The following list represents the advisors who have joined IBcon. The 2017 Advisory Council will aid in the quest for providing high-quality education on the most significant topics to ever impact the commercial and corporate real estate industry!
Advisory Council Co-Chairs
Scott Collins is the Construction Project Executive for Bedrock Detroit. In this role, Collins acts as an owner and a tenant representative, bringing more than 20 years of knowledge and experience to various multi-million dollar projects. Collins has also implemented an integration system across Bedrock’s vast real estate portfolio, spanning 95+ properties and 14 million square feet in downtown Detroit. As a result, all critical building systems are automated with smart, cutting edge technology, reducing capital expenditures and enhancing the tenant experience.
Chip Pierpont manages and provides expert guidance on the development and execution of requirements/solutions for building operations and technologies for General Services Administration (GSA), a Public Buildings Service (PBS) government agency tasked with managing government buildings and real estate, providing product and service procurement support, and developing policies and regulations. The landlord for the civilian federal government, PBS owns or leases 8,700 assets, maintains an inventory of more than 370 million square feet of workspace for 1.1 million federal employees, and preserves more than 481 historic properties.
Advisory Council Members
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.
As VP, Energy Management, Rich oversees enterprise-wide energy management initiatives for the diversified 110 MSF Irvine Company real estate portfolio including utility account management, energy procurement, metering, Energy Star benchmarking, demand response and new energy technologies. Prior to joining Irvine Company in 2006, he held positions in facilities management and engineering in semiconductor and aerospace manufacturing. He holds a BSME from Santa Clara University, a MSME from CSU-Long Beach and is a California Professional Engineer.
Jim Caldwell manages statewide workforce initiatives for the California Community Colleges as Director of the Energy Construction & Utility Sector. His team adds value for community college faculty through strategic partnerships with the state's utilities and energy efficiency stakeholders. With more than 30 years in high technology fields, Jim has held executive positions at AT&T, Lucent/Avaya, Alcatel DSC, and several Silicon Valley firms.
Daniel Cocosa has 32 years' experience in Communication Infrastructure. For the last 10, he has been the Regional Facility Manager at Google's Northern California Portfolio where he is responsible for developing strategies and systems that support over 5.5 million SF office space and growing R&D, along with the organization's Networked Fire Systems that connects 95 buildings. These systems were built from the ground up using state-of-the-art technologies and often converging systems. Dan has been instrumental in providing staff the high tech tools to support their ongoing maintenance practices for monitoring power; gas; water; 10,000 panel solar arrays; fuel cells and geothermal plant.
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.
Marty Edwards is currently Assistant Deputy Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and Director, Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He has over 20 years of experience and brings a strong industrial control system industry focus to DHS. Before coming to the ICS-CERT, Marty was a program manager focused on control systems security work at Idaho National Laboratory. Prior to his work at the laboratory, he held a wide variety of roles in the instrumentation and automation fields, including field service, instrument engineering, control systems engineering and project management
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.
David Giddings currently directs Oxford's National Operating & Technical services initiatives aimed at enhancing site delivery of service excellence, best operating practices and enhancing returns for our its stakeholders. He leads a team of individuals that deliver programs leveraging Oxfords scale to address efficiency, expertise and governance. David is presently heading the company's effort to develop a National Standard for Smart Buildings, which includes a single converged network utilized by all base building systems.
John Gilbert is the EVP, COO and CTO of Rudin Management Company, which owns and operates 15 million feet of commercial and residential space within the City of New York. John is Chairman of the New York Building Congress Energy Committee and has served on several of Mayor Bloomberg's Advisory Committees, including the Mayor's Energy Policy and Sustainability Task Force, and the Advisory Committee for Broadband Deployment. John also is a member of the New York City Green Codes Task Force: Industry Advisory Committee, Green Light New York, New York City Investment Fund's Cleantech Sector Group and the Mayor's Clean Heat Advisory Task Force. He is a Board Member of both the Grand Central Partnership and Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and a Trustee of the New York Hall of Science.
Noah Goldstein, PhD, LEED AP, is research director within Navigant Research's Custom Research group, with a focus on cleantech and building technologies innovation in the market. He focuses on strategic engagement in topics of energy efficiency, building energy management, and applied sustainability. As the director of building research, Noah led research on Zero Energy Buildings, Energy Management Systems in Commercial Buildings, and corporate strategy. Previously, he was a scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he led research on energy systems informatics and energy efficiency as well as led sustainability compliance for the DOE site.
