CoreNet Global Summit, Philadelphia 2016


Abrahamson, Paul

Director of Workplace Services, Grant Thornton LLP

Paul is responsible for workplace services which include all facets of real estate management, e.g., transactions, utilization measurement, project management, office management, concierge services, and access control. He is leading the transformation of our firm’s real estate and office management program, and fostering new concepts for workplace strategies. Paul is also championing efforts to optimize business processes to increase competitive advantage, build and enhance relationships and enable the Firm’s growth strategically and economically.

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Abrams, Sarah

Senior Vice President Global Real Estate, Iron Mountain

Sarah K. Abrams joined Iron Mountain as Senior Vice President and Head of Global Real Estate in January 2012 to drive globalization of the corporate real estate function and to transform it into a strategic business partner to the line business.  The firm has operations in over 37 countries, over 540 markets and a real estate portfolio in excess of 67 million sf in over 1,000 locations.  The firm converted to a REIT in 2014.  Ms. Abrams leads a global real estate team responsible for real estate strategy, transactions (including leasing, acquisitions and dispositions), construction, ground-up development and facility management as well as global lease administration and REIT Supplemental reporting. 

 Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Ms. Abrams was the president of Fidelity Real Estate Company, the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments.

Ms. Abrams holds a BA in Economics, magna cum laude from Boston University, a JD degree from Cornell Law School and a Masters of Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Ms. Abrams is a past president and a current Board member of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global and a recipient of 5 Luminary Awards for excellence in speaking at Global Summits.  She received CoreNet’s Global Corporate Real Executive of the Year award in Oct 2013.  

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Albers, Pamela

Vice President, RS&H

Pamela relocated to Denver in 2014 from St. Louis. As a practicing Architect, she has embraced Colorado’s vision and mission to lead the nation in Renewable Energy, Net-Zero and Clean Tech Design across multiple industry segments including Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Transportation, Information Technology, and Real Estate Development.  Pamela is a Vice President with RS&H, Inc. where she develops clients and leads the Colorado region projects in the Financial, Workplace, Health, Science, Mission Critical sectors. Residing in Denver and discovering the natural wonders of Colorado is a favorite pastime for Pamela.  Pamela is representing the CoreNet Global Colorado Chapter for the Global Summit in Philadelphia.

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Albert, Ellen

Executive VP, Viacom International, Inc

Ellen Albert, AIA, is the executive in charge of real estate, design and construction for Viacom International where she is responsible for the overall strategic direction and design implementation of Viacom’s global real estate requirements.  In this position, Ms. Albert provides leadership for over 6,000,000 square feet of office, studio and production space for Viacom’s divergent businesses including the cable channels MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land/Nick at Nite, Nickelodeon and BET.  She oversees as well all facilities and office services, building operations, and corporate dining and special events for Viacom. 

 Ms. Albert holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts and received a BA in Art History and French from Emory University.  She is a Registered Architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She is also a member of CoreNet Global where she is currently on their Programs and Annual Dinner Committees having previously served on the Board of the NYC Chapter and on their Education and Professional Development Committees. 

Ms. Albert is a longstanding member of the Board of NEW (Nontraditional Employment for Women) having served previously for 3 years as co-chair.  She has been on the Board of the Times Square Alliance for the last seven years and currently is a member of the executive committee.  Ms. Albert is a frequent panelist and speaker at forums which include CoreNet, the 2016 Commercial Observer Panel, Women in Green, Neocon, the AIA Corporate Architects Round Table, Contract Magazine Forum, Executive Women in Corporate Real Estate and the School of Visual Arts.  She is also a contributing writer for The Leader and The Corporate Real Estate Journal.  Ms. Albert was an honoree at the 2006 CoreNet Annual Dinner and the Capuchin Food Pantries’ 2005 “Women of Valor” luncheon.



Alexander, Shaun

Senior Estimator, JE Dunn Construction

As a manager of preconstruction services I am responsible for cost estimates, planning & budgeting support, design reviews, and value engineering. During my 15 years in the industry, I’ve leveraged my passion for technology to develop unique tools and processes that challenge the traditional methods of the construction industry to bring value to our clients and projects.  Although I’ve worked on projects in every region of the country, my most recent focus has been servicing high rise Corporate and Hospitality projects in the Nashville, TN market.

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Ambalong, Linda

Senior Director, American Red Cross

Linda Ambalong is an experienced data management and property management professional. She currently serves as Senior Director of Portfolio Administration at American Red Cross. Her experience includes portfolio administration, lease administration and commercial property management. 

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Anderson, Todd

Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Todd Anderson is a knowledgeable, client-focused, dynamic global real estate executive. His management and transactional real estate experience extends over 100 countries around the world. As an Executive Managing Director at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services he is responsible for managing the delivery of Transaction, Facility, Project and Program Management services every day.  

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Austin, Neil

Vice President, Real Estate Portfolio Management & Transactions Services, Omnicom Group, Inc.

Neil recently joined Omnicom as Vice President, Real Estate Portfolio Management and Transaction Management, based in New York. Omnicom’s property portfolio covers 17 million sqft across the world in 67 countries

Until recently Neil was Global Head of Asset Management for the Royal Bank of Scotland, with a property portfolio covering 34 million sq ft in 4,500 buildings across the world, based in London.

Previously Global Head of Real Estate Strategy at ABN AMRO, Neil joined RBS in 2007 following its takeover of the Dutch bank. Before that, he spent an eventful time at Enron, managing EMEA and Asia until 2002, and started his career as a graduate at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Neil has extensive knowledge of global real estate markets specializing in strategic real estate, M&A, supplier procurement and management, portfolio, asset and transaction management, partly gained from time living in Hong Kong and Singapore, each for three years.

As well as being a member of the RICS, Neil is currently a Board Member of CoreNet Global and a past President of CoreNet Global’s UK Chapter.

Married with two children, he is a keen sportsmen and enjoys both watching and taking part whenever possible.


Avery, Monika

Associate Principal, The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM)

Mrs. Avery, an Associate Principal with SLAM, has over 18 years of experience as an Interior Designer specializing in workplace environments, and has led the design of many major workplace projects including The Hartford’s “CT on the Move” project. She has also served as VP of City Centers of IIDA New England, and President of CREW CT. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), she holds NCIDQ, IIDA, and LEED AP accreditations.

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Bangia, Vik

Managing Principal, Verum Consulting, LLC

Vik is the founder and managing principal of Verum Consulting, LLC. He has a 25 year background in corporate real estate, real estate outsourcing best practices, strategic planning and workflow and process improvement. Vik led the corporate real estate function at Fortune 500 firms Unocal Corporation and Ameriprise Financial and has also held senior leadership positions at real estate service provider firms such as Realogy, CresaPartners, United Properties/Northmarq,, and CBRE. He also serves on the Global Board of Directors of CoreNet. Vik has an MBA from Pepperdine University in California as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds the CoreNet Global, Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) professional designation.

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Bangs, Michael

VP, Real Estate and Facilities, Oracle

As Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities for Oracle, Mike Bangs is responsible for the design, construction and operation of Oracle’s 6.5 million square feet real estate portfolio in the San Francisco bay area. 

Bangs has developed and operated corporate campuses around the world, including properties in Boston, Budapest, Dublin, Paris, London, Noida, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and the San Francisco Bay Area.  He has more than 25 years of experience working for technology companies, including Adobe and Juniper Networks, where he served as director of global real estate.

He is the on the board of directors of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal) San Jose and the 2016-2017 President of the Board of Directors of CoreNet Global Northern California.  He also served on the board of directors of the Guadalupe River Park.  He was the founding board chairman of the Moffett Park Business and Transportation Association and is a past board president of the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce. 

Bangs holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, an MBA from San Jose State University and an MCR designation from CoreNet Global.  He is a registered engineer in the State of California.

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Banks, Cristina

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces, University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business

Dr. Banks is an industrial-organizational psychologist who teaches and publishes on the topics of effective HR practices, employment law compliance, performance management and job design.  She is a nationally recognized expert in effective work practices. She leads a consortium of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in an effort to create a new organizational template for healthy workplaces.

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Barnett, Peter

Director, National Real Estate, PWC

Peter Barnett has been actively involved as a commercial real estate professional since 1997.  Peter currently serves as a Director of Real Estate for PwC, acting as a trusted advisor to partners and leaders on real estate decisions that impact the success and profitability of the business.  He also oversees multidisciplinary teams on projects ranging from minor renovations to major relocations of Class A office space.  He additionally leads a variety of special projects including providing due diligence and implementation services related to real estate decisions during mergers and acquisitions.  Peter focuses on providing unique solutions on real estate issues that arise from rapidly changing global business environments.

Prior to joining PwC, Peter was Vice President and co-owner of J.A. Barnett Realty Group, Inc, a Florida based boutique brokerage and consulting firm.  He facilitated millions of dollars of commercial multi-family and retail transactions, as well as serving as regional property manager for multiple property types.

Peter also serves as a Senior Instructor for the CCIM Institute, the recognized leader in commercial real estate education.  He teaches courses on real estate finance and commercial leasing in a variety of formats both in person and via online technology.  He has also been involved in instructional design and course development for the CCIM Institute, and holds leadership positions on both a Chapter and National level.

Peter is happily married and has two children.  He enjoys spending time with his family, composing and performing a variety of music and golfing year round anywhere he can.

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Bashinelli, Chris

Actor, Activist, and Explorer,

Brooklyn native Chris "Bash" Bashinelli traded in his acting career (The Sopranos, HBO) to exchange with the world. This 29-year-old host of Bridge the Gap on PBS served as the youngest male to ever moderate the United Nations International Day of Peace and led a National Geographic expedition to Mongolia. Bashinelli has a catch phrase, ‘no borders, no baggage, no boundaries’, which underpins his inspiring passion for the human condition and his ability to inspire others across the world to embrace global citizenship. As a National Geographic explorer, “Bash” as he is known to his viewers, ventures into isolated pockets of the globe. Bashinelli’s spotlight talk will guide the audience through an introspective adventure, walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives through greater service, productivity and cultural understanding.

Baxter, Robyn

Vice President - Consulting, HOK

Robyn works with clients to develop effective strategies for their real estate portfolio, bridging the gap between their organizational goals, user needs, and portfolio & workplace strategies. Robyn is a leader in developing effective engagement strategies, developing strong relationships and the support of organizational leaders, with a focus on delivering business value.

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Becker, Franklin

Professor Emeritis, Cornell University

Franklin Becker, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis in the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.  He co-founded Cornell’s Facility Planning and Management Program in 1980, the first university program of its kind in the world; and he founded the Cornell International Workplace Studies Program (IWSP) in 1989.  Professor Becker is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and has served as the Academic Affairs member of the Board of Directors of The International Facility Management Association, from which he has received the Chairman’s Award, Outstanding Educator Award and the Distinguished Author Award.  Professor Becker is the author of eight books, including Workplace By Design:  Mapping the High Performance Workscape, and Offices at Work:  Uncommon Workspace Strategies that Add Value and Improve Performance.   He is a co-author of The Practitioner’s Guide to Evidence-Based Design.  Professor Becker is President, IDEAworks LLC, a consultancy firm specializing in the planning, design, and management of innovative workplace strategies.  

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Beers, Douglas

Director, Real Estate & Planning, North America, Johnson & Johnson

Douglas Beers is Director, Real Estate & Planning, North America at Johnson & Johnson.  Douglas leads a team responsible for the strategic portfolio planning and transactions for Johnson & Johnson’s portfolio in North America.  Douglas joined J&J in 2005 and held positions in facilities management and real estate in North America and Asia Pacific prior to moving back to the US in January.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson he served as a facilities management and real estate consultant.  He is an active member of CoreNet Global where he holds a Master Corporate Real Estate designation.

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Bekkers, Rens

Head of Sales, Deskbookers

Rens is a young Sales Leader (27) that operates in the market of extreme short term Real Estate. Rens is an outside the box thinker and is passionate to change the world in terms of Real Estate supply. He believes that flexible and short term Real estate is what is demanded in an increasing amount of markets. With Deskbookers Rens raises the bar with offering office space that can be booked online, by the hour and 24 hour cancellation. 

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Benezet, Julie

Founder and Managing Principal, Business Growth Consulting, LLC

As a hard-wired entrepreneur Julie Benezet spent 25 years in law and business, putting into place the dreams of others as well as her own. She has worked in the back rooms of large corporations with senior executives, built Amazon’s first global real estate organization, and led for years the “Challenges of Leadership” program for executives at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

She is the founder of Business Growth Consulting, LLC and The Journey of Not Knowing, LLC where she has coached executives from virtually every industry. 

Julie holds a master of psychology and law degrees from McGill University and a B.A. in psychology and anthropology from Cornell University. 

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Bertasi, Rick

Principal, Bertasi & Company

Most recently Rick was Managing Director, Group Network Development at Regus, PLC.  Previously at Deutsche Bank, he was Global Head of CRES for a 4200+ site portfolio of retail, office, data centre and headquarter properties with an annual budget of nearly $3B.

Rick was President of USI and joined Johnson Controls (JCI) after they acquired USI, and in 2006 he moved to Europe to run EMEA for JCI Global WorkPlace Solutions, now part of CBRE.  Under Rick the business doubled to nearly $2 billion in annual revenues, operating in 40 countries, over 20 currencies, and 8,000 employees.

Rick’s has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where he was a Tuck Scholar.  He was a board member of CoreNet Global, and also the Chairman of the Tuck School European Advisory Board until his return to the US this year.  Rick has been married for 28 years, has four grown children, and for fun does extreme endurance events such as the, PrimalQuest Adventure Race, Marathon des Sables and others. 

Rick has dual USA and Italy citizenship.

Berthold, Bryan

Managing Director, Workplace Strategy, Cushman & Wakefield

Bryan is passionate about creating collaborative, experience-rich workplaces, environments in which people can grow and thrive. As managing director workplace strategy in the Global Business Consulting Group at Cushman & Wakefield, Bryan leads and inspires high-performance teams to optimize a company’s real estate assets and deliver integrated, best-fit solutions that boost employee engagement and maximize productivity while reducing costs. His industry acumen, consistency in producing results, and passion for teaching have earned him widespread recognition as a thought leader around the success measures of the workplace experience.

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Betesh, Marc

President, KBA Lease Services/Visual Lease

For the last 30+ years Marc Betesh has held the dual title of President and Founder at KBA Lease. As a result, his industry experience is unparalleled. Marc is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and Temple University. 

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Bloch, Gavin

Principal, Workplace Strategies, JACOBS Global Buildings

Gavin Bloch serves as a Principal, Workplace Strategies at Jacobs.  In this capacity he works globally to with a team that facilitates the development and delivery of new workplaces that support the business goals of Jacobs Fortune 500 customers.  He has worked on projects in cities as diverse as Bucharest, Dubai, Vienna, London and Singapore. He has over twenty years of commercial, institutional and corporate real estate experience and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds the Senior Leader of Corporate Real Estate (SLCR) and Master of Corporate Real Estate with Honors (MCR.h) credentials from CoreNet Global. He was also a 2015 CoreNet Global Luminary award winner.

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Blue, Dennis

Vice President, Corporate Services, Jackson National Life Insurance

Dennis oversees Jackson’s operational real estate, facilities, workplace, purchasing, business travel and dining center operations.  While at Jackson, he has overseen over $185 million in new construction and renovations including two 45,000 square foot state of the art data centers and a $130 million 275,000 square foot campus expansion.

Prior to joining Jackson in 2003, he was at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan where he was responsible for facilities operations as well as facilities planning.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in facilities management from Eastern Michigan University and went on to obtain his MBA from Lawrence Technological University.  

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Boyette, Del

President and CEO, Boyette Strategic Advisors

Del is President/CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors, an economic development and location analysis firm he started over 10 years ago. He has served as Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, led economic development programs for the State of Georgia, and started and led the Comprehensive Incentives Management Services Practice at Deloitte. 

Del served on the CoreNet Global Board of Directors for six years, participated in Corporate Real Estate 2020, has served as a judge for the Economic Development Leadership Award and Corporate Real Estate’s Global Innovators Award, and has received the CoreNet Luminary Award. Del is affiliated with CoreNet’s New England Chapter.

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Braasch, Ute

Chief Operating Officer, Corporate Solutions Americas, JLL

As COO, Ute is responsible for the optimization and integration of JLL’s Corporate Solutions business infrastructure. She also oversees transformational projects that are driving enhanced productivity for JLL’s clients, including the delivery of RED, JLL’s advanced data and analytics platform that brings together knowledge management, master data governance, analytics and business intelligence to improve business insight and decision making. Prior to this role, Ute held various operational and strategic platform roles within JLL in the Asia Pacific region, as well as HR and strategy consulting positions at Boston Consulting Group and Strategy&.

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Bradley, Aaron

Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Aaron Bradley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati with a focus in the creative sector. Aaron teaches interdisciplinary design thinking and professional practice courses, and is currently leading the development of the nation’s first and only mandatory cooperative education program for Fine Art students at a public university. Professor Bradley’s career has also included the development and instruction of business management and marketing courses, marketing and program direction for non-profit organizations, a stint in Nashville as a professional musician, producer, and performance coach, and freelance creative consulting. 

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Brazile, Donna

Political Commentator, Strategist & Author, Brazile & Associates LLC

Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee and the former interim national chair of the DNC as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute.

Brazile has worked on every presidential campaign from 1976 through 2000, when she became the first African American to manage a presidential campaign.

Author of the best-selling memoir Cooking with Grease: Stirring the Pots in American Politics, Brazile is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University; a syndicated columnist for Universal Uclick, Ms. Magazine, and O, The Oprah Magazine; and an on-air contributor to CNN and ABC, where she regularly appears on This Week.

Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy and training firm based in Washington, DC. 

Brecheisen, Jeremie

Senior Managing Consultant, Gallup

Jeremie Brecheisen, Senior Managing Consultant, works with Gallup clients to create behavioral economic solutions and to develop strong organizational identities that reflect their company’s purpose, culture and brand. He manages account project teams for some of Gallup’s most important and largest programs, spanning more than 300,000 employees.

As an executive consultant, Jeremie supports leaders and their teams to become more customer-oriented and more effective communicators. He applies his extensive knowledge of leadership and management principles to help Fortune 500 executive teams, mid-level leaders and frontline managers make better decisions based on objective data and predictive modeling. His consulting approach is engagement-focused, strengths-based and performance-oriented.

