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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. 

Nina Bhatia Nina Bhatia, Managing Director, Centrica Connected Home (Hive)

Nina Bhatia is Managing Director, Centrica Connected Home, responsible for the Hive brand that focuses on making smart home products and services accessible to everyone. Her key focus is on putting the customer at the heart of Centrica, and transforming the business through innovation.

Previously, Nina was Commercial Director at British Gas responsible for all brand, marketing, product development, digital, sales and insight. She also ran one of British Gas’s home services businesses delivering electrical, plumbing and drainage services across the UK, including the Dyno-Rod franchise.

Earlier, Nina worked in management consulting across multiple sectors and countries. She was a partner at McKinsey & Co serving clients globally. For over 20 years, she worked in various markets around the world, specialising in media, energy and healthcare.

Nina has a double First in law from Cambridge University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. She is married to Alessandro and they have 2 teenage daughters.

Annie Bloomquist Annie Bloomquist, Chief Product Officer, Sleep Number

Annie L. Bloomquist, Sleep Number® setting 25, serves as the Chief Product Officer for Sleep Number and leads all product innovation including the revolutionary SleepI "technology platform” handling research and development, product brand management, and merchandising to further develop smart, connected biometric solutions to improve sleep and wellness for Sleep Number customers. Recognized as a leader of meaningful innovation who envisions transcending products and experiences that deliver quality results, Bloomquist has been instrumental in driving Sleep Number's revolutionary innovation roadmap, which has transformed the company's position from a mattress company to a product technology leader. Previously, Bloomquist was the Chief Product and Merchandising Officer at Sleep Number from June 2011 to June 2012. Bloomquist joined Sleep Number in May 2008 as Vice President and General Merchandise Manager. Prior to joining Sleep Number, Bloomquist held leadership positions in product and merchandising at Macy's and Marshall Field's Department Stores for Target Corporation. 

Scott Boyarsky Scott Boyarsky, Vice President, Digital home Products, Comcast

After successfully leading the Video and Entertainment Product teams for Comcast, Scott Boyarsky accepted a new role within Comcast, leading the Digital Home product org. Scott is responsible for end-to-end product management of the Xfinity Home and xFi "Smart Internet" product lines. His team is launching new consumer products in Smart Home, IOT, WiFi, Automation, AI, WiFi and Home Security. Formerly, Scott Boyarsky served as Vice President of Video and Entertainment Products at Comcast and was responsible for innovative and interactive experiences across Comcast’s video and entertainment portfolio, including the Xfinity X1 Platform, XfinityTV, voice UX, and X1 Sports App. Prior to his role at Comcast, Scott served as SVP of Technology for CNBC, part of Comcast NBC Universal. He was responsible for leading Technology, Product Development, User Experience and Design teams behind CNBC Digital and on-air products, including cnbc.com, CNBC iOS and Android apps, CNBC Pro - integrated desktop/mobile service, TV Everywhere, digital video and syndication services, as well as identifying new emerging platforms and product opportunities for the network.

Rob Conant Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent
Twitter ID: @cirrent

Rob Conant started Cirrent to make it easy for everyone to use connected products. He 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 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.

Jay Darfler Jay Darfler, SVP Emerging Markets, ADT

Jay Darfler is the Senior Vice President, Emerging Markets, a position he’s held since May 2016.
Jay’s career started in finance and corporate strategy for Office Max, learning the fundamentals of business and how to take an idea from inception to commercialization. During his tenure at Office Max, he worked his way from finance to enterprise-level sales to leading the company’s entrance into the professional services space, leveraging technology and innovation disciplines.
After Office Max, Jay joined Cross Country Home Services where he served as the Vice President, Connected Home and Product Development, and was responsible for CCHS’s entire Product portfolio, Connected Home offerings, as well as the company’s IoT software platform strategy and development.
At ADT, Jay is responsible for the company’s emerging market offerings, which includes ADT Canopy, a security as a service platform that is capable of providing secure 24/7 ADT professional monitoring to a wide range of popular IoT devices. Jay and his team were responsible for the successful launch of the first product to boast ADT Canopy security services with the retail introduction of the LG Smart Security camera in January 2017. In addition to ADT Canopy, Jay and his team have responsibility for ADT’s Cyber Security, ADT Health, and ADT Anywhere offerings. They are dedicated to bringing peace of mind to customers of all types, further emphasizing ADT’s belief that “Everyone deserves to feel safe.”

