2019 Speakers

Toshiyuki Ogura

Chief Distinguished Engineer

Sony Visual Products Inc.

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Toshiyuki Ogura

Chief Distinguished Engineer

Sony Visual Products Inc.

Toshiyuki (Toshi) Ogura is Chief Distinguished Engineer of Sony Visual Products Inc., responsible for R&D strategy for consumer TV products and its ecosystem, specializing and evangelizing new picture quality technologies of 4K/8K and HDR across the industry, impacting everything from content creation and platform technology to client devices such as consumer TV products. Toshi joined Sony in 1983 and experienced several product developments, product design and R&D roles for consumer TVs and digital imaging products. In 2016, Toshi was recognized as one of the “Chief Distinguished Engineers” within the whole Sony group, which is only given to selected Sony engineers with outstanding technical expertise in key technological fields and have made a significant contribution to Sony. In the same year, he received a Sony Outstanding Engineer award for establishing the ecosystem of HDR format, which was loyalty free and later become de fact standard in the industry.

Tim Alessi

Sr. Director – Product Marketing, Home Entertainment

LG Electronics USA

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Tim Alessi

Sr. Director – Product Marketing, Home Entertainment

LG Electronics USA

Tim Alessi is head of Product Marketing for Home Entertainment Products at LG Electronics USA in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. In this role, Alessi is responsible for working with LG’s global engineering and product planning teams to bring advanced home entertainment technologies to the U.S. market. Products include OLED and LCD televisions, BluRay disc players and smart audio systems. He also heads LG’s training department and works closely with brand marketing and PR to develop and deliver LG’s compelling technology messages to the retail floor and consumers.

Tim Bajarin

President of Creative Strategies

Creative Strategies

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Tim Bajarin

President of Creative Strategies

Creative Strategies

Tim Bajarin is recognized as one of the leading industry consultants, analysts and futurists, covering the field of personal computers and consumer technology. Mr. Bajarin has been with Creative Strategies since 1981 and has served as a consultant to most of the leading hardware and software vendors in the industry including IBM, Apple, Xerox, Hewlett Packard/Compaq, Dell, AT&T, Microsoft, Sony, Panasonic, Intel, Qualcomm, AMD, nVidia, Polaroid, Lotus, Epson, Toshiba and numerous others.

Shannon Baker-Branstetter

Manager, Cars & Energy Policy

Consumer Reports, Advocacy

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Shannon Baker-Branstetter

Manager, Cars & Energy Policy

Consumer Reports, Advocacy

Ms. Baker-Branstetter serves as Manager, Cars & Energy Policy for Consumers Reports’ Washington, D.C. office, where she leads the policy team’s work on energy efficiency, clean energy, utility policy, clean vehicles, fuel economy, and other transportation and environmental topics.  Ms. Baker-Branstetter provides oral testimony and written comments for EPA, DOE, DOT, and CARB rulemakings, analyzes pending bills and regulations, and briefs Congress and state legislators on CU’s position on pending legislation.

Jason Barry

Market Analyst - Tablets & Wearables

Gap Intelligence

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Jason Barry

Market Analyst - Tablets & Wearables

Gap Intelligence

Jason Barry is a market analyst for the Tablets and Wearables segments for Gap Intelligence.

Aparna Behari

Head of Retail Distribution

Google

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Aparna Behari

Head of Retail Distribution

Google

Aparna Behari is Head of US Retail and Telco Distribution for Google Devices and Services. During her tenure at Google, she’s been singularly focused on getting the best and most innovative products into the hands of consumers.  Her key accomplishments include launching the Google Store and Heading up the Global Go-To-Market Strategy launching Google’s assistant products worldwide. Most recently, as the Head of US Distribution, she has driven scale and growth for Google’s full portfolio of hardware products.

Bryan Biniak

CEO

ConnectedTravel

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Bryan Biniak

CEO

ConnectedTravel

Bryan Biniak is the CEO and founder of Connected Travel, a connected vehicle platform and application services company that, together with Honda Innovations, recently launched a first-of-its-kind mobile infotainment, commerce, and rewards platform and the automotive industry’s first consumer application system to gamify the driving and riding experience.

Bernard Borghei

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations

Vertical Bridge

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Bernard Borghei

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations

Vertical Bridge

Bernard is Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Operations of Vertical Bridge. He is responsible for Vertical Bridge’s daily operations, regulatory compliance, vendor management, engineering services, human resources and emerging technologies.

nick Cherukuri

Nick Cherukuri

Founder and CEO

ThirdEye Gen, Inc.

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Nick Cherukuri

Founder and CEO

ThirdEye Gen, Inc.

nick Cherukuri

Nick is a Founder and CEO of ThirdEye Gen, Inc.  ThirdEye is a leader in Mixed Reality Smart Glasses with its X2 MR Glasses.  Previously, Nick he developed AR/VR & Mobile applications that were successfully deployed in commercial/consumer App stores that earned thousands of users.  He earned his Bachelors Degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a founding member of the Penn AR/VR club.

