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Dr. Melissa Gregg Dr. Melissa Gregg, Director of Research for Intel Smart Home, Intel Corp.

Melissa is an international expert in the field of gender studies, cultural studies and affect theory and a commentator on the future of work. She is the author of several books, including Work’s Intimacy (2011), The Affect Theory Reader (2010), and Counterproductive: Time Management after the Organization (coming in 2018).

After a career in academia, Melissa joined Intel in 2013 to co-direct an academic center for social computing. She is currently a Principal Engineer and Research Director in the Intel’s Connected Home and Commercial Client Division. Her research informs investments and user experience requirements across Smart Home and Business Client platforms. She is part of the core team preparing the company for the shift to ambient computing. Her research on coworking in Asia, Europe, the US and Australia has been critical for Intel’s future office vision, making workplace transformation efforts relevant for the growing gig economy.

Miles Kingston Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation

Miles Kingston is the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the strategy and collaboration of product development for smart home technologies from multiple business units.
Kingston joined Intel in 2000 as a supply chain planner.  Over the next five years, he led various teams before moving into the Desktop Platform Group in 2005 as a product manager.  Kingston managed dozens of central processing unit (CPU) product families and was promoted to lead the product management team in 2010, and became the Director of Strategic Marketing for desktop platforms in 2011.  In 2015, Kingston was promoted to General Manager of the Consumer Desktop PC segment where he began focusing heavily on the smart home market.  In June of 2016, Kingston became exclusively focused on Smart Home and was named the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel.
Kingston holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and a master of business administration degree from Portland State University.  Kingston has completed several executive education programs, including the Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University’s D-School.

Yoon Lee Yoon Lee, SVP, Head of Product Innovation Team and Head of Content Services, Samsung

Yoon C. Lee is Senior Vice President and Head of the Product Innovation Team (PIT) and Content & Services team at Samsung Electronics America. He oversees the creation of consumer insight-based concepts for strategic mid-term products across all categories as well as software solutions for devices like VR, the Family Hub refrigerator and other emerging platforms. Yoon has 20+ years of product design & development experience. His industry experience includes automotive, aerospace, consumer electronics, retail, industrial equipment and telecom services. Previously, Yoon was VP of Insight Concept & Portfolio at Samsung Electronics in South Korea, leading Samsung’s home appliance midterm products and portfolio development. Yoon earned his PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.

Patti Loyack Patti Loyack, Voice President, IP Services, Comcast Cable

Patti Loyack Vice President, IP Services, Comcast Cable Patti Loyack is responsible for launching next generation residential service offerings in Comcast's rapidly growing Internet and Communications businesses. She manages all aspects of the product life cycle from business development to launch in addition to analysis and enhancement to ensure growth. She has over 16 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. Previously, Patti served in a variety of leadership positions at Comcast, including Vice President of Communications. She oversaw the growth of Xfinity Communications, including Xfinity Voice, the nation's fourth largest residential phone service provider with more than 11 million customers. Under her leadership, Comcast redefined its voice product into a multimedia communications service. She played an integral role in the launch of the Xfinity Connect mobile app, which provides customers access to Comcast.net email, readable voicemail, and Voice 2go, a suite of mobile features such as the ability to use up to four virtual phone numbers and to make and receive calls and texts for free from a device connected to WiFi. Before joining Comcast in 2001, Patti was a consultant for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. She focused on strategic planning, supply chain optimization, and business process re-engineering for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences practice. In 2014, Patti received the 40 Under 40 award from Multichannel News. In 2015, she graduated from the Cable Executive Management program at Harvard Business School sponsored by the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM). Patti also attended the Comcast Women in Leadership program at Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Additionally, she is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT). Patti holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science from Saint Joseph's University. She resides in Center City Philadelphia.

Mark Spates Mark Spates, Product Lead for Smart Home, Google

Mark is the product lead for Smart Home and IoT capabilities across Google Assistant and Google Home. Mark is also the founder iotlist.co, a platform for discovering IoT products. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech.

Balaji Sridharan Balaji Sridharan, Vice President, IoT & M2M, T-Mobile

Balaji Sridharan is currently VP of IoT & M2M at T-Mobile US, Inc. In his current role, he heads up IoT related efforts, including sales, solutions and marketing, on both the business and consumer side. Prior to his current role, Balaji ran the Corporate Strategy & Analysis group at T-Mobile during which he championed an effort to develop a comprehensive strategy for T-Mobile to enter the IoT market. Before his career at T-Mobile, he spent 4 years as a management consultant with McKinsey and Company focused on technology & telecom clients. Earlier on in his career, Balaji worked at a couple of startup companies in the technology space pioneering some of the early innovations in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).
Balaji has an MBA from Wharton, an MS in Manufacturing Engineering from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, India.


