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Executive Vice President, Newmark
Roy Abernathy joined Newmark in December 2017 and currently leads the Workplace and Consulting practice in the firm’s Global Corporate Services (GCS) division. A 27-year workplace veteran, Abernathy has substantial expertise in development, sustainability, energy performance, business process, change management, workplace strategy and commercial real estate. He has been involved in more than 15 million square feet of real estate transactions within the corporate, law, communications, education and healthcare sectors, including four of the largest U.S. corporate mergers during the 1990s. Transactions have ranged from single facility transactions to those with more than 10,000 facilities. Abernathy also leads the Newmark New Normal Team which is focused on assisting clients to create new ways of working post-COVID-19. He and his team work with public and private institutions on planning and implementing new ways of using space in the initial stages of occupancy through what will become the new normal. Abernathy has put together platforms that address the technology, physical and behavioral changes needed to create a safe and supportive environment as we reshape work and workplace.
EVP Global Real Estate & Facilities, Viacom International, Inc
Alexander Alonso, PhD
Chief Knowledge Officer, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Alexander Alonso, PhD, SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer leading operations for SHRM Certification, Research functions, SHRM's Paragon Labs, and SHRM Foundation. During his career, he has led numerous global business initiatives with the aim of unleashing human potential through evidence-based management. His works have been published in top peer-reviewed journals and he has published several books including The Price of Pettiness, a guide to enhancing workplace culture. He received his doctorate in industrial-organizational psychology from Florida International University in 2003.
Vice President of Global Research & Insights, Herman Miller
Ryan Anderson serves as Vice President of Global Research and Insights at Herman Miller, where his team focuses on gaining and sharing insights to help Herman Miller customers thrive. Previously, Ryan was Vice President of Digital Innovation at Herman Miller. With over twenty-five years of industry experience, much of Ryan’s work has centered on how technological and social changes have enabled new ways of working and living, and how the places we inhabit can support positive, productive experiences. Ryan regularly speaks about Herman Miller’s research and has been featured in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, Fast Company, NPR, the BBC and beyond.
Sr. Director, Corporate Real Estate, Pfizer Incorporated
Sally Augustin, PhD
Principal, Design With Science
Sally Augustin, PhD, is a practicing environmental/design psychologist and the principal at Design With Science. She has extensive experience integrating science-based insights to develop recommendations for the design of places, objects, and services that support desired cognitive, emotional, and physical experiences. Her Design With Science clients include manufacturers, service providers, and design firms in North America, Europe, and Asia. They book Design With Science's services again and again—applying neuroscience pays off. Dr. Augustin is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Augustin is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA, economics major), Northwestern University (MBA, majors in finance and marketing), and Claremont Graduate University (PhD, psychology).
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Thomas is CoreNet NYC’s Service Provider of the Year, 2020 and an executive advisor, speaker, and expert on corporate climate action. He has helped c-suites and global leadership teams at Fortune 1000 companies innovate their business and sharpen their competitive edge through the lens of sustainability. Recently he has taken lead on shaping global real estate's dominant role in environmental sustainability. During his MBA at MIT, he played a central role in promoting energy innovation and entrepreneurship as Managing Director of the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Thomas is a Member of the Steering Committee for Decarbonizing NYC Offices.
Director, Facility Operations, Google
Lynn Baez if the Director of Facilities Operations for Google in the Bay Area. Her experience includes overseeing real estate portfolios in excess of 15M square feet of commercial space. She is a champion for Sustainability initiatives within the built environment. She specialization in management of buildings, corporate security, environmental, safety, and health (SEHS). Prior to her role at Google Lynn was Vice President Facilities Operations at Sodexo.
Cristina Banks, PhD
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California Berkeley
Dr. Banks is Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces where she leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars and practitioners in innovative research projects and distribution of state of the art information regarding the development and implementation of healthy workplaces. She is also a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she has taught courses in management, organizational behavior and leadership to graduate and undergraduate students for 34 years. She has 42 years of experience founding and leading two organizational consulting firms. She is a nationally recognized expert in management practices and job design.
Leadership & Change Consultant, Richard Bateman Consulting
With over 20 years’ experience as an HR Executive in global FTSE100 companies, Richard specialises in supporting leaders and their teams create thriving, resilient workplaces most recently at Rolls-Royce and prior to that AstraZeneca and Deloitte. He is passionate about helping leaders lead with clarity, empathy and inclusivity and actively seek diversity to get better decisions, innovation and collaboration. He published his first book in 2020; The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Playbook.
Executive Managing Director and Global Lead, Workplace, Design, Occupancy, CBRE
Lenny Beaudoin oversees the integration of CBRE’s Global Workplace, Design, Occupancy practice to provide our clients competitive advantage through actionable workplace strategies, informed occupancy planning, thoughtful design, and superior delivery of the future work environment. Lenny has more than 20+ years of experience in the field of workplace consulting and strategic facility planning. A recognized leader in the industry, Lenny has worked on engagements in a wide range of markets and industries giving him an informed perspective of leading global trends in workplace delivery. As the founder of CBRE’s Workplace practice in 2008, Lenny has built a team of real estate experts, organizational researchers, space designers, change managers, and occupancy planners who help organizations think differently about their workplace. They are guided by a mission to make the experience of work better by more thoughtfully understanding how people work and what they need to create value. Prior to joining CBRE, Lenny was a founding member of the Workplace practice at JLL. He led significant engagements for HSHC, Motorola, and Bank of America. Prior to JLL, Lenny worked within prominent design firms, including Gensler and Perkins+Will as a leader in their design consulting practices.
Speaker, Author & Mentor
Mr. Howard Behar's career in business spans over 50 years, all in consumer-oriented businesses covering several industries. He retired from Starbucks Coffee after 21 years where he led both the domestic business, as President of North America, and was the founding President of Starbucks International. During his tenure, he participated in the growth of the company from 28 stores to over 15,000 stores spanning five continents. He served on the Starbucks Board of Directors for 12 years before retiring. Mr. Behar is currently a Trustee for the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation and is on the advisory board of Anthos Capital. He formerly severed as a board member for: Starbucks, GAP, Shurgard, University of Washington Foundation and IDTech to name a few. Mr. Behar is committed to the development and education of our future leaders and has been a longtime advocate of the Servant Leadership Model. He has also authored two books on leadership titled It's Not About the Coffee and The Magic Cup.
SVP Corporate Solutions, The NeuroLeadership Institute
Marshall Bergmann leads the NeuroLeadership Institute’s team of strategic advisors who engage executive teams to develop more effective talent strategies and drive behavioral change across organizations using science. His expertise in the development and implementation of global initiatives across a broad range of industries, transforms the way leaders think and behave to foster talent systems that drive culture, performance, and inclusion.
Director, Business Development, Avuity
Jay Berkemeyer, is the Director Business Development at AVUITY. He has been with the organization for 7 years and is one of their original employees. Responsible for working with Clients to understand challenges and how AVUITY’s hardware and software can solve them. Jay has seen the industry evolve from using occupancy sensors for space studies to becoming a major part of an organizations real estate strategy through smart building initiatives.
Bryan Berthold, MCR
Global Lead Workplace Experience, Cushman & Wakefield
Mr. Berthold is the Managing Director of Workplace Strategy & Change Management within C&W’s Strategic Consulting practice. This practice includes all aspects of developing integrated experiences for clients and employees. Mr. Berthold works to lead and inspire teams to improve a client’s brand experience. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Berthold was SVP, Corporate Real Estate & Workplace at SunTrust Bank in Atlanta where he rolled out their first Alternative Workplace program and co-working space. He began his 20+ year career as an architect, and is an industry leader in workplace strategy, change management and the alignment of business and real estate strategies. Mr. Berthold was the 2014 CoreNet Global Corporate Executive of the Year for the Atlanta Chapter and is among the Top Rated Faculty for CoreNet Global.
Strategist and Project Manager to VP, Sustainability Consulting, Stok
As VP of Sustainability Consulting at Stok, Devon advises clients on how to define, develop, implement, and manage customized sustainability programs and standards for their building portfolios that authentically align with their corporate brand, values, and purpose. Her efforts work to reinforce clients’ broader strategic goals to enhance ESG initiatives, develop corporate carbon strategies, and improve their overall sustainability impact.
Melony Bethala, PhD
Regional Workplace Manager, Newmark
Dr. Melony Bethala is a cultural researcher and consultant for Newmark’s Workplace Strategy and Human Experience practice. Her work focuses on improving people’s experiences of the workplace through quantitative and qualitative research methods and help executive leaders align on culture and space strategies for the future of their organizations. She holds a PhD in English with a focus in international cultural studies from the University of York in the U.K.