As VP, Global Facilities Management, Dave Gunter is responsible for the oversight and governance of facilities operations for McKesson Corporation. McKesson's current real estate footprint is roughly 25M square feet, spread over approximately 1,200 locations. Prior to joining McKesson, Dave led the Facilities Management function for MUFG, Union Bank, based in San Francisco, CA, where he oversaw the creation of a smart buildings platform for the bank's retail and corporate portfolio.
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. Gerry holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering as well as an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University. He is also a registered professional engineer in California.
Mike Hess, PE, LEED Fellow, leads Panasonic’s Smart & Sustainable Buildings team, and also supports their CityNOW initiatives for smart and sustainable cities. He provides up front sustainability, energy and technology consulting for Panasonic’s smart city projects, including analysis of utilizing autonomous shuttles.
Jason Houck has over fourteen years of experience implementing and servicing Building Automation and Security Systems. His responsibilities include project management, programming, network design, and verification of building systems for both retrofit and new construction projects. This includes system design, operating improvements, and system integration by utilizing application specific technology. His system experience combined and building knowledge is a championship combination in today's smart building industry. Jason also has an extensive IT background which allows him to fully appreciate the importance of a properly designed network. He has the unique ability to take all of his system, building and IT knowledge and effectively communicate any potential issues, favorable solutions, or operating recommendations to any member of the task regardless of their industry background. This effective communication allows him to bridge the communication gap between members within IT, Project Management, Financial, Maintenance and Service.
Ted Houck is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hepta Control Systems since 1993. He has thirty-five years of experience in the Building Systems industry. Ted is passionate and focused about new technologies and where the industry is going in the future.
As VP of Digital Transformation and Innovation, Rick Huijbregts is responsible for business development, digitization and Cisco Canada’s Innovation program. Heoversees the digital transformation practice for industries with a focus on real estate, healthcare, oil and gas, mining, financial services, manufacturing and education. He is also responsible for Cisco Canada’s smart city strategy and with his team, leads the digital transformation of customers, industries, institutions, governments, and ultimately the country. In addition to his responsibilities at Cisco, Rick is currently the Executive-in-Residence at George Brown College in Toronto and is a faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Executive Education. He is a frequent speaker on topics of urban digitization, innovation and disruption.
With over 33 years of experience in building infrastructure systems, Daryld Karloff’s entire career has been focused on helping building owners get the best return on their facility investments. From system selection to installation and long-term optimization, buildings require special planning and care to assure a safe, comfortable, and productive work environment.
As President of ESD, Kurt Karnatz leads the firm by fostering a collaborative culture of global thinkers who are known for their innovative and performance-based approach in the creation of highly integrated and optimized sustainable solutions for the built environment. In his 30 years of experience at ESD as both a leader and engineer, Kurt has helped develop the company into a world recognized and globally sought practice.
Shaun Klann has over 15 years of experience dedicated exclusively to transforming the concepts of the ‘Smart Building' industry into reality. His expertise includes engineering, implementation, and strategic consulting services that pair current day technologies with innovative deployment tactics and strategies. Shaun is a proven thought leader in the area of connected real estate and has received numerous awards for his dedication to this market segment, including an award recognizing him as a top 40 under 40 to watch in the space of real estate technology.
Charles Matta, FAIA is Deputy Associate CIO and Director for Planning, Strategy, and Programs in the Public Buildings Information Technology Services at GSA. He is the former National Director for Federal Buildings and Modernizations in GSA's Office of Design and Construction Programs. Between 2005 and 2009, he oversaw a program consisting of approximately 120 buildings nationwide in various stages of planning, design and construction with a value exceeding $5 billion. He has represented GSA on Design Excellence Peer Reviews and AE Selection Panels for Federal facilities and has served as the agency's lead on key initiatives including ‘Total Building Commissioning', AIA Continuing Education, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) – a ground-breaking program that garnered numerous federal and corporate awards.
Jim McHale is CEO & Founder of Memoori Research, a consultancy company based in London providing market research and business intelligence to clients globally. His core areas of industry expertise include Physical Security, Smart Buildings, Lighting, Internet of Things and Disruptive Web Technologies. Jim has researched and analyzed B2B industrial markets for over 10 years. He has managed and delivered research projects to numerous blue chip clients including Siemens, Honeywell, Schneider Electric, 3i, Morgan Stanley etc.