Eric Adler Eric Adler, CEO, Flume, Inc.

Asaf Ashkenazi Asaf Ashkenazi, Vice President for Internet of the Things Security Products, Rambus
Twitter ID: @rambusinc

Asaf Ashkenazi is a vice president for IoT security products at Rambus Security division. In this role, Asaf is responsible for the product definition, strategy and marketing of Rambus IoT security products. Asaf brings more than 15 years of security experience to the organization, spanning product management, business development and various engineering roles throughout his career. Prior to joining Rambus, Asaf oversaw product management for all of the security products at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. Asaf began his career at Motorola Semiconductor where he developed hardware security modules. Previously, Asaf served as chief security architect at Freescale Semiconductor (now NXP), and has served as board member of the FIDO Alliance. Asaf holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, and has been granted 10 U.S. patents for security architectures and solutions. 

Yossi Atias Yossi Atias, General Manager, IoT Security, BullGuard Israel Ltd
Twitter ID: @yatias

Yossi Atias is a technology executive. He has a passion for early stage technology companies and has been involved in several startups as executive and founder. Founder and CEO of PeekRTC and Dojo-Labs. Previous positions: VP and GM Mobile Business Unit at PeerApp, Head of OTT Strategy at Acme Packet, GM Operations at Jajah, Country Director Nokia Israel at Nokia Siemens Networks, Yossi holds a B.Sc. degree in IE, Information system and MBA from Ben-Gurion University.

Marcio Avillez Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI

18 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. MBA in General Management. Previously led Global Network Development and OMX Product teams at iPass. Previously a member of the Board of Directors at Wireless Broadband Alliance.

Ran Baror Ran Baror, VP Consumer Business, eyeSight Technologies

Ran joined eyeSight bringing retail and new product launch experience gained during his 4 year tenure with Amazon and Groupon. As eyeSight’s VP Consumer Business Ran is dedicated to developing eyeSight’s retail brick & mortar and ecommerce strategy, in-store experience and post purchase experience for eyeSight’s consumer products.
Before joining eyeSight Ran led the launch of Amazon’s Wearable Technology Category. Ran gained deep knowledge and understanding of the retail business in consumer electronics.
Ran holds an LL.B and BA from Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya and an MBA from Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Christopher Baskin Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way ( ATW )

Christopher Baskin has over twenty years’ experience in the PERS, Telehealth and Security Industry. His company American Two-Way, was one of the first organizations to design, manufacture and monitor interactive PERS, Telehealth and Security Systems. Often called a visionary, his innovations have led to numerous patents and industry awards. Mr. Baskin has been featured in over 60 articles and is a sought after speaker on industry related topics. He is a Founding Board Member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association as well as a member and/or participant of the CSAA, SIA, ESA .ESX , CAA, GLASAA, NFA and the ATA.

Autumn Braswell Autumn Braswell, COO, iQor
Twitter ID: @iQor

Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ, has over 15 years of experience in the aftermarket services and manufacturing industry. From 2009-2012 she led strategic growth for the Aftermarket Services division tasked with several important objectives for the division's profitability and growth. In 2012 Braswell moved over to lead strategic development for diversified manufacturing, then moved into the Medical Division after their acquisition of Nypro in 2013. After iQor's acquisition of Jabil's Aftermarket Services in 2014, Braswell became the COO of Global Solutions, Marketing and LinQ. She obtained her Bachelor's of Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and completed her MBA in 2005.

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

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.

Naveen Chhangani Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product Management , Arlo, NETGEAR

As Senior Director of Product Management for Arlo Smart Home Products and Services, Naveen leads Strategy, Products and Business Partnership for Arlo Smart Home business at NETGEAR. With more than 15 years of experience in Product Management, Strategy, and business development, Naveen is a business leader specializing in IoT, Access Technology and Internet Service Providers Market. Previously, he has been at various leadership role at NETGEAR, Seagate and Technology Startup.

Naveen holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from Amravati University, India, and Business Management from Harvard Business School.

Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent
Twitter ID: @cirrent

Rob Conant started Cirrent to make it easy for everyone to use connected products. He has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing for the company and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial markets. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company’s growth. Rob’s deep technical background and business orientation gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Richard Culberson Richard Culberson, Executive Director, Home Security & Smart Home Operations, Cox Communications
Twitter ID: @CoxComm

Richard Culberson is the Executive Director of Home Security & Smart Home Operations at Cox Communications.  Richard has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and is currently responsible for leading the end-to-end service delivery of the Cox Homelife suite of services.  As a steward of the company’s smart home line of business, he has shepherded the business strategy and associated operations from a startup organization in the company’s new business team to an integrated growth driver for the company.  His experience as a corporate strategist and operator at Cox has spanned product marketing, customer operations, customer experience, and new business development.  Prior to Cox, Richard was a management consultant in Accenture’s Communications, Media, & Technology Strategy and Marketing Analytics practices where he developed and executed growth strategies for MSOs, Telecom providers, Retailers, and Media companies.  Richard has an MBA from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Jason Dudley Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project
Twitter ID: @SRPconnect

