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Rob Comstock Rob Comstock, Executive Vice President, Operations, Cablevision Systems Corporation

Rob Comstock serves as Executive Vice President, Operations for Cablevision Systems Corporation. In this role, Rob is responsible for all aspects of customer service delivery, including construction and maintenance of the physical plant, field operations, contact centers, billing and collections, Optimum Stores, supply chain and procurement. Since joining, service has become a point of differentiation for Cablevision, contributing to a significant reduction in customer attrition.

Prior to joining Cablevision, Rob spent nearly a decade at Direct Energy, the North American subsidiary of Centrica PLC and a leading energy and energy-related services provider. Recently, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Direct Energy’s U.S. residential retail energy business, where he was responsible for growing customer relationships and profitability in a highly competitive consumer marketplace. Rob also played a key role in facilitating several of Direct Energy’s acquisitions, helping to establish the company as the largest residential deregulated energy and service company in North America.

Before Direct Energy, Mr. Comstock held numerous operations and general management positions of increasing responsibility at The New Power Company, SUNOCO, Inc., and Hess Corporation, which is where he began his career in 1991. Mr. Comstock received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University. 

Matt Eyring Matt Eyring, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Smart Home

Matt Eyring is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer for Vivint, a leading smart home technology provider. He heads the Vivint Innovation Center, which creates the Vivint Sky smart home platform, and manages new business and channel development.

Before joining Vivint, Matt was the managing partner of Innosight, a global strategy and innovation consulting firm. He led worldwide strategy and operations at the firm, as well as the healthcare and emerging markets practices. Matt was a founding partner at the firm with Clayton Christensen in 2001, and helped the firm grow to its current leadership position.

Matt is the co-author of several Harvard Business Review articles on the topics of business model innovation and entrepreneurship and risk management. Matt has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Michael Hawkey Michael Hawkey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Business Group, Rovi

Michael Hawkey is currently the senior vice president and general manager of the discovery business group for Rovi Corporation. Michael has extensive experience managing the engineering and design of software systems, mobile applications, and cloud based services for the digital entertainment market. Most recently, Michael was senior vice president and general manager for Sling Media, a division of EchoStar Corporation. During his tenure of leading the executive management team of Sling Media, he oversaw all aspects of product development, engineering, service operations, sales and marketing, and managed the multi-year roadmap for consumer growth across the globe. Prior to this role, Michael was vice president of marketing and sales for EchoStar Technologies, leading a global team across satellite, IPTV and cable set-top-box markets. He has also held leadership positions at Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Americas and STMicroelectronics.

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

Daniel Herscovici is the general manager and senior vice president of Xfinity Home, the next-generation home security, automation, and energy management solution from Comcast. He is responsible for all aspects of the Xfinity Home business, including operations, strategy, partnerships, and product development.

In this role, Dan has been instrumental in growing the business and launching the Works With Xfinity Home partner program, which curates and integrates industry leading products onto the Xfinity Home platform.

Dan joined Comcast in 2007 as vice president of product management for Comcast's high-speed Internet service. In this role, he conceptualized and led the launch of Xfinity WiFi, which today enables Xfinity Internet customers to access 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. He also helped manage the introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 technology, further solidifying Comcast’s market leadership position as one of the fastest Internet service providers in the United States. In addition, he served as vice president and general manager of Xfinity Signature Support, which offered consumers and small business owners outsourced IT services.

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

An entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in product design and execution, finance, and business operations, Dan has a deep understanding of the development of technology-enabled services and consumer electronics. He has issued four U.S. patents, most recently in 2015.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University before continuing his education at Drexel University, where he obtained a Master of Science in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Dan also holds a Master of Business Administration 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.

David Isbitski David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo, Amazon
Twitter ID: @TheDaveDev

Dave has been a professional speaker, trainer and evangelist for over a decade. He has taught full-day courses on many topics including Mobile Apps, Cloud and the Web. Dave has helped launch numerous technology platforms, frameworks and programming languages across an array of devices at both Microsoft and Amazon. Dave is also an author for Lynda.com and can be found on twitter as @TheDaveDev and the Amazon Apps & Services Blog http://bit.ly/amazon-blog.

Robert Parker Robert Parker, SVP of Engineering, SmartThings

Robert is the SVP of Engineering at SmartThings, where he is responsible for building and managing the engineering team as the company continues to scale product, expand into international markets and generate additional revenue streams. Robert has over 20 years’ experience driving innovation in engineering across distributed systems, cloud computing, software design/development, and agile methodologies. Most recently, Robert was the Director of Engineering at Amazon for 5 years where he lead a number of technology initiatives, including the launch of Prime Music internationally and bringing music to Alexa and FireTV. Prior to Amazon, Robert spent 18 years at Microsoft in groups such as Office, Windows, Microsoft Research, Incubations as a General Manager. He attended the University of Waterloo and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area.


Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

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.

Eric Anderson Eric Anderson, SVP and General Manager of Video Personalization, Gracenote

Eric Anderson is senior vice president and general manager of Video Personalization, tasked with developing products centered on personalized TV across Smart TVs and cable services. Eric comes to Gracenote with deep experience in Smart TV technology and the connected home. Prior to Gracenote, he launched Samsung Smart Hub for Smart TVs and held executive positions with Handango, Ericsson and Accenture.

Chris Avery Chris Avery, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Maxim Group LLC

Mr. Avery has over 16 years of investment banking experience and has advised clients on over 50 middle market M&A transactions and financings in a broad range of industries. He has spent the majority of his career focused on the technology sector but is active across a wide range of industries. Prior to joining Maxim, Mr. Avery led the Technology & Internet of Things (IoT) advisory effort at Triangle Capital LLC, a boutique M&A Advisory firm in New York. Mr. Avery has also been an equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank where he was a senior member of the US semiconductor research team, directly responsible for the ratings on the small cap coverage base. Prior to covering semiconductors, he was a member of the wireless services telecom research team. Mr. Avery began his career as an IT consultant with Andersen Consulting (currently called Accenture) in its Financial Services practice. Mr. Avery has an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth and a BS from Miami University (of Ohio) with a major in Finance.

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.

Jonathan Beavon Jonathan Beavon, Director Strategy, Service Provider Video Software & Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Jonathan Beavon is Director of Strategy in Cisco’s Service Provider Video Software & Solutions group. Jonathan joined Cisco in 2012 at the acquisition of NDS.

Prior to Cisco he was VP of Solution Marketing at NDS and had previously worked in the semiconductor and software industry at Philips, Plessey, Hitachi and Unilever.

Over the past 30 years Jonathan has held a variety of engineering, product management and marketing roles and has worked extensively in Asia, Europe, China and the US and holds a degree in electronic engineering. 

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.

Vincent Borel Vincent Borel, Director of New Ventures, Logitech

Vincent Borel is the Director of New Ventures at Logitech, where he is responsible for strategic planning to help create the Logitech of tomorrow. Vincent also serves on the board of two companies: Nidecker and Defitech Foundation. Nidecker is a world leading snowboard and accessory manufacturer. Defitech Foundation is an organization committed to improving the life of children, teenagers and young adults with handicaps by leveraging new technologies. Before joining Logitech, Vincent co-founded Urturn, a social platform that aims to transform the way people express themselves through social media. He also served as Nestle’s Corporate Operations Strategist from 2008 - 2010. Vincent holds an MBA degree from IMD in Switzerland and a M.A. degree in Electronic Engineering from Essex University, in the United Kingdom.

Matt Bornski Matt Bornski, Director and Chief Architect of Enterprise Services, Wink

Matt Bornski is the Director & Chief Architect of Enterprise Services at Wink, where he is responsible for building out a new division that will bring the power and scale of the leading smart home platform to enterprise partners and applications. He joined Wink prior to the company’s launch in 2013 as the back end engineering lead. Prior to Wink, Matt held software engineer positions at AppLovin, the U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, and Green Hills Software. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Autumn Braswell Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Solutions Organization, LinQ, iQor

Autumn Braswell, iQor Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Enterprise Solutions Organization and LinQ, has over 15 years of experience in the aftermarket services and manufacturing industry. From 2009-2012 she led strategic growth for the Aftermarket Services division tasked with several important objectives for the division's profitability and growth. In 2012 Braswell moved over to lead strategic development for diversified manufacturing, then moved into the Medical Division after their acquisition of Nypro in 2013. After iQor's acquisition of Jabil's Aftermarket Services in 2014, Braswell became the COO of Enterprise Solutions Organization and LinQ. She obtained her Bachelor's of Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and completed her MBA in 2005.

