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Paul Campbell Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric

A serial intrapreneur, Paul Campbell is currently VP of Innovation and Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center at Schneider Electric, where he is responsible for creating new products, services and businesses for this $30B Paris-based energy tech company.

Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Paul successfully built new businesses that generated billions in revenue for companies like Hewlett-Packard, Philips Electronics, and technology startups in Silicon Valley. Paul’s businesses have developed a stunning portfolio of award-winning products that enabled corporations to enter new markets, generate large new revenue streams and raise their images as innovation and design leaders.

Paul is an advisor to the World Economic Forum, the European Commission and numerous accelerators/incubators around the globe. He lectures at UC-Berkeley, and other bay area universities on the leadership and organizational approaches uniquely necessary for large companies to inject both sustaining and disruptive innovations into their products and services.  


William Clayton William Clayton, Vice President of Customer Care Operations, Reliant, NRG

As Vice President of Customer Care Operations, William Clayton is responsible for leading Reliant’s retention sales for mass market customers. In this role, he oversees the company's call center, mid-office operations and market relations.

Clayton also serves as the company's energy expert in matters related to energy efficiency. He represents the company in news media interviews on topics such as energy efficiency, customer service and smart energy solutions—with regular appearances on Good Morning Texas and Great Day Houston.

With over two decades of experience, Clayton has in-depth knowledge of the utility and retail electric industries. He has held leadership roles within residential load management, field operations, retail marketing, program development and retail operations.

Clayton graduated summa cum laude from Abilene Christian University with a BA. He has received a number of academic and athletic awards, including being named three-time GTE Academic All-American in football and ACU Sports Hall of Fame. He also serves on the Board of Directors with the Greater Houston and South Texas Better Business Bureau and the Houston Chapter of the American Heart Association.


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

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


Speakers


Patrick Agnew Patrick Agnew, Program Manager, In-home Technology, Florida Power and Light

Pat is Program Manager of In-home Technology and Electric Vehicles for Florida Power & Light Company. FPL is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.8 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc.


Bill Alderson Bill Alderson, Director, Marketing and Digital Services, 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.


Ramon Alvarez Ramon Alvarez, Senior Director of Strategic Consumer Solutions, SmartThings

Ramon Alvarez, as Senior Director of Strategic Consumer Solutions at SmartThings, leads the creation of new Smart Home solutions in Energy and other strategic verticals. SmartThings is the leading open platform for the Smart Home, with over 20,000 developers working on the platform and over 200 compatible devices. As such, SmartThings provides the capabilities for a whole home energy management solution including devices such as thermostats, energy meters, appliances and lights.

Prior to SmartThings, Ramon led corporate strategy and open innovation teams at Samsung headquarters in Korea, reporting to and advising the CTO and CSO of Samsung Electronics on innovative product launches and venture capital investments in areas such as IoT and mobile health. Previously at Gemalto and Schlumberger, he managed the launch of B2B and B2C software solutions and services for major wireless carriers around the world (AT&T, T-Mobile, Orange).

Ramon holds an MBA from the University of California Berkeley, and a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.


Martha Amram Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn and Green Button Alliance

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.


Landon Borders Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices, Haiku Home by Big Ass Solutions

Landon Borders, Director of Connected Devices at Big Ass Solutions®, oversees much of the behind-the-scenes innovation and research necessary to the creation of the company’s future products. Also an electrical engineer, Landon’s day-to-day work includes collaborating with the engineering team to develop smart, Internet-connected lighting and fan products including the Haiku® with SenseMETM smart ceiling fan. He has 15 years of experience in product development and integration, from wireless multifunction printers for the home to thermal imaging devices for first responders. Landon is also a board director of the Thread Group, a not-for-profit organization working on technology that will easily and securely connect more than 250 smart devices in a home.


Kris Bowring Kris Bowring, Director of Business and Channel Development, Iris by 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. 


