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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Satish Annapureddy Satish Annapureddy, Sr Director, Strategy & Business Development, DivX/NeuLion

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

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

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

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director Business Development, ULE Alliance

Avi serves as Business development director at the ULE Alliance since 2013. Has over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry. Before joining the ULE Alliance served as Corporate VP of Sales at DSP Group for 8 years. Beforehand held variety of engineering and business management positions at National Semiconductor, Winbond and other companies. Holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Ray Bariso Ray Bariso, Vice President, Strategy for OSS/BSS, Ericsson

Ray Bariso is Vice President of Strategy for Ericsson’s OSS/BSS business in North America. He has 20 years of management, business and technical experience developing, delivering, selling and managing complex software and services solutions. He has held various roles in systems engineering, solution architecture, consulting, program management & delivery, sales & marketing and product line management.

Prior to joining Ericsson, Bariso most recently was responsible for managing Telcordia’s Wireless & Smart Grid solutions business, which included the definition and execution of Telcordia’s overall Smart Grid go-to-market strategy, partner ecosystem development, solution architecture, and business management.

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.

Chris Boross Chris Boross, President, Thread Group
Twitter ID: @TheThreadGroup

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

Kris Bowring Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Iris Smart Home Business Unit, New Business, Lowe's

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Carey Chris Carey, Chief Product Officer, Verizon Digital Media Services

Chris Carey has over 30 years of executive and strategic operations experience in the media and entertainment industries. As Chief Product Officer, Carey oversees Verizon Digital Media Services’ product and solutions management portfolio.

Most recently, Carey served as Executive Vice President Worldwide Technical Operations at Paramount Pictures where he was a key leader of the strategic and technology drivers of Hollywood's digital revolution. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology and Marketing Officer at Technicolor. He also spent 17 years at Walt Disney Studios in leadership roles, notably as Senior Vice President for Studio New Technology.

Steve Christian Steve Christian, SVP, Marketing, Verimatrix

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

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

As the founder and CEO, Joe Dada is committed to making life simple for consumers by connecting them to the things that matter most and by ensuring that all of those things work together in perfect harmony. In 1992, Dada founded Smarthome, a home automation product catalog company that became one of the world's first e-commerce sites and is now the world's largest retailer of connected home products. During the late 90s, Dada acquired two product-engineering firms to accelerate proprietary product development. After years of intense efforts, the company released the patented, dual-band (RF and powerline) mesh networking technology Insteon uses today. Insteon has been one of the most popular home automation protocols in the world with more than 200 products available in retailers nationwide.

Chris Drake Chris Drake, Vice President, thePlatform

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

John Driver John Driver, Chief Operating Officer, PacketVideo
Twitter ID: @PacketVideo

John Driver was named Chief Operating Officer of the Connected Home business unit on January 1, 2015. John joined PacketVideo in 2013 as Chief Marketing Officer, where he led the company’s marketing strategy & execution. Prior to PacketVideo, he was Co-Founder & CEO of JoynIn, a mobile commerce technology start-up. He also led global field marketing at Serena, a $275M enterprise software company, where he managed marketing teams across eight countries. John also led the enterprise & mid-market strategy team at Sun Microsystems, a $13B enterprise computer hardware & software company (since acquired by Oracle), across 15 global sales regions. John received a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Ken Durand Ken Durand, Vice President, Innovation & Business Development, Internet of Things, Ericsson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Harrington Tim Harrington, GM Products Group, CEL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Vice President of Marketing, Jay Kenny leads all aspects of Alarm.com’s marketing strategy and corporate communications. He has broad experience across marketing disciplines including managing teams and programs in B to B, Channel and Consumer marketing. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Jay led product and consumer marketing teams at Microsoft where he designed and implemented advertising initiatives for Windows, Bing and the Corporate Marketing Group. Jay started his career working in entrepreneurial startup companies in Austin, TX and San Francisco including Trilogy and Openshelf.com working across customer management, business development and marketing to help grow successful businesses.

Jay received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown and an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. 

Joseph Ko Joseph Ko, Chairman & CEO, Techko Maid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As chief marketing officer, Letha leads all marketing strategy, product management & product marketing initiatives, bringing more than 15 years of diverse marketing, product development, and business leadership experience. She came to Icontrol from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the general manager of energy management and applications. Prior to this role, Letha was the director of software product management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ryan Petty Ryan Petty, Vice President, Product Development, Security Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sebastian Popovic Sebastian Popovic, CEO, Zipato

Co-founder and CEO of the Tri plus grupa which is developing and distributing Zipato, one of the world's most popular home automation platforms. Previously co-founder and CEO of Vodatel, FTTH telecom operator in Croatia, acquired for 12mil. Euro in 2007. Accomplished business executive with more than 10 years of experience in Management, Sales, Marketing and Product Development.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Curt Schacker Curt Schacker, VP, Managing Director, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG
Twitter ID: @Evrythng
Website: http://www.evrythng.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Weichselbaum Paul Weichselbaum, Executive Vice President, PlumChoice

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

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

Chris is the Senior Director of Product Strategy and Development for IntelligentHome at Time Warner Cable. Chris is responsible for evolving the home management ecosystem, developing new products and partnerships that result in a valuable and compelling customer experience.

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

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

Michael Yang Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

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

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

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

Yoel Zanger Yoel Zanger, CEO and Founder, Giraffic Technologies

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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