As Chief Product Officer at MRI Software, Saurabh Abhyankar is responsible for overseeing the company’s global product strategy and leading the product management organization. He has more than 15 years of experience bringing new products to market, leading product management teams, and evangelizing products globally to drive revenue and adoption. He is passionate about improving people’s lives through innovations in data and UX.
Francisco Acoba is a principal at Ernst & Young LLP with more than 24 years of global experience providing management consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and the world’s largest public sector entities.
Warren Adair is responsible for leading the LMH Information Technology (IT) team in designing, developing, and implementing organizational information systems and software applications. Adair is Security+ and CISSP certified and brings over 25 years of experience, expertise, and leadership to this role.
Farooz Alikhan is Managing Director IT of DivcoWest and is responsible for all IT resources and initiatives. With his more than 17 years of experience, he helps define and execute the IT strategy in line with the overall business strategy.
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.
Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries, including healthcare, biotechnology, education, commercial office real estate and manufacturing. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’. He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy.
Lauren Alpeyrie is a Director of Global Innovation at PGIM Real Estate, where she manages strategic projects and partnerships to advance innovation, adoption of new technology, and data strategy across PGIM Real Estate’s global debt and equity businesses. She has over 10 years of experience leading efforts in digital transformation, growth and go-to-market strategy, and transaction advisory in technology and commercial real estate.
Aaron Altscher is the Director of Technology Initiatives at Carr Properties. Aaron leads IT innovation efforts and is the architect and developer for Carr’s Data Analytics, IoT, Machine Learning/AI, and Hospitality platforms. Aaron’s 2022 focus is on IT innovation around data automation and the return to work movement.
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.
Marlena Badway has fifteen years of experience in commercial real estate focused on strategy and business transformation. Marlena has deep real estate domain expertise, having worked with global Real Estate Owners and Investment Managers operating portfolios across all asset sectors and several geographic markets, including the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Raul Bammi is the Chief Business Officer at View, the leader in smart building technologies. In his role at View, he leads the product management, business operations, sales, business development, strategy, and marketing functions for View. Previously, Bammi was the Vice President of Product Management and Marketing at Lumileds, where he helped double LED revenues to over $1 billion in four years. Before Lumileds, Rahul spent 20 years growing businesses at KLA, Hynix Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, and Motorola.
Chris Barbier is the Senior Director for Investment Management at Yardi, working with clients, sales, services, and the product team in delivering real estate investment solutions. He has over 27 years of experience working with global software, financial, and professional service businesses. Chris has worked in many aspects of the real estate investment management industry, including product management, consulting, technology leadership, and portfolio accounting as a former CPA.
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.
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.
Howard Berger has over 30 years of experience 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.
Kimberly Bertz is a change management, organization strategy and operations leader. She leads Wells Fargo's Workplace Services and Experience. Her team delivers leading edge workplaces that integrate digital innovation and responsive services and tools and environments to support a collaboration-rich environment. Her team is also responsible for critical back-end services and systems supporting lease/records management, digital platforms for real estate, properties-related help desk and enterprise event centers.
Patrick Biesty serves as the Director of Engineering & Building Performance at Sterling Bay. With over 20 years of extensive experience in building engineering and management, Patrick oversees all aspects of the firm's engineering efforts across its entire portfolio, including the management of over 80 field engineering professionals. Patrick also oversees MEP due diligence during acquisitions and dispositions, building performance and sustainability, and OSHA compliance and safety.
Gunita Bindra is the VP of Commercial Product for the Paymode-X suite of invoice and payment solutions, and a product and growth leader for Bottomline. With 10+ years' experience leading teams in developing and executing strategic products and partnerships for evolving business needs, Gunita leads Paymode-X as the solution seeks to meet and exceed the market's needs and transform customer AP functions through enhanced automation, security, and efficiency.
Andy Birch is an experienced business software professional with a unique blend of marketing, technical, industry, product and sales expertise. Proven success in delivering sales and marketing programs that achieve game-changing results. Particularly strong at taking complex issues and turning them into understandable value propositions for customers and partners.
Cedar Blazek is a program analyst within BTO’s Commercial Buildings Integration program. Her work at BTO focuses on field validation of promising commercial building technologies, partnerships with private-sector building owners, and strategies to accelerate Advanced Building Construction.
Rudy Bohince is the Director of Engineering and Technology for Albireo Energy . Rudy is responsible for managing a team of design and software engineers to support the sales and installation of smart building technologies. He has been in the energy and smart building industry for 15 years and has worked on a wide range of commercial, mission critical, and healthcare projects across the country.
Kristian Bouw is the founder and Chief Scientist at Notiontheory, a metaverse R&D lab working with Fortune 500 organizations globally to build emerging tech solutions. In his role, Kristian leads research and technology covering a multitude of core emerging technology components that include procedural content authoring, intelligent agents, adaptive biometric systems, real-time rendering, computational geometry, and more. His work at Notiontheory is focused on the infrastructure and presentation layers of the metaverse.
Gary Brandeis is currently leading the efforts of Vertalo in the real estate industry. Vertalo is an industry-leading solution for digital asset lifecycle management. A consummate entrepreneur, he has over three decades of experience of senior level and partnership positions with various leading CRE organizations and also as a principal partner in four real estate investment funds with over $350 million in all property types and investment strategies.
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.
Anto Budiardjo is CEO of Padi.io. He has been a veteran in the connected building space since 1989, having developed numerous integration platforms for buildings focused on interoperability. Today, Anto focuses on system integration in the Internet era with an online platform Padi.io. Core to Padi is the advocacy of CNS/CP (Connection Profiles), an interoperation mechanism being adopted as the open mechanism by Digital Twin communities.
Rohan Bulchandani is the founder of Retransform, a provider of proptech, technology solutions and business managed services to the real estate industry. Passionate about real estate, technology and education, Rohan works closely with customers and teams in areas spanning Data Analytics, SaaS platforms and Digital Twins to further the ESG agenda. Rohan is a trustee at the Real Estate Management Institute and serves on the IMC committee for Urban Development, Smart-Cities, Real Estate & Infrastructure.
