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Geoff Ferrell Geoff Ferrell, Chief Technology Officer, Mandalay Homes
Twitter ID: @ferrell_geoff

Geoff is Chief Technology Officer for Mandalay Homes, the nation's highest volume builder of the DOE's program for Zero Energy Ready Homes. Geoff oversees Mandalay's home innovation, implementation, and strategies to improve efficiency, durability, health, and comfort, while maintaining market competitiveness. Geoff studied Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, in disciplines including engineering and performance. In 2003 Geoff shifted careers and entered the home building industry working for Suncor as a construction manager in Arizona. In 2013, Geoff began his career with Mandalay Homes. Geoff's speaking engagements include RESNET, Tech Home Builder Summit, EEBA, IBS, Arizona Forward, and Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Workshops.

Kim Greene Kim Greene, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Southern Company

Kim Greene is the Chief Operating Officer for Southern Company, one of America’s largest energy providers. At Southern Company, she is responsible for the retail electric system operations and the growing wholesale business, Southern Power.

Greene is a strong voice in the energy sector, especially on issues related to emerging technologies and generation. She is a respected thought leader and advocate for the future of energy – from national energy policy and generation possibilities to the overall customer experience.

Greene is heavily involved in industry and STEM leadership having served on the boards of directors for the Electric Power Research Institute for the last seven years, the University of Tennessee College of Engineering and Valero Energy Corporation. She’s a distinguished member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame and a recipient of the University of Tennessee’s Distinguished Alumna Award.

Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP, Distributed Energy Management, Itron

Steve Hambric possesses 15 years of experience delivering services and solutions to the utilities industry. He is passionate about deploying innovative technology to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably. In that spirit, Steve will drive strategic sales of Comverge’s demand response, energy efficiency, and customer engagement solutions, and will also lead Sales Operations.

Prior to Comverge, Steve worked at Opower where he designed and sold behavioral energy efficiency and customer engagement programs to North American and European utilities. At Sapient, Steve was a leader in the energy and utilities practice, developing innovative business strategies and operational plans for the industry. Prior to Sapient, Steve worked at McKinsey & Company, providing strategic consulting services for fortune 500 energy companies.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Management and Information Systems, both from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. 

Dave Packard Dave Packard, Vice President, Utility Solutions, ChargePoint

Dave Packard co-founded ClipperCreek Inc., a provider of EV infrastructure and served as the company's president until 2014 when he joined ChargePoint. In 1998 he joined EVI, an electric vehicle infrastructure company that helped develop the modern standards which remain in place today. Dave began his career in engineering with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Sunnyvale, CA. He joined the EV market in the early 1990s as Vice President of Sales at EPTI, an Atlanta start-up, rapid battery charging company. Dave holds a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts.

Jamie Staples Jamie Staples, Head of Retail Energy Partnerships , Nest Labs

Jamie Staples is the Head of Retail Energy Partnership at Nest Labs. His work with deregulated energy partners focuses on leveraging Nest and Google hardware & software to drive customer engagement. Prior to Nest, Jamie spent several years at Opower where he led efficiency, demand response, and customer engagement programs with energy providers across the western and central US. 


Amena Ali Amena Ali, Chief Revenue Officer, Whisker Labs
Twitter ID: @whiskerlabs

Amena Ali is chief revenue officer at Whisker Labs, who is bringing home intelligence to home services. The company's sensing and software platform simply monitors the home's power network to determine appliance efficiency and alert to degradation and failure. Amena oversees business development, sales and marketing. Previously, she was CMO of Earth Networks. Amena's background includes 20+ years as a senior executive at software and telecommunications giants such as EMC Corporation and MCI, and several technology start-ups. She was also a management consultant with Bain & Company. Amena holds a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Yale. 

Rich Barone Rich Barone, Manager, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric / PLMA

Rich Barone is the Manager of the Demand Response department at Hawaiian Electric, and co-chair of the PLMA DER Integration Interest Group.  He provides leadership and direction in DR strategy, business cases, technologies and program portfolio and market development. Rich works across process areas and the three Hawaiian Electric utilities to optimize DR and Distributed Energy Resources to foster customer choice and system reliability while supporting the state’s clean energy goals. Rich joined Hawaiian Electric with over 15 years of strategic planning, early-stage technology assessment, software development and system integration expertise. His most recent experience is as Associate Director in Emerging Technologies at Navigant Consulting. In that role, his primary focus was in Demand Response and Smart Grid. Prior to his tenure with Navigant, Rich was employed by Pacific Controls, Inc. as VP, Smart Grid Services. Rich holds a M.S. in Energy Technology & Policy and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado. He earned an MS in E-commerce Application Development from Columbia University and he holds a dual B.A. in English and Philosophy from Boston College.

