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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


Colin Gibbs Colin Gibbs, VP Strategy and Growth, Bidgely


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP Consumer Energy Management, Itron

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

Debbie Kimberly joined Austin Energy in January, 2013 as the Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions.  Her organization is responsible for the utility’s energy efficiency and demand response programs, solar program, green building and advanced transportation, market analytics and the key accounts function.

Debbie has worked in the utility industry for over 34 years, and spent more than 22 years at Salt River Project.  She was SRP’s Director of Customer Programs and Marketing, where she had responsibility for energy efficiency product design and implementation; marketing of utility products, price plans and services; measurement & evaluation and market research.   Previous positions included managing SRP’s financial services organization and involvement in public policy and strategic planning initiatives.

She earned her B.A. degree in International Relations from Stanford University and her Master's in International Management from Thunderbird.

Kimberly serves on the EPRI Power Delivery Unit Sector Council, SPEER’s (South Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource) Board of Directors (Vice Chair), the Board of Pecan Street Research and the Board of the Association of Women in Energy.


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.


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

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. 


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