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Demetrios Barnes Demetrios Barnes, COO and Co-Founder, SmartRent
Twitter ID: @SmartRentdotcom

Demetrios Barnes is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SmartRent, where he leads the support, marketing, field operations, and account services teams. With over a decade of experience in property management operations, he is passionate about helping owners and operators understand the innovations technology can produce, while forging strong interpersonal relationships and participating in thought leadership discussions.
 
Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was Vice President of Technology for Colony Starwood Homes, Previously, Mr. Barnes was Director of Property Management and Technology with Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, and a Regional Manager for several multifamily companies. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.


Juan Pablo Boz Juan Pablo Boz, Chief Marketing Officer, Nice Group


Mark Owen Burson Mark Owen Burson, VP, Marketing & Product Management, Nice

Mark Owen Burson is a veteran marketer with over 15-years of experience with large, global corporations and high-tech start-ups. He joined Nice in Summer of 2019 as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for North America and is responsible for Nice, HySecurity, and abode brands as well as associated divisions. Prior to joining the group, Mark was Director of Marketing at Zones, Inc., a $2B global solutions provider, and was responsible for partner programs, digital marketing, communications, and sales training. His progressive marketing career began at global corporations, like Xerox and InFocus, where he pioneered social media marketing strategy and increased sales through innovative channel programs. Mark also has experience working with technology start-ups such as Extreme Reach, an advertising SaaS company, where his role in product marketing contributed directly to the company being recognized as an Inc. 500|5000 fastest growing company for two consecutive years. Having grown up working in and around small businesses, he also operates as a consultant to local companies in need of marketing or technology services. Mark has a B.A. in Marketing from Portland State University, an M.B.A. in International Business Management from Washington State University and has a basic proficiency in Japanese language. In his spare time, he enjoys camping, hiking, and hosting dinner gatherings for friends and family with his wife Lisa.


Daniel Cooley Daniel Cooley, Chief Technology Officer, Silicon Labs

Daniel Cooley serves as Chief Technology Officer for Silicon Labs, where he is responsible for the company’s overall research and development strategy and execution. Cooley is a respected IoT industry visionary and has been instrumental in building the unmatched breadth and depth of the company’s wireless connectivity portfolio. Previously, Daniel served as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, where he led Silicon Labs’ overall strategy, corporate development, M&A, emerging markets, and security. Prior to that, Daniel led Silicon Labs’ IoT business as Senior Vice President and General Manager. Since 2005, Cooley has served in a variety of engineering and business leadership positions at Silicon Labs in the US, Asia and Europe. He has an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and holds four patents in radio and low-power technology. Daniel currently serves on the board of directors for the Thinkery, Texas 4000, and the Texas Crew Foundation.


Shane Eleniak Shane Eleniak, SVP Revenue Edge Products & Calix Cloud, Calix

Shane is the Senior Vice President of Revenue EDGE Products at Calix. Shane is responsible for both the Premises and Cloud businesses and leads the teams responsible for the EXOS and Calix Cloud Platforms including Strategy, Product Management, Engineering and Cloud Operations. He has more than 25 years of experience creating software and networking innovation. Prior to joining Calix, Shane was the Group Vice President of the Advanced Broadband Solutions (ABS) business unit at CommScope, responsible for all edge, access and CPE products within the Broadband Division. Earlier in his career, Shane was EVP of Marketing and Business Development for Alloptic where he was the corporate officer responsible for all product and commercial operations. Shane previously held several key executive management positions in marketing, product management, business development and engineering at such industry leaders as Corrigent Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, and Telus. Shane holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta.


David Friedman David Friedman, Chairman, Ayla
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks
Website: http://www.aylanetworks.com/

David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.

Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.


Todd Grantham Todd Grantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Plume Design, Inc.

Todd Grantham is Chief Marketing Officer at Plume. He brings over 20 years of experience in the marketing industry to spearhead the company’s global marketing strategy. Spanning both consumer and business-to-business channels, Todd brings the power of creativity to solve business and communications problems, having worked in senior leadership roles at a number of companies from Fortune 100 to start-ups. His role at Plume touches partner marketing, advertising, creative direction, branding, product marketing and communications with the objective of maintaining Plume’s position as a global innovator and leading intelligent smart home services platform for both consumers and internet service providers.
 
Prior to Plume, Todd held positions at Hound Labs, a scientific research and device company, led business development and strategy at Literati, and drove the transformation of marketing agency DBB in San Francisco, creating marketing strategies for major technology brands including Qualcomm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Nicole Hayward Zheng Nicole Hayward Zheng, Founder & CMO, Minim
Twitter ID: @nicolechirps

Nicole Hayward Zheng is the CMO of Minim and Advising CMO at Aliro Quantum. While at Minim, she has been recognized by Entrepreneur as a Top Female Founder in the United States (2020). Prior to Minim, Nicole held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at cloud software companies Antidote Technologies and OnSIP (ACQ: Intrado). She has served as a board member of Alliance of Channel Women, a nonprofit on a mission to advance careers for women in the telecom and broadband services sector. Nicole holds a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering and B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as business certifications from The Wharton School Online. She currently resides in Southampton, NY.


David Henry David Henry, Senior Vice President of Connected Home Products, NETGEAR

David J. Henry serves as our Senior Vice President, Connected Home Products and Services. He has worldwide responsibility for both Product Marketing and Engineering of our home networking products, encompassing product strategy, development and delivery. He has been with NETGEAR since July 2004, most recently serving as our Vice President of Product Management of our Retail Business Unit from March 2011 to January 2016 and as our Senior Director of Product Marketing from October 2010 to March 2011. Prior to NETGEAR, Mr. Henry was a senior product manager for the high technology vertical application at Siebel Systems (acquired by Oracle Corporation). His professional experience also includes business process and information technology consulting with Deloitte Consulting. Mr. Henry received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, with an emphasis on Signal Processing, from the University of Washington and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Brett Jurgens Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion
Twitter ID: @bjurgs

Brett Jurgens is an entrepreneur, startup advisor and angel investor with experience in IoT, insurance, fintech and consumer products. He currently has two primary roles, one as the CEO and Co-founder of Notion (acquired by Comcast in 2020), and as an Executive Director/GM at Comcast. Brett co-founded Notion, a smart monitoring system that empowers home and property owners to be proactive in monitoring their spaces and most valued possessions, in 2014. The Notion smart monitoring system is a comprehensive platform powered by a multifunction sensor, mobile apps and data analytics. Prior to Notion, Brett started two other companies, served as the first employee at the pharmaceutical startup where he ran business development and operations, and was an investment banker at Piper Jaffray.