Mike Bates Mike Bates, Global General Manager, Energy, Intel

Michael Bates joined Intel in June of 2015 as the Worldwide General Manager for Energy reporting up through the worldwide sales and marketing organization. Michael leads a team calling on the world's largest organizations in the Oil & Gas and Utility segments. 

His mission is to create business value through the effective adoption of solutions and reference architectures designed to solve the industry’s most pressing business challenges. His role is responsible for delivering leadership messaging and setting strategic direction for accounts across the Energy sector. Mike serves on the board of the Gridwise Alliance and the Prime Alliance; working with its members to help navigate the transformation to the Utility of the Future. 

Previous to joining Intel Michael spent 15 + years leading within various companies in the energy sector. Most recently he was the general manager of Utilities at EnergyHub, prior to that he founded a consulting company where he led business development effort’s focused on implementation of consumer-facing smart energy applications and services. Earlier in his career he was with IBM as a member of their tiger team to lead business development efforts across key Grid Modernization opportunities. Before his time at IBM he served as VP of Sales at GridPoint which was one of the first to offer a full suite of behind-the-meter solutions to the utility market.

Michael holds a B.S. In Economics from Texas A&M University.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikebates35

Rob Berglund Rob Berglund, Business Unit Executive , The Weather Co.

Rob Berglund is the Global Director of Sales for Energy and Agriculture within the business solutions group at The Weather Company, an IBM Business.

In his role, Rob is responsible for growing the existing business through new markets, such as Oil & Gas and Agriculture. Rob is also responsible for providing innovation weather solutions to the energy and utility companies, as well as weather traders.

Prior to joining The Weather Company, Rob served in the United States Army. Rob received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management at The United States Military Academy at West Point.

Kari Binley Kari Binley, Expert Product Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric

Kari Binley is an Expert Product Manager in Energy Efficiency at Pacific Gas and Electric.  She started her career in consumer electronics as a merchant for regional consumer electronics retailers and helped launch technologies like HDTV.  Kari has worked at PG&E for over six years in energy efficiency bridging the gap between the utility and market makers and most recently working on PG&E’s connected home strategy.

Wayne Callender Wayne Callender, Zero Emissions Resource Manager, CPS Energy

Wayne is currently the Zero Emissions Resource Manager for CPS Energy.  He works in the Energy Market and Operations area and has operational responsibility for the utility’s wind, solar and demand response assets.  He has been at CPS for 24 years, and worked on a variety of projects, including: wholesale deregulation; retail market design; automated meter reading deployment; advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) and meter data management (MDM) procurement and deployment; home area networks (HAN) pilots and deployments; load research and analysis; and demand response. 

Chris Carradine Chris Carradine, EVP, Business Development, ecobee

Chris Carradine is Executive Vice President, Business Development at ecobee where he is responsible for strategic partnerships for utility, commercial and OEM customers. ecobee was the first company to launch a WiFi connected thermostat and today is on a mission to create smarter products that are beautifully designed, easy to use, provide comfort and savings for families and are good for our planet. Chris has a long track record of driving strategic change to help organizations deliver on financial, social, and environmental performance targets. Prior to ecobee, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Jantzi Research Inc., a top ranked investment research firm specializing in the performance of global securities with a social mandate. Chris also spent time at not for profit where he helped secure $50MM in funding to develop what is now recognized as the leading International Center for the Development of Cities. Chris has held other North American Sales and Marketing roles managing teams of 4 to 4000 staff.

Prateek Chakravarty Prateek Chakravarty, Head, International Sales and Customer Success, Bidgely

Prateek leads International Sales and Customer Success at Bidgely, a software company that provides the industry’s leading energy disaggregation solution. Prateek has led Bidgely to enter global markets across Europe, Australia and Asia through engagement with utilities and energy providers. 

Prior to Bidgely, Prateek was a Director at Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). Among other roles, he initiated a new project finance business that invested nearly $1 B in rooftop solar to help that industry grow in California, and set up PG&E’s first utility-owned solar plant. He also led the commodity sales and marketing organization through a turnaround, and advised the Board on market entry strategies for smart grid, distributed generation and electric vehicles.

