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

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

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

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

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

Kristine Faulkner is senior vice president and general manager, Cox Homelife. She is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Cox Homelife and Smart Home market - one of Cox's fastest growing services divisions. Kristine oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit, including marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services development.

Prior to her current role, Kristine served as VP of operations on Cox Communications strategy team, responsible for incubating new growth opportunities for Cox. Previously, Kristine served as VP of product development and management for Cox’s business services division and was instrumental in establishing Cox Business’ presence in the early 2000s.

Kristine was named to the 2010 Class of Multichannel News Wonder Women and is a member of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). Kristine served as the 2009 membership director for the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) board and was awarded the 2009 Catalyst Award by the Atlanta Chapter. She has been recognized in CableWorld’s “Top Women in Cable Tech” and CableFAX’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable” lists.

Kristine is on the Foundation Board of Trustees at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and serves on a pediatric cardiac council which provides input and guidance to CHOA.

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York. Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program. 

A Newport News, Virginia native, Kristine now lives in Atlanta, Ga. She holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in New York.  Kristine is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XVI), WICT’s flagship executive leadership program.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market.  In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business.

Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO.  Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI.  Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan Berte Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender

Dan accelerates Bitdefender's recognition as leader and innovator in the Internet of Things with Bitdefender BOX and its revolutionary IoT security technologies. Bitdefender helps coin the industry definitions of IoT and IoT security in this fragmented space.

He previously lead the design and product experience at Bitdefender. His team designed, built and shipped Bitdefender BOX, a revolutionary device that protects all devices in the smart home. Prior to Bitdefender Dan had a key role in developing Vodafone Romania’s online assets and founded the first free WiFi hotspot network in Europe. Dan holds a B.Sc. degree in economics from the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

Jean Anne Booth Jean Anne Booth, CEO, UnaliWear

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

Stephanie Boyle Stephanie Boyle, VP, Product and Design, Ericsson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Calvert Greg Calvert, Director, Business Development, Roku

Christopher Carney Christopher Carney, Co-founder and CEO, Abode Systems, Inc

Chris Carney is the co-founder and chief executive officer of abode Systems. Bringing over 15 years of experience in software and security technology, Chris developed abode to give consumers peace of mind in a simple home security system. Specializing in business development and strategic planning, Chris' leadership has been instrumental to abode and its success. Before co-founding abode, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Proximex Corporation, which was acquired by Tyco Security. Chris was also the Director of M&A at security giant ADT. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.

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

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

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

Mark Cieri Mark Cieri, Vice President & General Manager, Connected Home Systems, Philips Lighting

Oliver Cockcroft Oliver Cockcroft, Product Architect, Ayla Networks

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

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

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

Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

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

Jay Darfler Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dan DiClerico Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Advisor, HomeAdvisor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Justin Doucette is the senior director of product management for Linksys, a division within Belkin International. Doucette leads a team of product managers responsible for strategy definition and product development for consumer and commercial products under the Linksys and Wemo brands. Through consumer research, market analysis, and competitive landscaping, Doucette is responsible for the company’s product roadmap with a three to five year outlook. Working with cross functional leaders, Doucette finds the optimal ROI for new product introductions and existing product maintenance while driving top line growth and profitably by focusing on new business opportunities and improving consumer appeal. Doucette and team build products that delight users and create opportunities for the division to meet organizational objectives.

Terry Duesterhoeft Terry Duesterhoeft, President and CEO, A&D Medical

An effective marketing leader with 20 years in the health care industry, Terry Duesterhoeft has the skills and experience to effectively lead organizations and deliver profitable growth via innovative new product development, process improvement and cost productivity. Mr. Duesterhoeft is a media-savvy professional whose work is widely published, and he is an effective speaker at industry conferences. In addition to specialized training within the industry, Terry Duesterhoeft holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. Terry Duesterhoeft began his career in the health care industry as a project manager for digital detector systems at GE Medical Systems Global X-Ray business. In this role, Mr. Duesterhoeft guided the company through design and introduction of the industry's first flat-panel detector for X-ray imaging, and he integrated the technology into mobile radiology systems and digital mammography. After two years, he went to work for GE Medical Systems ultrasound business, where he remained for 10 years, progressing through product development and marketing positions of greater responsibility. Terry Duesterhoeft has continued to work in positions of leadership with well-known health care organizations, maintaining a track record of guiding companies towards impressive sales growth and increased profitability.

