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Leah Barton Leah Barton, VP & GM, Home Protection, Direct Energy

Leah Barton is Vice President & General Manager, Home Protection, North America Home, Centrica plc, with full P&L responsibility for home warranties, protection plans, and appliance programs. Leah has over 15 years of energy industry experience spanning commercial, IT, finance, marketing, and operations leadership roles at Centrica, MXenergy, and Shell Chemical LP.  Early in her career, Leah managed hydrogen power system engineering with Nuvera Fuel Cells and also served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania.
 
Leah holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Yale, an MBA from the Wharton School, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is active in the Houston community, currently serving as President of the UH Friends of Women’s Studies, Director and Past President of EMERGE Fellowship, Director of the St. Paul's United Methodist Foundation, and an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.


Aaron Berndt Aaron Berndt, Head of Central Region Energy Partnerships, Nest/Google

Aaron Berndt is Head of Regulated Energy Partnerships at Google, where he works with utility partners to develop customer-focused energy programs that leverage Nest products. Prior to joining Nest, Aaron was a leader in PG&E's Customer Energy Solutions team, with responsibility for the delivery of key products and programs in PG&E's portfolio. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an M.B.A from U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business.


Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP & GM of Energy Markets, EnergyHub, Inc.

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

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

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


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP Consumer Energy Management, Itron

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

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

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


Adrian Tuck Adrian Tuck, CEO, Tendril
Twitter ID: @adriantuck

As CEO of Tendril, Adrian Tuck is responsible for driving Tendril's strategic direction and creating a triple bottom line company - people, planet, profit. Adrian joined Tendril more than 10 years ago with the vision of building a smarter market for energy products and services. To that end, he has led Tendril to take first-of-its-kind approaches in data analytics, digital engagement and demand management. Adrian has been an entrepreneur for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Tendril, he served as both interim CEO and Executive Vice President of Ember Corporation, a leading semiconductor provider to the smart grid, where he guided the company's strategy through its critical early-growth stage. As an early pioneer of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Adrian was instrumental in the development of the ZigBee standard and served as the Vice-Chair of the ZigBee Alliance for a number of years. Adrian has received numerous industry accolades including the prestigious honor of being named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.


Speakers


Richard Barone Richard Barone, Director, Demand Response, Hawaiian Electric

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


Rolf Bienert Rolf Bienert, Managing and Technical Director, OpenADR Alliance
Twitter ID: @OpenADRAlliance

Rolf Bienert is the Managing & Technical Director of the OpenADR Alliance. In this capacity, Rolf oversees all aspects of the non-profit organization, the technical developments, and the certification program. Before going independent, Rolf was the Technical Manager for Telecom and the Global Competence Center for emerging communication protocols at a global testing firm. In this role, Rolf was involved in many international standardization efforts and guided the company's efforts in these areas. Rolf has been an active member of the NIST SGTCC, USNAP Alliance, ZigBee Alliance, and other organizations driving the development of new technologies with a specific focus on standardization, certification and interoperability. Rolf holds a Master’s Degree in electrical engineering.


Scott Burns Scott Burns, Head of Innovation and Customer Experience, Reliant
Twitter ID: @helloburns

As head of innovation and customer experience at Reliant, Scott Burns leads the team responsible for creating the residential and small business product and service strategy and ensuring excellent customer experience. His team creates products that include customer-facing applications based on smart meter data analytics, home energy management devices and technology, demand response and energy efficiency programs, commodity plans, home maintenance services and other services that meet the evolving needs of today's electricity consumer. Additionally, he is the GM for two of the adjacent growth businesses (Home Services and Home Security) as well as leading the market research and competitive intelligence functions. Since joining Reliant in 2008, Scott has been focused on consumer-facing energy product strategy and has helped launch multiple products including energy emails, web portals, mobile applications, time-of-use pricing and home automation. 
 