Prateek formerly held leadership positions at Schlumberger, an oilfield technology service provider, in Russia, Indonesia and France. His responsibilities included business development, sales, operations and product management. He fondly remembers the four winters he spent in freezing Siberia generating new business opportunities and managing drilling rig operations.

He holds a BS degree from Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Prateek is an avid sports fan and an adventure globetrotter.

Dane Christensen Dane Christensen, Manager, Residential Systems Innovation & Performance, NREL

I lead a team of energy geeks at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), focusing on transformational data, control and integration for sensors, analytics, appliances, homes, buildings and communities. Dane joined NREL in 2008 with a goal to optimize buildings for their installed environment, software platforms for community-scale sustainability, and next-generation energy management algorithms and systems. We perform hands-on demonstrations of prototype and product alike, in both laboratories such as NREL's Systems Performance Lab as well as in real-world homes and buildings, to confirm product performance, understand and overcome failure modes, and verify positive impacts such as enhanced comfort, convenience, utility costs, ancillary services, and environmental benefits. Dane has over 40 peer-reviewed publications, three issued patents, and numerous software copyrights, patents pending and other innovative ventures.

Ben Clarin Ben Clarin, Sr. Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Ben Clarin is a Sr. Project Manager at the Electric Power Research Institute. Ben currently focuses on field demonstration and deployment projects integrating distributed energy resources and connected devices and systems. He manages an Advanced Energy Community Initiative at EPRI in which demonstration and deployment of ZNE communities is a subset of. Ben’s previous experience at EPRI includes energy efficient technology road mapping and serving as the principal investigator of a multi-utility collaborative investigating how best to deploy emerging technologies into utility energy-efficiency programs across the United States.

Ben graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Sustainable Energy from Santa Clara University. 

Ben Cohen Ben Cohen, Global Strategy Manager, AutoGrid Systems, Inc.
Twitter ID: @AutoGridSystems

Ben Cohen serves as the Global Strategy Manager at AutoGrid Systems. In his role, he formulates and helps drive market entry and growth strategies, as well as product road mapping to align with industry trends. Prior to joining AutoGrid he was an US Investment Associate for the Alibaba Group, where he focused on cloud infrastructure and SaaS businesses. Ben is fluent in Mandarin and spent several years working in China for the Nicobar Group, a nuclear energy-specialized consultancy, as well as investment firms Huasong Capital and Daofu Assets. He received his M.B.A from Harvard University and his B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University.

Mark Cosby Mark Cosby, Director - Business Development, Westar Energy

Mark Cosby's responsibilities at Westar Energy include business development, product development and program management, focused on driving customer engagement and revenue growth. Since joining Westar in 2014, Mark has assisted Westar in establishing successful partnerships that have extended the Westar brand and deepened customer relationships. Mark's career has centered around developing and executing business and marketing strategies related to emerging technologies, including marketing, strategy, sales and operational leadership roles in Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging start-ups such as Sprint, Avaya, Nortel, Editure, Learning Station and Lucent Technologies. Mark earned an MBA from the University of Kansas and a BBA with a major in Accounting from the University of Oklahoma. Mark and his wife, Jimmie Marie, reside in Overland Park, Kansas. 

Chris DeSchamp Chris DeSchamp, Director Customer Solutions Development, Vectren

Christopher DeSchamp is Director of Customer Solutions Development at Vectren Corporation, where he focuses on new energy solutions - smart cities, smart homes, smart buildings and smart energy. He has also worked with leading consumer brands Schlage, Rubbermaid, and Fiskars. Christopher is a futurist who thinks and acts boldly. He makes what is technically feasible a reality and implements technology solutions that improve lives and positively impact the environment.

Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP & GM of Energy Markets, Energy Hub, Inc., Alarm.com

Erika has over 15 years of experience in product management, business development, and marketing for clean tech companies and investors. She manages EnergyHub's demand response aggregation business.

Before joining EnergyHub, she was the SVP of Corporate Development and Strategy at Recyclebank, where she developed corporate and industry partnerships and drove development and maintenance of Recyclebank's core products.  Previously, she was head of business development at ThinkEco, where she helped build utility, retail and corporate business while playing a key role in product development.

Erika is the Co-Founder of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association. She holds a BA in environmental studies from Vassar College, a MESc from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is also a member of the advisory council of the NYPrize.

Shane Fay Shane Fay, SVP Sales and Marketing, Grid4C

Mr. Fay is Senior Vice President Sales for Grid4C with responsibility for growing Grid4C's global business, building and leading the sales organization, and developing important customer relationships throughout the world. For most of his eighteen-year career, Mr. Fay has secured millions in new contracted business and delivered innovative solutions to energy companies and consumers. Mr. Fay holds an MBA from the University of Georgia, a BBA in Information Systems from Baylor University, and is passionate about shaping the future of how the world consumes energy more efficiently.

