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Sicily Dickenson Sicily Dickenson, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, NRG

As Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dickenson oversees brand strategy and marketing for NRG Energy and its various brands. She also leads the efforts of the Reliant Energy Charitable Foundation at NRG's retail subsidiary, Reliant. Prior to assuming the role of NRG's Chief Marketing Officer, she led Reliant's award-winning online marketing and marketing communications teams as Vice President of Advertising and Promotions.

She joined Reliant in 2004 after working in a wide range of marketing roles – both industry and consulting – for clients that run the gamut from entrepreneurial, interactive start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She successfully led cross-functional creative teams at Gimmal Group and Luminant Worldwide, and ran her own marketing and communications agency as a small business entrepreneur.

Dickenson serves on the board of The Children's Museum and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is also active in a number of other organizations, including American Advertising Federation, Digital Marketing and Smart Grid User Experience.

She is an ardent supporter of the Aurora Picture Show, a Houston-based non-profit media arts center dedicated to the appreciation of moving image art. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin, where she worked with fellow student and Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey on student film projects.

Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

As Head of Research & Standards at SmartThings, Dan is responsible for exploring the future of the Connected Home space and bringing new technologies, experiences, and standards to the SmartThings Platform.

Prior to SmartThings, 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, market positioning, and partner selection.

Over the last 20 years, Dan has also 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.  

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

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

Ivo Steklac Ivo Steklac, Vice President and General Manager R &C Energy Solutions, SunPower Corp.

Ivo Steklac serves as SunPower vice president and general manager R & C energy solutions, which encompasses PV solutions and energy services for these markets. He has more than 25 years of energy and utility experience, having held various leadership positions in research and development, marketing and general management. Most recently Steklac served as COO and chief strategy officer for Tendril, a software company dedicated to transforming the relationship between everyday people and energy. Prior to that, he was CEO of Greenbox Technology, a provider of interactive energy management for the smart home, which was acquired by Silver Spring Networks in late 2009. At Schlumberger, Steklac held the position of vice president of marketing for energy and utilities, where he led the groundbreaking development of one of the earliest examples of consumer empowerment and energy management: Puget Sound Energy's Personal Energy Management program. Steklac co-founded Enspiria Solutions, Inc. a consultancy and systems integrator with a strong focus in energy management and operational efficiency within advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), demand response, and smart grid. Steklac holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Queen's University at Kingston Ontario, Canada.


Bill Alderson Bill Alderson, Corporate Director, Marketing, Rheem

Bill Alderson is the Corporate Director of Marketing & Digital Services for Rheem Manufacturing Company. With a background in technology, communications and design, Bill focuses his energies on providing creative, modern marketing solutions for Rheem’s HVAC and Water Heating Contractors.

Martha Amram Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn

Martha founded WattzOn to help people save energy by personalizing insights and recommendations through sophisticated analytics. . As CEO, she focuses on strategic business development, and brings her energy and analytics expertise to the company’s Big Data/Machine Learning work. Martha is a frequent speaker on the residential energy efficiency market, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. A serial entrepreneur, Martha has was previously CEO of Vocomo Software (a voice software company), Chief Economist of PLX Systems (a patent and copyright software company), and co-founder of Glaze Creek Partners, a consulting firm she sold to Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI). She served as a Managing Director at Navigant, working with Fortune 500 companies, and utility companies. Martha is the co-author of two books published by the Harvard Business School Press (Value Sweep and Real Options), and a third book published by McGraw-Hill. Martha serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of the Executive Board of the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Martha holds a PhD in Applied Economics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Washington.

Marie Bahl McKenna Marie Bahl McKenna, SVP of Sales & Marketing, Tendril

Marie has more than 20 years of marketing and sales experience, with nearly a decade spent in the energy industry. She has a strong technical background and a skill for making complex technologies understandable and desirable to all audiences. As senior vice president of sales and marketing for Tendril, Marie is responsible for telling the company’s story and defining the go-to-market strategies and sales efforts for its Energy Services Management (ESM) solutions. Prior to joining Tendril, Marie was the senior director of corporate marketing and communications at Opower, an energy efficiency company. While there, she executed outbound marketing efforts that increased revenue and projected a successful image of the company in the two years leading up to its IPO. Previously, she was senior director of corporate marketing for Comverge where she rebranded, repositioned, and re-launched the leading demand response solutions provider. She also launched Tendril in 2008, and helped it become a pioneer and leader in the home energy management space. Marie has also founded two marketing communications agencies that were built to support early stage, fast-growth technology companies. This enabled her to act as an interim VP of marketing for a variety of technology companies, defining and executing their first marketing and sales plans. Marie has a B.A in communications from George Mason University.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Chmielewski Tom Chmielewski, VP Strategic Sales, iControl Networks

