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2016 Speakers


Rob Comstock - Cablevision - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Rob Comstock
Executive Vice President, Operations
Cablevision Systems Corporation

Vivint Smart Home Keynote - 2016 CONNECTIONS

Matt Eyring
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Vivint Smart Home

Rovi - CONNECTIONS Keynote

Michael Hawkey
SVP and GM, Discovery Business Group

Daniel Herscovici - Comcast Cable - 2016 CONNECTIONS Keynote

Daniel Herscovici
SVP & GM, Xfinity Home

Amazon CONNECTIONS Keynote Speaker

David Isbitski
Chief Evangelist Alexa and Echo

CONNECTIONS US Keynote Speaker - Robert Parker, SmartThings

Robert Parker
SVP of Engineering


Amena Ali, SVP and General Manager, WeatherBug Home

Eric Anderson, SVP and General Manager of Video Personalization, Gracenote

Chris Avery, Managing Director, Investment Banking, Maxim Group LLC

Avi Barel, Business Development Director, ULE Alliance

Jonathan Beavon, Director Strategy, Video Software & Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Peter Blanks, Vice President Technology, Asurion

Vincent Borel, Director of New Ventures, Logitech

Matt Bornski, Director and Chief Architect of Enterprise Services, Wink

Autumn Braswell, Chief Operating Officer, Enterprise Solutions Organization, LinQ, iQor

Adrian Caceres, Co-Founder and CTO, Ayla Networks

Paul Campbell, VP Innovation / Head of Silicon Valley Innovation Center, Schneider Electric

David Carter, Co-Founder and CEO, WiZR

Andy Chambers, VP, Connected Home, Assurant Solutions

Winifred Chang, Director IoT Business Development, LG Electronics

Corey Chao, Innovation Manager, Connected Home, NRG/Reliant

Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent

Erik Davidson, Director of Product Management, CEL

Kent Dickson, Co-founder and CEO, Yonomi

Derrick Dicoi, Senior Director of Product Management for XFINITY Home, Comcast

Chris Drake, Vice President, Business Development, thePlatform

John Driver, CEO, Lynx Technology

Chris Ely, Senior Manager, Industry Analysis, Consumer Technology Association

Dave Evans, CTO, Stringify

Kristine Faulkner, Vice President / General Manager, Home Security & Smart Home, Cox

Mike Fisher, Vice President, Product Strategy & Business Development, BrightLine

Seth Frader-Thompson, Co-Founder and President, EnergyHub

Navin Ganeshan, Chief Product Officer, Zubie

Amit Garg, Principal, Samsung

Noam Geri, VP Sales & Business Development, U.S., Giraffic

R.K Gopinath, Executive Director, Products - Smart & Connected Home, Cox Communications

Lee Gruenfeld, VP of Strategic Initiatives, Support.com

Scott Harkins, Vice President IoT Partner Programs, Honeywell Connected Home

Kenn Harper, VP, Devices & Ecosystem, Nuance Communications

Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff

Michael Hawkey, SVP & General Manager - Discovery Business Group, Rovi

Rexford Hibbs, COO / Co-Founder, DreamFunded.com

Francis Hoe, Operations Manager, Misfit Wearables, a Fossil Company

Emily Hossellman, Director of Marketing, Centercode

Jim Hunter, Chief Scientist and Technology Evangelist, Greenwave Systems

Peg Jackson, Managing Director, Mooreland Partners

Chris Jones, VP of Technology, iRobot

V. Rory Jones, President and CEO, PlanetEcosystems

David Jumpa, Chief Revenue Officer, Airbiquity, Inc.

Diomedes Kastanis, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson

Shane Keats, Director of Industry Marketing, Media and Entertainment , Akamai Technologies

