Speaker Schedule

Rhonda Dirvin

Director, IoT and Embedded, Arm


Since joining Arm in 2011, she has worked in several marketing and strategic roles, including digital marketing and alliances. She now drives Arm’s marketing strategy through the lens of IoT vertical markets and embedded technology. She is a Founding Board member of the OpenFog Consortium.Rhonda is an experienced electronics-industry veteran, who began her career with Motorola Semiconductor, where she worked for 17 years. She started in the nascent data communications business where she took on increasing responsibility as it grew into a multi-billion dollar business. She moved on to roles in sales, wireless marketing, and operations with P&L responsibility.She holds a BS in electrical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Red McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.


Wes Sylvester

Director, Digital Transformation, Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems

Wes Sylvester is Director of Cisco Systems’ Digital Transformation Group for the Americas. In this role, Wes and his team work with Cisco’s manufacturing, transportation, utility, energy, and oil and gas customers to establish business case, architecture and integrated communications network strategies for a variety of delivery value chains. Wes comes to Cisco with over a decade of industrial, energy, and utility focused experience in multiple marketing and sales leadership roles; most recently as the Director of Smart Grid for Siemens Energy Inc. Wes holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from MSOE in Milwaukee, and a MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School, with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership.


Stephen Wray

CEO, CloudMine


Stephen Wray is the Chief Executive Officer of CloudMine, a secure, cloud-based platform that helps healthcare and pharmaceutical organizations to build intelligent, connected applications. As CEO, he was brought on to guide the companys ascension to market dominance by advancing the penetration of CloudMines Connected Health Cloud platform.Hailed as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Life Sciences” by PharmaVoice magazine, Steve brings more than two decades of healthcare leadership to CloudMine.In his most recent role, he served as CEO at MNG Direct, a Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based platform solution provider that enables life sciences companies to engage with healthcare professionals. Prior to this, Steve was the President and CEO of the global life sciences practice at Cadient Group, a full-service digital marketing agency in Malvern, Pennsylvania. At Cadient, Steve brokered instrumental business relationships, and expanded the early stage operation to a global organization with more than 150 full-time employees. After Cadient was acquired in 2014 by Cognizant, a leading provider of information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, Steve led the expansion of Cognizants life sciences digital practice.Additionally, Steve served as North American President at Ogilvy Healthworld to 1999 to 2004, and spent a decade in leadership positions at Wyeth (now Pfizer), including Vice President, Marketing and Communications.For his efforts, Steve has been recognized with the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and Smart CEO Awards for ‘Most Innovative Company’ and ‘Best Corporate Culture’, in addition to being named 2014 Regional CEO of the Year by the Philadelphia Main Line Chamber of Commerce.A native Californian with degrees in marketing and advertising from Fresno State University, Steve resides with his family in the Philadelphia region.


George Mulhern

CEO, Cradlepoint


George brings proven leadership and twenty-five years of Business-to-Business technology expertise to Cradlepoint. During his twenty-year career at Hewlett Packard, George had responsibility for hardware, software and services businesses that ranged in size from several million dollars to multi-billions of dollars of annual revenue. He successfully led businesses with sites located in the U.S., Europe and Asia and developed and implemented growth strategies both organically and through acquisition for the SMB and Enterprise markets. Mulhern’s last position with HP was as Senior Vice President, leading the LaserJet Global Business Unit. More recently, Mulhern was a general partner with Highway 12 Ventures, a Boise-based venture capital fund that served as a catalyst for entrepreneurs and startups to help drive economic growth in the Northwest region. George holds both a BS, and MBA, Business Administration from San Jose University.


Karpagam Narayanan

Founder and President, eKryp Inc

eKryp Inc

Karpagam Narayanan is a co-founder of eKryp, a Just In Time Service application. eKryp continuously learns data on your connected devices across the enterprise and uses predictive models to find a set of indicators of your most critical assets that need attention. This becomes your barometer to take actions for predictively planning service and to optimize parts. By using eKryp, you can reduce service costs by 30% and reduce parts inventory by at least 10%.Prior to eKryp, Karpagam is a co-founder and President of Paloras Corporation, an install base analytics company till successful exit in 2016. The San Francisco Business Times recognized Paloras as a Top 100 software company in 2014 and 2013. Karpagam believes in AI being inclusive of people with various attitudes and aptitudes. She is now a board member of TiE Silicon Valley, an organization that focuses on advising and mentoring technology startups. She has been a leader, mentor and volunteer for Girl Scouts for 14 years, raising awareness of STEM, especially among girls. She started advanced math clubs at elementary schools and was a mentor in the Maker Faire, Bay Area Science Festival, FIRST robotics, and Western Regional Robotics programs in the Bay area.


