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Eric Bruno - Verizon

Eric J. Bruno, Vice President, Product Management, Verizon Telecom

Eric J. Bruno is the vice president of Product Management for Verizon Telcom, the wired services unit of Verizon Communications Inc. He is responsible for new product development and product lifecycle management across both the Consumer and Small Business segments. Key areas of responsibility include FiOS TV, FiOS Internet, High Speed Internet, Value Added Services, Software as a Service and Connected Home services. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Bruno was responsible for consumer product management of wireless and wireline data products.

In addition, he has served as the vice president of Product Strategy, Planning and Partner Management for Verizon Communications. He was responsible for evaluating emerging technology trends and studying adjacent industries to drive the creation of product roadmaps addressing all of Verizon's customer segments and in support of all business groups. He also managed relationships with strategic partners.

In other assignments, Mr. Bruno served as vice president of Market Intelligence and Alliance Management for Verizon Business. In this role he was responsible for Market Sizing, Market Analysis, Competitive Intelligence, Technology Trend Assessment, Market Research and Alliance Management. He also served as vice president of the Product and Portfolio Management for Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group. In this role, he was responsible for product management, portfolio management, offer planning & development, lifecycle management, forecasting, and market program prioritization. Mr. Bruno's responsibilities covered the entire portfolio of products & services for Enterprise business. He also served as vice president of IP Offer Management for Verizon.

Mr. Bruno has more than twenty years of experience in the communications industry with significant assignments in business market strategy, competitive planning and response, market management, large business sales and long distance.

Mr. Bruno received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Philosophy from Duke University.

David Grubb III, Motorola Mobility

David Grubb III, Vice President, Architecture & Strategy, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility

David Grubb III is Vice President, Architecture & Strategy, Converged Experiences, Motorola Mobility. In this role, he is responsible for focusing on the development of the strategy and architecture for Motorola Mobility’s next-generation Internet Era of TV and converged experiences. He is also responsible for developing differentiated applications and device solutions for the delivery of multi-screen experiences.

Grubb previously served as the Chief Technology Officer for Motorola Home, a business within Motorola Mobility. Grubb was responsible for technology and innovation leadership, intellectual property creation and timely integration of new technologies to create new business opportunities.

Previously, Grubb was Vice President, Technology Business Development for Motorola’s Home business. He was responsible in that role for leading the development of business strategies related to next generation TV, media mobility and fixed-mobile convergence. Grubb was tasked with bringing together Motorola’s wired and wireless video and broadband technologies to create new, compelling seamless mobility experiences for consumers.

Grubb originally joined Motorola, then General Instrument, in 1982. Over the last 28 years, Grubb has held a series of roles including research and development for the transmission network systems business, and later assumed leadership responsibility as the director and then vice president of engineering. In 1997 he was named vice president, marketing for the TNS business. From 1999 to 2003, he held the position of vice president of marketing for the TNS business and then moved into the role of vice president, advanced network technology for the IP solutions group.

Grubb holds five patents and has published numerous papers on fiber optics and HFC network technology. He has also published and presented at numerous industry conferences.

He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Drexel University and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in electrical engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.

Glenn Lurie, AT&T

Glenn Lurie, President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets

Glenn Lurie is President of Emerging Devices, National Resale and Partnerships for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. Lurie leads AT&T’s strategic initiative to drive innovation in bringing wireless connectivity to a host of new devices and applications — including personal computing, eReaders, Telematics and portable navigation devices, eHeath devices, and machine-to-machine communications solutions. He is also responsible for AT&T’s new Digital Life division, which will drive innovation through the connected home initiative utilizing industry leading IP connectivity technology to deliver home security, mobility solutions and a host of other services.

Lurie also has responsibilities for AT&T’s ongoing operations and relationship with Apple Inc., having led negotiations to bring the iPhone and iPad to AT&T. In addition, Lurie has responsibility for AT&T’s National Resale business and operations.

Glenn’s previous role was President of National Distribution for AT&T’s wireless operations, where he was responsible for business operations for the National Retail Channel, National Dealer Channel, Direct Mail/Direct Response team, National Resale Operations, att.com - AT&T’s web business – as well as AT&T’s prepaid business and sales through all distribution channels.

Glenn joined the former AT&T Wireless in 1990, and held several sales, marketing and operation positions throughout his tenure. As President of AT&T’s West Region, he was responsible for the market operations in 10 western states, representing more than 40 percent of the company's overall business.

Prior to leading the company’s West Region operations, Lurie held senior executive positions including Regional Vice President for the California/Hawaii region and Vice President and General Manager for the Los Angeles/Southern California market after advancing from a similar position for Arizona.

Prior to entering the wireless industry, Lurie was a professional soccer player for teams representing Cleveland, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Portland.

Lurie was awarded the Atlanta Telecom Professional of the Year Award in 2009 from the Atlanta Telecoms Professionals Association and Wireless Weeks Telecom Leadership Award in 2010.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Marketing from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA.

John Penney - Starz

John B. Penney, Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Starz, LLC

John Penney is Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development for Starz, LLC. Penney is responsible for evaluating and building key business strategies, partnerships, and identifying and developing new business opportunities across the family of Starz companies. Penney joined Starz in March 2010.

Most recently, Penney was President and Head of Corporate Development of Foresee Entertainment, a media and entertainment company he co-founded with current Starz, LLC President and CEO, Chris Albrecht in 2008. At Foresee, Penney was responsible for operations and the planning and development of its strategy, expansion efforts and new business platforms.

More recently, Penney served as Head of Global Media Strategy for IMG, Inc., where he was responsible for developing and implementing a new global entertainment strategy, focusing on production and distribution of non-scripted, scripted, and digital programming. Penney was an early proponent of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry.

Prior to that, Penney was with HBO for five years, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Digital Initiatives, where he oversaw the strategic planning, delivery and operational management of new advertising-supported broadband channels.

Prior to that, as Executive Vice President at ACTV, Inc., he oversaw the development and licensing of technologies and intellectual property for interactive television, personal computer, wireless data and mobile entertainment environments.

Before executive stints at Scient, Inc. and Viacom, Penney spent seven years on Wall Street, both as an equity research analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. covering the media and entertainment industries, and as a financial analyst in the Media & Telecommunications Corporate Finance group of The Chase Manhattan Bank.

Penney holds a B.A. in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy & Administration, concentrating in Science & Technology, from Columbia University.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.


Glenn Adler - AwoX

Glenn Adler, Director Bus. Devt & Sales, AwoX, Inc.

Glenn Adler is the Director of Business Development and Sales in North America for AwoX, an industry leader in connected home A/V products and technologies. AwoX’s offerings include DLNA/DTCP stack development kits, embedded clients for Internet services, control applications for mobile and home networked devices, and design and customization of audio and video embedded products. He is in charge of AwoX’s portfolio in the North American market for the consumer electronics, mobile phone and semiconductor segments, and for all new product development, business creation and commercial activities in the region.

Prior to joining AwoX in 2010, Glenn ran the Silicon Valley R&D group for TCL, a leading Chinese TV manufacturer, focusing on Connected & 3D TV solutions. His activity at TCL built on skills developed in his previous positions at Philips Electronics, handling new product definition, product road mapping, and business development in the LCD, PC Monitor and TV industries. Glenn also ran Philips CE’s US standardization group in North America and participated in several industry groups, including policy roles at CEA, and positions within the HDMI, DVI and DisplayPort working groups.

Glenn has worked more than twenty years in the PC and consumer electronics industries with roles in product and project management and engineering design of embedded systems, displays, input devices and ICs.

Glenn holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Brown University.

Ramzi Ammari

Ramzi Ammari, VP Product and Program Manager, UEIC

Ramzi Ammari is senior vice president, global product planning & strategy at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI). He is responsible for all aspects of product development from directing global product strategy through product launch for Universal Electronics’ three business lines: Consumer Retail, Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM), and Subscription Broadcasting. He is responsible for the company’s industrial and user interface designs as well as driving new technology innovation for next generation products & services. Ramzi joined Universal Electronics in July 1997. Prior to UEI, Ramzi was Business Planning Manager at Mitsubishi Consumer Electronics of America, where he helped launch Mitsubishi’s first plasma display panel television in 1996. Mr. Ammari holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and business from the University of California, Irvine.

Peter Ansel - Clearleap

Peter Ansel, VP of Business Development, Clearleap

In the role of vice president of business development at Clearleap, Peter Ansel oversees strategic partnerships, alliances and technology integrations for Clearleap's web-based TV technology platform and ground-breaking Stream On Demand solution. Since joining Clearleap in 2009, Peter has forged a myriad of partnerships that enable TV operators to manage and deliver programming direct to internet-connected TV devices, set-top boxes and blu-ray systems in the home.

Peter joined Clearleap after working as VP of Advertising Strategy at Move Networks, where he created new revenue models for broadband TV clients such as ABC, Fox, Ogilvy, and Starcom. Prior to Peter’s time at Move, he was a Business Development Executive at AdMission Corp, MetaTV and Alta Vista, where he successfully spearheaded new business models, partnerships and revenue growth for technology related endeavors. Peter attended the University of California, Davis and the University of Miami School of Law.


Ashish Arora, Vice President and General Manager for the Logitech Digital Home Group, Logitech

Ashish Arora is the Vice President and General Manager for the Logitech Digital Home Group. Mr. Arora’s team is responsible for the development of key technologies, services and product marketing activities related to the commercialization and launch of all Harmony remote controls and Google TV products worldwide. To develop the best products, Mr. Arora and his team closely track trends in home entertainment and evolving usage behaviors. Prior to this role, Mr. Arora led worldwide product marketing and strategic business development for Logitech’s Control Devices business unit. In this role, Mr. Arora was responsible for defining and developing products based on detailed market and technology analysis; developing the products’ positioning, messaging and packaging; and executing on all global product launches. Mr. Arora led the rollout of Logitech’s breakthrough high-end mice, including the MX Revolution mouse and the MX1000 Cordless Laser mouse. Prior to joining Logitech in 2002, Mr. Arora spent ten years working in business development and marketing for technology companies that were developing platforms and solutions for the financial services industry. He started his technology career as a hardware engineer for global technology services giant Wipro Technologies, the largest IT company in India. Mr. Arora holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Thapar Institute of Technology in India. He received an MBA from the University of Kansas.


Seth Bailey, CEO, iTOK.NET

Seth Bailey is the CEO of iTOK, a company he co-founded in 2004. At iTOK, Mr. Bailey has helped grow the company's vision of being the leader in the remote tech support market. iTOK is one of the first companies to provide Managed Services to a residential and SOHO market .

This unique positioning has lead the company to attract multiple Fortune 500 companies interested in providing a premium technical support experience to their customers. Mr. Bailey attributes iTOK's year-over-year success and fast growth to exceptional business partners and ambitious employees. Prior to iTOK, Mr. Bailey successfully built and sold a multi-million dollar company that he started in 1999. At the time of his exit, his business had grown from a regional company to a national company with over 1000 employees, serviced thousands of clients per year, and doubled profitable revenue every year for five straight years. Seth is a proud father of three girls, an avid outdoorsman and loves entrepreneurship.


Sukamal Banerjee, VP, Engineering Services, HCL

Sukamal Banerjee is Vice President of Engineering Services business line at HCL Technologies. He manages HCL’s business in North America and Europe for Hi-Tech and Industrial Manufacturing market segment. Sukamal, in his career at HCL has carried several progressive responsibilities. Currently for the Hi-Tech market space and has been instrumental in creating some of HCL’s Top 5 accounts. He also was responsible for many of the first of its kind relationships with customers covering unique business models, entry into new geographic markets, entry into new vertical market segments and also launch of new service lines in North American market. Currently his global team manages a $ 300 M business on a rapid growth path focused on technology innovation, collaborating with customers and an extended ecosystem of partners covering new technology and business trends. He also has the experience of structuring and managing large scale services partnerships with several customers. Sukamal manages HCL’s relationship seamlessly across both the industry leaders in the Hi-Tech industry and start-ups developing the next generation of technologies.

