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Samir Ahmad Samir Ahmad, Investment Manager, KPN Ventures

MSc in Finance and MSc in Pharmacy; 6 years' experience in venture capital/M&A and entrepreneurship.


Noopur Davis Noopur Davis, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer, Comcast

Noopur Davis is Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast Cable.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of cybersecurity functions for all Comcast Cable businesses, including all products and services delivered to our residential and business customers.  Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, data protection, security architecture and engineering, security operations and incident response, threat hunting, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, technical fraud, and the Legal Response Center.  Additionally, Noopur serves as SVP, Product and Information Security for Comcast Corp.
 
Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, Intel Security Group.  Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, a Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler and Intergraph.
 
She is a champion of women in technology and serves on the Advisory Board of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen.  She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award, and has been included on the Cablefax 100, Cablefax Diversity, Cablefax Most Powerful Women and Top Women in Technology lists multiple times.
 
Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.  She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).


Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP, Utility and Market Services, EnergyHub, Inc.
Twitter ID: @EnergyHub

Erika has over 15 years of experience in product management, business development, and marketing for clean tech companies and investors. She manages EnergyHub's demand response aggregation business.

Before joining EnergyHub, she was the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Recyclebank, where she developed corporate and industry partnerships and drove development and maintenance of Recyclebank's core products.  Previously, she was head of business development at ThinkEco, where she helped build utility, retail and corporate business while playing a key role in product development.

Erika is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association. She holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the advisory council of the NYPrize.


Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Anne Ferguson is Alarm.com’s Vice President of Marketing. Her responsibility for developing and directing the company’s marketing strategy includes overseeing our partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. She joined the company in 2011 and has also served as Director and Senior Director of Partner Marketing where she led programs to drive growth through Alarm.com’s service provider and IoT ecosystem partners. Anne’s breadth of experience and leadership role on Alarm.com’s management team give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.
 
Anne previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University.


Oisin Hanrahan Oisin Hanrahan, Chief Product Officer, ANGI Homeservices; Co-founder & CEO, Handy, ANGI Homeservices and Handy
Twitter ID: @oisinhanrahan

As Chief Product Officer of ANGI Homeservices, the world's largest digital home services marketplace, and CEO of Handy Technologies, Oisin Hanrahan is transforming the way that home services are delivered. In these roles, Mr. Hanrahan leads product innovation for ANGI Homeservices, whose U.S. and international brands, including HomeAdvisor, Angie's List, Handy, and Fixd Repair, are leaders in the $400 billion home services market. Mr. Hanrahan is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded Handy Technologies at Harvard Business School in 2012, successfully building it into a market leader in on-demand home services while securing nationwide services partnerships with the world's top retailers, including Walmart, Crate & Barrel and Wayfair. Mr. Hanrahan joined ANGI Homeservices in October of 2018, when Handy was acquired by the company. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Hanrahan previously started a political technology platform in Dublin and a real estate development business in Budapest. He also co-founded The Undergraduate Awards, a foundation that supports and celebrates outstanding undergraduate students globally. Mr. Hanrahan has advised the U.S. Department of Commerce, and taken an active stance on a number of political issues around labor and technology. He also advises and invests in startups, particularly in New York City. He studied at Trinity College Dublin, London School of Economics and Harvard Business School.


Rodney Harrell PhD Rodney Harrell PhD, Vice President, Livable Communities and Long-Term Services and Supports, AARP
Twitter ID: @DrUrbanPolicy


Jim Nye Jim Nye, Chief Product Operations Officer, Vivint Smart Home
Twitter ID: @vivinthome


Raya Sevilla Raya Sevilla, SVP Information Technology, ADT
Twitter ID: @ADT

Raya Sevilla is Senior Vice President for Information Technology at ADT.  She leads the product and engineering teams responsible for the definition and delivery of ADT’s product roadmap.  She is responsible for the core products and features that shape ADT’s customer experience.
 
Prior to ADT, she spent five years at FairPoint Communications leading accounting and IT teams.  She also spent 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting for various technology, communications and entertainment clients.
 
Raya graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with degrees in accounting and information systems.


Speakers


Erik Ackner Erik Ackner, President, Mercku Europe, Mercku Inc.
Twitter ID: @MerckuWIFI

Erik Ackner, President, Mercku Europe, has been on a ten-year global journey to discover and support innovative technology projects, ranging from renewable energies and electric mobility to digital health and the smart home. In his journey, he has helped over ten companies to grow, including some of his own.
In Berlin, Erik is leading the Wi-Fi efforts of the Canadian research and IoT-powerhouse Mercku, on a mission to pave the way for autonomous smart homes. Further, he is teaching innovation and entrepreneurship at the Berlin School of Economics and Law master programs.
 
Erik holds a double-master degree from a joint German-Chinese program by BSEL and SWUFE and is now participating in The PowerMBA program.
 
When Erik is not teaching in any of his three languages or running the European division of Mercku, he often advocates as a speaker at conferences for his passion: technology and innovation. His contributions have been awarded with the Dealerscope 2020 40Under40.


Marcio Avillez Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI
Twitter ID: @CUJOAI

21 years of experience in communication, cloud-based services, and enterprise services. Marcio is a global leader with a track record of developing and implementing business strategies that deliver results. He focuses on building relationships with service providers and OEMs globally.


Demetrios Barnes Demetrios Barnes, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, SmartRent
Twitter ID: @SmartRent.com

Demetrios Barnes is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SmartRent, where he leads the support, marketing, field operations, and account services teams. With over a decade of experience in property management operations, he is passionate about helping owners and operators understand the innovations technology can produce, while forging strong interpersonal relationships and participating in thought leadership discussions. Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was Vice President of Technology for Colony Starwood Homes, Previously, Mr. Barnes was Director of Property Management and Technology with Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, and a Regional Manager for several multifamily companies. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.


