Youssef Abdelilah is an expert at leveraging new and emerging Technology to create products and services. He leads product management in the Technology Innovation group at American Tower’s Managed Networks. He is the co-chair of the Business Working Group at the CBRS Alliance where he works to develop business use cases to commercialize and accelerate the adoption of OnGo™- LTE solutions- for the US 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band.
Stephen Adams had over twenty years’ experience in the management of A Class office buildings and Regional Shopping Centers. Currently he is overseeing the migration of a 500,000-sf office complex in downtown Toronto from a multi-tenant format to a single user headquarters. A key component of this program is the introduction of an integrated Smart Building environment. The key outcome is for integrated base building systems and data analytics driving tenant comfort efficiency and reducing operational risk.
Lalit Agarwal is the Director of Utility & Energy Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL). He began his career as a computer analyst at UNL in 2000 as part of a team that designed and developed the 3rd generation of UNL’s proprietary building automation system. As facilities needs have morphed, Lalit has taken an increased responsibility for managing all facilities business systems and campus utility production, distribution and consumption.
Will Agate founded NetZero Microgrid Solutions and currently serves as its President. Leading NetZero represents the culmination of his 25+ year career in energy management, economic and real estate development, and smart city sustainability and change management. Previously, Will led the effort turn the Philadelphia Navy Yard one of the most successful military base redevelopments in the country with more than 12,000 employees and 152 companies in over 7.5 million square feet of office, industrial, manufacturing and R&D space.
Ryan Allbaugh has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Currently, he leads highly knowledgeable and collaborative teams to design and implement technical solutions for Wells Fargo’s corporate properties group. As the former CIO of the largest private commercial real estate developer in the southeast, Ryan applied his extensive knowledge to implement technology solutions impacting the real estate industry, such as his role in the development of one of the most technologically sophisticated buildings in the world, the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, NC.
Eric Anctil is a professor of media and technology in the School of Education at the University of Portland. His work broadly focuses on the relationship between humans and their machines and giving people a line of sight into the hidden ways that technology is quietly shaping their behaviors, decisions, and actions.
Steven Anson is VP of Vertical Market Solutions at Anixter where he is currently focused on further developing Anixter's Infrastructure as a Platform (IaaP) program - a comprehensive solutions approach that addressees customer technology challenges within different environments and vertical markets. Steve draws upon over 30 years of sales, distribution and technical solutions experience in the network and communications industry and has held various business management and marketing positions throughout Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America.
Peter Asmus is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Energy Technologies program, with a focus on emerging energy distribution networks models such as nanogrids, microgrids, and virtual power plants. His expertise also includes wind energy, marine hydrokinetic technologies and renewables generally. Asmus has over 28 years of experience in energy and environmental markets as an analyst, writer, book author and consultant.
At the helm of Telecine as technical director for 22 years, Stéphane Bastien is an autodidact who masters the different information and communication technologies. He has over 30 years of experience in the audiovisual and information technology, including video compression, graphic design and animation. Trainer, communicator and passionate, he provides outstanding technical assistance in Telecine since 1996 and participates in the design and integration of leading digital display systems all over the world.
Wade Berner is the Director of Systems Performance & Turnover at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he is responsible for the commissioning, energy efficiency and turnover of MIT's 12 million + square foot Cambridge campus. Wade is a registered Professional Engineer in both the US and Canada and has been involved with facility commissioning and optimization for over 18 years. He has been fortunate to have implemented these strategies on some interesting facilities including BSL4 laboratories and a rocket launch complex.
Clayton Broemsen is VP of IT Infrastructure for Cousins Properties, a REIT based in Atlanta, GA. He is responsible for all aspects of Cousins’ IT Infrastructure as it applies to the Corporate Office and Property Infrastructure including Networks, End User Devices, Security, Data Centers and Disaster Recovery.
Aaron Brondum leads the operations and customer success teams with over 18 years of experience in real estate and technology. Using his experience in energy management, Aaron’s team ensures client on-boarding and success, drives product direction for energy optimization, and builds new implementation strategies for clients, partners, and vendors.
A professional engineer, Aaron has over 15 years of experience working with building systems as a design and commissioning engineer. His career has focused primarily on high performing buildings, finding cost effective solutions for implementing energy efficiency and advanced technologies to reduce energy costs related to building operation. Aaron leads the Agnes Energy engineering team and brings his extensive knowledge of energy-efficiency solutions for a wide variety of buildings, and passion for improving building performance.
