Joseph Aamidor is an experienced product leader and expert in smart buildings, real estate technology and facility operations. He provides product and market strategy guidance to building owners/operators, established building management firms, technology providers, investors, and early-stage innovators. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls.
Francisco Acoba is a Managing Director at Deloitte Consulting with more than 22 years of global experience providing management consulting services to corporate services, corporate real estate, workplace, and facilities management organizations within Fortune 500 companies and the world’s largest public sector entities. Based in New York, NY, he serves as U.S. Lead for Deloitte’s Digital Real Estate Transformation business and its Smart Building Initiative.
Lalit Agarwal is the Director of Maintenance & Utility Services 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 building maintenance, utility infrastructure and energy management.
Shubh Agarwal is the SVP of 5G at Metaswitch, a Microsoft company. He is responsible for the 5G Edge solution with a mandate to simplify and accelerate the adoption of 5G by enterprises for their digital transformation initiatives. He is also an angel investor and entrepreneur with experience in mobile commerce and cloud communications platforms. Shubh has a 25 year strong track record in new market entry and delivering new mobile network products into the global service providers for Nortel, Siemens and Mavenir.
Aaron Altscher is the Director of CRE Technology Initiatives at Carr Properties. Along with identifying and implementing technical innovation within Carr, Aaron is the lead architect and developer of The Carr Experience mobile platform, which delivers Carr Properties’ rich amenity centered workspace experience to tenants. Aside from The Carr Experience, Aaron oversees the technology development for building operations, digital signage, and marketing efforts. Prior to Carr, Aaron served as Founding Principal of Altscher Consulting where he independently led IT projects for such companies as 7-Eleven, Mercedes-Benz, Wolfgang Puck, and Kettler Management.
Shan Arora is the Director of The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech. He is responsible for programmatic and operational oversight of Kendeda and coordinates efforts to ensure the operation and certification of the building under the LBC standards. Shan also champions sustainable design in the built environment throughout the Southeast.
Leading the design and strategy of the business’ target operating model including managing processes and technology change whilst building partnerships with providers to realise the new model.
Porter Bellew is VP, CIO for Federal Realty Investment Trust. He is responsible for the Trust’s information technology strategy, services, operations and team. Porter has over 25 years of experience in real estate information management.
Currently, Keith Bereskin is the Vice President of Information Technology & Building Operations at Healthpeak Properties, a fully integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that invests primarily in real estate serving the United States healthcare industry. Keith previously gained IT experience with companies in Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Semi-Conductor sectors.
Howard Berger has over 30 years ofexperience in technology and commercial/investment real estate. As Realcomm's SVP Programs, he manages its US and international conferences and CIO programs. Previously, he was with The Jamesan Group, which specialized in strategic technology consulting for the commercial real estate industry and prior to that, he was with TRW Real Estate Information Systems where he developed real estate information systems for the mortgage, appraisal and title insurance industries.
Keith Berkoben is a senior Google engineer with fifteen years of experience in IoT and seven years focused on building systems. In his role, Keith is responsible for the design and implementation of technology to accumulate, analyze and act upon data at scale across Google's real estate portfolio. Keith is also one of the creators of the open source Digital Buildings ontology and toolset.
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.
Kimberly Bertz is a change management, organization strategy and operations leader. She leads Wells Fargo's Real Estate Strategic Services & Operations (RESSO) team, which is responsible for workplace experience and innovation, real estate digital platforms, service implementation, lease administration, records management, properties-related contact center, and enterprise event center and team member collaboration amenities. Her team has established CPG as the enterprise real estate Center of Excellence, transitioning real estate operations for 350 locations managed by seven diverse lines of business, to CPG.
Don Bleaney is the Senior Director at One11 Advisors and leads One11's data strategy practice. Don has over 25 years of technology, accounting and financial experience with the last 17 years focused in the real estate industry. Don has led many strategic and operational projects for leading global and domestic real estate owners, operators and investors and serves as a trusted advisor to the industry's leading technical and business executives.
Matthew Boukall is responsible for data strategy, new product development, and geographic expansion, with the Data Solutions business at Altus Group. He has recently led the development of Altus Data Studio, Altus Group’s new platform for real estate data visualization. Matthew is a frequent presenter at Altus Group events and is regularly featured in the media, providing commentary and insight on Canadian markets and has been interpreting market trends, data, and providing advice for developers, investors and financial institutions for over 16 years.
Nathan Bricklin is SVP and Head of Social Strategy for the Wholesale Services Group at Wells Fargo. He leads the workplace experience efforts for Wells Fargo’s 200,000+ U.S. employees. His team works to continually enhance the workplace experience to support shifting work styles and evolving business strategies. Prior to leading the workplace experience team, Nathan led the employee innovation, enterprise collaboration and digital customer experience teams and was part of the team that launched the Commercial Electronic Office® customer portal. He has been a Wells Fargo team member for 23 years.
James Brogan, AIA RIBA NCARB, is currently a Principal / CIO with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), responsible for the overall strategy and integration of digital technologies in KPF’s nine global locations, including Digital Practice, information, data and knowledge management, advanced modeling and immersive technologies, the KPF intranet.
Sue Bunnell is SVP & Managing Counsel at Wells Fargo. She is a pragmatic and results-focused legal leader. She put her 20+years of experience in technology, IP, security/privacy, and outsourcing to great use when counseling Wells Fargo executive leadership on a wide range of legal, regulatory and administrative functions for its extensive third-party service provider population, sustainability and green energy efforts, and diverse corporate properties. She has worked in and around cloud computing, payments processing, renewable energy, AI, distributed ledger/block chain and other innovative fintech solutions.
Jesse Carrillo is SVP and CIO for Hines. He is responsible for directing all corporate technology, strategy and standards for Hines worldwide. At Hines since 1994, he previously assisted in the implementation of the firm's accounting and property management software, held the lead IT role in the Enterprise Resource Planning implementation, and led the application development team until taking over as the head of Information Technology in 2007.
John Caruso is Managing Director, Head of Finance for Nuveen Real Estate, one of the largest real estate investment managers in the world with $125 billion in AUM as of December, 2018. John is a member of the Investment Committee, OpCom and Executive Leadership Team He currently serves on the NCREIF/PREA Reporting Standards Council and is currently chairman of the Global Standards Steering Committee leading a global initiative between NCREIF, PREA, INREV and ANREV.
Henry Chamberlain directs BOMA International’s staff in support of the association's 87 U.S. local associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations, and 17 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International is a federation of U.S. local associations and global affiliates. The leading trade association for commercial real estate professionals for more than 100 years, it represents the owners, managers, service providers and other property professionals of all commercial building types, including office, industrial, medical, corporate and mixed-use.
Greg Cichy is the Managing Director of Real Estate Management Services for the Washington DC metro area with Colliers International. Colliers is a global leader in commercial real estate services with more than 16,300 professionals operating from 502 offices in 67 countries. Greg has more 23 years of commercial real estate experience and before joining Colliers International, he held positions at Vornado Realty Trust, Grubb & Ellis Company and Hines Interests.
Cory Clarke is Vice President of Product Management for RXR’s Digital Lab, where he is leading the development of RxWell – a comprehensive, public-health-based, data-driven platform for the workplace. He is responsible for software and hardware roadmap, technology partnerships, go-to-market and deployment for the RxWell products and services across RXR’s portfolio as well as 3rd parties. Cory brings to RXR 20+ years of experience bridging technology and design to deliver compelling user experiences.
Carol Ann Colbert has over 25 years of experience in delivering strategic real estate initiatives. Her work has included portfolio optimization, real estate integration in mergers and acquisitions and the delivery of numerous layered workplace and real estate strategies, all requiring change leadership in alignment with Business objectives. She has worked in several different industry sectors - including financial services, energy, and technology - and brings a fresh perspective on the implications digital transformation will have on the workplace. In her career, she is passionate about learning, listening, and leadership.
Rob is a Principal Engineer in IT Infrastructure at Intel, responsible for Network Manageability and IoT Infrastructure. His deep experience with wireless sensor technologies has enabled IT to standardize on wireless telemetry and location sensor infrastructure. Recently, Rob has been driving IoT infrastructure standardization with the IoT TWG, defining how IoTG and IoT market products land within Intel to solve business problems. Rob has been an Intel Patent committee member for five years and holds 16 U.S. patents himself.
Tim Curran joined Building Engines as a Board Director in 2011 and as CEO in 2017, the fourth time he has held the CEO position for a B2B SaaS company. Prior to Building Engines, Tim served as CEO of Corvium, Eleven Technologies, and Vela System, which pioneered field automation on iPads for CRE construction projects, which is now Autodesk BIM360. Previously, Tim was Chief Revenue Office of I-many, which IPO'd in 2000, after starting his career at Accenture, developing and implementing software applications across a range of industries and business processes.
Kevin Danehy is currently the Global Head of Corporate Development at Brookfield. The group works to accelerate growth across its portfolio of assets under management in markets globally through various means including direct transactions, M&A, JVs and strategic alliances. Previously, when he joined Brookfield in 2013 he was the Executive Chairman of Brookfield Global Relocation Services and had overall responsibility for growth of the company and served as the primary lead with the company’s board and leveraging the firm’s extensive relationships.
Emmanuel Daniel is responsible for building and delivering the Digital Transformation strategy for campuses across Microsoft and leads a global multidisciplinary team of architects and experience designers. He builds experiences that merge technology with the built environment, leading to the formation of spaces that respond to the needs of its users. He is also accountable for identifying, building and implementing the next generation of products that will make smarter and sustainable buildings.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Chandra Dhandapani is responsible for CBRE’s Digital & Technology, People, Marketing and Research organizations. She and her team are responsible for CBRE’s effort to recruit, retain and develop the industry’s top market-facing, functional and leadership talent, amplify CBRE’s already strong brand position and thought leadership and its global Marketing and Research capabilities. She joined CBRE in 2016 to lead the company’s digital strategy and all aspects of technology globally. She and her team provided the technology capabilities and infrastructure to support CBRE’s clients and professionals across the globe. Chandra has turbocharged CBRE’s approach to leveraging technology as an enabler, assembled a high performing team and strengthened CBRE’s expertise in harnessing data as a differentiator.
Mike DiBenedetto oversees all of Northland's IT strategy, services, and operations to ensure alignment with business objectives, efficiency in operations, and to drive innovation forward for both employees and residents. Before joining Northland, Mike had over 15 years of progressive IT experience and most recently served as the Director of Global IT for Sekisui Diagnostics. While there, he was responsible for the direction and strategy of technology and developed strong delivery capabilities around applications, infrastructure, and end-user services within a global organization.
James Dice specializes in assisting NREL partners with the development of criteria, evaluation, and selection of building energy analytics software across a wide array of building portfolios. He led a team who deployed energy management information systems (EMIS) analytical software to support monitoring-based commissioning and utility monitoring services. His overarching professional mission is to mitigate climate change through advanced energy efficiency and optimizing energy systems. As a member of the Applied Engineering Team in the Integrated Applications Center, James supports internal and external EMIS initiatives, including the Navy with the Navy Smart Grid and the Federal Energy Management Program with expanding the adoption and impact of EMIS with strategic partners.
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.
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.
Aviva Fink has over a decade of experience leading high performing teams in strategy, marketing and customer experience. Her clients have spanned multiple sectors, including commercial real estate firms, hedge funds and PE shops.
John Fitzpatrick is a Managing Director and Global Chief Technology Officer of Blackstone Real Estate within the Technology and Innovations group. He is responsible for all aspects of technology across Blackstone Real Estate and our portfolio companies and also oversees the Blackstone Innovations investment program, which seeks to unlock value for our LPs and the firm by taking stakes in targeted, early stage, technology-based investment opportunities.
Sam Flis is Director, Property Technology at BentallGreenOak, a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally recognized provider of real estate services. He works closely with the Real Estate Services team to promote the value of technology as an enabler to Smart Building design and tenant satisfaction. Sam also helps internal and external clients understand the value of data-driven building technologies in a commercial, retail, industrial and residential real estate portfolio to better leverage technology, data, and IoT solutions to drive value to the business, and deliver sustainable solutions.
Tamara Friedman drives Intel’s long term, global smart buildings strategy. With a Design Thinking and Change Management background, she led Intel’s PTK1 Smart Building project in Israel, dubbed the Smartest Building in the World. Following a successful deployment, she continues to enable Intel’s evolution from smart buildings to a smart enterprise as part of construction design in the EMEA region.
Denise Froemming is IREM’s CEO & EVP. She leads a staff of 66 association professionals dedicated to serving more than 20,000 individual members and 540 member firms spread across a network of 94 U.S. and international chapters and supported by an annual budget in excess of $12 million. Froemming is a senior level executive who offers more than 20 years of experience building, leading and advising organizations through complex restructurings, market expansions and organizational transformations.
David Gallagher is a project manager at Oxford Properties, one of Canada’s leading commercial real estate companies. His responsibilities are focused on the strategy and execution of Oxford’s Smart Building program, including implementation of portfolio-wide building system infrastructure and software platforms. Experienced in energy management, he also has a background in using data and analytics to optimize energy use and facility operation.
Susan Gerock currently serves as VP, Information Technology and CIO for Washington REIT, a publicly traded REIT based in Washington, DC. She has over 20 years' experience in various technology roles spanning manufacturing, consulting, application service provider, and commercial real estate organizations. Her specialties include ERP selection and implementation, project and change management, and cybersecurity. She is also a proponent of the use of social media and the overlapping relationship between technology and marketing.
Patrick Ghilani is the Chief Executive Officer of MRI Software, he has spearheaded productivity and client experience improvements while leading all client operations, including Professional Services, Client Support, and SaaS hosting. Patrick has led corporate growth initiatives targeting both geographic and innovative product expansion. With over 20 years of experience in the enterprise application arena, he has successfully managed both the strategy and operations of sizeable technology product and services organizations, serving multiple global industries, including over 10 years in the Commercial and Multi-Family Real Estate verticals.
Evandro Gigante is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Employment Litigation & Arbitration group and the Hiring & Terminations group. He represents clients through a variety of labor and employment matters, including allegations of sexual harassment, race, gender, national origin, disability and religious discrimination. Evandro also counsels employers through reductions-in-force, employee relations issues and other sensitive employment matters.
John is COO/EVP/CTO of Rudin Management Company (RMC which manages 15 million square feet of commercial and residential space, the largest privately owned real estate company in NYC owned by the Rudin Family. John has been involved in every major project the company has developed over the last 24 years. As a co-inventor of Nantum® building operating system and Executive Chairman of Prescriptive Data, his vision is to future proof real estate by giving all buildings a 'brain'.
Karen is the VP of Global Workplace Strategy and the Change Management Program Manager for Fidelity Investments. She embraces an entrepreneurial spirit and focuses on understanding the business, empowering teams and creating new ways to engage employees in purposeful experiences while in the workplace. Her goal always includes demonstrating value through innovation and considers both the physical and virtual worlds.
