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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.

Irene Dimitry Irene Dimitry, Vice President, Business Planning and Development, DTE

Irene M. Dimitry is vice president of Business Planning and Development for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.
Dimitry is responsible for business planning and generation strategy for DTE Electric, which serves SE Michigan and is one of the country’s largest electric utilities. In addition, she has responsibility for several operating groups which include renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Dimitry joined DTE Energy in 1994, progressing in leadership roles in Marketing, Business Planning, Customer Service, Electric Operations and Corporate Strategy.
Dimitry earned an undergraduate degree in business from Wayne State University in Detroit and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dimitry is a board member for the SE Michigan Region of the American Red Cross and for Michigan Saves, a non?profit organization focused on energy efficiency. She is on the advisory board to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Business School. In 2009, Crain’s Detroit business magazine recognized Dimitry as a “Woman to Watch” in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Manoj Kumar Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Manoj Kumar is a business strategy and operations professional with 25+ years of experience in driving growth and improving EBITDA for technology companies across the world.

As the CEO of Powerley, Manoj is implementing a vision to proliferate intelligent home solutions through the utility channel. Powerley is working with global utilities to deliver an entirely new smart home experience by blending home energy management and home automation – delivering new levels of efficiency, new consumer experiences and new connected revenue streams. 

Prior to Powerley, Manoj was a Partner at McKinsey & Co.’s Silicon Valley office, helping clients with strategy and operations advice to scale and grow. Prior to McKinsey, Manoj was a Partner at PwC and PRTM (acquired by PwC). And, earlier in his career held engineering roles at Cypress Semiconductor and Allied Signal.

Manoj has earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Semiconductor Physics/Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Mangalore University, India.

Sudeep Maitra Sudeep Maitra, Global VP, Strategy and Development, Centrica Connected Home
Twitter ID: @hivehome

Sudeep Maitra is the Global VP, Strategy and Development of Centrica Connected Home responsible for the strategy and development agenda, including entry into new geographies and new verticals such as insurance. Previously, he served as Centrica’s Group Strategy Director where he supported the Executive and Board on key strategic decisions including a comprehensive Group strategic review. Before joining Centrica, Sudeep was an Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company where he had leadership roles in their strategy, utilities and sustainability practices. He also has prior experience in industry and consulting with GE and Arthur Andersen respectively. Sudeep holds an undergraduate degree in engineering, a master’s degree in organisational behaviour and an MBA from INSEAD.


Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market. In this role, Amena oversees business development, product offerings and implementation, go-to-market initiatives and strategic partnerships for the business. Amena joined the company in 2011 and previously served as CMO. Previously Amena was CMO at Arxan Technologies, and held senior executive level positions at Softek Storage Solutions, EMC Corporation, Legato Systems, OTG Software, and MCI. Amena also spent several years with Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm. She holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale.

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

Bryan Christiansen Bryan Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer, Vivint Solar

Bryan Christiansen is Chief Operating Officer at Vivint Solar, a leading full-service residential solar integrator. He brings almost two decades of high-level strategic leadership and on-the-ground tactical experience to his current role.

Prior to joining Vivint Solar, Bryan was Vice President of Operations for Vivint Internet, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vivint Smart Home, which provides internet service to consumers in select Utah and Texas markets. Prior to leading Vivint Smart Home’s internet operations, he served as Vivint’s Vice President of Operational Improvement reporting directly to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining Vivint, Bryan was a Managing Director and Senior Vice President at Xerox where he ran a portfolio of 4 businesses in the government healthcare space. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the businesses including P&L management, sales, service delivery, and client management. He joined Xerox in 2010 as a key member of the Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) / Xerox acquisition integration team. Prior to working at Xerox, he was a Senior Vice President at ACS running a business in ACS’s Financial Services Group. Bryan has also worked as the Vice President of Operational Strategy for 3 different lines of business at ACS.

Early in his career, Bryan was a Boston-based strategy consultant with Monitor Group. While at Monitor, he gained a wealth of experience developing and implementing growth and turn-around strategies for Fortune 500 clients in the financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, health insurance, and heavy manufacturing industries. Over the years, he has worked in the United States, Great Britain, Mexico, and Europe.

