Sarah K. Abrams joined Iron Mountain as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Real Estate in January 2012 to drive globalization of the corporate real estate function and to transform it into a strategic business partner to the line business. The firm has operations in over 45 countries, with a real estate portfolio in excess of 85 million sf in over 1,300 locations. The firm converted to a REIT in 2014. Ms. Abrams leads a global real estate team responsible for real estate strategy, transactions (including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions), construction, ground-up development and facility management as well as global lease administration and REIT Supplemental reporting.
Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Ms. Abrams was the president of Fidelity Real Estate Company, the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments.
Ms. Abrams holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude from Boston University, a JD degree from Cornell Law School and a Masters of Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ms. Abrams is a past president and current Legacy Council member of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global, a past president and chairman of NAIOP Massachusetts, a past president of CREW Boston and a recipient of 6 Luminary Awards for excellence in speaking at Global Summits. She received CoreNet’s Global Corporate Real Executive of the Year award in Oct 2013.
Lee Adrean served as a public company chief financial officer for twenty years, in both Fortune 500 and midcap companies and in a variety of industries, most recently for eight years at Equifax Inc. in Atlanta. Mr. Adrean previously spent eleven years in strategy and general management consulting with Bain & Company, a global consulting firm. Mr. Adrean currently serves on the boards of two public companies, Vantiv Inc, a leading US transaction processing company, and West Corporation, a leading provider of technology-enabled communication services, and on the board of a private equity-owned company, the Serta Simmons Bedding Company.
Alex is a global Client Solutions executive in CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions business, and has held leadership positions in the Americas and EMEA. He collaborates with CBRE’s global clients by understanding their objectives and challenges, and developing bespoke solutions to align with those needs. Alex positions himself at the forefront of innovation in the real estate outsourcing sector, and has been instrumental in defining how CBRE’s global corporate clients address complex real estate issues through a consultative and solutions-oriented approach. He is currently based in San Francisco, after relocating from London in 2015.
Stuart Appley is the Technology Solutions Leader for the West Division of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions Group, where he is responsible for providing executive technology oversight, innovation and consulting to current and potential clients across the region. Stuart was previously the Chief Information & Technology Officer at Shorenstein Realty Services, a leading national Commercial Real Estate Investment and Operating company. At Shorenstein, Stuart led the transformation of the company’s technology environment into an innovative organization, championing and leading new digital engagement opportunities. He’s a frequent speaker on innovation and he serves on several advisory boards for emerging technology companies, industry organizations, and VC’s.
Ir. Monique Arkesteijn is assistant professor of Real Estate Management at the Department of Management in the Built Environment, Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology. She started at the faculty as a student in 1986 and was one of the first MBE graduates in 1993. She had various positions as project manager and consultant at Starke Diekstra, in the Netherlands and the Netherlands Antilles, and as partner at Diephuis Stevens. She re-joined the REM section of Hans de Jonge in 2003 after finishing a MBA and a travel around the world. Since 2013 she is team leader of the REM section and as such a member of the department’s daily board. Her research topics include CRE strategies, CRE alignment and measuring added value for both corporate, public and semi-public organisations. Monique is in the last phase of her PhD study on preference-based accommodation strategy design. Currently she is board member of CoreNet Global. Monique is the (co-)author of Designing an Accommodation Strategy (2009), The power of pluralism for urban strategies (2012) and the award winning paper in the Journal of Corporate Real Estate on Designing a preference-based accommodation strategy: A pilot study at Delft University of Technology (2015).
Dr. Augustin is a practicing environmental neuropsychologist, specializing in person-centered design, and a principal at Design With Science (www.designwithscience.com). She integrates insights from environmental/design neuropsychology, other social/physical sciences, and project specific research to support the development of places, objects, and services that encourage desired experiences. Her clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Dr. Augustin is the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture (Wiley, 2009) and, with Cindy Coleman, The Designer’s Guide to Doing Research: Applying Knowledge to Inform Design (Wiley, 2012). Sally is also the editor of Research Design Connections (www.researchdesignconnections.com), a monthly publication and daily blog, that shares research that can inform designers’ work in straightforward language.
Kelly has 18 years’ experience helping clients and teams navigate complexity as they seek to create better workplaces. She uses her training in behavioral research methods, sociology, communication strategy and business to facilitate the adjustment to new ways of working. Her education combined with diverse project experience, as workplace strategist and corporate end user, enables her to provide a broad societal context for working environments.
Vik is the founder and managing principal of Verum Consulting, LLC. He has a 25 year background in corporate real estate, real estate outsourcing best practices, strategic planning and workflow and process improvement. Vik led the corporate real estate function at Fortune 500 firms Unocal Corporation and Ameriprise Financial and has also held senior leadership positions at real estate service provider firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq, Struxicon.com, and CBRE. He also serves on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet. Vik has an MBA from Pepperdine University in California as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds the CoreNet Global, Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) professional designation.
Transformation Lead for the Global Real Estate Strategy team at Credit Suisse, covering areas ranging from Real Estate Strategy & Portfolio Management to Lease Administration and Workplace Strategy. Credit Suisse’s global real estate portfolio covers approximately 1.6 million sqm, across 600 offices and branches in 50 countries.
Theresa Barrera is the Director of Human Resources for Mazda North American Operations, providing strategic HR consultation, direction and oversight to leadership. Barrera is responsible for HR Business Partner activities, and oversees the company’s pay and performance programs, benefits, Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and flexible work practices. Barrera’s work focuses on solutions that optimize people, structure, processes and culture, while achieving business results.
Toma Barylak is the Head of Global Real Estate & Workplace at Unity Technologies where he supports the initiatives of his global offices that improve employee experience, business outcomes, and real estate performance. Throughout his career, Toma has advised technology and high-growth start ups on real estate and workplace strategies that attract and retain top talent. Prior to serving as the Senior Director of Global Workplace and Real Estate Portfolio Strategy at Informatica, Toma led the Silicon Valley office of T3 Advisors, and he served as Vice President of the Sustainability Roundtable, focused on helping global clients such as Apple, Adobe, Intuit, and Salesforce.com create high performing, energy efficient, productive workplaces that support corporate culture. Toma holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.
For over 100 years, Steelcase has brought human insight to businesses by observing how people work, wherever that may be. In Cindy’s role as Client Collaboration Consultant, she shares these insights with leading global organizations to better understand how these can be leveraged as a competitive advantage in our interconnected world. In doing this, Cindy helps customers solve workplace issues including: enhancing collaboration; real estate optimization; attracting, developing and engaging top talent; building brand and culture; and improving wellbeing at work. Cindy has been at Steelcase for nearly 12 years and is a graduate from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts, Economics.
Douglas Beebe is General Manager, Real Estate & Facilities/Corporate Security/Fire Services for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), headquartered in Plano, Texas. He is responsible for Toyota’s U.S. real estate portfolio consisting of 150 locations. Services provided include facilities management, workplace strategy, and operational security and fire services. For the last three years, he was the Site Management Project Executive for the new North America headquarters in Plano, Texas. He was responsible for the construction, project delivery and team member moves to Texas.
Michael Billing is a Managing Director at JLL and serves as the firm’s Global Lease Accounting Lead. He is a Certified Public Accountant responsible for all activities related to lease accounting, including education, process and technology implementation, and client strategy development and execution. He has held numerous accounting and finance leadership roles such as Director of Finance, Budgeting and Forecasting Manager and Infrastructure Controller. With more than 20 years of experience, Michael helps CRE teams with lease accounting, global real estate portfolio strategy, asset financial structuring, occupancy strategy, headquarters relocation and real estate governance. Michael has an MBA from Northwestern University and is a U.S. Navy and Gulf War veteran.
Over 20 years of multi-industry senior real estate and facility operations professional experience, with extensive record of tactical successes and expertise in developing and delivering strategic workplace solutions. Combines analytical and innovative practices with proven customer-focused leadership to align strategy, operations, services, business and company objectives. Expert in building collaborative relationships, gaining buy in for new ideas and driving cross-functional programs. …Always seeking networking opportunities, building relationships and knowledge sharing on senior RE/workplace strategy, operations and training management.
At TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, David leads the CRM – US Corporate Portfolio function, aligning the physical premises and balancing the support of our client requirements with the Bank's strategic vision and goals. Prior to this role, he led the Workplace Transformation function, focused on mobility, FlexWorkPlace and amenity programs that better align people and place in a changing and dynamic environment. Specialty areas include CRM, Workplace Strategy, Transformation and Change Management.
Previous to TD Bank, David worked for Deloitte in their Real Estate Group as a Program Manager, leading a regional portfolio and the full life-cycle delivery for internal clients – from strategy development through implementation and sustainment.
Over the last few years Fannie Mae has embarked on a journey of change and transformation as it has moved to being a customer-centric organization that embraces lean management principles that we call WOW – a new Way of Working. Gavin, and his team are working on providing physical environments that are aligned with WOW. He is currently working on delivering approximately one million square feet of workplaces that are aligned with WoW in locations around the country.
Gavin has over 25 years of experience in corporate real estate and previously was a Principal at Jacobs where he worked internationally with a team that facilitated the development and delivery of new workplaces that support their business goals. Clients included: IKEA, AbbVie and Sanofi. He has worked on projects in cities as diverse as Bucharest, Dubai, Vienna, London and Singapore. Gavin was a finalist for the 2013 CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University. He also holds the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors (MCR.h) credentials from CoreNet Global.
Del is President/CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 12 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission; led economic development programs for the State of Georgia; and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte.
Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for eight years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Global Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet Global's New England Chapter.
Gordon is currently the Director of Strategic Master Planning within the Sanofi Business Services Real Estate organization responsible for leading office facilities master planning initiatives, workplace and change management strategies. He holds a mechanical engineering degree from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in management from Lesley University and a master of corporate real estate workplace designation from CoreNet Global.
Ashley Branca is a Director for CBRE’s Workplace Strategy practice and is based in Seattle, Washington. She focuses on mission-aligned and measurable outcomes to increase organizational success, drive economic growth and improve the lives of the individuals that make an organization’s mission come alive. She leverages her extensive public and private sector experience to facilitate lasting transformation and people-centered design amidst increasing space constraints and an intense competition for talent across the Pacific Northwest.
Ashley fosters cultural change and relationship building across stakeholders through storytelling and impactful data analysis; efficiency and resource optimization for reinvestment; and empowering individuals as champions of change. Prior to joining CBRE, she led organizational transformation, policy and program development, and research efforts across the educational landscape from pre-K through post-secondary.
Ashley has served as an education fellow on the United States Senate HELP Committee, as an Associate Research Scientist at the US Department of Education, as a lead advisor in the higher education space for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and for various colleges and universities across the country. Ashley began her career as a high school English, Drama, and Journalism teacher in West Philadelphia by way of Teach for America.
In her personal life, Ashley serves as a committee chair and program lead for the Seattle Design Festival as part of Seattle AIA’s Design in Public initiative. This annual festival explores the ways that design can improve lives and maximize the benefits of change while empowering individuals and communities.
Dr. Tracy Brower is a Principal with the Applied Research + Consulting group for Steelcase and the author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. Tracy has worked with many of the Fortune 500, as well as educational and health-care organizations. She is a three-time recipient of the CoreNet Global Luminary Award and recipient of the UofH Real Estate Innovation Award. In addition to her PhD and MM, Tracy holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate. Tracy’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CoreNet Global Leader Magazine, Real Estate Review Journal, Fortune.com, Forbes.com, Inc. Magazine, and more.
Throughout his career Dave has demonstrated the critical importance of architects in our society and proclaims in everything that he does that good design does matter and it has proven that it has the power to transform the human experience.
Through Dave’s relentless service and belief in the positive urban experience, his unique combination of strong design sensibilities and powerful collaborative leadership have provided better communities because he is part of them.
As a very active public speaker and blogger, David has envisioned and leads robust dialogues around the Downtown Future and Urban Educational issues.
Caroline is widely recognised as a leader in the workplace and real estate profession, and her extensive experience living and working across Asia is sought out by clients and colleagues.
Caroline’s 20 years of entrepreneurial business leadership and consulting experience have led her to successfully establish and grow professional practices within multinational firms and as new start-ups. Her strategic, nuanced perspectives are valued by clients and colleagues, and increasingly sought-after by the upcoming generation of young industry professionals who she enjoys coaching guiding through their career choices.
Caroline has also served on several private company and professional boards, including currently as a non-executive board director for CoreNet Global, the leading professional association for corporate real estate executives.
Her client experience ranges across banking and finance, technology, pharmaceutical, energy and resources, legal and professional services, consumer goods and public sector in Asia, Australia and the Middle East.
Caroline brings this leadership experience, reputation, deep industry knowledge and passion to her role as Managing Director and Founder of Workplace Revolution, building the core team and Community of Partners across the region.
Angela Cain is Chief Executive Officer of CoreNet Global, the world’s leading professional association for corporate real estate (CRE) executives engaged in the strategic management of their corporations’ real estate portfolios.
Ms. Cain was appointed CEO in 2010, bringing with her a strong combination of association management experience and first-hand knowledge of the real estate industry. She has more than 20 years of non-profit association management experience at the global, national, state and local level.
With over 10,000 individual members based in 50 countries and 47 chapters worldwide, CoreNet Global is the only professional association that brings together all facets of the CRE industry to develop global networks empowering members to connect, learn, grow and belong.