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Brower, Tracy

Global Vice President of Workplace Vitality, Mars Drinks

Dr. Tracy Brower is the Global VP of Workplace Vitality for Mars Drinks, and the author of Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations. Tracy has worked with many of the Fortune 500, as well as educational and health-care organizations. She is a three-time recipient of the CoreNet Luminary Award and recipient of the UofH Real Estate Innovation Award. In addition to her PhD and MM, Tracy holds a Master of Corporate Real Estate. Tracy’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, CoreNet Magazine, Real Estate Review Journal,,, Inc. Magazine, and more.

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Brown, Jody

Senior Director Global Sourcing: Real Estate and General Services, Thomson Reuters

Jody Brown is a Senior Director at Thomson Reuters, where she leads a global team of senior strategic sourcing professionals, who partner with business leads in Global Real Estate and Data Center Operations to deliver savings, mitigate risk, ensure compliance, oversee supplier diversity and lead outsourcing initiatives.  Jody spent the bulk of her career as a senior leader with diverse roles including real estate strategy, client relationship management, global workplace strategy, client services and design & construction/project management within major institutions including Pfizer, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Bridgewater and Knoll.  Her unique background also includes co-founding both a CAFM services company and .com start-up. 

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Buck, René

Founder & CEO, Buck Consultants International

René Buck is founder and CEO of Buck Consultants International (started in 1985), a leading independent footprint strategy, location/site selection and supply chain consulting company. Buck Consultants International has offices in Nijmegen (the Netherlands), The Hague (the Netherlands), Brussels (Belgium), Frankfurt (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Paris (France), Atlanta (US), Singapore and Shanghai (China).

Buck Consultants International has a track record of advising more than 900 large and midsize companies, in 50 countries all over the world. René Buck is a thought leader in the industry, spoke at numerous conferences (including various CoreNet Global Summits) and is seen by international media as a leading location strategy and site selection expert.

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Bye, Ronald K.

Senior VP - Global Capital Planning Lead, JLL

Ronald Bye has over 40 years’ experience and is currently the Global Capital Planning Product Lead and has full responsibility for the Capital Planning service line including developing the process, technology, methodologies and business development. He manages a team of Project Managers and support staff to provide clients with capital project planning services to vet scope, budget and perform business case analysis for over 20 global clients. Mr. Bye and his team have developed an algorithmic approach to project prioritization to ensure objectivity in the capital allocation decisions.  Mr. Bye also recently developed the capital planning process for a major global client with over 90MSF and included development of 10,000 projects with a combined value of $ 3.5 billion.

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Calderón, Felipe

Former President, Mexico

As a powerful former Head of State, Felipe Calderón is uniquely qualified to discuss today’s complex global issues. Calderon served as the 56th President of Mexico from 2006-2012 at a critical time during the country’s drug war. He implemented public policies during his tenure that projected Mexico as a powerful player in the global economy. He was named “Statesman of the Year” by the World Economic Forum and “Champion of the Earth” by the United Nations. He chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change COP 16 and was ranked among the 100 most influential people by Time magazine.

Since leaving his post as President, he has focused his attention on the economic benefits of acting on climate change and has positioned himself as a leading voice on this global issue. His wife, Margarita Zavala, recently announced she intends to run for President of Mexico in the 2018 election.

In this powerful closing general session, Calderón will discuss topics ranging from immigration to geopolitics, the economy to the environment and more. Seize your opportunity to engage, ask questions and get insights in this highly interactive session.

Casanova, Rachel

Director of Workplace, Perkins+Will

As the Director of Workplace for the New York office of Perkins+Will, Rachel Casanova brings over 20 years of experience helping companies plan the built environment to support the performance of individuals and teams.  Her expertise includes group facilitation, workplace transformation analytics, and change management.  Her recent efforts have focused on the impact of movement, lighting, and acoustical conditions on the ability to perform at work.  She will lead the café style facilitation of the session.

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Chapman, Erica

Vice President, Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity, Akamai Technologies

Ms. Chapman joined Akamai in January of 2015 as the Vice President of Corporate Services. She has subsequently rebranded her role and the role of the team to position this function as a strategic business partner within the larger organization. As Vice President of the newly defined Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity team, her charter is to drive a comprehensive, holistic, and differentiated strategy that enables Akamai to deliver on the promise of a hyper-connected world; where entertainment, business, and life are empowered to reach unimagined potential. Erica’s leadership and breadth of responsibilities extend to every aspect of Real Estate, Workplace, Facilities Services and Security globally. 

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Cheng, Suon

Head of Global Real Estate, LinkedIn

Mr. Cheng servers as the Head of Global Real Estate at LinkedIn, where he manages business requirements, long-term strategies, transaction management, lease administration, workplace strategies and IWMS implementation.   He has over twenty years of experience in corporate real estate, management consulting and facilities planning / programming. 

Prior to joining LinkedIn, Mr. Cheng managed global real estate planning for Google.  He has consulted global Fortune 500 companies and the Federal government through his work at Booz Allen Hamilton and HOK Consulting.  He is a member of the Pre-Design Community where he supports continuing education for facilities programming and pre-design requirements.  

Mr. Cheng holds a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic University, and masters in urban design and real estate development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Cho, Anthony

Vice President, Operations Central, Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions

Anthony has been with Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions over the past 3 years. As the North American Account Director, he is responsible for the overall delivery of outsourced real estate services including client relationship management, account strategy and contract management with TD Bank. Anthony spent 15 years as a professionally trained architect delivering a variety of complex design and construction programs and projects ranging in scale and type from corporate, retail, healthcare, institutional, additions and renovations. Anthony has been pursuing and developing portfolio intelligence strategies integrating technology, consulting and field services to maximize value in retail and commercial real estate.

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Clark, Dave

Director, Workplace Solutions - Regional Lead, Southwest Region, Capital One

Mr. Clark is an accomplished real estate professional with Capital One’s Workplace Solutions organization, leading their Southwest Regional team. He has over 30 years of experience in the Financial Services industry supporting all aspects of corporate real estate, including mergers and acquisitions, branch and office design/construction, facility management and associate/business services. For the past 20 years of his career, Mr. Clark has focused extensively on the design and construction disciplines and has developed a keen understanding of the human experience within the workplace. Mr. Clark and his team are responsible for all real estate facets within the 2M SF portfolio, including the 1.4M SF campus in Plano, TX.

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Clark, Ed

Sustainable Designer, ZGF Architects LLP

ZGF Architects Sustainable Designer Ed Clark LEED AP BD+C develops building- and district-scaled sustainable strategies, is instrumental in the national effort to create conventions of materials transparency in design, and is at the cutting-edge in the application of circadian lighting research in healthcare and workplace environments. He currently is working to develop conventions of circadian lighting design for the U.S. General Services Administration. Ed is also among a group of ZGF architects collaborating with researchers to advance circadian lighting design’s application with the creation of Lark Spectral Lighting, an open-source tool created by the University of Washington and ZGF Architects. 

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Cleverdon, Michelle

Workplace Strategist, Capital One

Michelle is part of a dynamic team that is focused on Workplace Experience as part of Workplace Solutions at Capital One. As a Workplace Strategist, she utilizes current research and knowledge of industry best practices to develop compelling solutions in support of corporate guidelines, company culture and ever-changing business objectives while continuously challenging the effectiveness of design.

Michelle has been with Capital One for six years, first as a Planning Lead and then in Portfolio Management & Strategic Planning where she was responsible for portfolio planning, restack & sequence development, and the organization of a 5-year campus renovation. With a focus on workplace design, she has helped to change the way Capital One approaches the built-environment.

She is focused on the meaningful connection between people and the environment and passionate about developing strategies that propel the associate experience, increase productivity, and boost employee engagement.

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Cloutier, Deborah

Principal and Co-Founder, JDM Associates

Deborah Cloutier is Principal and Co-Founder of JDM Associates and has provided consulting services in commercial real estate, energy management, and sustainability for more than twenty years. She currently supports the DOE Better Buildings Initiative by providing strategic guidance and administrative oversight. Deb provides advisory services to some of the largest commercial real estate owners and investors, and helps organizations overcome barriers to greater adoption of energy efficiency in multi-tenanted assets. Deborah has also supported the EPA ENERGY STAR program since its inception and helps EPA translate the value of energy efficiency into financial metrics and marketing differentiation. 

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Clute, Dave

VP Workplace Technology, Zurich Insurance

Dave is a Denver, Colorado native and actively involved in supporting Colorado’s vision and mission to lead the nation in Renewable Energy, Net-Zero and Clean Tech Design across multiple industry segments including Architecture, Engineering & Construction, Transportation, Information Technology, and Real Estate Development.  Dave lives in Colorado Springs with his wife, Ann, and enjoys spending time throughout the Colorado Front Range with family and friends.  Dave is employed by Zurich Insurance as the global Zurich Intelligent Building Program Manager, but is representing the CoreNet Global Colorado Chapter for the Global Summit in Philadelphia.


Coles Levine, Diane

Managing Partner, Workplace Management Solutions

Diane Coles Levine, Managing Partner at Workplace Management Solutions, has a reputation for delivering workplace change projects that achieve cost savings, enhance engagement and increase productivity.  She is the editor and co-author of “Work on the Move: Driving Strategy and Change in Workplaces” and co-author of “Cut it Out: Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow.”  She is a contributing author to Facility Management Journal and is a featured columnist on workplace strategy at  Diane is a guest lecturer at MIT Professional Education Short Programs, Vienna University of Technology in Austria and a speaker at international conferences. 

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Congdon, Christine

Director, Research Communications & Editor 360 Magazine, Steelcase, Inc.

Christine Congdon is director of global research communications for Steelcase Inc. the global leader in the office furniture industry.

Congdon leads the global team responsible for PR and research communication. She is also editor of 360° Magazine, a Steelcase publication that explores workplace research, insights and trends. She is regularly writing about workplace issues for publications and has spoken on these topics at numerous opportunities. 

Congdon is a passionate advocate for the idea that organizations can become more resilient and amplify their performance by being intentional about the places where they bring people together to work. She holds an MBA in Marketing & Management from Grand Valley State University, USA and a BA in Business and English Literature from Hope College in Holland, USA.

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Conti, George

Vice President International Real Estate, Iron Mountain

George Conti joined Iron Mountain in August 2012 as Vice President of Global Client Solutions and Planning.  In that role George was responsible for delivering comprehensive analyses/plans that provided P&L owners with the information needed to make decisions in any area that real estate touched.  He created strategies to right size the portfolio and/or reduce cost, to integrate real estate portfolios that were acquired as a result of mergers or acquisitions and to ensure that GRE decisions had appropriate business input and alignment.

In June 2014 George became Vice President, International Real Estate adding responsibility for project management and transactions for the international portfolio to his planning and client solutions responsibilities.  In that role he oversees the permitting and executing of real estate projects, transactions, budget adherence and, together with local finance, the real estate capital budgeting. 

In 2014, in conjunction with IRM’s conversion to a REIT, George was asked to stand up the firm’s first Global Real Estate Purchase Program with the goal of owning more real estate over time and optimizing the existing portfolio. In the first year of this program the team developed the infrastructure, market data and processes for executing the program and acquired over 1M SF as well as identifying 20M SF of additional opportunities.  In this capacity George presented multiple times to the Finance Committee of Iron Mountain’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Iron Mountain, George was the Vice President of Portfolio Planning, Research and IT with Fidelity Real Estate Company (FREC), the corporate real estate division of Fidelity Investments.  Overseeing a portfolio of ~11M SF, he was responsible for the creation of all short-term, medium-term and long-term real estate portfolio and occupancy strategies worldwide, covering multiple business units and functions.  He also led a team focused on Research, including demographics for location analysis, benchmarking, and data analytics.  In addition to his responsibilities running the Planning and Research functions, George was also responsible for overseeing the operation of FREC’s Information Technology group, with a focus on platform innovation and adoption of mobile technology in the real estate industry.

A native of the Boston area, George holds a BS from Cornell University.  He served as President of the Boston Cornell Hotel Association from 2002 to 2009 and is an active member of CoreNet Global and the Real Estate Executive Board.  George has delivered presentations on multiple occasions at CoreNet Global summits in North America and Europe and in 2014 won a Luminary award for achieving a top 10% in speaker rating scores.  He and his wife, Rachel, have four children and live outside of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Corbett, John

Head of Asia Pacific & Japan, APJC Workplace Resources, Cisco

As recently as 2014, my Cisco career advanced to a more general manager role where I now manage a multitude of interconnecting corporate real estate disciplines which largely underpin the fabric that contributes to Cisco’s Employee Experience, as part of Cisco’s Workplace Resources organization. With a continued focus on corporate real estate subject matter expertise, my duties are focused on integrating these disciplines with Cisco partners and service providers and internal adjacent organisations within Cisco, such that Cisco’s core business is enabled to meet it’s objectives with the support of Workplace Resources flawless execution.

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Crowder, Calvin

Sr. Director of Global Real Estate, GoDaddy

Calvin Crowder joined GoDaddy in 2007 as a technology leader, managing various IT teams, including GoDaddy’s Global Network Operations Center. In 2013, Calvin transitioned into the role of Sr. Director of Global Real Estate to oversee a new era of culture driven workplace design. His responsibilities include managing GoDaddy’s global real estate portfolio, tenant improvement projects and workplace services operations. Over the past three years, Calvin has partnered with design and construction teams around the country to build engaging, award winning workspaces. His Global Technology Center project in Tempe, Arizona has won several industry awards from Arizona RED, NAIOP, and IIDA Southwest.

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Crowley, P.J.

Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication, The George Washington University

Philip J. (P.J.) Crowley is a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication at The George Washington University, where he currently teaches courses on public diplomacy and crisis communications. P.J. appears frequently as a national security commentator on national and global television networks. His opinion pieces have been published in a wide range of print and on-line outlets, including The Washington Post, The Guardian and the BBC.

He served as the Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs and Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State between 2009 and 2011 under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and was the primary U.S. government interlocutor with major media regarding the impact of the release of classified diplomatic cables by WikiLeaks. He resigned from that position after making public comments critical of the government’s pre-trial treatment of Private First Class Bradley/Chelsea Manning. Atlantic Magazine named him as one of 21 Brave Thinkers in 2011.

After leaving the State Department, P.J. held the 2011-2012 Omar Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of Public Affairs, Dickinson College and the Army War College. While there, he authored The Rise of Transparency and Decline of Secrecy in the Age of Global and Social Media for the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs.

Before joining the Obama administration, P.J. was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, with a particular focus on homeland security in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. He authored a number of detailed analyses on security issues, including Safe at Home, a national security strategy to protect the American homeland, improve national preparedness and rebuild the U.S. standing in the world. He remains engaged on these issues as a member of the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Group. His most recent analysis in this area is Homeland Security and the Post-9/11 Era, published by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

P.J. is a retired Air Force colonel and is a veteran of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991. He served on the National Security Council staff at the White House as a special assistant to President Clinton and deputy press secretary. He deployed to NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the 1999 Kosovo crisis to support then NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, helping to develop a strategic communication capability in support of the NATO campaign.

Cruickshank, Calandra

Founder and CEO, StateBook International

Calandra Cruickshank is founder and CEO of StateBook International. 

StateBook International aggregates all of the data companies need to find the best, most sustainable locations for their businesses in the U.S., including information on workforce availability, taxes, utility rates, supply chain, wages, infrastructure, quality of life and available incentives. Companies may efficiently create customized, sourced reports using StateBook's GIS mapping and comparison platforms. 

StateBook also connects companies directly with site selection consultants and communities of interest so they can compare communities, find sites and buildings that meet their needs, negotiate incentives, and more.

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Dandurand, Jon

Director of Business Development, JE Dunn Construction

Jon is the Director Business Development for JE Dunn Construction based in Kansas City, MO. Focused on Corporate Environments nationally, our team pursues exciting and innovative projects with 20 locations and projects (almost) everywhere in between. Since 1924, our nationally-ranked company has been building for great clients coast-to-coast. Prior to JE Dunn, I worked as Manager, Real Estate Development & Transactions for John Deere where I executed global real estate acquisition, disposition, and renewal strategies for the corporation's 80M square foot portfolio around the world.

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Davidson, Michael P.

Head of Americas Real Estate, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

Michael Davidson is the Head of the Americas & World Headquarters Real Estate Portfolio at JP Morgan Chase and Co. (JPM), encompassing 33MM square feet (sf) across 333 Locations, supporting 123K Employees, with a $2.4 Billion Annual Operating Plan; Davidson joined JPM in November 2010.

Davidson is leading the strategy and execution supporting a $200MM annual expense reduction for the East Region by 2017, following a similar strategy for the Global Investment Bank that delivered a
$190MM annual expense reduction, all through strategic acquisitions, dispositions, optimal location and capital planning and the move of ~50K staff annually across the global lines of business.

Davidson led the line of business integration, strategy and overall leadership engagement for JPM’s acquisition, development and occupancy of 25 Bank Street in London, involving the planning, change management and move of 7K employees with a capital budget of $328MM. 

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Day, David

Global Director, Information Systems, Corporate Facilities and Dow Service Business, The Dow Chemical Company

David Day is the Global Director for Information Systems (I/S), Corporate Facilities and the Dow Services Business. His accountability includes Dow’s I/S Operations, Cyber Security, Corporate Laboratory & Office Facilities, and now the Dow Services Business. His organization focuses on the delivery of highly reliable, secure, cost effective services worldwide. These capabilities enable Dow’s workplace, provide site services for DowTenants and support Dow’s overall business portfolio strategy while ensuring the security of Dow’s Information & Technology Assets. 

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Di Sarro, Francesco

EY Legacy Builders race crew member, Senior, International Tax Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Francesco Di Sarro is a Senior in the ITS practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  Francesco earned his LLM in International Taxation from University of Florida. Francesco is a lawyer admitted to the Italian Bar. Before joining EY Francesco has worked for 9 years as a tax litigator in Italy. 

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Dobleske, James

International Director, JLL

As the Americas Corporate Solutions PDS lead, Jim is responsible for the Project and Development Services business for all of JLL’s corporate clients. This includes establishing and driving the project management product and service strategies, national pricing, service line profitability, best practices, marketing, client development and relationship management and innovation across the firm’s 120+ Corporate Solutions clients. Jim also Chairs the PDS Global Board driving the overall strategy and vision of the PDS Business. With more than 22 years of experience in corporate real estate asset and project management, Jim has managed large Project Management and Strategic Planning Departments and has completed numerous diverse and complex projects.

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Doerksen, Shawna

Behavioral Research Consultant, SDC Insights, LLC

Shawna Doerksen, Ph.D., is an independent consultant and co-founder of SDC Insights, LLC. She has over 13 years of experience and specializes in workplace research, evaluation and assessment, motivation and behavior, and mobile health. Dr. Doerksen earned her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked in academia for several years before shifting into industry. Dr. Doerksen has worked with clients in different industries including workplace design, mobile health technology, academia, and weather services. 

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Dreher, Amy

Vice President, Education & Professional Development, CoreNet Global

Amy Dreher, VP, Learning and Professional Development for CoreNet Global, is a lifelong learning professional.  She has worked for large and small corporations, government agencies, universities and non-profits. The focus of her work is establishing a positive learning experience through engaging and motivating interactive learning for members seeking their MCR and SLCR designations and leadership development opportunities.  She enhances the CoreNet Global curriculum through collaborative partnerships with colleagues, members and subject matter experts and the application of operational processes to meet strategic business needs.  In her role, she seeks to prepare the organization for the future needs of members by introducing new technologies and methodologies to the learning culture, always with the goal of enhancing the quality and raising the bar in terms of the credibility and rigor of the professional designation.  

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Duncan, Ann

Executive Vice President, Head of Occupier Services, Savills Studley

Ms. Duncan’s 27-year career in commercial real estate spans tenant representation, commercial brokerage, portfolio optimization, strategic consulting, M&A advisory, development and program management. She has completed transactions totaling more than 6.5 million square feet, has provided consulting services on portfolios totaling more than 400 million square feet, and has led multi-disciplinary teams on multi-market engagements across the country. She joined Savills Studley with its acquisition of Vertical Integration, a Florida-based firm that she founded, which provided integrated, full-service real estate solutions domestically and internationally for corporate and government entities. Under Ann’s leadership, Vertical Integration was recognized as one of the 100 fastest growing businesses and among the top 50 women-led for-profit companies in Florida. Ann has been on three teams that were finalists for the CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award.

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Dunn, Stephen

Director of Workplace, CSRA, Inc.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a BArch.  He’s a registered architect in DC, MD and VA. In 2005 he joined SRA now CSRA as a Senior Principal in Real Estate and Facilities. Today he leads the Workplace team for CSRA, Inc.  His team is responsible for, leasing, facilities operations, strategic RE planning, design and construction, fleet, environmental and health & safety, asset management, and IT infrastructure / data centers.  CSRA, Inc. has approximately 18,000 employees with nearly 150 leased and owned locations throughout the world.   CSRA, Inc. is leading provider of IT solutions for the Federal Government.  His experience includes residential, commercial base building and interior architecture, program management, strategic real estate planning and commercial construction.  

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Edelstein, Eve

Director, Human Experience Lab, Perkins+Will

Dr. Eve Edelstein directs the Human Experience Lab at Perkins+Will, the DesignHealth CoLab of AIA Design+Health Research Consortium, and is faculty at NewSchool Architecture & Design. Eve’s work on award winning large-scale built projects in China, and research-based design in Canada and the US reflect awards from the AIA Latrobe Prize, Berkeley Prize, and San Diego City sustainability competitions. With degrees in anthropology (University California Berkeley), architecture and neuroscience (University College London) and research at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery and University of California, and Harvard MIT Hearing Sciences, Eve applies her expertise to brain-based architectural principles using novel smart sensors and VR simulations to quantify outcomes.

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Egea, Fernando

Practice Manager, Workforce Experience, Digital Transformation Group (DTG), Cisco Systems

Fernando Egea leads the Workforce Experience Team within the US Enterprise organization at Cisco. He works as a strategic advisor for Cisco’s top global customers.

By partnering with customers, Fernando helps them leverage global industry best practices and technology innovation to improve business results and create a competitive advantage. 

Prior to joining Cisco, Fernando was the Director of Business Consulting and Solution Architecture for Genesys / Alcatel-Lucent. He led a "special forces" team that was responsible for the company's primary customers worldwide.

Fernando studied at the Marshall School of Business at USC in California, USA. He graduated in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Faculdade de Engenharia Industrial (FEI) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Fernando lived in Sao Paulo, Boston, Los Angeles and now resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and two children.

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Ehrenberg, Maureen

International Director, Integrated Facilities Management, JLL

Maureen Ehrenberg serves as International Director of Global Integrated Facilities Management (IFM) and Chair of IFM Global Specialty Board at JLL. JLL’s IFM practice specializes in providing comprehensive enterprise facilities and engineering outsourcing services to leading local, regional and companies worldwide.

An internationally recognized expert in the IFM field, Ehrenberg provides strategic direction to a team of over 15,000 who currently manage more than 1 billion square feet of property globally. As Head of JLL’s IFM Global Specialty Board, Ehrenberg provides leadership and strategic direction for the IFM business leaders to develop, promote and ensure best practices in service delivery consistency, innovation, operational effectiveness and talent management across the service line.

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Fahlin, Robert

Emerging Technologies Product Designer, Trimble

Bob Fahlin is a Product Manager and Designer for the Real Estate and Workplace Solutions Group in Trimble. This group falls under the Buildings division and Bob is the liaison on new product development. His career started as a Master Plumber, then transitioned through real estate development and facility management for a large healthcare system in Massachusetts. He has spent the last 20 years working on FM and CRE technology platforms.

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Farhat, Greg

Director, Workplace Strategies & Delivery, Jackson National Life Insurance

Greg Farhat leads the Workplace Strategies & Delivery department at Jackson.  His responsibilities include long term facility planning, workplace strategies, space planning, design, construction, furniture, CAFM, data infrastructure and security equipment.  Prior to Jackson, Greg was a project manager for a commercial construction management firm where he was involved with over $250M of projects. 

Managing over 1M square feet of corporate real estate, Greg and his team require constant improvement to keep Jackson’s workplace efficient and relevant.  CoreNet Global is one of the primary organizations that helps Greg continuously innovate his department to support Jackson, the industry leading retirement solutions company. 

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Feder, Brian

EY Legacy Builders race crew member, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Feder is a Senior Manager in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP.  Brian earned his MBA from NYU Stern with an academic concentration consisting of double majors in Corporate Finance and Information Systems.  This combination, coupled with his Engineering background, has provided him with a unique academic skill set.  He has also supplemented his education with 20 years of professional career experience and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) ®. 

Brian is a results-driven individual that thrives on helping his clients maximize benefits by leveraging Project Portfolio Management disciplines.  His clients have spanned various Industries, with most of his long-term engagements in the Power & Utilities, Life Sciences and Technology industries.  

Some of Brian’s strongest traits include analytical thinking, project/ portfolio management, team leadership, interpersonal communication, finance and managerial acumen, and extensive technology skills.  He has used these personal qualities to help his client improve PMO-related activities, such as:  Process Improvements, Project Prioritization, Portfolio Optimization, Financial Management, Resource Management, and Schedule Management.

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Fenn, Ingrid

President and CEO, SIREAS, LLC

Ingrid brings more than a decade of major multinational corporate real estate and facilities management expertise to her strategic and operational leadership of SIREAS. She works directly with the real estate and executive leadership of SIREAS’ corporate clients in designing strategic plans to cost-effectively meet their business goals. She oversees and provides ongoing project guidance to SIREAS client engagement teams, and develops the third-party supplier and outsourcing relationships vital to helping manage clients’ portfolios and facilities.  As a global real estate strategist and portfolio platform builder, Ingrid brings clients deep expertise in emerging markets, from new region entry to navigating complex matrices of international law and real estate practices. She also provides clients expert guidance on facilities management and workplace transformation, the real estate implications of M&A transactions, contract negotiations and lease administration, construction, and vendor management. Before co-founding SIREAS, Ingrid served as Global Head of Real Estate for health products leader Covidien. 

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Ferguson, Kristi

Vice President, Business Management and Governance, TD Bank Group

Kristi Ferguson, Head of  Shared Services, Enterprise Real Estate at TD Bank, has been with TD for 28 years. Providing shared services support to North American Corporate and Retail Real Estate, the service segments include; Communication & Change Management, Vendor Management, Reporting and Technology, Lease & Tax Administration and Program/Project Management.  Kristi has over 15 years’ experience in the area of Shared Services, with the past four specifically in Real Estate. Experienced presenter at various conference events and most recently co-presented at a CoreNet Capstone course in 2013, and SSON Toronto conference, July 2014.  Kristi is a Certified Deal Architect for Vested through University of Tennessee and has a BSc in Geology from University of Western Ontario.

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Fitzpatrick, Louis

Novartis Business Services Facilities Category Manager, Novartis

Louis Fitzpatrick is responsible for Novartis’s North American Integrated Facility Management (IFM) contract.  His responsibilities include contract management, supplier relationship management, governance, team leadership and strategy development for an IFM contract for 24 sites totaling 13.5M square feet. He is a key member of a global category team that has developed and commenced implementation of a global category strategy for facility management, real estate and utilities and is currently developing an improved contracting model to provide optimized IFM operational and financial model.

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Fogarty, Robert

Founder, Dear World

Robert Fogarty's photographic journey began post-Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as an alternative platform for people to write love notes to their city. Following the profound effect his work had in the wake of that natural disaster, Fogarty launched Dear World, a business/art/social experiment he’s used as a vehicle for shared communication. His work includes photographs of Boston Marathon survivors and Syrian refuges with a focus on telling the stories of people who are changing the world. He’ll share examples and insights into his “message on skin” portraits exploring the subtle and powerful human connections that link people and communities around the world. Following his presentation, Fogarty will be photographing attendees in the Innovation Pavilion where attendees will be tasked with choosing meaningful words that define their personal and professional lives. Those portraits will become part of the Global Summit’s closing presentation.

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Fonseca, Sofia

Vice President, HOK

Sofia is passionate about aligning business strategies with visions for the built environment. 20+ years of experience in design thinking and innovation services providing visioning, workplace innovation, change management and space planning services for institutional and corporate clients means experience on a variety of project types. At the University of Houston's Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Sofia teaches classes and conducts research in architecture and interior design. She was the editor of Problem Seeking, An Architectural Programming Primer (Fourth Edition). She earned a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from The Honors College at the University of Houston.

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Forrer, Meighan

Associate Director, Enterprise Services, Flywheel Building Intelligence

Meighan is the Associate Director of Flywheel’s Enterprise Services team focused on developing and delivering Flywheel’s unique business platform elevating facility performance and value. Meighan is responsible for driving growth and results in both new and existing accounts by identifying portfolio inefficiencies, providing customized program, and creating financing and procurement solution to empower owners to take action toward optimization.

Meighan is passionate about driving innovation in efficiency and sustainability. She believes that a healthy balance between environmentally-friendly business practices and economic prosperity is the key to creating a sustainable future.  Meighan is active in the North Texas Chapter as the Education Co-Chair and earned recognition from the Chapter as the Young Leader of the Year in 2016 and nationally as CoreNet Global’s 36 Under 36 in the Leader Magazine. 

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Forrest, John

Global & Americas, CEO, Corporate Solutions, JLL

John Forrest is Global & Americas CEO, Corporate Solutions. He is also a member of the JLL Global Executive Board, Americas Executive Committee, the Brokerage Executive Committee, and the Global Client Advisory Board.  John also co-chairs the Corrigo Executive Committee.  John has also served as a Global Board Director of CoreNet and on the JLL Diversity Council. 

As Chair of the Global Corporate Solutions Board, John leads the senior management team that oversees the strategic direction and service delivery of the firm’s Corporate Solutions business globally.  

As CEO, Americas Corporate Solutions, John has management responsibility for all services JLL provides to more than 200 clients across the Americas, through a team of more than 15,000 people.  

Leadership experience

Prior to his current role, John was CEO, Asia Pacific Corporate Solutions. There he had management responsibility for a team of 9,000 people across 13 countries. John led a team that served more than 120 strategic alliance clients, and which opened up new corporate real estate markets in countries including China, Japan, India, Singapore and Australia.  

John plays an instrumental role in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions activities. In 2015 this included Americas-based Corrigo, a pioneer in facilities management (FM) software, whose suite of software as a service (SaaS) and mobile apps brings increased visibility and automation to key business processes, and CoR Advisors, a U.S. smart building consulting and solutions business specializing in transforming buildings into energy efficient, high-performance facilities. In Asia Pacific, he played a key role in the acquisition of Trammell Crow Meghraj (India), MPS (Australia’s leading independent tenant representation firm) and IGAS, IBM’s property services division in Japan. He also led the establishment of Sandalwood, an Asia-wide retail joint venture company with Colonial First State Property Management, now fully owned by Jones Lang LaSalle. 

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Frankenberger, Kevin

Global Real Estate Strategy & Governance, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Kevin Frankenberger joined Marsh & McLennan Companies in 2003 and currently leads the Global Real Estate Strategy & Governance group.  He has responsibility for M&A due diligence, workplace strategy, data integrity, technology, and lease administration along with a governance role for MMC’s implementation of the global integrator model with CBRE across transactions management, program management, lease administration and real estate technology.

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Frink, Terri

Principal, The S/L/A/M Collaborative (SLAM)

Ms. Frink is a Principal and Board Member at SLAM. With the firm for over 30 years, Terri has managed significant projects for leading corporate clients, including the programming and planning effort for The Hartford’s “CT on the Move” project. She is a workplace design expert with extensive experience in project management, planning, programming, design, and change management. A graduate of UCONN, Terri holds NCIDQ, and IIDA accreditations.

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Fulbright, Stephanie

Vice President, Real Estate & Security, The Hartford

Stephanie graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Business. She started her career in finance at GE and in 2003, she joined the team at GE tasked with building a consolidated platform and centralizing their global real estate footprint. In 2007, she was asked to lead GE’s Corporate Real Estate team, which had oversight for $2B and approximately 3600 locations. Since then, she has held the role of VP, Global Real Estate for Eaton Corporation, and is currently the VP, Real Estate and Security for The Hartford. At The Hartford, she has responsibility for the consolidated real estate/security operation, including capital planning, facility management, lease administration, and project management. Stephanie also has her CPA, MBA and MCR.

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Fuller, Ben

Channel Manager | Commercial Integrators, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Ben has been with Lutron for 8 years with a primary focus in business development, strategic sales and sales management supporting his clients’ commercial lighting and automated shade control applications during that time. Prior to working for Lutron, Ben spent time working in the commercial real estate industry in residential and commercial development as well as investments, asset acquisitions and management.  Ben has several years of experience working with major corporate end users, property managers, specifiers, contractors and distributors. Recently, Ben has had extensive experience consulting with corporate real estate owners and design teams to implement LED lighting and advanced lighting control upgrades including build-to-suit new construction and major renovation projects with clients such as Wells Fargo Bank, JLL and MetLife.

Currently, Ben is responsible for developing a strategic new commercial sales channel for Lutron.  This new channel will support the company’s growing commercial business and will enhance Lutron’s systems business by providing a larger pool of sophisticated contractors that are highly versed in Building Automation and Controls, as Lutron positions itself to be the dominant lighting control manufacturer in the intelligent, connected building space.  As Channel Manager, Ben is responsible for developing an overall channel strategy and delivering a sustainable sales channel that will help Lutron achieve sales targets and profitability goals while continuing to meet the needs of its customers in the growing intelligent building category.

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Geertgens, Earl G.

President and CEO, FreeAxez® LLC.

Earl G. Geertgens lll is President and CEO of FreeAxez® LLC., manufacturer of the revolutionary Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ adaptive cabling distribution and power systems.

Earl has 30 Years’ experience in the commercial buildings industry, including manufacturing, commercial real estate and historic preservation.

During the past 15 years, Earl and his team have built the Gridd™ and Gridd Power™ brands into the most recognizable in North America.  FreeAxez products and systems are manufactured in USA, UL-listed, GreenSpec-listed, and distributed/installed worldwide.

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Gerson, David

Vice President Marketing, Interface Americas, Interface

David Gerson is the Vice President of Marketing for Interface Americas. In that capacity, he and his team are responsible curating and developing the physical and digital brand manifestation across numerous mediums and market segments.

Developing powerful brand stories, delivering presentations and generally inspiring and motivating people is a life long passion for him. He has spent most of professional studies understanding the art and science to creating powerful presentations. His current professional obsession is the science and theory surrounding Biophilic Design and the impacts it has on the human experience in the built environment.

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Geurts, Tom

Associate Professor of Finance and Real Estate, The George Washington University

Dr. Tom G. Geurts, FRICS is an Associate Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The George Washington University as well as an Honorary Professor of Real Estate at the Technical University of Berlin. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1998 he has presented worldwide at conferences and universities on real estate related topics, especially Global Real Estate Investment, and he has published more than 25 articles and one book. He has also served as a Guest Advisor for Research and Analytics at CBRE. Besides his Ph.D. he has two masters degrees (Economics and Political Science).

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Gibson, Mark

EY Legacy Builders team captain and Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

Mark Gibson has over 30 years of experience in the real estate/construction/hospitality consulting, operations and outsourcing businesses.  He specializes in risk analysis, business process assessments and re-engineering, organizational design, project management; occupancy cost reduction, outsourcing, procurement analysis and shared services assessments.  Professor Gibson formally taught operations and project management at NYU and International Development at Columbia on their Masters’ programs.  Originally from the UK, Mark spent 8 years living and working in Asia based in Hong Kong and Singapore before moving to the US.  He has been associated with over $30bn worth of projects and holds some of the highest qualifications in Project Management.  Mark currently leads EY’s Construction and Real Estate Advisory Service Practice in the West and is the Americas Leader of Capital Programs and Infrastructure Advisory.

Mark has a highly varied background stretching from construction and real estate and into general operations management.  Mark has extensive experience as a Developer around the world and has performed numerous consulting assignments including cost reduction, business process improvement, technology implementation, risk management and portfolio/space reduction.  His clients include some of the largest organizations in the world and he has undertaken projects which have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars of cost savings including the rationalization of one of the largest US states real estate portfolio, to the outsourcing of the entire real estate function at a Fortune 500 company, to the diagnostic and process improvement at one of the countries most famous educational institutions, to enterprise risk management of an international developer.

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Gioioso, Paul

Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate, Johnson & Johnson

Paul Gioioso is head of the global Corporate Real Estate function for Johnson & Johnson.  In that capacity he leads an international  team of Real Estate professionals with responsibility to plan and manage J&J’s global real estate portfolio.  Over the past four years, he has transformed J&J’s real estate function into a value added capability with strategic insight into the business, having direct accountability to add $250MM in value to J&J.

Paul joined J&J in 2006 and has held a number of leadership positions driving enterprise change.  Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson he served in a number of leadership roles at Merck and Schering Plough.  He is an active member of CoreNet Global, and holds advanced degrees in Business and Engineering.

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Gish, Noel

Business Development Manager, Condeco Software

Mr. Gish joined Condeco through the myVRM acquisition. He helps our clients re-imagine their workplace practices. Noel is focused on educating new and existing partners and end-users on the need among countless organizations for more efficient physical and virtual space and resource management with simple to use solutions.  

From Noel's experience, the core of any work space and collaboration management solution begins with the end user.  Success means that the experience must be intuitive and simple for the most basic user but at the same time provide robust capabilities to ensure that solutions drive the desired corporate outcome.  

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Gould, Josh

Chairman & CEO, RNL

Josh, CEO for the past 14 years and has led RNL to become an international firm with 140 employees in Denver, LA, Washington DC, and Abu Dhabi offices.  Under his direction, RNL has built on its 60 year tradition of service, design excellence, and prominence in the Denver community to emerge as a global design firm providing inspired architecture, planning and interior design to clients worldwide. 

In addition to his current role as Chairman and CEO, Josh acts as principal in charge of the firm’s corporate market and personally directs many of RNL’s interior design, corporate office, and higher education projects.  He has helped champion the firm’s commitment to sustainable design and RNL has been recognized as one of the top five sustainable firms in the US.

Josh moved to Colorado in 1980 from Boston to attend the University of Colorado and obtain a Masters Degree in Architecture.  He returned to CU in 1995 to get his MBA.  Josh is a Past President of the Colorado Chapter of CoreNet Global.  He is also on the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Board, MDEDC Board of Governors, Design Futures Council Board and on the advisory board of the CU Denver Business School.  

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Grainger, Guy

EMEA Chief Executive, JLL

Guy joined JLL in 2008 following the acquisition of Churston Heard and sits on the EMEA and Global Executive Boards. Before being appointed as UK CEO and EMEA CEO, Guy built his reputation over 25 years in retail, advising on investment strategy, shopping centre development and portfolio optimisation. Guy sits on the policy committee of the British Property Federation and is an established commentator on the real estate sector.

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Green, Andrew

Manager Environmental Sustainability Office, Capital One

Andrew has been with Capital One for 11 years, the last five with the real estate group, Workplace Solutions (WPS). Currently, he leads the Environmental Sustainability Office which is responsible for environmental sustainability strategy, reporting, and initiatives for the enterprise. Prior to his sustainability role, Andrew managed a team of analysts on the WPS portfolio strategy team. He held a variety of roles within Capital One before joining WPS, including project management, process management, and acquisition integration. Prior to Capital One Andrew worked as a marketing and operations manager in the newspaper industry. 

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Gresty, Michael

CEO, Rifiniti

Michael Gresty, a Paris-trained architect from Cape Town, has 25+ years of experience advising Fortune 500 companies on various aspects of corporate real estate and sustainability. He is a frequent speaker on sustainability at industry events, and has facilitated numerous LEED projects in the private sector – as well as large infrastructure and design projects in both the USA and France. Today, Michael is the cofounder of Rifiniti, a software company automating utilization surveys for many of the world’s largest companies.

Previously, Michael was Managing Partner at Altanova Energy+Sustainability and a co-founder of Kinetix, two leading boutique sustainability consultancies in NYC. He also co-founded the Sustainability Practice Network (SPN), a NY-based non-profit organization. He received his Architecte DPLG from the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, and also holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from the University of Cape Town.

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Hallissey, Andrew

Global Director - Global Workplace Solutions, CBRE

Andrew Hallissey is a Global Director in CBRE's Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) division. Andrew is based in CBRE’s New York city office and has responsibility for the design, implementation and management of real estate solutions for CBRE’s largest corporate clients.   In addition to managing many of CBRE’s North American based strategic client relationships, Andrew also provides global oversight for a range of CBRE’s Asian and European based corporate clients.  Andrew’s client and market focused responsibility covers all CBRE’s geographic regions – Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, in addition to CBRE’s primary occupier focused service lines of portfolio strategy, transaction management, portfolio management, facilities management, project management and workplace consulting. 

Harding, Julianne

Operations, Governance & Compliance / Lease Admin Manager, The Boeing Company

Julianne Harding is an organizational development professional with proven abilities in analyzing organization effectiveness and health, identifying gaps, defining desired outcomes and designing processes and programs to meet specified requirements. She is particularly skilled in conceptualizing ideas and presenting to both executive and non-executive personnel. Julianne also integrates existing and new processes, concepts and resources to enhance corporate profitability and productivity.

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Hardy, Charles

Chief Workplace Officer, U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service

Charles G. Hardy currently serves as the Chief Workplace Officer of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service.  As the agency’s lead executive in charge of workplace strategy he leads GSA’s Total WorkPlace Program Management Office. Hardy heads the agency’s efforts across the country with support in vital areas such as design and construction, real estate services, and procurement.  He is responsible for research, innovation, and development in the delivery of innovative workplace solutions throughout the federal government. 

Hardy joined GSA in 1991 as an architect.  Prior to his current position, he served GSA in various roles; Director of Design and Construction, Regional Recovery Executive, Director of Property Development Division;  Director of Construction; an Operational Branch Manager; Business Development Advisor; Project Manager; and Architect.  Before joining GSA, Hardy was an architect with firms in Florida, Colorado, and Illinois practicing in the areas of real estate development and commercial architectural design.  Hardy is a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an intelligence officer. 

Born in Colorado, Hardy holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota:  a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design.  He is a licensed architect as well as a certified construction manager.  Hardy is active in both the public and professional community serving as an ex-officio board member of the Construction Managers Association of America,  as a trustee for the Construction Users Roundtable (CURT),  on the Board of Directors for the Chicago ACE Mentor Program, and a member of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Public-Private Industry Advisory Council.   Hardy resides in Elmhurst, Illinois.

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Harlow, Nina

Vice President, Account Lead, JLL

As the JLL Account Lead for the McDonald’s Account, Nina partners with and drives strategy with the CRE Team. Overseeing Facilities, Project Management, Occupancy Planning and Transaction Management Services, she leads a team of JLL professionals to deliver industry-leading innovation and increased value to her client. By keeping a constant pulse on the latest in corporate real estate innovations, Nina has successfully introduced best practices to her client that are consistent with their corporate goals and objectives. As a collaborative, results-oriented management professional, Nina has deep experience in building top-talent teams to maximize performance. 

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Harris, Terry

Managing Director, Innovation & Product Development, JLL

Terry Harris is JLL’s Managing Director, Innovation and Product Development, leading product development efforts, sales, and fostering idea generation and collaboration across JLL’s client base. By combining the right technology with a growing culture of innovation, Terry ensures the best initiatives are properly harvested locally and rapidly disseminated globally. Terry previously served as the Product Director for JLL’s Integrated Facility Management business where she led the development of cutting-edge offerings like Aix, a benchmarking and BI tool, and Concierge Services. She has held leadership roles on large client accounts and within JLL’s operations and Property Management platforms.

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Hartke, Jason

Supervisory Program Manager, Commercial Buildings Integration, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Jason Hartke oversees the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program at the U.S. Department of Energy. He leads the Department’s efforts to identify and develop strategies and technologies to dramatically reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings. Before joining DOE, Jason spent nearly a decade as a senior executive at the U.S. Green Building Council, where he led mission-critical advocacy efforts that helped result in the passage of historic federal investment in green building and a fivefold increase in green building policies. He also served in the Clinton White House, working in the West Wing for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

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Hatch, Kaylynne

Editor in Chief & Social Media Strategist, The Meeting Pool

Kaylynne Hatch is a social media expert, tech educator, and online marketing manager. With a Bachelor of Science in Communications and New Media from the University of Utah and a background in graphic design and entrepreneurship. She has been working in the events and travel industry since 2013 and has been with The Meeting Pool since 2014.  

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Heitman, Karl

President, Heitman Architects, Inc.

Karl is founder and president of Heitman Architects Incorporated, a Chicago area-based firm specializing in corporate office and industrial facility planning and design. Over the past 23 years, Heitman Architects has been responsible for more than 40 million square-feet of successful-built projects in the US and abroad including more than 8 million square-feet of LEED Certified facilities. Beyond single project delivery, Heitman helps clients leverage building information & technology across their custom value chain by creating unique applications that range from real estate standards prototyping to cost segregation modeling. Karl has been practicing architecture for 36 years and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Houston.

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Hersh, Barry

Clinical Associate Professor Schack Institute of Real Estate, NYU

Barry Hersh is Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the MS in Real Estate Development Program at the New York University School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate.  He teaches courses on Real Estate Development as well as Land Use and Environmental Regulation, and works on improving curriculum that reflects changes in the real estate marketplace.

Earlier, Mr. Hersh was a real estate director for Reynolds Metals Company, later Alcoa, supervising development and leasing projects throughout the United States. He was later, with Dames & Moore/Brookhill, a leading developer of Brownfields, managing the acquisition and redevelopment of fifty brownfield properties with a total value in excess of $200-million.  He consults and studies urban redevelopments, especially waterfronts and brownfields, from China to Eastern Europe as well as around the United States, authoring numerous articles that have appeared in academic and professional publications.

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Hess, Robert

Executive Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Robert Hess is an Executive Managing Director in Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Global Corporate Services practice and is responsible for strategy development, quality assurance and business development for its consulting and industry/specialty group initiatives. 25+ years of professional services with a focus on defining, structuring, and managing highly confidential special projects and change events (e.g., expansions, relocations, consolidations, portfolio optimization, etc.) for Fortune 1000 corporations, major not for profits and state and local (both urban and rural) government enterprises. Pre-eminent expert and specialist on global location strategy, site selection and how economic geography impacts competitive advantage and performance improvement of business enterprises.

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Hinson, Carla


Carla Hinson is Sr. VP, Consulting Services for EBUSINESS STRATEGIES.  Carla has over 20 years of experience in Real Estate strategic planning, services delivery and project management. Carla began her career as a client performing Retail Site Selection prior to transitioning into Corporate Real Estate as a Project Manager leading an IWMS implementation.  Carla’s experience as a real estate professional uniquely distinguishes her skills in the delivery of consulting services for IWMS implementations.  Carla combines her industry business acumen and implementation experiences to mentor the delivery and client teams in a partnership combining strategic planning and process improvements, with implementation.

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Hood, Chris

Director, U.S. Consulting, Advanced Workplace Associates

Chris Hood is Director of US Consulting for Advanced Workplace Associates. As a student of Alternate Workplace Strategies for over 34 years he shares his knowledge, experience and thought leadership with his clients, teammates and his industry.

Chris has built a reputation for delivering what others spend time talking about: large-scale workplace transformation; implementing quickly, globally and boldly. Previously, Chris directed the design activity of Hewlett Packard’s (HP) Global Workplace Initiative—a company-wide initiative targeted to reduce office space by 50% while, at the same time creating a productive and engaging workplace. He also enjoyed a five-year engagement with CBRE as a Managing director in the Workplace team where he developed the ability to pass on his learnings to other organizations, large and small.

Chris is a past winner of Corenet’s Global Innovation Award, was a founder and leader of their Workplace Community, and has spoken at Industry Conferences across the world winning multiple Luminary Awards in the process.

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Horbach, Erin

Senior Offering Manager, IBM

Erin Horbach is a Software Product Manager focused on product definition, development and roll out. Erin has extensive experience working with customers and remote teams and often represents the IBM TRIRIGA product. Erin’s experience includes Product Strategy and Execution, Customer Engagement, Public Speaking, Cloud Applications, User Experience and Proposal Management. 

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Horblit, Christopher

Corporate Real Estate, Executive

Chris was most recently the President of Fidelity Real Estate Company (FREC), a division of Fidelity Investments, leading the organization responsible for providing the full range of corporate real estate strategy and services to Fidelity’s business units both nationally and internationally.  In that role, he was responsible for a portfolio of 11+ million square feet including mission-critical data centers and more than 190 retail Investor Centers.  Before being appointed President in 2010, Mr. Horblit led the teams responsible for Real Estate Portfolio Strategy (comprised of Portfolio Planning, Research and Transactions) and Client Service Management.  Prior to joining FREC in 2005, Mr. Horblit held roles in Fidelity Risk Oversight, where he was responsible for Global Security Operations, and Fidelity Management and Research Company (FMRCo), where he was responsible for starting that business unit’s Risk Management Group.

Prior to joining Fidelity in 1997, Mr. Horblit was employed by JMB Urban Properties, a national real estate development firm, where he was responsible for security, risk management, and operations for Copley Place and portions of the Eastern portfolio.  He began his career at Berklee College of Music, where he oversaw the security and risk practice for the College.

Mr. Horblit holds a BA degree in English from Framingham State University, an MS degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a JD degree from Suffolk Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude.  He has been an active member CoreNet New England for over ten years and has held prominent positions on the chapter board of directors and executive committee.   Mr. Horblit serves as Immediate Past President of the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global after serving a three year term as President of the organization, and is Chair of the CoreNet Global Advocacy Committee.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and past member of the American Society for Industrial Security. He volunteers his time at Metrowest Legal Services, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal aid to low income people where he was recently recognized as a “Forty for Forty” award recipient for his dedicated service.

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Horning, Joel

Director, Workplace Solutions, Capital One Financial

Joel has been with Capital One for 16 years, with the latter 6 years in the real estate group, Workplace Solutions.  He led the Portfolio Strategy team until early 2016, responsible for building and managing the enterprise office strategy for the Company using analytics and business intelligence.  He developed a comprehensive data warehouse and BI solution that significantly expanded reporting and analysis capabilities leveraging a variety of available data streams.  He now leads the 2.5M RSF Central VA regional portfolio including client management, associate services, construction and facilities management.  Prior to Capital One, Joel worked in the aerospace industry as a mechanical engineer.

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Huffman, Forrest

Professor of Real Estate, Finance & Legal Studies, Temple University

Professor Huffman received his BS in Business Economics and PhD in Real Estate from the University of South Carolina.  He is currently academic director of the real estate program and a full professor in the Department of Finance and the Department of Legal Studies in the Fox School of Business at Temple University.  He has published widely in the academic journals in his field and has served on numerous university, school and department committees, student advisement and outreach activities, and professional meetings. He is an invited member of the Lambda Alpha International and Counselors of Real Estate honorary organizations and a consultant for private and government entities.  His most recent recognition is the Distinguished Service Award for 2016 from the American Real Estate Society for his role as International President of the Alpha Sigma Gamma Honorary Society from 2005-2016.

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Hughes, Paul

Vice President, Business Attraction, Arizona Commerce Authority

Paul joined the Arizona Commerce Authority in February 2016 having 30 years of private industry experience. His roles in business development include companies such as Smith & Wesson, Taser International and most recently as the Chief Operating Officer of a publicly trade-company. He earned his MBA from Arizona State University and followed that by completing the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT in 2010. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1991 with decorations for combat service contributing to the liberation of Kuwait.

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Humphrey, Roger

International Director, Life Sciences Practice Leader, JLL. Former Executive Director, Global Real Estate and IFM Governance, Merck & Co, Inc., JLL

As the leader of JLL’s Life Sciences practice, Roger Humphrey guides more than 2,000 professionals dedicated to developing customized solutions helping pharma and biotech companies reduce cost and boost productivity. A 25-year veteran of CRE, Mr. Humphrey came to JLL from Merck where he and his team built and staffed the Global Real Estate Services department to provide Portfolio Strategy/Management, Occupancy Planning, Workplace Innovation and Transaction Management for a 100 MSF portfolio spanning 750 sites in 80 countries.

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Hurrell, Gordon

Director, GREFM, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Gordon has 25+ years of real estate, project management and financial experience and is currently employed by Alexion Pharmaceuticals where he is a Director in the Global Real Estate and Facilities Management group, primarily responsible for capital budget management & delivery and real estate data and strategies across the Global portfolio. Prior to Alexion he was a Director in Pfizer’s Global Operations (GO) group responsible for capital budgets, operating budget management, ownership of R&D & commercial facilities IT platforms & corporate lease admin. Before Pfizer, he held senior financial roles in both the construction and banking industries in London, UK.

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Hurrell, Robyn

Licensed Senior Brokerage Assistant, JLL

Robyn supports four Industrial Brokers on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions by introducing more efficient processes, implementing best practices, and developing brand recognition. Responsibilities include: managing a portfolio of 50+ industrial properties within Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk County, creating financial lease analysis comparison models to reflect key proposal terms, and preparing and distributing marketing materials across internal and external sites.

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Inch, Donna

Chairman & CEO, Ford Land, Ford Motor Company

Donna Inch is chairman and CEO of Ford Motor Land Development Corporation (Ford Land), the real estate arm and wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. Inch has global responsibility for real estate, engineering and construction, energy supply and efficiency, facility management services, and workplace design for Ford Motor Company across its portfolio of manufacturing, research and development, distribution and office properties.

Additionally, she is leading a recently announced 10-year transformation of Ford’s Dearborn facilities to collocate 30,000 employees from 70 buildings into primarily two campus locations to drive innovation and collaboration in every part of the business.

In 2016, Inch was named Corporate Real Estate Executive of the Year by the Michigan chapter of CoreNet Global and one of Crain’s Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women.

Inch has more than 38 years with Ford Motor Company. Prior to joining Ford Land in 2010, Inch held a series of executive finance positions.

Irving, Stacy

Senior Advisor, Homeland Security Planning, Programs & Strategic Partnerships, Delaware Valley Intelligence Center (DVIC)

Stacy A. Irving is an acknowledged Crime Prevention Leader and Partnership Strategist with a successful record of accomplishments developing tools and solutions for the private and public sectors in Philadelphia for more than thirty-years.

Ms. Irving is internationally recognized for her unique ability to forge partnerships and a mutual understanding of complex crime and terrorism issues between the law enforcement and business and residential communities. In addition, her successful crime prevention and counterterrorism initiatives have combined a comprehensive approach to crime reduction with strategies which include awareness briefings, information sharing, target hardening, analyzing crime patterns, focusing on quality-of-life issues and community revitalization, emergency preparedness, innovative technology solutions, crime prevention materials, and facilitating strong public and private partnerships. 

Ms. Irving currently serves as the Senior Advisor, Homeland Security Planning, Programs and Strategic Partnerships for the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center under the umbrella of the Philadelphia Police Department. She has developed a wide range of successful outreach initiatives, trainings and briefings that open up important lines of communication between the fusion center, law enforcement and the business community. 

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Isphording, Rich

Vice President, Strategic Markets & Alliances, Steelcase

Rich Isphording is vice president of Strategic Markets & Alliances for Steelcase Inc. Steelcase helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Its brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services.

Rich is responsible for the design and real estate communities, government markets and new vertical markets. Previously, Rich was Director of Vertical Markets, North America, where he was responsible for higher education, federal government, state and local government, biosciences, professional services, retail banking and hospitality.  Rich has been with Steelcase over 27 years and spent a majority of his career in Los Angeles and San Francisco and now is based in Cincinnati.

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Isphording, Rich

Vice President, Strategic Markets & Alliances + Consulting, Steelcase, Inc.

Rich Isphording is vice president of Strategic Markets & Alliances for Steelcase Inc. Steelcase helps create great experiences – wherever work happens. Its brands offer a comprehensive portfolio of workplace furnishings, products and services.

Rich is responsible for the design and real estate communities, government markets and new vertical markets. Previously, Rich was Director of Vertical Markets, North America, where he was responsible for higher education, federal government, state and local government, biosciences, professional services, retail banking and hospitality.  Rich has been with Steelcase over 27 years and spent a majority of his career in Los Angeles and San Francisco and now is based in Cincinnati.

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Jacobs, Cindy

Senior Advisor, US Environmental Protection Agency

Cindy has been with EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation for over 20 years.  As both a manager and senior advisor for ENERGY STAR, Cindy has played a key role in the development and growth of the program. Prior to her work with ENERGY STAR, Cindy created and led EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program and Voluntary Aluminum Industrial Partnership. Cindy holds an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jacobson, Jay

President, Celemi, Inc.

Jay’s broad based business background includes holding several senior management positions within Finance, Sales, Human Resources, and Training. Currently, he is President of Celemi Inc., a training and consulting firm specializing in experiential learning simulations, with offices in the USA, Sweden, and China.  Prior to joining Celemi, Jay served as Senior Vice President of Holden International, a sales effectiveness organization where he led consulting services, managed operational departments, and sold to direct accounts.  Jay has worked internationally for fortune 500 companies within the high tech and telecommunications industry, and served as CFO of Ameritech Ventures Inc.   Jay holds a BS in Accounting, a BA in History, and an MBA in Finance from Loyola University Graduate School of Business.   In addition to extensive corporate experience, he is an active member of the Marquette University faculty and teaches courses in international business and finance.   He has published numerous articles appearing in Training Magazine, and McGraw Hill HR publications.  

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Johnson, Jan

VP Design and Workplace Resources, Allsteel

Jan has spent her career strengthening the correlations between business strategies and the planning, design and management of workplaces. She is a highly respected workplace strategist; leads Allsteel’s Workplace Advisory team; and frequently writes, speaks and teaches. 

Combining an Interior Design degree and MBA, Jan has worked for both Perkins + Will and HOK/Advance Strategies where she supported Sun Microsystems and co-developed Nortel Networks’ groundbreaking Workscape Improv program. 

On CoreNet Global’s Workplace Community Knowledge Advisory Panel, Jan has taught MCR classes since 2009. She also helped develop core competencies that define workplace strategy and CoreNet Global’s three new MCR.w courses. 

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Johnson, Jess Joaquin

Senior Managing Director, Savills-Studley

Mr. Johnson leads Savills Studley’s Occupier Services team in in portfolio strategy, M&A advisory, occupancy analysis and forecasting, organizational and process streamlining, and business intelligence and analytics for both public- and private-sector clients. 

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Johnson, Roger

Senior Vice President, TD Bank

Roger Johnson, is a Senior VP with TD bank where his responsibilities include the oversight of all of the Banks operating real estate, including all 2700 branch locations and all corporate facilities across the United States and Canada.  Johnson manages an operating budget in excess of $1.4B and capital spend in excess of $500MM each year to insure TD Bank’s premises are maintained appropriately and new facilities built to maximize the investment. His team is responsible for network distribution strategy for all branch locations insuring they built in optimal locations. He is responsible for managing the corporate location strategy and design as well, making sure we located in good demographic areas utilized our space to its optimal.

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Jones, Cedric

Director, Real Estate & Facilities, Exelon Corporation

Before joining Exelon in 2012, Cedric had oversight of portfolio strategy for all Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) properties, both owned and leased; Cedric also served as Vice President with General Electric Healthcare Financial Services, where he led origination and structuring of Long Term Care Real Estate debt financing as well as Asset Management responsibilities for a $1.5 billion commercial real estate portfolio.  Cedric began his career as a senior auditor with Accenture before moving into portfolio & property management roles at Homart Development Co., Premisys Real Estate Services Inc., FMC Technologies Inc., Noxubee Chicago Group, and General Electric (SUSA). Cedric received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Roosevelt University, Chicago and his MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  Cedric also holds a Real Estate Broker license in Illinois.

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Jones, Chris

Senior Vice President Chief Planner & Strategist, Regional Plan Association

Christopher Jones directs research and planning for Regional Plan Association, one of the nation’s oldest and most influential urban planning and policy organizations. Since joining RPA in 1994, he has led several initiatives to improve economic, social and environmental conditions in the greater New York region. He is now leading the policy research for RPA’s next regional plan to guide equitable and sustainable growth.

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Jordan, Brian

Director of Real Estate, Sprint

Brian Jordan is the Director of Sprint Real Estate. Mr. Jordan is responsible for the oversight of facility management for over 2000 buildings with over 20 million square feet of space and has over 25  years combined real-estate experience. He holds a juris doctorate from the University of Kansas and is the designated instructor for the Real Estate Technology Class for the CoreNet Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) program for which he was recently awarded for being an outstanding instructor. He was also awarded the IAOP Global Excellence Award in 2013 for the Sprint-CBRE Alliance Partnership and the value of innovation created between the two organizations. In addition, he was awarded Corenet’s Industry Excellence Award in 2012 and the Commercial Property Executive (CPE) Distinguished Achievement Award in 2013 for the Alliance Partnership as well. 

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Jordan, Michael

Managing Director, Consulting, JLL

Michael Jordan leads JLL’s People & Process consulting practice, where he advises executives of companies such as Cisco, Intel, and Kaiser Permanente.  He is a multiple winner of JLL’s da Vinci Award for Innovation for risk management and sustainability and a co- author of the book “Six Sigma for Sustainability.” His primary expertise is helping CRE with strategic planning, employee engagement, and process improvement. 

He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a LEED AP.

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Joroff, Michael

Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael Joroff is a Research Affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and strategy consultant to corporations and cities in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.  His work focuses on aligning workplace and real estate management with the business of corporations and on concept development for industry clusters and innovation districts.  He was a core faculty member of the CoreNet MCR faculty for over 20 years and directed the MIT-based MCR capstone course from the late 1980s until the early 2000s.  He directed the industry-academic Corporate Real Estate 2000 project that helped to shape today's corporate real estate paradigm.

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Kalayil, Ann P.

Regional Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration

Ann P. Kalayil is the Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Great Lakes Region with oversight over real estate, acquisitions, and technology. Ann has over 18 years experience in technology and is leading the initiative to develop a digital strategy for GSA’s Workplace program. Kalayil spearheaded the project that digitized and provided public access to GSA’s Fine Arts Collection (www. Ann serves on GSA’s Investment Review Board and the Management Control Oversight Council. Kalayil received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northeastern Illinois University and a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Kampschroer, Kevin

Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Climate Change Adaptation Official, GSA

Kevin Kampschroer is Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, Chief Sustainability Officer, and Senior Climate Adaptation Official for the U.S. General Services Administration. His most recent publication presents the first medical study to link building characteristics to worker stress and heart function, which showed the beneficial results of good lighting, natural light, and IEQ. He has worked for the GSA for more than 40 years and is a graduate of Yale University.

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Karpook, David

Strategic Business Consultant, Planon Corporation

David Karpook is Strategic Business Consultant for Planon Corporation, a leading provider of technology solutions for facility management and real estate. A 20-year industry veteran, he has been a customer, vendor, system implementer, trainer and strategist, managing workplace technology projects in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

David is vice chairman of OSCRE International, the Open Standards Consortium for Real Estate. His additional experience includes seven years as a facility manager and construction project manager at the University of Florida. A graduate architect with degrees from Harvard University and the University of Florida, he has also worked as a journalist for The New York Times and The Orlando Sentinel. David lives in the Boston area.

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Kay, Sarah

Principal / Director and Global Workplace Interiors Sector Leader, Woods Bagot

As Director and Global Workplace Interiors Sector Leader, Sarah has a passion for working with organizations to ensure design positively influences their business outcomes.

During her career, Sarah, has advised and designed for some of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. Her clients include companies such as Google, Bloomberg, HSBC, JPMorgan, and Macquarie Group Limited. Sarah’s ongoing work for many of these organizations is testament to her ability to achieve her goal of adding value to her clients.

Having worked throughout Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America, Sarah brings a global vision to her client’s projects. 

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Kelly, DeeAnn C.

Senior Vice President, Global Director Human Resources, JLL

In her role as Corporate Solutions Vice President, Human Resources, DeeAnn Kelly serves as the primary contact to the Business Line Leaders in driving the people care and solutions focus with new clients and existing clients globally.  DeeAnn is responsible for developing, implementing, and communicating best practices in transitions, mergers and acquisitions with an expertise in change management.  She brings over 20 years of human resource as well as commercial real estate experience to her current role.  

Previous experience

Prior to her current role, Ms. Kelly served as the Senior Human Resource Manager for Trammell Crow Company beginning in 1992 and in the same capacity for CB Richard Ellis prior to joining Jones Lang LaSalle.  DeeAnn spent the past 20 years working with Corporate Solutions clients developing human resource policies and programs including employee relations, compliance, workforce planning and organization design, benefit brokerage and training and development.   Ms. Kelly created onboarding tools that serve our talent and client needs in all facets of the employee experience including many first generation clients with a primary focus on people care and delivering a rewarding experience to transiting employees. 

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Kelly, Michelle

Vice President, Architectural Solutions

Making connections between people, ideas and organizations is one of Michelle’s strengths and passions. She brings this to her work as a strategist, facilitator and relationship builder to the commercial real estate industry. Having experienced many different work environments in business development roles, Michelle is a proponent for educating others on how important environment is to employee health, productivity and morale which all lead to employee attraction and retention.

Michelle has 15 years of experience in the design and building industry working for small and large contractors, architects and manufacturers in business development roles. In her current role at Western Office, she focuses on sharing the breadth and depth of the unique construction solution offered by DIRTT Environmental Solutions. Out of the office, Michelle spends most of her free time adventuring in the great outdoors with her husband, and 3-year old son. She is the CoreNet Global Washington Chapter Secretary and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

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Kerrigan, James

Design Principal Interiors, JACOBS Global Buildings

James has practiced in commercial design for 20+ years.  He works nationally and internationally with clients in a range of fields that includes a focus on the financial services, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

He frequently collaborates with the Jacobs planning and workplace team to contribute to the design strategy of projects at a variety of scales from campus level master planning to specific project level solutions.

He is also currently serving as a Vice President on the Board of Directors for the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The IIDA has a mission to be an advocate for the commercial design profession and to elevate practice through education, leadership and community outreach.

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Kim, Jin

Special Agent, FBI

Special Agent Jin Kim is a twenty-one year veteran of the FBI's New York Division and a subject matter expert in active shooter survival. He is the Active Shooter Coordinator on the Crisis Management Team and is assigned to the Ft Dix, NJ, training venue as the Tactical Training Program Manager.

In addition, as part of the FBI's Police Training Program, he is the Director of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School, the PSD/Executive Protection Counter Assault Team (CAT) School, and the Observer/Sniper School, respectively.

Special Agent Kim regularly presents at international association conferences and seminars, Fortune 500 companies, schools & universities, hospitals, and to public safety departments.

Kline, Michael

Vice President of Real Estate, AmeriSourceBergen Corporation

As Vice President of Real Estate for AmerisourceBergen Corporation, Mike focuses on their Global Real Estate portfolio throughout the US and 52 countries world-wide. He has direct responsibility for Strategy, M&A, Transaction and Lease Administration services.

Prior to his current role, Mike served as the CBRE Senior Managing Director for the Union Bank/Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi account for the US portfolio. That encompassed all CBRE services lines, including Strategy, Transaction, Project, Space Planning, Facility, Lease Administration, Accounting and Call Centers.

Prior to Union Bank, Mike was the CBRE Global Alliance Director for CIGNA Healthcare, Managing Director for Trammell Crow Company on the Sovereign Bank Account and Director of Project Management for Meridian Bank.

Mike has been in the Commercial Real Estate Business since 1985, has a Bachelor of Architecture degree, MBA in Finance and is a Licensed Architect and RE Broker.

Kloeckl, Kristian

Associate Professor, Northeastern University

Kristian Kloeckl is Associate Professor at Northeastern University in the Department of Art + Design and the School of Architecture. He holds a PhD in Product and Communication Design, and a Master degree in Industrial Design.

Prior to coming to Northeastern, Kristian was a research scientist and the Real Time City Group Lead at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Senseable City Lab as part of which he established the lab’s research unit in Singapore. There, he and his team pioneered a data platform and data visualization research initiative that brought together real time data from many of Singapore’s key urban systems operators (telecommunication, transportation, energy, environment) and developed technologies for the analysis, dynamic visual representation and interaction with this data. Kristian was a faculty member at the University IUAV of Venice’ Department of Design and Planning in Complex Environments (former Faculty of Design and Arts), teaching in the Master in Industrial Design and directing two research units. He has worked as a professional designer with studios in Berlin, Milan and Venice as well as out of his own consultancy with companies in Austria and Italy.

His work is guided by an interest in exploring meaningful ways to disclose the potential of technological innovations by developing novel application scenarios and solutions as well as interface and interaction modalities to form valuable connections between people, objects, space, and the digital data layers that increasingly pervade our environment.

Kristian has published in international journals and books and his work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Vienna MAK, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Singapore Art Museum, as well as the China Millennium Monument Museum of Digital Arts. Kristian is a frequent speaker at international conferences and has amongst others presented at World Bank SDN Forum, Red Dot Design Museum Singapore, Austrian Innovation Forum in Vienna, Platform Strategy Executive Symposium at MIT Media Lab, ICA Conference in Taipei, and eGov Global Exchange in Singapore.  

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Kontokosta, Constantine

Assistant Professor of Urban Infomatics, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD, PE, is an Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics at the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Urban Engineering, and serves as the CUSP Academic Director. He is also the Principal Investigator and Head of the CUSP Quantified Community research facility, a groundbreaking project underway at three districts in New York City - at Hudson Yards; in Lower Manhattan; and in Red Hook, Brooklyn - that will create data- and sensor-enabled urban neighborhoods to catalyze the use of data to support urban planning and design.

Constantine‘s research lies at the intersection or urban planning, data science, and systems engineering, and he has worked with numerous city agencies and other organizations on issues of urban sustainability and resilience, most recently leading the data analysis in support of the NYC’s long-term sustainability and carbon reduction goals. His work has been published in leading academic journals and has been featured in The Economist, CNN, The New York Times, Financial Times, Crain’s, Fortune Magazine, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal. He holds a Ph.D., M.Phil, and M.S. in Urban Planning from Columbia University, a M.S. in Real Estate Finance & Economics from New York University, and a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering Systems from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Kontra, David

Senior Transformation Leader, General Electric

Manages global operational activity for GE’s corporate real estate organization where he was influential in creating GE’s centralized real estate process. David has been with GE for 23 years and has held diverse roles in areas of real estate, facilities management, and finance. He also spent three years with Accenture as a Project Manager focusing on process development and systems implementation. David holds a B.B.A. in Management from Ursinus College and a M.B.A. in International Business from Saint Joseph's University. 

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Kuvers, Jeroen

Account Development Director, Compass Group

Jeroen Kuvers is the Account Development Director for Compass Group. His broad commercial experience and ability to lead and motivate teams. Experience in both product and service oriented markets has given Jeroen a strong track record for driving results and hitting targets in multifunctional teams and international organizations.   He is a passionate "Foodie" and board member of Slowfood Convivum Brabant.

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Latshaw, Margaret

Board Director and CRE Consultant,

As a CRE Executive, Latshaw led work place initiatives spanning her role as SVP at Bank of America where she headed integrated strategic planning and the deployment of Six Sigma for the bank’s 70 Million SF portfolio, VP Strategy and Operations for H&R Block where she managed a portfolio of 12,000 offices, including a growth initiative to add 1,500 new locations over 3 years, and a leadership role in Sprint’s 4 Million SF headquarters. Her board experience of 20+ years focuses on strategy and risk management and includes 10 years on the board of a real estate development company, now a REIT. 

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Lee, Angie

Principal & Global Market Leader - Workplace, Stantec

A principal and firm leader, Angie Lee serves as the Global Market Leader for the firm’s Workplace group. She leads strategic efforts to bring great design in alignment with our clients’ business strategies, while delivering a great client experience. For more than 25 years, Angie has led teams in delivering design solutions that align with client business objectives and functional requirements and result in beautiful design that delights and exceeds client expectations. With delivering office environments as her primary focus, she stays in tune with the most current trends affecting the workplace, today’s multi-generational workforce and how it works.

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Lemelin, Dana

Senior Vice President, Learning & Development, JLL Americas, Inc.

Mr. Lemelin leads Learning and Development activities for JLL’s Corporate Solutions organization. Over the course of 17 years, including the last nine with JLL, he has designed and delivered innovative training and tools to grow talent, develop winning people managers, and build strong, productive teams.

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Levonius, Don

Principal Consultant & Master Facilitator, Victory Performance Consulting

As a consultant, trainer, and international public speaker, Don Levonius draws on over 18 years of progressive leadership experience, including 13 years with The Walt Disney Company where he was a senior learning and development leader. Don currently helps organizations develop talent, drive performance, and achieve results. He also facilitates leadership development training for numerous professional associations and writes for the Association of Talent Development, which publishes his articles in over 120 countries. With master’s degrees in human resource development and business & organizational security management, Don’s career passion is to help leaders learn.

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Levy, Spencer

Head of Research - Americas Research, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Americas Head of Research for CBRE and a senior member of the company’s global research team. He plays an integral role in the development and implementation of the global research strategy and business plan. An eight-year veteran of CBRE, Mr. Levy had previously served as Executive Managing Director in the company’s Capital Markets division.

