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Rob Davis Rob Davis, General Manager, Intrusion, Johnson Controls

Rob Davis joined JCI in July as Product General Manager, Global Intrusion.
 
Rob knows the Intrusion business well, with his most recent role as Vice President Corporate Partnerships for DEFENDERS. As ADT’s only Authorized Premier Provider, DEFENDERS is a leader in home security in the U.S. with its headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Through DEFENDERS’ 250,000+ installs annually, Rob garnered deep insight into consumer demand as well as expectations for security and smart home products. In addition, Rob was responsible for leading vendor relations on the equipment supplier side as well as managing DEFENDER’s strategic ADT relationship.
 
In Rob’s previous role with Convergys, as a Senior Business Development and Account Management Leader, Rob led a global, geographically dispersed team in cultivating strategic partnerships and global operations.
 
In his role as General Manager for the Intrusion business unit, Rob is responsible for development of the global Intrusion growth strategy, product roadmap and sales and marketing plans to drive revenue, optimize product delivery, and meet the needs of our channel partners, while expanding market share around the world. Product Management, Engineering, Sales, and Marketing teams fall under Rob’s purview.  He is based in Toronto.


Rudy Garza Rudy Garza, Interim Chief Customer Engagement Officer, CPS Energy
Twitter ID: @RudyDGarza

Rudy joined CPS Energy, the nation’s largest municipally-owned electric and gas utility, in 2012 as Vice President of External Relations. In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Distribution Services & Operations responsible for the operation, maintenance and construction of the electric distribution system in the San Antonio metropolitan area. In January of 2020, Rudy was promoted to Interim Chief Customer Engagement Officer and is currently responsible for customer success, community engagement, corporate responsibility, managed accounts, corporate communications, marketing and smart city initiatives.
 
Before arriving at CPS Energy, Rudy served in several executive leadership roles. He has previously served as Assistant City Manager of Business Support Services and Director of Intergovernmental Relations for the City of Corpus Christi, his hometown, over a 5-year period. In addition, he served the largest utility in Texas, TXU Corp., in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex for 13 years, working in various operational, engineering, regulatory, and public affairs capacities. In 2004, he was promoted to Director of State Affairs, responsible for managing TXU’s Austin legislative affairs office directing advocacy efforts before the Texas Legislature.
 
With more than 20 years of experience in the energy and utility sector, Rudy maintains a strong understanding of the utility industry. As a result, Rudy has been named one of the 10 most influential Latinos in the energy industry by Latino Leaders magazine on multiple occasions. Rudy is a 1996 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin earning his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 2004, he also successfully completed his MBA at the University of North Texas. Rudy continues to serve his community through multiple board positions and also serves his UT Austin alma mater on the advisory board of the School of Electrical Engineering.


Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely, with the mission of leveraging data to transform the utility industry. Today, Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for UtilityAI.  As CEO, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013. Customer Energy Solutions is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, customer solar and renewable subscription offerings, green building program, advanced transportation, market analytics and key accounts, which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers.
 
Kimberly also manages Corporate Communications for Austin Energy, including Public Information and Marketing Communications. These areas promote the utility’s promise of being customer driven and community focused while bringing visibility to all the services and programs offered to customers.
 
Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 35 years and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. She served as Salt River’s director of customer programs and marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans, and services; measurement and evaluation; and market research. Previous roles included managing Salt River’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.
 
Kimberly serves as Chairman of the Board for SPEER (South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Pecan Street Inc., the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation, serves on the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Research Advisory Committee and is a member of the EPRI Power Delivery Sector Council.
 
Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University and a Master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.


Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.


Speakers


Vikram Aggarwal Vikram Aggarwal, CEO, EnergySage
Twitter ID: @VikramAggarwal

Vikram is the founder and chief executive of EnergySage, the industry’s leading online comparison-shopping marketplace for rooftop solar, community solar, and solar financing. He started EnergySage after more than 15 years of experience with Fidelity Investments, where he specialized in private equity investing, growth strategy, marketing, and new business development. Vikram’s thought leadership on solar industry innovation has appeared in Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, The Energy Gang, The New York Times, and many more, as well as dozens of industry events across the country. Vikram holds an MBA from Northeastern University and is a CFA charterholder.


Eric Arnold Eric Arnold, Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager, Georgia Power

Eric Arnold is the Residential Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Manager at Georgia Power. His responsibilities are to lead the Company’s strategic objective of implementing the energy efficiency programs as certified by the Georgia Public Service Commission as demand-side management resources. Eric has worked for Georgia Power for close to 33 years. He served in the U.S. Navy and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from Mercer University.  He is a member of ASHRAE, AEE and served as Atlanta Chapter President and Southeast Regional Director of the American Association of Black in Energy (AABE). Eric is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Energy Auditor (CEA).


Rand Bailin Rand Bailin, Partner, Sprosty Network

Rand's expertise is in identifying leading wireless technologies and how they create new disruptive business opportunities. As a respected leader in the wireless industry, and a former executive of Sprint/Nextel, he has deep operational experience in developing and launching new mobile ventures. Rand led the acquisition of Boost Mobile, was the COO of Senior Vitals, a mobile healthcare venture, and was the President and CEO of Zubie, a Best Buy venture company serving the telematics industry. Having built numerous solutions in the PaaS market for large retailers, Rand helps our clients at the intersection of connected consumer electronics and mobile technology. Rand holds an MBA from American University's Kogod School of Business.


Shawn Barry Shawn Barry, VP Strategic Sales, Alarm.com

Shawn Barry is North American VP, Strategic Sales at Alarm.com headquartered in Vienna, VA.  Alarm.com creates innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most – their families, homes and businesses.  Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, intelligence automation and dependable services.  Alarm.com services are exclusively sold, set up and supported by a nationwide network of authorized service providers.  Shawn’s strategic sales team focuses on fast growing vertical markets such as healthcare, builders, property management, utilities and insurance.
 
He also worked at MicroStrategy, an enterprise business intelligence software company and former parent company of Alarm.com.  Shawn has his undergraduate degree in Finance from Virginia Tech.  He resides in the Vienna, VA area with his wife and children.


Justin Berghoff Justin Berghoff, Director, Business Development & Product Management, Leviton
Twitter ID: @leviton

As Director of Business Development and Product Management at Leviton, Justin Berghoff is responsible for providing vision, direction, and customer focus in developing new business and market development opportunities for the Residential Business Unit. General responsibilities include continuously evaluating the competitive landscape, identifying product and market needs, developing new business models, and establishing strategic business alliances. Justin joined Leviton in 2014 from an electronics technology startup in Atlanta, where he built out the team responsible for developing and executing the technology roadmap from the ground up. Prior to that, he spent over 12 years with Siemens in the U.S. and Germany in R&D, Project Management and Product Management capacities focused on electrical power distribution products. Justin has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in German from Ohio University and has an M.B.A. from Georgia State.


