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Keynotes


Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely, with the mission of leveraging data to transform the utility industry. Today, Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for UtilityAI.  As CEO, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013. Customer Energy Solutions is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, customer solar and renewable subscription offerings, green building program, advanced transportation, market analytics and key accounts, which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers.
 
Kimberly also manages Corporate Communications for Austin Energy, including Public Information and Marketing Communications. These areas promote the utility’s promise of being customer driven and community focused while bringing visibility to all the services and programs offered to customers.
 
Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 35 years and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. She served as Salt River’s director of customer programs and marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans, and services; measurement and evaluation; and market research. Previous roles included managing Salt River’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.
Kimberly serves  as Chairman of the Board for SPEER (South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Pecan Street Inc., the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation, serves on the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Research Advisory Committee and is a member of the EPRI Power Delivery Sector Council.
 
Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University and a Master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.


Advisory Board


Martha Amram Martha Amram, Founder & CEO, WattzOn and Green Button Alliance

Martha founded WattzOn to help people save energy by personalizing insights and recommendations through sophisticated analytics. . As CEO, she focuses on strategic business development, and brings her energy and analytics expertise to the company’s Big Data/Machine Learning work. Martha is a frequent speaker on the residential energy efficiency market, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. A serial entrepreneur, Martha has was previously CEO of Vocomo Software (a voice software company), Chief Economist of PLX Systems (a patent and copyright software company), and co-founder of Glaze Creek Partners, a consulting firm she sold to Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI). She served as a Managing Director at Navigant, working with Fortune 500 companies, and utility companies. Martha is the co-author of two books published by the Harvard Business School Press (Value Sweep and Real Options), and a third book published by McGraw-Hill. Martha serves on several non-profit boards and is a member of the Executive Board of the Sloan School of Management, MIT. Martha holds a PhD in Applied Economics from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BA in Mathematics and a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Washington.


Leah Barton Leah Barton, VP & GM, Home Protection, Direct Energy

Leah Barton is Vice President & General Manager, Home Protection, North America Home, Centrica plc, with full P&L responsibility for home warranties, protection plans, and appliance programs. Leah has over 15 years of energy industry experience spanning commercial, IT, finance, marketing, and operations leadership roles at Centrica, MXenergy, and Shell Chemical LP.  Early in her career, Leah managed hydrogen power system engineering with Nuvera Fuel Cells and also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.
 
Leah holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is active in the Houston community, currently serving as President of the UH Friends of Women’s Studies, Director and Past President of EMERGE Fellowship, Director of the St. Paul's United Methodist Foundation, and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.


Anna Demeo PhD Anna Demeo PhD, President, Racepoint Energy

Dr. Anna Demeo is the President of Racepoint Energy. She has extensive experience in renewable energy solutions and micro grid technology as well as emerging utility models and energy markets. Dr. Demeo has consulted with businesses and universities in the U.S. and Europe and was a Visiting Professor at the Energy Center at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, an MS in Marine Bio Resources and a PhD in Engineering in the Natural Sciences from the University of Maine.


Colin Gibbs Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy and Growth, Bidgely


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, President of North America, eSmart Systems

Steve joined Itron as part of the Comverge acquisition and integrated the businesses. He now runs the Consumer Energy Management business unit at Itron, which includes strategy, forecasting, demand response, customer engagement, and disaggregation. CEM objective is to create outcomes for utilities that enable them to thrive in new economic and operational models.

Prior to Comverge and Itron, Steve’s career was focused on customer-facing utility programs, including his positions at Opower, Sapient and McKinsey. Steve is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Virginia, and also has his MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.  


Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, Vice President, General Manager, Connected Home, Resideo Connected Home
Twitter ID: @honeywell_home

Scott Harkins brings 30 years of experience in residential markets to Resideo as our vice president and general manager of Connected Home. In this role, Harkins leads a portfolio of solutions that make homes smarter, more efficient, and more secure around the world.
 
Previously, he held several sales and leadership positions at Honeywell, where he began working in 1995. He was instrumental in the business’s transformation to connected, software- driven solutions. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell Connected Home, where he managed software offerings for the Security, Comfort, and Life Care Solutions businesses. Harkins was also responsible for managing relationships with technology companies as well as the developer and startup communities.
 
Harkins has also been vice president of partner development for Connected Home, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Security Products, Americas, and vice president and general manager of Honeywell Systems.
 
