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Melissa Andresko Melissa Andresko, Chief Corporate Brand Ambassador, Lutron Electronics
Twitter ID: @MelissaAndresko

MELISSA ANDRESKO Chief Corporate Brand Ambassador, Lutron Electronics A 24-year company veteran, Melissa Andresko is Chief Brand Ambassador at Lutron Electronics, the world leader in smart lighting and smart shading control systems for residential and commercial spaces. A dynamic communications strategist, Melissa has spent most of her career driving the adoption of smart home products through various communications vehicles. She frequently appears on national and local news programs and podcasts as a smart home expert and speaks at multiple events and conferences annually, sharing her expertise in the areas of the smart home user experience and product adoption. In her role as Chief Corporate Brand Ambassador, Melissa serves as Lutron's company spokesperson and is responsible for corporate communications, including executive communications and employee communications, employee, customer, and media events, public relations, and celebrity and industry relations. Melissa was named "One of the Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology" by Dealerscope magazine in 2018. In 2019, she was awarded the Women in Consumer Technology Legacy Award, citing her industry contributions spanning two decades, as well as CE Pro magazine's Masters Award. Melissa serves on the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Executive Board and is a member of the CTA Board of Industry Leaders, Smart Home and Accessories Division Boards, and is a CTA Foundation Trustee. With a passion for mentoring and advancing women in the technology field, Melissa mentors women at all career levels to help them become the best version of themselves. Melissa holds bachelors' degree in journalism and political science from Moravian University in Bethlehem, PA. She and her husband, Ross Mabon, reside in Pennsylvania.


Steve Burger Steve Burger, AVP of Business Development & Connected Health, Internet of Things (IoT) Organization, AT&T

Steve is President and Co-Founder of Aided, Inc., a start-up venture focused on providing comprehensive remote monitoring and concierge services for the Aging-in-Place segment. Aided provides a full suite of 360-degree monitoring for Health/Safety/Security/Comfort, along with a community support network to help families navigate the difficult journey of providing support for aging loved ones. Prior to Aided he spent several years at AT&T and was a founding member of the Internet of Things (IoT) organization and built AT&T's Connected Health group which provided connectivity and integrated solutions to a wide variety of medical and health devices. This resulted in AT&T becoming an industry leader in the Connected Health ecosystem, while establishing AT&T as the market share leader for connectivity in the U.S. Under his leadership, AT&T also launched the AT&T Connected Health Innovations Center on the campus of the Texas Medical Center Innovations Institute, which provided resources and a collaborative environment for business partners to develop and quickly evaluate go-to-market solutions. Steve has also appeared as a keynote speaker and panelist at multiple Connected Health events and also served on several health and industry boards. Prior to his work in IoT, Steve also led business development efforts for new and emerging distribution opportunities for AT&T's MVNO market and AT&T Prepaid products, with the addition of over 50,000 points of distribution with major national retail organizations. Prior to AT&T, Steve was a marketing executive in the restaurant industry, leading marketing communications and field marketing for Hardee's Restaurants and Arby's. 


Martin DeBono Martin DeBono, President, GAF Energy
Twitter ID: @gafenergy

Martin began his career in alternative energy in a somewhat unorthodox place: as a decorated officer on a nuclear submarine in the U.S. Navy. He has held sales and marketing positions at various tech companies, including Cisco, Siebel, Insightful and Pure Networks. Prior to running GAF Energy, he headed SunPower's residential North American business and global commercial business and served as President of SunPower Capital. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and has a BS from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Harvard University. His favorite roof is the top of his bike helmet when he's out on the mountain bike trails in British Columbia.


Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Senior Director, Product Management, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Tyco's Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a global team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in both residential and commercial markets.


Mark Francis Mark Francis, Chief Digital Health Integration Officer, Electronic Caregiver
Twitter ID: @m_francis

Mark Francis is Chief Digital Health Integration Officer for Electronic Caregiver, an innovative digital health company. Mark has 20+ years of experience as a product innovator for companies such as Amazon, Intel, Age Wave, and Health Hero Network. Mark is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Pittsburgh. He has been awarded 17 patents.


Jeff Holleran Jeff Holleran, VP Product, SAM Seamless Network

Jeff Holleran is the VP Product for SAM Seamless Network, where he leads both SAM's product roadmap and the implementation of core products for strategic partners. With broad go to market experience across enterprise software and services companies including Kognitiv, BlackBerry, Sykes and GTE, Jeff specializes in delivering products that solve business challenges. He has a diverse background with roles across sales, product management, corporate strategy and leading business development for transformational M&A activities. Jeff has built expertise in translating the power and impact of cyber security for today's world into value added services for telecommunications companies that ultimately benefit end users. Jeff holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology.