Corey Chao Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant

Corey Chao is an Innovation Manager at NRG/Reliant, focusing on product development as it affects the Connected Home, security, and energy management areas. Before Reliant, Corey launched and managed high-tech consumer and enterprise-level products at First Data, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Siemens, and Verizon where he has almost 20 years of product management/development experience across a multitude of industries. Corey graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Electrical Engineering.


Mark Cosby Mark Cosby, Business Development Leader, Westar Energy

Mark Cosby leads the business development effort related to customer programs and services for Westar Energy. Mark joined the electric service provider industry in 2014 following marketing and business development leadership roles within the telecommunications and SaaS industries, including companies such as Avaya, Nortel, Editure, and Sprint. Mark currently serves as a volunteer mentor with the Kansas Department of Corrections, facilitating a class on Innovative Business Ventures for inmates in the Lansing Correctional Facility. Mark earned an MBA from the University of Kansas, a BBA in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma, and a BA in Theology from Hillsdale College.


Mauro Dresti Mauro Dresti, Manager 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. 


Will Duckett Will Duckett, Director of Business Development, PlotWatt

Will is responsible for establishing business with electric utilities in the U.S. and abroad, as well as generating new business relationships in commercial and residential customer segments. After beginning his career at a fund of hedge funds, Will focused on growing startups in the education technology space. Will holds a B.A. in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MBA from Columbia Business School.


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.


John Gingrich John Gingrich, Vice President, Corporate Development, EnergySage

John Gingrich joined EnergySage in 2012, is a member of the executive management team and leads the company’s efforts to engage with a range of organizations to develop creative solutions for bringing solar energy systems to consumers via the EnergySage Solar Marketplace. John comes to EnergySage after several years of successful entrepreneurial initiatives, acquiring and growing small and mid-size companies through hands-on executive operating roles. Prior to these endeavors, John’s professional experiences include investment banking, strategy consulting and new venture development. John is passionate about clean technology and the environmental, financial, and long-term economic benefits that come from their mass market adoption. He holds an MBA from Babson College and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carleton College.


David Grant David Grant, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Tendril

David Grant joined Tendril in September 2015 as SVP of Sales and Marketing. His team helps pioneering energy providers establish a competitive advantage by acquiring, engaging and activating their customers using individualized data sets and highly accurate predictions of household energy consumption. Grant previously spent fifteen years at Teradata - eleven at the VP level. His team examined the business models, challenges and opportunities of the 18 vertical industry markets they served, including utilities, to understand how to make those businesses more effective through the use of data and analytics. As a graduate of the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business, Grant earned a BS in business administration with a concentration in computer science. He is an active member of the Business Marketing Association (BMA) and holds a seat on BMA’s Corporate Advisory Council.


Barry Haaser Barry Haaser, President, Managing Director; CEO, OpenADR Alliance/Lakeview Group

Barry Haaser is a 30-year Silicon Valley veteran with deep expertise in the energy and technology industries. Leveraging his knowledge of energy management systems and smart grid technologies, energy standards, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and association management, Haaser serves as managing director of the OpenADR Alliance and executive director of the Green Button Alliance and provides executive leadership to the Wi-SUN Alliance and the U-SNAP Alliance. Haaser also serves on the Department of Commerce’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee, and was formerly an officer, and member of the Board of Directors, for the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Haaser is the president and founder of the Lakeview Group, and lends his experience in association creation and management, ecosystem development, testing and certification programs, and energy industry marketing and education, to key industry initiatives. Haaser has formed, launched and/or managed many successful alliances during his career. Prior to founding the Lakeview Group in 2010, Haaser spent 15 years with Echelon Corporation (ELON) where he held marketing and business development positions in the U.S. and Europe. Previously, he served as vice president of marketing at Alacritech, and director of marketing at Saratoga Systems. Haaser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University. Haaser is also an active Rotarian.