Mr. Levy oversees the analytical activities of the CBRE research community within the Americas region and is responsible for the management of hundreds of professionals who are focused on producing market-leading insight and interpretative analysis on the latest real estate trends. Mr. Levy supports CBRE executives in their decision-making by providing insight into the impact of market trends related to strategic business planning, and analyst call preparation. 

He serves as principal external spokesperson on real estate issues in the Americas region and has considerable media experience, providing market commentary for many national television, newspaper and internet outlets. 

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Lewis, Wade

Key Account Manager, ISS Facility Services

As the Key Account Manager for GoDaddy, Wade is responsible for overseeing the delivery of Integrated Facility Services for the entire GoDaddy portfolio, which includes 12 sites.   Before joining ISS in April of 2014, Wade worked for Marsden Building Services in Phoenix, AZ as the Vice President of Operations, where he was responsible for managing a staff of over 1,000 employees and operations across four states and the implementation of systems and procedures. 

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MacNaughton, Piers

Project Manager, Healthy Buildings Program, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment

Piers MacNaughton works in the Healthy Buildings Program as a project manager.

His research focuses on the influence of the built environment on health. Presently, he manages The CogFx Study, which investigates the link between green buildings, health, and productivity in commercial offices. In collaboration with architects, designers, property owners, building mangers and researchers, he works on applying the findings of this research to the U.S. building stock to promote healthier work environments.

He has also led projects in residential and academic settings, investigating a wide range of exposures and their health impact. In public housing, he has helped quantify the benefit of smoke-free policies. In schools, he has developed a comprehensive database of environmental variables, absenteeism and test scores for all schools in Massachusetts, and managed a study of environmental exposures among Harvard University undergrads in different dorms.

Mr. MacNaughton graduated from Tufts University in 2012 with a degree in environmental engineering. He went straight on to a Master’s program in environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He now continues his studies as a doctoral candidate with his advisor Dr. Joseph Allen.

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Malone, Patricia

Director, Marketing – Innovations 2 Solutions, Sodexo

Pat Malone is Director of Marketing for Sodexo, a global provider of food service and integrated facilities management to business, health care, education, government and leisure venues. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of marketing and innovation programs to add value for Sodexo clients. 

Pat has 20 plus years of strategic marketing experience, as well as extensive experience leading change and innovation. Prior to joining Sodexo, she held leadership roles in higher education, healthcare, and financial services. She serves on the American Marketing Association’s national volunteer board and holds a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

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Mansharamani, Vikram

Lecturer, Yale University

Vikram Mansharamani is an experienced global equity investor, Scholar-In-Residence at Tiger 21, Lecturer at Yale University and regular commentator for financial and business media. We live in a culture that places high value on deep expertise and specialized skills. But can expertise blind you into tunnel vision and single-mindedness? Mansharamani has scores of examples that shows it can. In a fast-paced world driven by complex and diverse factors, connecting the dots is often more important than developing the dots. Mansharamani will help the audience anticipate the future with intriguing specifics and a convincing argument about the value of approaching life and work from a generalist’s point of view.

Markham, Tim

Vice President - Corporate Servcies, IHS, Inc.

Tim Markham serves as Vice President - Corporate Services for IHS Inc., a public company based in Englewood, Colorado.  His responsibilities include corporate real estate, facilities, procurement, corporate travel, health & safety, and project management office on a global basis. Tim has a proven record of delivering value to the business’ bottom-line by leading multi-million dollar projects, cross-functional initiatives and internal service related functions. His driving force for business process improvements for internal customers has led to reduced costs and improved data to make strategic decisions for the business.

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Marshall, Sarene

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute, Center for Sustainability

Head of the Urban Land Institute’s Center for Sustainability, Sarene Marshall oversees ULI’s activities in the areas of climate change, energy, sustainability, and resilience, including the Greenprint Center for Building Performance and the Urban Resilience Program. Through the work of Greenprint and the Urban Resilience Program, the Sustainability Center provides leadership and support to ULI’s 35,000 members – land use professionals across North America, Europe and Asia – to invest in addressing building energy performance and increase portfolio resilience while reducing risks caused by a changing climate. 

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Martindale, Seth

Managing Director, CBRE

Seth Martindale is a Managing Director in the CBRE Consulting practice. He has extensive experience in real estate strategic planning and has worked with both private and public sector clients. Mr. Martindale currently helps clients by developing practical and economical portfolio solutions through implementing site location strategies, portfolio optimization plans, and negotiating economic incentives. 

Prior Experience

Mr. Martindale has extensive experience working on several different types of consulting projects. This includes projects in the portfolio optimization, economic incentive negotiation, location analysis, benchmarking, organizational planning, and financial analysis service lines. Previous to his employment at CBRE, he was employed with Ernst & Young where he assisted implementing best practices for a multi-billion dollar casino development, several REITs, and one of the country’s largest mortgage lenders. His combination of skills and experience, blended with an MBA concentrated in strategy and leadership provides a unique and very beneficial skill set to clients. 

Mr. Martindale currently works as an engagement manager on projects with varying scope across a diverse client base. His focus is on managing new projects and developing consulting business in conjunction with the Brokerage and Global Corporate Services teams within CBRE.

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Matarazzi, Larry

Director, Corporate Services, Medivation

Larry joined Medivation, a biotechnology company focused on drug development, in 2013 to build and lead the Corporate Services group. They provide Real Estate, Design & Construction, Project Management, MAC, Security, EH&S, Employee Wellness, Food & Beverage, Events, Office Services and Facilities services for both office space and labs.

Prior to joining Medivation Larry was:

  • Director, Head of Northern California Advisory Services Group, Colliers International.
  • Sr. Director, Workplace Solutions Group, Cisco Systems.
  • Director, Workplace Resources, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Sun Microsystems.

Throughout his career Larry has focused on aligning the workplace with business strategy as well as enhancing worker productivity through workplace solutions.

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Matthaei, Emilio


Emilio Matthaei is CEO of LEVERTON. As a passionate data strategist, entrepreneur, ex-banker and researcher, Emilio revolutionizes how individuals work with data and documents. With LEVERTON, he brings innovative technology to various industries – LegalTech, PropTech, CRETech, FinTech.

Before LEVERTON, Emilio spent six years with Houlihan Lokey and Goldman Sachs in Investment Banking in London. He was involved in >20 financial transactions (incl IPOs, M&As, Capital Increases and Restructurings).

Emilio studied Economics and Management in Bonn and Leipzig and graduated with a PhD (summa cum laude) in the field Strategic Management. He wrote two books ('Strategies for Innovators' and 'The Nature of Executive Work') and spent a year as Visiting Researcher at the University of Oxford.

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Mawson, Andrew

Founder and Managing Director, Advanced Workplace Associates

Andrew Mawson, Managing Director of AWA, is a leading pioneer, thinker and speaker on matters ‘work and place’. He has the unusual ability to span the worlds of business strategy, organizational design, work strategy, workplace design and change management. In his consulting work he has led workplace change program with clients including Invesco, Unicef, Willis, Direct Line Group, National Rail and Merrill Lynch. In 2014 Andrew worked with the UK Cabinet Office as an adviser, participating in a review of 13 government departments’ performance in implementing agile working as part of the government’s Civil Service Reform programme which has been instrumental in reducing the UK Government’s property portfolio by 20%.

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McCord-Amasis, Mark

VP & Director, Real Estate & Facilities, R&D, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

I am an accomplished, well-rounded executive with over 28-years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry.  Combining scientific and business expertise to effectively create significant and enduring strategic, operational, and financial value across many diverse roles and responsibilities within GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).  Demonstrated success in leading research & development, commercial, and corporate organizations across a wide range of diverse therapeutic areas—respiratory,  inflammation, urology, cardiology, and metabolic--in Europe, the US, and the Emerging markets.

I have demonstrated significant value in the real estate and facilities discipline by helping GSK realize financial benefit in how they use their real estate and workplace services to lower costs, raise capital and increase productivity.

Highly effective enterprise leader, dedicated to building and developing differentiating talent across geographies and cultures and creating a space for brilliant people to succeed.  Bring extensive leadership experience in the areas of strategy, operations, project/portfolio planning and asset management, real estate development/projects, and transformation. 

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McGinty, Alan

Senior Director, Global Workplace Innovation Group, CISCO Workplace Resources

Alan McGinty is currently the Senior Director of the Global Workplace Innovation Group for Cisco Systems and is working to design and deliver the “Next Generation Workplace” for Cisco - integrating the physical workspace with advanced technologies and thought leading policies to support a highly evolved global workforce.  He is also responsible for global Environmental Safety and Health as well as Energy Management and Sustainability

Alan has over 25 years of global real estate leadership experience working for several multi-national companies leading development activities supporting high-growth portfolios of manufacturing and headquarters facilities around the world.

Mr. McGinty advises Cisco’s global leadership teams in driving concepts forward that will increase Cisco’s ability to attract and retain talent in a rapidly changing world. He uses hard data gained through current research to prove the benefits of portfolio optimization and employee engagement through a workplace environment that provides choice to the new generation of mobile knowledge workers.

Alan has taught university level courses on corporate real estate and advanced building automation systems as well as regular speaking engagements to large user groups and Executive Briefings with Cisco customers.

Alan has an MBA from Cleveland State, a Masters in Facility Management from Michigan State, a Masters in Corporate Real Estate certification and sits on the CoreNet International Senior Leaders Council.

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McIntosh, Betty

Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield

Betty McIntosh brings more than 25 years of experience in assisting major U.S. and international clients in making strategic decisions related to expansion and relocation decisions. She has represented clients in automotive, consumer markets, industrial products, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, steel, telecommunications, IT solutions, and retail industries. Ms. McIntosh has secured business incentives for all manner of real estate transactions, including manufacturing, corporate headquarters, distribution and warehousing, research and development, and green building facilities. She obtains tax and operational savings for various types of projects through her strong relationships, tax and financial knowledge, and negotiation skills. Ms. McIntosh has successfully secured over $2 billion in incentives for her clients.

Ms. McIntosh joined C&W in 2006. Prior to 2006, she was a Partner with one of the Big Four accounting firms. She is nationally recognized as an expert on economic development issues and has been quoted in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Tax Management, and CFO Magazine. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of MultiState Taxation and Incentives. 

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McLean, Curtis

Senior Director, GREFM, Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Curtis is a highly seasoned champion of AWS and Organization Transformation for large multi-nationals, Curtis brings a deep knowledge base balanced across many CRE disciplines including: Portfolio Solutions, Situation Assessments, Workplace Strategies, Org. & Workplace Transformation, Architecture, & Innovation Analytics. He brings over 16 years’ experience working on high profile platforms for major corporations such as: Kraft Foods, P&G, JLL, Nelson, B of A, NKF, and Pfizer.  He possesses a unique ability to cross pollinate ideas, processes, and tools to foster innovative approaches to solving unconventional challenges while delivering world class results to Service, Science , and Knowledge environments.

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McNeely, Eileen

Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health and Co-Director SHINE, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. McNeely conducts research and teaches in the Environmental Occupational Medicine and Epidemiology Program. She has worked as a consultant, researcher, clinician, and educator in the field for over twenty years. She is Co-Director of SHINE at the Center for Health and the Global Environment; she co-leads the initiative for the sustainability of health and human capital in the workplace.

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Miller, Paul

Managing Vice President, Gartner Research

Paul Miller leads a team of analysts who cover the Digital Workplace for Gartner Research.  The digital workplace is a business strategy to boost employee engagement and agility through a more consumerized work environment, including the role of physical space. Previously, Mr. Miller led the Digital Workplace IT service portfolio for a global workforce of a Fortune 100. He had hands-on IT leadership experience, including strategy, service design, service transition and operations, and vendor selection. He has 21 years of experience in the IT industry. He has a Master degree in Computer Science, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech Presidential Scholar) and an MBA from Emory University.

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Miscovich, Peter

Managing Director, JLL

As Managing Director with Jones Lang LaSalle ($4.7 Billion Global Real Estate Advisory and Investment Firm) – Peter develops global business strategies and client solutions enabled by Emerging Technologies and Workplace Innovation. Peter is recognized as a global thought leader by Accenture, The Brookings Institute, CERES, The Conference Board, CORENET Global, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Urban Age Institute, The Urban Land Institute and The Woodrow Wilson Center.  Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board, the CERES Presidents Advisory Council and the Board of the Regional Plan Association (RPA) – leading organizations focused upon large scale systemic transformation and innovation practices. As a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Global Advisory practice – Peter earned his Executive Credentials from the MIT Sloan Business School and his Civil Engineering Degrees from the University of Arizona

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Nahn, Billy

Executive Producer, GoDaddy

Since joining GoDaddy in 2011, Billy has developed in to the key point person to oversee the International TVC production. He has worked directly with various International Ad Agencies, filming effective TV commercials in India, South Africa, Brazil, Sri Lanka, London and Mexico.  

Billy is also a writer and director and has directed three Super Bowl Commercials for GoDaddy as well as a successful UK-based TV campaign.

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Natarajan, Laks

Head, Global Business Services and Chief Procurement Officer, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.

Laks joined Marsh & McLennan in 2010 as the Chief Procurement Officer. His role was expanded in 2012 to head Global Business Services which includes the Sourcing/Procurement and the Real Estate/Facilities organizations. Prior to Marsh & McLennan, Laks was with TD Ameritrade where he was the Chief Procurement Officer and TD Bank where he led the US Sourcing Organization.

Prior to TD, Laks was a Principal Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers where he advised Fortune 500 firms on Operations, Supply Chain Management, Strategy, IT and Business Process Outsourcing. Laks started his career as a Software Developer/Manager for Citibank, ANZ Bank and IBM.

Laks holds an MBA in Operations and Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering.


Navarro, Ana

CNN Political Analyst, GOP Strategist, and Political Contributor on The View,

Ana Navarro is a well-known Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She is also a political contributor on ABC’s The View. The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful,” saying, “with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach.” Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media, sought after by Meet the Press, Bill Maher’s Real Time, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few. She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed.

Navarro most recently served as the national Hispanic co-chair for Governor Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign and the national co-chair of John McCain’s Hispanic Advisory Council in 2008, where she was also the national surrogate for the McCain 2008 campaign.


Nolan, Mike

Real Estate Project Executive, Google

Mike Nolan is a Real Estate Project Executive for Google.  Living in the Seattle area, Mike oversees the design and construction of Google's office portfolio in the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Kirkland, WA, and Portland OR), Canada (Waterloo, ON, Toronto, ON, and Montreal QC), Chicago, IL, and Madison, WI.  Mike is a LEED AP and has led some of Googles most ambitious sustainability initiatives for office build-outs and operations.

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O'Moore, Marshall

Director, NGKF

Marshall O’Moore is a Director with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s Global Corporate Services team. Marshall has focused on bringing “wall street” analytics to bear on common real estate problems. Combining a deep knowledge of statistics, finance and economics, he provides clients with a more objective approach to solving real estate challenges involving business uncertainty. He has worked with a wide range of corporate clients, and focuses on delivering value not only through real estate, but by understanding the interaction between business strategy and CRE portfolio planning.

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Oldman, Tim

CEO, Leesman

As the Founder of Leesman, Tim sought to offer the property market the first truly independent, unified and standardized pre and post occupancy evaluation tool. The Leesman Index is now broadly recognized as the first initiative to offer clients a dynamic occupier satisfaction-benchmarking tool, where the absolute consistency of data collection provides an ever-richer resource of comparative data. This is now quite simply the largest research project of its kind ever undertaken. As CEO, Tim is responsible for the creative and strategic development of the Leesman brand here and internationally, and for exploring the opportunities to develop parallel focused products for the Higher Education and Healthcare markets.

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Olshonsky, Jay

President, NAI Global

Jay Olshonsky is President of NAI Global, the world’s largest managed network of commercial real estate service firms. NAI Global is comprised of more than 170 affiliated commercial real estate brokerage firms throughout the world with more than 375 offices, a web of strategic partnerships and a core of more than 6,700 real estate service specialists. The firm completes billions in real estate transactions annually and manages 380 million square feet of commercial space. Jay’s primary focus at NAI Global is on the development and implementation of the firm’s growth strategies to enhance value to clients and network Members.

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Orris, Keith

Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations & Economic Development, Drexel University

Keith A. Orris is the Senior Vice President for Corporate Relations & Economic Development at Drexel University and responsible for creating and implementing a strategy to propel Drexel forward as one of the most impactful universities in the Philadelphia region.  Keith is responsible for broadening and deepening relationships with corporate partners, leveraging them across all dimensions of university interaction, from innovation and research partnerships to student co-op opportunities, and strategic real estate development. Keith is establishing new partnerships with businesses, entrepreneurs and government leaders to become a nexus for research, technology transfer and economic development.  Keith launched Drexel Ventures, a university accelerator with a unique structure to expand the commercialization of Drexel’s portfolio of patents. He also leads the development of Schuylkill Yards, America’s next innovation community comprised of eight million square feet on 15 acres, which launched in March 2016.  Keith serves as a principal for the 30th Street Station District plan involving the development around and over the SEPTA and Amtrak rail yards adjacent to the nation’s third busiest rail station, and launched by Amtrak and Drexel in 2013.

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Parman, Sherri S.

Partner, Capstan Advisors

Sherri Parman joined Capstan Advisors in 2008 after five years at CoreNet Global as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Membership Officer. With more than 30 years of real estate and senior management experience, Sherri works with a team of veteran corporate real estate advisors to help clients improve the management of their corporate real estate.  Well known and respected in the corporate real estate industry for her insights, experience and knowledge of leading CRE and FM best practices and the service provider landscape, typical clients are global, Fortune 100 companies with complex real estate operations and portfolios. 

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Peck, Hillary

Domestic Representative, National Counter Terrorism Center

Hillary Peck is the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)’s domestic representative based in New York City. She joined NCTC in 2009 and has spent the majority of that time following Iraq/Syria issues, including time as NCTC’s analytic lead on Syria/Iraq foreign fighter issues. Hillary served as the PDB briefer to the Deputy Assistant to the President for Counterterrorism in 2010-2011 and also served as the primary back-up briefer to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary from 2010-2015.

Before joining NCTC, Hillary spent two years at the Department of Homeland Security and five years at the RAND Corporation. Hillary received a Master’s in International Security Policy from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s in International Affairs from American University.

