Expert Panel Reveals Hottest Trends in Smart Home Technology

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Coldwell Banker sits down with the biggest names in home technology to explore the promise of the smartest home. Watch this video to find out how today’s cutting-edge technologies are becoming tomorrow’s connected home.

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Coldwell Banker Real Estate hosted a panel at the REAL Trends Gathering of Eagles conference in Denver titled “A Smart Look at Home Innovation,”  focusing on the latest trends and future of the connected home. The panel, which was moderated by CNET, the world’s largest and most trusted online source of consumer technology news and reviews, included smart home industry leaders from LG, Nest, Lutron, Sengled and Tesla.

The group of experts discussed key differences between a smart home and a connected home and five key trends emerged from the session, including smart phones being the new remote control and smart products being used to re-imagine home staging when selling a home.

Check out the video below featuring highlights from the panel discussion!

Featured in video (from left to right):

  • Courtney Cochrane, Global Vice President of Media Sales and Publisher, CNET
  • Matt Swatsky, Director of Product Management, Lutron
  • Jacob Monroe, Regional Sales Manager, Mid-South, Tesla
  • John Taylor, Vice President Public Affairs and Communications, LG Electronics USA
  • Robin Foreman, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Sengled
  • Ben Bixby, Director of Energy Products, Nest

Senior Manager, Public Relations & Giving for Coldwell Banker. Grew up in Sarasota and attended college at Western Carolina University. Athena wanted to wake up in that city that doesn’t sleep so headed to Madison Avenue to start her marketing career. She has been with this awesome brand for more than 15 years and can be found generating buzz about CB in every way possible. Athena helps to grow the brand’s position as the most storied real estate company within the industry and has led many high-profile endeavors; she was at the forefront of the brand’s pioneering smart home campaign, raised $6 million in two years to build 130 Habitat for Humanity homes, and led the Homes for Dogs program in partnership with Adopt-a-Pet.com that resulted in tens-of-thousands of dogs finding their furever home. She currently leads the CB Supports St. Jude program, which encourages the Coldwell Banker network’s 96,000+ real estate agents to make donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital for every real estate transaction they represent. In her spare time, you can find her either digging up a new area in her yard for another flower bed or planning her next travel adventure. She's the proud mom of three cats Jolene, Ziggy and Lucy.

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