Larry Folsom Larry Folsom, President and CEO, I-View Now
Twitter ID: @iviewnow

Larry Folsom has eighteen years of industry experience. He is the former owner of American Video and Security out of Las Vegas, NV. With four acquisitions and strong organic growth, American Video and Security was selected by Security Dealer and Integrator magazines 2012, 2013, and 2014 Fast 50. American Video and Security was sold in 2016. Larry is a past President of the Nevada Security Association (2013 - 2014), was a member of Crime Stoppers of Nevada Board of Directors (2010 - 2015), and the ESA Government Relations Committee (2014 - 2016). In 2011, Larry Co-Founded I-View Now and is the President and CEO. I-View Now is a patented and award-winning cloud based central station video and signal platform. I-View Now integrates security system signals, video sources, cloud applications, and internet connected devices (IOT) into a unified cloud platform with the objective of giving end users, operators, and authorized emergency responders better information to prioritize their resources.

Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

With more than 35 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, to continue the company's vision and growth through the development of its proven-platform and process, which has surpassed more than 1,000,000 service events showcasing its more than 4,000 member network installation professionals. 

Dylan Gale Dylan Gale, Principal, Comcast Ventures

Dylan has an appreciation for capital intensive businesses, a fitting skill as he focuses on early stage startups with an emphasis on frontier technologies and healthcare. His prior role at Airbus Ventures focused on aerospace technologies and industrial IOT, giving him the edge on new trends, while putting his finance background to work from his time as a technology investment banker at Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to becoming an investor, Dylan developed a deep understanding of fintech and how to build companies in heavily regulated sectors from the strategic roles he held at Motif Investing. He graduated with a B.S. in business administration with a dual concentration in finance and accounting from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Monika Gupta Monika Gupta, EVP Sales, Marketing and Product, Cognitive Systems
Twitter ID: @monika_cdm

I'm a senior product and technology leader with a track record of defining new products, entering emerging markets and building successful businesses in the mobile, wireless, consumer electronics and wearables industries. I thrive in fast-paced, results-driven environments where the impact I deliver is paramount. As a hands-on leader, I've worn many different hats in product management, corporate strategy, business development and customer support applications engineering. I enjoy building worldwide engineering, product management and business development teams with highly intelligent and loyal A-players that outperform the competition.

Mike Hackett Mike Hackett, Co-founder and SVP, Qolsys

Ted Haeger Ted Haeger, VP of Training & Support, Control4

Ted Haeger is Vice President of Education and Support at Control4 where he oversees the support and education departments worldwide. Since joining the company in 2014, Control4 Support has won CE Pro’s coveted “Quest for Quality” award twice. Control4 Education’s newest curriculum, Pakedge Certified Network Administrator (PCNA), has been recognized with three industry awards and praised for setting the bar for both online and hands-on training. Ted  is a graduate of University of California, Santa Cruz, and has more than 25 years of experience in the enterprise and consumer technology fields.

Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, VP, Connected Homes, Honeywell
Twitter ID: @honeywell_home

Scott Harkins is Vice President of Partner Development within Honeywell’s Connected Home & Building organizations. In this role, Scott manages the relationships with technology companies, the developer community & the startup community. The partner development team is responsible for creating consumer value by enabling developers to consume Honeywell’s API for its’ portfolio of cloud connected products.

These partnerships and the associated connected products, including thermostats, security systems, building management systems, create ongoing and unexpected value to consumers and new revenue streams for partners and Honeywell. Honeywell is delivering on the goal to create connected products, utilizing Microsoft’s cloud, that delight consumers with new, rich user experiences.

Scott was formerly, the VP/GM of Honeywell Security Products, Americas, which is a business within the Honeywell Security Group. Scott has extensive experience and knowledge in the connected home and building space. Scott joined the company in 1995, and has held various positions in sales and executive leadership over the past 20 years.

Born and raised in the Philadelphia, PA area, Scott and his wife Lisa and their 2 daughters now live in Louisville, KY.

Yuval Harry Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Yuval Harry is joining Hippo Insurance as Head of Partnerships, and will focus on accelerating growth through Hippo's partnership distribution channel.  Yuval is passionate about building companies and brings significant experience in leadership roles helping organizations scale and manage sales and operations.  

Prior to Hippo, he was Head of Sales at Shift, a startup re-imagining the used car space, where he built and led the sales team, as well as managed customer service and financing teams. Earlier, Yuval was Director of Business Operations for Linkedin's largest sales team, leading sales and go to market initiatives. Prior to that, he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, and an Engineering Lead with Intel. 

