What led you to leave URC and join the Z-Wave Alliance?
I very much enjoyed my tenure at URC! Over the years I was instrumental in migrating URC from a remote control company to a network-based, whole house control system. I established the first-ever OEM relationship with Lutron, which created a line of lighting controls that were natively controlled by the URC remote controls. I then brought URC into the smart home via Z-Wave and followed up by creating the whole Vivido lighting control line. I created the partner program and launched countless 2-way modules, all of the above with incredible work from the URC product team. I built the URC training program and online University then left it all in very capable, talented hands.
That said, I felt I had done what I could with URC and wanted to find a spot right smack in the middle of the next big thing: this burgeoning “Internet of Things,” where my wide variety of skills – strategy, business acumen, vision, relationship-building, marketing and more - would have an impact on a much wider and broader scale.
Timing is, of course, almost everything; and my search led me here, where after extensive meetings and interviews with the Z-Wave Alliance board it became apparent that this is the ideal fit.
What do integrators need to know about Z-Wave that they might not?
There’s actually quite a bit I could tell you – from the technical as well as the marketing side. What integrators don’t know is that Z-Wave is the only fully interoperable ecosystem for the smart home. All certified devices are interoperable (make sure the Z-Wave logo is on the unit!). In other words, a Leviton Z-Wave lighting device is compatible in the same system with Cooper Wiring and Aeon Labs devices.