Brock Winzeler

General Manager, Freeus, LLC

Freeus, LLC

Brock Winzeler is the general manager of Freeus, LLC. As one of the fastest growing mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) businesses in the United States, Freeus uses patent-pending technology to create a sophisticated experience for both the end user and the dealer. Freeus is a wholesale provider of innovative two-way voice mobile personal emergency response systems that work at home and away from home to provide fast access to trained and certified emergency care specialists and offer peace of mind to seniors and their caregivers. Freeus devices are distributed through authorized dealers nationwide and are powered by the robust, integrative Orion platform.


Stephane Quetglas

, Gemalto



Bryan Lubel

President, Integron


Bryan A. Lubel is president at Integron, an IoT managed services company. He was appointed to this position in January 2008. Mr. Lubel has over 25 years of experience in general management, sales, marketing, product and services marketing, channel marketing, operations and systems design. Integron specializes in helping clients design, deploy and support IoT solutions. Integron has developed managed IoT services specialization in connected health, remote patient monitoring, clinical drug trials, critical asset monitoring, remote service, fleet tracking, telematics and billing solutions.Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Lubel served as president and chief executive officer for Gyricon LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox Corp. Gyricon LLC was a technology spin-out company of Xeroxs famed Palo Alto Research Center, which focused on commercialization efforts around Xeroxs electronic paper (SmartPaper) technology. The technology offering is now part of Xeroxs intellectual property catalogue available for license.Mr. Lubel holds a bachelor of science degree in management information systems from the State University of New York. In addition, Mr. Lubel has completed management, technology and foreign language programs at Ohio State University and Laval University, Quebec, Canada.


Elise Neel

GM, MapQuest


When she’s not tap dancing or rapping about her teams, Elise Neel, VP, Verizon Location Services & GM for MapQuest, is reimagining location contextualization and the role it plays in consumer and B2B Navigation, Artificial Intelligence, Analytics, Advertising Segmentation and Emerging Technology. Supporting commercialization, product, engineering, marketing and sales, Elises team works within Verizon to enable businesses across the firm to leverage the power of location in unique ways while also supporting thousands of direct customers around the globe.


Noel Guillama

CEO, MyPwer, Inc.

MyPwer, Inc.

Noel J. Guillama – Chairman, President & Chief Executive OfficerMr. Guillama is a nationally recognized expert in healthcare management and operations. He has participated in a number of public companies as merchant banker, principal shareholder, founder or strategic advisor; primarily in healthcare, construction, real estate and information technology.Prior to PWeR, Inc., Mr. Guillama was Founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Metropolitan Health Networks, Inc. of West Palm Beach, Florida, (AMEX:MDF) from its inception in January 16, 1996 to February 1, 2000. Metropolitan, at the time of Mr. Guillama’s departure, realized revenues of $119 million (USD). Post Mr. Guillama’s departure MDF was acquired in 2012 by Humana, Inc. for an estimated $800 million (USD).Prior to this, Mr. Guillama was Vice President of Development for MedPartners, Inc. (NYSE:DRX), a Birmingham, Alabama-based physician practice management company with revenues of over $5 billion at the time of his departure.Prior to MedPartners, he served as Director and Vice President of Operations for Quality Care Networks, Inc.; a South Florida-based comprehensive group practice with seven offices. For nearly 10 years prior to this, Mr. Guillama served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Tektonica, Inc. At that time Tektonica was a diversified company with interest in construction, real estate, mortgage financing, and trucking in South Florida. Mr. Guillama remains in his position as Chairman of Guillama, Inc. a successor to Tektonica to this date.Mr. Guillama is a member of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (www.pcpcc.net) and served for a time as a member of the legislative committee. He is or has been also a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, the Healthcare and Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), and the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE). Mr. Guillama continues to hold active licensure as a Building Contractor, Real Estate Broker, Mortgage Broker, and Insurance Broker in the State of Florida and held a NASD registration from 1990-1995.An active proponent of education, Mr. Guillama serves as immedidate past chairman, director and executive committee member of the Palm Beach County Community College Foundation. In addition, Mr. Guillama has for the last 14 years served as chairman (2010-2011), a director (since 2002), past executive committee member, and treasurer for the Florida International University Foundation (FIU Foundation), a direct support organization that currently manages and administers over $150 million for the advancement of Florida International University and its objectives. At FIU, Mr. Guillama also served as a director and treasurer for the Wolfsonian Museum and as the Chairman of the Finance and Investment Committee. Further, he served as chairman for the Academic Committee and is currently a member of the Audit Committee, the Academic Policy Committee, the Student Affairs Committee, and the Biomedical Engineering Advisory Board. He is also a graduate of the FIU Center for Leadership, Global Leadership Program of 2009. Mr. Guillama has also served on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches, the Palm Beach County Education Commission and the Education Advisory Committee of the Village of Wellington.A community advocate, Mr. Guillama has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Western Communities Business, Technology and Education Advancement Board, Inc. (BTE), and as past director of the Palms West Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Wellington Rotary Club. Mr. Guillama has been a member of the Glades Healthcare Foundation past Trustee of Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Florida. The campus-like facility, which services central and western Palm Beach County, sits on a spacious 94 acres and features 175 beds.On a more national level, Mr. Guillama has lent his experience in healthcare and in growing a small business as past member of the United States Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council which represents the issues affecting small businesses throughout the country.Mr. Guillama is the beneficiary of numerous awards of distinction, some of which are from the Lion’s Club, Leukemia Society of America, Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, and American Diabetes Association. Mr. Guillama is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Leadership Program (1997 – 1999).Mr. Guillama is a prolific inventor with dozens of patents issued and pending from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.Mr. Guillama was born in Havana, Cuba and has been a resident of Palm Beach County, Florida for over forty years.