He was a key contributor on the application that led to Reliant's selection as a Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Stimulus Grant recipient and the product lead on the company's implementation of that program. Scott also spent time at another retail electricity provider that exposed him to the competitive business both in the United States and overseas. He also spent eight years in a variety of marketing and product line management roles at Corning, including P&L responsibility for two of the company's product lines. He led development of a number of key products used in the country's first large-scale fiber-to-the-home deployments. 
 
Scott is a former military officer and pilot, having graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He earned his MBA from Georgia College, a graduate marketing certificate from Southern Methodist University and completed Wharton's Innovation for Growth program. Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and four children.


Joseph Carangelo Joseph Carangelo, Executive Director, Strategy and Innovation, Baker Electric Home Energy

Joseph Carangelo is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at Baker Electric Home Energy, a premier Residential Home Energy Integrator in San Diego and throughout Southern California. In his role, Joe is responsible for managing its Innovation Group dedicated to investigating novel technologies and when appropriate, incubating their underlying business models. Two years ago that category was Energy Storage complementary to the company's Solar Integration business; today it is Smart Home applications targeting Energy Automation. Joe has a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA in Strategy and Business Development from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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

Ben Cohen is the director of global strategy at AutoGrid, which provides flexibility management software used globally by utilities, electricity retailers, renewable energy project developers and energy service providers to deliver clean, affordable and reliable energy by managing networked distributed energy resources (DERs) in real time and at scale. Cohen earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford and his MBA at Harvard.


Abigail Daken Abigail Daken, Environmental Engineer, EPA ENERGY STAR
Twitter ID: @ENERGYSTAR

Ms. Daken led the development of EPA’s innovative Connected Thermostat specification, which recognizes products that save energy based on how they are used in the homes of actual subscribers. She also manages the requirements for ENERGY STAR heating, cooling, ventilation and water heating products, and the grid responsiveness elements of all ENERGY STAR specifications. Before joining EPA in 2010, at various times she has done research in Physics and in sustainability, designed electronics, and studied effective standards. She holds BS and MA degrees in Physics, and a Masters of Engineering and Public Policy.


Jason Dudley Jason Dudley, Senior Planning Analyst, Salt River Project
Twitter ID: @SRPconnect

Jason is a Senior Planning Analyst at the Salt River Project, where he designs innovative customer programs focused on energy and demand management leveraging connected home solutions. Jason's goal is to enhance the relationship with the customer by offering unique, value added solutions that fall outside the traditional mold of the utility business model. Jason is a former Marine and holds a Political Science degree from Arizona State and an MBA from Grand Canyon University.


Shane Fay Shane Fay, SVP Sales and Marketing, Grid4C
Twitter ID: @BaylorExec

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


Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, CEO, Bidgely


Allison Hamilton Allison Hamilton, Senior Principal, Markets and Rates, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

Allison Hamilton is the Senior Principal, for Markets and Rates in the Business and Technology Strategies group at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).  She serves as the technical expert for NRECA staff and membership with respect to retail and wholesale rate structures and evolving energy services business models.  Prior to her position at NRECA, she worked for Pepco Holdings based in Washington D.C. for more than 13 years in various capacities.  Before crossing over into the energy industry she spent several years as an equity analyst for a boutique investment bank in the Pacific Northwest.  She holds a liberal arts degree from Valparaiso University and an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.


Scott Harkins Scott Harkins, VP/GM, Resideo Connected Home
Twitter ID: @honeywell_home

Scott Harkins brings 30 years of experience in residential markets to Resideo as our vice president and general manager of Connected Home. In this role, Harkins leads a portfolio of solutions that make homes smarter, more efficient, and more secure around the world.
 
Previously, he held several sales and leadership positions at Honeywell, where he began working in 1995. He was instrumental in the business’s transformation to connected, software- driven solutions. Most recently, he served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell Connected Home, where he managed software offerings for the Security, Comfort, and Life Care Solutions businesses. Harkins was also responsible for managing relationships with technology companies as well as the developer and startup communities.
 