Global Product Manager, JLL
Jessica is a sustainability and real estate leader with more than 15 years of experience designing sustainability solutions that cut across business, sustainability and the built environment. As Senior Director, Global Product Management for Sustainability Consulting, Jessica leads the design and implementation of industry leading sustainability consulting services to maximize customer value creation and bring differentiated products to market. Throughout her career, Jessica has worked with both for-profit and not-for profit clients on a diverse portfolio of projects focused on guiding clients on sustainability strategies that drive business value, mitigate risks and demonstrate commitment to all stakeholders.
CEO, Americas, Instant Offices Holdings Inc
Joe Brady joined The Instant Group in December of 2019 as CEO, Americas. A highly experienced real estate professional, Joe Brady was most recently head of real estate for Walgreens, where he was responsible for the 150M sf portfolio with an annual budget of over $3B. Prior to Walgreens, he held several senior roles at JLL and was a founder and partner of The Standard Group, which was sold to JLL in 2008. During his 30 years in the sector he has had diverse experience growing high-volume retail, delivering global roll-outs of office, retail and distribution centers, and driving portfolio optimization and property technology leadership in retail, banking and consumer-oriented companies. Joe Brady leads the Americas business for The Instant Group in its Chicago office as part of its expansion across the Americas. Joe is a Global Trustee of ICSC and a member of ULI and CoreNet.
Founder and President, New Legends Now
Jean Brittingham is the Founder and President of New Legends Now. She has experience in addressing the organizational complexity that comes with rapid growth, Jean and her team help teams across a range of industries achieve the high performance they are seeking, while retaining the powerful and unique parts of their “start-up” culture. With over half of her career focus on leading transformation within businesses units with P&L responsibility, Jean understands the challenge leaders face in making change “stick.” New Legends focuses on common language, common tools, and technology that puts the coach in your pocket to assure lasting positive outcomes for your change efforts.
Managing Director, Western Region Research, Newmark Knight Frank
Garrick is one of the leading real estate analysts in the United States; he speaks frequently at industry events and is regularly quoted on retail matters by the Wall Street Journal, the CBS Evening News, NBC News, CNBC, National Public Radio, Women’s Wear Daily and dozens of Business Journals and other industry publications. He was the recipient of the International Council of Shopping Center’s (ICSC) Lifetime Achievement in Research Award in 2019. He is a 25-year veteran of commercial real estate analysis focusing on all property types. Since 2021, Garrick has served as Newmark’s Managing Director of Western Region Research. He oversees the firm’s research and publications across the Western United States, managing a staff of more than 30 commercial real estate analysts.
CEO, Great Place to Work
Michael C. Bush is CEO of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics ?rm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, the World’s Best Workplaces list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women list, the Best Workplaces for Diversity list, and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world. Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, Michael joined Great Place to Work as CEO in 2015, bringing 30 years of experience leading and growing organizations. This includes serving as CEO of Tetra Tech Communications, which he grew from $40 million to $300 million in revenue. Michael serves on the board for Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance, HR, and planning. He is a former member of President Obama’s White House Business Council and a founding board member of the private equity seed-fund, Fund Good Jobs, which invests in small inner-city businesses.
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Chief People Officer, CBRE
Alison Caplan is responsible for leading the People organization globally and enabling People practices in support of the strategic direction of the company. Her responsibilities include oversight of Centers of Excellence including Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Learning and Development, Total rewards and People Data and Analytics as well as People Operations, People Business Partner teams supporting over 100,000 employees across the company. A longtime leader at CBRE, Ms. Caplan has deep human resources expertise in talent acquisition, employee relations and compliance, including previous experience at KPMG and Goldman Sachs. She also has strong institutional knowledge of CBRE developed during 17 years with the company where she has served as global head of Talent Acquisition and People Operations, a member of the Legal, Risk & Compliance leadership team and global head of CBRE’s Corporate Responsibility program. Ms. Caplan plays an active role in the CBRE Women's Network and is a member of its Advisory Board. In 2018, she won the Women's Network Endurance of Spirit Award. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
VP of Product Management, Comfy Enlighted
Franco Castaldini is Vice President of Product Management at Comfy, a leading global provider of digital technology for intelligent workplaces. Responsible for the vision and direction of Comfy’s solutions, Castaldini supports businesses in creating safe, healthy workplaces and building long-term digitalization strategies for the future of work. He has previously held senior positions in marketing, business development and product management, leading go-to-market strategies across innovative scale-up firms and Fortune 100 companies. He is based in San Francisco, USA.
Alecia Chandler, MCR.w
SVP Business Development, eBusiness Strategies, LLC
Alecia’s work has spanned industries over the past 20 years in both the public and private sectors, with over 10 years of in-house experience managing large-scale portfolios and complex real estate projects. She brings expertise in strategic planning, people management, conflict resolution, process review and development, project management, program management and change management. Her ability to coordinate key personnel and her keen judgement help companies achieve their objectives when considering solution selection, strategic CRE consulting, and CRE lifecycle design.
Vice President, Workplace Consulting, Colliers
Senior Manager, Real Estate & Facilities, Microsoft
Based in Redmond Washington, Brian is currently responsible for leading Microsoft’s Real Estate and Strategic Planning, Change Management and Accessibility initiatives across the companies 14m square feet corporate headquarters. In addition, Brian leads the Microsoft Real Estate and Facilities Supported Employment Program. Brian joined Microsoft in 1996 as the Facilities Manager for the Dublin campus, and in his previous roles with Microsoft he was responsible for and Facility management for EMEA (Europe Middle East & Africa) where he coordinated facilities activities over 160 locations in 50+ countries, Brian also led 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. In 2019 Brian testified at the US Commission for Civil Rights in Washington DC on the abolition of subminimum wage for people with disabilities as he continues to be an ally for people with disabilities.
Vice President of Sustainability, Americas, Interface
Lisa Conway is the Vice President of Sustainability, Americas, for Interface, the global flooring manufacturer that is leading industry to love the world. She and her team are responsible for regional activation of the company’s mission: Climate Take Back. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the interconnectedness of environmental sustainability and human health. To drive understanding of the impact of carbon on human health, Lisa and her team provide educational programming around the need for transparency and prioritization of embodied carbon in specifications within the building industry. She co-founded the materials Carbon Action Network (materialsCAN) in 2018 to mobilize this effort. Lisa also serves as the Chair of the Sustainable Advisory Board for Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business and is on the Executive Board of Directors of the non-profit Building Transparency. She was named to “CoreNet’s 36 Under 36” in 2015.
VP FM Technology and Deployment Strategy, Sodexo
Tim Corneau joined Sodexo in 2010 as a Senior Application Deployment Specialist, Business Technology Manager and Health Care Market Asset Management Team Director in the development and deployment of CMMS and FM Technologies for Health Care Facility Solutions. In 2017, Tim transitioned into Sodexo’s North American Service Operations FM Platform as the leader for all FM Systems and Technology development and deployment, supporting all business segments across North America. Tim has a BAS in IT Project Management and AAS in Architectural Technology. Tim is a member of IFMA-FMP certified, ASHE, PMI, Sodexo’s HONOR Military Support and AALF – Sodexo’s African American Leadership Forum Business Resource Groups.
Global Head of Sustainability, Renewable Energy and EHS Programs, HP Inc.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the construction and sustainability industry. As the Global Head of Energy and Sustainability, she is responsible for developing and driving HP’s strategy for all matters related to renewable energy, sustainability and energy efficiency in the global portfolio. HP has established a goal of 100% renewable electricity as well as a 25% reduction on carbon emissions based on 2015. Sustainability is core to our values at HP and is demonstrated in how we do business. Prior to coming onboard with HP, Inc., Mary was with Siemens as a National Director for Enterprise Efficiency. In this role she worked with external clients on energy program solutions as well as the Siemens' global energy efficiency program to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Mary was previously at JLL and responsible for business development and program execution for JLL’s Sustainability Business. Here she managed a team of thirty Energy and Sustainability professionals to achieve client results. Along with the Energy and Sustainability work for JLL and Siemens, Mary is involved in a number of industry-leading forums in the San Francisco Bay Area to drive improved efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Mary also helped establish the Women’s Network at JLL. Mary received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her 3 boys exploring California's forests and beaches.
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Associate Principal | Experience Design, Arup
Gideon D’Arcangelo is a leading designer of user-centered interactive experiences in the built environment who leads the Experience Design practice in Arup’s New York office. He is a skilled integrator of architecture, technology, software, and media to create holistic total digital/physical experiences. He is an accomplished leader who has overseen many a diverse array of projects for corporate, cultural, and civic clients ranging from Delta Airlines and technology firms to the Science Gallery Melbourne and the City of Providence, where he recently brought his experience design skills to a unified vision for the city’s downtown district. Gideon brings a special focus on data-driven content and visualization to his projects.
Principal I Workplace Practice Leader, LS3P Associates Ltd.