Joel Berntsen Joel Berntsen, Principal, New Technologies & Partnerships, Innovation & Growth Initiatives, Constellation Energy

Joel manages the development and deployment of new residential IoT and energy management solutions within Constellation, Exelon’s competitive energy services division. With 15+ years of experience at companies ranging from Inc. 500 start-ups to Fortune 100 leaders, he’s an award-winning product trailblazer, introducing and growing consumer-facing innovations through a variety of leadership roles encompassing product development, business strategy, technology management, marketing, and branding. Joel lives in Connecticut with his wife and three daughters and cheers on the UConn Huskies every winter while he awaits the summer.


Peter Butler Peter Butler, General Manager, Trusource Labs/Everise

Peter Butler uses his unique background in customer experience, engineering, behavioral coaching, analytics and team building to lead the Systematic Insights® group at Everise. He joined the company in 2018 as part of the acquisition of nationally recognized connected device support firm Trusource Labs.
 
Systematic Insights, which Peter helped to develop, is a methodology for identifying customer support data across channels to isolate and identify product or service shortcomings at their root, for the purpose of greatly improving the user experience.
 
Peter also leads the Everise Beta Support and Technical Engineering teams, working to build outstanding product experience functions for some of the world’s foremost smart home device companies. 
 
Previously, Peter developed and led specialty programs for several well-known companies, including Apple.


Stacey Butler Stacey Butler, Director, Security by Reliant, Reliant Home Services, and NRG Go, Reliant

Stacey Butler has more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in the energy and technology industries. She currently serves as Director of NRG Protect/Go at NRG Energy, Inc.
 
In her current role, Stacey oversees several growth businesses for Reliant, NRG’s flagship retail electricity brand in Texas, including home security, AC & heat services, protection plans and portable power. She is responsible for go-to-market strategy, financial performance, marketing/promotional campaigns and delivering a superior customer experience. In the last decade at NRG and Reliant, Stacey has held multiple leadership roles with a marked technology focus, particularly around connected home, innovation, new product development, smart meters and the development of the NRG Go portable power business. 
 
Prior to joining NRG in 2010, Stacey held various consulting, management and investment roles within the energy, technology and residential real estate and construction space. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.


Ron Chebra Ron Chebra, Vice President, Grid Modernization, EnerNex
Twitter ID: @ronchebra

Ron Chebra, EnerNex Vice President of Grid Modernization, is a recognized thought leader and industry expert in utility modernization. He has a deep operating knowledge in technology solutions in areas such as MicroGrids, Renewable Energy Integration, Smart Grid, Distribution Automation (DA), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response. He provides strategic consulting services to leading energy organizations and to industry suppliers of products and services in the following areas: MicroGrids, demand response, battery energy storage solutions and “Behind the Meter” technologies. He is frequent contributor to leading industry journals and for the past 2 years, he has been the Chairman of the Smart Cities/Iot Track for Distributech. Ron has over 35 years of experience, including previous positions with Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Schneider Electric and DNV GL.


Jonathan Coons Jonathan Coons, Director of Marketing, EFI

Jonathan brings over 15 years of eCommerce, digital, traditional and demand response marketing experience to EFI.  His leadership, innovative thinking, and customer-focused mindset are already driving success across EFI client marketplaces, client marketing outreach and tactics as well as EFI branding, and product expansion.


Tim Costello Tim Costello, Chairman & Chief Executive, Builder Home Site

Tim Costello currently oversees the homebuilding industry’s digital transformation by running the industry owned entities of Builder Homesite Inc., BDX Inc. and New Home Technologies LLC. These entities provide a wide array of digital services to the entire homebuilding supply chain. Serving over 1,300 builder customers, which build over half of the homes in the U.S. and 250 manufacturing brands these entities have left a significant impact on the industry. From virtual & augmented reality, interactive kiosks, websites and mobile solutions to the nation’s premier destination to shop for new homes, the services encompass the entire spectrum of digital needs and touch millions of consumers each month.
 
Prior to BHI, Mr. Costello worked for Applied Materials, the worlds largest semiconductor capital equipment supplier as Vice President, Global Operations where he led the industry’s Lean Manufacturing transition. Earlier in his career he worked for General Motors Corporation in a variety of executive positions including Technology Planning, where he launched the first modern production electric car, Vehicle Engineering and Quality Management.
 
In addition, Mr. Costello consults and speaks internationally on a wide variety of subjects including digital transformation, technology planning, online marketing, lean methodology and strategic planning. Mr. Costello has also served on various boards including, HelioVolt, Factory Logic, The Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing (considered the Nobel Prize for manufacturing), The Trust for Public Land of Texas; The Trust for Public Land National Marketing Council; The Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities and the Cornell University Engineering Advisory Council. Mr. Costello received his BSME from Cornell University in 1981. He was also inducted into the Shingo Prize Manufacturing Academy in 2003.


Eric Danziger Eric Danziger, Chief Revenue Officer, Innowatts

Eric serves as Chief Revenue Officer and leads the company's global sales, business development, partnerships and marketing. Prior to joining Innowatts, Eric was the co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of Genability, a cleantech software and data analytics company based in San Francisco. Prior to Genability, Eric was an investment banker with GulfStar Group and JPMorgan. He graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in finance and later received his MBA there. He is also an active angel investor and advisor to several Houston based start-ups. Eric is a Houston native and married to a fellow entrepreneur, Allie Danziger, President of Integrate Agency. Eric and Allie have 2 daughters, Milly (2) and Eve (1), and live in Bellaire, TX. When not working or chasing his kids around, Eric is an avid runner and has completed 17 full marathons.


Jeff Dion Jeff Dion, Project Line Manager, AddÉnergie

Jeff Dion is an electrical engineer with over 13 years of experience in power & electricity control and automation.  Since May 2019, he is AddÉnergie | FLO ‘s Product Line Manager for DC Fast Chargers and CoRe+ EV charging solutions, helping utilities, workplaces et businesses across North America drive EV adoption. He brings a wealth of knowledge and best practices from the many deployments and applications to share with attendees of Smart Energy Summit.


James Douglas James Douglas, President, Util-Assist Inc., a subsidiary of Alectra Utilities; Grid4C Board Member
Twitter ID: @Grid4C

James Douglas is president and founder of Util-Assist Inc., a professional services and managed services company that is at the forefront of the smart grid movement. Util-Assist is wholly-owned by Alectra Inc., a conglomerate of businesses in the energy industry, including a $3.5 billion local distribution company that serves nearly one million customers in Ontario.
 