Denver Hinds Denver Hinds, R&D Project Manager, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Denver Hinds manages smart energy device testing and integration efforts for many pilots and programs at SMUD as the DER Interoperability Laboratory manager and Connected Customer Technology lead. Denver has a diverse background in electronic product design and systems engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of the Pacific, and a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute.

David Holland David Holland, Sr. Manager, Business Development, Connected Homes, Honeywell

Dave Holland is a Senior Manager – Business Development of Partnerships for Honeywell’s Connected Home organization. This business focuses on developing software applications and partner ecosystems across Honeywell’s residentially focused product offerings. Dave manages the relationships with software companies who call on the utility industry to foster their energy efficiency and demand response initiatives through Honeywell technology.  Dave also looks for ways to add value to Honeywell’s consumer base and its partners. 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 and 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 software and cloud services, to create effortless consumer experiences that delight our customers.

Over the past 30 years, Dave has held various roles in operations, sales and business development across Honeywell’s suite of utility focused, Demand Side Management business.

Dr. Marissa Hummon Dr. Marissa Hummon, Director of Product, Tendril

Marissa Hummon is Director of Product at Tendril, a provider of customer-facing software to the energy industry, based in Boulder, Colorado. In her current role, Marissa leads the market analysis and technology architecture for Tendril’s connected home demand management solutions, Orchestrated Energy, at Tendril. Previously, she led demand response and distributed energy grid modeling at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the Energy Analysis group. Marissa started her career in grid integration of renewables by looking at some of the core problems with modeling the intermittency and variability of renewable technologies. Before joining Tendril, she worked on quantifying the value of demand response and storage technologies in wholesale electricity markets. She earned her BA in Physics from Colorado College and her PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.

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.

Matt Johnson Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub

Matt's primary focus is building relationships with distributed energy resource (DER) manufacturers and service providers who are interested in adding their connected devices to the Mercury DERMS platform. Matt also works with utilities deploying smart thermostats and other DERs for demand response and load management programs. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Matt held a variety of positions in the energy sector, including serving as Director of Business Development at Gaia Power Technologies, an energy storage firm, and as an Assistant Vice President at Sentech, a clean energy consultancy.

Matt holds an MBA and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dave Kaintz Dave Kaintz, Senior Manager, Southern California Edison

Dave Kaintz is a senior manager in the Customer Programs & Services Product Development Group in his 9th year with Southern California Edison.   He’s currently leading teams developing customer facing solutions including Transportation Electrification programs as well as having implemented SCE’s Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smart Thermostat Demand Response program which is now a leading DR Program in SCE’s Portfolio of customer offerings.  Dave has also supported Demand Side Management tracking system needs including an SAP/CRM implementation, as well as the development and launch of a customer self-service on-line energy audit solution.  Prior to joining SCE, Dave was with IBM in a variety of roles including new business development and leading application development and hardware service support teams.  Dave has a degree in Business from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, and holds a couple of certifications including Project Management (PMI) and Total Quality Management (TQM).  When Dave is not working, he can be found spending time with family, playing volleyball at the local beach, or camping and hiking in Yosemite.

Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions, 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.

Robert J. King Robert J. King, CEO, Good Company Associates

Good Company Associates provides legislative and regulatory, as well as, business development consulting and support services to a range of energy technology and service companies.  King spends the bulk of his time today as North American Policy Advisor to Whisker Labs advocating for energy efficiency and demand response markets.  He previously served as a Vice President of Resource Management International, now Navigant Consulting, and regional director of KENETECH Corporation.  King earlier had a 20-year career in government service. He was the first director of renewable energy programs for the Tennessee Valley Authority, worked for the Lt. Governor and the Governor of Texas, and the Governor of California.  He currently serves as CEO of the Southcentral Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource, and is on the boards of the Gulf Coast Power Association, Advanced Energy Management Alliance, and Mission:data. He is a registered engineer and lobbyist, and trained mediator.  Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt engineering school, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, at UT, Austin.

Brian Kirchman Brian Kirchman, New Product Program Manager, Customer Programs, Commonwealth Edison

Brian has over 10 years of experience in the utility space with a focus on work in demand response, energy efficiency, connected home, and internet of things. Brian's role at ComEd is to head up customer programs innovation and design an develop new enhancements, rates and programs that will help improve customer experience and ComEd's utility-of-the-future initiatives.

