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Key Speakers

Samir Ahmad Samir Ahmad, Investment Manager, KPN Ventures

MSc in Finance and MSc in Pharmacy; 6 years' experience in venture capital/M&A and entrepreneurship.

Noopur Davis Noopur Davis, Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer, Comcast

Noopur Davis is Executive Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast Cable.  In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the full range of cybersecurity functions for all Comcast Cable businesses, including all products and services delivered to our residential and business customers.  Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, data protection, security architecture and engineering, security operations and incident response, threat hunting, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, technical fraud, and the Legal Response Center.  Additionally, Noopur serves as SVP, Product and Information Security for Comcast Corp.
Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, Intel Security Group.  Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, a Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Chrysler and Intergraph.
She is a champion of women in technology and serves on the Advisory Board of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen.  She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award, and has been included on the Cablefax 100, Cablefax Diversity, Cablefax Most Powerful Women and Top Women in Technology lists multiple times.
Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University.  She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT).

Erika Diamond Erika Diamond, VP, Utility and Market Services, EnergyHub, Inc.
Twitter ID: @EnergyHub

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.

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.

Rodney Harrell PhD Rodney Harrell PhD, Vice President, Livable Communities and Long-Term Services and Supports, AARP
Twitter ID: @DrUrbanPolicy

Bob Kupbens Bob Kupbens, President, Chief Strategy and Product Officer , ADT
Twitter ID: @ADT

Bob Kupbens joined ADT in 2019 as the President, Chief Strategy and Product Officer. He brings extensive experience driving growth, profitability and strategy across industries, including eBay, Apple, Delta Air Lines, and Target. Most recently he led the seller marketplace for the Americas at eBay, including creating the “Retail Standard” for shipping and returns and leading conception and execution of mega seller events. Prior to that he was Vice President of Online Retail at Apple, leading one of the top five largest e-commerce businesses globally, including Apple Store App and Apple Store digital. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Jim Nye Jim Nye, Chief Product Operations Officer, Vivint Smart Home
Twitter ID: @vivinthome


Demetrios Barnes Demetrios Barnes, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, SmartRent
Twitter ID: @SmartRent.com

Demetrios Barnes is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of SmartRent, where he leads the support, marketing, field operations, and account services teams. With over a decade of experience in property management operations, he is passionate about helping owners and operators understand the innovations technology can produce, while forging strong interpersonal relationships and participating in thought leadership discussions. Prior to co-founding SmartRent, he was Vice President of Technology for Colony Starwood Homes, Previously, Mr. Barnes was Director of Property Management and Technology with Beazer Pre-Owned Rental Homes, and a Regional Manager for several multifamily companies. Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Shawn Barry Shawn Barry, VP Strategic Sales, Alarm.com

Shawn Barry is North American VP, Strategic Sales at Alarm.com headquartered in Vienna, VA.  Alarm.com creates innovative technology that deepens the connection between people and the things they care about most – their families, homes and businesses.  Millions of people trust Alarm.com every day for better security, intelligence automation and dependable services.  Alarm.com services are exclusively sold, set up and supported by a nationwide network of authorized service providers.  Shawn’s strategic sales team focuses on fast growing vertical markets such as healthcare, builders, property management, utilities and insurance.
He also worked at MicroStrategy, an enterprise business intelligence software company and former parent company of Alarm.com.  Shawn has his undergraduate degree in Finance from Virginia Tech.  He resides in the Vienna, VA area with his wife and children.

Andrew Beach Andrew Beach, Vice President of Community Technology, Mill Creek Residential

Andrew Beach serves as the Vice President of Community Technology.  In this role, Mr. Beach is responsible for the selection, design and implementation of technology systems at Mill Creek’s communities. Mr. Beach has over 9 years of experience in technology, systems design, and construction projects.
Prior to joining Mill Creek, Mr. Beach served at the Director of International Programs for Global Aid Network overseeing international relief and development projects in more than 30 countries.
Mr. Beach is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Lee Bienstock Lee Bienstock, Global Head of Enterprise Partnerships, Google Devices and Services, Google

Lee Bienstock leads the Global Enterprise Partnerships Team for Google’s Devices and Services Business, responsible for developing and executing strategic initiatives within the housing and financial services industries. 
Before joining Google’s Hardware team, Lee worked on Alphabet's Access Business - Google's endeavor to bring high speed internet connectivity to cities across the United States. Lee led the team responsible for the partnerships necessary to roll out Google's investment in fiber infrastructure, including working with building owners, apartment developers, and homeowners associations - to roll out next generation connectivity and more broadly the connected home of the future. Other prior roles at Google include growing some of the internet giant's most well known products -- ranging from Google Search to YouTube to Android. Lee also spearheaded Google's investment in "Mission Main Street", which provided small businesses with the digital tools they need to grow their businesses online.
Prior to Google, Lee was the Director of Business Development at Meridian Capital Group and Associate VP of The Trump Organization. He received his bachelors in public policy and management from Cornell and his MBA from Wharton. He volunteers on the bipartisan President's Commission on White House Fellowships and The Board of Education of HAFTR on Long Island, NY where he resides with his wife and three children.

