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Keynotes


Leah Barton Leah Barton, VP & GM, Home Protection, Direct Energy

Leah Barton is Vice President & General Manager, Home Protection, North America Home, Centrica plc, with full P&L responsibility for home warranties, protection plans, and appliance programs. Leah has over 15 years of energy industry experience spanning commercial, IT, finance, marketing, and operations leadership roles at Centrica, MXenergy, and Shell Chemical LP.  Early in her career, Leah managed hydrogen power system engineering with Nuvera Fuel Cells and also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.
 
Leah holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is active in the Houston community, currently serving as President of the UH Friends of Women’s Studies, Director and Past President of EMERGE Fellowship, Director of the St. Paul's United Methodist Foundation, and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.


Aaron Berndt Aaron Berndt, Head of Central Region Energy Partnerships, Nest/Google

Aaron Berndt is Head of Regulated Energy Partnerships at Google, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Aaron was a leader in PG&E's Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E's portfolio. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.


Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP & GM of Energy Markets, Energy Hub, Inc., Alarm.com

Erika has over 15 years of experience in product management, business development, and marketing for clean tech companies and investors. She manages EnergyHub's demand response aggregation business.

Before joining EnergyHub, she was the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Recyclebank, where she developed corporate and industry partnerships and drove development and maintenance of Recyclebank's core products.  Previously, she was head of business development at ThinkEco, where she helped build utility, retail and corporate business while playing a key role in product development.

Erika is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association. She holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the advisory council of the NYPrize.


Adrian Tuck Adrian Tuck, CEO, Tendril
Twitter ID: @adriantuck

As CEO of Tendril, Adrian Tuck is responsible for driving Tendril's strategic direction and creating a triple bottom line company - people, planet, profit. Adrian joined Tendril more than 10 years ago with the vision of building a smarter market for energy products and services. To that end, he has led Tendril to take first-of-its-kind approaches in data analytics, digital engagement and demand management. Adrian has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Tendril, he served as both interim CEO and Executive Vice President of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the smart grid, where he guided the company's strategy through its critical early-growth stage. As an early pioneer of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Adrian was instrumental in the development of the ZigBee standard and served as the Vice-Chair of the ZigBee Alliance for a number of years. Adrian has received numerous industry accolades including the prestigious honor of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.


Speakers


Joseph Carangelo Joseph Carangelo, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Baker Electric Home Energy

Joseph Carangelo is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Baker Electric Home Energy, a premier Residential Home Energy Integrator in San Diego and throughout Southern California. In his role, Joe is responsible for managing its Innovation Group dedicated to investigating novel technologies and when appropriate, incubating their underlying business models. Two years ago that category was Energy Storage complementary to the company's Solar Integration business; today it is Smart Home applications targeting Energy Automation. Joe has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in Strategy and Business Development from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Abigail Daken Abigail Daken, Environmental Engineer, EPA ENERGY STAR
Twitter ID: @ENERGYSTAR

Ms. Daken led the development of EPA’s innovative Connected Thermostat specification, which recognizes products that save energy based on how they are used in the homes of actual subscribers. She also manages the requirements for ENERGY STAR heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating products, and the grid responsiveness elements of all ENERGY STAR specifications. Before joining EPA in 2010, at various times she has done research in Physics and in sustainability, designed electronics, and studied effective standards. She holds BS and MA degrees in Physics, and a Masters of Engineering and Public Policy.


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

Dave Kaintz is a senior manager in the Customer Programs & Services Product Development Group in his 9th year with Southern California Edison.   He’s currently leading teams developing customer facing solutions including Transportation Electrification programs as well as having implemented SCE’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smart Thermostat Demand Response program which is now a leading DR Program in SCE’s Portfolio of customer offerings.  Dave has also supported Demand Side Management tracking system needs including an SAP/CRM implementation, as well as the development and launch of a customer self-service on-line energy audit solution.  Prior to joining SCE, Dave was with IBM in a variety of roles including new business development and leading application development and hardware service support teams.  Dave has a degree in Business from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, and holds a couple of certifications including Project Management (PMI) and Total Quality Management (TQM).  When Dave is not working, he can be found spending time with family, playing volleyball at the local beach, or camping and hiking in Yosemite.


