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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: @Control4

Charlie Kindel 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 Charlie has led the connected home industry with innovative product development and thought-leadership, frequently presenting at events and trade shows including CES, CONNECTIONS, SXSW, 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 consumer and developer products. He drove the creation of the application and game ecosystem for Windows Phone 7, as well as Premier Support, Internet Explorer, COM/ActiveX, Windows NT, Windows home networking, Windows Media Center, and Windows Home Server.


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.


Speakers


Ashish Aggarwal Ashish Aggarwal, Co-Founder & CTO, Caavo
Twitter ID: @caavoinc

Ashish Aggarwal has a keen ability to apply complex technology in order to create consumer products that challenge the status quo. A driven engineer, entrepreneur, and leader, Ashish currently holds more than 50 patents, granted and pending, for audio and video inventions. Prior to Caavo, Ashish founded Violet 3D, the world's first completely wireless 3D surround sound system. He also was part of Harman International's Advanced Technology group, where he oversaw an engineering team developing audio and video technologies and products. He began his career as an audio architect at PortalPlayer working on the first generation iPod. Ashish has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara.


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.


Christopher Baskin Christopher Baskin, CEO, American Two-Way ( ATW )

Christopher Baskin has over twenty years’ experience in the PERS, Telehealth and Security Industry. His company American Two-Way, was one of the first organizations to design, manufacture and monitor interactive PERS, Telehealth and Security Systems. Often called a visionary, his innovations have led to numerous patents and industry awards. Mr. Baskin has been featured in over 60 articles and is a sought after speaker on industry related topics. He is a Founding Board Member of the Medical Alert Monitoring Association as well as a member and/or participant of the CSAA, SIA, ESA .ESX , CAA, GLASAA, NFA and the ATA.


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.


Justin Berghoff Justin Berghoff, Director, Business Development & Product Management, Residential, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.

As Director of Business Development and Product Management at Leviton, Justin Berghoff is responsible for providing vision, direction, and customer focus in developing new business and market development opportunities for the Residential Business Unit.  General responsibilities include continuously evaluating the competitive landscape, identifying product and market needs, developing new business models, and establishing strategic business alliances.  
 
Justin joined Leviton in 2014 from Innovolt, an electronics technology startup in Atlanta, where he built out the team responsible for developing and executing the technology roadmap from the ground up.  Prior to that, he spent over 12 years with Siemens in the U.S. and Germany in R&D, Project Management and Product Management capacities focused on electrical power distribution products.  Justin has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio University and an M.B.A. from Georgia State University.


Gregory Berkin Gregory Berkin, Managing Director, Concours Ventures
Twitter ID: @GregoryBerkin

Gregory Berkin is the Managing Director of Concours Ventures, a Silicon Valley boutique angel capital group focused on Social/Smart/Mobile/Cloud/3D applications for TV, Tablet, Internet, PC and Mobile markets. Greg is serial entrepreneur who founded several successful start-ups in Silicon Valley and New York. Mr. Berkin has been an Apple software developer for over 30 years founding one of the first educational software development and publishing firms for the Apple Macintosh Computer in 1984. Greg Berkin joined Intel Corporation as Intel's video technology evangelist in 1995, leading the efforts of hundreds of independent software developers (ISVs), consumer electronics (CE) companies and Hollywood studios in the development and introduction of the DVD and Blu-ray formats around the world. Greg was recognized as "1 of the Top 21 Most Influential DVD Executives Worldwide" in the year 2000. Greg is also an award-winning filmmaker, director & producer who has produced documentaries, feature films and digital media for over 30 years. Mr. Berkin's work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Las Vegas, San Jose, Carmel, etc. Greg is also Director of Film Angels on Linkedin.com and a member of AngelList & Family Angels. With a computer science degree from Potsdam and an MBA from Duke University, Greg mentors, consults and advises over a dozen Silicon Valley start-ups in early-stage growth, strategy, investment, IP, and development in all areas of high technology. Mr. Berkin is developing a next-generation ADSB data box for private planes and autos. Greg collects and preserves classic Italian vintage automobiles in San Jose, CA.


Dan Berte Dan Berte, Director, IoT, Bitdefender
Twitter ID: @bitdefender

At Bitdefender, a global leader in cybersecurity protecting over 500 million endpoints, Dan accelerates the company's recognition as pioneer and innovator in the Internet of Things with Bitdefender BOX and its revolutionary IoT security technologies. Bitdefender helps coin the industry definitions of IoT and IoT security in a fragmented space, for a consistent and relevant conversation on how to keep consumers safe. Dan and his team designed and built Bitdefender BOX, a revolutionary hardware firewall that protects IoTs in smart homes. They also successfully designed the award winning Bitdefender's PC, Mac and Android security lines for millions of customers. Previous to Bitdefender, Dan cofounded the first free WiFi hotspot network in Europe and managed online marketing at Vodafone Romania. Dan is also Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration in Foreign languages at the Economic Studies Academy in Bucharest, holds multiple patents and is a published author.


Yuval Boger Yuval Boger, CMO, Wi-Charge
Twitter ID: @wiChargeLtd

Mr. Boger has served as chief executive, chief marketer and evangelist for technology companies from seed stage to NASDAQ. He led business and product development programs that generated over $200M in revenue. As CEO of Sensics, an VR/AR pioneer, he created business with industry leaders in consumer electronics (Samsung, LG, Microsoft, Apple, Intel), defense and medical. He co-founded an industry standard efforts and served as technical subgroup chair in another. A frequent presenter at conferences, he authored a popular syndicated blog on VR and hosted a podcast interviewing CEOs and other industry leaders. As CEO of Oblicore (NASDAQ:CA), an enterprise software company, Mr. Boger generated triple-digit growth. Customers included Visa, Lufthansa, ING, British Telecom and more. Mr. Boger served on the executive team of Radcom (NASDAQ:RDCM) from a early stages through an IPO. He also co-founded two companies: Unwired Express (enterprise software) and Talia Technology (medical devices) Mr. Boger holds an MBA from the Kellogg school at Northwestern University and a M.Sc. in Physics from Tel-Aviv University. He is also a TALPIOT graduate and laureate of the Israel Defense Award. He plays violin with the Columbia Orchestra, and once a year with the world-renowned Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


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

Brian Brackenbury is Director of Connected Products, Interior Cameras and Biometrics for Tier-One automotive supplier Gentex Corporation. Gentex supplies digital vision systems, connected car features, and dimmable glass components to the global automotive industry. Brian has more than 27 years of experience in automotive electronics and vehicle connectivity. He spent the last several years coordinating Gentex’s advanced product and business development efforts, helping spearhead new connected-vehicle technologies, including vehicle-to-home automation features and a universal toll module system.