Christopher Keefe Christopher Keefe, Director, Offer Management & Strategy, Schneider Electric

Chris has spent the last 10 years driving residential product development and strategy for Schneider Electric in North America. His current focus is to simplify the complexity of incorporating renewable energy and energy storage into homes and developing digital tools to better manage energy usage. Passionate about solving the climate crisis, he is committed to ensuring our homes play a key role in a sustainable future.


Abe Kinney Abe Kinney, Senior Director, Product Management, Alarm.com


Liz Kohler Liz Kohler, Founder, Nexion Solutions

Liz Kohler, Founder, Nexion Solutions, has more than 17 years of experience in product marketing, product development and communications in the personal emergency response and healthcare technology spaces. In addition, she has worked with domestic violence prevention organizations in the Milwaukee area, as well as in Victim Services within the District Attorney's Office in Milwaukee. 


Tray Leslie Tray Leslie, Renewable Development Manager - Customer Engagement, Georgia Power
Twitter ID: @GeorgiaPower

Tray Leslie serves as the Manager of Renewable and Resiliency Customer Programs for Georgia Power Company. In this role, Tray leads a team responsible for the development and implementation of all customer renewable programs, distributed energy resources programs, residential and commercial solar analysis and interconnection of customer and company owned distributed energy resource projects.


Dan McCaffrey Dan McCaffrey, Vice President of Digital Health and Software, Omron Healthcare

Dan McCaffrey is the Vice President of Digital Health and Software at OMRON Healthcare, Inc., where he leads the digital health organization for the world’s number one blood pressure monitor brand. At OMRON, McCaffrey focuses on growing the business; innovation of the company’s digital health products and services such as the OMRON Connect app; adoption of VitalSight, OMRON’s first remote patient monitoring service.
 
McCaffrey is a recognized digital health pioneer who was instrumental in helping fortune 500 companies build IoT technology infrastructure and in helping the FDA modernize its regulatory approach to digital health and medical devices. He has dedicated his academic and professional careers to the study of behavioral neuroscience, analyzing how technology and personalized data can empower people to make better health related decisions as Dan now focuses on discovering new ways to engage and motivate OMRON consumers to monitor their blood pressure regularly and manage their hypertension.


Justin McKinney Justin McKinney, CEO & Co-Founder, Ivani
Twitter ID: @IvaniUSA

Justin McKinney is an experienced business leader, entrepreneur, and innovator. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Ivani, the technology company leading the Sensing as a Service model in IoT. As co-inventor of dozens of patents, Justin has successfully driven the innovation process at multiple companies through a focus on end-user wants and needs while balancing the trade-offs inherent to business operations. Justin holds a BA from Principia College and Executive MBA from Washington University in St Louis.


Lee Miller Lee Miller, Vice President of Sales, RealPage

Lee Miller is currently serving as the vice president of sales for WhiteSky and Stratis, both RealPage companies, and is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of the smart building platform at RealPage. He oversees a global team of technical sales directors and solutions representatives. Prior to joining Stratis, Miller was a part of the Control4 Europe team. Based in London, he helped shape and define the sales strategies and teams within the EMEA Market, primarily focusing on single residential and multi-family technology.


Michelle Mindala-Freeman Michelle Mindala-Freeman, Head of Marketing & Member Services, Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA)
Twitter ID: @freeman5i

Michelle serves as the Alliance’s Head of Marketing and Member Services, helping to both promote the Alliance mission, standards and solutions and drive the growth and success of IoT for the benefit of members, consumers and the marketplace at large. As an executive in the telecom, energy & professional services industries, she has built & lead teams across marketing, strategy, brand, customer experience, and go-to-market. Having worked in industry and in consulting for over 25 years, including time at AT&T, Capgemini and Microsoft, she brings a wealth of experience, perspectives, and a passion for the Alliance’s mission to build the foundation and the future of IoT. Michelle received her BA from Miami University (Ohio), her MBA in Strategy & Organizational Behavior from the University of Chicago and is currently a Visiting Scholar at CDAIT, the IoT Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, a personal trainer and Strongman competitor.


Mehaul Patel Mehaul Patel, CEO/Board Director, Minim, Inc.
Twitter ID: @MinimSecure

Mehul Patel is the CEO at Minim, Inc., an AI-driven IoT so;ftware solutions developer and creator of hardware products sold under the Motorola brand. An accomplished, highly motivated global business leader, Mehul possesses an exceptional record of building competitive and profitable businesses through strong financial management. His career spans more than 22 years of varied experience in financial management, business leadership, supply chain and operations, and corporate strategy.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mehul served as CFO of the company, overseeing all financial functions, including accounting, auditing, treasury, corporate finance and investor relations.

