Will Agate founded NetZero Microgrid Solutions and currently serves as its President. Leading NetZero represents the culmination of his 25+ year career in energy management, economic and real estate development, and smart city sustainability and change management. Previously, Will led the effort turn the Philadelphia Navy Yard one of the most successful military base redevelopments in the country with more than 12,000 employees and 152 companies in over 7.5 million square feet of office, industrial, manufacturing and R&D space.
Ryan Anderson serves as Director of Commercialization and Business Development for Herman Miller’s IoT solutions. His work focuses on applying emerging technologies to enhance the value and performance of Herman Miller’s existing and future product portfolio. This is Ryan’s twenty-third year in the office furniture industry where his career has focused on helping organizations to evolve their work environments to adapt to changes in technology and work.
Peter Asmus is a principal research analyst contributing to Navigant Research’s Energy Technologies program, with a focus on emerging energy distribution networks models such as nanogrids, microgrids, and virtual power plants. His expertise also includes wind energy, marine hydrokinetic technologies and renewables generally. Asmus has over 28 years of experience in energy and environmental markets as an analyst, writer, book author and consultant.
Howard Berger has over 30 years ofexperience in technology and commercial/investment real estate. As Realcomm's Program Director, 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.
Carl Brady is Stream Realty Partners' Chief Technology Officer, specializing in the company's computer network infrastructure planning, implementation and management. Carl joined Stream Realty in 1999 with 16 years experience in commercial property management and information technology. Since then, and also while serving as a Senior Property Manager, he has called upon his experience to implement numerous advances in technology for the firm during its growth. His unique experience in technology, property management and other aspects of the real estate industry, coupled with his education, enable him to provide an exceptional level of insight and vision toward Stream's technology needs for today and the future.
Clayton Broemsen is VP of IT Infrastructure for Cousins Properties, a REIT based in Atlanta, GA. He is responsible for all aspects of Cousins’ IT Infrastructure as it applies to the Corporate Office and Property Infrastructure including Networks, End User Devices, Security, Data Centers and Disaster Recovery.
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.
Franco Castaldini is a veteran marketing, business development and product strategy executive who has led high-growth go-to-market strategies for innovative startups and large global enterprises. He joins ThoughtWire as its Chief Commercial Officer from GE Digital where he led the commercial strategy for a high-productivity application development platform. Franco joined GE Digital with the acquisition of Bit Stew Systems, where he helped to position the company for rapid growth and their successful exit in late 2016 for $208 million.
Gordon Echlin is Vice President Marketing and Business Development for Triacta Power Solutions LP, where he has been a management team member since 2009. Prior to Triacta, Gordon was a partner for a boutique venture capital firm, Venture Coaches from 2006 to 2009, and started a telematics company, Netistix Technologies, in 2002.
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.
Gregg Fischer is the Director of Energy Systems under the Design + Construction Sustainability and Utilities division of Tishman Speyer. He manages both supply contracts and demand side energy usage for more than 55,000,000 square feet of class A commercial property including buildings like Rockefeller Center (New York), The Metlife Building (New York), The Chrysler Building (New York), The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and The Franklin (Chicago). His central focus is to improve existing building operational ease, energy strategies, and technology systems to ensure the portfolio remains high performing and competitive in a difficult real estate environment.
With 25+ years of property management experience, David Giddings currently directs Oxford Properties' National Operating & Technical services initiatives aimed at enhancing site delivery of service excellence and best operating practices enhancing returns for its stakeholders. He leads the team of individuals that deliver programs leveraging Oxfords scale to address efficiency, expertise and governance. David's current focus is largely on Oxford’s Smart Building’s initiative ensuring the assets are future proofed to address occupants, visitors and shoppers demands for a connected experience.
Marc Gittleman oversees third party services throughout Rising's three million plus SF commercial real estate portfolio, business development of integrated verticals and its energy, sustainability and technology initiatives. He has also participated as a GP investor in over $600M of transactions. Marc is also CEO & Co-Founder of 5x5 Telecom, a fiber optic ISP and smart-building platform located in Los Angeles. He is a noted expert in real estate innovation.
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.
Jason Houck has over fourteen years of experience implementing and servicing Building Automation and Security Systems. His responsibilities include project management, programming, network design, and verification of building systems for both retrofit and new construction projects. This includes system design, operating improvements, and system integration by utilizing application specific technology. His system experience combined and building knowledge is a championship combination in today's smart building industry. Jason also has an extensive IT background which allows him to fully appreciate the importance of a properly designed network. He has the unique ability to take all of his system, building and IT knowledge and effectively communicate any potential issues, favorable solutions, or operating recommendations to any member of the task regardless of their industry background. This effective communication allows him to bridge the communication gap between members within IT, Project Management, Financial, Maintenance and Service.