Denver Hinds Denver Hinds, R&D Project Manager, SMUD

Denver is a Project Manager with SMUD’s Energy Research and Development department. He evaluates emerging intelligent, connected, consumer device technologies for application to advanced energy management systems. He manages SMUD’s Home Area Network Laboratory and Connected Customer Working Group. He guides the smart energy device integration efforts for many programs and pilots utilizing advanced technology to enhance grid efficiency and customer satisfaction. Denver has a diverse background in electronic product design and systems engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of the Pacific.


Dave Hurst Dave Hurst, Director, Market Analysis, NextEnergy
Twitter ID: @HurstAnalysis

Dave Hurst is Director of Market Analysis at NextEnergy, leading NextEnergy’s Energy Sector and Program teams in the understanding and development of various market segment intelligence. Prior to joining NextEnergy, Hurst was a Principal Research Analyst at Navigant Research, focusing on clean transportation and related infrastructure for electric vehicles, natural gas vehicles, and other alternative transportation options such as mass transit and electric two-wheel vehicles. Hurst has more than a decade of market research conducting quantitative survey research and qualitative interviews and focus groups in automotive and truck markets. Hurst has also taught marketing and statistics as a part-time professor at Schoolcraft College and Oakland University. He received an M.B.A. from Wayne State University, with concentrations in Marketing and Management and, B.A. in Economics and Management from Albion College.


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.


Dave Kaintz Dave Kaintz, Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison

Dave Kaintz is a senior program manager in the New Product Development Group in his 6th year with SCE. Currently responsible for the Bring Your Own Thermostat (BYOT) DR based program which was implemented as a study in 2013. Dave has also supported Demand Side Management tracking system needs including an SAP/CRM implementation, as well as an on-line energy audit solution. Prior to joining SCE, Dave was with IBM in a variety of roles including new business development, leading application development and support teams, as well as leading hardware service teams. Dave received his Project Management (PMI) certification and has a BA in Business from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles.


Erin Keys Erin Keys, Director, Business Development & Strategy, Comverge

Erin Keys is a director of business development and strategy at Comverge. In this role, she helps create Comverge partnerships with players in competitive power markets. Erin has nine years of experience in the energy industry, including four years at GE Power & Water and just under a year at Opower. After completing GE’s rotational management training program in technical sales, she spent two years at GE’s global headquarters for renewable energy focusing on demand forecasting and emerging market analysis. During a Masters program in engineering at the University of Texas, Erin studied distribution grid reliability, especially in areas with a high concentration of solar PV installations.


Dwain Kinghorn Dwain Kinghorn, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Solar

Dwain Kinghorn is the Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar integrator. His focus is to help the company align its product portfolio with go-to-market and business requirements. Dwain regularly works with accounts on detailed product plans and actively participates in customer and partner discussions to build a sales pipeline. Prior to Vivint Solar, Dwain worked at SageCreek launching new product lines and growing revenue to record levels. Dwain actively helped various SageCreek accounts complete strategic technology licensing, channel sales agreements, and find and train C-level executives. Before SageCreek, Dwain was Vice President at Symantec Corporation and was in charge of the collaboration architecture to ensure multiple Symantec products worked together. He was instrumental in Symantec’s successful adoption of the Altiris platform, where Dwain served as CTO for seven years and oversaw a development team that grew to over 500 people and an engineering budget in excess of $50M. His leadership of Altiris’s product teams led to a large number of industry awards for the company. Earlier in his career, Dwain successfully started the company Computing Edge, which experienced greater than 40% growth each year for six years. The startup became a recognized leader in solutions that extended Microsoft’s management platform. Prior to Computing Edge, Dwain worked at Microsoft in the Operating System division. Dwain graduated summa cum laude with a degree in electrical and computer engineering from Brigham Young University.


Yann Kulp Yann Kulp, Vice President SmartSpace, Schneider Electric North America

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.