Judd Moritz Judd Moritz, SVP of Solutions , Simple Energy

Judd has worked in the energy industry for more than 18 years, engaging with utilities and regional transmission organizations (RTO) across North America to design and deliver energy efficiency and demand response solutions. His career has spanned program operations, DSM program planning, sales and product development. 
 
As the SVP, Solutions at Simple Energy, Judd applies his understanding of utility DSM/DER programs, rates, regulatory motivations and the evolving utility landscape to help utilities achieve their goals as they redefine their relationship with their customers. Judd leverages his industry knowledge and network of industry partners to help drive Simple Energy's solutions into emerging markets as the industry continues to evolve to be more distributed and customer-centric. 
 
Prior to Simple Energy, Judd was a Senior Director at CLEAResult Consulting and managed business development and engagement strategy for a diverse array of electric and gas utilities in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States promoting CLEAResults products and capabilities and continuously defining new product and program opportunities to drive innovation while also pushing short term and long term growth. During this time, Judd also acted as the vice-chair of Policy for the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance. Judd got started in business development when he worked as a Director of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC where he collaborated with vertically integrated utilities and RTOs to implement a suit of innovative C&I Demand Response solutions as well as a portfolio of utility DSM consulting capabilities. 
 
Prior to providing services to utilities, Judd worked at Ameren Energy where he acted as the liaison to the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) for the Demand Response Working Group. He also led a team that developed and delivered electric and natural gas DSM program portfolios in both Illinois and Missouri, conducted extensive cost-effectiveness analyses for various energy efficiency and demand response measures and programs, and investigated the nuances around various DSM cost recovery mechanisms. Judd's energy career started at APX in Santa Clara, CA where he managed the California Demand Reserves Partnership Program, which at the time was the largest capacity-based demand response program in the country. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from The University of Kansas and an MBA from Webster University.


Sam Sen Sam Sen, Vice President, Vistra Energy

Sam Sen is Vice President Solutions at Vistra Energy, a leading electricity generator and competitive retailer that provides electricity and related products and services to approximately 2.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in Texas and the Mid West / North East US through leading retail brands that include TXU Energy and Dynegy.
 
Sam leads the Solutions business, offering customers value added products beyond traditional grid electricity plans. These solutions include Home Warranties, Smart Thermostats,Cable/Internet/Telecom solutions as well as renewables and Solar / distributed generation products.
 
Prior to his current role, Sam was Vice President of Performance Excellence where he set up the lean transformation and various elements of TXU Energy’s operating model. Prior to that, Sam was the Sr. Director of Planning and Analysis, responsible for leading strategic and financial planning at TXU Energy.
 
Prior to joining TXU Energy in 2009, Sam spent several years as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he served as a Principal working predominantly with clients in the Energy industry. Sam’s experience covered a diverse range of assignments ranging from growth strategies, functional strategies to mergers and acquisitions and divestitures.
 
Sam is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning a master's of business administration from the McCombs School of Business. Sam also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.


Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

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.


Paul Williams Paul Williams, Vice President of Product ManagementGM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting
Twitter ID: @GELighting

Paul Williams is the General Manager of Product Management and Growth for GE Lighting where he is charged with reimagining lighting solutions from America's most trusted lighting brand. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company's C by GE brand, Paul leads the company's overall product management, its go-to-market strategy and its external partner ecosystem to propel lighting's role at home and enable new platforms for growth. Paul brings more than 30 years of business operations leadership and hardware and software development within high-tech industries. This includes more than a decade of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of home automation solutions, where he led the company's global product management and research and development teams, supported the company's merger and acquisition activity, delivered award-winning solutions and helped build the company from a start-up to an IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth. During his time at Control4, Paul also led high-profile hospitality projects, including organizing and outfitting the MGM City Center project in Las Vegas, at the time the largest privately funded construction project in US history, with controls platforms across both the Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. The hotels opened to acclaim as some of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world. Prior to his deep leadership and operations roles at Control4, Paul held critical leadership positions and oversaw vast teams with a proven track record at Levelor/Kirch, a large-scale window covering operations and a Newell/Rubbermaid Company, as well as Phobos/Sonicwall. Paul has been a speaker at dozens of industry events and is often sourced and cited by the media on connected home topics.


Moderators


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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Denise Ernst Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Denise recently joined Parks Associates’ Smart Home Energy Management team. She has worked for both manufacturers and service providers, with experience leading new product development, marketing, and sales. Her expertise in launching products from design to sales execution and channel management brings a unique perspective. Her motto is “look at the data, it will tell you what direction to take.”

