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SmartThings, SkyBell, Arcadia, Resideo, and Universal Electronics sponsor Parks Associates’ 15th annual Smart Energy Summit

Research event brings together experts from the energy and utility sectors

Parks Associates today announced SmartThings, SkyBell, Arcadia, Resideo, and Universal Electronics as sponsors for this week’s Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 27-28, in Orlando, FL, co-located with DISTRIBUTECH, the largest utility and energy-focused conference in the world. 

Smart Energy Summit, held in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W311GH, hosts a mix of keynotes, research presentations, and interactive panels discussing the latest smart energy solutions, from smart home devices to demand response (DR) technologies and the increasingly important role the single and multifamily housing markets will play in the future of energy distribution. Parks Associates will host an evening reception on Tuesday, February 27, 6:30-8 pm at the Rosen Plaza Hotel.

“Our partnership with Parks Associates is critical to educating electric utilities on the importance of prosumers and their needs,” said Stephanie Kolodziej, VP, Energy, Clarion Events. “Utilities have an opportunity to learn and to focus on their customer needs during the energy transition. Parks Associates allows us to support our core audience with this important program.”

Event Keynotes:

  • Sofia Berrada, Head of Strategy, SWTCH
  • Dr. Gabriela Bunea, Chief Solar Innovation Officer, GAF Energy
  • Tyson Brown, Manager Strategic Partnerships, Google
  • Jennifer Kent, VP, Research, Parks Associates
  • Robin Lanier, Director New Ventures, Southern Company
  • Donald McPhail, VP Product, Uplight
  • Maryam Mozafari, Program Supervisor - Demand Response/Flexibility, California Public Utilities Commission
  • Elizabeth Parks, President and CMO, Parks Associates
  • Juliet Shavit, President & CEO, SmartMark Communications

Smart home technology provides valuable benefits—52% of US internet households indicate automating savings and remotely controlling lights, thermostats, and appliances to save energy are valuable or highly valuable benefits.

“Consumers want energy-saving solutions,” said Elizabeth Parks, President and COO, Parks Associates. “Energy management is key to driving the next wave of consumer adoption for smart home, and utility partnerships will play an important role in the future.”


  • Erik Becker, VP, Strategic Accounts, Arcadia
  • Aaron Berndt, Head of Energy Industry Partnerships, Google
  • Arielle Bertman, VP, Product, SPAN.IO
  • Luis Castro, Business Development Manager – Utilities, Enel X Way
  • David Chang, Chief Product Officer, eIQdigital
  • Jonathan Coffey, VP, Products, SmartRent
  • Gerrianna Cohen, Strategy Manager, Con Edison
  • Geoff Ferrell, SVP, VPP and C&I Project Business, sonnen
  • Max Gaspranov, Director, SmartHome & Energy, TELUS
  • Scott Harden, CTO, Global Innovation, Schneider Electric
  • Barry Holland, Director, Product & Growth, SmartThings
  • Taylor Jantz-Sell, ENERGY STAR Lighting & Smart Home Lead, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Energy Systems
  • Dave Kranzler GM, IoT Services, Amazon Web Services
  • Bijou Lulla, CEO Sustainable, Energi Solution
  • Geoff Martin, President & Co-founder, vipHomeLink
  • Desiree Mejia, Co-Founder & COO, SkyBell
  • Martin Milani, CEO, Sunverge Energy
  • Tom Miller, SVP Global Sales, Intertrust
  • Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, NRG Energy
  • Mike Mulqueen, Director, Commercial Partnerships, SWTCH Energy
  • David Oberholzer, GM, Resideo Grid Services, Resideo
  • Hrag Ohannessian, SVP, Global Sales, Home Automation, Security & Hospitality, Universal Electronics
  • Nayan Parikh, Technology Group Product Manager, PSEG Long Island
  • Jigar Shah Director, Energy Services, Electrify America
  • Chris Thorson, CMO, FLO
  • Paul Wezner, Chief Product and Customer Officer, Powerley
  • Paul Williams, Managing Director of Home Management Business Unit, Nice
  • Vanessa Wright, Sustainability Account Manager, Levven

Parks Associates is exhibiting at DISTRIBUTECH, BOOTH 1378. To register for Smart Energy Summit, visit the event website or apply for a Press Pass here. To request data or an interview, contact, 972-490-1113.

About Smart Energy Summit

Parks Associates’ 15th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer is co-located with DISTRIBUTECH 2024 on February 27-28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Smart Energy Summit addresses energy and renewables technology trends in the residential and small-to-medium business markets.

Industry players join expert panels and networking sessions to address the expansion and monetization of energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

The conference also features 2024 virtual sessions January 23, July 23, and October 10. Follow the event on Twitter/X at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy24. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit