Monday, March 23, 2015

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2:45PM - 3:45PM Optional Afternoon Session

Expanding the TecHome Palette:
Beyond Electronics to Earth, Air, Water & Fire

Speakers: Andrea Medeiros, Editor, TecHome Builder; Steven Withrow, Editor-in-Chief, TecHome Contractor; Barbara Friedman, Project Consultant, Legacy Design Build Remodeling

The TecHome of today is so much more than home automation, AV systems and signal connectivity. Every subsystem in the home is getting smarter, easier to communicate with and easier to control. And it’s not just about the inside but also the outdoor spaces of the home. In this session we’ll help builders understand both the complete canvas on which technology plays and the full palette of technology products and their benefits for the homeowner. You’ll learn how to leverage this more comprehensive version of the TecHome to sell more homes at better prices and for more profit.

Field Controls

4:00PM - 5:30PM Opening Session

Using Tech to Win the Hearts, Minds and Wallets of Millennials & Boomers

Speakers: Steven Koenig, Director of Industry Analysis, Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) & Tim Costello, President, BDX

What are the two biggest home buying cohorts looking for in their home tech and, more important, how can home tech be used to pry them away from an existing home buy? In this session you’ll learn the keys from a leading marketer in the homebuilding industry and a research analyst who lives and breathes consumer electronics market data. They’ll discuss creative tech offers and marketing messages that you can put to work practically.

HDBaseT Alliance

5:30PM - 7:00PM Kick-off Reception

Texas BBQ Welcome Reception

Texas is known for many things, but near the top of the list is BBQ. Enjoy delicious food, signature Texas drinks and live music as you connect with the peer and vendor contacts who can help you hone in on and execute your TecHome strategy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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8:00AM - 9:30AM Breakfast Keynote

The Internet of Things and the Monitored & Managed Home

Moderator: John Galante, President, AE Ventures
Panelist: Matthew Pine, Vice President, Marketing and Product Management, Carrier HVAC North America; Patrick Egan, CEO, Security Partners; Bob Dahlberg, VP Business Development, Arrayent

The massive Internet of Things trend is driving sensing, communication and control technologies into nearly every system and product within the home — creating new opportunities to improve the efficiency and performance of homes and to add comfort and convenience for homeowners. In this session, we look not only at what’s going to be smart or smarter in the home, but also at how builders can team with monitoring and managed services providers in the cloud to cash in on the trend.

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9:40AM - 10:15AM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

10:25AM - 11:00AM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

11:10AM - 11:45AM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

12:00PM - 1:30PM Luncheon Panel

Seamless TecHome Execution: From Design to Construction to Post Occupancy Service, Making it Profitable and Satisfying Customers

Moderator: Tim McInerny, Director of Product Marketing, Savant
Panelist: Mike Thul, Co-CEO, Xssentials; Norman Lei, VP Planning and Design, Holiday Builders; Michael Bartleman, VP of Purchasing, Beazer Homes

Without solid approaches to designing and building technology into homes and servicing these more interactive systems after occupancy, the TecHome is nothing more than a pipe dream. This session will share best practices for producing tech-forward homes, with a detailed look at how contract service providers can not only ensure high levels of homebuyer customer satisfaction, but also create new streams of revenue and business intelligence.

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1:40PM - 2:15PM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

2:25PM - 3:00PM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

3:10PM - 3:45PM Boardroom Presentations

These interactive vendor sessions connect builders with the latest technologies and services in small group format.

3:55PM - 5:30PM Roundtable Session

Turbo Charged Tech Marketing & Sales: Get More with Aggressive Standards and Upgrade Paths

Speaker: Mike Moore, Leadership & Peak Performance Coach, Moore Leadership and Peak Performance

How do you take homebuyers’ interest in technology and channel it efficiently into higher revenues and profits? The keys are:

• Setting a good sales foundation with appropriate standard technologies in your homes
• Developing well merchandise add-on and upgrade paths
• And creative and methodical marketing and selling
 
In this session one of the building industry’s foremost experts in options and tech selling will share ideas and best practices collected from years of frontline work on the subject. Then it’s your turn to dream and scheme on approaches with other guests in the roundtable sessions.
GE home Technologies

5:30PM - 7:30PM Showcase Grand Opening

Connect with the industry’s leading supplier companies sponsoring the Summit, unencumbered by scheduled meetings. Casually visit with companies while enjoying delicious food and drink.

8:00PM - ??? 6th Street Pub Crawl

Let’s go bar hopping! We’ll travel to each pre-selected destination, gallivanting in Austin, the renowned spot for live music and fun. Connect casually with new industry friends and colleagues!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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8:00AM - 9:30AM Breakfast Keynote

Bringing the Connected Home to the Mid-Market

Moderator: Andrea Medeiros, Editor, TecHome Builder
Panelists: Jay Kenny, Vice President of Marketing, alarm.com; Leon Tan, Product & Works with Nest Partnership Lead, Nest; David Weinstein, Lutron, Vice President, Residential Sales; Emily Frager, VP and Chief Marketing Officer, Lennar Ventures

Integrated, automated control of lights, shades, alarms, surveillance cameras, door locks, thermostats and more has never been more affordable or simple and intuitive for the homeowner. It’s ready for prime time in the mainstream market. The only question now is: how do we turn it into hit feature high-volume builders can use to sell more homes and make more money? This session taps the collective wisdom of some of the brightest minds in the connected home space to provide the details on what’s available, how it’s garnering mass market appeal and how you team with manufacturers and integrators to provide systems that delight homeowners and add to your bottom line.

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3:35PM - 4:30PM Finale

TecHome Kool-Aid

Moderator: John Galante, President, AE Ventures
Panelist:  Jacob Atalla, VP, Sustainability Initiatives, KB Home & Joyce Mason, Consultant, Pardee Homes

How do you sell your company stakeholders on investing in your technology play to create a fundamentally better business model? How do you infuse your company’s brand promise with technology? How do develop clear competitive advantages and winning value propositions versus used homes (and other builders)? How do you pitch the dream of the TecHome effectively and deliver it in reality to the delight of your customers? We’ll provide the answers that will set you on a mission to use the ideas, information and contacts made at the Summit as a springboard to becoming a TecHome “master builder.” Special appearance by the Kool-Aid Man and exotic and spiked Kool-Aid provided for extra inspiration!