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Visionary Speakers


Christian Nascimento Christian Nascimento, VP of Product, Comcast Business

Christian Nascimento is Vice President of Product Management & Strategy for Comcast Business, where he is responsible for developing, launching and managing multiple product lines and service offerings used by businesses of all sizes.
 
Christian joined Comcast in 2006, and has held roles in both Consumer and Commercial services. He is currently responsible for the entire suite of Commercial Connectivity and Data solutions, including Internet, Metro-Ethernet, Wi-Fi and LTE. He also has responsibility for Commercial TV and Video Surveillance products. He manages all aspects of the product life cycle, from business development to launch, to analysis and enhancement to ensure growth.
 
He is married with four children, and lives in suburban Philadelphia. Christian holds a Bachelor of Science from Widener University and an MBA from Villanova University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Savi Solutions, Inc, and on the Board of Trustees of Widener University.


Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Director of Connected Home Security, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @bitdefender

Razvan Todor is currently the Director of Connected Home Security at Bitdefender, a global security technology company that provides cybersecurity solutions and advanced threat protection services to over 500 million users in more than 150 countries, from private individuals to the world's largest corporations. Razvan has 11+ years experience in managing large, cross-functional and distributed teams. He comes from a strong product management background with roots in agile methodologies and UI experience & design. He has overseen or was directly involved in launching Bitdefender's top-of-the-line B2C and B2B2C products for the past 5 years, including Bitdefender BOX and the Bitdefender IoT Security Platform, as well as co-branded solutions such as NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender. His current focus is on building and expanding Bitdefender's technology reach through strategic partnerships with leading companies in the IoT & smart home cybersecurity markets.


Speakers


Peter Butler Peter Butler, Senior Program Manager, 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.


Andrew Goldberg Andrew Goldberg, VP of Strategic Planning & Analysis, Cox Communications

Andrew Goldberg is a Vice President and corporate officer at Cox Communications, Inc., the largest, privately held broadband and communications services provider in the U.S.  Andrew leads corporate strategic planning in addition to strategy development for Cox’s B2B divisions.  He is also responsible for Cox’s health care business, with a mission to connect patients’ homes to the care continuum, improving outcomes, efficiency and experience.
 
Andrew began his career at an M&A and strategic alliances advisory boutique serving the software industry. From there, he joined a marketing firm specializing in positioning strategy, customer acquisition, and loyalty.  After receiving his MBA, Andrew joined Bain & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, where he worked with small, medium and Fortune 500 clients to drive revenue growth, improve operating efficiencies, and grow management capabilities.  Andrew entered the communications and media industry through AOL, where he held various leadership roles in its Broadband and Corporate divisions.
 
Andrew is privileged to support and volunteer for several community organizations, including the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation as well as the Future Foundation, which seeks to level the playing field for youth caught in the cycle of generational poverty.
 
Andrew earned an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School and received his undergraduate degree from Emory University.  Andrew, his wife, and two sons live in Alpharetta, GA.


Scott Lever Scott Lever, Founder and CEO, Zobi


James Reno James Reno, Sr. Director - Commercial Business, Alarm.com
Twitter ID: @AlarmDotCom

James Reno is Senior Director of Commercial sales at Alarm.com and a member of the sales leadership team for North America. He joined Alarm.com in early 2019, bringing more than 20 years of management, commercial sales expertise, and channel sales leadership experience to his role with the company. Leading the Commercial sales organization for North America, Reno is responsible for sales efforts to the Alarm.com dealer network, focusing on increased the adoption of the Alarm.com commercial platform with SMB clients. A frequent speaker and trainer, Reno specializes in developing sales strategies that build value for channel partners that deliver a best-in-class solution to the SMB market. Reno has an extensive management background in security technology, building both technical and sales teams. He spent most of his career working at HID Global and served in various sales leadership roles, including Director of Channel Sales and Sr. Director of Business Development & Presales before serving as the Americas Vice President of Sales for the Identity and Access Management business unit.


Sean Robertson Sean Robertson, Product Marketing Manager, ADTRAN


Peter Suica Peter Suica, Director of National and Strategic Accounts, Johnson Controls


JT Taylor JT Taylor, Product Marketing Lead, Synamedia
Twitter ID: @JTTaylor007


Moderators


Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, 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.

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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.


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.


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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QUESTIONS ABOUT SPEAKING?
Please contact Mindi Sue Sternblitz-Rubenstein at Parks Associates or call 972-490-1113.