Yuval holds and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology.

Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, VP Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki has served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Product Development at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), since 2014, where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product roadmaps, including IoT product family for the Smart Home as well as strategic platforms such as QuickSet Cloud. Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of home control products leveraging multiple connectivity solutions such as Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi. In 2008, he became Director of Advanced Technology, responsible for innovation in advanced communication and technologies. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous groundbreaking and award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and contributed to multiple wireless standards alliances including the ZigBee® Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance®. Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from San Francisco University, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms. 

Morgan Hertel Morgan Hertel, Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Rapid Response Monitoring

Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @theiotguru

Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, where he is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the AXON Platform®. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim was with Motorola Mobility (a division of Google) where he led the architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, connected home. During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003. Jim's specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum, including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management. Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor.

Ted Jaeger Ted Jaeger, VP of Training & Support, Control4

Len Jordan Len Jordan, Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group
Twitter ID: @MadronaVentures

Len is a managing director at Madrona Venture Group, the largest VC in the Pacific Northwest. He makes investments in early stage technology companies in the consumer, IoT and SAAS analytics industries. Len has served on the boards of 17 early stage companies. Len served on the private and then public board of Control4, a company he worked with for 11 years as it grew from pre-product to later stage to going public. He currently serves on the board of HelloTech, a company that helps consumers install and run home automation and personal technology solutions. Additionally he serves on the board of Opal Labs, Bizible, Wrench, and iSpot.tv among others. Prior to joining the venture world, Len was a successful software executive, serving as president of Creative Multimedia, a CD-ROM creator and SVP at RealNetworks where he managed the Media Systems Division from 1997-1999, releasing four major versions of the RealSystem software platform and generating the majority of the company's 100%+ annual revenue growth during the period.

Chad Laurans Chad Laurans, Founder and CEO , SimpliSafe
Twitter ID: @SimpliSafe

As co-founder and CEO of SimpliSafe, I lead a team that engineers solutions for protecting homes and families. As an engineer by trade, I am always looking for opportunities to design and build solutions that solve common challenges. For years, the home security industry had been stagnant with old wired systems, frustrating long-term contracts, sky-high costs, and a poor customer service experience. Home security needed to be re-built from the ground up. Ten years ago, I founded SimpliSafe with my wife Eleanor and we have made it our personal mission to "make every home secure."

Today, we're the largest private tech company in Boston. We are disrupting the home security industry and are driven by the belief that everyone deserves to feel safe without hassle or high cost. SimpliSafe now protects more than 2 million Americans, and continues to be the fastest growing U.S. home security provider.

Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek Smart Connect

Joe Liu currently leads strategy and operations at MivaTek, a smart home and healthcare service company. MivaTek changes the way people protect their loved ones, property, and possessions with solutions that integrate connected devices, cloud backup, and complete control from a single mobile app. The name MivaTek, shorthand for “Mobile Interactive Video Assurance Technology,” alludes to the mobile-enabled, video-integrated focus at the heart of MivaTek’s core product offerings.

Despite MivaTek’s status as a Silicon Valley startup, MivaTek products and solutions are the product of five years of R&D.

Prior to launching MivaTek in 2015, Liu co-founded and led California-based Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network company. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex and used this technology to power MivaTek solutions.

Liu’s background includes engineering and serial entrepreneurship. After earning his Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering at California State University, Chico, he worked for companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi.

Bill Loesch Bill Loesch, CEO, LeakSentinel

Bob Marshall Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Robert (Bob) Marshall is CEO of Whisker Labs, a newly formed division of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market.  Bob is also founder and CEO of Earth Networks, which operates the largest weather observation, lightning detection and greenhouse gas monitoring networks in the world, providing data to energy companies, NOAA, NWS and other global operations.

Bob is passionate about big data from weather and climate observations to complete home energy intelligence and IoT sensors and beyond. By developing groundbreaking technology to find ˜signals'” valuable, meaningful intelligence in this sea of big-data 'noise', Bob believes in improving and protecting people's lives and livelihoods, as well as delivering peace of mind and savings through whole home and comprehensive energy intelligence.

Prior to founding AWS and launching Earth Networks, Marshall served as a program manager and lead engineer at BBN, where he oversaw the development of several advanced military sensors, signal processing and networking programs.  He has been twice-named to Washingtonian magazine's top 100 Tech Titans. Marshall is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland College of Engineering. In 2007, Marshall received the distinction of Outstanding Alumnus in Engineering and Information Technology for his contributions to the University and his professional and personal accomplishments.