Innovative leader with demonstrated ability to deliver results and transform business operations. A visionary with experience motivating from the Boiler Room to the Board Room, and a proven track record of developing high performance work teams and work places in diverse industries to include financial services, higher education, and defense. By aligning strategic initiatives with organizational values, can successfully leverage workplace design and facility operations to transform from status quo to status go.
As a strategy consultant, Megan is responsible for engaging closely with clients and stakeholders on various workplace projects, spanning strategic planning, workplace strategy, space planning/programming and change initiatives. With a strong foundation in project management, Megan has provided her expertise to a range of corporate, science & technology, public sector, and non-profit clients. Her primary focus during engagements is understanding and extracting the client’s organizational goals and requirements. This effort enables Megan to develop and implement innovative and bespoke workplace solutions that align with business goals and provide value to the overall organization. As an experienced real estate analyst, Megan also brings an understanding of portfolio and asset management, as well as extensive public sector real estate knowledge to her client engagements
Megan resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoys teaching spin class to support a healthy work-life balance!
I have worked in the Oil & Gas industry for 30+ years, predominantly in commercial, financial and projects management roles in both downstream and upstream operations. I’ve worked in corporate real estate for 14 years. Within a variety of international leadership roles I have led several global initiatives including a global, multi-disciplinary strategy team to design our new way of working. This resulted in an outsourced, outcome based, integrated services model. It was our first global contract strategy of its kind with a new structure, global governance and involved a reorganisation of our real estate and facilities management division.
Caitlin joined Cushman & Wakefield (formerly DTZ, Cassidy Turley) in January 2015 specializing in Tenant Representation on multinational accounts. As a Transaction Manager, Caitlin’s objectives focus on development and implementation of real estate strategies and processes that enable large corporations to maximize utility and minimize costs across their real estate portfolios. Caitlin’s professional interests include innovative technologies and real estate trends such as wellness in the workplace, work space optimization, and sustainability. In her personal time, Caitlin enjoys traveling, health and fitness, fishing, water sports, hiking and camping. Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration – Marketing with minors in Real Estate and Communication Studies.
Helene Cho is a dynamic speaker, certified coach, and author who assists individuals and organizations to thrive. She specializes in leadership development, change management, mindfulness at work, and life-work balance.
She has over 25 years of experience in her field. She started her consulting company, Synergy Consulting and Training, in 1993 after successfully serving in leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies for 13 years.
She has worked with over 1000 teams to assist them in being effective and results oriented. Helene specializes in working with individuals as well as facilitating group workshops and retreats. She has coached over 5000 clients in diverse industries and positions.
Helene holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She has lived in Asia, Africa, and Europe giving her a rich cultural and professional experience base. Her book, Hamster on the Wheel; Cultivating Life-Work Balance was published in 2010.
She has practiced and taught vipassana mindfulness and meditation since 1991.
Her community work has included serving as a Board Member at the Crisis Clinic and Association for Talent Development, Volunteer at Children’s Hospital and Center for Spiritual Living.
Erwin Chong is currently the Head of Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Administration for DBS Bank Ltd. DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia, with over 250 branches across 15 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is a market leader in Singapore with over four million customers and also has a growing presence in the three key Asian axes of growth, namely, Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia.
Erwin manages all corporate real estate owned or leased properties across all markets and regions the bank operates in, and manages a team of 80 professionals in Real Estate strategy and transactions, project management and facilities management. Erwin was previously with Citi, for 9 years, and was the head of its Singapore Corporate Real Estate team. Prior to Citi, Erwin was a project manager with Jones Lang LaSalle in Singapore.
Beth Choulas is a Corporate Real Estate leader with over 25 years of experience at four different companies where she has held a variety of strategic and tactical roles. She is currently the Vice President of Strategic Real Estate Planning at Fidelity Investments where her responsibilities include portfolio strategy, workplace strategy, occupancy planning, advanced analytics and workforce demographic and market analysis. She is based in Boston and has been with Fidelity since March of 2013.
In her previous roles at both Bank of America and Capital One Beth has been responsible for portfolio and market planning, performance scorecards, economic development, project management, change management and process improvements.
Beth holds a BS degree in Interior Design from Virginia Tech University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Myra Chung is one of Toyota’s Real Estate and Facilities’ Senior Managers with current responsibility for workplace strategy, project development and real estate for their 9M+ square foot portfolio. Myra spent her early career in commercial interior design and has 20+ years of experience on the client side working in corporate real estate & facilities. She has been at Toyota for 18 years. Over the past several years, Myra and her team have been working on an integrated workplace strategy initiative, which has been used to support the relocation of Toyota’s North American Headquarters to Plano, TX.
Mr. Clark is an accomplished real estate professional with Capital One’s Workplace Solutions organization, leading their Southwest Regional team. He has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services industry supporting all aspects of corporate real estate, including mergers and acquisitions, branch and office design/construction, facility management and associate/business services. For the past 20 years of his career, Mr. Clark has focused extensively on the design and construction disciplines and has developed a keen understanding of the human experience within the workplace. Mr. Clark and his team are responsible for all real estate facets within the 2M SF portfolio, including the 1.6M SF campus in Plano, TX.
Ed Clark is a sustainable designer at ZGF Architects who focused on the interface of building occupants and high performance building strategies. Ed revels in building science and leans heavily upon guidance from natural systems to apply the most applicable solution for every project, pushing for innovation without reinventing the wheel. Recent efforts have focused on the creation and implementation of tools to evaluate circadian resources within the architectural context as well as expanding the application of materials transparency initiatives within the architectural practice.
Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer, focused on architecture, innovation science, technology and art. Matthew has been published widely, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow with Carlo Ratti. Matthew has given a Talk@ Google, taught at the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He is a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ serves as a part of the United Nations' Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, and is an active protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus. Matthew is currently co-affiliated between the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning and the MIT Lab for Innovation Science & Policy for his PhD, and is on the leadership team of DesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates innovation for the built environment. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.
Michelle is part of a dynamic team that is focused on Workplace Experience as part of Workplace Solutions at Capital One. As a Workplace Strategist, she utilizes current research and knowledge of industry best practices to develop compelling solutions in support of corporate guidelines, company culture and ever-changing business objectives while continuously challenging the effectiveness of design.
Michelle has been with Capital One for six years, first as a Planning Lead and then in Portfolio Management & Strategic Planning where she was responsible for portfolio planning, restack & sequence development, and the organization of a 5-year campus renovation. With a focus on workplace design, she has helped to change the way Capital One approaches the built-environment.
She is focused on the meaningful connection between people and the environment and passionate about developing strategies that propel the associate experience, increase productivity, and boost employee engagement.
Based in Redmond, Wa. Brian is responsible for Operationalizing Microsoft’s ‘Workplace Advantage’ (WPA) Program; defining and integrating the implementation of WPA across several multidisciplinary CRE groups (including Capital Projects, Occupancy Planning, Change Management and Integrated Facilities Management & Services) in Microsoft’s 14m sqft regional portfolio.
Brian joined Microsoft 1995 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for The Global Workplace Strategies Group; defining and driving the ‘Workplace Advantage (WPA)’ program; including Workplace research, knowledge management, change management project consulting across Microsoft’s global portfolio. He was also Area Portfolio Manager for RE&F in Central & Eastern Europe, and Facilities Manager for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries.
Association, learning, and events professional with a passion for connecting people & programs for organizational success.
As Director, Learning & Professional Development, Gayle leads the strategic management of programs and relationships to deliver member benefits and professional development in the Americas. Responsible for delivering the North American professional development program, Gayle works with industry leaders, faculty, and learning specialists to help members achieve strategic objectives, grow their skill sets and careers, and to help their organizations succeed.
Brian manages AV & Commute services at the Microsoft headquarters near Seattle, USA. These service lines are highly impactful on the employee experience and involve significant vendor and financial management responsibility.
Before joining the Asia RE&F team of Microsoft in 2006, based in Hong Kong, he was the Asia Region FM for JPMorgan Chase. Prior to this, he worked for two leading RE&FM consultants and was involved in landmark FM outsourcing instructions.
He served as Chair, HK Chapter of CoreNet Global in 2011 and served on the Global Board as Chair, Component Leaders Council and introduced 2 new global recognition programs.
Calandra Cruickshank is founder and CEO of StateBook International, the first online platform providing location intelligence for business and community growth. Companies use StateBook's data and mapping solutions for portfolio strategic planning and locational transaction activity. StateBook provides standardized data, comparable for every U.S. community, around workforce, incentives, utility rates, taxes, and more.
Cruickshank is a member of CoreNet Global, the International Economic Development Council, the Utility Economic Development Association and IAMC. She received a Bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder and now spends time between New York City and her home in the Catskill Mountains.
Jon leads business development efforts for the Corporate Environments team at JE Dunn Construction with over 20 offices around the country. In 2016, Dandurand was selected as the inaugural winner of the H. Gordon Wyllie CoreNet Global Young Leader of the Year. Jon is a proud member of the Kansas City Chapter’s board serving as Past Chair. Prior to joining JE Dunn, Dandurand worked at John Deere and Bank of America in corporate real estate roles including development, transactions, and finance.
Blase De Leo leads Mazda North American Operations’ (MNAO) brand engagement and training efforts. His primary focus is cultural transformation, fostering a company-wide customer centric mindset and driving brand engagement both internally and within Mazda dealerships nationwide. MNAO’s Brand Engagement and Training Division is comprised of teams responsible for employee engagement, brand engagement, customer experience, and dealership and employee training. De Leo has held numerous field operations roles and corporate positions at MNAO, as well as working in the retail automotive environment responsible for six dealerships. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Ohio State University.
Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of "The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders" – by Fortune Magazine. In the field of Innovation, Diamandis is Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, best known for its $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for private spaceflight.
Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based diagnostic and therapeutic company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan. He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that studies exponentially growing technologies, their ability to transform industries and solve humanity’s grand challenges.
Diamandis is the New York Times Bestselling author of Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and Bold – How to go Big, Create Wealth & Impact the World. He earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular Genetics and a graduate degree in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School.
Diamandis’ mission is to open the space frontier for humanity. His personal motto is: "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."
Ken joined Tavistock Development Company (TDC) in 2015 as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Sales overseeing all business development functions at the company. He brings extensive experience in corporate and tenant representation and business development, responsible for completing transactions with a total consideration value of over $3 billion during his 20+ year career.
Prior to joining TDC, Ken was Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Ken had primary responsibility for Cushman & Wakefield’s Tenant Representation & Corporate Services platform for the western region and managed teams that coordinated multi-market transactions and integrated services across multiple geographies.
Previously, Ken served as Managing Director of Grubb & Ellis’ Corporate Services Group, where he oversaw the Western U.S. region, and spent five years as the Managing Director for CBRE in Australia/New Zealand office and CBRE’s Corporate Services Group for the region. Prior to that, he spent nine years with CBRE in New York managing relationships with major corporations.
An expert in the strategic design of the workplace, Patrick is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture and work process improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about improving the efficiency of workplace, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. Clients include Aetna, Fidelity, General Dynamics, GSA, Nationwide, Novartis and P&G. Patrick is MIT visiting lecturer 2016-17, write and speaks on design, applied research, innovation, change and organizational architecture. He served on the Board of Directors for CoreNet Global, 2011-2014 and has been awarded top faculty honors at CoreNet Global Learning consistently since 2000.
John joined the CBRE Microsoft account senior leadership team in January 2015 and currently serves as the Regional Director for Puget Sound. In this role, he is responsible for managing teams providing numerous services which support the client’s 15M sf headquarters portfolio. John oversees 150 CBRE employees who deliver Transaction Management, Portfolio Strategy, Integrated Occupancy Services, Project Management, and Construction Project Services for Microsoft throughout the region. In addition to these duties, John recently served as the interim leader for Integrated Facilities Management services with the account’s global Center of Excellence, which provides centralized support for all regions in the areas of process, program management, best practices, procurement and performance management.
Immediately prior to this role, John was the Global Alliance Director for CBRE’s contract with The Boeing Company, where he was responsible for all services the company delivered to support the client’s 84M sf portfolio across 35 countries. John managed a team of 30 FTE that delivered global solutions in the areas of Transaction Management, Lease Administration and Strategic Consulting while providing Project Management and Property Management for select properties. These included office, industrial, manufacturing, lab, land, and data center sites, as well as client locations at government, military and defense facilities. John took over management of the account’s international real estate transactions starting in late 2005.
Amy Dreher, VP, Learning and Professional Development for CoreNet Global, is a lifelong learning professional. She has worked for large and small corporations, government agencies, universities and non-profits. The focus of her work is establishing a positive learning experience through engaging and motivating interactive learning for members seeking their MCR and SLCR designations and leadership development opportunities. She enhances the CoreNet Global curriculum through collaborative partnerships with colleagues, members and subject matter experts and the application of operational processes to meet strategic business needs. In her role, she seeks to prepare the organization for the future needs of members by introducing new technologies and methodologies to the learning culture, always with the goal of enhancing the quality and raising the bar in terms of the credibility and rigor of the professional designation.