Bryan was a founding board member at Navigator Pointe Academy (NPA), a Utah K-9 public charter school, and served as the school’s board chairman for over 11 years. Under his watch, NPA raised over $5M in bonds, received the highest S&P bond rating of any charter school in Utah (investment grade, BBB), and was recognized as the 2015 Utah Charter School of the Year. Bryan has also served as a member of the executive committee for the non-profit consulting group Inspire, Inc.

Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in business management, emphasis in international finance, from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Duke University.

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.

Amy Kight Costadone Amy Kight Costadone, Manager, Data Governance and Products, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)

Amy Kight Costadone is the Manager of the Data Products and Governance team at PG&E. Amy and team have developed a range of products and programs that make energy data available to empower customers to reduce their usage, foster market innovation, and help California assess and set clean energy policies.  Her team leads and coordinates the strategy, policy, technologies, implementation, and operations of these platforms, which include: the Home and Business Area Networking (HAN) real time data stream, the energy data request program, Building Benchmarking, Green Button Download, and Share My Data (Green Button Connect) platforms.

She is a founding board member of the Green Button Alliance, a group promoting the development, compliance and wide spread adoption of the Green Button Standard, which aims to provide customers with easy access to their energy data. Amy has a degree in business and engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Gregory L. Craig Gregory L. Craig, CEO, Griddy Energy LLC

Nancy Cronin Nancy Cronin, Managing Partner, ipCapital Group, Inc.

Nancy Edwards Cronin is a Managing Partner of ipCG. With more than 20 years of consulting experience, Nancy serves as an advisor to companies that seek to solve challenges of innovation and intellectual property (IP), grow their business opportunities and increase competitive advantage. Using the ipCapital methodology and bespoke consulting services, Nancy has led engagements to address client issues in areas of IP intelligence, strategy, management, creation, and innovation. The many industries and technology areas served include energy and environmental technology, chemical manufacturing, construction and building materials, consumer products, electronics, food & beverages, home automation, health & wellness, medical devices, on-demand services, software, semiconductors, 3D printing, and wearable devices. Prior to joining ipCapital Group, Nancy was a senior environmental engineer for Montgomery Watson (MW), an international engineering consulting firm. Her focus at MW included innovative and remedial technologies and knowledge management. Prior to her employment at Montgomery Watson, Nancy worked for several other international engineering consulting firms, including Radian Corporation, ERM, and Camp Dresser McKee. Nancy received a BS in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology, and an MS in Engineering Science from Harvard University. Nancy is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in Environmental Engineering. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Caltech Alumni Association, and SWRI (Sustainable WasteResources International).

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.

Eric Danziger Eric Danziger, VP, Business Development, Genability

Eric is a co-founder and Executive Vice President at Genability. Eric oversees the Company's commercial aspects with an emphasis on strategy, business development and finance. Eric also manages Genability’s partner relationships, fundraising efforts, corporate development and SunShot project. Prior to joining Genability, Eric was an investment banker with GulfStar Group, a middle market sell-side M&A firm, and JPMorgan Chase. Eric received his BBA in Finance and MBA from the University of Texas.

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

Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP & GM, Energy Markets, Energy Hub, Inc.

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.

Mauro Dresti Mauro Dresti, Senior Manager, Mass Markets: New Programs & Products, Development & Launch, Southern California Edison

Mauro Dresti has more than 25 years of experience in high-technology development, introduction and management for Fortune 500 and NASDAQ-listed energy and consumer electronics companies.

Prior to returning to Edison after 13 years away, Mr. Dresti was senior product marketing manager for emerging technology in Belkin International’s Greenfields fast-track program for new-technology applications for mobile, consumer electronics and computer devices. Before Belkin, he was senior product manager in Cisco Systems’ Consumer Business Group, and at Cisco-Linksys, Inc., where he drove business strategies around core and emerging home-networking technologies, and contributed to industry standards development.

Earlier, as vice president of Product Management for startup Bitcentral Inc., Mr. Dresti managed the digital television broadcast news vendor’s flagship products, responsible for defining future product offerings, as well as for international call center operations. Mr. Dresti also was senior director at Universal Electronics, Inc., responsible for emerging technology, including the consumer-electronics leader’s award-winning NEVO wireless remote from concept to market.

