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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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Jim Johnson Jim Johnson, Executive Vice President, General Manager, iControl Networks

Jim co-founded uControl in 2005 and merged with Icontrol in 2010 where he manages the business unit that provides connected home platform solutions to broadband service providers worldwide. Previously, Jim was the Vice President and General Manager of the Service Provider Business Unit of TippingPoint, which was acquired by 3Com in February 2005. Prior to TippingPoint, Jim was Vice President of Sales at BroadJump, which was acquired by Motive Communications in February 2003. Prior to BroadJump, he served as National Sales Manager for Cisco Systems' ADSL portfolio.

Before Cisco's acquisition of NetSpeed, he served as the Director of North American Telco Sales for NetSpeed. Prior to NetSpeed, Jim held both domestic and international assignments with Alcatel Telecom in sales, product planning, product management and research and development.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. 

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

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

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

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

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

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.  

Steve Nguyen Steve Nguyen, Director - Marketing, Bidgely

Steve heads marketing to help empower consumers and inform utilities through Bidgely's energy analytics platform. 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.

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, Director of Product Marketing, 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. 

Matthew Plante Matthew 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. 

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.


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.