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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.


Kristine Faulkner Kristine Faulkner, Senior Vice President / General Manager, COX Homelife, Cox Communications

Kristine Faulkner is senior 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.


Miles Kingston Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation

Miles Kingston is the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the strategy and collaboration of product development for smart home technologies from multiple business units.
 
Kingston joined Intel in 2000 as a supply chain planner.  Over the next five years, he led various teams before moving into the Desktop Platform Group in 2005 as a product manager.  Kingston managed dozens of central processing unit (CPU) product families and was promoted to lead the product management team in 2010, and became the Director of Strategic Marketing for desktop platforms in 2011.  In 2015, Kingston was promoted to General Manager of the Consumer Desktop PC segment where he began focusing heavily on the smart home market.  In June of 2016, Kingston became exclusively focused on Smart Home and was named the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel.
 
Kingston holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and a master of business administration degree from Portland State University.  Kingston has completed several executive education programs, including the Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University’s D-School.


Rahul Patel Rahul Patel, SVP & GM, Connectivity Business Unit, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Rahul Patel serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Connectivity for Qualcomm Technologies Inc., (QCT), where he is currently responsible for QCT’s connectivity and networking businesses and leads the Wired/Wireless, Infrastructure and Networking (WIN) and Mobile, Computing and Location (MCL) product management organizations.

Prior to this role, Rahul was the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Wireless Connectivity in the Broadband and Connectivity Group at Broadcom where he managed the product roadmap, market, business development and applications engineering organizations to expand Broadcom’s WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS leadership across all market segments. During his 13 year career with Broadcom, Rahul has had a strong track record of developing successful product lines, driving P&L growth and developing strong teams.

Before his work at Broadcom, Rahul worked at HIFN, Inc., Samsung Semiconductor, Tritech Microelectronics and EPSON.S-MOS Systems.

Rahul is a veteran of the semiconductor and telecommunications industry with more than 20 years of experience in product and business development for networking and wireless connectivity solutions.

Rahul holds an MBA from Santa Clara University in California, a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe and a B.Tech in Electronics and Communications Engineering from NIT in Warangal, India.
 


Sridhar Solur Sridhar Solur, Senior Vice President, Product & Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things, and Data Services, Comcast

As Senior Vice President of Product and Development for Xfinity Home, Internet of Things (IoT) and Data Services for Comcast Cable, Sridhar Solur leads strategy, innovation and development of products for the Xfinity Home and high speed data business, from concept to creation. This includes experiences and services in the IoT, home automation, and home security categories.

With more than 20 years of experience in corporate venturing, strategy, and product development, Solur is an intrapreneur, technologist, and business leader specializing in IoT, cloud computing and machine learning. Previously, he was the founder and general manager of multiple businesses at Hewlett Packard (HP) including their IoT, cloud and mobile printing business, known as HP ePrint.

Over the years, Solur established several patents on media delivery, location based services, and cloud connected objects. In addition, he is on the advisory board of several startups and a mentor to 500 Startups and Alchemist Enterprise accelerator.

Solur holds a Master of Business Administration from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from the National Institute of Technology in India.


Speakers


Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello Jean-Pierre (JP) Abello, Sr Director, Global Engineering R&D, Nielsen

JP Abello is part of Nielsen's thought leadership team, where he currently leads Global Engineering R&D for the Internet of Things and Digital Media. Before that, JP spent over two decades building innovative products used by millions of consumers worldwide, including Yahoo Connected TV which won an Engineering Emmy Award in 2011, and the OCAP application platform deployed in millions of US of set-top boxes. JP currently co-chairs the Privacy & Security Task Force in the IoT Consortium, and sits on the W3C Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Boards of IoT World and AI World. He also serves as a judge in the CES Innovation Awards (two categories) and a judge in the TV Emmy Awards (Interactive Media Peer Group), and is a member of ATSC, IAB, CTA and the TV Academy. JP is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including CES, IoT World, Smart Home Summit, IoT Security Summit, IoT Evolution Expo, AI World, AI Summit, Apps World, TiECon etc. He has also published several articles on IoT and AI, including an IoT featured section in the Nielsen Journal of Measurement.


Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI. Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.


Fredrik Andersson Fredrik Andersson, Co-founder and SVP Strategy and Business Development, Accedo

Fredrik Andersson is the SVP Business Development of Accedo, which he jointly founded in 2004. He has extensive experience in the converging telecom and media industries. Since founding Accedo, Fredrik has been heavily involved with the roll-out of innovative content offerings for IPTV service providers and Connected TV manufacturers. Prior to setting up the company, Fredrik was a Senior Management Consultant at Nordic consultancy company, Digiscope, which he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Digiscope, Fredrik worked for Ericsson, developing future services and applications for the networked home.

Fredrik holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Ecoomics and has studied computer science at Linkping Institute of Technology and London Guildhall University.


Yossi Atias Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security, BullGuard

Yossi Atias GM IoT Security As an experienced technology executive, Yossi Atias has been involved in several start-ups at an executive level and as a founder. He founded Dojo-Labs and PeekRTC and was also CEO of both companies. Previous positions within the industry include VP and General Manager of the Mobile Business Unit at PeerApp, General Manager Operations at Jajah, Head of OTT Strategy at Acme Packet, General Manager Nokia Israel and Nokia Networks and Technical Director at Lucent. Yossi holds a B.Sc. degree in IE, Information Systems and a MBA from Ben Gurion University, Israel.


Christopher Baskin Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way ( ATW )

Christopher Baskin has over twenty years’ experience in the PERS, Telehealth and Security Industry. His company American Two-Way, was one of the first organizations to design, manufacture and monitor interactive PERS, Telehealth and Security Systems. Often called a visionary, his innovations have led to numerous patents and industry awards. Mr. Baskin has been featured in over 60 articles and is a sought after speaker on industry related topics. He is a Founding Board Member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association as well as a member and/or participant of the CSAA, SIA, ESA .ESX , CAA, GLASAA, NFA and the ATA.


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

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


Dan Radu Berte Dan Radu Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @danberte

Dan accelerates Bitdefender's recognition as leader and innovator in the Internet of Things with Bitdefender BOX and its revolutionary IoT security technologies. Bitdefender helps coin the industry definitions of IoT and IoT security in this fragmented space. He previously lead the design and product experience at Bitdefender. His team designed, built and shipped Bitdefender BOX, a revolutionary device that protects all devices in the smart home. Prior to Bitdefender Dan had a key role in developing Vodafone Romania's online assets and founded the first free WiFi hotspot network in Europe. Dan holds a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 


Jean Anne Booth Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear

A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne started UnaliWear after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple. Jean Anne was the founder of Luminary Micro, the creators of the Stellaris microcontroller platform and the first to market with ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller solutions, purchased by Texas Instruments in May 2009 Jean Anne retired from TI in 2012 after serving as the general manager for TI's Stellaris family of products. Jean Anne was also a founder at Intrinsity, the creators of the graphics chip in Apple iPad products. Intrinsity sold to Apple in 2010. Jean Anne holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MSCE from National Technical University.


Jeroen Brouwer Jeroen Brouwer, Director of Business Development and Sales, Philips

Jeroen leads business development for Philips Personal Health Solutions in the US. Personal Health Solutions offers lifestyle behavioral change programs and connected health devices. The products and services target consumers who are At Risk for chronic conditions. The product line includes wearables, apps, and coaching services.

Jeroen started his career in software development at Philips in the Imaging Systems group, and has worked in various roles in consumer electronics and semiconductors, before taking on his current role in 2009.

He holds an MSc and PD Eng degree in Computing Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology. 

Jeroen is an angel investor with the HealthTech Capital angel network since 2012. 