His energy industry career includes experience with major power supply companies and, primarily, at Edison, where he drove a variety of technology-development projects, including electric vehicle charging, solar energy applications, nuclear monitoring instrumentation, utility retail products, call-center applications and an Internet based energy-use monitoring program for commercial customers.

Originally from Detroit, Mr. Dresti holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA with a technology management concentration. He holds a number of technology patents, as well, pertaining to energy and home networking. 

John Floyd John Floyd, Energy Efficiency & Renewables Manager, Gulf Power, a Southern Company

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.

Vineet Ganju Vineet Ganju, VP, Voice & Audio, Conexant

Vineet has 20 years of strategy, marketing and applications experience focused on audio/voice applications. At Conexant, Vineet oversees Conexant's voice and audio solutions development, and has contributed to Conexant's success in becoming a leading provider of voice solutions powering today's "voice as an interface" revolution. Before Conexant, Vineet held senior positions at Silicon Labs, Equiphon and Texas Instruments. Vineet holds an MSEE degree from Stanford University and an MBA degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Bruce Germano Bruce Germano, Vice President, Enterprise Development and Operations, Jasmine Universe, LLC
Website: http://www.jasmineuniverse.com

Mr. Germano is the Vice President, Enterprise Development and Operations for Jasmine Universe, overseeing the day to day operations of the company, including the development and commercialization of the Jasmine energy management product. Mr. Germano has more than 43 years of experience in the electric and gas utility industry. Prior to his work on Jasmine, Mr. Germano held the position of Vice President of Customer Service for the Long Island Power Authority. In that role, Mr. Germano was responsible for all aspects of the customer facing organizations for the utility, including Customer Service, Billing, Credit and Collections, Meter Reading, Rates, Sales Forecasting, R&D, Major Accounts, Economic Development, and Sales and Marketing. During his tenure at LIPA, Mr. Germano also held leadership roles in a number of local business organizations including Chairman of the Board of HIA-LI and the Long Island Business Development Council, chaired the EPRI member Advisory Board focusing on Smart Grid Research and Development, and served on the Executive Boards of the NYS Smart Grid Consortium, the Advanced Energy Center at Stony Brook University, and the LI Forum for Technology. Over his career, Mr. Germano has also worked in increasingly responsible positions for the Long Island Lighting Company (Lilco), Gibbs and Hill Inc., American Electric Power, and Keyspan Energy. Mr. Germano holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, and a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Management from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, plus continuing education credits from Harvard University, Columbia University, and the University of Maryland.  LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2k3Nen0 

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.

Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Energy Markets, Intel

Joe Jankosky is the Director for Energy Market Optimization solutions at Intel. In that role, he develops partner ecosystems for utilities to solve their behind-the-meter challenges, gain greater insight into customer loads and resources, increase DSM program participation and improve customer service. He is currently leading an Intel effort to develop a Transactive Energy Platform for the electric utility industry. Before Intel, Joe was the Director of New Verticals for Time Warner Cable’s Intelligent Home platform, driving new businesses in home energy management and home healthcare. He began his career in energy with Southern California Edison, negotiating energy contracts and PPAs, and later leading strategic alliances with service providers in home energy management (e.g. Nest, Alarm.com, TWC). Joe received his BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard Universities, respectively.

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.  

Robert J. King Robert J. King, President, Good Company Associates

Good Company Associates provides legislative and regulatory, as well as, business development consulting and support services to a range of energy technology and service companies.  King spends the bulk of his time today as North American Policy Advisor to Whisker Labs advocating for energy efficiency and demand response markets.  He previously served as a Vice President of Resource Management International, now Navigant Consulting, and regional director of KENETECH Corporation.  King earlier had a 20-year career in government service. He was the first director of renewable energy programs for the Tennessee Valley Authority, worked for the Lt. Governor and the Governor of Texas, and the Governor of California.  He currently serves as CEO of the Southcentral Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Gulf Coast Power Association, Advanced Energy Management Alliance, and Mission:data. He is a registered engineer and lobbyist, and trained mediator.  Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt engineering school, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, at UT, Austin.

