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Jacob Atalla Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability, KB Home

Jacob Atalla is Vice President of Sustainability at KB Home, where he leads KB Home’s initiatives to make every home it builds more environmentally friendly.
Educated as an architect, Jacob has over 30 years’ experience with technology and green building. He draws on this deep expertise to create innovative solutions for building energy- and water-efficient homes.
Jacob worked on the 2016 Greenbuild KB Home ProjeKt, a sustainable concept home for today, tomorrow and the future.  
He developed KB Home’s Energy Performance Guide® (EPG®), which for the first time provides homeowners with a HERS Index Score and estimated gas and electricity costs for every KB home.
Recent projects include the expansion of KB Home’s line of net-zero energy homes; building over 115,000 ENERGY STAR certified homes, and 6,000 homes with solar PV; building the most WaterSense® labeled homes in the nation; and building more than 150 LEED Platinum certified homes.
Jacob also prepares the annual sustainability reports released by KB Home, the first national homebuilder to do so.  
KB Home has earned the ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year—Sustained Excellence Award, one of the highest honors a homebuilder can receive from EPA, for seven consecutive years, and the ENERGY STAR Climate Communications Award for three years in a row. KB Home is also a 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Grand Winner, and a WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award winner. 
Jacob serves on the board of directors for Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).  He also serves on the technical committee for Leading Builders of America, and the advisory board of TecHome Builder.

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.

Chris Jones Chris Jones, VP of Technology, iRobot
Twitter ID: @iRobot

Dr. Chris Jones is Chief Technology Officer at iRobot Corporation. He has 20 years of experience in robotics research and development across academia, government, and industry.  At iRobot Dr. Jones’ responsibilities are centered on long-term technology planning and strategy and fostering strategic partnerships to advance the state-of-the-art in practical robotics. 
Prior to joining iRobot in 2005, Dr. Jones was involved in robotics research and development at the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at the University of Southern California, the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the University of Zurich, the Intelligent Systems and Robotics Center at Sandia National Laboratories, and the Robotics Research Lab at Texas A&M University. Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southern California and his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Texas A&M University.

David Kaiserman David Kaiserman, President, Lennar Ventures, Lennar

David is the founder and Chairman of SunStreet as well as President of Lennar Ventures, which drives Lennar Corporation innovation, government affairs and strategy. With more than 15 years of experience in the homebuilding industry, David is a go-to expert for national media on trends and innovation in homebuilding and residential real estate. He is the past Chairman of RESNET Industry Advisory Committee and is a founding principle liaison of Leading Builders of America. Prior to joining Lennar, David was a member of Saybrook Capital, LLC, where he co-founded the investment firm's merchant banking group and its private equity investments. David is based in Miami at Lennar corporate headquarters and is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Charlie Kindel Charlie Kindel, Senior Vice President of Products & Services, Control4
Twitter ID: @ckindel

Charlie Kindel joined Control4 in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Products & Services. Charlie has extensive and proven connected home experience, with a focus on creating world-class consumer and developer products, platform technologies, and partner ecosystems. Previously, Charlie spent five years at Amazon, where he created, led, and grew the Alexa Smart Home division. For over 20 years he has led the industry discussion on the connected home and innovative product development, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, SXSW, Connected World Summit, CEDIA, AWS re:Invent, and the Smart Kitchen Summit. Prior to Amazon, Charlie founded two tech startups in the Seattle area and from 1990 to 2011 he helped create some of Microsoft's most loved products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7 as the general manager as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server. Charlie earned his Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1990.