Author and Workplace Technology Advocate, Elizabeth Dukes is the Co-Founder and CMO of iOFFICE, the leading Integrated Workplace Management Software (IWMS) software serving the Digital Workplace. Elizabeth champions iOFFICE’s mission to use technology to empower the workforce and the Smart Workspaces that serve them.
With more than two decades in the field, Elizabeth and Don Traweek co-founded iOFFICE after working of Pitney Bowes Management Services, a service company that provided outsourced workplace management solutions to the Fortune 1000. iOFFICE serves more than 2.4M users worldwide. Co-author of Wide Open Workspace, and a sought-after speaker at IFMA Worldwide, CoreNet, Future Office, and Realcomm/CoreTech. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Texas, Austin.
Elizabeth is a wife and mother of two teenage daughters. She is actively involved with the community through Agape Development and the Garden Club of Houston and supporting her alma mater through The University of Texas Chancellor’s Council and UT Austin’s President’s Associates. She enjoys staying fit, spinning and practicing yoga, but is most happy being outdoors hiking through beautiful places.
Ann Duncan is an executive vice president and head of Savills Studley Occupier Services, which provides a full range of integrated real estate services. Throughout Ann’s 29-year career in commercial real estate, she has completed transactions totaling more than 7 million square feet, and has provided consulting services on portfolios totaling more than 400 million square feet. As the head of Occupier Services, Ann oversees strategic solutions, transaction management, technology services, project management, and lease administration for both private and public sector clients.
Wayne Dyer is an accomplished Facilities Management professional with over 35 years of experience in operations. He has led work for many global organizations including Alcatel Lucent, Fannie Mae, Alstom, Fidelity National, Zurich/Farmers and, most recently, Chevron.
In April of 2016, Wayne was appointed Global Account Director for Chevron. He oversees seven direct reports and 400 front line employees that support Chevron operations in the US, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Wayne attended Greenfield College, where he earned his degree in Journalism. He resides in Abington, MA.
Stewart Elliot, CEO of Modo Labs, has over 25 years' experience in innovative technology with long time expertise in mobile software technologies, including platform-based solutions such as MEAP and MCAP. In his results-driven leadership career, Stewart has helped grow technology-driven software companies from start-ups to established enterprise solution providers.
Eric Engelhardt oversees the leasing of One World Trade Center and several of the Durst Organization’s development projects. Since 2010, Eric and the One World Trade Center team have executed leases for more than 2.2 million square feet of space including the 1.1 million square foot transaction with publishing giant Conde Nast. Recent transactions include Ameriprise, GroundTruth (formerly known as xAd, Inc.), High 5 Games, Mic.com and The Stagwell Group, tenants leasing a total of 320,000 square feet at the building.
Prior to focusing on the iconic 3 million square foot tower downtown, Eric managed the acquisition and development activities of office, residential and retail properties for The Durst Organization.
Bryan Ezell leads technology services for Savills Studley’s Occupier Services group, providing clients with technology solutions to support their real estate strategy and needs. Bryan specializes in developing resources that fully leverage technology and support enhanced real estate decision making. His proficiency in business intelligence gives clients the information and knowledge they need to make strategic choices related to their real estate portfolios. Bryan has provided technology solutions for clients including development and implementation of customized real estate software, data integration, analysis and visualization services, and implementation support for integrated workplace management system (IWMS) platforms. Bryan’s business intelligence experience includes leading the development of interactive dashboards, reports and planning tools. Bryan has also created data warehouse environments, bringing together disparate data sources to allow for large amounts of data to be quickly analyzed and become actionable.
Michael is the General Manager for Microsoft’s global real estate and facilities organization. He is responsible for planning, delivery and operations of Microsoft’s worldwide real estate portfolio, which comprises over 38M square feet and 832 locations across 110 countries. Michael directs the full scope of the real estate life cycle activities, including planning (portfolio, country, site), acquisitions and dispositions, transaction management, design/construction, and facility and services operations. Under his leadership, the global real estate teams are encouraged to use Microsoft technology to innovate solutions that increase operational efficiencies, improve the employee workplace experience and further reduce the company’s environmental impact.
Joanna Frank is the founding Executive Director of the Center for Active Design (CfAD), where she advances design and development practices to foster healthy and engaged communities. The Center for Active Design is the operator for Fitwel, a unique building certification that positively impacts occupant health and productivity through an integrated approach to workplace design and operations. Fitwel’s development was led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA). Prior to launching CfAD, Ms. Frank worked for the City of New York during the Bloomberg Administration, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Ms. Frank was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Ms. Frank is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee, as well as the Urban Land Institute's Affordable/Workforce Housing Council.
Mark Freeman is responsible for the worldwide dining program at Microsoft. This award-winning program features many advancements in café, beverage, vending catering, retail, and micromarket venues. Mark’s tenure at Microsoft spans 12 years and counting, a decade during which he successfully launched many new dining programs, most recently, bringing hydroponic growing systems into the dining program.
Mark has received numerous food-industry awards and holds a degree in business from The Evergreen State College and attended Washington State University’s Hotel and Restaurant program.
Jeff Frost is Project Manager at Brightworks Sustainability. Brightworks helps clients establish and implement operational sustainability programs that further their sustainability goals, reduce their environmental footprints, and increase their operational performance.
Jeff has expertise in material health and sustainability, LEED and LBC. He is co-chair of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative’s Content Inventory Technical Subgroup and Member of the HPDC’s User Advisor Panel; co-chair of the mindful MATERIALS Admin Working Group; and an invited member of the American Institute of Architect’s Material Knowledge Working Group. He resides in Portland, Or, with his wife and three sons.
Shelley is Head of Consulting at JLL based in the UK and is chair of EMEA Consulting. She is a member of the CoreNet Global Board. She has been at JLL 12 years and has previously worked at PwC, CBRE and Deloitte, starting life as an accountant, then becoming a management consultant. She specializes in strategic advice from location to workplace across the global. She serves on the CBI London Council and Landaid’s fundraising and JLL’s charity committee, plus she is a Board Governor of Kingston College. Shelley was named 50th on the Women’s Power List run by Property Week.
Kelly has developed comprehensive solutions in portfolio planning, workplace design, and organizational transformations for a diverse range of organizations. Working with Fortune-ranked companies to prominent public sector institutions, her experience scales progressive workplace research to bottom line analytics and business cases for change. Using data-centric strategies, Kelly integrates a company's culture, identity, technology platforms, processes, and protocols to craft memorable, immersive experiences. Kelly recently completed NYU’s Data Visualization certification and is currently enrolled with UC Irvine’s Predictive Analytics program. Kelly is an active speaker at international industry and non-industry conferences and is a regular contributor to Interior Architects’ blog.
Anand Gadgil, Global Manager of Operations Support for Chevron, is responsible for leading the centralized global services for Chevron’s Business and Real Estate Services (CBRES). Anand’s team provides tactical and strategic services across Facility Security, Operations, and Customer Service. He is responsible for the management of CBRES’s global FM vendors and for providing strategic direction on global standards and best practices.
Anand has an extensive background in operations, project management, and real estate through roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and ExxonMobil. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Engineering and Management Institute and his Executive MBA from the University of Houston.
Christopher P. Gallo recently retired from his position as the Principal in Charge, Real Estate Services for KPMG LLP, one of the so called “Big Four” accounting firms.
In this role, Chris managed all of KPMG’s (US) real estate interests in the United States and India, as well as consulted on some of the firm’s international real estate interests, particularly in South America.
Chris had been in this position since 2001 and had been with KPMG for over 30 years. A highly respected 34 year real estate professional, he has handled millions of square feet of transactions.
Some career highlights of Chris’ include the successful implementation of the real estate aspects of the Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co. and KMG Main Hurdman merger in 1987; structuring and negotiating the real estate components of the 2001 KPMG Consulting, Inc IPO; the negotiation of the 600,000+ square foot 345 Park Avenue KPMG headquarters consolidation in 2003; and handling the real estate elements of KPMG’s 2014 Rothstein Kass acquisition. Recently, Chris spearheaded the KPMG land purchase of 55 acres in Orlando, Florida. The firm plans on opening a $430M training facility there in late 2019.
Chris has been a member of the NY State Bar since February, 1983 having graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree (1982) and a Bachelor of Science degree (1979) from St. John’s University.
A native New Yorker, Chris lives on the Upper West Side and is active in his local parish, St. Gregory the Great. Chris has also been a United Way Host Committee Member for many years. An avid runner, Chris has completed 10 marathons.
Roger G. Gaudette is Director, Dearborn Campus Transformation, for Ford Motor Land Development Corporation (Ford Land), the real estate arm and wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company.
As Director of the Dearborn Campus Transformation, Gaudette is responsible for leading the master planning efforts focused around the Company’s Dearborn Campus. Master planning activities include, review of current facility conditions, campus environment, and work place strategy /technology.
Prior to this position, Gaudette was responsible for preparing corporate properties for development and/or sale. One project is the development of Fairlane Green, a 1 million-square-foot green retail and recreational center built on a former landfill in Allen Park, Mich.
Gaudette was also the manager, engineering and construction for the Ford Rouge Center responsible for construction, utility, environmental and industrial services for the 1100-acre complex. He oversaw the massive renovation of the Ford Rouge Center including construction of the new Dearborn Truck Plant with the world's largest living roof and Rouge Visitor Center. He contributed to many innovative environmental solutions for storm water treatment and management through the installation of the 10.4-acre living roof, porous parking lots, bio-swales and soil-cleansing landscaping.
Hired by Ford Motor Company in 1984, Gaudette has managed many commercial and industrial construction projects for Ford throughout the United States and Canada including the Fairlane Green retail center and Detroit Lions Training Facility, in Allen Park, Mich., the TPC of Michigan in Dearborn, Mich., and The Great Mall of the Bay Area in California.
As Ford Motor Company's strategic and operational real estate resource, Ford Land plans, acquires, constructs, manages, develops and disposes of all corporate real estate worldwide.
Earl G. Geertgens lll is President and CEO of FreeAxez® LLC., manufacturer of the revolutionary Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ adaptive cabling distribution and power systems.
Earl has 30 Years’ experience in the commercial buildings industry, including manufacturing, commercial real estate and historic preservation.
During the past 15 years, Earl and his team have built the Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ brands into the most recognizable in North America. FreeAxez products and systems are manufactured in USA, UL-listed, GreenSpec-listed, and distributed/installed worldwide.
Jenna’s experience in almost every aspect of the commercial real estate industry spans both entrepreneurial and public companies. As Sr. Manager, Real Estate & Strategy at Citrix, Jenna is responsible for the Raleigh built environment and portfolio-wide real estate and facilities services initiatives. Prior roles include COO of an architecture firm and leading due diligence, property operations, and asset management for a REIT. Jenna’s education includes a design degree from MIT and Master’s degrees in business and planning from UNC, Chapel Hill. She serves on the board of CoreNet Global Carolinas and Triangle Commercial Real Estate Women.
Mark Gibson has over 30 years of experience in the real estate/construction/hospitality consulting, operations and outsourcing businesses. He specializes in risk analysis, business process assessments and re-engineering, organizational design, project management; occupancy cost reduction, outsourcing, procurement analysis and shared services assessments. Professor Gibson formally taught operations and project management at NYU and International Development at Columbia on their Masters’ programs. Originally from the UK, Mark spent 8 years living and working in Asia based in Hong Kong and Singapore before moving to the US. He has been associated with over $30bn worth of projects and holds some of the highest qualifications in Project Management. Mark currently leads EY’s Construction and Real Estate Advisory Service Practice in the West and is the Americas Leader of Capital Programs and Infrastructure Advisory.
Mark has a highly varied background stretching from construction and real estate and into general operations management. Mark has extensive experience as a Developer around the world and has performed numerous consulting assignments including cost reduction, business process improvement, technology implementation, risk management and portfolio/space reduction. His clients include some of the largest organizations in the world and he has undertaken projects which have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of cost savings including the rationalization of one of the largest US states real estate portfolio, to the outsourcing of the entire real estate function at a Fortune 500 company, to the diagnostic and process improvement at one of the countries most famous educational institutions, to enterprise risk management of an international developer.
Mark Gilbreath is the founder and CEO of LiquidSpace, a location-based mobile application developed to serve the OBC industry and mobile workers everywhere. Mark is an experienced serial entrepreneur and one of the leading voices in the sharing economy technology landscape, supporting his vision of sustainable, mobile business practices. In his past, Mark has worked as a software industry veteran with 20+ years of experience at previous companies including Wyle, Altera, Toolwire and Venga Ventures.
Dr. Marilyn Gist has more than 25 years’ experience in the field of executive development. She is presently Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Executive Programs, Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle University. In addition, she serves as Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Formation providing academic direction for our executive degree and certificate programs. Prior to this, Marilyn held the Boeing Endowed Professorship of Business Management at the University of Washington, where she was also the Faculty Director for Executive MBA programs for many years. Marilyn earned her BA from Howard University and her MBA and PhD from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Dr. Gray oversees health research and development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.
She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products.
Dr. Gray co-founded the NIH Health in Buildings Roundtable, supports AIA, ULI, and EDRA. She received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, BA in Public Health Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, and the first public health professional to become LEED AP.
Michael Gresty, a Paris-trained architect from Cape Town, has 25+ years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on various aspects of corporate real estate and sustainability. He is a frequent speaker on sustainability at industry events, and has facilitated numerous LEED projects in the private sector – as well as large infrastructure and design projects in both the USA and France. Today, Michael is the cofounder of Rifiniti, a software company automating utilization surveys for many of the world’s largest companies.