Benjamin Brown Benjamin Brown, Senior Product Manager, Google Home Lead for Apps & Connectivity, Google


Mike Buckingham Mike Buckingham, Director Business Development, August Home

Mike Buckingham is the Director of August Pro, a division of August Home Inc dedicated to serving integrators and security dealers in the custom home installation channel. Mike brings more than 15 years experience in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry selling hardware and software solutions, including home automation and control systems.

Prior to August Home, Mike was National Account Manager at Smartlabs, Inc. where he brought the INSTEON home control networking technology to market. He also served as Director of IoT Sales for Candi Controls, a cloud platform provider. Mike holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.


Greg Calvert Greg Calvert, Director, Business Development, Roku

Greg Calvert is Director of Business Development for North America at Roku.  His career spans more than 25 years in fields as diverse as cable system operations, marketing and video product management.  Before joining Roku in 2016, Greg was responsible for developing and managing Time Warner Cable’s award-winning suite of streaming video applications on eight platforms including Roku, game consoles, mobile devices and the web.  Greg is based at Roku’s Los Gatos, California headquarters. 


Jon Carter Jon Carter, UK Head of Business Development – Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Jon leads UK Business Development for Deutsche Telekom’s white label and open connected home platform.  Jon’s focus is on establishing partnerships with major corporates, including telcos, utilities, insurers and retailers, and helping them to exploit innovative new models, based on IoT. 

Jon has worked in and around the market since the early 2000s, and has many strong views on what is needed for the industry to finally realize growth.  He has previously consulted for P&G, Allianz, E.ON and RWE on their connected home strategies.  Prior to joining DT, Jon spent 12 years at Orange UK, where he was Head of Home Strategy and Head of Home Propositions.   


Oliver Cockcroft Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks

Oliver Cockcroft is Ayla’s product lead for platform level features, managing the development of large scale projects the affect multiple parts of the Ayla Platform.  Oliver is also responsible for developing Ayla Networks' relationships with members from cloud partners such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit. Oliver works closely with Ayla Networks' potential customers and clients to help define their connected product strategy and product development plans and then execute them on aggressive schedules.

Before joining Ayla, Oliver held numerous management roles at eBay over his ten years. He most recently was Senior Product Manager and the lead for eBay’s tablet websites, working on new designs and ideas relating to browser-based touch interactions and coordinating a team encompassing design, development and testing. Earlier, he managed eBay’s global websites for mobile and was product manager for eBay on Blackberry and lead mobile product manager for the launch of the Stubhub iPhone application.

Oliver holds numerous patents in mobile technology. He earned his BSc degree in computer science from the University of Hertfordshire (UK).


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.


Jay Darfler Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Jay Darfler is the Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, a position he's held since May 2016. Jay's career started in finance and corporate strategy for Office Max, learning the fundamentals of business and how to take an idea from inception to commercialization. During his tenure at Office Max, he worked his way from finance to enterprise-level sales to leading the company's entrance into the professional services space, leveraging technology and innovation disciplines. After Office Max, Jay joined Cross Country Home Services where he served as the Vice President, Connected Home and Product Development, and was responsible for CCHS's entire Product portfolio, Connected Home offerings, as well as the company's IoT software platform strategy and development. At ADT, Jay is responsible for the company's emerging market offerings, which includes ADT Canopy, a security as a service platform that is capable of providing secure 24/7 ADT professional monitoring to a wide range of popular IoT devices. Jay and his team were responsible for the successful launch of the first product to boast ADT Canopy security services with the retail introduction of the LG Smart Security camera in January 2017.  In addition to ADT Canopy, Jay and his team have responsibility for ADT's Cyber Security, ADT Health, and ADT Anywhere offerings. They are dedicated to bringing peace of mind to customers of all types, further emphasizing ADT's belief that "Everyone deserves to feel safe."


Casper de Clercq Casper de Clercq, General Partner, Norwest Venture Partners

With over 30 years of experience, Casper is a veteran of the medical device and life sciences industry, having led marketing and commercialization efforts for companies that span the healthcare space. He brings extensive operating knowledge to Norwest Venture Partners, where he focuses on mid-to-late-stage investments in consumer and digital health, healthcare IT, medical devices and diagnostics, technology-enabled healthcare services, and specialty pharmaceuticals. He currently serves on the boards of iRhythm Technologies (Nasdaq: IRTC), Telcare, Crossover Health, Omada Health, and NextHealth Technologies. Casper was previously on the board of Basis (acquired by Intel) and Intersect ENT (Nasdaq: XENT). Casper is also responsible for Norwest’s investment in Misfit Wearables (acquired by Fossil).


		 Jim Denney Jim Denney, VP Product Management and Strategy, TiVo

With more than a decade of experience at TiVo, Mr. Denney is the vice president of product management and strategy.

Mr. Denney is responsible for ensuring a cohesive product plan and structure across TiVo businesses including Metadata, Discovery Tools and Analytics as well as TiVo’s core user experience.  In addition, his group is responsible for defining TiVo's service direction, strategy, and requirements. During his tenure at TiVo, he and his team have defined and launched innovative products ranging from multi-tuner DVRs and client devices to mobile and online experiences including content consumption, scheduling, co-viewing and media management. His contributions to the development of the TiVo experience garnered him an Emmy award for “Outstanding Achievement in Enhanced Television” from the Academy of Television Arts and Science in 2006. More recently, he was honored by Cablefax as one of “The Most Innovative People in Multiscreen” in both 2016 and 2017.

Prior to joining TiVo in 2003, Mr. Denney held leadership positions in product marketing at WilTel Communications, iBEAM Broadcasting, and SGI, where he focused on the creation of distribution networks for streaming media and media production tools for both enterprise and entertainment applications. Mr. Denney has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.


Dan DiClerico Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

Dan DiClerico is an experienced speaker and thought leader in the real estate, remodeling and home product space. DiClerico joined HomeAdvisor as the company’s smart home expert, overseeing all content related to smart homes and the internet of things.

Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, DiClerico was the senior home editor of Consumer Reports, where he covered real estate, remodeling and other issues. He was also the senior associate editor of Martha Stewart Living and the associate editor of This Old House. DiClerico is a versatile spokesperson who has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Today Show and Wall Street Journal Live. DiClerico has also written and contributed to numerous books, including “The Just Right Home” (Workman, 2013), which he co-authored with Marianne Cusato.


Derrick Dicoi Derrick Dicoi, Executive Director, Xfinity Home Product Management, Comcast

Derrick Dicoi leads home security and wholesale product management for Xfinity Home, the next-generation home security, automation, and energy management solution from Comcast. He is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of Xfinity Home and its wholesale portfolio of customer experiences, services, and devices. This includes driving the vision for connected security, creating strategic partnerships, pricing and packaging of products and services, and developing new revenue streams. He recently led the launch of Xfinity Home's 24/7 video recording service, helped to further expand partner devices to work in the Works with Xfinity Home partner program, and guided the redesign of the core family of security devices. He was also a key member of the Icontrol acquisition team. 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. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, M.S. from Syracuse University, and B.A. from Michigan State University. A native of Metro Detroit, Derrick now resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


Ed Doran Ph.D. Ed Doran Ph.D., Principle Program Management, Microsoft

Ed Doran, director of product planning & principle program management for Microsoft.  He was a cofounder of Cortana and leads planning and partnerships for new incubations and products. Ed was previously at Yahoo! where he lead insight strategy teams and prior to that he lead market research, business intelligence, and management consulting teams.  Ed holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington as well as a deep and abiding love of coffee.


Justin Doucette Justin Doucette, Sr. Director, Production Management, Linksys & Wemo, Belkin International

Justin Doucette is the senior director of product management for Linksys and Wemo, a division within Belkin International.  Doucette leads a team of product managers responsible for strategy definition and product development for consumer and commercial products under the Linksys and Wemo brands.  Through consumer research, market analysis, and competitive landscaping, Doucette is responsible for the company’s product roadmap both tactically (0-24 months) and strategically (2-5 years).  Working with cross functional leaders, Doucette finds the optimal ROI for new product introductions and existing product maintenance while driving top line growth and profitably by focusing on new business opportunities and improving customer appeal. Doucette and team build products that delight users and create opportunities for the division to meet organizational objectives.
 
