RSVP Required: Please register by Monday, August 11 so that we can provide an accurate count of the number of meals needed. Pay online by credit card or PayPal or at the door by cash or check.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

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Elks Club in Goleta 
150 N. Kellogg Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
805-698-1121 - cell

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Michael Franco 

Turning Commercial Buildings into Smart Buildings: Bringing the Internet-of-Things to Smaller Customers

The explosive growth in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) is disrupting the way real estate is managed. For years, large buildings have used building automation to increase operational efficiency and conserve energy--helping to save both the planet and millions of dollars. Unfortunately, owners and operators of small commercial real estate (25,000 square feet or less) have not had access to these benefits because traditional systems are too costly, too complex, and not designed for smaller buildings. Riptide IO solves this problem with its BrightEdge smart building hub and BrightWorks cloud SaaS platform.

Learn how Riptide IO’s solutions are disrupting the $34 billion building automation market by bringing the advantages of low-cost hardware and modern software architecture to the 5 million small buildings in North America.

Michael Franco, Co-founder and CEO at RiptideIO guides Riptide IO through the operational, strategic and day-to-day growing pains associated with an innovative, early phase start up. He has 25 years of experience managing software and real estate development projects in a variety of roles. Under his leadership, Riptide IO has grown from a visionary concept to having nearly 5,000 buildings integrated into the company's products in less than a year and half. This is his fourth technology start-up.


This meeting is sponsored in part by Community West Bank

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Our meetings are held at the Santa Barbara Elks Club at 150 N. Kellogg Avenue, just off Calle Real in Goleta. Please park on the mountain side of the Elks building and use the front door. SEC meets in the first room to the left. When you RSVP, you can choose either the (pre-paid) hot meal option or an endless salad and soup bar. (If you do not RSVP, you may be limited to the salad bar option only.) Both options include drinks and dessert. 

From our Co-Presidents: 
    We look forward to seeing you at our August luncheon. Looking toward the future, on September 10, Niels Van Erven from Sonos will speak about high-end home audio. On October 8, our speaker will be Dr. John Bowers, Director of UCSB's Institute of Energy Efficiency.

                                                                               -- Tim Murphy and Gary Kravetz