Adrian Caceres Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, Ayla Networks

Adrian is passionate about connected products and has made connectivity the core of his professional career. Adrian came from Amazon’s Lab126 where he was the technical lead for the Kindle wireless software team and helped launch the very first Kindle with Wi-Fi. Prior to Lab126, he worked on Dell cell phones, Zing media players, Atheros wireless chipsets, Nokia routers/firewalls, and Sun workstations. He graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Paul Campbell Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric

A serial intrapreneur, Paul Campbell is currently VP of Innovation and Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center at Schneider Electric, where he is responsible for creating new products, services and businesses for this $30B Paris-based energy tech company.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Paul successfully built new businesses that generated billions in revenue for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics, and technology startups in Silicon Valley. Paul’s businesses have developed a stunning portfolio of award-winning products that enabled corporations to enter new markets, generate large new revenue streams and raise their images as innovation and design leaders.

Paul is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the European Commission and numerous accelerators/incubators around the globe. He lectures at UC-Berkeley, and other bay area universities on the leadership and organizational approaches uniquely necessary for large companies to inject both sustaining and disruptive innovations into their products and services.  

David Carter David Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, WiZR

David Carter is the Co-Founder and CEO at WiZR, a real-time cloud based video analytics platform. WiZR's platform allows camera manufacturers, security companies and third party developers to quickly integrate/enable their applications with state-of-the-art video analytics. Partner organizations access WiZR’s platform in the cloud, or integrate WiZR technology into their own cloud platforms through an application programming interface (API). In either scenario, partners can deploy video analytics functionality to as many of their customers as needed with the push of a button--similar to how Twilio users build and deploy voice and messaging applications for their customers.

Prior to WiZR, David served as Founder and CEO of Vertical Technologies (sold to Zebra (NASDAQ, ZBRA)), Thoughtstar (sold to iManage (NASDAQ, IMAN)) and S5 Wireless an early entrant in the IoT/LBS world. David received a BS in Computer Science from Weber State University.

In addition, David is an active venture capital and angel (25+ companies) investor. He served as an EIR for Epic Ventures and was a co-founder at Amplify.LA and Zuma Ventures.

Andy Chambers Andy Chambers, Vice President - Connected Home, Assurant Solutions

Andy Chambers, Vice President of Connected Home, leads strategy & execution of Assurant’s Connected Home practice. Leveraging experience from his 20+ year career serving in leadership roles at Sprint, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Comcast, Andy provides a unique perspective regarding solutions valuable to operators in the carrier, MSO and DBS channels. In addition to product design & development, Andy’s responsibility includes evaluation of strategic technology and hardware solutions for the Connected Home channel, including using data analytics and digital platforms to continuously grow customer loyalty and deliver strong business results. Andy holds a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor of Science (International Marketing) from Texas A&M University.

Winifred Chang Winifred Chang, Director IOT Business Development, LG Electronics

Winifred Chang is the Director IoT Business Development at LG Electronics and responsible for the North America service provider strategic partnerships. Chang has 19 years’ experience in the Silicon Valley with proven records of driving business incubation, strategic partnership and software/service development in the digital entertainment, consumer electronics and networking industries. Prior to LG, Chang served as Vice President of Platform Innovation for a second screen company curated by Technicolor, in addition to a role as a Business Development Team Lead of Cisco Home Networking Business Unit.

Corey Chao Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant

Corey Chao is an innovation manager at NRG and Reliant, focusing on product development for the connected home, security and energy management areas. Before Reliant, Corey launched and managed high-tech consumer and enterprise-level products at First Data, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Siemens and Verizon where he has almost 20 years of product management and development experience across a multitude of industries. Corey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering. 

Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Rob Conant, the CEO of Cirrent, has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial market. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company’s growth. Rob’s deep technical background and business orientation gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Erik Davidson Erik Davidson, Director of Product Management, CEL

Erik Davidson serves as CEL’s Director of Product Management. He is currently focused on informing the strategic direction of CEL’s Cortet Connectivity Suite (cortet.cel.com), a suite of products that encompasses IoT hardware, embedded software, apps & APIs, and cloud software.

Erik works closely with critical CEL customers to advise and understand their IoT product roadmaps and business strategies. He is responsible for defining new CEL products that will enable these customers to succeed in the market.

Erik has been developing and managing wireless products and systems for the past 9 years. Prior to joining CEL, Erik was the President & Co-Founder of Buzby Works, a technology company that developed advanced indoor positioning systems for Internet of Things networks.

Erik is passionate about technology, martial arts, and his loving family.

Kent Dickson Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO, Yonomi
Twitter ID: @YonomiApp

Kent is the Co-founder and CEO of Yonomi. He has served in a number of innovative and entrepreneurial roles throughout his career spanning the domains of IoT, Cloud Computing, Machine Learning and Enterprise Software. Kent holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a father of three and loves cycling and skiing.

Derrick Dicoi Derrick Dicoi, Senior Director of Product Management for XFINITY Home, Comcast

Derrick Dicoi, Senior Director, Product Management, leads the automation offering for Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security, automation, and energy management platform.

In this role, Derrick is responsible for the overall strategy and roadmap of the automation portfolio of services and devices. This includes driving the vision of the connected home and Internet of Things (IoT), creating new revenue streams, and developing strategic partnerships as part of the Work With Xfinity Home certification program (WWXH), which enables a curated set of best-in-class smart home products to integrate with the Xfinity Home platform.

Most recently, Derrick played an integral part in launching 24/7 video recording, along with securing partnerships with August Home (door lock), Chamberlain (garage door controller), Lutron (lighting), Nest (thermostat), and other key smart home players.

Prior to joining Comcast, Derrick held a variety of leadership positions in strategy, technology, and business development at TE Connectivity (formerly Tyco Electronics), Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

Derrick earned a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, a Master of Science from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Michigan State University. 

Chris Drake Chris Drake, Vice President, Business Development, 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 acquired PacketVideo’s North American and European operations in 2015 through his 100% owned company, JM Driver LLC (whose market-facing name is Lynx Technology). John was previously Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at PacketVideo. Prior to PacketVideo, 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 the San Diego headquarters office.

Dave Evans Dave Evans, CTO, Stringify
Twitter ID: @davethefuturist

David Evans is cofounder and CTO of Stringify, a startup focused on IoT. He was previously Chief Futurist of Cisco.

Kristine Faulkner Kristine Faulkner, Vice President / General Manager, 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.

Mike Fisher Mike Fisher, Head of Strategy and Innovation, BrightLine

Mike Fisher leads BrightLine’s Product Strategy & Business Development 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 advertising solutions to fit the needs of clients and partners, while keeping brand messaging top-of-mind and relevant to the viewer. Mike manages relationships with BrightLine’s class-leading media partners, technology partners, platforms, and industry associations, and is a member of the IAB's Advanced TV Committee advisory board.

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.

Navin Ganeshan Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Officer, Zubie

Navin Ganeshan is the Chief Product Officer for Zubie, a connected-car company that uses real-time car data and analytics to make driving safer easier and less expensive. Zubie has won accolades and awards, for its consumer mobile experiences at CES, and innovative work in Usage-Based-Insurance (UBI). Navin’s career spans two decades building technology and products in “Next Big Thing” sectors. He served as chief product officer at Centrifuge systems focused on big data analytics for National security applications. At Network Solutions, he served as chief of strategy, GM of its Web-Marketing business units, and led strategic initiatives and investments. His work in IOT and connected devices began in 2003 as cofounder in a home automation startup that was recognized as the Best in Category at CES. He’s a frequent speaker and writer on IoT, Big Data and emerging tech. And lately has been spending much of his spare time working on (and playing with) drones. He can be reached at @Nganeshan or navin@zubiecar.com or an airport terminal near you.