Kevin Klages Kevin Klages, Senior Vice President, Mass Markets, Constellation
Twitter ID: @constellationeg

A 25-year veteran of the retail and energy services industry, Klages leads Constellation's mass markets business which serves more than 2.5 million residential and small business customers in 24 states and Washington D.C., and includes the Startex Power, Constellation Home, and BGE HOME businesses. Professional History Previously, Klages was President & CEO, BGE HOME. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan to differentiate Constellation's deregulated gas & electricity products with home energy service offerings to deepen relationships and drive earnings for the organization. Klages became head of BGE HOME in 2008, which is one of the largest home energy services providers in the country. He also served as chief customer experience officer from 2010-2012 and was responsible for developing a culture of service excellence. From 2012-2013, Klages took on additional responsibilities to lead the implementation arm of Constellation's energy services business line. Klages has worked in the retail side of the utility industry since he joined the company in 1988 and has held various leadership roles in merchandising and gas and appliance services. He has been instrumental in developing the strategic plans for BGE HOME since its inception in 1995 with the acquisition of Maryland Environmental Systems. Prior to joining Constellation, Klages was a management consultant with Deloitte where he worked with large and mid-sized businesses on process improvement. Civic Involvement Klages holds several professional and charitable board memberships. As a cancer survivor with a passion for the American Cancer Society, he is involved in several areas of the organization including Hope Lodge, a home away from home for cancer patients. He is also a board member of the United Way of Central Maryland. Education Klages received his bachelor's degree in management information systems from Loyola University and his masters of business administration from the University of Baltimore.

Peter Klauer Peter Klauer, Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, California ISO

Peter Klauer is a Senior Advisor, Smart Grid Technology, at the California Independent System Operator Corporation in Folsom California. The California ISO provides open and non-discriminatory access to over 80% of the state’s wholesale electricity transmission grid, supported by a competitive energy market and comprehensive infrastructure planning effort.
Peter is responsible for supporting smart grid research and facilitating the integration of emerging smart grid technologies into the ISO’s wholesale energy markets and operational systems.  Peter acts in an advisory role on technical programs and research initiatives, including, the California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge, local and national laboratory research initiatives and smart grid grant proposals, and California Investor Owned Utility demonstration projects with the ISO.  Peter also supports state energy policy development in emerging renewable and smart grid technology areas within the California Public Utilities Commission’s Energy Division.

Manoj Kumar Manoj Kumar, CEO, Powerley

Manoj Kumar is a business strategy and operations professional with 25+ years of experience in driving growth and improving EBITDA for technology companies across the world.

As the CEO of Powerley, Manoj is implementing a vision to proliferate intelligent home solutions through the utility channel. Powerley is working with global utilities to deliver an entirely new smart home experience by blending home energy management and home automation – delivering new levels of efficiency, new consumer experiences and new connected revenue streams. 

Prior to Powerley, Manoj was a Partner at McKinsey & Co.’s Silicon Valley office, helping clients with strategy and operations advice to scale and grow. Prior to McKinsey, Manoj was a Partner at PwC and PRTM (acquired by PwC). And, earlier in his career held engineering roles at Cypress Semiconductor and Allied Signal.

Manoj has earned an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Semiconductor Physics/Computer Engineering from Michigan State University, and a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from Mangalore University, India.

Art Lancaster Art Lancaster, CTO, Affinegy
Twitter ID: @Affinegy
Website: http://www.affinegy.com

As CTO and co-founder of Affinegy, Art drives the company’s technology strategy and oversees solution development. As the team’s digital thought leader, he delivers expert guidance on distributed computing, wireless technologies, and advanced IOT architectures.

Art’s development expertise, wide-ranging industry knowledge, and deeply connected customer network ensure Affinegy products not only reduce equipment costs and increase architectural choices but leverage emerging technologies such as NFV and SDNs in ways that have the potential to revolutionize the telecommunications industry. He has a unique combination of expertise in IP networking, IP video, WiFi, semiconductor technology and agile software development.

Art speaks regularly at industry events as an advocate for open standards and open source software to achieve broad interoperability. He is active in the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), serving as chair of its AllSeen Work Group and Bridging Task Group. He previously served on the board of the AllSeen Alliance, where he was instrumental in the merger between the AllSeen Alliance and OCF, which formed the industry’s largest IOT standards coalition.