Shawn Barry Shawn Barry, VP Strategic Sales, Alarm.com

Shawn Barry is North American VP, Strategic Sales at Alarm.com headquartered in Vienna, VA.  Alarm.com creates innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most – their families, homes and businesses.  Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, intelligence automation and dependable services.  Alarm.com services are exclusively sold, set up and supported by a nationwide network of authorized service providers.  Shawn’s strategic sales team focuses on fast growing vertical markets such as healthcare, builders, property management, utilities and insurance.
 
He also worked at MicroStrategy, an enterprise business intelligence software company and former parent company of Alarm.com.  Shawn has his undergraduate degree in Finance from Virginia Tech.  He resides in the Vienna, VA area with his wife and children.


Andrew Beach Andrew Beach, Vice President of Community Technology, Mill Creek Residential

Andrew Beach serves as the Vice President of Community Technology.  In this role, Mr. Beach is responsible for the selection, design and implementation of technology systems at Mill Creek’s communities. Mr. Beach has over 9 years of experience in technology, systems design, and construction projects.
 
Prior to joining Mill Creek, Mr. Beach served at the Director of International Programs for Global Aid Network overseeing international relief and development projects in more than 30 countries.
 
Mr. Beach is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Lee Bienstock Lee Bienstock, Global Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Google Devices and Services, Google

Lee Bienstock leads the Global Enterprise Partnerships Team for Google’s Devices and Services Business, responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives within the housing and financial services industries. 
 
Before joining Google’s Hardware team, Lee worked on Alphabet's Access Business - Google's endeavor to bring high speed internet connectivity to cities across the United States. Lee led the team responsible for the partnerships necessary to roll out Google's investment in fiber infrastructure, including working with building owners, apartment developers, and homeowners associations - to roll out next generation connectivity and more broadly the connected home of the future. Other prior roles at Google include growing some of the internet giant's most well known products -- ranging from Google Search to YouTube to Android. Lee also spearheaded Google's investment in "Mission Main Street", which provided small businesses with the digital tools they need to grow their businesses online.
 
Prior to Google, Lee was the Director of Business Development at Meridian Capital Group and Associate VP of The Trump Organization. He received his bachelors in public policy and management from Cornell and his MBA from Wharton. He volunteers on the bipartisan President's Commission on White House Fellowships and The Board of Education of HAFTR on Long Island, NY where he resides with his wife and three children.


Mike Braham Mike Braham, SVP/GM , Trapollo

As Chief Executive Officer of Trapollo, Mike Braham is responsible for profit & loss performance and leading all aspects of strategy and execution of the Trapollo business plan. Braham retains a unique blend of strategic and operational experience in healthcare, telecommunications, and crisis management industries. He has extensive expertise in building high-performance teams, and has been a leader in public and private enterprise level organizations as well as smaller venture capital-backed firms.


Brent Brooks Brent Brooks, Director, Sales & Strategic Marketing, MMB Networks


Mark Burson Mark Burson, VP Marketing & Product Management, Nice North America

Mark Owen Burson is a veteran marketer with over 15-years of experience with large, global corporations and high-tech start-ups. He joined Nice in Summer of 2019 as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for North America and is responsible for Nice, HySecurity, and abode brands as well as associated divisions. Prior to joining the group, Mark was Director of Marketing at Zones, Inc., a $2B global solutions provider, and was responsible for partner programs, digital marketing, communications, and sales training. His progressive marketing career began at global corporations, like Xerox and InFocus, where he pioneered social media marketing strategy and increased sales through innovative channel programs. Mark also has experience working with technology start-ups such as Extreme Reach, an advertising SaaS company, where his role in product marketing contributed directly to the company being recognized as an Inc. 500|5000 fastest growing company for two consecutive years. Having grown up working in and around small businesses, he also operates as a consultant to local companies in need of marketing or technology services. Mark has a B.A. in Marketing from Portland State University, an M.B.A. in International Business Management from Washington State University and has a basic proficiency in Japanese language. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, and hosting dinner gatherings for friends and family with his wife Lisa.


Peter Butler Peter Butler, General Manager, Everise

Peter Butler uses his unique background in customer experience, engineering, behavioral coaching, analytics and team building to lead the Systematic Insights® group at Everise. He joined the company in 2018 as part of the acquisition of nationally recognized connected device support firm Trusource Labs.
 
Systematic Insights, which Peter helped to develop, is a methodology for identifying customer support data across channels to isolate and identify product or service shortcomings at their root, for the purpose of greatly improving the user experience.
 
Peter also leads the Everise Beta Support and Technical Engineering teams, working to build outstanding product experience functions for some of the world’s foremost smart home device companies. 
 
Previously, Peter developed and led specialty programs for several well-known companies, including Apple.


Rich Cacioppo Rich Cacioppo, Vice President of Emerging Businesses & Product Management, Frontdoor Home

Rich Cacioppo is the Vice President of Emerging Businesses & Product Management at Frontdoor Home, the company taking the hassle out of home ownership. Rich has a long history of product experience, and leads Frontdoor's efforts to develop on-demand services, as well as testing out new local operating models that enable on-demand. Previously, Rich was a Strategic Initiative Lead at Amazon, where he spent over six years developing products, such as EU mobile devices, Prime Exclusive Phones and Amazon Go -- the first store where you leave without checking out. Prior to that, he served as a Product Manager at Apple, and spent four years with Reservoir Capital Group, a privately held investment firm. He holds an undergraduate degree in history, as well as an MBA, from Columbia University, and currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee.


