Richard Erb is the Executive Director of the Smart Cities Innovation Summit global event series. Rich’s career has focused on building global partnerships and business development opportunities in the information communications technology (ICT) and robotics industries. In his role as Executive Director, Rich is chartered with building content programs, managing partner relationships and establishing the Smart Cities Innovation Summit as the premier global event for internet of things (IoT) technologies for public applications. Rich received his business management M.S. from Lesley University, and a B.A. from Colby College. Over the last 20 years, Rich has worked as a program manager, sales executive, general manager and business developer for GTECH, Pulvermedia, EH Publishing and MecklerMedia. During his tenure at EH Publishing, he led the growth and established the RoboBusiness conference & exposition as the premier business development event for the service robotics market.