Art Lancaster Art Lancaster, CTO; Board Member, Allseen Alliance, Affinegy/ AllSeen Alliance
Twitter ID: @Affinegy
Website: http://www.affinegy.com

As CTO of Affinegy, Art Lancaster drives the company’s technology strategy and oversees its solutions development. Affinegy’s CHARIOT Stack delivers the simple, secure and scalable way to support the full life cycle for connected products and services. From cloud servers through embedded clients and mobile user experiences - Affinegy provides software services that automatically provision, configure, update and manage the connected products that are at the heart of the Internet of Things. Leading broadband service providers, connected device manufacturers, and application/service providers have deployed Affinegy’s solutions to over 35 million customers around the world. Lancaster speaks regularly as a strong advocate for open source software and open standards to achieve true ease-of-use and broad interoperability. He is active in the AllSeen Alliance serving as a Board Member and as chair of its Gateway Working Group. In recent years he has spearheaded development of key connected device technologies with a number of patents issued and embraced important industry standards like TR-069, XMPP and AllJoyn, having championed commercialization within the industry and Affinegy’s products. 


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.


Dennis Mathew Dennis Mathew, VP, Xfinity Home Product Management, Design & Deployment, Comcast

As vice president of Xfinity Home, Dennis Mathew is responsible for the overall management of the product roadmap and strategy for Comcast’s home security and automation platform. In this role, Dennis leads the development and deployment of Xfinity Home’s new products, features, and partnerships.

In 2015, Dennis was instrumental in expanding the Xfinity Home business by integrating new partner devices from leading technology companies, such as August, Chamberlain, Lutron, and Nest, and launching its certification program, Works with Xfinity Home (WWXH). He also played a key leadership role in 2010 with the initial launch of Xfinity Home, which now has more than 500,000 subscribers.

Dennis has more than 11 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. Before joining the Xfinity Home team, he oversaw the launches of key initiatives for Xfinity Internet including DCOSIS 3.0 and wireless gateways, and he was a senior director in Comcast’s Internal Audit department.

Prior to Comcast, Dennis held management positions at PwC and Arthur Andersen, where he worked on a variety of technology advisory engagements across several industries.

Dennis was named a “Top 40 Under 40” executive by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Multichannel News. He is a graduate of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Executive Leadership Development Program and a participant of Comcast’s Executive Leadership Career Advancement Program (ELCAP).

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dennis holds a bachelor of science in Economics, Finance, and Management Information Systems (MIS).  


Letha McLaren Letha McLaren, Chief Marketing Officer, Icontrol Networks
Twitter ID: @IcontrolNtwrks

As Chief Marketing Officer, Letha leads Icontrol’s product and marketing initiatives, responsible for product investments and corresponding marketing strategies to grow revenue and deliver excellent customer experiences in the emerging connected home market. She brings more than 15 years of diverse marketing, product development, and business leadership experience. Letha came to Icontrol from Landis+Gyr, a leading smart metering and energy management solutions provider, where she was the General Manager of global deployments for Energy Management and Advanced Applications. Prior to that, Letha was the Director of Software Product Management at Cellnet Technology, a leading automated meter reading services provider. She also held roles at Schlumberger in their 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, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

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

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

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

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


Claire Miziolek Claire Miziolek, Market Strategies Program Manager, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP)
Twitter ID: @neepenergy

Claire's role at NEEP is to help speed the adoption of high efficiency products in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Claire manages NEEP's work in Consumer Electronics, Home Energy Management Systems, and Residential Lighting. She is working to develop strategies and recommendations to bring these efficient technologies to broader scale and ultimately decrease the amount of energy homes and businesses use. Prior to joining NEEP, Claire was the Education + Outreach Programs Manager at GTECH Strategies, a non-profit social enterprise in Pittsburgh, PA. She is originally from Baltimore, MD. Claire holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Cornell University.