Alton Martin Alton Martin, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Trusource Labs
Twitter ID: @altonmartin

For over 25 years, Alton Martin has been a globally-recognized expert in defining performance standards & metrics within service operations. In July 2013, he co-founded Trusource Labs, a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. In 4.5 years, the company has grown rapidly to over 500 employees worldwide and has supported over 20 leading-edge Smart Home companies. Prior to founding Trusource Labs, he helped launch COPC Inc., a leading contact center consultancy and training organization. He led their international expansion initiatives, as well as the development of the COPC-2000 Vendor Management Organization Standard. He served as CEO until June 2009, when he started another consultancy firm focused on applying Vested Outsourcing techniques in outsourced service operations. He has worked with a number of leading organizations throughout his career, including Accenture, American Express, Apple, CapitalOne, Convergys, Dell, DirecTV, Microsoft and others in over 40 countries.

Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, Chief Commercial Officer, Intamac

Kevin Meagher is the CCO for Intamac Systems, a company he founded in 2001.  Intamac’s IoT Platform powers innovative products and services from leading vendors and service providers globally.  From single point devices to broad product eco-systems, Intamac’s end-to-end software stack supports the rapid integration of devices and enables partners to deploy highly differentiated and compelling service solutions.

Meagher is the former VP and General Manager of Lowe’s Smart Home platform, Iris. He led Lowe’s IoT initiative, including the development of deployment of connected products and services throughout all stores.  

Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT.  He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and Intamac won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force.

Greg Mischou Greg Mischou, Sr. Partner, Woodside Capital Partners
Twitter ID: @gmischou

Greg Mischou Speaker Profile Speaker Bio: Greg Mischou Woodside Capital Partners Senior Partner & Managing Director Greg Mischou's 25+ years in technology and investment banking gives him the behind-the-scenes expertise and in-depth industry perspective to advise technology companies on financing, strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and exit strategies. He focuses on advising companies in dynamic and rapidly growing markets, such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, advanced materials and semiconductors As Senior Partner and Managing Director of Woodside Capital Partners since 2007, Greg has worked with well over 50 growth-stage companies to advise them on the best financing and exit strategies. He draws much of his expertise from his background and experience, as well as, the research and preparation of special strategy and M&A-focused reports produced by the Woodside Capital Partners, on subjects such as the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, and Semiconductor M&A. Greg has presented at various industry conferences and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and in the Wall Street Journal and Investors' Business Daily. He has been involved with many M&A advisory, private placements, initial public offerings, and follow-on offerings since 1993 when he began his investment banking career. Greg was a senior sell-side technology analyst for Alex. Brown and UBS through 2000 and then a portfolio manager/technology analyst for Engemann Asset Management on the buy side and in an advisor role at many hedge funds. Greg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Chemistry from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

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.

Wayne Morrison Wayne Morrison, Principal, Emerging Technologies, Reliant
Twitter ID: @ReliantEnergy

Wayne Morrison is Principal of Emerging Technology with responsibility for reviewing new technology at Reliant, an NRG company. NRG's retail businesses, including Reliant, serve nearly 3 million customers. He has 37+ years electrical industry experience in both the regulated and deregulated market. Wayne helps to evaluate, develop and implement emerging energy products and services to business and residential customers including home automation, microCHP and energy storage technologies. He has been instrumental in developing the Reliant Smart Home in Houston where various products and services are tested and helps visitors better understand new technologies available for customers in the ERCOT market. Wayne started his career in distribution engineering. He then became program manager for the new home and retrofit air conditioning energy efficiency programs. Wayne has held several positions coordinating electric service for residential, commercial and industrial customers. He has also managed various teams including internet bill pay for more than 3 million residential electric and natural gas customers and software to remotely read electric meters and access day ahead pricing. Wayne earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Technology from University of Houston. He was recently licensed by the Texas Real Estate Commission for instruction of real estate agents on these new technologies. 

Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, Alarm.com

Lainie Muller is a 15-year veteran of the technology industry and an emerging voice on Smart Solutions for Aging in Place and Connected Caregiving.

Lainie is Director of Wellness at Alarm.com, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ALRM)and the nation’s leading cloud-based platform for the smart home. The Wellness solution leverages Smart Home technology to support Aging in Place and independent living for older adults and those living with disabilities. Wellness, an integrated element of Alarm.com’s comprehensive ecosystem of home management technology, is currently in use in residential homes, senior living communities, schools and in remote caregiving programs funded by Medicare and Medicaid.  The product has received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Kiplingers, CNN, NPR and TechCrunch.

In 2010, Lainie joined BeClose, a privately funded start-up company, as the Director of Partnership Sales. In 2015, BeClose was “spun-in” to Alarm.com, an early-stage strategic investor of the company. The BeClose product is now available as Alarm.com Wellness.

Prior to BeClose, Lainie served as National Sales Manager, Major Accounts Unit (MAU) at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post company, where she led a top revenue producing team driving Healthcare, Consumer Electronics and Retail sales.