Peter Butler Peter Butler, General Manager, Everise

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

Alan Coleman Alan Coleman, Founder and CEO, Sweepr

Alan Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Sweepr, which provides a contextually adaptive technical support platform for connected homes. Sweepr works with Tier 1 Internet service providers and connected product manufacturers across North America and Europe, and the company is backed by the Amazon Alexa Fund, Draper Esprit, and Frontline. Alan is also chairman of Technology Ireland’s TechCEO Forum, a network of software CEOs & Founders that support each other in building and scaling software companies in Ireland.
Sweepr continues Alan's journey of reinventing customer experiences that began with his previous start-up Brite:Bill (acquired by Amdocs). Brite:Bill transformed customer bills from being revenue collection tools to being strategic customer communications and materially reduced call volumes for CSP customers. At its time of acquisition, Brite:Bill was powering more than 200 million bills per month from communication service providers around the globe. 
Before establishing Brite:Bill, Alan was Alliance Sales Director at Accenture and held a senior business development role with Macalla Software. Alan began his career as a business analyst with Morgan Stanley. Alan is graduate of University College Dublin where he earned a BSc in Math and Computer Science, and a masters’ degree in Management Information Systems.

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

Rob Conant, the CEO of Cirrent, has a long history in the Internet of Things and connected products. Rob was a pioneer in the Internet of Things as a co-founder of Dust Networks in 2002 where he ran sales and marketing for the company and set the product direction as the company enabled a new market for wireless connected products in the industrial markets. After Dust, Rob joined Trilliant to bring the benefit of connected products to the energy industry, where he delivered smart meters and energy management to millions of customers across the US, Europe, and Asia. Rob first ran the engineering team to ensure the company had market-leading products, then took the position of Chief Marketing Officer to drive the company's growth. Rob's deep technical background and business orientation (ran sales and marketing at multiple companies) gives him a unique perspective on the interactions between business models, technology, and consumers. Rob has a PhD in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.

Tony Frangiosa Tony Frangiosa, President and 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.

Stephanie Fuhrman Stephanie Fuhrman, Managing Director, Global Innovation, Greystar

Abhay Gupta Abhay Gupta, Founder & CEO, Bidgely

Abhay Gupta founded Bidgely, with the mission of leveraging data to transform the utility industry. Today, Bidgely is the indispensable innovation partner for UtilityAI.  As CEO, Abhay has led the company from concept to market leadership. Prior to Bidgely, Abhay worked at a combination of energy and technology companies including Grid Net, Echelon and Sun Microsystems. He holds a B. Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, M.S. from University of Southern California and M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

Rob Hull Rob Hull, VP of Commercial Management, CUJO AI

Sarah Jones Sarah Jones, VP of Commercial Product, Best Buy Health / GreatCall

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

Amber Kappa Amber Kappa, VP of Business Development & Platform Partnership, Samsung SmartThings
Twitter ID: @smartthings

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

Sahas Katta Sahas Katta, CEO, SmartCar

Sahas Katta is the CEO and Co-founder of Smartcar - the connected car API platform. Sahas grew up in the California Bay Area and studied computer science. Sahas dropped out of college to start his first company. While that first company didn’t work out, he ended up stumbling into the automotive space. That’s when the idea of Smartcar came about. Sahas has always been excited about coding and cars. He loves the excitement of working on Smartcar every day.

Girish Kumar Girish Kumar, CTO, GadgEon

Tyson Marian Tyson Marian, Chief Commercial Officer, Plume Design Inc.
Twitter ID: @plume

Tyson Marian is Chief Commercial Officer at Plume. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the fast-moving technology sector, he drives the growth, core business strategy and P&L for the company. Having held a number of senior management and board-level positions at leading media and telecommunications companies, Tyson initially served on Plume’s Board of Directors before joining full-time to spearhead the company’s commercial operations.
Having developed a strong commercial acumen as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley in New York, Tyson’s most recent appointment, prior to joining Plume, was at Comcast Corporation where he was responsible for identifying, deploying and commercialising emerging technologies primarily for Comcast’s consumer services portfolio. Tyson holds a bachelors degree in Economics from the University of Southern California.

Sharon Mirsky Sharon Mirsky, Co-founder & COO, Firedome

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 has earned an international reputation as a go-to Internet of Things industry expert, developing pioneering strategic partnerships and unprecedented technology strategies and initiatives in IoT. As an international speaker and columnist, she has been featured in dozens of mass media outlets and publications. Currently, Moorman is the CEO and CoFounder of STRATIS, which is a smart apartment and intelligent buildings IoT platform for Multifamily and Student Housing.

James Muraca James Muraca, VP of Product, Zen Ecosystems

James Muraca was the first engineer at Zen Ecosystems. Prior to becoming VP of Product, James wore many hats throughout Zen’s growth, including Systems Engineer, Product Manager and Director of Product.  Prior to joining Zen, James held engineering positions at Planet Innovation, and Bosch.