A six-year Belkin veteran, Doucette has held roles in both regional and global product management giving him experience with sales, channel, marketing, engineering, finance, supply chain, etc.  During his tenure at Belkin, he managed a variety of product categories, including Wi-Fi networking, home automation, and audio/video.  Before joining Belkin International, Doucette worked for Magellan GPS as director of product marketing with responsibility for outdoor recreation GPS devices, including software and mapping product offerings.
 
Justin Doucette earned his BA in Geography at Syracuse University and his MBA in Global Business and Marketing at Pepperdine University.


Grant Erickson Grant Erickson, President, Thread Group

Grant Erickson is the president of the Thread Group, as well as a principal engineer at Nest, where he oversees the technical development of software designed to support Bluetooth Low Energy, Thread, WiFi, and Nest Weave. In his role, he was also an early contributor to the formation of the Thread Group and Thread networking protocol.


Dave Evans Dave Evans, CTO and Co-Founder, Stringify
Twitter ID: @davethefuturist

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


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.


Brent Franks Brent Franks, Co-founder, Abode Systems, Inc

Brent Franks is the co-founder and chief customer experience officer of abode Systems. With entrepreneurial experience and a strong background in software development and sales, Brent co-developed abode to be an easy to use home security system for both renters and home owners and helped lead abode’s successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2015.

Prior to abode, Brent cofounded TerraSmart, a leading provider of commercial to utility scale solar ground mounts. As EVP of TerraSmart, Brent operationalized business operations, sales, and marketing across various platforms. Brent holds a B.S. in Business Administration / Information Systems from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania.


Luke Freiler Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

Luke Freiler is the CEO and a founder of Centercode, a Customer Validation company that's helped hundreds of enterprise and high growth technology companies build and release successful products. Luke lead the design of the Centercode platform, which enables companies to engage directly with their audiences throughout their development cycles. Prior to founding Centercode, Luke worked for Native Instruments, Ericsson, and Samsung to help develop, test, and launch a variety of consumer and business products.


Scott Frost Scott Frost, Technical Evangelist, Adobe
Twitter ID: @viewsonvideo

Scott Frost is the Technical Evangelist for Adobe Primetime focusing on online video and services including content delivery, engagement and monetization across IP-connected devices.  Scott started his career in telecommunications world and has been living and breathing the evolution of OTT for the last decade. He works closely with major broadcasters and operators, and is recognized as an expert in this space.  Scott also works on defining technical pre-sales and architecture and is actively engaged in next generation patent pending innovations in disconnected networks and monetization. In addition, he is focused on the transition of broadcasters and operators to HTML5 video, and has been regularly consulted by the industry for innovation and technology leadership.


John Gardner John Gardner, Partner, Nokia Growth Partners
Twitter ID: @JohngardnerVC
Website: http://www.nokiagrowthpartners.com

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies. John comes to Nokia Growth Partners from BlueRun Ventures, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.


William Greene William Greene, Product Manager, Energy Services, Nest Labs

Will is a product manager at Nest Labs, maker of the Nest Learning Thermostat. In this role, Will oversees the ongoing strategy and development of Rush Hour Rewards and Time of Savings, energy services that Nest offers energy providers to help manage load and save customers money when energy is expensive.

Prior to Nest, Will worked at Greenstart, a design consultancy and venture capital firm. He also served as the CEO of Xite Solar, a company he co-founded using technology developed at UC Berkeley to enable production of high-efficiency, low-cost photovoltaics from a variety of earth-abundant materials. Earlier in his career, Will spent several years at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he worked as a commercialization advisor for advanced cooling technologies in the newly formed Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E).

Will holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, and a MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


Kal Gyimesi Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT
Twitter ID: @kalgyimesi

Kal Gyimesi leads the worldwide marketing strategy and deployment around solutions for the Automotive Industry at IBM Watson IoT. He previously led the development of new business research for Industrial clients, specializing in the Automotive Industry at IBM's Institute for Business Value. He is the co-author for the recently released studies Automotive 2025: Industry Without Borders and A New Relationship - People and Cars.


Avner Halperin Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense

Avner Halperin is a veteran high-tech executive having served in several senior management positions including CEO of Emmunet, VP Marketing at Radcom (NASDAQ: RDCM), and VP of Business Development at Lenslet. He also worked as the R&D Manager at Eldat and was the Department Head of an R&D Unit in the IDF Intelligence Corps, where he participated in the Talpiot Project. Mr. Halperin earned a M.Sc. in Applied Physics from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the MIT Sloan Fellows Executive MBA Program. He has presented at several med tech events in the U.S. and Israel. Halperin also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


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.


Martin Heckmann Martin Heckmann, Director, Emerging Business, Chamberlain Group, Inc.

As Director of Emerging Business for Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI), Martin spearheads development of new features and functionality for MyQ, the industry-leading connected products platform. He also works across the Chamberlain and LiftMaster brands, overseeing integration initiatives with partners. His efforts have led to the successful development of technologies integrating with smart home products from Apple, Google Nest, Xfinity, and others.

Heckmann has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in both Europe and the U.S. His responsibilities have spanned product, channel, and brand marketing. Prior to Chamberlain, he held leadership positions at Hunter Fan and Black & Decker. Heckmann joined CGI in 2015 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Rollins College, and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business. He is based in Chicago.


David Henry David Henry, CMO & Sales, Roost

David Henry is the head of marketing and sales for Roost, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California. Roost has developed the Home Telematics Platform that provides the hardware, software and data solution enabling the transformation of the Property Insurance Industry. Henry has more than 30 years of marketing & sales experience, general management and product line leadership in the consumer electronics and B2C markets, including General Electric and Iomega. Most recently, Henry was CMO for SunPower, where he drove global brand and marketing. Prior, he was a member of Logitech's executive team as CMO and General Manager of the Mice, Keyboard and Harmony Remote's $1.2B global business. 


Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation - Connected Car, GM
Twitter ID: @kurthoppe

For more than 15 years, Kurt Hoppe has focused on emerging product and service innovation at the intersection of Connected Consumer IoT devices, digital services and Tier-1 service providers, developing and launching award-winning value-added services for more than 75 million users worldwide.
 
Kurt currently leads global business innovation efforts at General Motors, driving rapid prototyping and in-market testing of new Connected Car services that are adjacent to traditional GM and OnStar businesses.
 
Prior to General Motors, Kurt was Vice President of Applications & Services at Prodea, the international IOT Platform company, creating a compelling portfolio of multi-screen media & entertainment, home automation, eHealth and eGovernment services for the world's leading service providers and their subscribers.
 
Before that, Kurt was Head of Smart Home Solution Development and Product Innovation for LG Electronics North America, where he founded a team to create consumer and service provider solutions across 5 LG product business units. Kurt also led LG strategic go-to-market engagements for Smart TV, wearables, and multi-screen solutions. 
 
Kurt has held business development, product marketing, and product management leadership roles at Paul Allen’s Digeo/MOXI, 2Wire, Amdocs and Netscape, working with global customers such as AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, British Telecom, Time Warner Cable, Chrysler, Telstra, and DISH, to name a few. 
 
Kurt graduated at the top of his Computer Science class at the Royal Military College of Canada and studied Human Computer Interaction at the University of British Columbia.


