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Erik Charlton Erik Charlton, VP of Business, Nest

Erik joined Nest from Logitech, where he was VP of Product Marketing for their core business – mice. Prior to that Erik co-founded Jarna, a wireless synchronization technology company acquired by Visto. Erik is a Stanford University graduate and earned his MM from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


Bill Horrocks Bill Horrocks, VP, Product Management - Xfinity Home, Comcast

Bill Horrocks is VP, Product Managementfor Xfinity Home.

Within the New Businesses group, Bill is responsible for the successful delivery and management of the Xfinity Home platform providing security, control and energymanagement capabilities, creating a competitive advantage through implementing a comprehensive product management strategy in support of the organization's strategic business objectives.

Prior to his current role, Bill was one of the founders of a startup that developed a software platform integrating home security, automation and IP video products. Prior to that, he held various roles at Comcast in business development, planning, IT and product management.

Bill a holds a B.S. from Penn State University, and an MBA from Drexel University.


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP of Distributed Energy Services, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Distributed Energy Services. Her organization is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, green building and advanced transportation, market analytics and the key accounts function.

Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for over 30 years, and spent more than 22 years at Salt River Project. Most recently, she was SRP’s Director of Customer Programs and Marketing, where she had responsibility for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans and services; measurement & evaluation and market research. Previous positions included managing SRP’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.

Kimberly earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from Stanford University and her Master's in International Management from Thunderbird.

Kimberly serves on the Program Advisory Committee of the Consortium for Energy Efficiency and is an Executive Sponsor of the Austin Energy Pecan Street Working Group and the Texas Fuel Independence Project. While in Arizona, she has served on the Board of Directors of the Maricopa Health Foundation and the Desert Foothills Habitat for Humanity Chapter.  


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

Stuart Lombard is the President and CEO of ecobee, a company dedicated to helping its customers conserve energy, save money and reduce their environmental impact. Stuart began his career as a software developer building distribution control systems for international electric utilities. Stumbling across the Internet in 1994, Stuart founded one of Canada's first and largest internet service providers. After going public with i*internet, Stuart became the Co-CEO of Isolation Systems Ltd. an award winning manufacturer of internet encryption solutions which was acquired by Shiva Corporation in the spring of 1998. Stuart then spent 8 years as a partner at a technology venture capital firm before seeing the light and founding ecobee. Stuart and his wife, Andrea, live in Toronto with their 3 children. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, running and coaching kids soccer.


Kevin Meagher  		Kevin Meagher , Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Twitter ID: @Lowes
Website: http://www.lowes.com/

Kevin Meagher was named vice president and general manager, smart home in 2011.

Meagher leads the company’s smart home initiative, including the development of Iris, Lowe’s exclusive Cloud platform designed to monitor and control virtually everything in the home from a computer or smart phone.

Prior to Lowe’s, Meagher founded Intamac Systems, a UK company focused on Cloud platforms that deliver new, value-added services to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities. Following Intamac, he was a consultant specializing in the Internet of Things.

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

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


Speakers


Artyom Astafurov Artyom Astafurov, Chief Innovation Officer, DataArt

Artyom Astafurov is Chief Innovation Officer at DataArt, a custom software development firm, where he's in charge of smart energy R&D initiatives. He is also a co-founder of DeviceHive, an open source cloud M2M / IoT connectivity platform for smart devices. Artyom holds a MS degree in Computer Science, has over a decade of engineering and software development experience, and leads M2M business development and strategic account management at DataArt.


Duncan Bees Duncan Bees, Chief Technology and Business Officer, HGI

Since 2008, Duncan Bees has been the Chief Technology and Business Officer for the HGI. He has overseen HGI’s launch of a successful test and logo programme along with initiatives on energy efficiency, quality of service, software modularity, and home networks. Currently he is working with HGI’s members on an in-home architecture to support smart home services.

Previously Duncan worked at PMC-Sierra in Vancouver, leading systems teams in broadband access, VoIP, voice quality, high-speed serial interfaces & switches, and representing PMC at many industry bodies.

He also worked at Bell Northern Research (Nortel) in Montreal, where he managed DSP and development teams in wireless speech processing, mobile data, and voice recognition systems.

He started his career at MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates as a ground stations engineer.

Duncan holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from the University of British Columbia. 