Gene LaNois Gene LaNois, Head of Professional Partnerships, Google

Gene LaNois is the Head of the Professional Industry Partnerships for Google Nest Devices & Services and for the Americas. He is responsible for leading all of the business across a multitude of professional trades including HVAC, Custom Integration, Security, Electrical and more, as well as the organizations and businesses affiliated with those trades. These partnerships are formed with the installing contractors, wholesale supplier networks and manufacturers involved with connected product solutions. Gene was an owner and President of his own HVAC mechanical business in New England selling his business to a Fortune 500 company. He brings more than 3 decades of experience in channel sales, distribution and installation within the trade businesses. Prior to joining Nest, Gene also served in leadership positions for teams at Honeywell and Watsco. Gene joined Nest as a startup in August of 2013, prior to the acquisition by Google. Today, Gene is considered and utilized as a B2B expert and advisor, bringing consumer technology into trades and channels. Focusing on developing the business opportunity for the "helpful home" and leading traditional trade businesses into the future opportunities with the Google Nest and 3rd party Google Assistant enabled products and services.


Gustaf Lonaeus Gustaf Lonaeus, Director of Product Management, Alarm.com


Todd Mozer Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

Todd Mozer is President and CEO of Sensory, which has played a pioneering role in bringing speech recognition into consumer products over the past 20 years. Sensory has enabled hundreds of products with speech recognition by companies such as Ecobee, Huawei, Garmin, GoPro, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung, Sony, and many, many others. Mr. Mozer hold over 20 patents issued in speech technology and related fields, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.


Mark Mulready Mark Mulready, VP of Cyber Services, Irdeto

Mark has over 35 years of combined commercial, legal and law enforcement experience. He leads a global team of analysts, investigators and engineers providing a suite of managed Cyber Services to protect clients in the video entertainment, video games and IOT connected industries. Mark was previously the Fraud & Operational Security Manager at Foxtel for 8 years and also served 16 years in the New South Wales Police as a Detective and Prosecutor. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 2004. He is currently Co-President for the leading pan European industry association AAPA.


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.


Vaidhi Nathan Vaidhi Nathan, SVP, Nortek Control

For over 30 years Vaidhi has been an entrepreneur and business leader who has successfully created and grown technology companies in Silicon Valley.  He was the founder/CEO of IntelliVision, an AI/Analytics-focused technology company for videos and cameras. IntelliVision was acquired by Nortek Security and Control where Vaidhi is currently SVP Cameras and Analytics. IntelliVision is consistently ranked as a leader in smart cameras, AI and video analytics and the company has powered AI in over 10 million cameras. In the past, Vaidhi was named as one of the top 12 industry leaders and influencers in the security and surveillance market. He currently focuses on AI Cameras and Smart sensors with embedded AI/Analytics for Nortek and other leading manufacturers.  Prior to IntelliVision, he was the founder and CEO of Sirius Systems and ePeople Technologies. He provides guest lectures at local universities, at Stanford and Santa Clara University.


Henry Pye Henry Pye, Vice President, Residential Technology Services, RealPage


Vickie Rodgers Vickie Rodgers, Vice President, COX Communities

As part of the Residential Sales and Operations leadership team, Vickie is responsible for the retention and growth of Cox Communities including strategy, operational enablement, product roadmap and sales execution for the multifamily segment and all residential new builds. Her team is known for innovation, strategic partnering and growth.
 
Prior to her role at Cox, Vickie has held various executive roles leading strategy, operations, and sales at Fortune 500 companies  companies such as Time Warner Cable, BellSouth and Sprint.


Piras Thiyagarajan Piras Thiyagarajan, CTO, Frontdoor

Piras Thiyagarajan joined Frontdoor in December 2018 as senior vice president and chief technology officer. He brings to the role more than 20 years of experience with some of the world’s most-recognized technology companies, and holds six U.S. patents for data security, transaction and technology systems.
 
Thiyagarajan most recently served as vice president of engineering and technology for Ridecell, a San Francisco-based company that develops mobility as a service platform that enables fleet owners to deliver car-sharing and ride-sharing services.
 
Prior to this, Thiyagarajan served as director of engineering for Google’s customer experience team in advanced technology and projects, where he led the development of customer-facing applications enabling ease of new device adoption. He also held senior manager roles with Lab126, the digital products research and development department of Amazon, which has created products such as Kindle, Echo and Alexa, as well as with Amazon’s Last Mile Technology team, where he led the development and execution of new customer delivery experiences that transformed customer expectations globally.
 
Thiyagarajan earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley, a master’s degree in computer engineering from Santa Clara University, and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Pune, India.


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.


David Wechsler David Wechsler, VP, Growth Initiatives, Hippo
Twitter ID: @hippo_insurance

Dave Wechsler leads Hippo’s initiatives that fall at the intersection of all-things Smart Home and home protection. As a 20+ year Smart Home aficionado, Dave has been at the forefront of helping build B2B ROI for products often seen as too expensive, too frivolous or too early for the mainstream. So unwavering have Dave’s beliefs been that insurance would be the benefactor of the “connected world”, Dave went and became a licensed insurance producer for Property and Casualty, Flood and Life and Health insurances.
 
Prior to Hippo, Dave lead Comcast’s emerging markets initiatives focused on connected home insurance, maintenance and warranty. In this role he was responsible for creating the company's vision and strategy around these initiatives as well setting up a national insurance agency to leverage Comcast customer's broad adoption of connected device/IoT technology.
 
Prior to joining Comcast, Dave was a serial entrepreneur and had 25 years of experience working at start-ups focusing on new internet technologies, ecommerce and Smart Home.


Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, SVP of Business Development, Frontdoor, Inc.

Brett Worthington joined Frontdoor, the nation’s leading provider of home service plans, in September 2018. He is responsible for leading the multi-brand sales organization, expanding relationships in the real estate industry and pursuing new lines of business through partnerships and acquisitions as the company works to take the hassle out of owning a home and transform the $400 billion U.S. home services industry. 
 