Before joining Minim, Patel was Vice President of Supply Chain Finance & Transformation for Verifone, a ~$1.6B FinTech company that provides end-to-end payment and commerce solutions to global retail brands, major financial institutions and over 600,000 merchants worldwide. His efforts translated into annual savings of over $5M per year for the company.

Prior to his time at Verifone, Patel rose through the ranks of Motorola, starting as Senior Accountant and progressing to Finance Director for the Telecom Consumer Premise Equipment (CPE) business unit, assuming primary responsibility for P&L and financial operations for ~$1.6B in revenue worldwide.
During his 18 years at Motorola, he was a part of over six acquisitions and saw the company’s name change from Motorola Home to Motorola Mobility, a Google Company, to ARRIS and in 2019 to CommScope. The company grew during those years through organic and accretive growth from ~$2B to ~$7B.

Mehul earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting with a concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS) from The Pennsylvania State University. He lives in the Philadelphia area, along with his wife and two boys.
 


Kevin Po Kevin Po, Group Product Manager, Google

Kevin Po is a group product manager on the Google Nest team. His focus area includes smart home technologies and is Google's product lead for the Matter initiative. He previously held a variety of engineering leadership roles within Nest and Google. Kevin also serves as Google's representative on the Board of Directors for the Connectivity Standards Alliance and is also Google's alternate board representative for the Thread Group.


Kevin Po Kevin Po, Group Product Manager, Google

Kevin Po is a group product manager on the Google Nest team. His focus area includes smart home technologies and is Google's product lead for the Matter initiative. He previously held a variety of engineering leadership roles within Nest and Google. Kevin also serves as Google's representative on the Board of Directors for the Connectivity Standards Alliance and is also Google's alternate board representative for the Thread Group.


Vickie Rodgers Vickie Rodgers, Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communities, Cox Communications

As part of the Cox Communications Residential Sales and Marketing executive leadership team, Vickie is responsible for the long-term vision and strategy for the Multifamily and New Build segments. Cox Communities is responsible for building high trust, long-term relationships with builders, owners, property managers, and consultants to act as their the “Trusted Advisor” in supporting them with optimizing rents, occupancy, and net operating income. They accomplish this by conducting joint research, developing specialized technology and automation solutions, and supporting owners in future-proofing their properties with technology.  Her organization consists of Strategy, Operations and Sales Execution while influencing Cox’s specialized product roadmap. Her team is known for innovation, strategic partnering, and growth.
 
Prior to her role at Cox, Vickie held various executive roles leading Strategy, Operations, and Sales at Fortune 500 companies such as Time Warner Cable, BellSouth, and Sprint.


Michael Rovito Michael Rovito, CEO, Dwelo

Mike is the CEO at Dwelo (dwell-oh). Dwelo provides smart apartments to the owners and managers of multifamily communities. Prior to Dwelo, Mike led Infisense. An internet of things startup for measuring and verifying energy savings in buildings. Mike also worked as a consultant at ERS, where he helped commercial real estate owners invest in energy efficiency.


Akash Sah Akash Sah, Chief Procurement Officer, Brinks Home

Akash joined Brinks Home Security in July 2020, with more than 20 years of operations management experience. 
 
Most recently, Akash was the Head of Manufacturing Operations at Bossa Nova Robotics (a San Francisco Bay-area based startup) where he scaled their production capacity more than 5X and reduced the product cost by over 20 percent during his tenure. Prior to that, Akash was a management consultant for 6 years (Ernst & Young and McKinsey & Company) focused on operational performance improvement, and has also worked with Applied Materials, Align Technology, and Primus Power.
 
Akash has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nagpur University (India), a masters in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell, and a MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.


Atul Singh Atul Singh, GM for Digital Health, LG Electronics
Twitter ID: @_atulsingh

Atul Singh is General Manager of Digital Health at LG NOVA, a new Silicon Valley based innovation center of LG Electronics, where he leads strategy, execution and delivery of digital health solutions in several healthcare verticals. Atul has been in the healthcare industry for 25 years focusing on developing technology-enabled products and services that improve patient health and create value. He holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri - Columbia and is a regular presenter at digital health events.


Jen Theobald Jen Theobald, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Rapid Response Monitoring

Jen Theobold, currently Director of Strategic Partnerships at Rapid Response Monitoring, has been in the security industry for over 15 years. Her experience is comprehensive and includes development in Sales, Business Development, Product Management, Strategy, as well as Mergers and Acquisitions.