Lindsey Burke is an Investor at GreenPoint Partners, where she sources, analyzes and invests in high growth technology companies transforming the functionality, value and social/environmental impacts of real assets globally. Lindsey also facilitates engagement and connectivity between investors and current and prospective portfolio companies. After starting her career at BlackRock, she spent 3.5 years in Blackstone’s Real Estate Private Equity business, where in addition to asset and portfolio management, she helped grow and implement the firm’s PropTech strategy.
Charles Buscarino is a recognized leader in the design and implementation of integrated smart building systems. He founded The Clarient Group (TCG) in 2002 and under his leadership, TCG has developed innovative solutions for more than 100 clients and 55 million square feet of properties, including many well-known signature projects.
Thomas Byrne joined Dealpath in 2022 as Executive Director, serving in numerous significant board, advisory and leadership positions across several high-growth proptech companies. Previously, he held key leadership roles at VTS, where he had most recently served as General Manager of Marketplaces and VTS Market.
Jesse Carrillo is Chief Innovation Officer for The Howard Hughes Corporation. He oversees the strategy and operation of the company’s innovation and technology platforms across HHC’s national portfolio of large-scale master planned communities (MPCs) and mixed-use properties. Previously, he was CIO at Hines directing all corporate technology, strategy and standards for the global real estate firm worldwide.
John Chung is Vice President, Portfolio Technology, Enterprise Innovation at QuadReal Property Group. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate currently focusing on technology within the built environment including IoT, AI/ML, Data Management, Cloud, and Smart Buildings.
Cory Clarke leads product management at View for the Smart Building Cloud, the industry’s first complete, cloud-native platform for smart buildings. He brings 20+ years of experience bridging technology and design to deliver compelling user experiences. Trained as an architect, he transitioned to software development and worked with start-ups and enterprises on products from 3D gaming to prefab manufacturing.
Joe Consolo is an industry principal with more than 20 years of business leadership experience. He has expertise in business development, operational excellence, sustainability and team leadership. Joe worked in multiple industries, including the energy, commercial, oil and gas, semiconductor, and medical fields. He started his career at Yardi in 2016 and has been instrumental in leading our growing energy business.
Steve Corcoran has over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry and has seen and done it all. It is from that base that he can see how the way we have done things in the past needs to improve and evolve along with new technologies and green building standards.
Brad is the Sales Director for Abound & Digital products at Automated Logic, a division of Carrier Global Corp, a leading provider of innovative building automation, IoT, and energy management solutions. Brad has over 14 years of HVAC & BMS industry experience across all sectors of the business in various roles in global and domestic, sales, product management, and business development responsibilities.
Bill Cune is responsible for understanding the intersection between technology trends and market needs to define and create new approaches to deliver future ready network and connectivity solutions. This includes identifying and collaborating with key ecosystem players and customers to deliver differentiated optical solutions that re-define networking in the millennial era. Bill’s wide-ranging industry expertise enables him to provide a broad perspective from which to evaluate new trends in the market and in technology.
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.
Brian Daugherty is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. Brian is an accomplished accounting and financial systems specialist with 20 years of expertise specifically within the real estate industry. He is highly skilled in accounting, finance and technology and has successfully delivered over $25 billion of real estate M&A work. Brian is well versed in designing and implementing effective operational, organizational and technical strategies to help real estate companies run better.
Jose de Castro is a prolific speaker on topics including the API economy, remote collaboration, and the role that AI and machine learning will play in the way we work and live over the next decade.
James Dearsley is recognised as one of the leading thought leaders on the future of the real estate market. His role as the Co-Founder of Unissu, the trusted PropTech procurement portal, means he has an unrivalled perspective on global PropTech trends. Surveying over 10,000 PropTech businesses, and being exposed to the challenges from the global property market gives James an incredible insight into the property market.
Edi Demaj is one of the Co-Founders of KODE Labs and is a key contributor to the vision and roadmap for the company. He is responsible for helping bridge the gap between technology, product and other areas within the company. Prior to KODE Labs, he was the Co-Founder of Rocket Fiber, top three fastest internet providers in America and a Managed Services provider.
Etrit Demaj, Co-Founder of KODE Labs, leads the company’s operations, with responsibility for businesses in North America and Europe. He also oversees the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into emerging markets. Before KODE Labs, Etrit helped run operations and sales with other companies in the industry.
Vincent Dermody is a pragmatic and outcome-focused Executive Strategy Advisor with a record of establishing a common vision and vocabulary for business stakeholders. Currently, he runs the global smart building practice for CohnReznick and has been involved in setting strategies and delivering outcomes for significant projects and high-profile companies. Vincent delivers digital outcomes for the built environment that delivers real benefit to investors and occupiers. Vincent has over 25 years of providing IT leadership across Real Estate, Finance, Entertainment, Hi-Tech Manufacturing and Utilities sectors, with market leading skills in Strategy, Architecture and Innovation.
James Dice, PE, CEM, CMVP is the founder of Nexus Labs, a weekly blog, podcast, online school, and consultancy striving to create smarter, more efficient buildings. Its goal is to help tell remarkable stories that will educate and move the industry forward. Nexus Labs provides a free weekly newsletter and podcast covering the latest trends in smart buildings technology. James holds a professional engineering license and has a background in energy management, data analytics, commissioning, and HVAC design.
Francis Duggan an enterprise AE for OpenSpace.ai which provides automated AI generated progress tracking/pay-apps, 360 photo documentation software for remote visibility, powerful integrations, and the smartest analytics tools in the industry. Prior to OpenSpace.ai, Francis built a Zillow competitor, RealScout (2013). Before that he as an early employee of Honest Buildings (HB) a commercial real estate project management solution that First Capital Realty, Oxford, Rudin, SL Green, JLL and others invested in before its acquisition by Procore in 2019. While Procore was preparing to IPO, Francis connected with one of Procore’s top partners, OpenSpace.ai, and the rest is history.
Bruce Duyshart is a technologist, strategist, and facilitator with a professional background in architecture, planning, design, property development and information technology. As the founder and principal of Meld Strategies, Australia’s leading Smart Building Consultancy, he has been at the forefront of innovation within the property industry for more than 30 years.