A strategically-focused and visionary entrepreneur, James is credited with building and growing companies by conceiving and delivering compelling, innovative solutions. He recently led the initiative for Alectra Inc., through Util-Assist, to invest $5M in Grid4C, a worldwide leader in artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions for the energy industry. As part of the agreement, Util-Assist resells and develops products built on Grid4C’s leading AI solution and James sits on the Grid4C board of directors. James’ expertise is regularly sought in utility enterprise planning, and many utilities retain James as a strategic advisor to help navigate the industry landscape and develop plans for future-state initiatives such as next generation smart metering and smart cities.


Dan Forman Dan Forman, CEO, Copper Labs
Twitter ID: @danielforman

Dan Forman is CEO of Copper Labs. Copper is a wireless energy monitor that delivers real-time, revenue-grade data from electric, gas and water meters so utilities can engage consumers with actionable insights that manage peak demand and accelerate energy efficiency. Copper uniquely supports both drive-by/AMR and smart/AMI meters on a single platform so we can bridge the gap to smart grid capabilities, and then continue to enable targeted customer engagement when utilities deploy smart meters.


Joel Gamoran Joel Gamoran, General Manager, Community Solar, Arcadia Power
Twitter ID: @arcadia

Joel Gamoran is the General Manager of Community Solar at Arcadia where he leads the company's community solar business development and operations teams. Joel has been working in the energy industry for more than a decade and has spent the past seven years focused on consumer technology to accelerate the transition to clean energy. Prior to joining Arcadia, Joel held positions as North American Director for Yeloha the Solar Sharing Network, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs at C3.ai, and Senior Analyst at NERA Economic Consulting. Joel holds a Bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.


Manny Garza Manny Garza, Customer Energy Solutions, Austin Energy

Manuel “Manny” Garza Manages the Commercial, Small Business, and Multi-Family Demand Side Management programs at Austin Energy where he brings over 12 years of energy management experience on both sides of the meter. In total, he has spent over nearly 6 years on the utility side at Austin Energy. Prior to Austin Energy he spent six years of his professional career on the customer side with H-E-B Grocery Co. At H-E-B, he played an integral role in both demand and supply side management for over 370 stores and its support facilities throughout Texas. While at H-E-B he led a wide range of programs including Lighting, Energy Management Systems, HVAC and Solar.
 
Manny holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Texas.


Ryan Gooch Ryan Gooch, VP of Sales, Powerley

As VP of Sales at Powerley, Ryan is helping utilities solve their biggest customer engagement, energy savings and demand management challenges by delivering an entirely new smart home energy management experience. A seasoned leader with almost 15 years of experience in energy technology, SaaS, and energy policy, Ryan wakes up every morning focused on delivering solutions that help utilities connect the smart grid to their customers’ increasingly smart home. Ryan and his family live outside of Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time coaching his two son’s soccer teams, BBQing on his Green Egg, and vocally supporting Nashville SC.


Daan Goossens Daan Goossens, VP of Growth, Mysa Smart Thermostats
Twitter ID: @Daan_Goossens

Daan joined the Mysa team early on in 2017 and is currently the VP of Growth, responsible for all revenue. He has seen first-hand how the emergence of smart home assistants has created a new driver for adoption for both smart home products and energy management devices. To propel Mysa's vision of enabling the carbon-free electrical grids of the future, Daan leads teams that bring innovative energy solutions to consumers, businesses and utilities.


David Goswick David Goswick, Founder, HOUSE X
Twitter ID: @GoswickDavid

American entrepreneur David Goswick is focused on bringing scalable, sustainable, and responsible efficiencies and services to the $32 Trillion dollar residential real estate category. The House X's mission is to make every home in America a smart zero energy home that costs less to own, operate, protect, and maintain. Goswick teams with leading tech, energy and real estate companies to develop consumer focused solutions providing a single marketplace for all aspects of searching for, buying, and owning a home easing the way for making households smarter, more secure, efficient, and less to own. Goswick has a visionary track record that has been recognized with over 300 marketing and innovation awards during his 35-year career resulting in over $140 billion in collective revenue. His experience includes being a lead advisor for the Resolution Trust Corporation, a U.S. government-owned asset management company charged with liquidating over $394 billion of assets. Goswick conceived and led the execution of the first master planned community in America featuring the ease of "one-bill" of services including telephony, data, entertainment, security, video conferencing and electricity.


Roger Gregory Roger Gregory, VP, Product, Ezlo Innovation
Twitter ID: @EzloInnovation

A seasoned executive in the technology and marketing spaces, Roger Gregory has spent his career developing leading-edge products and managed service platforms for new markets. In his current role as VP, Product Management at Ezlo Innovation, he is leading the effort to change the way people interact with their homes. Prior to Ezlo, he was VP of Product Marketing at Greenwave Systems.


Sweta Hari Sweta Hari, Director, Product Management, Lennox International

Sweta heads the Product Management team for Controls and Indoor Air Quality at Lennox International for the Residential segment. In her current role she is responsible for ideating, developing and commercialization of new products and managing the multi-year product and technology roadmaps.  Her team develops both hardware and software solutions for the Lennox iComfort thermostats and Healthy Climate Indoor Air Quality products and is intensely focused on driving dealer and consumer engagement in the fastest growing categories in Lennox. Prior to this, Sweta was the Director of Product Management for the Heating Category and managed a portfolio of mechanical products that was over $500M in revenue for the company.  Sweta and her team are recipients of the Outstanding Corporate Innovator’s award from the PDMA organization and recipients of 4 AHRI’s Dealer Design Awards.  She is passionate about driving cross-functional teams solve customer problems and to help create new products that address home comfort, efficiency and healthy air. She also has a keen understanding of the HVAC dealer network and drives the teams to integrate the Lennox brand promise of innovation and quality and to be trusted partners that drive their success.
 
Sweta brings 15+ years of experience in both engineering and business management roles at both Texas Instruments and Lennox International. Sweta holds a BE from the University of Madras, an ME from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas, Austin.


Dana Harmon Dana Harmon, Executive Director, Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute

Dana Harmon serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute in Austin. She is working to ensure the radically evolving energy sector provides opportunities for underserved communities to thrive by leading collaborative efforts between industry, academia, and the social sector. Previously, Dana held leadership positions in multiple successful energy technology start-ups. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and serves on the City of Austin Resource Management Commission as well as on the Board of the Association of Women in Energy. She completed a B.S of Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Reed Hinkel Reed Hinkel, Senior Manager, PSA Certified, Arm / PSA Certified
Twitter ID: @SecureIoTGuy

Reed Hinkel serves as Senior Manager, Security Market Development within Arm's Architecture and Technology Group (ATG).Within his current role he focuses on the Platform Security Architecture (PSA) and PSA Certified program and ecosystem, Trusted Firmware, Arm TrustZone technology and as Arm's marketing contributor to the Linaro IoT and Embedded working group. He has over 25 years of experience in semiconductor and systems market development, business development as well as technology, strategy product marketing. In addition, Reed has been active in Standards and Consortia across a number of digital technologies, most notably in connectivity, wireless networking, IoT and Security. 


Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Utilities and IoT, Intel

Joe Jankosky is the Global Director for Energy and IoT at Intel. In that role, he brings together partner ecosystems to solve utilities' greatest challenges: to optimize their infrastructure, gain greater insight into customer behavior, and drive new revenue sources. Before Intel, Joe led New Vertical development for Time Warner Cable's IntelligentHome, creating new business models in energy management and home healthcare. He began his energy career negotiating long-term energy contracts with Southern California Edison, and later led the utility's strategic alliances with IoT manufacturers and service providers. Joe received his BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard University, respectively.


Adam Justice Adam Justice, CEO, ConnectSense
Twitter ID: @adamjustice

Adam Justice is the CEO of ConnectSense, a division of Grid Connect Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of networking products. He leads the team at ConnectSense which provides leading IoT hardware for monitoring and controlling power in homes and commercial environments. In addition to building their own products, his team has helped noteworthy brands such as Moen, Schlage, and more, release innovative, smart home products to the IoT marketplace. Adam and the team at ConnectSense have extensive experiences building smart home and integrating them with major platforms such as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant. Adam is an expert on the Internet of Things and has spoken on the topic at many conferences across the nation, including SxSW, IoT Influencers Summit, Internet of Things World and Parks Connections Adam started his career at Accenture where he was a consultant working on systems and IT projects for a number of Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. Adam left Accenture in 2009 to join Grid Connect. Adam earned a bachelor's degree in Informatics from Indiana University, and has dedicated himself to analyzing and innovating in the arena of connected and smart home products.


Rahul Kar Rahul Kar, VP of Industry Solutions, AutoGrid Systems

Rahul has over 15 years of experience developing and successfully delivering innovative energy solutions for industries, utilities and the government. He has worked in a variety of engineering, management and policy design roles; designing turbo-machinery for reduced process energy consumption, managing large technology strategy projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and developing machine learning and optimization products with practical business applications for various energy companies. His areas of expertise include business model innovation, data science and analytics, demand side modeling, determining climate impacts of energy systems, markets for electric energy and operating reserves, and system dynamic modeling. His background has also given him a deep understanding of public policy and renewable generation. Prior to joining AutoGrid, Rahul worked at Navigant Consulting in Boston and at Praxair’s Cryogenic R&D Center in New York. Rahul graduated from MIT and Texas A&M University.


Christopher Keefe Christopher Keefe, Director - Product Management, Schneider Electric

Chris has spent the last eight years in the energy industry, defining the Schneider Electric strategy and leading various product development initiatives for the residential and light commercial segments.  He is focused on shaping the future with hardware and software solutions geared toward a wide cross section of customers that empower all to make the most of their energy and resources.


Jay Lasseter Jay Lasseter, VP Sales, Landis+Gyr North America

Jay Lasseter serves as the Vice President of Sales for Landis+Gyr North America. In this role, Mr. Lasseter is responsible for providing leadership to the sales organization and implementing objectives that support the business goals of Landis+Gyr. He works closely with all utilities throughout North America to help them meet their business needs. Prior to his current role, Mr. Lasseter served as Vice President of Strategic Sales and Sales Director for the Western Region for Landis+Gyr. Mr. Lasseter has worked in the utility industry for over twenty-five years with management roles in Business Development, Sales and Marketing. He holds a Master's Degree and Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University.


Matthieu Loos Matthieu Loos, Director of Decarbonization, Hoa Cleantech

Dr Matt Loos, has nine years of consulting and project management experience across North America and Europe in the electric vehicle infrastructure deployment and operations. He led research projects with BC Hydro in the deployment and operation of DC Fast Chargers and Smart Charging involving electrical and communication layers (OCPP, OpenADR, OCPI and private APIs). His recent projects with Hoa Cleantech has included heavy duty vehicle electrification; microgrid system design integrating stationary battery storage, solar panel and DC fast chargers; and consulting services for vehicle electrification across Western Canada and California.


Håkan Ludvigson Håkan Ludvigson, CEO & Founder, Eliq
Twitter ID: @hakanludvigson

Hakan Ludvigson is the CEO and one of the founders of Eliq, an enterprise SaaS provider of customer engagement and energy insights software to the utilities industry. Eliq today serves 15 utilities globally with its SaaS platform delivering home energy insights and management tools as well as mobile apps and energy service portals that enable customers to benefit from smart metering by better understanding and managing their energy usage. The company is based between Gothenburg, Sweden and London, UK and serves utilities across 6 nations and 2 continents to date.


Emmanuel Maçon-Dauxerre Emmanuel Maçon-Dauxerre, VP Global Accounts & Projects, Telit

Emmanuel Maçon-Dauxerre has spent the last 25 years in the telecom industry after an initial start in Singapore as a product engineer for Thomson VCR. He has since held various positions in the Telecom industry, first as project manager for a pager operator, and then moving to sales positions from Key account manager up to Sales Director in various companies like Bosch Telecom, Motorola, EXFO and Wavecom/Sierra Wireless where he managed the Key Account team for EMEA as well as Southern Europe Sales. Emmanuel joined then Telit in 2012 as VP Global Energy segment and is now in charge of the global accounts of Telit as well as global projects. Emmanuel is a graduate Engineer in Physics from the National Polytechnic Institute (INP Grenoble) and holds an MBA from EM Lyon school of Business in France.


Nathan Mancha Nathan Mancha, Director, EDF Energy Services, LLC

Nathan Mancha works as the Director of Business Development at EDF Energy NA, where his core efforts are focused on management and optimization of the C&I retail and Demand Response portfolio. In this role, he works primarily with commercial and industrial load clients, as well as cooperatives, utilities, and municipalities to optimize portfolios across the wholesale and retail markets. In addition, he provides insight and fundamentals for the electricity market, demand response, and compliance rulings. Nathan has over 12 years of wholesale and retail power experience, which help him generate unique customer-focused strategies around demand management.  He has worked with power grid operators in NYISO, ISO-NE, PJM, CAISO, and ERCOT.
 
Nathan enjoys contributing his time speaking at conferences on various subjects including demand response, trading optimization, and demand management.  He has been featured in CEP Magazine; detailing his work in the demand response market. 
Prior to joining the energy industry, Nathan worked at Merrill Lynch in the Wealth Management Department. Nathan has a BS in Marketing and Management and minor in Communications Management from Trinity University.


Troy Martin Troy Martin, COO, Swytch-X, Inc.