Tom Chmielewski, VP of Strategic Sales, Icontrol Networks, Inc. Tom Chmielewski is responsible for growing Icontrol’s service provider customer portfolio including managing customers such as Bright House, Comcast, Comporium, Cox, iTSCOM in Japan, Rogers, Time Warner Cable and others. Prior to Icontrol Tom sold new products and services to product development executives for various successful venture backed startups. Tom received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar.

Steve Connor Steve Connor, Senior Product Line Manager, Nortek Security and Control

Steve Connor is a Senior Product Line Manager at Nortek Security and Control who is responsible for the launch of connected thermostats as well as security product panels and sensors. He is currently managing the launch of a new line of Z-Wave thermostats, which will be sold across each market Nortek serves. Steve’s perspective on the energy value proposition of IoT technology is defined by his hands-on experience developing products for the connected home.

Steve joined Nortek Security and Control in March of 2014. Prior to that, Steve worked for several years in the Construction Software industry for Viewpoint Construction Software as a Sales and Channel Enablement Marketing Manager and also brings over 10 years of experience in Product Management and Sales from GE Security. Steve is a champion of driving for solutions that are easy to install and intuitive to use, ensuring that those systems get used every day and provide the value to the consumer that is promised up front.

Mr. Connor earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, with Emphasis in Marketing, Management and Finance from The University of Montana, Missoula. He went on to earn an MBA from Portland State University. Steve is a self-professed PowerPoint and Keynote geek.

Xavier Datin Xavier Datin, SVP Prosumer, Schneider Electric

Xavier Datin has over 25 years of experience in R&D, sales, industrial management, marketing, business development and strategy through assignments in Asia, Europe and North America.

In 2012, Xavier was named Senior Vice President Prosumer for North America and relocated from Hong Kong to Chicago. In this role, Xavier is responsible for developing solutions for prosumers, those customers close to consumers but whose buying practices are inspired by professional markets for product categories such as home improvement and small building efficiency. He is using digital marketing and technical innovation, in particular connectivity, cloud-based technology and mobile applications, to combine lifestyle, comfort and energy efficiency.

Xavier joined Schneider Electric in 1987, serving most recently as Senior Vice President LifeSpace Business Asia Pacific. Prior positions include CEO of Clipsal, a large subsidiary of Schneider Electric and Business Development Director for Schneider Electric in China, based in Beijing.

Xavier has a Computer Science degree from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France and a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He resides in the Chicago area. 

Mauro Dresti Mauro Dresti, Manager New Program Development and Launch Mass Markets, Southern California Edison

Mauro Dresti has more than 25 years of experience in high-technology development, introduction and management for Fortune 500 and NASDAQ-listed energy and consumer electronics companies. Prior to returning to Edison after 13 years away, Mr. Dresti was senior product marketing manager for emerging technology in Belkin International’s Greenfields fast-track program for new-technology applications for mobile, consumer electronics and computer devices. Before Belkin, he was senior product manager in Cisco Systems’ Consumer Business Group, and at Cisco-Linksys, Inc., where he drove business strategies around core and emerging home-networking technologies, and contributed to industry standards development. Earlier, as vice president of Product Management for startup Bitcentral Inc., Mr. Dresti managed the digital television broadcast news vendor’s flagship products, responsible for defining future product offerings, as well as for international call center operations. Mr. Dresti also was senior director at Universal Electronics, Inc., responsible for emerging technology, including the consumer-electronics leader’s award-winning NEVO wireless remote from concept to market. His energy industry career includes experience with major power supply companies and, primarily, at Edison, where he drove a variety of technology-development projects, including electric vehicle charging, solar energy applications, nuclear monitoring instrumentation, utility retail products, call-center applications and an Internet based energy-use monitoring program for commercial customers. Originally from Detroit, Mr. Dresti holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a technology management concentration. He holds a number of technology patents, as well, pertaining to energy and home networking.