A graduate of Auburn University with over 20 years of experience in programming, planning, design, management and construction, serving as an invaluable resource offering expertise, leadership and support to the firm’s Workplace teams. Nathan’s role is one of leadership and guidance, steering the project team through the visioning process and to project completion. He is a mediator, helping foster trust and respect between the stakeholders. He excels in developing and maintaining long, productive relationships with clients. Nathan is the principal in charge for Centene’s East Coast Headquarters project located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Partner, Capstan Advisors
John Davis is a Capstan Founding Partner based in Los Angeles with over 30 years of corporate real estate, real estate service provider, and consulting experience. He brings his diverse real experience to every assignment. As a corporate real estate executive, he was responsible for strategic planning, transactions, projects, and facilities management, as a service provider executive he was responsible for developing and managing a platform to deliver end-to-end real estate-related services to Fortune 200 real estate departments, and as a consultant, he has been engaged to develop organizational solutions, process improvements, and manage the selection of service providers. He is an expert in real estate services agreement negotiations.
President, Splice Project Management
Leads the Splice professional services division for OneWorkplace, providing program and project management for owner representation, construction project management, design services, FF&E planning and integrated delivery, move-add-changes, design services, and more.
Associate Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS
Kate Davis is a Principal and Director of Commercial Interiors at HKS. Based in Chicago, Kate is a student of her clients' businesses and believes that design can be a strategic business tool. She is a sought-after industry voice on topics ranging from design for creativity and the agile workplace to office building sustainability. She aims to understand their people, vision, values and brand at a deep level so that each design decision comes back to being accountable to this understanding. As HKS’ Global Design Director of Commercial Interiors, Kate brings over 20 years of experience to finding opportunities that enrich the human experience through design. Throughout her career, Kate has amassed broad expertise through all project phases, from discovery, strategic real estate analysis, programming and space planning to project and construction management. Kate’s diverse experience translates to a thorough understanding of the project’s before, during and after.
Simon Davis, MCR.w
SVP, Workplace Technology, Impec Group
Simon is a 2020 Globe Street “Technology Influencer”, CoreNet MCR lead faculty on Corporate Real Estate Tech track and 4-time Top Rated CoreNet Faculty. He has a passion for all things tech and has spent 20 years in the industry, all focused on Corporate Real Estate. Simon regularly conducts thought leadership webinars and panels on subjects such as “A Data Driven Response to COVID-19” and “Leveraging Technology for Space Planning and Distributed Workforce in a #COVID19 Environment”. He is heavily active in CoreNet Global most recently serving as Past-President of the Arizona Chapter.
Director, Head of Workplace Strategy, Genentech
Brandon DeWitt leads Workplace Strategy at Genentech, a world-leading biotech and a member of the Roche Group. He and his team partner with senior leaders across the business to define the innovative use and design of our built environments. Prior to joining Genentech, he worked for over seven years in Beijing leading the workplace strategy team at CBRE, as senior strategist at AECOM Strategy Plus and as a designer and workplace strategist at Gensler. Before China, Brandon began his career in Chicago at Steelcase and Gensler. His clients have included Microsoft, Shell, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Heidrick & Struggles, Whole Foods Market, Merck, MSD, Sanofi and Nike. Brandon is a LEED AP, an NCIDQ certified interior designer and speaks Mandarin Chinese.
T. Patrick Donnelly, MCR.h
Principal, BHDP Architecture
Serving as Client Leader, Owner and Board Member at BHDP, Patrick is an expert in strategic design of the workplace and is nationally recognized for connecting organizational culture, work process, and technology improvement to the design of space. He is passionate about working collaboratively to improve the efficiency of work, the effectiveness of the workforce and their experience in the workplace. He has facilitated research efforts with Rex Miller resulting in the recent publication of two books: Change Your Space, Change Your Culture and The Healthy Workplace Nudge.
Tamar Draper Mahru
Vice President, Global Real Estate & Workplace, Twilio
Tamar Draper Mahru is currently Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace at Twilio, navigating the new world and its intersections between COVID, office design, and reimagined ways of working. Prior to Twilio, Tamar spent four years at Zendesk leading the global Workplace Experience function, expanding the HQ presence in downtown San Francisco into 5 buildings and nearly 1000 employees. Tamar was the Head of Global Real Estate and Facilities at Airbnb, responsible for building the team from scratch and leading the design and construction of HQ at 888 Brannan. Tamar was recently awarded Elevate’s Women in Tech award and has also received the distinction of Rising Star in the Northern California Real Estate Women of Influence. She is a Past President of the International Facility Management Association’s San Francisco chapter and is currently a member of Corenet’s EDIB Committee. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Oakland Education Fund, benefitting the children of Oakland Public Schools.
Senior Vice President, JLL
With nearly 20 years of cross functional CRE experience (3rd party Property Management, Tenant Rep/Transaction Advisory, Site Selection/Economic Incentives, Portfolio Strategy, Workplace Consulting and CRE Technologies/IWMS, Point Solutions, B.I., IoT & OT/Smart Buildings), Dusty brings a hands on/user focus to all aspects of Workplace Innovation. He is currently responsible for JLL’s Digital Strategy for Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) and for the digital enablement and ecosystem management of a portfolio of global products ($3.8B) focused on the next generation of Workplace Management and Experience Services. Dusty also serves numerous internal stakeholders such as JLL Spark (venture arm) and JLL Technologies with ongoing investment due diligence support, platform commercialization and industry Subject Matter Expertise/advisory for various client solution selection engagements. Dusty is also known for his industry thought leadership around Corporate Real Estate and Workplace Technology and is a past host for CoreNet Global’s ‘What’s Next’ podcast, CNGtv Tech Talk and author of CoreNet LEADER Magazine's cover story, 'Journey to the Intelligent Workplace.' Dusty is also a regular media contributor and speaker for various organizations/events such as unissu's global RE:Connect 2021 (known as the industry's 'Burning Man for Real Estate'), REALCOMM/IBCON (2019), IAOP (2019), AVI-SPL TechSpark Series (2019), X-Lab 2019/NYC, CoreNet Global Summit (2018), WORKTECH San Francisco (2018), SHRM (various), iOffice Workplace Innovator Podcast (2018 & 2020) and Bloomberg Businessweek (2017). His 'Connected Places' (Technology's Impact on Where and How We Work) 'talk' has been presented via numerous international webinars and witnessed by live audiences in New York, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, London (UK) and as a guest lecturer at the Frederik Meijer Honors College at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Project Storyteller, DPR Construction
Charlie tells a good story. From cash rich development on the Las Vegas strip, to oil fueled expansion in Edmonton, Alberta, to energy plant upgrades throughout the Southeast, he thrives in the challenging delivery gap between “as is” conditions and the “to be” designed state. His career highlights include the on-site project management of over 2.5 million square feet of new distribution space across North America with zero recordable injuries, and recent WANO (World Association of Nuclear Operators) recognition for the use of 4D technology in project delivery. He knows that projects succeed because of people—what they believe, strategy—as it supports creativity and innovation, and tools—to deliver value, drive out waste, and improve safety.
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Director of Transformation Services, Microsoft
As a keynote speaker, innovator, and pioneer in the AECO industry, and the creator of the Digital Building Lifecycle (DBL) theory, Salla identifies herself as an industry change agent. Her goal is to unify a clear vision around the Digital Building Lifecycle framework: consolidating the physical, digital, and social environments as the digital truth, and empowering people-centric experiences with digital twins.
Sabine Ehm, MCR
Thought Leadership & Research Manager, Locatee – Uncover Workplace Insights
Sabine is the Thought Leadership & Research Manager at Locatee where she tunes into the important discussions and trends happening in CRE. She holds an university degree in Real Estate Management and has completed the Master of Corporate Real Estate program from CoreNet. As a former Corporate Real Estate Manager at Adidas, responsible for the EMEA region, and Asset Manager at Siemens, she knows today's CRE challenges very well.
CEO, Blue Skyre IBE
Maureen Ehrenberg, FRICS, CRE, LAI, is CEO of Blue Skyre, a Colliers Strategic Partner. An internationally recognized expert on real estate business transformation, strategic redesign for the future of work and facility management, Ehrenberg serves as an advisor and board member to global organizations, investors, and real estate technology providers. With more than 25 years of experience, she has deep expertise in providing real estate advice and services to companies globally. She was named a 2021 Woman of Influence as a CRE Consultant/Advisor by GlobeSt.com. Before founding Blue Skyre, Maureen was Global Head of Real Estate Operations and Strategic Services for WeWork. She has held global executive roles with JLL, CBRE, and Grubb & Ellis Company. Maureen attended The Business School at City, University of London, where she earned a BSc Joint Honours in Economics & Accounting.