Scott Burns Scott Burns, Director of Innovation, Reliant

Scott Burns is the Director of Innovation at Reliant, an NRG Company, where he responsible for creating the residential and small business product and service strategy for one of the industry’s leading energy retailers. Products include customer-facing applications based on smart meter data analytics, home energy management devices and technology, commodity plans, home services, and other services that meet the evolving needs of today’s electricity consumer. He has been focused on consumer-facing energy product strategy since he joined Reliant in 2008 as a Smart Energy Product Manager and helped launch multiple products including energy emails, web portals, mobile applications, time-of-use pricing, and prepay electricity. He was a key contributor on the application that led to Reliant's selection as a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Stimulus Grant recipient. He also spent a year at Direct Energy where he led Smart Energy product strategy and acted as conduit with British Gas and their Smart Homes team. Mr. Burns previously spent eight years in a variety of marketing and product line management roles at Corning, a leader in fiber optics and telecommunications equipment. He led development of a number of key products used in the country's first large Fiber-to-the-Home deployments. Prior to his time at Corning, Mr. Burns spent over nine years as a military officer and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has his MBA.


Al Choperena Al Choperena, CEO, Smartenit

Before starting Smartenit, Al Choperena had leading roles as senior executive at DuPont, Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson in R&D, Business Development and Operations. At those companies he was a primary mover in the creation of businesses that today have combined yearly sales in excess of $5 billion.

Al is an electrical engineer with expertise in control systems and telecommunications. Following a successful corporate career in medical devices, he turned his energy as an entrepreneur to extend the promise of wireless communications and the “Internet of Things”. He founded Smartenit (formerly known as SimpleHomeNet) to implement his vision of a seamless automation framework for modern homes and buildings using the latest advances in wireless networks. Today Smartenit is a leading provider of Smart Energy and Home Automation products and Cloud Connectivity services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and has attended numerous professional programs at distinguished universities including Pennsylvania/Wharton and Michigan schools of business.


Eric Danziger Eric Danziger, VP, Business Development, Genability

Eric oversees the Company's business development efforts with an emphasis on strategy and finance. Eric also manages the Genability’s partner relationships, marketing efforts, corporate development and SunShot project. Prior to joining Genability, Eric was an investment banker with GulfStar Group, a middle market sell-side M&A firm, and JPMorgan Chase. Eric received his BBA in Finance and MBA from the University of Texas.


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

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


Joseph Franz Joseph Franz, Strategic Partner and Product Development, Constellation

Innovative leader responsible for forging new business relationships and products in the energy space. Current focus is working with visionary Smart Home companies, integrating the smart grid and energy into their products, to provide their customers with added value. A very strong technical knowledge and deep understanding of the electricity business and technology. Was awarded 2 Smart Grid patents for Controlling Loads in commercial buildings.


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

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

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


Denis Garman Denis Garman, Category Leader - Energy Management & Information Group, Duke Energy

Denis P. Garman leads Duke Energy’s Energy Management & Information Group that includes all residential customer in-home offerings. This includes a growing portfolio of Energy Management, Pricing, Billing, Assessment and Information solutions that provide Duke Energy customer’s greater insight and control over their energy usage.

Prior to joining Duke Energy, Garman held a number executive leadership positions at IBM and Procter & Gamble where
he distinguished himself an innovative strategist and marketer through the development of new products, markets & customer experiences.

Garman earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Vanderbilt University and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.


Kristian Handberg Kristian Handberg, Principal Consultant, Percepscion

Kristian Handberg works in business development for Australia's leading Smart Energy technology provider Percepscion. He designed and delivered the Victorian Government Electric Vehicle (EV) Trial from 2009 to 2013 - the largest EV project in the southern hemisphere involving over 80 organisations – and in 2012-13 oversaw an EV charging demand management project using Victoria’s Smart Grid.

An engineer by qualification, he has 17 years experience in clean technology product and market development, and is involved in national and international policy development through affiliations with Monash University and the International Energy Agency.


Anthony Hawkins Anthony Hawkins, Group Product Manager, Landis+Gyr

Anthony recently joined the Landis+Gyr team as Group Product Manager in the Distribution Grid Management business area. He is responsible for the development of products in support of Advanced Load Management Solutions, Advanced Grid Analytics, and Distributed Energy Resource Management Solutions. Thissuite of products includesload control switches, thermostats, intelligent gateways, battery energy storagesystems, smart street lighting, dynamic voltage control and distributed control systems.