An accomplished executive with more than 27 years of experience in international association management, trade show production, education and certification programs, legislative advocacy and workforce development, Don Gilpin has served as IFMA President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) since March 2020. Previously serving as IFMA COO, overseeing global events, credentials, membership experience, international business development and association operations, Gilpin renewed focus on core business, organizational stability and financial growth. As president and COO, he has continued to concentrate on internally focused items such as finance, human resources and operations, while also interacting with volunteer leaders globally and building relationships with other like-minded industry associations.
Don Goldstein is the CEO at 5Q Cyber, where he helps companies become more secure by providing the full spectrum of managed cyber security services. His past roles in the real estate industry have included Chief Information Officer and most recently, Chief Information Security Officer. He has twenty years’ experience in advising the CRE industry in technology and security strategy.
Mike Goodwin is Stockbridge's Director of Technology, CISO. He oversees information technology, information security and cybersecurity for the firm. He has a combined 18 years in the industry across different operational functions.
Mike Gordon is Chief Executive Officer of Altus Group (TSX: AIF), a leading provider of software, data solutions and independent advisory services to the global commercial real estate industry. He is a seasoned global leader who previously served as Chief Executive Officer of Callcredit Information Group, a U.K.-based information solutions company focused on data, analytics and technology solutions.
Brian Granath joined OA Development in 1998 as Associate and became Partner in 2007. In this role, he oversees the company’s operations specifically focusing on acquisitions, asset management and property management. Brian has been involved with the development and acquisition of more than 4 million SF of office, flex and industrial space in partnership with tenants such as Coca Cola, Porsche Cars, Black+Decker, PNC Bank, Pond Engineering, Kellogg’s and more.
Cheryl Gray joined QuadReal in January 2017 as Executive Vice President leading the Enterprise Innovation Team, providing expertise to the Canadian real estate portfolio in sustainability, environmental health and safety, national contracts and property management best practices. She recently launched QuadReal’s Digital Innovation initiative that will encourage, support and implement innovative technology in their real estate assets to create and sustain long term value.
Anjanette Green has over 15 years of experience in Architecture and Design, advising on single and multi-attribute building and material certification projects across the globe. As director and co-author of RESET, Anjanette is spearheading the world's first and only certification program focused solely on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). As a former resident of Shanghai, China, Anjanette worked on the first fully certified RESET project in the world and has been on the forefront of investigative research and critical analysis of the health and well-being of building occupants for the better part of her career.
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.
Marc Gurrell is co-leader of Seyfarth Shaw’s New York real estate practice. His expertise includes acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, financing transactions and litigation strategy, having practiced in numerous areas of the law. He also handles mezzanine and preferred equity transactions. Marc counsels clients from entrepreneurial startups to large privately held companies through each phase of growth as outside general counsel. He advises on issues of appropriate form of organization, business plans, stockholder, partnership and operating agreements, commercial transactions and dispute resolution.
Will has driven computer vision and AI at Microsoft first as an early program manager on the HoloLens project and now in the Azure AI platform focused on responsibly democratizing AI.
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.
David Handwork is Arkansas State University's Assistant Vice Chancellor of Facilities. He was previously the Director of Planning Design and Construction and before that, Director of Engineering Services). Under David’s leadership, the campus energy management controls were consolidated under a single system, with all new installations and programming managed with A-State staff. David’s 22 years of professional experience includes major capital construction management in higher education and food processing, engineering design, and management of multiple teams of professionals.
Mark Hansen is the CIO at Dexus, one of Australia’s leading real estate groups. Dexus owns and manages $31.8 billion of property across the office, industrial, retail and healthcare sectors, with a $11.2 billion development pipeline of city-shaping projects. Mark has over 25 years of technology experience in developing and executing IT strategies to drive business performance and improve productivity across a range of sectors including Investment Banking, Energy and Commercial Property.
Jeff Hendler is CEO of Logical Buildings, a smart building software and solutions company that empowers property management with real-time operations data and actionable digital guidance to improve both human and building performance.
Jackie Henke is Head of Innovation for Enterprise Real Estate at TD Bank where she is focused on connecting the benefits of lifecycle thinking and innovation to deliver quantifiable value to the organization. Jackie leads the innovation strategy for the Enterprise Real Estate group and helped establish the Bank’s IDEAS Program which is responsible for delivering continuous improvement and innovation in design, construction, and operations of retail and corporate facilities. Jackie is also leading the workplace utilization strategy for the bank which is focused on the intersection of technology and observational data sources to deliver an enhanced colleague experience and ensure portfolio efficiency.
Damon Hernandez works in many areas of the Web3D industry and has been active in virtual environments and the 3D web for 20 years. As co-founder of IDEAbuilder, a high-tech building company that uses immersive technologies and robotic manufacturing to build more efficiently. He has built numerous mixed reality applications and has lead dozens of research projects in multiple domains.
John recently retired as Executive Director of Global Building Engineering Services for Warner Media’s Global Real Estate team. In his role, he provided strategic and technical direction for building engineering services across the Warner Media (formerly Time Warner) portfolio and leads Centers of Excellence (COEs) for best practices in areas including equipment maintenance, HVAC, critical systems, fire/life safety, utilities operations, infrastructure planning, work order management, BMS, electrical, plumbing, and energy management.
Dave Hewett supports leaders as they navigate sustainability, leadership and other organizational & strategic challenges. Dave has over 30 years of business experience, including work in all aspects of the Real Estate and Facilities industry, working for both owners and service providers.
In 2018, Richard was named Executive Vice President of Operations, with his principal duties including the oversight of all real estate operations and asset management for the Company. Richard joined Cousins in September 2016 as Senior Vice President responsible for asset management. Richard has more than 17 years of wide-ranging commercial real estate and finance experience gained through various roles at public and private real estate companies and financial institutions.
Jeff is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who leads RF Connect’s go-to-market strategy for delivering forward-leaning wireless broadband solutions including Wi-Fi, 4G, 5G, CBRS, FirstNet and LAN infrastructure to connect people, devices and buildings to make them more productive, happier and safer. He serves on multiple industry group boards and committees, and has previously advised to start-up companies on the development of business plans, funding and sales execution.
Dean Hopkins is currently COO of Oxford Properties. He draws on over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, public company CEO, change agent, and thought leader to organizations seeking to leverage technology to achieve their global ambitions.
As the leader of one of Hepta Systems’ fastest growing departments, Jason Houck is in charge of the design and implementation of smart building networks. He 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. Jason also has an extensive IT background which allows him to fully appreciate the importance of a properly designed network.
As VP, IT, Gord Howells is responsible for executing the corporate technology strategy and oversees Primaris’ business information, marketing and analytics systems. In his twenty-year IT career, he has extensive experience developing and executing technology strategies in a diverse range of business environments.
Tama Huang is Chief Innovation Officer. A member of CohnReznick’s senior leadership team, she leads a culture of innovation – cultivating teaming across the Firm to generate new ideas, implement emerging technologies, and improve procedures to drive growth for CohnReznicks and its people. She also works closely with other Firm leaders throughout the world to innovate through global strategic alliances and partnerships.
Jim Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor of University Operations at the University of Nebraska. He is responsible for the administration and oversight of Maintenance Operations, Utilities, Landscape Services, Custodial Services, Sustainability, Business Operations, Environmental Health & Safety, Fleet Management, Parking & Transit and Material Management. He has a wealth of experience in change management and has championed several campus innovative initiatives.
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.