Troy Martin is the COO of Swytch-X, Inc., a digital climate asset platform that is transforming the manner in which renewable energy generation data, and energy consumption data are being made available in immutable form for further use in the form of blockchain-anchored digital assets.  Swytch-X’s technology abolishes the silos where energy data of minimal value currently languishes, moving it into the digital age in the form of a streaming and enriched data service that puts energy and energy-enriched data in the hands of the C-suite where it can be leveraged in a multitude of use cases; for instance the accelerated settlement of energy consumption, collapsing the current 45-day+ working capital cycle to 24 hours, data driven attestation for corporate sustainability, digital renewable energy credits, and more. Mr Martin brought 25+ years of commodity market experience in the areas of finance, risk management, compliance, contracts, and multi-jurisdictional business operations to the Swytch-X platform and parlayed that alongside our depth of current fin-tech expertise to bring Swytch-X to market in 2019.


James Mater James Mater, GM, Smart Grid, QualityLogic, Inc
Twitter ID: @jamesmater

James Mater co-founded and has held several executive positions at QualityLogic from June 1994 to present. He is currently Co-Founder and Director working on QualityLogic's Smart Grid strategy, including work with GWAC, the Pacific North West Smart Grid Demonstration Project, the SGIP Test and Certification Committee, and UCA's OpenSG Conformity Work Group, as well as giving papers and presentations on interoperability. From 2001 to October 2008, James oversaw QualityLogic as President and CEO. From 1994 to 1999, he founded and built Revision Labs, which merged with Genoa Technologies to become QualityLogic. Prior to QualityLogic, Mater held Product Management roles at Tektronix, Floating Point Systems, Sidereal and Solar Division of International Harvester. James holds a bachelor's degree in physics from Reed College, Portland, OR, and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.


Tom Matzzie Tom Matzzie, Founder, President & CEO, CleanChoice Energy

Tom Matzzie, Founder & CEO of CleanChoice Energy, has been creating and growing businesses for more than 20 years, from inspiring innovation at Fortune 500 media, technology, and telecom companies as the principal of Gladius Strategy to transforming MoveOn.org into a leading national political voice through his prior work as Washington Director. Tom is a widely recognized entrepreneur. He has raised more than $250 million to start and expand his businesses and organizations. In 2015 he was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist and was named “a rising star” by The New York Times Magazine. Tom started the award-winning CleanChoice Energy to offer consumers a simpler way to purchase renewable energy for their home or business.


James McPhail James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems
Twitter ID: @jamesmcphail_

James is a visionary executive and sales leader with significant experience in strategy and management within the energy industry. James is focused on building the business and channel relationships with utility providers, resellers and technology partners. Prior to Zen, James was EVP Sales at REGEN/Encycle for over four years, building sales from the ground floor, which now boasts a customer base of some of the largest national retailers. Before joining REGEN, James led Western US Sales at EnerNOC, a recognised leader in Demand Response, with a focus on bringing commercial and industrial customers together with utility-funded DR programs and data-driven energy management solutions. In addition to managing EnerNOC's Western US team, James personally brought over 250 megawatts of DR into programs across the US. Prior to EnerNOC, James served as Distribution Sales Manager at EnergyLogic, a leader in alternative fuel-fired furnaces and boilers where he was responsible for building the US and International Sales distribution network and ultimately tripling the company's annual sales in just under 4 years. 


Martin Milani Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge

Martin is responsible for strategy, development, delivery and operations of Sunverge’s advanced energy platform. He is an industry-recognized thought-leader and expert on cloud and edge computing, AI, IoT and SOA with more than 20 years of experience in product design, development and systems architecture spanning the evolution of distributed systems. He joined Sunverge from Nexant where he was General Manager and CTO, responsible for the company's advanced smart grid software platforms. Previous positions include CTO of Tidal Software (acquired by Cisco Systems), CEO, CTO of Intersperse (acquired by Tidal Software), CTO of iBuilding, a smart building intelligent control and orchestration platform and Chief Internet Strategist and Technologist at Times Mirror Corporation. Before joining Times Mirror, he held senior-level technology, consulting, and distributed system architect positions at Wells Fargo, IBM, Retix, and Locus computing.


Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions based on an ever-changing marketplace. Based on his experience, Spencer has been invited to speak at many industry leading events in areas such as the future of professional monitoring, DIY, IoT and connected health. 
 
Spencer holds an MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and furthering the industry.


Felicite Moorman Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT
Twitter ID: @FeliciteMoorman

Felicite Moorman is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and attorney with over twenty-five years of experience founding and building companies. She has earned an international reputation as a go-to Internet of Things industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives in IoT. As an international speaker and columnist, she has been featured in dozens of mass media outlets and publications. Currently, Moorman is the CEO and CoFounder of STRATIS, which is a smart apartment and intelligent buildings IoT platform for Multifamily and Student Housing.


Troy Morgan Troy Morgan, CEO & Founder, PanTech Design
Twitter ID: @PanTechDesign

Troy Morgan is the founder and CEO of PanTech Design, a software development firm specializing in Crestron control systems for commercial and residential applications. Troy has 23 years of programming experience and has earned the distinction of Crestron Master Programmer. He founded PanTech Design in 2005 with the goal of elevating the quality of software and service for audio, video, and environmental automation. Under Troy's leadership, PanTech Design has become one of the top Crestron Service Provider firms in the industry and developed groundbreaking products such as the Adapt for Crestron software suite and Adapt Energy, a home energy automation ecosystem. Troy is driven by his passion for technological innovation and, in particular, advancing home technology. His latest venture and passion project, Adapt Energy, applies home automation concepts to energy management applications. A way for homeowners to monitor and manage their home energy supply and use, Troy sees this as the next evolution to tackle the world's energy challenges, now and into the future. 


Wayne Morrison Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant
Twitter ID: @ReliantEnergy

Wayne Morrison is Principal of Emerging Technology with responsibility for reviewing new technology at Reliant, an NRG company. NRG’s retail businesses, including Reliant, serve more than 3.5 million residential and commercial customers. Wayne has 40+ years electrical industry experience in both the regulated and deregulated market. 
 
Wayne evaluates, develops and implements emerging energy products and services for customers, including home automation and energy storage technologies. He manages the Reliant Smart Home in Houston, Texas, which serves as the company’s real-world research and development hub, where he provides educational sessions on new technologies available in the market.
 
Wayne’s career started in distribution engineering. Wayne has held positions coordinating electric service for residential, commercial and industrial customers and was program manager for several energy efficiency programs. 
 
Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Technology from the University of Houston. He is licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission for instruction of agents on new technologies.


James Muraca James Muraca, VP of Product, Zen Ecosystems

James Muraca was the first engineer at Zen Ecosystems. Prior to becoming VP of Product, James wore many hats throughout Zen's growth, including Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Director of Product. Prior to joining Zen, James held engineering positions at Planet Innovation, and Bosch.