Harkins has also been vice president of partner development for Connected Home, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Security Products, Americas, and vice president and general manager of Honeywell Systems.
 
In 2017, Inc. Magazine ranked Harkins as one of the most influential leaders in the IoT space. Forbes.com has ranked him the 12th most influential person in the IoT market.


Ryan Harty Ryan Harty, Environmental Market Development Manager, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Ryan Harty is a mechanical engineer (University of Alberta, 2001) and is the Manager of American Honda's Connected and Environmental Business Development (CEBD), where he is in charge of developing product proposals, business models, and policy proposals in support of Honda's environmental
initiatives. His passion is the confluence of renewable energy and transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ryan spent 10 years at Honda R&D, including pioneering work on hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles prior to his current assignment in CEBD. In his spare time, he enjoys curling at the Orange County Curling Club. 


Gary High Gary High, SVP Marketing and Product Management, Landis + Gyr


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

Denver Hinds manages smart energy device integration and testing efforts for many pilots and programs at SMUD. He architects emergent information systems to manage variable rate structures, price and control signal communication, and billing innovation for value stacking of Distributed Energy Resources. Denver has a diverse background in electronic product design and systems engineering. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of the Pacific, and a Project Management Professional Certificate from the Project Management Institute.


Shira Horowitz Shira Horowitz, Manager, Demand Response, Con Edison
Twitter ID: @ConEdison

Shira Horowitz is currently the manager of Demand Response at Con Edison. Previously, she worked at PJM Interconnection and did research at the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center. Shira spent a year in Sweden at the Royal Institute of Technology completing a Fulbright in sustainable power generation and working at Vattenfall Windpower. She has a BE in electrical engineering from the Cooper Union and a PhD in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.


Obrie Hostetter Obrie Hostetter, Director, Market Development , Hubject


Joe Jankosky Joe Jankosky, Global Director, Utilities and IoT , Intel

Joe Jankosky is the Global Director for Utilities and IoT at Intel. In that role, he develops partner ecosystem solutions for utilities to manage loads and resources on the grid and BTM, protecting their assets and driving new sources of revenue. Before Intel, Joe led New Vertical development for Time Warner Cable's IntelligentHome. He began his energy career with Southern California Edison negotiating long-term energy contracts, then led SCE's strategic alliances with IoT service providers. Joe received his BA, MBA and MPA degrees from Stanford, USC and Harvard University, respectively. 


Matt Johnson Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @energyhub

Matt Johnson is VP of Business Development at EnergyHub. Matt is responsible for EnergyHub's partner ecosystem; he develops and manages relationships with distributed energy resource (DER) manufacturers and service providers who are interested in connecting devices to the Mercury DERMS platform. Matt joined EnergyHub in 2009. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Matt held a variety of positions in the energy sector, including serving as Director of Business Development at Gaia Power Technologies, an energy storage system integrator, and as an Assistant Vice President at Sentech, a clean energy consultancy. Matt holds an MBA and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Dave Kaintz Dave Kaintz, Senior Program Manager, Southern California Edison (SCE)

Dave Kaintz is a senior manager in the Customer Programs & Services Product Development Group in his 10th year with Southern California Edison. He's currently leading teams developing customer facing solutions including Connected Technologies such as SCE's Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smart Thermostat Demand Response program which is now a leading DR Program in SCE's Portfolio of customer offerings. Dave has also supported Transportation Electrification as well as Building Electrification program design, Demand Side Management tracking system needs including an SAP/CRM implementation, and the development and launch of a customer self-service On-line Energy Audit Tool. Prior to joining SCE, Dave was with IBM in a variety of roles including new business development as well as leading application development and hardware service support teams. Dave has a degree in Business from Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, and holds a couple of certifications including Project Management (PMI) and Total Quality Management (TQM). When Dave is not working, he can be found spending time with family, playing volleyball at the local beach, or camping and hiking in Yosemite.