Jen has held strategic roles at Bold Technologies, Rapid Response Monitoring, Milestone Systems, Axis Communications and Comcast Business before returning to Rapid Response in her current role.

Her guideposts in the development of her career have provided a perspective focusing on corporate future, industry evolution, market trends and culture development… an organizational roadmap to success.  


Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Sr. Director, Connected Homes Security, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @bitdefender

Razvan Todor is a Product and Business Management Leader with over 15 years of software industry experience. He is currently the Vice President of the B2B2C division at Bitdefender, a global security technology company that serves over 500 million us-ers in over 150 countries with cybersecurity solutions and advanced threat protection services. Since joining the company, Razvan has held several key management positions at Bitdefender, focusing on both business and consumers. For the past five years, he has overseen or been directly involved in the launch of Bitdefender's top-tier B2C and B2B2C products, such as Bitdefender BOX and the Bitdefender IoT Security Plat-form, as well as co-branded solutions such as NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitde-fender. His current mission is to build and expand Bitdefender's technological reach through strategic partnerships with industry leaders in the IoT and smart home cyber-security markets.


Eric Villines Eric Villines, Head of Global Communications, Anker Innovations

Eric Villines is the head of global communications at Anker Innovations, a Chinese unicorn company and the world's number one mobile charging brand. An author and award-winning communications strategist with over 25 years of experience work-ing across various industries, such as entertainment, consumer electronics, profes-sional services, and finance, his work has been recognized with numerous PR and marketing awards, including the PRSA Silver Anvil, Mercury Award, Stevie Award, The Holmes Report SABRE Award, and more.


Andrew Vloyanetes Andrew Vloyanetes, GM of Installed Solutions, Ring
Twitter ID: @Ring

Andrew Vloyanetes has spent the last 20 years in consumer electronics working in both B2C and B2B environments. Currently, he is the General Manager for the Installed Solutions business at Ring, overseeing the go-to-market strategy and execution for the entire Pro Installer business globally, including the custom installer vertical, security vertical, and National Homebuilder vertical. Prior to this role, he spent 10 years at Sonos working across multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, training, and business development. At Sonos, Vloyanetes was given the creative freedom to help lead the future direction of the company, including overseeing the team that manages the Works with Sonos platform, which allows Sonos to partner with thought leaders in the connected home industry on a product and go-to-market level. Andrew has a true passion for IoT products and utilizing them to improve the lives of users and, at Ring, he's able to embrace this passion to work toward the compan's mission of making neighborhoods safer.


Aaron Warren Aaron Warren, Principal, Channel Development, Constellation


Adam Weinstein Adam Weinstein, Executive Sales Manager, Sonnen

Adam Weinstein is an Executive Sales Manager at sonnen, where he oversees sales across multiple channels and geographies. His passion for sustainable building practices and emerging technology fuels his success in the workplace where he helps solve complex energy problems and moves a growing base of people toward energy independence. Prior to sonnen, Adam began his career in Information Technology at Lutron Electronics and found his true calling in renewable energy, transitioning into sales with SolarCity/Tesla and ultimately sonnen in 2017. Adam lives in Colorado where he enjoys snowboarding and live music in his free time.


Ian Wheelock Ian Wheelock, Engineering Fellow, CommScope

Ian Wheelock is an Engineering Fellow in CommScope's Home Network CTO team. He has been part of broadband industry since 1999 and has helped architect and deliver numerous networking platforms and CPE products over that time. His extensive background in development and innovation helps to drive CommScope's newest networking solutions, while also engaging with customers on technology directions, standards and innovations. Ian's recent work areas include new Wi-Fi options, virtualisation and containerisation, DOCSIS, xPON, FWA,and IOT as well as key software aspects of platforms including software stacks (RDK, prplOS, OpenWrt), rap service and network management. Ian also represents CommScope in standards groups such as CableLabs, Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), Broadband Forum (BBF), SCTE/SCTE-EU and the Wi-Fi Alliance. He is also a member of the prpl Foundation since 2016, and was recently voted on the prpl Foundation Board of Directors. 


Paul Williams Paul Williams, Chief Product Officer, Nice, North America

Paul Williams is a visionary leader with a proven track record of leading organizations to high-growth results through building teams with clear objectives and support of the overall vision. Paul’s career spans startups to Fortune 500 companies. Paul joined Nice/Nortek Control in 2022, where he serves as the Chief Product Officer. In this role he leads product management teams and develops the product road map across all brands. Paul excels at aligning real world problems and anticipating customer needs to create unique and innovative solutions.
 