Lainie has been an active Board Member for the National Capitol Area Chapter, Alzheimer’s Association since 2012. She holds a BS in Business and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. Lainie lives in Chevy Chase, MD with her husband and two teenage boys.

Rob Munin Rob Munin, President and CEO, LUX Products
Twitter ID: @lux_products

As CEO of LUX Products Corp., Rob Munin leads his talented team to expand the market for LUX connected thermostats and to provide adjacent industries an effective platform for improved communications and marketing to its customers. Rob's vision guides and enhances all aspects of the business from product development to sales and marketing to industry partnerships. Under his leadership, the company recently launched its 3rd-generation breakthrough product, LUX KONO Smart, and partnered with the largest HVAC contracting group, HomeAdvisor. With more than 25 years of marketing and sales leadership building brands in retail and wholesale channels, Rob's commitment and dedication to IoT in the HVAC industry runs deep and wide.

Duane Paulson Duane Paulson, VP - Strategic Partnerships, Fing
Twitter ID: @duanepaulson

Duane Paulson is a 20-year veteran of the security, home automation and consumer electronics industries. As vice president for strategic partnerships at Fing, Paulson leads the company's partner strategy and works with third parties to implement Fing's network security, network performance, and parental controls solution on a white-label basis. Paulson sees the convergence of physical and data security as one of the next big trends in the connected home market. For the past two decades, Paulson has served in executive management, business development and marketing roles for some of the best-known brands in security and home control. He sits on several industry boards and is a frequent speaker at various international connected home and security symposiums.

Josh Pederson Josh Pederson, Director of Product, Ayla Networks

Josh Pederson is Director of Product Management at Ayla Networks. He has deep background in both SaaS and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) product development. Today he leads the Ayla team in defining the next generation of IoT platform, including the data and analytics strategy.

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

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. 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. 

Aditya Pendyala Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder | VP Growth, mnubo
Twitter ID: @mnubo

Adi is passionate about solving complex business challenges. He adapts a customer-centric approach to deriving synergies and he leads the products, partnerships, business development and marketing initiatives at mnubo. He strongly believes in building relationships that maximize benefits for all partners. Adi loves to work closely with customers and the development team to transform and adapt technology into business value solutions. Adi has a B. Eng in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA (Honors) from John Molson School of Business.

Dale Pistilli Dale Pistilli, VP of Sales & Marketing, August Home
Twitter ID: @DalePistilli

Dale Pistilli, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for August Home is an experienced sales and marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience working with consumer technology companies. At August, Pistilli is responsible for all aspects of sales and marketing and driving retail and ecommerce revenues for August Home. Before joining August Home, Pistilli was VP of Sales and Marketing for Cricut, the leader in personal electronic cutting machines and DIY project design software, where he and the team quadrupled sales in four years. Prior to Cricut, Pistilli was Vice President of Western Digital's Branded Products Group where he was responsible for driving marketing and business development activities. Pistilli's team launched the WD TV media player family, one of the first and best selling over-the-top digital media players. Previously, he was Director at Logitech where he ran the Notebook and Core Mouse Business. At Logitech, he drove the company's entry into the digital home space with acquisitions of the Harmony remote and Squeezebox digital music businesses. Mr. Pistilli's early entrepreneurial experience includes leadership roles in three Silicon Valley startups as well as a key role in the leveraged buyout and subsequent sale of General Time/Westclox. Pistilli has a Master of Business Administration in marketing and finance from The Wharton School and a Bachelor’s of Science in computer science and economics from Duke University.

Frank Ploumen Frank Ploumen, Head of our Premises Product Management, Calix

Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @zigbeealliance

Tobin J.M. Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the alliance's efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. In this role, he works closely with worldwide brands and market-changing innovators to steer worldwide IoT agendas with industry leading consumer electronics, industrial and commercial companies. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, strategy and development for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product rollouts, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading firms. He currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Marcus Scheiber Marcus Scheiber, CEO, ROC-Connect

Marcus Scheiber is Co-Founder and CEO of ROC-Connect, a leading IOT company providingSmart Home as a Service. ROC-Connect delivers full-end-to-end connected brands in the Smart Home space for channels as Retailers, Insurances & Financial Industries, as well as for Service Providers. Before starting ROC-Connect in 2012, Marcus founded the ms.GIS group of companies (Austria nd US), a leading geospatial technology provider. Marcus held various positions as Co-CEO, board member, and investor. Earlier in his career, Marcus was working as a technical consultant with Prime-Computervision, and in C.S. research at the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).  Marcus holds a Masters of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) and a Master’s Degree of the University of Economics and Business Administration of Vienna, Austria.

Cecilia Sevillano Cecilia Sevillano, Head of Smart Home Solutions, Swiss Re
Twitter ID: @cecisevillano

Cecilia is Head Smart Home Solutions at Swiss Re. During the past 15 years, she has been leading innovative growth-related strategies within the financial sector, bringing them to market through partnerships with alternative distribution channels. In the rise of IoT and data-driven environments, Cecilia has been engaging with InsurTech and leading emerging business opportunities within Swiss Re.