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Founder, CFO and Chief Strategy Officer, Disruptive Technologies
Erik is the Founder and President of Disruptive Technologies, a Norwegian tech company providing The World’s Smallest Wireless Sensor. The company has received numerous recognised awards such as Gartner Cool Vendor, Nordic Startup Awards, Norwegian Tech Awards and more. The sensor is the size of a postage stamp with 15 years battery lifetime, unmatched ease-of-use and scalability. Sensor data is delivered on a cloud API, where the complete service, including sensors, are managed. Erik’s background is from the microchip/semiconductor industry, architecting the world’s lowest power microcontroller EFR32 and the world’s lowest energy ISM band digital radios
Global Workplace Strategist, Workplace Services, ServiceNow
A passionate global citizen, an architect, a workplace strategist, an artist and a volunteer. I have experience working in five countries - Singapore, India, Germany, Iran and the US and have traveled 51+ countries. Backed by a decade of proven track-record of success in design, workplace and business strategy, and global client solutions across the borders and driven by a passion to take up the challenging role in every capacity. With the deep understanding of workplace design & delivery, consistently provides unique solutions for global clients with the help of the team in APAC. Bias for doing the right thing. Also, an author of "Understanding of an ornamentation in Islamic architecture", contributor of "MATRA: The measure and have written workplace industry related articles for the magazines.
Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting LLP
Brett is a Nuvolo program manager and also the Nuvolo Alliance manager for Deloitte, responsible for the day-to-day execution of the Nuvolo-Deloitte collaboration strategy. Brett brings 8 years of experience in delivering data-focused solutions to enable the RE function for Deloitte’s most important clients. Brett has led the multi-module Nuvolo implementation at Chevron, including for both space, move and reservation management and maintenance management.
Corporate Vice President, Global Real Estate & Security, Microsoft
As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Global Real Estate and Security organization, Michael leads a global team responsible for delivering connected, accessible, sustainable global workplaces in a secure environment, for the best employee experience. This accountability spans the entire real estate life cycle from planning, delivery, operations, and security for Microsoft’s worldwide real estate portfolio -- over 38M square feet across approximately 113 countries supporting 150,000+ global employees. Michael also leads Microsoft’s global security functions, including operations, investigations, risk mitigation, crisis management, executive protection, strategy, and intelligence. In this role, Michael brings his passion for Microsoft technology together with real estate and security to create innovative solutions that increase operational efficiencies, improve the employee workplace experience, and further reduces the company’s environmental impact. Prior to his current role, Michael held several positions within Microsoft Finance and was the Senior Controller for Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise business. Prior to that, he was the Senior Director in Microsoft’s Internal Audit and Risk Management Group. Michael joined Microsoft as the Director of Finance Operations in 2005. Before joining Microsoft, Michael accrued thirteen years of business and financial management experience with Spherion Corporation as Director of Finance and Accounting Shared Services; ANC Rental Corp. (Alamo Rent A Car & National Car Rental) as Director of Accounting Services; Aramark Services as Controller; and as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Michael sits on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee for DIRTT Environmental Solutions (NASDAQ: DRTT), a technology-driven manufacturer of highly customized interiors. He is also on the Board of Directors of Forterra, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the Pacific Northwest region healthy, vibrant, and sustainable for generations to come. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Alabama A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from Florida Metropolitan University.
Director of Solution Engineering, iOFFICE + SpaceIQ
Matt has vast experience in creative problem solving, from beginning his career as an Industrial Engineer at Walt Disney World to his prior role as the Director of Business Intelligence and Analytics at a commercial real estate firm. Before joining SpaceIQ, Matt worked with companies of various sizes, industries, and global presence to find the right technology solution across the market to meet their organization goals. At SpaceIQ, Matt works with companies to understand their key business needs and determine how our solutions enable them to be successful within their workplace strategy. Matt joined SpaceIQ in November 2020.
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NW Regional Leader, Digital Experience Design, Gensler
A studio director and regional Digital Experience Design practice area leader, Greg specializes in the development of experiential design projects focused on media and technology for the built environment. With over 20 years of experience, Greg is responsible for designing immersive and experiential solutions for brands, commercial real estate retail environments, and corporate campuses using technology and dynamic media. Greg is based in San Francisco.
Co-Founder, OMS Strategic Advisors, LLC
Lisa Gardner is the co-founder of OMS Strategic Advisors, LLC. focused on real estate, strategy, and human capital/workforce development. As she partners with clients, she acquires deep understanding of their business to ensure their portfolio aligns with corporate objectives. She creates and helps to execute all strategic initiatives for OMS’s clients, while ensuring detailed operational excellence and service.
VP, Director of Workplace Design, Fifth Third Bank
Valerie has focused her career around the intersection of people and place. She has helped facilities teams develop playbooks, lead change related to major workplace projects, and work to develop robust workplace perspectives and practices. She brings an integrated approach to Fifth Third’s workplace strategy, planning, design, and experiential branding to create a vibrant workplace experience and new ways of working across the enterprise.
Principal/Owner, Oxygen Plus
Stan Gibson has over 35 years of experience as both a corporate and entrepreneurial leader in real estate. He has become a sought-after speaker throughout the US for his message that both engages and inspires others to greatness. Stan and his company, Oxygen Plus, has a tremendous passion for well-being as a consultant helping businesses, leaders, and their teams go through transformation and clarity. Stan’s extensive research in leadership and personal development came to life in 2020 as he authored the book Living a Rich and Intentional Life which can now be found on Amazon Books. Stan has his Masters in Corporate Real Estate (MCR). In addition, coaching and mentor certificate from Grandview University and his passion is to transform and lead over 100,000 leaders to personal greatness. Stan can be reached at www.oxygen-plus.net and welcomes anyone wanting to lead a rich and intentional life!
Mark Gilbreath is the Founder and CEO of LiquidSpace, the largest real-time network for office space. 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.
Enterprise Sales Executive, Locatee
John Goldschmidt is the Head of North America Sales for Locatee. He has over 10 years of experience in building and delivering transformative software solutions for global enterprise customers, helping executives at some of the world’s largest organizations bring data into their decision-making process. He has successfully brought products to market to the finance, logistics, and real estate sectors. Prior to joining Locatee, John co-founded a startup that quantifies insights around the employee experience of frontline workers.
Whitney Gray, PhD
Senior Vice President, International Well Building Institute
Dr. Whitney Austin Gray leads research at the International WELL Building Institute, supporting best practices in building design and operations, community development and organizational policies that contribute to improved public health for everyone, everywhere. She received her Ph.D. and BA in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and was the first public health professional to become a LEED AP.
Senior VP, Colliers
David has over 30 successful years representing Silicon Valley companies in both global acquisitions and dispositions of Office and R&D facilities. Host of "The Mosh Pit", David leads workplace strategy intelligently supported by a US Patent pending metric comparing how well existing and future workplaces are aligned to business drivers - supporting workplaces that corporations may measure for constant improvement.
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Regional Principal, Design Operations, Unispace
Hannah lends 20 years of large-scale corporate workplace expertise to the design of progressive environments for a myriad of client types. Human-centered in her approach, Hannah believes that workplaces should function for the people who inhabit them. She encourages her team to challenge the industry‚ pre-conceived notions, leading to greater learning opportunities for our people, clients and collaborators.
Asset Maintenance Specialist, Chevron Corp
Working as the asset management specialist for the Chevron environmental and real estate management company, Jason brings over 25 years of facilities operations and maintenance experience specializing in the development and refinement of new methods to increase decision quality in portfolio management. In the past 15 years with Chevron, Jason has focused on running facilities, executive jet centers and preparing facilities for sale or closure. In more recent years, Jason has shifted his focus to transitioning maintenance services from self-perform to an outsourced service execution model and streamlining processes. Jason will speak from the customer perspective on such significant change to our CMMS and maintenance process.
VP, Real Estate & Workplace and Remote Experience, Twitter, Inc
Tracy has been active in all aspects corporate real estate and facilities management for over 15 years – her skills encompass project management, design and construction, leasing & transactions and workplace operations. With international experience leading corporate real estate teams in the film, fashion and the technology sectors, notably previously at Yahoo! for 7 years and now at Twitter as the Global Head of Real Estate. She has been at Twitter for the last 5 years joining them to lead their EMEA and APAC Real Estate & Workplace teams in 2013 moving to San Francisco in 2014 to head up their Design & Construction team during a period of explosive growth which ultimately led to her assuming leadership of their entire global Real Estate & Workplace team in March of 2016. Tracy experience covers the entire gambit of corporate real estate including the design and project management of various types of spaces from sound studios for Ridley Scott whilst at Ascent Media Group, to showroom space for Calvin Klein to award winning innovative and collaborative office spaces for Yahoo! and Twitter. Tracy specializes interweaving company culture within the physical space and raising the profile of corporate real estate teams within the business. Tracy’s philosophy is that of #oneteam meaning that CRE must be seen as part of the business as a trusted and strategic business partner with a seat at the decision making table to be truly effective and impactful.