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.


Siva Iyer Siva Iyer, Director, Smart Home, Carrier

Siva Iyer is the Product Director for Connected Home at Carrier’s residential HVAC business. He has extensive experience in the HVAC industry and in controls and a keen interest in using new technologies to enhance user experience and increase energy efficiency. Prior to joining Carrier, Siva was in product management and strategy roles in Honeywell and TSI Inc.


Rahul Kar Rahul Kar, VP of Industry Solutions , AutoGrid Systems


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

Deborah Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January 2013. Customer Energy Solutions is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, customer solar and renewable subscription offerings, green building program, advanced transportation, market analytics and key accounts, which serves Austin Energy’s largest customers.
 
Kimberly also manages Corporate Communications for Austin Energy, including Public Information and Marketing Communications. These areas promote the utility’s promise of being customer driven and community focused while bringing visibility to all the services and programs offered to customers.
 
Kimberly has worked in the utility industry for more than 35 years and spent more than 22 years at the Salt River Project in Central Arizona. She served as Salt River’s director of customer programs and marketing, where she was responsible for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of all products, price plans, and services; measurement and evaluation; and market research. Previous roles included managing Salt River’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.
Kimberly serves  as Chairman of the Board for SPEER (South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Pecan Street Inc., the Association of Women in Energy, the Austin Science Education Foundation, serves on the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute Research Advisory Committee and is a member of the EPRI Power Delivery Sector Council.
 
Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Stanford University and a Master's degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona.


Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, Energy Efficiency , DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Principal Supervisor for the SmartHome program at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. As a serial Incubation Innovator, Joel has delivered breakthrough award winning program designs. This is the result of integrating a wide range of Innovation tools and systems including Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile Development and Lean Six Sigma.


Paul Notti Paul Notti, Director of Global Sales, Distributed Energy Management, Itron

Paul joined Itron in 2017 to lead the sales organization for Itron’s Distributed Energy Management group.
 
Prior to Itron, Paul was the West Sales Leader for Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions, where he sold energy efficiency, demand response, and water conservation solutions. He built and nurtured relationships across the western U.S. with PG&E, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas, Nevada Power, Puget Sound Energy, LADWP, and others, helping him close over $150M in contract orders over 10 years.
 
He has also led sales for a number of start-ups in the utility services space and spent 5 years running programs for a utility services implementation company, including a Seattle City Light lighting direct installation pilot, PG&E multifamily direct install project; and an MMWD Water Conservation Baseline Study.
 
Paul has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Alex Segars Alex Segars, Product Lead, Connected Home, Reliant


Curtis Snyder Curtis Snyder, Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning , Comcast

Curtis Snyder is the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable in Philadelphia. He is responsible for identifying and helping incubate new business opportunities for Comcast in the energy and connected home space, incorporating energy supply, energy management and security and automation. Prior to his current role, Curtis was an Executive Director of Strategic Planning for Comcast Cable, where he helped to drive the long-term strategic plan for the Cable business, as well as pricing strategy and portfolio management. Prior to Comcast, Curtis held a variety of corporate finance and strategy roles at Cisco Systems in San Jose. He spent eight years in equity research at Prudential and Merrill Lynch, specializing in the networking, cable & satellite, and media industries. He holds a BA degree from Princeton University.


Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Constellation
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Mike Wajsgras is the Executive Director of Innovation  & Growth at Constellation, an Exelon Company. A founding member of the leadership team that created Constellation’s Mass Markets business, Mike is currently responsible for the key growth areas of the multi-billion dollar consumer and small commercial competitive energy business for Constellation. He is primarily focused on product and business innovation that has delivered meaningful and lasting growth opportunities for the core energy, services, and consumer technology businesses.  Mr. Wajsgras launched the company’s entry into the smart home category with the launch of Constellation Connect (www.constellationconnect.com) in late 2018 and continues to serve as the Managing Director of the business line.


Moderators


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Market Segmentation, Competitive Analysis, Channel/Go-to-Market Strategy, Forecasting, Voice of Customer, Product Roadmap Planning, Sales Training

As Vice President, Denise leads Parks Associates research operations and business strategy. She leverages her substantial leadership experience working for both manufacturers and service providers, where she has led 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.

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Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @COatParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring 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. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies.. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

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 collaboration.

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

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

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

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