Brian joined Gentex from Visteon where he provided strategic leadership to the development of connectivity features, platforms and system architectures, in addition to spearheading relationship management and developing key supplier partnerships.
Brian also spent nearly 13 years at Johnson Controls providing engineering leadership for the production and launch of various automotive infotainment systems and instrument clusters. Early in his career he worked for DaimlerChrysler on Jeep interior systems, and for TRW managing the development of airbag and occupant restraint electronic control modules.

Brian and his family reside in western Michigan.
 


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.


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 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 is also very active in CleanTech San Diego, mentoring start-ups and serving on the Technology Assessment Committee of its Southern California Energy Innovators Network. 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.


Christopher Carney Christopher Carney, Co-founder and CEO, Abode Systems, Inc
Twitter ID: @goabode

Chris Carney is the co-founder and chief executive officer of abode Systems. Bringing over 15 years of experience in software and security technology, Chris developed abode to give consumers peace of mind in a simple home security system. Specializing in business development and strategic planning, Chris' leadership has been instrumental to abode and its success. Before co-founding abode, Chris was Chief Operating Officer at Proximex Corporation, which was acquired by Tyco Security. Chris was also the Director of M&A at security giant ADT. Chris holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island.


Thar Casey Thar Casey, CEO, Amber Solutions, Inc.

Mr. Casey is a seasoned, serial entrepreneur bringing several disruptive technology companies from concept to market success.

Mr. Casey is currently Founder and CEO of Amber Solutions. Prior to Amber, he was Co-Founder and CEO of PicoField Technologies, a company with technological breakthroughs in biometrics for smart phones and credit cards. He successfully sold the company to IDEX America and then served as its President. Previous to Picofield, Mr. Casey was co-founder and CEO of Prenateck, a company with a breakthrough in fetal heart rate monitoring technology.  In addition, he co-founded InsoundMedical, where he served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations, which was successfully sold to Sonova-Phonak.


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.


Charles Cheevers Charles Cheevers, CTO, ARRIS representing Wi-Fi Alliance

Charles Cheevers is responsible for new technology direction for ARRIS focusing on areas such as MPEG Video to IP Video Transition, Head End Convergence solutions and new CPE paradigms for cable homes of the future. Cheevers was formerly General Manager of the ARRIS R&D Facility in Cork Ireland and was responsible for the ARRIS D5 EdgeQAM business for between 2009-2011. Â He began his career as a University Lecturer in Computer Science and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Computer Science from Waterford Institute of Technology.


Tali Chen Tali Chen, Chief Marketing Officer, DSP Group
Twitter ID: @ChenDsp

Tali brings nearly two decades of executive management experience to DSP Group as a strong voice in the semiconductor industry. With a keen ability to multitask, strategize and oversee worldwide teams and customers, she lends her expertise and passion to her position as Chief Marketing Officer, where she manages also the IoT business line, European business development, sales and marketing, heads up DSP Group's US operations and corporate management. Prior to this role, she was the CVP Corporate Development. Before joining DSP Group, Tali was Director of Commercial Legal Affairs at RADA Electronic Industries, a Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, the founding manager of the "Atidim for Industry" program, and an intern at the IDF Ombudsman's office. Tali holds an LLB in Law and Government with honors from the prestigious Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) of Herzliya and an MBA from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.


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

As Head of Product and Services for Arlo Smart Home Products and Services, Naveen leads Strategy, Products and Business Partnership for Arlo Smart Home business at NETGEAR. With more than 15 years of experience in Product Management, Strategy, and business development, Naveen is a business leader specializing in IoT, Access Technology and Internet Service Providers Market. Previously, he has been at various leadership role at NETGEAR, Seagate and Technology Startup.

Naveen holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Engineering in electrical engineering from Amravati University, India, and Business Management from Harvard Business School.


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

Rob Conant, 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.


Jeff Cutler Jeff Cutler, Chief Commercial Officer, Ada Health
Twitter ID: @adahealth

Jeff has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and digital media. At Ada, Jeff leads their US business, including sales and business development focused on establishing partnerships with health systems, payers, employers and other digital health platforms. Before Ada, Jeff's experience included leading the US launch of TytoCare “the first remote health examination platform“ and building and leading Vitals, one of the US' top patient engagement and transparency platforms; Prior to Vitals, Jeff launched & led Answers.com & Office.com. In addition, Jeff has been a senior executive with SIIA, Inlumen / NewsAlert, Winstar (Office.com), N2K / Telebase, Thomson Financial & CompuServe.


Nicholas Davidov Nicholas Davidov, Co-Founder, Gagarin Capital


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

Gary Davis is Chief Consumer Security Evangelist. Through a consumer lens, he partners with internal teams to drive strategic alignment of products with the needs of the security space. Gary also provides security education to businesses and consumers by distilling complex security topics into actionable advice.
 
He is a sought-after speaker on trends in digital security including the evolving threat landscape, privacy and securing the Internet of Things. He has presented at high profile conferences and events including Consumer Electronics Show, Mobile World Congress, South by Southwest, and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has also delivered digital security topics to major educational institutions including Harvard University and Columbia University.
 
Gary has appeared on multiple business, security and consumer lifestyle broadcast outlets, including CBS News, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX News, Bloomberg, WSJ MoneyBeat and quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money Magazine, CNN, Forbes, TIME Magazine and several more.
 
During his 9+ years at McAfee, 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.
 
Prior to joining McAfee, he held senior management positions for more than 20 years in technology companies. Gary served on the board of directors of the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).


Kent Dickson Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO, Yonomi
Twitter ID: @yonomi

Kent is an experienced technology leader who enjoys building great teams and disruptive products. He is the co-founder and CEO of Yonomi, the IoT company creating a more connected smart home. Yonomi builds smart home solutions for people and companies to connect devices, integrate multiple platforms, and Bring the Home to Life TM. Kent's background includes serving as General Manager of GridMachine, a massive scale Grid Computing-as-a-Service operated as a business unit of Sentient AI. Prior to that Kent was CTO at Tendril where he led product development and strategy for a first of its kind Cloud platform for the Internet of Things with a focus on residential energy management use cases. Kent also spent 9 years at BEA Systems leading the teams for several market defining products in the WebLogic and AquaLogic lines. Kent has spent 10 years working on the Smart Home frontier, partnering with leading device makers, voice assistants, AI innovators, and service providers. Kent holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is a father of three and loves cycling and skiing.