Beth Eckenrode is co-founder of AUROS Group which merges building science and data science to cost effectively reach zero energy, zero carbon and healthy indoor air quality. AUROS Group's secret sauce lies is their proprietary integrated digital twin technology which demonstrates if a building is performing as it was designed and constructed to perform. Beth is co-author of the new book, the Power of Existing Buildings and is certified in many building performance standards.
Brad Edey is the Director of Data & Automation at First Capital REIT where he executes the enterprise data strategy and the digital transformation of business processes. Brad has a 15-year technology career in the real estate and investment management industries – and has built about the same number of data warehouses.
Robert Entin is currently EVP and CIO for Vornado Realty Trust, one of the nation's largest real estate investment trusts. Robert 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.
Jeff Ewing directs 5Q’s Security Operations and Architecture Services. Throughout the first portion of his 25+ career, Jeff provided management consulting and technology advisory services to C-Level and IT Leadership across all real estate verticals. As a trusted consultant, he has executed projects for clients around cloud transformation services, process automation, infrastructure design and data governance. Since obtaining a CISSP in 2012, Jeff has been instrumental in cyber security solutions such as secure cloud applications development, maturity assessments and remediation, awareness training programs and the development of cyber security polices and procedures.
Katherine is the Global lead of Google’s BOS Program and the manager of the IoT TPM team, transforming how Google approaches and delivers Digital Buildings. She is leading the team to create high quality globally scalable standards and solutions aimed to deliver secure, data-driven business cases.
Talia Fine is the SVP, Information Technology, responsible for the strategy and oversight of technology at Tanger Outlets. Prior to joining Tanger, Talia worked at Brookfield in both the office and retail sectors. She has over 15 years of experience in the real estate industry.
Robert Fitzgerald is the Regional Technology Director for JLL Technologies. In this role, Robert helps clients shape their digital transformation strategy. He and his team provide advisory and consulting expertise to clients to help identify, select, implement, and sustain workplace technologies, bringing fit for purpose solutions that deliver targeted business outcomes supporting workplace experience, portfolio optimization, operational efficiency, and carbon footprint reduction. Prior to his current role, Robert held several leadership roles with Nokia Workplace Resources helping transform their portfolio, organization and digital landscape globally.
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.
Andy Frank is a veteran in the built environment. Starting at Tridium, where he led front-end development for the core team that built Niagara AX where today Niagara has over 1,000,000 instances installed, 20,000+ certified Niagara engineers, and 1000’s of partners & developers. Then Andy co-founded SkyFoundry, creators of SkySpark, the industry-leading building analytics FDD platform. SkySpark is used across 15,000+ buildings and over 1 billion sqft worldwide. Today, he is the Founder and Principal at Novant — who are radically simplifying how data is extracted and managed in buildings — creating the digital foundation for any smart building strategy.
Michael Frazee is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Lendlease, a globally integrated real estate and investment group committed to the creation of communities which thrive. With over 28 years of IT experience at Lendlease, Michael is a trusted leader in building global teams and large-scale security programs that address cybersecurity, technology risk and enhance operational resilience. Michael also serves on the Leadership Board of the Real Estate Cyber Consortium (RECC), an organisation focused on elevating awareness across the real estate community about cyber security preparedness for buildings and facilities.
Peter Gaffney is the Head of Research at Security Token Advisors, where he facilitates the tokenization of assets for clients ranging from Real Estate managers to Private Equity & Venture Capital to Pre-IPO shares. He published ‘The State of Security Tokens 2022’ as a baseline of knowledge for the industry, and works to create a more fluid ecosystem among industry participants, platforms, and services, including an institutional education partnership with investment manager Arca.
David Gallagher leads the Digital Buildings team at Oxford Properties, an owner, manager, and developer of commercial real estate with a portfolio of over 300 buildings around the world. David is responsible for the strategy and the execution of Oxford’s digital building technology initiatives. Key projects include digital twinning and the data driven optimization of buildings.
Joe Gaspardone has managed the triple-digit growth of Intelligent Riser installations since 2016. For over 30 years, he has been known in CRE as a “five-tool player,” with real-world experience in CRE technology, finance, syndication, management, and ownership. Throughout his 30-year career in CRE, Joe has focused on the process of creating efficient solutions to complex problems. He has delivered a multitude of innovative technology solutions that today serve many of the world’s largest commercial real estate companies.
Susan Gerock currently serves as SVP, Information Technology and CIO for Elme Communities, formerly known as WashREIT. She has over 25 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.
As the Head of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development for MetaProp, Zander Geronimos leads relationships and communications with key players across the real estate value chain and acts as a conduit between strategic real estate firms and the emerging PropTech community.
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.
As CEO, Don Goldstein is responsible for the overall leadership, operations, cyber security strategy, and direction of 5Q’s four service lines. He is an accomplished, award winning C-Level technology executive as Global CIO and CISO, with a distinguished 37-year career of providing robust technology and cyber security solutions to enable business growth. He possesses over 22 years of commercial real estate experience across all lines of business with the largest commercial real estate services, investment management and development company in the world.
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.
Fred Gordy is an industry expert within building intelligence data analysis for building control and power monitoring systems with emphasis on cybersecurity. With over 18 years in the BAS space, over 6 years of BAS cybersecurity and 20 years in the IT space, Gordy is nationally recognized as a cybersecurity thought leader and speaker. He is currently working with a national top 5 healthcare provider, acting as Facility Operation SME for the customer’s national facility group cybersecurity programs and is also actively involved cyber assessments for REITs, retail, US and Canadian government facilities. Additionally, Gordy has developed Intelligent Building’s Smart Building technology assessment processes and tools.
Sergey Gutkin a proven leader, specializing in business development, operations management, and master system integration. He has successfully structured and executed various strategic programs across many large enterprise portfolios. In addition, he is responsible for continuously improving and growing the IBIS firm. Sergey Gutkin continues to bridge the gap between technology and business requirements to successfully exceed client expectations.