Amit Garg Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung

I am currently a Principal at Samsung Global Innovation Center, which houses our early-stage investing arm, headquartered in the heart of Silicon Valley. I focus on software especially Internet / consumer technologies, investing $250K to $3M in seed, series A or B, and helping them partner with Samsung to grow and make a meaningful difference in people's lives. I have previously spent 10 years in Silicon Valley running my own startup, as a VC at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. I did my BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics from Stanford and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India.

Noam Geri Noam Geri, VP Sales & Business Development, U.S., Giraffic

Noam Geri heads Giraffic’s business development activity in North America, promoting the Giraffic Adaptive Video Acceleration technology to OEMs, platform providers, semiconductor vendors, content providers, and the rest of the video streaming ecosystem. Noam has been involved in business development, marketing and technical roles in consumer electronics, video and broadband for over twenty years. Noam was the founder of AMIMON, a wireless high definition video semiconductor vendor and prior to that was at Texas Instruments broadband communication group. In recent years Noam has been serving as a consultant and advisor to several startups in the consumer electronics space, including Tuxera, CONEQ Labs, Dual Aperture and Synerchip. Noam served as an R&D engineer in the Israeli Military Intelligence and holds an MBA from Stanford University and an M.Sc and B.Sc in EE from Tel-Aviv University.

R.K. Gopinath R.K. Gopinath, Executive Director, Products - Smart & Connected Home, Cox Communications

R.K is currently the Executive Director responsible for Smart and Connected home products at Cox Communications. In his role, R.K leads the strategy, product development and management of Cox Home Security and Smart Home suite of products. He is also responsible for the definition and execution of vision associated with connected lifestyle, bringing together home, automobiles, health etc.

Prior to this role, R.K was managing the product team responsible for Cox Wireless and Cox WiFi services. He also spent 8 years at Sprint, managing their wireless messaging products before coming to Cox. 

Lee Gruenfeld Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Support.com

Lee joined Support.com in July 2014 as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, responsible for overseeing the development and execution of various long-range technology and service strategies, including the company’s IoT positioning and mergers & acquisitions. Prior to joining Support.com he consulted to clients including Citrix, where he contributed to the design of a customer care system for the SaaS division and helped guide the integration of several acquisitions. He also served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of the SaaS product division he started for New Wave Automation (acquired by Global Cash Access). Earlier, he was a partner in the management consulting practice of Deloitte in New York and Los Angeles, where he served as National Director of Education for the firm’s Strategic Information Systems Planning service line and was a national resource in the areas of technology-related litigation and contracting.

A best-selling novelist and non-fiction writer, he has also written features and blogs for Computerworld, and served as a member of the board of directors for the Society of Certified Data Processors. He is currently co-director of Exceeding Expectations, a not-for-profit organization serving at-risk, inner-city kids in San Bernardino.

Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, Vice President IoT Partner Programs, Honeywell Connected Home
Twitter ID: @honeywell_home

Scott Harkins is Vice President of Partner Development within Honeywell’s Connected Home & Building organizations. In this role, Scott manages the relationships with technology companies, the developer community & the startup community. The partner development team is responsible for creating consumer value by enabling developers to consume Honeywell’s API for its’ portfolio of cloud connected products.

These partnerships and the associated connected products, including thermostats, security systems, building management systems, create ongoing and unexpected value to consumers and new revenue streams for partners and Honeywell. Honeywell is delivering on the goal to create connected products, utilizing Microsoft’s cloud,that delight consumers with new, rich user experiences.

Scott was formerly, the VP/GM of Honeywell Security Products, Americas, which is a business within the Honeywell Security Group.. Scott has extensive experience and knowledge in the connected home and building space. Scott joined the company in 1995, and has held various positions in sales and executive leadership over the past 20 years.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area, Scott and his wife Lisa and their 2 daughters now live in Louisville, KY. 

Kenn Harper Kenn Harper, VP, Devices & Ecosystem, Nuance Communications
Twitter ID: @NuanceInc

Kenn Harper has been working in the voice industry for over a decade, helping to shape voice experiences across mobile phones, TV’s, automobiles, and other IoT devices. He’s worked with a broad portfolio of speech assets including voice recognition, natural language understanding, text-to-speech, and voice biometrics. Most recently, Kenn has been running product management for Nuance Mix, which is Nuance’s new platform that allows developers to build specialized voice interactions for any hardware device or software application.

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

Mike has a long history of leading venture-based technology companies to success. Prior to founding Zonoff, Mike founded AnySource Media, an internet-video delivery company whose embedded software is still used in connected TVs today. AnySource Media was acquired in 2009 by DivX. Earlier in Mike’as career, he founded Ravisent Technologies, pioneers in the DVD industry who received many technology awards and achieved a $1 billion valuation on the NASDAQ market before being acquired by STMicroelectronics. Mike is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Michael Hawkey Michael Hawkey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Business Group, Rovi

Michael Hawkey is currently the senior vice president and general manager of the discovery business group for Rovi Corporation. Michael has extensive experience managing the engineering and design of software systems, mobile applications, and cloud based services for the digital entertainment market. Most recently, Michael was senior vice president and general manager for Sling Media, a division of EchoStar Corporation. During his tenure of leading the executive management team of Sling Media, he oversaw all aspects of product development, engineering, service operations, sales and marketing, and managed the multi-year roadmap for consumer growth across the globe. Prior to this role, Michael was vice president of marketing and sales for EchoStar Technologies, leading a global team across satellite, IPTV and cable set-top-box markets. He has also held leadership positions at Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) Americas and STMicroelectronics.

Francis Hoe Francis Hoe, Operations Manager, Misfit Wearables, a Fossil Company

Francis is the Business Development Manager at Misfit. A leader in the world of digital health, Misfit invents and manufactures wearable and smart home products, including the Misfit Ray and Misfit Shine 2 Fitness and Sleep Monitors. Misfit has a wide array of partnerships across the fashion and healthcare industry with insurers, retailers, employers, and wellness platforms. Francis leads Misfit’s software partnerships and business development, working closely with Misfit’s commercial and product teams. Misfit was acquired by the Fossil group at the end of 2015. Prior to Misfit, Francis worked in advertising insights and strategy with a diverse client base including, Disney, KIA Motors, Best Western and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. 

Emily Hossellman Emily Hossellman, Director of Marketing, Centercode

Emily Hossellman is the Director of Marketing at Centercode, a beta test management company that's helped hundreds of companies test and release better tech products. She was brought on in 2011 to build the marketing team and since joining Centercode the company has tripled in size and become the thought leader in beta testing. As the head of marketing, Emily is tasked with helping companies learn about how to integrate the voice of their customers into their product development process. She writes about how companies can use beta testing to achieve true customer validation and release flawless products in an increasingly complex technological world.

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.

Peg Jackson Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Peg Jackson Managing Director, New York vCard LinkedIn Peg joined Mooreland in 2013 to establish and grow the firm’s global Digital Media & Internet practice. She brings more than 20 years of investment banking, venture capital and operating management experience within the digital media, marketing software and e-commerce sectors. Prior to joining Mooreland Partners, she was a Managing Director at Gridley & Co, where she worked on transactions within the digital media sector. Prior to joining Gridley, Peg worked in venture capital as a Managing Director at NeoCarta Ventures investing in media technology companies such as Silverpop (acquired by IBM) and Myrio (acquired by Siemens). Prior to working at NeoCarta, Peg held corporate development and operational roles at NBC and Reuters. Peg holds a BA in Economics from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University.

Chris Jones Chris Jones, VP of Technology, iRobot

Dr. Chris Jones is the VP, Technology iRobot Corporation. Dr. Jones has over 18 years of experience in robotics research and development across academia, government, and industry. At iRobot his responsibilities are centered on long-term technology planning and strategy and fostering strategic partnerships to advance the state-of-the-art in practical robotics. Prior to joining iRobot in 2005, he was involved in robotics research and development at the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and the Robotics Research Lab at Texas A&M University. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

V. Rory Jones V. Rory Jones, President and CEO, 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.

David Jumpa David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer, Airbiquity, Inc.

