The CoRE Tech Advisory Council is a distinguished group of Corporate Real Estate Executives and Facilities Professionals committed to furthering the adoption of technology, automation and innovation in the industry. They provide guidance and assistance in shaping the education content by identifying pertinent topics, ideas, strategies and solutions relating to the management of corporate real estate assets and operations.
Advisory Council Co-Chairs
Maureen Ehrenberg currently serves as Executive Managing Director of Integrated Facilities Management (IFM), Corporate Solutions for the Americas and Chair of its IFM Global Specialty Board. She is an internationally recognized expert in the facility management field, and provides strategic direction and expertise to a team of 8,000 who currently manage more than 760 million square feet of property in the Americas and provides leadership to the members of JLL’s Global IFM Board.
As IoT Program Director, Srini Khandavilli currently owns the worldwide strategy, roadmap and implementation of IoT SMART buildings at Intel. Srini has been at Intel for the last 18 years. His background includes managing large global software teams, software architecture, applications and middleware. He collaborates closely with the Intel IoTG group to ensure that the hardware and software assets deliver services meeting the needs of the SMART Building use cases at Intel.
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.
Advisory Council Members
Ryan Allbaugh has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry. Currently, he leads highly knowledgeable and collaborative teams to design and implement technical solutions for Wells Fargo’s corporate properties group. As the former CIO of the largest private commercial real estate developer in the southeast, Ryan applied his extensive knowledge to implement technology solutions impacting the real estate industry, such as his role in the development of one of the most technologically sophisticated buildings in the world, the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte, NC.
Stuart Appley is a Managing Director in CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group, where he is responsible for providing executive technology oversight and consulting to clients. Stuart also has a technology innovation & thought leadership role, helping to develop, drive, and lead pilots on innovative digital projects across CBRE. He was previously the CIO at Shorenstein Realty Services, where he led the transformation of the company’s technology environment into an innovative and best in class organization.
Murad Bhatti has over 20 years of experience in process engineering, corporate real estate and technology management. He is currently Sr. Director, Technology, Business Intelligence and Communication Infrastructure Management (CIM) at RBC Corporate Real Estate. He is responsible for management/oversight of strategy, operations and implementation of real estate applications, workplace technologies and the business intelligence program. He recently led the transformation of RBC’s Corporate Real Estate technologies with the completion of innovative projects such IWMS, RBC Business Intelligence and Analytics program, IoT and several smart workplace technology initiatives.
Jean Chick is a Deloitte Partner in Real Estate and Location Strategy with over 21 years of experience. She is a leader in real estate technology enablement, portfolio optimization, advanced workplace strategy and operating model design. She has led a global corporate real estate function including all strategy, design, transaction management, facilities and program management. Jean navigates complex financial and operational issues while balancing change management to maximize return on real estate investments.
Jeff Chulick is the Technology and Innovation Leader for EY Real Estate Services. He leads a global team of professionals focused on the identification, innovation, design and realization of technology solutions that greatly enhance the workplace experience. His areas of focus include digital strategy, smart workplace, IoT, visual communications, workplace management, physical access and audio/visual technology. Jeff has over 20 years of enabling workplace strategies and delivering innovative solutions for EY and external clients across many different industries.
Frank Cuevas is VP, Real Estate Strategy & Operations (RESO) of IBM Corporation. He leads the management of IBM’s global real estate portfolio, encompassing nearly 80 million SF worldwide including data centers, research labs, manufacturing and office space for some 370,000 employees. His responsibilities include space and workplace experience and strategies to optimize employee effectiveness, increase operational efficiency, improve environmental management and deliver agile workplace design and construction. Frank's career spans over 25 years in real estate strategy and management.
Joydeep Ganguly is currently the Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations at Gilead Sciences –. In his current role, his accountabilities include providing leadership for multiple functions: Corporate Engineering and Facilities, Sustainability and EH&S, Procurement, CFO2020 program and the CFO PMO (Program Management office). Joydeep joined Gilead in 2016 from Biogen, where he was Vice President and head of Biogen’s Global Biologics Manufacturing & Technical Operations organization.
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 world.
Mark Golan is a seasoned executive with extensive experience in real estate, finance and technology. Currently in his role as VP Real Estate & Workplace Services (REWS) at Google, he oversees the organization's business partnerships, central facilities services, events & guest services, transportation, and all facets of design and construction.
Gerry Hamilton directs the Facilities Energy Management department at Stanford University, which includes the operation of the campus Energy Management & Control System and oversight of the University's energy efficiency programs. Gerry ensures that buildings and associated processes are operated efficiently and that new facilities incorporate best practices for energy use.