Bryan Huber serves as the COO of CleanSpark a San Diego based technology company whose services enable large power users to meet their objectives for utility cost savings, greenhouse gas reductions, and energy security while also unlocking revenue potential that boosts Net Operating Income and Net Asset Value for property owners. Bryan’s background includes executive positions spanning feasibility, design, finance, implementation, and operational stages of complex power projects.
As CIO at Meridian Capital, Sandy Jacolow oversees the firm’s nationwide innovation and technology initiatives that support the company’s brokerage, investment sales and retail leasing businesses and growth activities.
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.
Brad Klenz is Principal IoT Analytics Architect at SAS. His responsibilities include the design and integration of analytics required by SAS’ IoT solutions. His recent projects include the use of machine learning for energy and operational efficiency in smart building environments, and real-time streaming analytics for event identification on the power grid.
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.
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.
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.
Charles Matta, FAIA, is Director for the Center for Building Information Programs at GSA, and Deputy CIO for the Public Buildings IT Services. He previously served as Director for GSA's Federal Buildings & Modernizations overseeing a program of 120 public buildings nationwide. harles is former President of AIA Northern Virginia and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his industry contributions to the practice of Architecture.
Ted Maulucci is the President of SmartONE Solutions, a company committed to advancing the digital living experience in communities. He assumed the role of President at SmartONE after a 26 year career as the Chief Information Officer of a leading Toronto based multi-family real estate developer. He was recognized as the Private Sector Canadian CIO of the Year in 2016 for his achievements in connected buildings.
Paul Maximuk is Energy Manager for Ford Land Energy where he is currently is providing project and program technical guidance to implement global metering of electric, natural gas, steam, water and compressed air systems. He is an Energy Engineer with over 30 years of experience in the HVAC/BMS field. He is an SME specializing in building management and energy reduction. Paul has focused his efforts in large industrial facilities but also has equal expertise in Class A buildings. Additionally he is a problem solver finding the root cause of why mechanical systems do not operate at their peak efficiency.
Brennan McReynolds is passionate about how technology can enhance and inform workplace experience. He is the Global Product & Technology lead for Host, a proprietary service offering for corporate occupiers and institutional property investors designed to meet the rapidly growing demand for enhanced employee experience in the workplace. Led by people and enabled by technology, Host allows both occupiers and investors to manage workplace needs through intelligent, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven experiences.
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.
Marc is a pioneer in leading the Intelligent/Smart Buildings and M2M movements pushing the industry forward and has contributed to transforming and changing the Intelligent Buildings and M2M (now IoT) industries. As Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for Lynxspring Marc leads corporate and product marketing, strategy, brand management, public relations and communications that support the company’s strategic and growth initiatives.
John Petze is a partner and co-founder at SkyFoundry, the developers of SkySpark™, an analytics platform for building, energy and equipment data. John has over 35 years of experience in building automation, energy management and M2M, having served in senior level positions for manufacturers of hardware and software products. At SkyFoundry he helps owners take advantage of advanced operational analytics to create truly intelligent and efficient buildings.
Shanti Pless is a Senior Energy Efficiency Researcher in the Commercial Buildings Research Group at DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He current research focus includes zero energy district planning and high performance demonstration projects.
Steve Pullins is VP of Development for Dynamic Energy Networks (“DEN”) and has more than 40 years of utility industry experience in operations, maintenance, engineering, microgrids, and renewables project development. He has worked with more than 20 utilities in Smart Grid strategies, renewables strategies, power system optimization and microgrids.
Ed Purver is Creative Director at Cocolab, a multidisciplinary studio that creates experiences designed to erase the line between the daily and the extraordinary. An award winning installation artist, and former creative lead at ESI Design and Obscura Digital, his work focuses on integrations of digital experience into the built environment with the purpose of building new relationships between places and the people who use them.
Whitney Ranasinghe is a Business Analyst in the Environmental & Property Solutions organization at ExxonMobil, responsible for delivering technology solutions to enable data-driven insights and improve resident experience across a global real estate portfolio.
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.
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.
Limor is an international corporate attorney, market strategist, and entrepreneur. She leads TIA’s Smart Building Program, which is creating a marketplace for the ICT and real property ecosystems through the development of best practices, specifications and standards for the smart built environment. In addition to her work in the legal, theme park, video game and technology industries, Limor was former President, World Future Society DC Chapter; and is Chair Emeritus, IPv6 Forum Israel Chapter.
