Technology and Standards Fall Forum Speakers

Chris AmbrozicChris Ambrozic

VP of Product Discovery, Xperi

Chris is VP of Product for the Discovery group at TiVo. He joined the company in 2014. Over the past 20 years, Chris’ experience has included roles in product, applications engineering, sales, and business development. He has worked across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals and biopharma, semiconductors, medical devices, chemical manufacturing, and media discovery, delivering machine learning based solutions in both cloud applications and at the edge. Throughout his career, Chris has been passionate about the application of machine learning solutions that drive real-time decision making and optimization. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo. 

Riya AnandwalaRiya Anandwala

Director of Industry Communications at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Riya V Anandwala is the Director of Industry Communications at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). In her role, she oversees strategic communications for CTA’s membership, research, technology and standards, diversity and inclusion, US Jobs and CTA Foundation. Prior to joining CTA, Riya worked for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she was chief spokesperson for the Academies’ technology and environment portfolio and led top-tier media engagement campaigns. Riya has spent several years in the nonprofit space as a communications professional for a variety of organizations including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and Saint Louis University’s Medical Center. She began her career as a reporter in Mumbai and continued her writing journey in the Midwest. Riya’s news stories have appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Peoria Journal Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, Investopedia.com and Hindustan Times.

Riya holds a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington and a bachelor’s degree in mass media from The University of Mumbai.

Alexandra Blasgen Alexandra Blasgen

Manager, Technology & Standards at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Alexandra Blasgen is a Manager, Technology & Standards at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,200 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing CES®, the global stage for innovation. She is responsible for the management of CTA’s XR Committee, Intelligent Mobility Committee, the Web Application Video Ecosystem and their associated working groups that develop standards, bulletins and other technical publications. Prior to joining CTA in 2018, Blasgen served as the Manager of Knowledge Management at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. 

Tristan de Frondeville Tristan de Frondeville

CEO at SkyCentrics

Tristan de Frondeville is CEO at SkyCentrics. He has more than 20 years of experience in software and hardware engineering management, including Apple, and SRI International. Tristan is on the Consumer Technology Association committee managing the CTA-2045 standard, as well as working with NEEA, ACEEE, Energy Star and National Laboratories on OpenADR, Volttron and other regulatory and policy initiatives where his main focus is enabling buildings and electric loads to support increased renewables on the grid.

Tony DriscollTony Driscoll

Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology Strategy & Data Services, WarnerMedia

Tony Driscoll serves as Senior Vice President, Emerging Technology Strategy & Data Services with WarnerMedia. Driscoll leads a team of future-focused technologists, data scientists, and data analytics professionals responsible for exploring and developing new content formats, automating decisioning, and generating data-driven audience insights. Driscoll and his team advance the art of storytelling through the creative and technical development of new capabilities, entertainment experiences, and industry standards in partnership with key talent, business leaders, and technology partners. With expertise in artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, and audience analysis, the team also enables data-driven decision-making to increase efficiency and effectiveness in creative development, production, marketing and more. Driscoll comes to WarnerMedia from AT&T, where he most recently held the position of Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, with responsibility for corporate business development for AT&T Communications. 

Pravir GuptaPravir Gupta

Senior Engineer Director at Google Assistant

Pravir Gupta is a Senior Engineer Director on the Google Assistant team, where he was a founding member. He also leads Google Duplex and has led various efforts on Voice Actions, Dialog and Language Understanding, fulfillment capabilities of the Assistant and its launch on various devices like Google Home, phones, auto and TVs.

Pravir joined Google in 2006 and has previously been an engineering lead on Oneboxes, RichSnippets, Schema.org and other structured data efforts at Google. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.

Sarah HillSarah Hill

CEO of Healium

Sarah Hill is the CEO of Healium, a virtual and augmented reality product for the self-management of stress powered by the user's own brainwaves and heart rate via consumer wearables. After 20 years as a TV reporter covering trauma, her media diet of reporting the day's headlines ultimately made her sick from secondary trauma. Hill developed Healium for herself as well as the 157 million who struggle with anxiety. Hill built unique media franchises at the NBC, ABC, & CBS affiliates in Missouri. She's a national Edward R. Murrow, NAB Service to America, and 12-time mid-America Emmy award-winning storyteller. Her company’s patented technology is used worldwide in areas of situational stress.

Steve KoenigSteve Koenig

VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Steve Koenig is VP, Research at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation.

He leads CTA’s industry research including consumer and business studies, technology forecasts and business intelligence. Koenig speaks and writes frequently on technology trends and their impact on consumer behavior, business opportunities and economies.

Prior to CTA, Steve held analyst positions at NPD Group, Comscore, and a senior editor post at CMP Media’s former Computer Retail Week. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas.

Brian MarkwalterBrian Markwalter

Senior Vice President, Research & Standards at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Brian Markwalter is senior vice president of research and standards for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Mr. Markwalter is responsible for overseeing CTA’s ANSI-accredited standards development operation and extensive market research capability. Under Mr. Markwalter’s direction, CTA hosts more than 70 committees, subcommittees and working groups that produce standards used in millions of consumer devices. CTA standards are referenced by EPA, DOE, FTC, FCC and other government agencies. CTA’s market research has a rich 75-year history producing objective research, tracking sales data and forecasting trends. 