Deborah Kimberly Deborah Kimberly, VP, Customer Energy Solutions & Corporate Communications, Austin Energy

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

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

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

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


Bob King Bob King, VP, Policy, Smart Energy Water

Bob King has joined Smart Energy Water (SEW) as Vice President for Policy and Governmental Affairs, after a long history in and out of government.  Most recently Bob has provided government affairs, as well as, business development advice and support services to a long list of emerging energy technology and service companies for over 25 years, as President of Good Company Associates, Inc.  His firm has a reputation for thought leadership in utilities and energy markets policy, especially with respect to renewable energy, efficiency, storage and demand management.  Since 1999, a major area of focus has been smart energy technology and the power of information—from AMI to the Internet of things. He has most recently been focused on the issue of data accessibility and innovation.  SEW supports his pursuit of something analogous to the ATM system in banking, for the secure, permissioned, sharing of energy-related data.
 
King previously served as a Vice President of Resource Management International, the precursor of Navigant Consulting, and regional director of KENETECH Corporation.  King earlier had a 20-year career in government service, including as first director of renewable energy programs for the TVA, and as clean energy advisor to the Governor of California, and the Governor and Lt. Governor of Texas.  He serves on the board of the Advanced Energy Management Alliance of North America.  He is a registered engineer and lobbyist, and trained mediator.  Bob is a graduate of Vanderbilt engineering school, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, at UT, Austin.


Patrick Maloney Patrick Maloney, CEO & Founder, Inspire

Patrick Maloney is the founder and chief executive officer of Inspire. A lifelong entrepreneur, Maloney has focused his career on disrupting the energy category. He founded Inspire to simplify consumer adoption of clean energy and smart home technologies. His mission is to drive massive progress towards a brighter energy future. Since launching in 2014, Inspire has prevented the equivalent of 1,190,747 metric tons of GHG. Maloney was recently recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 in LA for Cleantech & Renewables, and earlier this year Inspire was named among the top 10 percent of the Inc. 5000, and recognized by Fast Company as a World Changing Idea. Prior to Inspire, Patrick worked as a venture capitalist and served on the founding team of two energy ventures.


Bob Marshall Bob Marshall, CEO, Whisker Labs

Robert (Bob) Marshall is CEO of Whisker Labs, a newly formed division of Earth Networks, dedicated to bringing next generation home energy intelligence technologies to market.  Bob is also founder and CEO of Earth Networks, which operates the largest weather observation, lightning detection and greenhouse gas monitoring networks in the world, providing data to energy companies, NOAA, NWS and other global operations.

Bob is passionate about big data from weather and climate observations to complete home energy intelligence and IoT sensors and beyond. By developing groundbreaking technology to find ˜signals'” valuable, meaningful intelligence in this sea of big-data 'noise', Bob believes in improving and protecting people's lives and livelihoods, as well as delivering peace of mind and savings through whole home and comprehensive energy intelligence.

Prior to founding AWS and launching Earth Networks, Marshall served as a program manager and lead engineer at BBN, where he oversaw the development of several advanced military sensors, signal processing and networking programs.  He has been twice-named to Washingtonian magazine's top 100 Tech Titans. Marshall is a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland College of Engineering. In 2007, Marshall received the distinction of Outstanding Alumnus in Engineering and Information Technology for his contributions to the University and his professional and personal accomplishments.


Alton Martin Alton Martin, 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.


Paul McDonald Paul McDonald, Director, Solution Architecture, Oracle Utilities


Brian McKee Brian McKee, Director of Online Store, AM Conservation Group, Inc.
Twitter ID: @AMConservation

He serves as Director of Online stores with a focus on AMCG's online store strategy and ensuring our program team provides exceptional customer service and delivers energy savings. Brian has worked with AM Conservation Group clients such as Consumers Energy, SMECO, Ameren Illinois, Georgia Power, ICF and many more, managing online store, product, kit, and education programs. Before AM Conservation Group, he worked in account management and sales, in addition to being an entrepreneur.