Prior to joining Landis+Gyr, Anthony served more than 20 years in the public power sector at two of the nation’s largest public utilities, CPS Energy and Austin Energy. He was the program sponsor for CPS Energy’s Strategic Advanced Metering Program for its electric andgas meters. This program included the implementation of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Meter Data Management (MDM) System, and the strategic changes and benefits associated with them.

While at Austin Energy, Anthony worked in Distribution Operations, Metering Operations, and EMS/SCADA Operations. He provided active leadership towards many of Austin Energy’s technology initiatives. Anthony help implement Austin Energy’s first Full-Graphic EMS SCADA System and also served as the Program Manager for Austin Energy’s Fixed Network Metering Project.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in Electrical Engineering Technology.


Garth Hillman Garth Hillman, Secretary, Smart Grid Marketing and Technical Task Groups, Wi-Fi Alliance

Dr. Garth Hillman is a technology pioneer who has been involved in the development of many new communications and computer technologies and products.

Before joining OakTree, Garth worked at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). He joined AMD as a New Products Development Manager in 2000 in their fledgling Wireless Local Area Network business focused on developing the lowest cost and lowest power .11x transceiver for the personal computer market. He later represented AMD on the Trusted Computing Group's Board of Directors and served as secretary of IEEE 802.11n Task Group.

Garth co-founded Motorola Semiconductors' (now Freescale) Digital Signal Processing endeavor early in his 19-year tenure there. Between Motorola and AMD Garth held a technical advisory position at Dell Computer. Garth started his career at Nortel where he was the electronics design manager at the Advanced Telecommunications Products Division which produced the world's first consumer electronic telephone.

While at OakTree Garth has continued his work in communications and combined that with his general interest in conservation, the environment, business. Much of his time is devoted to developing strategies and tactics to harmonize his interests. He remains active in IEEE, the Wi-Fi Alliance and most recently the ZigBee Alliance and Smart Grid activities under the auspices of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel/NIST.

Garth earned his doctorate in Engineering Physics and bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Garth is based in Austin, Texas.


Brent Hodges Brent Hodges, Senior Vice President, Retail Business Unit , Tendril

With a long history in the retail energy business, Brent is responsible for successful sales and delivery of the solutions Tendril develops for retail energy service providers as well for retail product and service providers. Prior to taking on this role, Brent was general manager of the firm’s Australian and Asia-Pacific operations, responsible for driving the company’s sales, marketing, business development and overall strategic direction. In this role, he worked for many years to plan, implement and deliver successful customer acquisition and retention solutions for Origin, one of Tendril’s key retail energy clients.

Brent is now enthusiastically applying his experience with this – one of the industry’s most advanced and successful energy consumer engagement projects – to the needs of the firm’s broader client base. He also provides Tendril’s retail customers with the benefit of his many years with Reliant Energy, where he was director of strategy and development before joining Tendril.

In 2010, he was named as one of Greentech Media’s 100 Movers and Shakers of the Smart Grid, and he currently serves on the Governing Board of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). He previously served on the Board of Directors for the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and the ZigBee Alliance, a global ecosystem of organizations creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, residential, commercial and consumer applications.

Brent holds a B.S. in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University, an M.S. in industrial engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Fabrice Hoerner Fabrice Hoerner, Technical Marketing, Sr. Manager, Qualcomm

Fabrice Hoerner is part of Qualcomm’s Technical Marketing team where he focuses on the Internet of Everything: advanced communication technologies, middleware and applications that enable enriched, real-time interactions between people and their environment (for example homes, cars or retail stores). Prior to joining Qualcomm, Fabrice worked for Orange Business Services, leading major sales initiatives on a key energy account: Suez (now GDF Suez, the world’s largest utility). Prior to that Fabrice supervised business intelligence projects for France Telecom. Fabrice received an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, with a concentration in Strategic Management and Economics and holds a Master’s Degree from Ecole Superieure d’Electricite (Supelec) with a concentration in Information Systems and Networks.


Syed Zaeem  Hosain Syed Zaeem Hosain, CTO, Aeris Communications

Mr. Hosain is responsible for the architecture and future direction of Aeris Communications’ networks, development programs and technology strategy. He joined Aeris in 1996 as Vice President, Engineering and a member of the founding executive team of Aeris.

Mr. Hosain has over thirty-five years experience in the semiconductor, computer and telecommunications industries, including product development, architecture design and technical management. Prior to joining Aeris, he held senior engineering and management positions at Analog Devices, Cypress Semiconductor, CAD National and ESS Technology. He has presented papers and participated on panel sessions at conferences on Machine to Machine (M2M) networks and applications, and cellular technologies for M2M.