Steve Nguyen Steve Nguyen, Head of Marketing, Bidgely

Steve heads marketing to help empower consumers and inform utilities through Bidgely's disaggregation technology and products. Prior to Bidgely he ran corporate marketing and embedded solutions product marketing at IoT pioneer Echelon. Steve has a B.S. from Brandeis University and M.B.A. from Boston College. Steve's rides a hardtail in the Los Gatos hills when he's not at work.


Steve Nisbet Steve Nisbet, VP - External Relations & Power Solutions, Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association

Steve Nisbet is the Vice President of External Relations & Power Solutions at Wright-Hennepin Cooperative Electric Association in Rockford, MN. Steve is responsible for the planning, design, testing, commissioning, and maintenance of renewable and alternative energy systems at Wright-Hennepin. He received a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering from Texas Tech in 1993, and he has been working with telephone and electric cooperatives in both operational and consulting roles in Texas and Minnesota since that time.


Todd Nolte Todd Nolte, Marketing Technologies Manager, Carrier, United Technologies

Todd Nolte has more than 20 years of experience in HVAC spanning three of the most respected names in the $100 billion industry. He now currently serves as the Marketing Technologies Manager for United Technologies. In this role, Todd leads the technology group in digital marketing and analytics focusing on web and mobile initiatives including Wi-Fi controls. He’s responsible for the strategic road map for technology discovery and implementation.


Carlos Nouel Carlos Nouel, Director of Partnerships and Joint Ventures, National Grid

Carlos Nouel is the Director of Alliances and Vendor Strategy for National Grid’s New Energy Solutions team. Carlos is responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Prior to his current role, Carlos was responsible for developing sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for the energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, BAT, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager. 


Dave Oberholzer Dave Oberholzer, VP, Business and Partner Development, WeatherBug Home

Dave Oberholzer, Vice President, Business and Partner Development, has led the business and development efforts for WeatherBug Home since its concept. Dave plays a critical role in defining business strategy and models for demand response and energy efficiency initiatives in the industry, as well as major partner development with companies such as Samsung/SmartThings, Honeywell, Nest and many others, as well as leading product and operations activities. Dave has more than 10 years of experience in the mobile/wireless industry holding leading positions in the wireless industry with major technology. Previously, 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.


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

Wannie Park serves as VP of Utility Solutions at CEIVA Energy, which provides utilities software, hardware and services focused on demand response, energy efficiency and home energy management. Wannie manages partnerships with utilities, regulators and technology partners to implement CEIVA's integrated ecosystem of products and make it easy and intuitive for consumers to reduce energy use. Prior to this role, Wannie spent 10 years in corporate development and private equity.


Ann Perreault Ann Perreault, Marketing Director, Smart Grid Solutions, Honeywell

Ann Perreault is the Marketing Director of Smart Grid Solutions a division of Smart Energy at Honeywell. Honeywell's Smart Energy division is a leading provider of Connected Home, AMI, DR and EE Services and Solutions serving more than 200 utility partners worldwide. At Honeywell she leads the DR/EE product strategy and innovation as well as strategic partnerships. Ann has more than 15 years driving growth in utility demand response programs through product and solution innovation. Most recently she held strategy roles in connected home at Best Buy's Geek Squad and ecobee. She spent 7 years at Eaton's Cooper Power Systems as Global Product Director and was responsible for the growth of their Demand Response product offerings. Ann began her career in energy at Xcel Energy managing their DR program portfolio which included residential, commercial and industrial customer programs combined that offered a load resource near 1GW. Ann has a Bachelor of Science degree specializing in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin. When not working, she is passionate about family, music, fitness and cooking.


Karen Poff Karen Poff, Project Manager, Austin Energy

Karen Poff is a Project Manager in the Solar Energy Services Division of Austin Energy. Ms. Poff earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Davis and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Systems at Humboldt State University. Ms. Poff has worked in the sustainable development field for over 20 years with extensive experience in the fields of energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy, green building, water conservation and sustainable wastewater treatment. As a Project Manager at Austin Energy, Ms. Poff’s primary focus is on the development and implementation of Austin Energy’s community solar program. In addition, Ms. Poff provides support for other Austin Energy solar initiatives including commercial and residential solar incentives, value of solar implementation and customer engagement. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.