Dennis Mathew Dennis Mathew, Vice President and General Manager, Xfinity Home, Comcast
Twitter ID: @Comcast

Dennis Mathew is the Vice President and General Manager of Xfinity Home, the total home security and home automation solution from Comcast. He is responsible for all aspects of the business including strategy, business growth, operations, partnerships, product roadmap, managing the P&L, and the Xfinity Home wholesale business. He was a key member of the team that acquired Icontrol in 2017, which helped to expand Comcast's home security wholesale business overseas. In 2015, Dennis was instrumental in expanding the Xfinity Home platform by launching the Works with Xfinity Home certification program and partnering with leading technology companies including August, Chamberlain, Lutron, and Nest. In 2010, he played a key leadership role with the initial launch of Xfinity Home which now has more than 1,000,000 subscribers. Dennis has nearly 15 years of experience in the cable and telecommunications industry. Before joining Xfinity Home, he oversaw launches for key Comcast initiatives including DOCSIS 3.0 and wireless gateways, and he was a senior director in the company's Internal Audit department. Prior to Comcast, Dennis held management positions at PwC and Arthur Andersen, where he worked on a variety of technology advisory engagements across several industries. Last year Dennis was named one of the Most Influential Minority leaders by Cablefax. Previously, Dennis was named a Top 40 Under 40 executive by the Philadelphia Business Journal and Multichannel News. He is a graduate of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Executive Leadership Development Program and a participant of Comcast's Executive Leadership Career Advancement Program (ELCAP). Dennis serves as a Deacon at Seven Mile Road Church where he is responsible for finance, property matters as well as services related to Mercy and Benevolence. Dennis also serves at Bombay Teen Challenge (BTC) as an Advisory Board member where he helps raise funding and drive awareness to support this nonprofit. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dennis holds a bachelor of science in Economics, Finance, and Management Information Systems (MIS). Dennis resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two children.

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.


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

Marcio Avillez SVP of Business Development 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. Now Marcio Avillez leads the CUJO AI team focused on developing relationships with service providers and OEMs globally.

Avi Barel Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance

Avi has over 30 years of broad high tech experience, ranging from software development, semiconductor, engineering and business management. Avi joined the ULE Alliance in April 2013 as the Director of Business Development. Prior to ULE Alliance, worked 10 years at DSP Group, serving as Corporate Vice President of sales for 8 years. Before joining DSP Group established and managed Winbond subsidiary in Israel for 5 years, developing semiconductor products for speech processing and communication, managing team of 50+ engineers. At National Semiconductor held variety of engineering, engineering management and business management positions; involved in development and management of award winning, innovative projects. Avi holds M.Sc. degree in Computer Science and B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Physics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Frederic Bastien Frederic Bastien, Co-founder and CEO, Mnubo

Fred is a passionate entrepreneur with a keen sense for innovation and business value creation, and spent the last 20 years at the forefront of the mobile and data industries. Since founding Mnubo in 2012, a leader in Internet of Things (IoT) analytics and artificial intelligence (AI), Fred has been a catalyst in helping equipment manufacturers monetize their data and enable business transformation. Along the way, Frederic has built a team of 50+ IoT and AI world-class experts, and raised over $20M in venture capital. Frederic is also deeply involved in the Montreal startup ecosystem and is advisor and mentor to a dozen startups, while also co-charing Technopolys, Quebec's most ambitious IT industry promotional movement.

Brian Brackenbury Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation

Automotive Electronics Product Development Leader with a proven track record of delivering results on multiple product lines, in multiple roles. Excellent mix of hands-on technical expertise, business acumen, sales, project management and engineering discipline. Strong entrepreneurial spirit, driven to be a positive change agent, building strong empowered teams, leading by example, and being a hands-on working Leader. Dynamic capabilities, with the ability to quickly assimilate new technologies, disciplines & product lines, capable of forging relationships at all levels within the organization, along with quick situational awareness that allows for thriving in chaotic and ever-changing environments.