Previously, Michael was Managing Partner at Altanova Energy+Sustainability and a co-founder of Kinetix, two leading boutique sustainability consultancies in NYC. He also co-founded the Sustainability Practice Network (SPN), a NY-based non-profit organization. He received his Architecte DPLG from the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, and also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Ryan founded and leads Gensler’s Strategy Studio in Seattle which delivers a holistic approach to design strategy, inclusive of design research, workplace analytics, brand strategy, experience design, service design, organizational strategy, real estate strategy, change management, and product development. Ryan also leads global client relationships with some of the most innovative companies, partnering closely with his clients to gain insights into their organizations and develop solutions to improve cultural cohesion, employee engagement, and team effectiveness.
Chris Hallas is a Director of Sales at Comfy, working with their key enterprise clients. He joined the Comfy team from Opower, where we helped leading utilities achieve their energy efficiency targets. Chris came to the U.S. from Denmark to study at UC Berkeley where he attained a cleantech-focused MBA degree. Outside of work he spends most of his time trying to keep his sons, Arthor (4) and Finlay (2), out of mischief.
Laura Hamill, Ph.D., has over 20 years of experience helping companies be more strategic with their most important asset--their people. She is the Chief People Officer at Limeade, a corporate wellness technology company where she leads the People Team. She specializes in employee well-being and company culture, and how the two intersect.
Prior to Limeade, Laura owned an organizational research and assessment consulting firm focused on improving employee engagement and culture alignment. She also worked at Microsoft for nearly a decade as the Director of People Research, leading a team of organizational researchers responsible for company-wide employee research.
She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Steve Hargis, MCR.w, LEED AP, leads Woods Bagot’s Global Consulting practice related to workplace, real estate and corporate strategy. Steve is a globally recognized professional in the area of real estate consulting with deep industry experience in the development and deployment of workplace strategies for global corporations. His research and design projects address the challenges of resource optimization, facilities performance, new technologies integration, and engagement of increasingly multi-generational, multi-regional and mobile employee bases. Steve’s real estate consulting expertise is informed by over three decades of expertise in the fields of architecture and interior design.
Suzanne Heidelberger is the Senior Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace Enablement for American Express. Her team delivers creative solutions to transform the company’s real estate and workplace strategy to provide a safe, productive and engaging place for American Express employees to thrive. With nearly nine million square feet of real estate space across 41 countries, the team manages a range of global services, including design and construction, facilities management and workplace enablement.
Prior to joining American Express, Suzanne spent several years at Deutsche Bank, where she was Managing Director and Global Lead of Real Estate and Transaction Management, based in New York and London. There, she led efforts to optimize Deutsche Bank’s global footprint and worked with all lines of business to achieve superior financial results.
Earlier in her career, Suzanne led real estate for one of the world’s largest law firms: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; served as Vice President of Finance, Strategy and Transactions at J.P. Morgan; and was an analyst at both Apollo Real Estate Advisors and Ernst & Young.
Committed to the development of real estate professionals, Suzanne has served on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet Global, was President and Chair of the New York City Chapter, and served on the organization’s Learning and Women’s Committees. In addition, she is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, serves on the board of the Regional Plan Association, and is a member of the Cornell Real Estate Council and Cornell Hotel Society.
Suzanne lives in New York City and enjoys traveling, meeting new people and solving puzzles.
William Hendrix, AIA, LEED AP, is an Architect, Urbanist and Principal in HGA’s Corporate Studio in Washington, DC. His 32-year career has focused on large-scale impactful corporate, urban mixed-use and government projects nationally and internationally. Influenced by both a practical and academic background, he lectures, teaches and serves as a jury critic on architecture, urban design and future trends at leading universities, including Catholic University of America Graduate Studio, University of Maryland, and George Mason University Masters of Real Estate Development Program. William has received numerous national and international awards and fellowships and has been published widely in industry journals.
Maria Hines has been turning heads in the culinary world for over two decades as an unwavering ambassador for organic, sustainable food and local farmers. The James Beard Award-winner has two critically acclaimed certified organic restaurants: Tilth and Agrodolce.
She has turned heads locally and nationally for years, earning awards that include Food & Wine’s Best New Chef and James Beard Award Best Chef Northwest.
She is a leader in the sustainability community, donating her time to such causes as James Beard Foundation sustainability programs, American Chef Corps, Puget Sound Food Council, food equality for low-income families and other food system advocacy.
HoChun Ho oversees global data governance and management for the Corporate Solutions business line at JLL. The scope includes data standards and stewardship, master data management, data quality, meta-data management and the overall data roadmap. He also mentors JLL and its clients on overall enterprise data strategy to leverage industry best practices and leading edge technology in enterprise information management, business intelligence and big data.
HoChun has more than 28 years of data management experience, across banking, insurance, financial services, pharmaceutical, research, telecommunication, media and e-commerce. He has implemented data governance, architecture, integration and business intelligence in Fortune 100 organizations. HoChun is a board member of OSCRE.
From a young age Zach’s curiosity has driven him to explore the influence of technology in the physical realm. In 2013 he began to bring that vision to life by co-founding Teem, a company focused on improving and optimizing the Workplace Experience. From the first lines of code to today, Zach has helped propel the company from a random late night idea to a platform that impacts the employees of thousands of innovative, busy organizations including LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Box, and NASA. Zach’s years of prototyping and development experience have advanced the product from an iOS app for conference room displays to a powerful enterprise platform. Seeking reprieve from the pandemonium of daily startup life, Zach is a certified yoga instructor teaching at Scholé Yoga Salt Lake with a unique blend of connection and community.
Mat has a pedigree in the flexible workspace market. Over his career in Sydney and New York City, he has viewed this market from the position of a REIT, consultant, and now operator of space. In early 2017 Mat joined WeWork where he provides solutions to Fortune 500 companies who are looking to challenge the idea of traditional workspaces.
Mat has a background in accounting beginning his career in corporate and debt restructuring after graduating from Macquarie University, Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting.
John Howie is chef and proprietor of some of the Seattle Area’s most prominent establishments, including Beardslee Public House (Bothell), John Howie Steak (Bellevue), Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (Bellevue), SPORT Restaurant & Bar (Seattle), In.gredients (Microsoft Redmond campus) and Wildwood Spirits Co. (Bothell). Recognized as a leading culinary vanguard, Howie was nominated Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation Awards in 2013. Since 2002, his restaurant group has given more than $6 million to hundreds of charitable organizations. Howie co-leads the Seattle Seahawks Kick Hunger Challenge team, having won the challenge three times to provide more than $525,000 (2.6 million meals) to Food Lifeline.
Michael Huaco is responsible for portfolio and asset management of McKesson Corporation’s global real estate assets including the acquisition, construction, and management of more than 26 million square feet. Additionally, he is accountable for implementing industry best practices, strategic planning and processes re-engineering to lower cost and improve quality.
Michael has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, and management of facilities and construction.
Pat Hughes is an enthusiastic facilitator and leadership development consultant who has worked for the past 25 years with individuals, organizations and communities to increase their leadership capacity. Pat owns Trillium Leadership Consulting in Seattle, where she provides customized leadership programs, leadership and executive coaching, and facilitation services.
Pat recent clients include Neighborhood House, Sound Transit, Seattle Children's Hospital, Northwest Association of Independent Schools, Horizon House CCRC, Efinancial and the Woodland Park Zoo.
Pat is also a Senior Partner at the Center for Ethical Leadership. She is the author of the Center’s best-selling book Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together, and the lead author of Courageous Collaboration with Gracious Space: From Small Openings to Profound Transformation.
She previously served as the Director of Curriculum Development for the Center for Ethical Leadership in Seattle, and the director of the Leadership Institute in Redmond, Wash., (now Leadership Eastside).
Pat holds an M.A. in Organization Systems Renewal from Antioch University with an emphasis on leadership development, and a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of New Hampshire with an emphasis on women's economy in developing nations.
In her personal time, Pat enjoys hiking, skiing, cycling, kayaking, reading, gardening and bird watching. She lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and daughter.
Robyn supports four Industrial Brokers on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions by introducing more efficient processes, implementing best practices, and developing brand recognition. Responsibilities include: managing a portfolio of 50+ industrial properties within Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk County, creating financial lease analysis comparison models to reflect key proposal terms, and preparing and distributing marketing materials across internal and external sites.
Jeff Hurt joined Velvet Chainsaw Consulting in January 2010 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, Education and Engagement. In 2012, he was recognized as the PCMA Educator of the Year. Jeff has worked in leadership roles with five associations, five government organizations and several companies in the education, events and meetings departments, including Meetings Professionals International and Promotional Products Association International, one of the top 50 shows in the industry. He is considered one of the leading authorities in the meetings industry on adult education, conference design, digital events and social media for events and associations. He speaks and blogs frequently about meeting and technology trends, the future of conference education, and adult learning.
Diane Ishmael is General Manager of Strategic Partnerships for Steelcase. Steelcase is the global leader in the office furniture industry by delivering a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work.
Diane is responsible for the business success of strategic partnerships at Steelcase to accelerate the advancement of Steelcase growth strategies.
Diane has been with Steelcase for over 17 years working in product development, marketing, channel and business management roles. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Chemical Engineering degree from Michigan State University.
Rich Isphording is Vice President of Strategic Alliances & Applied Research + Consulting for Steelcase Inc. Steelcase helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Its brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services.
Rich is responsible for the design and real estate communities, Applied Research + Consulting team. Previously, Rich was Director of Vertical Markets, North America, where he was responsible for higher education, federal government, state and local government, biosciences, professional services, retail banking and hospitality.
Rich has been with Steelcase over 28 years and spent much of his career in Los Angeles and San Francisco and is now based in Cincinnati.
Doug advises multi-location occupiers of commercial real estate on portfolio optimization and transaction execution strategies using data visualization. Doug returned to Savills Studley to launch a web-based portfolio management and strategy development tool called Knowledge Cubed after leaving the firm to get his MBA and work on the launch plan for Amazon’s B2B marketplace, now called Amazon Business. Prior to grad school Doug was a financial analyst and tenant representation broker in Savills Studley’s Philadelphia office, executing more than 100 transactions in 26 US markets. His real estate career began as a leasing intern at Liberty Property Trust. Doug earned his MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin and his AB in Economics from Harvard University.
Melissa Jancourt, CID, LEED AP is a designer and strategist at HGA, where she co-leads Work|SIGHT, the firm’s national strategic planning group to original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. She engages clients and teams in translating business mission and operations into strategies that target improvements in employee engagement, health, and happiness—all critical components of well-being, in both the design process and the built environment.
Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches.
Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program.
On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses.
David is the Americas Real Estate Leader at Ernst & Young. In this role, he is responsible for managing a team of professionals and the firm’s Americas portfolio that includes strategic planning, all real estate, design/construction, project management and leading the “EY@Work” workplace transformation.
David has over 20 years with several companies in the real estate industry including; Ernst & Young as a Senior Manager, Consulting; Aon Insurance as Global Exec VP-Real estate & Facilities, and Johnson Controls as Global Director, Consulting.
David is currently the Global Chair-Elect for CoreNet Global and will begin serving the 2-year term in March, 2018. David is has earned the MCR.h real estate designation and has served as lead faculty for the last 15 years at CoreNet. David is a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and has taught real estate courses at Roosevelt University and an adjunct faculty at New York University.
David is a graduate of the University of Missouri, with a double major as bachelors in Political Science and Sociology. David is the father of three children and lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Anita is Vice President and Co-founder of Iometrics, Inc., an Irvine, CA-based firm helping clients develop, implement and evaluate workplace strategies for over two decades. With a background in human resources and organizational effectiveness, Anita facilitates workplace strategy innovation, cultural transformation, and human capital impact evaluation, drawing on data analytics to unlock insights about workforce trends and the development of next-generation workplace solutions. Anita is a member of IFMA and CoreNet Global. She is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a published author on topics related to the application of innovative approaches to workplace strategy.
Melissa Kaufman is the Executive Director of The Garage. The Garage is Northwestern's hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation. It is an 11,000 square foot cross-disciplinary community of students, faculty, staff and alumni who all share a passion for building new ideas. Over 1,000 students, faculty and staff visit The Garage each month for classes, office hours, events and workshops. Melissa is an ex-Googler, startup veteran, and entrepreneur with a decade of experience at consumer technologies companies in Silicon Valley. Melissa holds a B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College.
Chris is the co-founder and president of Convene, a “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenties in commercial office buildings. Serving 70% of New York’s Fortune 500, the company has 13 locations in New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC., with locations in Los Angeles and Chicago coming soon. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.
A Registered Architect since 1982, Mr. Kelly has worked nationally and internationally in the private sector for 14 years before coming to the Public Buildings Service of the US General Service Administration where he currently serves in the Office of the Chief Architect. .