Peppers, Chas

Principal, Woods Bagot

Chas Peppers is a Principal in the New York studio with responsibility for client interface and communication as well as design team management. He has a wide range of experience including projects in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, master planning and urban design. He is also actively involved with studio work at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Chas is dedicated to exploring and building upon the notion that architecture is primarily a form of cultural production: the idea that the intelligence of our designs and the way in which we construct our built environments directly informs the culture of our cities and societies.

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Philipp, Tad

Senior Vice President – Director of Research, Moody’s

Tad Philipp is the Director of Commercial Real Estate Research at Moody's.  He is the author of several industry reports on the state of commercial real estate and has designed and implemented many analytical models associated with measuring commercial real estate risk.  Known for taking a tough stance on improving underwriting standards and increasing market transparency, Tad is a recognized veteran of using data science to support decision making.  Tad is often quoted in leading business journals, including the Wall Street Journal.  

Plavcan, Gregory

Sustainability Specialist, Gensler

Greg guides clients through the creation of green designs. He helps translate sustainability, Wellbeing, and LEED® goals into reality and is a resource for project teams in integrating sustainable strategies.

Greg has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Business from Villanova University, as well a Masters of Architecture from Catholic University. Greg is the leader of the Gensler DC Wellbeing Collective, a group that plans wellbeing events and learning opportunities throughout the year which culminate in a Firmwide Gensler Wellbeing Week.

He brings wellbeing expertise and enthusiasm to each project he works on.

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Pogue McLaurin, Janet

Principal, Gensler

Janet Pogue McLaurin is a global leader of Gensler’s Workplace Sector. During her 33 years at Gensler, Janet has been instrumental in leading Gensler’s workplace research including the 2016 and 2013 U.S. Workplace Surveys and developing Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index tool, which measures workplace effectiveness.  Janet is active in projects developing workplace strategy and designing innovative workplace environments for a wide variety of clients including the IMF, GSA, Capital One, Caterpillar, Gallup, and 3M. Janet has shared her workplace expertise and research with the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, BBC, NPR, and many global architecture and design trade publications.  

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Popish, Lauren

Head of Customer Success, Floored, Inc.

Lauren Popish leads the Customer Success team at Floored, a 3D and Virtual Reality software company for commercial, residential and retail real estate owners. Trained as a commercial designer and strategist, Lauren was hired by Floored to help build its internet-based test fitting and 3D visualization software, Protofit, which automates marketing floor plans and 3D collateral for the leasing community.

Lauren developed her expertise in space planning and workplace strategy at Gensler NY, where she worked with such clients as the United Nations, Related, and Morgan Stanley, and participated in tech-centered research initiatives including Work in the City and the award winning Redesign Law exhibition. Lauren has maintained her LEED accreditation and is an active CoreNet Developing Leaders member.

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Poppler, Rome

Associate Director, Enterprise Real Estate Services, UnitedHealth Group

Rome Poppler is an Associate Director of Portfolio Management with UnitedHealth Group. Mr. Poppler serves as a trusted strategic partner and customer relationship manager for UnitedHealthcare’s business segments. By analyzing real estate portfolio planning opportunities, presenting business cases, and translating business objectives into capital planning, he guides business leaders through enterprise-wide recommended real estate decisions. Mr. Poppler has served on the CoreNet Midwest Chapter Board since 2015.

UnitedHealth Group’s Enterprise Real Estate Services team has more than 350 corporate real estate professionals to support the dynamic businesses of UnitedHealthcare and Optum’s global portfolio of more than 21 million square feet and 700 facilities. 

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Poskie, Joseph

Product Marketing Manager, Trimble

Joseph Poskie is a market strategist for Trimble.  With a background in civil and environmental engineering and a MBA, Joseph has a driving passion for technology in the built environment.  He has served with Trimble for the past sixteen years in various marketing and consulting roles, including solution architecture for such clients as AT&T, the US General Services Administration, Westfield Properties and many others around the world.  Joseph is the co-author on a book chapter on the Building Digital Workplace for the newly released Work on the Move 2.  He is a regular author of articles and whitepapers and a regular speaker at industry events across the facility lifecycle.

Puybaraud, Marie

Global Head of Corporate Research, JLL

Dr. Marie Puybaraud is one of the most recognized world Thought Leader on Workplace Innovation, with a significant track record of research on CRE/FM and Workplace industry futures, workplace strategies, technologies, generational issues at work and with publications in leading international press like the Journal of CRE, The Economist, NewStateman, The FT, Le Monde, Le Figaro, BBC News on line, Daily Telegraph, Il Sore 24, Handesblatt, in the G8 Summit Report and presentations and keynote speeches at all major global symposium and consortium on CRE, FM and Workplace (McKinsey, Milan Furniture Fair, SIOP Conference, WorkTech, Corenet, Workplace Trends, IFMA...).

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Rainwater, Brooks

Senior Executive and Director, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

Brooks Rainwater is the Senior Executive and Director of the National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions. He oversees NLC’s research, research partnerships, leadership education, and community engagement efforts to strengthen the capacity of municipal leaders to create strong local economies, safe and vibrant neighborhoods, world-class infrastructure, and a sustainable environment. Brooks’ areas of expertise include economic development, sustainability, and urban innovation.

As a strong advocate for vibrant and successful cities, Brooks often speaks and writes on the subject, and has published numerous research reports and articles on the creation of innovative, sustainable, and livable communities. His recent research publications and interest have surrounded city innovation, the sharing economy, and the state of our nation’s cities. Brooks has appeared in a range of media outlets, including CNN, NPR, Bloomberg, and the New York Times. Brooks also frequently contributes writing to publications such as Fast Company, The Guardian, Business Insider, and Tech Crunch.

Prior to joining NLC, Brooks was Director of Public Policy for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). While at the AIA he developed the Local Leaders research series, analyzing nationwide trends in sustainability and livability. Additionally, he spearheaded the Cities as a Lab initiative, which focused in on the key role that cities play as creative instigators of innovative practices leading our country’s economy forward.

Brooks is an International Advisory Board Member for the City of Rotterdam. He also serves on the Board of Directors for STAR Communities, the American Library Association Public Policy Advisory Council, and the Brookings Institution Innovation District Advisory Group. Brooks is a graduate of George Washington University’s Masters of Public Administration program and lives in Arlington, VA.

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Ray, Saideep

Managing Director, Accenture Cloud First Applications, Accenture

Saideep Raj is a senior executive in Accenture’s Technology organization, based in Philadelphia.  He leads the global Accenture Cloud First Applications team, which includes more than 8,000 people working in the cloud applications pure-play space, such as Salesforce, Google, Workday, ServiceNow, Pega, and others. Mr. Raj sponsors several strategic alliances with Cloud technology partners and coordinates research and development for cloud applications within Accenture.  Mr. Raj has been with Accenture for 24 years and has advised many clients on cloud strategies from shaping roadmaps and architectures to get started, leading transformational change programs through to mobilizing cloud powered managed services.  Clients cut across multiple geographies and industries, including high-tech, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications and utilities. Mr. Raj received a Bachelor of Engineering from University College London.

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Reagan, Joseph

Senior Vice President, Wexford Science & Technology

Joe Reagan brings nearly 30 years of commercial real estate experience to his current role leading the development and execution for Wexford Science +Technology. As the Senior Vice President of Development for Wexford, Joe is chartered with developing and executing projects focused on the growing Core Innovation District in West Philadelphia, known as uCity Square. With 15 years of institutional real estate, design and construction experience in Philadelphia, Joe has a strong track record of results by developing nearly 3.5 million square feet of laboratory, office and retail space in the fast changing uCity Square.

Some of Joe’s key projects in uCity Square include:

  • Development of the University City Innovation Corridor, a 2.8MM SF mixed use expansion of the Science Center
  • 3675 Market, a 340K RSF lab/office building currently under construction, which will offer Class A laboratory, office, co-working, and convening spaces.
  • Completion and the construction and lease up of 3737 Market in the University City Science Center, a 330,000 RSF lab/office building anchored by the Penn Musculoskeletal Institute
  • 3711 Market, a 154,000 square foot lab/office building and a 500 space parking deck project in the University City Science Center 

Joe graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

Roth, Kylie

Senior Director, Workplace Research, Knoll, Inc.

Kylie Roth, Senior Director of Workplace Research at Knoll, spearheads the firm’s research programs, focusing on the connection between design, the quality of the user experience and organizational outcomes. She engages with a broad range of internal teams and external experts to investigate emerging workplace movements and conduct explorations into the future of work, seeking out new ideas, uncovering broad trends and delivering a big-picture view on the changing dynamics of work. Research findings are translated into business insights, effective planning strategies and product development opportunities, as well as applied to future strategic initiatives for Knoll. 

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Rothe, Peggie

Development Director, Leesman

Before joining Leesman in 2014, Peggie worked at Aalto University (Finland) where she did research with a focus on corporate real estate and workplace management. Her topics included usability of work environments, office occupiers’ workplace preferences and corporate short-distance office relocations. She has published her findings in several peer-reviewed academic journals and earned her doctorate in 2015. Peggie brings to the team a wide understanding of the user perspective of the built environment and is passionate about modern ways of working and the strategic role of workplaces. Therefore, her works aims to help organisations understand the link between people and place with the Leesman survey.

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Sargent, Kay

SVP, Strategic Global Accounts, HOK

Kay Sargent brings over 30 years of experience in the interiors industry. Her work has taken her to multiple continents where she has worked with Fortune 500 companies on their global real estate strategies and designed workplaces of the future. Prior to joining HOK as Senior Principal for Strategic Accounts and Workplace; Kay served as Director of Workplace Strategies for Lendlease; VP of A&D and Workplace Strategies for Teknion; and as a Principal for Interior Architects in Washington, DC. Kay has a BFA in interiors from VCU and studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design in NY.  Kay serves on the National ASID Foundation Board and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design. She has also served on the International Boards of IIDA, ASID, NCQLP and NCIDQ.  She is an active member of CoreNET and IFMA.

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Schmidt, Ulrich

Managing Director, Global Location and Expansion Services, KPMG LLP

Ulrich Schmidt is a Managing Director in KPMG’s Global Location and Expansion Services (GLES) Practice, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has over 19 years of experience in working with national and international companies on location analysis, site selection, multi-state tax issues, and business incentives.

After completing his post-secondary education in Germany, Ulrich began his career at a multi-state utility company, focusing on attracting foreign-based companies to the United States. He joined KPMG’s GLES practice in 2000. Ulrich works with global clients on the entire business process, from developing location strategies and service delivery models to tax incentives negotiation and structuring for new and existing company investments. 

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Sehnert, Paul

Director of Real Estate, University of Pennsylvania

Mr. Sehnert manages the development and acquisition processes for a portfolio of real estate assets controlled by Penn.  Mr. Sehnert directs and manages University Real Estate development projects, including initiating and recommending development strategies, negotiating and structuring joint ventures for development, preparing feasibility studies, and valuation analysis, and providing asset management, acquisition due diligence and project management oversight. 

Mr. Sehnert received a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1988).  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of Architecture at the University of Cincinnati.

Mr. Sehnert coordinates the University’s projects and ventures with real estate developers in order to implement the real estate strategic plan.  Current projects include the $51 M acquisition and coordination of the $700 M public private redevelopment of the 24-acre USPS property including “Cira South”, the $100 M luxury apartment and mixed-use development “Domus” at 34th and Chestnut, a $75 M 500 Bed student residential and mixed used development “Radian Apartments,” and the 120-unit $23 M public private, developer-built apartment building at 40th & Chestnut “HUB”.  Other Projects include the acquisition of strategic properties and development of various mixed-use and housing developments throughout the Campus and neighborhood.  Sehnert managed and coordinated University efforts to acquire and redevelop the 24-acre United States Postal Service property in 2005-07, the 17-acre 124,000 SF biotech lab and vivarium from Dupont in 2006 and the 23-Acre former Marshall Research lab in 2010.  Current efforts focus on the redevelopment of the site as the Pennovation Center, a $35M business incubator, to drive the technology transfer business and commercialization as a R&D office park.     

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Sept, Clark

Director of Consulting, Gensler

Mr. Sept’s experience across 3.5 decades has allowed him to touch on nearly every conceivable type of building and industry, across 4 continents (and Micronesia!). His expertise has been honed in the workplace arena where I have achieved international recognition as a thought leader in workplace strategy and change management.

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Shiles, Bryan

Partner, WRNS Studio

Bryan is a partner at WRNS Studio, a 130-person architecture firm with offices in San Francisco, New York and Honolulu. With 28 years of experience, he has guided the planning and design of recent campuses for Adobe and Intuit, several projects for the Trust for Public Land, and mixed-use developments throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area. His design leadership has been recognized with over 40 awards and numerous publications during the past decade. A dedicated educator, Bryan recently led a yearlong bicoastal class between Stanford and Northeastern focused on the impacts of the evolving workplace on the public realm. He splits his time between WRNS Studio's San Francisco and New York offices.

Singh, GaganDeep

GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning, Gartner, Inc.

GaganDeep Singh is GVP, Global Real Estate & Workforce Planning at Gartner Inc. (NYSE: IT). Gartner is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company with associates and clients in 90 countries. Gagan leads the strategy and execution around Gartner’s global locations to enable rapid growth through work environments that enhance employee experience, access top talent, improve efficiency and reduce risk.

Prior to joining Gartner, Gagan was Vice President, Real Estate Strategy for the Americas at Goldman Sachs (GS) where he led a team that provided portfolio strategy, workplace strategy, and capital planning for GS Americas offices. 

Gagan also has significant management consulting experience as a Senior Manager in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy and Operation practice, and leader of HOK Consulting New York. He is a published industry thought leader and a top rated CoreNet SLCR faculty. Gagan holds a Master of City Planning from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi, India.

He and his wife Samira live in Brooklyn with their two children. In additon to innovating in the Workplace, Gagan is also a cook worth his salt with prize winning BBQ to his credits.

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Singh, Harri

Global Operations- Properties, Shared Services Leader, General Electric

Harri Singh is the GE Global Operations – Properties, Shared Services Leader.  He leads a GE team of approx. 180 who support all aspects of properties for GE’s businesses and regions- Operations/ Facility Management, Capital Projects, Data Management and Real Estate. Harri is 26 year veteran of GE. He lives in Stamford, CT.

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Smart, John

Program Director, Internet of Things Facilities and Real Estate Offerings, IBM

As Chief Strategist with IBM’s Internet of Things division, , Smarty develops smarter workplace strategies and solutions for organizations around the globe. Smarty serves on the workplace advisory boards of many IBMs clients

Smarty is responsible for validating markets and product strategies while leading IBM into new areas with the emerging technologies

With the pending global lease accounting changes, Smarty leads IBMs Lease Accounting Focus Group, consisting on global corporations, and accounting firms.  This group is charged with interpreting the impact the accounting change has on real estate systems and insuring IBM solutions address the requirements 

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Smith, Shannon

CEO, Abundant Power Group

Shannon is passionate about entrepreneurism, mission driven businesses and corporate social responsibility.  After a career in investment banking and private equity, Shannon founded Abundant Power Group in 2009 to solve a global problem through commercial products and services. Abundant provides comprehensive and ground breaking deep data analytic services through the ITO (“Internet of Things”) to help commercial building owners and managers operate more efficiently, improve occupant experience and  asset value while saving significant energy. Abundant’s affiliate, CleanSource Capital is a leading innovator in energy efficiency finance of deep retrofits in the built environment. Through Abundant Hope, the Company’s foundation provides resources to organizations addressing energy poverty throughout the world.

Shannon is a founding partner to President Obama’s Better Building Initiative, and on the advisory board of the ClearPath Foundation, dedicated to clear discussion of the facts around global climate change.  Shannon is also board member of the Southeast Board of Environmental Defense Fund, the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association, NC Clean Energy Business Alliance, as well as co-chair of is PAC,  and a founding member of the Advanced Energy Economy.  Shannon also serves as a Trustee on the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Shannon received his MBA in 1990 from the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. Shannon holds a BA in Philosophy and Economics from Wheaton College.  He was a Rotary Scholar at the Universite De Lille in Lille, France in French language and History.  Shannon has 4 children and lives in Charlotte, NC

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Somani, Abhinav

Managing Director, North America, LEVERTON

Mr. Abhinav Somani is the Managing Director for North America at LEVERTON.  Prior to LEVERTON, Mr. Somani built out the North American practice for smartShift Technologies - a SaaS technology platform for ERP systems and cloud-based technologies.  Prior to that, Mr. Somani heralded a successful career on Wall Street working for Rothschild and American Securities, and also developed his own commercial real estate investment practice. He currently lives in Manhattan, NY and is looking forward to developing the LEVERTON platform in North America.


Spilger, Alex

Senior Vice President, Project & Development Services, Cushman & Wakefield

Alex Spilger is Senior Vice President at Cushman & Wakefield and has worked on over 100 diverse green building projects with clients such as Google, Salesforce, Skype and GoPro.  In addition to his project work, Alex has also taught over 300 green building workshops through organizations such as the US Green Building Council (USGBC), American Institute of Architects and the Stanford Graduate School of Business among others.  

Alex serves on the Programs Committee for CoreNet Northern California and the ULI Sustainability Committee.  He a LEED & WELL Accredited Professional and holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA. 

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St. Clair, Anne

Director, Willis Towers Watson

Ms. St. Clair is a Talent Management, Organization Alignment and Change Management consultant. She has over 20 years’ experience in multi-cultural, multi-discipline positions in Finance and HR. She has led large-scale business transformations and partners with executive teams to build greater strategic and cultural alignment to deliver business performance. Prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, Ms. St. Clair was a VP of Human Resources for a global company’s businesses in North America, Europe and Asia where she led the development and execution of the leadership and talent management strategies required to drive change and support growth.

Stat, Tom

Founder/Partner, Eleven Consulting Group

Tom is an innovation consultant, design strategist and strategic designer helping companies and organizations innovate through a human-centered design approach. His clients include global leaders in a wide range of industries.

Tom has a diverse education background including aerospace engineering, social psychology, fine arts, architecture, marketing and business management.

Tom lectures at major business schools, design, engineering and business schools and actively publishes his perspectives. Tom is on the advisory board of Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), serves on the board of Lookingglass Theatre and Lurie Children’s Hospital Foundation and is a strategic design advisor to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and the Harris School of Public Policy.