He has a unique and background in both technology and home services. Before joining Frontdoor, Worthington served as vice president of global business development and strategic partnerships for Samsung SmartThings and had responsibility for global IoT cloud strategy. Prior to this, he led the development of an IoT smart home platform and served as director of business development for Ingersoll-Rand.
 
Worthington’s career also includes several leadership positions at Wink, Ingersoll Rand Corporation, BMC, and 10 years of service in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and V and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Utah.


Oz Yildirim Oz Yildirim, EVP and GM of Americas Business Unit, Airties
Twitter ID: @Airties

Oz Yildirim is the EVP and GM Americas Business Unit of Airties. Prior to his role as EVP and GM, 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 openings in California and Texas. He joined AirTies in 2004 and was one of the first employees in Turkey. He served in numerous leadership roles across product management, R&D, and customer services management. He previously oversaw Airties' product portfolio, and also previously led the company's expansion efforts in Europe. Mr. Yildirim holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.


Don Young Don Young, EVP and Chief Operating Officer

Don Young is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at ADT. He previously served as the company’s Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President, Field Operations. Don started in the alarm industry in 1988 after serving four years in the United States Air Force as a computer programmer analyst. Since then he has held various leadership roles across many areas within the security industry. Don is currently president of The Monitoring Association (TMA) and past president of the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response (PPVAR).


Speakers


Jake Alamat Jake Alamat, Vice President and General Manager, IoT Home and Consumer Products, Silicon Labs

Jake Alamat is Vice President and General Manager of IoT Home and Consumer Products at Silicon Labs. With more than 19 years of industry experience at NXP and Texas Instruments, Jake has served in multiple leadership roles focused on embedded processing and analog semiconductor solutions. His career experience spans consumer, mobile, automotive, industrial and infrastructure end markets. Prior to joining Silicon Labs in September 2019, Jake served as Vice President and General Manager of Automotive Connectivity and Security processing products as well as General Manager of Microcontroller products at NXP Semiconductors. Prior to NXP, he held various executive and management roles at Texas Instruments including General Manager of Singlecore Digital Signal Processors and Director of Marketing for Arm Microprocessors. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in computer engineering from Michigan State University.


Alfred Y. Bentley III Alfred Y. Bentley III, Founder and CEO, vipHomeLink

Alfred is a mission-driven executive, award-winning inventor, and change-agent who is personally and professionally driven to help homeowners simplify homeownership and prevent the preventable.   He is guided by his intrepid belief that the homeownership experience can and MUST be improved.  Alfred is CEO and Founder of vipHomeLink where he co-leads, and works for, an incredible team of professionals who all share a relentless commitment and passion for making homes safer and making homeowners smarter.
 
Prior to vipHomeLink, Alfred held various roles during his over 10 years with IBM - including the founding of IBM’s original ThinkPlace (based on his PhD Dissertation).   Alfred holds a PhD from Stevens Institute of Technology with a concentration in Innovation Management. Alfred graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.
 
Alfred lives in New Vernon, NJ.  He loves spending time with his wife and three children skiing, swimming, playing various sports, traveling - and getting all of his children involved in his unending string of DIY projects.


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.


Tali Chen Tali Chen, Chief Business Officer, DSP Group
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.


Keith Davis Keith Davis, Executive Director, Product Development & Management, Cox Communications
Twitter ID: @CoxComm

During his 17-year tenure with Cox Communications Keith Davis has held a variety of leadership roles across the company’s marketing and product & technology organizations. In his current role as Executive Director of Product Management and Development, Keith is responsible for defining and executing product strategy for company’s core Internet, Voice, Automation and Home Security products. 
 
Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Kennesaw State University and received his MBA from the University of Georgia.


Jan Dawson Jan Dawson, Senior Director of Research and Insights, Vivint
Twitter ID: @jandawson

Jan Dawson is the Senior Director, Research & Insights at Vivint. In that capacity, he leads a team which conducts primary and secondary customer and consumer research on behalf of Vivint’s product, design, and engineering teams. He has spent over twenty years in research and product strategy in the technology industry.


Alice DeBiasio Alice DeBiasio, VP Global Product Management - Security, Resideo

Alice DeBiasio is vice president and general manager of Pro Security Products for Resideo, where she leads our portfolio of security and safety solutions.

Prior to Resideo, DeBiasio spent five years in increasingly high-profile roles at Honeywell, most recently as the vice president general manager of Honeywell Homes Global Residential Security businesses with P&L responsibilities across the Americas and EMEA Residential Security portfolio. Her primary focus was driving business growth through sales and channel strategies focused around customers and their success.

DeBiasio also served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Health, Fire and Security Software business, accountable for the overall success of software-as-a-service offerings in the North America region for Honeywell’s AlarmNet and LifeCare businesses.

Before joining Honeywell in 2013, she worked as a lead design engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation directing large scale, complex commercial and military programs.

DeBiasio earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an aerospace concentration and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Miami. She has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and MBA from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.


Justin Doucette Justin Doucette, Head of Nokia WiFi, Nokia
Twitter ID: @nokia

Justin Doucette Head of Nokia WiFi Justin Doucette has 10 years of experience in Wi-Fi and 20 years in product management. Doucette leads a team of product managers responsible for strategy definition and product development for Wi-Fi across Nokia's Broadband Devices Business Unit. Through financial management, market analysis, and competitive landscaping, Justin and his team are responsible for the Wi-Fi roadmap and long-range planning. Working with other functional leaders, Justin finds the optimal return on investment for new product introductions and existing product maintenance while driving top line growth and profitably by focusing on new business opportunities, cost management, and improving customer appeal. Before joining Nokia, Justin held product marketing and business line management responsibilities at Linksys, Belkin, and Magellan GPS. Justin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Geography at Syracuse University, and his MBA in Global Business and Marketing at Pepperdine University.


Logan Dunn Logan Dunn, Head of Growth, Wyze


Yamin Durrani Yamin Durrani, CEO, Kami Vision

Yamin Durrani is a passionate and resilient leader who has been driving adoption of innovative technologies like AI and semiconductors for nearly two decades. Yamin has held the position of Chief Executive Officer at Kami Vision since 2019. Prior to CEO, he held the position of VP of Sales and Marketing for YI Technology, the parent company of Kami Vision, joining the company in 2018.
 