Alex Capecelatro Alex Capecelatro, CEO, Josh.ai
Twitter ID: @Joshdotai

Alex Capecelatro is the founder and CEO of Josh.ai, a voice controlled home automation system with a focus on artificial intelligence. Josh.ai utilizes a proprietary natural language understanding (NLU) engine with state of the art home control integrations for a powerful smart home experience. Alex started his career as a research scientist for NASA, the Naval Research Lab, and later Sandia National Laboratory. He then ventured into consumer technology first with electric car manufacturer Fisker Automotive, then through founding two social software products "At The Pool" and "Yeti" with members in more than 120 countries. Alex's focus is at the intersection of elegant design, cutting-edge software, and purposeful hardware to offer transformational experiences. Alex received his engineering degree from UCLA and currently splits his time between LA and Denver.

Andy Chambers Andy Chambers, Vice President of Connected Home, Assurant

Andy Chambers is Vice President of Assurant’s Connected Home practice. He focuses on strategy and execution, providing a unique perspective regarding solutions valuable to operators in the carrier, multiple system operator and direct broadcast satellite industries, having more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at Sprint, AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Comcast. In addition to product design & development, his responsibility includes evaluation of strategic technology and hardware solutions for the Connected Home channel. Chambers is well-versed in using data analytics and digital channels to continuously grow customer loyalty and deliver strong business results.
Prior to joining Assurant, Chambers was executive director of e-CRM at Comcast Corporation, where he was responsible for significantly increasing the channel mix of customer visits and purchases on Comcast.com. Prior to Comcast, Chambers served as senior director of marketing operations for Time Warner Cable, guiding product development and strategy for the Texas region. His career also includes five years in the carrier industry, with strategic management roles at both AT&T and Sprint Corporation.
Chambers holds a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree in international marketing from Texas A&M University.

Naveen Chhangani Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product Management , Arlo

As Senior Director of Product Management 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, 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 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.

Gary Davis Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee
Twitter ID: @GaryJDavis

Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he works closely with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also oversees Intel Security’s online safety education to educate businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into easily understandable and actionable advice. During his 5+ years at the company, he has held leadership roles in the consumer and enterprise divisions where he has helped shape various product portfolios and strategic direction along with advocating for cybersecurity education. Gary has appeared on several business, security and consumer lifestyle media outlets, including CNBC, NBC, FOX, and CBS Bay Area stations; and quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine, MSNBC, PC Magazine, CNET, CSO Magazine, and PC World. Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 15 years in technology companies. Gary serves on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).

Alice DeBiasio Alice DeBiasio, Vice President, General Manager, Pro Security Products, Resideo

Alice DeBiasio is vice president and general manager of Pro Security Products for Resideo, where she leads our portfolio of security and safety solutions.

Prior to Resideo, DeBiasio spent five years in increasingly high-profile roles at Honeywell, most recently as the vice president general manager of Honeywell Homes Global Residential Security businesses with P&L responsibilities across the Americas and EMEA Residential Security portfolio. Her primary focus was driving business growth through sales and channel strategies focused around customers and their success.

DeBiasio also served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell’s Health, Fire and Security Software business, accountable for the overall success of software-as-a-service offerings in the North America region for Honeywell’s AlarmNet and LifeCare businesses.

Before joining Honeywell in 2013, she worked as a lead design engineer for Northrop Grumman Corporation directing large scale, complex commercial and military programs.

DeBiasio earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with an aerospace concentration and a bachelor’s degree in music performance from the University of Miami. She has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and MBA from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Drew Doleski Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager, IoT/Telematics - Connected Home, Verisk Analytics
Twitter ID: @drewdoleski

Drew Doleski is responsible for smart home product management and partnerships at Verisk, a market leader of advanced data and analytics services to insurance, healthcare, financial services, supply chain, and energy markets. Drew comes from a broad background at the intersection of insurance and technology. His past work experience includes Samsung SmartThings, Esurance, Allstate, and Bang & Olufsen, where he has held roles in marketing, operations, and product development. He is an alumnus of Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business.

Aaron Emigh Aaron Emigh, CEO, Brilliant
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.