Matthew Judge, LEED AP, is currently the Director of Facilities Program Development and Innovation for Aramark Facilities Services, Philadelphia, PA. Matthew has greater than 25 years of experience in facilities, engineering, project management and facilities program development. Matthew leads a team providing facilities program development, Building Information Modeling (BIM), Facilities Strategic Studies, and Asset Management. His recent projects include the development of Aramark Intelligent Workplace (AIWX) using the Internet of Things (IoT) to provide real-time occupant and building insights.
Dr. Burcin Kaplanoglu is a recognized industry technologist, innovator, thought leader, and keynote speaker. He is leading innovation for the Oracle Global Business Units (Industries) and is the Co-Founder of Oracle Industries Innovation Lab.
Rob Kearnes is a Head of Development Services with RealFoundations with over 17 years of international consulting experience in the Real Estate industry. Rob is responsible for the team delivering robotic process, data movement and report automation development within RealFoundations for external client and internally. He has worked in some of the largest Real Estate markets around the world including in Australia, the United States, Continental Europe, S.E. Asia, and the United Kingdom and focused on Owner/Operator and Capital Market sectors.
Sineesh Keshav is the Chief Technology Officer at Prologis. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the technology strategy and is responsible for leading the company’s global data and digital transformation. Since joining Prologis in 2018, Sineesh and his team have been focused on a capability driven, customer-centric approach to innovation and digitalization.
As VP of Data & Architecture, James is focused on establishing several key capabilities that will underpin Oxford’s continued global growth objectives. It includes the delivery of an enterprise data platform and operationalize analytic capabilities that will provide accessibility to data through self-service and accelerate the delivery of business intelligence and insights. James is also responsible for establishing Oxford's Enterprise Architecture function, which will be an integral part in the modernization of Oxford’s business technology stack and establish and operationalize a decentralized operating model to implement and continuously improve business-driven intelligent automations and digitization.
As part of the IBN Technologies team, Art King leads the development of enterprise services definitions and business case propositions for customers and partners. He is Vice Chair of the Services Working Group in the Small Cell Forum. Art came to Corning via the SpiderCloud Wireless acquisition and was formerly a lead in IT architecture and operations for Nike Inc. where he held various global roles over 10 years.
Shaun Klann is President, Global Head of Real Estate of Willow, a global technology company and the digital twin for the built world. Shaun leads the United States and European operations of Willow as well as managing the company’s Real Estate operations. With a background combining engineering, strategic consulting and property development, Shaun has come to be recognized as one of North America’s most sought-after smart building experts. Shaun is Willow's lead spokesperson for growth in the US and Europe.
Phil Klokis is currently the CIO for the Public Buildings Service (PBS) of the General Services Administration. He is responsible for delivering Information Technology (IT) solutions and services supporting PBS' diverse real estate operations and portfolio management consisting of 1,500 owned assets, 9,000 active leased assets and nearly 350 million square feet of office space.
Ryan Knudson, is the AVP for Operations and Energy Management at Macerich. He is responsible for the development, execution and operations for all Capital Expense Energy and Smart Building projects as well as national program vendor management. He oversees the daily operations of Macerich’s portfolio with a focus on same center NOI growth.
Bob Kroner is a Senior Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. As a leader in the owner/operator/REIT sector, Bob has over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate industry, creating enterprise value by providing invaluable insight to industry leading clients, forecasting market disrupters, aligning technology initiatives with corporate strategy, and driving operational efficiencies through the integration of leading business processes, technologies and operating models.
Riggs Kubiak, based in New York City, is the SVP of Owner Strategy at Procore, the global leader in cloud-based construction management technology. In 2012 he co-founded Honest Buildings, a construction management platform purpose-built for real estate owners, which was acquired by Procore in 2019. Prior to these roles, Riggs spent 5 years in asset management at global developer, Tishman Speyer.
Jim Kurek is Brandywine's VP, Chief Technology and Innovation Officer. With over 20 years of experience in technology across multiple verticals, his expertise includes all facets of information technology including cybersecurity, infrastructure and operations, digital transformation and data analytics. Prior to joining Brandywine, Jim worked for Liberty Property Trust as their CIO, as well as D&H as their SVP of Technology and Operations where he was responsible for the company's global technology footprint.
Thano Lambrinos has over 15 years' experience in the construction and building technologies space and leverages digital transformation learnings across vertical markets to drive change in commercial real estate. As VP of Smart Building Technology, he leads QuadReal’s Digital Innovation team and is focused on the overall digital strategy in new real estate developments, and within existing built environments - supporting QuadReal’s digital aspirations across all asset classes, both domestically and internationally.
Mitch Lampley started in Vanderbilt as the Plant Engineer and was later promoted to Director of Engineering and Technical Support. He is responsible for the technical groups in Facilities - Plant Operations. This responsibility includes Zone maintenance staff that includes the all the skilled tradesman in the field, our Utility Production group that runs the university's co-generation plant and the engineering group that includes the Plant Engineers, Campus Energy Manager, PM Group, the 24-hour call center for Fire Systems and Building Automation, the Controls group and the Chilled Water Distribution Group.
Aaron Lapsley leads Cushman & Wakefield’s smart buildings practice for the Americas. Aaron has experience in technology with Switch Automation, management consulting with Deloitte Consulting and engineering consulting with Lilker Associates in New York.
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 39-year veteran of WarnerMedia (previously Time Warner) where he has held multiple titles including SVP of CRE for HBO. As the current Head of Global Real Estate Operations for WarnerMedia, he oversees FM operations and Design & Construction initiatives, and he has a demonstrated history of leading and directing teams through complex real estate projects and reorganizations.
David LeVrier is Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. He currently serves on the firm's Audit and Compliance Committee, and as Chairman of the Operations Management; Personnel; and IT Steering Committees. He oversees the following corporate activities and central functions for Hines and coordinates with the firm's regional business units: aviation, communications, corporate services, HR, IT, operations and engineering support, payroll services, sustainability, and training.
Bayron Lopez is the Operational Technology Manager responsible for managing and innovating Kilroy Realty's smart buildings systems. He helps determine policies and processes from security to maintenance and growth to increase building efficiency and tenant experience. Kilroy is a leading West Coast landlord and developer globally recognized for sustainability, building operations, innovation and design.
Luke Lucas manages the Build Your Own Coverage (BYOC) program for T-Mobile USA. His focus is on enterprise and in-building coverage, furthering the role of wireless in buildings as a 5th utility-like service. In his role, Luke is involved with smart building and smart city technologies, 5G wireless and the relationship between enterprises installing infrastructure and the connection to T-Mobile signal source and backhaul.
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.
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 currently Senior Intelligent Building Consultant at Newcomb & Boyd. He has deep experience in building controls, commissioning, and intelligent buildings implementation. Previously worked at Ford Land where he managed smart building programs, innovation and construction projects. Paul is eager to apply his experience as an owner to help others on the path to Intelligent Buildings and successful Operation Technology projects.
As Executive Vice President, Network Development, Dave Mayo is responsible for DISH’s wireless buildout strategy and execution of the company’s aggressive deployment of the nation’s first standalone 5G network. Prior to joining DISH, Dave served as Senior Vice President at T-Mobile USA, Inc., where he most recently led T-Mobile’s IoT business and founded the company’s fixed wireless business. Prior to this role, he led the strategic, development and financial areas for T-Mobile’s network organization during more than two decades of explosive growth.
As Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer, Scott McGinness is responsible for overseeing Cohen Asset Management’s corporate and real estate financial operations. With more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting through various management positions, he has overall operational oversight for investment accounting and reporting, valuation, information technology, risk management and regulatory compliance.