Kevin’s vast experience with the GSA spans 28 years and includes many diverse projects such as design management for the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, 10 Federal Courthouses and the GSA’s 115 Child Care Centers, . He was a collaborator with Ed Feiner, the noted former GSA Chief Architect, in establishing GSA’s Design Excellence Program. He directed the Workplace 2020 Research and is currently the Senior Architect of the Total Workplace Program, tasked with making that research operational. In 2013, his team won the Federal Real Estate Innovation Award for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which identified $76-90 million in annual rent savings and laid the groundwork for a new DHS National RE strategy. He has been a champion of improved acoustics in the new workplace as Project Manager for GSA Sound Matters guidance. He has lectured at the University of California (UC) School of Architecture and at the UC Haas School of Business. He has served as a design critic at the Catholic University School of Architecture.
Josh Khanna joined the Corporate Real Estate team in 2014 and is the Regional Lead for the new Expedia, Inc. headquarters being planned in Seattle, WA. Her responsibilities include the site development and construction, and campus master plan and delivery. Previously, Josh was the Regional Lead for the Asia Pacific region for Expedia, Inc. She has 15+ years’ experience in domestic and international corporate real estate including planning, strategy, design, construction, and facilities coordination.
Josh holds a BFA in Applied Arts (College of Art, New Delhi), BTech in Interior Design (Chelsea School of Design, London) and a Professional Designation in Interior Design (UCLA).
Expedia, Inc., operates more than 200 travel booking sites in more than 75 countries worldwide across its portfolio of online travel brands including Expedia, Hotels.com, Orbitz Worldwide, Hotwire, Travelocity, Egencia, HomeAway, Inc., trivago, and Wotif Group.
Ms. Larkin is unique in her understanding of appropriate land use and the creation of memorable places in urban contexts nationally and internationally. Through 30 years of urban design, master planning and architectural design for complex corporate, institutional, and higher education projects, Celine has planned and designed to articulate clients’ visions with flexibility and foresight within the financial constraints of each project. Her work grows from careful observation and analyses of the cultural and sustainable context of placemaking. She emphasizes team collaboration and knowledge sharing, to make informed decisions, which now includes Gen Z.
Chris is a real estate technologist and mathematician who specializes in occupancy modelling and analytics. He has a master’s degree in Mathematics and thrives in complex, multi-faceted leadership and strategic development roles.
He has spent his career bridging the gaps – between real estate and technology; between workplace functions; and between aspiration and realization of workplace strategy. His ground-breaking applied research with Cambridge University has been used at Zurich Insurance Group to achieve millions of dollars of annual savings in the group’s property portfolio, and introduced a new way of thinking and talking about workplace, focusing on availability rather than utilization.
Spencer Levy is Americas Head of Research for CBRE and a senior member of the company’s global research team. He plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the global research strategy and business plan. A nine-year veteran of CBRE, Spencer had previously served as Executive Managing Director in the company’s Capital Markets division.
Spencer oversees the analytical activities of the CBRE research community within the Americas region and is responsible for the management of hundreds of professionals who are focused on producing market-leading insight and interpretative analysis on the latest real estate trends. Spencer supports CBRE executives in their decision-making by providing insight into the impact of market trends related to strategic business planning, and analyst call preparation.
He serves as principal external spokesperson on real estate issues in the Americas region and has considerable media experience, providing market commentary for many national television, newspaper and internet outlets. He is one of the most active and well-known speakers in the U.S. Commercial Real Estate industry.
Spencer joined CBRE in 2007 to lead the U.S. Eastern Division of the Capital Markets platform. Since then, he has assumed positions of increasing responsibility. As a part of senior management for the Capital Markets platform, Spencer provided leadership for several areas in the United States and Latin America. Spencer provided additional oversight of Retail, Auction and Investment Banking in the United States. He also directly serves a number of major clients.
Prior to joining CBRE, he was a principal at Stifel Nicolaus (formerly Legg Mason Capital Markets), a leading investment bank serving the real estate industry, where he played a significant role in M&A, IPO and private capital-raising activities. Before that, he served as assistant general counsel at the Witkoff Group and was an attorney at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Jones Day Reavis & Pogue. Spencer resides in Owings Mill, Md. with his wife and three children.
James Lievois is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer responsible for directing business strategy, financial planning, treasury, accounting, tax, administration and information technology for Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) – including U.S., and Mexico operations. Lievois has more than 33 years in the automotive business. He held several management positions at Ford Motor Company before moving to MNAO. Born in Detroit in 1957, Lievois graduated with a B.A. in Marketing from Michigan State University in 1980 and received an MBA with an emphasis on finance in 1982 from the University of Detroit.
Nick manages Verizon’s global workplace strategy. By leveraging the confluence of design, place and culture, Nick’s work creates an attractive workplace experience that unleashes the individual and collective potential of Verizon’s employees. He also leads Verizon’s Global Coworking venture, which is repurposing the company’s legacy assets as collaborative workplaces for startups and entrepreneurs. The venture provides a platform for the company’s innovation groups to interact and co-create with local entrepreneurial communities. Nick has 10 years of experience in the corporate real estate industry and holds a degree in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology.
Matt is the founder of stok—a real estate advisory firm focused on helping mission-driven organizations realize the financial benefit from strategic investments in sustainable buildings. Over the past decade, he has developed robust tools to assess the residual value of investments connected to physical assets and is credited with co-developing new methods for stakeholder engagement, allowing teams to find better ways to achieve their project goals. Matt’s recent achievements include strategy work for three of Forbes’ top five World’s Most Valuable Brands—which have led to some of the industry’s most ambitious plans for sustainable development.
Stephen is a co-founder of Serraview. Stephen is based in New York as a focal point to lead the company through its next growth phase within the United States and expand the global imprint. By leveraging Serraview's core principles of delighting our clients, delivering awesome software and developing a team that understands our clients, Stephen will lead Serraview from strength to strength and present a strong voice of our clients.
Sean Malone is an international security expert specializing in cyber defense, effective risk management, and security program strategy.
Mr. Malone is the Chief Strategy Officer for Accenture - FusionX, where he provides executive consulting services for a diverse international clientele. In this role, he assists organizations in achieving real risk reduction by ensuring that they have the people, process, and architecture in place to enable business operations while thwarting attacks by advanced cyber adversaries. Mr. Malone holds multiple security certifications and a MS in information security and assurance. He is a frequent presenter and panelist at security, technology, and business conferences, including Black Hat and DEF CON.
Gabriella Marques is the of Head de Leasing & Asset at Tishman Speyer Brazil, performed Real Estate Transactions over 20 countries and is a Facilities Management specialist for the Latin American Market.
She is responsible for Corenet events in Brazil and hosted over 1,000 CRE professionals in 2017 in different events.
She lead CRE, FM and Procurement for Zurich Insurance, Procter & Gamble, Hyundai , JLL and C&W, holds an E-MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Babson College and is based in São Paulo – Brasil
Melissa Marsh is the Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC, a social research, workplace innovation, and real estate strategy firm dedicated to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches', to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.' Melissa also leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions.
With a background in social science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT, Melissa is an active provocateur and contributor to many professional and research communities associated with the built world, including the AIA, CoreNet Global, IFMA, EDRA, and more.
Seth Martindale is a Managing Director with the Economic Incentives Practice within CBRE Consulting. He has extensive experience in location analysis analyses and economic incentive negotiations engagements. Mr. Martindale currently helps clients by acquiring the most advantageous incentives offer through the creation of negotiating leverage utilizing a variety of proven techniques.
An accomplished transformation leader with the vision and leadership insights to strategically plan, direct and control operations to capitalize on innovation, process efficiency, external partnerships and customer centricity. Proven track record of delivering productivity through trusted relationships with Senior Management at Merck and partner organizations across the globe. Expertise in providing cross-cultural leadership and recognize industry trends to define strategic direction to improve profitability, innovation, and procurement excellence. Successfully developed and implemented cross-functional transformational initiatives and operating models that support corporate objectives while driving cost out of operations.
Lori Matsukawa anchors KING 5 News at 5, 6:30, 7, 10 and 11. She joined KING 5 in 1983. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University (BA) and from the University of Washington (MA). She anchored and reported in Redding, CA; Portland, OR and Seattle. Some of her most memorable stories include: Governor Locke’s first trade mission to China, Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Vancouver and her personal favorite – pulling 9-Gs in an F-16.
She received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Asian American Journalists Association (2005), was inducted into the University of Washington Communication Department’s Alumni Hall of Fame (2012) and in 2014, was inducted into NATAS Northwest’s Silver Circle for lifetime achievement.
She volunteers with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of WA and the Seattle Chapter of AAJA, which she helped co-found.
In 1974, Lori was Miss Teenage America, offering her a chance to travel outside her native Hawaii and influencing her decision to become a journalist.
Andrew Mawson, Managing Director of AWA, is a leading pioneer, thinker and speaker on matters ‘work and place’. He has the unusual ability to span the worlds of business strategy, organizational design, work strategy, workplace design and change management. In his consulting work he has led workplace change program with clients including Invesco, Unicef, Willis, Direct Line Group, National Rail and Merrill Lynch. In 2014 Andrew worked with the UK Cabinet Office as an adviser, participating in a review of 13 government departments’ performance in implementing agile working as part of the government’s Civil Service Reform programme which has been instrumental in reducing the UK Government’s property portfolio by 20%.
Alan McGinty is currently the Senior Director of the Global Workplace Innovation Group for Cisco Systems and is working to design and deliver the “Next Generation Workplace” for Cisco - integrating the physical workspace with advanced technologies and thought leading policies to support a highly evolved global workforce. He is also responsible for global Environmental Safety and Health as well as Energy Management and Sustainability
Alan has over 25 years of global real estate leadership experience working for several multi-national companies leading development activities supporting high-growth portfolios of manufacturing and headquarters facilities around the world.
Mr. McGinty advises Cisco’s global leadership teams in driving concepts forward that will increase Cisco’s ability to attract and retain talent in a rapidly changing world. He uses hard data gained through current research to prove the benefits of portfolio optimization and employee engagement through a workplace environment that provides choice to the new generation of mobile knowledge workers.
Alan has taught university level courses on corporate real estate and advanced building automation systems as well as regular speaking engagements to large user groups and Executive Briefings with Cisco customers.
Alan has an MBA from Cleveland State, a Masters in Facility Management from Michigan State, a Masters in Corporate Real Estate certification and sits on the CoreNet International Senior Leaders Council.
Wade joined Moss Adams in 2005 and has overseen the firm’s real estate portfolio since 2013. He has led the transformation from a decentralized approach of managing real estate to one that employs consistent processes and partnerships for going to market, selecting and designing space, managing construction projects, and administering leases.
Under Wade’s guidance, the firm has also embarked on a new workplace and change management initiative that moves from a traditional office design to one that embraces a progressive, flexible workspace in a smaller footprint. The results thus far have included a portfolio reduction of 62,000 RSF and $31 million in future real estate costs.
Dr. John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has a fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Medina is an affiliate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Elaine Melonides is JLL’s Global and Americas Head of Lease Administration. She provides transformational leadership vision and direction for the firm’s Lease Administration platform, including driving growth, enabling the adoption of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data and business intelligence to create smarter portfolios and driving innovation. Elaine also leads JLL’s Global Lease Administration Board.
Elaine has more than 26 years of experience which includes account management, innovation and product development, tenant representation, portfolio strategy, lease administration, project and facility management.
Prior to this role, Elaine served for three years as the Global Client Relationship Manager for the P&G account – one of JLL’s largest and most strategic global accounts. Under Elaine's leadership, the team implemented a successful global portfolio optimization plan, innovated a groundbreaking employee experience program, and created a roadmap for the next generation of the relationship which informed our Corporate Solutions’ vision of the future.
Before leading the P&G account, Elaine held a number of senior roles within JLL, including overseeing the Corporate Solutions Service Lines and Account Management in the U.S. Elaine also worked with our Markets/Brokerage partners, leading a team of IPS brokers who executed client-focused portfolio strategy in Chicago.
Elaine is a Board member for the Chicago area of Junior Achievement, and a member of CoreNet Global and Impact 100 Chicago.
Anil Menon is global president of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) business unit, which provides the Cisco Smart+Connected Digital Platform and key solutions that transform the delivery of urban services in cities and facilitate data sharing across city agencies, with citizens and with businesses. Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was corporate vice president of strategy in Growth Markets at IBM, where he also held other critical global strategy, product management and marketing roles, including an appointment by the CEO to serve on the IBM Strategy team. He serves on the board of directors for the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the advisory board for the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. Anil holds a Ph.D. in marketing and statistics and was on the graduate faculty in marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
As an Architect, Technologist & Thought Leader, Guy focuses on understanding the connections between design and emerging technologies. Trained in the arts, design, and fine woodworking, Guy finds architecture to be the profession that best unites these disciplines. Upon the adoption of digital technologies in his design practice in 1989, capturing relevant information from the edge environment, and making it available for AEC processes is Guy’s passion.
As Director of Worldwide Work Place Resources (WPR) at Mozilla, Rob Middleton oversees real estate, construction and build outs, while ensuring the WPR team helps Mozilla run smoothly and enjoyably. He leads an international team whose responsibilities include facilities, design, technology coordination and occupant wellbeing.
Before joining Mozilla, Rob held leadership positions in design, construction, and project management; this combination of experience proved to be an advantageous background for excelling in his role leading the WPR team. At a time when demand for real estate performance accelerates, Rob's background sets a strong basis for unique solutions: financial, social and spatial.
