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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.  

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.

Elizabeth Killinger Elizabeth Killinger, President of NRG Retail and Reliant, NRG

Elizabeth has 25 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries, including 15 years with the company. She is now responsible for directing all aspects of NRG Retail, the leading multi-brand retail electricity business in Texas, the third-largest residential retailer in the Northeast, and the leading portable solar, power and battery business in the US.

NRG’s Retail business provides innovative energy products and solutions to about three million homes and businesses and there are 3 million of its portable solar, power and battery products in use by consumers around the world. Having played a key role in the company’s transition to competitive electricity markets with customer service at its core, her vision of the ‘Era of Personal Power’ has led NRG to introduce new innovative products that push the energy industry into the future and provide consumers insights, choices and convenient ways to power their lives at home and on-the-go.

Elizabeth spent the early days of her career in the oilfield services, software development and management consulting industries. She started her NRG career at Reliant in 2002 after working for two years as a consultant, helping prepare the company’s wholesale and retail businesses for electricity deregulation in Texas. Since then, she has taken on increasing responsibilities year after year, including the launch of several successful start-ups within the company.

Deeply committed to making a difference for future generations, Elizabeth serves many impactful organizations. She is on the Energy Advisory Board and the Bauer College Board at the University of Houston and serves on the boards of directors for the March of Dimes, the Center for Hearing and Speech, the North Texas Commission, and the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP) in addition to being on the GHP Executive Committee. She also serves as School Board Vice Chairman for Epiphany Lutheran School and is an advisory board member for the Newspring Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Business Nurturing. Elizabeth served as Chair for the nation’s largest 2014 March for Babies Campaign and Chair for the 2015 American Heart Association’s Heart Walk.

Elizabeth attended Houston Baptist University and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston. She is also a homemaker, passionate about her role as wife and mother and enjoys spending time with her family.


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.

Scott Hublou Scott Hublou, VP of Global Connected Services, Salus

Scott Hublou is currently the VP of Global Connected Services for Salus, an international brand in the home control market. Deployed in 14 countries worldwide, the Salus Connected Home solution is one of the largest international players in the Connected/Smart home industry. Scott is a leading voice in the clean tech and energy industries, through his consumer advocacy in the residential energy efficiency space. He is a frequent speaker on emerging smart grid technologies and the important role that smart homes play in creating a truly efficient energy system. Prior to Salus, Scott was the Founder of EcoFactor, North America’s leading Electric Utility solution Demand Side energy management CEO of Sapria Technology Group, a product strategy-consulting firm with clients including BlueShield, Oracle, Peoplesoft, SAP, and HP. Before heading Sapria, Scott was the CEO of Asimba, a SaaS based business intelligence and CRM solution for the online and brick-n-mortar fitness and nutrition industry. Scott has been a regular guest lecturer at both Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley business schools, sharing his knowledge and expertise on innovative business strategy, business intelligence and SaaS platforms.

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.

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

Erin Keys has nine years of experience in the energy industry, including four years at GE Power & Water and just under a year at Opower. After graduating from one of GE’s rotational management training programs, 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.

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.  

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.

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.

Dave Oberholzer Dave Oberholzer, VP, Business and Partner Developmentt, 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.

Matt Plante Matt Plante, CEO, EcoFactor

Matt comes to EcoFactor with more than 15 years of experience in energy management, utility and related industries. Prior to EcoFactor, he served as Vice President of Sales at Bidgely. Matt also served as Vice President of Sales at EnerNOC, Inc. where he led various sales teams worldwide. Matt holds a B.A. in Government and Economics from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Shuchi Roy Shuchi Roy, Director, Innovation Strategy, Direct Energy

Shuchi Roy has 15 years of marketing and leadership experience in the energy and technology industries across North America and Asia, and currently serves as Direct Energy’s Director of Innovation Strategy. She has extensive experience in innovation, new product development and product management with focus on the connected home. From strategy, design, development and deployment, to delivering new products and services, Shuchi has vast experience in leading cross functional teams to deliver strategic, enterprise-wide initiatives including Direct Energy’s partnership with Nest Labs. Shuchi Roy holds a BSc. Hons from Hansraji College at Delhi University and a PGDMM in Media Marketing from Times School of Marketing. She also earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.

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.

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.

Dan Van Ostrand Dan Van Ostrand, President, Unilectric

Dan is a career innovator with a diverse technology background. He has worked for companies large and small, including, U.S. National Laboratories, and a number of startups. He was the founder of UniPixel Displays, Inc. He has developed novel technology in a number of different fields, including: flexographic printed electronics, metal mesh touch sensors, roll to roll manufacturing, optical microstructure design, planar waveguide LED lighting, fingerprint resistant films, radio communication protocols, data analysis algorithms, battlefield processing systems, vehicle tracking systems, and MEMs displays. He holds more than 20 issued patents and another 25 applications in process.

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.


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.