Sukamal has over 16 years of industry experience spanning IT services, Engineering Services, Strategic & Corporate Planning. He began his career as a Software Engineer. Prior to his current role in HCL he has managed Hi-Tech Vertical working with CIO’s & CTO’s in this market space and creating and managing some of the most significant relationships for HCL. Earlier he created HCL’s presence in North West US as a Regional Director working with some of the largest corporations in the region and establishing HCL’s strong presence in this market space across Hi-Tech, Aerospace and Telecom Services companies. He started his career with HCL in India as employee number 2 for HCL Perot Systems, HCL’s joint venture with Perot Systems. In this role of being in the start-up operations of this Joint Venture covering several aspects of creating and running a business including creating organizational processes, recruitment, market positioning and then being responsible for launching the services for the India market. During this stint he was responsible for creating India’s first transaction-fee based outsourcing engagement with a Govt. Agency in New Delhi, India.

Before HCL, Sukamal worked as a Software Engineer developing algorithms and software products across several aspects of object modelling and manufacturing process optimizations. Sukamal is a Mechanical Engineer from V.J.T.I, Mumbai and an MBA Finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute, Mumbai. Sukamal is a global travel who calls Seattle, WA home.


Timo Bauer, SVP & GM Americas, NewBay Software

Timo Bauer is Senior Vice President & General Manager Americas. Timo joined NewBay as Director of Business Development in 2005 with responsibility for establishing and growing NewBay\'s American operation. Timo is instrumental in driving the strategic direction of NewBay with specific responsibility for the Americas region and developing NewBay\'s OEM business globally. Prior to NewBay, Timo worked at Diebold/Detecon Consulting, a Business & IT Consultancy firm headquartered in Germany. He joined Detecon\'s US office in 2003 and played a key role in expanding their US telecom practice. Before joining NewBay he managed multiple projects at wireless carriers and was Key Account Manager for Detecon\'s biggest US account. Timo holds a degree in Business Administration from ISM (International School of Management) in Germany, which also included studies at the European Business School in the UK and UCCS (University of Colorado) in the USA.

Marc Beckwitt - Technicolor

Marc Beckwitt, Vice President, MediaNavi Strategic Partnerships, Technology Business Group, Technicolor

Marc Beckwitt has over two decades of experience within the Consumer Electronics industry. Beckwitt currently serves as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for MediaNavi at Technicolor. In addition, Beckwitt represents Technicolor on the Consumer Electronics Association Video Board.

Recently launched at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, a cloud based content platform aggregating NSP, OTT & In home personal content, MediaNavi makes navigating the universe of content simple, seamless & social.

Previously, Beckwitt served as Vice President of Video CPE Business Development at the ARRIS group and was responsible for the Moxi brand of products for both Retail and Operator segments. In addition, Beckwitt represented ARRIS on the Consumer Electronics Video Board. Beckwitt held a similar role Paul Allen’s Digeo, Inc. before its acquisition by ARRIS.

Prior to Digeo, Beckwitt spent nearly 20 years with Sony Electronics in a wide variety of roles including Strategic Alliances Director managing key relationships fortune 100 companies such as Walt Disney, GTE, Paramount Pictures, Universal, etc. Beckwitt was also one of the founding team that led conceptualization, development, and the start-up launch of www.sonystyle.com as Sony’s primary e-Commerce business unit exceeding $250 million in first year sales. While at Sony, Beckwitt served on CEA working group negotiating Cable / CE one-way and two-way agreements.

Beckwitt holds 5 U.S. patents in the network and interactive TV fields with more than 10 additional patents pending.

Beckwitt holds Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

David Bercovich

David Bercovich, Vice President, Business Development, AlertMe

David serves as the Vice President of Business Development for AlertMe and is leading AlertMe's entry into the North American market. Prior to AlertMe David was at Google for seven years, where he spent the last three years with Google.org's climate and energy team as Program Manager on projects including plug-in electric vehicles, energy efficiency, renewable energy and Google PowerMeter. Prior to joining Google.org, David helped found Google's Enterprise business and served as the Product Marketing lead for the business unit.

In his earlier career, David worked for Applied Semantics where he helped launch AdSense, he provided trade and export promotion for the California government in London and also worked in technology investment banking with Credit Suisse First Boston.

David has an MSc in Global Market Economics from the London School of Economics and a BA Economics with Distinction from Yale University.

Daniel Blackburn

Daniel Blackburn, Vice President, Mobile, LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company

Daniel Blackburn is Vice President of Mobile at LEVEL, a Rosetta company, and oversees the LEVEL mobile strategy practice. His leadership helps clients integrate campaigns and strategies across connected devices that deepen consumer awareness and brand interaction. Throughout his career, Daniel has collaborated with consumer brands such as Kraft, RIM, Toyota, MSN Mobile and Intel. Daniel combines a global perspective, strategic leadership, and practical execution in his client relationships. Prior to LEVEL, Daniel worked at the Hyperfactory, where he managed account development and strategy across their portfolio of North American clients. Prior to the Hyperfactory, Daniel spent two years as an independent consultant, evangelizing mobile among consumer brands and leading digital agencies. Daniel began working in the mobile marketing industry during its infancy with mobile trailblazer Enpocket before its acquisition by Nokia, overseeing west coast business development. Daniel is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at universities across southern California on the subjects of mobile marketing and new media.

Stephen Blum - Tellus Venture Associates

Stephen Blum, President, Tellus Venture Associates

Stephen Blum is president of Tellus Venture Associates®, a management and business development consultancy for the digital media and telecommunications industries. He is a 30-year industry veteran and recognized as an expert in developing new digital consumer products, wireless and fiber optic broadband systems, and satellite broadcasting platforms and services. His accomplishments include playing key roles in the development and launch of DBS and satellite radio systems, including DirecTv, and the deployment of community broadband networks. He is the author of seven books on the Internet and satellite broadcasting and is a frequent contributor to professional journals and industry events.

Located on California's Monterey Peninsula, Tellus Venture Associates serves start-up companies, established corporations, government agencies and private communities in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Blum is Vice President ex officio of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Monterey Pacific, a director of the Central Coast Broadband Consortium and a past Vice President of the World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area. He holds an A.B. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in East Asia Studies from the University of Washington, and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas, and has received several major professional honors, including the PRSA Silver Anvil and the Ellen B. Scripps Fellowship. He is a nationally ranked triathlete and a 20-time Ironman finisher.


Josh Brister, Market Segment Manager- Residential, Schneider Electric

Josh Brister is responsible for Residential marketing at Schneider Electric, a global specialist in Energy Management. He has a background in utility EE/DR programs, and has been involved with the development of Schneider Electric's Wiser energy management system. He has an MBA from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo.

Paul Brody, Global Industry Leader, Electronics, IBM Corp.

Paul leads IBM’s Global Electronics Industry team, a global team of more than 4,000 professionals in 20 countries serving the world’s top electronics companies. He has more than 15 years of business strategy consulting experience in the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia, working primarily in electronics and supply chain management. Paul’s work ranges from detailed operations transformation in factory planning up to CEO-Level enterprise transformation plans.

Paul has authored numerous white papers including 12 Steps To A Greener Supply Chain, Rebooting The Electronics Industry, and Altogether Now: A Guide To Supply Chain Collaboration. Co-authored the book Irresistible Electronics with Hagen Wenzek and George Bailey.


Gary Brotman, Head of Marketing for Qualcomm Global Market Development, Qualcomm Labs

Gary Brotman is currently head of marketing for Qualcomm Services Labs venture, Skifta. He is responsible for designing product and marketing strategies for the company’s mobile and connected home media services. Brotman is a digital media veteran with more than 15 years of experience designing and marketing media software and services that push the boundaries of technology to enrich culture. The majority of his career has been dedicated to helping consumers, artists and companies discover, experience, promote and distribute media online. Prior to joining Qualcomm Services Labs, Brotman was the head of Artist Services and Marketing for Santa Monica-based Topspin Media, where he lead a team responsible for marketing the Topspin software platform and providing strategic guidance to artists, managers, labels and Topspin marketing ecosystem partners on developing and managing direct-to-fan businesses. While at Topspin, he designed direct-to-consumer record release campaigns and businesses for a host of major-label and indie artists including Eminem, David Byrne, Peter Gabriel, Adam Freeland, Van Hunt, and many others. Prior to joining Topspin, Brotman was the head of product marketing at Yahoo! Music, where he was responsible for developing marketing strategies in support of the division’s ad-supported and paid music services. Before becoming part of the Yahoo! Music team, Brotman served as Director of Ecommerce and Corporate Communications Director for Musicmatch, makers of Musicmatch Jukebox. The lion’s share of his time at Musicmatch was dedicated to developing marketing and communications strategies and driving customer acquisition and retention efforts in support of the company’s premium software, music downloads and premium music subscription products. Prior to joining Musicmatch, Brotman was an account supervisor in the Los Angeles office of international PR firm, Golin/Harris. While with the firm, Brotman built a practice focused solely on the digital music space, providing communications counsel and developing product launch strategies for a client roster that included Creative Labs, Musicmatch, and Amazon.com’s music store, among others. This digital music practice was credited as the first of its kind within a major PR firm. Brotman also serves on the advisory boards of online indie artist social marketplace, Webceleb and mobile and Internet music discovery platform, Chompin.

Richard Bullwinkle

Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi Corporation

Richard Bullwinkle joined Rovi Corporation in January 2007 after the company acquired Mediabolic, where he had served as vice president of products and chief evangelist. Since that time, Richard has served as chief evangelist responsible for corporate strategy. In his role, Richard helps define the direction of Rovi’s products and technology solutions. He represents the company at numerous industry events to gather market perspectives and understand trends that have an impact on the company’s customers and the end consumer in order to provide recommendations to the senior team. He also works to establish standards and lead the discussions to promote a better consumer experience throughout the CE industry.

Richard has worked on the cutting edge of the digital entertainment movement throughout his career with the consumer experience at the center of his focus. As vice president of products and chief evangelist at Mediabolic, Richard helped pioneer the connected home strategy of connecting entertainment media devices. As a senior member of Rio Audio's product marketing team, Richard played an instrumental part in the creation of some of the most popular MP3 players in the US. At TiVo, Richard was the company’s chief evangelist and a senior member of TiVo's product marketing team. He helped create and develop the TiVo products and was behind the campaign to make the TiVo product a household name.

Richard graduated from Rollins College in Florida with degrees in English and Music.


Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM

Scott is responsible for leading IBM Strategy & Business development focused on the Consumer Electronics Industry, coordinating digital convergence efforts across IBM brands and Industries leveraging cloud computing for product & service innovation. Scott has served in numerous capacities at IBM ranging from executive roles in the Media & Entertainment industry to business development with IBM research. As Global Marketing Director for IBM's Digital Media Group, Scott lead worldwide marketing strategy and market development for IBM Digital Media solutions. Prior to joining IBM, Scott Burnett served as Vice President, Marketing for Liquid Audio, guiding Liquid Audio's global marketing strategy and positioning its IPO and the Liquid Audio brand as a major player in the initial market for digital music delivery via the Internet. Scott Burnett’s film and entertainment studio experience includes Vice President of Corporate Brands at Warner Bros. Studios, organizing global branding efforts across company divisions, and Vice President of Warner Bros. International Production Group as well as Director Administration, Disney Character Voices at The Walt Disney Company, managing the international release of animated productions including brand management. Among Scott Burnett's 25+ years of marketing, brand management, business development, sales and production management experience in the media industry, he’s also consulted for a number of media companies. Scott received an MBA from the University San Francisco in 1985 and Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1981. As an Associate Professor, he taught marketing at the University of San Francisco.