Paul previously served as GE Lighting’s GM of Product Management and Growth where he was charged with reimagining lighting solutions. In three years, Paul’s team created a DIY smart home ecosystem with innovative products and scaled the consumer mobile app, taking it from just 30,000 users to more than 2 million. During his 14 years of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of smart home solutions, he was instrumental in building the company from a startup to IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.


Alex Yang Alex Yang, Co-Founder and COO, Tuya

Since 2015, Alex has been in charge of business operations, international marketing, and global business expansion, and he is directly responsible for the growth of Tuya U.S Headquarters. Before Tuya, Alex held several management roles at Alibaba. He was responsible for marketing, channel management, and operations in several corporate strategic business units, including e-commerce cloud, cloud OS, and mobile payments. Alex has more than a decade of experience in international operations and digital marketing for the internet and manufacturing industry.


Charlotte Yeh, M.D. Charlotte Yeh, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, AARP Services Inc.

Dr. Charlotte Yeh is the Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, Inc.  In her role, Dr. Yeh works with the independent carriers that make health-related products and services available to AARP members, to identify programs and initiatives that will lead to enhanced care for older adults
 
Dr. Yeh has more than 30 years of healthcare experience – as a practitioner and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, as the Medical Director for the National Heritage Insurance Company, a Medicare Part B claims contractor, and as the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Boston.
 
Dr. Yeh is widely recognized for her commitment to and passion for the healthcare consumer and has received numerous honors and awards for her efforts on behalf of patients.  As a health care leader, she has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career, and currently sits on the Optum Labs Scientific Advisory Board.  She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders, the Personal Connected Health Alliance Board of Managers and Board of Directors for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care.
 
Dr. Yeh received a BA from Northwestern University and her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School.  She completed her internship in General Surgery at the University of Washington and her residency in Emergency Medicine at UCLA.


2022 Speakers


Nikki Ahmadi Nikki Ahmadi, Sr. Director of Product, Universal Electronics

Nikki  is the Sr. Director of Product - Cloud & Entertainment at Universal Electronics. She works with a global team of talented engineers, architects and product folks in designing and implementing innovative solutions that help everyday people easily discover and interact with devices and services in their home . After spending over a decade working in product engineering and management for multimillion dollar technology and start-up companies, Nikki believes what truly drives innovation is not only a commitment to technological breakthroughs but also people’s passion in improving everyday lives by building products that leave a lasting impact, disrupt the industry, and are vehicles of change, while providing the best user experience. 
 
When Nikki isn’t working, she is spending much needed time with friends and family discussing the latest politics, or simply the meaning of life. She’s an adventurous traveler who also enjoys capturing moments through photography.


Yaniv Amir Yaniv Amir, President, Essence USA

Mr. Amir founded Essence USA Inc. in 2012 and opened the North American region for Essence. He has over 13 years of experience in the Security and Care markets in management positions at technology companies. In 2013, the Worldwide Who's Who organization proclaimed Yaniv Amir as the Executive of the year representing the Security Solutions Industry. He holds a BA and MSc Summa cum laude in Computer Science both from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel.


Ian Bryant Ian Bryant, Residential, Commercial, & IoT Technology Specialist
Twitter ID: @CEDIAian

Ian Bryant started in the AV/Integration industry in the live sound and stage sector in 1998. He migrated into residential integration in 2001 and then into commercial, government and higher education integration in 2010 with his company ZenArray specializing in consulting, system design, control system programming and DSP configurations. Ian has volunteered through his career as a subject matter expert, has sat on numerous panels and working groups, mostly with CEDIA where he was awarded volunteer of the year in 2011 and 2016.


Laura Buffard Laura Buffard, Sr. Director Connected Home Product Line, NAGRA

Laura Buffard is spear-heading the Kudelski Group’s Connected Home proposition which blends elements of the Group’s payTV, IoT and CyberSecurity business units. Through the NAGRA Scout proposition, Laura is engaging with operators worldwide who, focussed on digital home propositions, are looking to strengthen their ARPU and offer greater value as their subscribers increasingly lead often complex digital lives.


Tali Chen Tali Chen, Co-founder, 2Seas
Twitter ID: @ChenDsp

Tali brings nearly two decades of executive management experience to DSP Group as a strong voice in the semiconductor industry. With a keen ability to multitask, strategize and oversee worldwide teams and customers, she lends her expertise and passion to her position as Chief Marketing Officer, where she manages also the IoT business line, European business development, sales and marketing, heads up DSP Group's US operations and corporate management. Prior to this role, she was the CVP Corporate Development. Before joining DSP Group, Tali was Director of Commercial Legal Affairs at RADA Electronic Industries, a Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, the founding manager of the "Atidim for Industry" program, and an intern at the IDF Ombudsman's office. Tali holds an LLB in Law and Government with honors from the prestigious Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya and an MBA from Technion Israel Institute of Technology.


Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Senior Director, Product Management, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Tyco's Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a global team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in both residential and commercial markets.


Jean-Marc Druesne Jean-Marc Druesne, Founder-CEO of Bbalance; CMO of Baracoda Daily Healthtech, Baracoda Daily Healthtech
Twitter ID: @BaracodaGroup

Jean-Marc Druesne is CMO of Baracoda Daily Healthtech, a company working to improve the lives and health status of people around the world with technology as the driver.
 
As part of this mission, Jean-Marc leads the team at Baracoda Labs (BLabs), an incubator and accelerator, for new startup projects, with a speed-to-market open innovation strategy. He is also responsible for building the identity of Baracoda Daily Healthtech, and is the founder and CEO of BBalance, the world’s first smart bath mat.
 
Jean-Marc has been working in the tech and creative industries for more than 20 years, building and helping startups to scale projects through his company Octoly, a micro-influencer marketing SaaS platform with a fully-integrated product marketplace. Before that he held senior management positions at Google and, earlier in his career, Jean-Marc worked as managing director for EMI Music.
 
Jean-Marc continues to support the arts and Paris’ cultural scene, collaborating on artistic direction projects. In 2018 he launched Leroy République, an art project documenting skateboarding culture and modern families.
 
Jean-Marc earned a master's degree in International Marketing and Business Management at EDHEC. He thrives on new challenges, and creates high-performing teams capable of disrupting the status quo by working step-by-step to reach ambitious goals.


Jason Elliott Jason Elliott, Head of Portfolio and Partnership Marketing, Nokia
Twitter ID: @jre_elliott

At Nokia, Jason works with multi-disciplined teams and industry partners to promote our vision and technology leadership. Inspired by the power of people and technology he strives to ensure that all types of audiences from consumers to technology professionals to board members have the knowledge they need to be successful.
 
With two decades of I.T and wireless communications expertise he has made several notable contributions, delivering many industry firsts. He works to educate and collaborate on how technology can be used to realize new business opportunities, and address sustainability goals towards a better future for all. 
Prior to joining Nokia, Jason held several lead roles in the CIO organization at Lucent technologies/Alcatel Lucent, overseeing large I.T infrastructure deployments and then moving into the wireless division developing 3G and 4G proof of concept systems.
 
Enjoys traveling the world and experiencing different cultures. When he is at home you’ll find him in the Boston, MA area either trying out a new restaurant or running to offset his latest dining experience! 


Stephen Eyre Stephen Eyre, VP, Partner Community, Calix
Twitter ID: @TheCalixNetwork

As VP Calix Partner Ecosystem, Stephen is responsible for coordinating the various partner activities and initiatives across Calix into one coherent ecosystem that is beneficial for all participants.
 
A veteran of many aspects of the ITC industry including 10 years in banking, 10 years in telecommunications and 15 years at Microsoft,  Stephen's 25+ year career has encompassed phases as varied as expert system programming, IT and capital markets consulting, systems architecture, alliance creation and management,  IoT Solutions Ecosystem creation, and, most recently, three years helping to build the Calix Cloud and Smart Home business at Calix. Stephen has three wonderful daughters aged 29, 37 & 38, plays as much soccer and golf as possible, and is an avid supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays & Raptors, the New York Islanders, and most of all, Chelsea FC.


Samantha Fein Samantha Fein, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing , Samsung SmartThings

Samantha Fein is an Internet executive and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in scaling brands from early stage through explosive growth with a focus on marketing, GTM strategy and business development. She is currently Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Samsung SmartThings, and is responsible for developing innovative go-to-market strategy and forging partnerships that will help shape the future of smart home. Samantha serves on the Board of Directors for the Connectivity Standards Alliance, is a board member of Thread Group, and is a leading sponsor of the Matter initiative.


Jonathan Freeland Jonathan Freeland, VPGM, Cox Homelife

Jonathan Freeland is the VP/GM, Cox Homelife at Cox Communications in Atlanta. Freeland is responsible for driving the overall subscriber and revenue growth of Cox Homelife which provides residential monitored security and home automation services within Cox's national footprint. Freeland joined Cox Communications in 1995 as a sales representative in Hampton Roads, VA. He successfully performed in a variety of sales and marketing roles and has over a decade of senior leadership experience at Cox as a regional vice president of marketing and sales in three different Cox regions. Freeland earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and an MBA in marketing from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from Cox's Executive Development program, and he has also completed CTAM U at Harvard Business 


