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


CR Herro CR Herro, Vice President of Innovation, Meritage Homes

CR has a 25 history of successful industry disruption and new business development for multi-billion dollar construction industries.  CR has been directly responsible for business development and M&A for the construction industry through the US. Over his 25 year career, CR has developed new business groups for Vulcan Materials, Lafarge / Holcium, and Meritage Homes.   
In 2009, CR joined Meritage Homes as the Vice President of Innovation, where he led their efficiency, automation, renewable, and advanced building programs.  Meritage was the first production home builder to build 100% Energy Star certified homes, offer cost effect zero energy homes in all of their markets throughout the US, and has partnered to align buyers, municipalities, trades, suppliers, and utilities in better building techniques.  In the last five years, Meritage has consecutively received the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year–Sustained Excellence Award, recognizing their ongoing industry leadership.

Russ Vanos Russ Vanos, SVP, Strategy & Business Development, Itron

Russ Vanos, vice president sales and marketing, global software and services for Itron, is a utility industry and connected city visionary who played a major role in driving early smart grid technology adoption in North America. He is now leading Itron’s global software and services marketing and sales and remains integral to the Internet of Things and smart cities initiatives for the company.

Vanos manages all aspects of Itron’s software and services sales and marketing enablement. From solution management to sales, Vanos is responsible for all outcome-based software and services offerings for Itron globally.

Vanos joined Itron in 1980 and has held various leadership positions across sales, marketing and operations, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Vanos served as senior vice president of corporate strategy and business development.

Vanos is on the boards of the Washington State University Energy Innovation Center and Envision Charlotte, is a member of Edison Electric Institute (EEI), sits on the Cisco Internet of Things Steering Committee, and is a founding member of the Smart Cities Council. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, including The Economist Innovation Forum, Meeting of the Minds, Smart City Council Meetings, Cisco IOT World Forum, and Smart City Expo.



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