Jeremy Eddy Jeremy Eddy, Senior Energy Consultant, Itron

Mr. Eddy is a Senior Energy Consultant with Itron’s Consulting and Analysis group whose expertise is in residential and commercial impact and process evaluations. Mr. Eddy manages residential lighting and HVAC rebate program evaluations in Pennsylvania and Iowa, as well as a meta-analysis in California looking at sources of success across all non-residential programs. In these capacities, he provides leadership and support on program evaluation planning, data collection design, supervision and training of subcontractors and project staff, data cleaning and analysis in SAS, professional interviewing, and report writing. He has given conference presentations on lighting-HVAC interactive effects in the residential environment, as well as on price regression modeling to elucidate the incremental cost of energy efficiency in televisions and other end uses. Mr. Eddy has also built specific expertise in the area of program net-to-gross and process evaluation interviewing, as he has designed and conducted interviews with market actors at all levels in residential, commercial, and industrial energy efficiency program evaluation settings, and he co-authored a paper on innovation in net-to-gross interviewing in the industrial environment. Prior to serving as a project manager, he was a lead analyst for multiple years on program evaluations in residential lighting (PA, IL, MD), multifamily retrofits (NY), oil well industry standard practice (CA), commercial and industrial custom programs (CA, PA), commercial baseline energy use (MD), and midstream lighting (IL). He has reviewed and edited the residential lighting sections of Technical Reference Manuals in multiple regions of the U.S. as well as the residential lighting sections of the U.S. DOE Uniform Methods Protocol.

Edgar Figueroa Edgar Figueroa, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wi-Fi Alliance

As president and CEO of Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar has led an unprecedented period of growth for Wi-Fi®, with more than two billion devices shipped in 2013 alone. Under Edgar’s leadership, Wi-Fi Alliance has grown to more than 600 member companies, maintained an aggressive development roadmap, and adopted a vision of seamless connectivity. Edgar forged numerous strategic partnerships to facilitate penetration of Wi-Fi into established and emerging markets. Edgar also defined the Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ program development framework, and guided the launch of several generations of interoperable Wi-Fi programs that have proliferated Wi-Fi into mass markets such as mobile and consumer electronics.

Prior to Wi-Fi Alliance, Edgar was at Ridgeway Systems & Software (now Cisco). He was instrumental in delivering the industry’s first session border controller, and the H.460.18 and H.460.19 International Telecommunications Union standards for secure network traversal. Before Ridgeway, Edgar held product management and engineering roles at 3M Company.

Edgar is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served in a fighter pilot training squadron and received numerous awards including Sailor of the Year. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and various community programs in Austin Texas. In 2009, he was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Alumni Hall of Fame.

Edgar is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a Masters in Technology Commercialization, and undergraduate degrees with honors in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics.

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.

Josh Gleason Josh Gleason, Customer Success Lead, Bidgely

Josh is helping build the Customer Success group at Bidgely, ensuring successful implementations of Bidgely's SaaS solution to help utilities offer their customers a more engaged and empowered experience. Prior to Bidgely, Josh was a partner at TEC California, providing infrastructure solutions and services to utilities across California, and before that, he worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and Los Angeles. Josh holds a BS degree from Stanford, an MBA from UCLA, and wishes there was more time in the day for golf.

Barry Haaser Barry Haaser, Managing Director, OpenADR Alliance

Barry Haaser has been actively involved in the controls, networking and interoperability world for over 30 years through various Silicon Valley-based start-ups, industry alliances and publicly traded companies. Barry is currently the President of the Lakeview Group, a provider of marketing and association management services to energy, networking and technology related organizations. The alliances relevant to this session include the Green Button Alliance, LonMark International, OpenADR Alliance, USNAP Alliance and Wi-SUN Alliance. Barry is an an active Rotarian, officer and member of the Board of Directors of SGIP and was recently appointed to the Department of Commerce Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP, Strategic Sales and Operations, Comverge, Inc.

Steve Hambric possesses 15 years of experience delivering services and solutions to the utilities industry. He is passionate about deploying innovative technology to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably. In that spirit, Steve will drive strategic sales of Comverge’s demand response, energy efficiency, and customer engagement solutions, and will also lead Sales Operations.

Prior to Comverge, Steve worked at Opower where he designed and sold behavioral energy efficiency and customer engagement programs to North American and European utilities. At Sapient, Steve was a leader in the energy and utilities practice, developing innovative business strategies and operational plans for the industry. Prior to Sapient, Steve worked at McKinsey & Company, providing strategic consulting services for fortune 500 energy companies.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management and Information Systems, both from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. 