Scott Hublou Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Solutions, Salus

Scott Hublou is currently the VP of Global Connected Services for Salus, an international brand in the home control market. Deployed in 14 countries worldwide, the Salus Connected Home solution is one of the largest international players in the Connected/Smart home industry. Scott is a leading voice in the clean tech and energy industries, through his consumer advocacy in the residential energy efficiency space. He is a frequent speaker on emerging smart grid technologies and the important role that smart homes play in creating a truly efficient energy system. Prior to Salus, Scott was the Founder of EcoFactor, North America’s leading Electric Utility solution Demand Side energy management CEO of Sapria Technology Group, a product strategy-consulting firm with clients including BlueShield, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, and HP. Before heading Sapria, Scott was the CEO of Asimba, a SaaS based business intelligence and CRM solution for the online and brick-n-mortar fitness and nutrition industry. Scott has been a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley business schools, sharing his knowledge and expertise on innovative business strategy, business intelligence and SaaS platforms.


Brian Huey Brian Huey, IoT Client Director – Smart Grid, Smart City and Energy, Sprint
Twitter ID: @brianhuey

Brian manages IoT partnerships and ecosystem development in Smart Energy. Partnerships and customers, span the following markets: Smart Grid, Smart City, Buildings, Solar, Connected Home, Water and Utilities. He’s a recognized speaker in wireless enablement, economics, standards, industry implications and growth opportunities.  His partnerships deliver IoT enablement and has a strong background in developing IoT solutions, naturing to market and operationally supporting the solutions. He continues to advance smart grid intelligence through these partnerships and in grid-edge computing solutions, hosted solutions and integration with utilities. Brian has launched numerous IoT solutions over the last 7 years and brings a unique perspective of applying, pulling knowledge from the telecom industry and to discern the opportunities and challenges in IoT. Combined with Brian’s business experience and in-depth technical knowledge of cellular, cloud and edge communications, he is able to quickly guide developers to launching their solution in the most cost and operationally effective methods.  An experienced thought leader with over 20 years of experience in telecommunications across wireless and wireline, has been interviewed by prominent industry news services.


Greg Kahn Greg Kahn, President and CEO, Internet of Things Consortium


Rich Kennewick Rich Kennewick, President & Co-Founder, Voicebox Technologies

Rich Kennewickis a co-founder and President of Voicebox Technologies. He helped establish Voicebox as one of the top voice technology leaders in the connected car, mobile and emerging IoT markets. With customers like Toyota, Chrysler, Renault and Samsung, Voicebox currently ships in over 200 million devices covering 23 languages. Voicebox's most recent breakthrough is Conversational Voice AI, which integrates Artificial Intelligence techniques with its context-driven technology. The company is building a unique multi-user, cross device, conversational user experience to meet the demands of the quickly emerging world of many connected "things."

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Greg Kruczek Greg Kruczek, Director of New Ventures, Asurion

Greg Kruczek is the Director of New Ventures at Asurion, a company that is the preferred provider of technology protection to the world's largest wireless carriers, trusted retailers and popular device manufacturers. Greg currently leads the discovery and testing of new product ideas and innovations that contribute to business growth. Prior to his work with New Ventures, Greg held numerous product management, development and strategy leadership roles for Asurion and inventive high tech companies.


Leon Kuperman Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO IoT Security

Leon Kuperman is an authority on using machine learning and cloud computing to protect networks and IoT devices against cyber-threats. 18+ years as a CTO. Formerly at IBM, Truition, HostedPCI. CTO and founder of Zenedge, an enterprise security firm protecting large enterprises with a cloud WAF.


Aleem Lakhani Aleem Lakhani, EVP, AmTrust

Aleem Lakhani is Executive Vice President of AMT Warranty Corporation and AmTrust North America, Specialty Risk Solutions Division.  He joined AmTrust Group in 2003 and established the administrative practice for Extended Warranty in consumer goods, including contact solutions, information technology, operations, account management and sales support.  Pursuant to the acquisition of Warrantech, Aleem served as the Chief Operating Office and then Chief Innovation Officer.  The latter role included identifying programs and practices to help clients improve program and revenue performance.  Today, Aleem is the global account executive for Microsoft, spearheading Microsoft’s extended warranty program in more than 50 countries.  He is also responsible for strategic developments in Specialty Risk Solution focusing on embedded and smart devices in key emerging markets.  Prior to joining AmTrust Group, Aleem held executive management positions with other warranty companies specializing in system engineering, business process engineering and advanced business analytics.  He is a regular speaker at warranty industry conferences focusing on Big Data, IoT and its transformative impact.  Aleem Lakhani holds several advanced degrees and qualifications specializing in empirical methods, supply chain management and behavioral economics from institutions such as McGill University, University of Michigan, MIT, Yale and Wharton.


Darren Lepke Darren Lepke, Marketing Director, Verizon Digital Media Services

Darren Lepke is the marketing director for Verizon Digital Media Services, where he has a proven track record of sourcing, analyzing, negotiating and closing strategic partnerships and customer accounts to drive growth. 
 
Prior to his current role, Lepke was the company's product line manager - OTT video applications. He managed the development and deployment of white-label video streaming applications for leading consumer electronic device platforms including iOS, Android, Roku, xBox, browsers and Chromecast.
 
Lepke graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in business administration and computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of The Digital Entertainment Group. 
 
Areas of Expertise:
Software development (mobile, web, tablet, connected device applications), web services, APIs, online advertising, streaming media formats, metadata management


Ryan J. Lester Ryan J. Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMein

Ryan J. Lester, Director of IoT Strategy at LogMeIn, and his team own the strategic development and implementation for the go to market plan for Xively by LogMeIn, an award-winning IoT Connected Product Management platform. He is passionate about making the IoT easy and helping companies unlock new value through connected products. Prior to this role at LogMeIn, Ryan held various sales, marketing, and product positions at Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and Eaton Corporation. Ryan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, then a SM in Engineering Systems and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Rusty Lhamon Rusty Lhamon, Sr. Director of Solutions for IoT, T-Mobile

Rusty Lhamon is responsible for the overall IoT solutions business at T-Mobile USA, setting the business strategy and establishing strategic relationships to bring new solutions to market through retail, @work, and partner channels. Rusty is focused on driving business growth through mutually beneficial business programs.  Prior to joining T-Mobile in 2012, he was chief operating officer of SignalSet and has held leadership roles at PACCAR and Johnson Controls.  Lhamon holds his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Electro-mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.


Greg Lillegard Greg Lillegard, General Manager - Product Development, A&D Medical

Mr. Lillegard has been in the healthcare industry for more than 25 years, and prior to his current role, he has held leadership roles in engineering, marketing and quality with multi-national organizations such as Honeywell, Emerson and GE.

Mr. Lillegard has worked in patient monitoring for 14 years, with more than eight at Honeywell. Prior to that, he held positions with GE Healthcare both in the US and in Japan. In addition to patient monitoring, Mr. Lillegard has lead teams in ultrasound, cardiology, and healthcare information systems.

Mr. Lillegard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Marquette University.


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.


Olaf Lohr Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, Sonnen, Inc.

Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Director of Business Development for sonnen, Inc. (www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential and commercial energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Los Angeles, CA.

As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion into the United States. He is primarily focused on developing new energy storage markets for the commercial, utility, and financing sectors through the implementation of pilot projects and key partnerships across the country. Olaf’s expertise in customer adoption and retention of new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy.

Prior to sonnen, Olaf ­managed sales and marketing and project development for a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As an independent business consultant, he provided market research, business and product development, and sales and marketing services to several start-up companies. He served as the Director of Membership for the Surfrider Foundation for six years after moving to California in 2002. Olaf graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management, holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and currently lives in San Juan Capistrano, California.