Dan DiClerico Dan DiClerico, Home Expert & Smart Home Strategist, HomeAdvisor
Twitter ID: @homeadvisor

Dan DiClerico is an experienced speaker and thought leader in the real estate, remodeling and home product space. DiClerico joined HomeAdvisor in 2017 as the company’s smart home strategist, overseeing all content related to smart homes and the internet of things. Prior to joining HomeAdvisor, DiClerico was the senior home editor of Consumer Reports, where he produced award-winning content on real estate, remodeling and other topics. He was also the senior associate editor of Martha Stewart Living and the associate editor of This Old House. DiClerico is a versatile spokesperson who has been featured on CBS This Morning, Fox News, The Today Show and Wall Street Journal Live. DiClerico has also written and contributed to numerous books, including “The Just Right Home” (Workman, 2013), which he co-authored with Marianne Cusato.


Jennifer Doctor Jennifer Doctor, Sr. Director Product Management, Tyco Security Solutions, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls
Twitter ID: @jidoctor

Jennifer Doctor is the Senior Director of Product Management for Johnson Controls, Tyco’s’ Intrusion detection portfolio. In this capacity, Jennifer leads a team managing more than 5,000 traditional and smart home security products around the globe in both residential and commercial markets.
 
Jennifer joined Johnson Controls from ADT North America where she was the Director of Product Strategy. She brings more than 20 years of experience in product marketing and product management to Johnson Controls, having worked with companies to help them bring products to market profitably. In addition to her unique blend of product management, product marketing and marketing skills, Jennifer also brings IT skills, including ITIL and Agile knowledge and experience to her work.


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.


Kristi Ebong Kristi Ebong, SVP of Strategy and GM, Orbita, Inc.

Kristi Ebong is Senior Vice President of Strategy and General Manager of Providers at Orbita, a conversational AI platform providing voice- and chatbot-powered virtual assistants for healthcare organizations like the Mayo Clinic, Brigham & Women’s, Cigna, pharma and Fortune 500 companies. An omnichannel SaaS platform, Orbita meets consumers where they are. Ebong was the former head of emerging technology at Cedars-Sinai, where she was responsible for adoption and scale of new technologies across the health system, and launching the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator where she evaluated over 3,000 startups. Previously, she evaluated and led innovation pilots at Stanford Healthcare and drove thought leadership for Healthspottr’s network of healthcare deal-makers. Ebong comes from deep roots in health tech, starting her career at Epic Systems. She also previously served under the Obama Administration in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, and has worked with large healthcare providers, startups, and foundations. Ebong has master’s degrees in Public Health and Business Administration from The Johns Hopkins University, and bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Global Security from The University of Wisconsin. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.


Aaron Emigh Aaron Emigh, CEO and Founder, Brilliant
Twitter ID: @BrilliantTech

Aaron Emigh is the CEO and Co-Founder of Brilliant, a smart home control company that has won numerous accolades including a CES Innovation Award, a Showstoppers Innovation Award, and a CTA TechHome Mark of Excellence. Aaron has been a founder, CEO, or CTO of seven technology startups, and has experienced four acquisitions and one IPO. He was most recently the Co-Founder and CTO of shopkick, which was acquired for $250 million. Aaron has 100 issued patents and has been named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.


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

As AVP Cloud & Smart Home Solutions Sales at Calix, Stephen is responsible for sales of the Calix Cloud product family and the Calix Smart Home & Business platform. His teams work in partnership with the Calix Cloud & Smart Home product groups to refine their strategies and product evolution.

A veteran of many aspects of the ITC industry including 10 years in banking, 7 years in telecommunications and 15 years at Microsoft, Stephen's 25+ year career has encompassed phases as varied as expert system programming, IT and capital markets consulting, systems architecture, alliance creation and management, and, most recently, two years sourcing and selling IoT Solutions at TELUS in Canada. Stephen has three wonderful daughters aged 26, 33 & 35, plays as much soccer and golf as possible, and is an avid supporter of the Toronto Blue Jays & Raptors, the New York Islanders, and most of all, Chelsea FC.


Mel Fox Mel Fox, Product Owner, Nexia Home, Residential HVAC & Supply, Ingersoll Rand

Mel Fox is the product owner of Nexia, a smart home comfort system allowing seamless control over your entire home with a strong focus on comfort, efficiency, and indoor air quality. While Mel has spent less than a year in the smart home space, she has been a part of Ingersoll Rand since 2010, with the majority of her time spent in the digital marketing space. Her customer-obsessed focus has been a passion from day one, and she is determined to advocate for energy savings without sacrificing home comfort. Mel earned a BA and a BS at the Pennsylvania State University, and she also runs her own business, Work For Your Beer. She was named Top 30 Under 30 Future Leaders of Charlotte from two sources and loves growing the beer fitness community in Charlotte (and beyond!).


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, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman, & Chief Strategy Officer, Ayla
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.


Axel Fuchs Axel Fuchs, Partner, Motus Ventures

Dr. Axel Fuchs is a Partner at Motus Ventures, an early stage venture capital investment firm, based in Redwood City, CA. He is a global technology executive whose expertise is turning new technologies into profitable business in automotive, consumer electronics, security, IoT, and industrial markets. Over the past three decades Dr. Fuchs has an established record of success managing critical aspects of high-tech global businesses including research and development, systems engineering, product management and business development.
 
After completing his Doctorate in Control Engineering at Darmstadt University of Technology, Axel started his career at Daimler building self-driving cars and trucks in the early 1990s. Axel landed in Silicon Valley in 1995 to co-found the Daimler Benz Research and Technology office in Palo Alto. He and his team built the first “Internet Car” which won the Smithsonian Computerworld Award.  In 1999 Axel joined Motorola’s newly established Telematics Division helping to productize connected cars. Since 2002 Axel has held leadership positions in Silicon Valley with startup companies in various stages, including SimpleDevices, EZ4Media, Wheelz, Telenav, and most recently Quanergy, a Motus portfolio company.