Brian Huey Brian Huey, M2M & IoT Business Development - Smart Energy, Sprint

Brian manages M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT ecosystem development in Smart Grid and utilities. He has built successful and innovative partnerships to enable the Smart Grid. His partnerships deliver wireless enablement of AMI, Demand Response, Distribution Automation, Water, Gas, energy management applications, micro grid generation and EV Charging. He continues to advance grid intelligence by building connectivity into substation components, in-premise energy controls and is planning for the impact of EV charging on the grid. He’s a recognized speaker in the wireless enablement of Smart Grid and Energy Management, the industry implications and growth opportunities. Brian brings a unique perspective of applying, pulling knowledge from the telecom industry and to discern the opportunities and challenges in Smart Grid. An experienced thought leader with 18 years of experience in telecommunications, has been interviewed by prominent utility news services and has joined panel discussions in utility centric events.

Patrick James Patrick James, Director of Innovation, Stream

Patrick joined Stream Energy in 2013 as Director of Innovation with over 25 years of Utility experience developing and marketing services direct to the customer. His primary responsibility is to drive the strategy, analysis, selection and implementation of new innovative services supporting the nationwide expansion of the Stream Direct Marketing organization.

Previously with TXU energy for 12 years he had various roles supporting the transformation of the company from a regulated to deregulated business. During his time with TXU Energy he worked in areas including Innovation, Product Development, Marketing, and Channel Sales while he led the development of numerous innovative products including web portals, smart meter integrations, mobile applications, communicating thermostats, demand response programs and various home services. Before joining TXU Energy in 2001, he worked for FPL (Florida Power and Light Company) for over 12 years primarily in the areas of Demand Side Management and Account Management.

Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and is originally from West Virginia. Patrick and his wife Teresa have three girls all in elementary school and have lived in Rockwall since transferring to Texas from Florida in 2001.

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

Joe develops new businesses for Time Warner Cable’s IntelligentHome platform, specifically in energy (Management, Retail Electricity, Solar) and healthcare (Independent Living, Mobile Safety). Prior to TWC, he managed Southern California Edison's strategic alliances with service providers in the home energy management industry; he originally negotiated energy contracts for SCE. Joe has also 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
Twitter ID: @PlanetEcosys

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

		 Jay  Kenny Jay Kenny, Senior 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. 

Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions. Her organization is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, solar program, 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 EPRI Power Delivery Unit Sector Council, SPEER’s (South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource) Board of Directors and Commission on Energy Efficiency, 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 Projects.  

Chris Kotting Chris Kotting, Executive Director, USNAP Alliance

Chris Kotting is the Executive Director of both the USNAP Alliance and the Energy Information Standards Alliance, and works with various standards-setting bodies and industry alliances, such as the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE], North American Energy Standards Board [NAESB](where he serves on the Board of Directors), the GridWise Architecture Council [GWAC], and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel [SGIP]. Prior to this Chris was an Administrator at the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO), with responsibility for the development of Energy Assurance and Critical Infrastructure protection plans, including Smart Grid policy development. In this position, he provided policy guidance to both the PUCO and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) regarding Smart Grid development.

Blake Lasuzzo Blake Lasuzzo, Senior Vice President, Just Energy

Blake Lasuzzo is a Senior Vice President at Just Energy. His responsibilities include load forecasting, pricing & structuring, and trading for the natural gas, electricity and environmental commodities portfolio in North America and the UK. Additionally, Blake leads commercial application of emerging technologies. He has been with Just Energy since 2009 and was previously Vice President of Trading and Commercial Operations for Commerce Energy.

Dan Lieberman Dan Lieberman, Head of Research & Standards, SmartThings

As Head of Research & Standards at SmartThings, Dan is responsible for exploring the future of the Connected Home space and bringing new technologies, experiences, and standards to the SmartThings Platform.

Prior to SmartThings, 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, market positioning, and partner selection.

Over the last 20 years, Dan has also 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.  

Grant Muller Grant Muller, Director of Software, Sensus Analytics

Grant Muller is the Director of Analytics Software at Sensus where he leads utility analytics and is currently working to expand Sensus’ big data platforms to meet the evolving needs of public service providers. Prior to joining Sensus, Muller was a primary architect at Verdeeco, which was acquired by Sensus in 2014. Muller is a twelve year industry veteran, working with utilities of all sizes to expand the use of data beyond the traditional collect and report infrastructure to improve their operational and financial capabilities. He previously led engineering at industry mainstays such as Cellnet, Landis+Gyr and Toshiba.

