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Marcio Avillez Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI
Twitter ID: @CUJOAI

Marcio Avillez 21 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. Marcio graduated cum laude with a BS in Physics from American University and holds an MBA in General Management from Georgetown University. Previously led Global Network Development and OMX Product teams at iPass. Previously a member of the Board of Directors at Wireless Broadband Alliance. Marcio Avillez leads the CUJO AI business development team. He is focused on developing relationships with service providers and OEMs globally.


Rand Bailin Rand Bailin, Partner, Sprosty Network

Rand's expertise is in identifying leading wireless technologies and how they create new disruptive business opportunities. As a respected leader in the wireless industry, and a former executive of Sprint/Nextel, he has deep operational experience in developing and launching new mobile ventures. Rand led the acquisition of Boost Mobile, was the COO of Senior Vitals, a mobile healthcare venture, and was the President and CEO of Zubie, a Best Buy venture company serving the telematics industry. Having built numerous solutions in the PaaS market for large retailers, Rand helps our clients at the intersection of connected consumer electronics and mobile technology. Rand holds an MBA from American University's Kogod School of Business.


Christopher Brereton Christopher Brereton, VP of Product, Inspire

Chris Brereton is the VP of Product at Inspire , where he leads a world-class product team in developing the world’s first consumer technology platform to fight climate change through powering homes with clean energy and systematically reducing energy consumption. Chris brings 12+ years of experience in leading purpose-driven business and product development and design.
 
A serial entrepreneur, and visionary in designing products for a better world that consumers love, Chris has launched and scaled several technology companies prior to joining Inspire. Chris first founded PwrdBy, a mobile-first platform that helps large chapter based nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Miracle Network, and Boys and Girls Club more effectively advance their missions through mobile first technologies. Chris was also the co-founder and CPO of Thematic, a music licensing company that helps distribute music across platforms like YouTube and Instagram to creators in exchange for a license to the music and copyright protection. Both ventures are still active and continuing to pursue their missions to support nonprofits, music artists, and creators. Most recently, Chris lead global product at Cornerstone OnDemand, where he transformed the company’s LMS into a B2B2C learning platform for clients like Amazon and KMPG.
 
Chris also participates in several community non-profit initiatives, including serving as a mentor at Ready to Succeed and as a founding member of the Digital Philanthropy Committee for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also led a team of creative technologists under #HackFosterCareLA which supported the largest opportunity for family reunification through automating scheduled visits for families in the foster care system. The product is now funded by the Pritzker foundation and is being rolled out across the Department of Children and Family Services.


Peter Butler Peter Butler, General Manager, Trusource Labs

Peter Butler uses his unique background in customer experience, engineering, behavioral coaching, analytics and team building to lead the Systematic Insights® group at Everise. He joined the company in 2018 as part of the acquisition of nationally recognized connected device support firm Trusource Labs.
 
Systematic Insights, which Peter helped to develop, is a methodology for identifying customer support data across channels to isolate and identify product or service shortcomings at their root, for the purpose of greatly improving the user experience.
 
Peter also leads the Everise Beta Support and Technical Engineering teams, working to build outstanding product experience functions for some of the world’s foremost smart home device companies. 
 
Previously, Peter developed and led specialty programs for several well-known companies, including Apple.


Naveen Chhangani Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product and Services, Arlo

As Head of Product and Services 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, the CEO of Cirrent, 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 (ran sales and marketing at multiple companies) 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.


Maggie Curran Maggie Curran, Vice President Sales, E-Commerce and Business Divisions, Americas, Belkin International

Maggie Curran oversees all e-commerce and business sales for the Americas at Belkin International within the newly merged Belkin International and Foxconn Interconnect Technology (FIT) entity. A veteran of the e-commerce industry for nearly two decades, Curran leads a team that manages the corporate direction on all e-commerce platforms, including Amazon, NewEgg and retail dotcom platforms, and is also focused on all business verticals, including the corporate, education, government and small business channels. She has been with Belkin for almost 15 years, rising from senior national account manager to director of sales and, lastly, vice president sales, Americas in the connected home division for six years, prior to being promoted to her current role in 2018. Curran previously held leadership roles in sales for Diamond Multimedia, video and graphic cards manufacturer, and in operations for Starbucks Corporation. She holds a B.A. (with Honors) in English and Environmental Science from Loyola University Chicago.


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.


