chief Business Development Officer, Playtabase
Twitter ID: @Playtabase

John is a serial entrepreneur who has built and marketed physical products which have met the shelves of major retail outlets, including Home Depot, Target, Walmart ect. John’s manufactured products that uses Bluetooth low energy in the past as well as establishing partnerships with AT&T, FedEx, Cargill, BestBuy, and others. In his current role of Chief Business Development Officer for Playtabase. He has been able to bring his past expertise of managing corporate partnerships will operating in the high growth tech startup. Playtabase is a world-leader in gesture technology, developing and building products that improve the way people interact with the world around them. Our first product is Reemo, a patent pending gesture control device with broad applications across a number of industries and environments. Reemo simplifies a person’s interactions with connected devices by eliminating the need to navigate multiple apps and menus to control them.

Ali Vassigh Ali Vassigh, Director of User Experience, Roku
Twitter ID: @avassigh

Ali brings more than 20 years design experience to his role as head of UX at Roku. He built a successful and highly impactful UX team, driving growth with new ideas and UX innovations, achieving success through collaboration, and humanizing technology to provide an exceptional user experience. Under his design leadership, Roku leads in user engagement in the streaming player market, outpacing key competitors. He and his team delivered highly acclaimed designs for the first Roku TV models, and built a strong foundation for an impactful UX program.

Ali has been a tireless champion for the “art & science of design.” Forever happy at the intersection of research, design, and innovation, his orchestration in each area delivers results to greater heights across all three. From NCR’s first retail self-service checkstand to Microsoft Surface (aka PlayTable) and Xbox Kinect; Ali built successful, high performance, multi-disciplinary design teams and led them in delivering quality, innovative products while in both start-up and Fortune 100 environments.

Ali received his bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science from University of California at San Diego.

Paul Weichselbaum Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice
Twitter ID: @PlumChoiceTeam

Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President As Executive Vice President of PlumChoice, Paul is chartered with accelerating the execution of the company's strategy to expand its Technology Services Solutions leadership role. He leads the go-to-market strategy for the company including market assessment, business definition, market segmentation and coverage strategies, business model optimization, technology development, product management, strategic pricing and corporate messaging. Before joining PlumChoice, Paul was the Executive Vice President of LoJack Corporation®, where he was instrumental in a 2010 restructuring that returned the company to profitability and growth. Prior to that, Paul held multiple senior executive roles that included Strategy, Engineering, IT, Marketing and Sales Operations at One Communications, a private equity-financed roll up between 2004 and 2008, and served as CEO of OpenReach, a venture-backed managed services software company from 2001 to 2003. He also spent 15 years at MCI Communications in a variety of executive roles in Operations, Commercial Sales and Service, National Accounts, Data Marketing and Business Development Paul received his Bachelor's degree from Stanford University with Distinction and his MBA from Harvard Business School with Honors.

Tom Wesselman Tom Wesselman, Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture, Plantronics

Tom Wesselman is the Director of Communications Ecosystem Architecture at Plantronics. His focus is connecting the capabilities of Plantronics products to the world around them. This starts with defining and building the data and services provided by Plantronics’ wearable technology, and then by working with partners and developers to integrate those capabilities into the applications people use. Prior to Plantronics, Wesselman held senior engineering roles at Cisco, where he led a variety of UC engineering programs including the development of the company’s first UC client.

Chris Williams Chris Williams, Senior Director Product Strategy, Time Warner Cable

Chris is the Senior Director of Product Strategy and Development for IntelligentHome at Time Warner Cable. Chris is responsible for developing innovative new products, evolving the home management ecosystem and leveraging partnerships to deliver a compelling customer experience.

Chris has led the development and deployment of new products and services within emerging tech sectors since 1988. Chris was previously responsible for sales, engineering and business development delivering quality control monitoring, material handling and automation solutions to pharmaceutical, consumer goods and textile industries.

Chris began his career with Time Warner Cable in 1996 developing solutions for Digital Video, Roadrunner High Speed Broadband, Business Services and Digital Phone.  