Michelle Meyer Michelle Meyer, Director of Marketing, Greenlots


Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Principal Supervisor for the SmartHome program at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. As a serial Incubation Innovator, Joel has delivered breakthrough award winning program designs. This is the result of integrating a wide range of Innovation tools and systems including Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile Development and Lean Six Sigma.


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.


Judd Moritz Judd Moritz, SVP of Solutions , Simple Energy

Judd has worked in the energy industry for more than 18 years, engaging with utilities and regional transmission organizations (RTO) across North America to design and deliver energy efficiency and demand response solutions. His career has spanned program operations, DSM program planning, sales and product development. 
 
As the SVP, Solutions at Simple Energy, Judd applies his understanding of utility DSM/DER programs, rates, regulatory motivations and the evolving utility landscape to help utilities achieve their goals as they redefine their relationship with their customers. Judd leverages his industry knowledge and network of industry partners to help drive Simple Energy's solutions into emerging markets as the industry continues to evolve to be more distributed and customer-centric. 
 
Prior to Simple Energy, Judd was a Senior Director at CLEAResult Consulting and managed business development and engagement strategy for a diverse array of electric and gas utilities in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States promoting CLEAResults products and capabilities and continuously defining new product and program opportunities to drive innovation while also pushing short term and long term growth. During this time, Judd also acted as the vice-chair of Policy for the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance. Judd got started in business development when he worked as a Director of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC where he collaborated with vertically integrated utilities and RTOs to implement a suit of innovative C&I Demand Response solutions as well as a portfolio of utility DSM consulting capabilities. 
 
Prior to providing services to utilities, Judd worked at Ameren Energy where he acted as the liaison to the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) for the Demand Response Working Group. He also led a team that developed and delivered electric and natural gas DSM program portfolios in both Illinois and Missouri, conducted extensive cost-effectiveness analyses for various energy efficiency and demand response measures and programs, and investigated the nuances around various DSM cost recovery mechanisms. Judd's energy career started at APX in Santa Clara, CA where he managed the California Demand Reserves Partnership Program, which at the time was the largest capacity-based demand response program in the country. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from The University of Kansas and an MBA from Webster University.


Robert Munin Robert Munin, General Manager, Thermostats, Johnson Controls Inc.


Dain Nestel Dain Nestel, Director, ecobee

Dain Nestel has been in the energy sector since 2008 where he has overseen the delivery of Residential EE portfolios, consulted clients and partners on best practice program models and launched a successful demand response initiative. Dain is ecobee’s Director of Energy where he is focused on creating multi-directional value streams, for utilities and their customers, through innovation and the smart home.


Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD Anne Arquit Niederberger PhD, VP Market Development, Enervee
Twitter ID: @EnerveeScore

Anne Arquit Niederberger is VP Market Development at Enervee, with responsibility for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, governments and retail market actors to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions and served during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate policy and established Swiss carbon markets.


Michael Phillips Michael Phillips, Co-founder and CEO, Sense
Twitter ID: @sense

Mike Phillips is the CEO of Sense, a Cambridge-based company developing intelligent devices and applications for the home. Mike previously founded SpeechWorks in 1994, which applied emerging speech recognition technology to the call center industry and had an IPO in August 2000. In 2006, Mike founded Vlingo which developed the first voice-based virtual assistant applications for mobile phones. Vlingo had both a successful consumer facing application, and also powered virtual assistants for hundreds of millions of phones, including worldwide support for the Samsung Galaxy S phones. Vlingo was acquired in 2012 and Mike and others from Vlingo formed Sense in 2013.