Vikas Butaney

Vikas Butaney, Senior Director, Video Technology Group, Cisco

Vikas Butaney is Senior Director of Product Management in the Video Technology Group at Cisco Systems. Vikas leads a global team of Product Managers responsible for definition and delivery of Videoscape. Videoscape is a comprehensive Cisco solution for delivering the next generation of consumer entertainment. Videoscape converges virtually infinite content, applications, and communications from any source – linear TV, online video, video-on-demand (VoD), the user’s digital video recorder (DVR) – into an immersive, unified experience. Vikas’s responsibilities span Video Head-end products like Content Management Systems, Encoders; Distribution via Content Distribution System and a full range of in-home consumer devices including set-top boxes, gateways and cable modems.

A fourteen year Cisco veteran, Vikas has held numerous positions with broad product portfolio responsibilities including in Cisco’s Enterprise and Service Provider products and solutions, like Voice, Video, Wireless and Routing. Before joining Cisco Systems, Vikas worked at Verizon, and earned his M.S. in Electrical Engineering focusing on Optical and Data Communications from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.

Nick Chakalos - Catch Media

Nick Chakalos, President, Catch Media, Inc.

Nick Chakalos is President of Catch Media. In this role, he leads business development, sales and all North American operations. Mr. Chakalos brings more than twenty years of business leadership, product management, and business development experience in technology, Internet, and consumer electronics.

Prior to assuming his current position, Chakalos heldseveral executive positions within Motorola where he focused on internet video, digital media, and content management solutions. He led Strategy & Business Development, On Demand Video, and the advanced Set Top Software Solutions businesses for Motorola’s multi-billion dollar Broadband Home Solutions division.

He joined Motorola through the acquisition of Ucentric Systems where he was vice president of business development. Before joining Ucentric, Chakalos managed the worldwide strategic marketing and business development of silicon and embedded software for set-top boxes at IBM. Previously, Chakalos directed product management activities for a line of interactive services and devices at Philips Electronics and served as product manager of embedded Internet solutions at Spyglass. He began his career at Texas Instruments, where he held business, product management, strategy, and design engineering roles.

Chakalos earned undergraduate degrees in Engineering from Dartmouth College and a Master's of Business Administration degree from Babson College.

Jay Chambers - BigBand Networks

Jay Chambers, VP, Chief Architect for Cable, Office of the CTO, BigBand Networks

Jay Chambers serves as Chief Architect for Cable at BigBand Networks, where he spearheads the development of new video products and solutions relating to IPTV, DOCSIS, Edge QAMs and switched digital video. In this role, he imagines the types of content and services consumers are seeking¬ today and in the future.

Prior to joining BigBand, Jay managed sales and engineering initiatives with major cable operators and oversaw the development of IP video solutions at WilTel Communications. Earlier, in his role as Network Engineer at Cox Communications, he directed network engineering projects, including nationwide VOD services and troubleshooting management systems.

Jay holds professional certifications from Sniffer University, Microsoft, Cisco, CompTIA, Bay Networks, FORE Systems and Marconi.

Michael Clegg - NETGEAR

Michael Clegg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Business, NETGEAR

Michael Clegg is the Sr Vice President and General Manager of NETGEAR’s Service Provider Business Unit. He is responsible for products developer for and sold globally into Service Providers. He is also responsible for cross-over products initially developed for the retail market, which are being increasingly offered directly by service providers. These products include home routers, wireless adaptors, storage, in-home distribution product and IP set top boxes and media adaptors.

Michael brings to Netgear over a decade of experience in developing carrier class, wireline and wireless, telecom and datacom and digital video products. Michael has a passion for and demonstrable ability to innovate new products, taking them from concept through to commercially successful volume production. He has been instrumental in several 1st to market product developments.

Prior to NETGEAR, Michael was GM at Virtual Access and before that founded and led the Westell Europe subsidiary, developing successful DSLAM products leading to an acquisition by Fujitsu Telecommunications. At Westell Technologies and Virtual Access, Michael was instrumental in and led the development of customer and business broadband devices with integrated remote management. He has also developed several wireless and streaming video products and consulted to European and US Telecom and Semiconductor companies on R&D strategy and product innovation. Michael has a BS in Electrical Engineering and MS in Digital System Design. He is also a contributing author to “Implementation and Applications of DSL technology” authoring chapter 10 – “DSLAM Architecture and Functionality”.

Aine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand

Aine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand

Áine is a director of strategy with Ingersoll Rand’s “Connected Home Solutions” business. In this role, Áine has responsibility for directing the strategy of IR’s home automation business, managing strategic alliances and partnerships, and understanding competitive and market dynamics.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Áine worked in strategy consulting in the US and Europe, with consulting firms McKinsey & Company and Bain & Company. In these roles she managed teams to diagnose strategic and operational problems for leading international companies, as well as developing and implementing practical, creative solutions. Prior to consulting, Aine worked as a mechanical engineer with Ford Motor Company.

Áine holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University); and advanced engineering degrees from Purdue University and University of Detroit Mercy. Áine completed her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at University College Dublin in Ireland.

Jim Denney, VP & GM Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

As Vice President of product marketing at TiVo, Jim Denney is responsible for defining TiVo's hardware platform and service direction, strategy, and requirements. During his tenure at TiVo, he has worked closely with internal resources as well as partner companies like Toshiba and Pioneer on the cooperative development of products. Mr. Denney represents TiVo in major product announcements and has represented TiVo in testimony before Congress on the issue of fair use of content. Prior to joining TiVo, Mr. Denney held leadership positions in product marketing at iBEAM Broadcasting/WilTel Communications and SGI, focusing on the creation of distribution networks for streaming media and media production tools for both enterprise and entertainment applications. He was involved in 3D animation at FTI Corporation and started his career as a systems consultant at Andersen Consulting. Mr. Denney has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University. He also received an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his contributions to the development of the TiVo Service.

Christopher Dow - Rovi

Christopher Dow, VP, Architecture, Rovi Corporation

Christopher Dow is vice president, Architecture at Rovi where he is responsible for directing the architecture of Rovi digital entertainment products and product ecosystem, including the Rovi guide, metadata, search and recommendations solutions. Chris joined Rovi in 2007, when the company acquired Mediabolic, and has over 22 years in the computer graphics and multimedia industry. Chris has directed the high-level architecture for consumer electronics (CE) devices such as digital video recorders, web pads and hand-held gaming devices. He has also led the development of 3D graphics APIs, the media resource solution of a set-top box in an interactive TV environment, and has experience with imaging and X server development.

Prior to his current role, Chris held a variety of positions at Rovi including vice president, Architecture, Product Development and previous to this, director, Software Architecture for Consumer Electronics Product Development. In this latter position, he was responsible for the company’s Connected Platform solution for DLNA/UPnP and connected content software, and the integration of these technologies with Rovi media recommendation, recognition and Web-based guidance capabilities.

Previous to Rovi, Chris was director of software development at Mediabolic. Earlier in his career, Chris was a system architect for PalmOne, and has also held principal engineer positions at frontpath, Red Jade, Inc. and 3dfx, Inc. respectively. He has five years of experience in the biotechnology software field, including two years as a student, where he developed applications for use by the Human Genome Initiative.

Chris has several patents pending as part of a team of inventors for several systems and methods in the digital entertainment field including the areas of improved blackfield detection, indexing commercials in a video presentation, navigation of indexed video content and aggregating commercial navigation information.


Jaime Fink, Senior Vice President of Technology, Pace

Jaime Fink is Senior Vice President of Technology for Pace Enterprise, the Pace division focused on developing new and emerging business opportunities, including software, services, network technologies and advanced residential gateways for the global market.

Jaime is responsible for exploring ways to build on Pace’s existing capabilities and develop new technology and services to help operators deliver converged digital services – from PayTV and broadband Internet to home health and security – into the home.

As part of this role, Jaime looks after product strategy and new technology initiatives in the areas of broadband services, home and operator networks, and digital media. This includes setting Pace Enterprise’s vision around future technologies, and aligning this with corporate goals and demand from service providers and consumers.

Jaime was appointed to his Pace Enterprise role following Pace’s acquisition of 2Wire in October 2010. Prior to the acquisition, Jaime was Chief Technology Officer at 2Wire, having joined the company 2002. In this role, Jaime oversaw the growth of the gateway business from the ground up to now over 35 million devices delivered to consumers, and 2Wire becoming the industry leader in multi-service gateways. He was also instrumental in defining the highly successful TR-069 device management standard with the Broadband Forum, which now boasts over 100 million supported devices globally.

Prior to joining 2Wire, Jaime was the director of Product Management at Zhone Technologies. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 1995 with a BS, Engineering.

James Field - NDS

James Field, Director of Technology, New Initiatives, NDS

James Field is Director of Technology, New Initiatives at NDS where he is responsible for business development and communication for the global New Initiatives Research & Development team. In this role, James also leads the company’s partner program with Silicon Valley-based technology companies in pursuit of new technology developments, and is instrumental in delivering convergent solutions for NDS customers worldwide.

James has been with NDS for over thirteen years, and brings a particular focus to rich media services for embedded devices, their future and the server side technologies that drive them. Most recently, he served as Director of Solutions for NDS’ Asia Pacific region, and as a secondment Chief Operating Officer in the Beijing office, where he managed the specification and delivery of interactive and Digital TV solutions for the surrounding areas.

Prior to joining NDS, James worked at STAR TV as a Technical Engineering Manager. In this role, he worked closely with local satellite and cable redistributors, and coordinated the operation set-up and support of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite networks in Indonesia and India, including Indovision Digital Installation Company, Asia's first digital DTH broadcaster. James spent his early career working as an engineer at Pan Asian Systems, Atlas Wireline Service and Marconi Defense Systems.

James earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in electrical and electronic engineering, both from the University of Bath. He has also attended Cranfield University’s School of Management and served in the Corps of Royal Engineers in the British Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.

John Fisher, CTO & CSA, Troppus Software; Vice President, Product & Technology, EchoStar Technologies

Mr. Fisher was the co-founder, CTO and Chief Software Architect (CSA) of Peak8 Solutions from late 2005 until 2009 where he led all product development efforts related to service delivery platforms for customer service and technical support solutions. He has over 21 years of product development and customer care management experience, including the creation of award winning products (inclusive of PC Magazine Editor’s Choice and Best Tech Support solutions two years in a row) in the service and support industry. John also served as COO and EVP of New Product Development at both Distinctive Technologies and RMI.net, the latter being a publicly traded entity where he was responsible for 20 locations (Call Centers, HSI/DSL, Telcom, Hosting and Care Operations) and two subsidiary software development companies.

During his career, John has worked extensively with such companies as Borland, Net Objects, Symantec, Netscape and Microsoft in the development and QA testing of some of their most popular commercial products. He was selected in 2007/2008 by the TM Forum as the lead architect for the creation of a catalyst program on Universal Device Management. He is the inventor of numerous technologies and has been granted two patents with five additional patents pending. Prior to entering the technology business, John served for 8 years in the US Special Forces. He holds a BA in Theology, an MS in Strategic Intelligence & Systems, and an MBA in Marketing.

Martin Flusberg, CEO, Powerhouse Dynamics

Martin has been a technology entrepreneur and executive for over 30 years, with the past 20 focused on energy and clean tech. He currently is CEO of Powerhouse Dynamics, a pioneering firm in the Energy Management space. Prior to that, he was co-founder and President of Nexus Energy Software, a provider of unique enterprise software solutions for the utility industry addressing smart grid, energy efficiency, and related issues. Nexus was successfully sold to in 2005 and integrated with its sister companies into Aclara Technologies.