Emmett Romine Emmett Romine, General Manager Insight & Demand Side Management, DTE Energy

Emmett is the General Manager Insight & Demand Side Management within DTE Energy and a Board Member at Powerley, a joint venture between DTE Energy and Vectorform LLC. He is responsible for the following:

  • Growing DTE Insight customer user base
  • Overseeing the development of new features for the mobile app
  • Developing appropriate customer support infrastructure
  • Commercializing the technology through the Powerley joint venture
  • Assisting in startup operations of Powerley
  • Operating and growing DTE Energy’s demand response capabilities

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 KPMG Consulting and Enigma. 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, Co-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.


Lori Singleton Lori Singleton, Director, Emerging Customer Programs, Salt River Project (SRP)

Lori Singleton, Director, Emerging Customer Programs for Solar, Customer Innovation and Telecom, for Salt River Project (SRP), the third largest public power utility in the nation, serving one million customers in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Lori is a 37-year employee of SRP and has held various positions during her career. Her primary focus and passion has been environmental and renewable energy issues. Lori is responsible for the development and implementation of a wide array of internal and external sustainability initiatives which include rooftop solar incentives, community solar, green energy and many new innovative programs and products for customers. Lori is also responsible for SRP’s Telecom group. SRP operates one of the largest private fiber-optic communications network in Arizona and as well offers wireless carriers a "one-stop" service for wireless site locations. Lori is an active volunteer and effective advocate in the community, having served on the Governor’s Solar Energy Advisory Task Force, the City of Phoenix Commission on the Environment, Board Chair for Valley Forward Association and Board Chair for Audubon of Arizona. Currently, Lori serves on the Board of Directors for Arizona Forward and Liberty Wildlife.


Matt Smith Matt Smith, Senior Director of Utility Solutions, 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.


Ivo Steklac Ivo Steklac, Vice President General Manager of RLC Solar Energy Solutions, SunPower

Ivo Steklac serves as SunPower vice president and general manager, residential & commercial 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.


Peter Taylor Peter Taylor, Vice President of Products, WeMo/Belkin

Peter Taylor is the Vice President of Products for WeMo, the Internet of Things brand from Belkin International. As the head of the WeMo product group, he oversees the overall strategic brand direction and product development for the WeMo connected home brand.

A veteran of the connected home space, Taylor brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing, product development, sociology and strategy to his role developing Belkin’s connected home products. He leads the global sales team, marketing, product development, and design teams. His teams are responsible for the growth of WeMo products across all channels including online and retail, as well launching strategic partnerships with companies including Jarden Consumer Solutions, Amazon Echo, OSRAM SYLVANIA, Cree, and Direct Energy.

Before joining Belkin Taylor was the General Manager of Sentec Ltd., a Smart Home and Smart Metering business, where he led the formation of corporate strategy to enable three new product incubators. Prior to this he co-founded a Social Health startup, led the Food and Beverage appliances team at The Technology Partnership, and drove process design and strategy projects at Deloitte Consulting.

In addition to his role at WeMo, Peter also serves as a non-executive director of PitPatPet, a connected pet accessories start-up based in the UK.

Peter holds a Masters of Engineering from the University of Durham, UK. 


Mark Walters Mark Walters, VP of Strategic Development, ZigBee Alliance

Mark has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of electronic product solutions, including a background in product design and development having served as V.P. of Engineering for products as diverse as high-end sound reinforcement, vehicular sensing and controls, premise wiring solutions and automated building controls. Currently, Mark serves as the V.P. of Strategic Development for the ZigBee Alliance a consortium of over 400 global companies working in the wireless IoT markets and previously as Chairman of the Z-Wave Alliance. Mark holds bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a MBA from City University, Seattle


Jeremy Warren Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint

As the chief technology officer for Vivint, Jeremy drives growth and business opportunities and oversees the creation of new product and services. He works closely with the entire innovation team to analyze new business ideas and allocate resources for their development.