Leesa Lee Leesa Lee, VP Marketing, Bidgely

Leesa heads marketing at Bidgely. Bidgely is the first-of-its-kind consumer application that analyzes utility meter data to provide consumers a real-time breakdown ofthe amount and cost of energy used by appliances in their homes. Leesa has 25 years of experience leading product and marketing at high-growth technology and cleantechcompanies, with recent experience in solar at Enphase Energy, behind-the-meter storage at Stem, and grid-scale storage at Greensmith. Leesa has a degree in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University and an MBA from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Ryan J. Lester Ryan J. Lester, Director, IoT Strategy, LogMein

Ryan J. Lester, Director of IoT Strategy at LogMeIn, and his team own the strategic development and implementation for the go to market plan for Xively by LogMeIn, an award-winning IoT Connected Product Management platform. He is passionate about making the IoT easy and helping companies unlock new value through connected products. Prior to this role at LogMeIn, Ryan held various sales, marketing, and product positions at Intel Corporation, Cisco Systems, and Eaton Corporation. Ryan received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova University, then a SM in Engineering Systems and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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

Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in international businesses and market development with over 14 years of experience in market research, market entry and market expansion into the United States. Olaf is the Director of Business Development for sonnen, Inc. (www.sonnen-batterie.com), the U.S. branch of the sonnen Group a global pioneer and manufacturer of residential and commercial energy storage solutions and provider of energy services. sonnen is headquartered in Bavaria, Germany, and its U.S. headquarters are located in Los Angeles, CA.

As the Director of Business Development at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion into the United States. He is primarily focused on developing new energy storage markets for the commercial, utility, and financing sectors through the implementation of pilot projects and key partnerships across the country. Olaf’s expertise in customer adoption and retention of new technologies is key in educating stakeholders about the benefits of energy storage and defining new products and services for sonnen to meet the increasing demand for clean and reliable energy.

Prior to sonnen, Olaf ­managed sales and marketing and project development for a residential and commercial solar installation and engineering company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. As an independent business consultant, he provided market research, business and product development, and sales and marketing services to several start-up companies. He served as the Director of Membership for the Surfrider Foundation for six years after moving to California in 2002. Olaf graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management, holds a dual-citizenship (Germany and USA) and currently lives in San Juan Capistrano, California.

Stuart Lombard Stuart Lombard, President and CEO, ecobee
Twitter ID: @ecobee
Website: http://www.ecobee.com

A born innovator, Stuart Lombard’s destiny was set by the age of 12 when he began building a foldable canoe that could be carried around in a briefcase. Today, as the President and CEO of ecobee, he is so committed to his work that he was once seen buzzing around the subway during rush hour wearing a bee costume. Granted, it was Halloween. Why such dedication? With over 250 employees, hundreds of thousands of thermostats sold, and millions of kilowatt hours taken off the grid, Stuart’s extremely proud of the impact ecobee has had on people’s lives and the environment. When Stuart’s not busy fulfilling his role at ecobee, you may find him running, cycling, undertaking a triathlon – or chasing his dog. You may also find him tinkering away on a woodwork project. Trying to finish that foldable canoe? Perhaps.

Matt Mahar Matt Mahar, VP of Consumer Experience, Vivint Smart Home

Matt Mahar is Vice President of Consumer Experience and Design at Vivint Smart Home where he oversees all software and hardware design for the company’s smart home products. His passion for delivering superior customer experiences has led Vivint to deliver the industry’s top-rated smart home app, as well as multiple award-winning product designs.

Before joining Vivint Smart Home, Matt was the director of Software Experience Design at Nike where he was responsible for building the user experience and interface design for the next generation of Nike+ digital products and web experiences. Matt began his career at EA Sports where he helped market NBA Live games and led the development of online game features that generated digital revenue for EA Sports NHL.

Matt is sought out for his insights on the human element of technology. He graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics.

Nathan Mancha Nathan Mancha, Director of Demand Response, EDF Energy Services, LLC

Nathan Mancha is the Director of Demand Response for EDF Energy Services, where he is responsible for all of the demand response assets in the EDF portfolio.  In this role, he works primarily with commercial and industrial load clients as well as cities and cooperatives to help optimize energy positions and advises them on the electricity market, demand response, and compliance rulings.  He has over 9 years of power experience with the grid operators in NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, and ERCOT.  Before joining the energy industry, he worked at Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Department.  Nathan has a BS in marketing and management from Trinity University.