Aaron Emigh Aaron Emigh, CEO & Co-founder, Brilliant, Inc.
Twitter ID: @BrilliantTech

Aaron Emigh is the Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Brilliant, the Silicon Valley company that invented the Brilliant Control, a voice and touch smart home interface that replaces an existing light switch. Aaron is an accomplished Silicon Valley technology entrepreneur and investor, who previously served at the co-founder and chief technology officer of Shopkick, a #1 mobile retail application that pioneered the use of in-store beacons at dozens of top retailers such as Target, Macy's, and Best Buy. Prior to his role at Shopkick, Aaron was the executive vice president and general manager of technology at Six Apart, now known as SAY Media, and held leadership and founding roles at Radix Labs and CommerceFlow, which was acquired by eBay. Aaron is an inventor on 90 issued patents and has been recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for his contributions to mobile, IoT, wearable tech, social media, e-commerce, security, anti-spam, networking, storage, data compression, multimedia, vision, machine learning, and operating systems. Aaron is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Computer Science.

Neal Foster Neal Foster, Vice President of Product Management, Xfinity Home

Neal Foster is the vice president of product management for Xfinity Home, the total home security and home automation solution from Comcast. He is responsible for the strategy and portfolio of connected services that help households leverage the Xfinity Home platform to obtain peace of mind, improved lifestyle and drive efficiencies to save money.
In this role, Neal is focused on maturing internal platform investments, complemented by a strong ecosystem of partners including the Works with Xfinity Program.
Neal is an experienced executive in the software, IoT (Internet of Things) and mobile industry, often acting as an intrapreneur, where he brings new products and businesses to life. Inspired by great products and user-focused design, he instigates greatness through strategic planning and excellent execution. Creative in approach, not afraid to get his hands dirty, Neal loves to surround himself by those that want to win. He has launched numerous products, managed them from cradle to grave, forged complex business partnerships, and has built high impact cross-functional teams from scratch.
Neal has spent the last 20 years of his life focusing on building businesses around consumer experiences that leverage technology to enrich life. Prior to Comcast, he has held several leadership roles in VMware, Dell, Motorola and Lucent Technologies.
Neal holds Electrical and Computer degrees from Rutgers University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
He is a father of three, loves music and is usually training for the next big race.

Bernd Grohmann Bernd Grohmann, Executive Vice President, eQ-3 AG

Bernd Grohmann is Executive Vice President (Vorstand) and CTO at eQ-3 AG, responsible for the OEM plus international business and Corporate Development for the group. According to industry analysts, eQ-3 is the European Smart Home market leader based on the installed base of whole home solutions and a Pioneer with IPv6 based Smart Home products. Grohmann is a profound expert of the Smart Home and IoT market plus technology. Before joining eQ-3 AG, Grohmann was Vice President Product Marketing at Zensys, the original maker of Z-Wave, where he was responsible for the Z-Wave alliance in its early days. At Danish industry group Danfoss A/S, Grohmann was leading the Communication Technology Center, a think tank supporting all 26 business divisions. In addition, he greatly contributed to the standardization work, e.g. within IEEE802.15.4, as a Working Group Chair in the ZigBee alliance and as one of the initiators of the 6LoWPAN initiative of IETF.

Jeff Hamel Jeff Hamel, Head of North American Energy Partnerships, Nest Labs

Jeff Hamel is the head of North American energy partnerships at Nest Labs, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Jeff was the Executive Director for EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization team, with responsibilities for growing broad collaboration with global utilities and governmental agencies. Before joining EPRI in 2007, Hamel worked at General Electric for 8 years, and was responsible for managing and leading new growth in GE’s power business. Jeff earned his Bachelors or Science, a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine License, and his commission in the U.S. Naval Reserves while attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy. In addition, Jeff has also earned an MBA from Santa Clara University. Together with his wife and two sons, Jeff resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Martin Heckmann Martin Heckmann, Director, Emerging Business at Chamberlain Group Inc , Chamberlain Group, Inc.