Rex Miller is an international award winning author, keynote, advisor and expert on organizational and team performance. His book The Commercial Real Estate Revolution won the CoreNet Global Innovator award and became a catalyst for the construction industry adopting more collaborative and trust-based strategies. His next book, Change Your Space, Change Your Culture addressed workplace disengagement, leading change and won the CoreNet Industry Excellence award. His current project is called thrive@work. It is a three-year research project on the future of workplace health and wellbeing. This book will be released in Q2 of 2018.
Peter J. Miscovich is an executive management consultant who develops corporate strategies and workplace solutions for global Fortune 100 client organizations. Integrated enterprise solutions include emerging technologies, digital transformation, performance improvement, digital talent strategies and workplace transformation. Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board and the CERES Presidents Advisory Board - leading “think tank” policy research organizations focused upon “complex systems transformation”.
Previously, as a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Global Advisory practice and a Partner with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice – Peter has focused upon Corporate Strategy and Workplace Transformation for more than twenty years.
Peter holds degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona and MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology Executive Leadership Development and Transformational Change programs.
Alison is the Global Workplace Support Manager for Cushman & Wakefield @ Adobe. She has worked in Silicon Valley for the last 10 years, focused on finding solutions for clients. In her current role, she is responsible for technology tools, process improvement and development, including implementation, communication and training. A key objective of her role is reporting and data analysis, with a focus on data that is meaningful and tells a story. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications – Public Relations from Grand Valley State University.
With more than 25 years in the design and real estate profession, Laura brings a unique blend of experience from managing and designing projects for corporate and government clients as well strategic portfolio planning during her career in Corporate Real Estate.
Laura has experience working with clients to help them understand how they can maximize their portfolio and develop a workplace strategy to support their business goals for the future. Her knowledge of programming, planning, workplace strategy, design, project management and project delivery has helped her to lead successful projects for a variety of clients.
Aaron Moses is the director of Global Facilities, Events, Travel & HR Operations for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, he held leadership positions at Genentech in their Finance organization, and Facebook in both Finance and Public Policy. In addition to his extensive operations experience, Aaron served on the board of directors for the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce and Urban Ed Academy, which is committed to improving the quality of life in communities of color in San Francisco. Aaron received his MBA with a focus on Healthcare Management from The George Washington University School of Business and a BS in Business Management from University of Phoenix.
Monique Moyer, Senior Managing Director, Global Workplace Solutions provides executive sponsorship to CBRE’s Bay Area clients. Monique is part of the West Division leadership team delivering great client outcomes, employee satisfaction and alignment between business and real estate strategy. She provides clients with valued guidance in the disciplines of account leadership, operational performance, strategic planning and facilities management. Monique chairs CBRE’s Energy, Oil and Gas Industry Sector committee.
Monique has a wide base of experience in property and asset management, development negotiation and entitlement, capital markets, and public pension policy. She is known for her leadership, problem-solving and transparency.
Ryan Mullenix is a partner at NBBJ and a co-leader of the firm’s workplace design practice. In his role, Ryan is a strong advocate for data-driven design, a process that uses custom algorithms to link geometry with data to augment both human and building performance. Ryan has led the design of numerous award-winning projects both nationally and internationally. His work and expertise have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, San Jose Mercury News, Newsweek, Quartz, Bloomberg News, Recode, BBC, CNBC and National Public Radio.
Jerry Nadeau is the Executive Director and Americas Head of Facility Services for Novartis Business Services (NBS), responsible for facility operations at all Novartis Americas locations.
Jerry joined Novartis in 2013 as Global Head of Facility Operations for Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) where he was responsible for facility operations globally at all nine NIBR locations. Novartis Business Services was established in 2015 and Jerry was appointed as U.S. Head of Facility Services before becoming Americas Head of Facility Services.
Prior to joining the team at Novartis, Jerry was the Director of Real Estate and Planning at Aveo Oncology where he managed the company’s move and build-out at 650 East Kendall Square in Cambridge. He spent 13 years at Biogen Idec in the Planning and Project Management groups and worked on the Cambridge Citizen Growth Advisory Committee.
Prior to that, Jerry was a member of the United States Air Force where he served as Crew Chief on F15 and F16 fighter jets. He received his B.S. in Construction Management from the Wentworth Institute of Technology and his MBA from Suffolk University.
Jerry has over 24 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in the areas of facility management, construction management and real estate.
Julie Paris is the Wellness Program Specialist at Akamai Technologies, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA. She has successfully developed the wellness program and engaged her colleagues in programs that align with the 5 Pillars of Akamai Wellness - active, nourished, calm, balanced, and healthy. Her passion for health and wellness started with a part-time career as a group fitness instructor. Completing the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's health coach program provided more fuel to her passion for health and wellness.
Kathy Patterson has more than 20 years of technology and management experience focusing on data governance, business intelligence and enterprise architecture. As the head of data governance and management in the Americas region, Kathy plays a key role at JLL across industry sectors, geographic regions and Service Lines. Kathy and her team provide leadership to making accurate, integrated, higher-quality data available across our service lines and accounts in order to uncover insights and seize new opportunities. Kathy's expertise includes leveraging big-data technology to improve overall business productivity. She designed a cloud strategy for a major telecom and media company to implement platform-as-a-service for high-volume, real-time data access. Kathy designed and built a big data platform to manage over 15 petabytes of real-time data coming from sensors and set-top-boxes. She has been invited as an advisor on vendor-sponsored customer review boards, has presented in several international data events.
Julia Payne Cooper is a workplace strategist with nearly 15 years of strategic planning experience and more than 25 years of design experience. She has helped develop data-driven planning and property solutions through processes that engage with both leadership and employees, in order to link work process, technology, human resources, and organizational goals to design decisions. Throughout her career, Julia has developed a variety of workplace typologies and design solutions for a range of client types in multiple locations across the United States and overseas.
Megan Perrin is a Senior Manager is Accenture Digital’s Internet of Things (IoT) group, focusing on IoT for the built environment. She has over 10 years of experience in program management and large systems implementations and specializes in delivering Connected Building projects to Accenture’s largest clients. Megan is passionate about using IoT in the built environment to improve operations, increase occupant satisfaction and decrease energy use.
Mike Petrusky is an “FM innovator” at Kayrell Connections and the founder of DC-based marketing agency Kayrell Solutions. Mike is the host of "The Facility Management Innovator Podcast", a weekly show that inspires industry professionals to build a culture of collaboration in the FM community. With a focus on our human experiences, listeners are encouraged to create partnerships and embrace the workplace revolution. Mike has served in a variety of leadership roles at IFMA and his marketing expertise, combined with experience engaging with facility practitioners, uniquely positions Mike to help organizations deliver workplace innovation to the facility management community.
Jeff Pitts joined The Coca-Cola Company in early 2016 and is leveraging best in class insights and information to develop and execute a Global Real Estate Strategy optimizing their cost base while enabling the business to win in the marketplace.
Jeff’s 30+ years of Corporate Real Estate experience spans transaction management, strategic planning, facilities management and architecture from Carolinas HealthCare System, Wells Fargo (Wachovia), and Bank of America. Six Sigma certified, Jeff is a member of AIA, NCARB and CoreNet Global. He received his B.S. in Design and Masters of Architecture from Clemson University. Jeff is active with the Boy Scouts of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation and international missions at his church.
Sean Prasad is a seasoned real estate executive whose career spans more than 28 years solidifying strategic growth initiatives for organizations. He has an impressive track record for developing and leading high-level initiatives globally. Sean has a vast range of industry experience in Technology, Manufacturing, Clean Room, Data Center, Telecommunications, Bio-Technology and Retail. He is a well-respected industry thought leader. Sean is a Principal member of the Cushman & Wakefield team responsible for developing new client solutions for corporations based in the Western U.S. In this role, he is responsible for developing new multi-year, multi-geography account relationships for major clients in the west. Sean has a resume of prominent executive leadership roles working for globally recognized brands. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Corporate Real Estate at T-Mobile. He also served as the Director of Workplace and Corporate Services at Logitech. Additionally, he was the Director of Global Facilities at JDSU, Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities for internet start-up Colo.com, and held a variety of key positions on the workplace resources team at Sun Microsystems. Sean is also very active in the community. He is currently on the Board of Directors for Washington State Special Olympics and the Washington State CoreNet Global Chapter.
Eileen Quigley is the Sustainability Manager at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), one of the world’s leading environmental advocacy groups with six offices in the U.S. and one in China. Her role is to ensure that NRDC maintains the lowest environmental footprint possible, to prioritize human health and happiness of building occupants while constantly pushing the boundaries of environmentally restorative practices in the built environment. Specifically, she project manages all of NRDC’s capital improvement projects, oversees tasks related to real estate and helps to educate – internally and externally – on their environmental building practices.
Rudy Reagin has a broad background in software development and corporate IT. After working in several vertical markets early in his career, Rudy joined the financial industry and enjoyed many technology management roles in Finance, Logistics, Human Resources, and Corporate Real Estate. Working in CRE for more than a decade, Rudy has taken a delivery focused and collaborative approach resulting in improved service levels and reduced cost. With the advent of smart buildings, the growth of informatics, and the pervasiveness of IoT, Rudy is passionate about the unprecedented opportunities to improve both the workplace and the environment.
I spent 20+ years in the design industry specializing in corporate interiors and planning. During the last 8 years I have been embedded in the Telecom Industry working for T-Mobile and Nokia Siemens Networks leading workplace strategy efforts.
Marsha Rhea, CAE, created Signature i, LLC to help leaders of organizations discover, plan and do their signature work in the world. She specializes in helping associations achieve their vision for the future. This business blends the strategic perspective and creative skills she gained as a futurist with her more than 20 years’ experience in association management.
She scans for critical changes affecting associations and the professions and industries they serve and uses these insights to help associations shape future-focused strategy and drive innovation. She is the lead futurist working to establish the ASAE Foundation’s ForesightWorks research program. Marsha has led strategic planning projects and signature initiatives for a diverse range of national associations and federal agencies. Her association clients serve a wide range of professions and industries with many in healthcare, scientific or other highly technical fields.
She is an innovative facilitator of collaborative learning experiences for small leadership teams or large, high-stakes summits. In the context of these summits, she has trained teams of volunteer facilitators to lead significant discussions of change for their profession or field.
Marsha works to understand and serve the association community by actively volunteering, speaking at conferences and blogging on association management. She served as chair of the ASAE Foundation Research Committee in 2013/14. She holds the CAE credential. She completed her Masters of Public Administration degree from George Mason University with a concentration on nonprofit management.
More than a decade ago she switched from working as an association executive for state and national associations to become a futurist and strategy consultant. She worked seven years as a senior futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures before launching Signature i in 2008.
More information is available about Signature i and Marsha Rhea’s experience and approach at www.signaturei.net.
Bill Roberts provides global leadership for real estate strategy and planning within the Global Real Estate function at Hewlett-Packard covering a portfolio of 65 MSF in 90 countries. During his 28 years with the company, he has served in a number of finance and real estate positions including construction project management, leasing, and strategic and geographic portfolio planning responsibilities.
Roberts joined HP in 1984, spending five years in various financial analyst positions within the Asia-Pacific HQ. He moved to the real estate function as a geographic portfolio manager for Asia-Pacific. Roberts has managed new construction and leasing projects internationally over the past 21 years, ranging from office buildings and R&D sites to manufacturing and data center facilities. Through this time his particular emphasis has been translating business strategies into supporting real estate strategies and individual project plans.
Roberts received his bachelor’s of science in structural engineering from Purdue University. While working as a practicing structural engineer, he received an MBA from Northwestern University in Chicago.
Craig Robinson is the CEO of Global Corporate Services for Newmark Knight Frank. He leads the firm’s integrated offering and solutions for occupier clients around the globe, including sales, operations, strategic acquisitions and overall platform growth. Craig also advises a VC firm that invests in real estate technology.
Prior to NKF, Craig was President of U.S. operations for Colliers International where he had responsibility for $1B+ in revenue, 5,600 professionals, and all day-to-day aspects of the business. Before Colliers, Craig was President of Corporate Services for Cassidy Turley (now Cushman & Wakefield) and held senior roles at CBRE/ Trammell Crow Company.
Jason Rock is a strategic partner for business development of SaaS sales with a focus on Enterprise Asset Lifecycle Management. He has spent most of his career in strategic corporate sales working with clients like HSBC, Coca Cola, Bank of America, The Home Depot, Aarons, Cox Enterprises, BAE Systems, BE Aerospace and Southern Company. His experience includes advertising, internet sales, engineering software and professional services with for Siemens, Monster.com, Citrix and BBDO Advertising Agency. Jason, his wife and boys live in the Atlanta area.
Classic extrovert – with mild episodic tendencies of introversion on weekends. She is a strategic thinker and a talented Interior Designer. She is curious, engaging and is well recognized in the industry as a design innovator and creative problem solver. With 20 years of experience, Tara has a proven track record of leading corporate clients through significant workplace change and (re)evolution. Her award winning work is well recognized and hosted in publications. She has practiced extensively throughout Europe, Canada and the US.
Genny Rose is a designer with a dynamic sense of leadership and a natural skill in communication. Account Leader and Practice Leader with HOK, she has 30 years of experience in the interior design industry focused on corporate and retail for the financial sector. As an energetic, creative thinker, she excels in her role as a complex fast-track designer. From major office redesign/restack projects to national implementation programs affecting hundreds of locations, she has an understanding of design and construction that translate into project implementation.