Allison Neves Allison Neves, President, A7 Advisors

Allison has been in the energy industry for nearly a decade leading strategy, products and partnerships for companies like NRG Energy and Just Energy. She has built product partnerships for energy companies in everything from solar to smart home; customer loyalty to EV charging. Most recently, Allison started her own consulting practice, A7 Advisors, to demystify the building and integration of products and partnerships into the energy industry. Allison is an alumni of Emerson College where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Documentary Film Production. She holds two executive business finance certificates from Columbia University in New York, and Rice University in Houston. When Allison isn't transforming the energy industry, she is enjoying the great outdoors in her home state of Vermont or around the world on one of her travel excursions.


Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD, VP Market Development, Enervee
Twitter ID: @mandarinanni

Anne Arquit Niederberger is VP Market Development at Enervee, with responsibility for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, governments and retail market actors to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions and served during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate policy and established Swiss carbon markets.


Wannie Park Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development, Inspire
Twitter ID: @HelloInspire

Wannie Park is the VP of Corporate Development at Inspire. A seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in energy, IoT and SaaS, Wannie is responsible for growth and partnerships and is mandated to scaling sustainability solutions across multiple markets and verticals.
 
Prior to Inspire, Wannie was SVP of Business Development at CEIVA Energy, a SaaS-based demand response and energy efficiency provider as well as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Belkin International, where his team launched the home networking, IoT and mobility business units.


Michael Phillips Michael Phillips, Co-founder and CEO, Sense
Twitter ID: @sense

Mike Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of Sense, the innovator in home energy monitoring for consumers. A pioneer in the field of machine learning, Mike began his career in speech recognition. He co-founded two speech recognition companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) which brought groundbreaking speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that powered virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones. Mike’s passion for machine learning led him to found Sense in 2013, where machine learning is being used to discover the hidden energy patterns and activity in homes.


Karl Popham Karl Popham, Manager, Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies, Austin Energy


Daniel Roesler Daniel Roesler, CTO & Co-founder, UtilityAPI
Twitter ID: @UtilityAPI

Daniel Roesler is the co-founder and CTO of UtilityAPI, a utility data service that automates interactions with utilities. UtilityAPI is an early adopter of the U.S. Department of Energy DataGuard Voluntary Code of Conduct, which outlines best practices for handling private energy data. Daniel is also on the board of the Green Button Alliance, which manages the international standard around personal utility data access, and is a technical contributor to the Customer Data Access Committee at the California Public Utilities Commission, which comes up with the next generation of regulations around utility data access in California. In his spare time, Daniel maintains several open source privacy and security projects.


Dan Ross Dan Ross, VP of Sales, Racepoint Energy

Dan Ross joined the Racepoint Energy team in 2019, migrating from sister company Savant where he served as Director of Business Development. With over a decade of experience in the smart home arena, Mr. Ross brings a deep knowledge of what drives the connected home markets for dealers and consumers along with an extensive knowledge of real estate development for multi-family and single family home communities. In his current role with Racepoint Energy, Dan is focused on building and supporting an array of critical business units including utility partnerships. With a hands on background in system architecture, user interface design and programming of smart home solutions, Mr. Ross currently works with a team of software and hardware engineers to drive the development and launch of new solutions that merge smart home functionality with the most advanced smart energy technologies. Prior to joining Racepoint Energy, Dan served as the Director of Business Development at Savant, overseeing the national builder and distribution business units. Additionally, he helped develop the national installation channel for Savant that has successfully positioned the company as a leader in the residential smart home space.


Suzanne Russo Suzanne Russo, CEO, Pecan Street Inc
Twitter ID: @pecanstreetinc

Suzanne is chief executive officer for Pecan Street. Prior to joining the organization in 2010, she was director of sustainability initiatives for New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development where she led the development of green building and sustainable retrofit standards for municipally-funded affordable housing. Over the past seven years, Suzanne served as chief of staff and then chief operating officer for Pecan Street, during which time Forbes named her one of five women Using Technology to Blow Up Social Change. An urban planner with a masters degree in community and regional planning from the University of Texas at Austin, Suzanne has worked in Africa, China, India and the USA on community-based sustainable development.


Paul Schueller Paul Schueller, Founder & CEO, Franklin Energy
Twitter ID: @PaulSchueller

Paul Schueller, founder and CEO of Franklin Energy, is a passionate believer in the importance of sustainability and grid optimization. From his first post-college job at a utility to running two successful consulting firms, Paul has spent over three decades in the demand-side management industry. Since its inception in 1994, he has led Franklin Energy to focus on their utility clients' needs for program delivery, customer engagement, and efficient grid and system operation. He also advocates for meetings clients' needs with flexibility that utilizes a diverse workforce and creative culture. This has spurred consistent growth evident in the company's current staff of over 1,300 people in over 60 offices across the United States and Canada. 


Katie Shrewsberry Katie Shrewsberry, Founder, EcoCred, Exelon

Katie Shrewsberry is the Founder of the sustainability app EcoCRED, an Exelon Company funded venture.  Katie has spent over 14 years in the energy Industry which includes experience in operations, marketing, business development, and new product development with a focus on IoT and Smart Home. Katie recently helped lead the development and launch of the Constellation Connect smart home platform.  In her current role, Katie leads strategy, growth initiatives, and product development efforts for EcoCRED with the goal of bringing sustainability to the forefront of the energy conversation with consumers. 
 
Katie received her Bachelors in both Finance and Marketing from the University of Kentucky and holds an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville.


Jamie Staples Jamie Staples, Head of Key Energy Partnerships, Google

Jamie Staples is the Head of Key Energy Partnership at Google. His work with energy partners focuses on leveraging Google hardware & energy services to drive customer engagement. Prior to Google, Jamie spent several years at Opower where he led efficiency, demand response, and customer engagement programs with energy providers across the western and central US.  Prior to Opower, he worked as a consultant for early stage cleantech companies and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Guatemala.  Jamie earned his BA in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College.


Emilie Stone Emilie Stone, Director of Product, Uplight
Twitter ID: @uplight

Emilie Stone is Head of Product for Demand Management Solutions including Uplight Orchestrated Energy, a non-wires alternative platform that reduces residential energy consumption during peak demand. She leads Uplight's efforts for deep integration with market-leading OEMs to deliver superior performance over traditional DR programs. She also works with utility partners to develop cost-effective, performative programs to meet all varieties of load management goals. Emilie is passionate about changing the way we value and consume energy with a balance of advanced technology and pragmatic customer experience. Before joining Uplight, Emilie ran lithium-ion and power electronics development for electric vehicles, data centers and the military. She offers a deep understanding of energy storage technology and the capabilities and shortcomings within this landscape. She has an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Jason Thomas Jason Thomas, Associate Director, Advanced Systems Product Management, Carrier

Jason Thomas is responsible for delivering hardware and software solutions to maximize comfort, efficiency, and serviceability of residential HVAC systems. Jason has over 15 years of experience at Carrier and held many different roles during this time. His prior experience includes technical support for contractors and distributors, product quality, advance manufacturing, and product research and development. Jason holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trine University and a MBA from California Lutheran University.