David Charney is the Global COO of Stealth Monitoring and UCIT online security, a proactive live video surveillance company based in Dallas, TX. He has helped grow the company into a North American market leader servicing large real estate companies. Stealth Monitoring prevents crimes or theft in real time by employing 500+ people and analytic technology to watch over 18,000 cameras every night leading to 500+ police apprehensions per year.
With over 25 years of Building Automation Control Systems and integration design experience; Jon has consulted to major building portfolio owners and HVAC manufacturers with a focus on energy reduction strategies and is the Controls Group National Manager at Norman Disney & Young in Sydney Australia.
Stephan Cloitre joined JLL in 2016 as the Executive Vice President and Senior Director of Technology Solutions. Stephan establishes the strategic visions for the division, including product strategies, service methodologies, and establishes performance expectations for individuals and practices within his division. He works with practice leads to ensure projects are delivered on-time and on-budget and that customer expectations are exceeded. Stephan provides mentorship and guidance to his team members, including identifying creative solutions to unique business requirements.
Scott Cochrane is President and CEO of Cochrane Supply & Engineering, overseeing six branches throughout three states and one in Canada. He is an advisory council member for multiple industry manufacturers such as Honeywell, Johnson Controls, and Tridium.
Tim Collier is a Facilities Engineer in the Land, Building & Real Estate (LBRE) IT department at Stanford University. Tim has a diverse mechanical and IT background and provides leadership and coordination for many IT/OT integration projects. In his role, he works with business owners to build resilient systems that comply with the university’s security standards and best practices.
Ray Congdon is a Senior Director, Engineering at CBRE leading technical services for the Americas, supported by a team of fifteen technical subject matter experts. As part of the CBRE – Technical Services group, Ray is responsible to lead and support account service delivery, business development and provide technical subject matter expertise to all accounts in North America.
Derek Cowburn is the CEO and founder of LumenCache. Having a knack for creating, he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree which led him to build facility management systems for large pharmaceutical campuses. Derek's love for innovating led to over 17 years of experience in commercial and industrial automation engineering and IT application development and over five years of experience in residential custom electronics design and Integrated Smart Home Systems. After years of experience, Derek has built his forte in Product Development consulting, Integrated Smart Home Systems, Energy Management Systems, Residential and Commercial Audio/Video, security, access control, lighting control systems, and insightful engineering and design.
Janine Davison is a global strategist and business development professional at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for ecosystem development and go to market strategy in the Smart Buildings IoT vertical. With over 20 years of experience, Janine’s had multi-facetted success at transforming new and underdeveloped concepts into revenue generating products and services.
Vani Desai has over ten years of experience in system architecture design and works in the Industrial Solutions Division within Intel’s Internet of Things Group. She is solution architect of Intel's Building Management Platform and focused on building data standardization and connecting siloed BMS systems.
John Dulin is a 30-year global telecom and enterprise executive and has held senior positions in product management, marketing and sales in the areas of fiber optics, wireless and new technology development. Currently with Corning, John is focused on introducing its fiber optic and wireless innovations to the commercial real estate market.
Matt Eggers is currently VP, Yardi Energy where he leads the development of software for energy management and high performing buildings at Yardi. He has extensive experience in leading teams to record sales and growing operations and market share.
Maureen Ehrenberg currently serves as Executive Managing Director of Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), Corporate Solutions for the Americas and Chair of its IFM Global Specialty Board. She is an internationally recognized expert in the facility management field, and provides strategic direction and expertise to a team of 8,000 who currently manage more than 760 million square feet of property in the Americas and provides leadership to the members of JLL’s Global IFM Board.
Robert Entin is currently EVP and CIO for Vornado Realty Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts. Mr. Entin had founded Integrated Business Systems, Inc. in 1979 combining technical engineering expertise with accounting and property management experience to provide turnkey technology solutions for the real estate industry. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University where he teaches a master’s course in IT & The Real Estate Enterprise.
Ian Feagin is currently the Director of Information Technology at Jamestown, a national, vertically integrated real estate operator with approximately $11.2 billion of assets under management. Previously, Ian was Director of Technical Support at Leapfrog for 14 years where he was responsible for providing technical services to over 10,000 users worldwide with a staff of 65 technicians.