Derrick Dicoi Derrick Dicoi, VP Strategy and Product Management, Comcast Cable

Derrick Dicoi leads home security and wholesale product management for Xfinity Home, the next-generation home security, automation, and energy management solution from Comcast. He is responsible for the strategy and roadmap of Xfinity Home and its wholesale portfolio of customer experiences, services, and devices. This includes driving the vision for connected security, creating strategic partnerships, pricing and packaging of products and services, and developing new revenue streams. He recently led the launch of Xfinity Home's 24/7 video recording service, helped to further expand partner devices to work in the Works with Xfinity Home partner program, and guided the redesign of the core family of security devices. He was also a key member of the Icontrol acquisition team. Prior to joining Comcast, Derrick held a variety of leadership positions in strategy, technology, and business development at TE Connectivity (Formerly Tyco Electronics), Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Booz Allen Hamilton. He earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, M.S. from Syracuse University, and B.A. from Michigan State University. A native of Metro Detroit, Derrick now resides in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two children.


Anne Ferguson Anne Ferguson, Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

Anne Ferguson is Alarm.com’s Vice President of Marketing. Her responsibility for developing and directing the company’s marketing strategy includes overseeing our partner marketing programs, consumer advertising, creative direction, branding, and corporate communications. She joined the company in 2011 and has also served as Director and Senior Director of Partner Marketing where she led programs to drive growth through Alarm.com’s service provider and IoT ecosystem partners. Anne’s breadth of experience and leadership role on Alarm.com’s management team give her extensive knowledge of consumer technology trends, the smart home and business markets, and service provider channels.
 
Anne previously held consumer and commercial marketing leadership roles in other publicly traded and private companies, including Online Resources from 2003 to 2011 and MCI from 2000 to 2001. She holds a B.A. in history from Duke University and an MBA from American University.


Anurag Gupta Anurag Gupta, Director Business Development, PSA Certified, ARM

Anurag Gupta is the Business Development Director of Platform Security Architecture within the Architecture & Technology Group at Arm. Based in Cambridge, Anurag brings over 19 years of experience working in the Semicon, Embedded and Services industry. He specializes in Business Transformation with Technology & Innovation with focus on the Internet of Things. As we move towards a connected world, device level security has an increasingly important role in bringing together the internet of things, connecting objects, people and services all around us. In his role at Arm, Anurag focuses on PSA Certified initiative in order to raise the bar of security within ecosystem. Before joining Arm in 2019, Anurag held number of roles at Conexant, Sasken and Accenture.


Yuval Harry Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Yuval Harry is Head of Partnerships at Hippo, focused on generating and operating distribution partnerships, including those related to the convergence of smart home and home insurance. Yuval has significant operating experience in leadership roles scaling sales and operations. Prior to Hippo, he was Head of Sales at Shift, a technology startup re-imagining the used car space, where he built and led the sales and customer service 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 at Intel. Yuval holds and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology.


Nicole Hayward Nicole Hayward, Founder & CMO, Minim
Twitter ID: @nicolechirps

Nicole Hayward is Founder and CMO of Minim, the WiFi management and IoT security platform for service providers to enable a better connected home. Prior to Minim, Nicole held the position of CMO at software companies Antidote and OnSIP and served as a board member of Alliance of Channel Women, formerly Women in the Channel, a nonprofit that supports women in technology. Nicole holds two bachelor's degrees in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She now resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Mark Hung Mark Hung, VP Technology and Engineering, Wi-Fi Alliance

Mark Hung is Vice President of Technology and Engineering at Wi-Fi Alliance, where he sets the technical direction and partnership strategy, leads the R&D team, and represents the organization in the broader technology ecosystem. In this role, Mark works with Wi-Fi Alliance’s members to bring innovative Wi-Fi solutions to market and drive adoption in consumer, enterprise, and commercial segments.
 
With his successful track record in corporate strategy and product development, Mark has made significant contributions to key industries, including wireless platforms (Atheros/Qualcomm), enterprise and data center communications (3Com, ZettaCom/IDT, and Infineon), and machine learning and analytics (Ingenuity/QIAGEN). At Gartner, his thought leadership on technology trends led to predictions on the rise of low-cost smartphones, proliferation of NFC, emergence of hardware-based security, and most recently, edge AI. Mark is frequently quoted in leading publications and media outlets, including Bloomberg, CNBC, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
 
Prior to joining Wi-Fi Alliance, Mark spent two decades in a variety of leadership roles in Silicon Valley, including co-founding Ingenuity Systems, a pioneering bioinformatics SaaS company that was acquired by QIAGEN for more than $100 million. He has led global sales and marketing efforts that resulted in multi-million dollar design wins and established international R&D centers for software and hardware development. Mark holds a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree from University of Waterloo, both in electrical engineering.