Grant Erickson Grant Erickson, President, Thread Group

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

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

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

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

Seth co-founded EnergyHub in 2007 and continues to serve as its President. Under his leadership, EnergyHub has become a leading provider of both utility-installed and Bring Your Own Thermostat? demand response services. EnergyHub offers utilities end-to-end demand response program management, including program design, installation, marketing, and customer support services, as well as EnergyHub's Mercury software platform for device control, with the goal of enabling both utilities and consumers to benefit from participation in DR programs. Seth is a frequent speaker on demand response and connected home issues and is a board member of the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid. Prior to founding EnergyHub, Seth served in several managerial and technical roles at Honeybee Robotics. During his tenure at Honeybee Robotics, he worked on robotics projects for NASA and developed bomb-disposal robots for the military. He was the principal investigator for a DARPA research effort to build a miniature laser vision system for search and rescue robots. Seth has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, where his research focused on Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) for Ultracold Atom Optics.

Luke Freiler Luke Freiler, CEO, Centercode

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

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

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

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

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

Kal Gyimesi Kal Gyimesi, Automotive Marketing Leader, IBM Watson IoT

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

Avner Halperin Avner Halperin, CEO, EarlySense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Director of Emerging Business for Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI), Martin spearheads development of new features and functionality for MyQ, the industry-leading connected products platform. He also works across the Chamberlain and LiftMaster brands, overseeing integration initiatives with partners. His efforts have led to the successful development of technologies integrating with smart home products from Apple, Google Nest, Xfinity, and others. Heckmann has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in both Europe and the U.S. His responsibilities have spanned product, channel, and brand marketing. Prior to Chamberlain, he held leadership positions at Hunter Fan and Black & Decker. Heckmann joined CGI in 2015 and holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Rollins College, and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business. He is based in Chicago. 

David Henry David Henry, CMO & Sales, Roost

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

Kurt Hoppe Kurt Hoppe, Global Head of Innovation - Connected Car, GM

JJ Jagannathan JJ Jagannathan, Sr. Director Strategic Business Development, CoreLogic

JJ Jagannathan is senior director of strategic business development at CoreLogic. In this role, he is responsible for innovation and business development for the insurance solutions group. Prior to this, he served in senior leadership roles running analytics business units at CoreLogic Insurance Solutions and Guidewire Software.

JJ enjoys building new innovative solutions for the P&C insurance industry’s most pressing business problems and brings several years of product management and advanced analytics expertise to the initiatives he leads. He serves as an advisor to startups and has published several thought leadership articles. He received his M.B.A from Marquette University and M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech.

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

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

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

Hakan Kostepen Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director - Product Strategy & Innovation, Panasonic

Hakan Kostepen is an “Executive” Director at Panasonic Silicon Valley Center in Cupertino, CA and responsible for Product Planning Strategy & Innovation for Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. Panasonic Automotive “Global” Product Planning Strategy & Innovation group leads Panasonic Connected LifeStyle Strategy & Innovation Concepts around Panasonic B2B2C touch points around Internet of Things – Connected Car.  

Mr. Kostepen has broad Systems & Software Engineering and Advanced Product Development experience with Panasonic, Ford Motor Company, Visteon, EDS, and US Air Force along with various Automotive “Real Time”  Embedded Systems Applications  and Advanced Automotive Infotainment Systems & Software Development around connected devices.

Leon Kuperman Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO IoT Security

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

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

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

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

Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A born innovator, Stuart Lombard’s destiny was set by the age of 12 when he began building a foldable canoe that could be carried around in a briefcase. Today, as the President and CEO of ecobee, he is so committed to his work that he was once seen buzzing around the subway during rush hour wearing a bee costume. Granted, it was Halloween. Why such dedication? Because he’s proud to have founded a product that significantly impacts people’s lives and the environment. When Stuart’s not busy fulfilling his role at ecobee, you may find him running, cycling, undertaking a triathlon or chasing his dog. You may also find him tinkering away on a woodwork project. Trying to finish that foldable canoe? Perhaps.