Bob Marshall Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Robert (Bob) Marshall is CEO of Whisker Labs, a newly formed division of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market.  Bob is also founder and CEO of Earth Networks, which operates the largest weather observation, lightning detection and greenhouse gas monitoring networks in the world, providing data to energy companies, NOAA, NWS and other global operations.

Bob is passionate about big data from weather and climate observations to complete home energy intelligence and IoT sensors and beyond. By developing groundbreaking technology to find ˜signals'” valuable, meaningful intelligence in this sea of big-data 'noise', Bob believes in improving and protecting people's lives and livelihoods, as well as delivering peace of mind and savings through whole home and comprehensive energy intelligence.

Prior to founding AWS and launching Earth Networks, Marshall served as a program manager and lead engineer at BBN, where he oversaw the development of several advanced military sensors, signal processing and networking programs.  He has been twice-named to Washingtonian magazine's top 100 Tech Titans. Marshall is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland College of Engineering. In 2007, Marshall received the distinction of Outstanding Alumnus in Engineering and Information Technology for his contributions to the University and his professional and personal accomplishments.

Alton Martin Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, Trusource Labs
Twitter ID: @altonmartin

For over 25 years, Alton Martin has been a globally-recognized expert in defining performance standards & metrics within service operations. In July 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs, a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. In four years, the company has grown rapidly to over 500 employees worldwide and has supported over 20 leading-edge Smart Home companies. Prior to founding Trusource Labs, he helped launch COPC Inc., a leading contact center consultancy and training organization. He led their international expansion initiatives, as well as the development of the COPC-2000 Vendor Management Organization Standard. He served as CEO until June 2009, when he started another consultancy firm focused on applying Vested Outsourcing techniques in outsourced service operations. He has worked with a number of leading organizations throughout his career, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Convergys, Dell, DirecTV, Microsoft and others in over 40 countries.

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, Consultant; Former 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.

Matt McCaffree Matt McCaffree, Senior Director, Regulatory Strategy, Comverge, Inc.
Website: http://www.comverge.com

Matt McCaffree is Senior Director of Regulatory Strategy at Comverge, Inc., where he sets the regulatory agenda for one of the country’s leading demand response providers. Matt has extensive experience in regulatory issues that impact cost-of-service regulation, rate design, and utility resource planning, and has approached utility regulatory issues from the perspective of an industry consultant, an advocate, and a utility vendor. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Advanced Energy Management Alliance and on the Advisory Council for the Center for Public Utilities at New Mexico State University.

With a background in regulated utility issues, Matt has worked directly with electric, water, and natural gas utilities to advance best practices in demand response, demand side management, program design, and alternative rate mechanisms at Comverge, the National Association of Water Companies and the Institute for Electric Efficiency at the Edison Foundation. He has also developed expertise in rate making and utility regulation while working with The Brattle Group, a leading economic consulting firm, and Opower.

Matt has also held positions at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other specialized agencies of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.  He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Webster University and a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from Tufts University. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife and two children.

Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

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

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

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

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

David Meyers David Meyers, Chief Commercial Officer

David is an industry veteran who combines technical and business expertise with a track record of commercializing renewable and energy management technologies. Prior to Grid4C, David led marketing and sales teams at Borrego Solar, DC Systems and EnerNOC, earning a reputation as an evangelist for distributed generation, energy efficiency and energy technology, and helped companies define and execute go-to-market strategies at MeyersLink, LLC. Earlier in his career, David was a management consultant with extensive experience in the global energy, transportation and infrastructure sectors, a professional mariner and naval officer in the Israel Defense Forces. David holds a MS in Computer Information Systems from Bentley University, a MS in Management from Maine Maritime Academy and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

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

Rob is the president and CEO of LUX Products Corp. His leadership guides and enhances all aspects of the business from product pipeline, supply chain, sales and marketing through to the customer experience. With more than 20 years of marketing and sales leadership building brands in retail and wholesale channels, Rob’s commitment and dedication to the HVAC industry partners is deep and wide. Prior to LUX, Rob was SVP/GM Distribution with HBC Home & Hardware Products. He has a MBA from Indiana University – Kelley School of Business and resides with his family in the greater Philadelphia area.