Before joining Vivint, Jeremy was the chief technology officer at 2GIG Technologies, a leading provider of innovative solutions for home security and home automation. He was responsible for the engineering and mass production of 2GIG’s product line, with a particular focus on innovation in a rapidly changing industry.

Prior to 2GIG, Jeremy was the chief technology officer of the U. S. Department of Justice, where his responsibilities included formulating the department's technology strategy, providing technology expertise in program oversight, performing research, and coordinating all aspects of the department's technical architecture. Jeremy was also the chief architect at Lavastorm Technologies, where he focused on rules-based processing systems, data mining and statistical analysis.

Jeremy studied computer science engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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

Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load. The Market Design team has led initiatives to enable demand response participation in the Real-Time Energy Market, develop and implement Fast Responding Regulation Service, develop a redesign of the Ancillary Services markets to meet the needs of the grid of the future, and develop a market framework for Distributed Energy Resources. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004. He has over 15 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on wholesale markets, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Ilen Zazueta-Hall Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director, Product Management for Energy Management, Enphase

Ilen leads the residential product management team, and is responsible for advancing Enphase’s energy technology systems and solutions for the residential segment. Previously, Ilen served as Enphase’s principal software manager of Enlighten, where she led the cross-functional team of software engineers, product managers and technical writers. With 15 years of combined e-learning software, SaaS and website development expertise, Ilen has enhanced the overall Enlighten platform and its mobile installer tools that measure the output and efficiency of solar energy systems. Ilen holds a B.A. in Humanities from New College of the University of South Florida.


Moderators


Eddie Accomando Eddie Accomando, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Eddie Accomando joined Parks Associates in 2015 and studies energy management, home networks, and home controls. He is an applied anthropologist specializing in consumer satisfaction and product adoption of value added services in the telecom and semiconductor industries.

Eddie has created custom research methodologies in the Fortune 500 for nearly 20 years. His work at Verizon, Insight Communications, and Texas Instruments brought consumers and complex high-tech products together, evaluating satisfaction, brand sentiment, customer communications strategy, human factors, and product usability.

Eddie presented his most recent research at the 2011 TMRE and 2012 ESOMAR conferences. He is a certified focus group moderator (RIVA) with a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Dallas in Philosophy, with a concentration in Languages, and an M.A. (ABD) from Southern Methodist University in Cultural Anthropology. He is an Adjunct Instructor in Anthropology at Tarrant County College on the Trinity River Campus and an Adjunct Professor at Richland College.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Telecom, Semiconductor Applications, Global Research Panels, Application Usability, Human Factors, Customer Satisfaction, Research Methods, Product Development


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.


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

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

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


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.


Allen Weiner Allen Weiner, Senior Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @allenweiner
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Allen Weiner currently is a senior research analyst with Parks Associates currently studying a number of areas including residential security, the smart home, and Internet of Things.

Allen has more than 25 years of experience as an Analyst, Writer, Editor, Publisher, and Broadcaster. His analyst career includes 17 years with Gartner, Inc., covering digital media, publishing, educational technology, content management, and digital commerce. During his career as an analyst, Allen has frequently been quoted in major publications and has presented globally at conferences on topics related to media, consumer technology, and educational technology.

A former newspaper reporter and columnist, he has written about media trends for more than three decades and was editor at large for The Daily Dot, an online news site. From 1993-1994, he was General Manager of new media for the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner. While in this position, Mr. Weiner built and managed the first daily newspaper site on the Web, The Gate (sfgate.com).

Allen holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College in American Studies and an M.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Temple University.


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