Wednesday, March 13, 2019

CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference features speakers from Arlo,, iRobot, Johnson Controls, Ford, Google, and more

Parks Associates reports smart home device ownership has tripled since 2014

Leading international research firm Parks Associates today announced confirmed speakers for the 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 21-23 in San Francisco. The firm reports that 25% of US broadband households have at least one smart home device, nearly tripling from 9% in 2014. CONNECTIONS™ features keynotes from Comcast, KB Home,, iRobot, Lennar, Control4, and Vivint Smart Home and focuses on the expansion of smart home solutions in the home and new business strategies that enhance the consumer experience with connected solutions.

“The smart home industry represents a converging evolution across home management, security, safety, and multiple device/service categories,” said Elizabeth Parks, President, Parks Associates. “As adoption growth appears to be slowing, we see an analogy between the smart home and the PC industry in its early years, when many applications were trying to find one strong fit.”

“CONNECTIONS™ is essential for anyone interested in creating connected home opportunities,” said Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control. “I look forward to sharing ideas with thought leaders in the multiple segments of this dynamic market.”

CONNECTIONS™ addresses the disruption and innovation in the industries developing smart home devices, appliances, and services. The event focuses on how to address the benefits of connectedness within products and strategies to improve their devices’ familiarity and value ratings.  

Early sponsors include F-Secure,, Verisk, Rapid Response Monitoring, Audio Analytic, Ayla Networks, Cirrent, Johnson Controls, mnubo, Oak Labs, PassiveBolt,, Trusource Labs, ULE Alliance, Universal Electronics Inc., Zen Ecosystems, HP, HelloTech, and Inspire.

2019 Speakers



Jacob Atalla
VP, Sustainability
KB Home - Anne Ferguson CONNECTIONS Keynote

Anne Ferguson
Vice President of Marketing

Chris Jones - iRobot 2019 CONNECTIONS Keynote

Chris Jones
Chief Technology Officer

Lennar - CONNECTIONS keynote

David Kaiserman
President, Lennar Ventures

Control4 - CONNECTIONS conference keynote

Charlie Kindel
Senior Vice President, Products and Services

Dennis Mathew - Comcast - CONNECTIONS keynote 2019

Dennis Mathew
Vice President and General Manager, Xfinity Home

Warren - Vivint Smart Home - CONNECTIONS keynote 2019

Jeremy Warren
Vivint Smart Home



Marcio Avillez, SVP of Business Development, CUJO AI

Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance

Frederic Bastien, Co-founder and CEO, Mnubo

Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation

Alex Capecelatro, CEO,

Naveen Chhangani, Head of Product Management, Arlo

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee

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

Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager, IoT/Telematics - Connected Home, Verisk Analytics

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

Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.

David Friedman, CEO, Ayla

Chris Gibbons, MD, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.

Arsham Hatambeiki, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.

Chuck Hector, Chief Revenue Officer, Papa

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

Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security

Jochen Koedijk, Chief Marketing Officer, ADT

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

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

Linus Lundberg, Google Home + Nest Business Development, Google

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

Elizabeth Mathes, Director of Smart Home, The Home Depot

James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems

Jeff Meredith, President & COO, Chamberlain Group

Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic

Spencer Moore, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Rapid Response Monitoring

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

Wannie Park, VP of Corporate Development, Inspire

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

Adam Sand, CEO, Shopkick

Steve Shapiro, General Manager, Johnson Controls

Renee Soulliard, CMO,

Mark Spates, Product Lead, Google

Linden Tibbets, Chief Design Officer, IFTTT

David Wechsler, Sr. Director Channels and Partnerships, Comcast

Eric West, Strategy & Partnerships, Ford Smart Mobility

Paul Williams, GM Product Management & Growth, GE Lighting

Matt Wolf, Head of Partnerships, SimpliSafe

Kellen Xu, Director of Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings

Syed Zaidi, CEO, Frontpoint

Moderators / Analysts

Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Denise Ernst, Vice President, Parks Associates

Lindsay Gafford, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Kristen Hanich, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Senior Director, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Director, Connected Home, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates


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The 2019 CONNECTIONS™ Conference will host more than 650 high-level executives in an intimate networking environment. The event includes a mix of market research, analysis, and industry insight designed to capture the complexity and opportunities in these interconnected markets.

For information, visit To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific data, contact Elizabeth Parks at, 972-996-0202.


Parks Associates' 23rd-annual CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference will take place May 21-23, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in San Francisco. CONNECTIONS™ is the premier connected home event hosting more than 650 executives from the connected entertainment, IoT, and smart home industries. CONNECTIONS™ provides networking opportunities combined with two days of visionary keynotes and conference sessions focused on technology adoption and trends, product and service forecasts, evaluation of new business strategies, and recommendations for strategic partnerships, monetization opportunities, and value-added service design. The event also features a research workshop highlighting Parks Associates’ smart home insight consumer data.

Throughout the event, sponsors offer tabletop demos during networking events, spotlighting new technology innovations and services for the entertainment, mobile, and smart home market segments. For more information, contact, call 972-490-1113, visit

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