Jan-Philipp Gehrmann Jan-Philipp Gehrmann, Director, Head of Automotive Sales & Marketing Silicon Valley, NXP

As Director of Automotive Sales and Marketing for NXP Semiconductors, Jan-Philipp brings a wealth of automotive market and technology expertise to traditional and emerging carmakers and new mobility startups in Silicon Valley. He leads sales, business development and application engineering teams focused on collaboration with new market entrants to advance the industry towards connectivity and infotainment, partial and fully automated driving, and electrification. Previously, Jan-Philipp led the global strategy and product management for NXP’s car infotainment and driver assistance business in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to this, he was a field marketing manager in Greater China where he planned and introduced new car infotainment products. He started his career at Philips Semiconductors in the automotive division. He holds an MBA with Distinction from IE Business School Madrid and a Diploma in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Nordakademie University of Applied Sciences, Elmshorn, Germany.


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.


Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz, Electronics + Environment, Energy & Utilities Research Director, IBM Institute for Business Value
Twitter ID: @ibm

Cristene Gonzalez-Wertz is the Electronics and Environment, Energy and Utilities Leader of IBM's Institute for Value research and strategic positioning work. Her fact-based research and perspectives help clients understand how Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, Security, Data and Platforms will create sustainable business value for executives, boards shareholders and stakeholders. Prior to rejoining the IBV, Cristene was an Executive Strategist working with IBM's Watson Group, part of IBM’s investment in Cognitive Computing. As a master story-teller, she has a deep understanding of cross-the-portfolio use cases and brings a novel approach to data applications and interaction design. She brings more than 20 years focused in marketing, strategy, and product/offering design.


Todd Grantham Todd Grantham, Chief Marketing Officer, Plume Design, Inc.

Todd Grantham is Chief Marketing Officer at Plume. He brings over 20 years of experience in the marketing industry to spearhead the company’s global marketing strategy. Spanning both consumer and business-to-business channels, Todd brings the power of creativity to solve business and communications problems, having worked in senior leadership roles at a number of companies from Fortune 100 to start-ups. His role at Plume touches partner marketing, advertising, creative direction, branding, product marketing and communications with the objective of maintaining Plume’s position as a global innovator and leading intelligent smart home services platform for both consumers and internet service providers.
 
Prior to Plume, Todd held positions at Hound Labs, a scientific research and device company, led business development and strategy at Literati, and drove the transformation of marketing agency DBB in San Francisco, creating marketing strategies for major technology brands including Qualcomm. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


Gabe Halimi Gabe Halimi, CEO, FLO
Twitter ID: @FloTechnologies

Gabriel Halimi is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flo Technologies. Prior to co-founding Flo Technologies with his father, Gabriel was an equity partner of a boutique real estate and business law firm in Beverly Hills, and then later joined Umami Burger restaurants as VP of Corporate Operations. While in law school, Gabriel had two transformative experiences that ultimately led to founding Flo Technologies; he served as the Claims Manager for a plumbing manufacturing company with millions of dollars in product liability claims, and then later experienced first-hand the destruction of one such claim in his parents' home. After a weekend away, he walked into a badly flooded home as a result of a toilet supply line failure. He spent the next two months living in a hotel while over $250,000 of damages were repaired. After his father invented the proprietary technologies in Flo, Gabriel jumped at the opportunity to help save others from the financial and emotional hardship his family suffered.


Yuval Harry Yuval Harry, Head of Partnerships, Hippo Insurance

Yuval Harry is Head of Partnerships at Hippo, focused on generating and operating distribution partnerships, including those related to the convergence of smart home and home insurance. Yuval has significant operating experience in leadership roles scaling sales and operations. Prior to Hippo, he was Head of Sales at Shift, a technology startup re-imagining the used car space, where he built and led the sales and customer service teams. Earlier, Yuval was Director of Business Operations for Linkedin's largest sales team, leading sales and go to market initiatives. Prior to that, he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, and an Engineering Lead at Intel. Yuval holds and MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology.


Arsham Hatambeiki Arsham Hatambeiki, Senior Vice President, Product & Technology, Universal Electronics Inc.
Twitter ID: @arsham11

Arsham Hatambeiki serves as Senior Vice President, Product & Technology at Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), where he is responsible for developing and overseeing corporate technology and product development, including IoT category for the Smart Home market and strategic services such as nevo.ai, QuickSet Cloud™ powering more than half a billion connected devices globally.

Hatambeiki joined UEI in 2004 as a lead system architect for home connectivity, where he developed an ecosystem of home control products across connectivity frameworks.

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 involved in industry alliances including the Zigbee® Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance®.

Hatambeiki holds a Master of Science degree in Computer and Communications Engineering, and research background in areas of data communication networks and security, artificial intelligence and optimization algorithms.


Chuck Hector Chuck Hector, Chief Revenue Officer, Papa

Chuck Hector is Chief Revenue Officer of Papa, Inc., the nation’s first human companionship platform for the elderly, blind and disabled. Chuck plays an instrumental role in leading the company’s expansion of its “Grandkids on Demand” service to address the epidemic of social isolation and loneliness in our nations senior and special needs segments. He is responsible for Papa’s product and revenue strategies, sales and client success, as well as strategic alliances to drive distribution to the entire market. Before joining Papa, Chuck was Chief Revenue Officer of MDLIVE, Inc., a telehealth industry leader, where he managed sales, implementation and client success for 8 years, guiding the membership growth to 35M members. He also spent 4 years with IncentOne, the online platform for incentive-based activity tracking, and 3 years with Chicago based ComPsych, the national leader in employee assistance and work-life benefits. He has his undergraduate B.A from the University of Illinois and MBA from The Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, with a healthcare administration focus. 


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.  


Andy Hodge Andy Hodge, CEO, Founder, Owl Cameras Inc.

Andy helped drive the first generation iPhone and 20+ generations of iPod as a product development leader at Apple. He then led development of the augmented reality headset as GM of Hololens at Microsoft. He was then VP of Hardware Engineering & Strategy at Dropcam until its acquisition by Nest/Google. Andy founded Owlcam in his Palo Alto garage in late 2016.