Martin previously served as Director of Commercial Systems for TASC, with responsibility for the firm's Lodestar® product line for the utility industry (later spun out as LODESTAR Corporation and sold to Oracle in 2007). He was also founder and CEO of REALink Systems, a software company serving the real estate industry, and CEO of Multisystems, a software and management consulting firm focusing on transportation.

Martin has an MSCE degree from MIT and a BEE degree from CUNY.

David Foote

David L. Foote, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.

Mr. Foote is the Chief Technology Officer for Hitachi Communication Technologies America. He is currently responsible for strategic product planning, technology strategy, and technical marketing of fiber access, optical transport/switching, home networking, and cellular (RF, WiMAX, LTE) systems. He has been instrumental in establishing Hitachi’s network systems business with major North American service providers like AT&T, Global Crossing, Sprint, Time Warner, and T-Mobile. Mr. Foote has been a member, contributor, and committee chairman in leading standards organizations such as ANSI T1, ATIS, ATM/MPLS Forum, IEEE 802, IETF, OIF, and SCTE. He is an invited speaker and paper author to various industry conferences and symposiums. Before joining Hitachi, he served as a decorated communications engineering officer in the U.S. Air Force responsible for network design and implementation of various secure telecom and packet data networks including ARPAnet/MILnet. Mr. Foote received a B.S.E.E. from Georgia Tech in 1980 and a Master’s degree in Management from Webster University/Air Force Institute of Technology in 1982.

Jim Funk - Roku

Jim Funk, VP, Business Development, Roku

Jim Funk, Vice President Business Development, Roku, Inc. Jim Funk leads partnership and content relationship efforts for Roku, Inc. Funk was previously Vice President of Business Development for Internet TV at Netflix. Prior to Netflix, Funk was Vice President of Marketing and Co-Founder at Akimbo Systems. Prior to Akimbo, Funk held executive management positions at Macromedia and marketing positions at Apple. Jim has an MBA and a bachelor's degree from Stanford University.

Andy Germano - Femto Forum

Andy Germano, Vice Chairman, Femto Forum

Andy Germano serves as the Vice Chairman of the Femto Forum where he is leading the Services Special Interest Group that are defining the application programming interfaces (APIs) that are used to deliver femtocell based digital connected home applications and services. Andy also serves as a liaison to the major industry standards bodies. Prior to joining the Femto Forum, Andy was a founder and participated in several innovative start-up companies including WiDeFi, BEC, AuthenTec, Tantivy, INSIDE and Xtrove. Andy also held senior marketing, product management and Engineering roles at Verizon, Nortel, QUALCOMM and Ericsson. Andy has a BSEE from Penn State and an MBA from Duke University.

John Gildred, President, SyncTV

John is the President of SyncTV Corporation, a CE-industry backed venture enabling large-scale device-connected Internet television. Prior to SyncTV, John served as Senior Vice President at Pioneer Electronics for eight years where he launched major products for Pioneer and Sony including first generation Blu-ray and the award-winning Kuro plasma television. Before Pioneer John founded Indrema, an open source game platform for independent game developers, and OpenSoft, an award-winning consumer Internet communications software company. John has held several CE industry forum leadership positions, including Vice Chair of UPnP Steering Committee, Chair of CEA Home AV Networking Group, IEEE and IETF representative for Pioneer. John has also served as a senior technology consultant to several Fortune 500 companies.


Oliver Goh, CEO, Shaspa Research Ltd.

Oliver's career (AC Service, Autodesk, Maag Holdings, Implenia) has been devoted to technological innovation for the Real Estate Industry.

In 2009 Oliver founded Shaspa Research, Shaspa (‘Shared Spaces’) is an innovative service delivery framework and set of services blending the technologies of smart sensors, social networks, mobile and connected environments, enabling the user to visualize, monitor and manage smart spaces, whilst gaining immediate feedback through interactive interfaces. Shaspa is focused on supporting more sophisticated human environment interfaces to cater the needs of our areas of engagement: • Facilities Management (Energy / Maintenance) • Safety & Security • Entertainment & Convinience • Health & Wellness

Prior to founding Shaspa Research his work was focused on Facilities Management solutions, Product Lifecycle Management, Workflow Management and Building Optimization . He has pioneered the integration of sensor networks with web, mobile and 3D solutions to create shared spaces for all aspects of facilities management services from Virtual Risk Mapping to online Building Automation Management.

Oliver worked closely with IBM and SAP developing the integration of sensors into mirror worlds, creating virtual operation centers for command and control of real facilities, and dynamic 3D visualization tools that support global collaboration and rapid prototyping.

He is a leader in employing sensor networks and instrumented environments in the service of sustainability to improve our daily lives, and help create a better environment for everyone, addressing C02 reduction, energy management, health, and education. He is an advocate for using Open Source development approaches for distributed sustainability.


Wynn Grubbs, VP, Business Development, PlumChoice

Wynn is responsible for the new business development and marketing functions at PlumChoice. He joined PlumChoice in July 2009. He brings more than 20 years of executive business development and marketing experience in both private and public companies to his position.

Before PlumChoice he led the sales, marketing and account management teams at a number of companies including early-stage and venture capital funded firms CommercialWare, Independent Mobile (IMO) and Valora Technologies. He spent nine years at Lightbridge, an outsourced services company servicing the converged telecommunications market, where he helped build the company from a $16M private company to a publicly traded company with revenues in excess of $100M. He has an extensive background in the outsourced services, SaaS and software sectors including specific experience in telecommunications, retail and legal industries. Wynn began his career as an entrepreneur; he founded and operated two different retail businesses. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Mike Harris - Zonoff

Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff

As a successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Harris has founded and/or led numerous venture-backed technology companies to successful exits, including a NASDAQ IPO. Prior to co-founding Zonoff in 2011, Harris co-founded AnySource Media in 2006 and led the company as its’ CEO from start-up to successful exit in 2009; all during the worst recession in U.S. history. Under Harris’ guidance, AnySource designed and built a breakthrough Internet television streaming platform and embedded software that was successfully integrated into consumer HDTV and Blu-Ray players worldwide. AnySource was acquired by DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX) in the summer of 2009, where the technology became (and remains) the foundation of DivX’s “Internet TV” product solution. Subsequently, DivX was acquired by Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ: SNIC), which was subsequently acquired by Rovi (NASDAQ: ROVI.) Early in Harris’ career, he was the founder and CTO of Ravisent Technologies Inc., a technology pioneer in the DVD industry, winning numerous business and technical accolades including Frost and Sullivan’s award for excellence in strategy, the Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum and three time the Deloitte and Touche Fast 500 award, including one year when the company was number 1 in its region and 9th nationally. Harris oversaw the development and adoption of Ravisent’s technology by leading PC and consumer electronics manufacturers, raising nearly $100M in venture and public financing, and ultimately achieving a $1B valuation on the NASDAQ market. Ravisent was ultimately acquired by STMicroelectronics, and Harris became its Group Vice President, Global Software Strategy. After STMicroelectronics, Harris 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. Harris is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Geoff Hollingworth - Ericsson

Geoff Hollingworth, Head of IP Services Strategy, Region North America, Ericsson

Geoff Hollingworth, Head of IP Services Strategy for Region North America, is responsible for driving Ericsson’s next generation end user IP services in the United States and Canada. Ericsson is helping architect a networked society where anything benefiting from a connection will have one.

Previously, Hollingworth was responsible for overseeing the Ericsson brand in North America. Before that led Ericsson’s next generation multimedia initiative to drive the three screen experience for the Volvo Ocean Race. He joined Ericsson more than 20 years ago and has held roles in software R&D, mobile network deployment and was director of Marketing for Ericsson in North America. Hollingworth has been based in London, Stockholm and Dallas.

He holds a First Class Honors Bachelor's Begree in Computing Science and has won the Computing Science Prize of Excellence from Aston University in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Ben Huang, Worldwide Director of Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Mediaroom

Ben Huang is a Director of Worldwide Marketing for the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft Corporation. In this capacity, he oversees all product and outbound marketing activities for Microsoft® Mediaroom ® and Microsoft® PlayReady. Since joining Microsoft in 2003, he has led various initiatives involving new business opportunities, emerging markets, product management, and product planning.Ben has been focused on the intersection of media and technology for more than 15 years. Prior to Microsoft, he served as director of business development at PacketVideo, one of the pioneers in the mobile video space. While there, he led partnerships with major media companies and application developers to create mobile video services across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Earlier in his career, Ben also worked in finance, strategic consulting, and venture capital covering the media, telecommunications, and technology industries. He is a frequent speaker at many top-tier industry events including the International Consumer Electronics Show, National Association of Broadcasters, and Digital Hollywood among others. Ben holds MBA and JD degrees from the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern Law School and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.


Richard Irving, Managing Partner, Pond Venture Partners Ltd.

Based in Silicon Valley but frequently in Europe & Israel, Richard co-founded Pond in 1997 and brings over 25 years' experience in venture capital, business management, marketing and engineering in technology companies including AT&T Bell Labs, AMD, & Brooktree. Starting as a chip designer at Bell Labs, and strategic marketing manager at AMD, Richard later managed multiple business units at Brooktree with full P&L responsibility both prior to and following the company's initial public offering. Richard has been involved in numerous IPOs, acquisitions, and private financings. Richard's expertise includes energy & water efficiency, materials, hardware, wireless, & semiconductors. Richard serves as Director of Acco Semiconductor, Emefcy Ltd., and Mirics. Richard has a B.Sc. (1st Class Hons.) and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Manchester University.

Keith Jack - Sigma Designs

Keith Jack, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Media Processor Business Group, Sigma Designs

Keith Jack is Senior Director of Product Marketing of the Media Processor Business Group at Sigma Designs, providing high-performance System-on-Chip (SoC) solutions for IPTV, cable, media players, home control, and home entertainment networking.

Jay Kenny, Vice President, Marketing, Alarm.com

As the Vice President of Marketing for Alarm.com, Jay Kenny is responsible for the marketing strategy and corporate communication for Alarm.com. Jay has a broad experience across marketing disciplines including managing teams and program in B to B, Channel and Consumer marketing. Prior to joining Alarm.com, Jay worked for Microsoft where he managed product marketing, consumer marketing and advertising initiatives for Windows, Bing and the Corporate Marketing Group. Jay started his career working in entrepreneurial startup companies in Austin, TX and San Francisco including Trilogy and Openshelf.com working across customer management, business development and marketing to help grow successful businesses. Jay has his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Georgetown and an MBA from Emory University.

Martin Kienzle - IBM

Dr. Martin Kienzle, Electronics Industry Leader, IBM Research

Dr. Kienzle is the Chief Media Technologist for the IBM Digital Convergence EBO. In this role, he is defining the technology strategy for IBM’s initiatives to help IBM’s customers in the electronics and media industries to exploit the opportunities arising from digital convergence. A particular focus is the infrastructure required to link digital content, applications, and services over broadband connections directly to consumer devices. Another focus area is the client architecture, both hardware and software, required for secure, high-function entertainment devices, from TVs and media players to game consoles.

Prior to this current position, Dr. Kienzle was Senior Manager, Intelligent Server Infrastructures, at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, NY. His responsibilities included the development of IBM Research’s media technology strategy, the coordination of media technology research across the laboratories of the Research Division, as well as managing several media technology research groups.

Dr. Kienzle frequently consults customers in assessing their requirements in media-related projects. He guides them in their development of system architectures, and their selection of component technologies for building large scale media systems that are integrated with the customers' business processes. Dr. Kienzle has extensive experience in developing and deploying media delivery technologies. Starting in the early nineties, he developed quality-of-service technologies and media streaming technologies. He has participated in, and guided numerous technology trials and deployments, including residential Video-on-Demand trials, corporate communications and e-learning systems, and integrated streaming content distribution systems.