Prior to joining Kami Vision, Yamin was Senior Director of Cyient where he grew the sales revenue by 150% in one year. From 2012 to 2017, Yamin increased sales to $110M from $25M at Fairchild Semiconductor, with a specific focus on Apple. Yamin holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, a Master of Science from Texas A&M University and he graduated at the top of his BS class in Electrical Engineering at IIT Kharagpur, India, where he also received The President’s Medal of Academic Excellence.
 
He believes AI technology will elevate human capital to the next level and help save lives when applied to applications like elder care, medicine discovery, predictive epidemiology and increase safety in public spaces. His dream is for Kami Vision to be the computer vision AI technology that benefits millions of people to help them lead better, safer and healthier lives.
 
Yamin takes an intuitive approach to business and believes that empowering his team to make decisions and cultivating a trusting work environment are two of the most important principles in leading an organization. In hiring, he values creativity, quick problem solving, the ability to think outside the box and an eagerness to learn. Yamin looks for people who are passionate, have a high emotional intelligence and stand behind the shared goal of making vision AI accessible to the whole world.
 
Outside of work, Yamin loves to take long walks on nature trails, travel to different countries and explore new cultures. He is an avid admirer of nature and all the beauty and secrets it holds. He is passionate about nature photography, outdoor activities, stargazing, and he is even an amateur astrophotographer. 


Aaron Emigh Aaron Emigh, CEO and Co-Founder, Brilliant
Twitter ID: @BrilliantTech

Aaron Emigh is the CEO and Co-Founder of Brilliant, a smart home control company that has won numerous accolades including a CES Innovation Award, a Showstoppers Innovation Award, and a CTA TechHome Mark of Excellence. Aaron has been a founder, CEO, or CTO of seven technology startups, and has experienced four acquisitions and one IPO. He was most recently the Co-Founder and CTO of shopkick, which was acquired for $250 million. Aaron has 100 issued patents and has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.


Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Anne Ferguson is Alarm.com’s Vice President of Marketing. Her responsibility for developing and directing the company’s marketing strategy includes overseeing our partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. She joined the company in 2011 and has also served as Director and Senior Director of Partner Marketing where she led programs to drive growth through Alarm.com’s service provider and IoT ecosystem partners. Anne’s breadth of experience and leadership role on Alarm.com’s management team give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.
 
Anne previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University.


Marshall Friday Marshall Friday, Director of Sales – Multifamily IoT & Smart Home, ADT

Marshall Friday is the Director of Sales for ADT's Multifamily division, headquartered in Boca Raton, FL.
 
Marshall has been with ADT since 2005 and is responsible for leading ADT's endeavors in the multifamily smart home and IoT space. Prior to joining the multifamily group, Marshall held roles in residential sales, sales management, training and development, mergers and acquisitions, and leadership development. His knowledge of technology in the single family home and multifamily space go back to the introduction of smart apps controlling and managing resident experiences.
 
Marshall got his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word in 2007.


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.


Preston Grutzmacher Preston Grutzmacher, Vertical Business Leader for Multifamily Housing, Salto Systems
Twitter ID: @SaltoSystems

Preston Grutzmacher, Residential Business Leader, is tasked with developing and implementing SALTO's 5-year strategy for growth in both the multifamily and single-family markets throughout North America including Salto’s end-user and vast ecosystem partnerships.   Preston brings over ten years of access control experience and responsibilities including residential sales leadership, internal education, customer experience, and software support. He carries a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The University of Florida and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, Vice President Sales and Channel Marketing, Resideo
Twitter ID: @HarksIoT

Scott Harkins brings more than 30 years of experience in residential markets to Resideo as its vice president of Sales and Channel Marketing for Resideo’s Products & Solutions business.
 
Harkins has held multiple positions within Resideo and Honeywell, including leading sales and connected home. Previously, he was vice president/general manager of Connected Home at Resideo, and held several sales and leadership positions at Honeywell. He was instrumental in the business’s transformation to connected, software-driven solutions. Harkins also was responsible for managing relationships with technology companies as well as the developer and startup communities.
 
With an extensive background in the security industry, Harkins is one of the most connected and experienced professionals in IoT and understands what consumers want from the constantly changing home technology market. In 2017, Inc. Magazine ranked Harkins as one of the most influential leaders in the IoT space. Forbes.com has ranked him the 12th most influential person in the IoT market.


Nicole Hayward Zheng Nicole Hayward Zheng, Founder & CMO, Minim
Twitter ID: @nicolechirps

Nicole Hayward Zheng is the CMO of Minim and Advising CMO at Aliro Quantum. While at Minim, she has been recognized by Entrepreneur as a Top Female Founder in the United States (2020). Prior to Minim, Nicole held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at cloud software companies Antidote Technologies and OnSIP (ACQ: Intrado). She has served as a board member of Alliance of Channel Women, a nonprofit on a mission to advance careers for women in the telecom and broadband services sector. Nicole holds a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering and B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, as well as business certifications from The Wharton School Online. She currently resides in Southampton, NY.


Markus Henkelmann Markus Henkelmann, Portfolio Director Residential Access Solutions, ASSA ABLOY


David Ilardi David Ilardi, General Manager, Allegion Home, Allegion

As the General Manager of Allegion Home, Allegion’s residential business segment, Dave Ilardi plays an integral role in the shaping of Allegion’s strategy and growth within the retail and builder channels. Driven by his passion for delivering customer solutions that are anchored around security and trust, Ilardi is an 18-year Allegion veteran who has held key leadership positions in executive management, sales, marketing, and supply chain. Through the Schlage brand, Dave is constantly involved in the trends and development of solutions that will accelerate the adoption of connected devices for the smart home and drive forward Allegion’s vision for the Schlage product line and consumer offering. Ilardi’s long-standing tenure at Allegion has provided deep perspective into the global business of smart home technology and the evolution of the industry over the past two decades. In today’s connected world, now—more than ever—Ilardi remains committed to actively engaging in the rich experiences that shape the smart home market.