Art has an MBA from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in solid-state electronics and I.C. technology from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering, cum laude, from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Alton Martin Alton Martin, Co-Founder/Chief Evangelist, 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.

David Meisegeier David Meisegeier, VP and Senior Technical Director , ICF International

David Meisegeier is a vice president and senior technical director at ICF, with 25 years of experience in energy efficiency, demand side management and pollution prevention for the residential sector. His professional skills include design and implementation of strategic energy efficiency and demand reduction programs; market and technology assessments of energy efficient products and systems; and information technology development. Having previously served as ICF’s residential sector lead, David now focuses on helping utilities develop solutions for their rapidly changing landscape including distributed energy resources, customer engagement, Internet of Things programs, and grid modernization.

Deb Merril Deb Merril, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Just Energy

Deb was appointed President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Just Energy Group Inc. in April, 2014. The promotion-from-within confirmed Deb’s accomplished leadership and contribution to the company’s sustained growth. Prior to becoming co-CEO, she led the organization’s commercial business as President of Hudson Energy Services. With the acquisition of Hudson in 2010, she led the integration with seasoned acuity to optimize the value of Hudson’s advanced online pricing and contracting technology with Just Energy’s core sales competencies. Under her guidance, the Hudson business doubled in size from 680,000 RCEs (Residential Customer Equivalents) to 1.6 Million RCEs within two and a half years. Deb further extended Just Energy’s commercial footprint with the expansion of Hudson Energy Services into the UK commercial market in 2012, followed by entry into the residential market in 2013 with Green Star Energy.  Under her guidance, the UK businessdeveloped, through strong and rapid growth, to become one of the company’s largest markets for new customer additions.

In 2002, Deb co-founded Just Energy LP, a Houston-based retail energy start-up. Sensing the opportunities presented by a newly deregulated energy market in Texas, Deb partnered with four former industry colleagues to launch the venture with a blueprint designed for longevity and growth. Capitalizing on previous industry experience, Deb combined her commodity expertise with a prudent fiscal management approach. It was an environment that necessitated agility and tenacity; qualities embedded in Deb’s DNA. 

In 2007, the $34 million business caught the attention of then Energy Savings Group, which purchased Just Energy, retaining its sound operational structure, and the proven leadership team behind it.  In 2009, Energy Savings re-branded under Just Energy Group Inc. – a turn of events that brings Deb, as Just Energy’s top Executive, full circle with the regional start-up she co-launched in 2002.

Today, as co-CEO of a leading North American energy company,  Deb is committed to achieving Just Energy’s vision of “becoming a world class retailer of energy solutions; leading with value and innovation to empower customers with better tools that put them in the driver’s seat of their energy management. I know we can be at the front of that transformation.”

Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Supervisor for Energy Management Tools at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. Joel earned his bachelor's degree with a major in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Wayne State University and an M.B.A. from of the Central Michigan University with concentrations in the Value Driven Organization and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. His primary focus are those processes that gain deep insight into customer behaviors, market potential, and the application of emerging technology that delivers an excellent customer experience. 

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. 

Sujata Neidig Sujata Neidig, VP, Marketing, Thread Group; Director, Product Marketing, Microcontrollers & Connectivity, NXP , Thread Group / NXP
Twitter ID: @SujataNeidig

Sujata Neidig has over 20 years of experience in the semiconductor industry and has served in a variety of roles ranging from product engineering to marketing and business development. She is currently a Business Development Manager responsible for driving NXP's processors and connectivity leadership and growth in the consumer market. Prior to this role, Sujata worked in business development and product marketing for NXP's i.MX applications processors. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD, VP Market Development, Enervee

Anne Arquit Niederberger is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors around the globe to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. She began her career as a scientist, working with some of the leading figures in paleoclimatology and contributing to various Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. She subsequently transitioned to a decade of climate & clean energy policy, serving during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate and energy policy and established Swiss carbon markets. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions, where she advised public and private clients from across the globe on climate & clean energy solutions and spearheaded diverse implementation partnerships, such as the Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric Motor Systems harmonization effort, the $1.2 billion Swiss Climate Cent and the World Bank National Strategy Studies program to support national carbon market development. She graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College, holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography, completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a focus on global change at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and served as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.