Camille Vargas Camille Vargas, B2B Marketing Manager, Yonomi
Twitter ID: @yonomi

Camille leads the B2B marketing strategy at Yonomi, the simple smart home integration platform. She focuses on building partnerships with mission-driven companies to deliver high impact solutions for energy management, insurance, security, aging in place, and much more by leveraging smart home technologies. Prior to Yonomi, Camille managed sales enablement, community building, content development, and distribution and advertising campaigns as a Product Communications Specialist at Abracon LLC and focused on the impact of information and communication technology in education, health, gender, equality, and international development as a Digital Strategist at Sonjara, Inc. Camille dedicates her spare time to making space for women, Latinx, and LGBTQIA+ leaders and mentors in the tech industry.


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.


Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Constellation
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Mike Wajsgras is the Executive Director of Innovation  & Growth at Constellation, an Exelon Company. A founding member of the leadership team that created Constellation’s Mass Markets business, Mike is currently responsible for the key growth areas of the multi-billion dollar consumer and small commercial competitive energy business for Constellation. He is primarily focused on product and business innovation that has delivered meaningful and lasting growth opportunities for the core energy, services, and consumer technology businesses.  Mr. Wajsgras launched the company’s entry into the smart home category with the launch of Constellation Connect (www.constellationconnect.com) in late 2018 and continues to serve as the Managing Director of the business line.


Michael Wenzlaff Michael Wenzlaff, Senior Program Manager, Electric Vehicles, BC Hydro

Mike is the senior program manager, electric vehicles at BC Hydro where he works to remove the barriers to electric vehicle adoption in British Columbia. B.C. has a target of all new vehicles to be zero emission by 2040. Over the last year, Mike has focused on significantly improving the customer experience of BC Hydro's EV fast charging network including new EV stations built using design thinking principles, new operating model, branded network / mobile app and many roaming agreements. His career has taken him across many different subject matter areas and portfolios including technology, communications, credit & collections, customer service, program management, professional coaching, real estate investing and leadership across an array of private, start-up and public companies including nearly 20 years at BC Hydro.


Steve Wheat Steve Wheat, Sr. Program Manager, Grid Services, Sunrun Inc
Twitter ID: @sunrun

Steve Wheat manages some of the most advanced bids, programs, and fleets of behind-the-meter residential solar and battery fleets in the US for Sunrun. He's helped spearhead the industry's first successful residential bid into ISO-NE's Forward Capacity Market, as well as successful bids into various distribution networks across the US.


Paul Williams Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting
Twitter ID: @netracer280

Paul Williams, General Manager of Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting 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.


James Wilson James Wilson, General Manager, Silicon Labs

James Wilson serves as the general manager of Silicon Labs’ timing products, managing the company’s overall timing business and directing product strategy, roadmap development, new product initiatives, product management, software development, and marketing initiatives. As part of his role, Wilson has been a key contributor in architecting Silicon Labs’ online strategy to offer mass-customized clocks and oscillators using simple web-based tools.
 
Prior to joining Silicon Labs in 2002, Wilson held a variety of marketing, product management, and engineering roles at Freescale Semiconductor (now NXP) and various startups. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering and a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Don Wingate Don Wingate, VP Microgrid Solution & Srategic Alliances, Schneider Electric

Don Wingate is Vice President Sales – Microgrid Solutions and Strategic Partners. Mr. Wingate leads the North American business development efforts for Microgrid Solutions and also manages the Electric Utility segment focused on strategic utility accounts. Mr. Wingate assisted in the architecture and lauch of the Schnieder Electric Microgrid Competency Center and is the executive sponsor for Microgrid Soutions and the development of channel partners and unregulated utilities.  Prior to joining Schneider Electric Mr. Wingate held executive and management positions at Logica Inc, Cap Gemini, Oracle and General Electric.


Advisory Board


Martha Amram Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn and Green Button Alliance

Martha founded WattzOn to help people save energy by personalizing insights and recommendations through sophisticated analytics. . As CEO, she focuses on strategic business development, and brings her energy and analytics expertise to the company’s Big Data/Machine Learning work. Martha is a frequent speaker on the residential energy efficiency market, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. A serial entrepreneur, Martha has was previously CEO of Vocomo Software (a voice software company), Chief Economist of PLX Systems (a patent and copyright software company), and co-founder of Glaze Creek Partners, a consulting firm she sold to Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI). She served as a Managing Director at Navigant, working with Fortune 500 companies, and utility companies. Martha is the co-author of two books published by the Harvard Business School Press (Value Sweep and Real Options), and a third book published by McGraw-Hill. Martha serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of the Executive Board of the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Martha holds a PhD in Applied Economics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Washington.


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.


Anna Demeo PhD Anna Demeo PhD, President, Racepoint Energy

Dr. Anna Demeo is the President of Racepoint Energy. She has extensive experience in renewable energy solutions and micro grid technology as well as emerging utility models and energy markets. Dr. Demeo has consulted with businesses and universities in the U.S. and Europe and was a Visiting Professor at the Energy Center at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, an MS in Marine Bio Resources and a PhD in Engineering in the Natural Sciences from the University of Maine.


Colin Gibbs Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy and Growth, Bidgely


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, President of North America, eSmart Systems

Steve joined Itron as part of the Comverge acquisition and integrated the businesses. He now runs the Consumer Energy Management business unit at Itron, which includes strategy, forecasting, demand response, customer engagement, and disaggregation. CEM objective is to create outcomes for utilities that enable them to thrive in new economic and operational models.

Prior to Comverge and Itron, Steve’s career was focused on customer-facing utility programs, including his positions at Opower, Sapient and McKinsey. Steve is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Virginia, and also has his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  


Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, Vice President, General Manager, Connected Home, Resideo Connected Home
Twitter ID: @honeywell_home

Scott Harkins brings 30 years of experience in residential markets to Resideo as our vice president and general manager of Connected Home. In this role, Harkins leads a portfolio of solutions that make homes smarter, more efficient, and more secure around the world.
 
Previously, he held several sales and leadership positions at Honeywell, where he began working in 1995. He was instrumental in the business’s transformation to connected, software- driven solutions. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell Connected Home, where he managed software offerings for the Security, Comfort, and Life Care Solutions businesses. Harkins was also responsible for managing relationships with technology companies as well as the developer and startup communities.
 
