Ken Deering, iGuard Homes Solutions, Inc.
I’m a baby boomer “Adult Child” of an Aging in Place parent who has an iGuardStove Intelligent product connected to her oven. I bought the product after doing a search for an oven shut-off product that would enable my mother to safely remain in her home regardless of any memory issues that may develop. I joined iGuardFire based on my own experience as a customer and with a passion about scaling our US Go to Market success. I’m an experienced technology executive that is passionate about disruptive products, customers, and startups. I’ve led product launches for mobile communications ( Glenayre Communications ), software (Crystal Reports ), clean tech ( WISErg ), SaaS, and maritime GIS ( OffShore Systems). I bring over 25 years of experience in high-tech companies selling products and services in the US market to the team. I’ve also held senior management positions including VP Business Development, VP Sales, VP E-commerce, and General Manager. I Co-founded two technology companies, HomeGrocer.com, raised VC funding from Kleiner Perkins and Amazon in 1999 which went public on Nasdaq in March 2000. I’m also a Graduate of the Executive Sales & Marketing Program – Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia.
Jonathan Denholtz, MBA, CEO, AyaPlaces
Jonathan has spent the bulk of his career working at the intersection of digital media and education. He has held leadership positions at CNN, Electronic Arts, Creative Wonders, Teachscape and the California Academy of Sciences. He also has significant entrepreneurial experience, having founded or played a leadership role in several startups. Jonathan’s recent pivot from Ed-tech to the Longevity space is inspired largely by his personal experience with aging parents, one of whom suffered a catastrophic fall at home. He quickly recognized the enormous opportunity to help older adults (along with their adult children and caregivers) better navigate the world of products and services, and to live more fully and joyfully in the comfort of their own home. Jonathan holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is also a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Association of Home Builders.
Mark Gray, CEO, Constant Companion
Mark Gray, the Founder, President and Chief Technical Officer for Constant Companion, launched the company in 2016. Having worked in cyber and physical security since 2013, Mr. Gray has been responsible for developing, managing and securing our nation’s critical infrastructure to solve problems of vital importance to the U.S. federal government. He now applies his knowledge of technology and security to serve several of our most vulnerable populations. His expertise in voice technology encompasses the use and impact in personal security, home care, healthcare, assisted living and long-term care. Mr. Gray is driven to lead transformational change – bringing together amazing people, technologies and opportunities. Over the past 20 years, he served on multiple Boards of Directors for technology and security companies. Mr. Gray has managed successful entrepreneurial ventures since his senior year in college. He is a graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Julie Halpert, Freelance Journalist & Author
Julie Halpert has been a freelance journalist for over two decades, writing for many national publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC and AARP. She is the co-author of Making Up With Mom, which focuses on generational differences between women and their mothers.
Sherri Snelling, Corporate Gerontologist & CEO, Caregiving Club
Sherri Snelling is founder/CEO of Caregiving Club, a strategic consulting, communications, connections and content company focused on supporting the nation’s 65 million family caregivers. She is the author of A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care and is a contributing columnist on caregiving for PBS Next Avenue, Forbes.com, Huffington Post and USA Today. Sherri has done work for AARP, Keck Medicine of USC, UnitedHealthcare, LifeCare, CareLinx, First Republic and QVC. Sherri was the chairman of the National Alliance for Caregiving and is currently a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association – Orange County chapter. She also serves as ambassador for the Caregiver Monday campaign and is a nationally sought speaker.