Mr. Hosain is Chairman of the International Forum on ANSI-41 Standards Technology (IFAST), Chairman of the Global M2M Realization Forum (GM2MRF), and represents Aeris at the CDMA Development Group (CDG). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.  


Dave Hyland Dave Hyland, Manager, Business Development, Schneider Electric

Mr. Hyland joined Schneider Electric in 2010 and has over 32 years of sales management and marketing experience spanning the energy, utilities, software, dot com industries.

His expertise involves both regulated and un-regulated energy companies in Smart Grid, strategies, Demand Response, supply management and marketing. Mr. Hyland is industry wide acknowledged as for his experience and strategy and often speaks at industry events.

Mr. Hyland Chairs the two Peak Load Management Alliance’s (PLMA) conferences with oversight of theme to speakers to site location and P&L. Past host utilities include PG&E, Consolidated Edison, NV Energy, EPB (Chattanooga), Austin Energy and SCE.

With over 21 years of experience in the energy business, Mr. Hyland is viewed as industry expert in Demand Response for both residential and C&I Smart Grid and Smart Grid strategies and is a frequent speaker at energy conferences.

Mr. Hyland holds memberships in the following organizations:

Peak Load Management Alliance (Treasurer, Conference Chair and Executive Committee)
OpenADR Alliance (Chairman of the Marketing Committee)
Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP)
Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS)

Mr. Hyland received a Bachelors degree from Bowling Green State University where he majored in sales management and retailing. Mr. Hyland also attended Executive Management classes at the Kellogg School of Management and the University of Michigan for market planning and market strategies. 


Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky, Director, Intelligent Home Vertical Markets, Time Warner Cable

Joe develops new businesses for Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome platform, and other energy-related ventures. Prior to TWC, Joe managed Southern California Edison's strategic alliances with service providers in the home energy management industry; he originally negotiated energy contracts for SCE. Previously, Joe held leadership positions in the private equity, HVAC manufacturing and management consulting industries. He holds BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard. 


V. Rory Jones V. Rory Jones, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, PlanetEcosystems

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


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

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

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


Yann Kulp Yann Kulp, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Eco-Business, Schneider Electric

Yann leads the team that created the Wiser Home Management System, focusing on providing energy efficient, reliable & consumer-centric solutions for utilities, builders and contractors. He is also the strategist for connected & efficient home topics for North America. Prior to this role he was based at the Schneider Electric HQ in Paris as Director of Communication for the LifeSpace business EMEAS (65 countries) driving a significant transformation to consumer and digital tools. Before joining Schneider Electric in 2004 he spent 12 years with Legrand in Europe and USA in sales & product management. After under-graduate studies in France, he completed his MBA at Syracuse University. He is now based in Chicago.


Josh Lich Josh Lich, Product Strategy and Marketing, Opower

Josh Lich leads product marketing and strategy for Opower's behavioral demand response product line. In this role, Josh works with leading utilities throughout North America to design and deploy comprehensive demand side management programs that leverage dynamic pricing and personalized messaging at peak times. Before joining Opower, Josh was a Manager within Accenture's Smart Grid Services group, where he led large smart grid and smart meter projects. Josh holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman, Senior Director of Platform Strategy, SmartThings

As Senior Director of Platform Strategy at SmartThings, Dan is responsible for working with makers, developers, and partners to bring new devices and experiences to the Physical Graph.

Most recently, Dan spent four years at frog, focused on the intersection of technology and business impact. As a member of frog's Innovation Strategy Group, he worked closely with frog's creative and technology disciplines to incorporate research and insights into business design, marketing positioning, and partner selection. 

Prior to frog, Dan has been a Network Architect & Engineer at DragonWave focusing on building flexible microwave backhaul networks for Clearwire’s nationwide 4G WiMax network, a Video Architect at Ericsson, Technology Advisor to the CEO & Chairman of Cisco Systems, and an early employee at RealNetworks.

Dan has served on several start-up technology and business advisory boards and has acted as a technology consultant in several areas including: digital media, mobile data networking, content distribution, technology strategy and application / network design. 


Tim Lott Tim Lott, Director of Energy, Vivint

Tim Lott is Energy Products Director at Vivint, Inc., one of the largest home automation companies in North America. In this position, Tim is responsible for the energy management portion of Vivint’s residential offerings, ensuring customers can save on energy and live greener. His goal is to help every Vivint customer with Energy Management to take full advantage of their products.