CEO and Co-founder, Industrious
Jamie Hodari is the CEO and Co-founder of Industrious, the largest premium workplace provider in the U.S. Under his leadership, Industrious has grown to over 95 locations across more than 50 cities, achieving the best unit economics in the industry, and pioneering the evolution to landlord partnerships over traditional leases. Prior to Industrious, Jamie was CEO of Kepler, a hedge fund analyst at Birch Run Capital, a corporate lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell, and a reporter for the Times of India. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an M.P.P. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Columbia University.
Katrine Husum Jensen
Head of People & Culture, Americas, ISS Facility Services
Katrine Husum Jensen is the Head of People and Culture for ISS. She has fifteen years of human resources experience—the last thirteen of which have been with ISS in global human resources positions. In 2019, upon assuming leadership of the People & Culture strategy and team for the firm’s Americas region, she transformed the company’s talent attraction and retention efforts. She holds degrees in Strategic Corporate Communication and Human Resources from Aarhus University in Denmark.
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International Portfolio Director, JLL
Drew Jones, PhD
Founding Partner, OpenWork Agency & Culture Studio
Drew is an organizational anthropologist and former business school professor with over 25 years of global consulting experience. He works at the intersections of design, culture, and employee experience. He has published three previous books on innovation and design, and his fourth book- The Culture Riddle: Eight Principles for Building a Human-Centered Workplace- will be published in February 2022. He is based in Austin, Texas.
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David Kamen, MCR.h
Americas Real Estate Services Leader | Business Enablement, EY
David is currently the Americas Real Estate Leader for EY, based in Chicago, Illinois. His responsibilities included the management and oversight of all global real estate, security & business continuity, projects and facility services. David has been a member of CoreNet Global since 1994, a former Chicago Chapter Chair, previous Global Treasurer, and the former Global Board Chairman. David is also on the faculty of CoreNet Learning and recognized as a luminary faculty and top-rated faculty member for the last 10 years. In addition, David is a member of the National Board of Education and Learning. David graduated from the University of Missouri with a BA in Political Science. He has continued his education through the Institute of Corporate Real Estate and the CoreNet Executive Development Program, where he has received the Masters of Corporate Real Estate with Honors designation, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Corporate Real Estate Finance, and the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate Certificate. Mr. Kamen is a regular real estate industry speaker and contributing author of articles, as well as, a “Top Rated” faculty member of CoreNet. Additionally, David is on the Board of Roosevelt University, school of Real Estate.
Founder, Director, Six Ideas UK Limited
As a passionate visionary and futurist, Chris Kane identifies new trends to advance the evolutionary relationship between people and place and is trusted to lead global enterprises through challenging, transformational journeys to discover new ways of working. Chris is an intelligent, strategic thinker with an innate ability to extract clarity from highly complex, cluttered and controversial situations. His decisions are informed by almost three decades’ experience in Workplace, most recently as founder of Six Ideas UK. He also helps the NHS deliver quality healthcare facilities as a Board member, supports the development of the next wave of new schools as Trustee of REAch2 Academy Trust & chairs a new approach to commercial real estate development with Vanguard Global Realty. Prior to this he was Head of BBC Workplace (2004 – 2013) and VP Corporate Real Estate at The Walt Disney Company (1997 – 2003).
Executive Partner - Head of Occupier Business Performance, Cushman & Wakefield
For more than 30 years Katsikakis has led innovation, research and implementation of transformative business environments and exemplary real estate developments worldwide. As Cushman & Wakefield’s Head of Occupier Business Performance, she provides input across the firm’s global business on the rapidly-changing context of work and its impact on employee engagement, productivity and wellbeing. With these factors increasingly determining the leasing decisions of leading corporations, Katsikakis’ unrivalled insight on the future of work benefits occupier clients – as well as the building owners and landlords seeking to attract them – through repositioning real estate to drive top line performance. During her career Katsikakis has advised some of the world’s biggest companies, including Google, Unilever, BP, GSK and Microsoft, on how best to achieve tangible business goals through their workplaces. She has been instrumental in developing the vision and research to futureproof commercial developments around the world, most recently London’s TwentyTwo, the progressive 1.3m sq ft office development currently under construction in the City of London and Europe’s first major WELL-certified new-build project. She serves on the advisory board of Delos™, the pioneers of Wellness Real Estate™ and founders of the WELL Building Standard and regularly lectures around the world, writes and contributes to media, research and publications on the future of the workplace.
Director, Global Workplace Services, Expedia, Inc.
Josh Khanna joined the Corporate Real Estate team in 2014. She is currently Director Global Operations for Real Estate. Her prior responsibilities have included the site development and construction for the Expedia Group Seattle Campus, from campus master plan to management of the site and planned amenities. 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 has participated in panels at Green Build Summit 2020, CoreNet Tech Symposium 2019, CoreNet Global2017, CoreNet/CREW event 2017and Future Offices 2017, among others. She is currently on the CoreNet WA Chapter Board for 2021 and is a Board Member for Spark Northwest. 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.
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Regional Director, Real Estate & Security Americas, Microsoft
Mike Lawings is the Americas Global Workplace Services executive at Microsoft, overseeing the real estate portfolio in 21 countries, spanning 6.3 million square feet in 118 buildings. Mike has successfully led international corporate real estate portfolios and facility operations in multiple regions. He has significant experience in workplace strategy, managing financial goals, relationship management, construction, and project management. He has strong organizational and communication skills and is a proven leader in developing and managing integrated facility teams. Mike has had a rich career in real estate that spans decades; most recently he is the director of real estate for Microsoft’s Americas region.
President and Owner, Leapley Construction Group
As Founder/CEO of Leapley Construction Group, Ms Leapley has led the firm to be the largest?female-owned interior construction company in Atlanta?with revenues exceeding $180 Million. The firm has been a key partner with Microsoft’s in its Global Supplier Diversity Initiative. ?Accolades include: Enterprising Women of the Year Award, Enterprising Women Magazine; Entrepreneurial Spirit Award,?CREW Atlanta;?and more.
Chief Revenue Officer, Goby
Helee Lev is the Chief Revenue Officer at Goby, The ESG Platform by Conservice. Helee has more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate, investment management, and ESG with clients such as Motorola, Bank of America, Cisco, MasterCard, HSBC, Fidelity, McDonald's, as well as several private equity funds and REITs. In 2012, Helee joined Goby, overseeing strategic account management, new business, and industry alliances. In 2015, she participated in raising $5M of venture capital funding for Goby. As CRO, she leads the Sales, Marketing, and Customer Experience Team at Goby. She became a Board Member in February of 2020. Goby was acquired by Conservice in September 2021. Helee earned her Bachelor’s degree in architecture at University of Illinois and her MBA in International Business, Management Strategy, and Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Workplace Strategist, CBRE
Emily Levinson is a Manager in CBRE’s Workplace practice based in Atlanta, Georgia. With a background in interior design and design research, Emily provides clients with innovative solutions that address their spatial and cultural needs. Emily is the Program Manager for CBRE’s internal workplace initiative called Workplace360; a program where she delivers strategy and change management services to transition CBRE employees to a new way of working. Workplace360 allows CBRE to use internal offices as a living lab to test workplace strategies and Emily is able to draw on this experience to share with clients. Her ability to think through human behaviors and beyond the physical space has allowed her to help organizations create and implement successful workplace programs. Emily is a WELL Accredited Professional, Fitwel Ambassador, LEED Green Associate, and certified RYT-200 yoga instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from Auburn University, as well as a Master of Consumer and Design Sciences degree with a focus in workplace wellbeing from Auburn. She stays on top of industry trends and best practices and understands the importance of community involvement and knowledge sharing. Emily was recently elected to the CoreNet Atlanta Board of Directors where she serves as the Programs Committee Co-Chair. Her philosophy is that good design is informed design and is passionate about creating happy, healthy, and productive workplaces.
Singer, Songwriter, MC, SongDivision
Facilitated hundreds of Fortune 500 team building sessions & galas. Over 30 years of music industry worked with The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and Soundgarden.
Doug Lowell, SLCR
Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities, Centene Corporation
Since 2019 Doug Lowell has served as Vice President, Real Estate and Facilities at Centene Corporation, a multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides programs and services to under-insured and uninsured individuals in the United States. This role oversees corporate real estate assets spanning 600 locations and approximately 12 million square feet, supporting a workforce of approximately 70,000. His career in corporate real estate has included leadership positions at Siemens Digital Industries, Cisco Systems, and Sun Microsystems. He is a mechanical engineer by education and holds an MBA, along with an SLCR credential from CoreNet Global.