Émilie Carignan Émilie Carignan, Marketing Director, Aerial Technologies


Bharat Chadda Bharat Chadda, Senior Vice President of Technology, Media and Communications Vertical , Sutherland Global Services

Bharat is the senior vice president of the Technology, Media, and Communications vertical for Sutherland. He joined Sutherland in 2003 as the country head for India, moved to the US in 2011, and is now responsible for the TMC vertical globally. During his tenure, Sutherland has won significant new logos and developed remarkable strategic partnerships, including Google Cloud.
 
As the SVP of the TMC vertical, Bharat drives corporate growth, profitability, and value. He is responsible for delivering maximum business impact and maintaining global client relationships for key accounts across the entire vertical. He leads a team of thousands of employees around the world that ensures our clients receive strategic value throughout the complete customer life cycle—front and back end. He is passionate about bringing innovative and digital solutions to the table to help clients serve their customers more efficiently and effectively.
 
Bharat brings extensive experience in telecom, high-tech, banking, consumer products, and retail industries. Prior to joining Sutherland, he was vice president and head of business operations and customer service for one of India’s largest telecom companies, BPL Mobile. Prior to that, he worked with Bank of America for ten years, both in commercial (wholesale) and retail (consumer) banking. Bharat has previously worked in the consumer (CPG) and retail industries as well. Bharat holds an engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT/K) and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM/A). He presently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.


Cornel Ciocirlan Cornel Ciocirlan, CTO EMEA, Commscope

Cornel joined Commscope in 2000 and has been nominated CTO EMEA at ARRIS following the acquisition of Motorola Home by ARRIS in 2013. In this role he is responsible for the technology direction in EMEA regions with a broad focus on Gigabit Services, Transition to all IP, Connecting to the Cloud and End-To-End Multiscreen. Cornel previously worked as VP Sales Engineering EMEA, leading a team of highly skilled systems engineers who analyzed customer needs and provided solutions and consultancy for network design and configuration to service providers across EMEA. 
 
Prior to joining Commscope, between 1997 and 2000, Cornel was Technical Director at Romania Data Systems and in this role was responsible for the engineering and build up of the Romania Data Systems network, the largest Internet Service Provider in Romania. Cornel has studied Mathematics & Computer Science at Bucharest University in Romania.


Jeff Clemow Jeff Clemow, VP Strategic and Channel Sales, Telit


Alan Coleman Alan Coleman, Founder and CEO, Sweepr

Alan Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Sweepr, which provides a contextually adaptive technical support platform for connected homes. Sweepr works with Tier 1 Internet service providers and connected product manufacturers across North America and Europe, and the company is backed by the Amazon Alexa Fund, Draper Esprit, and Frontline. Alan is also chairman of Technology Ireland’s TechCEO Forum, a network of software CEOs & Founders that support each other in building and scaling software companies in Ireland.
 
Sweepr continues Alan's journey of reinventing customer experiences that began with his previous start-up Brite:Bill (acquired by Amdocs). Brite:Bill transformed customer bills from being revenue collection tools to being strategic customer communications and materially reduced call volumes for CSP customers. At its time of acquisition, Brite:Bill was powering more than 200 million bills per month from communication service providers around the globe. 
 
Before establishing Brite:Bill, Alan was Alliance Sales Director at Accenture and held a senior business development role with Macalla Software. Alan began his career as a business analyst with Morgan Stanley. Alan is graduate of University College Dublin where he earned a BSc in Math and Computer Science, and a masters’ degree in Management Information Systems.


Rob Conant Rob Conant, VP Software Product Management & Ecosystem, Infineon Technologies, Infineon Technologies
Twitter ID: @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 for the company and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial markets. 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 (ran sales and marketing at multiple companies) 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.


Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Sr. Director Product Management, Intrusion Security Products, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Tyco’s’ Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in both residential and commercial markets.
 
Jennifer joined Johnson Controls from ADT North America where she was the Director of Product Strategy. She brings more than 20 years of experience in product marketing and product management to Johnson Controls, having worked with companies to help them bring products to market profitably. In addition to her unique blend of product management, product marketing and marketing skills, Jennifer also brings IT skills, including ITIL and Agile knowledge and experience to her work.


Tom Doyle Tom Doyle, CEO, Aspinity

Tom Doyle brings over 30 years of experience in operational excellence and executive leadership in analog and mixed-signal semiconductor technology to Aspinity. Prior to Aspinity, Tom was group director of Cadence Design Systems’ analog and mixed-signal IC business unit, where he managed the deployment of the company’s technology to the world’s foremost semiconductor companies. Previously, Mr. Doyle was founder and president of the analog/mixed-signal software firm, Paragon IC solutions, where he was responsible for all operational facets of the company including sales and marketing, global partners/distributors, and engineering teams in the US and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and an MBA from California State University, Long Beach.


Mark Francis Mark Francis, Chief Digital Health Integration Officer, Electronic Caregiver

Mark Francis is Chief Digital Health Integration Officer for Electronic Caregiver, a US-based privately-held digital health technology company. In this capacity, Mark works with provider partners to develop and implement innovative telehealth solutions to improve outcomes across their patient populations. For the past decade, he served in senior product development and marketing roles at Amazon Web Services and Intel Corporation, including leading the Aging Services market segment for Intel’s Digital Health Group. Prior to this work, Mark held roles with Health Hero Network, Age Wave, Life Eldercare, and the Boston Area Agency on Aging. Mark studied at Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been awarded 17 patents and has a passion for developing products and service from the intersection of technology-aging-technology. 


Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, President and CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

With more than 40 years of leadership experience, Mr. Frangiosa has held executive positions in several companies, most of which he founded. As a serial entrepreneur he started several successful businesses in the automotive, consumer electronics and technology industries. Tony has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions as well as fund-raising efforts throughout his career. He leads the executive team at InstallerNet and its subsidiary companies Mobile Electronics Association and American Road Products, to continue the company's vision and growth through the development of its proven-platform (Workwize) and process which has surpassed more than 2,000,000 service events showcasing its more than 4,000 member network companies representing more than 25,000 installation professionals.


Stephanie Freier Stephanie Freier, Senior Manager, Consumer Insights, Inspire

Stephanie leads Consumer Insights at Inspire, a clean energy technology company.  She has over 12 years of experience utilizing data & research to inform product development, customer journey optimization, and marketing strategy.  Before Inspire, Stephanie drove consumer insights at The Honest Company and prior to that, she worked at digital marketing & market research firms delivering data driven marketing strategies for technology, electronics, and healthcare brands.


Stephanie Fuhrman Stephanie Fuhrman, Managing Director, Global Innovation, Greystar


Maneesh Goyal Maneesh Goyal, Vice-Chair Corporate Development, Mayo Clinic Platform, Mayo Clinic
Twitter ID: @welltok

Maneesh leads partnership, M&A and business development for Mayo Clinic Platform. 
 
He is responsible for leading the development of strategy and execution of corporate partnership and M&A transactions for the newly created organization, Mayo Clinic Platform, within Mayo Clinic.
 
He brings a cross-disciplinary background of finance, investing, product development and engineering. Prior to joining Mayo, Maneesh led the product and solution functions as the Chief Solutions Officer and Chief Corporate Development Officer at Welltok, an enterprise B2B2C consumer health platform where he also had responsibilities in corporate development, post-merger integration, and capitalization. Prior to joining Welltok, Maneesh was a Managing Director with Miramar Venture Partners, a leading early stage investor focusing on the information technology space. With Miramar, Maneesh led investments and was an advisor and board member for several health and consumer Internet companies. Before entering the venture world, Maneesh was an early employee with Broadcom, a Fortune 500 Company, leading product development and engineering efforts in more than a dozen communications technology solutions.
 
Maneesh earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA.


Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely, with the mission of leveraging data to transform the utility industry. Today, Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for UtilityAI.  As CEO, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.


John Gutch John Gutch, Head of Product, Vodafone UK


Mike Harris Mike Harris, President, Ring Solutions, Ring, an Amazon Company

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has founded or led numerous venture-backed technology companies to successful exits, including a NASDAQ IPO. As the President of Ring Solutions, Mike built and continues to manage the team behind Ring Alarm, harnessing his years of experience and skill. Mike's start-up, AnySource Media, was acquired by DivX in August of 2009. The original embedded software developed by AnySource still serves as the foundation for DivX TV, which can be found on LG's line of connected Blu-Ray players. Just as AnySource provided core technology for connected TV, Mike's vision for Ring is to provide the core technology for the connected smart home to expand Ring customer's Rings of Security. Early in Mike's career, he was the founder and CTO of Ravisent Technologies Inc., a technology pioneer in the DVD industry. Mike oversaw the development and adoption of Ravisent's technology by leading PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, ultimately achieving a $1B valuation on the NASDAQ market. Ravisent was ultimately acquired by STMicroelectronics, and Mike became its Group Vice President, Global Software Strategy. After STMicroelectronics, Mike served as President of Digital 5, a venture backed software provider enabling streaming media content within the connected home, and later became President of OpenPeak, a provider of software for home media control. Mike is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering and enjoys spending his time with his family at home in Phoenixville, PA.


Ritch Haselden Ritch Haselden, GM and Senior VP of Sales, Essence


David Henry David Henry, Senior Vice President of Connected Home Products and Services, NETGEAR

David J. Henry serves as our Senior Vice President, Connected Home Products and Services. He has worldwide responsibility for both Product Marketing and Engineering of our home networking products, encompassing product strategy, development and delivery. He has been with NETGEAR since July 2004, most recently serving as our Vice President of Product Management of our Retail Business Unit from March 2011 to January 2016 and as our Senior Director of Product Marketing from October 2010 to March 2011. Prior to NETGEAR, Mr. Henry was a senior product manager for the high technology vertical application at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corporation). His professional experience also includes business process and information technology consulting with Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Henry received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis on Signal Processing, from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Troy Iverson Troy Iverson, VP of Sales, AvantGuard
Twitter ID: @AvantGuardMon

Troy Iverson is Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AvantGuard Monitoring Centers and part owner of Becklar, the holding company of AvantGuard and mobile PERS industry leader, Freeus. His passion is in helping people, protecting property and providing first class customer service.
 
Troy has enjoyed being part of the monumental growth at AvantGuard and has contributed significantly to the company’s success over the last decade. AvantGuard is nearing a major milestone of 1 million monitored accounts and is excited to have a 3rd location currently under construction.
 
As a sought-after presenter, Troy has represented the monitoring services industry at many national trade shows and hosted multiple PERS Summit events. He has been a board member for the Utah Alarm Systems Security Licensing (DOPL) since 2013.
 
Away from the office, Troy is an avid golfer, snow skier, pickleballer and loves coaching his 4 children in all their sporting activities.


Chris Johnson Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Chris is the Chief Strategy Officer for Brinks Home Security. A recognized pioneer in DIY home security, Chris was the Co-Founder and President of LiveWatch, which is now a part of Brinks. He led a team that transformed the way home security was delivered, balancing cost optimization with a great customer experience. Chris brings expertise in strategic development, product management, digital marketing, and operational innovations. His drive for growth has been enabled by a data-driven approach to decision making and a customer-centric philosophy.
 