Guido Jouret Guido Jouret, Chief Development Officer, Plume
Twitter ID: @gjouret

Guido brings more than 25 years of leadership experience to his role as Chief Development Officer at Plume, the creator of one of the most widely deployed intelligent platforms for Smart Home and Small Businesses Services. His expertise spans a variety of technology sectors, including software, services, networking technology, and hardware.
 
Previous to Plume, Guido served as Chief Digital Officer of ABB, Inc., an electrical and automation engineering company, from October 2016 to 2020. He was with Cisco Systems, Inc., from 1994 to 2014, where he spent more than seven years in its Emerging Technology Group helping to create numerous new internal businesses including TelePresence and, in his final role as General Manager, the Internet of Things Business Unit. From 2014 to 2015, Guido was at Envision Energy, a wind turbine manufacturer, where he served as President of Digital Platforms. Prior, from April 2015 to October 2016, Mr. Jouret was the Chief Technology Officer at Nokia Technologies, a division of the telecommunications and consumer technology company, where he spearheaded the launch and development of the consumer healthcare division.
 
Mr. Jouret holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Computing from Imperial College (University of London).


Min Kang Min Kang, Chief Product & Strategy Officer, Brinks Home
Twitter ID: @min_ysmole

Min joined the management team at Brinks Home Security in October 2020 with more than 14 years of global leadership experience.
 
Prior to joining Brinks Home Security, Min was at Samsung, where she led their U.S. content & service and CX strategy as well as various growth initiatives, including Go-To-Market. She was responsible for launching new flagship smartphones and First/Third party services in the U.S. market including device owner community app, mobile wallet, voice-assistant, and subscription-based gaming services. She bridged the technical and business worlds on multiple projects that have been a key contribution to the company's evolution from a hardware manufacturer to an experience and ecosystem driven technology company. Prior to Samsung, Min was a management consultant with Boston Consulting Group.
 
Min holds an MBA from The Wharton School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Yonsei University. Born and Raised in Seoul, South Korea, she now lives in Allen, TX, with her husband and son.


Adam Kornick Adam Kornick, President, Insurance Division, Porch


Aleem Lakhani Aleem Lakhani, Executive Vice President, US Specialty Risk, AmTrust

Aleem Lakhani is Executive Vice President at AmTrust North America, Specialty Risk Solutions Division. He joined AmTrust Group in 2003 and established the administrative practice for Extended Warranty in consumer goods, including contact solutions, information technology, operations, account management and sales support.  Pursuant to the acquisition of Warrantech, Aleem served as the Chief Operating Office and then Chief Innovation Officer.  The latter role included identifying programs and practices to help clients improve program and revenue performance. Today, Aleem is the global account executive for Microsoft, spearheading Microsoft’s extended warranty program in more than 50 countries.  He is also responsible for strategic developments in Specialty Risk Solution focusing on embedded and smart devices in key emerging markets.  Prior to joining AmTrust Group, Aleem held executive management positions with other warranty companies specializing in system engineering, business process engineering and advanced business analytics.  He is a regular speaker at warranty industry conferences focusing on Big Data, IoT and its transformative impact.  Aleem Lakhani holds several advanced degrees and qualifications specializing in empirical methods, supply chain management and behavioral economics from institutions such as McGill University, University of Michigan, MIT, Yale and Wharton.  He is presently reading for an LL.M specializing in Technology and Innovation Law.  His focus includes data privacy, cybersecurity and blockchain.


Pravat Lall Pravat Lall, VP, Channel Delivery & Success, Consumer Business, McAfee

Pravat Lall is the vice president of Channel Delivery & Success at McAfee, where he leads a multi-functional global team delivering security products and solutions for all partner channels to drive growth. He is a seasoned product and technology leader with extensive experience building products and solutions for enterprise and consumer markets. His work has spanned multiple technology sectors such as embedded system tools, database tools, and cyber security and he has built products and solutions for endpoint, network, IoT, and cloud security supporting B2B, B2C, and B2B2C segments.
 
Pravat is passionate about engaging with the customer and accelerating innovation to solve real world problems. He loves solving puzzles and riddles, and is a proud member of American Mensa. When not working, Pravat spends his weekends with his wife and two sons at golf tournaments.


Scott Lever Scott Lever, Founder and CEO, Zobi
Twitter ID: @scott_lever_

Over 25 years experience in technology and cybersecurity across multiple sectors. Founded zobi in 2018 to create digital guardians that put your privacy first.


Brett Little Brett Little, Program Manager, GreenHome Institute
Twitter ID: @GreenHomeInst

With 10+ years of educating and consulting people on greener and better homes, Brett hopes to share his knowledge with you to move forward. Brett oversaw the green certification on 2 of his own project's with his most recent project renovation targeting zero carbon


Dave Mayne Dave Mayne, Senior Vice President of Product and Marketing, Alula

Dave Mayne is Vice President of Product Management at Alula, the leader in smart security and automation systems for professional installers and the award-winning inventors of the Connect+ platform. Dave, along with a strong engineering team at Alula, drives product innovation and roadmap development. Dave brings over two decades of experience to Alula. Alula brings an all-in-one solution to the professional smart home integrator -- a best-in-class network paired with innovative hardware products.


Marc McGrann Marc McGrann, Director of Vayyar Home, Vayyar Imaging
Twitter ID: @VayyarInc

Marc McGrann has introduced four, multi-million dollar products to the elderly care industry and has worked with senior care operators, solution providers, PERS dealers throughout the U.S. for nearly a decade. Marc is currently the US Director of Business Development for Vayyar Home, for Vayyar's touchless elderly care solution.


Jeremy McLerran Jeremy McLerran, Global Director of Marketing, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @mclerran11

Jeremy McLerran ran marketing for Qolsys, the Silicon Valley based security and smart home Technology manufacturer until 2020 when Qolsys was acquired by Johnson Controls, who also owns brands like DSC and Visonic. Jeremy now runs marketing globally for Johnson Controls and focuses on bringing creative marketing content solutions to the professional security channel.