With more than 21 years in senior management, business development, sales operations and engineering leadership, David has been instrumental in the growth of the company’s automotive business. His first tenure at Airbiquity was from 1999 to 2002, before he left to start a successful speech recognition company. After its acquisition, he rejoined Airbiquity in 2005 and is responsible for driving sales operations and increasing revenues.

Diomedes Kastanis Diomedes Kastanis, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson

Diomedes Kastanis, Head of Technology for Business Unit Support Systems (BUSS) leads Ericsson’s long-term technology vision and innovation across Media, OSS, BSS and M-commerce. Diomedes also contributes towards university collaborations, industry thought leadership and advanced technology incubations. He also facilitates the technical community within Ericsson BUSS.

Prior to his current role, Diomedes held the role of Researcher in the institute of Computer Science of Crete, Head of Enterprise Architecture BSS/OSS for Middle East and Africa and lately the Global Head of Product Line Content Delivery.

Diomedes holds an advisory role in multiple forums as well as the technology innovation forum for Greece. Diomedes has played a crucial role in the evolution of Ericsson’s Media Delivery and Identity specifically for Media with a vision towards a Network Society.

Diomedes is part of the executive team at Ericsson BUSS and holds a number of scientific publication and patents. Diomedes holds an MSc. in Computer Science in Electrical Engineering and an MSc in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Diomedes holds a board member position in new innovative companies around the world. 

Shane Keats Shane Keats, Director of Industry Marketing, Media and Entertainment, Akamai Technologies

Shane Keats is Akamai's Director of Industry Marketing for Media and Entertainment. He focuses on how OTT is transforming the media landscape. Prior to Akamai, he ran product marketing for DataXu, a programmatic advertising company. Keats has also held senior sales and marketing positions at SiteAdvisor, a consumer security company that was acquired by McAfee, and Oddcast, a New York City-based company that built user generated media tools for companies such as Disney, MTV and Universal Music Group. Before working in software, Keats spent seven years as a television news producer for NBC Nightly News and CNN.

		 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.

John Kieny John Kieny, VP, Business Development, CSS Corp

John Kieny, Vice President, Sales & Business Development, leads the sales and new business development efforts for CSS’ Consumer Tech Support Solutions. Leveraging his 25+ years of Sales & Account Management experience in the Consumer and Technical Support business with industry leaders Convergys, TeleTech, Sitel, ICT/Sykes John has a deep and understanding and insight on customer management delivery solutions and integrated omni-channel support strategies that integrate analytics and automation. John’s responsibility is to work with IoT companies, Smart Home/Smart Energy organizations, OEMs, CE Mfrs and Media and Communication Service Providers to develop Customer Experience focused support solutions. John leads hit organization by Integrating CSS’ array of human, automated and analytic tools which enable companies to improve the customer experience, increase revenue while lowering operating costs.

Paul T. Kim Paul T. Kim, Director, Content & Services, Samsung

Paul is the director of content and services, with focus on VR and OTT Video at Samsung Electronics, Media Solutions Center America, in Mountain View, California. Paul has been in the digital media industry for more than 15 years, in product management, strategic partnerships, and business development. For more than 2 years, Paul has focused on his efforts on partnerships with some of the biggest brands to create content for Gear VR. Paul received his Bachelor of Science degree in Cybernetics from University of California, Los Angeles. He grew up in Los Angeles, but currently resides in San Jose, California.

Kyle Kline Kyle Kline, Telemedicine Product Marketing Manager, A&D Medical

Kyle is a Telemedicine Product Marketing Manager for A&D Medical. In this role, he is responsible for strategic planning, marketing, and product management for A&D’s portfolio of connected devices and mobile services. Prior to A&D, Kyle served as an Account Manager and Market Analyst for Bosch Healthcare. He holds a BS in Finance from Florida State University and MBA from George Washington University.  

Channing Lai Channing Lai, Director, Product Management, PlumChoice

Channing Lai leads the IoT strategy for PlumChoice, Inc. He has more than 20 years of experience with technology companies in product management, marketing, engineering, operations, and business and market development. At PlumChoice, he oversees the evolution of the company’s specialized technical support solutions and works with industry partners to introduce IoT support services that facilitate product incubation, innovation, and adoption to drive new revenue and mitigate costs.

Prior to joining PlumChoice, Channing lead teams in a variety of public and private companies, including SeaChange International, Kasenna, Silicon Graphics, shareholder.com, Alliant Computer, and 3Com.

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

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

Carl Lenox Carl Lenox, Solution Architect, SunPower Corporation

Carl Lenox leads SunPower’s Smart Energy product management team. In this role, he is responsible for clean, distributed energy products, solutions, and digital experiences that delight the customer and build towards the electricity grid of the future.

Mr. Lenox has worked in the energy industry for over 15 years, primarily focused on distributed solar energy, energy management and energy storage. His experience spans product innovation and development, technology strategy, product management, and technical policy reacted to grid integration and rate / market design.

Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

Joe Liu currently leads strategy and operations at MivaTek, a smart home and healthcare service company. MivaTek changes the way people protect their loved ones, property, and possessions with solutions that integrate connected devices, cloud backup, and complete control from a single mobile app. The name MivaTek, shorthand for “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” alludes to the mobile-enabled, video-integrated focus at the heart of MivaTek’s core product offerings.

Despite MivaTek’s status as a Silicon Valley startup, MivaTek products and solutions are the product of five years of R&D.

Prior to launching MivaTek in 2015, Liu co-founded and led California-based Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network company. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex and used this technology to power MivaTek solutions.

Liu’s background includes engineering and serial entrepreneurship. After earning his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at California State University, Chico, he worked for companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.

Arlen Marmel Arlen Marmel, VP of Marketing and Distribution, Ellation

Arlen Marmel is the VP of Marketing & Distribution of Ellation, a leading subscription-based online video service that includes brands such as Crunchyroll and Creativebug. Ellation builds premium video experiences for passionate fans and provides sustainable business models for content creators. In his current role, Arlen supports the strategy, planning, go-to-market, and operations of next generation premium content businesses. Before joining Ellation, Arlen was Hulu’s Director of Customer Acquisition and Retention for four years where he oversaw Hulu Plus’ growth to more than five million paid subscribers. Prior to his time at Hulu, Arlen had worked with various media companies such as NBC Universal, Imagini and Fox. Arlen received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA in digital strategy from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.

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.

Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Kevin Meagher is the SVP Business Development for ROC Connect, a technology company offering an enterprise grade cloud platform to support the IoT and the deployment of smart home products and services.

Meagher is the former VP and General Manager of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative. He led Lowe’s IoT program, including the development of deployment of connected products and services through stores. Kevin founded Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform delivering smart home solutions to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities.

Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force.

Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA from the Open University.  

Daniel Moneta Daniel Moneta, Chairman of the Marketing Working Group, ZigBee Alliance

Daniel Moneta is the co-founder and CEO of MMB Networks in Toronto. MMB’s wireless hardware and embedded interoperability software enables consumer electronics manufacturers to rapidly bring connected home products and services to market. With customers ranging from major household brands to innovative startups, MMB has a unique perspective on the evolution of the connected home, energy management, and the challenges and opportunities in addressing this market.

Daniel serves as Marketing Work Group Chair of the ZigBee Alliance, working with both members and the Alliance executive team to develop and deploy solutions for the IoT that solve key interoperability challenges. Daniel is also an active member of the Thread Group Marketing Committee.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and over twenty years of experience enabling (not to mention installing, using, fighting with, enjoying, recommending, showing off, and being an avid consumer of) connected products. 

Paul Moroney Paul Moroney, SVP Advanced Technology, ARRIS

Dr. Paul Moroney is Senior Vice President, Advanced R&D, and leads the Advanced Technology group in the Network and Cloud Business of ARRIS Group, Inc. The Advanced Technology group, located primarily in San Diego, covers research, innovation, and development in areas that potentially lead to customer premises and video distribution infrastructure products in the future, as well as security technologies affecting all product areas. Currently, the Advanced Technology group is focused on multimedia research, including HEVC video coding and 4K UltraHD, adaptive streaming, secure system design, including DRM, Conditional Access, and PKI technologies, and the next generation platforms and system-on-chips that include these technology areas. The AT group also includes ARRIS’ premier class PKI Center, which has generated or managed over 2 billion keys since its inception, and the Software Pedigree Organization, which manages ARRIS’ open source and third party software licensing.