Previously, Chris served as a Paramedic and Director of a hospital-based EMS service, known for its technology innovation in rural healthcare, including being early adopters of telemedicine. He performed his undergraduate studies in Emergency Medicine and received his MBA from Benedictine. Chris lives in the Kansas City area with his wife Amanda and their children.


Sarah Jones Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Best Buy Health / GreatCall

Sarah Jones is vice president of commercial product at GreatCall, Inc., part of Best Buy Health. Sarah joined the company in 2016 as part of the Healthsense acquisition and leads the teams responsible for bringing valuable solutions to market and for assuring that clients realize the business and care goals they set out to achieve with GreatCall.
 
Sarah has a strong background in healthcare technology, working at Healthsense for nearly five years in marketing, product management, and customer success. Prior to that, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, marketing clinical software applications. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.


Brett Jurgens Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion
Twitter ID: @bjurgs

Brett Jurgens is the co-founder and CEO of Notion, the complete home awareness solution, powered by a multi-purpose IoT smart home sensor. Prior to founding Notion, Brett co-founded and ran Sway Marketing, which aimed to more effectively connect local area businesses with CU students. Brett went on to work as an analyst in the Private Placements Group at Piper Jaffray, where he helped private, growing companies raise growth capital from institutional investors. Brett was then hired as the first employee of Denver-based consumer product startup UrgentRx, running business development and operations, helping launch six products, sell into over 30,000 retail locations including Walmart and Walgreens, and raise multiple rounds of capital. Brett led Notion through the Techstars accelerator program in 2014, which culminated in a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter that raised over $280k. From there, Notion was accepted into MetaProp's 2015 accelerator class and Plug-and-Play's IoT program. Under Brett's leadership, Notion is changing the relationship that people have with their homes, and to date, Notion has saved homeowners over $1M in property damages. While building a business from the ground up, Notion has seen tremendous growth because Brett doesn't lose sight of his mission to help families protect the things and people they love most. Since founding Notion in 2014, Brett has led Notion through multiple rounds of fundraising, closing $15.7M to date. Investors include XL Innovate, Mesh VC, and Liberty Mutual, and its most recent $10M Series A round was led by Translink Capital and Draper Nexus. To date, Notion has partnered with six of the top 10 insurance companies in the US (among other insurers), the top two insurers in Japan, a top-three insurer in Australia, and one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world, Sony.


Sahas Katta Sahas Katta, CEO, Smartcar

Sahas Katta is the CEO and Co-founder of Smartcar - the connected car API platform. Sahas grew up in the California Bay Area and studied computer science. Sahas dropped out of college to start his first company. While that first company didn’t work out, he ended up stumbling into the automotive space. That’s when the idea of Smartcar came about. Sahas has always been excited about coding and cars. He loves the excitement of working on Smartcar every day.


Jatin Khanpara Jatin Khanpara, SVP, Engineering, Aprilare

Jatin Khanpara leads the Engineering & Technology organization for Aprilaire, a division of Research Products Corporation, as a Senior Vice President. Jatin brings deep experience having held senior-level roles with Whirlpool, Carrier, and most recently Fiskars. During his long career, he has led global product development, technology, product management, innovation, change management, business strategy, organic growth, business turnaround, P&L, and risk management. Jatin has a reputation for building high performance teams for consumer and commercial industries. Jatin holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University, a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University, and a K.M.I. from Kellogg School of Management. He holds five U.S. Patents, is a thought leader with numerous articles, 15 journal and conference papers to his name, and has served on multiple university boards. Jatin is a member of ASHRAE and ASME. Jatin is a Board member of Milwaukee Institute of Arts & Design (MIAD).


Mitchell Klein Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
Twitter ID: @Mitchell_Klein

Mitchell Klein is a leader in smart home and IoT, dedicating his career to educating the industry, creating and implementing strategic business programs and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. Mitch’s career has included systems integration management to business strategy and development, but above all he is a 30+ year industry veteran in IoT, consumer electronics, home automation, and the integrator market. In his current role as executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, he leads a member consortium of global companies supporting the Z-Wave smart home standard. Mitch is a CEDIA Fellow and committee chair – in 2019, he was awarded the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of work supporting the custom integrator channel. Mitch is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications, podcasts, and a presenter and panelist at key industry events including CES, CEDIA, ISE, Parks CONNECTIONS Summit, and many more.


Oren Kotlicki Oren Kotlicki, Founder and CEO, Intellithings Ltd.

Oren Kotlicki is founder and CEO of Intellithings Ltd., an Israeli startup and the developer of the patented, first ever residential smart presence sensor capable of identifying specific-people room location by smart phones and watches. Kotlicki is an expert in smart home devices, safety systems, detectors, and burglary, with over 20 years of experience in sensors product management and business development. Before founding Intellithings, Kotlicki was head of product management and director smart home business at Visonic, a developer and manufacturer of wireless home security alarm systems and sensors that was founded by Kotlicki’s father in 1973. In 2008, Kotlicki established a partnership between Visonic and Austin-based startup iControl Networks, making Visonic the primary supplier for Zigbee-based security and safety sensors to Comcast, TWC, Rogers and other MSOs. Kotlicki left Visonic shortly after it was acquired by Tyco Security Products at the end of 2011 and founded Intellithings in 2014.


Girish Kumar Girish Kumar, CTO, GadgEon


Tyson Marian Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer, Plume Design Inc.
Twitter ID: @plume

Tyson Marian is Chief Commercial Officer at Plume. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the fast-moving technology sector, he drives the growth, core business strategy and P&L for the company. Having held a number of senior management and board-level positions at leading media and telecommunications companies, Tyson initially served on Plume’s Board of Directors before joining full-time to spearhead the company’s commercial operations.
 