Dr. Chris Mitchell Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic
Twitter ID: @audioanalytic

Dr. Chris Mitchell is the CEO and Founder of Audio Analytic, which he founded in 2010 to give all machines a broader sense of hearing beyond speech and music. In 2019 and 2020 he was listed in the top technologists globally in voice/sound by Voicebot.ai, helping elevate sound recognition as a peer of speech recognition. Following the completion of his PhD in sound information systems and signal processing, Chris received a prestigious Kauffman/NCGE Fellowship to investigate the commercial implications of his research, which included attending Harvard Business School and a brief tour with Cisco Systems in San Jose, USA. Audio Analytic was founded during his fellowship and Chris has gone on to guide the company through funding rounds and now spends his time setting the overall direction and strategy for the company. Audio Analytic raised a $12 million funding round in 2019 and over $25 million to date. As well as the inventor of 31 patents, Chris is an accomplished public speaker and internationally published author.


Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions based on an ever-changing marketplace. Based on his experience, Spencer has been invited to speak at many industry leading events in areas such as the future of professional monitoring, DIY, IoT and connected health. 
 
Spencer holds an MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and furthering the industry.


Sujata Neidig Sujata Neidig, Marketing Director, NXP Semiconductors
Twitter ID: @SujataNeidig

Sujata Neidig has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is currently Director of Marketing for Wireless Connectivity, Smart Home & Building. She also represents NXP on the Thread Group's Board of Directors as the Vice President of Marketing, an industry alliance that provides an IP-based wireless mesh networking protocol designed for smart homes and buildings, and on the Connectivity Standards Alliance's Board of Directors as a Vice-Chair, a standards bearer of the open IoT. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin


Paul Palmer Paul Palmer, Vice President Service Provider Business, Consumer Business Unit, F-Secure

Paul has been with F-Secure for 5 years and is currently leading Global Business Development activities primarily related to Connected Home Security and partnerships within this ecosystem. Paul previously managed Sales and Marketing teams in Europe and also APAC, and has over 25 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining F-Secure, Paul held sales management positions in both Europe and APAC with startups as well as larger multinational companies such as Lucent Technologies. He's been a frequent speaker at global events including Broadband World Forum, Mobile Ecosystem Forum MEF and GigaBit Access.


Roel Peeters Roel Peeters, CEO & Co-Founder, Roost Labs
Twitter ID: @smartroost

Roel Peeters is the CEO & Co-founder of Roost.  Mr. Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. 
 
Before starting Roost in 2014, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi.  Ozmo delivered the enabling technology for the world’s first WiFi mouse (marketed by HP) and the WiFi remote control shipping with the Roku 3 box.  Mr. Peeters is a co-inventor of low-power Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (PAN) technology and successfully created a worldwide standard known as “Wi-Fi Direct”.  Ozmo was acquired by Atmel in 2012.
 
Prior to Ozmo, Mr. Peeters was one of the first employees at InQuira, a venture-funded search and web self-service enterprise software provider.  As a marketing and sales executive, he was responsible for the development and execution of its highly successful early adopter program, signing up several Fortune 500 customers.  InQuira was successfully acquired by Oracle.
 
Earlier in his career, Mr. Peeters held various applications engineering, sales, and sales management positions in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. with ICOS Vision Systems (acquired by  KLA-Tencor), a semiconductor equipment manufacturer.
 
Mr. Peeters received his MBA from The Wharton School and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.


Marc Pegulu Marc Pegulu, VP IoT Product Marketing and Strategy, Semtech
Twitter ID: @semtechcorp

Marc Pegulu is Semtech's vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Marc is a recognized strategy and technology expert in sensing and connectivity technology. His focus since he joined Semtech in 2006 has been to disrupt wireless connectivity by bringing LoRa® to market. Mr. Pegulu was instrumental in founding the LoRa Alliance®, which now drives the world leading standard for low power wide area network IoT communication protocol now deployed in 167 countries. More recently, Mr. Pegulu is leading new IoT device to Cloud architectures and an enabling mass adoption of IoT in both industrial and consumer worlds. Before Semtech, he has held positions in chips and systems development at Thomson CSF, Thales, ATMEL, and DibCom. Mr. Pegulu holds a Master of Science degree in Electronics and Telecommunications from Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble, France and is a graduate of the Executive MBA program of ESCP Europe.


Sivan Rauscher Sivan Rauscher, Co-Founder and CEO, SAM Seamless Network

Sivan Rauscher is Co-founder and CEO of SAM Seamless Network. With over 15 years of experience in cyber security, Sivan began her career as Chief of Staff of the Cyber Division of the ISNU, the Israeli Intelligence Corps, managing and planning cyber security operations. She later worked at Comsec Global overseeing product management and strategic consulting at the executive level in both Israel and Europe. Sivan holds a Masters in Economy and Diplomacy and The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.


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.


Aly Reyes Aly Reyes, Director of Global Portfolio Strategy, Linksys
Twitter ID: @Linksys

Aly Reyes is the Director of Global Portfolio Strategy at Linksys, where she guides product strategy in the Americas, focusing on regional growth, profitability, and market share. She leads a team responsible for overseeing the entire life cycle of a Linksys consumer hardware product in North, Central and South America from concept to market. Prior to her current role, Reyes was the director of sales at Linksys, leading sales operations for the Linksys retail business including Best Buy, Costco and Walmart. She has been with Linksys for six years. Previously, Reyes was a senior demand planner at Best Buy where she managed customer and vendor relationships and drove a profitable and efficient business within the tablet industry. Reyes is an involved leader who enjoys growing successful and motivated diverse teams. She holds both a B.A. in International Relations and B.S. in Supply Chain and Business from the University of Missouri with a concentration in management and entrepreneurship.


Livia Rosu Livia Rosu, President, HomeGrid Forum

Livia Rosu is the President of the HomeGrid Forum and joined the Board of Directors in 2014. The Forum supports the deployment of G.hn, the globally recognized Gigabit home networking technology based on ITU-T standardsand designedfor bandwidth-intensive and real-time applications.Livia is a Computer Science engineer with 18 years of business development experience in the telecommunications industry, dedicated to semiconductors and the standardization of revolutionary technologies ranging from Smart Cards to Smart Cities.

Livia joined Marvell Semiconductor, a US-based leading fabless semiconductor company with expertise in microprocessor architecture and digital signal processing,in 2010. At Marvell Livia managed strategic marketing and competitive positioning of G.hn, workingclosely with system vendors and carriersthat require Plug & Play networking capabilities.In 2017 Livia joined MaxLinear, a leading US provider of high-performanceradio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for the connected home, wired and wireless infrastructure markets,when it acquired Marvell’s G.hn business unit.