Joseph Feuling is the Director of Security and a Solutions Architect at Environmental Systems Inc. (ESI) which provides security and building automation solutions to organizations with a focus on high level systems integration, data analytics, managed services and business intelligence applications. Joe has 27 years of experience in security and building automation industry and has published many articles on systems integration. Prior to joining ESI, Joe held the roles of Director of Operations with Central Control Alarm Corp. and VP of Technology with System Solutions Group.
As a Senior Strategist for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Chris Fine is focused on Aruba’s Smart Digital Workplace initiative. The Smart Digital Workplace combines Aruba’s industry-leading networking technology and a growing ecosystem of partners in technology, real estate, smart furniture, and other specialties, to drive the growth of new experiences for end users and managers in the next gen Smart Office.
Nick Gayeski is the CEO and Co-Founder of KGS Buildings. KGS provides automated intelligence software, Clockworks, for facility managers, engineers, and service providers. The company seeks to help facilities teams save time, energy and money while improving comfort and performance through smarter facility management.
John Gilbert is the EVP, COO and CTO of Rudin Management Company, which owns and operates 15 million feet of commercial and residential space within the City of New York. John is Chairman of the New York Building Congress Energy Committee and has served on several of Mayor Bloomberg's Advisory Committees, including the Mayor's Energy Policy and Sustainability Task Force, and the Advisory Committee for Broadband Deployment. John also is a member of the New York City Green Codes Task Force: Industry Advisory Committee, Green Light New York, New York City Investment Fund's Cleantech Sector Group and the Mayor's Clean Heat Advisory Task Force. He is a Board Member of both the Grand Central Partnership and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and a Trustee of the New York Hall of Science.
Don Guckert serves as the associate vice president for Facilities Management at the University of Iowa and has more than thirty years of experience in higher education facilities management. He is currently serving as APPA’s President-Elect and a dean and faculty member for APPA’s Institute for Facilities Management.
Dr. Hari Gunasingham is founder of Eutech Cybernetic. His expertise is in the field of Analytical Science, Cybernetics and Control Systems. He is a recipient of numerous awards including the Singapore National Young Scientist and Engineer Award in 1988; EDN Asia, Innovator Award in 1996 and an Award of Recognition by the Canadian Prime Minister also in 1996 for his contributions to science and technology. More recently, Dr Gunasingham has been involved in the implementation of smart building and workplace solutions and has received recognition for this work from Realcomm.
Arv Gupta is an accomplished operations executive with over 25 years of experience in leading business renewal, and building sustainable customer value propositions with a number of major retail organizations. Arv is currently responsible for driving national operational efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining a standard of excellence in customer experience across all Cadillac Fairview properties.
Ross Guttler leads Delos strategy for Fortune 500s and institutional investors, owners and landlords. Delos, a wellness real estate and technology firm, is both a user and investor in Proptech, as they focus on optimizing the built environment for the health of those inside. Ross considers it a personal mission to shift the way we view our offices and homes – instead using real estate as a delivery vehicle for positive health outcomes.
Gerry Hamilton directs the Facilities Energy Management department at Stanford University, which includes the operation of the campus Energy Management & Control System and oversight of the University's energy efficiency programs. Gerry ensures that buildings and associated processes are operated efficiently and that new facilities incorporate best practices for energy use.
John Hess is Executive Director of Engineering for Las Vegas Sands Corp. (LVSC). He is involved in specifying engineering design and optimization of building infrastructure of LVSC’s over 50 million SF of integrated resorts worldwide. A particular focus is high performance DDC control systems to minimize utility consumption and cost, achieve aggressive sustainability performance targets, maximize occupant comfort and minimize maintenance burden on facilities’ technicians.
Mike Hess, PE, LEED Fellow, leads Panasonic’s Smart & Sustainable Buildings team, and also supports their CityNOW initiatives for smart and sustainable cities. He provides up front sustainability, energy and technology consulting for Panasonic’s smart city projects, including analysis of utilizing autonomous shuttles.
