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Keynotes


Jacob Atalla Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability, KB Home

Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, where he leads KB Home’s initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly.
 
Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 30 years’ experience with technology and green building. He draws on this deep expertise to create innovative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.
 
Jacob worked on the 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, a sustainable concept home for today, tomorrow and the future.  
 
He developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®), which for the first time provides homeowners with a HERS Index Score and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.
 
Recent projects include the expansion of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; building over 115,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, and 6,000 homes with solar PV; building the most WaterSense® labeled homes in the nation; and building more than 150 LEED Platinum certified homes.
 
Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the first national homebuilder to do so.  
 
KB Home has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA, for seven consecutive years, and the ENERGY STAR Climate Communications Award for three years in a row. KB Home is also a 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Grand Winner, and a WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner. 
 
Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and the advisory board of TecHome Builder.


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.


David Kaiserman David Kaiserman, President, Lennar Ventures, Lennar

David is the founder and Chairman of SunStreet as well as President of Lennar Ventures, which drives Lennar Corporation innovation, government affairs and strategy. With more than 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, David is a go-to expert for national media on trends and innovation in homebuilding and residential real estate. He is the past Chairman of RESNET Industry Advisory Committee and is a founding principle liaison of Leading Builders of America. Prior to joining Lennar, David was a member of Saybrook Capital, LLC, where he co-founded the investment firm's merchant banking group and its private equity investments. David is based in Miami at Lennar corporate headquarters and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Charlie Kindel Charlie Kindel, Senior Vice President of Products & Services, Control4
Twitter ID: @ckindel

Charlie Kindel joined Control4 in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Products & Services. Charlie has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home division. For over 20 years he has led the industry discussion on the connected home and innovative product development, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, SXSW, Connected World Summit, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft's most loved products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7 as the general manager as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990.


Dennis Mathew Dennis Mathew, Vice President and General Manager, Xfinity Home, Comcast
Twitter ID: @Comcast

Dennis Mathew is the Vice President and General Manager of Xfinity Home, the total home security and home automation solution from Comcast. He is responsible for all aspects of the business including strategy, business growth, operations, partnerships, product roadmap, managing the P&L, and the Xfinity Home wholesale business. He was a key member of the team that acquired Icontrol in 2017, which helped to expand Comcast's home security wholesale business overseas. In 2015, Dennis was instrumental in expanding the Xfinity Home platform by launching the Works with Xfinity Home certification program and partnering with leading technology companies including August, Chamberlain, Lutron, and Nest. In 2010, he played a key leadership role with the initial launch of Xfinity Home which now has more than 1,000,000 subscribers. Dennis has nearly 15 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. Before joining Xfinity Home, he oversaw launches for key Comcast initiatives including DOCSIS 3.0 and wireless gateways, and he was a senior director in the company's Internal Audit department. Prior to Comcast, Dennis held management positions at PwC and Arthur Andersen, where he worked on a variety of technology advisory engagements across several industries. Last year Dennis was named one of the Most Influential Minority leaders by Cablefax. Previously, Dennis was named a Top 40 Under 40 executive by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Multichannel News. He is a graduate of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Executive Leadership Development Program and a participant of Comcast's Executive Leadership Career Advancement Program (ELCAP). Dennis serves as a Deacon at Seven Mile Road Church where he is responsible for finance, property matters as well as services related to Mercy and Benevolence. Dennis also serves at Bombay Teen Challenge (BTC) as an Advisory Board member where he helps raise funding and drive awareness to support this nonprofit. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dennis holds a bachelor of science in Economics, Finance, and Management Information Systems (MIS). Dennis resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.


Speakers


Marcio Avillez Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI
Twitter ID: @CUJOAI

Marcio Avillez SVP of Business Development 21 years of experience in communication, cloud-based services, and enterprise services. Global leader with a track record of developing and implementing business strategies that deliver results. Marcio graduated cum laude with a BS in Physics from American University and holds an MBA in General Management from Georgetown University. Previously led Global Network Development and OMX Product teams at iPass. Previously a member of the Board of Directors at Wireless Broadband Alliance. Now Marcio Avillez leads the CUJO AI team focused on developing relationships with service providers and OEMs globally.


Alex Capecelatro Alex Capecelatro, CEO, Josh.ai
Twitter ID: @Joshdotai

Alex Capecelatro is the founder and CEO of Josh.ai, a voice controlled home automation system with a focus on artificial intelligence. Josh.ai utilizes a proprietary natural language understanding (NLU) engine with state of the art home control integrations for a powerful smart home experience. Alex started his career as a research scientist for NASA, the Naval Research Lab, and later Sandia National Laboratory. He then ventured into consumer technology first with electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive, then through founding two social software products "At The Pool" and "Yeti" with members in more than 120 countries. Alex's focus is at the intersection of elegant design, cutting-edge software, and purposeful hardware to offer transformational experiences. Alex received his engineering degree from UCLA and currently splits his time between LA and Denver.