Michael Don Ham Michael Don Ham, Co-Founder & President, RePure

Michael Don Ham is the Co-Founder and President of RePure, a leading supplier of best-in-class wellness technology solutions for residential applications available through professional installers. Ham has a degree majoring in Kinesiology with a minor in Nutrition and has spent the past two decades in the field of health and wellness, serving in leadership roles within the non-profit, organic farming, custom integration and consumer packaged goods sectors. Michael is part of the International WELL Building Institute as an Accredited Professional and Faculty member as well as with Fitwel as an Ambassador to increase awareness of how the spaces where we live, work, study and play can impact our health and to share his passion for continuous improvement through people and planet-centric design and technology. He has a deep background in regenerative organic agriculture, indoor air quality, water quality and other important aspects of wellness technology for the home. Michael has been invited to speak about wellness and technology at IAQA, TecHome Builder Summits, Housing Innovation Alliance, GreenHome Institute, LivABLE Design Summit, CES 2021, CES 2022, CEDIA, Science in Design Summit and the World Tea Expo.


Warren Hill Warren Hill, VP Marketing and Partner Development, Alula

Warren Hill has spent 15 years in the security industry with experience in Marketing, Product and Program Management. He is currently the VP of Marketing and Partner Development for Alula. Prior to joining Alula he spent time with GE Security and Interlogix. He enjoys hiking, biking, golfing and a number of other outdoor activities.


Mitchell Klein Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
Twitter ID: @Mitchell_Klein

Mitchell Klein is a leader in smart home and IoT, dedicating his career to educating the industry, creating and implementing strategic business programs and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. Mitch’s career has included systems integration management to business strategy and development, but above all he is a 30+ year industry veteran in IoT, consumer electronics, home automation, and the integrator market. In his current role as executive director of the Z-Wave Alliance, he leads a member consortium of global companies supporting the Z-Wave smart home standard. Mitch is a CEDIA Fellow and committee chair – in 2019, he was awarded the CEDIA Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of work supporting the custom integrator channel. Mitch is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications, podcasts, and a presenter and panelist at key industry events including CES, CEDIA, ISE, Parks CONNECTIONS Summit, and many more.


Kabir Maiga Kabir Maiga, Co-Founder, PassiveBolt

Kabir Maiga is the Co-Founder of PassiveBolt, a technology company looking to pioneer a proper Tier 1 supplier class in access control and security, similar to the automotive industry. He is a devout innovator and envisions an entirely keyless future. Lock manufacturers and platforms (e.g. home security) are poised to build the keyless future. PassiveBolt supports them by supplying the picks & shovels. Kabir Maiga and his team invented and patented several smart access technologies and innovations. They have also won CES 2020 Innovation Awards, CES 2021 Innovations Awards, IoT World Best Consumer Technology nomination and more. He was recognized by Forbes in 2021 in the Forbes Next 1000 list. Kabir Maiga was formerly Technical Lead at Continental Automotive were he and his team developed keyless entry technologies currently deployed in over 120 million cars globally. He started the PassiveBolt project within Continental and later spun off – with Continental as lead investor. He has over 13 years of business and engineering experience. He worked in engineering in the auto industry, in finance on Wall Street, and built technology companies. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and a Masters Degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.


Tyson Marian Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer, Plume Design Inc.
Twitter ID: @plume

Tyson Marian is Chief Commercial Officer at Plume. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the fast-moving technology sector, he drives the growth, core business strategy and P&L for the company. Having held a number of senior management and board-level positions at leading media and telecommunications companies, Tyson initially served on Plume’s Board of Directors before joining full-time to spearhead the company’s commercial operations.
 
Having developed a strong commercial acumen as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Tyson’s most recent appointment, prior to joining Plume, was at Comcast Corporation where he was responsible for identifying, deploying and commercialising emerging technologies primarily for Comcast’s consumer services portfolio. Tyson holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Southern California.


Cristina Martinho Cristina Martinho, Vice President, Performance Marketing, Minim, Inc.

Cristina Martinho is the Vice President of Marketing Performance at Minim. She is responsible for all aspects of Minim's omni channel marketing and Ecommerce business and has successfully grown Minim's ecommerce and international market presence. Before joining Minim, Cristina has worked in various roles including, brand management, category management, customer marketing and ecommerce for L'oreal, COTY and DS Laboratories. Cristina has served on the board of directors for the YWCA of South Florida. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Northeastern University, a Digital Marketing Degree from NYU and an MBA from Florida International University in Miami Florida.