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

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

Arlen Marmel Arlen Marmel, General Manager of VRV, Ellation

Arlen Marmel is the General Manager of VRV, a curated multi-channel platform for fans of animation, games, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, horror, and technology. In his current role, Arlen drives the growth of the newly launched online video experience and collaborates with new and existing partners to deliver premium niche content to the platform. Previously, Arlen was VP of Marketing & Distribution of Ellation, a leading subscription-based online video service that includes brands such as VRV, as well as Crunchyroll and Creativebug. Ellation builds premium video experiences for passionate fans and provides sustainable business models for content creators. As VP of Marketing & Distribution, Arlen supported the growth of Crunchyroll and the strategy, planning, go-to-market, and deals that led to VRV. Before joining Ellation, Arlen was Hulu’s Director of Customer Acquisition and Retention for four years where he oversaw Hulu Plus’ growth from inception to more than five million paid subscribers. Prior to his time at Hulu, Arlen had worked with various media companies such as NBC Universal, Fox, APA, and ICM. Arlen received a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA in digital strategy from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management.

Alton Martin Alton Martin, Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs

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

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

Noelani McGadden Noelani McGadden, Vice President of IoT, PlumChoice

Matt McGovren Matt McGovren, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Wink

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

David Meyers David Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer, Grid4C

David is an industry veteran who combines technical and business expertise with a track record of commercializing renewable and energy management technologies. Prior to Grid4C, David led marketing and sales teams at Borrego Solar, DC Systems and EnerNOC, earning a reputation as an evangelist for distributed generation, energy efficiency and energy technology, and helped companies define and execute go-to-market strategies at MeyersLink, LLC. Earlier in his career, David was a management consultant with extensive experience in the global energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors, a professional mariner and naval officer in the Israel Defense Forces. David holds a MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, a MS in Management from Maine Maritime Academy and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

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

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

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

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

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

Ashish Nair Ashish Nair, Senior Associate, Citi High Yield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kelemen Papp Kelemen Papp, Executive Director, Mooreland Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jorge Perdomo Jorge Perdomo, SVP Corporate Strategy & Development, Mivatek

Jorge Perdomo joins Mivatek as their new Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development having over 19 years of experience in the Security & Wireless industry. Before joining MivaTek, Jorge was the Lead Business & Market Development for Digital Life International at AT&T. Prior to that he was Senior Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Worldwide Peripheral Products at ADT Security Services, Division of Tyco International. He also served as Vice President of Business Development for Generation One, Inc., a remote manage disease & healthcare solution. Prior to joining GenerationOne, he served as Senior Intellectual Property Licensing & New Business Development for Motorola, where he worked for 11 years in a variety of positions after being recruited into the prestigious Motorola Engineering Rotation Program. Jorge, holds 62 issued and pending patent applications. He also received Motorola Recognition Award for WiMAX/iDEN Advanced Technologies. Jorge holds Six-Sigma and Digital Six-Sigma certifications. He served on the University Advisory Council Boards for the University of Florida and Florida International University. He received his MBA with a specialization in International Business from the University of Miami and his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Florida.

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

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

Peter Radsliff Peter Radsliff, VP, Marketing, Arrayent

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

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

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

Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, ZigBee Alliance

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 IoT standards. In this role, he works closely with the Alliance Board of Directors to set strategy and to advance the adoption of ZigBee standards around the globe.

Tobin has two decades of experience in strategic leadership and marketing 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 organizations. He currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee, and participates actively on NEMA's Smart Grid Task Force and the CEA's Smart Grid Working Group. He holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Tom Rivers Tom Rivers, VP, Connected Car Marketing, HARMAN

Tom Rivers is the Vice President of Connected Car Marketing for HARMAN. He has proven success in improving business through a disciplined approach to analyzing the market and competition, building the product with the voice of the customer, and creating winning sales, product and branding strategies. Prior to HARMAN, Tom held US and international sales and marketing roles at Ford Motor Company and also served as Senior Vice President at Nielsen Global Automotive.