Michael Murray Michael Murray, President, Mission:data Coalition

Michael is the President of the Mission:data Coalition, a non-profit that advances data access policies across the utility industry. Previously, Michael co-founded Lucid in 2004, an energy management software company serving commercial building owners. He has over 13 years of experience with building automation, sub-metering and liberating data from utilities for energy management applications. Michael earned his B.A. in Environmental Studies with highest honors from Oberlin College.

Erik Norwood Erik Norwood, CEO, Curb Inc.
Twitter ID: @Erik_Norwood

As a former solar executive and Boeing rocket scientist, Erik Norwood has been building products that push the boundaries of technology and bringing them to market for over a decade. Norwood leads CURB's strategic vision. From space-based sun trackers to circuit monitoring hardware to energy apps, Norwood's product experience spans the mechanical, electrical and software continuum. Since 2010, he's been working to solve one of biggest problems facing our society: wasted energy. As founder and CEO of CURB, his goal is to create large-scale social change by providing people with actionable data that inspires them to better manage their energy usage and reduce electricity bills. Prior to CURB, Norwood worked in the solar industry, identified investment targets for VCs, and oversaw development projects at Boeing. As a supporter of STEM education, Norwood has led multiple initiatives to help students develop a passion for solving problems with technology. Norwood has an MBA from the McCombs Schools of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a BA from Pitzer College.

Derek Okada Derek Okada, DSM Senior Project Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Derek Okada has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, financial planning, forecasting, internal audit, and financial modeling during his work with Fortune 500 companies in the Energy/Utilities, Media/Publishing, Information Technology, Automotive, and Accounting/Litigation Consulting industries.

Mr. Okada has been with Southern California Edison for over 8 years, beginning with the Business Planning & Financial Management (BP&FM) area within SCE’s Transmission & Distribution Business Unit (TDBU) where he facilitated financial and business reporting for the CPUC and SCE senior management. He also supported the development, cascading and monitoring of annual business goals at various organizational levels within TDBU.

Since 2010, Mr. Okada has worked in the Demand Side Management (DSM) area within SCE’s Customer Programs & Services (CP&S) organization.  He currently leads the Policy & Planning team that guides DSM portfolio planning, program design, legislative and policy analysis, portfolio optimization, market potential analysis, and end-use strategy development.  Additionally, the team leads Customer Service’s efforts to integrate DSM into locational grid reliability needs including SCE’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) strategy, Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP), Aliso Canyon EE activities, and Santa Barbara/Goleta Resiliency Project.  The team also provides strategic guidance to DSM program and product teams on SB 350 (Doubling Energy Efficiency), AB 802 (To Code Savings), AB 793 (Energy Management Technologies), AB 758 (Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan), behavior programs, market transformation, building electrification, and the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan and supports the development of EE business plans, DSM regulatory filings, program and pilot designs, and industry coordination with key stakeholders.

Prior to joining SCE, Mr. Okada held strategic planning and financial planning positions with the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Company, Ingram Micro, and Toyota Motor Sales, USA and also held consulting roles with Arthur Andersen LLP and Simpson and Company LLP.  Mr. Okada has a B.A. from UCLA and a M.A. from the University of Chicago.

Matt Owens Matt Owens, Director of Business Development, Stem Inc.

Matt Owens has 20 years of experience in the energy technology and utilities industry working in product marketing, product management and business development roles. He has significant experience with Smart Grid solutions and technologies, demand response, customer self-service, grid analytics, and meter data management. He is currently leading Stem's new market entry and business development initiatives for the utility segment. Matt previously worked at Itron where he lead Product Marketing and Management for Itron's Smart Grid solutions in North America. Matt earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Sean Paterson Sean Paterson, Channel Sales Manager, Nest Labs

Jorge Perdomo Jorge Perdomo, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, Mivatek

Perdomo joined Mivatek as Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Development, with over 19 years’ experience in the security & wireless industries.  Before joining MivaTek, Perdomo was the Lead Business & Market Development for Digital Life International at AT&T.  Prior to that he was Senior Strategic Product Marketing Manager for Worldwide Peripheral Products at ADT Security Services, Division of Tyco International.  He also served as Vice President of Business Development for Generation One, Inc., a remote manage disease & healthcare solution.  Perdomo, holds 62 issued and pending patent applications. He also holds Six-Sigma and Digital Six-Sigma certifications.  He served on the University Advisory Council Boards for the University of Florida and Florida International University.  He received his MBA with a specialization in International Business from the University of Miami and his B.S. in Electrical & Computer Engineering (BSEE) from the University of Florida.

