CABA Ambassador Bureau Roster

To book an Ambassador please contact George Grimes, CABA Business Development Manager at: 613.686.1814 x226 or grimes@caba.org.

Eric Bloom, Senior Analyst, Navigant Research

Eric Bloom is a senior analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Buildings practice. He has extensive experience researching, analyzing, and writing about the built environment, renewable energy, energy use, and climate change. Bloom graduated magna cum laude with a BA in architecture and urban studies from Yale University.


Lauren Callaway, Research Analyst, Navigant Research

Lauren Callaway is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Utilities program, with a focus on residential energy management, advanced metering infrastructure, smart thermostats, and distribution grid optimization.


Áine Denari, Director of Strategy, Ingersoll Rand

Áine Denari is a Director of Strategy with Ingersoll Rand’s “Connected Home Solutions” business. In this role, Áine has responsibility for directing the strategy of IR’s home automation business, managing strategic alliances and partnerships, and understanding competitive and market dynamics.


Daniel Drolet Sr., Executive Vice President, PCN Technology, Inc. (PCN)

Daniel Drolet  is a co-founder of PCN and recognized leader and expert in the field of intellectual property asset management focused in communications, networking and information technology. He is Chairman of the Universal Powerline Association, and is member of both the  Demand Response Smart Grid Coalition (DRSGD) and the Modbus Organization.  He has authored articles in Fortune and Fast Company.

Tim Enwall, Head of Company, Revolv

Tim Enwall is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in software, networking and computing management. Enwall founded and was CEO, COO and then CIO of venture-backed Tendril. Enwall began his career at Apple, spending almost a decade in Cupertino working with third party software, networking and hardware partners and subsequently was a member of the management team at two Boulder software startup companies and a technology wholesale distribution company. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California.

Bob Faber, Global Accounts Manager, The Siemon Company


Bob Faber received his  B.S. degree in Economics from Southern Connecticut State University in 1982 and is the Global Accounts Manager at The Siemon Company. He has achieved the Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) designation from BICSI. Mr. Faber is an active member of the BICSI Standards Committee and has spoken at numerous international telecommunications conferences.


Ken Fairbanks, Sr. Director, Business Development, The Duchossois Group

Ken Fairbanks is responsible for market trends in the connected consumer and home markets at The Duchossois Group.  He has been active these markets for over 10 years.  Recognized as an industry leader, he has participated in industry roundtables and has been quoted in many articles including in EETimes and PC World.  He also contributed to several connected home industry studies.  Additionally, he has a strong background in business visioning and planning.  He held previous positions with SmartLabs, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard.


Brett Feldman, Senior Research Analyst, Navigant Research

Brett Feldman is a senior research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Smart Utilities program. With more than 15 years of experience in the utility sector, Feldman focuses on demand response programs and their implications for the global power industry.



Jesse Foote, Research Analyst, Navigant Research

Jesse Foote is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research's Smart Buildings program, with a focus on energy efficient lighting technologies.  He has extensive experience analyzing and implementing a range of green building innovations. 


Benjamin Freas, Research Analyst, Navigant Research


Benjamin Freas is a research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Buildings program, with a focus on building automation systems and emerging building technologies. His experience includes both market research and technical expertise in the design and construction of buildings.


Robin Ford, VP Business Development, Global Cache

Robin Ford is a co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Global Cache, a leading manufacturer of IP-enabling and connectivity products for homes and business.  She has more than 25 years experience in high-tech sales, marketing and business development involving enterprise software, display technologies, residential control, and automation and control in businesses and schools. 



Noah Goldstein, Research Director, Navigant Research

Noah Goldstein is a research director leading Navigant Research’s Smart Buildings program, with a focus on energy efficiency, building energy management, and applied sustainability.  He holds a BA in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an MA and PhD in geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Fabrice Hoerner, Technical Marketing Manager, Qualcomm

Fabrice Hoerner is part of Qualcomm’s Technical Marketing team where he focuses on the Internet of Everything: advanced communication platforms, middleware and applications that enable enriched, real-time interactions between people and their environment (for example homes, cars or cities). Hoerner received an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, with a concentration in Strategic Management and Economics and holds a Master’s Degree from Ecole Superieure d’Electricite (Supelec) with a concentration in Information Systems and Networks.  


Dr. Patrick Hogan, Vice President, Marketing, Honeywell Analytics

Dr. Patrick Hogan serves in a liaison role with Honeywell's Automated Control Solutions group to integrate gas detection instrumentation equipment with security, surveillance and other critical automated building systems. Dr. Hogan is active conference speaker and author on many safety engineering topics, including the role of gas detection in reducing building energy consumption through on-demand use of ventilation systems and integrating safety equipment through optimized use of controller systems and digital communication protocols such as BACnet. 

David Katz, President & CEO, Sustainable Resources Management

David Katz is President & CEO at Sustainable Resources Management. He specializes in energy and environmental consulting, climate change action plans, sustainable development and resource management, building intelligence rating, life cycle costing and risk mitigation services. 