Dr. Kienzle has received a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the Technical University of Karlsruhe. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has participated in numerous academic conferences on media technology as presenter, program committee member, and chair. He has authored more than thirty scientific papers and holds fourteen international patents.


Art Lancaster, Chief Technology Officer, Affinegy

Art Lancaster co-founded Affinegy in March 2003 and has served as CTO since, where he is responsible for technology strategy and product development. Affinegy provides unique software solutions that have been architected to easily connect, secure and manage Digital Lifestyle Networks. Spanning – for the first time – both emerging devices and previously installed, networking gear in the consumer home. Affinegy software has been deployed by some of the world’s largest broadband service providers, who use our solutions to deliver “it just works” Digital Lifestyle experiences to their end customers. Prior to Affinegy Art was director of strategy and business development for Motorola's Streamaster business where Art established strategies leading to the world's most advanced interactive broadband gateway system. He has a BSEE, cum laude, from the University of Missouri, an MSEE from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the University of Texas.


Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband

Michael Lantz is the CEO of Accedo Broadband, which he jointly founded in 2004. He has extensive experience in the converging telecom and media industries. Since founding Accedo Broadband, Michael has been driving development of innovative content offerings and applications for IPTV service providers and CE companies. Prior to setting up the company, Michael held roles at a Nordic management consultancy company, Digiscope and the medical IT company, CellaVision. Michael holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.


Bismarck Lepe, President of Products and Co-founder, Ooyala

A co-founder of Ooyala, Bismarck Lepe now drives the company's product vision as President of Products.

As Ooyala's founding CEO, Bismarck raised the company's early funding and signed many of the company's first media partnerships before passing the baton to Jay Fulcher in 2009. Earlier, Bismarck was a Senior Product Manager for Google, where he developed and managed new products for the company's AdSense network. He launched more than 25 different Google AdSense products, including Click-to-Play video ads and Google's Intelligent Ad Server, which delivered over $1B in annual revenue. Most notably, Bismarck managed the early growth of AdSense display and video advertising.

Bismarck has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University. Business Week named him one of its Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs of 2009. He is a member of Ooyala's board of directors.

Luigi Lenguito - Dell

Luigi Lenguito, WorldWide Services Marketing - Consumer & Small/Medium Business, Dell

Luigi Lenguito leads Services Portfolio Planning for DELL Consumer & Small/Medium Business Division, ensuring the company offering is complete and appeals customers looking for a trusted technology advisor to help them grow and thrive.

With a strong background in services design, delivery and development and having contributed to ramp-up new sales channel Luigi is recognized market expert, with specialization in remote support services.

Today a worldwide leader, in previous years Luigi expertise has been built in the most diverse region of Dell geographies, where thanks to his market listening skill he has been able to architect a strong portfolio offering - at point of sale, point of need or after sale.

Chad Lucien

Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs

Chad Lucien is responsible for Hillcrest Labs' worldwide sales, marketing and business development activities. Since joining Hillcrest in 2004, Chad has been a member of the company's executive management team where he has held positions encompassing corporate strategy, business development, and general management of the Freespace® motion computing product line. During his tenure, he has licensed Freespace solutions to global consumer electronics companies, developed a wide variety of strategic partnerships, and led numerous product launches in the Freespace product line. Chad has over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, venture consulting, and investment banking. Prior to Hillcrest, Chad was the Director of Strategic Development for TVGateway LLC, where he worked with the cable operators invested in TVGateway to execute a spin-off, reshape the strategy, and complete multiple financings and acquisitions. Prior positions also include Principal of Katalyst LLC, an operational consulting and venture capital firm, and Associate at Houlihan Lokey, an investment banking firm specializing in valuation and merger and acquisition transaction advisory services. Chad earned a bachelor of science in commerce with distinction from the University of Virginia, with concentrations in finance and marketing and is a CFA charterholder.

Russell MacAdam

Russell MacAdam, Director of Product Development, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Russ MacAdam is a Director of Product Development at Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. He was part of the team that developed the first dimming ballast for compact fluorescent lamps and drove the development of many of Lutron’s energy-saving ballasts, controls and systems, including Lutron’s new LED driver family. Russ speaks several times a year on LEDs and the Lutron LED driver family at industry events and tradeshows. Russ is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.Eng. in Electrical Engineering.

Russ has been a respected presenter within the electronics industry for most of his 19 years at Lutron. Combining expertise in his subject matter with an engaging manner, he is able to communicate the intricacies of the latest lighting technologies to audiences of engineers and specifiers who may be at different levels of experience. Past seminar topics include “The Future of Lighting Control” and “Total Light Management.” Russ returns to Cornell each year to lecture on “Modern Lighting Systems” as part of the Energy Engineering Seminar Series. In addition, he has taught “Fluorescent Lamp Physics and Ballast Design” at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

As a member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s High Performance Building Council, Russ is working to ensure that information about lighting and energy standards reaches the commercial building community. His expertise in the areas of fluorescent lighting and total building controls are an asset to the commercial lighting industry.

Joel Marshall - Steelhead

Joel Marshall, Executive Vice President, Steelhead

Joel is a partner and Executive Vice President of Steelhead, an indie Oregon-based ad agency that specializes in understanding and communicating to the consumer throughout the "Purchase Stream." Steelhead has been a providing creative brand and channel communications for over 20 years. Hailing from a strategic planning background, Joel has a knack for taking complex issues and reducing it down to the most compelling and relevant truth.

Alan Messer - DLNA

Alan Messer, Member of the Board of Directors, DLNA

Dr. Alan Messer is Senior Director of the Convergence Technologies and Standards with Samsung Electronics’ Silicon Valley R&D Center. He leads both US research into next generation consumer electronics software technologies and Samsung's US convergence standardization activities. In this role, Messer has been a worldwide leader in connected TV, home networking and IP service technologies for consumer devices. Messer has been with Samsung for 7+ years, before which he has worked at a variety of consumer electronics companies including HP and Sony Electronics. Messer has participated in various standardization organizations and is the President and Chairman of the UPNP's Forum as well as holding Samsung's position on the DLNA Board of Directors.


Michele McGarry, VP, Business Development, ThinkAnalytics

Michele McGarry is the Vice President of Business Development for ThinkAnalytics. She leads direct sales, partner and OEM development efforts in North America for the Think Content Recommendations Engine technologies. The solution is deployed to over 60 million users worldwide across the set-top box, web, tablets and mobile devices. Michele has spent her career working with emerging technologies and markets. Several years were dedicated to corporate computer security technologies, helping global companies protect their systems and information, including 5 years with Trident Data Systems (now General Dynamics). During her time in London, she established a European presence and distribution channel for Worldtalk Corporation, a then leader in email security and encryption. She also dedicated several years developing new advertising revenue streams for new media with Quokka Sports and at eZula (now Kontera), creating a platform for contextual advertising. Michele holds a Bachelor of Science from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University, where her work in quality management across cultures was published through the International Academy of Business Disciplines. She is a frequent industry speaker on the topics of content recommendations, personalization and targeted advertising.

Vickie Nauman - 7digital

Vickie Nauman, Vice President, North America, 7digital

Vickie Nauman specializes in digital media and content strategy, the intersection of technology and music, and international business development. Nauman is Vice President-North America for 7digital, leading all US strategy and business partnerships for the innovative London-based media company. Through online and cloud-based infrastructure, 7digital delivers over 13 million tracks from all major and indie labels throughout Europe and North America via www.7digital.com and for partners including BlackBerry/RIM, Toshiba, Samsung, Slacker, Pure, Spotify, Songbird and Phillips, Universal Music, EMI, Warner Music, MTV, HMV, Waterstones, Sony, KitKat, Hugo Boss, Winamp, AOL. 7digital’s platform also supports eBooks, audiobooks and video, in addition to music.

Prior to joining 7digital, Nauman led the global content strategy and partnerships for Sonos, the wireless digital music system for the home, and established the international consultancy CrossBorderWorks, which focused on digital strategy, business planning, and licensing. Prior work includes creating the online strategy and streaming service for boutique Seattle music station KEXP, content/product development for RealNetworks/MusicNet, marketing in the National Public Radio network, and Procter and Gamble.

Nauman has a broad network and experience in Europe, China, and North America, and earned a 2006 MBA through the London School of Economics, New York University, and HEC-Paris, in the collaborative executive program TRIUM.

Keith O'Neill - L4 Media

Keith O’Neill, CEO, L4 Media

Keith O’Neill, brings over 12 years of experience building, marketing, and selling technology products and services for organizations worldwide. As CEO, Keith is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the company and guiding the L4 Media team as they deliver interactive media solutions to some of the largest companies in the world. Prior to L4 Media, Keith was a member of the executive team at social gaming company, IceBreaker, where he helped the company secure more than 5 million customers worldwide. Keith also served on the executive team at UIEvolution where he helped manage their media business and launched their automotive business. In the past, Keith has held management roles at WDS Global, 4thPass (a Motorola company) and AT&T Wireless.

Derrick Oien - chumby

Derrick Oien, CEO, chumby

Derrick Oien is the President & CEO of chumby industries. Derrick is an experienced executive working in both startup and public companies as a top member of management. At chumby, Derrick is focused on driving the chumby content network both on internal products and with our strategic partners like Sony Electronics and Best Buy. In addition to driving the distribution of chumby functionality into various consumer electronics devices, Derrick is driving the launch of the chumby media network, allowing advertisers to reach consumers on chumby-powered devices.

Prior to chumby industries, Derrick served as Senior Vice President, Global Operator and OEM Sales at Good Technology. At Good Derrick partnered with global telecommunication companies such as Vodafone, France Telecom, LG Electronics and ATT Wireless. Derrick joined Good Technology with the acquisition of Intercasting Corporation in May 2009, where he was founder, President and COO.

At Intercasting, Derrick was responsible for building the team, negotiating deals with operator partners (Verizon, ATT & Sprint), social networking partners (MySpace, Facebook & Twitter) and running the day-to-day operations.

Prior to founding Intercasting, Derrick was President of Vivendi Universal’s Digital Music Division and had direct responsibility for MP3.com, Rollingstone.com, Getmusic and eMusic. Derrick came to Vivendi Universal with the acquisition of MP3.com for $372 million where he was COO and part of the management team responsible for the acquisition.

Derrick has held various management positions at companies such as Universal Music, Computer Sciences Corporation and Sony Pictures. He has served as a director for Socialthing (acquired by AOL) and Trusonic (acquired by Fluid Media) and is an advisor to a number of startups in the media, technology and wireless sectors.

Derrick graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University, Los Angeles with a degree in Computer Information Systems.

Val Ornoy - Funambol

Val Ornoy, VP Strategy and Business Development, Funambol

Val Ornoy is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Funambol where he is responsible for working with the company's strategic customers. He has 15 years of strategy, business development and legal experience, including founding two high-tech companies. Most recently, Val was Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development at Motorola, where he held global responsibility for three verticals in the company's mobile devices group.

José Piñero, Senior Director, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft

José Piñero has been with Microsoft Corp. for 15 years and currently serves as the senior director for Xbox LIVE. In his role, José works closely with entertainment and social offerings including Netflix, Hulu, ESPN and Facebook to deliver rich, interactive and social entertainment experiences to consumers via Xbox LIVE. Prior to his current role José led initiatives for the Microsoft TV, Video and Music group.

From 2005 to June 2009, he led the diversity and multicultural marketing strategy for Microsoft Corporation. During José’s tenure, Microsoft significantly increased its efforts to connect with diverse groups and market products and services to diverse audiences in the United States. In the two years prior, José led Field Marketing Strategy for the Microsoft Business Solutions Group. He managed the team that developed and delivered global marketing campaigns for Microsoft in the business applications space, and directed the interaction with the Business Solutions subsidiaries around the world.