Having developed a strong commercial acumen as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Tyson’s most recent appointment, prior to joining Plume, was at Comcast Corporation where he was responsible for identifying, deploying and commercialising emerging technologies primarily for Comcast’s consumer services portfolio. Tyson holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Southern California.


Dave Mayne Dave Mayne, Vice President of Product Management, Alula

Dave brings over two decades of experience to Alula managing and launching products in the smart home security space. His extensive experience gives a unique perspective on how the industry is making sense of the data collected by the multiple connected devices in our home and how artificial intelligence is enabling machine learning.
 
With experience working at several technology companies including GE Security, United Technologies / Interlogix and at Resolution Products, Dave is familiar with the evolution of the smart home and how many industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, retail, real estate and entire cities will benefit from the data being collected, analyzed and used as the technology becomes more integrated into our daily lives.


Brook McCall Brook McCall, Director, Tech Access Initiative, United Spinal Association
Twitter ID: @UnitedSpinal

Fueled by perspective gained living nearly two decades as a quadriplegic, Brook McCall is committed to creating and sharing opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be heard and valued as visionaries for change. Anthropological training and expertise in inclusionary public health pair for clarity of insight, and as creativity fuel to recognize, address, and close current gaps in accessibility and beyond. Her Tech Access Initiative brings tech industry stakeholders and thought leaders from the mobility disability community together for substantive conversation and collaboration, fostering reciprocal understanding and driving vital innovation.


Jeremy McCarty Jeremy McCarty, Vice President and GM, OnTech Smart Services / Dish Network


Chris Merck Chris Merck, VP Engineering , Olibra
Twitter ID: @Bond4Home

Chris Merck is currently VP Engineering at Olibra where he leads the product team and obsesses about user experience. He is the creator of the bond-core platform which powers all Olibra’s products. Chris’s past work includes innovations at Crestron Electronics and peer-reviewed publications on activity recognition, atmospheric physics, photobiology, and artificial intelligence. Chris holds a Bachelors in Engineering Physics from Stevens Institute of Technology.


Sharon Mirsky Sharon Mirsky, Co-founder & COO, Firedome

Sharon is the Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer at Firedome, an IoT privacy, security and insights platform that helps IoT device brands grow revenue by resolving consumer privacy and security concerns. Prior to founding Firedome, Sharon was the CEO of Kyozou, a SaaS Inventory Management and e-Commerce platform. Sharon also co-founded and ran operations at ICONYC labs, the first accelerator for Israeli startups in NYC. 
 
Sharon currently leads Operations, Marketing, and Strategic Partnerships and looks forward to driving Firedome to become the leader in cybersecurity for IoT manufacturers across the domestic, industrial and enterprise industries.
 
Sharon has 15+ years of experience in technology and management, with deep focus on software startups, cybersecurity and telecommunications. Sharon is a joint IDC / Wharton MBA with a bachelors in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University and an alumnus of elite Israeli intelligence unit 8200.


Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions based on an ever-changing marketplace. Based on his experience, Spencer has been invited to speak at many industry leading events in areas such as the future of professional monitoring, DIY, IoT and connected health. 
 
Spencer holds an MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and furthering the industry.


Felicite Moorman Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT
Twitter ID: @FeliciteMoorman

Felicite Moorman is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and attorney with over twenty-five years of experience founding and building companies. She has earned an international reputation as a go-to Internet of Things industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives in IoT. As an international speaker and columnist, she has been featured in dozens of mass media outlets and publications. Currently, Moorman is the CEO and CoFounder of STRATIS, which is a smart apartment and intelligent buildings IoT platform for Multifamily and Student Housing.


James Muraca James Muraca, VP of Product, Zen Ecosystems

James Muraca was the first engineer at Zen Ecosystems. Prior to becoming VP of Product, James wore many hats throughout Zen’s growth, including Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Director of Product.  Prior to joining Zen, James held engineering positions at Planet Innovation, and Bosch.


Antero Norkio Antero Norkio, Vice President, Solution Management - Consumer Security Business Unit, F-Secure Corporation

Veteran product business leader Antero Norkio is Vice President of Product Management for F-Secure’s Consumer Security business, where he brings more than 20 years of experience across telecommunications, security and financial sectors. Prior to joining F-Secure, he held several senior positions for product management and channel sales at Airwide Solutions (Mavenir), Sonera SmartTrust and start-ups. He received his MSc (Eng.) in International Marketing and Strategy from Aalto University.


Kerry Palakanis DNP, APRN Kerry Palakanis DNP, APRN, Executive Director Connect Care Operations, Intermountain Healthcare

Dr. Kerry Palakanis is the Executive Director of Connect Care at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah where she heads up the direct to consumer telehealth product lines.  She is a Family nurse practitioner who has worked for over 28 years in family practice specializing in rural health and telemedicine.  Dr. Palakanis has served as a featured speaker at State and National programs on issues related to rural health care delivery and telemedicine, has provided testimony to state and federal legislature on telemedicine, has received state and federal grants for telemedicine programs, piloted remote patient monitoring and telehealth programs; consulted in the development chronic disease management platforms and collaborates with various organizations to develop/initiate innovative programs to provide connectivity and telehealth solutions.


Johan Pedersen Johan Pedersen, Manager, Product Marketing, Home & Consumer IoT , Silicon Labs

Johan Pedersen leverages the potential of wireless technology for future IoT applications as manager of the product marketing team for smart home and consumer IoT solutions at Silicon Labs. Johan joined Silicon Labs following the company’s acquisition of Sigma Design’s Z-Wave technology in April, 2018.
 
Johan aligns technical capabilities with consumer needs, drawing on his extensive background in wireless IoT devices and energy harvesting. He previously worked at DELTA, a Danish R&D and technology institute, as Lead Specialist in IoT & Energy Harvesting. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and completed a number of electrical engineering courses at Caltech, US and TU Berlin, Germany.