Pete Horton Pete Horton, Vice President, Market Development, Electrical Wiring Systems Division, Legrand
Twitter ID: @Legrand

Pete Horton is Vice President, Market Development at the Legrand North and Central America Electrical Wiring Systems (EWS) Division. In this role, he is responsible for driving IoT innovation, technology and adoption across five business units. Previously he was Vice President of the WattStopper business unit at Legrand's Building Controls Systems Division where he architected the Digital Lighting Management platform and led the acquisition of AIC Wireless. Earlier he was the Lighting Control Marketing Manager for Legrand in Europe. He founded Horton Controls Inc, a software, technology provider, and partner with GE Lighting, which was sold to Legrand in 2000. Horton currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Haystack Organization which focuses on developing semantic modeling solutions for data related to smart devices and intelligent buildings. He recently served as the technical co-chair on the Alliance to Save Energy's Systems Efficiency Initiative. In the past, he served on the board of directors of Wireless Environments in Cleveland, OH which was acquired by Ring/Amazon.


Jim Hunter Jim Hunter, CTO, Delos
Twitter ID: @delosliving

Jim leads all Delos’ technology efforts, including the continued integration of Delos wellness-based algorithms across technology platforms for residential and commercial environments to help people be well in spaces where they live, work, sleep and play.

Prior to joining Delos, Jim provided oversight for technology, architecture and innovation at Greenwave Systems, led Motorola/Google’s architecture and strategy for driving the future of the smart home and shaped a powerful standards based platform as the Founder and Chief Architect of 4Home, Inc.

Jim began his technology career as a nuclear engineer and master training specialist serving in the US Navy, earning numerous awards and certifications. Today, he is an internationally-recognized thought leader, inventor and speaker on all things IoT, Security, AI and Future societies at global events like CES, WebSummit, Collision and IoT World.

Jim actively contributes published articles in leading tech publications such as TechCrunch and VentureBeat. Hunter was recognized by Inc. as a Top 20 IoT Leader for 2017 and continues to lead IoT innovation and evangelize his vision to reduce the friction between man and machine around the world. Personally, he has published a SciFi series based on the Singularity entitled ReCollection. 


Farahana Jobanputra Farahana Jobanputra, Senior Director, Emerging Markets, AmTrust North America

Farahana is the Senior Director, Emerging Markets Products at AmTrust Specialty Risk, where she is responsible for designing insurance solutions to address technology risks, particularly for IoT and cyber security sectors. She helps consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers, software companies and platform providers boost product sales, increase add on revenues, reduce consumer friction and improve customer satisfaction. 
 
Farahana holds a Master of Laws, focused in Technology and Innovation, an MBA, and multiple accreditations in cyber security.


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.


Brett Jurgens Brett Jurgens, CEO, Notion
Twitter ID: @bjurgs

Brett Jurgens is the co-founder and CEO of Notion, the complete home awareness solution, powered by a multi-purpose IoT smart home sensor. Prior to founding Notion, Brett co-founded and ran Sway Marketing, which aimed to more effectively connect local area businesses with CU students. Brett went on to work as an analyst in the Private Placements Group at Piper Jaffray, where he helped private, growing companies raise growth capital from institutional investors. Brett was then hired as the first employee of Denver-based consumer product startup UrgentRx, running business development and operations, helping launch six products, sell into over 30,000 retail locations including Walmart and Walgreens, and raise multiple rounds of capital. Brett led Notion through the Techstars accelerator program in 2014, which culminated in a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter that raised over $280k. From there, Notion was accepted into MetaProp's 2015 accelerator class and Plug-and-Play's IoT program. Under Brett's leadership, Notion is changing the relationship that people have with their homes, and to date, Notion has saved homeowners over $1M in property damages. While building a business from the ground up, Notion has seen tremendous growth because Brett doesn't lose sight of his mission to help families protect the things and people they love most. Since founding Notion in 2014, Brett has led Notion through multiple rounds of fundraising, closing $15.7M to date. Investors include XL Innovate, Mesh VC, and Liberty Mutual, and its most recent $10M Series A round was led by Translink Capital and Draper Nexus. To date, Notion has partnered with six of the top 10 insurance companies in the US (among other insurers), the top two insurers in Japan, a top-three insurer in Australia, and one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world, Sony.


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.


Maria Karaivanova Maria Karaivanova, Venture Investor, Madrona Venture Group


George Katsiris George Katsiris, VP, Product Evangelist, Savant

George Katsiris has been with Savant for over 12 years and currently works in both Sales and Product Development.

Mr. Katsiris has led the implementation of several Savant products and helps serve as the bridge between Integrators and the Savant Roadmap.

Before joining Savant, Mr. Katsiris worked for a systems integration firm in New York City where he gained valuable industry knowledge about consumer habits in the luxury home automation space.

Prior to being a systems integrator, Mr. Katsiris performed as a musical artist and owned a successful independent record label in New York City.

Mr. Katsiris graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in music and philosophy. He holds several patents as a result of his 16 years in the home technology industry. He is a frequent speaker at media and technology conferences.

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Christine King Christine King, VP, Business Strategy & Partnerships, Puls Technologies Inc

As VP of Business Strategy and Partnerships at Puls Technologies, the company that keeps every home running smoothly by delivering trusted technicians to repair or install anything, Christine King leads business development and forges partnerships with world’s largest brands.  She is also responsible for strategic business operation initiatives, from planning and testing to go-to-market.  Prior to joining Puls, Christine held leadership positions at Innovid, including SVP Global Revenue Operations, where she solved complex customer, operational and business problems and continuously evolved the service and operational value proposition for the organization and its clients. Before Innovid, Christine held various positions at IPG MediaBrands, including Director, International Development, where she led the expansion into 20 global offices.  Christine holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and currently lives in San Francisco.


Mitchell Klein Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, Z-Wave Alliance
Twitter ID: @Mitchell_Klein

Mitchell Klein is a leader in smart home and IoT, dedicating his career to educating the industry, creating and implementing strategic business programs and leading companies that helped bring smart home and custom installation into the mainstream. Mitch’s career has included systems integration management to business strategy and development, but above all he is a 30+ year industry veteran in IoT, consumer electronics, home automation, and the integrator market. 
 