Stephen Eyre Stephen Eyre, Area Vice President, Cloud & Smart Home and Business Solutions, Calix

Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

With more than 40 years of leadership experience, Mr. Frangiosa has held executive positions in several companies, most of which he founded. As a serial entrepreneur he started several successful businesses in the automotive, consumer electronics and technology industries. Tony has been involved in several mergers and acquisitions as well as fund-raising efforts throughout his career. He leads the executive team at InstallerNet and its subsidiary companies Mobile Electronics Association and American Road Products, to continue the company's vision and growth through the development of its proven-platform (Workwize) and process which has surpassed more than 2,000,000 service events showcasing its more than 4,000 member network companies representing more than 25,000 installation professionals.

David Friedman David Friedman, CEO, Ayla Networks
Twitter ID: @aylanetworks
Website: http://www.aylanetworks.com/

David Friedman is the CEO and co-founder of Ayla Networks, a leading end-to-end cloud platform for the Internet of Things. Prior to founding Ayla Networks, David served as Vice President, business development for ZeroG Wireless, a company providing low-power Wi-Fi products to the embedded space. In that role, David forged partnerships with leading micro-controller companies, and built relationships with OEMs serving a variety of markets including health, fitness, home controls and smart energy.

Prior to ZeroG, David was an early employee at Matrix Semiconductor, serving in various sales and marketing roles before Matrix was acquired by SanDisk. In earlier roles, David helped drive pricing strategy at Intel, and was an analyst in the mergers and acquisitions group at Chase Bank. David has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA from Colgate University; he holds five US Patents.

Chris Gibbons MD Chris Gibbons MD, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.
Twitter ID: @mcgibbons

Dr. Gibbons is the Founder and CEO of The Greystone Group, a digital health research, innovation and strategy consulting firm. Greystone has unparalleled strength in health sector ecosystem visioning & design, health innovation, diversity populations and emerging health sector revenue models. Greystone helps clients uncover unrecognized insights that drive disruptive innovation and capture new digital health revenue opportunities. At Greystone, Dr. Gibbons leads a team of Johns Hopkins trained healthcare, health technology, innovation, business management and analytics experts with unique proficiency for leveraging technology to improve population health. Dr. Gibbons is also on the faculty at Johns Hopkins and Duke University Schools of Medicine.

Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, Sr Vice President, Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki has served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy & Product Development at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), since 2014, where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product roadmaps, including IoT product family for the Smart Home as well as strategic platforms such as QuickSet Cloud. Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of home control products leveraging multiple connectivity solutions such as Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi. In 2008, he became Director of Advanced Technology, responsible for innovation in advanced communication and technologies. During this time, Hatambeiki played a critical role developing numerous groundbreaking and award winning products (including 2017 Technology & Engineering Achievement Emmy® Award for work on Contextual Voice Navigation Technologies) and contributed to multiple wireless standards alliances including the ZigBee® Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance®. Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from San Francisco University, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms. 

Chuck Hector Chuck Hector, Chief Revenue Officer, Papa

Sheila Hicks Sheila Hicks, Vice President/General Manager, Cox Homelife, Cox Communications

Sheila Hicks is the vice president & general manager, Cox Home Security and Smart Home. She is the operational and innovative leader focused on driving growth of the Home Security and Smart Home market - one of Cox's fastest growing services divisions. She leads and oversees all related operational strategies for this business unit and related to the Cox Homelife product line, including marketing, sales, customer experience and advanced services development. Prior to her current role, Sheila served as vice president sales operations and was a critical member of the sales team responsible for: sales technology strategy, training, reporting, channel operations including retail & MDU.

Sheila joined Cox in 2001 as the first vice president of sales for the company’s Arizona operation, where she was responsible for overseeing all sales channels for the state of Arizona and achieved record growth. Prior to joining Cox, she served as a regional vice president of sales for WorldCom Wireless.

