Acknowledging the Visionaries in our Community:
Realcomm Lifetime Achievement Award
Realcomm has held the same goal for 20 years. That is to gather everyone interested in Technology, Automation and Innovation that impacts Commercial, Corporate and Institutional Real Estate in the same community and increase the speed of adoption through accelerated collaboration. Throughout the years, we have acknowledged visionary leaders with our "Digie" Awards. This year, we expanded that recognition with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The criteria for this honor includes: 1) A career span of 20+ YEARS focused on Real Estate, Technology or Real Estate Technology; 2) Have demonstrated a clear VISION on how technology would strategically impact the industry; 3) Have consistently SHARED their time and experience with the community; 4) Willing to take significant RISKS in the name of innovation; and 5) Have made a definite positive IMPACT to the advancement of the Commercial and Corporate industry.
Twenty awards, in alignment with our 20th Anniversary, were presented on June 6 at the Realcomm | IBcon General Session, which was held at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The following are the first twenty recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award:
A thoughtful, smart and universally well-liked IT executive managing a global portfolio. He has always been in front of the curve and willing to share his insight and experience with others.
He has a sustained passion and vision for smart buildings which inspired a major corporation to establish a global smart building / cities program.
A long time and consistent advocate for continuous improvement, her leadership roles at a multitude of major organizations has left a mark globally.
An early developer of real estate software, he was the first to deploy the concept of a building operations center and remains one of the industry’s' most respected CIOs.
At the forefront of the next generation of smart buildings, his journey started with 55 Broad Street in New York City.
As a major force in corporate real estate and facilities, his early vision, commitment and willingness to take risks continues to influence innovation in the industry.
One of the industry’s most notable and recognized CIOs, his influence within an international organization delivered innovation at a global scale.
An international powerhouse behind some of the most visionary and successful smart building projects; his tenaciousness and persistence are legendary.
Her vision and world view coupled with her passion for improvement, setting of higher benchmarks and unrelenting drive has influenced market leaders around the globe.
As an influential New York City CIO, his forward thinking and passion for continuous improvement has left his mark not only in Manhattan but around the globe.
He almost single-handedly changed the skyline of Toronto's residential towers from an analog model to one more intelligent and connected.
In 2004, he spoke of machine learning in building equipment predicting failure. As a CIO, consultant, writer, he has always been a true visionary in our industry.
Pragmatic and visionary, authentic, consistent, thorough – he built one of the most capable next generation master system integration companies in the world.
Through multiple roles in the smart building marketplace, his consistent and persistent drive for building efficiency has indelibly influenced the industry.
Extremely bright, consistent, and an unparalleled communicator, he has significantly impacted the industry as a respected CIO and consultant.
He is one of the most consistent, visionary and thoughtful CIOs in New York City who continues to leave his imprint on major real estate companies and landmark projects.
Starting with a grand vision and a tenacious attitude, he was one of the first to apply software driven smart building concepts to a massive corporate campus.
Steadfast, curious, patiently impatient, always willing to share, collaborate and setting the benchmark for CIOs in our industry.
He began with a vision, a DOS platform and turned a basic property management program into a globally respected real estate enterprise platform.
His consistent focus on technology, automation and innovation for industrial real estate continues to bring about strategic change in this important sector.
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UPCOMING REALCOMM WEBINARS
A Path to Net Zero – Driving ENERGY EFFICIENCY in Smart Buildings - 7/18/2019
One of the first trends to emerge in the modern smart building movement was energy conservation and efficiency. Approximately eight years ago, the industry realized that connecting energy related equipment to a network and applying advanced analytics and complex integration strategies could result in a significant reduction in energy and natural resource consumption and a resultant decrease in energy related expenses. In recent years, operational efficiency and occupant experience have been added to the smart building discussion, sometimes overshadowing energy efficiency. This webinar will focus on the very important goal of including energy efficiency in the comprehensive smart building strategy.
Ruairi is a respected high-performance building design expert. His aim is to elevate the built environment and restore order to the climate for future generations. He specializes in commissioning services for new and existing buildings, building energy assessments, high performance building design, energy modeling/advanced building simulation, and measurement and verification consulting.
Sarah Zaleski currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the U.S. Department Building Technology Office where she leads commercial zero energy efforts, district-scale solutions, and a portfolio of data infrastructure projects. In previous roles at DOE, Sarah led local government clean energy innovation programs. Sarah has over 15 years of experience in sustainability and energy work. Before DOE, Sarah worked for Baltimore City where she helped establish their Office of Sustainability.
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.
Akshai Rao, a vice president at Yardi, is responsible for the development of procurement and energy management solutions to ensure high-performing buildings. Prior to Yardi, Akshai spent five years at Bain & Company where he focused on technology and telecom.
Jean-Simon Venne is a tech expert who thrives on developing and implementing new technology to solve long-standing commercial issues. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of telecommunications, biotechnology and energy-efficiency specializing in the fast and efficient migration of technological innovations to commercial applications. With an industrial engineering background, Jean-Simon is uniquely trained to optimize the value creation opportunity that exists where new technology intersects with business and energy markets.
Gary Fescine FMA, RPA is the president of GFC his own consulting firm. He has recently retired from BlackRock where he was global director of facilities, building operations, overseeing 77 sites in 23 countries. He has held a number of related positions including director of facilities at The New York Times and director of operations at the New York Post. Mr. Fescine was the recipient of several energy savings awards including the Energy New York Award in 2017.