Chris Cook

President

Mobile Electronics Association

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Chris Cook

President

Mobile Electronics Association

Accomplished 15-year executive focused in the consumer electronics sector. Wide array of experience focused on forward-looking solutions that realize a connected lifestyle in every consumer environment. Speaker, thought leader and presenter at technology changing shows and conferences for the past 15 years.

Jeffrey Davis

Head of Smart Transportation Innovation and Development

Blackberry

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Jeffrey Davis

Head of Smart Transportation Innovation and Development

Blackberry

BlackBerry creates high performing operating systems with safety and security built in from the design stage, providing secure and reliable communications in a hyper connected world. Smart Transportation is focused on the shaping future of mobility and how new technologies save lives, reduce waste, and increase productivity.

Dustin Downs

Senior Analyst - Desktop & Notebook Computers

Gap Intelligence

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Dustin Downs

Senior Analyst - Desktop & Notebook Computers

Gap Intelligence

Dustin Downs is a Senior Analyst for the Desktop and Notebook Computers markets for Gap Intelligence.

Eden Goldberg

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

InMotion Entertainment

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Eden Goldberg

Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

InMotion Entertainment

Eden Goldberg is the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at InMotion, the largest electronics retailer group in the US airport market. Recognized at CES 2018 with The Legacy Award, and by Dealerscope as one of the Most Powerful Women in Consumer Technology (2016), Eden is responsible for conceiving the national chain’s brand through store design, merchandising materials, PR and social media and positioning the company for exclusive partnerships and award-winning recognition. Responsible for developing and launching new vendors, products and product categories in the mass-targeted boutiques have positioned the company as a significant platform for the CE channel. She has conceived and trademarked several verticals of retail stores capitalizing on the growing segment and ever-changing consumer demand. Other former retail innovations include conceiving digital delivery of InMotion TV, actualizing interactive product displays and (in the early 00’s) launching the first digital download kiosks in US airports. She brings more than 15 years of experience in business development, branding, sponsorships, event planning and consumer product marketing in the retail industry. Eden was educated in Strategic Marketing at New York University and holds a B.S. in Journalism from Indiana University.

Alexandra Harding

Director, Vendor Management

Ingram Micro

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Alexandra Harding

Director, Vendor Management

Ingram Micro

As director, vendor management for Ingram Micro’s Consumer Technology Solutions business unit, Alexandra Harding provides strategic direction to the distributor’s Scottsdale, Ariz.-based vendor management team, as well as ensuring profitability and managing critical vendor relationships. A 24-year veteran of the consumer electronics industry, Harding joined Ingram Micro in 2009 as senior manager, vendor management and purchasing, before accepting her current role in 2012. Prior to Ingram Micro, Harding worked as a buyer for DBL Distributing, Radio Shack and CompUSA, and previously held positions with Tweeter Home Entertainment Group and Sound Advice. She is a member of the Women in CE industry organization and a Gen U Generous Giver member as well as the Executive Sponsor for the Ingram Micro Scottsdale campus for United Way.

Brad Hintze

Senior Director of Product Marketing

Control4

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Brad Hintze

Senior Director of Product Marketing

Control4

Brad is a creative marketing professional with an obsession for technology and business. His extensive career has primarily focused on building valuable tech products and services through engaging with customers, developers, and partners. Brad currently directs all product marketing efforts and strategy for Control4, the world’s largest smart home automation company which offers connected solutions for Entertainment, Smart Lighting, Comfort and Security.

Matt Jones

Chief Systems Architect

Windriver

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Matt Jones

Chief Systems Architect

Windriver

A global leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, Wind River offers a comprehensive, edge-to-cloud software portfolio designed to address the challenges and opportunities critical infrastructure companies face when evolving and modernizing their systems as they work to realize the full potential of IoT. Wind River technology is found in more than 2 billion products and is backed by world-class professional services, award-winning customer support, and a broad partner ecosystem.

Jeremy Kaplan

Editor in Chief

Digital Trends

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Jeremy Kaplan

Editor in Chief

Digital Trends

Jeremy is Editor in Chief of Digital Trends, responsible for keeping the site awesome. Over nearly two decades working in and with technology he saw the industry explode, from the growth of the Internet to the birth and dominance of smartphones, Facebook, Twitter and more. Before joining DT, he spent nearly five years at FoxNews.com, and over a decade at Ziff Davis Media, publisher of PCMag.com.

Jim Lockwood

CEO and Founder

Aero Wireless Group

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Jim Lockwood

CEO and Founder

Aero Wireless Group

Jim is the CEO and founder of the Aero Wireless Group and Wind Tower Technologies. He’s an experienced innovator and entrepreneur in the fields of infrastructure technology in bridges, telecom, and wind tower structures.