In 2014 she was recognized by WICT with the Horizon award, Women to Watch. In 2004, she was recognized in Multichannel News as one of “Cable’s Next Generation Executives under 40.” A member of numerous industry organizations, she also active in multiple mentoring programs and is a vocal proponent in advancing the role of women in the industry and business community.

A graduate of Arizona State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Sheila is a graduate of the Betsy Magness Leadership Institute (BMLI Class XX) and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business 2018 WICT Executive Program. Sheila is an alumna member of Alpha Phi National Sorority.  

Chris Johnson Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Chris Johnson joined the management team at Brinks Home Security in February 2015 with 20 years of proven leadership experience. A recognized pioneer in DIY home security, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge to a team that continues to compete in a fast-changing environment. As the co-Founder and President of LiveWatch, Chris led an innovative team that transformed the way home security was delivered. Previously Chris served as a Paramedic and Director of a hospital-based EMS service, known for its innovation in rural healthcare leveraging technology. He now serves on the senior leadership team of Brinks Home Security as Chief Strategy Officer. Chris brings to the team expertise in strategic development, sales management, digital marketing, and operational innovations. His drive for growth has been enabled by a data-driven approach to decision making and a customer-centric business philosophy.

Sean Kane Sean Kane, Client Engagement Manager, Mayo Clinic
Twitter ID: @mayocontent

Sean Kane has been with Mayo Clinic for 13 years. In this time he has gained experience in many health care arenas, most recently working with Mayo Clinic's voice initiatives. Mayo Clinic has released a First Aid skill in both Amazon and Google powered devices, as well as over 8,000 first party concepts in Amazon Alexa.

Jochen Koedijk Jochen Koedijk, Chief Marketing Officer, ADT

Kevin Kraus Kevin Kraus, Director Technology and Partner Integration for Yale and August Locks, ASSA ABLOY

Soren Lorentsen Soren Lorentsen, Director of Global Business Development, SmartHome IoT, Silicon Labs

Soren Lorentsen, Director of Global Business Development, Silicon Labs, recently join Silicon Labs through the acquisition of Z-Wave from Sigma Designs. Soren has over the past 15 years been a key driver behind the success of Z-Wave and the growth of the Smart Home IoT market as a whole. He is excited to be part of a leadership team that will drive Silicon Lab’s IoT solutions forward in the years to come by improving ease of use, platform interoperability and rock-solid security to ensure true mass market adoption.
Before joining Silicon Labs, Soren has been in various leading technical, marketing and business positions over the years at Sigma Designs, Zensys, and Ericsson where he has been instrumental in driving and defining interoperable solutions in the digital home through key consumer, installer and service provider channels.
Soren holds a B.S.E.E from Engineering college of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Linus Lundberg Linus Lundberg, Google Home + Nest Business Development, Google

Alton Martin Alton Martin, SVP Growth and Co-Founder, Trusource Labs LLC
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.

Elizabeth Mathes Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot

Katie McMahon Katie McMahon, VP and GM, SoundHound Inc.
Twitter ID: @SoundHoundInc

A mobile tech industry pioneer, SoundHound Inc. VP & GM Katie McMahon has been at the forefront of working with emerging technologies that change the way people interact with connected devices. She drove the global, mass-market adoption of mobile music recognition during the rise of the touchscreen interface era (smartphones) and is currently part of the executive team at SoundHound Inc. helping to shape the voice-interface era. Katie works cross-functionally across business, marketing, product and engineering teams, helping to drive growth of SoundHound's Voice AI platform - the Houndify platform - which enables natural, conversational voice interfaces for connected cars, homes, consumer electronics, mobile apps, robots, retail services, and more. Prior to joining SoundHound, McMahon was Vice President of Business Development at Shazam, where she drove the early smartphone mobile strategy, international product distribution and strategic partnerships, including building the foundations of the long lasting partnership with Apple, which acquired Shazam in 2018. She started in tech in Tokyo in early 2000, working for a growth stage mobile tech company and later launched a mobile data and hardware startup gaining unique experience as an entrepreneur in Japan.