Dave Hollander is the Director of Marketing at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). Dave has more than 12 years of experience in B2B and B2C communications, and has spent the last eight years spearheading technology marketing strategies. His team is dedicated to raising the awareness and understanding of the rapidly expanding capabilities of Bluetooth technology and its leading role as a key enabler in the Internet of Things.
Jason Houck has over fourteen years of experience implementing and servicing Building Automation and Security Systems. His responsibilities include project management, programming, network design, and verification of building systems for both retrofit and new construction projects. This includes system design, operating improvements, and system integration by utilizing application specific technology. His system experience combined and building knowledge is a championship combination in today's smart building industry. Jason also has an extensive IT background which allows him to fully appreciate the importance of a properly designed network. He has the unique ability to take all of his system, building and IT knowledge and effectively communicate any potential issues, favorable solutions, or operating recommendations to any member of the task regardless of their industry background. This effective communication allows him to bridge the communication gap between members within IT, Project Management, Financial, Maintenance and Service.
Bryan Huber serves as the COO of CleanSpark a San Diego based technology company whose services enable large power users to meet their objectives for utility cost savings, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy security while also unlocking revenue potential that boosts Net Operating Income and Net Asset Value for property owners. Bryan’s background includes executive positions spanning feasibility, design, finance, implementation, and operational stages of complex power projects.
An impassioned architect, urbanist and entrepreneur, Michael has founded and led high-growth companies in the US and Asia for more than two decades. In 2010, Michael assumed the helm at Cityzenith as CEO and embarked on his personal mission to transform life in cities around the globe.
Dana bridges the gap between buildings and their occupants through fun initiatives that drive energy efficiency across LinkedIn’s global portfolio. With over six years of experience in corporate sustainability at both startups and large corporations, Dana understands the crucial role that business plays in addressing climate change. She is excited about how technology is transforming the built environment, and looks for opportunities to scale innovation and to help LinkedIn and others achieve audacious sustainability goals.
Andrew Jimenez has over 25 years experience in the fields of telecommunications testing and product certification. Currently, his primary responsibilities include the management of the day-to-day operations of Anixter's Infrastructure Solutions Lab and Solutions Briefing Centers, standards development, and product research.
As President of ESD, Kurt Karnatz leads the firm by fostering a collaborative culture of global thinkers who are known for their innovative and performance-based approach in the creation of highly integrated and optimized sustainable solutions for the built environment. In his 30 years of experience at ESD as both a leader and engineer, Kurt has helped develop the company into a world recognized and globally sought practice.
As the Director of Enterprise Services & Technologies, Art King leads the development of enterprise services definitions and business case propositions for customers and partners.He is a Small Cell Forum Board member and a Vice Chair of the Services Working Group.
Shaun Klann has over 15 years of experience dedicated exclusively to transforming the concepts of the ‘Smart Building' industry into reality. His expertise includes engineering, implementation, and strategic consulting services that pair current day technologies with innovative deployment tactics and strategies. Shaun is a proven thought leader in the area of connected real estate and has received numerous awards for his dedication to this market segment, including an award recognizing him as a top 40 under 40 to watch in the space of real estate technology.
Brad Klenz is Principal IoT Analytics Architect at SAS. His responsibilities include the design and integration of analytics required by SAS’ IoT solutions. His recent projects include the use of machine learning for energy and operational efficiency in smart building environments, and real-time streaming analytics for event identification on the power grid.
With sixteen years experience in software, scientific and environmental verticals, plus a background that includes environmental monitoring and renewable energy projects, Keith La Rose leads the business development charge at CopperTree Analytics. He focuses on energy management software solutions for companies seeking to create operational efficiencies, reduce their buildings' energy consumption and enhance their bottom lines.
Ian LaHiff is the Energy Project Manager at the City of Orlando. Leading a team of construction managers and controls specialists, he identifies and implements energy-efficiency upgrades throughout the City's building portfolio. Ian has more than ten years of design and construction experience with a focus on sustainability and most recently held a fellowship working at the U.S. Department of Energy before joining the Orlando Green Works team in 2013.
Damien Laigre is IOT/Smart Building Principal at Capgemini. Damien brings a 15 years+ of engineering and IT professional services expertise around workspace and digital transformation. Damien is a subject matter expert in bridging the gap between the IT world and Real Estates solutions, focusing on innovation and technologies addressing new enterprise workforce needs and workplace capabilities.
