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CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference Features Speakers From Arlo,, iRobot, Johnson Controls, Ford, Google, and More
[March 13, 2019]

CONNECTIONS™: The Premier Connected Home Conference Features Speakers From Arlo,, iRobot, Johnson Controls, Ford, Google, and More

DALLAS, March 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 U.S. 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.


  • Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability, KB Home
  • Anne Ferguson, VP, Marketing,
  • Chris Jones, CTO, iRobot
  • David Kaiserman, President, Lennar Ventures, Lennar
  • Charlie Kindel, SVP, Products and Services, Control4
  • Dennis Mathew, VP/GM, Xfinity Home, Comcast
  • Jeremy Warren, CTO, Vivint Smart Home


  • Marcio Avillez, SVP, Business Development, CUJO AI
  • Avi Barel, Director, Business Development, ULE Alliance
  • Brian Brackenbury, Director, Connected Products, Gentex Corporation
  • Alex Capecelatro, CEO,
  • Naveen Chhangani, Head, Product Management, Arlo
  • Rob Conant, CEO, Cirrent
  • Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist, McAfee
  • Drew Doleski, Senior Product Manager, IoT/Telematics - Connected Home, Verisk Analytics
  • Tony Frangiosa, CEO, InstallerNet, Inc.
  • David Friedman, CEO, Ayla
  • Chris Gibbons, MD, Founder and CEO, The Greystone Group, Inc.
  • Arsham Hatambeiki, SVP, Corporate Product & Strategy, Universal Electronics Inc.
  • Sheila Hicks, VP/GM, Cox Homelife, Cox Communications
  • Chris Johnson, Chief Strategy Officer, Brinks Home Security
  • Linus Lundberg, Google Home + Nest Business Development, Google
  • Elizabeth Mathes, Director, Smart Home, The Home Depot
  • James McPhail, CEO, Zen Ecosystems
  • Jeff Meredith, COO, Chamberlain Group
  • Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO and Founder, Audio Analytic
  • Wannie Park, VP, Corporate Development, Inspire
  • Aditya Pendyala, Co-founder and VP Growth, mnubo
  • Joe Roberts, EVP Marketing and Innovation, Nortek Security & Control
  • Steve Shapiro, GM, Johnson Controls
  • David Wechsler, Sr. Director Channels and Partnerships, Comcast
  • Eric West, Strategy & Partnerships, Ford Smart Mobility
  • Matt Wolf, Head, Partnerships, SimpliSafe
  • Kellen Xu, Director, Global Business Development, Samsung SmartThings
  • Syed Zaidi, CEO, Frontpoint

To request data or an interview with an analyst, contact Elizabeth Parks at, 972-996-0202.


Parks Associates' 23nd-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.

Elizabeth Parks
Parks Associates

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