James McPhail James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems
Twitter ID: @ZenEcosystems

James is a visionary executive and sales leader with significant experience in strategy and management within the energy industry. James is focused on building the business and channel relationships with utility providers, resellers and technology partners. Prior to Zen, James was EVP Sales at REGEN/Encycle for over four years, building sales from the ground floor, which now boasts a customer base of some of the largest national retailers. Before joining REGEN, James led Western US Sales at EnerNOC, a recognised leader in Demand Response, with a focus on bringing commercial and industrial customers together with utility-funded DR programs and data-driven energy management solutions. In addition to managing EnerNOC's Western US team, James personally brought over 250 megawatts of DR into programs across the US. Prior to EnerNOC, James served as Distribution Sales Manager at EnergyLogic, a leader in alternative fuel fired furnaces and boilers where he was responsible for building the US and International Sales distribution network and ultimately tripling the company's annual sales in just under 4 years. He is also the Chairman of the Board at Enersponse and sits on the Board of Huevos Wax.

Jeff Meredith Jeff Meredith, President & COO, Chamberlain Group

Jeff Meredith is the President and Chief Operating Officer at Chamberlain Group (CGI), a global leader in access control solutions with its Chamberlain® and LiftMaster® garage door opener brands and myQ® smart technology. With over 20 years of experience in transforming industries through the development and delivery of engaging and sustainable technology-driven products, Jeff leads CGI’s strategic growth initiatives for myQ-connected solutions that adapt with emerging customer needs. 
Prior to joining CGI, Jeff held executive leadership roles at Lenovo including SVP & GM of Consumer Business Group, VP & GM of the Android/Chrome Business Unit and VP Marketing for Americas, Europe, Japan and ANZ. Before joining Lenovo, Jeff served as VP Global Marketing and Product Development at Imation/3M, and VP of Worldwide Marketing at Lexmark International. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a MBA from Purdue University.

Dr. Chris Mitchell Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic
Twitter ID: @audioanalytic

Dr Chris Mitchell is the CEO of Audio Analytic, which he founded in 2010. As well as the holder of multiple patents, Chris is an internationally published author, an associate lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and an accomplished public speaker. Following the completion of his PhD in sound information systems and signal processing, Chris received a prestigious Kauffman/NCGE Fellowship to investigate the commercial implications of his research, which included attending Harvard Business School and a short spell with Cisco Systems in San Jose, USA. Audio Analytic was founded during his fellowship and Chris has gone on to guide the company through funding rounds and now spends his time setting the overall direction and strategy for the company.

Spencer Moore Spencer Moore, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring Services
Website: http://www.rrms.com

Spencer Moore is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Rapid Response Monitoring. In this capacity, Spencer harnesses his years of strong business experience including his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification to engage result-driven processes and translate brand promise into true power for the company and real value for customers. He has a known reputation for recruiting and developing world class sales teams and envisioning and executing the development of new services and new corporate directions. Spencer previously served for fifteen years as the Division Manager for Fastenal Company where he developed the division’s sales training program and led 100+ staff members. During his tenure, he contributed to the company growth from four million dollars in annual revenue to over thirty-four million dollars in annual revenue. Spencer holds a MBA and is passionate about developing great business relationships and supporting Rapid Response’s growth.

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.

Vaidhi Nathan Vaidhi Nathan, SVP Camera, AI / Analytics, IntelliVision Technologies Corp., a subsidiary of Nortek Security & Control

Paul Palmer Paul Palmer, Director, Business Development, Consumer Business Unit, F-Secure

Paul has been with F-Secure for over 4 years and is currently leading 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.

Wannie Park Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development, Inspire

Joe Roberts Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control

A product visionary with over twenty years of hands-on smart home, IoT, software and internet development, product management and marketing experience with a commitment to quality and innovation. Leading teams with numerous awards and editor's choice for best products. Early innovations in desktop software, connected products and web services.