Dr. Moroney became part of General Instrument (later acquired by Motorola, then Google, and finally ARRIS) in 1986 as Assistant Vice President of Engineering. He led the systems engineering activities associated with the VideoCipher and DigiCipher product lines, covering most notably the areas of access control, communications, and video compression. Specifically, he led the systems development for VideoCipher II+, the access control system that dominated United States C Band satellite programming. Dr. Moroney was subsequently responsible for the systems architecture and systems definition for the DigiCipher I and DigiCipher II secure digital television product areas, and was awarded an Emmy for his work.

Dr. Moroney then played the lead role in the development of Motorola’s IP based DRM system, now called SecureMediaTM-HN. More recently, Dr. Moroney and his Advanced Technology team have developed convergence products for in-home adaptive bitrate video distribution to mobile clients such as the iPad and Android devices. This work includes secure software to run on those portable client devices. Dr. Moroney also helps drive the evolution of the Secure Media DRM system, acquired in 2010. In addition, Advanced Technology has contributed extensively to the latest video compression standard, HEVC, and its evolution, and is leveraging this work to create new products.

Dr. Moroney holds a B.S., M.S., and EE Engineering degrees, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He holds 63 unique patents, with additional filings in process.  

David Mowrey David Mowrey, VP of Product Management, Clearleap

With over 15 years of 3-screen product development experience, David is responsible for managing and driving product growth at Clearleap. Most recently, he was Director of Media Solutions for Yahoo! where he led a large portfolio of mobile, online, and interactive TV applications and managed some of the companies’ largest mobile and telecom partnerships.

Operating in both product and business development roles, he delivered a broad range of products across hardware, software and internet technologies. He brings significant expertise in TV Everywhere services, strategic product alliances, and 3-screen product development and has two patents pending related to television companion experiences. Dave holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Denis Noel Denis Noel, Lead Product Manager, IoT Security, NXP Semiconductors

Denis is Lead Product Manager - Internet of Things (IoT) Security at NXP Semiconductors since March 2015. In this role he is responsible for IoT security strategy, roadmaps and deployment across products and solutions of Business Line Secure Monitoring & Control, with key focus on Wearables, Smart Home and Smart Health applications. Denis has extensive expertise in the areas of connectivity, security and microelectronics with more than 15 years of experience in global High-Tech companies. Most recently, Denis served as Global Segment Marketing Manager where he was in charge of market and business development as well as Go-To-Market strategy of Industrial Cyber Security segment covering in particular Smart Grid, Smart Metering, Industrial Automation and Control Systems. Prior to joining NXP’s Strategic Marketing in 2011, Denis held several R&D and management positions at Thales, Philips and later NXP. He led multiple innovation and technology development projects in such fields as wireless LAN, ultra-low power wireless body area networks (WBAN), in-vehicle networks, avionics transmissions, digital video broadcasting systems and secure RFID tags. Denis holds a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and M.S. degree in Management from University of Louvain-La-Neuve (UCL), Belgium.

William Oget William Oget, VP of Engineering, Arrayent

Guillaume (William) Oget leads Arrayent’s Engineering and Product Management teams as the company’s VP, Engineering. William brings to Arrayent more than 15 years of experience in the implementation of IoT/RFID and Cloud based-systems. He joined Arrayent in January, 2015 as the Vice President of Field Operations, where he and his team worked directly with Arrayent’s customers to deploy consumer IoT products across four continents. William has filed nine patents and holds a CISSP certification and M.S. in Computer Science from Mines ParisTech.

Tricia Parks Tricia Parks, Founder and CEO, Parks Associates

Tricia Parks is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Parks Associates, a market analyst and research company dedicated to providing meaningful information and counsel to companies offering technology-based products aimed at improving people's lives. She presents worldwide on consumer trends, market requirements, and industry structure, with an eye to meshing visionary and progressive ideas to consumer needs and wants.

Parks Associates hosts CONNECTIONS™, an international conference and showcase for the digital home hosted in the U.S., and CONNECTIONS™ Europe, hosted in Europe and focusing on market opportunities for digital products and services in the many nations of Europe. Tricia Parks also developed the Relevancy Theory, a forecasting model for sales across a broad range of digital electronic products and services.

Tricia has served on a variety of industry boards including CEA's Home Networking and Information Technology division, the National Research Council's Committee for a Partnership to Assess Technology for Housing (PATH), the AMD Board of Global Consumer Advocacy, and CABA. Tricia Parks has a BA from Sweet Briar College and graduate studies from the University of Texas.

Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Product & 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. As senior vice president, product and market development of Nortek Security & Control, Paulson leads the company’s product development and strategy. For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for a variety of brands, affording him a wealth of knowledge and experience within the security marketplace.

Dave Pedigo Dave Pedigo, Sr. Director of Learning & Emerging Technologies, CEDIA

Dave Pedigo is the Senior Director of Learning & Emerging Technologies at CEDIA. Dave oversees CEDIA’s Training and Certification department as well as the Technology Council, whose mission is to ensure long-term member prosperity by informing members and industry partners on emerging trends, threats and opportunities within the custom electronics channel. The Technology Council also develops, through its applied information action team, recommended practices, standards and white papers.

Dave has previously worked in the satellite industry, as the Senior Director of Education for SBCA and as a Technical Training Engineer at Hughes Network Systems. He has a degree in Social Science from Towson University and taught in the Baltimore County Public School System for five years.

Petr Peterka Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix

Petr Peterka has served as CTO of Verimatrix since 2010. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s overall revenue security strategy and anti-piracy efforts as well as its advanced technology research and intellectual property development. He has more than 25 years of experience in the multimedia industry, and has extensive familiarity with content protection techniques for IPTV, DVB and OTT streaming, as well as forensic watermarking technology. Petr joined Verimatrix in 2010 from Motorola’s Home and Networks Mobility Team. In this role, he led teams working on digital rights management (DRM) for multimedia streaming over IP networks, content sharing within home networks, and other related products. Petr also played a lead software architect role in the development of satellite, cable and IPTV conditional access systems (CAS) for pay TV. He earned an MSEE degree from Czech Technical University in Prague and a MSCS degree from University of California in San Diego. Petr also holds 26 US patents and numerous patent applications.

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

Kevin Petersen is President for AT&T’s Digital Life. Kevin is responsible for spearheading the commercial launch and overall leadership of AT&T Digital Life services including Home Security, Home Automation, 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 for 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. 

Casey Pittock Casey Pittock, President & CEO, Tunstall Americas

Casey Pittock is CEO of Tunstall Americas, the North American division of Tunstall Healthcare, a world leader in connected health care. Casey has been in the connected health industry for two decades. He was the founder and president of TelCARE and served as an executive at Lifeline Systems, and subsequently Philips Lifeline. He held leadership roles at several innovative Silicon Valley companies including BAM Labs, Wellcore, and Blue Libris. Casey continues to advise several early stage connected health technology companies. He has served on the President’s Council of the Assisted Living Federation of America and has been a presenter and panelist at Connected Health Symposium and Center for Connected Health, Aging in America, and at the American Society of Aging/National Council on Aging Annual Conference. Casey is a graduate of Stanford University.

Mark Prince Mark Prince, Vice President of Consumer Business, Withings

Mark Prince is VP Consumer Business of Withings, the company that leads the connected health revolution. Withings partners include Apple, Best Buy, and over 100 app partners. Prince previously held roles at PDP where he helped to launch the Disney Infinity program; Ambient Devices, a pioneer in connected consumer products; Numark (now InMusic Group), where he created and launched ION Audio; and at Continuum, a design and innovation consultancy. Prince's contributions include product innovation and design, brand development, and go to market strategy.

Mike Rich Mike Rich, Vice President, Emergent, comScore, Inc.