Sarah Jones Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, GreatCall, Inc.

Sarah Jones is vice president of commercial product at GreatCall, Inc., part of Best Buy Health. Sarah joined the company in 2016 as part of the Healthsense acquisition and leads the teams responsible for bringing valuable solutions to market and for assuring that clients realize the business and care goals they set out to achieve with GreatCall.
 
Sarah has a strong background in healthcare technology, working at Healthsense for nearly five years in marketing, product management, and customer success. Prior to that, she worked at Wolters Kluwer Health, marketing clinical software applications. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, MN.


Amber Kappa Amber Kappa, Vice President of Platform Partnerships & Business Development , Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Amber Kappa is Vice President of Platform Partnerships and Business Development at SmartThings, the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home.  In this role, she oversees external engagement, including business development, product and platform partnerships, strategy, and go-to-market efforts. Prior to joining SmartThings, Amber was the Head of Business Development & Partnership Product Strategy at eBay for over seven years, where she drove commerce and partnerships product strategy and business development.  Amber holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of San Francisco, and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Jennifer Mallett Jennifer Mallett, CEO/President, Level Up Your Home

Jennifer is the CEO and President of Level Up Your Home, a national Smart Home Automation company specializing in bringing connected products into 25 US major markets for both residential and commercial clients. Prior to founding Level Up Your Home in 2016, for over a decade she led the Home Automation business unit at Bose which included the oversight of 100+ high end custom integration companies installing and selling products in the US and Canada. Her Blog, 60 Seconds of Smart has been awarded one of the Top Smart Home Automation Blogs on the Planet by Feedspot. Jennifer is an active member of CEDIA, AVIXA, NAHB, NARI, ESA and Women in CE.


Dave Mayne Dave Mayne, Vice President of Product Management, Alula

Dave Mayne serves as Vice President of Product Management at Alula in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Dave has been a leader in the wireless device networking market for over two decades, helping to develop new business and product opportunities for companies like Digi International, GE Security/Interlogix, Gibson and Itron. He held leadership positions in engineering management, product management, business development, and as the general manager of the interactive services division of GE Security. Dave’s leadership helped GE Security launch three interactive service offerings to the market, through partnerships with Alarm.com, iControl, and the establishment of a home elder care platform called Home Assurance. There are over 100M network connected, wireless devices now deployed and in operation at the organizations where Dave built his career.


Felicite Moorman Felicite Moorman, CEO, STRATIS IoT
Twitter ID: @FeliciteMoorman

Felicite Moorman is an award-winning technology entrepreneur and attorney with over twenty-five years of experience founding and building companies. She received the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Award and has earned an international reputation as a go-to IoT industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives in the Internet of Things. 
 
Moorman is the Co-Founder and CEO of STRATIS and CEO of BuLogics, companies that pioneer groundbreaking IoT development across the globe. STRATIS is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for access, energy, and automation management and control for multifamily and campus communities in Smart Cities. BuLogics designs, builds, and certifies wireless devices and solutions for the Internet of Things. 
 
Prior to BuLogics and StratIS, Moorman launched the Emerging Technologies Division for GE's Consumer and Home Electronics brand. Moorman quickly established her reputation in technology, engaging eight Fortune 500 companies in less than 18 months, entering new vertical channels, and creating and beginning execution on the strategic plan to dominate the Internet of Things lighting peripherals market. Today the GE lighting line is a part of nearly every home automation and security platform offered in the United States.


Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Health & Wellness, Strategic Sales, 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.


Sumit Nagpal Sumit Nagpal, SVP, Global GM, Health Innovation, Comcast NBCUniversal
Twitter ID: @comcast

Sumit Kumar Nagpal is a serial entrepreneur with a focus on disruptive digital health innovation. He has co-founded and grown five companies over the past two and a half decades that have tackled progressively bolder challenges facing our healthcare economies, ranging from integrating longitudinal data and workflows across care settings, to bringing hospital- level care to the home. Sumit now serves as the Global GM for Health Innovation at Comcast NBCUniversal, where he leads the organization’s health vision for offerings to enable safety, wellbeing, and care where people live, work and play.