Russell Vail Russell Vail, Executive Vice President - Market Development, Alula
Twitter ID: @SecuredbyAlula

Russell Vail is a serial entrepreneur who has founded/co-founded nine businesses.  Most of Mr. Vail’s entities have been in the telecommunications and electronic security Industries. He has served on many Security Industry Association boards and was one of the founding members of the Entrepreneurs Organization in Houston, Texas.

He served as the Chief Executive Officer of ipDatatel for 10 years, which affiliated with Resolution Products in August of 2017 and both now market under Alula.  Russell serves on the Board of Directors of Alula Holdings and is also the Executive Vice President of Market Development for Alula, a security solutions group of companies.

Dmitri Vellikok Dmitri Vellikok, Senior Principal Consultant, F-Secure

Dmitri has spent two decades in technology industry working with start-ups to global giants, including IBM and TechData. During his 10 years at F-Secure, a global cyber security and privacy solutions leader with tens of millions of users and more than 100,000 corporate customers, Dmitri has created security partnerships with internet service providers, network hardware manufacturers and application developers. He's also consulted top telecom players on new ways to protect their customers from security and privacy threats while driving new products from inception to successful market launches with global partners. After 20 years in Finland, Dmitri now lives in New Jersey and serves as a Senior Principal Consultant at F-Secure North America. 

Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Director of Channel Development, Constellation

Michael Wajsgras is Director of Innovation and Growth Initiatives for Constellation. In his current role, Mike oversees the team responsible for new business, product, and channel development for Constellation’s suite of energy products and services, including the development and expansion of both new and existing business lines for the Mass Markets business.  In this capacity, Mike has developed unique programs with leading brands including American Express, Best Buy, Honeywell, and Sunrun.  The current Mass Markets business includes over 2 million residential and over 150 thousand small commercial customer relationships.  
Mike joined Constellation in 2010 and has performed a variety of roles within the company’s retail business unit. He spent his first five years with the company focused on developing new and innovative sales and marketing channels for the mass market and commercial energy businesses.  Later, Mike led the strategy development and implementation to scale the home services business by developing a partnership that facilitated  the successful geographic expansion of Constellaton Home.  Currently, Mike is leading the strategy and business development of Constellation’s connected home business line as Managing Director for Constellation Connect. 
Prior to joining Constellation, Mike spent most of his career with communications companies, including MCI, Qwest, & Nextel as well as several early stage and start up technology companies.  Mike began his professional career as a Certified Public Accountant with Ernst & Young.  
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Business Administration from the Smith School at the University of Maryland. 

Jeremy Warren Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home

As Chief Technology Officer at Vivint Smart Home, Jeremy drives growth and business opportunities and oversees the creation of new products and services. He works closely with the entire innovation team to create the structures and processes necessary to analyze new business ideas and allocate resources for their development.Before joining Vivint, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer at 2GIG Technologies, a pioneer in innovative security and smart home technology. There he led the engineering for the first home automation platform for the mass market.Prior to 2GIG, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his responsibilities included formulating the Department's technology strategy, providing technology expertise in program oversight, performing research, and coordinating all aspects of the Department's technical architecture. Jeremy was also the Chief Architect of Lavastorm Technologies, where he focused on rules-based processing systems, data mining, and statistical analysis.Jeremy studied Computer Science Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeff Weiner Jeff Weiner, VP, Product, Marketing and Sales, Mersoft
Twitter ID: @jeffw3000

Jeff Weiner is the VP of Product, Marketing and Sales for the Networks division at Mersoft Corporation based in Kansas City, USA. He is responsible for developing new business for Mersoft's line of innovative real-time communications technologies across several market verticals. With leadership roles in product marketing, strategy, sales and software engineering, Jeff has successfully brought multiple technology products to market in both large and small companies. Jeff has a BS in Finance and Information Systems from Shippensburg University and a MS in Information Systems from The American University in Washington, D.C. He enjoys time with his family, cycling, restoring his '76 Corvette and is a passionate advocate for both Kansas City and the arts. 