As a key member of Stanford University’s Sustainability and Energy Management (SEM) team, Gerry Hamilton oversees the department’s long-term energy use planning; designs, implements, and directs assessment and outreach for sustainability programs; oversees business systems and analytics initiatives; and steers academic integration to aid program implementation.
Gregg Haverstick is an Enterprise Managing Consultant with RealFoundations. With more than 20 years of real estate management and consulting background, Gregg has a deep understanding of multi-sector operations, real estate enterprise strategy and industry-leading technologies. Over the course of his career, he has leveraged this knowledge to strengthen the operating platforms of many prominent commercial, retail and multifamily owner/operators, and developers.
Kaynam Hedayat is VP Product Management, EcoStruxure Building, responsible product definition, strategy and roadmap for transforming Schneider Electric’s position in Smart Buildings. Hedayat has also held leadership roles at Digital Lumens, EXFO and Brix Network Corporation. He has authored several standards in the area of computer networks and service assurance and holds nine patents.
Amy Hedrick is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Cleanbox Technology. Hedrick is a thought leader in the applications of immersive technology as industry disruptors, and brings innovation ideas and new market opportunities to Cleanbox’s smart tech hygiene product lines. She has led multiple teams from project inception and funding, to planning and execution, proving herself an effective leader in multiple industries over the past decade.
John M. Hester is the owner and chief consultant at Hester Consulting, which specializes in helpings facilities managers and other consulting firms in Energy Management, Building Operations, Smart Building Application and Program Management. He 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.
Sam Hocking is the co-founder of Vertis, a data science platform that helps companies make the most efficient decisions about their location and talent. He is a dedicated entrepreneur with 35 years of experience working at the intersection of data and analytics across the media, education, banking and technology sectors. Sam is passionate about the enormous benefits of using the billions of data points made available us to daily and applying them to decision making around the future of work for the fastest growing companies in the economy.
Russ Holton leads the Building Management System design, integration, project management, commissioning, retro commissioning, functional testing, service and support for the Bedrock Detroit and the Bedrock Cleveland Real Estate Portfolio. The portfolio currently has 55 commercial and residential sites approaching 15 million square feet of integrated properties.
Jeff Holzinger is a 20+ year wireless industry veteran. Jeff is currently a Senior Director in T-Mobile’s National Development organization and oversees the strategy and deployment for non-macro deployments which include small cells and in-building solutions.
Horchak founded Zerv in 2018, a concept born out of public parking inefficiencies and a desire to digitize the physical world. He began his career as a portfolio manager at Fisher Investments and U.S. Trust (Bank of America’s Private Bank). Today, the team includes nearly 50 employees throughout the U.S. and India. Zerv closed on $15 million in Series A funding in 2021.
Gretchen Horn is the Retail CTO for Brookfield Properties, one of the largest retail real estate companies in the United States. The company has 130+ properties spanning 40 states and operate over 125 million square feet of retail space. In her 16-year career in real estate, Gretchen have seen property tech soar and it continues to accelerate. Done right, technology is a game changer for Brookfield's employees, tenants and the communities that surround them.
Ali Hoss is Triovest’s Vice President of Sustainability and Innovation responsible for advancing ESG performance and innovation for a portfolio of $12B of commercial properties. He has over 20 years of work experience in sustainability and energy management and is regarded as a strategic builder of unique products and services for design and implementation of energy conservation and GHG emission mitigation projects.
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.
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.
Sandy Jacolow is the SVP, CTO at Empire State Realty Trust. He oversees technology innovation supporting Property Management, ESG, and PropTech activities. He also runs ESRT’s IT and OT Cybersecurity programs working closely with the Information Technology and Compliance teams to monitor and mitigate risk associated with today’s cyber threats. He also serves as Chairperson of the REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) Cybersecurity committee.
Dale Johnston is SVP, CIO of Regency Center where he oversees the its information technology team nationwide and advances the company’s information and technology platforms. He has 16 years of experience in leading technology teams and projects for commercial real estate companies.
Thomas Kaufman is the Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate at United Therapeutics, a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of innovative products to address the unmet medical needs of patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases. He is responsible for managing the entitlement, design and construction of the company’s new headquarters, the largest commercial site-net zero building on the East Coast.
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.
Harish Kumar is the founding director of GrydSense, a technology company focused on building products and solutions for the proptech industry. He is visionary leader with 25+ years experience in building commercial and industrial products for SMART buildings and cities. He also envisioned & built Larsen & TouBro iBEMS and has rolled out globally including fortune 500 companies. Furthermore, Harish executed large scale projects including citywide lighting control in UK, citywide solar cell monitoring in the US.
Ken Kurz brings over 20 years of leadership and operational experience in cybersecurity, network technologies, information systems, risk mitigation and remediation, and technical project management to COPT. Supporting COPT as CIO since 2016, he has prior experience as the CISO for the University of Delaware, CISO for the University of Oklahoma, and CIO for the US Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation. He has also held various technical and leadership positions within the Department of Defense.
Sabine Lam is the Building Operating Systems (BOS) Global Lead for Google's Real Estate and Workplace Services (REWS) organization. In this role, she focuses on bringing the connected building vision to the forefront of Google real estate and facilities operations teams and equips them to deliver next generation services and workspaces to enhance employee's security and productivity.
Thano Lambrinos has over 15 years’ experience in the construction and building technologies space, and leverages digital transformation learnings across vertical markets to drive innovation and change in commercial real estate. At QuadReal, Thano works to deploy advanced technologies that redefine the way buildings are designed, built, managed, and how the occupants experience their environments. As Senior Vice President, he leads the Digital Buildings, Customer Experience & Innovation teams, and is focused on the development and execution of the digital strategy across a global real estate portfolio.
Anthony Lanni is Executive Vice President, Residential, of QuadReal where he is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the company's Canadian Residential and Seniors Housing portfolios, the sector’s integrated investment management, technical services and property management functional areas. With demonstrated leadership in acquisitions, development and construction, Anthony brings a deep understanding of markets and design to the QuadReal leadership team.