John Hampton is SVP, Innovation and Product Development, at JLL, where he advises corporate occupiers on productivity-boosting portfolio solutions that are closely aligned with corporate business strategies. Previously, he was VP, Enterprise Solutions, at Regus Americas, where he led the corporate accounts division and helped major clients to optimise their real-estate portfolios. John has nearly 30 years of experience in helping organizations enhance business performance through strategic workplace and technology planning, He is an advocate for alternative workplace strategies and the proworking approach to high-impact workplaces. John completed the Executive Market Analysis and Planning program at Wharton and holds a BA degree in architecture and environmental design from Kent State University.
Suzanne Heidelberger is the SVP, Global Real Estate & Workplace Experience for American Express. Her team leads all aspects of the colleague workplace experience, including design and construction, facilities management, workplace services, transaction management and real estate strategy in support of American Express colleagues in 9 million square feet across 41 countries.
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.
Michael Kruklinski is the Head of Real Estate for Siemens Gas & Power and Siemens USA. In this role, he oversees the company’s entire U.S. real estate portfolio (16’3M SF) and the global oil & gas, power and industrial markets (35’5M SF). With over 30 years of experience at Siemens, Kruklinski has held several senior positions within the company. Kruklinski led the creation of the Siemens Industry Sector as well as the Company’s Smart Grid business unit. Kruklinski was also involved in the rollout of Siemens’ flexible office design plan.
David Lacy leads Corporate Real Estate IT globally for Credit Suisse, a portfolio covering core Real Estate functions and building services. David has recently driven a technology transformation program targeted at reducing complexity and moving to a data centric architecture with strong data governance and ownership. Currently David is leading an IT program to transform the workplace experience through implementation of innovative technologies allowing staff to access and use Real Estate services efficiently and seamlessly.
Steve Lefkowitz is a results-driven and profit-minded executive in the national corporate real estate world with the proven ability to effectively manage large-scale real estate portfolios. He is a 35-year veteran of Time Warner where he has held multiple titles including SVP of CRE for HBO. As the current head of Global Facilities Management for Warner Media, he oversees FM operations and directs a center of excellence organization supporting delivery of hard and soft services across their diversified global portfolio of properties.
Alex Lewis is the Global Strategic Operations Head of Citi Realty Services where he leads a team which oversees the development and implementation of policy & process, global CRS technology platform management, data compliance and reporting metrics, global resource strategy and monitoring of administrative budget. Over the last 16 years, Alex has served in several operational leadership roles with CRS in Poland and England including EMEA Strategic Workplace Head and Global Building Operations CAO prior to relocating back to the US in 2012 to settle into his current role.
Ed Lubieniecki is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. Ed has over 25 years’ experience in real estate management consulting and has focused on exceptionally complex projects for large national and international clients, including planning and implementation of technology and information strategies and systems, business strategies, organizational alignment and business process improvement, outsourcing, and merger integration assignments.
Chris Mach is Director of Workplace & Client Relationship Management for the Corporate Real Estate Group. He leads the strategy for AT&T’s knowledge worker environments. His team’s current research and development focuses on developing workplace ecosystems that accelerate engagement and decision making. Chris brings with him 18 years at AT&T focusing on portfolio and workplace and has been instrumental in driving technology-enabled process improvements that dramatically change the way people work.
Zorba Manolopoulos is the Global Program Manager over Smart Campuses at Facebook. His group is responsible for developing and executing the Smart Building/Campus strategy. They are charged with incubating ideas and leading development of solutions for Facebook’s world-wide portfolio and pushing forward the Smart Campus vision to bridge the gap of current product offerings. Their goal is to deliver comprehensive Real Estate solutions supporting the Occupant Experience while benefiting teams in Facility Management, Workplace Design, and Construction.
Gary Merrow is the VP, Facilities for the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation (AATC). His primary focus is to provide the leadership and direction regarding facility operations to AATC at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (H-JAIA). Gary’s previous military and civilian careers have seen allowed him to hold various facility positions with increasing leadership responsibilities.
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.
As one of the CohnReznick Real Estate Advisory partners, Ross has setup and continues to run the Asia Pacific region for the company. He is responsible for the delivery of projects throughout Asia Pacific, including Australia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Ross has extensive experience with real estate ERPs, budgeting and forecasting systems, and asset management platforms, having held numerous roles from Divisional Financial Controller to CIO. Ross, as CIO, led the implementation of SAP for The GPT Group (an offshoot from Lend Lease and the 28th largest company in Australia).