Mike Rich is a Vice President at comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCOR), the global leader in measuring the digital world. Mike leads internal and external teams crafting new solutions for measuring multi-platform consumption. He specializes in helping clients gather market intelligence, conduct advertising effectiveness, solve enterprise big data collection, mining and reporting challenges as well as develop new methodologies to measure emerging technologies. Mike has lead several teams creating innovative solutions including comScore’s first efforts for measuring online video, social media and gaming platforms. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University. Mike’s full profile is available on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikerich.

Brandon Ridenour Brandon Ridenour, CPO/CTO, HomeAdvisor

Brandon Ridenour was appointed CTO/CPO of HomeAdvisor in November 2011. Ridenour manages web and mobile product strategy, product design and development, and technology operations for HomeAdvisor. Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, Ridenour was the Senior Vice President of eCommerce at Nutrisystem, Inc., where he drove the redesign of Nutrisystem.com and led the company’s expansion into the Canadian marketplace through the creation and launch of Nutrisystem.ca. Ridenour is a member of Colorado Technology Association.

Chris Rill Chris Rill, Co-founder and CTO, Canary

Co-founder and CTO at Canary, Chris has been tinkering with computers since he was seven years old. After graduating from Union College (NY) with a degree in Computer Engineering, Chris built embedded hardware and software solutions for military vehicles, scaled a real-time auction website and attempted to disrupt the travel industry with a new kind of fare notification platform.

At Canary, Chris is developing the simplest way for people to connect with their homes and families. He oversees technical strategy and partnerships at the company, while working with the team to drive innovation and future product development. Passionate about robotics, Chris is a former participant and ardent supporter of the FIRST Robotics program, an international organization promoting science and technology to students. 

Kevin Robinson Kevin Robinson, VP Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance

Kevin Robinson is Vice President of Marketing for Wi-Fi Alliance, where he oversees branding, communications, market development, program marketing, and public relations for the organization. In addition, Kevin is responsible for driving the development of Wi-Fi Alliance corporate strategy.
Kevin speaks worldwide about Wi-Fi's impact on applications, devices, and users. He is charged with promoting the technology and the Wi-Fi Alliance collaboration forum worldwide, and is one of its leading ambassadors, working with Wi-Fi Alliance's 600+ member companies.

Before joining Wi-Fi Alliance in 2008, Kevin enjoyed working with early stage technology startups on business strategy consulting and technology market research. Kevin is a veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a Captain in the Infantry. Kevin holds a BS in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA with a specialization in Entrepreneurship from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

Elisabetta Romano Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of TV & Media, Ericsson

Elisabetta Romano is Vice President and Head of TV & Media at Ericsson. Romano leads a global organization of strategy, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer support teams developing solutions and services that enable content owners, broadcasters and TV service providers to deliver the most cutting-edge consumer TV and video offerings. In this role, she oversees an industry leading product portfolio addressing the entire TV and media value chain from video processing and delivery to the consumer experience.

Romano is a highly experienced business leader, excelling in guiding customers through industry transformations. Her highly passionate, analytical and innovative approach leverages Ericsson’s unique position at the intersection of TV, the Internet and mobility to ensure that industry players successfully capitalize on new opportunities in the Internet era of TV.

Romano brings nearly three decades of telecoms, IT and media industry experience to her role. Most recently, she was Vice President and Head of OSS & Service Enablement for Ericsson, shaping the telecom industry transformation and responsible for the entire portfolio strategy including several successful acquisitions.

Previously, she served as President of Pride (an Ericsson company), providing ICT systems integration and consulting for industries such as TV, media, telecom, utilities and government. Throughout her Ericsson career, Romano has been in senior roles that range from strategy and product development to customer and partner management. Prior to joining Ericsson in 1997, she held positions at Alcatel and Bell Telephone (Belgium). 

Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, CEO and co-founder, Cozify

Kimmo is the CEO and a founder of Cozify, a wireless smart home hub that makes connected devices play together. As the Internet of Things matures, more smart devices creep into our homes and result in a clutter of apps that are not intelligently interconnected. Cozify Hub easily automates smart devices across different application silos, such as energy, security and lighting and provides one single application to control it all. During the past 15 years, Kimmo has built new high-tech products and services for startups, banking, telcos and mobile phone manufactures. He has a passion and a talent to utilise core technology and new business models to create products with seamless consumer experience.

Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, CEO , Independa

Kian Saneii is a computer scientist and software executive passionate about bringing transformational innovative technologies to market. In 2009, Saneii founded Independa, which enables the best remote engagement and care by leveraging its award-winning software platform to integrate across the TV and other everyday devices, improving quality of life and quality of care while reducing operational costs.

Saneii founded Independa after experiencing first-hand the difficulties of providing care to an elderly loved one. His company has since gone on to raise more than $11 million in funding, including from strategic investor LG Electronics, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including “Technology for a Better World” from the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show and among the “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur magazine in 2015.

Prior to Independa, Saneii was the VP Marketing, then VP Business Development, and finally General Manager of Websense Wireless, a successful Web security protection company. In these roles he was responsible for all aspects of global marketing and strategy as well as mergers and acquisition. Earlier in his career, Saneii served in management positions at IMA Inc., AT&T, Bell Laboratories, DIS Research, and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from NYU and his Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University. When he's not working, Kian enjoys outdoor sports like tennis and bicycling, serving a number of charities such as the United Way of San Diego where he sits on the board, and spending time with his family in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Tim Schaaff Tim Schaaff, Chief Product Officer, Intertrust Technologies

Tim Schaaff is Intertrust’s Chief Product Officer and is responsible for all technology and product development at the Company. Tim brings over 30 years of technology leadership and design experience to Intertrust, having led brilliant engineering teams in the development of revolutionary products from Apple’s QuickTime platform to the PlayStation Network. He has substantial experience in product development, management, and standardization across a broad range of leading software and hardware platforms, and is leading Intertrust’s charge in the areas of trusted big data products, distributed secure systems and media protection and management and privacy-based adtech technologies. Prior to joining Intertrust in 2015, Tim held a series of senior executive positions at Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2013, ultimately serving as President of Sony Network Entertainment International. From 1991 to 2005, Tim held various development and management roles at Apple, including eight years as Vice President of Apple’s Interactive Media Group where he was responsible for the media technologies in Mac OS X, including video, audio, 2D- & 3D-graphics, imaging, color management and real-time communications. Before Apple, Tim was a software engineer at New England Digital, the inventors of the Synclavier digital music synthesizer. He graduated from Dartmouth College.

Curt Schacker Curt Schacker, SVP, Smart Home, 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.

Mark Skarpness Mark Skarpness, Chair of the IoTivity Steering Group, Open Connectivity Foundation
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.

Tim Smokoff Tim Smokoff, Group Vice President, Health & Wellness, Nortek Security & Control

Group Vice President, Health & Wellness With over two decades of experience as a healthcare thought leader and innovator, Tim Smokoff brings his unique perspective and strategic vision to Numera as CEO. His primary role is to ensure the company is kept in alignment with a rapidly evolving market environment, as well as inspire breakthrough ideas from the Numera team. Prior to joining Numera, Tim was General Manager of Microsoft’s World Wide Health Industry Solutions Group where he grew multi-billion dollar revenues via strong industry and customer relationships. Beyond his Fortune 50 experience, Tim has also successfully led a variety of companies, including several start-ups, in the health information systems and medical device markets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from the University of Washington.

Bruce Snell Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director, Intel Security

Bruce Snell is the Cybersecurity and Privacy Director at Intel Security. Bruce has been with McAfee/Intel Security for almost 15 years, and was the Technical Director for Intel Security Japan for 3 years before attaining his current position.

Prior to McAfee, Bruce worked in the trenches doing system and network security for various dot-com startups and Fortune 500 companies. Bruce’s involvement in computer security dates back to dial up bulletin board systems and a time before the internet had pictures. At McAfee, Bruce has worked with many organizations from national governments and large enterprises to small family owned businesses to help them understand the nature of the cyber security threat and how they can be better prepared for future attacks. Keeping up to date on current and future threats is Bruce’s passion, which has led him to appearances on local and national news around the globe as well as speaking engagements at industry conferences. Bruce’s recent speaking engagements include Conference Board’s Customer Experience Conference and IoT Evolution East. 