As Director of Emerging Business for Chamberlain Group, Inc. (CGI), Martin spearheads development of new features and functionality for MyQ, the industry-leading connected products platform. He also works across the Chamberlain and LiftMaster brands, overseeing integration initiatives with partners. His efforts have led to the successful development of technologies integrating with smart home products from Apple, Google Nest, Xfinity, and others. Heckmann has nearly a decade of experience working with Fortune 500 companies in both Europe and the U.S. His responsibilities have spanned product, channel, and brand marketing. Prior to Chamberlain, he held leadership positions at Hunter Fan and Black & Decker. Heckmann joined CGI in 2015 and holds a Bachelor's degree in International Business from Rollins College, and an MBA from the Crummer Graduate School of Business. He is based in Chicago. 

Pamela Hoppel Pamela Hoppel, Senior Director, Product Marketing, Carrier
Twitter ID: @CarrierAtHome

Pam Hoppel serves as the Senior Director for Product Marketing at Carrier Residential. In this role, Pam directs the product strategy for all products, including an expanding portfolio of organic smart thermostats, heating, cooling and indoor air quality products as well as Cor Home Automation and manages partnerships with other smart thermostat manufacturers. She is leading the team responsible for Carrier’s Connected Contractor Portal, which will link Carrier dealers with homeowners and utilities to deliver data-driven efficiency, proactive servicing and new energy management capabilities.

Carrier has taken a leadership position in the climate control industry relative to smart home technology as the only HVAC equipment manufacturer with a smart thermostat certified by ENERGY STAR.

She has held previous roles as a network engineer with AT&T as well as senior sales and marketing roles with a number of Fortune 50 manufacturing and technology brands.

Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist & Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems
Twitter ID: @theiotguru

Jim Hunter is the Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist at Greenwave Systems, where he is responsible for oversight of technology, architecture and innovation of the AXON Platform®. As Technology Evangelist, Jim promotes the Greenwave platform and technology message through industry engagement. Prior to joining Greenwave Systems, Jim was with Motorola Mobility (a division of Google) where he led the architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart, connected home. During this time, Jim invented several key patents and served on several patent boards mentoring other inventors. In December 2010, Jim joined Motorola Mobility through the acquisition of 4Home, a company he founded and served as CTO and Chief Architect. Earlier in his career, Jim founded Premise Systems, the first IP-based connected home platform company, which was acquired by Motorola in 2003. Jim's specialties include Software Architecture, User Interface Design and Development and Intellectual Property Development. Jim is a passionate inventor and futurist, inventing a number of patents across a broad spectrum, including data algorithms, user interaction, contextual data and device management. Prior to the advent of the connected home, Jim served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Engineer and Nuclear Certified Instructor.

Ranndy Kellogg Ranndy Kellogg, President & CEO, Omron Healthcare
Twitter ID: @ranndywithtwons

Ranndy Kellogg is the president and CEO of Omron Healthcare, Inc., a world leader in personal heart health and wellness technology with a North American headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. Prior to being named to his current position in April, 2016, Ranndy held positions in marketing and sales at the company and, as COO, led the initiative to transform Omron into a more digitally-focused company. Responsible for operations across the U.S., Canada and Latin America, Ranndy spearheads Omron's bold mission of Going for Zero, the effort to eliminate heart attack and stroke. The commitment to Going for Zero is reflected in Omron's focus on groundbreaking technologies that encourage and enable heart healthy behaviors and sharing of data to improve health outcomes. Omron collaborates with like-minded partners like AliveCor, Inc., a leader in cardiac care technology and intelligence, for which Ranndy serves as a member of the board of directors. Ranndy is also on the board of HealthCorps, a non-profit founded by Dr. Mehmet and Lisa Oz, which promotes health and wellness in our nation's youth. Ranndy also is a founding member of the Healthcare Council of Chicago, a collaboration designed to advance Chicago’s profile as a hub of innovation and transformation for America's rapidly changing health care system. 