Denise earned her MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School and her BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

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Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Senior Director, IoT Strategy and Custom Research, 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.

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, 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.

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Advisory Board


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP, Distributed Energy Management, Itron

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

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

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


Jeff Hamel Jeff Hamel, Head of North American Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Jeff Hamel is the head of North American energy partnerships at Nest Labs, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Jeff was the Executive Director for EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization team, with responsibilities for growing broad collaboration with global utilities and governmental agencies. Before joining EPRI in 2007, Hamel worked at General Electric for 8 years, and was responsible for managing and leading new growth in GE’s power business. Jeff earned his Bachelors or Science, a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine License, and his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserves while attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition, Jeff has also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Together with his wife and two sons, Jeff resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Matt Johnson Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub

Matt's primary focus is building relationships with distributed energy resource (DER) manufacturers and service providers who are interested in adding their connected devices to the Mercury DERMS platform. Matt also works with utilities deploying smart thermostats and other DERs for demand response and load management programs. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Matt held a variety of positions in the energy sector, including serving as Director of Business Development at Gaia Power Technologies, an energy storage firm, and as an Assistant Vice President at Sentech, a clean energy consultancy.

Matt holds an MBA and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Olaf Lohr Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, Sonnen, Inc.

Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in electrical engineering, renewables and business development, and graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management.
 
As the Sr. Manager for Utility Relations at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion in specific US markets. He is primarily focused on developing new business models for the energy storage markets where customers and utilities will benefit from sonnen’s disruptive technology, and leverage energy storage services for utilities. 
 
Olaf lives in Southern California with his wife Catalina in a solar and energy storage equipped home.


Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Supervisor for Energy Management Tools at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. Joel earned his bachelor's degree with a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wayne State University and an M.B.A. from of the Central Michigan University with concentrations in the Value Driven Organization and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His primary focus are those processes that gain deep insight into customer behaviors, market potential, and the application of emerging technology that delivers an excellent customer experience. 


Judd Moritz Judd Moritz, SVP of Solutions , Simple Energy

Judd has worked in the energy industry for more than 18 years, engaging with utilities and regional transmission organizations (RTO) across North America to design and deliver energy efficiency and demand response solutions. His career has spanned program operations, DSM program planning, sales and product development. 
 
As the SVP, Solutions at Simple Energy, Judd applies his understanding of utility DSM/DER programs, rates, regulatory motivations and the evolving utility landscape to help utilities achieve their goals as they redefine their relationship with their customers. Judd leverages his industry knowledge and network of industry partners to help drive Simple Energy's solutions into emerging markets as the industry continues to evolve to be more distributed and customer-centric. 
 
Prior to Simple Energy, Judd was a Senior Director at CLEAResult Consulting and managed business development and engagement strategy for a diverse array of electric and gas utilities in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States promoting CLEAResults products and capabilities and continuously defining new product and program opportunities to drive innovation while also pushing short term and long term growth. During this time, Judd also acted as the vice-chair of Policy for the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance. Judd got started in business development when he worked as a Director of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC where he collaborated with vertically integrated utilities and RTOs to implement a suit of innovative C&I Demand Response solutions as well as a portfolio of utility DSM consulting capabilities. 
 
Prior to providing services to utilities, Judd worked at Ameren Energy where he acted as the liaison to the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) for the Demand Response Working Group. He also led a team that developed and delivered electric and natural gas DSM program portfolios in both Illinois and Missouri, conducted extensive cost-effectiveness analyses for various energy efficiency and demand response measures and programs, and investigated the nuances around various DSM cost recovery mechanisms. Judd's energy career started at APX in Santa Clara, CA where he managed the California Demand Reserves Partnership Program, which at the time was the largest capacity-based demand response program in the country. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from The University of Kansas and an MBA from Webster University.


Dain Nestel Dain Nestel, Director, ecobee

Dain Nestel has been in the energy sector since 2008 where he has overseen the delivery of Residential EE portfolios, consulted clients and partners on best practice program models and launched a successful demand response initiative. Dain is ecobee’s Director of Energy where he is focused on creating multi-directional value streams, for utilities and their customers, through innovation and the smart home.


Emmett Romine Emmett Romine, SVP Business Development, Powerley


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