Adam Sand Adam Sand, CEO, Shopkick
Twitter ID: @shopkcik

Adam leads Shopkick, one of the leading mobile shopping and rewards platforms in the US. Previously, Adam served as General Counsel, VP of Business Development, and VP of Human Resources for Shopkick. Prior to joining Shopkick, Adam was GC of SK Planet, Inc., the US arm of one of South Korea's largest companies; was counsel for Ancestry and AncestryDNA where he helped launch the DNA testing service worldwide; and worked for international law firms such as Pillsbury Winthrop and Jones Day where he represented companies such as Apple, AT&T and Chevron.

Steve Shapiro Steve Shapiro, General Manager, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @stevenshapiro

Steve Shapiro is the general manager for residential and commercial security systems including the connected home products and services at Johnson Controls, the global leader in building products and technology, integrated solutions, energy storage and information based retail systems.  Steve is responsible for product development and the serving customer needs globally for security alarm and connected home systems.
Prior to joining Johnson Controls Steve was vice president for ADT where he was responsible for residential and commercial security products and services and industry relations.  While at ADT, Steve led ADT’s product strategy and engineering initiatives for an extensive portfolio of ADT products, including creating the revolutionary smart home automation system, ADT Pulse®.
Steve has served as a Board member to the Security Industry Association, The Monitoring Association (formerly CSAA) and the Z-Wave Alliance.
Prior to joining ADT, Steve was a consultant to Sirius-XM Satellite Radio where he developed product roadmaps and product definitions for mobile and portable devices.
His professional career began at Motorola, where he was responsible marketing and product management for many communications products and marketing plans over 20 years that included two-way radios, pagers and mobile phones, including Motorola’s first color and camera phones.
Steve graduated from Florida International University with an MBA in Business Administration. He holds FCC professional and amateur licenses, has been awarded 17 patents, and earned a Black Belt in Marketing for Six Sigma.

Renée Soulliard Renée Soulliard, CMO, support.com

Renée is responsible for Support.com's go-to-market strategy, product marketing, and communications, as well as the management of the consumer software business. Renée brings more than two decades of experience in product marketing, omnichannel marketing, brand development, and business operations. Renée is passionate about delighting and empowering customers and believes that unwavering customer centricity is the key to marketing success. Renée was previously the Chief Marketing Officer of Quad Learning, a venture-backed education start-up, where she led all marketing domestically and internationally. Prior to that, she co-led AOL's Paid Services Division as SVP, Marketing, and GM of New Subscription Services, and was Vice President, Marketing at Capital One's U.S. Card Division. She also held senior roles at Philips Consumer Electronics (General Manager, Consumer Direct), and 1800flowers.com (Vice President, Digital Marketing), and was a Principal at Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman). Renée holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton Business School.

Mark Spates Mark Spates, Product, Google
Twitter ID: @google

Mark Spates is the product lead for smart speakers at Google. His responsibilities encompass hardware, software, partner integrations and overall user experience. Mark is also responsible for bringing Google Home portfolio of products to international markets. Prior to joining Google, Mark was Head of Connected Home Platform at Logitech.

Linden Tibbets Linden Tibbets, Chief Design Officer, IFTTT
Twitter ID: @IFTTT

Linden is co-founder and Chief Design Officer of IFTTT, a platform that helps your products and services work better together. With a background in engineering and design, Linden is passionate about wild ideas of all kinds.