Miles Kingston Miles Kingston, General Manager, Smart Home Group, Intel Corporation

Miles Kingston is the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel Corporation. He leads the strategy and collaboration of product development for smart home technologies from multiple business units.
Kingston joined Intel in 2000 as a supply chain planner.  Over the next five years, he led various teams before moving into the Desktop Platform Group in 2005 as a product manager.  Kingston managed dozens of central processing unit (CPU) product families and was promoted to lead the product management team in 2010, and became the Director of Strategic Marketing for desktop platforms in 2011.  In 2015, Kingston was promoted to General Manager of the Consumer Desktop PC segment where he began focusing heavily on the smart home market.  In June of 2016, Kingston became exclusively focused on Smart Home and was named the General Manager of the Smart Home Group at Intel.
Kingston holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and a master of business administration degree from Portland State University.  Kingston has completed several executive education programs, including the Design Thinking Boot Camp at Stanford University’s D-School.

Leon Kuperman Leon Kuperman, CTO, CUJO AI Platform
Twitter ID: @cujounited

Leon Kuperman, CTO at CUJO IoT Security Leon Kuperman Leon has a specialization in Artificial Intelligence, and is applying this expert knowledge of machine learning to his work at CUJO smart firewall. He is also an authority on Web Application Security and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), e-commerce, cloud computing and web application architecture. Before CUJO, he co-founded ZENEDGE, a Web Application Security Platform for Enterprise. He also assisted with the launch of Modnique.com and held the position of CTO at Bidz.com. Prior to Zenedge, Leon founded and led Truition Inc., and early on demand ecommerce platform, winning major clients including Dell Financial Services, MLB, Comet, Philips, NHL, United Airlines and Disney. In his early career, he was the founding co-developer of IBM Net.Commerce currently named IBM Websphere Commerce Suite.

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.

Michael Lawder Michael Lawder, Senior Vice President, Customer Care , Samsung Electronics America Inc.

A self-proclaimed “slightly obsessed customer care advocate,” Michael Lawder serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Care at Samsung Electronics America, where he is responsible for the company’s post-sales support and service.

Since joining Samsung in 2015, Michael’s focus has been on building stronger, more meaningful relationships with customers, and ensuring that they always have an awesome brand experience. It is his goal to make relationship building part of the value proposition Samsung offers its consumers.  In the aftermath of the Note7 recall, Michael is committed to increasing transparency between Samsung and its customers, as he believes transparency is the bedrock of the relationship between a brand and its consumers, especially when it comes to the millennial audience, who make up the largest segment of Samsung’s customer base.

Historically, customer care at Samsung meant “fixing broken products” and while that’s an essential element, Michael believes it’s only the beginning of the job.  For Michael, stellar customer care goes beyond fixing problems, it’s about helping consumers get the most out of their Samsung products.  His focus is on transforming Samsung from a company that produces hardware, to a company that also places emphasis on the softer side of the business—the people who buy Samsung products, and the Samsung employees who ensure consumers have a great experience with those products.  Michael believes people buy once because of a great product, but they become repeat customers because of great service.

Michael’s focus on superior customer care led to the recent introduction of Samsung’s Premium Care service offering – a white-glove program that empowers customers to get the most out of their device, providing them with protection, support and assistance whenever, and wherever they need – be it in their home, office, or local coffee shop, thanks to a nationwide network of Samsung-trained experts who can provide around the clock, on-site help.  This radical and personalized new approach to customer care is a game-changer for the industry, truly delivering on the promise of an unparalleled customer service experience.

Michael has built his career on helping companies elevate their service offerings by ensuring every customer has a great experience.  He credits much of his success to his early years in technology where he literally started on the ground floor as a call center agent. This first-hand experience into what happens both on the floor and on the phones has been invaluable in fueling his drive to deliver the most seamless experience possible for customers.  Having risen through the ranks at Apple, ultimately serving as Sr. Manager of Global Support Services, he understands the challenges and obstacles customer service reps face daily, and believes part of his “secret sauce” is in his ability to constantly evaluate scenarios based on his own experience as a consumer, and apply those insights and early observations to his work.