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Regional Vice President, Teknion
Brandon Maddox is a Regional Vice President for Teknion Furniture with a BBA from LaGrange College. He has belonged to professional organizations throughout his ten years of industry experience in interior finishes for sales. An accomplished national sales leader, Brandon brings his sales acumen to Teknion’s growing client base and expanded product categories. He will work primarily in Northern California with an emphasis on the architecture and design community while supporting a team of four sales managers. An accomplished and award-winning national sales leader, Brandon values hard work, design, and relationships, and it is intentional in bringing these values into his work. Most recently was the CoreNet Young Leader of The Year for the Northern California Chapter in 2020. Lastly, he is a tenacious sales professional with a strong history of surpassing objectives by leveraging strategy and advanced people skills.
Jennifer Marrone, PhD
Professor, Seattle University
Dr. Jen Marrone is a professor and scholar with 20+ years professional experience leading teams. She studies the factors that differentiate effective and ineffective work teams and managers. She is a CPA and is the author of Leading with Humility, a research-based and practical guide for managers seeking out new, inclusive, and effective ways to lead. Her research on leadership, teamwork, and management has been cited over 3600 times. Her passion is to share research findings that are counter-intuitive and over-looked but transform how we work, lead, and live for the better. She consults and produces short online management courses.
Lisa McGregor, MCR.w
Global Lead, Space Strategies, Jacobs
Lisa McGregor leads Jacobs’ Space Strategies team, engaging organizations to redefine the purpose of place in alignment with unique business drivers, vision, and values. Her approach begins with exploring why, how, where and what empowers people to do their best work. Lisa develops solutions that connect people to an ecosystem of virtual and physical work environments that can influence behavior and inspire innovation with common purpose.
Founder and Thought Leader, mindSHIFT
Rex Miller is an award-winning author, speaker, and leading industry futurist. He is a recipient of CoreNet Global’s Innovator Award and Industry Excellence Award. Rex is known for solving “wicked problems” by linking diverse thought leaders together in a process called MindShift. He is a six-time Wiley author and specializes in leadership, organizational culture, change, and innovation. His first industry book, “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution,” became a catalyst for change and established Rex as an early expert on Integrated Trust-Based Projects. His most recent book, “The Healthy Workplace Nudge,” provides breakthrough insights into why wellness programs have failed to improve health and lower costs. Rex received IFMA’s 2018 Distinguished Author Award for this publication. Rex is a certified tennis professional (USPTA), member of LCI, CoreNet, IFMA, and NSA. Rex lives in North Richland Hills, has three children, three dogs and celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary this year.
Director of Global Real Estate and Facilities, Amazon.com Inc.
Patrick Miller is the Director for Amazon’s Global Real Estate and Facilities team responsible for corporate offices in the Puget Sound and Design and Construction across the Americas Region. He serves on the Board for Forterra, a non-profit dedicated to using land for conservation, restoration, community and innovation in the region. As an avid bike commuter, he also serves on the Board of Eastrail Partners, a non-profit devoted to connecting 42 miles of bike trails on the East Side of Seattle. He lives on Mercer Island with his wife and three kids and likes to build things.
After graduating from the City University of New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2004, worked as a designer at R/GA New York, a digital creative agency, and returned to Japan in 2007 to work as an industry manager at Google, where he was involved in advertising sales and consulting. After leaving the company in 2015, founded Laboratik Inc. Graduated from Waseda University, Graduate School of Commerce.
Design Resilience Leader, Gensler
As Design Resilience Leader for Gensler's Brand Design practice area, Peter leads in sustainable brand design solutions, client advocacy, talent development, and environmentally responsible brand strategy. He is especially passionate about identifying opportunities to implement design technology tools that empower design teams to reduce and eliminate embodied carbon emissions. He showcases a global portfolio of compelling EGD and signage projects. Peter is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV-SP), and holds the Living Future Accreditation (LFA) from the International Living Future Institute. He is a Living Future Ambassador and sits as Co-Chair for SEGD Seattle.
PhD Candidate, MIT Sloan School of Management
Zanele Munyikwa is a Ph.D. candidate in Information Technologies at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She is also a research affiliate at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and a graduate research affiliate of the Stanford Digital Economy lab. Her research interests are at the intersection of information systems, economics, and computer science. She studies labor and employment in the digital economy.
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Senior Director, Real Estate and Facilities, Synopsys
Ryan Nelson is the CEO of Goby, The ESG Platform by Conservice. He has more than 20 years in enterprise software and management consulting experience, including supply chain software implementation and process optimization for Fortune 50 companies; among them, Chevron, Honeywell, AIG, and Zurich Insurance Group. He began his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers management consulting then joined Ariba (now SAP Ariba) where he led the international software roll-out for Chevron. After Ariba, he co-founded blueSolutions, a supply chain optimization and software implementation consultancy, which was acquired by SAP reseller Hubwoo in 2008. Since 2009, Nelson has been focused on Goby, the most intelligent, comprehensive, and intuitive platform for ESG (environmental, social, governance) management. Goby was acquired by Conservice in September, 2021. Ryan is an avid sailor, reader, environmentalist, guitarist, budding pianist, aspiring philosopher, and entrepreneur.
Senior Vice President, Director of Enterprise Workplace Services and Chief Security Officer, Fifth Third Bancorp
Thomas Neltner leads a team that has responsibility for the real estate portfolio and physical security across the enterprise. He is responsible for all related planning, acquisition, design, construction, physical security and communications/workplace experience related to workspace. Within the portfolio, he is responsible for lease administration, facility management and related operations, portfolio optimization, as well as safety and security for the workplaces. Thomas serves as Director of Enterprise Workplace Services and Chief Security Officer for Fifth Third Bank.
Executive Vice President, JLL
Rob Nielsen is the lead co-author of Leading with Humility (Routledge: 2014). He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles on the topic of leader humility that have garnered more than 300 citations in other peer-reviewed publications. Rob is an Executive Vice President at JLL in Seattle, focusing exclusively on tenant representation and specializes in helping companies with office portfolios. Rob has led and completed over 275 transactions to date in eight different states. He is also active in the community with nearly 15 years of not-for-profit board service including currently serving on Seattle University's Board of Regents and Sound Health's Board of Directors. In 2020, he was nominated by a client and won the Puget Sound Business Journal's CRE-Giving Back Award.
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Global Alliance Director (RSA), CBRE
Peter has more than 35 years of Corporate Real Estate, Facilities, Supplier Management and Physical Security expertise which includes 26 years on the client side and 10 years as a Global Account Executive within the service provider side of the industry. He specializes in creating high performing, integrated teams and building strong client relationships. Currently Peter serves with CBRE as a global account executive responsible for account leadership, client relationship management, operational excellence and service delivery across multiple client’s global portfolios. His experience spans a broad spectrum of service segments which includes financial services, technology, and life sciences. He has led service lines including transaction management, facility and project management, portfolio strategy, workplace design, energy management and lease administration. Prior to joining CBRE, Peters server as SVP for Real Estate at Webster Bank where he established the real estate function and helped the bank grow from $600M to over $18B in total assets. Peter led all aspects of Real Estate, Supplier Management and led Physical Security. Peter is a past Board President for the CT/Westchester Chapter of CoreNet Global and Rebuilding Together Hartford and was also the recipient of the Real Estate Executive of the Year award for CoreNet Global’s Connecticut/Westchester Chapter. He continues to serve on the Boards of the Greater Hartford YMCA and Rebuilding Together Hartford. Peter is a licensed ski instructor/coach and coach’s youth ski racing.
Senior Managing Director, Savills Inc.
José helps clients align their global workplace portfolios with business objectives. José leads the firm’s occupier services efforts in the Western United States, focusing on meeting the needs of clients and their increasing global portfolios by leveraging his team’s local, national and global insight, expert market research, in depth financial analyses and innovative workplace strategies to execute optimal and practical workplace solutions and transactions for clients. José’s career spans from real estate development, end-user real estate leadership for a multi-national corporate, and global account management for global service provider advisory firms.
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Global Sustainability Program Manager, Uber Technologies
As a Global Sustainability Program Manager, Chris is responsible for driving environmental sustainability throughout Uber’s workplace. This includes reducing the impact Uber’s real estate has on the environment, developing and implementing Uber’s environmental policy, employee and stakeholder engagement, and climate reporting. Chris is a WELL Accredited Professional, sits on the WELL Advisory for the Movement Concept, and speaks regularly, internally and externally, on the importance of healthy and sustainable spaces. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact, driving down operating expenses, and increasing stakeholder engagement are central to Chris’ values, work and priorities. Chris has a BA from Illinois State University in Integrated Marketing Communications and has received awards for his contribution to green and climate-related initiatives.
Associate Director, EY
Grace has a diverse background as an interior designer and is part of the EY@Work team that internally delivers EY corporate offices. She joined EY in 2018 and has over 25 years of experience. Grace was previously in leadership roles within global design firms. Grace’s role at EY and within the EY@Work team is focused on the employee and guest experience. She collaborates with internal teams and leads architects, interior designers and brand experts. As Experience Leader, Grace weaves together the elements of technology and human-centered design with a strong connection to brand and community to create spaces that reflect EY’s unique culture and commitment to their people.