Donnie Law has over 29 years of experience in enterprise real estate management software development and best-practice implementations. His experience began at Walmart where he was responsible for the design and development of their architecture, construction and real estate system. Since then Donnie has developed and delivered REM and utility billing software solutions to customers around the world. As a thought leader, he is often sought out for advice and recommendations.
Cecilia Li has more than 20 years of experience as a proven technology strategist and business transformation expert. She is currently the SVP, CIO of Urban Edge Properties, a REIT that focused on management, acquiring, development and redevelopment of retail real estate in urban communities. Urban Edge owns 77 properties totaling 16.2 million square feet of gross leasable area.
Bayron Lopez is the Director, Operational Technology 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.
Cole is the co-founder and inventor of Mero Technologies, a startup revolutionizing the property management industry by providing intelligent management of labour through smart sensing technology. He leads a global team engaged in developing and maintaining Mero’s technical platform across hardware and web. His work has been featured in publications across Canada including the CBC, TechCrunch, and the Toronto Sun. Cole has also been a guest speaker at events with school boards, innovation hubs and business associations. Before starting Mero, he worked at one of Canada's largest property management companies and with smaller organizations in the technology/non-profit sector.
Stephen Macdonald has extensive global investment expertise and has held a number of leadership roles with major VC funds, in both APAC and Europe, specializing in PropTech and CleanTech. This experience is complemented by a deep understanding of real estate, having held C-Suite roles within real estate fund management and senior transaction roles.
As an information technology leader, Michael MacMahon has more than 18 years of experience pioneering and managing complex IT solutions. Through a history of collaboration with Fortune 500 companies, he is accomplished in providing technology consulting, training, strategic fiscal planning, and implementation.
As an ESG specialist for Schneider Electric’s building segment, Chris Maddern has invested over 15 years of experience in making the built environment a better environment. In addition to managing initiatives for his clients, Chris is currently also collaborating internally on Schneider Electric’s efforts on sustainability-focused automation through GBCI’s Arc platform – adding more than 300 of SE’s facilities into the tool for ongoing benchmarking and positive performance feedback.
Tammy Mahan is a Systems Analyst at Stanford University responsible for data integrations, ETL processes, and other data pipelines. She also administers the University’s main historian. Over the last 20 years, she has held multiple data and engineering roles across a variety of sectors, specializing in the design, implementation, and support of big data systems.
Justin Manikas is the co-founder and VP of Partnerships at Nomad Data. Throughout his 15-year career Justin has focused on building and monetizing data products to help investors, consultants, government agencies, and real estate professionals improve decision making.
Hazel Mann is principal for Zetta Advisory, an organization that help real estate investment management firms transform with practical technology solutions. She is an entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in real estate operations and technology, specializing in translating emerging technologies such as AI, blockchain and IoT for practical applications in the future of work.
Lewis Martin leads a team of talent solutions specialists in Smart Buildings & Real Estate Technology at CM Industrial. His team is proven in partnering with OEMs, system integrators, technology vendors, mechanical contractors and consultancies for Smart Building Technology & IoT, PropTech & Real Estate Technology and ESG & Climate technology. Within these markets, CM Industrial provide expert support for executive search, contract recruitment, volume projects and employer branding.
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.
Kevin McCann is a senior business technology executive with over 20 years of experience. Currently, he is Chief Information Officer at Phillips Edison & Company. Previously, Kevin was CIO and VP at IRC Retail Centers where he created and developed the company’s technology department, and set strategic technology goals. Previous to IRC, he was the IT Director for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies.
Eric McClanahan is the Associate Director of 5G & MEC Strategy and Innovation responsible for driving 4G and 5G In-Building strategy, design, implementation, and execution in Verizon Business Group. In addition, Eric leads a pre-sales solution engineering organization responsible for architecting complex machine to machine and IoT solutions over public and private wireless networks.
Clare Meredith is a Technology Program Manager at Google whose primary focus is within the Digital Building space. She leads a process known as Device Qualification which ensures devices deployed on Google networks meet strict network and security requirements. Clare started her career in Real Estate in Facilities Management in 2010, before moving to CBRE in 2017 as a Project Coordinator for the Google Enterprise Network team. From late 2020 until just recently, she chaired the Building Controls Steering Committee for an Alliance, working alongside peers across industry to promote the importance of high standards in cyber security.
Ed Merwin has over 46 years of experience in the building automation industry in field operations, sales, marketing, and management. Ed is currently the Director of Strategic Business working with Tridium marketing, engineering, and sales teams to support Tridium’s long term business strategy in various markets. He also works with end users, owners, consultants, and system integrators daily to help understand the technology needs of these valued customers.
Charles Meyers has over 40 years of financial systems and technology experience. Currently, he is spearheading the Real Estate Cyber Consortium (RECC) to elevate awareness across the real estate community to improve cybersecurity preparedness for buildings and facilities. He recently retired and was formerly the SVP & Chief Technical Architect, Corporate Property Group of Wells Fargo and was responsible for emerging technologies that optimize the company's real estate portfolio.
Nick Moore is a founding partner of Lionpoint Group, a global consultancy focused on delivering complex business and operations transformation initiatives to solve process and data inefficiencies within the alternative investments market.
Gamal Mustapha presently serves as the Director of Product Management at Delta Controls where he manages Delta’s product portfolio and new technology initiatives. He has over 25 years’ experience in the electronic design industry with 15 years in the building science and building automation industries. As former President of SMT, he facilitated research to construct the world’s tallest wood building, the creation of intelligent living labs and implementation of monitoring solutions in historic structures.
Quentin Nahum is a CFA charterholder with over 15 years experience in the investment industry. Expert in portfolio management, implementation of investment management solutions and a founding member of the Switchboard Exchange platform.
Ramesh Narayanan provides technology advisory to Mirvac’s Office and Industrial Division, leaning 20 years of experience in technology within the property industry. With the influx of emerging technologies, Ramesh has brought a complementary approach into the built environment, ensuring that a stable and secure technology platform is established before pushing the boundaries of innovation.
