Planning and Partnerships in Smart Apartment Deployments

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 11 AM CT (12 PM ET) Cox Communities - Parks Associates free Smart apartment research Webcast

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Parks Associates

The future of all housing is connected.

Consumers increasingly expect their homes to have smart solutions that are convenient, green, and secure and built upon a reliable and high-performing home network. Property technology, including bulk broadband, smart platforms and connected devices, is an emerging market with huge opportunities in multi-dwelling units (MDUs), where consumers’ tech demands are high and the market is still emerging. According to Parks Associates research, 96% of smart home device deployments in multi-dwelling units were made fewer than five years ago.

This webinar offers a deep dive into the market for MDU smart deployments. It highlights Parks Associates’ latest consumer research and its property manager and building owner research, exploring the benefits of these technologies and the challenges within this market, including the unique needs of MDU owners/managers and their expectations with smart apartment deployments.


  • Role of connectivity
  • Benefits of technology for consumers and property owners
  • Common pain points, including integration, network structures, and vendor relationships, and unique needs within the MDU space
  • Best practices for evaluating technology and vendors/partners
  • Implications of latest FCC ruling


D. Rush Blakely, III, President and CEO, RealtyCom Partners

Duncan Cannon, Building Automation and Technology Manager, Cortland

Guillermo Rivas, VP of New Business Development, Cox Communities

Moderator: Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

D. Rush Blakely, III D. Rush Blakely, III, President & CEO, RealtyCom Partners, LLC

As President and CEO, Rush guides the overall strategy and direction of RealtyCom Partners. In addition, Rush leads the team that negotiates with telecommunications service providers on behalf of RealtyCom clients to provide the most attractive level of services, compensation and cost savings available. Prior to joining RealtyCom, Rush held senior leadership positions with Time Warner Cable and Comcast where he led successful multifamily sales teams in Texas, California and North Carolina. Rush also ran all sales channels for Logic/WestStar, a triple play FTTH provider in the Cayman Islands just prior to joining RealtyCom. Prior to his career in telecommunications, Rush managed an active construction lending portfolio for Wells Fargo Bank. Rush holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Texas A&M University.

Duncan Cannon Duncan Cannon, Building Automation and Technology Manager, Cortland

Duncan brings 12 years of AEC experience in healthcare, institutional, corporate, and multi-family residential working with owners, engineers, and contractors to foster innovative ideas from schematics to realization. He also brings 7 years of IT network consulting including hardware, software and network infrastructure installation, and service. He focuses in determining the client’s needs to deliver the appropriate solution with budget in mind. Duncan has a foundation of creative problem solving, communication, and attention to detail. He holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Director of Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks

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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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. 

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