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

A born innovator, Stuart Lombard’s destiny was set by the age of 12 when he began building a foldable canoe that could be carried around in a briefcase. Today, as the President and CEO of ecobee, he is so committed to his work that he was once seen buzzing around the subway during rush hour wearing a bee costume. Granted, it was Halloween. Why such dedication? With over 250 employees, hundreds of thousands of thermostats sold, and millions of kilowatt hours taken off the grid, Stuart’s extremely proud of the impact ecobee has had on people’s lives and the environment. When Stuart’s not busy fulfilling his role at ecobee, you may find him running, cycling, undertaking a triathlon – or chasing his dog. You may also find him tinkering away on a woodwork project. Trying to finish that foldable canoe? Perhaps.


Sandra Maples Sandra Maples, Director of IoT Product Management, Verisk Insurance Solutions

Sandra Maples is the director of IoT product management for claims property at Verisk Insurance Solutions and is responsible for leading connected-home efforts focused on the claims process. Ms. Maples is responsible for the product management life cycle, including strategic planning, partner relationships, and product development. She has had a successful career in product management, user experience, and program management in highly regulated industries such as insurance and healthcare. As the IoT claims property product manager, Ms. Maples is focused on incorporating a positive claim experience and improved processes into Verisk products. With nearly nine years in the insurance industry, she has designed and managed efforts across the insurance sector, including claims, underwriting, sales, marketing, and technology. Her experience includes leading the team concerned with the IoT/connected-property user experience as part of an insurance innovation team.


Alton Martin Alton Martin, Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

Alton Martin is a globally recognized expert of applied performance standards and metrics in service operations. He has worked with a host of leading organizations, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, Capital One, Canon, Convergys, Chase Bank, Datacom, Dell, DirecTV, Sitel, Sykes, and many others. In 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs LLC, a contact center that supports products and services that are complex, risky, or both. In three years, Trusource Labs has grown to over 550 employees and operates from three locations: two in Austin, TX and one in Limerick, Ireland.


Nicholas Mashburn Nicholas Mashburn, Chief Product Officer, Tank Utility

Data has a huge potential to make life easier and reduce waste. This is especially true for data about energy consumed in buildings and streamlined delivery logistics. At Tank Utility, Nick makes products to help households and businesses relying on fuel deliveries. Through simple hardware, Tank Utility helps propane and oil consumers use energy efficiently and effortlessly secure their supply. Nick is a professional Engineer and has spent more than a decade focused squarely on energy efficiency and demand-side engagement, by remotely collecting and analyzing data from buildings. 


Elizabeth Mathes Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot


Noelani McGadden Noelani McGadden, Vice President of IoT, PlumChoice

Noelani McGadden is a high-energy speaker with over 25 years experience that spans wireless, mobile and startup industries. Noelani has deep expertise in creating strategic go-to-market plans around value-added services, addressing adoption challenges, creating customer stickiness and driving long-term brand value.


Bill McIvor Bill McIvor, Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer , SeniorLink

Bill is the EVP/Chief Development Officer at Seniorlink, where he is a driving force of innovation and growth. He has been a leader in health care organizations for more than 30 years, designing and launching innovative solutions to health care’s most pressing problems. Following foundational experience at firms like Procter and Gamble, Ernst and Young and Travelers Insurance Company, Bill has spent the last twenty years in executive roles with rapidly growing companies like Oxford Health Plans, Accordant Health Services, iHealth Technologies and Novasom. Bill’s unique energy for disruption in health care is born from a deep passion to improve outcomes for the sickest and most vulnerable populations.


Rod McLane Rod McLane, Sr. Director Marketing, Ayla Networks

Rod McLane currently serves as Senior Director of Product Marketing at Ayla Networks. Rod has over 20 years of experience in hightech enterprise marketing with industry-leading companies including Genesys, Amdocs, Aspect Communications and Hitachi. Most recently, Rod was the Director of Solutions Marketing for Genesys, a market-leading provider of contact center solutions, where he was responsible for outbound messaging, positioning and go-to-marketing strategy for the Genesys cloud-based contact center solution suite.'

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Ryan McManus Ryan McManus, SVP, Head of Corporate Development and Partnerships, EVRYTHNG

Ryan has over 20 years’ experience as a leader in both digital business start-ups and large corporate digital transformations.  He previously founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy practice and served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion businesses.  Ryan is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy and is a frequent conference speaker.  He serves on two advisory committees with the Aspen Institute and has advised multiple technology startups and non-profits.  Ryan earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has worked in over 40 countries


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.  


Sean Miller Sean Miller, President, PointCentral
Twitter ID: @@Sean_T_Miller

Sean Miller is the President of PointCentral, a subsidiary of Alarm.com. Sean is focused onleading the development and deployment of PointCentral’s enterprise-grade smart home solutions to property management companies and their residents – growing markets that find significant advantages in being able to manage access and temperature across thousands of properties. PointCentral is the market leader in implementing their enterprise solution in the
vacation rental management, residential and multi-family property management markets.
 
Prior to PointCentral, Sean was global director of sales and business development for WeMo, Belkin’s Connected Home/IoT division. Before WeMo, Sean held several positions with Generac, including director of remote monitoring (Mobile Link), where he led the creation of a new business unit around an M2M solution that connected the company’s standby generators to customers, dealers and Generac corporation.
 
Sean has an MBA from Kenan-Flagler at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College.


Greg Mischou Greg Mischou, Sr. Partner, Woodside Capital Partners

Greg Mischou Speaker Profile Speaker Bio: Greg Mischou Woodside Capital Partners Senior Partner & Managing Director Greg Mischou's 25+ years in technology and investment banking gives him the behind-the-scenes expertise and in-depth industry perspective to advise technology companies on financing, strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and exit strategies. He focuses on advising companies in dynamic and rapidly growing markets, such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, advanced materials and semiconductors As Senior Partner and Managing Director of Woodside Capital Partners since 2007, Greg has worked with well over 50 growth-stage companies to advise them on the best financing and exit strategies. He draws much of his expertise from his background and experience, as well as, the research and preparation of special strategy and M&A-focused reports produced by the Woodside Capital Partners, on subjects such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and Semiconductor M&A. Greg has presented at various industry conferences and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and in the Wall Street Journal and Investors' Business Daily. He has been involved with many M&A advisory, private placements, initial public offerings, and follow-on offerings since 1993 when he began his investment banking career. Greg was a senior sell-side technology analyst for Alex. Brown and UBS through 2000 and then a portfolio manager/technology analyst for Engemann Asset Management on the buy side and in an advisor role at many hedge funds. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.


Dr. Chris Mitchell Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Dr Chris Mitchell is the CEO of Audio Analytic, which he founded in 2010. As well as the holder of multiple patents, Chris is an internationally published author, an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an accomplished public speaker. Following the completion of his PhD in sound information systems and signal processing, Chris received a prestigious Kauffman/NCGE Fellowship to investigate the commercial implications of his research, which included attending Harvard Business School and a short spell with Cisco Systems in San Jose, USA. Audio Analytic was founded during his fellowship and Chris has gone on to guide the company through funding rounds and now spends his time setting the overall direction and strategy for the company.


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

Daniel Moneta is one of the founders 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 leading technology and consumer 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. 


Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Lainie Muller is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and an emerging voice on Smart Solutions for Aging in Place and Connected Caregiving.

Lainie is Director of Wellness at Alarm.com, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ALRM)and the nation’s leading cloud-based platform for the smart home. The Wellness solution leverages Smart Home technology to support Aging in Place and independent living for older adults and those living with disabilities. Wellness, an integrated element of Alarm.com’s comprehensive ecosystem of home management technology, is currently in use in residential homes, senior living communities, schools and in remote caregiving programs funded by Medicare and Medicaid.  The product has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Kiplingers, CNN, NPR and TechCrunch.

In 2010, Lainie joined BeClose, a privately funded start-up company, as the Director of Partnership Sales. In 2015, BeClose was “spun-in” to Alarm.com, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as Alarm.com Wellness.

Prior to BeClose, Lainie served as National Sales Manager, Major Accounts Unit (MAU) at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post company, where she led a top revenue producing team driving Healthcare, Consumer Electronics and Retail sales.

Lainie has been an active Board Member for the National Capitol Area Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. She holds a BS in Business and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Lainie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage boys.


Ashish Nair Ashish Nair, Analyst, Citi High Yield

Ashish Nair is an Analyst with Citi High Yield Research covering the High Yield Home Security Sector and has worked as a fixed income analyst at Citi since December 2013.  Ashish previously followed the Consumer, Food & Beverage and TMT sectors including two years as an associate as Moody’s Investors Service covering Software and Communications companies.  Ashish has an MBA degree from Boston College and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Manipal University (India).


Sami Nassar Sami Nassar, VP of Cyber Security Solutions, NXP Semiconductors

Sami Nassar, industry-recognized digital security expert, speaker and technologist, is dedicated to driving data security and privacy standards and solutions across the semiconductor and digital security industries, including solutions for mobile payments, Internet of Things and connected cars.

Sami leads NXP’s Cyber Security solutions group. His diverse background has taken him around the globe, from founding start-up companies in Silicon Valley to building and leading large international organizations with diverse cultural, functional and geographic backgrounds.

Previous to joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas, Managing Director of Strategic Marketing at Hitachi, and Managing Director at Schlumberger (now Gemalto).


Anoo Nathan Anoo Nathan, Founder and CEO, Smart Monitor Corp.

Anoo Nathan is the founder and CEO of Smart Monitor. Anoo is a technology and business leader with over 20 years of industry and technology experience and is now spearheading the development and commercialization of leading edge, smart device solutions for chronic health conditions. She has been a presenter at leading industry conferences and is an inventor on several patents. Prior to Smart Monitor, Anoo co-founded two companies, taking them from inception to profitability to exit. She has a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master.s in Computer Science. 


Sanjay Noronha Sanjay Noronha, Product Manager for Wireless and Networking, Google

Sanjay Noronha is Product Manager for Wireless and Networking in the Google Wifi team. Prior to Google, Sanjay served in technical management and marketing roles at Ruckus Wireless, Broadcom, and Silicon Laboratories where he focused on mobile multimedia, cellular, and wireless access technologies. He is passionate about bringing high performance products into the home, combining hardware, software and UX to make users more productive. Sanjay has an MSEE and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Kelemen Papp Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

Kelemen is a senior member of the Digital Media and Communications Technology teams at Mooreland Partners with an emphasis on mobile, consumer Internet and e-commerce.

Prior to Mooreland, Kelemen was a Vice President at Rutberg & Company, where he advised clients in the mobile and digital media sectors on a range of transactions.  Prior to investment banking, Kelemen spent several years working in product development for fintech companies.  He helped launch both Curian Capital, a managed accounts platform for custom portfolios, and FOLIOfn, an Internet-based trading platform that enables dollar-based investing.  Kelemen also helped develop the Alternative Display Facility (ADF), an SRO display-only market center, thereby enabling the spinout of the NASDAQ from FINRA.

Kelemen holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and a BBA in Information Technology from The College of William & Mary.


John Joonho Park John Joonho Park, Executive Director, Open Connectivity Foundation

Dr. John Joonho Park is currently serving as an executive director at Open Connectivity Foundation (www.openconnectivity.org). He has worked in the global ICT industry for over twenty-nine years. As a Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics, he was head of Global Sales and Marketing for the Networks Business. He was also responsible for the standards and technology enabling team, in which he headed Samsung’s IoT Task Force to globalize its IoT business, as well as established 5G development and strategy, led government affairs activities to resolve regulatory issues for Samsung smartphones and TVs, and built public relationships with several international government bodies. He has previously served as a member of the Board of Directors within numerous alliances including WiFi, OMA, and WiMAX. Prior to his tenure at Samsung, he held research and development roles at Bell Labs of Lucent Technologies, Bell Communications Research, and IBM. Before joining OCF, he also served as a professor teaching courses on IoT technologies and ventures at Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech).


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.


Jeff Patton Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Products, GE Lighting

Jeff Patton leads the vision and strategy for GE Lighting’s connected home business, and setting the course for the next 100 years of GE Lighting innovation. Jeff is involved in smart product development, partner ecosystem collaboration and oversight of GE Lighting’s connected incubation lab. He has been part of the team charged with launching GE Lighting’s first connected products and overall connected strategy. 
 
Prior to this role, Jeff developed new ideas and ways of working as GE Lighting’s GM Growth and Innovation – FastWorks where he was charged with changing the way GE innovates. He previously served as GE Lighting’s Director of Consumer Marketing. 
 
Jeff brings extensive experience in marketing and management for consumer channels, including General Mills, AOL, Dyson, and Groupe SEB, as well as experience in commercial channels with scientific instruments, holding leadership and engineering positions at HP/Agilent.
Jeff has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.


Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Strategic Development, Nortek Security & Control
Twitter ID: @Duanepaulson

Duane Paulson, senior vice president of strategic development Duane Paulson is a 20-year veteran of the home security, home automation and custom electronics industries. As senior vice president, strategic development of Nortek Security & Control, Paulson leads the company’s product, partner and connected home strategy. For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for some of the best known brands in security and home control. He sits on the boards of several industry associations including the Z-Wave Alliance and the Consumer Technology Association TechHome Division and is a frequent speaker at various international connected home symposiums.


Phil Pyo Phil Pyo, Sr. Director Product Marketing, NETGEAR

Phillip Pyo is the Senior Director of Product Marketing and Program Management at NETGEAR, Inc.  He leads the go-to-market management, outbound product marketing, market research as well as program management for Connected Home and Arlo products.  He has been at NETGEAR for nearly 12 years over which time NETGEAR has grown to become a worldwide leader in home networking and smart home products.

His experience spans over 25 years as a veteran in consumer electronics, semiconductor and RF and microwave industries.  Prior to NETGEAR Phil was Director of Product Marketing at Winbond Corp, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at AMD and Product Line Manager at Watkins-Johnson Company. 

Phil holds an MBA from Santa Clara University in California, and Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara.


Dan Quigley Dan Quigley, Sr. Manager, Single Threaded Owner Alexa Whole Home, Amazon


Peter Radsliff Peter Radsliff, VP, Marketing, Arrayent

Peter Radsliff leads Arrayent’s outreach efforts as the company’s VP, Marketing. He brings to Arrayent more than 20 years of experience managing marketing teams, analyst & public relations efforts, and launching new products to market. Peter has developed and launched new category connected products at three startups and joined this latest IoT assignment at Arrayent in May 2016. Peter has a B.A. from San Francisco State University’s School of Design where he did his graduate work and also taught undergrad and graduate design courses as a faculty member.


Vaughn Rhodes Vaughn Rhodes, VP of Product Management, Greenwave Systems

Vaughn Rhodes is Vice President of Product Management at Greenwave Systems, where he leads global product development. His focus is on delivering breakthrough user experiences and solutions that enable partners to achieve revenue growth and brand leadership.  He has over 20 years of experience delivering industry-leading high-tech products across segments from consumer to enterprise, and across a wide array of technologies. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Vaughn was Vice President, Search Products at Mylife.com where he built the world's largest and fastest social network search engine. Prior to that, he was Senior Director, Product Marketing & Management at Gateway, leading the Connected Home, Displays, Servers and Desktops business for Gateway, eMachines, and Acer brands. He was also Sr. Director of Product Management at AltaVista, Sr. Product Manager at Compaq, and in New Media Marketing Development at Apple Computer. Vaughn holds a BS degree in Information Systems from Brigham Young University and an MBA in Marketing & Strategy from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.