Elisabetta Romano Elisabetta Romano, VP & Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson

As Vice President and Head of Media Solutions at Ericsson, Elisabetta Romano leads a global organization across all disciplines to bring the latest, greatest TV solutions to customers, ranging from broadcasters to content owners to telecom operators. Romano's mandate covers strategy, engineering, marketing, sales, and customer support teams. In short, she oversees an industry leading product portfolio addressing the entire TV and media value chain from video processing and delivery to the consumer experience. Romano is a highly experienced business leader, excelling in guiding customers through industry transformations. Her passionate, analytical and innovative approach leverages Ericsson's unique position at the intersection of TV, the internet and mobility to ensure that industry players successfully capitalize on new opportunities in the Internet era of TV, consumer, content, distribution and/or broadcasting angles. She brings nearly three decades of telecoms, IT and media industry experience to her role. Most recently, she was Vice President and Head of OSS & Service Enablement for Ericsson, shaping the telecom industry transformation and responsible for the entire portfolio strategy including several successful acquisitions Previously, she served as President of Pride (an Ericsson company), providing ICT systems integration and consulting for industries such as TV, media, telecom, utilities and government. Prior to joining Ericsson in 1997, she held positions at Alcatel and Bell Telephone (Belgium). Prior to the early stages of her career in software development, Romano gained a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology at The University of Salerno in Southern Italy, before going on to complete an Executive Program at Columbia Business School. Romano frequently speaks at leading industry shows, bringing her TV & Media expertise to keynotes and panels at Mobile World Congress (2016), IBC (2016), Digital Hollywood (2016), Connections (2016), and TV of Tomorrow (2016). Romano is an advocate for empowering women in technology. She has written about her experiences on LeanIn, offers advice and guidance for young women, and has spoken at professional women-focused events including IEEE, Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference. 

Avi Rosenthal Avi Rosenthal, IoT Consulting, LLC

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

Kian Saneii Kian Saneii, Founder & CEO , Independa

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

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

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

	 Bill Scheffler Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Bill Scheffler serves as Director of North America Sales, for Z-Wave™ at Sigma Designs and has over 25 years of experience in the home automation business. He has presented at multiple smart energy conferences on behalf of the Z-Wave Alliance to both US and European audiences. He joined Zensys in May 2001 after a 16-year career with X-10. Sigma Designs acquired Zensys in December 2008. While at X-10, Scheffler held several leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of OEM Sales and Marketing. Additionally, Scheffler was one of the original founders and a former president of the Home Automation Association. Scheffler holds an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Jennifer Sewell Jennifer Sewell, Product Marketing Manager, mnubo

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

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

Jonathan Stern Jonathan Stern, SVP Strategic Development, Fusion Media

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

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

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

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

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

Rod Turner is the founder and CEO of Manhattan Street Capital, the #1 Growth Capital Marketplace for mature startups and mid-sized companies raising capital while using Regulation A+. He is an expert on all three types of equity crowdfunding and how this unique capital raising system can cost-effectively transform a business. As a top executive, Rod has taken two companies public on the NASDAQ. He also played a key role in building six successful startups and a VC fund.

Roy Vella Roy Vella, Managing Director, Vella Ventures Ltd.

Mr. Vella joined Centrica Connected Home to guide the rollout of their Smart Home Services in North America. As a wellknown professional speaker, digital services expert and independent Non-Exec Director, Advisor & Consultant to enterprises large and small, Mr. Vella brings a wealth of knowledge in digital experiences and connectivity. Previously, he ran a management consultancy providing strategic advice and commercial services to digital leaders globally, particularly as an expert in the fintech industry. Notable clients included: Aviva Insurance, Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson), Visa Europe, Vodafone, British Gas/Centrica, Allianz Insurance, the GSM Association (Mobile World Congress Producer), Allergan Pharma, Lloyds Banking Group, Coutts & Company, Rabobank, MasterCard Advisors, Experian, Intuit,
Camelot Group, Travelex, Bank Hapoalim, Saudi British Bank, Nets and ABSA Capital as well as many London-based incubators and their fast-growing European startups.
Prior to offering his services-at-large, Mr. Vella was at RBS where he developed the overall strategy and hired a team of 30 to implement the global bank’s mobile efforts including the development of new products and services, stored value functionality, mobile enabled payments, customer acquisition and the management of joint venture partners. Previously
to RBS he spent five years with PayPal starting ouxt as Director of Business Development in the US Merchant Services group, and finally as Head of Mobile Payments leading the mobile payments initiative in Europe.
Previous to PayPal, Mr. Vella worked as the VP of Sales & Marketing at 4charity, Inc. (a software startup focusing on corporate philanthropy for the Fortune 500), and, prior to that, as a Partner at Quantum Technology Ventures (a corporate VC firm focusing on the storage industry). As an entrepreneur, Mr. Vella co-founded NetAbacus Corporation, a web-based purchasing service for small businesses, serving as the VP of Marketing/Strategic Relations. When the market turned in mid-2000, he facilitated the acquisition of NetAbacus by Biztro and the combined entity became Rivio, where he was responsible for channel marketing and customer acquisition.
Before graduate school, he began his career in Client Service at the Leo Burnett Company in Chicago, working with such clients as Sony Consumer Electronics and Miller Brewing. Actively involved in the non-profit sector, Roy serves on the Board of Directors of the Stanford Business School Alumni Association and is also the Board President Emeritus of Variety Children's Charity of Northern California. Formerly, for over 8 years he was the Board Treasurer of BATS Improv, an improvisational school and theater company.
Roy received a BA in Mathematics (with High Honors and elected to Phi Beta Kappa) from the College of the Holy Cross, a JD from Stanford Law School, and an MBA (with certificates in Global and Public Management) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He currently lives in London with his family. While hobbies have truly taken a back seat to family life these days, he enjoys outdoor sports and travel adventures.