Steve Lefkowitz is a results-driven and profit-minded executive in the national corporate real estate world with the proven ability to effectively manage large-scale real estate portfolios. He is a 35-year veteran of Time Warner where he has held multiple titles including SVP of CRE for HBO. As the current head of Global Facilities Management for Time Warner he oversees FM operations and directs a center of excellence organization supporting delivery of hard and soft services across their diversified global portfolio of properties.
Kevin is an Integrity Analyst in the Facility Automation Services department at Penn State University. He analyzes, troubleshoots, and repairs Building Automation systems and their networks. He also designs, develops, edits, and implements control programs for BAS applications in order to provide energy management solutions and network integrity.
Lachlan MacQuarrie oversees the service side of Oxford’s operations platform across 5 asset classes in Canada including Smart & Connected, and Cyber Security. He has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, primarily in Asset / Operations Mgmt, Development and Investments.
Charles Matta, FAIA is Deputy Associate CIO and Director for Planning, Strategy, and Programs in the Public Buildings Information Technology Services at GSA. He is the former National Director for Federal Buildings and Modernizations in GSA's Office of Design and Construction Programs. Between 2005 and 2009, he oversaw a program consisting of approximately 120 buildings nationwide in various stages of planning, design and construction with a value exceeding $5 billion. He has represented GSA on Design Excellence Peer Reviews and AE Selection Panels for Federal facilities and has served as the agency's lead on key initiatives including ‘Total Building Commissioning', AIA Continuing Education, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) – a ground-breaking program that garnered numerous federal and corporate awards.
Ted Maulucci is the President of SmartONE Solutions, a company committed to advancing the digital living experience in communities. He assumed the role of President at SmartONE after a 26 year career as the Chief Information Officer of a leading Toronto based multi-family real estate developer. He was recognized as the Private Sector Canadian CIO of the Year in 2016 for his achievements in connected buildings.
Paul Maximuk is Energy Manager for Ford Land Energy where he is currently is providing project and program technical guidance to implement global metering of electric, natural gas, steam, water and compressed air systems. He is an Energy Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the HVAC/BMS field. He is an SME specializing in building management and energy reduction. Paul has focused his efforts in large industrial facilities but also has equal expertise in Class A buildings. Additionally he is a problem solver finding the root cause of why mechanical systems do not operate at their peak efficiency.
Vicinity Centres is one of Australia’s leading retail property owners and operators with a portfolio of more than 80 shopping centres and $26 billion in assets under management. Justin Mills, in his role as EGM Shopping Centres, manages shopping centre operations and alternative income streams across the portfolio and leads a national team driving innovation. Vicinity’s recent trials in new technology include robotics and automated cleaning, waste disposal systems, and a large-scale battery as part of the recently announced record investment in shopping centre solar.
Quinn Munton brings more than 15 years of experience to GPG Advisers in infrastructure engineering, energy management/ procurement, building automation engineering and operations management and consulting, with a significant amount of this experience concentrated on the Owner/REIT, Commercial Real Estate, Retail, Multi-Family and Hospitality sectors. Quinn's focus is on helping owner operators, corporate occupiers and multi-family portfolios improve their operations, solve technology problems and operate greener, with a focus on the bottom line.
Rob Murchison has over 20 years experience in strategy consulting, sales and design of technology to real estate developers and commercial businesses with expertise in networking, and software and data base applications. He is currently Co-founder and Managing Director of consulting firm Intelligent Buildings Inc., a nationally recognized specialist in real estate technology with expertise in strategy and standards development, organizational alignment and financial analysis.
Alan Ni is the Director of Vertical Marketing for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. With over 15 years of technology and financial expertise with mobile computing, Alan is responsible for overseeing Aruba’s vertical go-to-market messaging and sales enablement efforts across key industries including education, healthcare, finance, retail and general enterprise. He joined Aruba in 2014 from Goldman Sachs where he was Vice President of Technology Infrastructure for the firm’s mobile app development initiatives and worldwide mobility infrastructure.
Deb Noller is the dynamic CEO and co-founder of Switch Automation, a smart building software company specializing in building performance optimization. With 20+ years of experience in real estate, technology and sustainability, she is passionate about helping enterprises leverage next generation facilities management technology to execute more efficient business operations.