Mitch joined the Z-Wave Alliance as Executive Director in 2015 and has developed and led several key Alliance initiatives including the creation of the four-time award-winning Certified Installer Toolkit (CIT), a valuable testing tool for installers integrating a Z-Wave network. Under his leadership, the Alliance has grown to over 700 global members with over 2600 certified products representing an over 60% growth in five years, including the addition of several industry leaders to the Alliance Board of Directors – SmartThings, Leedarson, Assa Abloy, and Alarm.com
 
Mitch is a CEDIA Fellow and committee chair and is a regular contributor to trade and technology publications such as IoT for All, Residential Systems, IoT Agenda, and Essential Install. Mitch is also a guest on numerous video podcasts like ConvergentAV, AVNation and Tech Republic. He is a regular presenter and panelist at key industry events including CES, CEDIA, ISE, ISC West, InfoComm, NSCA, CEA, TecHomeX, CABA Forum, Parks CONNECTIONS Summit, the bi-annual Z-Wave Summit, and many more. 
 
Prior to Z-Wave, Mitch has consulted for numerous consumer electronics brands; led business development for URC for several years; and before that, he was in the home technology trenches, owning and running his own firm for over 14 years. He was recognized with many awards during this time including CE Pro Quest for Quality, CEDIA Dealer of the Year and TechHome Mark of Excellence Dealer of the Year.
 
Mitchell lives in the greater Boston area with his family. 


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

Kevin Kraus has been the Director of Product Management and Technology for the Yale Residential Electronic Lock Business since 2009 and is responsible for product strategy, product development, and technology for Yale Residential Electronic Access Control products. Prior to joining ASSA ABLOY/Yale in 2009; Kevin spent 11 years as director of product management electronic locks for the Schlage Residential Business. Prior to Schlage Kevin spent 7 years with Honeywell’s Security Group as product manager for Honeywell Residential Security Products. Kevin has extensive experience in the Residential Security and Home Automation Business and is regarded as a subject matter expert in residential electronic locks, residential security and home automation systems and residential systems communication technologies. Kevin has majors in both Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. Kevin is also on the Z-Wave Alliance and Thread Board of Directors and Treasure of the Thread Group.


Rusty Lhamon Rusty Lhamon, Sr. Director of Solutions for IoT, T-Mobile

Rusty Lhamon is responsible for smart home product planning for the T-Mobile Home and Entertainment division.  Prior to taking this role as part of T-Mobile’s acquisition of Layer3 TV in January 2018, he was responsible for the overall IoT solutions business at T-Mobile USA, setting the business strategy and establishing strategic relationships to bring new solutions to market through retail, business, and partner channels.  Rusty’s team launched SyncUP DRIVETM, SyncUP FLEETTM, and the Nest security pack through T-Mobile retail stores and business sales team nationwide.  Rusty is focused on driving smart home product business growth through T-Mobile and partner channels.  Prior to joining T-Mobile in 2012, he was Chief Operating Officer of SignalSet and held leadership roles at PACCAR and Johnson Controls.  Lhamon holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering and M.S. in Electro-mechanical engineering from Stanford University.


Joe Liu Joe Liu, CEO, Miotta

Joe Liu leads strategy and operations at Miotta. Liu has a rich history of entrepreneurial and engineering experience. Prior to launching Miotta (previously known as Mivatek), Liu co-founded and led Oplink Communications, Inc., an optical network manufacturer. When Koch Industries/Molex acquired Oplink Communications in 2014, Liu led a team of investors and purchased the Oplink Connected portfolio back from Koch/Molex, and used this technology to build upon the Miotta platform. In his career, Liu has also served in various roles at companies including Mostek Semiconductor, Motorola Semiconductor, and National Semi. Liu holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from California State University, Chico.


Josh Locke Josh Locke, Director of Sales, Essence USA
Twitter ID: @Essence_grp

Josh's professional career has been dedicated to keeping older adults independent with the dignity and respect they deserve. He has been a Certified Senior Advisor for over 8 years and brings over 14 years' experience in the PERS industry. His experience is broad and shares one common element, earning market share quickly with quality products and services. His experience ranges from starting a PERS dealer program of his own at a small Medicare/Medicaid home health agency in 2004. In 2006 he transitioned to Critical Signal Technologies, a full service monitoring service provider based in Michigan, where he spent 7 years as a key member of the management and business development team contributing greatly to CST becoming one of the largest and most innovative PERS companies in the nation. In 2013 he joined Numera and was instrumental in the launch and successful entry into the industry with their Libris mPERS product and platform. After gaining significant market share, Numera was acquired by Nortek Security & Control in 2015. After a few years of watching Essence closely from the outside, Josh accepted a position at the beginning of 2016 as an answer to increased demand in North America for both the Care@Home, a high quality and next gen PERS, as well as the WeR@Home DIY security products & platforms. Headquartered in Israel, Essence's dedication to the B2B model through channel partners has led it to become a global leader over the last 25 years in business with a mission to become the partner of choice to channel partners in North America. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, enjoys the outdoors with his two sons, and currently reside in Shelby Township, Michigan. 


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

Mr. Lundberg has over 20 years experience in commercializing new technologies and bringing new technology to market. Currently, Mr. Lundberg is leading Product Partnerships for Nest at Google across sectors such as Telecom, Security & Home Automation. Previously, Mr. Lundberg was a co-founder of the Business Sustainability Network, working with Fortune 100 corporations on energy and resource efficiency initiatives. Prior to that, Mr. Lundberg was a venture capital investor at Vision Capital where he made investments in tech startups in Europe and the US, while supporting his portfolio companies as a business development executive. At McKinsey & Company, Mr. Lundberg assisted large corporate clients with strategy and operational improvement initiatives across a broad range of industries, including telecom, aerospace, automotive, consumer products and banking.
 
Mr. Lundberg holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, with a major in Aeronautics from Imperial College, UK.


Karthee Madasamy Karthee Madasamy, Managing Partner, Mobile Foundation Ventures
Twitter ID: @mkartheepan

Karthee Madasamy is a Founder and Managing Partner at Mobile Foundation Ventures, an US based early stage venture fund targeting technology startups disrupting traditional industries. Karthee invests in startups in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Autonomous Vehicles and Internet of Things. Before Mobile Foundation Ventures, Karthee spent more than 11 years as a Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures where he invested across US, Israel and India. He started Qualcomm Ventures' investment activities in Israel and India. Some of his notable investments include Waze (acquired by Google), Validity Sensors (acquired by Synaptics) and BORQS (NASDAQ IPO) among others. Before Qualcomm Ventures, Karthee led technical and Product Marketing roles in 3 Semiconductor and Wireless startups in Silicon Valley. Karthee holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


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 (TSL), a contact center focused on supporting products and services that are complex, risky, or both. Since that time, TSL joined Everise, a family of complimentary companies with over 12,000 employees worldwide. TSL supports 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


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

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


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.