Erik Norwood Erik Norwood, CEO, Curb Inc.
Twitter ID: @Erik_Norwood

As a former solar executive and Boeing rocket scientist, Erik Norwood has been building products that push the boundaries of technology and bringing them to market for over a decade. Norwood leads CURB's strategic vision. From space-based sun trackers to circuit monitoring hardware to energy apps, Norwood's product experience spans the mechanical, electrical and software continuum. Since 2010, he's been working to solve one of biggest problems facing our society: wasted energy. As founder and CEO of CURB, his goal is to create large-scale social change by providing people with actionable data that inspires them to better manage their energy usage and reduce electricity bills. Prior to CURB, Norwood worked in the solar industry, identified investment targets for VCs, and oversaw development projects at Boeing. As a supporter of STEM education, Norwood has led multiple initiatives to help students develop a passion for solving problems with technology. Norwood has an MBA from the McCombs Schools of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, a master's in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California, and a BA from Pitzer College. 

Gerry O'Brien Gerry O'Brien, COO, Blue Line Innovations

Since joining Blue Line in 2006 Gerry has guided the company's product and technology direction. Throughout his long and varied career he has focused on designing and creating innovative product solutions with companies such as NetManage/Simware (Director Technology Alliances) Choreo Systems (Director of Technical Services) and Calcamar Inc. (President & CTO).

As Chief Operating Officer Gerry brings his extensive knowledge and experience to guiding Blue Line's day-to-day activities.

"The interesting thing about leading the product development team is being able to bring sophisticated, yet simple to use, products to market that solve common everyday problems for many people. Our efforts can have significant impacts not only on our users pocketbooks and attitudes but also on the environment we all share."

Outside of work Gerry enjoys cooking & entertaining as well as sharing his passion for astronomy with friends.

Ben Polly Ben Polly, Senior Research Engineer, NREL

Ben joined NREL in 2009. He specializes in the development, validation, and application of energy analysis approaches for individual buildings and collections of buildings. He has developed and applied software testing approaches for residential audit tools and associated utility bill calibration methods, methods for calculating life-cycle-cost-optimal retrofit packages, and approaches for analyzing measured energy consumption to estimate retrofit energy savings and improve software prediction accuracy. Ben's current research interests also include net zero buildings and neighborhoods, urban energy design and optimization, inverse design of buildings systems and materials, and smart grid-enabling building technologies (e.g., building energy storage).
In addition to his work at NREL, Ben serves on the Building Performance Institute (BPI) Data & Modeling Standards Technical Committee (STC) and several industry working groups for BPI and the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).
Prior to joining NREL, Ben's graduate research focused on nanoscale material characterization, biomechanics, vibrations, and continuum mechanics.

Blake Richetta Blake Richetta, SVP, sonnen, Inc.

Blake Richetta graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Masters in Business Administration in 2001. He spent 15 years at Lutron Electronics developing business models and implementing new business channels for home lighting products before joining Tesla Motors as North American Powerwall Sales Manager. Blake joined sonnen, Inc. as Vice President of Sales in 2016 and was promoted to Senior Vice President of sonnen, Inc. and named “Representative of the Global CEO” for North American operations in 2017. In his short time at sonnen, Blake has led the US organization into a period of rapid sales and organizational growth. Outside of work, Blake enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife Priya, and is an active volunteer and philanthropist in his hometown of Santa Monica, CA.

	 Bill Scheffler Bill Scheffler, Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Business Development, eZLO

Kevin Schwain Kevin Schwain, Director of Program Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Kevin Schwain is leading Xcel Energy’s newly formed Electric Vehicle Program.  Kevin has been with Xcel Energy for 10 years and has lead the development of pilots and programs aimed at helping utility customers save energy and money or use more renewable energy.  Previous to Xcel Energy, Kevin has held roles in strategy and operations at Target Corporation and Hewlett Packard.  He holds an undergraduate engineering degree from Iowa State University and both MBA and MS in engineering degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Justin Segall Justin Segall, President, Co-Founder, Simple Energy

Justin Segall is the President and Founder of Simple Energy, an energy software company. Simple Energy delivers a turnkey solution to help utilities build a customer relationship for the future by motivating customer action and streamlining transactions and program adoption. The Simple Energy customer engagement and marketplace solutions use data science, behavioral psychology, energy analytics, and integrated incentives with e-commerce to deliver energy and demand savings while enabling distributed energy resource adoption. With years of experience serving utilities across the US and Canada, Simple Energy offers proven technology and marketing capabilities to help utilities profit from the sale of new products and services while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Justin brings experience in the energy industry, community engagement, and business development. Justin leads strategy, partnerships, sales and operations for Simple Energy. Previously he served as VP of Resource Development for Renewable Choice Energy. Justin led the firm’s trading and origination, executing significant transactions in renewable energy and carbon markets. Previously Justin served in senior roles with the $3 billion Atlanta BeltLine project, the largest, most comprehensive sustainable urban redevelopment project in the U.S. Justin graduated cum laude from Duke University where he spearheaded Duke’s path to leadership in sustainability.