Shaun Klann, Director, Intelligent Buildings

Shaun Klann routinely speaks on a national level for industry organizations such as RealComm, CABA, and PennState University. Shaun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in controls and instrumentation. Shaun’s involvement in the industry has lead numerous industry firsts including, the creation of a division 25 specification, the advancement of the Master System Integrator and Smart Kitchen concepts and noteworthy projects such as the General Service Administration’s BuildingLink program. 


Dennis Kyle, Vice President, Market Development, Arrayent

Dennis Kyle has a deep background in the Internet of Things and Connected Home space with his experience dating back to 1996 at McCaw Cellular (AT&T Wireless) where he was instrumental in developing and launching AT&Ts wireless data product. Dennis has continued to be involved in the space while at companies such as XO and Level 3 Communications and most recently Tendril Networks. His particular emphasis and focus at Arrayent is in the arena of consumer oriented branded products.

Robert Lane, President, Robert H Lane and Associates Inc.

Robert Lane is a consummate entrepreneur with over 40 years experience involved with senior management roles involving electrical and electronic manufacturing and product development. He has international experience in telecommunications, computers and mining activities.  Past positions included VP, International at NORTEL and CEO at Commodore Business Machines. He currently serves on many board of directors and advises numerous start-up companies.  

Christopher Larry, Associate, Director of Energy Engineering, exp.

Christopher Larry is Director of Energy Engineering at exp.  He has spent more than 25 years working to minimize the building industry's energy and environmental footprint through refining building design, building modelling,performance optimization and intelligent controls. He has held numerous positions within the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and is a past president of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).


Sean Maguire, Senior VP, Energy & Space Utilization Strategies, CEPORT / BUILDINGWORX

Sean Maguire is Senior Vice President, Energy & Space Utilization Strategies at CEPORT/Buildingworx.  He has extensive experience in advanced building controls. He has worked with large utilities, Fortune 1000 companies and industry associations in developing high performance building energy solutions that balance the needs for energy efficiency, sustainability, occupant productivity and financial ROI.


Brian Patterson, Chairman, EMerge Alliance

Brian Patterson is the Chairman of the EMerge Alliance, a 501c non-profit corporation established to create application standards that promote the rapid adoption of safe, low voltage DC power distribution and use in commercial buildings including data centers. His extensive technical and work history in electronics, fiber optics and building technologies has resulted in his holding many patents in those fields. He is also the General Manger of Business Development for the Building Products Division of Armstrong World Industries, a founder of the Alliance, and is an active member of the IEEE. 


Thomas Pickral Jr., Director of Smart Grid Solutions, Home Automation, Inc. (HAI)

Thomas Pickral holds a degree in Economics and has a lifelong passion for technology. Pickral has has taken his early career experience at Dell and applied it to the home automation market. He leads HAI's successful Smart Grid Solutions division specializing in Home Area Network (HAN) products. Pickral is an active member of CABA's Connected Home Council and is a board member CEA's TechHome division as well as sits on Smart Grid Working groups for both organizations. 


Dr. Venkat Shastri, Chief Executive Officer, PCN Technology, Inc. (PCN)

Dr. Venkat Shastri is a world-recognized leader in the fields of intelligent automation, control and robotics.   He has held positions at KLA-Tencor and SRI International. His scientific and academic background includes Engineer for the Mars Pathfinder project, research scientist at Yale University, member of the technical staff at the Caltech Jet Propulsion laboratory, and research consultant professor at Stanford University. He received both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and has a Ph.D in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Neil Strother, Senior Analyst, Navigant Research

Neil Strother is a senior analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Smart Grid practice, with a focus on smart metering technologies and related business practices. Strother has an extensive background in market intelligence focused on emerging technologies. Strother holds an MS from Northwestern University and a BA from Whitman College.


Dr. Kenneth Wacks, President, Ken Wacks Associates

Dr. Kenneth Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor since 1985 to clients worldwide, ranging from startups to large companies. His business focus includes home and building systems, energy management, and digital entertainment networks. Corporate managers depend on Dr. Wacks for clear and practical advice regarding product development and market positioning. Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management.


Benoit Watrigant, Head, New Business Development & Advanced Marketing, Legrand France

Benoit Watrigant is Head of New Business Development and Advanced Marketing at Legrand France. Previously, he served as EMEA Marketing Manager, in charge of wiring devices and home automation for Legrand. Mr. Watrigant is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. 


Eric Woods, Research Director, Navigant Research

Eric Woods is a research director leading Navigant Research’s coverage of smart cities. In this role he brings together his research experience in smart grids, smart water networks, smart transport, and smart buildings. He has over 20 years of experience as an analyst and consultant on new technology trends including in-depth research in the areas of IT infrastructure, data analytics, knowledge management, public sector IT, and cleantech innovation. Woods holds an MSc in information systems from the University of Brighton and a Ph.D. in English literature, an MA in critical theory, and a BA in English from the University of Sussex.


Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President & CEO

Ron Zimmer is President & CEO of the Continental Automated Buildings Association. CABA is a not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. Mr. Zimmer joined CABA in 1997 working with industry leaders who promote integrated systems and home/building automation throughout the world.




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