Mike Stauffer Mike Stauffer, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Atheros, Inc.

Mike Stauffer is a Senior Director of Business Development at Qualcomm Atheros where he is responsible for developing the Internet of Things (IoT) market for Qualcomm products in the Smart Home. Prior to this role, he guided Atheros’ entry into the carrier home gateway and consumer electronics markets.

Before his time at Qualcomm, Mike held a number of engineering, marketing, business development and GM roles at eight start-ups, including iBlast Networks, Digital Video Systems, Compression Labs and Zoran.

He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and he attended the Stanford Business School Executive Education program. 

Matt Swatsky Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management, Lutron

In addition to launching three significant products, Case?ta, RadioRA 2 and GRAFIK Eye QS, Matt has served as an Engineering and Product Manager focused on building great experiences for Lutron customers.

Matt has been featured in USA Today and TWICE magazine, among other publications. His major speaking and panel appearances include the Parks Associates CONNECTIONS panel, the Coldwell Banker Gathering of Eagles, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Spring Transmission and the Distribution and Metering Conference.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The Pennsylvania State University with high distinction.

A resident of South Whitehall, Pa., he enjoys spending time with his children, playing sports and watching movies.

Peter Taylor Peter Taylor, Vice President of Products, WeMo/Belkin

Peter Taylor is the Vice President of Products for WeMo, the Internet of Things brand from Belkin International. As the head of the WeMo product group, he oversees the overall strategic brand direction and product development for the WeMo connected home brand.

A veteran of the connected home space, Taylor brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing, product development, sociology and strategy to his role developing Belkin’s connected home products. He leads the global sales team, marketing, product development, and design teams. His teams are responsible for the growth of WeMo products across all channels including online and retail, as well launching strategic partnerships with companies including Jarden Consumer Solutions, Amazon Echo, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Cree, and Direct Energy.

Before joining Belkin Taylor was the General Manager of Sentec Ltd., a Smart Home and Smart Metering business, where he led the formation of corporate strategy to enable three new product incubators. Prior to this he co-founded a Social Health startup, led the Food and Beverage appliances team at The Technology Partnership, and drove process design and strategy projects at Deloitte Consulting.

In addition to his role at WeMo, Peter also serves as a non-executive director of PitPatPet, a connected pet accessories start-up based in the UK.

Peter holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Durham, UK. 

Lisa Uhrmacher Lisa Uhrmacher, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Vodafone

Lisa Uhrmacher is an industry veteran, having spent the last four years at Vodafone, as Director of Strategic partnerships in the IoT Americas team. In that role she manages several of Vodafone’s leading indirect relationships, driving significant growth for both Vodafone and the partners.

Prior to Vodafone, she spent 16 years in the wireless industry with Sprint Nextel in many roles. The last two years at Sprint were spent building Sprint’s IoT business, leading the Digital Signage practice, as a business development and relationship management executive. Before her IoT role, she led the carrier’s foray into 4G, managing the partner development and nationwide rollout of the first US 4G service.

Other previous roles include management in International Business Development, Wireless Data, Mobile Advertising and Multimedia messaging. Industry leadership roles have included board membership of the MMA, carrier delegate to the CTIA WIC, and founding member of the Mobile Giving Foundation. Early career years were spent at Hyatt International Hotels and General Automation in the international hospitality business.

A native of Australia, she attended RMIT, and is a graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City, earning a Bachelor of International Business. The mother of three children, Chloe, Hannah and Dane, she is a maniacal golfer, enjoys yoga, running, gardening and cooking.

Krijn van der Raadt Krijn van der Raadt, Vice President of IT and Software Development, GreatCall

Krijn van der Raadt is the vice president of product development at GreatCall, Inc., the leader in connected health for active aging. In this role Krijn leads a dedicated team of engineers, as well as the company’s lean product innovation and strategic planning processes. He was previously the company’s director of IT development, leading the systems development team in developing the Jitterbug, the 5Star, and a suite of health, safety and medical apps, including Urgent Care, GreatCall Link, MedCoach and 5Star. Prior to joining GreatCall, he worked as a software developer at a startup in San Diego, and was a research scholar at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California, San Diego. Before moving to the United States, Krijn was a forensic IT consultant at the leading IT Security firm in the Netherlands, and a software development team lead at a boutique e-commerce development shop. He holds a BSc in electronics engineering from Hogeschool van Amsterdam and an MSc in computer science from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 

Ali Vassigh Ali Vassigh, Head of Design, EVA Automation
Twitter ID: @avassigh

Ali brings more than 25 years design experience to his role as head of UX at EVA Automation. Throughout his career, he has built many successful and highly impactful UX teams, driving growth with new ideas and UX innovations, achieving success through collaboration, and humanizing technology to provide an exceptional user experience. He and his teams have created design solutions for non-traditional user interfaces... remotes, controllers, touch screens, massively multi-touch 360 degree UIs, 3D air-gestures, and voice. 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.

Danny Vossen Danny Vossen, Director Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Technicolor

Danny Vossen held several senior marketing and business development positions in the Consumer Electronics, Broadcast and Telecom world. Currently he is responsible for Strategy, Business Development and Marketing at Technicolor Connected Home, with a special focus on immersive technologies. Prior to joining Technicolor, Danny worked at NextiraOne (currently Dimension Data), where he was Solution Marketing Manager, and Sony where he was responsible for the Handycam portfolio and the Recording Media product line. He started his career as a Strategy Consultant in an innovative startup linked to the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium).

Besides a Master’s degree in Applied Economics, Danny holds a Master of Science in Marketing degree and an MBA from Vlerick Business School.  

Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

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

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

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

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

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power. Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tom Waters Tom Waters, Sr Manager, Market Intelligence, Jabil

Tom Waters is the Senior Manager for Market Intelligence for an $18BIL electronics manufacturer. He leads a small team of tech savvy analysts who research the forces influencing tomorrow’s global tech market - smartphones, social media, data analysis, streaming media, and e-commerce. Tom has been interviewed by The USA Today, FoxNews, and The Wall Street Journal. He was the cover feature for Government Executive Magazine in May 2007. He holds two digital media patents and has six more pending. Tom has been a guest speaker at the Naval Post Graduate School, the University of South Florida, and US Central Command. He was a keynote speaker for IDTechEx, M-Brain/GIA, and SCIP's national conferences. Tom spent four years as a co-team chief in U.S. Special Operations Command’s J23 (Intelligence Operations). Prior to this he spent two years as a Senior Counterintelligence Analyst. His nonfiction books 'HYPERFORMANCE' and 'PRIOR TO THE SNAP' took him on a USO tour of the Middle East. His memoir “CLASS 11” was published by Penguin in 2006 and remains # 2 on the CIA’s list of recommended reading for new employees. Tom has an undergraduate degree from UT-Chattanooga and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Larry Waxman Larry Waxman, President & CEO, leakSMART

Larry is President & CEO of Waxman Industries, Inc. (Waxman. Based near Cleveland, Ohio, Waxman is a global company that designs, develops, and distributes innovative consumer products, including plumbing solutions, surface protection and floor care, home improvement and hardware, and home organization solutions, among other categories — and are found in nearly every major hardware and home retailer throughout the U.S.  leakSMARTTM is a patented home water protection solution with leak detection and monitoring for everything from burst water supply lines, washing machine leaks, and leaks from other appliances and plumbing fixtures throughout the house. leakSMARTTM automatically shuts off the main water supply whenever a leak is detected in the home. The system also immediately alerts the homeowner on a smart device when a water leak occurs — all in less than five seconds. For more information about leakSMARTTM, visit getleaksmart.com. 

Perry Weinstein Perry Weinstein, VP & General Manager North America, Accedo

Throughout his career, Perry has served in various business and product roles to provide solutions that enable digital media strategy for some of the world's largest entertainment companies. As VP and General Manager, North America, Accedo, a company widely regarded as the market leading developer of advanced multi-screen OTT services, Perry is helping Content Providers, Broadcasters and Operators deliver next-generation user experiences on every screen. Previous to Accedo, Perry led the launch of multiple business units for two major entertainment technology vendors. As VP of Business Development for Thomson Technicolor, Perry helped the company launch an Anti-Piracy business unit. In this role, Perry worked with the MPAA and all the major studios to win approval of content protection and tracking technologies that are in wide use today. Civolution would eventually acquire the business unit from Thomson Technicolor.