Sujata Neidig Sujata Neidig, VP of Marketing, Thread Group

Sujata Neidig has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is currently the Vice President of Marketing at the Thread Group, which was launched in July 2014 to develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless mesh networking protocol specifically for the connected home. In addition, Sujata is the Americas Business Development Manager at Freescale and is responsible for driving the company’s processors and connectivity leadership and growth. Prior to this role, Sujata worked in business development and product marketing for Freescale's i.MX applications processors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jacob Nielson Jacob Nielson, Business Development Leader, Emerson

Jake Nielson currently leads business development efforts for Emerson’s newly-launched HVAC remote monitoring and diagnostics platform called ComfortGuard. This new product enables homeowners and contractors to remotely diagnose and proactively maintain residential heating and air conditioning equipment.

Prior to this role, Nielson joined Emerson in 2011 as an innovation analyst for the Air Conditioning business in the engineering group. Through extensive research and after successfully leading a collaborative innovation event, Nielson grew to be recognized internally as a thought leader and catalyst for innovation. Since 2012, Nielson has led product marketing efforts from ideation to market introduction of the second generation Copeland Scroll variable speed product line. This same product line won the 2014 AHR Expo Product of the Year Innovation Award.

Prior to joining Emerson in 2011, Nielson spent 2 years at Platinum Protection, a home security and automation startup, where he led marketing, communications, public relations and training efforts. Prior to Platinum Protection, Nielson spent 3 years at Vivint, a leader in home automation, where he led installation and service efforts for field offices in the Midwest.

Nielson graduated from Brigham Young University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. He subsequently earned an MBA in Manufacturing and Technology Management from Purdue University.  

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

David Oberholzer is the Director, Energy Products and Business Development at Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug and WeatherBug Home. In this role, Dave has fostered the development of WeatherBug Home from a R&D project to a fast-growing operating unit of Earth Networks. For the past 15 years, Oberholzer has played leading roles in the wireless industry with major technology companies, where he has focused on bringing new and innovative technologies to consumer and business markets. Prior to joining Earth Networks, Oberholzer was vice president of corporate development at Brightkite, director of wireless data content at Verizon Wireless, director of carrier services at InphoMatch, and regional general manager at Predictive Systems. Prior, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy, where he flew carrier-based aircraft. During that time, he was also a White House Military Social Aide. Dave has a B.S. in computer science from Villanova University and an MBA and a MIS from the University of Maryland.

Brad Paine Brad Paine, General Manager for Lyric and Total Connect Comfort, Honeywell Connected Home, Honeywell Environmental & Combustion Controls

Brad Paine is the general manager of the Lyric platform, which is a part of Honeywell’s Connected Home business. Paine is responsible for all aspects of the products and software applications, including consumer and contractor apps, API’s, utility connectivity and ecosystem partners and all associated data analytics for the home.

Prior to his current role, Paine held the positions of director of product marketing, software applications and energy management systems, senior product marketing manager and product marketing manager at Honeywell. Over the last nine years, he has helped pave the way for the creation of connected thermostats and the connected home, a product line generating more than 50 million dollars in revenue each year and the fastest-growing product line in ECC’s history. He led the introduction of the world’s first connected thermostat with voice control, as well as a sleek Wi-Fi connected thermostat that allows users to customize its color touch screen. Paine has also successfully developed low power RF products for the home including Zigbee, Z-wave, WiFi and 900 mhz. Furthermore, two years ago Brad took on the additional challenge of leading Honeywell’s foray into cloud services and data analytics for the home.

Before venturing to Honeywell, Paine served as the marketing manager at The Toro Company from 2001-2004, where he led the charge in inventing the Do-it-Yourself Bobcat Shovel Truck. Paine received his M.B.A. from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota and his B.S. in Corporate Finance from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Paine has also lent his knowledge to many national organizations within the industry. He was a member of the Home to Grid Domain Expert Working Group (a national committee of industry leaders shaping standards in this space) and ASHRAE’s Zoning Board. He has also is actively engaged with the Department of Energy on its Energy Star program and was active in shaping Title 24, California’s energy efficiency regulation for homes and buildings. 