Before joining Vivint, Tim worked at Adobe (formerly Omniture) as the Group Product Manager for advanced analytics products in the digital marketing business unit. In this capacity, Tim managed two product lines for web analytic and customer analytics and also worked extensively with Adobe’s marketing cloud. Before joining Adobe, he worked at a start-up company called Intelligent Solutions, a company that created risk management services software, including a safety risk management program and an employment practices consulting program. While there, Tim was responsible for running the company’s product team.

Tim holds a BA from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis in public relations.


Ryan Maley Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, ZigBee Alliance

Ryan Maley is the Director of Strategic Marketing for the ZigBee Alliance. He directs marketing and strategic operations for the Alliance. He has previously served as chair of the Alliance's Marketing Working Group and has a long career in a variety of product development, information technology, sales and marketing roles. Ryan holds BSc degrees in business and psychology.


Brewster McCracken Brewster McCracken, President & CEO, Pecan Street Project Inc.

Brewster McCracken is President and CEO of the Pecan Street Inc. and Pike Powers Laboratory and Center for Commercialization.

In 2013, Smart Grid Today named him one of the nation’s “50 Smart Grid Pioneers”, and GreenBiz.com named him to its VERGE 25 list of 25 U.S. smart grid leaders. He is a regular contributing columnist for IEEE’s transportation electrification newsletter, and the author of several research reports on customer energy use.

Headquartered at The University of Texas, the institute’s original customer research focuses on electric and gas reliability and environmental and behavioral economics aspects of energy use. It operates the world’s largest research database on customer electricity use and data-intensive consumer research trials in three states.

He was elected to two terms on the Austin City Council, serving in a city-wide at large position. Through his elected position, he founded and chaired the city council’s Emerging Technologies Committee, led the city’s collaboration with The University of Texas to establish technology incubators in bioscience and wireless technologies and served for six years as a board member of Austin Energy, the nation’s fourth largest municipally-owned utility.

Prior to holding elected office, he practiced commercial litigation for nearly a decade with two large international law firms. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and The University of Texas School of Law, and he also holds a Masters in Public Affairs from UT’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.


Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Vice President, Product Management, iControl Networks

Letha McLaren is the Vice President of Product Management at iControl Networks and leads the development of the company’s Energy Management solutions. Letha has spent almost 12 years in the energy industry dealing directly with utilities in the area of smart grid solutions. She came to iControl from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of Energy Management and Applications. Prior to this role, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.


Kevin Meagher  		Kevin Meagher , Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Twitter ID: @Lowes
Website: http://www.lowes.com/

Kevin Meagher was named vice president and general manager, smart home in 2011.

Meagher leads the company’s smart home initiative, including the development of Iris, Lowe’s exclusive Cloud platform designed to monitor and control virtually everything in the home from a computer or smart phone.

Prior to Lowe’s, Meagher founded Intamac Systems, a UK company focused on Cloud platforms that deliver new, value-added services to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities. Following Intamac, he was a consultant specializing in the Internet of Things.

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

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


Tomoyuki Nanami Tomoyuki Nanami, General Manager, DENSO WAVE INCORPORATED

Tomoyuki Nanami is the General Manager of the Energy Management R&D department in DENSO WAVE. Mr. Nanami is also responsible for business development in the same group. In his current role, he leads product development of energy management offerings which include the Toyota / Denso Home Energy Management System (HEMS) controller, power conditioning system for residential battery system, and charging stands for Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles (PHV) in Japan. In addition to his responsibilities within the Energy Management department, he is also a project manager of Micro-Grid system R&D in within DENSO WAVE's parent company, DENSO. In the area of Standards Bodies, Mr. Nanami is in charge of the national project for smart community in Japan and is investigating the effects of energy management in residential communities through a partnership with DENSO and Toyota Homes. Previous to his role as GM of the Energy Management group, Mr. Nanami managed multiple product developments for Energy Management and Industrial Automation products within DENSO WAVE.


Dave Oberholzer Dave Oberholzer, Director, Energy Products & Business Development, Earth Networks - WeatherBug

David Oberholzer is director of energy products and business development at Earth Networks responsible for energy product development and partner channels. Prior to Earth Networks, he played a leading role in the wireless industry at various companies including Brightkite, Verizon Wireless, Sybase 365, and Predictive Systems. In every role, Dave has been focused on bringing new and innovative technologies to consumer and business markets. Before this Dave served as an officer in the U.S. Navy where he flew carrier-based aircraft, and was a White House Military Social Aide. Dave has a BS in computer science from Villanova University and has an MBA and a MIS from the University of Maryland.