Between 1999 and 2002 José managed an international assignment in the Microsoft subsidiary in the Caribbean. During that time he directed all marketing efforts for Microsoft in the region. José started his career at Microsoft in Redmond in 1996. Specifically, he managed the marketing strategy and delivery for several Microsoft games, including Microsoft Flight Simulator, one of the top selling PC games in the industry. Before Microsoft, José performed brand management and marketing roles at Procter & Gamble. José holds a Master in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Currently, José is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Hopelink, an organization whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency for all members of the Seattle Eastside community. Previously he was a Board Member of Global Partnerships, an organization dedicated to expanding opportunity for impoverished people, and a Corporate Advisory Board Member for the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA).

In 2007 José was recognized as a Latin Business Magazine’s “Top 100 U.S. Hispanics to Watch” in 2007 and as a “Top 100 Prominent Latinos in the Business World” in 2008. In July of 2009, José was selected as a recipient of the Donald H. McGannon Service Award from the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to helping underserved urban communities. In 2009 Defining Trends Magazine recognized José as one of the 2009 Latino Trendsetters. This award recognizes Latino leaders’ contributions in many key fields. In his spare time José plays electric guitar and writes music. He is also a member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Redmond, Wash. with his wife and two children.

Dale Pistilli - Western Digital

Dale Pistilli, VP of Marketing, Branded Products, Western Digital

Dale Pistilli is vice president of marketing for Western Digital’s Branded Products Group where he is responsible for driving all branded marketing activities including hardware and software product definition, product marketing, marketing strategy and consumer insights. Pistilli has over fifteen years of Product Marketing experience in consumer product companies. Before joining WD, Pistilli was director of product marketing at Logitech where he ran the Notebook and Core Mouse Business. He also served as director of business development, driving Logitech’s entry into the digital home space with acquisitions of the Harmony remote and Squeezebox digital music businesses. Prior to Logitech, Pistilli led the Pronto software business at Philips Remote Control Systems Business Unit. Mr. Pistilli’s entrepreneurial experience includes leadership roles in three Silicon Valley startups as well as a key role in the leveraged buyout and subsequent sale of General Time/Westclox. He has a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from the Wharton School and a bachelor’s of science in computer science and economics from Duke University.

Peter Porteous, CEO, Blue Line Innovations

Peter assumed the CEO role in May 2009 after having supported Danny Tuff, co-founder, and the Management Team in a consulting capacity. Peter brings to the team a career focused on building brands and bringing businesses to market. Peter has 3 hockey playing sons, CJ (19), Jake (16) and Tanner (12). Away from work, Peter is and active member of YPO (www.ypo.org), passionate about the environment (www.meduxnekeag.org) and economic development in Africa (YPO Rwanda Joint Action Forum). Peter’s career began with traditional packaged goods marketing where he grew to Director of Marketing, Kraft Canada. For the past 16 years Peter has managed “go to market” sales, marketing, distribution companies in Canada (Barrett Corporation), US (Dixie Sales Company) and globally as CEO of Freeplay Energy (www.freeplayenergy.com). “At Blue Line Innovations, we have a terrific and unique sensing technology that allows us to put real time electricity data in the hands of consumers, utilities or collaboration partners. We’re proud to be working with terrific retail partners and collaboration partners such as Microsoft and Google. I’m excited about our potential to help families reduce their energy bill and make a positive difference. The time does seem to be right for the PowerCost Monitor™ - we just need to continue to build awareness and to work with quality partners to bring our brand and technology to market.”

David Price, MPEGIF VP, MPEG Industry Forum; Head of Business Development, Ericsson

David Price plays a key role in driving the development of Ericsson’s global TV business and in helping operators and services providers to deliver next-generation, multiscreen TV services. Prior to joining Ericsson, David was Vice President, Business Development and Marketing Communications at Harmonic Inc., based in Sunnyvale, California. David joined Harmonic from TV/COM International in San Diego (formerly Oak Communications), where he held the position of VP. Originally from the UK, David moved to the USA as VP of M/A-COM Linkabit, now Hughes Network Systems. David is Vice President of the MPEG Industry Forum and was selected in 2003 and 2004 as one of the "Euro 50" by Cable & Satellite Europe, which celebrates those who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and vision in their fields. Originally an electronics engineer, he graduated from CIT with a Fellowship MBA and has an Honors Bachelors degree in Cybernetics, Instrument Physics and Mathematics.


Len Rand, Managing Director, Granite Ventures

Len Rand joined Granite Ventures in May 2002, after spending nearly three decades working inside both public and private companies. As CEO of four private companies, he successfully turned them into public entities through acquisition. Prior to joining Granite, Len was General Manager of Strategic Marketing and Global Alliances for the Intel Communications Group (ICG) at Intel Corporation. Len joined Intel after serving as CEO and Founder of NetBoost Corporation, which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 1999. NetBoost was a developer of network processor silicon, subsystems and software development systems. Granite Ventures was a lead investor in the company. Prior to NetBoost, Len was Co-founder of Internet Middleware, Inc., an Internet proxy caching company acquired by Network Appliance, Inc. in 1997, as well as CEO of The Whitewater Group (acquired by Symantec). Len was also CEO at the Rand Group (acquired by Intergraph Corporation), and was Vice President & General Manager at both Intergraph Corporation and Autodesk, Inc. Len has extensive technical and operational background in the semiconductor and communications industries, and focuses his investments in communications and components companies. He serves on the Boards of Directors for Aspen Avionics, HyTrust, Ozmo Devices and PowerGenix. Len holds several degrees including a B.S. degree in Building Sciences, a B.S. degree in Engineering, a BArch degree in Architecture, and an M.S. degree in Structural Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Paddy Rao, VP, Product Management, Sling Media representing EchoStar

Paddy Rao leads the Product Management group at Sling Media, and is responsible for the company's overall product strategy and roadmap, as well as product delivery. Prior to assuming this role, Paddy was responsible for launching and managing Sling Media's OEM product line. Paddy came to Sling Media from Thomson (now Technicolor), where he was Vice President of the company's set-top box engineering organization, servicing pay TV operators on four continents. Before Thomson, Paddy was the CEO of Grundig Digital Systems, a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary of Grundig A.G. and Intel Capital. Grundig Digital Systems was subsequently acquired by Thomson. Paddy also held senior management roles at TV/COM and at Hyundai Electronics America. He started his career as a Staff Scientist at Compression Labs, one of the pioneering companies in the field of digital video compression. Paddy has a Ph.D. in E.E. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.

Ron Renjilian - Firstsource

Ronald Renjilian, Consultant, Firstsource

Ronald A. Renjilian is a consultant with Firstsource and is Managing Partner for Diamond-Cloud Consulting which provides product marketing and business development expertise to companies wanting to build relationships with Broadband and Digital Service Providers. Prior to Diamond-Cloud, Ron was Founder and CEO of Peak8 Solutions. Ron started his career with IBM where he held a number of sales and sales management positions Ron graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Business Administration, with High Honors. He is also a guest lecturer at Denver University’s, Daniels School of Business, on the topic of Customer Experience Management.

Dave Rothenberg, WW Marketing Manager, Movea Inc.

Dave Rothenberg heads WW Marketing and Communications for Movea and has over 14 years of Go-To-Market experience productizing and commercializing new technologies for companies in Silicon Valley and Europe. He takes in interdisciplinary approach to business having held senior management roles in Marketing, Business Development, and Engineering, across a range of markets including: Enterprise Software, Wireless and Mobile, Consumer Electronics, Health and Fitness, and Web Services. Dave holds dual degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chris Saito - Technicolor

Chris Saito, Vice President of Marketing Digital Delivery Group, Technicolor

Chris is responsible for providing executive leadership and management of the unit's marketing organization and in-bound and out-bound marketing activities worldwide which include: interface with Corporate Marketing, Partner/Channel marketing, Corporate Communications, Events, Product Marketing, Product Management and sales.

Chris brings over 16 years of executive leadership experience with companies such as: Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and Pioneer Electronics. Throughout his career, he has led the development, innovation and launch of variety of digital media products and services.


Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa, Inc.

Kian Saneii is trained as a computer scientist and software executive, and is passionate about bringing transformational technologies to market. Saneii founded Independa in 2009 to deliver technology-enabled independent living products and services for the rapidly growing population of caregivers supporting elderly loved ones. From 2005-2008, Saneii was General Manager of Websense Wireless, responsible for launching and growing the wireless division from the ground up, including developing new carrier-centric technology and product lines, and establishing new global distribution partners. As Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Websense, Inc., he redefined the company’s market positioning and helped guide it to global market dominance. In addition to his responsibility for all aspects of global marketing, Saneii was responsible for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, OEM sales, and business development at Websense. As the founding GM of Websense Wireless, Saneii expanded the company’s vision to encompass the wireless revolution from a new perspective, and established Websense Wireless as a carrier-grade supplier of transformational technologies to the telco / wireless ecosystem worldwide. Before joining Websense, Saneii served as Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development at IPNet Solutions. In this role, he helped B2B supply chain businesses convert from using EDI to using secure supply chain collaboration and communication systems – introducing real-time information flow and eliminating significant waste throughout supply chains. Before IPNet Solutions, Saneii served as Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing and Business Development for IMA, Inc., focusing on CRM solutions. Saneii transformed IMA’s call center solutions into customer interaction centers, which integrated all customer interactions and data to redefine the entire market sector. Earlier in his career, Saneii held management positions at AT&T Bell Laboratories, DIS Research and FileNet Corporation (acquired by IBM). Saneii earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with Cum Laude Honors from New York University, Phi Beta Kappa, and received the NYU President’s Award. He earned his Master of Computer Science from Rutgers University. Some moons ago, Saneii played NCAA Division 1 Soccer, was Chief Driving Instructor for BMW Car Club of America’s New York Chapter, and received his Black Belt in Tae Kwan Do. Today, he lives in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., with his wife, Roshan, and two sons, Cameron and Nicholas, and manages to get in an occasional game of tennis.

Russ Schafer, Senior Director of Global Product Marketing, Connected TV, Yahoo!

Russ Schafer brings twenty years experience in product and corporate marketing to his role as Senior Director of Global Product Marketing for Yahoo! Connected TV. Yahoo! Connected TV is the leading platform for Internet-connected TV, and is available across leading TV brands worldwide including Samsung, Sony, Toshiba, VIZIO and LG. More than 8 million consumers have purchased TVs with Yahoo! Connected TV. Today the Yahoo! Connected TV experience centers around a collection of more than 100 easy-to-use TV Apps, providing deep content specifically designed to complement TV viewing. TV Apps run the gamut from social networking to music, games, news, weather, finance, shopping, and more than 50,000 movies and TV shows on-demand.

Bill Scheffler - Sigma Designs

Bill Scheffler, Senior Director of North American Business Development, Z-Wave Alliance, Sigma Designs

Bill Scheffler serves as Director of U.S. 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, acquired by Sigma Designs in December 2008, in May 2001 after a 16-year career with X-10. 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 undergraduate and graduate degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Rick Schwartz, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Software, PacketVideo

Rick Schwartz serves as product manager for PacketVideo's media management software (Twonky) for PCs and mobile devices. Prior to joining PV in 2008, Schwartz logged a rich history in digital media innovation. Six years before Apple sold its first song online, Schwartz was product manager at Liquid Audio. During this time, oversaw a team that created the first secure online music distribution system.

Following his tenure at Liquid Audio, Schwartz joined Gateway where he was in charge of product marketing for the company’s Desktop PC division. Schwartz played an integral role in launching hundreds of unique products and services to market, including Media Center PCs, the Gateway/Napster Music Service, Gateway MP3 Jukebox and Gateway Rhapsody Music Service. Schwartz also launched the Music Vault – an industry-first program that included preloading thousands of songs onto millions of PCs worldwide. Schwartz works from PV's headquarters in San Diego.


Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software Development Corporation

Loren Shade is Vice President of Marketing at Allegro Software Development Corporation – a premier provider of Internet software toolkits for embedded applications including UPnP™/DLNA®, device management and machine to machine communications. With 20+ years in the embedded industry, Loren has worked with many industrial, military and commercial customers to adopt standards based communications into their embedded products. A long standing networking evangelist, Loren has delivered presentations on various networking topics to customers, partners and technology forums and is excited about enabling connectivity to intelligent embedded devices. Prior to Allegro, Loren held various management and senior level positions with Interpeak, Wind River Systems, Integrated Systems and Battelle Memorial Institute. Loren holds degrees in Systems Analysis and Physics from Miami University, Industrial Systems Engineering and Feedback and Control from The Ohio State University and Professional Fellow from Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management.

Sandy Shanman - Limelight

Sandy Shanman, Senior Vice President, Integrated Media Solution Sales, Limelight Networks

Shanman is Senior Vice President, Integrated Media Solution Sales at Limelight Networks. His role is to lead sales efforts with solutions that span Limelight delivery services and interactive advertising offerings. Sandy joined the Limelight Networks team through the acquisition of Kiptronic in 2008, and successfully worked to integrate the acquired mobile technology with traditional Limelight delivery services prior to taking on his new solution sales responsibilities. Before Kiptronic, Sandy spent his career working in the advertising segment at interactive publishers and advertising.com.

Steve Shapiro - ADT

Steve Shapiro, Group Director, Product Management, ADT

Steve Shapiro is the Group Director of Product Management for ADT Security Services, the industry leader in electronic security solutions. In this role, Steve drives product strategy and direction for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including the company’s revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse Interactive Solutions™, as well as all intrusion systems, fire systems, home health care systems and communications systems. As industry trends and technology continue to evolve, Steve is responsible for evaluating and selecting new products, technologies and services that ensure value to ADT’s growing customer base.

Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable products.

His career in Product Marketing and Product Management began at Motorola, where he was responsible for many communications products over 20 years that included two-way radios, one-way pagers, two-way pagers and global cellular phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones.

Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded seven patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.

Ohad Shvueli - Prime Sense

Ohad Shvueli, VP Sales and Marketing, PrimeSense

Mr. Ohad has over 18 years experience in international High Tech sales, business development and marketing. In his previous position Ohad built and lead the m-systems USB flash drive organization in the Americas region which exceeded sales of $200m in 2006, the year the company was acquired by Sandisk. During this period the team, under Ohad's leadership was able to build a marketplace for the then-innovative technology by creating solid relationships with the leading OEM maker and marketers of PCs, memory and storage media products, and CE Retailers nationwide.

Ohad brings a dedicated orientation for customer service and structures organizations to support the company's customer base, turning this service orientation into a strategic component of the company's growth strategy.

Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Advertising, Rovi

Jeff Siegel joined Rovi Corporation in October of 2010 as senior vice president, Worldwide Advertising, bringing almost 20 years of experience at all levels of advertising sales and strong relationships with agencies, publishers, networks, leagues, vendors and distributors. His experience includes managing global sales teams, and developing and marketing world-class brands and assets on diverse platforms including cable networks, internet, mobile, VOD and iTV. Jeff also has expertise in business development, operations and distribution.

Prior to Rovi, Jeff was at Ensequence – The Interactive Video Company, where he built out the programmer, distributor and advertising sales efforts and executed multiple business development opportunities to grow revenue and market share.

Previous to this, Jeff was senior vice president, Advanced Media Sales and Marketing at ESPN where he led the sales, marketing and development of advanced media platforms including internet, interactive television, addressable advertising, video on demand and mobile. Jeff spent a total of 13 years at ESPN, leading teams in both the Affiliate Sales and Advertising Sales organizations, where he was responsible for driving new business and advanced media sales and marketing efforts. In these roles, Jeff created industry-leading advanced media sponsorship programs, improved operating efficiencies, managed senior-level relationships and oversaw the creation and implementation of trade advertising.

Prior to his roles at ESPN, Jeff served four years as director of sales marketing at CBS affiliates in Cleveland and Orlando.

Jeff is a frequent speaker at advertising industry events and is an active member of multiple advisory boards in the industry. He graduated with a bachelor of science in Business Administration from John Carroll University in Cleveland, OH.

Hank Skorny - RealNetworks

Hank Skorny, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks

Hank Skorny is Chief Strategy Officer for RealNetworks, focusing on long-term strategic vision and innovative new product development for the company. Prior to his appointment as CSO, Mr. Skorny spent two years leading RealNetworks’ Unifi efforts as senior vice president of media cloud computing and services.

Mr. Skorny has nearly 25 years of executive marketing, business development and engineering experience in the mobile and software industry, previously serving as CEO of Thumbspeed, Inc. (later acquired by OZ Communications Inc. and Nokia). Prior to Thumbspeed, Mr. Skorny held senior executive positions at Infospace Mobile and AOL Mobile, as well as senior positions at Adobe Systems, Microsoft and Apple Computer. He also holds the roles as chairman of Zipwhip, Inc., and on the board of Enterprise Ireland. Mr. Skorny studied at Drexel University.

Jordan Socran - Radialpoint

Jordan Socran, Senior Director of Global Sales and Business Development, Radialpoint

Jordan Socran is responsible for Radialpoint's global Business Development Group, helping the company to bring innovative and strategic Digital Home Services solutions to large consumer technology brands worldwide. Jordan has been with Radialpoint since 1998, working with Fortune 500 companies in the service provider, OEM, and retail verticals to bring a range of premium Digital Home Service solutions to their consumer end-users. Radialpoint excels in bringing a customer-led, platform-based SaaS solution to market; Jordan's expertise in business development, consumer services and marketing has been pivotal in identifying, designing and building premium digital home services businesses for companies looking to grow their revenues and deliver differentiated brand experiences. In the last 5 years, Jordan has been instrumental in delivering nearly $1 billion in revenues to Radialpoint's customers and driving future growth opportunities for customers looking to maximize the revenue potential of the connected home.


Bill Stanley, Executive Director, Telcordia

Bill Stanley is Director of Strategic Business Development. He has over 20 years experience in the Telecom industry with a range of experience from Product Line Management, Solutions Development and 3rd party M&A/business development partnering. In his present role, Bill is leading the development of solutions that Telcordia brings to Service Providers to assist them with their network evolution strategies by leveraging their legacy investments toward new networks and new services. Bill has participated in numerous Telemanagement Forum projects including early development of the SID model plus the formulation and delivery of Catalyst showcase projects. Bill began his career with the management of network deployment projects throughout North America and the Asia/Pacific region and in recent years has remained involved in international markets including Europe and Latin America.


Philippe Steinmetz, Director Home and Content, North America, Orange

Philippe Steinmetz is Head of Home and Content for Orange offices in New York, part of France Telecom Group Marketing. He focuses on identifying consumer trends, disruptive business models, innovative services and actors in the content and fixed multiplay ecosystems in North America. Prior to coming to the United States in 2010, Philippe held several positions in France Telecom Group in Europe. He was a product manager for Orange Business Solutions on 800-numbers services, and later on Internet connectivity offers for media companies and smaller telcos. He moved to the Content Line of Business in 2005 to take charge of music offers and value propositions on PC, TV and mobile across the Orange footprint, including 8 countries in Europe. Philippe Steinmetz graduated in marketing at ICN (Institut Commercial de Nancy, France) and studied at Carnegie Mellon University's GSIA (Graduate School of Industrial Administration).

Robert Stepanian, Ph.D., CEO, NexStep, Inc.

Dr. Robert Stepanian is the CEO and founder of NexStep, Inc. NexStep designs and licenses lightweight platform solutions offering significant improvements in functionality, performance and cost of converged cloud-based control, display, and communications devices.

Robert has extensive background in computer architecture with broad expertise in hardware, software, and consumer electronics design. In the past 20 years, Robert has worked on key strategic products in a number of top-tier high-tech companies including IBM, Intel, Digital Equipment Corporation, the startup SiByte, and Broadcom.

Robert has worked as a CPU architect on a number of mainstream processors, including x86, Itanium, Alpha, PowerPC, MIPS, and ARM architectures. Prior to founding NexStep, Robert was the founding director of architecture and performance group at the startup SiByte — a network processor design firm — which was successfully acquired by Broadcom. Robert holds over 20 US and foreign patents in microprocessor architecture, media-processing algorithms, and a broad array of advanced consumer electronics devices.

Robert's latest technical brainchild is NexStep's cloud-based control platform, including the groundbreaking NexStep Cloud Remote(tm). His current mission is to see NexStep platform technology in households worldwide.


Jamison Tilsner, Business Development and Evangelist, Kantar Video

As Kantar Video’s Evangelist, Jamison Tilsner is responsible for contextualizing and advocating on behalf of the company's efforts in online and mobile video. In this capacity, he also facilitates business development activities with content creators, content distributors and other members of the video ecosystem. Prior to Kantar Video, Jamison was COO of Tubefilter, a leading authority in the online entertainment industry. He is also a co-founder of The Streamy Awards, the first ever live-streamed awards show celebrating excellence in online entertainment and The International Academy of Web Television, a professional organization dedicated to the advancement of entertainment content distributed on the open internet. Jamison also served as an Associate Producer and Production Coordinator for various film, television and new media productions and as an Adviser to Digital Filmmaking students at Katherine Gibbs School in New York. Jamison regularly speaks on the topic of online video and digital entertainment. He's spoken at The Consumer Electonronics Show, Digital Hollywood, OMMA Video, Streaming Media East and West, New York Television Festival and regularly at NYU Tisch School of The Arts. Jamison holds a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of The Arts and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business.

Roger Towne

Roger Towne, Senior Product Planner, Samsung Electronics

Roger Towne is a dedicated professional with 20 years experience spanning the Advanced Video, TV and MVPD/OTT landscape. His professional skills include product management, product planning, consulting/industry analysis, opportunity harvesting, and visioning. His companies range from pre-funded startups to Global Fortune-50, including Interactive TV pioneer Interactive Networks, lodging VOD pioneer On Command Corp" cable operators TCI/AT&T Broadband and Seren Innovations, STB and UX maker Digeo" mobile satellite manufacturer Sumitomo Electric, embedded & CE technology company DiVX, CloudTV pioneer ActiveVideo Networks, and STB/MVPD solution provider Samsung.

Steve Tranter - NDS

Steve Tranter, VP of Interactive and Broadband, NDS

Steve Tranter is Vice President, Broadband and Interactive at NDS Group Ltd where he is responsible for sales of the company’s digital broadcast systems in North America. Mr. Tranter has spearheaded the introduction of many of NDS’ open-standard, broadband and interactive products and solutions into the North American market, enabling the secure delivery of digital content to set-top boxes, DVRs, PCs, smartphones and other connected devices.

Having joined NDS in 1996, Mr. Tranter is a seasoned television industry veteran with experience spanning technical sales, systems design, integration, market analysis, and project management.

Mr. Tranter holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Leeds.

Nick Troiano - BlackArrow

Nick Troiano, President, BlackArrow

Nick Troiano joined BlackArrow as president in March 2009. As president, Troiano oversees all go-to-market activities for BlackArrow, where he is responsible for building the company’s advanced advertising business for networks and content distributors. Previously, Troiano was vice president of business development within the U.S. Partnership Group at Yahoo!, where he led a business development team responsible for cross-platform technology and ad sales partnerships with major media customers. Before Yahoo!, Troiano was senior vice president of sales and business development for Maven Networks (acquired by Yahoo! in Feb. 2008). Prior, Troiano served as executive vice president of business development at ClearStory Systems, where he oversaw product marketing and strategy. Previously, Troiano was CEO of WebWare Corporation, and a principal at SCP Private Equity Partners, where he led investments in media and communications. Troiano earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Davidson College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ken Wacks

Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to more than 100 clients worldwide, ranging from startups to large companies. His business focus includes home and building systems, energy management, and digital entertainment networks. Corporate managers depend on Dr. Wacks for clear and practical advice regarding product development and market positioning.