Clint Osteen is Sr. Director of IT and is responsible for directing Granite’s information services and telecommunications across the portfolio. Prior to joining Granite, Clint spent 10 years in consulting, providing commercial real estate companies technology and business improvement services.
David is the Sustainability Manager for Mirvac’s $9 billion investment portfolio. He leads a team of in-house sustainability professionals who are responsible for the delivery of Mirvac’s This Changes Everything sustainability strategy across the Office, Industrial and Retail portfolios.
James Peterson is Head of Asset Management & Operations for Lend Lease, a leading international property and infrastructure group with operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. James manages the development, design and construction teams and to ensure the future operational requirements for the precinct are incorporated in a way that delivers ongoing best practice and operating cost and management efficiencies.
Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent/Smart Buildings and M2M movements pushing the industry forward and has contributed to transforming and changing the Intelligent Buildings and M2M (now IoT) industries. As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Lynxspring Marc leads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives.
John Petze is a partner and co-founder at SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for building, energy and equipment data. John has over 35 years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products. At SkyFoundry he helps owners take advantage of advanced operational analytics to create truly intelligent and efficient buildings.
Jonathan Poon is the Director of Building Technology at CBL Properties. He oversees the engineering, design, integration, and the ongoing operational services associated with each building technology initiative implemented. A few focus areas include ensuring CBL positions its properties to meet the growing building technology demand for tenant data and voice services, enhancements to consumer experiences through the use of technology, implementation of security systems, and developing technology solutions that have revenue potential for CBL.
Darlene Pope is EVP and Global Practice Lead for JLL's Smart Building Program, focusing on driving value to clients through the integration of intelligent building systems and smart workplace applications. She has 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, technology, and smart building solutions.
Steve Pullins is VP of Development for Dynamic Energy Networks (“DEN”) and has more than 40 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, microgrids, and renewables project development. He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization and microgrids.
Joshua Ridley is the CEO and Co-Founder of Willow. With deep experience in both the property and infrastructure industries he has established a world leading Digital Enterprise for the delivery and operation of real assets. He believes that a new category of business is coming to the built environment that will revolutionise our world - the Digital Twin - and is relentless in his efforts to push the boundaries and bring cutting edge new technology to our industry.
Rick Rolston is the Co-Founder/CEO of BuiltSpace Technologies Corp. Over the past 30 years, Rick has been at the technology forefront in construction/facilities information services. He is focused on digitizing business processes within the built environment and to transform facilities management. As founder and CTO of Ingenium Technologies, Rick built one of the very first software-as-a-service platforms, partnering with McGraw Hill Construction to put millions of Dodge construction reports on the web, growing the platform to house over 2 million buildings, supporting 40,000+ users.
Katie Rossmann is the Manager of Data Analytics and Commissioning at the University of Iowa with over ten years of experience in building energy management. Her work bridges the gap between design intent and operation, with the goal of achieving buildings that are maintained and tuned for the long lifespans that are inherent in a university campus environment. Katie leads a team in implementing Fault Detection and Diagnostics across a 6 million sqft campus portfolio.
Chris Saltz is the Managing Principal of FIX Consulting, a facility technology consulting, design, and design/build firm. As a highly decorated US Navy Submarine Warfare Officer, his experience includes operating complex systems on US Navy nuclear submarines and global strategic naval combat missions, and the management of several field offices for Fortune 500 technology companies.
As Head of Global Workplace Engineering, Victor Sanchez manages over 40+ LinkedIn facilities across the globe. He seamlessly blends design and operations of LinkedIn facilities via data-driven decisions across design pre-construction, construction, energy and facilities management. Victor is responsible for the engaging and high-performance workplace that supports the diverse and dynamic LinkedIn teams and culture.
Travis Schrage has over 14 years of project management experience in system implementations, process improvement, and mergers and acquisitions. The past 10 years of experience has been in the corporate real estate industry for large and international corporations. Currently, Travis is the Program Manager for Microsoft's Energy-Smart Buildings, an innovative IT application that analyzes building data to optimize building system performance and reduce energy consumption.
Brian Schwartz is responsible for Smart Building Infrastructure at over 50 centers portflio wide. He oversees the installation and support for CCTVm Wi-Fim Energy Management, shopper counting, and DAS. Brian support digital marketing initiatives including digital signage and property websites.
