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	  Kevin Butt Kevin Butt, General Manager, Environmental, Toyota Motor North America

Kevin Butt is the Regional Environmental Sustainability director of Toyota’s North American Environmental Sustainability Programs. He is responsible for the development of Environmental Sustainability Programs and Regulatory/Legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations.

Prior to Butt’s current assignment, he was the general manager/chief environmental and safety officer for Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing for all of Toyota’s Manufacturing operations. Prior to that assignment, Butt served as the assistant general manager of Body Production Engineering for Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc., (TMMNA). He was responsible for Body Engineering for all Toyota’s North American manufacturing operations. Body Engineering consists of Welding, Stamping, and Painting Operations.

Butt serves on several boards including the National Wildlife Habitat Council, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund National Council, North American Great Plains Advisory Board and the Yellowstone Park Foundation Board.

He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science from Georgetown College.

Jeremy Eaton Jeremy Eaton, Vice President, Connected Home, Home and Building Technologies - Software Solutions, Honeywell

Jeremy Eaton is Vice President, Connected Home, Home and Building Technologies - Software Solutions. In this role, Jeremy is responsible for Honeywell’s global residential strategy, roadmap and the execution thereof, leading development and growth of connected offerings, software, mobile apps and cloud infrastructure.

Jeremy joined Honeywell in January 2007, most recently serving as Vice President and General Manager of E&ES Residential Americas. Prior to this Jeremy held a number of General Management and Strategic Marketing roles.

Before joining Honeywell Jeremy worked for McKinsey & Co., where he was responsible for improving commercial performance in industrial companies, including marketing strategy, segmentation, and channel strategy and movement. He also worked for Ford Motor Company as a manufacturing supervisor and for Brunswick Composites as a development engineer.

Jeremy holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kettering University in Flint, MI. 


Scott Baker Scott Baker, Sr. Business Solutions Analyst, PJM

Scott Baker is a senior business solutions analyst in the Applied Solutions department of PJM Interconnection and leads PJM’s Emerging Technologies Pilot Program. As a senior business solutions analyst, Mr. Baker evaluates emerging technology and policy issues in the electric power sector.  In this role, he administers technology demonstration projects with PJM members, research institutions, and the industry at large.  Recently, this work has focused on market evolution initiatives related to Demand Response and Energy Storage technologies participating in the PJM Capacity and Ancillary Services markets.

Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Baker worked as a researcher and project manager at the University of Delaware’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration on Vehicle-to-Grid technology, helping to successfully deploy the first electric vehicles to provide ancillary services to the electric system in October 2007. 

Mr. Baker has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Science from Ithaca College in New York, and a Master’s degree from the University of Delaware studying the offshore wind power resource in the Atlantic Ocean and the related electric system integration issues.

Benjamin Brown Benjamin Brown, Senior Product Manager, Google Home Lead for Apps & Connectivity, Google

Chris Carradine Chris Carradine, EVP, Business Development, ecobee

Chris Carradine is Executive Vice President, Business Development at ecobee where he is responsible for strategic partnerships for utility, commercial and OEM customers. ecobee was the first company to launch a WiFi connected thermostat and today is on a mission to create smarter products that are beautifully designed, easy to use, provide comfort and savings for families and are good for our planet. Chris has a long track record of driving strategic change to help organizations deliver on financial, social, and environmental performance targets. Prior to ecobee, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Jantzi Research Inc., a top ranked investment research firm specializing in the performance of global securities with a social mandate. Chris also spent time at not for profit where he helped secure $50MM in funding to develop what is now recognized as the leading International Center for the Development of Cities. Chris has held other North American Sales and Marketing roles managing teams of 4 to 4000 staff.

Bryan Christiansen Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer, Vivint Solar

Mark Cosby Mark Cosby, Director - Business Development, 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.

Abigail Daken Abigail Daken, Product Manager, ENERGY STAR HVAC, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ms. Daken leads 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.   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.

Tanuj Deora Tanuj Deora, Chief Strategy Officer, SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance)

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.

Jordan Frugé Jordan Frugé, Chief Marketing Officer, Sunnova

Jordan Frugé has dedicated more than a decade of his career to the energy industry, particularly renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is co-founder of Sunnova Energy Corp. and oversees all business development and marketing for the company. Prior to Sunnova, he co-founded and served as senior vice president of sales and marketing at SunCap Financial, a residential solar leasing company. He also served as vice president of business development at Standard Renewable Energy, a leading provider of renewable energy and energy-efficiency products and services tailored to customers in residential, commercial and government sectors. Frugé graduated cum laude from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial distribution. He also served in the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets.

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.

Cullen Hay Cullen Hay, General Manager, U.S. Energy, Direct Energy

Cullen Hay currently serves as Direct Energy's general manager for residential operations for all US markets. His responsibilities entail strategy, market development and earnings delivery for 2 million customers across 18 states. Mr. Hay's career in the energy space has spanned wholesale power trading, commercial and residential retail portfolio management, and consulting in the commercial space over a 20 year career that includes experience at Reliant Energy, GDF Suez Energy Resources, and Nextera Energy Services.