Matt Plante Matt Plante, Vice President of Sales, Bidgely

Matt Plante is the Vice President of Sales for Bidgely and is responsible for helping utilities achieve their customer engagement and demand side management goals. Prior to Bidgely, Matt was the Vice President of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC. Matt holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


Jennifer Pulliam Jennifer Pulliam, Director, Products & Innovation, TXU Energy

Jennifer Pulliam is director of products and innovation for TXU Energy. She is responsible for developing and implementing price plans, products and programs, many of which promote energy conservation and efficiency. Pulliam leads a team of professionals dedicated to providing residential and small commercial customers with electricity plans, products and tools that promote renewable energy usage and allow customers to monitor and manage their electricity consumption. She was directly responsible for investing $100 million over 5 years as part of TXU Energy’s commitment to promote energy efficiency, conservation and renewable energy.

Prior to her current role, Pulliam worked in various strategy positions at TXU Energy’s parent company. She focused on corporate growth initiatives, as well as the completion of the 2007 merger. In addition, Pulliam led several process improvement efforts designed to enhance productivity and generate operational efficiencies.

Civic and Professional Involvement
Pulliam is a graduate of the Foundation for Women’s Resources’ Leadership Texas 2010 program. She is also an alumni mentor for the SMU Cox School of Business MBA program. Pulliam is a board member at the Center for Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) and was recently named in the Who’s Who in Energy publication by the Dallas Business Journal.

Education
Pulliam holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas. She also holds a master’s of business administration from the SMU Cox School of Business. Prior to her graduate studies, Pulliam worked in Japan and held business development and marketing consulting positions with small and start-up companies. 


Ted Reguly Ted Reguly, Director, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)

Ted Reguly is the director of Customer Programs and Projects for Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). He is responsible for overseeing the development, implementation and integration of comprehensive customer offerings related to Energy Efficiency, Demand Response and Customer Assistance. He was recently named one of the Top 15 Smart Grid leaders in the electric industry by FierceSmartGrid.

Reguly’s previous position was director of SDG&E’s Smart Meter program where he was responsible for the development of SDG&E’s Smart Meter business case, regulatory approval, and program implementation. SDG&E is one of the first electric and gas utilities in the United States to design, run and build a smart meter infrastructure for 1.4 million electric meters and 850,000 gas modules. Reguly delivered over $20 million per year in cost savings realization and began transforming the utility/customer relationship.

Reguly’s prior positions at SDG&E include director of customer services and director of construction and operations where he oversaw field operations in SDG&E’s southern region and construction projects in the SDG&E’s metro regions respectively.

Reguly is an actively involved with the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, Utilimetrics,UCLA Smart Grid Leadership Council, UtilityAMI, OpenAMI, Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition (GIUNC) and the Zigbee Alliance.

Reguly is a registered California Mechanical Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State, Long Beachand a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance from San Diego State University.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 840,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2008 revenues of nearly $11 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,600 employees serve about 29 million consumers worldwide. 


		 Edwin Reyes Jr. Edwin Reyes Jr., Director-Utility Sales, Southwest Region, Comverge Inc.

With over 25 years experience in the HVAC, Utility and Smart Grid industries Mr. Reyes has a broad and unique perspective. While with Public Service Company of New Mexico Ed worked closely with the large C&I customers as a Technical Account Manager on the C&I Marketing Team and led several transactions in strategic business development and origination in competitive wholesale energy markets on the Wholesale Power Marketing Team. Since joining Comverge in 2007 Ed has started and managed two successful demand response program deployments in NM and AZ, led the West Region programs as Executive Director and GM of Program and Business Management, and is currently Director, Utility Markets-Southwest Region. Ed earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (minor in Economics) from New Mexico State University, MBA in Management from the University of New Mexico and is a registered Professional Engineer (NM).
 


	 Bill Scheffler 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 an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.


Alan Shaffer Alan Shaffer, Deputy General Manager, Lakeland Electric

Alan has 35 years of progressively responsible electric utility experience with the City of Lakeland Electric Department (Lakeland Electric). He oversees the utility operating divisions responsible for all aspects of planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of the utility’s energy production, transmission, distribution, and substation facilities along with customer service and billing. This includes all Smart Grid Operations with smart meter deployment to 100% of their customers and Lakeland Electric’s Shift to Save time-of-use rate pilot program. He is a Registered Professional Engineer.