Michele M. Dupré

Group Vice President at Verizon Business Group

Verizon

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Michele M. Dupré

Group Vice President at Verizon Business Group

Verizon

Michele Dupre’ is a group vice president at Verizon Enterprise Solutions and is responsible for Enterprise customers in the Retail, Hospitality/Travel & Distribution Vertical as well as customers headquartered in Canada. In this capacity, she is responsible for maintaining and growing a base of vertical enterprise customers and enterprise customers in Canada. In her role, Michele is charged with driving sales strategy while focusing on acquiring new customers, increasing profitable revenue growth and maintaining the global customer base. Additionally, Michele leads the development and growth of her enterprise leadership and sales team.

Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO

McPherson Strategies, LLC

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Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO

McPherson Strategies, LLC

Known as one of the best-connected people in the social impact space, Susan McPherson opened McPherson Strategies in 2013 with the core belief that business can—and must—be a force for good.

Jason Nelson

Executive Director for Partner Engagement

Smart Cities Council

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Jason Nelson

Executive Director for Partner Engagement

Smart Cities Council

As Executive Director for Partner Engagement at Smart Cities Council, Jason Nelson engages with companies around the world to encourage them to partner with us to build more livable, workable and sustainable cities.

Rob Pegoraro

Freelance tech journalist

Yahoo Finance, USA Today and others

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Rob Pegoraro

Freelance tech journalist

Yahoo Finance, USA Today and others

Rob Pegoraro writes about computers, gadgets, telecom, the Internet, apps, and other things that beep or blink. You can find him covering policy issues at Yahoo Finance, answering consumer-tech questions at USA Today, offering telecom guidance at Wirecutter and showing up at various other online and (sometimes) print outlets. He has met most of the founders of the Internet and once received a single-word e-mail reply from Steve Jobs.

Scott Peterson

Senior Analyst - Smartphones & Voice Assistant Speakers

Gap Intelligence

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Scott Peterson

Senior Analyst - Smartphones & Voice Assistant Speakers

Gap Intelligence

Scott Peterson is a Senior Analyst for the Smartphones & Voice Assistant Speakers market for Gap Intelligence.

Marguerite Reardon

Senior Reporter

CNET

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Marguerite Reardon

Senior Reporter

CNET

Marguerite Reardon has been a CNET News reporter since 2004, covering cell phone services, broadband, citywide Wi-Fi, the Net neutrality debate, as well as the ongoing consolidation of the phone companies.

Jim Sanduski is a long-time consumer electronics industry veteran with over 25 years of experience in business-to-consumer marketing, sales, product strategy and finance. In 2017, Sanduski was appointed president of the newly formed Sharp Home Electronics Company of America (SHCA), a division established to integrate the previously separate divisions of SEMCA (Sharp Electronics Marketing Company of America), SMCA (Sharp Manufacturing Company of America) and SSG (Services and Solutions Group).

Rob Stott

Editorial Director, Dealerscope

CT Lab Global Media

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Rob Stott

Editorial Director, Dealerscope

CT Lab Global Media

Rob has a lifelong love of technology and enjoys the opportunity to learn from and pick the brains of every professional he meets in this industry. Being able to tell their stories is a passion of his and getting to play with all of their fun and innovative gadgets is just the cherry on top.

Dawn Taylor

President

Centricity

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Dawn Taylor

President

Centricity

With over two decades of experience in the service contract and warranty space, Dawn has never lost sight of the customer. Having held roles in every facet of the industry, Dawn’s extensive experience translates into her unique insights into customer experience, emerging trends and opportunities for her partners to grow top-line sales. As President of Centricity, Dawn has grown the company to become one of Bankers Financial Corporation’s most competitive business lines, while achieving an A+ BBB rating. In 2016, Dawn was named as a Finalist within the Financial Services category for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s Business Woman of the Year Award. She was also awarded a Bronze level Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year in Consumer Services for a company with up to 2,500 Employees. Away from the office, you can spot Dawn wearing the red, orange, and pewter to support her Tampa Bay Bucs on NFL Sundays.

John Waraniak

Vice President, Vehicle Technology

SEMA

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John Waraniak

Vice President, Vehicle Technology

SEMA

John Waraniak leads SEMA’s advanced vehicle technology strategy, programs and initiatives. His role is to help members understand the challenges, develop solutions and capitalize on the business opportunities presented by today’s complex vehicle systems and technologies. Waraniak is a proven industry leader who has worked for automotive, motorsports, aerospace and consumer products companies for more than 20 years. Prior to joining SEMA, Waraniak held executive positions with a range of companies, including TATA Consultancy Services, Johnson Controls, General Motors, Hughes Aircraft, Northrop and No Fear. His visionary and entrepreneurial leadership skills played an integral role in helping these companies develop and implement innovative strategies for adapting best business and technology practices for growth and improved profitability.

Robert Zohn

Robert Zohn

President and Founder

Value Electronics

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Robert Zohn

President and Founder

Value Electronics

Robert Zohn

Robert Zohn is the founder and President of Value Electronics, an independent a/v retailer in Scarsdale, NY.  He started the company in 1998 with the mission to provide the best products and custom installation work in Westchester County. The store recently moved to a new large location in the downtown shopping village of Scarsdale, NY.