Tom Shircliff is a co-founder and principal of Intelligent Buildings, a nationally recognized smart real estate professional services company that was started in 2004. Intelligent Buildings provides planning and implementation of next generation strategy for new buildings, existing portfolios and urban communities. Tom is a speaker and collaborator with numerous universities and national laboratories, a gubernatorial appointee for energy strategy and policy and founding Chairman of Envision Charlotte, a Clinton Global Initiative.
Vladi Shuntorov is Lucid's President and Cofounder. Vladi led Lucid's early product and engineering teams and has driven the evolution of the company from its inception in 2004 to the launch of BuildingOS. A recipient of awards from U.S. EPA and Cleantech Open, Vladi has dozens of widely cited publications in the field and has delivered many distinguished presentations, including at TEDx. Vladi helped pioneer groundbreaking research in commercial building monitoring systems and realtime feedback technology.
Chris Smith is the Director of Sales for Office and Industry Systems & Services Sales at Philips Lighting. Chris delivers solutions for global clients so they may achieve their smart building goals with connected lighting technologies and LaaS. In the last several years, Chris has been responsible for leading both hardware and software business development efforts for access control and connected building applications in the commercial real estate, multifamily and single family verticals for Ingersoll Rand, Allegion and now Signify.
Darrell Smith has more than 20 years of experience in facility management, with a wide range of industry experience in technology, retail, data centers and manufacturing. He is currently the director of Central Services for Google's Bay Area Portfolio where he oversees a team who is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world. Having spent his career at the intersection of real estate, big data and technology, Darrell believes in using technology as an enabler for progress and optimization.
Kevin Smith provides technology strategy and direction for all of Tridium's products, and has also served the Chief Security Architect at Tridium. For more than 25 years, Kevin has led technology organizations and endeavored to develop highly secure, data-focused software solutions for a wide variety of customers, including both US government and commercial industry.
Marina Sofos manages the Building Technologies Office’s R&D portfolio in optimizing smart building operations through emerging sensor and control technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy. Her overall interest is in transforming the flexibility of the built environment to enable the modernization of the electric grid through advancements in control strategies.
Stanton Stafford is the Managing Principal of Integral Consulting Engineering, the Atlanta Studio of Integral Group. Recognized as a green building leader in Atlanta, Stanton’s three+ years with Integral have focused on pushing design beyond conventional boundaries while working with clients from IDEAS-to-IMPLEMENTATION-to-IMPACT to drive value through integrated systems thinking. Stanton’s team recently delivered the first LEED Core & Shell Platinum building (NCR Headquarters) and first Net Zero Energy / Net Zero Water commercial building (Beltline Urban Barn) in Georgia.
Bob Sulentic has been President & CEO of CBRE Group since 2012. CBRE is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2017 revenues of $14.2 billion and more than 80,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices) serving clients in more than 100 countries. Prior to becoming CEO, Bob served as President of CBRE, with responsibility for all business segments. In addition, he served as the company's CFO in 2009, during the depth of the global financial crisis. Earlier, Bob served as Group President for CBRE’s EMEA, Asia Pacific, and Development Services businesses.
Andrew Sutton is a commercial real estate and cybersecurity senior associate attorney at Brown Rudnick LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. Andrew regularly advises commercial real estate clients on all manners of complex commercial real estate transactions, land use and property development, as well as matters involving cybersecurity, privacy, smart cities and other issues related to emerging technologies and commercial real estate.
Casey Talon is a principal research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Building Innovations program. With a background in economics, environmental science, and policy, she has deep experience as an analyst and consultant in the building technology sector. Prior to joining Navigant, Casey worked with both public and private sector clients as an analyst and consultant focused on energy efficiency, building technologies, sustainability and climate change.
Kent helps guide the strategic oversight of Brookfield’s office portfolio in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, focusing on redevelopment projects and complex lease transactions. He manages relationships with Joint Venture Partners and is responsible for implementing innovative technologies to enhance customer experience and improve operations. He is also part of Brookfield’s Global Corporate Development Group, which is responsible for strengthening relationships with the Company’s customers and cultivating partnerships which are complementary to Brookfield’s businesses.