Scott Morey is currently Executive Director at GPG Advisers and has close to 30 years of experience working in the real estate industry. He 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. 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.
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 Executive MD of Workplace Innovation, Corporate Solutions | Americas, Keith leads Colliers' clients with using the workplace as a competitive advantage to advance their business objectives through innovative and insightful workplace solutions. Additionally, Keith brings more than 30 years of experience. Previously, he was Senior Director, Global Workplace Innovation at Johnson & Johnson, responsible for program design and deployment of a set of new workplace principles of its global office portfolio of 60 million SF and more than 900 locations.
Scott Phillips is the Director, Corporate Real Estate for McDonald’s Corporation responsible for Real Estate, Facilities, Project Management, and Workplace Strategy for approximately 2 million SF of office portfolio. Scott and his team recently completed McDonald’s relocation from Oakbrook, IL to a newly developed 500,000 SF Global Headquarters in the West Loop of Chicago. Scott has over 25 years experience in Corporate Real Estate and Facilities with McDonald’s, U.S. Cellular, and State Farm Insurance.
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.
Marcelo Romano is a Senior Vice President with JLL's Consulting Group, specializing in leveraging state of the art technology to deliver efficient and effective RE portfolio strategies, CRE organizational structures, Workplace solutions and Future of work readiness.
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.
As Head of Global Workplace Engineering, Victor Sanchez manages over 40+ LinkedIn facilities across the globe. He seamlessly blends design and operations of LinkedIn facilities via data-driven decisions across design pre-construction, construction, energy and facilities management. Victor is responsible for the engaging and high-performance workplace that supports the diverse and dynamic LinkedIn teams and culture.
Darrell Smith has more than 20 years of experience in facility management, with a wide range of industry experience in technology, retail, data centers and manufacturing. He is currently the director of Central Services for Google's Bay Area Portfolio where he oversees a team who is responsible for the facility management, critical environments, planning and other facilities services at one of the most innovative companies in the world. Having spent his career at the intersection of real estate, big data and technology, Darrell believes in using technology as an enabler for progress and optimization.
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 January 2018, he founded Open Sourced Workplace, a professional network for business owners and workplace professionals seeking to maximize workplace productivity and employee experience.
Jaco van Noppen joined Shell in 2013 as an experienced hire from the Banking Industry. He leads the Global Operational Excellence capability for Shell Real Estate, Business Operations and Corporate Travel. He is responsible for the Real Estate organization strategy and planning processes, performance appraisals and coordination of internal communications with stakeholders. As custodians of the integrated RE Operating Model, he is charged with driving efficiency, effectiveness and continuous improvement of REs operating performance, as part of Shell's RE leadership team.
Phil Wales is the founder of EBUSINESS STRATEGIES. For more than 30 years, he's enabled some of the world's largest private/public sector organizations develop and apply best practices and business solutions for critical enterprise assets: people, processes, technology, physical plant. Working with Fortune 500 corporations and federal/state/ local government agencies, he is helping change the way complex, capital-intensive entities view/manage their operations in the face of constant change, shifting marketplace economies and unpredictable constituent demands.
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.
Tom Wirth is Facilities Operations Manager at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Tom held senior facilities positions at Apple, Cisco Systems and Google. Tom has extensive background in the design and implementation of services, technology, and solutions in Facilities Operations and Services. Of interest to Tom is leveraging people, processes, and technology to deliver services that support the overall goals and objectives of global organizations and contribute to a positive employee experience.
Terry Wood is VP, Real Estate at Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading healthcare providers, responsible for executing real estate services for Kaiser Permanente’s over 70 million square foot real estate portfolio, including more than 1,000 facilities, with a replacement value of over $32 Billion. He is accountable for developing industry leading tools, implementing strategy, and establishing industry best practices for all key functions within the Real Estate Division. Terry has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, facilities management and construction.
As the Executive Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation Practice for Colliers Corporate Solutions, Chris Zlocki is a leader focused providing services that seek to align business goals with real estate portfolio, organization and financial objectives. He leads the corporate real estate technology consulting practice that delivers solutions to improve the business intelligence, data management and communication platforms for real estate organizations. He develops methodologies for companies to improve portfolio optimization, regional and metropolitan location strategies, M&A Integration, co-location and consolidation processes, workplace evolution strategies and CRE organizational design and development. Chris' representative clients include: Adobe, NBCUniversal, Equifax, IHS, Redhat, British Telecom (BT), US Bank and Mattel.