Jay Kenny, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Alarm.com

John Kieny, VP, Business Development, CSS Corp

Paul T. Kim, Director, Content & Services, Samsung

Kyle Kline, Telemedicine Product Marketing Manager, A&D Medical

Channing Lai, Director, Product Management, PlumChoice

George Land, General Manager, Nexia, Ingersoll Rand

Carl Lenox, Solution Architect, SunPower Corporation

Joe Liu, CEO, MivaTek / Home8

Tom Love, VP of Consumer Insights, ROKU

Arlen Marmel, VP of Marketing and Distribution, Ellation

Letha McLaren, CMO, Icontrol Networks

Kevin Meagher, SVP Business Development, ROC-Connect

Vineet Mehta, Principal, Draper Fisher Jurvetson 

Daniel Moneta, Chairman of the Marketing Working Group, ZigBee Alliance

Paul Moroney, SVP Advanced Technology, Arris

David Mowrey, VP of Product Management, Clearleap

Denis Noel, Lead Product Manager, IoT Security, NXP Semiconductors

William Oget, VP of Engineering, Arrayent 

Tricia Parks, CEO, Parks Associates

Duane Paulson, Senior Vice President Product & Market Development, Nortek Security & Control 

Dave Pedigo, Sr. Director of Learning & Emerging Technologies, CEDIA

Aditya Pendyala, Head of Growth, mnubo

Petr Peterka, Chief Technology Officer, Verimatrix

Kevin Petersen, President, AT&T Digital Life

Casey Pittock, President and CEO, Tunstall Americas

Mark Prince, Vice President Consumer Business, Withings

Mike Rich, Vice President, Emergent, comScore, Inc.

Brandon Ridenour, Chief Technology Officer, HomeAdvisor, Inc.

Chris Rill, Co-founder and CTO, Canary

Kevin Robinson, VP Marketing, Wi-Fi Alliance

Elisabetta Romano, Vice President and Head of TV & Media, Ericsson

Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, CEO and co-founder, Cozify

Kian Saneii, Chief Executive Officer, Independa, Inc.

Tim Schaaff, Chief Product Officer, Intertrust

Curt Schacker, VP, Managing Director, Connected Products, EVRYTHNG

Bill Scheffler, Director of NA Sales and Business Development, Sigma Designs/Z-Wave

Mitch Singer, President, Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem

Mark Skarpness, Chair of the IoTivity Steering Group, Open Connectivity Foundation

Tim Smokoff, Group Vice President, Health & Wellness, Nortek Security & Control

Bruce Snell, Cybersecurity and Privacy Director, Intel Security

Mike Stauffer, Senior Director, Business Development, Qualcomm Atheros Inc.

Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management, Lutron

Peter Taylor, VP of Products, WeMo / Belkin

Lisa Uhrmacher, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Vodafone 

Krijn van der Raadt, Vice President of IT and Software Development, GreatCall

Ali M. Vassigh, Director of User Experience, EVA Automation

Danny Vossen, Director Innovation & Strategic Partnerships, Technicolor

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

Gene Wang, CEO, People Power Company

Tom Waters, Sr. Manager, Market Intelligence, Jabil

Larry Waxman, President & CEO, leakSMART

Perry Weinstein, VP & General Manager North America, Accedo

Nate Williams, Chief Revenue Officer, August Home Inc

Scott Williams, EVP Americas, Piksel

Robin Wilson, VP Business Development, NAGRA

Justin Wong, VP Business Development, IFTTT Inc.

Brett Worthington, VP of Global Business Development and General Manager for Americas, SmartThings

Joe Wytanis, Sr. Director & Strategist, Connected Living, Consumer Technology Group, Flex

Michael Yang, Managing Director, Comcast Ventures

Ohad Zeira, Director, Consumer IoT, Verizon


Moderators / Analysts

Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Jennifer Kent, Director, Research Quality & Product Development, Parks Associates

Tom Kerber, Director, Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates

Barbara Kraus, Director, Research, Parks Associates

Brad Russell, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Patrice Samuels, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Sr. Director, Research, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Sr. Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates


2011 List of Speakers


Eric Bruno

Eric J. Bruno
Vice President, Product Management
Verizon Telecom

David Grubb III, Motorola Mobility

David Grubb III
Vice President, Architecture & Strategy, Converged Experiences
Motorola Mobility

Glenn Lurie, AT&T

Glenn Lurie
President of Emerging Devices, Resale and Partnerships
AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets

John Penney - Starz

John B. Penney
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Business Development
Starz, LLC


Glenn Adler, Director Bus. Devt & Sales, AwoX, Inc.