Elisabetta Romano Elisabetta Romano, VP & Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson
Twitter ID: @ElisabettaMedia

As Vice President and Head of Media Solutions at Ericsson, Elisabetta Romano leads a global organization across all disciplines to bring the latest, greatest TV solutions to customers, ranging from broadcasters to content owners to telecom operators. Romano's mandate covers strategy, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer support teams. In short, 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 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, consumer, content, distribution and/or broadcasting angles. She 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. Prior to joining Ericsson in 1997, she held positions at Alcatel and Bell Telephone (Belgium). Prior to the early stages of her career in software development, Romano gained a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology at The University of Salerno in Southern Italy, before going on to complete an Executive Program at Columbia Business School. Romano frequently speaks at leading industry shows, bringing her TV & Media expertise to keynotes and panels at Mobile World Congress (2016), IBC (2016), Digital Hollywood (2016), Connections (2016), and TV of Tomorrow (2016). Romano is an advocate for empowering women in technology. She has written about her experiences on LeanIn, offers advice and guidance for young women, and has spoken at professional women-focused events including IEEE, Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference. 


Avi Rosenthal Avi Rosenthal, IoT Consulting, LLC

Avi Rosenthal has been in the connected device industry for over 20 years. He has held numerous positions in the industry, including Vice President of Security & Control for Nortek Security and Control, Vice President of Evolve Guest Controls, a company that developed the first retro-fitable guestroom energy management system for the hospitality industry, VP of Sales and Marketing for Superna, a home control manufacturer, the National Program Manager for On-Q/Legrand, a consultant to CompUSA and many other low-voltage integration firms around the world. He co-founded one of the largest Integration firms in the US. He is currently working with numerous start-ups developing the next generation of IoT.


D'Arcy Rossiter D'Arcy Rossiter, Head of Insight, Centrica Connected Home

D’Arcy Rossiter is Head of Insight at Centrica Connected Home, the developer of the HIVE brand of smart home products and services. At Connected Home, D’Arcy is responsible for all consumer insight, market intelligence and analysis across product, brand and customer experience.

Prior to joining Connected Home in February 2014, D’Arcy worked in strategy and insight roles in the telecoms, media and technology space for companies such as AOL, TalkTalk, Sky and IBM.

D’Arcy was born and raised in Canada and has been living in London since 2001.  He has an undergraduate degree in business from the University of Prince Edward Island and an MBA from Dalhousie University.


Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO , Independa

Kian Saneii is a computer scientist and software executive, passionate about bringing innovative technologies to market that transform organizations, lives and entire markets.  Saneii founded Independa in 2009, and is the CEO and Chairman of the company. Independa integrates across the TV and other everyday devices, including sensors and health devices, to provide a true person-centric view of remote engagement and care. As a result, Independa is transforming the healthcare cost curve, along with the lives of its end users and their families, by allowing people stay at their residence of choice longer, safer and more comfortably, to delay or even eliminate the next episode or stage care. This, while also increasing organizational effectiveness and operational efficiencies in home care, independent living, assisted living, memory care, short term rehab communities, and hospitals – literally, across the continuum of care.

Independa has raised more than $11 million in funding, including from strategic investor LG Electronics, and has received numerous awards and recognitions, including CES “Technology for a Better World” and “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur.

Prior to Independa, Saneii was General Manager at Websense, a successful (IPO, PE sale) Web security protection company. Earlier in his career, Saneii served in management positions at IMA Inc., AT&T Bell Laboratories, 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.


	 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.


Jennifer Sewell Jennifer Sewell, Product Marketing Manager, mnubo

Jennifer is Head of Product Marketing at mnubo, a data-driven leader in the global IoT market with Analytics and Data Science as-a-service experts for equipment manufacturers. Jennifer leads the company's product marketing, as well as branding and go-to-market strategies. She supports the business development and sales team with key insights on market trends and manages the company's worldwide partnership ecosystem.

Jennifer graduated from John Molson School of Business (honours) with a double major in Marketing and Finance.


Darrin Shewchuk Darrin Shewchuk, Vice President, Connected Car Communications, HARMAN

Darrin Shewchuk is Head of Connected Car Communications at HARMAN.  In this role, he leads the global communications strategies for the $3B business unit. Mr. Shewchuk holds overall responsibility for developing and directing the execution of strategies, policies and programs to strengthen Harman’s stakeholder awareness on connected car initiatives.  Specific responsibilities include media relations, executive thought leadership, government relations and issues management.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Shewchuk was the Director of Media and Analyst Relations at Harman’s software subsidiary, QNX Software Systems.  In this role, he was responsible for implementing corporate strategies to manage the company’s image with global stakeholders, including customers, investors, staff, and the general public.  Specific responsibilities included public affairs and media relations, Internet strategies, brand management and corporate positioning, and speakers programs.

In addition to his tenure at Harman, Mr. Shewchuk brings an additional thirteen years of professional experience in progressively senior communications management roles.  He was employed for six years by Telesat, a broadcast satellite services company and later with Stentor, a Canadian telecommunications company.  He began his career with PBS at the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour in New York.

He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Canada and the Executive Program in Leadership from the Yale School of Management.


Dr. Joseph Smith Dr. Joseph Smith, President and CEO, Reflexion Health
Twitter ID: @JoeSmithMD

In his role as president and chiefexecutive officer ofReflexion Health, a Digital Health Corp company, Dr. JosephSmith brings decades ofhealth-IT focused strategic,engineeringand clinical expertiseto theinnovativedigitalmedicinecompany.Dr.Smith’sextensive leadershipbackgroundin technology, policy,clinicalpractice andmedical industries gives astrongfoundation to ReflexionHealth’smissiontobring personalizedhealthcareintopatients’homes.

PriortojoiningReflexionHealth,Dr. Smith servedas the foundingchief medicaland science officer atthe WestHealth Institute, amedicalresearch organization establishedin2009 bythe GaryandMaryWest Foundation. He also servedas presidentofthe WestHealthPolicy CenterinWashington, D.C.,andthe manager ofthe WestHealthInvestmentFund.

Previously,Dr.Smithwas vice presidentofEmergingTechnologies for Johnson &Johnson,seniorvice presidentandchiefmedicalofficer of Guidant/BostonScientific’sCardiacRhythm Managementdivision,and Professor ofMedicine andBiomedicalEngineeringatWashington University in St.Louis.

Before enteringleadershiprolesintheindustry,Dr.Smith was apracticing cardiologistforalmost twentyyears,training at BrighamandWomen’s Hospital inBoston,with subsequent sub-specialty training in clinicalcardiac electrophysiology, with faculty appointments at Washington University in St Louis and Johns Hopkins University.  He also establishedthe ArrhythmiaInstituteinFairfax,VA,whichspecializesin interventionalcardiac electrophysiology andclinicalresearch.

Aninternationalspeaker on healthcareinnovation,Dr.Smithhas testified before variousCongressionalcommittees on the value ofhealthcare technologyandhas servedon the FoodandDrugAdministrationSafety Innovation Act (FDASIA) workgroup.He has hadvarious advisoryandboard rolesinanarrayofstart-upcompanies,foundations, anduniversities. Heis a graduate ofthe Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,andHarvardMedicalSchool.  He describes his greatest achievementas the raising ofhis two sons.


Matt Smith Matt Smith, VP, Principal Media Evangelist, Brightcove
Twitter ID: @@mattsmith0

Matt is Vice President and Principal Media Evangelist for Brightcove's media business unit. He has served in a variety of roles in the industry from architecture to operations and has extensive experience in finding solutions for the challenging problems faced by media and entertainment companies as they reach viewers on any screen. Matt's experience spans many aspects of today's complex video workflows and he is a frequent speaker at many industry events and conferences. 