Todd Rath Todd Rath, Marketing Service Director, Alabama Power

Todd Rath is the Director of Marketing Strategy, Programs, and Intelligence at Alabama Power. His current responsibilities include lead generation, strategy development, predictive analytics, development, implementation, and management of both kWh and non-kWh programs, products, and services.
 
Todd began his career with Southern Company as assistant treasurer for Mississippi Power. At Mississippi Power, Todd worked in both Finance and Marketing roles. In 2000 Todd moved to Alabama Power where he has served in a variety of roles within the Marketing organization.  
 
Todd is currently the chairman of the System Customer Leadership Team and served on the 2014 core team for SO Prize. 


Matthew Robbins Matthew Robbins, Head of Hive, North America, Hive

Matt is the Commercial Director for Centrica’s North American Connected Home Business and is charged with building the Hive brand.  Hive  Matt joined the Connected Home business in 2018. Prior to this role, Matt was part of the leadership team for Centrica’s Retail Energy and Home Services business in North America, leading strategy, integration, process excellence, data, and serving as the chief of staff. 
 
Matt is a trained chemist and has a PhD in chemistry from Stanford University.  A native Houstonian, Matt lives in Houston with his wife, Emily, two children, Jonathan and Molly, and a golden retriever, Elsie.


Rebecca Roberts Rebecca Roberts, Section Manager, Innovative Pricing Pilot, Con Edison
Twitter ID: @ConEdison

Rebecca Roberts is Section Manager of Demonstration Projects at Con Edison. She manages a team piloting innovative mass market time-based demand rates in New York City and Westchester County.
 
Rebecca previously managed a Con Edison team responsible for developing and implementing energy efficiency and demand management pilots, including connected device pilots intended to enable the demand response-capable home of the future. The team is developing the Smart Home Advisor, a site that educates customers on how smart home technology can help them better manage their energy use (beta site: www.coned.com/smarthome).
 
Rebecca has an MBA from NYU Stern, a BA in American Studies from Wesleyan University, and is PMP and EMIT certified.


Emmett Romine Emmett Romine, SVP Business Development, Powerley
Twitter ID: @powerley

Emmett leads the sales and delivery functions within Powerley and focuses on customer acquisition, Powerley growth and customer delivery of the Powerley platform. Emmett has 20 years of experience in the utilities industry, spending over 12 years working at DTE Energy in Detroit, Michigan. Emmett spent roughly half of that time focused on architecting and building DTE's energy efficiency business and was deeply involved with the development of DTE Insight, the precursor to Powerley. Emmett has served as the Chairman of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and holds three degrees including a BA in Physics from William Jewell College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University.


Zach Schroeck Zach Schroeck, Director of Product Management, Lutron

Zach Schroeck is Director, Product Management, at Lutron, and is responsible for the Caséta by Lutron family of products. Prior to joining Lutron, Zach held various product development roles at Culligan International and Motorola Mobility. He holds a BA in Economics from Kalamazoo College and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.


Sam Sen Sam Sen, Vice President, Vistra Energy

Sam Sen is Vice President Solutions at Vistra Energy, a leading electricity generator and competitive retailer that provides electricity and related products and services to approximately 2.9 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in Texas and the Mid West / North East US through leading retail brands that include TXU Energy and Dynegy.
 
Sam leads the Solutions business, offering customers value added products beyond traditional grid electricity plans. These solutions include Home Warranties, Smart Thermostats,Cable/Internet/Telecom solutions as well as renewables and Solar / distributed generation products.
 
Prior to his current role, Sam was Vice President of Performance Excellence where he set up the lean transformation and various elements of TXU Energy’s operating model. Prior to that, Sam was the Sr. Director of Planning and Analysis, responsible for leading strategic and financial planning at TXU Energy.
 
Prior to joining TXU Energy in 2009, Sam spent several years as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he served as a Principal working predominantly with clients in the Energy industry. Sam’s experience covered a diverse range of assignments ranging from growth strategies, functional strategies to mergers and acquisitions and divestitures.
 
