Learn more about our podcast guests and hosts.

Bob Allan
Vice President Sales

Bob Allan, is the Vice President of Sales for NAVCO Inc., headquartered in Fullerton, CA, an industry leading security integrator. Bob is responsible for East Region sales management. Mr. Allan has over 15 years in the IT industry and worked at Honeywell Building Solutions from 2010 to 2013 helping customers optimize and integrate their buildings and the Siemon Company from 2013-2022 where he led the Intelligent Buildings and Strategic Alliances team.

Tim Vogel
Director of IoT

Tim Vogel, a CABA member and Director of IoT at KMC Controls, is passionate about helping others see more, know how, understand why, act faster, work smarter, and be more successful. The keys to realizing these passions are using technology and leveraging partnerships through relentless collaboration. For buildings, this means disrupting the old-guard model, innovating the approach to “smart,” an ardent emphasis on looking 10-years-out, and building a team that loves what they do. It is all about people, from top to bottom!

Ken Wacks
Management & Engineering Consultant

Dr. Kenneth Wacks has been a pioneer in establishing the home systems industry and a management advisor to more than 150 clients worldwide. His business specialties include IoT (Internet of Things) and cybersecurity for home and building systems, energy management for smart grids, and digital media networks. He also provides due-diligence for investors and expert witness services for litigants including patent and employment non-compete cases. Please visit kenwacks.com for information about his industry services, projects, and publications.

Corporate managers depend on Dr. Wacks to make high-tech business choices clear and actionable. He helps them identify business opportunities in emerging markets with practical advice relevant for product development, market positioning, and strategic partnerships. Executives value his worldview, insights, expertise, and experience to facilitate competent decisions on complex technologies.

Dr. Wacks was appointed by the United States Department of Energy to serve four terms on the GridWise® Architecture Council, focusing on the grid interface to customer equipment including DER (local power from wind, solar, and storage) managed automatically with artificial intelligence (AI). He is a founding member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel, now part of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA). He chairs the Customer Grid Edge committee at the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).

The member nations of ISO/IEC have elected Dr. Wacks chair of the committee developing international home and building system standards for nine terms. He received the IEC 1906 Award commemorating the founding of the IEC in 1906 and honoring experts whose work is fundamental to world standards. He has also written American National Standards in home automation and networked appliances for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), where he chairs the energy management standards committee.

Dr. Wacks is a featured contributor to the CABA Journal (formerly iHomes & Buildings, available at www.caba.org) and a prolific author (more than 300 papers and presentations). He wrote the book Home Automation and Utility Customer Services. As an entrepreneur at a venture-backed startup, he developed UNIX workstations for the semiconductor industry. Dr. Wacks received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT as a Hertz Fellow and studied at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is participating in the Cybersecurity at MIT Sloan (CAMS) consortium investigating corporate initiatives to enhance data security.