Gary Davis Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee
Twitter ID: @GaryJDavis

Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he works closely with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also oversees Intel Security’s online safety education to educate businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into easily understandable and actionable advice. During his 5+ years at the company, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Gary has appeared on several business, security and consumer lifestyle media outlets, including CNBC, NBC, FOX, and CBS Bay Area stations; and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine, MSNBC, PC Magazine, CNET, CSO Magazine, and PC World. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 15 years in technology companies. Gary serves on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).


Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

With more than 40 years of leadership experience, Mr. Frangiosa has held executive positions in several companies, most of which he founded. As a serial entrepreneur he started several successful businesses in the automotive, consumer electronics and technology industries. Tony has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions as well as fund-raising efforts throughout his career. He leads the executive team at InstallerNet and its subsidiary companies Mobile Electronics Association and American Road Products, to continue the company's vision and growth through the development of its proven-platform (Workwize) and process which has surpassed more than 2,000,000 service events showcasing its more than 4,000 member network companies representing more than 25,000 installation professionals.


Elizabeth Mathes Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot


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

Dr Chris Mitchell is the CEO of Audio Analytic, which he founded in 2010. As well as the holder of multiple patents, Chris is an internationally published author, an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an accomplished public speaker. 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 short spell 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.


Wannie Park Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development, Inspire


Steve Shapiro Steve Shapiro, General Manager, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @stevenshapiro

Steve Shapiro is the general manager for residential and commercial security systems including the connected home products and services at Johnson Controls, the global leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions, energy storage and information based retail systems.  Steve is responsible for product development and the serving customer needs globally for security alarm and connected home systems.
 
Prior to joining Johnson Controls Steve was vice president for ADT where he was responsible for residential and commercial security products and services and industry relations.  While at ADT, Steve led ADT’s product strategy and engineering initiatives for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including creating the revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse®.
 
Steve has served as a Board member to the Security Industry Association, The Monitoring Association (formerly CSAA) and the Z-Wave Alliance.
Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable devices.
 
His professional career began at Motorola, where he was responsible marketing and product management for many communications products and marketing plans over 20 years that included two-way radios, pagers and mobile phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones.
   
Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded 17 patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.


Kellen Xu Kellen Xu, Director of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Kellen Xu is the Director of Global Business Development at Samsung SmartThings, a leading IoT and smart home platform. Kellen and her team are responsible for developing and launching partnerships and strategic initiatives globally. Prior to joining SmartThings, Kellen managed key partnerships at Wink and worked in investment banking looking after technology and diversified industries prior to venturing in the smart home industry.


Moderators


Dina Abdelrazik Dina Abdelrazik, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @DinaAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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Denise Ernst Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Denise recently joined Parks Associates’ Smart Home Energy Management team. She has worked for both manufacturers and service providers, with experience leading new product development, marketing, and sales. Her expertise in launching products from design to sales execution and channel management brings a unique perspective. Her motto is “look at the data, it will tell you what direction to take.”

Denise earned her MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School and her BS in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University.


Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Jennifer manages Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. She acts as an internal advocate for Parks Associates clients and leads the company’s efforts at conceptualizing and implementing digestible, relevant research presented in an optimal manner. Jennifer is always looking at the most effective ways to provide research to Parks Associates clients.

Since joining Parks Associates in 2009, Jennifer has worked on the mobile and health research team, specializing in the connected health, mobile payment, and connected car markets, as well as the consumer research team, analyzing consumer data related to the connected home and consumer electronics markets.

Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in religion, politics, and society and an M.A. in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her B.A. in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Industry Expertise: Digital Health Products and Services, Portable and Mobile Access Platforms and Applications

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Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Associate, Parks Associates

Chris O’Dell joined Park Associates following a six-year career in journalism. He supports the marketing, sales, and research teams by curating press releases, articles, blog posts, social media, and web content, and other forms of written communication.

Prior to joining Parks Associates, Chris also served as a marketing assistant for a sales and marketing company in the senior living industry and did freelance writing for various publications, including The Dallas Morning News. Chris graduated from Harding University in Searcy, AR, in 2010 with a BA in broadcast journalism and a concentration on print journalism, where he served as the sports editor for The Bison, an award-winning student publication.


Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. He regularly moderates industry executive panels, delivers keynotes, produces webinars and whitepapers, and fields media inquiries. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Home Technologies, Smart Home Devices and Services, IoT Data Privacy and Security, Home Networking, Insurtech, Connected Health, Housing Innovation

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