Sean Nealon is the Information Security leader for Brookfield Properties Group. In this role, he has created an information security program from the ground up and established a risk management strategy for their more than 70 companies across all real estate verticals including protecting a vast amount of IoT devices across the various portfolios.
Chuck Niswonger is the President of NiceNets Consulting, a veteran-owned, independent technology advisory services company specializing in commercial and corporate real estate. He provides businesses with unbiased guidance on technology strategy, selection, integration, and implementation. Chuck has also been a long-time partner with Realcomm as their Investment Management Board chairman.
Simon Okunev oversee the strategy and execution of Tishman Speyer's Global Information Technology function. He has 25 years of experience building and leading teams, as well as developing and implementing innovative technologies and systems.
Sean Olcott is VP of Product and Innovation at Gafcon Digital, a digital twin systems integrator for owners and operators of built assets. He leads a team of technologists and developers who build solutions to spec using emerging technologies and best-of-breed platforms. Sean has been at the bleeding edge of innovation in the real estate and construction industry since 2006, and has worked at industry start-ups that brought new solutions to the market for Building Information Modeling (BIM), business process outsourcing, managed service cloud platforms, and Digital Twin technologies.
As Vice President of Duke Realty’s Information Technology Department, Don Oldham leads technology solutions research and manages initiatives to digitize the real estate business model. He and his team are tasked with discovering new technology opportunities, reducing the cost of doing business and adding efficiency to business processes. They improve efficiencies through the development and implementation of innovative technologies.
Michael Osment is Bedrock's Chief Technology Officer leading its technology team in building services, enterprise project management systems, data management and IT. In this role, Osment will merge technology with physical buildings to create new environments that deliver better services, reduce energy usage and enhance digital infrastructure. Michael has more than 20 years as an information and technology executive.
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.
David is the Sustainability Manager for Mirvac’s $9 billion investment portfolio. He leads a team of in-house sustainability professionals who are responsible for the delivery of Mirvac’s This Changes Everything sustainability strategy across the Office, Industrial and Retail portfolios.
Sunder Pappu has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is currently the SVP Head of Technology Strategy at Inland Real Estate Group. 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.
Natalie Patton is Buildings IOT’s Director of Customer Success, leading the team responsible for all software implementations and ongoing support. With nearly 10 years in the building automation and controls industry, Natalie works across disciplines to ensure Buildings IOT’s SaaS products are delivered to the highest standards, meeting all project specifications and compatible with the long-term development goals of the company.
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.
Paige Pitcher is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at Moderne Ventures. She manages programming and relationships across the firm, including its Portfolio Companies, Passport Program and Corporate Innovation Advisory practice.Paige is a futurist, innovator, and intrapreneur with a decade's worth of experience in real estate development and corporate strategy. She is a TEDx speaker and has delivered keynote addresses on three continents urging the evolution of the built environment.
Jeremy Poteet is the EVP of Technology at JBG SMITH where he leads a team of business minded technologists responsible for technology and innovation based transformative initiatives. He has over 20 years in real estate technology across many asset types in the real estate space and is passionate about the adoption of technology and leading others in solving complex process, technology, reporting, and organizational challenges.
Soheil Pourhashemi is currently SVP and head of technology for Brookfield Properties commercial real estate in North America. He is responsible for establishing and executing the commercial real estate IT strategy, vision and roadmap for the office sector. He has a keen focus on data and analytics, automation, IoT and partnering with the business in executing new innovations across the portfolio. Brookfield Properties develops and operates more than 650 properties and 325 million square feet of high-quality, sustainability-focused real estate assets around the globe. It provides integrated services across all property investment strategies of Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with over $600 billion in AUM.
Dr Howard Radley and his team of data scientists, working with leading funds such as British Land, AIG and State Street, developed the PROMS platform to fundamentally change the way decisions are made in CRE through integrating asset, debt, economic and market data. PROMS uniquely measures risk and volatility to help investors to identify better assets and design portfolios to improve risk-adjusted returns.
As the Director of Information Technology at Woolbright Development, Luis Ramos is responsible for the corporate technology strategy, which includes the IT infrastructure and enterprise application platforms. Additionally, he is also responsible for implementing technology solutions toward the company’s existing business processes, and helping create new efficiencies throughout the company's business model. Since his arrival in 2004, his team has been responsible for the constant development of various industry-focused proprietary software applications and tools. These award-winning technologies have fundamentally changed the way commercial real estate has been done at Woolbright.
Adam Rashid is a Senior Vice President and Head of Smart Cities & Digital Infrastructure at JBG SMITH (“JBGS”). Mr. Rashid co-founded the Smart Cities & Digital Infrastructure practice at JBGS and is focused on building National Landing into one of the United States' first 5G smart cities at scale.
Paul Ricci is a partner and national leader of CohnReznick’s Technology+ group. Over the last 17 years, Paul has advised some of the largest companies in the U.S. and abroad on business strategy, major business transformation, process optimization, analytics enablement, system’s implementations, integrations, and conversions. Paul focuses on organizational entity and chart of accounts design, CRM, budgeting and forecasting, financial reporting, business intelligence, analytics, system selection, program and project management, change management, ERP implementations and upgrades, JD Edwards, IT strategy, data conversions and integrations.
Dr. Henning Roedel is the Robotics Lead at DPR Construction, a forward-thinking international general contractor specializing in technically complex and sustainable projects. He serves as an innovation leader and expert in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and High-performance materials for DPR, helping craft the implementation strategy of those technologies across the company.
With over 24 years of experience in PropTech, Mr. Roehl has been a part of its evolution going back to the DOS days. He endured Windows and Web based solutions that ultimately brought Real Estate technology to SaaS. Over his career, Dan has led sales teams at MRI, Yardi and RealPage. His experience crosses Property Management and Accounting Platforms as well as Asset Management Systems and ranges from small owner operators to global institutions. Dan Now brings CRE’s #1 rated Debt Management Platform to the market to optimize your debt.
Adriana Rojas is director of interiors for HOK’s Tampa studio. She has more than 20 years of experience providing design leadership for multidisciplinary projects in the U.S. and abroad. She uses her robust knowledge of interior architecture and workplace design to guide teams in the delivery of projects that exceed client expectations and inspire building occupants.