Always one to forge his own path, Michael began his early career in the music industry in his hometown of Austin, Texas.  After graduating from the University of Texas, Michael became involved in the burgeoning Austin music scene – running a production studio and record label, and managing music venues.  After several years in Austin, he moved to Los Angeles, although he eventually left the music business and took a position at Apple.  After working at Apple for close to 10 years, Michael moved back to Austin to become Vice President of WW Customer Experience of Electronic Arts.  During his tenure at EA, Michael’s relentless focus on building strong customer relationships helped move EA’s customer satisfaction rates from below 40% to over 90%, and moved EA off of the Worst Companies in America list, on which it had held the top spot two years in a row.


Michael has been married to his wife Amy for 16 years, and they have a 13 year old daughter, Kate.

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.

Tony Mauro Tony Mauro, Chief Technology Officer, Plasmatic Technologies Inc.
Twitter ID: @plasmatictech

Tony leads the architecture and engineering efforts at Plasmatic Technologies, including the development of the Alana connected home system and device family. As an experienced systems engineer with a dual specialization in electronics and energy systems, Tony has led multi disciplinary teams working on a range of projects, from enterprise technology improvement initiatives to consumer device product and technology development. As an active champion within standards groups Tony's focus is on making technology easier for consumers. Earlier in his career, during his tenure as a service architect and lead engineer at TELUS, one of Canada's leading telecommunications companies, Tony was directly involved in the emerging Future Friendly Home initiative, with a focus on Home Control and Connectivity, as well as Wireless Data. More recently at Powertech Labs, Tony played an instrumental role in building out a Smart Energy practice, and helped the organization understand the intersections among large power systems, connected devices, and consumer needs. Tony loves finding ways to make his home more automated and adapted to his needs. When he is not riding his bike or taking his daughter to dance recitals, he can usually be found in the midst of a home renovation project or two.

Todd Mozer Todd Mozer, CEO, Sensory

Todd Mozer is President and CEO of Sensory, which has played a pioneering role in bringing speech recognition into consumer products over the past 20 years. Sensory has enabled hundreds of products with speech recognition by companies such as Ecobee, Huawei, Garmin, GoPro, Motorola, Plantronics, Samsung, Sony, and many, many others. Mr. Mozer hold over 20 patents issued in speech technology and related fields, and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Lainie Muller Lainie Muller, Director, Wellness, 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.

Rob Munin Rob Munin, President and CEO, LUX Products
Twitter ID: @lux_products

As CEO of LUX Products Corp., Rob Munin leads his talented team to expand the market for LUX connected thermostats and to provide adjacent industries an effective platform for improved communications and marketing to its customers. Rob's vision guides and enhances all aspects of the business from product development to sales and marketing to industry partnerships. Under his leadership, the company recently launched its 3rd-generation breakthrough product, LUX KONO Smart, and partnered with the largest HVAC contracting group, HomeAdvisor. With more than 25 years of marketing and sales leadership building brands in retail and wholesale channels, Rob's commitment and dedication to IoT in the HVAC industry runs deep and wide.

Nana Murugesan Nana Murugesan, Vice President & General Manager, Services & New Business, Samsung Electronics America

Nana Murugesan is Vice President and General Manager for Service and New Business at Samsung Electronics America (SEA), based at the Mountain View campus. Working across SEA's executive leadership, Nana steers the company's U.S. software and services strategy. Skilled in unlocking new growth and turnaround, Nana oversees an interdisciplinary team that builds software and services into new businesses—shaping the company's investment, commercialization and monetization roadmap. Nana previously served as SEA's Vice President for Strategy and Operations. He started his career with Samsung in 2009 in the Global Strategy Group in Seoul, Korea. Prior to Samsung, he was with Boston Consulting Group and Cisco. He was an InSITE Fellow advising early stage startups and has received the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award for community leadership. Nana holds a MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as well as a master's degree in computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Madras in India. 