Quinto Petrucci Quinto Petrucci, Vice President Product Management, Nortek

Quinto Petrucci joined Nortek Security and Control (NSC) in 2018 and leads the 2GIG and Linear Access product teams. He is responsible for developing and executing product strategy and roadmaps, as well as the ongoing lifecycle management for the portfolios he represents.
With a career in Security and Home Automation spanning almost 30 years, Quinto has been party to numerous industry innovations, having worked at companies such as Universal Electronics, Ecolink Intelligent Technology, ecobee and Tyco Safety Products.

Joe Teng Joe Teng, Program Manager, Austin Energy

Joe Teng helps design and deliver demand-side programs for the 480k customers served by Austin Energy, the nation’s 8th largest municipally owned electric utility. To help the City of Austin achieve its goal of carbon-free electricity generation by 2035, Joe leads efforts to help commercial and multifamily customers invest in new energy efficiency and demand response technologies. Joe’s team is currently focused on improving marketing and outreach efforts and designing new programs that increase connected loads in buildings.

Mike Wajsgras Mike Wajsgras, Executive Director, Innovation and Growth, Constellation Energy
Twitter ID: @mwaze

Mike Wajsgras is the Executive Director of Innovation  & Growth at Constellation, an Exelon Company. A founding member of the leadership team that created Constellation’s Mass Markets business, Mike is currently responsible for the key growth areas of the multi-billion dollar consumer and small commercial competitive energy business for Constellation. He is primarily focused on product and business innovation that has delivered meaningful and lasting growth opportunities for the core energy, services, and consumer technology businesses.  Mr. Wajsgras launched the company’s entry into the smart home category with the launch of Constellation Connect (www.constellationconnect.com) in late 2018 and continues to serve as the Managing Director of the business line.

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

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

Stellan Öhrn Stellan Öhrn, Sales Director, BTEB IoT Connected Vehicles North America, Ericsson

Stellan Öhrn is Director of Sales and part of the Global Sales Engagement team within the Ericsson IoT organization responsible for sales engagements for the Ericsson Connected Vehicles portfolio in North America.
Stellan has an extensive background from Transportation, IT, and Telecom Industries focusing on emerging technologies, and Connected Vehicles. Stellan has served in several executive positions including President APIS, General Manager Award Solutions, Vice President for Allgon Telecom, and most recently President for Icomera in the Americas. Stellan holds a Master of Business Administration focusing on Managing for Change, and International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.


David Drury David Drury, Research Director, Parks Associates

David is a research director at Parks Associates bringing over fifteen years of experience in teaming with clients, gaining an understanding of their needs, and leveraging his expertise in research and spatial analytics to provide them intelligence to address their business requirements.

His ability to incorporate the “where” component into his research projects with spatial analytics provides clients with new and valuable insights for making fact-based decisions to increase their revenue.

David earned his BA in Geography with a focus on Geographic Information Systems (“GIS”) from the University of North Texas in Denton.

Kristen Hanich Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @KristenAtParks
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Consumer electronics, mobility services and devices, connected health and wellness

Kristen Hanich heads Parks Associates' consumer electronics and mobility research, with expertise in other verticals including connected cars, mobile networking, healthcare, wellness, and independent living. She leads a mix of custom and syndicated research projects throughout the year, with a focus on major players and emerging trends. Kristen specializes in bridging the gap between data-driven and narrative approaches to understanding the consumer markets via a mix of qualitative and quantitative research approaches.

Kristen has dual master's degrees in applied anthropology and public health from the Universities of North Texas in Denton and Fort Worth. She earned her BSc in health at the University of Texas at San Antonio and has a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems.

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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected Health, Connected Home Technologies and Services, Connected Entertainment Products and Services

As Senior Director, Jennifer manages the research department and Parks Associates' process for producing high-quality, relevant, and meaningful research. Jennifer also leads and advises on syndicated and custom research projects across all connected consumer verticals and guides questionnaire development for Parks Associates’ extensive consumer analytics survey program. Jennifer is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

Jennifer earned her PhD in religion, politics, and society and an MA in church-state studies from Baylor University. She earned her BA in politics from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.

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Brad Russell Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates
Twitter ID: @bradrusselltech
Website: http://www.ParksAssociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Connected home technologies and services, IoT data privacy and security, home networking, insurtech, connected health, housing innovation, home energy management

Brad leads Parks Associates’ connected home team, exploring leading-edge issues converging in the connected home—smart home devices and services, residential security, home networking, IoT data privacy and security, data-driven applications, and platform services. Brad’s custom research work includes market sizing and forecasts, ecosystem and competitive landscapes, channel analyses, and go-to-market strategies. Brad balances the art and science of market research to generate insights that lead to more astute business strategy and value-generating practices. He has a background in marketing communications, technology startups, and online media.

Brad received his Bachelor of Science degree in advertising and marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a M.Div. and a D.Min. with concentrations in ethics and cross-cultural collaboration.

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

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

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

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

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