Daniel Herscovici Daniel Herscovici, SVP & GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast Cable

Daniel Herscovici is the general manager and senior vice president of Xfinity Home, the next-generation home security, automation, and energy management solution from Comcast. He is responsible for all aspects of the Xfinity Home business, including operations, strategy, partnerships, and product development. In this role, Dan has been instrumental in growing the business and launching the Works With Xfinity Home partner program, which curates and integrates industry leading products onto the Xfinity Home platform. Dan joined Comcast in 2007 as vice president of product management for Comcast's high-speed Internet service. In this role, he conceptualized and led the launch of Xfinity WiFi, which today enables Xfinity Internet customers to access 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. He also helped manage the introduction of DOCSIS 3.0 technology, further solidifying Comcast’s market leadership position as one of the fastest Internet service providers in the United States. In addition, he served as vice president and general manager of Xfinity Signature Support, which offered consumers and small business owners outsourced IT services. Prior to Comcast, Dan spent nine years at Motorola Mobility and several years with Lucent Technologies and Philips Electronics in various product leadership roles. An entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in product design and execution, finance, and business operations, Dan has a deep understanding of the development of technology-enabled services and consumer electronics. He has issued four U.S. patents, most recently in 2015. Dan earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Boston University before continuing his education at Drexel University, where he obtained a Master of Science in mechanical and manufacturing engineering. Dan also holds a Master of Business Administration from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A native of New York City, Dan now resides in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife and two children.

Dr. Marissa Hummon Dr. Marissa Hummon, Senior Energy Scientist, Tendril

Marissa Hummon is a senior energy scientist with Tendril, a provider of customer-facing software to the energy industry, based in Boulder, Colorado. Previously, she spent five years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Energy Analysis group. Marissa started her career in grid integration of renewables by looking at some of the core problems with modeling the intermittency and variability of renewable technologies. Before joining Tendril, she worked on quantifying the value of demand response and storage technologies in wholesale electricity markets. She earned her BA in Physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.

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

Debbie 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. Debbie has worked in the utility industry for over 34 years, and spent more than 22 years at Salt River Project. She was SRP's Director of Customer Programs and Marketing, where she had responsibility for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of utility 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. She 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 (Vice Chair), the Board of Pecan Street Research and the Board of the Association of Women in Energy. 

Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

Joe Liu currently leads strategy and operations at MivaTek, a smart home and healthcare service company. MivaTek changes the way people protect their loved ones, property, and possessions with solutions that integrate connected devices, cloud backup, and complete control from a single mobile app. The name MivaTek, shorthand for “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” alludes to the mobile-enabled, video-integrated focus at the heart of MivaTek’s core product offerings.

Despite MivaTek’s status as a Silicon Valley startup, MivaTek products and solutions are the product of five years of R&D.

Prior to launching MivaTek in 2015, Liu co-founded and led California-based Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network company. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex and used this technology to power MivaTek solutions.

Liu’s background includes engineering and serial entrepreneurship. After earning his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at California State University, Chico, he worked for companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.

Derek Mauzy Derek Mauzy, Principal, Innovation and Competitive Intellligence, Reliant/NRG

Derek developed and leads the demand response strategy for residential and small commercial customers of Reliant, an NRG company, in the very competitive Texas electricity market.  The Reliant Degrees of Difference program includes effortless thermostat control for customers with an eligible thermostat, but also enables customers without any specific technology to participate in DR events.  Derek’s background in the electric industry is extensive, with experience in product development, market policy, generation operations and planning, and competitive intelligence.

Ann McCabe Ann McCabe, Commissioner, Illinois Commerce Commission

Ann McCabe, a commissioner at the Illinois Commerce Commission since March 2012, focuses on the future of the electric grid modernization, utility/regulatory model, retail electric choice, nuclear waste and cyber security issues. She chairs the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Nuclear Issues Subcommittee and is a member of the Energy Resources and the Environment and Critical Infrastructure Committees. She is president of the Mid-America regional commissioners' conference (14 states) and past president of the Organization of PJM States board (13 states and Washington, DC). Ann's prior experience includes policy analysis and advocacy on energy and environmental issues as principal of two consulting firms. Her clients included trade associations, corporations, and environmental non-profits. She also managed environmental and fuels regulatory issues at Amoco and BP, worked on the Clean Air Act Amendments, energy and natural resource issues in the State of Illinois' Washington, DC office and was an assistant to ICC commissioners. Ann holds an M.A. in public policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in political science from Williams College.

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.

Rob Munin Rob Munin, President and CEO, LUX Products

Ingmar Sterzing Ingmar Sterzing, VP Power Supply and Energy Services, Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Ingmar Sterzing is currently serving as Vice President of Power Supply and Energy Services for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) in Johnson City, Texas. At PEC, Ingmar is responsible for planning, directing and executing PEC's Power Supply, Rates and Pricing, Project Development, Energy Regulatory and Energy Management Services operations. Ingmar came to PEC from LS Power, a leading U.S. power and transmission development and private equity firm. Sterzing has also held positions at Westinghouse Electric Company, General Electric and the Lower Colorado River Authority. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a master's degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University. Ingmar is a 6th generation Austin Texan living with his wife Deborah and two boys Deven and Wyatt. 

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. 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.

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 leads initiatives to enhance the long-term efficiency of ERCOT's markets. Among the group's current initiatives are design of a multi-interval real-time market and a framework for participation by Distributed Energy Resources. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004 and has over 16 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on market design, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in journalism.

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.


Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, 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.

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