Harkins has also been vice president of partner development for Connected Home, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Security Products, Americas, and vice president and general manager of Honeywell Systems.
 
In 2017, Inc. Magazine ranked Harkins as one of the most influential leaders in the IoT space. Forbes.com has ranked him the 12th most influential person in the IoT market.


Siva Iyer Siva Iyer, Director, Smart Home, Carrier

Siva Iyer is the Product Director for Connected Home at Carrier’s residential HVAC business. He has extensive experience in the HVAC industry and in controls and a keen interest in using new technologies to enhance user experience and increase energy efficiency. Prior to joining Carrier, Siva was in product management and strategy roles in Honeywell and TSI Inc.


Rahul Kar Rahul Kar, VP of Industry Solutions, AutoGrid Systems

Rahul has over 15 years of experience developing and successfully delivering innovative energy solutions for industries, utilities and the government. He has worked in a variety of engineering, management and policy design roles; designing turbo-machinery for reduced process energy consumption, managing large technology strategy projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and developing machine learning and optimization products with practical business applications for various energy companies. His areas of expertise include business model innovation, data science and analytics, demand side modeling, determining climate impacts of energy systems, markets for electric energy and operating reserves, and system dynamic modeling. His background has also given him a deep understanding of public policy and renewable generation. Prior to joining AutoGrid, Rahul worked at Navigant Consulting in Boston and at Praxair’s Cryogenic R&D Center in New York. Rahul graduated from MIT and Texas A&M University.


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013. Customer Energy Solutions is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, customer solar and renewable subscription offerings, green building program, advanced transportation, market analytics and key accounts, which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers.
 
Kimberly also manages Corporate Communications for Austin Energy, including Public Information and Marketing Communications. These areas promote the utility’s promise of being customer driven and community focused while bringing visibility to all the services and programs offered to customers.
 
Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 35 years and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. She served as Salt River’s director of customer programs and marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans, and services; measurement and evaluation; and market research. Previous roles included managing Salt River’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.
 
Kimberly serves as Chairman of the Board for SPEER (South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Pecan Street Inc., the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation, serves on the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Research Advisory Committee and is a member of the EPRI Power Delivery Sector Council.
 
Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University and a Master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.


Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, Energy Efficiency , DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Principal Supervisor for the SmartHome program at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. As a serial Incubation Innovator, Joel has delivered breakthrough award winning program designs. This is the result of integrating a wide range of Innovation tools and systems including Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile Development and Lean Six Sigma.


Paul Notti Paul Notti, Director of Global Sales, Distributed Energy Management, Itron

Paul joined Itron in 2017 to lead the sales organization for Itron’s Distributed Energy Management group.
 
Prior to Itron, Paul was the West Sales Leader for Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions, where he sold energy efficiency, demand response, and water conservation solutions. He built and nurtured relationships across the western U.S. with PG&E, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, Nevada Power, Puget Sound Energy, LADWP, and others, helping him close over $150M in contract orders over 10 years.
 
He has also led sales for a number of start-ups in the utility services space and spent 5 years running programs for a utility services implementation company, including a Seattle City Light lighting direct installation pilot, PG&E multifamily direct install project; and an MMWD Water Conservation Baseline Study.
 
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Alex Segars Alex Segars, Product Lead, Connected Home, Reliant

Alex Segars is an accomplished business development and marketing professional with a passion for technology, including special interests in voice and artificial intelligence. In her current role at NRG Energy Inc. as product lead for the Reliant connected home businesses, Alex works to bring customers new and innovative tools and technologies to better understand and manage their energy footprint, all while protecting their most valuable investment – their home.  
 
In the last few years at NRG, Alex has also supported new product development, roadmap planning, launch execution and lifecycle management for security and home automation businesses. She began her career in marketing, with experience in both large corporate and small business environments. 
 
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, she is a proud University of New Mexico Lobo. Alex and her husband, Matt, currently reside in Houston, Texas and enjoy spending time with their son and tackling a variety of home improvement projects.


Curtis Snyder Curtis Snyder, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning , Comcast

Curtis Snyder is the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable in Philadelphia. He is responsible for identifying and helping incubate new business opportunities for Comcast in the energy and connected home space, incorporating energy supply, energy management and security and automation. Prior to his current role, Curtis was an Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable, where he helped to drive the long-term strategic plan for the Cable business, as well as pricing strategy and portfolio management. Prior to Comcast, Curtis held a variety of corporate finance and strategy roles at Cisco Systems in San Jose. He spent eight years in equity research at Prudential and Merrill Lynch, specializing in the networking, cable & satellite, and media industries. He holds a BA degree from Princeton University.


Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Constellation
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Mike Wajsgras is the Executive Director of Innovation  & Growth at Constellation, an Exelon Company. A founding member of the leadership team that created Constellation’s Mass Markets business, Mike is currently responsible for the key growth areas of the multi-billion dollar consumer and small commercial competitive energy business for Constellation. He is primarily focused on product and business innovation that has delivered meaningful and lasting growth opportunities for the core energy, services, and consumer technology businesses.  Mr. Wajsgras launched the company’s entry into the smart home category with the launch of Constellation Connect (www.constellationconnect.com) in late 2018 and continues to serve as the Managing Director of the business line.


Moderators


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Market Segmentation, Competitive Analysis, Channel/Go-to-Market Strategy, Forecasting, Voice of Customer, Product Roadmap Planning, Sales Training

As Vice President, Denise leads Parks Associates research operations and business strategy. She leverages her substantial leadership experience working for both manufacturers and service providers, where she has led 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.

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Keshav Jaiswal Keshav Jaiswal, Researcher, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com/

Keshav studies market trends and consumer behaviors related to the use of smart home and entertainment technologies. Keshav’s work with the Consumer Analytics team includes primary and secondary research, where he focuses on finding data-driven solutions from syndicated and custom survey data.

Keshav Jaiswal graduated from University of Texas at Dallas with a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics specializing in Marketing and Research. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.


Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @COatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Chris O’Dell joined Parks Associates following a six-year career in journalism. He supports the marketing, sales, and research teams by curating press releases, articles, blog posts, social media, and web content, and other forms of written communication.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Chris also served as a marketing assistant for a sales and marketing company in the senior living industry and did freelance writing for various publications, including The Dallas Morning News. Chris graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR, in 2010 with a BA in broadcast journalism and a concentration on print journalism, where he served as the sports editor for The Bison, an award-winning student publication.


Jason Paris Jason Paris, Director, Business Development, Parks Associates

Jason Paris joined Parks Associates in 2007 as an analyst studying international telephone, cable, and satellite providers and is now a member of the business development team.

Jason graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology and government. After working for the Texas House of Representatives, Jason spent the previous seven years in New York City working with portable and enterprise healthcare technologies.


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

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

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.

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