Ambassador and Speakers Bureau

CABA receives numerous requests each year in regards to recommending CABA members that would be willing to speak at events on various topics regarding home and building automation.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has complied a member database of leading industry professionals, willing to speak at global events. CABA endorses over 100 global events for members each year and that number continues to grow. 

The CABA Ambassador and Speakers Bureau specializes bringing innovators and leaders to events that are focused on enhancing integrated and intelligent home and building technologies and our roster will continue to grow. 

If you are interested in having a speaker from the CABA Ambassador and Speakers Bureau participate at your event, please contact Andrew Glennie, CABA's Member Services Coordinator at 613.686.1814 x226 or glennie@caba.org.



Bob Allan who is Global Business Development Manager, Intelligent Buildings and Strategic Alliances at Siemon, supports global sales to educate current and potential customers on intelligent buildings and the use of a single converged, IP-based structured cabling system to connect and integrate multiple building systems to achieve capital and operational savings. He has over 15 years in the IT industry helping customers optimize and integrate their buildings.




Michael Arny founded Leonardo Academy in 1997 and leads Leonardo Academy's sustainability programs and consulting practice. Michael has worked on energy, environmental issues, and sustainability throughout his entire career. After earning a BS and MS in mechanical engineering, as well as a BA in Psychology and Russian language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michael worked for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission for 14 years. He was co-chair of the State of Wisconsin committee that developed the State of Wisconsin Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory, emission reduction cost analysis, and the economic benefits analysis for emission reductions.




Mike Donlon is the Director of Research and Development and one of the owners of Computrols. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Orleans in 1986. He returned to UNO to get his Master’s Degree in Engineering and focused his studies on computer vision and image processing. While in graduate school, he was employed as a research assistant at Kresge Hearing Institute of the LSU Medical Center. In 1989 he was hired by Computrols as the principle software developer for the original CBAS computer system. Soon afterward he was invited by the company’s originators to become an equity partner. Since then his duties have been to oversee all software and hardware development for the company as well as researching and applying new technologies to Building Automation. His recent areas of interest include machine learning, building system modeling and open source technologies for building automation.

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 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 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.

Helen Heneveld, a respected industry expert, founded Bedrock Learning, a training solutions company with 80+ online hours teaching the industry and technology. Bedrock received the 2016 CTA Mark of Excellence Award for Best Education or Support Program. Her early entry in 1989 into home automation installation, along with years delivering industry training, she is a valuable member of the Board of Directors of CTA, Consumer Technology Association, Tech Home Division, the Connected Home Council, CABA, and in the past, the CEDIA Board of Directors. Often in demand, she speaks and consults worldwide. Heneveld co-authored DHTI+ Home Technology Integrator All-In-One Exam Guide by McGraw-Hill, has written numerous publications, holds an MBA from the University of Michigan, and is CEDIA Installer 1 Certified and CEA-CompTIA DHTI+ Certified.


Although Scott Holstein comes from a sales and marketing background, he has quickly found a home in the building automation industry at Computrols. He has a fervent interest in the latest and greatest technology in the industry and how it is able to make workplaces, schools, and healthcare facilities safer, healthier, and more energy-efficient. Holstein also brings a wealth of public speaking experience consistently engaging large groups in topical content.


Matt Horton is the president and co-­‐founder of sensorFact Services, Inc., and is a technology professional and software developer with over three decades of experience in start-­up situations ranging in industries from Telecommunications, Internet, Financial, Automotive, Building Automation & Energy Management, and currently the Internet of Things.

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 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 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.


Tom Kelly joined Panduit in 1998 and has worked in research and development, product design, engineering management, product line management. Currently, he is the director of Enterprise business development focusing on providing an end to end solutions for customer’s infrastructure needs across a common IP copper network. He is currently responsible for Enterprise business strategy, execution and thought leadership. He has participated in, presented to and authored content for leading industry standards and trade associations to establish and communicate market trends across the structured cabling industry.


Andrew Krioukov is CEO and chief building hacker at Comfy. As a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at UC Berkeley, he worked on software infrastructure for implementing building applications at scale. He has previously worked at Intel, Google and IBM on energy efficiency and large-scale distributed systems.

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 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).


William L. Maiman is the Marketing Manager of MechoSystems, the world’s foremost provider of WindowManagement® solutions. His primary role is to inform the architectural, lighting and interior design communities of the benefits of increasing the usage of natural daylight and preserving the view of the exterior, while maximizing the comfort of the building’s occupants.  





Drew Mire is the Chief Executive Officer for Computrols where he has been employed since 2008. Along with running the day-to-day operations of the company, Mire also secures strategic partnerships and develops new avenues for the company’s growth. His passion, drive, and knack for the industry have brought him through a number of different roles with the company from his beginnings as a technician. Drew’s background has given him experience from the ground, up which has proven to be invaluable in his current position. Not only is he able to speak to the overall value of building automation strategies, but he can also assess technical challenges and provide solutions. In his time with Computrols, Mire has grown the number of branches and dealers, helped the company expand into international markets, and secured Computrols foothold as a leader in the building automation industry.



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.


John Petze is Executive Director of Project-Haystack.org a 501C tax-exempt corporation formed May 28, 2014. The corporation functions as a trade association with the purpose of fostering open-source development of semantic modeling solutions for data related to smart devices including: building equipment systems, automation and control devices, and sensing devices. John is available to speak on the topic of data semantics and data modeling and the work of the Project Haystack organization.

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.

Casey Talon is a senior research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Building Innovations program. With a background in economics, environmental science, and policy, she has deep experience as an analyst and consultant in the building and construction sector.

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.


Mike Welch has been involved in high technology markets including semiconductor, M2M, CCRE and SMART services over the course of his career. He has solid experience in sales, marketing, product development, supply chain, personnel and general management within the SME environment. Currently he is focused on developing the immense business potential of the world first entirely integrated BMS/BAS/BEMs web based DALI® lighting commissioning, control, maintenance and management solution - elitedali for Niagara AX® - created by Control Network Solutions Ltd.

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.

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.