Livia has built a strong knowledge of industry associations having served 8 years as Internet Business Development Officer and head of External Relations for ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute in France until 2006, as strategic signatory of 68 Co-operation Agreements with standards development organizations and alliances among which ITU, IPv6 Forum and IETF. Before HomeGrid Forum Livia also acted as Chair of PSO Protocol Council of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and Member of the Interim Steering Group (ISG) by the EC-POP (European Commission Panel of Participants in Internet Organisation and Management), for the creation of the “Dot EU” Top Level Domain and Member of the ISOC-AC (Internet Society Advisory Council), in charge of open standards and protocols for the Internet administration.

Livia received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from EDHEC Business School in France in 1999. She holds a Master in Computer Science and Internet Security (M.Sc., 1997) and a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Automation Engineering and Network Management (B.Sc., 1996) from Polytechnic University of Romania with scholarship award from France. Livia is fluent in 6 languages.


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.


Andreas Rudyk Andreas Rudyk, Co-Founder, Smartfrog & Canary
Twitter ID: @canary

Andreas is a serial entrepreneur. He founded his first company, the online gaming enabler lionix, at the age of fifteen. He then founded IM Trading, a stock market newsletter publishing business, later acquired by a Swiss private equity firm. Subsequently, Andreas bootstrapped and co-founded ewido networks, a consumer cyber security company. With over 7 million users worldwide, the business scaled rapidly to a category leader and was awarded, "Best newcomer of the year” by Digital River's ICE. In 2006, ewido merged with AVG Technologies, a leading antivirus and cybersecurity provider where Andreas led business development and later corporate development for the group worldwide. Andreas helped grow AVG from 40 to over 110 million customers, scaling the team from 100 to 800 employees (including 450 software engineers) and taking the company public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2012. Andreas co-founded Smartfrog as a consumer IoT SaaS pioneer in 2014. The company's mission is making modern technologies useful, easy, affordable and safe providing IoT for everyone. In 2018, the company acquired the US-based Canary Connect Inc. The two businesses were later merged into Smartfrog & Canary, headquartered in NYC. Andreas leads the group as Co-CEO. To date, the business has raised over $100M in venture funding and has achieved a 2015-2020 CAGR of 322%, becoming one of the fastest-growing category leaders.


Claudia Santos Claudia Santos, Product Marketing Director for Connected Home Appliances, Samsung


Andy Schnack Andy Schnack, Senior Manager – Xfinity Communities, Comcast

Andy is the Senior Manager of Commercial Development for Xfinity Communities.  Xfinity Communities is the multifamily arm of Comcast, serving customers such as dorms, apartments, condos and senior facilities.  Andy leads the Account Executive channel, working with owners and associations to provide unique solutions to meet their needs.  Andy joined Xfinity Communities as a Sales Manager of Commercial Development in 2016 bringing nearly 20 years of experience serving the multifamily industry.
 
A graduate of Miami University (OH), Andy lives in the northern suburbs with his wife and three kids.


Raya Sevilla Raya Sevilla, Senior Vice President, Data & Product Engineering, ADT
Twitter ID: @ADT

Raya Sevilla is Senior Vice President, Product at ADT.  She leads the product and engineering teams responsible for the definition and delivery of ADT’s product roadmap.  She is responsible for the core products and features that shape ADT’s customer experience.
 
Prior to ADT, she spent five years at FairPoint Communications leading accounting and IT teams.  She also spent 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting for various technology, communications and entertainment clients.
 
Raya graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with degrees in accounting and information systems.


Moti Shkolnik Moti Shkolnik, Founder & CEO, Firedome
Twitter ID: @FiredomeIoT

Moti is a cybersecurity expert turned entrepreneur, the CEO and Founder of Firedome. Firedome enables home IoT vendors to keep pace with cybersecurity threats and gives vendors and IoT manufactures the peace of mind to design and deliver best in class IoT products. Prior to founding Firedome, Moti served in management positions at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for 15 years. In his last role at the PMO, Moti was the head of the Cyber Division.


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


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


Michele Turner Michele Turner, Senior Director - Product Management, Smart Home Ecosystem at Google Nest, Google/Thread Group

Michele Turner Sr. Director - Product Management, Smart Home Ecosystem at Google Nest Michele Turner has over 20 years of experience in high-tech product development, product marketing and business management, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. As Sr. Director of the Google Nest Ecosystem, she's responsible for expanding the range of smart home products that work with the Google Assistant, and for developing rich experiences for consumers who use smart devices in their homes. Prior to this, she was the General Manager of Security Products for Google Nest. Before going to Nest, Michele was CEO of Dictionary.com, a top 100 web property, where she grew users and revenue 20% in less than 2 years. She joined Adobe in 2006 as Vice President of the Platform Business Unit, where she was responsible for product management, product marketing and developer relations for the Adobe Flash Platform. Additionally, she served as Vice President of Product Management and Design at Netflix, and Senior Vice President of Product Management at AOL.


Wilco van Hoogstraeten Wilco van Hoogstraeten, Director, Qorvo
Twitter ID: @Qorvo

Wilco is Director of Marketing for Qorvo's IoT and Smart Home technology portfolios - Bluetooth low energy, Zigbee, and Thread solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience bringing complex products and systems to the market, with a profound impact on how we interact with our content and surroundings.


Chris Viatte Chris Viatte, CEO & Founder, Mila AG
Twitter ID: @chrisviatte

Chris Viatte is the founder and CEO of Mila AG. As former Head of Service Experience and Innovation at Swisscom since 2011, he oversaw the Business Development & Innovation division and built an innovation hub affectionately called the Pirates Hub where outside companies pitched new ideas. Viatte was key to shifting Swisscom to an online focus and finding innovations that reduced costs and increased customer satisfaction. Mila was one of those innovative companies pitched and acquired by Swisscom which he led as CEO. In October 2020 Viatte secured new investors and founded Mila as an independent company that now operates in four European countries and the UK with a crowdsourced technician base of over 10,000. Mila is the European leader in on-demand technical support and looks to expand to other EU countries and the U.S. in 2022 and beyond. Prior to his leadership and innovation roles at Swisscom, Viatte served as an engineer and project manager for an internet startup for four years and co-founded an online, on-demand fashion startup. He's a graduate of Solothurn Nordwestschweiz Technical College (FHSO) in Switzerland and the London Business School's Senior Executive Programme.