Joshua serves as Energy Manager for Facilities Management at the University of California, Davis. In this role he provides leadership and direction for the Energy Conservation Office in developing and institutionalizing an aggressive energy management strategy and implementing a wide variety of energy projects across the campus. His office includes the existing building commissioning program and the utilities & data engineering team along with a team that develops energy related web apps for the campus. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified energy manager.
Quinn Munton brings more than 15 years of experience to GPG Advisers in infrastructure engineering, energy management/ procurement, building automation engineering and operations management and consulting, with a significant amount of this experience concentrated on the Owner/REIT, Commercial Real Estate, Retail, Multi-Family and Hospitality sectors. Quinn's focus is on helping owner operators, corporate occupiers and multi-family portfolios improve their operations, solve technology problems and operate greener, with a focus on the bottom line.
Rob Murchison has over 20 years experience in strategy consulting, sales and design of technology to real estate developers and commercial businesses with expertise in networking, and software and data base applications. Rob has been an MIS network specialist with Wix, an equity owner and sales executive at LVTS Integration and a Cisco Systems Partner. 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. He is on the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) Intelligent and Integrated Buildings Council, and a Technology Advisory Group project member for Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and DOE.
Thomas J. Myers Director, Commercial Real Estate Solutions, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. Tom has spent over 35 years in product and business development for energy efficiency products, applications and building designs in both the HVAC and lighting industry. As Director, Commercial Real Estate Solutions at Lutron, Tom and his team support real estate developers and property management companies to implement integrated light management solutions on their commercial construction, renovation, or retrofit projects. These integrated solutions improve the quality of the building’s visual environment, enhancing occupant comfort and productivity while reducing lighting energy consumption and the life-cycle costs associated with reallocating existing space over the life of the building. Notable projects that Tom has managed for Lutron include the Genzyme Headquarters facility in Cambridge, MA (LEED Platinum), and the ongoing retrofit of the Empire State Building. He is a 1979 graduate of the Architectural Engineering program at Penn State, a member of Urban Land Institute, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the Commercial Specifications Institute (CSI). Tom received his LEED accreditation in 2001, and has developed light control solutions in many LEED certified and other sustainable design projects.
Richard Newberry is the Strategic Advisor to the Board of Directors of KMC Controls, a leader in energy management and building automation solutions. Newberry, formerly President and CEO at KMC, has led corporate development, new product innovation, and competitive strategy for the company since 2014. With more than 30 years of executive and general management experience in energy, oil and gas, technology manufacturing, and building automation segments, Newberry applies a total solution view to guiding innovation and forging strategic partnerships with industry-leading technology firms.
Paul Oswald is president and principal owner of Environmental Systems Inc (ESI). ESI provides performance-building solutions for automation, system integration, energy management, building operations and building efficiency. Paul has over 30 years of experience in building automation, system integration and energy management. His experience includes global product strategy and development, business and channel development, service and contracting. He has led the transformation of ESI into a professional services firm focused on building operations efficiency.
Greg Peterson has more than 25 years of engineering and management experience and is currently the worldwide energy manager for IBM. In this role Greg has overall responsibility for IBM's supply and demand side energy programs. Prior to coming to IBM Greg was a director at Duke Energy responsible for development of large scale energy projects. Greg is also a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states.
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 VP, Marketing for both Lynxspring and its sister company, Connexx Energy, heleads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management, PR and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives. Previously, Marc was VP, Global Marketing and Communications at Tridium. Marc is also a contributing author, noted speaker and recognized industry leader having earned several industry accolades. He serves on the board of directors of Connexx Energy and Project Haystack; is an advisor to the Realcomm and a contributing editor to automatedbuildings.com.
John Petze, C.E.M., is a partner in SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark, an analytics platform for building, energy and equipment data. John has over 25 years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products including: President & CEO of Tridium, VP Product Development for Andover Controls, and Global Director of Sales for Cisco Systems Smart and Connected Buildings.
As Global Director of Corporate Responsibility, Dave Pogue oversees CBRE's development, implementation and reporting for all aspects of corporate social responsibility, including environmental stewardship, community engagement and corporate giving. Under his leadership, achievements include development of CBRE's $1 million Real Green Research Challenge; recognition as a six-time EPA ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year; delivery of co-branded BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (BEEP) training to more than 13,000 attendees; and the LEED EB certification of more than 175 buildings.