David Wechsler David Wechsler, Senior Director of Channels and Partnerships, Comcast Xfinity
Twitter ID: @davewechsler

David Wechsler Exec Director, Comcast Dave leads the Comcast's initiatives in the emerging markets of "connected" home insurance, maintenance and warranty. He is responsible for creating the company's vision and strategy as well as leading the product development and managing operations in the space. Dave also partners with the largest insurance carriers and reinsurers to find new ways to leverage Comcast customer's broad adoption of connected device/IoT technology, both for residential and business customers. Dave is a serial entrepreneur and has 25 years of experience working at start-ups focusing on new internet technologies and IoT. He is also an advisor and board member to several IoT focused startups and a licensed insurance producer. Dave holds Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Eric West Eric West, Strategy & Partnerships, Ford Smart Mobility
Twitter ID: @ford

Mechanical engineer who left Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute to research the future of vertical flight with Sikorsky Aircraft. After close to a decade in new product development of electromechanical systems and an MBA, I saw the use of a $1000 drone usurp the need for a helicopter in one instance and saw the writing on the wall for the $24M machines we were building. Ever since then, I've been passionate about domains' intersection, and am very bullish on the intersection of home and mobility since the home has and always will be the most intimate and meaningful hub for family and personal growth. Have an idea about how mobility can help? Let's chat.

Paul Williams Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting
Twitter ID: @GELighting

Paul Williams, General Manager of Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting Paul Williams is the General Manager of Product Management and Growth for GE Lighting where he is charged with reimagining lighting solutions from America's most trusted lighting brand. With a deep focus on the connected home and the company's C by GE brand, Paul leads the company's overall product management, its go-to-market strategy and its external partner ecosystem to propel lighting's role at home and enable new platforms for growth. Paul brings more than 30 years of business operations leadership and hardware and software development within high-tech industries. This includes more than a decade of executive leadership at Control4, a manufacturer of home automation solutions, where he led the company's global product management and research and development teams, supported the company's merger and acquisition activity, delivered award-winning solutions and helped build the company from a start-up to an IPO with double-digit, year-over-year growth. During his time at Control4, Paul also led high-profile hospitality projects, including organizing and outfitting the MGM City Center project in Las Vegas, at the time the largest privately funded construction project in US history, with controls platforms across both the Aria and the Mandarin Oriental. The hotels opened to acclaim as some of the most technologically advanced hotels in the world. Prior to his deep leadership and operations roles at Control4, Paul held critical leadership positions and oversaw vast teams with a proven track record at Levelor/Kirch, a large-scale window covering operations and a Newell/Rubbermaid Company, as well as Phobos/Sonicwall. Paul has been a speaker at dozens of industry events and is often sourced and cited by the media on connected home topics.

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

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, 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.

Kellen Xu Kellen Xu, Director of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

Kellen Xu is the Director of Global Business Development at Samsung SmartThings, a leading IoT and smart home platform. Kellen and her team are responsible for developing and launching partnerships and strategic initiatives globally. Prior to joining SmartThings, Kellen managed key partnerships at Wink and worked in investment banking looking after technology and diversified industries prior to venturing in the smart home industry.

Syed Zaidi Syed Zaidi, CEO, Frontpoint
Twitter ID: @frontpoint

Mr. Zaidi was promoted from Chief Operating Officer of Frontpoint, where he was responsible for all sales, marketing, operations, product and technology. With more than 20 years of managing performance- based companies, Mr. Zaidi has a proven track record developing high growth companies, focusing on talent development, innovation and creating high performance teams. Prior to Frontpoint, Mr. Zaidi served as Chief Technology Officer at DoublePositive Marketing Group, Inc., where he led tremendous growth and success across many disciplines. Mr. Zaidi holds a Bachelor of Science, Information Systems Management degree and a Master of Business Administration from University of Maryland.


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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Denise Ernst Denise Ernst, Vice President, 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.

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.

Jennifer Kent Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @JenniferMKent
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

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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Chris O'Dell Chris O'Dell, Research Associate, 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

Brad Russell explores 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. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. He regularly moderates industry executive panels, delivers keynotes, produces webinars and whitepapers, and fields media inquiries. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices.

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 leadership.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Home Technologies, Smart Home Devices and Services, IoT Data Privacy and Security, Home Networking, Insurtech, Connected Health, Housing Innovation

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