Quinto Petrucci Quinto Petrucci, Vice President Product Management, Nortek

Quinto Petrucci joined Nortek Security and Control (NSC) in 2018 and leads the 2GIG and Linear Access product teams. He is responsible for developing and executing product strategy and roadmaps, as well as the ongoing lifecycle management for the portfolios he represents.
 
With a career in Security and Home Automation spanning almost 30 years, Quinto has been party to numerous industry innovations, having worked at companies such as Universal Electronics, Ecolink Intelligent Technology, ecobee and Tyco Safety Products.


Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @zigbeealliance

Tobin J.M. Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the alliance's efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. In this role, he works closely with worldwide brands and market-changing innovators to steer worldwide IoT agendas with industry leading consumer electronics, industrial and commercial companies. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, strategy and development for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product rollouts, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading firms. He currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.


Samantha Rudolph Samantha Rudolph, Senior Product Director, OSSIACO

Sam is Product Director for dcbel™, OSSIACO’s category-defining smart home power appliance designed to bring consumers’ needs for mobility & home energy together at the foundation of any smart, connected home. dcbel™ is a bidirectional home supercharger that allows you to use your electric vehicle (EV) as a blackout power system and integrates rooftop solar to power your home and charge your EVs. Her responsibility for developing OSSIACO’s product portfolio includes the conception and advancement of new products, consumer marketing and branding, as well as overseeing industrial and UX design working in collaboration with world-class designers whose experience ranges from Porsche to Pixar.
 
Sam instills a discipline in understanding consumers needs and behaviours around home energy and is dedicated to ensuring that those needs are at the core of the modern energy ecosystem. She has spent almost a decade working with highly technical engineering teams to develop consumer-oriented cleantech solutions including a global NanoGrid peer-to-peer energy trading platform. Prior to joining Ossiaco, Sam spent several years in the New Technology Products & Solutions team at the global engineering conglomerate SNC-Lavalin designing and launching turnkey solutions available to 40,000+ international users. Sam is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Scrum Alliance Product Owner., and has a B.A in the interdisciplinary program of Industrial Relations from McGill University.


Karsten Russell-Wood Karsten Russell-Wood, Portfolio Leader, Post Acute & Home, Philips

Karsten Russell-Wood, MBA, MPH is a healthcare marketing professional with over 18 years of global product development and strategy experience. He currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Philips Patient Care and Monitoring Solutions business with emphasis on Enterprise Telehealth. In collaboration with global health system customers, he focuses on all aspects of enterprise transformation including performance improvement, experience design, population health, data analytics, and education, as well as information integration and program management. Karsten’s role allows for an entrepreneurial approach to addressing present day challenges in healthcare, with a specialty focus on chronic disease and population health management. Prior to joining Philips, Karsten held global product management roles within General Electric’s healthcare businesses with an orientation to targeted patient populations. Karsten received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an MPH from University of Massachusetts.


David Smith David Smith, VP of Marketing & Business Development, COPS Monitoring


Ankur Sood Ankur Sood, Business Development Director, Service Providers, Bitdefender

Ankur Sood joined Bitdefender in 2019 as the Director of Business Development for the Americas. In this role he is responsible for expanding all partnerships tied to Bitdefender’s SMB/Consumer IoT solution. He has facilitated numerous ISPs on positioning IoT security for the connected home and to protect mobile devices on-the-go. In addition, he is currently expanding lateral partnerships to help enhance different ecosystems tied to connected IoT security. Ankur worked with an ISP for over 13 years in various roles after which he transitioned over to the cybersecurity industry. He is uniquely qualified in this space having experience both in the ISP world and as a vendor.


Sumati Stewart Sumati Stewart, SVP of Sales and Marketing, Yonomi

Sumati Stewart leads global business development and marketing for the Yonomi Platform. She has spent more than 15 years driving growth and scaling technology companies by taking AI, IoT and Cloud solutions to market. Prior to joining Yonomi, Sumati served as head of business development at Amazon for the Alexa Smart Home team, where she led strategy and partnership development for smart home solutions with companies across various industries. Prior to Amazon, she held senior business development roles at Intel within its Internet of Things Group and worked at HP as head of worldwide business development for the company's Snapfish division. Earlier in her career, she led strategy and business development for several high-growth companies focused on cloud and e-commerce solutions in both in-house and external consultant roles.


Steve Teig Steve Teig, Founder and CEO, Perceive

Steve Teig, founder and CEO of Perceive, drove the creation of the company while CTO of its parent company and investor, Xperi. Before joining Xperi, Steve founded Tabula, a fabless semiconductor company developing ultra-high-performance programmable logic chips. While there, he invented multiple key technologies, the architecture for multiple chips, and raised over $340M from top-tier venture firms. Steve’s deep experience in the software and semiconductor industries also includes roles as co-CTO at Cadence Design Systems following the acquisition of Simplex Systems where he was CTO.
 
Steve also brings substantial background applying machine learning to drug discovery, first at BioCAD, and then at CombiChem. He began his career as co-founder and CTO of Tangent Systems – Cadence’s first ever acquisition. Steve is an inventor on 337 U.S. patents and a winner of the Edison Award and World Technology Award. He earned his BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University.


Joe Teng Joe Teng, Program Manager, Austin Energy

Joe Teng helps design and deliver demand-side programs for the 480k customers served by Austin Energy, the nation’s 8th largest municipally owned electric utility. To help the City of Austin achieve its goal of carbon-free electricity generation by 2035, Joe leads efforts to help commercial and multifamily customers invest in new energy efficiency and demand response technologies. Joe’s team is currently focused on improving marketing and outreach efforts and designing new programs that increase connected loads in buildings.


