Parks Associates Adds Home Controls/Energy Veteran to Research Team

Parks Associates welcomes Tom Kerber, Director of Home Systems and Energy Management

Parks Associates, a leading research firm in the consumer energy market space, is pleased to announce that Tom Kerber will lead the company's Home Systems and Energy Management research practice. Kerber brings to Parks Associates a wealth of strategic planning and product management knowledge derived from his experience in the automation, controls, electronics, and HVAC industries. He comes to Parks Associates from Lennox International, where he served as Director of Engineering and Director of Product Management. Prior to Lennox, Kerber spent several years at Motorola developing products for the electronics Industry.

"Tom's experience in developing product strategy for leading home controls and consumer electronics companies gives him a unique, client -side perspective," said Tricia Parks, CEO and Founder of Parks Associates. "Tom understands the key information and market insights required by companies competing for a share of the growing home systems and services marketplace."

As Director of Research for Home Systems and Energy, Kerber will lead the production of Parks Associates' industry reports covering IP -based home services, including energy management, lighting controls, and security/monitoring services. In addition, he will direct the company's custom home systems -based research and consulting engagements.

Kerber will co -moderate the session "Consumer Demand for Energy as a Service" at CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES on January 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. He will also be key speaker and moderator at Parks Associates' upcoming conference Smart Energy Summit, February 28 - March 1, 2012, in Austin, Texas.

Kerber holds an M.S. in software engineering from the University of Texas and a B.S. in systems engineering from the United States Naval Academy.

For more information, visit or contact, 972 -490 -1113. For information about CONNECTIONS™ Summit at CES, visit For information about Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, visit

About Parks Associates: Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital for companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small start -ups through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, workshops, executive conferences, and annual service subscriptions.

The company's expertise includes new media, digital entertainment and gaming, home networks, Internet and television services, digital health, mobile applications and services, consumer electronics, energy management, and home control systems and security.

Each year, Parks Associates hosts executive conferences CONNECTIONS™, with support from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®; CONNECTIONS™ Europe; and Smart Energy Summit. | | |

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