Wannie Park Wannie Park, VP of Utility Solutions, CEIVA Energy

Wannie Park serves as Vice President of utility solutions and business development at CEIVA Energy, a smart grid solutions company that helps utilities capitalize on smart meter investments to engage customers, implement demand response programs and comply with regulations. Wannie manages partnerships with utilities, regulators and technology partners to implement CEIVA's integrated ecosystem of hardware, software and creative services for the Home Area Network (HAN) and make it easy an intuitive for consumers to reduce energy use. Prior to this role, Wannie spent 10 years in corporate development, private equity and consumer electronics. He holds a MS in Organizational Development from USC.

Philip Playfair Philip Playfair, Chairman & CEO, Lowfoot Inc.

Philip Playfair is the Founder and CEO of Lowfoot. Lowfoot was founded in 2009 to leverage the potential of smart meters in the Ontario and Texas markets. Starting out as a direct to consumer business, by 2013 Lowfoot's model has evolved into a business to business to consumer application as utilities and energy providers began using Lowfoot's unique set of communication and big data programs to service their customers.

Jennifer Pulliam Jennifer Pulliam, Senior Director, TXU Solutions, TXU Energy

Jennifer Pulliam is senior director of TXU Solutions for TXU Energy, leading a team of professionals dedicated to providing residential and commercial customers with products and services that enable them to protect and control their environments, easily connect with other home and business service providers and conserve energy.

Prior to her current role, Pulliam was director of products & innovation, responsible for the complete portfolio of electricity plans, products and services. 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.

Previously, Pulliam worked in various strategy positions at Energy Future Holdings, TXU Energy’s parent company. She focused on corporate growth initiatives, as well as the completion of a 2007 private equity acquisition. In addition, Pulliam led several process improvement efforts 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 named in the Who’s Who in Energy publication by the American Business Journals in 2013 and 2014.

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. 

Emmett Romine Emmett Romine, General Manager Development, DTE Energy

Emmett is the General Manager Development, DTE Insight within DTE Energy, responsible for DTE Insight and continuing to grow user base at DTE, developing new features for the mobile app, developing appropriate support infrastructure and commercializing the technology. Emmett has held roles in project management, enterprise performance management, distribution operations, and he started and built the energy efficiency business at DTE. Prior to DTE, he held leadership roles in consulting and software companies. He holds an MBA and a BS Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Physics from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.

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

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

Justin Segall Justin Segall, President & Founder, Simple Energy

Justin Segall is the President and Founder of Simple Energy, an energy customer engagement software company based in Boulder, CO. Simple Energy is changing how people save energy by changing how utilities engage their customers. Simple Energy leverages its experience in the energy industry and combines leading behavioral science and the tools of the modern, social web to engage customers and help utilities get the demand side management and smart grid results regulators demand. Justin brings experience in the energy industry, community engagement, and business development. In addition to strategy and partnerships, Justin manages energy industry and utility partner relationships for Simple Energy. Previously he served as VP of Resource Development for Renewable Choice Energy. Justin led the firm’s trading and origination, executing significant transactions in renewable energy and carbon markets. Previously Justin served in senior roles with the $3 billion Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest, most comprehensive sustainable urban redevelopment project in the U.S. He helped secure project funding and led many early elements of project implementation. Justin graduated cum laude from Duke University where he spearheaded Duke’s path to leadership in sustainability.

Kenneth Skinner Kenneth Skinner, Vice President, Integral Analytics

Dr. Skinner has over 20 years’ experience in evaluation and risk measurement research. Having worked as an energy consultant with Financial Times (FT) Energy and PHB Hagler Bailly, and 5 years as the Derivative Structuring Manager for Sempra Energy Solutions, he has significant experience in economic analysis and modeling of energy storage, efficiency and demand response programs, energy demand and prices, financial derivatives, and evaluation of energy products and assets using econometric and statistical methods, optimization principles and real option valuation techniques. Dr. Skinner is currently the technology columnist for Wiley Natural Gas and Electricity Journal and is a noted speaker on energy related topics for organizations, such as AESP, IAEE, ACEEE, PLMA, and many others.

Malcolm Smith Malcolm Smith, CEO, DR2

Malcolm Smith has been a leader at technology-based energy companies for over twenty years. Mr. Smith is currently CEO of DR2, LLC, provider of the iMPACT CLV™ software platform for maximizing customer lifetime value of energy consumers. Prior to DR2, Mr. Smith was an executive at CPower, a provider of demand management services that was acquired by Constellation Energy in 2010. Mr. Smith built Xtend Energy before its acquisition by CPower in 2008.