Sami Nassar Sami Nassar, VP of Cyber Security Solutions, NXP Semiconductors
Twitter ID: @NXP

Sami Nassar, industry-recognized digital security expert, speaker and technologist, is dedicated to driving data security and privacy standards and solutions across the semiconductor and digital security industries, including solutions for mobile payments, Internet of Things and connected cars. Sami leads NXP's Cyber Security solutions group. His diverse background has taken him around the globe, from founding start-up companies in Silicon Valley to building and leading large international organizations with diverse cultural, functional and geographic backgrounds. Previous to joining NXP Semiconductors, Mr. Nassar held key executive positions, among them, General Manager of the Advanced Solution Group at Renesas, Managing Director of Strategic Marketing at Hitachi, and Managing Director at Schlumberger (now Gemalto). 

Jeff Patton Jeff Patton, GM Connected Home Product Management & Innovation, GE Lighting
Twitter ID: @GELighting

Jeff Patton leads the vision and strategy for GE Lighting’s connected home business, and setting the course for the next 100 years of GE Lighting innovation. Jeff is involved in smart product development, partner ecosystem collaboration and oversight of GE Lighting’s connected incubation lab. He has been part of the team charged with launching GE Lighting’s first connected products and overall connected strategy. 
Prior to this role, Jeff developed new ideas and ways of working as GE Lighting’s GM Growth and Innovation – FastWorks where he was charged with changing the way GE innovates. He previously served as GE Lighting’s Director of Consumer Marketing. 
Jeff brings extensive experience in marketing and management for consumer channels, including General Mills, AOL, Dyson, and Groupe SEB, as well as experience in commercial channels with scientific instruments, holding leadership and engineering positions at HP/Agilent.
Jeff has a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Aditya Pendyala Aditya Pendyala, Co-Founder | VP Growth, mnubo
Twitter ID: @mnubo

Adi is passionate about solving complex business challenges. He adapts a customer-centric approach to deriving synergies and he leads the products, partnerships, business development and marketing initiatives at mnubo. He strongly believes in building relationships that maximize benefits for all partners. Adi loves to work closely with customers and the development team to transform and adapt technology into business value solutions. Adi has a B. Eng in Electrical Engineering from McGill University and an MBA (Honors) from John Molson School of Business.

Gary Praznik Gary Praznik, Chief Operating Officer, Retail and Consumer Services, iQor
Twitter ID: @iQor

Gary joined iQor in 2000 as an industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience in customer contact outsourcing. During his time with iQor, he has held various executive roles in operations and new business development, with a demonstrated track record of superior leadership, operational excellence and significant revenue growth. His overall track record has made a significant contribution in positioning the company as one of the largest BPO solution providers and has led to his current role as EVP/COO, Retail and Consumer Services. iQor acquired Jabil’s Aftermarket Services in 2014 and Gary has recently assumed additional responsibility for operational execution in the product support division for Media and Telecommunications. Prior to joining iQor, Gary held several positions with OSI, including SVP/General Manager of its Teleservices division and SVP of Sales/Marketing. Gary began his career in 1984 with Payco American Corporation.

Peter Radsliff Peter Radsliff, VP, Marketing, Prodea Systems, Inc.

Peter is responsible for all aspects of Prodea System's worldwide marketing strategy. He previously held executive leadership, marketing, and product management positions at a number of consumer products companies at the vanguard of connected products, including: Presto Services, Candi Controls, Mirra, Sage Systems and Monster Products. In all, Peter has served as CEO or VP at seven venture-backed startups. He holds three patents and has taught undergraduate and graduate design courses at San Francisco State University's Dept. of Design & Industry where he received his B.A. and completed his graduate coursework.

