As a globally accepted technology, Z-Wave is the go-to smart home solution in key national and regional markets throughout the world. To promote Z-Wave technology, and provide expertise and advice to control and automation stakeholders in these global markets, the Z-Wave Alliance has appointed international Z-Wave Evangelists. To inquire about how Z-Wave can help your business in your international region, contact the Evangelists below, or contact the Z-Wave alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USA/Worldwide: Mitchell Klein, Executive Director, The Z-Wave Alliance
Mitchell Klein joined the Z-Wave Alliance in September 2015, with over 30 years of experience as a results-driven leader in the CE and smart home industries. As the director of business development for Universal Remote Control, Klein was a key member of the senior team that grew URC from a remote control company to a smart home integration system supplier. The CEO at the award-winning integration firm Media Systems for 14 years, Mitchell was CEDIA's first two-term President, launching the organization's certification program, as well as its first regional events and media tours. Mitchell is a CEDIA Fellow and committee chair, and has been recognized with over 22 awards.
Europe: Dr. Christian Paetz, Z-Wave Evangelist
Dr. Christian Paetz is a long-time Z-Wave Evangelist, and the author of Z-Wave Basics: Remote Control in Smart Homes. Hailing from Chemnitz, Germany, Dr. Paetz received his Masters Degree in Information Technology in 1993, and his Doctor's Degree in 1998. Leaving academics in 2000, he formed his first startup that year in Saxony, DE; the company was soon acquired by a US-based company. In 2012 he was appointed as Professor for Systems Reliability at Chemnitz University. In addition to his scientific work, he publishes on the topics of engineering, economics and entrepreneurship, holds 7 patents, serves as board member of several companies and is the primary European representative for the Z-Wave Alliance.
South America: Jean Pascal Nathan De Simone, Z-Wave Evangelist
Based in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Jean Pascal Nathan De Simone has 20 years of experience in marketing and international business development throughout four different continents, with particular expertise in identifying reliable sources for emerging technologies and potential products. Mr. De Simone holds Master’s Degrees in both Lighting Design and Business Administration. At a time when home control was almost completely unknown in his country, Jean brought the first Z-Wave products into Brazil. In addition to his role as Z-Wave Evangelist, Jean Pascal is a pioneer in designing and deploying smart residential spaces, including multi-dwelling units in his native country, and the force behind Z-Wave Brazil.
China: C.K. Sze, Z-Wave Evangelist
C.K. Sze is the founder & CEO of Ubitech Limited, based in Hong Kong, which is focused on developing and expediting Z-Wave adoption in mainland China. Born and raised in Hong Kong, C.K has over two decades of experience in the IT and the CE industries, for such companies as Legend (Lenovo), Westinghouse, CG (Akai, UEI) and Remotec, among others. C.K. holds an MBA degree and majored in marketing during his studies in Australia.
Australia: Jerzy Zywicki, Z-Wave Evangelist
Jerzy Zywicki is a co-founder and director of Digital Home Systems Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, Australia. Digital Home Systems was the first Australian company to design, customize, certify and distribute Z‐Wave products and systems in Australia and New Zealand. Jerzy holds Master’s Degrees in Information Technology and Business Administration (MBA), and has over twenty years of experience in IT and management in the electronic manufacturing, telecom, banking and utilities industries, working for ABB and IBM among others.