Paul Palmer Paul Palmer, Global Director, Business Development, F-Secure

Paul has been with F-Secure for 5 years and is currently leading Global Business Development activities primarily related to Connected Home Security and partnerships within this ecosystem. Paul previously managed Sales and Marketing teams in Europe and also APAC, and has over 25 years' experience in the telecommunications industry. Prior to joining F-Secure, Paul held sales management positions in both Europe and APAC with startups as well as larger multinational companies such as Lucent Technologies. He's been a frequent speaker at global events including Broadband World Forum, Mobile Ecosystem Forum MEF and GigaBit Access.


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

Roel Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. Mr. Peeters is currently the CEO & Co-founder of Roost (www.getroost.com). As creators of the Roost Smart Battery and the Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector, Roost has developed a unique, patented, connected platform of data sensors that deliver the ultimate in installation simplicity and the most affordable way for insurers to provide Property Telematics solutions. Roost’s primary go-to-market approach is through Insurance companies deploying directly to their policyholders. The effect is a reduction in claim cost expenses (fire and water perils costing $20B per year in the U.S.), as well as driving policyholder engagement through a content-rich, digital mobile app experience, impacting retention and customer acquisition. 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.


Raya Sevilla Raya Sevilla, SVP Product , ADT
Twitter ID: @ADT

Raya Sevilla is the Senior Vice President for Product at ADT.  She leads the Product and Engineering teams responsible for the definition and delivery of ADT’s product roadmap.  She is responsible for the core products and features that shape ADT’s customer experience.
 
Prior to ADT, she spent 5 years at FairPoint Communications leading accounting and IT teams.  She also spent 11 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers consulting for various technology, communications, and entertainment clients.
 
Raya graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University with degrees in Accounting and Information Systems.


Moti Shkolnik Moti Shkolnik, Co-founder & CEO, Firedome
Twitter ID: @FiredomeIoT

Moti is a cybersecurity expert turned entrepreneur, the CEO and Founder of Firedome. Firedome enables home IoT vendors to keep pace with cybersecurity threats and gives vendors and IoT manufactures the peace of mind to design and deliver best in class IoT products. Prior to founding Firedome, Moti served in management positions at the Israeli Prime Minister's Office (PMO) for 15 years. In his last role at the PMO, Moti was the head of the Cyber Division.


Lisa Spencer Lisa Spencer, Global Head of Marketing, Irdeto

Lisa is the Head of Marketing at Irdeto. She is a seasoned marketing communications executive with more than 20 years of experience in creating awareness, cultivating preference and ultimately converting engagement into revenue for several companies in the technology, healthcare and transportation industries. Based in the Netherlands, Lisa holds a double major in Journalism and French from Carleton University (Canada).


Razvan Todor Razvan Todor, Director, Connected Home Security, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @bitdefender

Razvan Todor is currently the Director of Connected Home Security at Bitdefender, a global security technology company that provides cybersecurity solutions and advanced threat protection services to over 500 million users in more than 150 countries, from private individuals to the world’s largest corporations. Razvan has 10+ years experience in managing large, cross-functional and distributed teams. He comes from a strong product management background with roots in agile methodologies and UI experience & design. He has overseen or was directly involved in launching Bitdefender's top-of-the-line B2C and B2B2C products for the past 4 years, including Bitdefender BOX and the Bitdefender IoT Security Platform, as well as co-branded solutions such as NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender. His current focus is on building and expanding Bitdefender's technology reach through strategic partnerships with leading companies in the IoT & smart home cybersecurity markets.


Dan Trigub Dan Trigub, Head of Uber Health, Uber
Twitter ID: @datrigub

Dan Trigub leads Uber Health. Before Uber, Dan spent 2.5 years at Lyft as Regional VP of Strategic Partnerships with a focus in healthcare. He previously spent time working in Business Development at eBay and founded several companies including OpenPlacement, a care coordination platform allowing hospital professionals to connect with post-acute care providers for their patients at the moment of discharge. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Dan worked in consulting and was an Associate at GCA Savvian Advisors, an M&A and Capital Advisory Investment Bank in San Francisco, where he represented emerging technology, digital health, and healthcare providers. Dan holds a degree in economics from Vassar College.