Mr. Markwalter represents CTA’s technical interests in industry and international venues related to self-driving vehicles, digital television, broadband access, spectrum management, standards and intellectual property, cybersecurity and energy efficiency. Mr. Markwalter has participated in joint U.S.-China development programs on standards and presented at FCC workshops on a variety of subjects. His leadership in the industry is reflected through positions on the Advanced Television Systems Committee Board of Directors, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors, NTIA’s Online Safety and Technology Working Group, FCC’s Technological Advisory Council, FCC’s Video Programming Accessibility Advisory Committee and NIST’s Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Governing Board. 

Prior to joining CTA, Mr. Markwalter worked as Director at Intellon Corporation, a semiconductor company specializing in power line communications. In this role, he helped develop and launch the technology adopted by the HomePlug Powerline Alliance for data networking over residential power lines and holds seven patents in this area. Mr. Markwalter holds BS and MS EE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a licensed professional engineer.

Eddie Martucci Eddie Martucci

Co-Founder Akili Interactive Labs

Eddie co-founded Akili Interactive Labs, and as part of PureTech has co-founded two other health-focused start-ups and helped launch their digital health initiative. He was previously a Kauffman Entrepreneur Fellow, a program sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, MO, focused on healthcare entrepreneurship. Prior to that, he completed his graduate work at Yale University in the Departments of Pharmacology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, focusing on structure-based drug design, where he led a research project that identified two novel chemical scaffolds as proof-of-concept compounds for novel therapy. Eddie received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Providence College, and his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Eddie frequently serves on discussion panels for industry and academic events related to healthcare innovation, has appeared in media including CNN's Vital Signs with Sanjay Gupta, and Akili has received recognition including the 2014 Future of Health Technology product award, 2015 50-on-Fire Boston, and the #1 health company in Entrepreneur magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies of 2016.

Melissa MatalonMelissa Matalon

Senior Director of Member Programs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Melissa Matalon is the Sr. Director of Member Programs at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer tech companies, and which owns and produces CES®, the global stage for innovation. She oversees all member programs and has managed and advocated for emerging technology groups within CTA in categories of artificial intelligence, drones, robotics, self-driving vehicles and XR. She is also responsible for identifying new emerging technology categories and helps CTA determine its strategy to serve them. Prior to CTA, Melissa held positions at Girls Inc. of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area and at best practices firm The Advisory Board Company.

Sam MathenySam Matheny

Executive Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters

Sam Matheny is Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at the National Association of Broadcasters. With over 25 years of experience in the broadcast and data networking industries, including earning a patent for inventing mobile and interactive DTV technologies, Sam leads NAB’s technology team in its efforts to promote innovation and propel broadcast technology into the future. He also provides overall leadership for PILOT, formerly NAB Labs, as well as NAB’s TV, Radio, and Digital Technology Committees.

Sam is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers and serves on the board of governors for the National Wireless Safety Alliance. He has served as an advisor to numerous startup and technology companies and is currently engaged with Reveal Mobile, a location-based advertising technology company, and Haystack TV, a personalized OTT headline news channel. He has previously served on the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Integrated Public Alert Warning System Network Advisory Council (IPAWS NAC), and the board of directors for the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) where he was Chairman of the specialist group on the next generation of digital television.

Sam holds a B.S. in Communications from East Carolina University, an M.S. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University, and a certificate for artificial intelligence and business strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2007, he was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow.

Madeleine NolandMadeleine Noland

President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc.

Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.

A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck’s “2019 Futurist” Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018’s “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.

Derek PetersonDerek Peterson

CTO, Boingo Wireless

Derek Peterson, Ph.D., is chief technology officer at Boingo Wireless (NASDAQ: WIFI), the global leader in connectivity. At Boingo, he is responsible for the company’s technical vision and strategy. Under his leadership, Boingo is pioneering the adoption and deployment of the latest wireless network technologies including 5G, CBRS, Passpoint, network virtualization and convergence. He is directly responsible for building and operating Boingo's core technologies and systems, including web applications, client software, networks, authentication, billing, advertising, IPTV, business intelligence and IT infrastructure. Holding deep telecommunications experience, Dr. Peterson’s career spans positions as a consultant, engineer, product manager and executive. Prior to joining Boingo in 2011, he served in strategic product roles at Oracle driving global launch campaigns for LTE adoption and billing software solutions. Dr. Peterson is a CBRS Alliance and Wireless Broadband Alliance board member, and a founding member of the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Innovation & Technology Council of wireless industry leaders. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Joint Endeavor, serving with the United States Air Force. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, an MA in Education and Technology from the American InterContinental University, and a Doctorate of Computer Science with a focus on Enterprise Information Systems from Colorado Technical University. In 2017, Los Angeles Business Journal named Dr. Peterson CTO of the Year. In 2019, FierceWireless named him a “Wireless Industry Executive to Watch.