Robin Wilson Robin Wilson, VP Business Development, NAGRA
Twitter ID: @nagrakudelski

As VP of Business Development at NAGRA, Robin Wilson’s responsibilities include ensuring that the company’s current and future solutions are developed and applied whenever new opportunities or markets arise. Robin has over 25 years of international broadcast technology experience in companies that include BBC, NBC, RCA, DiviCom, Grass Valley and Modulus Video where he has held various marketing, engineering, management and founding positions. Robin has participated in and presented at many industry organizations including SMPTE, EBU, IBC, ATIS, IEEE and NATAS. He graduated with a BSc. degree in Applied Physics (EE) from Dundee University, Scotland, and holds a watermarking patent.

Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, Vice President and General Manager, Wink

Brett Worthington is the Vice President and General Manager of Wink Inc., which was built to make connected devices accessible. In this role, he oversees the development of the company and its partnerships. Prior to Wink, Brett worked in several leadership positions across various business units at Ingersoll Rand during his 14-years. Brett joined IR in 2001 and in his final role he was Director of Business Development of the connected home business, Nexia Home Intelligence. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Brett worked for BMC and served 10-years in the US Army and is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV & V. Brett holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Michael Yang Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Michael Yang joined Comcast Ventures (CV) in 2009 as a Managing Director based in Palo Alto. He leads CV’s investment activities in the Internet of Things and healthcare. Some of his portfolio companies include August, BodyMedia (acquired by Jawbone), Accolade, Healthline, CreativeLive, and KiwiCrate. Prior to joining CV, Michael was a VP/GM at Yahoo!, a principal at Atlas Venture, and a member of AOL’s Business Affairs team. Michael has an MBA from Harvard and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Özgür Yildirim Özgür Yildirim, North America Business Unit EVP & General Manager, AirTies
Twitter ID: @OzEppurSiMuove

Özgür Yildirim is one of the first employees of AirTies. He started his career in AirTies in Call Center Management and assumed increasing responsibilities in different realms of R&D and Product Management. He has managed Gateway and Wireless product portfolio for nearly 5 years and helped to expand customer penetration on the European market through Telco customer wins. Thanks to a strong performance track, Mr. Yildirim facilitated AirTies to receive domestic and international product awards. He has spent over 10 years in product development, designing products and features for video streaming over wireless networks.

Yoel Zanger Yoel Zanger, CEO and Founder, Giraffic Technologies

Yoel Zanger is the founder and CEO of Giraffic Technologies (www.giraffic.com), an innovative video streaming technology company specializing in next generation video acceleration. He is a seasoned high-tech entrepreneur and executive with over 15 years of experience and has founded several innovative companies that have brought breakthrough technologies to the media, Internet and mobile arenas. Mr. Zanger is an expert in businesses and technologies that enable the delivery and monetization of high definition and mobile video, which account for a growing volume of Internet video consumption today. He is an accomplished speaker who has presented at numerous conferences and events, such as IPTV World Forum, Streaming Media, Digital Life Design, Contech and Digital Hollywood.

Mr. Zanger believes that the Internet will eventually give users infinite access to content, without boundaries of geography or popularity, and that the challenge facing the industry is to develop and tap business models and technology that make it possible and profitable to deliver any content, to any user, anywhere.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Tejas Mehta Tejas Mehta, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @tejasatparks

Tejas Mehta is part of the Digital Health and Mobile Product research team. He studies mobile industry trends including wireless carrier strategies, wireless network optimization and monetization strategies, wireless devices, mobile app ecosystem, and other mobile related services.

Tejas earned his MS in engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is completing his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Industry Expertise: Mobile Devices Trends, Mobile Operating Systems, Mobile Network Infrastructure Trends, Mobile Broadband Services, Voice and Data Services and Plans, Messaging (Text Messaging, OTT Messaging, A2P Messaging), Value-Added Services, Mobile App Usage, Mobile App Development Trends, Mobile App Distribution Channels

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

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