Vera Tzoneva Vera Tzoneva, Head of Assistant Distribution Partnerships, Google


Andrew Vloyanetes Andrew Vloyanetes, GM of Installed Solutions, Ring
Twitter ID: @vloyanetes

Andrew Vloyanetes has spent the last 20 years in consumer electronics working in both B2C and B2B environments. Currently, he is the General Manager for the Installed Solutions business at Ring, overseeing the go-to-market strategy and execution for the entire Pro Installer business globally, including the custom installer vertical, security vertical, and National Homebuilder vertical. Prior to this role, he spent 10 years at Sonos working across multiple disciplines including sales, marketing, training, and business development. At Sonos, Vloyanetes was given the creative freedom to help lead the future direction of the company, including overseeing the team that manages the Works with Sonos platform, which allows Sonos to partner with thought leaders in the connected home industry on a product and go-to-market level. Andrew has a true passion for IoT products and utilizing them to improve the lives of users and, at Ring, he’s able to embrace this passion to work toward the company’s mission of making neighborhoods safer.


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.


Matt Wolf Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe
Twitter ID: @MattMWolf

Matt heads partnerships for SimpliSafe, the fastest growing home security provider in the US. In this role, Matt drives the development of impactful relationships with Fortune 500 organizations to grow and strengthen SimpliSafe's customer base. Matt's team also sources partnerships with leading technology providers to enhance SimpliSafe's industry leading products and services. Under Matt's leadership, SimpliSafe has developed partnerships with leading consumer brands such as Progressive Insurance, Realogy, American Express, American Airlines, the AARP, Google Assistant and dozens of others. Prior to SimpliSafe, Matt held several marketing and business development positions with Citi Cards, the New England Patriots and Burger King Corporation when they were purchased by 3G Capital. Matt co-founded the Red Auerbach Future Stars Sports and Leadership Programs, two free summer camps for at-risk children in the most violent neighborhoods of Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts. Matt holds a Masters of Business in Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.


Charlotte Yeh, M.D. Charlotte Yeh, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, AARP

Dr. Charlotte Yeh is the Chief Medical Officer for AARP Services, Inc.  In her role, Dr. Yeh works with the independent carriers that make health-related products and services available to AARP members, to identify programs and initiatives that will lead to enhanced care for older adults
 
Dr. Yeh has more than 30 years of healthcare experience – as a practitioner and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital and Tufts Medical Center, as the Medical Director for the National Heritage Insurance Company, a Medicare Part B claims contractor, and as the Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Boston.
 
Dr. Yeh is widely recognized for her commitment to and passion for the healthcare consumer and has received numerous honors and awards for her efforts on behalf of patients.  As a health care leader, she has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career, and currently sits on the Optum Labs Scientific Advisory Board.  She is also a member of the Advisory Council for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communicable Disorders, the Personal Connected Health Alliance Board of Managers and Board of Directors for The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care.
 
Dr. Yeh received a BA from Northwestern University and her medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School.  She completed her internship in General Surgery at the University of Washington and her residency in Emergency Medicine at UCLA.


Oz Yildirim Oz Yildirim, EVP and GM, AirTies Americas Business Unit, AirTies
Twitter ID: @AirTies

Oz Yildirim is executive vice president and general manager of Americas, where he oversaw the company's significant expansion with leading U.S. service providers (including AT&T), new distribution partners, and office openings in California and Texas. Oz most recently served as CMO of AirTies. He joined AirTies in 2004 and was one of the first employees in Turkey. He served in numerous leadership roles across product management, R&D, and customer services management. He previously oversaw AirTies’ product portfolio, and also previously led the company's expansion efforts in Europe. Mr. Yildirim holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul.



Parks Associates Analysts / 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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Lindsay Gafford Lindsay Gafford, Research Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @LindsayAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Lindsay Gafford joined Parks Associates in early 2019 as a research analyst. She currently participates in and supports all areas of research at Parks Associates. Prior to joining Parks Associates, Lindsay had a diverse professional background with experience in the federal, non-profit, and private sectors. Her expertise falls in multisource data collection and analysis, operations and development of new programs, as well as increasing efficiency in already established programs.

Lindsay earned her M.A. in Church-State Studies and her B.A. in English Language and Literature from Baylor University in Waco, TX.


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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