Blake Miller Blake Miller, Founder & CEO, Homebase
Twitter ID: @HomebaseAI

Blake Miller is the Founder of Homebase.ai a resident experience and connected building solution for the multi-family housing industry. Blake is also the host of The Future of Living Podcast. Prior to Homebase Blake was a Partner at Think Big, a startup incubator in Kansas City, MO. At Think Big, Blake led the incubator program investing in and advising early stage startups. In 2012, Blake led the Kansas City Smart City Initiative, a public private partnership led by Cisco, deploying smart city technologies in Downtown Kansas City, MO, creating one of the worlds largest smart cities and winning a 2017 Edison Award for innovation. Blake has been recognized as the Tech Connector of the Year by the KC Tech Council and Next Gen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal.


Sean Miller Sean Miller, CEO and Co-Founder, Griot Technology
Twitter ID: @Sean_T_Miller

Sean Miller is the CEO and co-founder of Griot, a startup focused on delivering AI-powered communication and knowledge-capture tools specifically designed for field technicians. Griot helps skilled trades get jobs done right and on time.
 
Before Griot, Sean was the President of PointCentral, a subsidiary of Alarm.com, since January 2017. During his time at PointCentral, Sean grew the company by over 700%, while building the team to over 40 people and driving the business unit to profitability. Prior to PointCentral, Sean led global sales and business development for WeMo, Belkin’s IoT business unit, where Wemo grew the total number of households that had a WeMo by over 3x in less than 24 months. Before WeMo, Sean held several positions with Generac, including leading the creation of a new IOT/M2M business unit called MobileLink that connected the company’s standby generators to customers, dealers and Generac corporation.
 
Sean has an MBA from Kenan-Flagler at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Occidental College. Sean resides in the Los Angeles area of California with his wife and their two lovely daughters.


Dr. Ann Marie Olivo Dr. Ann Marie Olivo, Marketing Director, North America, Tuya Smart

Ann is the Marketing Director for North America for Tuya Smart. She is responsible for driving localized initiatives in public relations, strategic partnerships, lead generation, and branding in the North American region. Previously, she served as the Marketing Director for the Connectivity Standards Alliance where she brought IoT solutions to market with global smart home industry leaders and helped to launch the Matter initiative. She also holds a PhD in Linguistics from Rice University.


Wannie Park Wannie Park, CEO, Zen Ecosystems
Twitter ID: @HelloInspire

Wannie Park is the CEO of Zen Ecosystems, an energy management platform that helps small to medium businesses take control of their energy usage while meeting sustainability goals. Wannie is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in energy, renewables, IoT and SaaS. He's passionate about leveraging technology to make a tangible impact against climate change by redefining the way businesses interact with energy. Prior to Zen, Wannie was Vice President of Corporate and Business Development at Inspire Energy where he was responsible for growth and partnerships. Prior to joining Inspire, Wannie was SVP of Business Development at CEIVA Energy, a SaaS-based demand response and energy efficiency provider. Wannie graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Economics and earned his Master's in Business from USC and Environmental Law degree from the UCLA School of Law.


Rick Plummer Rick Plummer, Director, Home Services, CenterPoint Energy

Rick Plummer is CenterPoint Energy’s Director of Home Services. He leads a unique Home Services P&L including CenterPoint Energy's own Home Service Plus in Minnesota and similar partnership-based programs in Indiana, Ohio, Mississippi, and Texas. Rick joined the company in 2018, previously heading up Home Services’ businesses at Nicor Services and Direct Energy.


Bethany Schoengarth Bethany Schoengarth, Marketing Director, Healium XR

Digital marketing and communication strategist who leads the marketing strategy for the world’s first immersive media channel powered by wearables.


Oz Yildirim Oz Yildirim, EVP & General Manager of North America, Airties Wireless Networks
Twitter ID: @Airties

Oz Yildirim is the Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Americas Business Unit of Airties.  Prior to this role, Oz served as CMO, where he oversaw the company’s significant expansion with leading U.S. service providers (including AT&T), new distribution partners, and office opening in Texas. He joined Airties in 2004 and was one of the first employees in the company. Oz served in numerous leadership roles across product management, R&D, and customer services management and previously oversaw Airties’ product portfolio. 
 
Mr. Yildirim holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.


Rafi Zauer Rafi Zauer, Head of Marketing, Essence
Twitter ID: @Essence_grp

Rafi Zauer is Head of Essence's Marketing, overseeing the company's global positioning and brand, product marketing, market strategy and supporting Essence customers with go to market services. Rafi has 15 years of experience in market and business analysis, defining technology companies' market vision and executing business strategies. Prior to this, Rafi held various positions in strategic marketing in a leading international security electronics company and has also managed to be part of the renewable energy revolution, developing distribution channels and investments in Solar Photovoltaic plants around the world.