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Stefan, George

Director of Engineering, TIAA-CREF

In his most recent position at TIAA as Director of Engineering for the Global Real Estate Team, he not only led the Capital Expenditures Program and Operations, but also created the long term Portfolio Capital Planning and the asset management platform integration. In his real estate role, he introduced Capital Planning and Project Execution performance accountability to the Global Real Estate Asset Management team and implemented a third party variable project management environment that improved portfolio performance while reducing the operating expenses.

Previously, George served as Regional Manager for Lincoln Harris – Bank of America Portfolio and as a Portfolio Manager at ECO World Bank where he was deeply involved in Corporate Real Estate Management, talent development and portfolio execution strategies. George has an MBA from the S Haret University, and an MS in Energy Efficiency and Conservation from UNESCO. 

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Stephens, Christopher

Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Savilles-Studley

Mr. Stephens advises Savills Studley’s Occupier Services team on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, public and private securities offerings, venture capital transactions, corporate governance matters and general securities law compliance.  He has represented private equity funds and other companies in capital raising transactions in a wide range of industries, including recent transactions in the technology, real estate development, power generation, retail, restaurant and brewery industries.

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Stevenson, Peter

President, Stevenson Systems

Peter Stevenson brings an extensive 35 years of experience working with some of the largest real estate owners, developers and managers of throughout North America, Europe and Middle East.  Over the course of his professional career, Peter has distinguished himself as being the originator and active practitioner for the business of Space Accounting. To date, Stevenson Systems has been directly involved in over a billion square feet of commercial real estate of various sizes, types, and uses. It is with this vast experience that Peter has contributed his knowledge and resources to the science of building measurement and co-authoring measurement standards including the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Standards and the International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS). 

Stillebroer, David

Director Product Management, Planon Software

David Stillebroer is responsible for product strategy and the product management team at Planon Software, a leading provider of technology solutions for facility management and real estate. He has a background in hard services and soft services and has been system real estate portfolio manager, software implementer and product manager. David has been part-time lecturer in real estate management at the Rotterdam University for a number of years.

Stringer, Leigh

Workplace Specialist, EYP

Leigh Stringer, is a workplace expert at EYP Architecture & Engineering, specializing in workplace research and facility planning for EYP’s government, higher education, science & technology, healthcare and corporate clients. Her work includes creating healthy, sustainable, collaborative and engaging environments for clients throughout North America.  She is active in several industry organizations, such as the Center for Active Design Workplace Wellbeing in New York, and the AIA DC Health and Wellbeing Committee, a Member of CoreNet Global and IFMA. She is currently writing her next book, The Healthy Workplace: How to Improve Engagement, Productivity and the Bottom Line (AMACOM). 

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Surette, Jahn Marie

Senior Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, The Hartford

Jahn Marie Surette is Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer at The Hartford. In this role, she is accountable for optimizing procurement and best practices, the company’s global sourcing strategy, and the firm’s corporate real estate infrastructure. Prior to joining The Hartford, she held several leadership positions at both Travelers and Cigna. She holds a BA in Business Administration from Elms College. 

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Suszko, Drew

Lead Strategist | Architect, BHDP Architecture

Drew Suszko is an architect and strategist who specializes in designing compelling workplace experiences that deliver results for his clients. With a background in economics and merchandising and an MBA to compliment his architectural education, Drew expands the sphere of design to consider business imperatives, user behaviors, and the strategic gap between the present and the future. He has partnered with organizations of all sizes – from Fortune 100’s to local non-profits. He is a native of Cincinnati, OH, but his work takes him across the US – until corporate America adopts virtual reality, that is…

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Swindall, Lee

Vice President, Sector Strategy Development, Wisconsin Economic Development

Lee Swindall is the Vice President of Business & Industry Development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin’s lead economic development organization.  

Lee has over 40 years of experience in global business strategy, strategic communications and marketing and public relations. Lee most recently was the Director of Marketing, Director of Consulting Services and acting Executive Director for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP).

Prior to WMEP, Lee was a principal and vice president of marketing and client relations with Argea, Inc., a global business strategy consulting company based in Princeton, NJ. Lee’s career also includes corporate and institutional client management in international investment banking companies such as Market Makers Group (London)/ING, ABN-AMRO, Hong Kong Shanghai Bank, UBS/Paine Webber and Shearson/Lehman Bros. Inc.

Lee has a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois. 

Thomas, Inigo

Chair, Barrister Global Cyber Advisory Board

Inigo is an expert on cyber security and digital forensics, with over 25 years of experience in the field of Information Technology.  He has served as the Director of IT at the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, since 1998.  Mr. Thomas is the founding President of the Delaware chapter of the (ISC), the leading International and Systems Security organization. As the port represents an International border, Mr. Thomas was required to secure the hundreds of computers there against cyber threats.  This project was completed by working with Customs Border Protection, DHS, the White House, and the FBI. 

Mr. Thomas' background involves formal training in Information Technology and Electronic communication, both software and hardware, with a BS degree in Computer Engineering (Anna University, India) and a MS and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a deep understanding of all technical issues involving computers, databases, storage, networks, mobile and cloud computing, as well as the management issues surrounding them.  In addition, Mr. Thomas is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Project Management Institute, Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and the F.B.I.’s Infragard.

Thompson, Mike

Managing Director Life Sciences, JLL

Mike Thompson has more than 20 years of real estate and facilities management experience.  As Regional Account Director for JLL’s Life Sciences Practice, he is responsible for account oversight for five clients: Merck, Novartis, Pfizer, Bayer, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Mike ensures delivery of JLL’s Corporate Solutions platform to drive value for these clients and develops service delivery models for companies seeking outsourcing solutions.  Over his career, he has managed projects and facilities at the local, regional and global levels including operations across regulated manufacturing sites, R&D campuses, distribution centers, retail banking, HQ offices, and data operations centers.

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Tinianov, Brandon

VP, Business Development, View

Dr. Tinianov is a recognized expert in energy efficiency and building sciences. His 20 years of experience in the construction industry have spanned various materials and systems including insulation, wallboard, glazing and software controls. He currently serves as the View’s VP of Business Development. Prior to joining View, Brandon was the Chief Technology Officer at Serious Energy and he spent eight years at Johns Manville before that.

He is currently as a Board member for the Health Product Declaration Collaborative and as a USGBC Advisory Council member. Brandon is also serving as an expert on the California Technical Forum.

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Tompkin, Gervais

Principal, Global Account Leader, Gensler

Gervais is a Firmwide Leader of Gensler’s Workplace Sector and Consulting Practice.  From his operational base in San Francisco he oversees global services for some of the world’s best-known tech companies. Gervais has a passion for research that has led him down a multidisciplinary path in the world of real estate strategy and design. Over the course of his career he has directed architectural, interior and consulting projects, always driven by a desire to understand the relationship among real estate, technology and behavior. 

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Toner, Matt

Managing Director, CBRE Institute, CBRE

Matt Toner is Managing Director of the CBRE Institute where he oversees the development and execution of strategic research, publishing, and events - expanding learning opportunities and industry collaboration points for CBRE’s global occupier client base.

Having worked prior with CBRE,  Matt rejoined in 2013 following a four-year appointment with the United States Government; serving as a Director on President Obama’s National Security Council Staff, and prior as Chief of Staff  for the General Service Administration’s Office of Emergency Response and Recovery.  In both roles, Matt worked extensively in the fields of disaster relief, recovery, and reconstruction programs across the world.

Matt brings prior commercial real estate consulting and finance experience from roles with CBRE’s client and strategy development teams (2006-2010), Kilpatrick Stockton LLP’s global construction litigation group (2005-2006), and Ernst & Young’s corporate real estate advisory practice (2005).  In each role, his work has focused on optimizing the management and implementation of large-scale capital campaigns, real estate organization strategies, and complex litigations.

Matt is a graduate of the Schools of Architecture and Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He loves design, technology and the outdoors. 

Tovar, Charemon

Director Strategy Innovation Managment, CBRE

Charemon is the Director of the Strategic Business Solutions team for CBRE Global Corporate Services group on the Sprint account. Her charter is to develop, deploy and support innovative performance management practices, aligned with corporate strategies through the use of emerging technologies and process engineering. The goal of her team is to develop and apply world-class business practices that enable optimization of resources and assets in the execution of enterprise strategies. With over 25 years of corporate real estate experience, Ms. Tovar has served in various management roles for commercial office, retail and technical corporate real estate portfolios. She has been responsible for Strategic Planning, Portfolio Optimization, Client Relationship Management, Alternative Workplace Strategies, Performance Management, End to end Service Delivery Management, Organizational Design, Business Process Engineering, and most recently, Technology Strategy. Her work has focused extensively on innovative uses of technology for corporate real estate management, particularly in the area of Innovation and Strategic Planning.

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Tuttamore, Kara

North American FM Director, CBRE Group, Inc.

Kara is a senior level operations executive with over 15 years experience ensuring operational excellence in facility management and real estate services within various industries including professional sports stadiums to retail banking. She currently manages the TD Bank Group Account Portfolio with CBRE Group, Inc, executing services required to ensure the operational welfare, growth, and optimization of her clients’ portfolio.

Kara holds a bachelor of science in Architectural Engineering and a master of science in Engineering Management.  She is passionate about creating harmony between people, processes and facilities.

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Van Emburgh, Peter

Senior Managing Director, CBRE

Peter Van Emburgh is a senior managing director and serves as regional client strategist for CBRE Global Workplace Solutions business for the South and Latin America divisions. As the platform lead for client strategy, Peter advises 30+ global corporate real estate accounts on industry-leading practices, innovation, and strategic consulting solutions.  Peter has expertise in M&A strategies and post-merger integration programs, organizational design, workplace strategy, and portfolio optimization. Prior to this role, Peter was a Managing Director and national practice lead for CBRE’s Management Consulting group. Peter has also served in senior consulting roles for Deloitte and PwC. 

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Van Wijngaarden, Paul

Regional Workplace Manager EMEA, as of October Global Project Manager Planning, Analysis & Innovation, Uber

The office should be a place where you feel happy & at home, that’s Paul’s motto. Paul is 26 years old, a true workplace geek and a real go-getter. With some serious RE, FM, Workplace and Strategy experience at quite a few internationals, he’s now working in global real estate planning, analytics & innovation at the fastest growing tech start-up in history. As for studies? He’s completed his Bachelor degree in Real Estate & Facility Management from the NHTV in Breda, Netherlands and holds a Master degree in International Business at Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom with distinction.

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Van Wijngaarden, Paul

Regional Workplace Manager EMEA, Uber

The office should be a place where you feel happy & at home, that’s Paul’s motto. Paul is 26 years old, a true workplace geek and a real go-getter. With some serious RE, FM, Workplace and Strategy experience at quite a few internationals, he’s now working in global real estate planning, analytics & innovation at the fastest growing tech start-up in history. As for studies? He’s completed his Bachelor degree in Real Estate & Facility Management from the NHTV in Breda, Netherlands and holds a Master degree in International Business at Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom with distinction.

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Veide, Samantha

Global Director, Corporate Sustainable Solutions, Mars Drinks

Samantha Veide is the Global Director of Corporate Sustainable Solutions for Mars Drinks, a division of Mars, Incorporated. In her current position she leads the sustainability strategy helping Mars Drinks develop and execute customer-centric, workplace-focused solutions to sustainability challenges. She is dedicated to ensuring the long term viability of the specialty coffee industry and the people supported across its value chain.  She has served on the board of directors for the International Women’s Coffee Alliance and as the chair for the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Sustainability Council.  She currently serves as a Trustee for The Coffee Quality Institute.  Her areas of expertise and interest include using instructional design to advance adult learning, gender dynamics in agricultural supply chains, strategic planning and corporate sustainability.  She is certified to taste and grade coffee for the coffee industry (Q Grader) and recently completed her post-graduate work in Sustainable Business Leadership through the University of Cambridge, U.K. to complement her M.A. work in Women’s Studies.

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Vitasek, Kate

Faculty, Graduate & Executive Education, University of Tennessee

Author, educator, and business consultant Kate Vitasek is a nationally recognized innovator in the practice of supply chain management. She is the founder, faculty and lead researcher in the concept of vested (also known as vested outsourcing), which was developed in conjunction with the University of Tennessee. She is a pioneer in the university's Performance-Based Logistics work, authoring the industry's first book on the subject, and she currently serves as a faculty member in UT's Graduate and Executive Education.

Kate's approaches and insights have been widely published. She is the author of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' bestselling mini-book series, Supply Chain Process Standards, and has contributed to other management books as well. Kate has written more than 75 articles that have been published in respected academic and trade journals, including the Journal of Business Logistics, Supply Chain Management Review, Inside Supply Management, Aviation Week, Distribution Business Management Journal, The Manufacturer, World Trade Magazine, Supply Chain Quarterly, and Outsourced Logistics. She also hosts an "Expert Insight" blog on performance management for Supply Chain Digest. She is the creator and author of an upcoming book series on vested for Palgrave Macmillan.

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Walsh, Laura

Vice President, Global Account Management, Cresa

Laura Walsh is currently the Global Account Manager for Akamai Technologies, a rapidly growing technology company with 66 workplace locations globally. Laura functions as a senior leader on Akamai's Global Real Estate + Workplace Productivity team, taking charge of strategic projects, aligning with the business leadership, and guiding the real estate and project management teams to ensure outcomes support business priorities. Laura ensures that Cresa’s transaction team works in partnership with the internal team, and provides insight regarding business strategy. 

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Wandel, Stephane

Enterprise Leader - Operations, Site Service International, The Boeing Company

Stephane currently serves as Deputy Director of Boeing's Site Services International.  In this role Stephane is responsible for overseeing the company's 3.5 million square foot international portfolio facility strategies, financial management and group operations.   Prior to this, Stephane was responsible for service delivery with respect to property strategic planning, acquisitions, divestitures, leases, construction and integrated facility management activities across India, Middle East, Asia and Australia.  Stephane joined Boeing 15 years ago, led the company’s real estate acquisitions & dispositions group, and over his tenure completed approx.  $1.5 billion in property transaction and construction activities in over 12 countries.  Prior to joining Boeing, Stephane held asset management and investment analyst positions with real estate development and investment companies.

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Weber, Jack

Senior Vice President / Design Principal, Gresham, Smith and Partners

Jack is a senior vice president and principal at Gresham Smith and Partners specializing in design and consulting for the corporate workplace. Jack is a design principal and workplace strategist, bringing over 30 years of experience at creating value through the design of innovative, inspirational work environments that reflect the client’s organizational culture and vision. Jack develops strategies to maximize employee mobility, engagement and productivity while increasing real estate efficiencies for their organizations. 

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Welch, Maureen

Founder, CREate the Solution and Community Advocate

Thought leader with over 30 years of strategy and operations management experience.  Held senior-level leadership positions with premier management consulting firms (including Deloitte Consulting, Ernst & Young, and HOK Consulting), with start-up organizations, and with corporations. Focused on assisting Fortune 500 companies in managing their real estate, facilities, and capital projects more efficiently and effectively. Results driven, yet process and system oriented with a distinct competency in assessing complex business situations and developing practical yet creative solutions. Recognized innovator who is often quoted and published in major publications.

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Welton, Sarah

Senior Associate, International WELL Building Institute

Sarah Welton is a Senior Associate at the International WELL Building Institute and helped to develop the WELL Building Standards.  She acts as the primary point of contact for prospective clients and WELL registered projects while overseeing the administration of the WELL Building Standard and the certification process. Sarah has a degree in Public Health and Planning from Columbia University.

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Whelan, Julie

Americas Head of Occupier Research, CBRE

Julie Whelan is the Head of Occupier Research for the Americas at CBRE. Julie's goals are to identify market trends impacting the occupier primarily in the office and industrial space and to interpret the economic and property markets for CBRE’s clients in the Americas. Julie has over a decade of experience in real estate market analysis and consulting.  Prior to joining CBRE, she was the Vice President of Global Realty Services for State Street Corporation. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree from Providence College and a Masters in Business Administration from Suffolk University.

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Wislar, Phil

Chief, Infrastructure Vulnerability and Threat Assessment Center, FBI Headquarters

Special Agent Phil Wislar leads the Infrastructure Vulnerability and Threat Assessment Center as part of the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Phil has been a Special Agent for 15 years and has led and managed criminal and national security investigations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and Washington D.C.

Before joining the FBI in 2001, Phil served as an active duty combat arms officer in the United States Army,  and a real estate development project manager for commercial, industrial, corporate real estate assets. Phil received his Masters degree from the University of Georgia, School of Environment and Design; and his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of Mississippi. 

Wootten, Thomas

Executive Managing Director, Global Corporate Services, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Tom Wootten has advised investors, developers and Fortune 500 companies on billions of dollars in real estate decisions around the world. He has directed scores of activities, including real estate investment banking; corporate strategic planning; acquisition, disposition and joint venture negotiations; development advisory work on large infill development projects; loan workouts; and asset monetization strategies. Mr. Wootten holds a B.A. from Yale University, and earned a Master of Science degree with honors (Beta Gamma Sigma and Sigma Lambda Chi) in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business. 

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Wright, Gordon

Director of WorkPlace, HOK

Gordon is the director of HOK's global WorkPlace practice and a member of the firm's marketing board. Based in San Francisco, he leads diverse project teams that solve clients' business and organizational challenges related to real estate business process, strategic planning, workplace strategy and the management of change. With more than 20 years of experience, Gordon has served as principal-in-charge on numerous large-scale, strategic consulting projects that have improved the built environment and transformed the workplace experience for organizations around the world. Gordon is a member of CoreNet Global and the Urban Land Institute.

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Yu, Andrew

Founder and CTO, Modo Labs, Inc.

Andrew Yu is an expert on smartphones and mobile devices, with more than 17 years of Internet and mobile software experience in the U.S. and Asia. Prior to founding Modo Labs, Andrew led a team of mobile developers from MIT to create the MIT Mobile Framework, an open source project that started in 2007 to help universities create compelling mobile web applications. Andrew graduated from Harvard University in 1994 with a BA honors degree in physics and East Asian studies. He also studied electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. Andrew also serves on Modo Labs’ board of directors.

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Zlocki, Chris

Executive Managing Director, Strategy & Innovation, Colliers International

As head of Strategy & Innovation at Colliers International, Chris is responsible for oversight of Consulting, Technology and Lease Administration. Over the course of his 20 years, he has established a reputation of scale in development, planning and strategy for corporate and institutional clients. Chris has developed expertise in portfolio strategy, footprint optimization, operational consolidation, capital expenditure management and financial forecasting.

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