Nate Williams Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc
Twitter ID: @naywilliams

Nate Williams is the Chief Revenue Officer at August, where he is responsible for managing sales and business development. He has over 15 years’ experience as a technology executive, entrepreneur, and advisor with executives roles in marketing, product and business development, and corporate finance. Throughout his career, he has executed company growth and turnaround that culminated in successful exits for Motorola Home (to ARRIS '13), Motorola Mobility (to Google '12), and 4Home (to Motorola '10). Prior to August, Nate was most recently the Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Business Development of Greenwave Systems, where he led worldwide marketing and business development teams. Nate joined Greenwave from Motorola Mobility (Google) where he led the software product marketing and business development teams as part of their $3.7B Motorola Home business. Following the acquisition of 4Home, where Nate was previously the CMO and Head of Business Development, by Motorola, Inc. in 2010, Nate helped to launch its Converged Experiences Division to develop differentiated applications and device solutions for the delivery of rich content multi-screen software experiences. Nate received an MBA degree in Marketing and Technology Management from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BS in Communications Science from UCONN. He currently resides in the Bay Area.

Scott Williams Scott Williams, EVP Americas, Piksel

Scott Williams is the Executive Vice President, Americas at Piksel. His role is focused on driving commercial growth in the digital, broadcast, cable, and telecommunications space in the Americas region, building on his 15 years of leadership experience in the digital media industry. Scott is also responsible for overseeing Piksel Faith and the Streaming Faith businesses.

Most recently, Scott was COO and co-founder of a healthcare IT start-up, Accelerate Health Network. Previously, Scott was an executive at AT&T and filled a variety of roles including management of AT&T’s consumer portal and email service, att.net, uverse.com, and was responsible for the creation of AT&T’s big data platform, T-Data.

Prior to AT&T, Scott held executive positions with Time Inc., The Weather Channel and Turner Broadcasting, where he was one of the original mobile content pioneers, developing CNN Mobile in 2000.

An internal entrepreneur for the majority of his career, Scott has helped launch numerous new digital and mobile businesses including health.com, CNN Mobile, my recipes.com, Time Inc. Studios and mobile properties for Time, People, Sports Illustrated and InStyle.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Marine Science from the University of Miami, and an MBA and JD from the University of Florida. 

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

As VP of Business Development for 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’s technical expertise encompasses compressed video (MPEG-2, MPEG-4), content distribution (satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT,OVP, broadband), content security (DRM, CAS) and user interfaces. He recently had the opportunity to participate in government relations and lobbying on regulatory matters affecting digital TV, OTT and broadband. Robin has participated in and presented at many industry organizations including SMPTE, EBU, IBC, ATIS, and IEEE. He is also a member of NATAS, the group charged with investigating and selecting EMMY award recipients for innovative TV technology, and of the FCC advisory committee on Downloadable Security for US operators (DSTAC). Robin graduated with a BSc. degree in Applied Physics (EE) from Dundee University, Scotland, and holds a watermarking patent.

Justin Wong Justin Wong, VP Business Development, IFTTT

Justin is currently the VP of Business Development at IFTTT, where he leads the Company's partnership efforts. With over 15+ years of business development experience, Justin most recently led channel distribution and device integration partnerships at SmartThings (acquired by Samsung). Justin also led eyewear partnerships for Google Glass while serving at Google[x]. He is a startup veteran, having joined online gaming platform Mochi Media as an early employee and scaling growth to 175+mm global users, culminating in the Company's sale to a leading Chinese gaming company. Justin was also an early member of the Google Local Search team and helped launch Google Maps to the world. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School.

Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and General Manager for Americas, SmartThings

Brett Worthington is the General Manager for Americas and Vice President of Global Business Development at Samsung SmartThings, the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home. In this role, he oversees the development of SmartThings’ partnerships and services globally as well as its go to market strategies. Prior to joining SmartThings, Brett was the General Manager of Wink for 2 years, taking the company from launch to commercialization and its eventual exit sale to Flex Inc. Prior to building and launching Wink, Brett worked in several leadership positions across various business units at Ingersoll Rand Corporation over a period of 13 years. Brett joined Ingersoll Rand in 2001 and ended his tenure as Director of Business Development of its connected home business, Nexia Home Intelligence. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Brett worked for BMC and served for 10-years in the US Army ¬– he 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 with his wife and two children.

Joe Wytanis Joe Wytanis, Sr. Director & Strategist, Connected Living, Consumer Technology Group, Flex

Joe Wytanis has worked in the high tech, consumer electronic, wireless, networking, telecommunication, computing, and IoT industries for over thirty years.

At Flex, Mr. Wytanis is Senior Director & Strategist for the Consumer Technology Group Connected Living/Life team. He is responsible for strategy and business development.

Prior to joining Flex, Mr. Wytanis was Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for SMC Networks. Before that, he was the Founder, Vice President, and General Manager for Cisco Service Provider Video Technology Group ("SPVTG’s") Cable Home Networking Business Unit.

As an entrepreneurial spirited executive, Mr. Wytanis was President & CEO of Technology Solutions Group, Inc. (“TSG”), a wireless industry managerial & engineering consulting and design company he co-founded in 1998. TSG’s clients included both domestic and international wireless manufacturers and service providers.

Mr. Wytanis has held various senior level marketing, new business development, and strategic planning positions with companies such as the Associated Press, Northern Telecom, NCR/AT&T, BellSouth and Panasonic.

Throughout Mr. Wytanis’ career, he has been recognized as a top performer and received numerous awards for his performance. In 2010, he was selected into Cisco's Top Talent Program while also serving as a Mentor in Cisco’s Leadership Development Program for high potential management employees. In Fall 2013, he was identified as one of the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business - Top 50 MBA Movers and Shakers in Business.

Mr. Wytanis has a B.S. degree from Rowan University in Business Administration – Marketing. He graduated from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business, Executive M.B.A program (ranked 18th in the USA by Bloomberg Businessweek) and was selected into both The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and The International Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma for academic excellence.   

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.

Ohad Zeira Ohad Zeira, Director, Consumer IoT, Verizon

Ohad Zeira is currently serving as Director of Consumer IoT at Verizon. He is an early story telling pioneer in humanizing IoT technology and making it relevant to mass market. Ohad is an Advisor for the Internet of Things Consortium and was the co-founder and head of WeMo at Belkin. Ohad redirected his passion for chasing Corporate Development greenfields to creating contextually-aware connected experiences because he believes they have the ability to positively impact lives, change the way we develop for users and engage with the world at large. Ohad has held numerous positions in fast growing marketing segments including energy management, mobility and home automation. Ohad holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University.


Eddie Accomando Eddie Accomando, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Eddie Accomando joined Parks Associates in 2015 and studies energy management, home networks, and home controls. He is an applied anthropologist specializing in consumer satisfaction and product adoption of value added services in the telecom and semiconductor industries.

Eddie has created custom research methodologies in the Fortune 500 for nearly 20 years. His work at Verizon, Insight Communications, and Texas Instruments brought consumers and complex high-tech products together, evaluating satisfaction, brand sentiment, customer communications strategy, human factors, and product usability.

Eddie presented his most recent research at the 2011 TMRE and 2012 ESOMAR conferences. He is a certified focus group moderator (RIVA) with a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Dallas in Philosophy, with a concentration in Languages, and an M.A. (ABD) from Southern Methodist University in Cultural Anthropology. He is an Adjunct Instructor in Anthropology at Tarrant County College on the Trinity River Campus and an Adjunct Professor at Richland College.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Telecom, Semiconductor Applications, Global Research Panels, Application Usability, Human Factors, Customer Satisfaction, Research Methods, Product Development

Glenn Hower Glenn Hower, Senior 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, IoT Strategy, 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.

Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.

Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior 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, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior 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, Sr. 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

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