Sam is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, earning a master's of business administration from the McCombs School of Business. Sam also completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India.


Craig Stepien Craig Stepien, Sr. Director Digital Transformation, NextEra Energy


Marco Terruzzin Marco Terruzzin, Director, E.ON Climate and Renewables

Mr. Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in climate change mitigation strategies with proven track record of growing businesses at the intersection of clean-tech (renewable energy + environmental markets) and digitization (IoT + blockchain). Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in building teams and transforming innovative ideas into successful businesses. He is a founding advisor of the Energy Blockchain Consortium, the founder of Sustainable Blockchain, Director at E.ON Climate & Renewables, and has held strategic positions at GE, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business, a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics), and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy).


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

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

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

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


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

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.


Cengizhan Yenerim Cengizhan Yenerim, Director of Demand Risk Management, ENGIE representing Green Button Alliance
Twitter ID: @ENGIEResources

As Director of Demand Risk Management for ENGIE’s North America retail business, Cengizhan Yenerim is responsible for the oversight of key internal processes such as forward load estimation, load forecasting, portfolio management, valuation, risk and pricing.
 
Since joining ENGIE in 2007, Cengizhan has served in several roles including corporate strategy, enterprise risk management, quantitative services, wholesale trading and portfolio management while supporting company’s investments in electricity generation, retail, natural gas and LNG.
 
Most recently, Cengizhan leads ENGIE North America’s community of practice in data and analytics which fuels growth and innovation by connecting the two biggest assets of the organization; people and data. He is also part of the advocacy team responsible for ENGIE’s regulatory efforts in data and data access and holds a board position at the Green Button Alliance which is an industry-led effort to respond to a White House call-to-action to provide society with easy access to their energy usage data.
 
Cengizhan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mining Engineering from Middle East Technical University and a Master of Arts in Energy & Earth Resources from University of Texas at Austin. Cengizhan resides in Houston, TX with his wife and two children.


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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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.


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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Elizabeth Parks Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @elizparks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

Elizabeth leads the marketing team and supports the research and operations teams. Elizabeth manages and directs the integrated strategic communications plan for Parks Associates, including advertising, public relations, and marketing campaigns for research and events hosted by Parks Associates. Elizabeth is the key organizer for all of Parks Associates' events, including CONNECTIONS™. She also supports Parks Associates' Business Development Team with prospective client searches, overall support, and maintenance of Parks Associates' databases.

Elizabeth joined Parks Associates on a full-time basis in 1998 after graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in psychology.


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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Patrice Samuels Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @PatriceatParks
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

Patrice Samuels studies digital home technical support services across global markets, with a focus on market trends, business models, and provider strategies. In addition to exploring events and disruptions in the technical support space, she examines pay-TV and broadband services in North America and Europe, digital media, and digital music services.

Patrice earned her MBA from Texas A&M University at College Station and BSc. in Psychology from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Television Services, Broadband Services, Technical Support Services, International Markets, Digital Music

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Advisory Board


Steve Hambric Steve Hambric, VP Consumer Energy Management, Itron

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

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

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


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.


Matt Johnson Matt Johnson, VP of Business Development, EnergyHub
Twitter ID: @energyhub

Matt Johnson is VP of Business Development at EnergyHub. Matt is responsible for EnergyHub's partner ecosystem; he develops and manages relationships with distributed energy resource (DER) manufacturers and service providers who are interested in connecting devices to the Mercury DERMS platform. Matt joined EnergyHub in 2009. Prior to joining EnergyHub, Matt held a variety of positions in the energy sector, including serving as Director of Business Development at Gaia Power Technologies, an energy storage system integrator, and as an Assistant Vice President at Sentech, a clean energy consultancy. Matt holds an MBA and a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in History and Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Olaf Lohr Olaf Lohr, Director of Business Development, Sonnen, Inc.