Ramzi Ammari, VP Product and Program Manager, UEIC

Peter Ansel, VP of Business Development, Clearleap

Ashish Arora, Vice President and General Manager for the Logitech Digital Home Group, Logitech

Seth Bailey, CEO, iTOK.NET

Timo Bauer, SVP & GM Americas, NewBay Software

Marc Beckwitt, Vice President, MediaNavi Strategic Partnerships, Technology Business Group, Technicolor

David Bercovich, VP, Business Development, North America, AlertMe

Daniel Blackburn, Vice President, Mobile, LEVEL Studios, a Rosetta Company

Stephen Blum, President, Tellus Venture Associates

Josh Brister, Market Segment Manager- Residential, Schneider Electric

Paul Brody, Global Industry Leader, Electronics, IBM Corp.

Gary Brotman, Head of Marketing for Qualcomm Global Market Development, Qualcomm Labs

Eric J. Bruno, Vice President, Product Management, Verizon Telecom

Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi Corporation

Scott Burnett, Director, Global Consumer Electronics Industry, IBM

Vikas Butaney, Senior Director, Video Technology Group, Cisco

Nick Chakalos, President, Catch Media, Inc.

Jay Chambers, VP, Chief Architect for Cable, Office of the CTO, BigBand Networks

Sandeep Chivukula, Senior Manager, Smart TV Innovation and Alliances, LG Electronics

Michael Clegg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Business, NETGEAR

Aine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand

Jim Denney, VP & GM Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

Christopher Dow, VP, Architecture, Rovi Corporation

James Field, Director of Technology, New Initiatives, NDS

Jaime Fink, Senior Vice President of Technology, Pace

John Fisher, CTO & CSA, Troppus Software; Vice President, Product & Technology, EchoStar Technologies

Martin Flusberg, CEO, Powerhouse Dynamics

David L. Foote, Chief Technology Officer, Hitachi Communication Technologies America, Inc.

Jean-Georges Fritsch, General Manager, Executive Vice President of Products, Minerva Networks

Jim Funk, VP, Business Development, Roku

Andy Germano, Vice Chairman, Femto Forum

John Gildred, President, SyncTV

Oliver Goh, CEO, Shaspa Research Ltd.

Wynn Grubbs, VP, Business Development, PlumChoice

Tim Hadley, Director, Corporate Communications, Omnifone

Mike Harris, CEO, Zonoff

Geoff Hollingworth, Head of IP Services Strategy, Region North America, Ericsson

Mike Holstein, VP, Advanced Solutons & Emerging Technology, ViewSonic Corporation

Ben Huang, Worldwide Director of Marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Mediaroom

Richard Irving, Managing Partner, Pond Venture Partners Ltd.

Keith Jack, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Media Processor Business Group, Sigma Designs

Jay Kenny, Vice President, Marketing, Alarm.com

Dr. Martin Kienzle, Electronics Industry Leader, IBM Research

Jonathan Klinger, Vice President Marketing, Honeywell Security & Communications, Honeywell

Art Lancaster, Chief Technology Officer, Affinegy

Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband

Will Law, Principal Architect, Media Cloud Engineering, Akamai

Luigi Lenguito, WorldWide Services Marketing - Consumer & Small/Medium Business, Dell

Bismarck Lepe, President of Products and Co-founder, Ooyala

Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President – Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs

Russell MacAdam, Director of Product Development, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Joel Marshall, Executive Vice President, Steelhead

Michele McGarry, VP, Business Development, ThinkAnalytics

Alan Messer, Member of the Board of Directors, DLNA

Tom Munro, Chief Executive Officer, Verimatrix

Vickie Nauman, Vice President, North America, 7digital

Keith O’Neill, CEO, L4 Media

Steve Oetegenn, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Verimatrix

Derrick Oien, CEO, chumby

Val Ornoy, VP Strategy and Business Development, Funambol

José Piñero, Senior Director, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft

Dale Pistilli, VP of Marketing, Branded Products, Western Digital

Peter Porteous, CEO, Blue Line Innovations

David Price, MPEGIF VP, MPEG Industry Forum; Head of Business Development, Ericsson

Len Rand, Managing Director, Granite Ventures

Paddy Rao, VP, Product Management, Sling Media representing EchoStar

Ronald Renjilian, Consultant, Firstsource

Dave Rothenberg, WW Marketing Manager, Movea Inc.

Mike Rudolph, CMO, SugarSync, Inc.

Chris Saito, Vice President of Marketing Digital Delivery Group, Technicolor

Kian Saneii, CEO, Independa, Inc.

Russ Schafer, Senior Director of Global Product Marketing, Connected TV, Yahoo!