Matthew Smith Matthew Smith, Senior Director, Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks

Matthew Smith is the Senior Director, Utility Solutions for Silver Spring Networks. Matthew has over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience in the energy management, home computer, and consumer electronics industries, most recently at Greenbox Technology, an early leader in customer-facing smart grid applications, where he was head of Marketing and Sales. Matthew earned his MBA from the Presidio School of Management and his B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh.


Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Chair, ISO/IEC Home Electronic System

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV). Clients seek his help to locate strategic business partners, financing, and new customers. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for information about clients and projects.

He was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity. The Consumer Electronics Association chose Dr. Wacks to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building systems and energy management. In addition, he has written American National Standards in home automation.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the CABA magazine iHomes & Buildings (available at www.caba.org) and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’Perspectives.” Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Gene Wang Gene Wang, CEO & Co-founder, People Power
Twitter ID: @genewang1e9
Website: http://www.peoplepowerco.com

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company that designs solutions to empower the Internet of Things. Providing smart home services, People Power develops unique and powerful solutions that remotely control and management connected devices from the smart phone. Previously, Gene was Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management. The creator of the OMA DM standard, Bitfone powered large network operators such as China Mobile with Bitfone technology. To date, nearly 300 million phones are managed with this technology. He sold the company to HP in 2007. Gene also served as CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. As CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, Gene led the company through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions, nearly tripling annual sales. Gene drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies while holding the position of VP and general manager at Borland. Previous to that, Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley. 


Robert Warden Robert Warden, VP of Partners and Alliances, Comverge

Bob Warden joined Comverge in November, 2012, as the National Vice President of Channel and Alliances. In this role he is responsible for leading the Comverge partner strategy, expanding the company’s presence in North America, and helping to position Comverge for continued growth by developing partnerships to optimize the life cycle of complex energy management solutions.

Mr. Warden has extensive experience selling emerging technology and smart grid solutions worldwide, leading customer-focused teams withSales, Product Marketing, Engineering, and System Implementation groups, as well as collaborating with strategic partners to deliver utility solutions.

Bob is a pioneer in the control networking industry with over 20 years at EchelonCorporation, inventing networked solutions that increase energy efficiency and grid responsiveness worldwide.Mr. Warden served as Vice President of Global Alliances & Solutions, Vice President of Corporate Accounts,Director of Worldwide Business Development, and Director of Sales for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In his various roles Bob focused on expanding business internationally as well asincorporating European smart meter advancementsinto the North American utility market, including remote connect/disconnect. Mr. Warden developed a compelling ROI business case for utility investment in energy control networks delivering multiple applications for utility operations.

Most recently Bob served as the Vice President of Energy Strategy for Tendril Networks Inc., a consumer engagement Software asa Service (SaaS) company, where he focused the sales team on selling theirplatform for Utility Energy Analytics and Consumer Energy Comparison Reports.

Mr. Warden has a proven track record of creating innovative, strategic partnerships for utility networks. At Comverge he is applying his industry, technology, and global experience to form Utility communication and control systems that optimize the investment in Smart Grid technologies.

Bob’s educational background includes a B.S. in Industrial Engineering with Distinction, from Stanford University. 


Jeff Wilson 	Jeff Wilson , Director of Product Management, NETGEAR

Jeff Wilson is Director of Product Management for security, monitoring and automation products at Netgear.  He is responsible for Netgear's new line of connected home products developed for service providers including ADT and Comcast.  Prior to Joining Netgear in 2012, Jeff spent 23 years working in business development and product management for a variety of GE businesses including GE Security, GE Healthcare and GE Fanuc Automation.  He holds a BSME from Stanford University and an MBA from Seattle University.  Jeff currently resides in San Jose, California.


Moderators


John Barrett John Barrett, Director of Consumer Analytics, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @ParksData
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

John Barrett currently analyzes digital media and international trends for Parks Associates and also heads the company’s consumer research team. He regularly advises companies from both the content and hardware industries on their digital media strategies and has authored dozens of industry reports.

He holds an MA in international economics from the Johns Hopkins University: School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BS in international affairs from Georgetown University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Research, Digital Media, Mobile TV, Social Media, User-generated Content, Web 2.0


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Advisory Board


		 Áine Denari Áine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand Residential Solutions

Áine is a director of strategy and market dynamics with Ingersoll Rand’s Residential Solutions sector, which includes Trane and American Standard HVAC, Schlage security, and Nexia Home Intelligence home automation. In this role, Áine directs strategy for IR’s residential businesses, and manages competitive intelligence, market dynamics and market research. 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, Áine worked as a mechanical engineer in product development 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.