George Thomas is the Enterprise Building Automation Manager with the Cleveland Clinic. He manages all aspects of the Building Management systems, including the Main Campus, 13 regional hospitals and 19 Family Health Centers with more than 350 buildings throughout the enterprise. George also helps with the Cleveland Clinic’s energy reduction goals and has had a big part in reducing energy use by more than 13%.
Laura Towsley is a building systems strategist with an expertise in smart buildings. Approaching every problem with the understanding that better information leads to better business decisions, Laura helps clients add value to their organizations by understanding the role technology and data can play in differentiating businesses, maximizing operational efficiencies and reducing emissions within the real-estate and built environment markets.
Renato Vanin is VP, IT of RioCan, Canada's largest Real Estate Investment Trust. He leads and manages the strategy, delivery and operations of IT services in support of the company's objectives.
Leroy Walden has worked in various leadership positions in the Building Controls and Automation industry for forty years. He is passionate in the pursuit of the growing uses of technology in sustainable building operations. Leroy bring specific insights to smart devices and equipment and how open source integration platforms will transform building maintenance in the coming decades.
Greg Walker is an accomplished research and business operations professional with many years of experience in science research and strategic business planning for non-profit and Fortune 500 companies. His skill set ares: biomedical science and building science research, project management, financial forecasting, sales and marketing, contract negotiations, and personnel management.
Jim Whalen serves as SVP and CIO responsible for the direction and implementation of technology and applications at Boston Properties, a fully integrated real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners and developers of Class-A office properties in the United States. Over a 27-year IT career, Jim has supported real estate operations ranging from residential, construction, public housing, commercial office and retail.
Doug Wiest has over 30 years of experience in telecom, fiber and wireless networks and tower companies. Previously, he has held senior management positions at leading telecom companies such as American Tower, Nextel, EdgeConneX and others.
Youri Wildeman is driving global business development at Lone Rooftop, a leader in the Intelligent Building space. His focus is on achieving the ultimate scalability and global growth of their Platform PIE - Position Intelligence Engine - and the smart building apps that are powered by PIE. An important part of this role is the development of a robust partner ecosystem to deliver most value to their customers, which include many large enterprises and Fortune 500s.
As a consulting engineer in the built environment, Chris Wilson is dedicated to providing sustainable design solutions that change how buildings impact our society. Currently, he is the Operations Director for ESD’s Energy+Eco group where he helps achieve clients’ “triple bottom line” by reducing costs associated with energy consumption and maintenance, migrating climate change through carbon dioxide reductions and improving occupant comfort and health.
Casey Witkowicz is the Founder, President and CEO of RYCOM Corporation. A true leader and innovator, Casey has been at the forefront of transformative technology solutions for companies across North America for over 30 years. As RYCOM’s fearless leader and the former Vice-President of Motorola and AT&T, who has held top engineering and marketing posts at AT&T, Allstream and Unitel, there’s no doubt Casey is wired for results.
Park Wong is VP, IT of Oxford Properties. He is responsible for providing IT vision, strategy and leadership while partnering with the business leaders in leading and driving both traditional IT services as well as proactively proposing innovative solutions to solve increasingly scalable business needs.
Damien Wu is CIO of Link Asset Management Limited, currently Asia’s largest REIT. He is responsible for the formulation and management of its information technology strategy and functions. Damien has over 20 years of IT management, IT consulting and IT Startup experiences.
Leon Wurfel is the CEO of BUENO. Leon founded BUENO in partnership with Airmaster Australia with the aim of utilising current and emerging technologies to drive innovative sustainability and operations solutions.
Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.
Ilan Zachar is currently Chief Technology Officer at Carr Properties, a privately held REIT known for its portfolio of trophy-quality properties in the Washington D.C. In this role, Ilan leverages vision and foresight to cross-pollinate best practices, processes, systems and resources across corporate operations/affiliates. Under his leadership, this has resulted in improvements in bottom-line costs, top-line business growth/scalability, operational sustainability and high performance and overall, strengthening his company’s role as a market leader. For over 20 years, Ilan has been executive business leader and innovative technology strategist for multinational real-estate and property development companies worldwide.
Ron Zimmer joined CABA in 1997 working with industry leaders who promote integrated systems and home/building automation throughout the world. CABA’s members include manufacturers, dealers, installers, service providers, energy utilities, builders, consultants, research organizations, publishers, educational institutions, governments, associations and content providers.