Curt Radkin is the SVP and Sustainability Strategist for Wells Fargo Corporate Properties Group (CPG). In this role, he is responsible for developing strategies and working with other CPG and corporate leaders to engage in sustainable practices that will minimize the environmental impact of Wells Fargo's 100 million square foot corporate real estate portfolio, which accounts for 85 percent of Wells Fargo's GHG emissions. A part of this overall effort is to research and deploy relevant and or innovative technologies to enhance the environmental performance of Wells Fargo properties.
Frank Rotello has been working in the HVAC controls industry for over thirty years. Frank is a Past President of InsideIQ Building Automation Alliance. He focuses on applying the knowledge and experience he has gained over the past thirty plus years to allow Alpha Controls & Services the opportunity to be a leader in Illinois' HVAC controls marketplace. Throughout his career, Frank has been active in industry organizations locally, regionally and nationally. He has led the efforts to establish the Rockford Northern Illinois Branch of the USGBC Illinois Chapter.
Carlos Santamaria is Founder and Principal of CEES Advisors and Managing Partner with the Executive Institute for Energy Efficiency (EIEE). Formerly as the VP of Engineering Services for Glenborough, Carlos worked in commercial real estate for over 25 years concentrating in energy efficiency, construction and operational best practices strategically positioning his company and clients as top performers and leaders in energy efficiency and sustainability.
Shane Schroeder is the Group Manager and creator of the SmartBuildings Team for Target Corporation. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Accredited LEED Professional. Shane has 15 years of industry experience in facilities management, commissioning, and energy management and has been with Target for eight years leading operational teams that manage 240 million square feet. Shane is a passionate leader driving asset integration and interoperability strategies that reduce expense, optimize operations, and conserve resources.
Tom Shircliff is a co-founder and principle of Intelligent Buildings LLC, a nationally recognized smart real estate professional services company started in 2004. Intelligent Buildings provides planning and implementation of next generation strategy for new buildings, existing portfolios and urban communities. Tom is a speaker and collaborator with numerous universities and national laboratories, a gubernatorial appointee for energy strategy and policy and founding Chairman of Envision Charlotte, a Clinton Global Initiative. Previously he was in management roles in the real estate and technology sectors with BellSouth/AT&T, Broadriver Inc. and The Price Davis Company.
Vladi Shuntorov is Lucid's President and Cofounder. Vladi led Lucid's early product and engineering teams and has driven the evolution of the company from its inception in 2004 to the launch of BuildingOS. A recipient of awards from U.S. EPA and Cleantech Open, Vladi has dozens of widely cited publications in the field and has delivered many distinguished presentations, including at TEDx. Vladi helped pioneer groundbreaking research in commercial building monitoring systems and realtime feedback technology.
Ken Sinclair is the publisher / owner of AutomatedBuildings.com, an online magazine and web resource providing the news and connection to the rapidly evolving industry that automates and implement truly intelligent, integrated buildings. AutomatedBuildings.com has entered its 15th year as an online magazine and web resource. The thousands of industry articles that have been published, which originally seemed a little like future watch, have become the new reality shaping the industry.
Jim Sinopoli is the Managing Principal of Smart Buildings LLC. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Accredited LEED Professional and egistered Communications Distribution Designer. He received the international “Harry J. Pfister” award from BICSI and was recently awarded the 2012 Realcomm Digie Award for “Digital Impact.” He is a Contributing Editor to Automatedbuildings.com and the US Editor for the Intelligent Building International Journal. His most recent book is titled “Smart Buildings Systems for Architects, Owners and Builders.”
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.
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.
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.
Leighton Wolffe is the Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners LLC, an independent consulting organization with expertise and perspective on US energy markets and works with retail energy companies, institutional energy consumers, technologists and investors providing strategic business development, market research, and technology development services. Previously, he was VP Strategy for Constellation NewEnergy where he formed the NewEnergy Alliance, an industry association that advanced awareness between building owners, energy management and equipment manufacturers and systems integrators with emerging US Demand Response programs.
Leon Wurfel is Managing Director of BUENO. Previously, Leon worked as Engineering Consultant specialising in energy efficiency upgrades and tuning of existing buildings. The most notable project was leading a six-year program to reduce carbon emissions by 40% across a $20BN commercial and retail property portfolio. Moving on from the consulting world, Leon founded BUENO in partnership with Airmaster Australia with the aim of utilising current and emerging technologies to drive innovative sustainability and operations solutions.