Sr. Vice President, Workplace Advisor, Colliers
As Senior Vice President of Workplace Advisory at Colliers, Keith leads Colliers’ expertise in this rapidly evolving field, helping Colliers’ clients use the workplace as a competitive advantage to advance their business objectives through innovative and insightful workplace solutions. Additionally, Keith brings more than 30 years of experience to Colliers International.
VP - Global Marketing, Nuvolo
As the VP of Global Marketing for Nuvolo, Ben directs the go-to-market strategy efforts for their Connected Workplace (IWMS) products. Along with managing the product marketing initiatives, he oversees all digital marketing programs. Ben enjoys helping organizations transform their space and facilities programs with Nuvolo’s modern workplace management solutions.
Sr. Director Community Program Management Global Workplace Services, Microsoft
Sandi Piatz is the Sr. Director of Community Program Management at Microsoft. A community first focus with real estate is at the core of what Sandi and her team do at Microsoft. They work on initiatives that support the engagement of community through real estate. Sandi has an undergrad in Education, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Leadership. She started her career in technology at a start-up software company and has worked in the technology industry for over 23 years including roles in sales, marketing, customers success, global program management, and technology consulting.
Janet Pogue McLaurin
Principal, Global Workplace Research Leader, Gensler
Janet Pogue McLaurin is a leader in Gensler’s global work practice areas and research initiatives. She is the Global Workplace Research Leader which is one of the six centers of the Gensler Research Institute. Janet has been instrumental in leading workplace research including the global Workplace Surveys and the WPIx client tool which measures space effectiveness and workplace experience on projects. She is active in developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including Vanguard, GSA, Capital One, Gallup and The Coca-Cola Company. Janet, a Principal at Gensler, has spent almost four decades in both the Denver and Washington, DC offices. A registered Architect, she has served on the Gensler’s Board of Directors for the past two years and currently serves on Gensler’s Practice Area Management Committee for the firm.
Managing Director – Intelligent & Digital Workplaces, Accenture
Michael is the Managing Director, Intelligent & Digital Workplaces at Accenture and has spent more than 25 years helping workforces of major companies around the world change the way they work through the application of technology. He is a key thought leader on the merger between people, place and technology and advises large, multi-national clients on how technologies can be best applied to enhance employee experience and productivity in the workplace. Michael also actively works with major real-estate developers, workplace product and technology manufacturers and software developers on how to enhance their products to better serve their end customers and address gaps in the market. He also serves as an advisor to Workplace2030.org, an industry consortium founded to shape and educate organizations on the future of the workplace post-COVID-19.
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North America Managing Director, WiredScore
Tom joined WiredScore following its launch in the UK in 2015. Over the past six years, Tom helped to build the UK & Ireland business before moving to New York in 2019 to head up WiredScore in North America. To date, over 750 million square feet of office space has been certified by WiredScore globally with 800 or the largest real estate owners in the world. Tom's background is in real estate, having qualified as a Chartered Surveyor at Cushman & Wakefield. Tom won EG’s Rising Stars Award and Property Week’s Young Personality of the Year Award with his UK business partner, William Newton.
Director, Corporate Real Estate, T-Mobile
Carol Reifsnyder, Director of Real Estate, is responsible for Workplace Design and Strategy for T-Mobile. Her team provides an exceptional Magenta Experience for over 150 business offices and 20 care centers nationwide. Recently Carol’s team transformed the workplace at their Bellevue HQ and HQ2 in Overland Park focusing on creating innovative environments with state-of-the-art facilities. Carol has been with T-Mobile for 8 years. She served as Global Head of Workplace Strategy at Nokia Siemens Networks before joining T-Mobile.
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Director of Solution Engineering, iOFFICE + SpaceIQ
Joe has been with iOFFICE for over three years and is currently the Director of Solution Engineering at iOFFICE. Joe and his global team of Solution Engineers have a passion for interacting and consulting with customers to align the correct solution to overcome their IXMS obstacles. Joe understands the IWMS issues that corporations face and is excited to share the iOFFICE suite of products and solutions with corporations around the world.
Director of WorkPlace, HOK
In her 30+ years of experience Kay’s work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Kay serves as Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team where she oversees a team working with clients to deliver workplace solutions around the world. Kay was recently elected to serve on the International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects and serves on the CoreNet Global Board. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ. Kay is a co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community, and a Founding member of the DC Chapter of Upward.
CEO & Co-Founder, Convene
Ryan Simonetti is the CEO and co-founder of Convene, a tech-enabled hospitality brand that partners with progressive organizations to create premium places to meet, work and host inspiring events. His unique expertise in real estate, development, and finance has helped catapult Convene to become a pioneer in the commercial real estate industry. Ryan co-founded Convene in 2009 with the intention of disrupting the commercial real estate industry and transforming the workplace experience by capitalizing on converging trends in real estate, technology, and hospitality. His vision - to infuse hotel-style services into meetings, events and flexible office spaces - has been Convene’s guiding force for the last 11 years, during which they have expanded to 25 locations across the US and UK.
T. Dallas Smith
President & CEO, T. Dallas Smith & Company
As Founder and CEO, Mr. Smith oversees all brokerage affairs. He was the first African American broker at Cushman & Wakefield and opened the brokerage division for H.J. Russell & Company, specializing in tenant representation. His firm has overseen exponential growth, leading transactions totaling over $16 billion in value. Accolades include the 100 Most Influential Georgians for 2021, Atlanta’s Most Admired CEO Award 2017 and more.
Senior Director Workplace Strategy, Knoll, Inc
Kimberly Bombery Smith leads Knoll’s Workplace Strategy customer engagement focus to define, create, and prioritize workplace goals. Her foundation in Corporate Real Estate builds on her training in design thinking to facilitate workshops, and help organizations connect the dots with employees and business drivers to inform decisions. Kimberly co-creates and hosts the Knoll k.talks and speaks at industry forums for CoreNet, IFMA, IIDA, etc.
Senior Managing Director, CBRE
Erica Stricker is the Global Alliance Director for the Microsoft Account, overseeing the Company’s real estate portfolio across the globe. Erica brings over a decade of corporate real estate management to her team and has led best-in-class delivery of many high-visibility programs for Microsoft. Erica is well regarded for her client engagement capabilities, outside-the-box solutioning, and high focus on talent retention. . On top of managing every aspect of strategy and operations for her client’s global portfolio, Erica’s team oversees the multibillion dollar modernization of Microsoft’s 500-acre Redmond, Washington headquarters. Erica is highly involved within the CBRE community as an active member of the Women’s Network Group and the LGBTQ & Allies group, having served as its executive sponsor for the Seattle chapter.
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Colette Temmink, MCR, SLCR
Chief Strategy & Product Officer, Blue Skyre, IBE
Colette Temmink currently serves as Chief Strategy & Product Officer at Blue Skyre, IBE (BSI). BSI provides FM advisory services and facilities performance management technology which helps real estate organizations maximize the performance their teams, properties, and portfolios. Prior to BSI Colette has held executive roles with companies such as; C&W, Oracle, Boeing and is an instructor for the MCR Capstone Course. She has also a Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner and has written articles on CRE sustainability and ESG .
National Director Segment Strategy - Workplace, Tarkett
Leslie Thompson is Director of Workplace Segment Strategy for Tarkett North America. As part of strategic marketing, Leslie works closely with design on trend forecasting, research and new product development for the workplace segment. She is passionate about design, strategy and people. Leslie truly believes that when we bring together different voices and ideas we create synergy. She finds inspiration in collaborative dialogue with the architecture and design community, IIDA, CoreNet and the global Tarkett group to further expand the company’s design leadership position.
Managing Director Advisory Services, SIREAS, LLC
Scott has more than 35 years of corporate real estate and facilities management expertise that uniquely comes from 15 years on the client side of the business, 9 years as a CRE/FM management consultant and the last 13 years as a senior leader on the service provider side of the industry. Scott’s role at SIREAS is to leverage his depth of experience across all CRE/FM functions and to lead our project teams to help our clients objectively assess their existing operating models and third-party supplier relationships; and to design and implement best-in-class organizational and service delivery models that will drive innovation, efficiency and success across the client's portfolio. Scott’s previous role at JLL was global Account Executive responsible for account leadership, client relationship management and operational excellence across a number of major corporate client accounts that represented more than 30 million square feet globally and involved facility management, project management, portfolio strategy, energy management and leasing. Prior to JLL, for nine years Mr. Tibbo managed the real estate consulting practice at Expense Management Solutions where he advised more than forty client organizations on CRE organizational design, outsourcing, benchmarking and performance measurement; and led operational assessments and outsourcing initiatives that involved in excess of 300M SF globally. Scott is the current President and Chair of the CT/Westchester Chapter of CoreNet Global, and Past-President of IFMA Boston.