Bill Scheffler, Senior Director of North American Business Development, Z-Wave Alliance, Sigma Designs

Peter Schwartz, Senior Director, Product Management, VIZIO

Rick Schwartz, Senior Product Manager, Consumer Software, PacketVideo

Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software Development Corporation

Sandy Shanman, Senior Vice President, Integrated Media Solution Sales, Limelight Networks

Steve Shapiro, Group Director, Product Management, ADT

Ohad Shvueli, VP Sales and Marketing, PrimeSense

Jeff Siegel, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Advertising, Rovi

Hank Skorny, SVP and Chief Strategy Officer, RealNetworks

Shawn Sires, Vice President and Founder, AirKast

Jordan Socran, Senior Director of Global Sales and Business Development, Radialpoint

Bill Stanley, Executive Director, Telcordia

Philippe Steinmetz, Director Home and Content, North America, Orange

Robert Stepanian, Ph.D., CEO, NexStep, Inc.

David Stevenson, VP & GM Motive Product Division, Alcatel-Lucent

Dean Takahashi, Digital Media Lead Writer, VentureBeat

Jamison Tilsner, Business Development and Evangelist, Kantar Video

Roger Towne, Senior Product Planner, Samsung Electronics

Steve Tranter, VP of Interactive and Broadband, NDS

Nick Troiano, President, BlackArrow

Edgar Villalpando, SVP, Marketing and Content Relations, ActiveVideo Networks

Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Fred Wang, General Partner, Trinity Ventures

Stephen White, Senior Vice President, Product and Content Management, Gracenote

Robin Wilson, VP of Business Development, Nagra-Kudelski


Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, eMeter

Nathan Patrick, Senior Product Manager, Motorola Mobility

Shirley Rouse, VP of Product Service and Innovation, Reliant Energy

Eric Saltzman, COO, EcoFactor, Inc.

Karen Williams, Consumer Research and Ideation Manager, Home Energy, GE Lighting & Appliances


Farhan Abid, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Bill Ablondi, Director, Home Systems Research, Parks Associates

Laura Allen Phillips, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

Brett Sappington, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates

Kurt Scherf, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Parks Associates

Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates

Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates

Heather Way, Research Analyst, Parks Associates

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2010 List of Speakers


Joe Ambeault

Joseph Ambeault, Director, Product Development and Management, Video Services, Verizon
Video Interview

Scott Birnbaum

Scott Birnbaum, Vice President, Samsung LCD Business
Video Interview

Wilfred Martis

Wilfred Martis, General Manager, Retail CE, Digital Home Group, Intel Corporation
Video Interview

Mitch Singer

Mitch Singer, CTO, Sony Pictures Entertainment; President, DECE
Video Interview


Cedric Arnaud-Battandier, VP, Strategy & Corporate Development, Technicolor

Seth Bailey, CEO, iTOK.NET

David Barclay, Director Energy Management, OpenPeak

Scott Barkley, Vice President, Products, Jasper Wireless

Anthony Bay, CEO, MOD Systems

David Bercovich, Vice President of Business Development, AlertMe

Savinay Berry, Vice President, Granite Ventures

Gilles BianRosa, CEO, Vuze, Inc.

Stephen Blum, President, Tellus Venture Associates

Jeff Bonin, Vice President of Business Development, Alticast

Kris Bowring, Senior Director, Emerging Business, Best Buy

Cathy Bradley, Global Lead, Customer Contact Business Process Outsourcing Services,  Accenture - Video Interview

Paul Brody, Global Lead, IBM Electronics Industry Strategy Practice, IBM Global Business Services

William C. Brown, Assoc. VP Technology and GM, Service Provider Business Unit, North America, D-Link - Video Interview

Mike Buckingham, Director of Marketing, SmartLabs, Inc.

Thomas Carpenter, VP Operations and Digital Chief of Staff, Epix

Susan Cashen, Vice President Marketing, Control4

David Chechelashvili, Head of Gaming and Retail, XpanD, Inc

Alfredo Choperena, President, SimpleHomeNet

Matthew Choy, Marketing Director, Rsupport Inc.

Albert Chu, Vice President, Marketing and Alliances, ACCESS Systems Americas

Jim Denney, Vice President, General Manager, Product Marketing, TiVo Inc.