Peggie is Development Director at Leesman, where her role includes leading the research undertaken on the world’s largest independent workplace effectiveness database. Before joining the company in 2014, she was a researcher at Aalto University (Finland) with a focus on CRE and workplace management. She has published her findings in many peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at several academic and industry conferences.
A recognized expert in workplace design and strategy, Kay has spent more than 30 years optimizing global real estate portfolios and creating innovative work environments for Fortune 500 companies. As director of HOK’s WorkPlace practice, Kay helps companies identify their unique organizational DNA, align space with business goals, and develop and deliver the workplace of the future across continents. Kay serves on the CoreNet Global Board and the National ASID Foundation Board of Trustees. A co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evolutionaries community and founding member of Upward’s DC chapter, Kay is also on the advisory board of Work Design Magazine.
Kevin is the Workplace Strategy Leader within GE’s Global Operations Properties organization. He developed the foundation for GE’s workplace experience program, Workplace Connect, and plays a key role in the transformation of GE’s culture. He attributes much of the program’s success to a true partnership between HR, IT and Properties functions.
Prior to joining GE, Kevin was the Global Workplace Strategist for HP’s Workplace Experience program, and a founding member of Microsoft’s Workplace Advantage Program.
He is a graduate from the University of Illinois with a dual master’s degrees in Business Administration and Architecture. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.
Kevin was born in Boulder, Colorado and has lived and worked in the USA, UK, Germany and Singapore. He currently resides in the Seattle area with his wife and three children.
As a Service Design Lead at Accenture - Fjord, Paul guides multi-disciplinary teams in discovering new potentials in the relationship of physical and digital design. An architect by training, Paul brings both an imaginative and analytical approach to understanding the future of space and technology for organizations. He often finds himself daydreaming about the next hike he is going to take in Northern California.
Prior to joining Fjord, Paul was an Associate Principle in the Planning and Strategies practice at Perkins+Will.
Julie Seitz, Global Director, Workplace Strategy and Operations, leads the global team responsible for Coca-Cola workplaces around the world to include planning, design, construction, operations, hospitality and branding. Prior to this role, Julie led the renovation of the global headquarters in Atlanta – work which set the stage for this new global organization. Our mission is to elevate our workplace as strategic asset within the enterprise to engage our people, drive business performance, spark innovation, bring our brands to life and support the growth of Coca-Cola worldwide.
Prior to moving into the world of real estate and workplace, Julie spent the bulk of her career in general management roles at IBM and Coca-Cola in sales, brand marketing, supply chain, sports marketing and shared services.
Kevin Shtofman is a Manager in the Real Estate practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. He has over 14 years combined experience in providing strategic, financial, accounting, business improvement, and technology services to clients in the Real Estate industry. Kevin’s focus includes providing operational and systems integration services to owners, operators, developers, and construction servicers of real estate. He is a recognized leader in providing strategic planning, business process improvement, systems integration, solution implementation, merger integration, asset management, and program/project management services.
Smarty is known for helping clients drive costs out of their real estate portfolio while helping them create an engaging experience for the people that use the buildings. He is an industry thought leader in workplace strategies.
Smarty leads the global strategy and direction for retail and workplace IoT offerings in the IBM Watson IoT business unit. He serves clients by defining market strategies, creating innovative offerings, growing delivery capabilities, and helping them drive operational performance goals. Smarty has 25+ years’ experience in the real estate industry covering all industry segments.
Aaron Smith, with a background in journalism Aaron first learned of the challenges of asset lifecycle management in infrastructure, facilities and corporate real estate while working in Telecom for Vodafone. Now he leads business development efforts with 4tell’s service provider community where he helps make the transition from a project based assessments to ongoing data analytics for more sustainable capital investment strategy. Aaron lives near Portland, ME and spends a lot of time in Toronto focusing on energy initiatives.
As Senior Vice President of Business Development at the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Peter leads a team supporting the global growth and adoption of the WELL Building Standard, an evidence-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring the performance of building features that impact human health and well-being. He is engaged with leading financial institutions, commercial real estate firms, and multifamily developers pursuing WELL Certification across their portfolios. Peter is also an active speaker and educator, promoting WELL through industry events and technical workshops.
Previously, Peter served as Vice President of Delos Solutions, a team of consultants and subject matter experts incorporating health and wellness strategies into the pioneering WELL Certification projects. Working closely with Delos Labs, an internal research group, he identified best-in-class design solutions, products and technologies to improve the built environment and optimize occupant comfort and well-being.
Peter has an extensive background in building science and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Delos and IWBI, he worked as a Sustainability Consultant at Steven Winter Associates, an industry leading green building consulting firm. Focusing on affordable housing in the greater New York City area, Peter engaged with multifamily developers to incorporate sustainable design principles and energy efficiency measures into new construction projects and validate building performance.
Randy Smith, Vice President, Global Real Estate & Facilities, for Oracle Corporation, started his real estate career upon joining Oracle in 1989. He is currently responsible for real estate and facility operations for Oracle’s global portfolio of approximately 25 M square feet.
Randy graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a M.S. in Civil Engineering: Infrastructure Planning and an A.B. in Human Biology: Land Use Planning.
Gary oversees RedBrick’s clinical strategy. He joined RedBrick in April, 2017 with over 20 years of thought leadership in population health management solutions. Prior to RedBrick, Gary was a senior consultant in Willis Towers Watson’s Health Management practice after serving in a similar role at Deloitte Consulting.
Gary is a board certified pediatrician. He earned his M.D. from the University of Cincinnati, completed his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and his MBA from the University of California, Irvine. Gary was the founder of a pediatric practice in Glendale, California. He spends one-half day a week as a clinical instructor at Children’s Hospital as through an academic appointment at the University of Southern California.
Abhinav (Abe) is an experienced investment, financial, technology, business development, and operations strategist. He is currently the Chief Revenue Officer for LEVERTON, residing in New York City. Abe has worked with many law firms and institutions over the years and has a deep understanding of the real estate technology / CREtech / PropTech space. With LEVERTON, Abe is revolutionizing how corporations use artificial intelligence based machine and deep learning algorithms for data extraction.
Ro is currently the Director of Sales and Business Development for Ambisafe, which has been pioneering blockchain technology since 2010. Ambisafe has launched over 20 blockchain projects including co-development of Tether, Bitfinex, Chronicled as well as launching the successful ICOs for ChronoBank, TaaS.fund, and Polybius.io. Prior to joining Ambisafe, Ro worked within the secondary market for late-stage venture backed securities and was an Associate at BlackRock on their Global Wealth Advisory team.
Rupert Spies is the founder and owner of Rupert Spies Consulting. Through his company, he provides consulting, training and development expertise on restaurant and hospitality management related topics for global companies, service organizations and non-profit organizations. Rupert’s deep understanding of the subject comes from extensive academic and real-life experience, including teaching at the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University for 30 years. Prior to teaching at Cornell, he worked as chef and manager in food service businesses ranging from high-end restaurants, including one with a Michelin star, to large-scale cafeterias in Germany, USA and the Netherlands. Rupert received his education at the Technical University, and University of Applied Sciences – Business Administration in Berlin, Germany, and studied at Cornell University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield and has worked on over 100 diverse green building projects with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Skype and GoPro. In addition to his project work, Alex has also taught over 300 green building workshops through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects and the Stanford Graduate School of Business among others.
Alex serves on the Programs Committee for CoreNet Northern California and the ULI Sustainability Committee. He a LEED & WELL Accredited Professional and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA.
As OSCRE’s CEO, Lisa drives strategy and executive level relationships for the organization, working with the board of directors to expand understanding and implementation of OSCRE Standards and effective data governance with a variety of constituents including corporate real estate end-users, investment firms, service providers, software developers, consulting firms and other member-based associations. As an organization, OSCRE is committed to providing the tools to transform the way digital information drive the real estate business, with a strong focus on emerging technologies, including blockchain, and machine learning.
Lisa joined OSCRE as CEO in 2013 to lead the organization into new territory. She brings over 20 years’ experience in the real estate industry in strategic planning, information technology solutions, finance, property and asset management, and effectively managing change in dynamic real estate environments. With strong media attention on how data is driving business processes, the discussion of standards, data governance and the value proposition for implementing change is most relevant.
She believes that the advancing emerging technologies (ET) will significantly impact real estate, and is committed to constructive collaboration to address the impact ET will have in the real estate industry.
Simon Stevenson joined the University of Washington in 2016. He is the John and Rosalind Jacobi Family Professor of Real Estate at the University of Washington and is currently the Head of the Department of Real Estate and Director of the Runstad Center at UW. He previously held faculty positions in the UK (Henley Business School, University of Reading and Cass Business School, City University London) and Ireland (Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin). Simon's primary research interests are in the fields of real estate capital markets & portfolio management; housing economics and international finance, publishing over 80 papers in leading real estate and finance journals. Simon is co-editor of the Journal of Real Estate Portfolio Management (JREPM), the industry facing applied investment journal of the American Real Estate Society. Professor Stevenson is a past-president of the International Real Estate Society and was Chair of the European Real Estate Society annual conference in both 2005 (Dublin) and 2007 (London). He is to chair the American Real Estate Society annual meeting in 2019 which is to be held is Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to various best paper awards Professor Stevenson was awarded the 2006 International Real Estate Society Achievement Award.
David Stillman is not new to the generational conversation. For almost twenty years he has been called on by business executives, politicians and the media to share his expertise on how best to bridge generational gaps. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show as well as NPR and in Fast Company, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
In addition to being an internationally acclaimed speaker on the generations, David is also the co-author of two best-selling books including When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace.
David is excited for his newest book called “Gen Z @ Work” being published by HarperCollins. It describes the 7 key traits of Gen Z and was just named by the NY Post as one of the 5 books to read in 2017. Best of all, he has coauthored this book with his 17-year-old Gen Z son, Jonah.
Jonah Stillman just graduated from high school this Spring and already has quite a few accomplishments. He is a nationally ranked US alpine snowboarder. In addition, he is a youth ambassador for the international non-profit WE and has traveled to both Kenya and Ecuador to build schools. Jonah and a team of peers conducted one of the first national surveys about Gen Z’s workplace attitudes. The eye-opening results ignited Jonah’s interest in keeping the dialogue going. After growing up watching his dad - David - be the voice of his generation, Jonah is excited to be the voice of his generation. He is the youngest speaker on the circuit and has already shared his insights on Gen Z with MSNBC and CBS and Jonah was recently featured in Fast Company.
In addition to writing their book, David and Jonah have been speaking about across the country to a variety of companies and industries about how best to recruit, retain, and manage Gen Z as well as what we asked them to talk about today… how best to market to Gen Z.
Lily Stoyanovski is based out of CBRE’s San Francisco office and is responsible for leading consulting and strategic advisory activities for GWS clients in the West Division. Lily’s focus is on introducing and supporting all our consulting service offerings that that enable clients to create more efficient portfolios, highly effective organizations and a workplace that drives top talent recruitment and retention. Prior to CBRE Lily has worked in a management consulting capacity on behalf of Fortune 500 clients for 20+ years.
Leigh Stringer, is a workplace expert at EYP Architecture & Engineering, specializing in workplace research and facility planning for EYP’s government, higher education, science & technology, healthcare and corporate clients. Her work includes creating healthy, sustainable, collaborative and engaging environments for clients throughout North America. She is active in several industry organizations, such as the Center for Active Design Workplace Wellbeing in New York, and the AIA DC Health and Wellbeing Committee, a Member of CoreNet Global and IFMA. She is currently writing her next book, The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve Engagement, Productivity and the Bottom Line (AMACOM).
Craig Tarrant knew he wanted to be a culinarian from the moment he began watching food shows & cooking with his mother at the age of 10 - so much so that he put his name on the waiting list for one of the top 3 culinary schools in the US when he was only a sophomore in high school.
For the past 30 years, Craig’s passion for food has continued to grow – especially around American classic comfort foods. A local Puget Sound native, he loves using foods from his childhood to evoke nostalgia — combining classic flavors with unique, seasonal & global flavors — & connect with customers.
As the Culinary Director for Dining at Microsoft, Craig oversees 50+ Chefs campus-wide & drives the strategic direction of food & purchasing on campus. He has helped to create many branded Café concepts that utilize an array of flavors & presentation styles, (including Branding Iron, Tacos from Around the World, Small Plates Tapas, Mac & Cheesyology, Himalaya Indian Food, Veloce Pizza, Dekotora Teriyaki/Ramen & more). He also worked to spearhead the Ingredient Revolution on campus — a campus-wide approach to transforming the food experience – from purchasing to preparation to presentation. Initiatives of the Ingredient Revolution have included local farm partnerships, scratch-cooking, brigade-style kitchens, the Misfit Produce Rescue, organics & more.
At the heart of his culinary philosophy is the emotional connection we all have with food…& every day he finds new, interesting ways to both tempt the palate & tug on the heart strings of customers.
Mr. Rasesh “Sesh” Thakkar serves as Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group and has been with the Group for 25+ years. Mr. Thakkar’s 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 visionaries behind Lake Nona.
Mr. Thakkar serves as a Director of the Orlando Economic Partnership, the Central Florida Partnership, the University of Florida Cancer Center at Orlando Health, and The Florida Council of 100.