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.


Einaras von Gravrock Einaras von Gravrock, CEO, CUJO AI
Twitter ID: @Einaras


Yana Welinder Yana Welinder, CEO, Kraftful Inc
Twitter ID: @kraftful

Yana Welinder started Kraftful based on a problem she identified while leading the product management team at IFTTT, working with hundreds of hardware brands. Most connected hardware has a terrible user experience. While there are now lots of tools for building great software, Yana noticed that there is no platform that makes it easy to build usable connected products. Yana has an ambitious goal to have everything around us be powered by Kraftful. Today, makers of appliances, furniture, toys, clothing, and other things are all working on putting a chipset into their products. The Kraftful platform will help them make these connected products usable (and therefore useful) by everyone. In previous roles, Yana worked on disrupting manufacturing with digital production at Carbon and tackled free knowledge creation on Wikipedia. As a tech policy thought leader, she's published pieces about AI and biometrics in the New York Times, Harvard Journal of Law & Tech, and a chapter in the Cambridge Handbook on Consumer Privacy. She's given talks at the White House (under the Obama administration), and at Yale, Stanford, NYU, and other universities.


Fritz Werder Fritz Werder, General Manager of North America, Tuya Smart

Fritz is the General Manager of North America for Tuya Smart. He leads with two decades of IoT and smart home experience. He spent over 17 years at Legrand, where he propelled the development of sales channels, key customers, products, and brands, including the Home Systems product lines.  Under his leadership, Tuya’s North American team assists brand partners to bring smart-enabled products and value-added services to the market faster, at a reduced cost, with the ability to easily expand into other product categories, achieve a seamless supply chain experience, and create new monetization opportunities.


Paul Williams Paul Williams, Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting, GE Lighting, a Savant company
Twitter ID: @netracer280

Paul Williams is the Vice President of Experiences & Professionally Installed Lighting for GE Lighting, a Savant company where he is charged with reimagining smart home products and services, as well as professional residential lighting solutions from one of America’s most trusted consumer brands. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company’s Cync™ brand, Paul leads the company’s growth category product management team, its go-to-market strategy, bold innovation and its external partner ecosystem to develop and enable new platforms for growth.
 
Paul brings more than 30 years of business operations leadership and hardware and software development within high-tech industries. This includes more than a decade of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of home automation solutions, where he led the company’s global product management and research and development teams, supported the company’s merger and acquisition activity, delivered award-winning solutions and helped build the company from a start-up to an IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth.
 
During his time at Control4, Paul also led high-profile hospitality projects, including organizing and outfitting the MGM City Center project in Las Vegas, at the time the largest privately funded construction project in US history, with controls platforms across both the Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. The hotels opened to acclaim as some of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world.
 
Prior to his deep leadership and operations roles at Control4, Paul held critical leadership positions and oversaw vast teams with a proven track record at Levelor/Kirch, a large-scale window covering operations and a Newell/Rubbermaid Company, Phobos/Sonicwall and in professional audio at Harman International.
 
Paul has been a speaker at dozens of industry events and is often sourced and cited by the media on connected home topics.


Matt Wolf Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe
Twitter ID: @mattmwolf

Matt heads business development and partnerships for SimpliSafe, a leading national home security provider in the US.  Matt established SimpliSafe’s partnership practice upon joining the organization in 2016 following SimpliSafe’s series A investment round.  In this role, Matt and his team have helped fuel SimpliSafe’s rapid growth through the development of impactful relationships with Fortune 500 organizations and leading start-ups alike to grow SimpliSafe's customer base, enhance their award-winning products and services and develop new revenue streams.  
 
Under Matt’s leadership, SimpliSafe has developed partnerships with leading brands such as Progressive Insurance, Keller Williams, American Airlines, Reliant, Hippo, Better Mortgage, the AARP, Google Assistant and dozens of others.  Following Helman & Friedman’s investment in SimpliSafe valuing the company at over $1B, Matt & team led the launch of the SimpliSafe Business Security offering that currently protects over 100,000 businesses of varying sizes in the US.
 
Prior to SimpliSafe, Matt held several marketing and business development positions with Citi Cards, the New England Patriots and Burger King Corporation when they were purchased by 3G Capital.  Matt co-founded the Red Auerbach Future Stars Sports and Leadership Programs, two free summer camps for at-risk children in the most violent neighborhoods of Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts.  Matt holds a Masters of Business in Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.


Steve Yahnke Steve Yahnke, Director of IT, Continental Properties

Director of IT at Continental Properties for the past 15 years with 25 years of experience in the IT industry. Steve has been worked closely with Continental Properties' Mutlifamily operations team for the past 15 years implementing software systems, hardware innovations for the business and managing the resident experience.


Oz Yildirim Oz Yildirim, EVP and GM of Americas Business Unit, Airties
Twitter ID: @Airties

Oz Yildirim is the EVP and GM Americas Business Unit of Airties. Prior to his role as EVP and GM, 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 openings in California and Texas. He joined AirTies in 2004 and was one of the first employees in Turkey. He served in numerous leadership roles across product management, R&D, and customer services management. He previously oversaw Airties' product portfolio, and also previously led the company's expansion efforts in Europe. Mr. Yildirim holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.


Mark Zimmerman Mark Zimmerman, CEO, RSPNDR
Twitter ID: @markzim

Mark is the CEO of RSPNDR, a physical security network company that is building a better answer for customers, monitoring centers, guards and guard companies. He is an entrepreneur in residence at the Ivey School of Business and an advisor at the MaRS Discovery District. Prior to RSPNDR he's been an innovative leader at small startups and multi-nationals.


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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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Amanda Kung Amanda Kung, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @AmandaAtParks
Website: http://parksassociates.com

Amanda joined Parks Associates as a research intern after graduating from Brown University with a BA in Economics in 2020. She has experience in consulting, influencer marketing, and economic research with companies located in Dallas, California, South Korea, and Brazil. At Parks Associates, she assists with investigating trends, market dynamics, and outcomes for the connected home technologies and services marketplace.


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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Chris White Chris White, Senior Analyst, chris.white@parksassociates.com
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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