Thomas McKeown currently works for Purpose Building as a Digital Building Performance Analyst and supporting Oxford Properties as they continue their roll-out of a smart building analytics program across their Canadian portfolio. Previously worked at WSP on the Sustainability & Energy Team focused mainly on energy management and retro-commissioning projects to improve the operational efficiency of commercial buildings in Toronto. Thomas is enthused about the current landscape of the green building industry because of the increasing role of data analytics in building energy management.
Ed Merwin is Director of Vykon Automation Energy Security at Yardi. He is an experienced building automation and IoT director with a demonstrated history of working in the smart building software industry. He is a sales leader and channel management professional.
Charles Meyers is SVP & Chief Technical Architect, Corporate Property Group of Wells Fargo and responsible for emerging technologies that optimize the company's real estate portfolio. Currently, he is focused on mitigating the emerging threats and cybersecurity vulnerabilities around building operational and physical security technologies. Charles has 39 years of financial systems and technology experience. Since 2016, he also been spearheading the industry association, Real Estate Cyber Consortium (RECC), to elevate awareness across the real estate community to improve cybersecurity preparedness for buildings and facilities.
Greg is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance for Voya Investment Management with 25 years of investment experience. He is responsible for the oversight and management of sourcing, underwriting and management of all commercial real estate loans on behalf of its clients. Greg has been worked in various functions in the real estate department for Voya Investment Management for over 25 years.
As the Architect and Master Space Planner for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Olivia Millar, IIDA, LEED AP, is responsible for how the Fund utilizes the three million square foot headquarters campus in downtown Washington DC. This includes how the Fund maximizes this asset, aligns the real estate with broader organizational goals, and engages with internal and external partners to execute the vision. A very pressing initiative is to collect the right data to inform the recommendations presented to management regarding campus improvements and recent changes to workstyles. In addition, Olivia represents leadership on high profile capital projects and advises on long term strategic planning to support the Fund’s mission from a real estate perspective.
Carly Miller is an executive director and office sector head for asset management overseeing a national portfolio of over $19 billion of office assets comprising of nearly 30 million square feet. Prior to becoming the office sector head, Carly was an asset manager for PGIM’s core strategies funds, including PGIM Real Estate’s flagship U.S. core equity real estate fund. She led the core strategies East Coast asset management team which oversaw and managed in excess of $11 billion of office and industrial assets along the East Coast, as well as a national self-storage portfolio.
Mark Miller leads the Workplace Transformation practice within Cisco’s Global Collaboration Strategy organization. In his current role, he is responsible for engaging with Cisco’s customers and partners globally, helping them understand today’s workplace challenges and assisting them in the creation of their next-generation work environments. Mark has over 25 years of experience in business and technology consulting, solutions development, marketing and sales.
Julie Miner is a partner with CohnReznick who brings more than 18 years of professional experience and substantial knowledge of project management, discovery, analysis and design to create solutions that meet the real-world requirements of commercial real estate organizations. Julie is a recognized expert in system selection, optimization/design, and implementation, as well as in the relevant internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance within the real estate industry.
As Head of Property Management, Louise Monger is accountable for the overall property performance of the AMP Capital Office & Industrial portfolio, leading, inspiring and motivating a team of property professionals across the disciplines of property management, operations, projects and customer experience. She has over 10 years’ experience in technical and management positions to the role, including working as an electrician in the mining industry. It is this diverse experience that underpins her passion for the role technology and innovation play in redefining real estate experiences.
Michael Moran directs Microshare’s ESG/Sustainability practice as well as communications and thought leadership strategy. A writer and broadcaster on sustainability and many other topics, Moran is a former Principal and chief US/macro analyst at global risk consultancy Control Risks. Throughout his career, Moran has spent helped major corporations adjust to the advent of the digital age.
Scott has close to 30 years of experience working in the real estate industry. Over that time frame, Scott has worked globally with numerous real estate owners, operators, developers, advisors and users of real estate with the objective of maximizing the value of their holdings. This includes providing strategic advice relative to market positioning, improving the underlying operations of the company, and using technology in ways that creates real long term sustainable value. Scott has developed a strong reputation for his knowledge, creativity, integrity and ability to execute.
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.
Sean Nealon is the Information Security leader for Brookfield Properties Retail Group (Formerly GGP). Brookfield Properties Retail Group is a large Real Estate Investment Trust managing 161 retail properties in 42 states which encompass 146 million square feet. In this role, he has created an information security program from the ground up and established a risk management strategy for the corporate offices and vast amount of IoT devices across the portfolio.
Sara Neff is Senior Vice President, Sustainability at KRC. Sara took KRC from having no sustainability program to being named the #1 publicly traded real estate company on sustainability in the Americas by GRESB, and under her leadership the company committed to becoming the first carbon-neutral real estate company in North America by the end of 2020.
The Honorable Lucian Niemeyer is currently Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment). His responsibilities include oversight and policy for Navy and Marine Corps facilities sustainment, restoration and modernization; military construction; acquisition, utilization and disposal of real property and facilities; environmental protection, planning, restoration and natural resources conservation; and safety and occupational health.
Chuck Niswonger has over 30 years of successful leadership experience in technology-related roles that range from operating his own consulting company (www.nicenets.com) to directing the IT strategy of a real estate investment management firm to manufacturing and technology-enabled education. Chuck has also been the chair of the Realcomm Investment Management (IM) Advisory Council for the last ten years, managing content selection for the conference educational sessions, IM forums, workshops and webinars.
As Co-Managing Director of Gensler Boston, Jeanne Nutt sets strategic direction and ensures that its operations support this vision while cultivating a collaborative work environment. She focuses on creating high-performing spaces for services firms and recognizes the opportunity to leverage one industry’s best practice in another arena. Jeanne’s notable projects include the Boston Globe headquarters, PWC’s New York expansion, The Boston Ballet, OneBeacon, and Putnam Investment’s headquarters.
Emily Olman is CEO of Hopscotch Interactive, a real estate marketing company bringing new tech applications to the industry. She also serves as Co-President of the Bay Area AR/VR Association in California where she advocates and evangelizes for VR/AR market acceleration on a global scale.
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.
Brian Oswald is Managing Director for CBRE focused on professional services, remote facility operation and system integration. He is responsible for daily business operations of CBRE and assist account teams and clients with identifying and implementing portfolio-wide smart building technology solutions. Brian brings more than a decade of smart building technology and implementation experience to his role, including a proven record of delivering multi-site applications.
Aaron Pais is CIO at Morguard, a fully integrated real estate company with an owned and managed portfolio of assets valued at over $21.0 billion. His diverse leadership experience includes leveraging technology to drive organizational growth, performance and profitability at some of North America's largest fully integrated residential and commercial real estate investment, development, construction and asset/portfolio management companies.
Sunder Pappu has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is currently the VP, Technology at Inland Computer Services. Prior to Inland, Sunder worked at JP Morgan Chase, Avanade and Deloitte Consulting, holding leadership positions in the areas of strategy consulting, project management and application delivery.
Amy Peck is the founder of EndeavorVR, a global VR/AR strategy & consulting firm and co-founder of BoundlessXR, a simulation & training platform. She also is the Co-chair of the VRARA Enterprise Committee. Her own personal mission is to see VR/AR fundamentally improve every aspect of our lives with the goal of making this technology accessible and transformative for everyone.
Jay Persaud is a senior partner at EY with nearly 30 years of experience helping clients and teams solve challenging and complex business issues. He currently serves as EY Americas Vice Chair of Risk Management where he leverages his broad experiences and relationships to identify and manage existing and emerging risks to help EY grow and transform in today’s business world. He is also a member of the EY US Executive Committee, the EY Americas Operating Executive and the EY Global Practice Group. Jay also serves as the Senior Advisory Partner for two of the firms’ global accounts. He has significant hands-on experience in Strategy, Finance, Accounting, M&A and Risk Management.