Responsible for Decision Support and Risk Management within GSK’s Real Estate team. This translates into being accountable for the operations that sit behind the real estate function, ranging from defining the overall real estate strategy to identifying and putting in place all of the core elements required to successfully deliver it. Specific areas of responsibility include, Risk Management, Performance Management, Data Governance and Technology, and the process and tools that govern the delivery of change in the portfolio.
Annette Tippeconnie currently serves as the Sr. Director of Global Programs, Strategic Partnerships & Technology for Nike Workplace Design + Connectivity (WD+C). The workplace of the future must address the dynamic pace of technology, human networks and the competitive business landscape.
In this key role, Annette influences and supports the development of global business strategies across the functions of real estate, workplace design and workplace services. Partnering with Nike executive business leadership she utilizes industry research and experience design to enable disruptive innovation in the development of global strategies.
Driving innovative collaboration partnership models that provide nimble proactive approaches, Annette helps teams to optimize their operations and elevate their consumer experience. This collaborative approach is the foundation that accelerates progress towards Nike’s strategic business objectives in this competitive business landscape.
Matt Toner is the Managing Director of CBRE Institute. He oversees a portfolio of initiatives focused on leading the development, funding and connection of industry innovations providing distinct advantage to CBRE clients. His focus areas include strategic solutioning, future visioning, industry investment, tech development and application.
Matt brings experience from prior roles as a Director on President Obama’s National Security Staff; as a former Chief of Staff to the GSA’s Office of Emergency Response and Recovery; and prior consulting roles at CBRE, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, and Ernst & Young’s corporate and legal advisory practices. He, his wife and daughter live in Atlanta, GA.
Joining Adobe as a New College Grad, from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, a little over two years ago, Sara started her career as Adobe’s first ever Global Wellness Coordinator. In the beginning, most of her time was devoted to planning, organzing, and managing all wellness related programs, events and initiatives that occur onsite. Her strategic partners included the benefits, culinary, and events team, as well as the wellness center. One year into the role, her responsibilities evolved and her primary focus shifted to better understanding the wellness landscape and the direction the company should be heading; in regards to wellbeing. Working closely with her partner in the benefits organization, the Global Wellbeing Strategy & Vision was created & rolled out. She continues to effectively implement and scale her global program in order to drive a culture of health and ensure all employees have the support they need to lead happier and healthier lives at work and at home.
Marc Torrey works with all size agencies, advertisers, and employers within the commercial real estate recruiting industry. He uses extensive experience within the industry and proven ability to initiate creative sales and talent acquisition programs to deliver immediate results to his clients. Marc is recognized as an energetic, long-range strategic planner, and noteworthy communicator/public speaker. From NY originally, and now residing in Portland, OR he earned his degree in Organizational Communication and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Fairfield University in CT.
John M. Vazquez joined Verizon in January of 2012 as Sr. Vice President of Global Real Estate. In this role, he is responsible for over 110 million square feet of real estate and 4,500 facilities in 54 countries. He manages a group of more than 600 real estate professionals and directs efforts in the optimization of the Verizon portfolio. Core to this is leading the strategic direction of facility management and services, leasing, asset management, design & construction, workplace design and energy management programs across the Verizon footprint.
Under John’s leadership Global Real Estate has developed a multi-year transformational, strategic plan focused on improving the performance of real estate assets while proactively improving the physical real estate portfolio. Strategic programs include developing location strategies for labor and customer markets, improving operations & infrastructure and enhancing GRE capabilities. A social focus is maintained on managing demand and supply side energy management transformation with fuel cell and solar technology to reduce carbon footprint and improve environmental stewardship.
John’s vast knowledge and experience as a key innovator has led to recent appearances and interviews including Bloomberg News and American Builders Quarterly.
Prior to his position at Verizon, John served as Vice President of Vendor Sourcing and Corporate Services as well as Chief Procurement Officer at MetLife (2004 – 2012). He has also held positions at JP Morgan Chase (1993 – 2003) as SVP Director of Global Facilities and at IBM (1983 – 1993) as Real Estate Program Manager for HQ Operations.
John received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in 1984 and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in 1993. John serves on the Board of Visitors for Sacred Heart University, served on the Engineering Board of Fairfield University and on various professional associations. John is actively involved in several public and community services, including ASPIRA, St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters and the Special Olympics.
Tim Venable is Senior Vice President for CoreNet Global. He leads a team that delivers a wide range of knowledge-based services for association members, including transformational and survey-based research, benchmarking, Discovery Forums, the online Knowledge Center and the Executive Leaders Council, among others. He formerly served as Editor of LEADER magazine, the official publication of CoreNet Global.
Venable joined IDRC (one of CoreNet Global’s predecessor organizations) in 1989 and spent more than 10 years writing for Site Selection magazine, its official publication. During that span, he wrote hundreds of articles on corporate real estate, site selection and economic development. Before joining IDRC, he worked in retail real estate and site selection for Jackson, Miss.-based JFM Inc., a convenience store franchiser, and for two state-level economic development agencies – the Mississippi Dept. of Economic Development and the Mississippi Research and Development Center.
He joined The IDRC Foundation, the research and learning arm of IDRC, in 2000. CoreNet Global was formed in the 2002 integration of IDRC and NACORE.
Venable earned a master’s degree in economic development from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1984. He received a bachelor’s degree in American History, with minors in Political Science and French, from Troy State (Ala.) University in 1982.
Tess is Chief Event Executioner for iSocialExecution Inc, Tech Evangelist with DAHLIA+, and also a supplanner; she serves as a speaker at industry events and holds the title of Senior Event Lead at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Previously, Tess has worked with The Meeting Pool and is the former Conference Center Manager at Atlanta Technical College where she served on the President’s Leadership Team.
Tess is a CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), DES (Digital Event Strategist), serves on the Board of Directors of GMIC Atlanta, is a member of Skål International, and stage manages for TEDxPeachtree. Tess was named “Meetings Trendsetter 2014” and also awarded the GaMPI Shining Star Award. A native Chicagoan by way of Atlanta, she holds a BA from Spelman College, enjoys social media, creative visionary thinking, tennis, watching mixed martial arts (MMA).
Leading Technology Futurist and founder of Wikipedia and Wikitribune, Jimmy Wales is one of the most sought after visionaries in business and technology. Named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People," Jimmy Wales was also acknowledged by the World Economic Forum—the foremost global gathering of political, business and cultural leaders—as one of the top 250 leaders across the world for his professional accomplishments, his commitment to society, and his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
Wikipedia is the 5th Most Popular Website in the WORLD, moving toward free access for all to the sum of human knowledge. Jimmy Wales' most recent brainchild, Wikitribune, provides ad-free global news that aims to address the idea that "the news is broken and we can fix it". His new project is expected to revolutionize the world just as Wikipedia did sixteen years ago. In our increasingly polarized and uncertain political climate, Jimmy Wales blazes an innovative path that will reshape media through reliable, fact-based knowledge.
Jared Wallace is head of Property Strategy & Execution at Citizens Bank, a regional bank with nearly 1200 branches and 80 office locations. Jared leads a team that is responsible for determining the strategy for the bank’s branches and office spaces, working with developers and landlords on transactions, and building new branches. With a footprint over 23 states the team manages a wide variety of properties ranging from colonial era bank branches, to the new built-to-suit corporate campus. Their focus is on optimizing cost while providing the best possible spaces for colleagues and customers.
Recently Citizens divested from its parent company, RBS. As it re-emerges as a stand alone company, Jared and his team are transforming the bank’s real estate with a focus on smaller, better positioned branches, and efficient, modern office spaces.
Prior to his current role, Jared worked in the financial services industry at Fidelity Investments and Brown Brothers, Harriman & Co. He received a BA in Economics from Connecticut College and an MBA from Bryant University.
Mr. Walters provides consulting and project leadership to clients who contend with the complicated decision-making inherent in large-scale, campus environments often focusing on maximizing the value streams of efficiency and conservation. Beginning his career as a building systems engineer, he has distinguished himself as a national leader in the development, verification, and implementation of sustainability and energy-efficiency strategies and technologies at both the building and district scales.
Jenny West is a LEED certified, licensed interior designer, PROSCI change management practitioner and Fitwel Ambassador. Complimenting her interior architecture and product design bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University is over 11 years of diverse, global client experiences. Together, with her education, specialty change training and design expertise, Jenny facilitates world-class ideation engagements to drive workplace solutions toward an inspired, functional yet paradigm-shifting realm to redefine how work is performed. Her ability to decode research and synthesize with environmental observations add value throughout conceptual and development phases of the design process. This focus amplifies the client’s cultural priorities, their real estate objectives, and ultimately punctuate the design intent and cultural performance aspirations.
Paul has worked for EY for 18 years, in client service, EY Technology, & Global Real Estate Services. In his current role, his goals are to identify trends and disruptors that will shape the future of workplace technology and drive continuous advancement, integrate mobile and visual experience throughout the portfolio, leverage the investments and innovations of the firm, and optimize operations and customer experience through the use of RPA and other technologies.
Julie Whelan is the Head of Occupier Research for the Americas at CBRE. Julie's goals are to identify market trends impacting the occupier primarily in the office space and to interpret the economic and property markets for CBRE’s clients in the Americas. Julie has over a decade of experience in real estate market analysis and consulting. Prior to joining CBRE, she held a global real estate position in a large financial institution. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Suffolk University.
As Atlanta’s Market Leader, Chris’ foremost priority is to grow the Atlanta region into the premier occupier services and tenant representation firm by harnessing new business development opportunities and recruiting new, best-in-class talent for office and industrial tenant representation. Chris has an active practice and is an Atlanta Tenant Representative and Global Occupier Services veteran.
He has more than 20 years of experience delivering labor and operations strategy, real estate transaction management, and corporate services solutions. He specializes in managing and optimizing corporations and professional services firm local and international real estate platforms.
John leads Merck’s global real estate services team which is responsible for partnering with the business areas to develop global real estate strategies, the management of the company’s workplace of the future program and the execution of all real estate transactions.
Since joining Merck in 1999, John has held positions of increasing responsibility within, strategic facilities and capital management, research business operations, manufacturing network strategy and global real estate. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an MBA from Lehigh University. He is also a certified Merck Six Sigma Black Belt.
Jodi Williams brings over 15 years of experience in workplace strategy, facility planning, and change management to the team, leading strategic planning efforts for public and private sector clients. Jodi was the lead developer of the Arcadis Global Guidelines and served as project manager on three of the early adopter implementation projects. In addition, she now serves as a peer in the global Arcadis CRE community. Jodi speaks regularly at industry events such as IFMA World Workplace, and NeoConEast.
Lindsay Wilson is an executive managing principal at Corgan, a global architecture and interior design firm, and leads the company’s Interiors practice. During her 20-year career in workplace design and strategy, Lindsay has worked with countless clients to develop design strategies that create highly effective and beautiful workplaces where her clients and their employees thrive. Corgan carries award-winning technical expertise in aviation, commercial buildings, interiors, healthcare, education and critical facility design. Founded in 1938, Corgan is one of the largest U.S.-based design firms focused solely on architecture and interior design, and employs more than 600+ professionals in Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Phoenix, Beijing and Hong Kong.
Jeanne Wood is a Senior Associate Vice President for CRTKL’s Workplace Practice Group and the head of Strategic Client Solutions. Jeanne excels at framing sessions with executive leadership to determine clients’ strategic direction for new initiatives. Known to challenge the status quo, Wood pushes participants to stretch outside comfort zones and to develop unique programs with concise measurement. She is an inspiring and motivational speaker who encourages and supports her audience in their transformational process. Her ability to communicate ideas effectively and manage client relationships distinguishes her as a leader in workplace strategy.
Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente pioneered the integrated delivery model, which, through a partnership between the health plan, hospitals and Permanente medical groups, delivers high quality care to its members.
Terry is responsible for executing real estate services for Kaiser Permanente’s nearly 80 million square foot real estate portfolio, including more than 1,000 facilities, with a replacement value of over $32 Billion. He is accountable for developing industry leading tools, implementing strategy, and establishing industry best practices for all key functions within the Real Estate Division.
Terry has more than 25 years of experience in all facets of domestic and international corporate real estate, including strategic planning, real estate transactions, facilities management and construction.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente in 2015, Terry was the Vice President, Global Real Estate, responsible for Hewlett Packard’s global real estate portfolio. He previously served as the Vice President, Global Real Estate for JDSU Corp. Terry spent 19 years in the Canadian Military Engineers, serving throughout Canada, Europe and the United Kingdom, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
He graduated with an Engineering degree from The Royal Military College of Canada and maintains his Professional Engineering status. He is an active member in several real estate organizations. He is a past president of the Northern California Chapter of CoreNet Global and a past Officer on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors.
Terry is married, has two children, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As Head of Innovation at Colliers International, Chris is responsible for leading innovation that will generate increased value to Colliers clients and internal service lines and identifying ways to improve service delivery across all areas of Corporate Solutions. Over the course of his 20 years in consulting, Chris has established a reputation of scale in development, planning and strategy for corporate and institutional clients. His range of experience encompasses the financial services, real estate development and industrial sectors. Throughout the years, Chris has developed expertise in portfolio strategy, footprint optimization, operational consolidation, capital expenditure management and financial forecasting.