Tobin Richardson Tobin Richardson, President & CEO, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @zigbeealliance

Tobin J.M. Richardson serves as President and CEO of the Zigbee Alliance, leading the alliance's efforts to develop and promote world-leading open, global standards for the Internet of Things. In this role, he works closely with worldwide brands and market-changing innovators to steer worldwide IoT agendas with industry leading consumer electronics, industrial and commercial companies. Tobin has more than two decades of experience in executive leadership, strategy and development for technology firms and organizations. His experience spans large-scale technology implementations, new service and product rollouts, and transformational change in Fortune 500 companies and world-leading firms. He currently serves in a number of industry leadership roles, including Co-Chair of NAESB's Energy Usage Information standard committee. He holds a Master's degree from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis.

Thomas Rockmann Thomas Rockmann, Vice President Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom AG

Thomas Rockmann is Vice President of Connected Home, Deutsche Telekom's white label smart home portfolio and joint CEO of the group-wide smart home project. Thomas is responsible for all aspects of the Connected Home business and has been instrumental in growing the business and delivering the white label solution with different partners across Europe. Thomas joined Deutsche Telekom in 2000 as the group's senior innovation manager for product lifecycle management, where he conceptualized and launched Deutsche Telekom's product lifecycle management process and SAP tool, which today enables Deutsche Telekom to deliver products in a standardized way for all consumer customers. He also undertook the role as the commissioner for quality management in marketing and sales of T-Com. In addition, he served as vice president of business portfolio strategy T-Home. Furthermore, Thomas was vice president for the market leadership team, managing product innovation projects for consumer, business and wholesale customers. In his last role, as a vice president he was in charge of the group IP migration program for all consumer and business customers in Germany, the consumer product portfolio strategy and building up the new portfolio category smart home, based on the open platform Qivicon for the German market. Prior to Deutsche Telekom, Thomas spent three years at Deutsche Bank AG in various responsible IT development and leading quality management roles. An entrepreneurial leader with 20 years of experience in product development and execution, strategy, marketing, innovation management and business operations, Thomas has a deep understanding of the development of customer centric technology-enabled services. 

Marcus Scheiber Marcus Scheiber, CEO & Co-Founder , ROC-Connect, Inc.

Marcus Scheiber is Co-Founder and CEO of ROC-Connect, a leading IOT company providingSmart Home as a Service. ROC-Connect delivers full-end-to-end connected brands in the Smart Home space for channels as Retailers, Insurances & Financial Industries, as well as for Service Providers. Before starting ROC-Connect in 2012, Marcus founded the ms.GIS group of companies (Austria nd US), a leading geospatial technology provider. Marcus held various positions as Co-CEO, board member, and investor. Earlier in his career, Marcus was working as a technical consultant with Prime-Computervision, and in C.S. research at the AIT (Austrian Institute of Technology).  Marcus holds a Masters of Science in Management (Sloan Fellow) and a Master’s Degree of the University of Economics and Business Administration of Vienna, Austria.

Stuart Sikes Stuart Sikes, VP Business Development & Strategy, People Power
Twitter ID: @stuartsikes
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Stuart has been in the technology space for almost 30 years, serving roles including marketing, sales, and executive management for companies providing hardware, software, market intelligence and consulting. Starting his career at AT&T then NCR, Stuart was a member of the team that closed AT&T's largest commercial computer contract (parent company of American Airlines). At Intelligraphics and later Parks Associates, where Stuart was president for over a decade, he helped lead both companies to over 300% revenue growth and increased brand awareness and long-term relationships with clients around the globe. Throughout his career, Stuart has served clients as diverse as Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Panasonic, Nest, NEC, Korea Telecom, France Telecom, AT&T, Verizon and many others by providing technology-based solutions, consumer intelligence, product strategy and go-to-market solutions. He enjoys helping companies solve complex problems and charting the path for new products and new markets. Stuart is a frequent speaker on the Internet of Things and digital transformation, and has contributed to numerous industry white papers, research reports and webcasts. He also serves as an advisor to SMU's AT&T Center for Virtualization, to connected health start-up MPulse Mobile, is a reading tutor for Dallas school children, and a mentor to SMU MBA students.

Mark Spates Mark Spates, Product Lead for Smart Home, Google

Mark is the product lead for Smart Home and IoT capabilities across Google Assistant and Google Home. Mark is also the founder iotlist.co, a platform for discovering IoT products. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech.