Mr. Smith’s areas of expertise include customer engagement; product bundling; smart grid; automation and controls; demand response; utility restructuring; utility metering; and information technology.

Mr. Smith has made presentations to the Public Utility Commission of Texas and to electric grid operators across the country. He has been interviewed by numerous publications including Dow Jones, Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, and Platt’s energy publications. He has also been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a leader of the fastest growing small business in America. 

Curtis Snyder Curtis Snyder, Executive Director, New Business Development, Comcast

Curtis Snyder is an Executive Director of New Business Development for Comcast Cable in Philadelphia. He is responsible for identifying and helping incubate new business opportunities for Comcast in the energy and connected home space, incorporating energy supply, energy management and security and automation. Prior to his current role, Curtis was an Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable, where he helped to drive the long-term strategic plan for the Cable business, as well as pricing strategy and portfolio management. Prior to Comcast, Curtis held a variety of corporate finance and strategy roles at Cisco Systems in San Jose. He spent eight years in equity research at Prudential and Merrill Lynch, specializing in the networking, cable & satellite, and media industries. He holds a BA degree from Princeton University.

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

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

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

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

Joe Sullivan Joe Sullivan, Account Manager, WSI, the Professional Division of The Weather Company
Twitter ID: @WSI_Energy
Website: http://www.wsi.com/

Joe has been connecting weather with smart decisions for nearly 2 decades. He spent the last 10 years working for renewable energy, utility and weather companies coupling the weather with electric generation and demand. Joe has held roles as a Product Manager, Research Project Manager, Executive Director, Account Manager and Television Broadcaster.

At WSI, Joe works with smart energy companies, energy service providers, energy retailers and analytics companies providing customized weather output for analyzing and predicting energy demand. Joe has been with WSI since 2012. WSI is the B2B division of The Weather Company, the world’s largest commercial weather organization.

Prior to WSI, Joe was Director of Operating Services at WindLogics, an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra Energy. Joe’s team of consultants and researchers provided renewable energy and electric demand forecasts for utility clientele.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He lives in Eden Prairie, MN with his wife and three children. He enjoys everything outdoors and all kinds of weather. 

Bob Swilik Bob Swilik, Manager, Advanced Systems, Carrier

Bob has worked in the HVAC industry for more than 25 years. He currently leads Carrier's Advanced system group responsible for new product development.

Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Management & Engineering Consultant, 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 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 enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smart phone. People Power's groundbreaking smartphone app, Presence, transforms spare iPhones, iPads, and iPods into wireless video cameras with motion detection video alerts for free home monitoring. Presence expands to control smart plugs to manage power, robotic stands so you can look around while remote, and other sensors to improve safety, convenience and save you money. People Power's mobile-and-cloud Internet of Everything Platform enables service providers and manufacturers to deliver smart home solutions to improve security, energy management and home automation. Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. 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. Gene likes to record and play music and is happily married with three great children and a bad dog.

Paul Wattles Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design & Development, ERCOT
Twitter ID: @ERCOT_ISO
Website: http://www.ercot.com/

 Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst in the Market Design and Development group at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 85% of Texas electric load. The Market Design and Development team was formed in 2012 to advance ERCOT’s strategic plan and mission statement by dedicating resources to study and make recommendations for the structured evolution of the ERCOT market. Since its formation the group has led initiatives to enable Load Resource participation in the Real-Time Energy Market, integrate Fast Response Regulation Service into the ERCOT suite of Ancillary Services, and begin the redesign of Ancillary Services to better meet the needs of the grid of the future. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004, and is the former Supervisor of Demand Response and former Manager of Governmental Relations. He has over 13 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on wholesale markets, advanced metering, demand response, and regulatory and governmental affairs; over a decade of private sector business experience; and six years of service as a Congressional aide in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson, with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Alex Zheng Alex Zheng, Head of the SilverLink Business, Silver Spring Networks

Alex leads the Customer Engagement and Utility Analytics businesses at Silver Spring Networks. Alex has been at Silver Spring Networks in a variety of product management roles since 2011, developing and launching a variety of new products including mobile apps, web apps, analytics apps, and a new data platform. Prior to Silver Spring Networks, Alex worked in a variety of strategy and engineering consulting firms. Alex has an MBA from MIT Sloan, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, an MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford, and a BS in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington.


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.

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