Marc Petock 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.
Though CP has a wide range of responsibilities at Enerliance, his primary role is to increase the company's customer base through lead generation and follow-up. He is also responsible for market research data collection and analyzation, tracking the latest trends in technology in key geographic areas. CP is no stranger to the building controls industry. He has over 18 years of experience, working for Siemens, EMCOR and other private control firms before joining Enerliance.
Soheil Pourhashemi is currently VP, Business Technology responsible for establishing and executing the commercial real estate IT strategy, vision and roadmap for Brookfield Properties North America. Brookfield is a premier real estate operating company, providing integrated services across all property investment strategies of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with over $285 billion in AUM and manages over 130 million SF of commercial property globally with approximately 80M SQ FT of commercial real estate in North America.
Arjun Rao leads product and client services for several of Yardi’s newest Commercial products.
Rudy Reagin is the Global Programme Lead for Deutsche Bank's Corporate Services. With more than thirty years of experience in IT, Rudy is currently responsible for the application architecture that supports lease administration, facilities management, space management, security operations, and a wide range of business services. In recent years, Rudy has driven a data warehousing and BI project that successfully integrates information from a range of sources to facilitate performance monitoring and decision support.
Roger Rebennack is a 35-year industry expert in electronic security and safety systems for buildings and institutions. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Jackson Control Company, a leading building automation and security distributor. As technology evolved and grew into today’s world of active shooter events, Roger has dedicated his career to help educate building owners and security managers on ideas to elevate physical security around threat level management.
Joe Rich is SVP, CIO of Related Companies, a privately owned real estate firm with a portfolio of over $50 billion in real estate assets owned or under development that is made up of best-in-class mixed-use, residential, retail, office and affordable properties in premier high-barrier-to-entry markets. Joe has over 13 years experience as a CIO focused on global cultural change within the organization.
As CEO of Albireo Energy, Phil Rogers has 35 years of experience in facilities management, engineering, energy, construction and real estate. Through his career, Phil has been a pioneer in the Facilities Management and Engineering Services industries. He has worked with many of the largest corporations including: IBM, DuPont, AT&T, Delta, Applied Materials, Nortel, and Bank of America in creating value for their companies.
John Romano is Enlighted’s vice president of channel and product sales. He has over 25 years of experience in lighting, control and energy conservation. Prior to Enlighted, John spent five years in the NYC specification market with Philips Lighting and Continental Lighting Sales, now part of Stan Deutsch Associates. He also has more than 15 years in the energy conservation industry as an owner of a design and implementation firm catering to the needs of large ESCOs.
Nick Romito is the CEO and co-founder of VTS, commercial real estate's leading leasing, marketing, and asset management platform. Under Nick’s leadership, the proptech unicorn just launched VTS Market, the CRE industry’s first integrated online marketing platform that enables landlords & their agency teams to market and lease their available space remotely for the first time. VTS manages more than 12 billion square feet of office, retail and industrial assets across 35 countries by more than 700 landlords and brokerage firms which includes CBRE, Blackstone, LaSalle Investment Management, Hines, Boston Properties & JLL.
As the Director of IoT, HQ for Real Estate and Facilities at Oracle, Francisco Ruiz is responsible for partnering with global teams to help design, secure and guide the implementation of enterprise IoT Energy Solutions. Prior to Oracle, he consulted various Real Estate teams utilizing IoT for continuous improvement and sustainable business operations including Adobe, GSA, eBay, PayPal and NASA. He is active on various industry boards and organizations which supports his continuous pursuit of the most energy efficient and sustainable technologies.
Allen Samuel serves as the Director of Modernization and Innovation responsible for modernizing, rationalizing, and innovating real estate applications and systems for the Public Buildings Service (PBS) in GSA. He is also responsible for identifying new technologies to improve operations, develop modern system architecture, and develop a PBS Technology roadmap.
With 35 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues. She is an award-winning designer who has worked with several Fortune 500 companies to optimize their global real estate portfolios and create innovative work environments. She is director of HOK’s WorkPlace team, a practice that supports organizations undertaking multiple projects in various locations, and a member of HOK’s Board of Directors.
Brian Schwartz is responsible for Smart Building Infrastructure at over 50 centers portflio wide. He oversees the installation and support for CCTV, Wi-Fi, Energy Management, shopper counting, and DAS. Brian supports digital marketing initiatives including digital signage and property websites.
James Scott is Lead Researcher at the Real Estate Innovation Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He has a passion for innovative technologies that utilize data to produce new products and processes which will provide the future spaces that people will want to live and work in. His research uncovers why automation is suddenly becoming so important, how and why automation is now impacting the commercial real estate industry, and where we can start seeing the biggest changes.
Andrew Segal formed Boxer Property in September 1992. Under his oversight, the company has successfully reached into segments as diverse as resort hotels, retail centers, office and other real estate businesses, accounting for approximately 20 million square feet of space across the United States. He is the co-founder of Stemmons Enterprise software company.
Justin Segal is an operations executive and entrepreneur specializing in real estate investment and management, startups, and technology. He is the founder of Stemmons Enterprise, a universal operations platform that allows companies to operate with pervasive data and unparalleled agility. He often speaks on topics involving enterprise data, analytics, and user experience.
Gary Shaw has been involved in the leasing, management, and development of commercial, income-producing real estate since 1998. Gary has been instrumental in the development, re-development, and management of more than 2.5 million square feet of commercial, income-producing real estate. Gary currently serves Arcadia Management Group, Inc. as President and Designated Broker. He acts in the capacity of Director of Property Management Services and oversees the management of 7.9 million square feet of commercial real estate and consults for several development companies. His expertise in Yardi accounting for property management has greatly enhanced the assets' financial reporting. His ability to add value to projects through tenant retention and operating expense savings has made a tremendous impact on the assets under management.
Jon Sheh is driven to bring innovative workplace theories to life that enhance performance and experience. He is responsible for Johnson & Johnson’s Global Workplace Programs including Workplace Experience, Workplace Innovation, Lab Services and Lab Experience. These holistic programs are optimizing the experience, utilization and efficiency by flexibly evolving place, technology, and culture. Johnson & Johnson has deployed new work environments for over 30,000 employees globally since 2010.
Tom Shircliff is a co-founder and principal of Intelligent Buildings. Intelligent Buildings was founded in 2004 and provides managed services and advisory services that reduce operational risk and lower cost structure in commercial real estate. Their services support smart building design development, contractor cybersecurity and facility public health solutions.
Kevin Shtofman is the COO of NavigatorCRE and oversees global enterprise engagement. With over 16 years' experience, Kevin is recognized as one of the leading commercial real estate tech executives in the industry and is a noted speaker, author and blogger within the growing PropTech sector.
Ian has an incredible passion for leveraging technology to improve the process of how major building projects are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated. He is highly skilled in assisting clients through strategic and technical challenges in the delivery of Digital Twin solutions to benefit operations. Ian is currently leading Willow’s Digital Twin delivery teams on several new construction projects for Brookfield Properties, Oxford Properties, and The Durst Organization.
Gabriel Silverstein has worked in commercial real estate since 1995. He came to real estate with a financial consulting and investment banking background and today is SVN’s Chair of Institutional Capital Markets. He is Managing Director of SVN|Angelic, the Austin-based boutique investment real estate investment banking and investment brokerage platform. Gabriel acts as the company’s senior transaction manager and transacts several hundred million dollars in transaction volume annually in office, medical, industrial and retail assets, in both investment sales and in structuring, sourcing and placing debt and equity investment monies. He has approximately $7 billion dollars of experience in investment real estate transactions, financings and analysis, as well as both tenant/user representation and strategic planning/asset management backgrounds. He has closed real estate transactions in 45 different states in the US, and in 17 countries outside the US, including five Canadian provinces.
