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Eric Anderson Eric Anderson, Vice President Content and Product Solutions, Samsung

Eric has over 25 years experience in high tech, digital distribution and IoT

Since 2010, Eric has served as vice president of content and product solutions and Smart Home General Manager for Samsung Consumer Electronics America. He is responsible for developing Samsungs’ IoT strategy and market offerings related to smart devices and content services for the US market. In this role, Mr. Anderson has been responsible for launching Samsung’s SmartTV SmartHub business, as well as, content offerings related to multi-screen, TV Everywhere, cloud gaming, interactive sports, ACR interactive, 2nd screen storytelling and TV Commerce. In addition to SmartTV related offerings, Anderson is responsible for driving go to market and IoT offerings related to Smart Home, connected cameras, connected appliances.

Prior to joining Samsung, Eric served as senior vice president for global business/corporate development and channels for Handango which was one of the first successful smartphone content aggregators and app store providers.

Prior to joining Handango, Eric was the vice president of media and entertainment for Ericsson North America.

Before Ericsson, Eric led Accenture’s first mobile/wireless data practice at its world headquarters in Northbrook, IL.

Eric sits on a number of convergence advisory boards and is a board of director member for the DEG. 

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. 



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.

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.

Please contact Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein at Parks Associates or call 972-490-1113.