Joe Wodark Joe Wodark, AVP, IoT Telematics, Verisk Analytics

Joe is responsible for Verisk’s Connected Home and Strategy & Finance teams for the IoT/Telematics division. Before joining Verisk, he was an executive in Accenture’s management consulting practice, where he helped North American insurers implement new products and transform their business processes. He also held various product management and claims positions at Allstate Insurance Company. Joe earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in business administration from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Most recently, he earned an Internet of Things certification from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Wolpert Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Richard Wolpert, a veteran entrepreneur and a pioneer in the fields of consumer technology, digital media and entertainment, has over 30 years of extensive experience as an executive and as an investor. Wolpert holds an impressive and highly diverse career having worked for companies such as Apple as an early software engineer alongside Steve Jobs and for Walt Disney as the President of Disney Online. He's also launched a series of innovative startups such as AudioMill and After Hours Software, both of which were successfully acquired. Wolpert is currently co-founder and CEO of HelloTech, an on-demand, in-home tech support service company that is changing the way consumers get help with their tech devices. HelloTech offers access to a national workforce of vetted, background checked and hand-selected tech agents that can solve almost any technology need from consolidating the smart home to upgrading and installing wifi, mounting TV's, upgrading wifi capabilities and much more. In addition to HelloTech, Wolpert currently serves as an investment advisor at Accel Partners, and investment partner at LA-based accelerator Amplify.la. Wolpert has also invested in more than 50 companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more.

Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, VP Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Brett Worthington is the Vice President of Global Business Development & Partnerships at Samsung SmartThings, the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home. In this role, he oversees the global development of SmartThings™ strategy, partnerships, services, and go to market. Prior to joining SmartThings, Brett was General Manager of Wink, taking the company from launch to commercialization and its eventual exit sale to Flex Inc. Prior to building and launching Wink, Brett held several leadership positions at Ingersoll Rand Corporation over a period of 13 years, ending his tenure as Director of Business Development of its connected home business, Nexia Home Intelligence. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Brett served 10-years in the US Army, and is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV & V. Brett holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Utah and resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two children.


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, Senior Analyst, 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.

Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Researcher, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Kristen Hanich studies digital and connected health and mobile trends across the globe. Kristen is a trained anthropologist with skills in ethnography, development/programming, and geoanalytics. She has a background in the areas of health behavior and epidemiology.

Kristen is completing her Master's thesis for a duel anthropology and public health degree between the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her B.Sc. in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in GIS.

Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Director, Research Quality & Product Development, 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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Tom Kerber Tom Kerber, Director, IoT Strategy, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @TomAKerber
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Tom leads Parks Associates research in the areas of home controls, energy management, and home networks. Tom authors numerous reports on energy management and home controls covering the evolution of technology, partnership opportunities, and new business models. Tom’s work at Parks Associates includes managing consumer surveys that track trends and market opportunities and enable insightful evidence-based forecasting for energy, security, and home controls. Tom speaks frequently at key industry events, and his views are sought out by national press organizations and publications.

Tom has done extensive consulting with electric utilities operating in a variety of regulator structures and numerous firms within the smart home ecosystem. Recent utility engagements include defining the home area network roadmap for a California IOU, updating the consumer engagement strategy for a traditional vertically integrated IOU, providing consumer and industry analysis to refine EE and DR programs for an IOU in a restructured market, and providing insights on the evolution of the connected home for a large Midwest IOU. Tom has also led projects for many Fortune 500 companies, helping clients refine smart home strategies, develop scenarios of the future of the smart home market, enhance product roadmaps, and refine specific product features.

Prior to working at Parks Associates, Tom worked as director of engineering and director of product management in multiple industries. Tom began his career in the U.S. Navy nuclear power program on submarines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in systems engineering and a master's in software engineering from the University of Texas.

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Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, Senior Vice President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As Senior Vice President, 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.

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

Brad Russell explores leading-edge issues in connected consumer electronics, robotics, IoT data privacy and security, and machine vision applications. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad balances the art and science of marketing research to generate insights that lead to more astute business decision making and value-generating practices.

Brad received his BS degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned MDiv and DMin degrees from two leading seminaries with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural leadership.

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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

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.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

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Brett Sappington Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @BrettsView
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

As a senior director of research at Parks Associates, Brett Sappington leads Parks Associates services research team, including access and entertainment services, digital media, OTT, cloud media, video gaming, and technical support services. Brett is an expert in worldwide television and broadband services. His personal research focuses on the activities and trends among operators and the market forces affecting their businesses. Brett is a regular speaker and moderator at international industry events.

Brett has spent over eighteen years in the industry as an analyst, executive manager, and entrepreneur. Previously, he founded and served as vice president for Teligy, a software company specializing in software for wired and wireless communications systems. Brett established new divisions for networking and audio/multimedia software for Intelligraphics. He has also been involved in the development and marketing of early-market products for 802.11 wireless networking, VoIP, and other technologies.

Brett holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in high-tech marketing and a BA in physics from Baylor University.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: International Digital Living Trends, Television Services (IPTV, cable, satellite/DTH, terrestrial/DTT), Broadband Services, Multiscreen Services, Value-added Services, Cloud-based Consumer Services, Set-top Boxes, Residential Gateways, Electronic Program Guides, Video Search and Recommendation, Video Metadata, Middleware, Technical Support Services

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