Matthew Swatsky Matthew Swatsky, Vice President-Residential Mid-Market Business, Lutron

In addition to launching three significant products, Case?ta, RadioRA 2 and GRAFIK Eye QS, Matt has served as an Engineering and Product Manager focused on building great experiences for Lutron customers.

Matt has been featured in USA Today and TWICE magazine, among other publications. His major speaking and panel appearances include the Parks Associates CONNECTIONS panel, the Coldwell Banker Gathering of Eagles, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Spring Transmission and the Distribution and Metering Conference.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering from The Pennsylvania State University with high distinction.

A resident of South Whitehall, Pa., he enjoys spending time with his children, playing sports and watching movies.

Jeremy Warren Jeremy Warren, Chief Technology Officer, Vivint Smart Home

As Chief Technology Officer at Vivint Smart Home, Jeremy drives growth and business opportunities and oversees the creation of new products and services. He works closely with the entire innovation team to create the structures and processes necessary to analyze new business ideas and allocate resources for their development.Before joining Vivint, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer at 2GIG Technologies, a pioneer in innovative security and smart home technology. There he led the engineering for the first home automation platform for the mass market.Prior to 2GIG, Jeremy was the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice, where his responsibilities included formulating the Department's technology strategy, providing technology expertise in program oversight, performing research, and coordinating all aspects of the Department's technical architecture. Jeremy was also the Chief Architect of Lavastorm Technologies, where he focused on rules-based processing systems, data mining, and statistical analysis.Jeremy studied Computer Science Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Wolpert Richard Wolpert, Co-Founder & CEO, HelloTech

Richard Wolpert, a veteran entrepreneur and a pioneer in the fields of consumer technology, digital media and entertainment, has over 30 years of extensive experience as an executive and as an investor. Wolpert holds an impressive and highly diverse career having worked for companies such as Apple as an early software engineer alongside Steve Jobs and for Walt Disney as the President of Disney Online. He's also launched a series of innovative startups such as AudioMill and After Hours Software, both of which were successfully acquired. Wolpert is currently co-founder and CEO of HelloTech, an on-demand, in-home tech support service company that is changing the way consumers get help with their tech devices. HelloTech offers access to a national workforce of vetted, background checked and hand-selected tech agents that can solve almost any technology need from consolidating the smart home to upgrading and installing wifi, mounting TV's, upgrading wifi capabilities and much more. In addition to HelloTech, Wolpert currently serves as an investment advisor at Accel Partners, and investment partner at LA-based accelerator Amplify.la. Wolpert has also invested in more than 50 companies such as AdECN, AMG, AndroMedia, AudioMill, Data Sage, GameFly, GameSpy, Jukin Media, Kongregate, Laurel & Wolf, Mob.ly, Scopely, Scour.net, MobCrush, People Support, Smilebox, Sometrics, Three Rings, Universal Audio and more.

Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, VP Global Business Development & Partnerships, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Brett Worthington is the Vice President of Global Business Development & Partnerships at Samsung SmartThings, the easiest way to turn your home into a smart home. In this role, he oversees the global development of SmartThings™ strategy, partnerships, services, and go to market. Prior to joining SmartThings, Brett was General Manager of Wink, taking the company from launch to commercialization and its eventual exit sale to Flex Inc. Prior to building and launching Wink, Brett held several leadership positions at Ingersoll Rand Corporation over a period of 13 years, ending his tenure as Director of Business Development of its connected home business, Nexia Home Intelligence. Before joining Ingersoll Rand, Brett served 10-years in the US Army, and is a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV & V. Brett holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Utah and resides in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two children.

Parks Associates Analysts / Moderators

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

Dina Abdelrazik joined Parks Associates in 2016 as a part of the Consumer Analytics research team. She currently studies market trends and consumer behavior, focused in emerging technology products and services.

Dina earned her MS in Marketing, with a concentration in Marketing Analytics, from the University of Texas at Dallas and a BA in Advertising from Southern Methodist University.

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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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