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.
Francisco Ruiz is the Global Infrastructure Strategist and Director of IoT for Real Estate and Facilities at Oracle. He leads a global team that’s responsible for the strategy, design, security and implementation of enterprise IoT Solutions across a 19 million square foot Real Estate Portfolio. Francisco is a recognized as a thought leader and subject matter expert in all things IoT and is a frequent speaker on related areas of expertise.
L.D. Salmanson has extensive experience founding, advising, and investing in leading private technology companies. Prior to founding Cherre, he served as Executive Director of Oppenheimer’s Private Shares Group, after Oppenheimer acquired GreenCrest Capital, a firm he co-founded to enable pre-IPO transactions in some of the largest private technology companies in the world, including Facebook, Twitter and Uber.
With over 25 years industry experience, Brett Sample joined Tango in 2014 and has led the effort to design and create the company’s cutting-edge Space Management application. His areas of expertise include AI/Machine Learning as it relates to Real Estate, strategic planning, space management, process management, employee engagement, facilities management and lease administration.
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.
Juan Fernando Santos is Senior Vice President of Brand Experience at Tavistock Development where he leads the Marketing, Public Relations and Resident Activation disciplines. At TDC, he is part of a multi-disciplinary team that uses design thinking to build places where people can thrive. With more than 20 years of experience creating experiences that connect people and brands, he has been involved in many industry milestones, including the first worldwide webcast for Earth Day, the first digital consumer electronics catalog for Toshiba USA and Mattel’s shift from toys to play through the creation of BarbieGirls.com. Juan is a recognized expert in Design Thinking, User Generated Content, Virtual Worlds, Physical + Digital and Loyalty & Rewards.
Larry Schachter is Director of Technology at TGM Associates, where he responsible for all technology infrastructure, applications, and cybersecurity. TGM is a multifamily owner/operator/registered investment advisor with a nationwide footprint. Prior to joining TGM, Larry was the CIO for Benderson Development Company, a 40MM sqft. privately held real estate owner-operator.
Tony Schaffer is the President of HALO, the industry leading nationwide wireless infrastructure, 5G DAS and managed services provider. Success driven with a collaborative approach, he leads the amazing HALO Team by building a dynamic and rewarding culture and work environment. A highly respected business professional with proven leadership and strategic execution, Tony has built strong and loyal relationships with REITs, Developers and Owners making him a trusted source and partner to the Real Estate community.
Kim Scharf has been the Senior Vice President of Information Technology at SITE Centers Corp. since April 2017. Before this, Kim served as SITE's Vice President of IT Enterprise Services. She is a member of the executive steering committee for SITE's Women of Influence program, the Realcomm Advisory Council, the Building Cyber Security (BCS) Advisory Board, and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).
Stefan Schmidt is Head of Research for Smart Buildings at WiredScore; the global certifications which strive to make the world's buildings smarter and better connected. Prior to WiredScore, Stefan worked on delivering smart building strategies for major global clients including Quadreal, Google, Landsec and HB Reavis.
Brad Schneider is the Founder and CEO of Nomad Data. Previously he was the Founder and CEO of Adaptive Management, where he worked with dozens of corporations and investment firms helping with data best practices, infrastructure and sourcing. Throughout his career, Brad has focused on using external data to improve decision making and prediction.
Andy Schonberger is currently Vice President of Client Services at Intelligent Buildings helping clients with advisory, site assessments and managed services. He has 15 years’ experience in facilities management and technology, ranging from large industrial to commercial office where he has held engineering, project management, advisory and hands-on implementation roles for organizations including Earth Rangers, Cisco Systems and the Canada Green Buildings Council (where he was Past Chair of the Toronto Chapter).
Pete Schow has over 15 years of experience in real estate technology and data management including enterprise level projects in both the commercial and residential real estate space. He has worked directly with the largest organizations in both sectors and spent several years providing consulting services for many other well recognized names.
Brian Schwartz is responsible for Smart Building Infrastructure at over 50 centers portfolio 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 Director of the MIT Real Estate Technology at the Real Estate Innovation Lab. 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.
Dipesh Shah leads Cresa’s IT team and strategy, and manages the company’s client-facing technology platform to ensure that it is differentiated and valuable. He also leads the technology advisory and business intelligence portions of Cresa’s consulting offering.
Nishit Shah is a Smart Infrastructure and Digital Workplace Strategist at Cadillac Fairview. He is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of Smart Building Services across 35 million SF of Real Estate of the Office and Retail Portfolio. As an expert collaborator with more than 15 years of experience, he focuses on bringing the live-work-play concept to co-create human-centric innovation, deliver digital experience, and implement best-in-class services while transforming assets and creating exceptional places.
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.
Sarabjit Singh leads Five Rivers IT in delivering industry leading Cybersecurity, Compliance and IT solutions. He brings over 22 years of leadership experience in the IT services industry spanning several verticals. With an engineering pedigree, Sarabjit brings together a unique combination of technology expertise and business acumen providing a 360-degree perspective to their clients. His focus at Five Rivers IT is helping their clients realize their strategic vision with practical solutions.
Mike Smith is a real estate technology expert with more than 15 years of experience focused on technology, operations, infrastructure, innovation and energy-saving solutions for the real estate industry. He launched WhiteSpace in 2015 to provide a single source of building technology solutions for the real estate market.
Amy St. Denis has more than fifteen years of experience in Executive Search specializing in Real Estate Investment and Technology. Amy combines practical experience and industry knowledge to facilitate the creation of effective teams for real estate owners and investors, advisors, and providers of capital to the industry. Amy has performed searches across the United States for large public REITs and early stage organizations and the space in between. Prior to recruiting, Amy worked in the non-profit sector in the areas of development and public relations. She continues that work as a volunteer in the areas of organizational development, executive recruitment and development, and board development.
Helane Stein is SVP, CIO of Brixmor, which owns and operates a high-quality, national portfolio of open-air shopping centers. Its 393 retail centers comprise of approximately 69 million square feet of prime retail space in established trade areas.