Dr. Alan Messer Dr. Alan Messer, CTO, Mojio


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.


Daniel Moneta Daniel Moneta, CMO & VP Corporate Development, Co-Founder, MMB Networks
Twitter ID: @MMBNetworks

Daniel is one of the founders of MMB Networks, an IoT-enablement company working with with leading and innovative brands to solve their connectivity challenges. MMB’s hardware and software platform enables manufacturers to rapidly bring connected products and services to market Daniel is a board member and Marketing Work Group Chair of the Zigbee Alliance, and an active member of the Thread Group. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and over twenty years of experience enabling (not to mention installing, using, fighting with, enjoying, recommending, showing off, and being an avid consumer of) connected products.


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.


Thomas Nakatani Thomas Nakatani, VP of IT, ADT

Thomas Nakatani has been working for ADT for nearly 30 years and currently holds the position of Vice President – Customer Monitoring Technologies. During his tenure with ADT, he’s run the product teams, M&A groups, Customer Care & IT teams, and now works closely with Marketing, Business Development, and Innovation on ADT’s monitoring strategy & technology. Tom is very active in the security industry and sits on the board of directors for SIA (Security Industry Association) and is the Vice President for PPVAR (Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response).


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

For over 30 years Vaidhi has been an entrepreneur and business leader who has successfully created and grown technology companies in Silicon Valley.  He was the founder/CEO of IntelliVision, an AI/Analytics-focused technology company for videos and cameras. IntelliVision was acquired by Nortek Security and Control where Vaidhi is currently SVP Cameras and Analytics. IntelliVision is consistently ranked as a leader in smart cameras, AI and video analytics and the company has powered AI in over 5 million cameras. In 2014 Vaidhi was named as one of the top 12 industry leaders and influencers in the security and surveillance market. He has 30 years of industry experience and a broad background in technology, video, cameras, analytics and software, and has successfully sold solutions to top brands and Global 2000 companies.  Prior to IntelliVision, he was the founder and CEO of Sirius Systems and ePeople Technologies. He provides guest lectures at local universities, and was an adjunct professor and taught graduate classes at Santa Clara University.


Joey Neal Joey Neal, VP, Product, Hero Health
Twitter ID: @herohealth

Joey Neal is a user-centric problem solver with a passion for digital and creative innovation. For over 20 years he has designed/developed platforms and consumer experiences for clients ranging from NASA to MakerBot. Joey has been bringing the Hero platform to life since early 2017. Focusing on keeping users healthy by making sure that they take their medication on time and never run out. Prior to joining Hero, he spent many years working in high-growth startups, developing community driven digital platforms and app experiences connected to physical hardware devices (making Desktop 3D Printing more accessible for MakerBot and electronic building blocks extensible with BLE at LittleBits).


Kathleen O'Hara Kathleen O'Hara, Vice President | GM, Service Live
Twitter ID: @ServiceLive

Kathleen is a business leader with a proven track record of delivering results, growing revenue, increasing customer counts and leveraging consumer insights to develop products and execute strategic plans. Kathleen earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her career journey has taken her from graphic artist to product development; from small boutique communications companies to large ad agencies; and across industries as diverse as gaming, insurance, energy and home services. One thing that remains consistent is Kathleen's love of learning and readiness to take on the next challenge. Today, Kathleen is Vice President and General Manager of ServiceLive an "intrapreneurial" business within Sears Holding Corporation that matches homeowners with local, certified pros to get their home repair jobs done right on time and on budget. ServiceLive is the official provider of done!


Ann Olivo-Shaw Ann Olivo-Shaw, Marketing Director, Zigbee Alliance
Twitter ID: @zigbeealliance

Ann Olivo-Shaw is the Marketing Director for the Zigbee Alliance. She is responsible for strategic marketing efforts and communications for the Alliance. She directs media relations, branding, and digital marketing. She also oversees events, sponsorships, and member acquisition and retention. Ann holds a PhD in linguistics from Rice University and a BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Chris Otto Chris Otto, Senior Vice President, MobileHelp Healthcare
Twitter ID: @chrisaotto

Chris Otto is the Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Division at MobileHelp. Mr. Otto pioneered automatic fall detection and co-founded Halo Monitoring, an aging-in-place technology company, in 2008. MobileHelp acquired Halo Monitoring in 2012. Prior to his work with both MobileHelp and Halo Monitoring, Mr. Otto was the senior design engineer for Lewis Innovative Technologies, Inc. and the President and Principal Engineer for Stack Software, among other engineering positions. Mr. Otto holds nine US patents, with others pending. Mr. Otto earned both his bachelors and masters in computer engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.


Dave Palmer Dave Palmer, Chief Operating Officer, Everise

David Palmer is responsible for leading the company's core business operations which includes oversight of all key functional responsibilities including Human Resources, Finance, IT and Facilities encompassing over 9,000 employees.
 
Mr. Palmer started his career at AOL where he began in various roles within the call center. After 13 years at AOL, he left as the Senior Vice-President of International Operations where he managed the entire scope of business for captive & outsourced service centers for AOL products and services.
 
Mr. Palmer brings more than 24 years of experience in the Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO) industry in the U.S. He joined C3 from VXI Global Solutions, a global BPO firm where he was responsible for all aspects of operational & financial performance for over 18,000 employees in VXI’s Americas Business Unit. Palmer previously served as COO in several public and private BPO firms such as Connextions and eTelecare Global Solutions.
 
Mr. Palmer resides in Arizona with his family and is based in C3 Tucson.


