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Speaker Biographies


Andrew Beach Andrew Beach, Vice President of Community Technology, Mill Creek Residential

Andrew Beach serves as the Vice President of Community Technology.  In this role, Mr. Beach is responsible for the selection, design and implementation of technology systems at Mill Creek’s communities. Mr. Beach has over 9 years of experience in technology, systems design, and construction projects.
 
Prior to joining Mill Creek, Mr. Beach served at the Director of International Programs for Global Aid Network overseeing international relief and development projects in more than 30 countries.
 
Mr. Beach is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.


Erin Bullard Erin Bullard, Director of Partner Relations, Immix Protect

Erin Bullard serves as the Director of Partner Relations at Immix, a company which provides robust security monitoring software and creates a single pane of glass for our customers to connect to various disparate systems. Erin is responsible for managing the company's Technology Partner Program, consisting of more than 500 different products from an array of manufacturer and security solutions partners. This includes integration maintenance and prioritization as well as planning and joint marketing efforts with the technology partners and more. Prior to this role, Erin was an Immix customer as the Director of Remote Guarding at Securitas USA, and was responsible for operations, sales support, and marketing, working closely with executive leadership to steer the business. Passionate about evaluating problems from different angles, she is driven to find the right solution and deliver results. Erin holds a Master's degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech.


Derek Cowburn Derek Cowburn, CEO, Lumen Cache, Inc.
Twitter ID: @lumencache

Derek is a values-centered entrepreneur who is passionate about the environment and making bold leaps in energy efficiency through system integration. He is a subject matter expert in building controls and intelligent DC Nanogrids, and contributes to industry working groups to promote efficient building technologies. As founder and CEO of LumenCache, he is leading the collaborative effort to globally change the standard for power distribution in buildings making them smart, safe, efficient, and resilient.


Kevin Donnelly Kevin Donnelly, Vice President, Government Affairs, Technology and Strategic Initiatives, National Multifamily Housing Council


Patrick Goemaere Patrick Goemaere, Chief Architect Cloud Services Connected Home, Vantiva


Rani Kohen Rani Kohen, Executive Chairman, SKYX Platforms Corp.
Twitter ID: @skyxtech

Rani R. Kohen is a renowned businessman, entrepreneur and the founder of Sky Technologies. He is currently serving as the Executive Chairman of the board, a role Mr. Kohen has held since 2016. He brings strategic acumen with over 20 years of experience in business, as well as in advanced smart home technologies, product design, lighting, and other related businesses. Since founding the Company, he has succeeded in attracting and engaging accomplished board members, talented management and leading executives from various industries.


Hrag Ohannessian Hrag Ohannessian, SVP of Global Sales, Home Automation, Security & Hospitality, Universal Electronics Inc.


Sce Pike Sce Pike, CEO and Founder, IOTAS

Sce started her career in the 90s in Silicon Valley, designing and developing the 1st ecommerce sites for GM, HP, Blue Cross and others. Later she helped to pioneer Smart Phones at Palm, Qualcomm, and Amp'd Mobile. In 2007, Sce started her own company, Citizen, which initially focused on Smart Phone products and later on Internet of Things (IoT) products such as Connected Car, Connected Health. Sce successfully sold Citizen to Ernst & Young. While developing IoT products for these industries at Citizen, she realized that there was a lack of enterprise-level Smart Apartment solution designed specifically for the Multi-Family-Home Industry. In 2014, she founded IOTAS, a turn-key, simple smart apartment solutions company to help the MFH industry increase revenue and save costs. IOTAS has been recognized by Fortune, Wired, Gigaom, ABC, NBC, FastCo and more as the new way of automating apartments to attract tenants. Sce has spoken at Health 2.0, TechFest NW, WebVisions, NAA, and BISNOW on the impact of Internet of Things. She is a passionate advocate of representation and equality of women and minorities in STEM.


Guillermo Rivas Guillermo Rivas, Vice President, New Business Development, Cox Communications

As the Vice President of New Business Development for Cox Communications, Guillermo Rivas manages the teams responsible for building strategic relationships with developers, builders and owners of apartments, condominiums or single-family projects. In this role, he helps develop programs for the builder community to maximize the return of their investment through Cox’s advanced fiber to the home network, Pre-enabled Wi-Fi feature Quick Connect, Managed Wi-Fi and IoT network solutions that improve the Resident experience.


Prior to joining Cox, Guillermo has held various leadership positions with Time Warner Cable and Comcast Communications. Guillermo has over 25 years of Marketing, Operations, New Product Development and Sales experience in the Telecommunications industry. 


Mariam Rogers Mariam Rogers, Director of Sales for Multifamily, Brivo

Mariam Rogers is currently the Director of Multifamily Sales for Brivo. She began her career in pharmaceutical sales and service before transitioning into the hospitality space. During her tenure at RxAmerica, Mariam led national support and sales teams, who specialized in the assistance of rebates, qualification and adjudication of all medication and prescription claims between the insurance providers and end users. While managing the properties of Mr. John Huntsman Senior, Mariam oversaw all aspects of the properties, including housekeeping, security, lease-up, sales, ground crews, maintenance, concierge services, and customized programs. Prior to joining Brivo, Mariam served as Director of Sales for Hyatt and Vivint Smart Properties, where she sold into national MDUs, enhancing their offerings with smart products increasing their values in both rentals and conversion.


Todd Thorpe Todd Thorpe, Vice President of Sales, DojoNetworks

Todd is a well-respected multifamily & technology veteran with over 30 years of industry experience. For almost 20 years, he held various executive leadership positions with Charter Communications where he grew multifamily sales in the Midwest and Southeast markets by 30%. Todd joined DojoNetworks in early 2021 as Vice President of Sales with responsibility for developing and executing sales strategies that drive revenue for the company.


Moderators


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.


Chris White Chris White, Research Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @cwhiteinsights
Website: http://parksassociates.com

Chris is a Senior Researcher with Parks Associates, covering the connected home market. He was previously a Director of Insights at PeopleMetrics in Philadelphia and the Data Manager of a youth-serving collaborative in New Orleans. He has performed research for companies in a variety of industries, including the telecom/ISP space.

Chris earned his BBA in Marketing from the College of William & Mary and his MBA in Marketing and Finance from American University.


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