Olaf Lohr, born in Chemnitz, Germany, has a background in electrical engineering, renewables and business development, and graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a Masters in Business and Sports Management.
 
As the Sr. Manager for Utility Relations at sonnen, Olaf provides leadership for the company’s expansion in specific US markets. He is primarily focused on developing new business models for the energy storage markets where customers and utilities will benefit from sonnen’s disruptive technology, and leverage energy storage services for utilities. 
 
Olaf lives in Southern California with his wife Catalina in a solar and energy storage equipped home.


Joel Miller Joel Miller, Principal Supervisor, DTE Energy

Joel Miller is the Principal Supervisor for the SmartHome program at DTE Energy where he has led the development and commercialization of DTE Insight since 2013. As a serial Incubation Innovator, Joel has delivered breakthrough award winning program designs. This is the result of integrating a wide range of Innovation tools and systems including Design Thinking, Lean Startup, Agile Development and Lean Six Sigma.


Judd Moritz Judd Moritz, SVP of Solutions , Simple Energy

Judd has worked in the energy industry for more than 18 years, engaging with utilities and regional transmission organizations (RTO) across North America to design and deliver energy efficiency and demand response solutions. His career has spanned program operations, DSM program planning, sales and product development. 
 
As the SVP, Solutions at Simple Energy, Judd applies his understanding of utility DSM/DER programs, rates, regulatory motivations and the evolving utility landscape to help utilities achieve their goals as they redefine their relationship with their customers. Judd leverages his industry knowledge and network of industry partners to help drive Simple Energy's solutions into emerging markets as the industry continues to evolve to be more distributed and customer-centric. 
 
Prior to Simple Energy, Judd was a Senior Director at CLEAResult Consulting and managed business development and engagement strategy for a diverse array of electric and gas utilities in the Midwestern and Southeastern United States promoting CLEAResults products and capabilities and continuously defining new product and program opportunities to drive innovation while also pushing short term and long term growth. During this time, Judd also acted as the vice-chair of Policy for the Midwestern Energy Efficiency Alliance. Judd got started in business development when he worked as a Director of Utility Solutions at EnerNOC where he collaborated with vertically integrated utilities and RTOs to implement a suit of innovative C&I Demand Response solutions as well as a portfolio of utility DSM consulting capabilities. 
 
Prior to providing services to utilities, Judd worked at Ameren Energy where he acted as the liaison to the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) for the Demand Response Working Group. He also led a team that developed and delivered electric and natural gas DSM program portfolios in both Illinois and Missouri, conducted extensive cost-effectiveness analyses for various energy efficiency and demand response measures and programs, and investigated the nuances around various DSM cost recovery mechanisms. Judd's energy career started at APX in Santa Clara, CA where he managed the California Demand Reserves Partnership Program, which at the time was the largest capacity-based demand response program in the country. He has a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from The University of Kansas and an MBA from Webster University.


Dain Nestel Dain Nestel, Director, ecobee

Dain Nestel has been in the energy sector since 2008 where he has overseen the delivery of Residential EE portfolios, consulted clients and partners on best practice program models and launched a successful demand response initiative. Dain is ecobee’s Director of Energy where he is focused on creating multi-directional value streams, for utilities and their customers, through innovation and the smart home.


Emmett Romine Emmett Romine, SVP Business Development, Powerley
Twitter ID: @powerley

Emmett leads the sales and delivery functions within Powerley and focuses on customer acquisition, Powerley growth and customer delivery of the Powerley platform. Emmett has 20 years of experience in the utilities industry, spending over 12 years working at DTE Energy in Detroit, Michigan. Emmett spent roughly half of that time focused on architecting and building DTE's energy efficiency business and was deeply involved with the development of DTE Insight, the precursor to Powerley. Emmett has served as the Chairman of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and holds three degrees including a BA in Physics from William Jewell College, a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University.


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