Kevin Smith is the CTO of Tridium, providing technology strategy and direction. The author of seven technology books on the subjects of cybersecurity, semantic interoperability, and software engineering, he is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on various topics, including a focus on cybersecurity and building control systems. 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.
Maria is the Product Manager of Pulse, Yardi’s energy management platform, and is responsible for the product’s roadmap and direction. Before this role, Maria worked at Pulse Energy for 3 years to design energy report programs and provide real-time insights for utility programs around the world. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Greg Spraetz joined ExteNet Systems in January 2018 with than 25 years of sales, marketing, sales operations, and management experience. As the Senior Vice President of the Real Estate business at ExteNet, Greg is responsible for the strategy, sales and business development efforts for the real estate owners and wholesale carriers.
Dean Stanberry, CFM, LEED AP O+M, is a solutions-oriented facility professional with over 20 years of broad-based experience in facilities management, real estate portfolio management, process & quality improvement, procurement, workplace services, program and project management, space & occupancy planning, sustainability, information systems implementation, and critical environment operations. An accomplished communicator, he has presented at international FM conferences, published articles and a contributing author of the book “Technology for Facility Managers." Dean is an active industry advocate; serving in a number of volunteer leadership roles in various associations.
David Stanford is an Enterprise Managing Consultant and co-founder of RealFoundations with over 30 years of experience providing strategic financial and operational improvement services to clients in the property and building industries. He leads the firm’s Owner/ Operator and Investment Management practices and is responsible for the enterprise’s corporate development activities.
Helane Stein is SVP, CIO of Brixmor, an owner and operator of one of the nation's largest portfolios of open-air shopping centers, with approximately 500 commercial real estate properties strategically located across 38 states.
Nicholas Stello is the SVP of IT Infrastructure for New-York based Vornado Realty Trust. His responsibilities include leading the company's IT initiatives as they relate to in-building cellular, networking, cyber security and smart building connectivity. Vornado’s unique assets have enabled Mr. Stello to both differentiate and increase the value of its properties by structuring innovative agreements with national cellular carriers and other related technology providers.
Dan Sterk is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. Dan has significant experience addressing clients’ business needs and delivering solutions through a combination of organization, process, and technology changes. Dan has spent his career focused on serving the real estate and construction industries completing over twenty successful consulting engagements and five complete lifecycle system implementations.
Craig Stevenson is President of AUROS Group, a technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is widely known for his role in establishing Pittsburgh as a leader in "Evidence-based Performance" for the built environment. Evidence-based Performance uses technology to bridge the gap between "hoping" a building is performing as designed to "knowing" a building is meeting its performance goals. He is credentialed in virtually all known building performance standards. As a result, Craig focuses solely on owner's performance requirements for their building(s).
With over 20 years’ experience in the property industry, Simon is responsible for securing new office and mixed-use opportunities for the Charter Hall Group, as well as responsibility for overseeing the delivery of all projects undertaken by Charter Hall’s Office Development division in Victoria and South Australia. Simon joined Charter Hall in August 2008, and previously worked in senior roles with Becton Property Group and Kerry Properties (Singapore).
Tim Stoner is the Managing Director of Capital Markets for USAA Real Estate.He is responsible for all of USAA’s commercial real estate finance activities for the investment portfolio. His primary areas of focus include management of the commercial real estate first mortgage origination platform for USAA Life Insurance Company and sourcing third party debt for the company’s acquisition and development transactions. Tim also works closely with affiliate Square Mile Capital to coordinate financing activities across the lending platforms.
Tyson Strandberg is Bell Partner's Director of Client Relations. Bell Partners has earned over 80% repeat investors from Fund to Fund resulting from their attention to the investor experience, alongside a strong track record over 40+ years in business. She manages investor relations and broadened the reach of Bell’s Investment Management platform through Juniper Square to include over 100 additional contacts related to property management clients and lender partners. Tyson’s experience has spurred additional technology enhancements including an online payment portal, electronic delivery of all materials, and a fully automated fundraise.
Jared Summers is a motivated execution-oriented high performance individual who has extensive experience managing large-scale global programs. He brings a unique ability to understand and articulate complex technologies in a relatable way while rapidly fielding innovative capabilities. Currently Jared is the Digital Foundation Manager at ExxonMobil, delivering on the promise of transformational change enabled by digital technologies across the entire global real estate portfolio.
Rob Teel is responsible for product development, support and implementations of Yardi's Commercial Property Management and Investment Management suites. Rob joined Yardi Systems in 2003, and he has nearly 20 years of property and financial systems implementation experience.
Jacob Teplin leads efforts on information management and data insights for Crow Holdings, a privately-owned real estate investment and development firm with ~$20 billion of assets under management. In this role, he works with business stakeholders to evaluate, select, implement and connect software platforms to support Crow Holdings He also partners with IT and Finance to chart and implement Crow Holdings' data strategy.
Maureen Teyssier is Director of Data Engineering and Science at Reonomy, a commercial real estate data and analytics company. Previously, Maureen worked at Enigma, where she worked closely with commercial engineering teams to solve analytical challenges for clients in the Fortune 50 and public sectors.
Steve is a well-regarded international executive, who ties financial and operational solutions with corporate strategy and margin improvement needs. He has extensive international experience leading teams and engaging clients across the United States and Europe. In 2018, he founded Open Sourced Workplace, a professional network for business owners and workplace professionals seeking to maximize workplace productivity and employee experience.
Matthew Tovar is a Mechanical Engineer for Stanford University where he develops and enhances the preventive maintenance program for Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing shops. Matt is an Analytics Chairperson of Stanford's iCAP (Integrated Controls and Analytics Program) under FEM (Facilities Energy Management) that focuses on maximizing energy efficiency through building management controls and analytics.
Ben is an architect who is compelled by his belief that architects are stewards of the built environment, with the power to enhance people's lives through the quality of design. Ben has served as a Director with Gensler since 2006, leading the design process for many of the firm's foremost projects, such as the 632-meter Shanghai Tower, The Tower at PNC Plaza, and the new headquarters for NVIDIA.
Erik Ubels is CTO at OVG Real Estate, where he is driving innovation and application of technology in the widest context you can imagine and also including the development of the cloud based platform for Edge Technologies.
Bhavesh Vadhani is CohnReznick's principal and national leader of the Cybersecurity, Technology Risk, and Privacy Practice with more than 20 years of experience in the field of information risk management. In his current role, Bhavesh works closely with CXO's within organizations in different industry verticals and help them adopt industry best practices and frameworks to improve efficiencies in day-to-day processes and identifies IT governance initiatives that help corporations and organizations enhance their existing IT environment.
Joshua Van Blankenship directs StandardVision’s design team, focusing on project vision, architectural integration and system documentation. Previously, he was a Project Architect at Aedas LA / Meis Architects.
Brandon Van Orden is SVP & CIO for Cousins Properties Incorporated based in Atlanta. He is responsible for Cousins technical vision and all aspects of the Information Technology organization including people, strategy, development and operations. Prior to joining Cousins in 2016, Brandon was VP of Global Applications for Novelis and prior to that he was with GE Energy for 12 years where he held a number of IT leadership roles increasing in responsibility after he graduated from the GE Information Technology Leadership Program in 2003.