Ace St. Germain Ace St. Germain, Senior Director of Programming, Content & Brand, VRV, Ellation


Jonathan Stern Jonathan Stern, SVP Strategic Development, Fusion Media

Jonathan is Senior Vice President, Strategic Development for Fusion, the first news, pop culture, and satire tv + digital network for millennials. Leveraging expertise in digital, mobile, television, and online platforms and forging relationships with partners across television and digital media, Jonathan leads the efforts to expand Fusion’s reach and distribution of its programming across existing and emerging platforms. He also spearheads new business and production opportunities to help Fusion forge alliances that amplify awareness of the Fusion brand. 

Prior to joining Fusion, Jonathan served as Director of Business Affairs and Partnerships for Red Bull Media House where he developed new business and supported revenue-centric entertainment, marketing, licensing and media initiatives to help transform Red Bull into a media company.  Jonathan is expert in executing operational and strategic plans to adapt and incorporate new media within an evolving entertainment and media landscape while leading cross-departmental initiatives amongst multiple stakeholders.


Adam Thibault Adam Thibault, Sr. Director, Business Strategy and Development, Nuance Communications, Inc.

Adam Thibault, Sr. Director of Business Development, Communication Service Providers, Nuance Mobile oversees the growth and expansion strategy of Nuance's conversational, cognitive and analytics platforms for global service operators, spanning the smart home and operator subscriber markets. During his tenure at Nuance, he has helped some of the world's largest brands bring forward innovations in virtual personal assistants, voice interfaces for the smart TV and customized deployments of Nuance's innovative Swype keyboard. Prior to Nuance, Thibault was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Livewire Mobile, where he oversaw the sales and market strategy for content and SaaS platform sales to global telecommunications providers. Previously, Thibault held a variety of management roles within Livewire and Groove Mobile prior to its Livewire acquisition. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Andrew Thomas Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder, CRO, SkyBell Video Doorbell
Twitter ID: @apthomas

Andrew Thomas is co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of SkyBell, an Internet of Things company that created the smart video doorbell. In addition to closing deals with Fortune 100 companies, Andrew has raised tens of millions in funding for SkyBell – starting with a $600,000 Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. He is one of the leading entrepreneurs and influencers in IoT. Andrew is a contributing writer to Inc.com, Forbes and The Huffington Post, covering topics including startups, revenue, IoT and crowdfunding. He has been interviewed on national TV, podcasts and in print.


Nathan Treloar Nathan Treloar, President & COO, Orbita, Inc.
Twitter ID: @ntreloar

Treloar lead's business strategy and operations for Orbita, Inc. He has helped position the Boston-based company as a leading innovator in connected home healthcare technology solutions. Previously, he's held key executive positions at FAST Search, Microsoft, RAMP, and Ektron, and is a respected expert on IoT trends, search, data mining and customer experience management.


Rod Turner Rod Turner, CEO and Founder, Manhattan Street Capital

Rod Turner is the founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, the #1 Growth Capital marketplace for mature startups and mid-sized companies to raise capital using Regulation A+. He was a senior executive through two successful tech IPOs to the NASDAQ. Turner has played a key role in building successful companies including Symantec/Norton (SYMC), Ashton-Tate, MicroPort, Knowledge Adventure and more. He is an experienced investor who has built a Venture Capital business (Irvine Ventures) and has made angel and mezzanine investments in companies such as Bloom, Amyris (AMRS), Ask Jeeves and eASIC.


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.


Marc Westermann Marc Westermann, Managing Director - Connected Solutions, Somfy
Twitter ID: @Marc_Westermann

Marc Westermann joined Somfy in September 2015 as Managing Director of the Connected Solutions Activity, which was created on his arrival. Previously, Marc worked for the French telecom operator SFR. He launched and developed "Home by SFR", an internal start-up dedicated to the Smart Home - and one of its largest single deployments in Europe so far. From 2006 to 2011, he was SVP International Business Development at CANAL + and contributed to the expansion in Vietnam, Poland and Africa.

Marc began his career with Vivendi, after graduating from HEC Paris. Marc is also vice-chairman of the supervisory board of Bluelinea, an IoT-based elderly care provider.


Jason White Jason White, Head of Marketing, Growth and Product Innovation, Hippo Insurance
Twitter ID: @nycjw

Jason White is a Serial Entrepreneur who has founded numerous companies, the majority online and consumer-focused. His ventures have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and spanned numerous categories from online gaming and travel services, to political polling, New York real estate, and on-demand photography. Jason is especially passionate about solving big problems with new technologies and in 201, he joined Hippo Insurance to do just that. In his capacity as Head of Marketing, Growth and Product Innovation, Jason has applied his entrepreneurial eye to many areas of the insurance industry upstart, including the company's cutting edge website, consumer acquisition activities, and its strategy for leveraging connected home devices to better protect and serve the interest of Hippo's insurance customers.


Richard Wolpert Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

As Co-Founder and CEO of HelloTech, Richard Wolpert leads a 65-person team of highly seasoned executives and sales representatives, with over 7,000 technicians nationwide. HelloTech was conceived by Wolpert, alongside co-founders Minah Oh and Sascha Linn, with the vision of making technology support better, more affordable and at every consumer's fingertips. Founded in late 2014, Wolpert has lead HelloTech in raising a total of $17M in funding and was a key player in the company's recent acquisition of Geekatoo.

Wolpert is a pioneer in the fields of technology, consumer digital media and entertainment with over 25 years of extensive experience as an executive, entrepreneur and as an investor. Responsible for many “firsts”throughout his career, Wolpert has launched a variety of successful business over the past two decades including AudioMill (acquired by RealNetworks), Disney.com and After Hours Software (aquired by Adobe) and also worked on the early develop of Macintosh computers. In addition, he’s negotiated ground breaking deals with several major media companies whose content became the basis for many of these products.

Prior to launching HelloTech, Wolpert co-founded Amplify.LA, where he currently serves as Venture Partner. He also serves as the Managing Director for personal investment fund Chance Technologies and is the current advisor to Accel Partners. Wolpert has invested in more than 50 successful companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more. Wolpert is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Wolpert is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Los Angeles. 


Bruce Wright Bruce Wright, Business Development Director, Americas Business Unit, AirTies Wireless Networks

Bruce is an experienced network engineer and technical product manager who has worked for service provider Covad Communications and equipment manufacturers Edgewater Networks, Motorola Home, and ARRIS. At Covad, he was part of the technical team responsible for the first DSL self-install kit in the U.S. and as Covad’s product manager in charge of customer premises equipment, he rolled out the first wireless gateway for the company. Bruce has supported large service providers for many years to help them roll out the latest voice, data, and wireless equipment to their customers, and in 2016 he joined AirTies Wireless Networks to work directly with service providers in the U.S. and Canada to help them provide their customers with the best Whole Home Wi-Fi experience available.


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.


Jingwei Zhou Jingwei Zhou, Director Business Development, Media Solutions, Ericsson

Jingwei have a management consulting background with 3.5 years at Bain & Company in both Shanghai and Boston offices, working with industry leaders from consumer to industrial goods to high-tech industries. Post MBA, Jingwei joined the internal advisory team at Ericsson’s global HQ in Stockholm working across its radio, cloud and IoT portfolio on sales and go-to-market strategies, reporting to top executives. Most recently, she joined its media solutions unit in the Bay Area under the capacity of business development for innovations, both in terms of technical solutions and business model, utilizing Ericsson’s global reach of operators and leadership in video distribution infrastructure. She has a bachelor of science in economics from Shanghai Jiaotong University and MBA from Sloan school of management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Kristen Hanich studies digital and connected health and mobile trends across the globe. Kristen is a trained anthropologist with skills in ethnography, development/programming, and geoanalytics. She has a background in the areas of health behavior and epidemiology.

Kristen is completing her Master's thesis for a duel anthropology and public health degree between the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her B.Sc. in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in GIS.


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.

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Senior 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.

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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


Harry Wang Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HarryatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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

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

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


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