Steven Dean

Sr. Manager Business Marketing, ON Semiconductor

ON Semiconductor

Steven Dean has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor and medical device fields, now leading ON Semiconductor in Business Marketing in their Medical and Wireless Division. Past appointments have included, Director of Business Development at Medtronic Corporation, Director of Marketing at Texas Instruments, and Director of Segment Marketing of Freescale Semiconductor. Steven obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, with postgraduate work in Business. Steve’s leisure pursuits include spending time with his wife Kathy and now three grown children, sailing in the tropics, brewing beer and wrenching on one of his classic automobiles.


Lynne Canavan

Vice President of Marketing, OpenFog Consortium

OpenFog Consortium

Lynne Canavan is the Vice President of Marketing for the OpenFog Consortium, the global nonprofit working to solve the bandwidth, latency and communications challenges associated with IoT. There she leads global initiatives to drive market growth and engagement for fog computing and networking in IoT. Previously, Lynne was Vice President of Program Management for the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) where she oversaw the activities of the Consortium’s Working Groups, member services and broader ecosystem initiatives. She joined the IIC from IBM, where she spent 17 years focused on new initiatives with IBM’s largest alliance partners.


Sam Colley

CEO Pod Group USA, Pod Group

Pod Group

Throughout his career, Sam Colley has focused on business development within the mobile data connectivity market, specializing in the M2M and IoT sectors. Within Pod Group, he has focused on identifying and targeting growth markets which contribute directly to the geographic and financial expansion of the company. Sam is now CEO of Pod Group USA based in San Francisco, California, where he is responsible for all divisions of Pod Group in the US, Canadian and South American markets.


Kenneth Lowe

Partner, QuantumIOT


Kenneth Lowe is currently a partner of QuantumIOT, an IOT systems integrator. Ken formerly served as Global Director of Business Development for M2M platforms within Gemalto, a digital security company based in France.  An electrical engineering degree, coupled with a variety of unusual military and business experiences, set Ken apart from the typical technology executive. He is an effective leader, an engaging speaker, and a technologist with a flair for making complex topics both interesting and relevant for non-tech executives.Ken has over 20 years of experience designing and delivering large-scale systems and solutions for enterprises. His engagements have taken him to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, visiting six of the seven continents and over 50 countries.  He began his career with Accenture, working in Washington D.C in the telecommunications sector.Ken holds a BSEE from the University of Maryland College Park.  During his studies, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves as a paratrooper and communications specialist. Ken is on the board of directors for Artreach, a Dallas non-profit organization focused on providing access to the arts for underprivileged youth and seniors in managed-care facilities.