Matt DiMaria, EVP & GM, Sonic Solutions (Roxio)

Gary Ellison, Chief Security Architect, Intertrust Technologies, representing Marlin

Greg Ennis, Technical Director, Wi-Fi Alliance

Jim Feuille, General Partner, Crosslink Capital

Martin Flusberg, CEO, Powerhouse Dynamics

Paul Fulton, General Manager, Prosumer Business Unit, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Dwight Gibson, VP & GM Connected Home Solutions, Ingersoll Rand

Alexandre Giess, Head of Digital Home - Group Marketing North America, Orange/France Telecom Group

Alex Glass, Vice President, Global Operations, thePlatform

Wynn Grubbs, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, PlumChoice, Inc.

Todd Hinders, Senior Vice President, ExtendMedia

Scott Hublou, Co-Founder, SVP of Products, EcoFactor

Richard Irving, Managing Partner, Pond Venture Partners Ltd.

Ronald Jacoby, Senior Director and Chief Architect, Connected TV, Yahoo! - Video Interview

Kanaan Jemili, Vice President of Product Management, DivX, Inc.

Michael Kostainsek, Senior Partner, Account Director, MEC (WPP’s Group M)

Douglas Light, Sr. Vice President of Global Sales and Business Development, Widevine

Steve Linke, Associate Director Consumer Electronics, Verizon Wireless - Open Development - Video Interview

James Lopez, General Manager, Digital Video Surveillance, Logitech

Ajay Luthra, Senior Director of Advanced Technology, Motorola

Tony Masterson, COO, CTO and Co-founder, Zenverge

Letha McLaren, Vice President of Energy Products, iControl Networks

Kevin Meagher, CEO, Intamac Systems - Video Interview

Andy Melder, Vice President Business Development, Gigle Networks - Video Interview

Frank Mona III, Executive Director, Sales Execution, Consumer Home Services, AT&T

Kevin Morgan, CTO, Arxan Technologies, Inc.

Malachy Moynihan, VP, Video Strategy, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Richard Nesin, Executive Director, HomePNA Alliance

Robert O'Dell, President/CEO, SecurityCoverage, Inc.

Nathan Ota, Solutions Product Marketing Manager, Consumer Solutions, Trilliant

Sean Parham, Executive Vice President & CMO, 2Wire, Inc.

Nash Parker, Director of Emerging Technology & Media, Alcatel-Lucent

Tony Perucca, Senior Director, comScore, Inc.

Tom Pollard, Director of Product Management, Verimatrix Inc.

Drake Pruitt, SVP Business Development, Ascent Media Group

Yaron Raz, Director of Video Solutions Marketing, BigBand Networks

Terri Richardson, Business Integration Manager, Navic at Microsoft

Anthony Rodio, COO, Support.com - Video Interview

Daniel Scheinman, SVP & GM, Cisco Media Solutions Group, Cisco Systems, Inc.

Rick Schwartz, Senior Product Manager, PacketVideo (PV) - Video Interview

Loren Shade, VP Marketing, Allegro Software Development Corporation - Video Interview

Gene Sheridan, CEO, BridgeCo, Inc.

Charley Shoemaker, Director, Product Management, Nielsen Online, The Nielsen Company

Howard Simons, Director of Sales Research, West Division, Comcast Spotlight

Melissa Simpler, CEO, Affinegy

Peter Smyth, CEO, RedMere - Video Interview

Kurt Stammberger, Vice President Marketing, Mocana

Mark Studness, Director E-Commerce, Verizon

Dean Takahashi, Digital Media Lead Writer, VentureBeat

Jim Theberge, Product Management Director, Rovi Corporation

Steve Tranter, VP Interactive and Broadband, NDS

Daren Tsui, CEO, mSpot, Inc

Edgar Villalpando, SVP, Marketing, ActiveVideo Networks

Dr. Kenneth Wacks, Member, GridWise Architecture Council, U.S. Department of Energy

Ian Walsh, VP Business Development, ProVision Communications - Video Interview

Nate Williams, CMO, 4Home

Ken Wirt, Vice President Consumer Marketing, Cisco Systems, Inc. - Video Interview

Tom Woods, VP, User Experience, Rovi Corporation

Mark W. Young, Vice President, Strategy & BD, Mobile, Comcast Interactive Media

Dan Ziegler, Regional Director, Latens Systems


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