The United States Department of Energy appointed Dr. Wacks to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council. He is helping to develop a smart grid for reliable and economical distribution of electricity. For electric and gas utilities, he has defined and demonstrated new methods for energy management and conservation.

Dr. Wacks was elected to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building automation. In addition, he has written American National Standards for home systems and networked home appliances.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the magazine iHomes & Buildings and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’ Perspectives.” He is a frequent speaker and panel-session organizer at industry conferences. Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for additional information.

Fred Wang

Fred Wang, General Partner, Trinity Ventures

Fred has over 15 years of experience in venture capital. He currently invests in infrastructure, with a focus on digital media, and on specific sectors in clean tech.

He is currently involved with 21ViaNet, Aryaka Networks, Avaak, ClearLeap, Exalt Communications, Enovix, Netcordia, Ankeena (acquired by Juniper Networks), and Soliant Energy. He has led investments in successful companies such as Aruba Networks (ARUN), Illuminet (ILUM), Modulus Video (acquired by Motorola), Network Access Solutions (NASC), Orative (acquired by Cisco), SevenSpace (acquired by Sun), Speedera Networks (acquired by Akamai), and Tut Systems (TUTS).

Prior to joining Trinity Ventures in 1999, he was a partner at Spectrum Equity Investors, making investments in infrastructure companies. Previously, Fred worked at The Boston Consulting Group working with clients such as Pacific Gas & Electric, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), AT&T, and Apple Computer. Before BCG, Fred held operating positions in the New Technologies Group at Pacific Bell and at Intuit.

Fred is on the board of Western Association of Venture Capital (WAVC), an advisor to the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), and is actively involved with the Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Northern California and the Stanford Challenge. Fred received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, his M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.


Stephen White, Senior Vice President, Product and Content Management, Gracenote

White joined Gracenote in 2001 bringing 13 years of demonstrated experience leading teams in the creation, development, and sales of innovative technologies and products. White manages the company’s product and content management teams in the execution of the company’s strategic product vision.

Prior to his current role White led sales teams at Gracenote working with leading media software and services provider customers such as Apple, Yahoo, Real Networks, Napster and America Online.

Prior to joining Gracenote, White was the VP of development for streaming music start-up Echo.com which was one of the first companies to combine group content streaming and community features such as instant messaging and chat rooms into a streaming audio client.

Prior to that White acted as Sr. Director of Project Management and Executive Producer for new media consultancy CKS. In his role at CKS White managed teams in the creation of major web sites and applications including the award winning Apple Online Store, GM.com and Visa.com.

White holds a BA in Afro-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, Nagra-Kudelski

As VP of Business Development at Nagra, Robin Wilson’s responsibilities include ensuring that Nagra’s current and future solutions are developed and applied whenever new opportunities or markets arise. Robin has over 25 years of international broadcast technology experience in companies that include BBC, NBC, RCA, DiviCom, Grass Valley and Modulus Video where he has held various marketing, engineering, management and founding positions.

Robin has participated in and presented at many industry organizations including SMPTE, EBU, IBC, ATIS, IEEE and NATAS. He graduated with a BSc. degree in Applied Physics (EE) from Dundee University, Scotland, and holds a watermarking patent.

Laura Yecies, Chief Executive Officer, SugarSync, Inc.

Laura is a consumer software and Internet services industry veteran with two decades of experience leading top consumer brands such as ZoneAlarm, Yahoo and Netscape. Yecies joined SugarSync in Q4 2008 to expand the company and initiate an aggressive business and product growth phase. Most recently, Yecies was General Manager of the ZoneAlarm consumer and small business division at Check Point Software, responsible for all facets of business development, marketing, sales, and product. She led key initiatives to drive ZoneAlarm's technology vision and significantly increase brand awareness. Previously, at Yahoo, Yecies served as Global General Manager of the Yahoo Mail division. Earlier, Yecies was Vice President of the Netscape browser division at AOL where she was responsible for the development of Netscape 7.0 and the launch of the Netscape browser in 23 languages. Prior to Netscape, she led Latin American sales at Informix Software Corp. in Latin America. Additionally, Yecies served as Director of Marketing Programs for the Asia Pacific Latin America region at Gupta Corporation. Earlier in her career Yecies worked as an international risk analyst at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation – a division of the Agency for International Development and as a lecturer in International Marketing at Santa Clara University. Yecies received her M.B.A. from Harvard, plus an M.S.F.S. from Georgetown School of Foreign Service where she graduated with honors in International Business Diplomacy. She received her A.B. Magna Cum Laude in Government from Dartmouth and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.She has studied abroad at the London School of Economics and with Dartmouth in Blois, France. Yecies serves on the Board of several community non-profit organizations and has worked as a volunteer medical translator in Guatemala. She has lived in Brazil, France and England, is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, and French and loves travelling the world as much as possible with her husband and four children.


Chris King - eMeter

Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, eMeter

Chris King is President, eMeter Strategic Consulting and Chief Regulatory Officer of eMeter, a leading provider of Smart Grid Management Software. He has over 25 years experience with smart meters and Smart Grids, including as director of rate design at Pacific Gas & Electric. An internationally recognized expert, author of numerous thought-leading publications, and frequent speaker at industry events, Mr. King founded the Demand Response and Smart Grid Alliance and the European Smart Energy Demand Coalition – which he chairs – and is a Board member of the Association of Demand Response and Smart Grid Professionals, U.S. Demand Response National Action Plan Coalition, and Silicon Valley Leadership Group. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, several U.S. States, and international regulatory bodies. Mr. King, who has been named a Privacy Ambassador by the Ontario Privacy Commission, holds advanced degrees in science, business, and law from Stanford and Concord universities.

Shirley Rouse - Reliant

Shirley Rouse, VP of Product Service and Innovation, Reliant Energy

As Vice President of Product and Service Innovation, Rouse is responsible for developing new consumer-focused solutions that meet the needs of residential customers. She leads Reliant’s effort to bring the benefits of the smart electric grid to consumers through smart energy solutions and services that deliver unprecedented information and control about how consumers purchase and use electricity. Rouse joined Reliant in 2001 and actively participated in the opening of the competitive Texas electricity market. Prior to her current role, she developed and executed innovative marketing strategies and led cross-functional teams to successfully deliver strong performance from the residential customer base. In previous roles, she managed the creation of Reliant’s website reliant.com and pioneered new business opportunities in the marketing operations, IT, and e-Business organizations. Prior to joining Reliant, she spent 15 years in product development, marketing and consulting for companies ranging in size from startup ventures to Fortune 500 companies, and has a strong track record of building new revenue streams for existing businesses. Rouse holds a BSE degree from Princeton University, and has recently served on the University’s Alumni Council. She is also involved in numerous community and fund-raising activities.

Eric Saltzman

Eric Saltzman, COO, EcoFactor, Inc.

Eric Saltzman joined EcoFactor as COO in July 2009, bringing over 20 years of experience working with both private and public technology companies. He is responsible for EcoFactor's business development, partner communications and internal operations. Eric was most recently CFO and Executive VP, Corporate Development at PSS Systems, Inc., where he strengthened the company’s financial position by raising capital, managing expenses and working with the sales team to close business with Fortune 500 and Global 1,000 companies.

Before joining PSS, Eric held CFO positions at Vendavo, Qualys, and TimesTen, and was CFO/COO of Cygent. His tenure at Qualys, a leading provider of on-demand vulnerability management and policy compliance solutions, provided significant experience in managing a rapidly growing SaaS business. Prior to these positions, Eric was CFO at Electronics for Imaging, Inc., a public company, where he also held additional executive roles and helped lead the company through a six-year period during which revenue increased from $89 million to $570 million and the company achieved a peak market capitalization of over $3 billion. Eric holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Karen Williams - GE

Karen Williams, Consumer Research and Ideation Manager, Home Energy, GE Lighting & Appliances

Karen Williams is a Consumer Research and Ideation Manager for GE Appliances & Lighting. In this role she is responsible for uncovering consumer insights for GE's home energy management and connected appliance initiatives while working closely with design and product management teams to translate findings into market opportunities. Prior to joining GE, Karen was a user experience researcher and manager at User Insight where she worked with clients in the healthcare, hospitality, agriculture, and telecommunications industries to identify creative and practical solutions to improve their interface designs and consumer experiences. Karen holds a Master of Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.


Farhan Abid

Farhan Abid, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Farhan Abid is part of the Residential Energy Management & Home Systems research team at Parks Associates. In his role as a Research Analyst, Farhan studies and analyzes activities within the Smart Grid and Home Area networking space. His focus is on the energy management ecosystem and how it affects consumers.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Farhan was an investment analyst with StrateSphere Investments, a private equity firm based in Columbus, Ohio. Farhan earned a BS in Information Systems from the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Home Systems, Energy Management and Smart Grid Technologies, Entertainment Systems, Home Systems Integration Channel, Home Builders

Bill Ablondi

Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates

Bill Ablondi is a technology market analyst with over 25 years experience advising systems manufacturers, software publishers, and communication service providers. Bill specializes in marketability analyses, competitive assessments, and market forecasts. He has directed syndicated advisory services and related custom consulting activities for several leading research firms in addition to Parks Associates.

Bill began his information technology career as an engineer and business development manager at Texas Instruments. He holds a BS in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Columbia University with a concentration in management science, emphasizing operations research and finance.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Home Systems, Home Controls, Energy Management and Smart Grid, Home Security, Entertainment Systems, Home Systems Integration Channel, Home Builders and Multifamily Executives

Laura Allen Phillips

Laura Allen Phillips, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Laura Allen Phillips joined Parks Associates in 2008. Since joining the research team, she has worked in many areas, including consumer research, home systems and controls, security, digital health, online entertainment, and the mobile industry.

Laura earned a BA in history from the University of Texas at Austin.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Online Entertainment, Digital Health, Mobile Industry

Brett Sappington

Brett Sappington, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington is currently Senior Analyst with Parks Associates.

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

With a comprehensive understanding of all areas of marketing for technical product and service companies, including product development, strategic planning, and marketing communications, Brett knows the critical role that market research serves in the success of market-driven companies. He is able to work with Parks Associates’ clients to arm them with the market information they need to succeed in their business.

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

Kurt Scherf

Kurt Scherf, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates

Kurt Scherf studies developments in home networks, residential gateways, digital entertainment services, consumer electronics, and digital home technical support services. Kurt is the sole author or contributing author/analyst to more than 80 research reports and studies produced by Parks Associates since 1998.

Kurt joined Parks Associates following a career in political research and multi-tenant dwelling management. He earned his BA from The University of Iowa.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Home Networks & Residential Gateways, Home Networking Media (Wi-Fi, UWB, HomePlug, HomePNA, MoCA, etc.), Media Center PCs, Set-top Boxes, Networked Consumer Electronics, Consumer Storage, Media Server Hardware and Software, Consumers and Digital Entertainment, Television Services, Broadband Video, Digital Home Customer Support Issues

Stuart Sikes

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

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

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

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

Harry Wang

Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

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

Heather Way

Heather Way, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Heather Way studies digital media advertising services and platforms as well as consumer research focusing on digital entertainment, digital media habits, and consumer purchase processes.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Heather worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth media market for thirteen years, holding positions as Director of Advertising, media planner and buyer, national sales representative, and training coordinator. Most recently, Heather taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.

Heather earned an MS degree in Radio, Television, and Film from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and holds a BS in Mass Communications from East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Digital Media, Emerging Advertising Technologies, and Digital Video Advertising



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