Jayesh Shah Jayesh Shah, Director, Marketing Strategy, Direct Energy

As Director of Marketing Strategy for Direct Energy, Jayesh Shah has responsibility for marketing strategy, business development, strategic partnerships, go-to-market strategy and campaign execution for Direct Energy.

Since joining Direct Energy in 2012, Jay has served in several roles supporting the residential commercial team across Centrica, most recently as Direct Energy’s Commercial Director for Texas with responsibility for growing and maximizing operating profit through strategy development and execution across key GM functions: customer acquisition/retention, business development, product management, customer experience, and pricing.

Before joining Direct Energy, Jay worked in various consulting and strategy roles across the oil & gas, biotechnology, consumer goods and retail energy industries.  

Jay resides in Houston, Texas, with his wife and three children. 

Jessie Shoemaker Jessie Shoemaker, Energy Storage Business Developer, Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas
Twitter ID: @mercedesbenz

Jessie H. Shoemaker is responsible for residential energy storage business development at Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC (A Daimler Company), bringing innovative grid-edge technology to market. Jessie is focused on managing tier 1 partnerships to introduce Mercedes-Benz Energy residential storage systems to the US market. Jessie received a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and is a six-year veteran of the energy services and storage sectors, with considerable experience developing & implementing energy efficiency programs for utilities. An avid outdoorsperson, Jessie is passionate about working on the leading edge of energy service decarbonization, viewing it as a crucial key component to climate stabilization and a sustainable future.

Greg Sorenson PE, CIA Greg Sorenson PE, CIA, Supervisor, Market Power and Mitigation, Southwest Power Pool (SPP)

Greg Sorenson, PE, is an expert in markets, power plant operations, and grid operations. He is the supervisor of the market surveillance team at SPP. Prior to his market work, he was NERC Operations and Planning Auditor for the SPP Regional Entity. Greg is also a NERC-Certified RC.

Dr. Kenneth Wacks Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Home, Building & Utility Systems

Dr. Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to 150 clients worldwide. His business spans home and building systems, utility customer services, and digital entertainment networks (including HDTV and IPTV). Clients seek his help to locate strategic business partners, financing, and new customers. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants. Please visit www.kenwacks.com for information about clients and projects.

He was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to the 13-member GridWise Architecture Council to develop smart grid strategies for reliable and efficient distribution of electricity. The Consumer Electronics Association chose Dr. Wacks to chair the international committee (ISO/IEC) establishing world standards for home and building systems and energy management. In addition, he has written American National Standards in home automation.

Dr. Wacks chairs the Editorial Advisory Board of the CABA magazine iHomes & Buildings (available at www.caba.org) and is a featured contributor under the byline “Ken Wacks’Perspectives.” Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Gene Wang Gene Wang, CEO & Co-founder, People Power
Twitter ID: @PeoplePowerCo
Website: http://www.peoplepowerco.com

Gene Wang is CEO and co-founder of People Power, an award-winning software company focused on delivering comprehensive white-label IoT solutions for security, energy and care services. As CEO of 4 successful technology startups, his accomplishments are far ranging as the leader of an acclaimed mobile device management software company sold to HP in 2007 (Bitfone), and the development leader of the iconic C++ programming language while at Borland in his early career. Bolstered by his technical and end-user vision for great experiences, Gene is committed to the development of meaningful, differentiated IoT solutions that address high-growth opportunities. An avid musician and bandleader, Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Paul Wattles Paul Wattles, Sr. Analyst, Market Design, ERCOT

Paul Wattles is Senior Analyst, Market Design and Development, at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the Independent System Operator for 90% of Texas electric load. The Market Design team leads initiatives to enhance the long-term efficiency of ERCOT's markets. Paul has been with ERCOT since May 2004 and has over 16 years of electric industry experience with an emphasis on market design, advanced metering, demand response, and governmental affairs. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson with a degree in journalism.


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.

Stephanie Heeney Stephanie Heeney, Account Executive, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @HeeneyAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Stephanie Heeney joined Parks Associates in 2016. She brings a wealth of experience from a diverse background including Information Technology, Energy, and Consulting. Stephanie is a member of our business development team and has a passion for helping clients solve problems. Stephanie graduated from the University of Western Ontario (now Western) in Canada with a double major in English Literature and Psychology.

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