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

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

As Co-Founder and CEO of HelloTech, Richard Wolpert leads a 65-person team of highly seasoned executives and sales representatives, with over 7,000 technicians nationwide. HelloTech was conceived by Wolpert, alongside co-founders Minah Oh and Sascha Linn, with the vision of making technology support better, more affordable and at every consumer's fingertips. Founded in late 2014, Wolpert has lead HelloTech in raising a total of $17M in funding and was a key player in the company's recent acquisition of Geekatoo. Wolpert is a pioneer in the fields of technology, consumer digital media and entertainment with over 25 years of extensive experience as an executive, entrepreneur and as an investor. Responsible for many “firsts”throughout his career, Wolpert has launched a variety of successful business over the past two decades including AudioMill (acquired by RealNetworks), Disney.com and After Hours Software (aquired by Adobe) and also worked on the early develop of Macintosh computers. In addition, he’s negotiated ground breaking deals with several major media companies whose content became the basis for many of these products. Prior to launching HelloTech, Wolpert co-founded Amplify.LA, where he currently serves as Venture Partner. He also serves as the Managing Director for personal investment fund Chance Technologies and is the current advisor to Accel Partners. Wolpert has invested in more than 50 successful companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more. Wolpert is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO As Co-Founder and CEO of HelloTech, Richard Wolpert leads a 65-person team of highly seasoned executives and sales representatives, with over 7,000 technicians nationwide. HelloTech was conceived by Wolpert, alongside co-founders Minah Oh and Sascha Linn, with the vision of making technology support better, more affordable and at every consumer's fingertips. Founded in late 2014, Wolpert has lead HelloTech in raising a total of $17M in funding and was a key player in the company's recent acquisition of Geekatoo. Wolpert is a pioneer in the fields of technology, consumer digital media and entertainment with over 25 years of extensive experience as an executive, entrepreneur and as an investor. Responsible for many"firsts" throughout his career, Wolpert has launched a variety of successful business over the past two decades including AudioMill (acquired by RealNetworks), Disney.com and After Hours Software (aquired by Adobe) and also worked on the early develop of Macintosh computers. In addition, he's negotiated ground breaking deals with several major media companies whose content became the basis for many of these products. Prior to launching HelloTech, Wolpert co-founded Amplify.LA, where he currently serves as Venture Partner. He also serves as the Managing Director for personal investment fund Chance Technologies and is the current advisor to Accel Partners. Wolpert has invested in more than 50 successful companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more. Wolpert is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, and currently resides in Los Angeles.

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

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

Michael Yang Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hunter Sappington Hunter Sappington, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ResearchHunter
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Hunter Sappington currently studies trends and innovation in connected consumer electronics including devices such as game consoles, smart TVs, virtual and augmented reality headsets, drones, and robotics as well as a variety of smart home devices.

Hunter earned his BA in New Media Journalism with a focus in advertising from Baylor University in Waco, TX.

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

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

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

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

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