Matthew Vogel started at Microsoft in 2012, launching the initial versions of Office Mobile on Windows Phone, iOS, and Android. After Office Mobile, Matthew worked on natural language and IoT within Office, then joined Skype IoT to envision and launch Skype integration with the Harmon Kardon Invoke, Alexa devices, and other incubations. Matthew has been a part of Azure IoT since October 2017, working on Azure Digital Twins and Solution Accelerators focusing on Smart Buildings scenarios.
Edward Wagoner serves as the Executive Director and Digital Chief Information Officer at Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., a role to which he was named in 2020. Most recently, he served as Global Chief Information Officer of Corporate Solutions at the company. Wagoner joined Jones Lang LaSalle in 1996 and has held various roles with increasing responsibilities including, Director of Information Technology for Americas, Implementation Manager of National Property Service Center, Manager of Audit and Quality Control and Chief Information Officer for Americas.
Donny Walker leads Newcomb Boyd's Intelligent Building Systems group. He has over 20 years of engineering, project management, and partner-in-charge responsibilities in communications, security and integrated building automation systems. His experience includes aviation facilities, health care buildings, judicial facilities, advanced technology developments, military installations, data centers, mixed-use developments, performing arts facilities and college campuses. With prowess designing technologically sophisticated campuses, his background encompasses over 150 projects specializing in an integrated design with network-enabled systems.
Raefer Wallis is an Architect and the founder of GIGA, an independent third party combining the development of building standards with cloud technology to increase the accessibility and impact of healthy buildings globally. Working at the intersection of healthy buildings and cloud technology, Raefer has pioneered standards for data quality which are now used internationally and serve as foundations for both RESET and ORIGIN.
Thomas Walsh works at premiere assets across the Brookfield New York portfolio. His role has taken him to the Grace Building during a major lobby, facade and plaza renovation, and then major restack of tenants at 245 Park concluding with the eventual sale of the property for $2.2 billion. Thomas completed a major office restack and retail conversation at Five Manhattan West. His currently role of Senior Property Manager at One Manhattan West allowed him to be part of the base building core and shell construction for the 2.1 million SF building and the tenant fit out of 95% of the office space.
Sheridan Ware manages all aspects of technology at Charter Hall. Multi-layered with far-reaching impact, her team constantly seeks new ways to leverage platforms and data – to drive deeper insights that will not only create better choices in property investment, but also ensure the business is operating as efficiently as possible to continue to grow and support its investors’ future wealth. As a human-centric designer, Sheridan puts people at the heart of everything she does.
Theresa is SVP, Retail at KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment business co-investing with institutional and ultra high net worth clients through a series of growth, mortgage, urban and income funds. Theresa is responsible for the operations, execution and value creation strategies across KingSett's Real Estate portfolio, primarily focusing on the retail assets. In addition, her responsibilities include the execution of KingSett’s sustainability and building technology strategies across the portfolio.
Brady Watkins is the SVP & General Manager at SoftBank Robotics America. He advises SoftBank partners in their automation-enabled business innovation, focusing on products and services for commercial management in sectors such as real estate, transportation, and retail. Brady works across development, engineering, marketing, and customer success to tailor strategic connected robotics solutions to partner needs and business objectives.
Eric Watko is a highly-accomplished, solutions-driven technology development leader and visionary business strategist. He is currently the Vice President of Product Line Management for American Towers Managed Networks and Innovation business unit where he is responsible for bringing new wireless infrastructure solutions to both service providers and commercial property owners. Eric has held numerous senior management roles with companies such as SES Networks, iDirect and Cisco Systems. He has a consistent track record of delivering innovative business and technology solutions that have increased customer satisfaction and stimulated business/revenue growth. For more than 15 years he has also championed methods of improving product and process performance/functionality related to new product introductions.
Andrew Weakland is the Director of Systems Development for W. P. Carey, a net-lease REIT focused on providing long-term sale-leaseback and build-to-suit solutions for companies in the U.S. and Northern and Western Europe. Andrew specializes in bringing emerging technologies into the real estate space to drive competitive advantage while maintaining the cohesiveness of the overall enterprise technology footprint.
Naseem Wenzel is a partner in CohnReznick's Commercial Real Estate Advisory Practice. Leveraging a deep understanding of the industry and its functions with more than 20 years of experience, she has a proven track record of providing world-class service to investment management and private equity firms focusing on business transformation and strategy.
Jim Whalen serves as SVP and CIO/CTO 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.
With significant experience as a Global Technology Program Manager, Hampton is proficient in strategic planning and leadership. He possesses extensive knowledge in collaboration, experiential, network and digital communication technology, as well as with smart building and building automation system technology. Adept in finding cost-effective solutions that meet customer requirements on schedule, Hampton has a proven ability to manage global multi-million dollar technology projects.
Charles Whiteley is the digital lead for Environmental & Property Solutions (E&PS) at ExxonMobil. He manages digital strategy for the CRE portfolio, including master planning and strategy, global projects organization, facilities and operations and an environmental stewardship group. The E&PS organization in total manages ~25M square feet of CRE across the globe. He is also responsible for ExxonMobil’s strategies tied to smart buildings, digitally connected workers and resident experience. The primary driver behind Charles’ role is maximizing the value that CRE generates for the firm’s business lines.
As Managing Partner, VP of Strategy & Business Development, Lisa Woods is responsible for developing Realcomm's strategic relationships with those technology companies that participate in the company's conferences, seminars and CIO events. Prior to joining Realcomm, Lisa spent 10 years working with building owners and managers, providing technology solutions in telecommunications, access control and security.
Dave Wright played an instrumental role in the formation of the CBRS Alliance, collaborating with other founding members to create a robust multi-stakeholder organization focused on the optimization of LTE and 5G services in the CBRS band. He served as the Alliance’s first secretary from its launch in 2016 and was elected as its president in 2018. For his “day job,” Dave leads CommScope’s policy and standards initiatives, ensuring the intersection of CommScope’s technology and product innovations with suitable regulatory environments and technical specifications.
Waddell Wright is the CEO of W. Wright & Co., a full-service real estate firm that specializes in brokerage, management and development. A licensed real estate professional for 20 years, he is a licensed broker in both TN and FL and has expertise in land acquisition, analysis, entitlement, development, construction, leasing, and exit strategies for commercial, residential, and mixed-use properties. Wright has provided over 1,000 asset valuations to lenders of real estate properties and has sold/purchased investment real estate more than $500 million.
Pay Wu leads the TriState Consulting practice and brings business insights and value added real estate consulting to solve clients' most complex workplace and real estate challenges. She is a versatile CRE advisor and executive with 25 years of industry and consulting experience, managing teams to produce positive P&L impact.
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.
In 1982, Anant Yardi recognized the need for an integrated accounting and property management software for the residential marketplace. With his background and years of programming experience, he designed “Basic Property Management” which was created for the Apple II computer and was sold to the company's first customer, Sabaco Realtors. Since then, Anant has directed the company through over 30 years of steady growth, remaining the president and sole owner as Yardi became a leader in real estate asset and property management solutions. Today, Anant continues to serve as president of Yardi Systems, and his vision is the driving force behind the development of effective and innovative software solutions for global real estate portfolio management.
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 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.
As president and founder of Capstone Advisors, Alex Zikakis oversees the company’s full range of real estate services including commercial property acquisitions, value-add repositioning, property development, land entitlement and development, and asset management services. In addition, he oversees investments alternative asset classes including real estate secured loans and private equity transactions. Under his direction, Capstone Advisors has been an equity investor in over $2 billion of development ventures, purchased five million square feet of commercial properties and has overseen third party asset management services for 2 million square feet of retail and office properties.