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, who pioneered the use of technology to bridge the gap between building science and data science. Craig is co-author of the recently released book, “The Power of Existing Buildings—Save Money, Improve Health and Reduce Environmental Impacts” and the often-referenced ASTM article, “Project Case Studies and the Lessons they Teach about Whole Building Envelope Air Leakage Testing.” Finally, Craig holds two United States’ patents in the field of data science for the built environment.
For more than twenty years, Stephen Suriano has been responsible for creating and implementing the information and technology strategy of DRA Advisors LLC, a real estate investment advisor that manages roughly $12B of retail, office, industrial and multifamily assets.
Thomas Taddeo is SVP, CIO at Kimco. He is responsible for the overall technology strategy, systems and infrastructure which support Kimco's global business operations. He also directs the implementation of enterprise initiatives that leverage technology to improve organizational efficiency and productivity. Prior to joining Kimco, Tom was a Senior Manager at Deloitte in their Real Estate Consulting Practice. He has a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.
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.
Rasesh “Sesh” Thakkar serves as Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group and has been with the Group for 25+ years. His areas of experience ranges across industries such as life sciences, financial services, real estate, and leisure services as well as corporate finance and structures, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and operations. He’s also known for being one of the main visionaries behind Lake Nona.
Spot is an agile mobile robot that navigates terrain with unprecedented mobility, enabling automated routine inspection tasks and safe, accurate and frequent data capture. Spot has about three years of industry experience.
With over 25 years of experience in the technology space, Sonny Thind brings valuable expertise from a variety of industries to the QuadReal leadership team. As Chief Technology Officer, he focuses on leading QuadReal’s IT team and driving the company’s vision through the strategic use of technology to support higher levels of innovation and customer service.
Brian Turner, CEO of Buildings IOT, is leading the disruption of how mart building systems are viewed, maintained, and reported. For more than two decades, he has worked with some of the world’s largest property owners and facility managers in developing lasting strategies for complex integrations and enabled solutions to the problems found, fuels his passion for making smart buildings as they should be to show the world what they can be.
Yael Urman is Silverstein’s Chief Information Officer and oversees the company’s technology initiatives and strategy. Its Technology Group transforms creative ideas into customer products and services that do not exist anywhere else. The team partners with startups and entrepreneurs from its own Silvertech Ventures to experiment and leverage new technologies while supporting young companies. The Technology Group uses its diverse background, working alongside industry leaders, to translate ideas into practical functions. Yael has previously held various leadership roles in Energy, IT services, Biotech and Pharma.
Ivo Van Breukelen brings a an excellent international commercial real estate and construction network with our proptechs, tech buyers and investors. Highly regarded as a dealmaker who is both efficient and trusted, he has over six years proptech experience, working with some of the USA’s largest REITs, developers, general contractors, VC funds and investment banks.
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.
Tim Vogel is the Director of IoT at KMC Controls, leading initiatives around cloud-connected products and solutions, including the IoT and automation platform KMC Commander. Working in building automation and industrial IoT since 2016, he manages channel partners across OT and IT segments, OEM partnerships in energy and solar, large-scale accounts, cybersecurity products, and third-party partnerships with many leaders in PropTech.
E.J. von Schaumburg is Senior Vice President of Partner Alliances at Red Bison Technology Group, where he is developing an ecosystem of partners to add value to Red Bison’s CRE Connectivity, Sustainability, and Security Platform. These partnerships enable Red Bison to deliver significant cost savings, new tenant technologies, and new revenue streams that increase the asset values of commercial properties. He has nearly three decades of experience in the telecommunications industry with domain expertise in wireless technologies.
Goutham Vulpala is currently Director of the Enterprise Applications at Phillips Edison & Company. In his current role, Goutham manages a team responsible of enterprise application architecture, development, and data analytics. Previously, he was with Citibank where he was the application development group manager responsible for ATM application development and customer survey data analytics. Goutham also was with Cincinnati Bell where he held various senior positions in IT.
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.
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.
With 20+ years of experience running multi-billion-dollar real estate portfolios, Mandi Wedin delivers results by leading change and creating value out of change. As Founder and CEO at Feroce Real Estate Advisors, Mandi advises forward-thinking real estate companies on positioning their real estate and teams to succeed during times of disruption. Feroce works with clients to chart the path forward through the shifting landscape of commercial real estate, technology, and consumer demographics.
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.
Jason Whipple has over 20 years of experience with CRE systems engineering and managing Smart Buildings for Fortune Global 500 companies. Currently in his role at IBIS, his focus is business development and using his experience and creativity to create solutions for high expectation clients.
Park Wong leads the Infrastructure, Operations, and Project Management teams at Andorix, responsible for designing and delivering passive optical network-powered Digital Infrastructure enabling real estate portfolio owners and operators to realize their Smart Building objectives. Park has over 20 years of experience leading corporate and operational technology functions with real-estate firms having a national or global scope.
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.
Toby Wu is QuadReal's Executive Vice President, Development, overseeing its development activities across Canada. Toby focuses on driving the development program’s performance through the successful execution of QuadReal’s growing Canadian pipeline. Throughout Toby’s career in real estate, he has held senior level positions across organizations of increasing responsibility and diversity.
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.
Ziwei Yu is the Lead Enterprise Application Developer at Phillips Edison & Co. (PECO), a commercial real estate company that owns more than 300 shopping centers across the U.S. At PECO she leads their RPA operation and many business automation efforts. She has almost a decade of experience in real estate and multiple years of leading projects to enhance business efficiencies adopting various technologies.
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.
Perry Zalevsky is the Senior Director of Industry at AVEVA. Perry has more than 35 years of experience working with a variety of companies, particularly in process and asset intensive industries. He has considerable background in operational improvement projects including data, mathematical and AI-based models.
Lindsey Zollner has 15 years’ experience serving the real estate industry with a background in multifamily operations and project management. In her current role, Lindsey leads a global team that supports brand awareness, digital presence, business development, industry event participation, and market research for the firm (Presence) as well as the curation of knowledge and artifacts within RealFoundations’ digital ecosystem used to collaborate and accelerate outcomes for clients (Assets).