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


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

Roel Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. Mr. Peeters is currently the CEO & Co-founder of Roost (www.getroost.com). As creators of the Roost Smart Battery and the Roost Smart Water Leak and Freeze Detector, Roost has developed a unique, patented, connected platform of data sensors that deliver the ultimate in installation simplicity and the most affordable way for insurers to provide Property Telematics solutions. Roost’s primary go-to-market approach is through Insurance companies deploying directly to their policyholders. The effect is a reduction in claim cost expenses (fire and water perils costing $20B per year in the U.S.), as well as driving policyholder engagement through a content-rich, digital mobile app experience, impacting retention and customer acquisition. Before starting Roost in 2014, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi. Ozmo delivered the enabling technology for the world's first WiFi mouse (marketed by HP) and the WiFi remote control shipping with the Roku 3 box. Mr. Peeters is a co-inventor of low-power Wi-Fi Personal Area Networks (PAN) technology and successfully created a worldwide standard known as “Wi-Fi Direct”. Ozmo was acquired by Atmel in 2012. Prior to Ozmo, Mr. Peeters was one of the first employees at InQuira, a venture-funded search and web self-service enterprise software provider. As a marketing and sales executive, he was responsible for the development and execution of its highly successful early adopter program, signing up several Fortune 500 customers. InQuira was successfully acquired by Oracle. Earlier in his career, Mr. Peeters held various applications engineering, sales, and sales management positions in Europe, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. with ICOS Vision Systems (acquired by KLA-Tencor), a semiconductor equipment manufacturer. Mr. Peeters received his MBA from The Wharton School and an MSEE from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.


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.


David Shapiro David Shapiro, Co-Founder and CTO, Scout Alarm

David Shapiro is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Scout Alarm, a leader in DIY security products. David leads product development and strategy for Scout's direct to consumer business and white label partnerships.


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

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


Sachin Shukla Sachin Shukla, Global Business Development Manager , Samsung SmartThings

Sachin started his career off as a QA engineer at Wink, a smart home platform now owned by Will.I.Am's i.am+ organization, getting intimately familiar with the technologies that underpin the current smart home ecosystem. He saw firsthand the rise of voice-based AI assistants, competing smart home platforms, and the embers of smart home services as he led the QA organization and then used his technical acumen to transition to the business side and grow user acquisition at Wink. He recently joined the Business Development team at SmartThings leading the services part of the business, namely home security and eldercare, with critical Samsung partners worldwide.


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.


Matt St. John Matt St. John, Strategic Partner Development Lead - Smart Home, Google Assistant

Matt St. John is currently the Global Business Development Manager Lead for the Smart Home Lights, Plugs, and Switches vertical on the Google Assistant. He also leads business development efforts for Google's local platform as well as the Assistant Connect accessories platform. In this role, Matt works with partners across the world to create magical smart home experiences that delight customers. Matt's focus is on new product integrations and partnerships as well as the corresponding go-to-market strategies across Google's product, engineering, marketing, and retail teams. Prior to joining Google, Matt spent five years at Amazon in business development. Matt received his MBA from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management and spent his undergrad years at the University of Washington.


Sharlene Sternberg Sharlene Sternberg, Marketing Manager, Sensoria

Sharlene has over 12 years of marketing experience ranging from start-ups to global corporations. Her breath and depth of expertise includes diverse aspects of marketing, business development, management and strategic planning. Excellent at multi-tasking, handling priorities in ever-changing and evolving environments and managing multiple projects with a strong reputation for driving better than expected results.


Matthew Swatsky Matthew Swatsky, Vice President-Residential Mid-Market Business, Lutron
Twitter ID: @Lutron

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

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

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

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


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, Executive 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.


Thad White Thad White, Vice President, Product Management, Ooma, Inc.

Thad is responsible for driving great user experiences across Ooma’s portfolio of hardware devices, mobile apps, and services.  Thad has more than 20 years of experience building and managing consumer tech products at leading tech companies including Yahoo!, BlackBerry, and 3jam (acquired by Skype).  He has worked on messaging and communications products used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.  Thad holds a BA from Rice University in cognitive science and linguistics.


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.


Brett Worthington Brett Worthington, SVP of Business Development, Frontdoor, Inc.

Brett Worthington joined Frontdoor, the nation’s leading provider of home service plans, in September 2018. He is responsible for leading the multi-brand sales organization, expanding relationships in the real estate industry and pursuing new lines of business through partnerships and acquisitions as the company works to take the hassle out of owning a home and transform the $400 billion U.S. home services industry. 
 
He has a unique and background in both technology and home services. Before joining Frontdoor, Worthington served as vice president of global business development and strategic partnerships for Samsung SmartThings and had responsibility for global IoT cloud strategy. Prior to this, he led the development of an IoT smart home platform and served as director of business development for Ingersoll-Rand.
 
Worthington’s career also includes several leadership positions at Wink, Ingersoll Rand Corporation, BMC, and 10 years of service in the U.S. Army. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom IV and V and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Utah.


Özgür Yildirim Özgür Yildirim, CMO, AirTies
Twitter ID: @AirTies

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


Moderators


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

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Residential Security, Smart Home Products and Services, Smart Home Strategies, Voice Technology Devices and Platforms

Dina leads Parks Associates residential security research and is a member of the connected home team. She has authored numerous reports covering topics such as home security market trends and competitive landscape, voice assistant technologies, smart home strategies, and technology solutions for seniors. She leads custom research projects on connected home topics and is a certified focus group moderator, with training from the Burke Institute.

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

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Denise Ernst Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates
Website: http://www.parksassociates.com

INDUSTRY EXPERTISE: Market Segmentation, Competitive Analysis, Channel/Go-to-Market Strategy, Forecasting, Voice of Customer, Product Roadmap Planning, Sales Training

As Vice President, Denise leads Parks Associates research operations and business strategy. She leverages her substantial leadership experience working for both manufacturers and service providers, where she has led 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.

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

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

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


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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Kevin Meagher Kevin Meagher, European Associate, Parks Associates

Kevin is a Research Advisor for Parks Associates and also the MD of EAS Consulting, a boutique consultancy focused on the IoT and Smart home markets.
 
Meagher was formerly the SVP BD at ROC Connect and VP & GM of Lowe’s Smart Home initiative, Iris. At Lowe’s, one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers, he led the deployment of their smart home products and services through all their retail stores in the US. Kevin was also founder and CEO of Intamac Systems, a UK company offering a Cloud platform deploying smart home solutions to the mass consumer market.
 
Meagher has been recognized as a global pioneer and thought leader in the smart home and IoT. He has deployed smart home solutions with major service providers, utilities, retailers, and security companies around the world. He has lectured on business management and published papers at national and international conferences. Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous awards including Ruban d’Honneur as European Entrepreneur of the Year, and his company won the European Best Business Innovation Award. He has 3 patents. He has also served as a Group Captain in the Royal Air Force. 
 
Meagher is a Chartered Engineer in Aeronautics and holds an MBA. Kevin is currently supporting Parks Associates as an Advisor for custom research advisory services.


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.


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

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

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

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

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