Lubor Ptacek

VP, Product Marketing, ServiceMax from GE Digital

ServiceMax from GE Digital

Lubor leads the Product Marketing function at ServiceMax, with a broad spectrum of responsibilities ranging from messaging, product launches, and market intelligence to thought leadership, analyst relations, and customer leverage programs. Prior to joining ServiceMax, Lubor led corporate-wide product marketing at OpenText, the leader in Enterprise Information Management. During his tenure, OpenTexts revenue grew from $725 million to $1.9 billion and the company completed more than 20 acquisitions. Before OpenText, Lubor worked at EMC, Documentum, and Novell. From 2011-2015, he also served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM). Lubor is an accomplished presenter and recognized thought leader with active social media presence. He holds a Computer Science degree from the Technical University Ilmenau, Germany and an MBA from Santa Clara University in California.


Heidi Wilson

IoT & Complex Solutions, Telus


Heidi Wilson is a market strategist with over 15 years in all aspects of B2B commercialization, from partnerships and channel management to sales and marketing. At TELUS she is currently responsible for global growth of the Internet of Things; she has also previously championed for TELUS the introduction of mHealth, workforce mobile applications and Managed Mobility. Her current area of focus is as commercial lead on emerging IoT opportunities with complex cross-border requirements, including Connected Car, eSIM and Global Data MVNOs. She also created and launched the TELUS IoT Marketplace, a bill-on-behalf partner ecosystem, and Canada’s first “over the top” partner program for IoT solutions connected to the TELUS network. Prior to her time in the wireless industry, she opened new lending markets in Oil & Gas at GE Capital while developing innovative new financing products for their customers, and served as product manager for a variety of start-up technology companies. Passionate about market-centric strategies, translating market need into profitable growth, and cooperative go-to-market models, she most often finds herself in emerging business-to-business markets where confusion is rampant and a clear commercial strategy is essential. Heidi received her MBA from McGill University in 1999, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from DePauw University in her home state of Indiana.


Veeru Ramaswamy

Vice President, , Watson IoT Platform, IBM

Watson IoT Platform, IBM

As the Vice President of the IBM Watson IoT Platform, Veeru oversees the technical development & deployment, specific offerings, business development, marketing and sales for IBM’s IoT Platform business. Veeru has been in the technology space for more than 30 years. During that time, he’s built incredibly complex and innovative systems with large organizations such as Comcast, Cablevision, Bell Labs, and General Electric (GE) and has been part of many startups. As the Technology Leader for Digital Industries at GE, he was one of the first two to build GE digital from the ground up at San Ramon, California, and was one of the initial and core architects and innovators for GE Predix. Some of his groundbreaking technology innovations at GE have been extensively covered by the media.Prior to IBM, Veeru served as the Senior Vice President of Big Data and Data Science (Chief Data Officer) for Cablevision, one of the largest cable companies in the U.S. During his time at the company, he was responsible for the development of big data platforms across the enterprise both on-premise and in the cloud, along with advanced data analytics, mining and engineering, and data technology capabilities that drove significant business impact. Veeru has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from University of Madras, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and a PhD in computer science and engineering from the University of South Florida, Tampa.


Moderator List

Bobbie Carlton (Moderator)

Founder, Innovation Women

Innovation Women

Bobbie Carlton is the founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women. She speaks regularly on innovation, building startup communities and product launches, and consults with small businesses and individuals on social networking, marketing and PR. Over the last 8 years, Bobbie has been involved in the launch of more than 1,000 new products in the Boston region. As the founder of Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, an advisor to NewCo Boston and Startup Massachusetts, and a MassChallenge mentor for more than 5 years, Bobbie is very tied into the startup and innovation community. Previously, in addition to working with a number of Boston-area high-tech marketing firms, she headed global PR efforts at enterprise software companies like PTC and Cognos (now part of IBM). In 2006 she switched gears, joining a consumer brand startup and in 2008, she started her own company offering marketing services. In 2010 she was named one of the “Ten Bostonians who have done the most for the startup community”, and in 2011 she was a recipient of a Mass High Tech All-star award. In 2015 she was named a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch. Innovation Women is an online “visibility bureau” helping drive visibility for entrepreneurial, technical and innovative women through speaking engagements. Innovation Nights is a social media powered new product showcase and networking event. Follow Bobbie on Twitter as @BobbieC @MassInno @WomenInno or @CarltonPRM