Brian Schwartz is responsible for Smart Building Infrastructure at over 50 centers portflio wide. He oversees the installation and support for CCTVm Wi-Fim Energy Management, shopper counting, and DAS. Brian support digital marketing initiatives including digital signage and property websites.
Tom Shircliff is a co-founder and principal of Intelligent Buildings, a nationally recognized smart real estate professional services company that was started in 2004. Intelligent Buildings provides planning and implementation of next generation strategy for new buildings, existing portfolios and urban communities. Tom is a speaker and collaborator with numerous universities and national laboratories, a gubernatorial appointee for energy strategy and policy and founding Chairman of Envision Charlotte, a Clinton Global Initiative.
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.
Marina Sofos manages the Building Technologies Office’s R&D portfolio in optimizing smart building operations through emerging sensor and control technologies at the U.S. Department of Energy. Her overall interest is in transforming the flexibility of the built environment to enable the modernization of the electric grid through advancements in control strategies.
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 Stello to both differentiate and increase the value of its properties by structuring innovative agreements with national cellular carriers and other related technology providers.
Stuart Walker Strickland is a Distinguished Technologist in the Office of the CTO at Aruba Networks with a focus on strategic planning for Wi-Fi in the context of 5th Generation cellular networks. He has been with Aruba for three years and represents its interests in 3GPP, WFA, IEEE, and WBA on issues relating to spectrum allocation, Wi-Fi/cellular coexistence and integrated network architectures.
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 Data, Analytics & Technology Manager at ExxonMobil, delivering on the promise of transformational change enabled by digital technologies across the entire global real estate portfolio.
Casey Talon is a principal research analyst with Navigant Research, contributing to the Building Innovations program. With a background in economics, environmental science, and policy, she has deep experience as an analyst and consultant in the building technology sector. Prior to joining Navigant, Casey worked with both public and private sector clients as an analyst and consultant focused on energy efficiency, building technologies, sustainability and climate change.
Kent helps guide the strategic oversight of Brookfield’s office portfolio in New York, Washington, D.C., and Boston, focusing on redevelopment projects and complex lease transactions. He manages relationships with Joint Venture Partners and is responsible for implementing innovative technologies to enhance customer experience and improve operations. He is also part of Brookfield’s Global Corporate Development Group, which is responsible for strengthening relationships with the Company’s customers and cultivating partnerships which are complementary to Brookfield’s businesses.
Trent Tursi is a highly accomplished Fortune 500 Executive Leader with exceptional vision, strategy and sales acumen complemented by proven results in business transformation models. Having previously worked for Johnson Controls, Trent currently is in charge of the digital building / digital workplace segment for CompuCom, a wholly owned subsidiary of Office Depot, where he leads pursuit across Building Owners and IT executives sharing the ‘new way’ to deliver functionality across IT systems.
Leroy Walden has worked in various leadership positions in the Building Controls and Automation industry for forty years. He is passionate in the pursuit of the growing uses of technology in sustainable building operations. Leroy bring specific insights to smart devices and equipment and how open source integration platforms will transform building maintenance in the coming decades.
Jim Whalen serves as SVP and CIO responsible for the direction and implementation of technology and applications at Boston Properties, a fully integrated real estate investment trust and one of the largest owners and developers of Class-A office properties in the United States. Over a 27-year IT career, Jim has supported real estate operations ranging from residential, construction, public housing, commercial office and retail.
Charles Whiteley is a relative newcomer to the CRE space but brings an external perspective and focus on technology and innovation garnered through 10+ years as a management consultant for Big 4 firms. At ExxonMobil, he is focused on smart building global strategy, digitally connected workers, immersive digital resident experience and maximizing the value that CRE generates for the firm’s business lines globally.
Leighton Wolffe is the co-founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners, 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.
Park Wong is VP, IT of Oxford Properties. He is responsible for providing IT vision, strategy and leadership while partnering with the business leaders in leading and driving both traditional IT services as well as proactively proposing innovative solutions to solve increasingly scalable business needs.
Leon Wurfel is the CEO of BUENO. Leon founded BUENO in partnership with Airmaster Australia with the aim of utilising current and emerging technologies to drive innovative sustainability and operations solutions.
Founder of Realcomm Conference Group, an education organization that produces Realcomm, IBcon and CoRE Tech, the world's leading conferences on technology, automated business solutions, intelligent buildings and energy efficiency for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. As CEO, Jim interacts with some of the largest companies globally pertaining to some of the most advanced and progressive next generation real estate projects under development.