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Peter Van Emburgh
SVP, Global Head of Real Estate, CBRE
Peter serves as Global Head of Real Estate for CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm with over 100,000 professionals around the world. Peter leads CBRE’s corporate real estate organization responsible for managing the firm’s rapidly-growing 500+ office portfolio spanning over 6M SF. Peter oversees a global team delivering real estate strategy, transactions, lease administration, construction, ground-up development, design, and facility operations. Prior to joining CBRE, Peter served in various management consulting roles with PwC and Deloitte, delivering portfolio and CRE organizational strategies for clients.
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Ben Waber, PhD
President & Co-Founder, Humanyze
Dr. Ben Waber is the CEO and co-founder of Humanyze. He is a visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, previously worked as a senior researcher at Harvard Business School, and received his Ph.D. from MIT for his work with Alex“Sandy” Pentland’s Human Dynamics group. Waber’s work has been featured in major media outlets such as Wired, The Economist, and NPR. He has consulted for industry leaders such as LG, McKinsey & Company, and Gartner on technology trends, social networks, and organizational design. His book, People Analytics, was published by the Financial Times Press in 2013.
Wanda Wallace, PhD
Managing Partner, Leadership Forum
Dr. Wanda Wallace, Managing Partner of Leadership Forum, LLC, coaches, facilitates and speaks on improving leadership by improving the quality of conversations. She specializes in helping women and men get to the top, stick and thrive. Her latest emphasis is on helping managers break out of being the expert and build truly inclusive cultures. She hosts a weekly radio show: Out of the Comfort Zone. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter @AskWanda. Her latest book, You Can’t Know It All: Leading in the Age of Deep Expertise, describes the transition from expert leader and executor to a leader who spans across knowledge domains. When suddenly the team knows more than the leader, many leaders struggle to understand how they add value and how to lead in a different way. Dr. Wallace has forged close relationships with a number of blue-chip clients across many industries including clients such as those in health care (AbbVie, GlaxoSmithKline, Medtronic, Merck), insurance, (Allianz Group, MeLlife, Prudential), manufacturing (Siemens, Ford Motor Company, ams Osram, Navistar, Kennametal, UPM, Ledvance), financial services (American Express, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, UBS, HSBC), accounting (Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers), legal (Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters, Dentons), telecommunications, (Ericsson, British Telecom, Vodafone) and oil and gas (British Petroleum). She has also worked with start-ups and government agencies. Wanda lives in New York City and London and hosts a weekly radio show/podcast, "Out of the Comfort Zone".
Global Lead - Workplace Experience, IBM
Vincent Wase leads workplace experience for IBM’s global real estate group. He is responsible for helping IBM attract and retain top talent, improve workforce productivity, and increase employee happiness by delivering meaningful experiences and removing points of friction throughout the workplace journey. His approach to experience design is framed around creating connections across three key pillars –people, place, and technology. Vincent’s background in hospitality and operations gives him a unique perspective on how organizations can leverage the workplace as a strategic tool in the overall employee value proposition. In his spare time, Vincent enjoys building and learning new things. He started a small business focusing on helping communities rejuvenate abandoned properties and recently earned an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Sr. Manager, Workplace Delivery - Corporate Real Estate, Starbucks Coffee Company
Marc Weigum, Sr, Manager – Workplace Delivery, Corporate Facilities, is responsible for Non-Retail Real Estate Strategy, Workplace Design & Delivery, and Business Systems for Starbucks. His team provides an exceptional partner experience for all of the support centers across North America. Recently Marc’s team played an instrumental part in the modern workspace transformation of the Seattle Support Center, holistic portfolio strategy, and enablement of a more flexible workforce. Marc has been with Starbucks for 3 years. He served as Global Data Strategist with Amazon GREF and oversaw global space management for Microsoft CREF before joining Starbucks.
Director of the RE&S Center of Innovation (COI), Microsoft
Scott Weiskopf is our Director of the RE&S Center of Innovation (COI). As the COI leader, he manages the COI’s innovation pipeline and strategy, the RE&S Digital Transformation and modernization strategy, and forward-looking technology roadmap. He also supports our product teams, technology partners, and Account and industry teams representing RE&S. Scott started his RE&S career in October 2019. Scott is a 15-year veteran of Microsoft and over the span of his successful career, he has worked on various enterprise-wide initiatives, such as global privacy programs, a mobile experiences App Studio, MS Mobile App Certification and Publishing programs, and an HR digital transformation program. He has a solid history of co-developing enterprise scenarios with the Microsoft product groups to solve business problems and has helped to deliver those solutions to external customers as showcases. Scott has also been an active participant in product group Go to Market (GTM) strategies. Prior to joining Microsoft, Scott held various positions at Dell Inc., driving multiple global technical solutions, tools, and data management. He was also a founder at a VC funded startup company in Austin, TX, and a Consulting Manager with Ernst & Young Management Consulting, in their oil and gas practice in Houston, TX, where he worked on large ERP programs. Scott holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas, Austin and a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, Albany.
Senior Product Marketing Manager, MRI Software
Andy is a Product Marketing Manager for MRI Software, where he drives product strategy and direction for the company’s Workplace and Commercial property management solutions. Andy is passionate about leveraging the power of data to drive actionable decisions across organizations, and he enjoys developing and teaching best practices that support the needs and requirements of MRI clients. With more than 12 years of technology and leadership experience, Andy is a featured speaker at many industry events. Most recently, he presented at BOMA and ADHOC where he has discussed major trends facing the Real Estate industry.
Thomas Willow, SLCR
VP, Real Estate and Facilities, Palo Alto Networks
Tom Willow is the Vice President of Global Real Estate and Facilities at Palo Alto Networks, the world's leading cybersecurity company. Leading through rapid growth in both headcount and global locations, Tom has set the vision for the company's global real estate and managed end-to-end facilities operations. In recent years, Tom has been part of Palo Alto Network's FLEXWORK strategy, which puts employee choice and flexibility at the heart of our employee experience. From reimagining office spaces, to scaling capacity, and rethinking our services, Tom continues to innovate and disrupt as a curious and people-focused leader.
Manager, Global Energy & Environment, IBM
Brody Wilson is IBM Global Real Estate’s Manager, Global Energy and Environment. He oversees supply and demand side energy management, as well as the environmental sustainability and compliance of IBM’s real estate portfolio and operations. Brody has been working in the building energy and sustainability space for over 17 years. He is a registered mechanical Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado and holds two bachelors degrees from Oberlin College & Conservatory, one in Physics the other in Trumpet Performance.
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Unispace
Chely Wright is an author, artist, advocate and relentless champion for equality. Wright rose to fame as a commercial country music singer in the '90s–– enjoying years of critical acclaim, industry recognition, touring and chart-topping success. She made history in 2010 by becoming the first artist in the genre to publicly come out as gay, which she wrote about in her memoir entitled Like Me, published by Random House. In 2011, the Emmy-nominated and multiple award-wining documentary, Wish Me Away, chronicled Chely’s coming out journey, cementing the film as essential-viewing among LGBTQ audiences, faith communities, learning institutions and beyond. In addition to her long-standing relationships with key advocacy organizations, Wright has served on multiple boards including GLSEN, T.J. Martell and Faith in America. She is also the founder of two non-profits; Reading, Writing & Rhythm which raised $1M+ to support music and arts in public schools and The LikeMe Organization, established to provide resources for the LGBTQ community and their families. With decades of experience in public speaking across multiple mediums, Chely enjoys leveraging the power of storytelling to create change, especially in corporate spaces; addressing companies like Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, etc. to advance meaningful discussions about diversity, equity and inclusion. Chely currently serves at the Chief Diversity Officer for Unispace.
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Director, Global Client Intelligence, Cushman & Wakefield
Steven Zatta is part of Cushman & Wakefield’s Global Occupier Services Strategy organization where he works on initiatives to help advance the objectives of the company. Mr. Zatta also works on office solution assignments, helping C&W clients align real estate solutions with their unique financial, operating, and workforce objectives. He has extensive experience in leading quantitative and qualitative research projects to enhance organizational strategic decision making and improve operational efficiency.
EVP, Head of Client Experience, Colliers
Chris Zlocki is an Executive Vice President for Occupier Services and the Head of Service Excellence at Colliers America. With other 22 years’ experience, Chris is focused on ensuring Colliers' occupier clients receive best-in-class service delivery reinforced continuous improvement. He is responsible for account growth, account strategy & innovation initiatives with an emphasis on maximising service excellence, strategic engagement, executive mentorship and ongoing leadership of Technology and Consulting Services in the Americas.
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