Gregg C. Sayre Gregg C. Sayre, Commissioner, New York State Public Service Commission; NYRev

Gregg C. Sayre was appointed Commissioner of the New York State Public Service Commission on June 21, 2012. Mr. Sayre's term began on July 9, 2012. His term runs through February 1, 2018. Prior to starting with the Commission, Mr. Sayre was Associate General Counsel of Frontier Communications Corporation. While at Frontier, Mr. Sayre was responsible for all regulatory legal issues and proceedings in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Indiana.
Mr. Sayre began his career with a law firm in Portland, Oregon. Later, he became an attorney in the Rates Division of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Law Bureau, primarily litigating rate-of-return rate cases filed by electric utilities. After leaving the Pennsylvania Commission, Mr. Sayre worked as a regulatory attorney for the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Cos. Subsequently, he joined Frontier’s predecessor company, Rochester Telephone Corporation.
In addition to his employment at Frontier, Mr. Sayre has done extensive work with the New York Bar Association's Public Utility Law Committee. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appointed Mr. Sayre to the Federal- State Joint Conference on Advanced Telecommunications Services, a forum among the FCC, state regulators, and local and regional entities regarding the deployment of advanced telecommunications capabilities.
Mr. Sayre obtained his B.A. degree from Grinnell College, his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Science in Information Technology degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Sayre was admitted to the bar in 1975.
Mr. Sayre and his wife, Susan, reside in Fairport, NY. They have three grown children.

	 Bill Scheffler Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Bill Scheffler serves as Director of North America Sales, for Z-Wave™ at Sigma Designs and has over 25 years of experience in the home automation business. He has presented at multiple smart energy conferences on behalf of the Z-Wave Alliance to both US and European audiences. He joined Zensys in May 2001 after a 16-year career with X-10. Sigma Designs acquired Zensys in December 2008. While at X-10, Scheffler held several leadership positions, including Senior Vice President of OEM Sales and Marketing. Additionally, Scheffler was one of the original founders and a former president of the Home Automation Association. Scheffler holds an Undergraduate and Graduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Kevin Schwain Kevin Schwain, Director of Program Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Jason Sears Jason Sears, Senior Lead of Solar Strategy and Development, Green Mountain Energy

Jason Sears is a Senior Lead of Solar Strategy and Development for Green Mountain Energy Company (GME), where he supports the Company’s efforts to lead the nation’s retail energy providers in solar adoption/innovation.  His responsibilities include the development, launch and continued growth of the Company’s residential and virtual solar platform. Jason is also the Executive Director of the Green Mountain Sun Club, and independent non-profit dedicated to empowering communities with the funding and knowledge necessary to pursue sustainable solutions.Prior to his solar focus, Jason helped manage GME’s residential and mid-market product portfolio nationwide.

Prior to joining GME, Jason worked in product development for over 12 years, primarily in the energy, technology and service sectors. Jason earned his BA in Economics from Pepperdine University and his JD/MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

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. 

Russell Vare Russell Vare, Manager, Business Development, Mercedes-Benz Energy

Russell Vare leads business development for Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, the new division of Daimler providing stationary energy solutions. Mercedes-Benz Energy develops and sells products for residential, commercial and grid-scale energy storage using the same electric vehicle batteries produced for Mercedes-Benz cars. He started with Mercedes-Benz in 2015 and has worked at the cross-section of automotive and renewable energy for 15 years, including electric vehicles, solar PV, energy storage and vehicle-to-grid projects. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from UC Santa Barbara and a Master's in Public Policy from UCLA.

Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Director, Channel Development, Constellation

As director, Channel Development, Wajsgras is responsible for the development of product partnerships and channel relationships for Constellation’s Mass Markets business.

Prior to joining Constellation, Mike spent over 25 years in the communications and technology industries with companies such as MCI, Qwest, Nextel, and Salesforce.com in a variety of management roles including business development, marketing, finance and accounting.  He began his career as an auditor with Ernst & Young. Mike received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Gene Wang Gene Wang, CEO & Co-founder, People Power
Twitter ID: @PeoplePowerCo
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.

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.


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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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.

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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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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

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.