Tim PorterTim Porter

CTO and Co-Founder of MOD Tech Labs

Tim is CTO and co-founder of MOD Tech Labs. He is the architect of our technology and leads the development of products that simplify complex workflows through automation. After more than 15 years in video games, movies, and immersive media, Tim utilizes his background in optimization and visualization pipelines to build products that expedite content creation across a myriad of industries. Tim graduated from Full Sail University with a BS in Computer Animation. He is currently the seated chair of the XR Working Group and the Limited Mobility for XR Group, and the vice-chair for the XR Standards Group with the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The past three years he has been recognized as an Intel Top Innovator and has been a keynote speaker at DeveloperWeek Austin and spoken at 3GCPP, SXSW, Siggraph, CVR, and more. As a devoted husband and father, Tim loves teaching his kids coding, watching movies with his family, and occasionally making it to a classic car show to share his enthusiasm for mechanics and design. After spending an entire career with artists and others that didn’t have the technical abilities to fully realize their ideas, he delights in building game-changing technology that enables the creativity of others. 

Lesley RohrbaughLesley Rohrbaugh

Director of Market Research at ConsumerTechnology Association (CTA)®

Lesley Rohrbaugh is Director of Market Research at Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Lesley is responsible for coordinating and executing aspects of consumer, B2B and strategic research programs across all technology categories at CTA, as well as developing overall research strategy and project planning. With over a decade of market research experience, Lesley has worked with several major corporate and non-profit brands, is a frequent speaker at many industry events, and was recently on the board for the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Insights Association. Lesley holds degrees in psychology and sociology from Virginia Tech. 

Gary ShapiroGary Shapiro

President and CEO at the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®

Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the U.S. trade association representing more than 2,200 consumer technology companies and which owns and produces CES® – The Global Stage for Innovation. Shapiro directs a staff of about 200 employees and thousands of industry volunteers, leading his organization’s promotion of innovation as a national policy to spur the economy, create jobs and cut the deficit. CTA advocates for a lower deficit, skilled immigration, free trade and policies that support innovative new business models. CTA does not seek government funding for industry. Shapiro is a New York Times bestselling author, whose books include “Ninja Future: Secrets to Success in the New World of Innovation” (HarperCollins, 2019), “Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World’s Most Successful Businesses” (HarperCollins, 2013) and “The Comeback: How Innovation will Restore the American Dream” (Beaufort, 2011). Through these books and television appearances, and as a columnist whose more than 1,000 opinion pieces have appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Post, Shapiro has helped direct policymakers and business leaders on the importance of innovation in the U.S. economy. He is considered an “influencer” on LinkedIn and has more than 300,000 followers. 

Bart SpriesterBart Spriester

Vice President and General Manager of Content and Streaming Provider Solutions for Comcast Technology Solutions

Bart Spriester is the Vice President and General Manager of Content and Streaming Provider Solutions for Comcast Technology Solutions. In this role, Bart oversees sales, service, and product management for the business, delivering solutions to hundreds of media and technology companies worldwide. An industry veteran, Bart served as Senior Vice President, Video Products and Solutions for Harmonic, Inc. prior to joining the Comcast Technology Solutions leadership team in 2018. Previously, Bart was the Executive Vice President and General Manager, North America, and CTO for Encompass Digital Media where he improved its market competitiveness and customer support through centralized and standardized business systems. He came to Encompass from Cisco Systems where he was the Vice President and General Manager for the Digital Media Networks business unit. He also served as managing director of Cisco’s EMEA Video Division and was named to the company’s European Operating Committee. Bart earned his MBA at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Bart is a Six Sigma yellow belt and a graduate of the Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School.

Matthew StoudtMatthew Stoudt

CEO and Co-Founder of AppliedVR

Matthew Stoudt is the CEO and Co-Founder of AppliedVR where he is pioneering virtual reality therapeutics (VRx), the next generation of digital therapeutics. Leveraging the unique therapeutic properties of VR, AppliedVR is on a mission to enable patients with chronic pain to improve their lives through safe, effective and self-administered VRx. AppliedVR is backed by leading institutions including the NIH via the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the VA, Cedars-Sinai, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger and over 150 other institutions.

Matthew is an accomplished entrepreneur who founded and built Outcast Media, the largest out of home digital media platform in the US, exiting to Verifone in 2014. Prior to Outcast, Matthew was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at McDonald’s where he launched several successful businesses including a digital media platform in multiple countries. Matthew began his professional career in investment banking and private equity, having raised over $1 billion in growth capital for a variety of businesses across multiple sectors. Matthew earned his MBA at Kellogg Graduate School of Business graduating with honors and his BA from Northwestern University. Matthew is an avid traveler with a mission to visit every country in the world...if COVID will let him.

Robert WattsRobert Watts

Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Light Sail VR

Robert Watts is an early adopter of emerging technologies, and his diverse experience has spanned multiple sectors of entertainment including the agency, management and content development sides of the industry. At Light Sail VR he leverages his wide spectrum of creative and operational capabilities to craft premium-level narratives and characters that engage audiences and fulfill client needs. His ability to understand the innovative power of the immersive space has attracted a roster of top clients including Google, Condé Nast Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, and many others.