Tony Testa Tony Testa, Director of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Business , Director of Marketing, Wireless Connectivity Business Qorvo


Jai Thattil Jai Thattil, Head of Marketing - Nokia Technologies, Nokia

Jai Thattil is heading the marketing for Nokia Technologies globally. With over 20 years or experience in IT and Telco in various geographies, he is big believer of capabilities of technological innovations that can positively impact human life and sustainable living. He is also a public speaker, promoting technological advancement and have recently been focusing heavily on the use cases for 5G including connected cars. He holds an MBA from Manchester Business School in strategy and marketing and currently resides in the UK.


Emilie Tullis Emilie Tullis, VP of Product & General Manager, Demand Management Solutions, Uplight
Twitter ID: @uplight

Emilie Tullis is Head of Demand Management Solutions including Uplight's Orchestrated Energy, a tailored end-to-end approach to demand response. She leads Uplight's efforts to deliver solutions with focus on customer comfort while still delivering the highest per household load shift. Emilie is passionate about changing the way we value and consume energy with a balance of advanced technology and pragmatic customer experience. Before joining Tendril, Emilie ran lithium-ion and power electronics development for electric vehicles, data centers and the military. She offers a deep understanding of energy storage technology and the capabilities and shortcomings within this landscape. She has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Innovation and Growth, Constellation Energy
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Mike Wajsgras is the Executive Director of Innovation  & Growth at Constellation, an Exelon Company. A founding member of the leadership team that created Constellation’s Mass Markets business, Mike is currently responsible for the key growth areas of the multi-billion dollar consumer and small commercial competitive energy business for Constellation. He is primarily focused on product and business innovation that has delivered meaningful and lasting growth opportunities for the core energy, services, and consumer technology businesses.  Mr. Wajsgras launched the company’s entry into the smart home category with the launch of Constellation Connect (www.constellationconnect.com) in late 2018 and continues to serve as the Managing Director of the business line.


Fritz Werder Fritz Werder, General Manager of North America, Tuya Smart

Fritz is the General Manager of North America for Tuya Smart. He leads with two decades of IoT and smart home experience. He spent over 17 years at Legrand, where he propelled the development of sales channels, key customers, products, and brands, including the Home Systems product lines.


Paul Williams Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting
Twitter ID: @netracer280

Paul Williams is the General Manager of Product Management and Growth for GE Lighting, a Savant company where he is charged with reimagining lighting solutions from America’s most trusted lighting brand. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company’s C by GE brand, Paul leads the company’s growth category product management teams, its go-to-market strategy and its external partner ecosystem to propel lighting’s role at home and enable new platforms for growth.
 
Paul brings more than 30 years of business operations leadership and hardware and software development within high-tech industries. This includes more than a decade of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of home automation solutions, where he led the company’s global product management and research and development teams, supported the company’s merger and acquisition activity, delivered award-winning solutions and helped build the company from a start-up to an IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth.
 
During his time at Control4, Paul also led high-profile hospitality projects, including organizing and outfitting the MGM City Center project in Las Vegas, at the time the largest privately funded construction project in US history, with controls platforms across both the Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. The hotels opened to acclaim as some of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world.
Prior to his deep leadership and operations roles at Control4, Paul held critical leadership positions and oversaw vast teams with a proven track record at Levelor/Kirch, a large-scale window covering operations and a Newell/Rubbermaid Company, Phobos / Sonicwall and in professional audio at Harman International.
 
Paul has been a speaker at dozens of industry events and is often sourced and cited by the media on connected home topics.


Matt Wolf Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe
Twitter ID: @mattmwolf

Matt heads partnerships and business development for SimpliSafe, the fastest growing home security provider in the US. In this role, Matt drives the development of impactful relationships with Fortune 500 organizations to grow and strengthen SimpliSafe's customer base. Matt's team also sources partnerships with leading technology providers to enhance SimpliSafe's industry leading products and services. Under Matt's leadership, SimpliSafe has developed partnerships with leading consumer brands such as Progressive Insurance, Realogy, American Express, American Airlines, the AARP, Google Assistant and dozens of others. Prior to SimpliSafe, Matt held several marketing and business development positions with Citi Cards, the New England Patriots and Burger King Corporation when they were purchased by 3G Capital. Matt co-founded the Red Auerbach Future Stars Sports and Leadership Programs, two free summer camps for at-risk children in the most violent neighborhoods of Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts. Matt holds a Masters of Business in Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.


Stellan Öhrn Stellan Öhrn, Sales Director, BTEB IoT Connected Vehicles North America, Ericsson

Stellan Öhrn is Director of Sales and part of the Global Sales Engagement team within the Ericsson IoT organization responsible for sales engagements for the Ericsson Connected Vehicles portfolio in North America.
 
Stellan has an extensive background from Transportation, IT, and Telecom Industries focusing on emerging technologies, and Connected Vehicles. Stellan has served in several executive positions including President APIS, General Manager Award Solutions, Vice President for Allgon Telecom, and most recently President for Icomera in the Americas. Stellan holds a Master of Business Administration focusing on Managing for Change, and International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Moderators


David Drury David Drury, Research Director, Parks Associates

David is a research director at Parks Associates bringing over fifteen years of experience in teaming with clients, gaining an understanding of their needs, and leveraging his expertise in research and spatial analytics to provide them intelligence to address their business requirements.

His ability to incorporate the “where” component into his research projects with spatial analytics provides clients with new and valuable insights for making fact-based decisions to increase their revenue.

David earned his BA in Geography with a focus on Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) from the University of North Texas in Denton.


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

As Senior Director, Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, residential security, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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

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

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.

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