Denis Garman Denis Garman, Category Leader - Energy Management & Information Group, Duke Energy

Denis P. Garman leads Duke Energy’s Energy Management & Information Group that includes all residential customer in-home offerings. This includes a growing portfolio of Energy Management, Pricing, Billing, Assessment and Information solutions that provide Duke Energy customer’s greater insight and control over their energy usage.

Prior to joining Duke Energy, Garman held a number executive leadership positions at IBM and Procter & Gamble where
he distinguished himself an innovative strategist and marketer through the development of new products, markets & customer experiences.

Garman earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Vanderbilt University and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.


Yann Kulp Yann Kulp, Vice President, Strategy & Business Development, Eco-Business, Schneider Electric

Yann leads the team that created the Wiser Home Management System, focusing on providing energy efficient, reliable & consumer-centric solutions for utilities, builders and contractors. He is also the strategist for connected & efficient home topics for North America. Prior to this role he was based at the Schneider Electric HQ in Paris as Director of Communication for the LifeSpace business EMEAS (65 countries) driving a significant transformation to consumer and digital tools. Before joining Schneider Electric in 2004 he spent 12 years with Legrand in Europe and USA in sales & product management. After under-graduate studies in France, he completed his MBA at Syracuse University. He is now based in Chicago.


Tim Lott Tim Lott, Director of Energy, Vivint

Tim Lott is Energy Products Director at Vivint, Inc., one of the largest home automation companies in North America. In this position, Tim is responsible for the energy management portion of Vivint’s residential offerings, ensuring customers can save on energy and live greener. His goal is to help every Vivint customer with Energy Management to take full advantage of their products.

Before joining Vivint, Tim worked at Adobe (formerly Omniture) as the Group Product Manager for advanced analytics products in the digital marketing business unit. In this capacity, Tim managed two product lines for web analytic and customer analytics and also worked extensively with Adobe’s marketing cloud. Before joining Adobe, he worked at a start-up company called Intelligent Solutions, a company that created risk management services software, including a safety risk management program and an employment practices consulting program. While there, Tim was responsible for running the company’s product team.

Tim holds a BA from Brigham Young University in communications with an emphasis in public relations.


Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Vice President, Product Management, iControl Networks

Letha McLaren is the Vice President of Product Management at iControl Networks and leads the development of the company’s Energy Management solutions. Letha has spent almost 12 years in the energy industry dealing directly with utilities in the area of smart grid solutions. She came to iControl from Landis+Gyr (formally The Bayard Group), a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of Energy Management and Applications. Prior to this role, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, the leading automated meter reading services provider who was acquired by The Bayard Group/Landis+Gyr. She also held product management and software design engineering roles at Schlumberger for their utility-focused automated metering division. Letha has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Tech in Marietta, GA and a Global MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.


Kevin Meagher  		Kevin Meagher , Vice President & General Manager, Smart Home, Lowe's Companies, Inc.
Twitter ID: @Lowes
Website: http://www.lowes.com/

Kevin Meagher was named vice president and general manager, smart home in 2011.

Meagher leads the company’s smart home initiative, including the development of Iris, Lowe’s exclusive Cloud platform designed to monitor and control virtually everything in the home from a computer or smart phone.

Prior to Lowe’s, Meagher founded Intamac Systems, a UK company focused on Cloud platforms that deliver new, value-added services to the mass consumer market through telecommunications companies and utilities. Following Intamac, he was a consultant specializing in the Internet of Things.

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

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


Roy Perry 	Roy Perry , Vice President, Ecosystem Alliances, Alarm.com
Twitter ID: @AlarmDotCom
Website: http://www.alarm.com

Mr. Perry leads the expansion of the Alarm.com ecosystem through technology and business partnerships. His goal is to expand Alarm.com’s presence in the overall mass market by enabling an ever-growing portfolio of Alarm.com-compatible connected home products and services.


Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Chair, ISO/IEC Home Electronic System

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV). Clients seek his help to locate strategic business partners, financing, and new customers. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for information about clients and projects.

He was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity. The Consumer Electronics Association chose Dr. Wacks to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building systems and energy management. In addition, he has written American National Standards in home automation.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the CABA magazine iHomes & Buildings (available at www.caba.org) and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’Perspectives.” Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


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